10 Pop Culture References to Amelia Earhart

Today’s Google Doodle tells us that Amelia Earhart’s zombie corpse turns 115 today.

In 1932, she became the first woman to fly solo over the Atlantic Ocean. Five years later she disappeared over the Pacific, a mystery that has etched itself in popular culture.

So to celebrate the birthday of an inspiration to women around the globe, here’s the best of Amelia Earhart in movies, music, television and books.

The list:

1. The one that started it all: “Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight” was a song by Red River Dave McEnery (“The Yodelling Cowboy”), who first performed it on a live TV broadcast from the 1939 World’s Fair.

2. Singer Joni Mitchell performed her song “Amelia” for her 1980 live album Shadows and Light and included video footage of Earhart.

3. Fans of PBS’s American Experience know that The Price of Courage was the title of the 1993 documentary of Amelia.

Star Trek Voyager episode “The 37s”

4. According to the Star Trek universe, Earhart was abducted by aliens in 1937 and taken to their home planet where she was put into cryo-stasis before being discovered by fellow female aviator, Captain Janeway, and her crew in the year 2374.

5. I Was Amelia Earhart (1996) by Jane Mendelsohn takes the Earhart story and pumps up the love juices.

6. Oscar winner Hilary Swank slipped under my radar back in 2009 and made Amelia. That’s probably because it was the same year the lovely (7) Amy Adams portrayed Earhart in Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian.

You go girls.

8. Pam Munoz Ryan wrote a children’s picture book called Amelia And Eleanor Go For A Ride (1999), where Amelia and, you guessed it, Eleanor Roosevelt ditch a White House dinner to go on a glorious adventure.

9. Someone on Yahoo! Answers thinks his neighbor is Amelia Earhart and she lives in upstate New York next to the Jell-O factory because she knew the guy who owned it.

10. The following exchange happened in the Friends episode “The One with the Lottery”:

Phoebe: You don’t wanna win the lottery?
Ross: (sarcastically) Uh…sure I do, and I also wanna be King of my own country and find out what happened to Amelia Earhart.
Chandler: Still on Amelia Earhart?
Ross: The woman just vanished!

11. And finally, I bet you didn’t know that Amelia’s flight instructor was the original Snookie.

Name that Summer Movie!

Hey! I found another SayKNOW original picture round in the trivia archives. All these movies took place during the summer. Can you name them? Any glaring omissions?

Answers can be found in Part I, 10 Trivia Questions about Summer.

ANSWERS to Part I

(The Brooklyn Dodgers)(Titania)(Cyclops)(Thighmaster)(The Full Monty)(George Gershwin)(Dead Head)(The Perfect Wave)(The Bionic Women)(Figure It Out)

Doin’ Time: 10 Trivia Questions about Summer

Summer. The season for baseball, beaches and blockbusters… and pop-culture references. How well do you know these “summer” movies, books, music and TV shows?

You can find the answers in Part II, Name that Summer Movie.

  1. (Literature/Sports) The title of Roger Rhan’s acclaimed sports novel The Boys of Summer, referred to this baseball team, who played their home game at Ebbets Field.
  2. (Shakespeare) What was the name of the Queen of the Fairies in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream?
  3. (Comic Books) Scott Summers is the real name of what Marvel super hero?
  4. (Commercials) During the late 1980’s and 90s, actress Suzanne Somers was the spokesperson for this piece of exercise equipment.
  5. (Movies) What 1997 movie had a pivotal scene where the four main characters overhear Donna Summer’s “Hot Stuff” while waiting in line at the unemployment office?
  6. (Music) The 1997 Sublime hit, “Doin’ Time”, was a loose cover of the song “Summertime” from the opera Porgy and Bess by this composer.
  7. (Lyrically Speaking) In Don Henley’s 1984 hit, “The Boys of Summer”, what type of sticker does he see on a Cadillac?
  8. (Movies) In the 1966 film The Endless Summer, what were the main characters in search of?
  9. (Television) TV character Jamie Sommers, a tennis pro who was nearly killed in a skydiving accident, was better known as whom?
  10. (Kids Television) Former Olympic Gold Medal swimmer Summer Sanders was named “commissioner” for the Nickelodieon Games and Sports channel in 1998, after being the first ever female host of a Nickelodeon game show. What was the name of the game show?

