Answers for July 2007

Ho, I have been on holiday yet again, and have visited these places where I generated many future trivia questions from history and art etc. –

  • Vienna, where the Hitler places are not marked very well, or at all actually. You’d think that the men’s hostel where Adolf lived for 6 years would have a sort of presence on the tourist maps, or the place on the street where he stood for years to sell watercolours, but no, not a sign. There was a Sigmund Freud Memorial Park, but I was afraid to go there.
  • Sweden, where I saw several Roundabout Dogs in their native habitat.
  • Slovakia, where my wife and myself went mountaineering. A hailstorm blew up and we got separated; it was very cold, wet and scary coming down in the dark. My wife however was more lucky, in that she came down in daylight. Although it was the light of the following day.
  • Czech republic, where I visited the site of the famous Second Defenestration. Strictly speaking, I visited the site where it ended, rather than where it began.
  • Iceland, but this turned out to be a shop in England.
  • Maldon, famed for the Battle Of, and for its sea salt.
  • My home town, where I stayed just long enough to try to eat the worst sandwich I have ever experienced.

Anyway, to business. The prize, such as it is, consisting entirely of fame on this web page, is awarded on the basis that even if nobody got Q1 right, one person got Q6 right, which gladdened my heart. Well done

Kevin Sechrist

of Jacksonville, Florida.


Question 1

What is the only location mentioned by name in “Magical Mystery Tour”?  (and for extra points: what else is this place famous for?)

Answer

Sorry, as nobody got this anywhere near right and only one person even guessed at the extra link, I am repeating this question as a bonus in the current month. I did actually mean “mentioned in the spoken script of the movie, not in the songs” – sorry about that.

Additional Answers

  • Oz. Yellow brick road.
  • Magical Mystery Tour? – Too many magic mushrooms for you Dr. Bob.
  • Blue Jay Way in Los Angeles
  • The Octopus’s Garden. It’s famous for being in the shade.  Which must take some doing, being under the sea and all.  “In the dark” would be more accurate, but these people were all on drugs.
  • dunno
  • The Hill – famous for the fool on it.
  • I’m not answering Beatles questions. I’m far too young, Probably some godforsaken swamp that’s famous for heavy drug use and wild parties.
  • Adelaide, famous for bizzare sex murders.
  • Los Angeles. In the song “Blue Jay Way,” the first line is “There’s a fog upon L.A., and my friends have lost their way.” Los Angeles is also famous because it is the new home of David  and Victoria Beckham. The Blue Jay Way, which is a road in Hollywood, offers spectacular views of the Sunset Strip, but more importantly, a good view of David Beckham’s new house.
  • Eiffel Tower (mentioned in “…Walrus”) and if you don’t know what E.T. is famous for then there’s little hope for you, Dr Bob. Extra points, please.
  • Hmmm.  I don’t know the answer.  Let me try for the extra points anyway. This place is famous for having excellent Chicken Kiev and a pretty good house chardonnay.
  • A reservation. Holding indians.
  • obviously it is my house. it’s famous because its mine.
  • Mt Gambier.  Bugger all.
  • Unless it’s a town called Mystery I ain’t got the foggiest…
  • Lets see, dr bob quiz, request for location ,I’ll say ICELAND. Famous for being a regular in this quiz, and bjork or course.
  • “Magical Mystery Tour” what is that some stupid play?
  • In the song, there aren’t any locations named.  On the album there are a few, LA, Eiffel Tower etc…  In the movie I have no idea.
  • Away. (source: the Beatles song.) P.S. It is also famous for being the place that the newspaper taxis will take you to (source: Lucy in the sky with an allotrope of carbon).
  • abbey road?  Beetles album art?
  • Timbucktwo
  • Oops, should have thought before I started this. Anyway. It’s the street that George used to live in. I forget the name. But Paul Simon wrote the first part of A Bridge over Troubled Water there. A song that is in the list mentioned in Q5.
  • Penny Lane. It was named after an 18th century slave trader
  • Blarney Castle – famous for the stone which the locals piss on and wait and watch with laughter as the tourists kiss it.
  • I didnt think there was one, however, my guess would be a bus, as it was the era – and location – for bus tours.
  • I’m assuming you mean the album as the single mentions nothing.  Strawberry Fields: a Salvation Army home for kids.  John Lennon is reputed to have played in the grounds with a friend.
  • Sweden and it’s famous for roundabout dogs.
  • I’d guess it is Blue Jay Way
  • London? Famous for a wellknown family masquerading as “royals”.
  • I am the walrus…whatever place it is, I doubt you can reach it without dropping some acid first.
  • The only mention I can find to a passing reference to the “Fool on the Hill”, I believe Paul driving a Hillman Minx at the time.
  • If it was up to Dr. Bob, it would be Iceland. But unfortunately for him (and fortunately for us), it’s not. And, assuming we mean the ALBUM, not the actual SONG (no place is mentioned in the SONG), the only place mentioned is Strawberry Fields, which is also well known for its Salvation Army orphanage and the fete and annual garden party held each summer. Which little Johnny attended (the garden party, not the orphanage).

