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Apr. 23rd, 2009

09:20 pm - Trivia time!

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Part 1.
Abraham Lincoln was fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth while attending a play at Ford's Theatre.
Question 1. What was the name of the play?
Question 2. Who wrote the play?
Question 3. Is it any good?

Part 2.
Suppose you were stranded on a desert island, with only 3 albums from your collection to listen to (and, presumably, something to play them on).
Question 1. How many albums would you wish you had instead?
Question 2. What brand of waterproof CD holder would you wish you'd bought when you had the chance?

Part 3.
"Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles was the first music video ever shown on MTV.
Question 1. What was the second?
Question 2. Was it any good?

First person to answer all 11 questions correctly wins a prize!

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From:svashtar
Date:April 24th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)
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The second video/song played on MTV was Danger Danger - Naughty Naughty.
It's okay. Typical flash in the pan hair metal band. And yes, I have it in my collection.

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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 24th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
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Just for knowing that, you win 1.5 internets!
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From:svashtar
Date:April 24th, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
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I used it as a trivia question during one of my sets. I played the Buggles, then asked people if they knew the second video played.

Nobody did.
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From:rikchik
Date:April 24th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
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This one? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgvoSwUoaQE

It's OK. The telescope bit amused me a little.
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From:rikchik
Date:April 24th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
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Um - Wikipedia disagrees with you, and in fact suggests that in fact Danger Danger formed about 6 years too late to have one of the first videos on MTV.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_music_videos_aired_on_MTV
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From:svashtar
Date:April 24th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
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Oh no, MTV LIED to me.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:April 24th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
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Nah, MTV is just forgetful. It hates looking back.

Either that or Wikipedia made a mistake, for a change. :/
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From:rikchik
Date:April 25th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
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Wikipedia can certainly make mistakes, but Danger Danger does appear to be a mid-to-late-80s hair band, and MTV did start in the early 80s.
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From:unspeakablevorn
Date:April 24th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
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What, are you working in base 6 now?
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 24th, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
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Nope. The other four questions are hidden.

I locked them in a safe in Des Moines somewhere.

Okay, I lied. There are only seven questions.

But I'll bet there *is* at least one safe somewhere in Des Moines.
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From:baxil
Date:April 24th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
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If you don't count the section headings ("Part 1", "Part 2", "Part 3") then there are 11 lines. Clearly each of them must be a question! Such as #11:

> First person to answer all 11 questions correctly wins a prize!

Clearly the answer to this must come in the form of accepting the prize. I volunteer.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 25th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
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Very well, you win the prize! The prize is...

[rummages around looking for something suitable]

[considers and rejects a goldfish bowl with a crack in it, a 1x1x1 Rubik's cube, a bag full of bottlecaps from Aquafina water bottles, a solid gold trophy with "BAXIL" engraved on it, and a plunger with a bit of string tied to it]

...uh, a warm happy feeling in your chest. Enjoy!
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From:redcardlion
Date:April 24th, 2009 02:59 am (UTC)
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Our American Cousin
Tom Taylor
and it's kinda funny. It's got that whole "misplaced American in proper England" to settle some family business :)
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From:linnaeus
Date:April 24th, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
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1.1) Our American Cousin
1.2) Tom Taylor
1.3) I guess? It was good enough to have at least one guaranteed laugh line good enough to give a guy a chance to shoot a president. Then again, since the line in question was "Don't know the manners of good society, eh? Well, I guess I know enough to turn you inside out, old gal—you sockdologizing old man-trap", maybe you had to be there. Or maybe its like all those '30s and '40s Warner cartoons full of period pop culture references like the guy who says "Ye-eeeesss?" that you can't really enjoy without being from the '30s or '40s.

2.1) I'd only want one. I'd use it as a signaling mirror. Hopefully I'd have an iPod as well, and one of these. And also a working satellite phone and GPS.
2.2) I believe in living a life of no regrets when it comes to waterproof CD holders. That's just how I roll.

3.1 and 3.2) What svashtar said.

That was seven questions. I assume that questions 8 through 11 are rhetorical, so I will answer them with a meaningfully raised eyebrow.

I hereby request that my prize be donated to the less fortunate, so that they may auction it off to raise funds with which to purchase additional fortunateness.
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From:wbwolf
Date:April 24th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
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Hey! I still think Frank Nelson is hilarious!
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 24th, 2009 04:48 am (UTC)
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"Sockdologizing" is a hilariously wonderful word!
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From:deckardcanine
Date:April 24th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
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Whatever it means, it's gotta be better than proctologizing.
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From:cyrebjr
Date:April 29th, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
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"Don't know the manners of good society, eh? Well, I guess I know enough to turn you inside out, old gal—you sockdologizing old man-trap!"

Oh, I get it! It's irony! "We are refined people, you c***." HA!
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From:rikchik
Date:April 24th, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
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So: correct answers for part 3.

3.1: You Better Run, by Pat Benatar.
3.2: The _song_ is a classic, but the video is kinda lame - mostly just the band playing on what looks like a loading dock while Pat struts around and sings in a backless shirt. Her 80's makeup makes her look a little like an alien. Can be seen at http://www.mtvmusic.com/benatar_pat/videos/8042/you_better_run.jhtml if you're curious.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:April 25th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
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Dammit, beaten to the buzzer again! Knew Part 1, anyways. Part 1 Question 3, all of Part 2, and Part 3 question 2 are matters of opinion anyways, and therefore cannot be "answered correctly", saving you from awarding a prize! How Jack Benny-esque of you! But, to answer the "personal opinion" questions anyways:

1.3: As pointed out before, it's more of a "you had to be there" ("there" being the mid 19th century) kind of funny. Booth would be rather frustrated were he try to kill the President watching "Our American Cousin" at a modern theatre ...

2.1: All of them! Duh! (Lately, I like listening to my entire album collection on my iPod in "shuffle" mode, which, with my very eclectic music tastes, makes for some interesting musical juxtapositions (there's classical, hard rock, national anthems, comedy (standup routines and comedic songs), soft rock, 80s hair band metal, children's songs, and Christian rock on there to name but a few genres), and rarely does it not work either!
2.2: Didn't know there was such things, but as I've more and more turned to MP3s/iPod to listen to, I don't really care! (I recently made a new CD a few weeks ago, put it on my iPod immediately (even designed a cover for it), but I haven't burned to CD yet, and I'm in no big hurry.
3.3: Well, I *do* like 80s music ...

As to part 3, you wouldn't believe how many times I've heard people say that the second MTV video was "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits because of the opening line "I want my MTV ... " Uhh, guys .... ? Think about this one for a minute?

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