This was actually from a movie, wherein the principle characters (renting a local cottage) receive a b&w TV from a Mendocino, CA. neighbor. They turn it on and bingo! It works. Somehow they get it to some sort of old Jeopardy channel (never watched this show, so I assume that's what it was, give or take a decade or two). Now this is totally for fun, so don't, please, be offended whether you're right or wrong. This is just for fun!! Here are the questions that were posed:
What female poet was known as the "Belle of Amherst"?
What is the name of a Russian sleigh pulled by three horses?
What is the Tennessee Wiliams novel title in which the central character is looking to always look her best for gentlemen callers?
Who lived downstairs from the Ricardo's in the "I Love Lucy" syndication?
What did Ralph always yell at his wife Alice in "The Honeymooners", when out of all patience?
What two Presidents of the U.S. were allowed to use the "Pony Express"?
What are the colors of the French flag, in order, top to bottom?
Who sculpted "the Pieta"?
That's all I can remember, and as I said, THIS IS NO MEASURE in any way of one's intelligence. These are questions the producers of the movie "Dying Young" just arbitrarily made up back in '91. I caught a couple, but most were completely vague to me. C'mon, give it a try to escape which running back is the #1 for this year already, pre-practice!
This post was edited on 3/3 1:25 PM by TiderinKW
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OK, you chickens! This is NOT a personal quiz to downgrade folks. I'll give you the answers to the first two questions, as I think those are more obscure and may provide some impetus:
The "Belle of Amherst" is Emily Dickinson, a famous poetess.
The name of the small Russian sleigh pulled by three horses is a "troika".
Now c'mon and give it a chance! I didn't know the answers to either!
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OK, I'll make it simpler still:
The Tennessee Williams novel was "Glass Menagerie"
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OK, here are some more obscure answers:
The Tennessee Williams novel was "The Glass Menagerie"
The French flag colors were, top to bottom: blue, white and red.
Who sculpted "The Pieta" was Michaelangelo.
Surely someone out there is still willing to take a guess at the few left??
I guess this is all a useless attempt to make "The Strip" an interesting board for entertainment, and so forth. Aside from our foremost interest in all things Bama-oriented, we could make this an interesting place to come as well. I realize that there is an age difference in some of those, but when I was very young, I was set in front of the TV to escape their (my older brothers') responsibilities, so I got hooked. Mostly with Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Wylie E. Coyote, and the roadrunner, and so many others. It never ceases to entertain me, and the lapse of time has made no difference. I can find nothing wrong with humor or things taken lightly: I love it! RTR!!
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Thanks for trying to awaken this board.
Amherst: Don't know (Yankee thing)
Russian sleigh= Troika
Someday, whack in the kisser to the moon!
Know Fred something lived downstairs but can't come up with his last name.....
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Just remembered....Fred and Ethel Mertz.....
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Good for you, Addie! What they had for "The Honeymooners" was "to the moon, Alice". My memory of that old show (mostly from syndication) was that Ralph (Jackie Gleason) would say "one of these days, Alice - to the moon!!" But the basic question was regarding a trip to the moon, so you're right!
Now the easy one: Which two U.S. Presidents used the "Pony Express"?
I just remembered another one: For General Ulysses S. Grant, what does the "S" stand for?
Just for fun!
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OK - the writing's on the wall about anyone answering these American History questions, which usually do fall by the wayside, and most folks probably hate studying it. I hated it in HS, because I had one of the worst teachers ever. She would slide back in the chair and sigh while discussing the Conquistadors (which she pronounced "con-quiz-adors - ha!). How interesting is that! But then, my frosh year at Bama, I scheduled a massive two semester course on history taught Dr. Weber, a man who though I suspect was suffering from Parkinson's, brought the history of the world to life! I ended up minoring in History because of him. I concentrated on European History, but because of that foundation, I became increasingly interested in American history as well. I watch shows on PBS about the Presidents, the "Civil War" (Shelby... from Tenneessee) and so forth. It's a work in progress! The Indian Movement: which in essence was American history from the Native American perspective. Excellent books on this are "Trail of Tears" by John Ehle of North Carolina, and "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee" by Dee Brown in the early 70's. Just for fun!
OK, enough preaching, but if you don't know the past, how can you make decisions about now that may affect all our futures? Ok that was really it, which I doubt anyone will read anyway, if our teenage sons are any measure!
The two American Presidents to use the "Pony Express" were Abraham Lincoln and James Buchanan (sp?)
Grant's middle name was "Simpson", and you thought that name came out of nowhere!!
I would welcome anyone to open up another trivia thread - we help each other grow and learn and become more aware, and hopefully have some fun. Suddenly we connect a meaning from terms we never knew before. I know there are highly intelligent folks on this site who have much to share...but this is NOT an ego thing. My personal major goal for this year is to read "The Histories" by the ancient "Father of History", Herodotus. I learned about him from watching the WWII movie (1995-6) "The English Patient". Considering how long it took me to read "Dr. Zhivago" (By Nobel Prize Winner Boris Pasternak), I'll be at this for years! Ha! But you know how popular the movie "300" was? Check out the true story with Herodotus.
Most important, let's keep this board alive!!
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My recollection is that Grants real name (initials) was HUG...What did the H stand for??? Go for it....
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Addie, I have never heard of Grant's name as anything but Ulysses Simpson Grant, but I'll give it a shot!
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Well Eureka! (Eureka supposedly means "I have found it!") Hiram Ulysses Grant! How about that! Before entering West Point he changed it to Ulysses Simpson Grant because he didn't want the initials HUG! Cool, I have never heard that, so I learned a great piece of trivia today thanks to you, Addie!
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OK, I've got a new one for you that may be a surprise. Who was the youngest US President?
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The answer is Teddy Roosevelt, who was 42 when he became president. I would've guessed JFK (but he was 43).
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Despite the fact that General William Sherman was a Union soldier during the "War Between the States", he had an interesting middle name given the times. What was his middle name?
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"Tecumseh" after the chief of the Shawnee Tribe of Native Americans. There is a well-known quote from him at the beginning of "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee" by Dee Brown. Gee whiz, posters, you could have googled at least!
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What Native American tribe's language was used for coding transmissions during WWII? Now they made a movie about this in 2002!
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This is the end here for me too. The answer is the Navajos. Their code played a major part in our win at Iwo Jima during WWII, as well as other fields of conflict. They were known in the movie as "Windtalkers".