Question 2

What were the “Gethsemane Twelve” better known as?

Answer

What the Apostles might have been called had tabloids been around at the time.

Additional Answers

  • The Twelve Apostles.
  • The 12 Apostles?
  • Twelve Apostles
  • The Dirty Dozen. I saw the film, Charles Bronson played Peter, Lee Marvin played Judas, Ernest Borgnine played the donkey and there was a sequel “The Battle Of Bethlehem” with a great tank sequence!
  • Special low price pre crucifiction entertainment and dinner company
  • I’d bet on it being the twelve apostles, despite Wikipedia trying to convince me it has something to do with the Mormon Quorum of Twelve.
  • Jesus’s posse of righteous homies.
  • Apostles or epistles or postulants or somesuch silly religious term.
  • The apostles:  Thomas, Simon, John, Peter, Paul, Ringo, Happy and Doc.  The other 4 are less well known because Peter and Ringo used up a lot of the salary cap the Roman Heretic League had at that time and the reserves were not notable that year.
  • The 12 pharoahs of the Egypt. *???* 🙂
  • Bill, Billy Bob, Billy Sue, Billy Jack, Billy Joe, Billy Francine, Billy Billy, Billy Pete, Billy John, Cletus, One eyed pete, george.
  • The Dirty Dozen.
  • The Gethsemane Duodecimals.
  • The Diety Dozen
  • To me? Nobody.
  • The Twelvemane Gethse, obviously some kind of mutant horse with twelve heads and therefore twelve manes. Logic eh?
  • Now those guys were a good band. Oh you might mean the rocks what are they? The seven sisters? The Twelve Apostles? No? But they rocked though.
  • The Apostles
  • Dirty Dozen, otherwise known as d12. The Gethsemane 12 better lay off the purple pills.
  • The members of the jury that found guilty Ian ‘the Rat’ Gethsemane for many and various heinous crimes against the community at large.
  • The Apsotles (according to Mark’s Gospel – an early version of a Fanzine).
  • The twelve apostles, natch. Should be the ten apostles though after a couple fell over, and even London Bridge is falling down. (giggles maniacally at the thought of people thinking that this is random burbling when in fact it’s only nearly random burbling. Where’s that scotch?)
  • Groupies
  • I guess you mean the apostles.no,cannot be,since not all of them were from Gethsemane.Don’t know.
  • I think it is Jesus plus eleven of the twelve disciples (minus Judas)
  • The twelve apostles
  • They’re strong-arm men for the religious right, aka The Twelve Apostles.

Question 3

In the 1930s, a particular new job had the duties “Keep a ready smile, sweep the floor, dust the windowsills, swat flies, tell off people who throw lit cigarettes out of the window” and what else?

Answer

… and wind up the altimeters.  From the American Assn of Flight Attendants handbook, quoted in “Fate is the Hunter” 1986 – another quote “The airplanes smell of hot oil and simmering aluminum, disinfectant, faeces, leather and puke.  The stewardesses, short-tempered and reeking of vomit ….”

