Aaaaand we’re back. Here’s the Jayson Stark baseball trivia question from Mike and Mike this morning. Answers are below (hyper-linked so no spoilers).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
You can find the answers in Part II, Name that Summer Movie.
ANSWERS to Part II
a) Stand by Me
c) The Sandlot
d) Dirty Dancing
e) Wet Hot American Summer
f) Dazed and Confused
h) Now & Then
k) The Graduate
l) Dog Day Afternoon
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)
Yellow or blue
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
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.
(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.