Pub Trivia Prep 101: Richard III

The great thing about Pub Quiz trivia is that you don’t need to be a scholar on any every single topic. All you need to know are the basics. If you know just a little bit about a lot of stuff, you’re sure to take home those weekly bar dollars.

So here it is: considering the news he’s making this week, today’s Pub Trivia Prep 101 is about Richard III. So on your next trivia night, if they ask a question about the original Tricky Dick, you’ll be looking sharp with this knowledge at your disposal.

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Presidential Pets Photo Quiz!

Here’s how it works. You name the president based on the photo of one of their beloved furry creatures. I’d be impressed if you nailed at least half of these (not literally of course. Gross).

Who knows, maybe tomorrow I’ll need to update this quiz with an Irish Setter strapped to the roof of a station wagon.

Happy voting day everybody. Answers are below. So try not to peek.

Letter M is a pygmy hippo. Do with that information what you will.

Answers!

a.Bill Clinton’s Socks
b.Barack Obama’s Bo
c.JFK’s many dogs
d.Ronald Reagan’s Rex
e.Harding’s Laddie Boy
f.Taft’s fat cow
g.Woodrow Wilson’s Sheep (a.k.a. fluffy lawnmowers)
h.George H.W’s Millie
i.FDR’s Fala
j. Hoover’s King Tut
k. Nixon’s Checkers
l. Teddy’s Algonquin
m. Coolidge’s pygmy hippo

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.

Happy Birthday, Genghis Khan!

There is apparently some dispute within the historical community regarding the year that Genghis Khan was born. Depending on who you ask, it was somewhere between 1155 and 1162. But somehow, the scholars over at Wikipedia have pinpointed the exact day: today. And if it’s good enough for Wikipedia, it’s good enough for me. So to celebrate, I made some haikus filled with useless knowledge about the Khan-meister. Use the comments section and make your own!

Birth name Temujin
Tatars poisoned his father
He got his revenge

Mongolian Khan
Sacked Beijing, kicked out Xuanzong.
Jin Dynasty? Check.

Killed with cavalry
Ride hands-free, shooting arrows.
Sword, mace, axe, hook, lance.

Fell from horse and died
Biopic starring John Wayne
A box office bomb

Cinco de Mayo: Just another French military defeat

On May 5th, 1862, during the lesser known but much tastier Franco-Mexican War, a greatly outnumbered Mexican army defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla.

This was France’s 44th military defeat in history.

The Battle of Puebla. Further research required to confirm presence of cowboys and Ottomon Turks.

And in case you need the answer for a radio show or something, the real Mexican Independance Day (sorta) is September 16.

For more of my Mexican trivia, go here. Or search Google for “Cinco de Mayo trivia”. I’ll be on the 4th page, 6th one down.