Additional Answers

  • “Direct any nubile young things to my quarters” – Well, that’s what it would be if I was in charge.
  • Cleaner at the Empire State building
  • Tram conductor.  No, rest-room attendant.  No, kindergarten teacher.  Wait, wait, I’ve got it – counter staff at the very first McDonalds store!
  • Lie back and think of England
  • Serve drive through customers?
  • make the sausages
  • … unload the Jewish passengers from the freight cars into the gas chambers (the new job was ferrying victims to the Holocaust).
  • “in the event of a forced landing, direct people to the emergency exits.” I’m guessing the job is airline hostess.
  • “…and burn down the Reichstag when nobody is looking.”
  • Does hydrogen affect the vocal cords like helium does?  Maybe they had to give those speeches about flotation devices under the seats et c.  Those would be much more interesting in high pitched voices.
  • Collect the tickets when the passengers get on the bus.
  • attack all those who are rude to your vacuum cleaner.
  • Ummm..air hostess?
  • Who cares about the other bit. Sounds right up my alley. (Particularly the cigarette tossers…)
  • shave the chickens
  • “Don’t let the customers in after dawn”.
  • Did I need to read the rest of the website to know this?  Let’s guess, report people who asked too many questions.
  • Mucking out the dunny cans, AND cleaning up after the people who missed the small openings in those dunny cans (which were usually Coke cans in those days, I would probably guess!)
  • and check tickets
  • doorman
  • Air hostess? No it was “stewardess”. Oh yeah the answer, probably has something to do with train timetables.
  • SWAG: Take tolls on the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
  • That particular job was playing Cinderella at the local bar, which also required that she serve beer and fall in love with ‘Handsome Prince’ a biker from the wrong side of the tracks.
  • Bartender mayhaps?
  • Fornicate in the toilets.  Sounds like a hostie’s job description – I’m sure older planes had opening windows!!
  • Collect the tickets on the trams in Melbourne.
  • Collect tax on fuel?
  • And fan the Queen when she is hot? Description of royal butlership?
  • And return tray-tables to their upright position. I guess air hostess.
  • Web designer.
  • Drive the bus.

Question 4

Why do road signs in some parts of Africa have holes deliberately drilled in them?

Answer

To stop people stealing the sheet metal to make a bucket

Additional Answers

  • Because rifled bullets that spin have been shot through them.
  • They are referred to as “Speed Holes” – see Homer from The Simpsons for further information.
  • to reduce the wind load
  • Don’t *all* road signs have holes deliberately drilled in them, so they can be bolted to the poles?
  • animals
  • I suppose that would be because someone has deliberately drilled holes in them.
  • So that people think the local inhabitants are hardcore and have fierce gun battles that regularly hit road signs.
  • Crap marksmanship
  • So that they don’t blow over in the wind.
  • And why shouldn’t they have holes drilled in them? All the best road signs do. Most Oz road signs, in the sticks anyway, have holes deliberately drilled by .303s and the occasional 12 gauge so there’s no earthly reason why Africa should be any different. You’re not discriminating against African road signs, are you, Dr Bob?
  • I choose wind. <–Local joke (In Detroit an American Football coach was fired in part for choosing playing with the wind instead of playing offense in a sudden death) PS Sudden death is a term like golden goal.  Sudden death is used by pessimists and Americans.
  • To hang them.
  • so chickens can hide if they get stuck in the middle of the road.
  • So flies can pass safely through.
  • Wooops, nearly forgot this one, but then it doesn’t matter because I have no idea. My poor old lump of the grey stuff is all in a tizz at the moment.
  • to help in the installation onto sign posts – either that or they’re speed holes
  • The holes, are most logically to hang things from.
  • To stop them being stolen for use as sheet metal.
  • To make it seem as though someone had been shooting at them. Ordinary scare tactics.
  • to deter the locals from stealing em and bashing them into pots
  • So they can bolt them to the post? You know to hold them up?
  • For the same reason signs everywhere else have holes in them…So you can mount them on posts.
  • The deer won’t come near the road if they see holes in the signs. They’ll fear the guns.
  • To dissuade the locals from shooting at them.  Signs displaying an apparant ‘pre used for shooting’ look are far less likely to become the targets of the future.
  • So they can be screwed onto the poles.  What sort of question is that?
  • Because someone deliberately drilled them, squire.
  • It’s probably hot enough to fry an egg on them, and I guess it stops you from turning them into pots and pans.
  • To prevent strong winds from pushing them over,or maybe to reduce the carnage of insects flying into them.
  • To make them not worth pilfering for scrap.
  • Because drilling the holes ad-hoc doesn’t no sense at all.
  • To give them a symmetrical quality.