“Stick this.” – Don Henley

ANSWERS to Part II

 

 

a) Stand by Me
b) Vacation
c) The Sandlot
d) Dirty Dancing
e) Wet Hot American Summer
f) Dazed and Confused
g) Heavyweights
h) Now & Then
i) Adventureland
j) Meatballs
k) The Graduate
l) Dog Day Afternoon

 

“Whatever Color”: A Poem About Higgs Boson

Science!

Are any of you as confused as I am about this whole “God particle” business? Well, hopefully after reading this particular poem by guest poster KC, the once strange Higgs boson will become your new best friend.

Whatever Color (An Ode to Higgs Boson)

Black, white
Yellow or blue
Whatever color
Higgs Boson is too

Higgs Boson comes soft
Higgs boson come hard
Higgs boson comes in packages
And sometimes comes jarred

Higgs Boson is an asshole
And also a nice guy
Higgs Boson are the wings
That lets Higgs get me high

At night I need the boson
To let me lie in bed
But it can only be the Higgs
No other boson can take its stead

Higgs boson is an “icle”
Of which God is part
Higgs boson is the Louvre
And pieces of shitty art

If you ever met Higgs boson
He would shake your hand
She’d also make you a sandwich
And play music in your band

Higgs boson is a pimp daddy
Sometimes even a madam
Put too many Higgs together
And then you gotta atom (add ’em)

But really Higgs boson is the shit
That keeps us all combined
Higgs boson is your heart
Higgs boson is your mind

So find the boson right for you
Few bosons pass the test
Its mass does matter and despite the chatter
Higgs boson is the best

 

15 (more) Trivia Questions about America!

Perhaps it’s fate that today is the 4th of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom, not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution — but from annihilation.

And if you think I stole that from Bill Pullman’s speech in Independence Day, you are absolutely correct. So to celebrate Independence Day, here are 15 trivia questions about the one and only, America.

U-S-A. U-S-A.

  1. (Literature) What David McCullough book was released in the United Kingdom with the subtitle America and Britain at War?
  2. (Music) What composer’s works include Semper Fidelis, the official march of the United States Marine Corps, and “The Stars and Stripes Forever” the National March of the United States of America?
  3. (History) Amateur poet Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner” after witnessing the bombardment of which fort by the British Royal Navy in Chesapeake Bay during the War of 1812?
  4. (Movies) According to the film Team America: World Police, freedom isn’t free, how much does it cost?
  5. (US History) What island did Peter Minuit buy in 1626 for the equivalent of $24?
  6. (Name that State) What is the 4th largest state by area in the United States?
  7. (Sports) What eventual loser of Super Bowl VII did President Richard Nixon promise he’d cheer for after head coach George Allen visited the White House?
  8. (Scandelicious) What president was associated with the Ohio Gang, a corrupt group of politicians and industry leaders, most famous for their involvement in the Teapot Dome Scandal?
  9. (Famous Tourist Traps) What general and future president was victorious at the Battle of New Orleans and is still honored with his own statue and square in New Orleans’ French Quarter.
  10. (Politics) The Mugwumps were Republican political activists who bolted from the Republican Party by supporting what Democratic candidate because they rejected the financial corruption associated with Republican candidate James G. Blaine.
  11. (Famous Lasts) Following the death of Zachary Taylor, who was the last member of the Whig Party to hold the office of the president?
  12. (Movies) What film sees Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper riding their motorcycles eastward from Los Angeles in a quest for freedom and an attempt to reach New Orleans in time for Mardi Gras?
  13. (History) Officially known as the Century 21 Exposition, what US city hosted the 1962 World’s Fair, whose major theme to show that “the United States was not really ‘behind’ the Soviet Union” in the realms of science and space?
  14. (Movies) What musician played Will Smith’s best friend and fellow fighter pilot Jimmy Wilder in the film Independence Day?
  15. (Presidents) What two presidents died on July 4th, 1826?

‘Merica

Answers

(1776)(John Philip Sousa)(Fort McHenry)(Buck ‘O Five)(Manhattan)(Montana) (Washington Redskins)(Warren G. Harding)(Andrew Jackson)(Grover Cleveland)(Millard Fillmore)(Easy Rider) (Seattle, Washington)(Harry Connick Jr.)(Thomas Jefferson John Adams)

For more America trivia, look at my post from last year.