Question 5

Among Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, how many songs are not in English?

Answer

Only one – La Bamba at #345 – and even that is sung by an American-born singer

Additional Answers

  • All of them are not in English! How can you call their singing English?
  • Most of them, call that music? (Paint it Black is an exception).
  • one
  • Seven: “La Bamba” by Richie Valens, and anything by James Brown.
  • five
  • At least 1 (La Bamba) although be-bop-a-lula could qualify and da-doo-ron-ron and blitzkrieg bop sail a bit close to the wind. PS what happened to the 99 Luftballons?
  • Probably not enough. Hmmm… Apparently only one?
  • Yawn…
  • The official count is one; La Bamba by Ritchie Valens. I would like to suggest that the song “Superfreak” by Rick James should count since was recorded in the language of funk, which was the only language Rick James spoke fluently. I would also point out that there is some dispute as to whether or not The Animals count as singing in English, since they’re from Newcastle.
  • One is tempted to say all of them but that can’t be the answer because it is too bloody obvious. I’ll settle for one – the Horst Wessel song.
  • OMG they didn’t include 99 Luftwaffe Balloons!!!!!
  • 4
  • 465
  • Yes.
  • Ummm…One
  • one – La Bamba
  • It depends how you define “Song”.
  • 1 (la Bamba).  “Loser” by Beck also has some Spanish lyrics but is mostly in English.
  • 495 are in American, which just isn’t English.
  • Heh, i’d say none
  • none
  • A song in that list is not sung in English. Just the one. It’s in Spanish. An old Mexican folk song re-done in Rock and Roll. You want me to tell you what song it is don’t you. Well just see the other answers.
  • None
  • Since I tune out when the Stones are put on the jukebox, it all sounds like gibberish to me.
  • None, it is all mumbling nonsense.
  • Dunno, but I can tell you that none of Australian Crawl’s were.
  • Three – Neun und neunzig luft balloons, Ave Maria and La Vie En  Rose, and it’s those three because they’re the only ones I’ve heard of, which means that they’re probably the only ones to have filtered into the communal consciousness. (Not that such a thing exists as such.)
  • Not completely in English, Not containing English words, or in a non-English language?  Does American count as English?  I’ll just say 1 and hope I’m right by some definition.
  • A very,very,very few,I guess. One?
  • They probably include songs by a lot of artists, like Nirvana, whose songs are technically in English but not really intelligible. Of course if we are talking about the Queen’s English, then there is a good chance that none of them are in English.
  • All of the Stones have been covered in foreign languages.
  • Does “Da Doo Ron Ron” count as English? “Green Onions” was an instrumental – does that count? Officially, just the one. And “Bohemian Rhapsody” only came in at 163. What the?!

Question 6

Is the bus going to the left or to the right?  (This photo was taken in a one way street.  Koreans normally drive on the right.)

Answer

To the left, because you can’t see the door.  It is said that only children will get this right – presumably adults have too many hangups or don’t go on buses enough.

Additional Answers

  • Neither. It is going straight up to heaven, all in white.
  • Guessing by the amount of “Shoju” the Korean driver has consumed, it is probably not going anywhere.
  • It could be a tram and could go either way depending on which direction it is going
  • In fact, it’s going straight up.  It’s one of those levitating buses invented to alleviate traffic congestion.  They’re clever, those Koreans.
  • It’s just sort of hanging around on the top of a post, and in on closer inspection may just be a mere caricature of a bus.
  • If they drive on the right, the driver probably sits on the left. Therefore, I’d reckon the bus is going left. The arrow looks more like it’s going straight ahead, though.
  • Bob, Bob, Bob. Lift your game. This is nearly as dull as question 5.
  • Right.
  • It is going both left AND right. It is an omnidirectional bus, or “omnibus” for short.
  • If I said left would it be right?  Or is the right answer the one that is left- right?What was the question again?
  • left. If it were going right, there’d be door on the side. 🙂
  • it was going forward, silly!
  • I think it’s going up.
  • The right! (Or the left, or sideways, or…)
  • Gee, 50-50, and so obvious an answer too – left
  • What bus the one on the sign? It’s going nowhere, it’s a sign!
  • Left.
  • Turnin’ left. (It’d be in trouble otherwise, eh?)
  • The bus is going to the next stop. In Korea all things are left. Whichever way one turns. Unless it’s the other Korea in which case all things are right.
  • Judging from other Korean signs I’ve seen, to the left.
  • I don’t know, I’m not on the bus so this question does not concern me. Chances are they are heading to the place where they sell live octopus. Mmmm nothing beats food that’s still breathing and wiggling.
  • The bus has hit a patch of icy road and proceeded to skid sideways, however, in a forward (or directly ahead) motion.
  • Straight ahead – trick question.
  • Trick question. It’s obviously going up.
  • Neither.  This is the Korean version of the bumper sticker” “Warning: vehicle frequently sideways”
  • The bus is coming from ABOVE,falling on top of hapless people. Hence the warning sign: CAUTION: BUSSES FALL FROM ABOVE.
  • It is actually a schematic of a nerd with spiky hair looking over a wall foo-style. The sign reads “Beware of nerds peering over the wall at you.”
  • The bus is going straight ahead.
  • Right. No left. No, right! Um, I don’t know. Left? Right, it’s settled. The bus is going to go wherever it damn well pleases. Would you argue with a bus?

Comments

  • Are there any lakes in Australia that are alleged to have “lake monsters” in them? In the USA we have a number of “Loch Ness” wannabes. [No – As our lakes contain no water, any monsters would be clearly visible as they roamed about on the salt]
  • Is it me, or have all the Global Warming Advocates from last year gone quiet in this record cold winter?
  • If global warming is such a problem why is it so damned cold in my office? [Your office is not part of the real world]
  • Have a good one (& these numbers are getting difficult ro read)
  • Bob. I’m 41. Should I get my prostate examined, and will you do it? [I’ll examine it if I can give it a “deferred pass”]
  • Do you realise that if Labor wins the federal election we will have a PM called, er, Kevin? Serious countries do not have leaders called Kevin. I mean, really, Australia will be a laughing stock – Kevin Eleven jokes will be a pox on the land after Kev’s new Cabinet appointments, and I don’t want to even think about the next cricket season.
  • Uh oh 3xxx8 . . .I’m going to guess 30008.  So, you probably won’t get this.  Of course then you won’t read this so you won’t know what your missing.Hmmm- kind of like death- either you get my answers (analogous with a nirvana like afterlife), or you don’t (but not knowing you don’t, there is no sense of loss) Wait:  There is always ctrl-v and ctrl-c.  I guess the Hindus have it right- you can come back.
  • Good quiz! 🙂
  • there once was a man from nantucket.he had an oversised bucket.he went to sea to find a bee, but only found a small crumpet.
  • “Dr Phil” is a better name.  Was it already taken? [Yes, and so was “Dr Death”]
  • Guess what Dr. Bob, I am a bit dirty on smokers at present, as not only did fate see fit to give me Leukaemia a few years ago, (you may remember,) just as I am getting over that I am now informed that I have bloody Lung Cancer!!!!! Wish I could win Tattslotto that bloody often!
  • I have submitted this entry because i believe by answer to number two to be humorous and therefore enough to secure victory. The others are there for reasons beyond my comprehension.
  • If you MUST use verification codes, use this: http://recaptcha.net/ at least it serves a purpose!
  • That was tough.
  • Your questions are particularly difficult and as I am man(?) of volatile temper, I challenge you to a question of mine own: what kind of organism is Darwinia fascicularis, and what substance inside it makes it too poisonous to eat whole? (pun with adjective before ‘temper’, above, intended)
  • I didn’t Google any of these so I’m prolly wrong.  I’m looking for for some smart / atheist / skeptic friends in Adelaide, do you have any contact details for me?
  • Anyway I had fun looking through the Rolling Stone song list.
  • Guess who’s back 😛 Hope you had a great trip away.
  • Dr. Bob, whats with all the musical questions?
  • So, did my window song of the last quiz lose it’s line breaks? I thought it was quite inspired myself, but then I think lamb chops are quite inspired. The secret to happiness is low expectations.
  • I have no comments.
  • Don’t expect me to read Korean!
  • Honesty may be the best policy, but it’s important to remember that apparently, by elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy.
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