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Driving on the Left

Postby Kid Cobalt » Sat Feb 02, 2008 3:22 pm

While looking at the almanac in a big book sort of place, I noticed that you had a question which I believe stated "what is the most populous country that drives on the left?"

Your answer was Japan, but India certainly is more populous--althought it might not have as many vehicles as Japan. And Indians definitely drive on the left side of the road.
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Re: Post typos, corrections here!

Postby higgysgirl » Mon Feb 04, 2008 11:01 am

[quote="Ken Jennings"]If you think you see a typo or error of fact in Brainiac or The Trivia Almanac, post it here. That way I can keep em all together in one thread.[/quote] On page 17 of the Trivia Almanac under Covering your Ass I think it was Shrek the Third that the five little "dronkeys" were introduced. [color=violet][/color]
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Re: Post typos, corrections here!

Postby Sequin » Mon Feb 04, 2008 11:29 am

higgysgirl wrote: On page 17 of the Trivia Almanac under Covering your Ass I think it was Shrek the Third that the five little "dronkeys" were introduced.


They appeared in the end credits of Shrek 2

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dronkey
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Postby WhoisMark » Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:16 pm

Feb. 4th - Hour Towns #3. Capside, ME - Dawson's Creek

The show was set in Massachusetts - a.k.a MA
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Postby ScarletKnights » Sat Feb 09, 2008 4:14 pm

The title should say 366 Days...
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Postby Granny O'Doul » Sun Feb 10, 2008 7:55 pm

Almanac, Jan 25, Cold Shoulders-- Who is the only eligible back-to-back MVP not enshrined in Baseball's Hall of Fame?

Dale Murphy is another.
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Postby Ken Jennings » Sun Feb 10, 2008 8:33 pm

Yep, see PhygLeGuy's post a few weeks back. Probably just an out-of-date reference there, sigh.

But I had Capeside right! It's MA in the MS! Call the M.E.
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Postby bwouns » Tue Feb 12, 2008 6:26 pm

8/13 - Smashed Hits

#9
Halle Berry + William Katt = Sony Pictures Animation
should be
Charlize Theron + William Katt = Sony Pictures Animation
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Bob Newhart question, page 378 #9

Postby BobPierce » Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:36 pm

While Frasier was a psychiatrist (MD), I believe Bob played a psychologist (PhD).
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Postby porpoise spit » Sat Feb 16, 2008 7:21 am

September 28 - Wise Cracks
The answer to #7 is not an 1980s sitcom (it aired from 1974-79).

And being really anal retentive, August 10 - Even Better than the Real Thing
#8 and #9 should be switched so they're in alphabetical order.

Overall it's an impressive collection, though. Money well spent!
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February 17: Adam Vinatieri

Postby Trivia Why's Guy » Sun Feb 17, 2008 4:04 am

The former New England Patriots hero kicker's last name is misspelled in the answer section without the middle 'I' (maybe because he left for Indianapolis, and they already have so many of them :wink:).

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Postby lvdzat » Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:17 pm

Feb 19 - Factoid: Cracker Jacks begin including a prize in each box in 1913.

http://www.crackerjack.com/history.php

1912 "A Prize in Every Box" is introduced when toys are inserted into every package.
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Postby polarea » Thu Feb 21, 2008 7:56 pm

Enjoying the book immensely, glad I made the investment. Minor nitpick, but one of the playing surfaces in August 16: Sports, Illustrated is not really what I would consider a bird's eye view.
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Postby Ken Jennings » Thu Feb 21, 2008 8:11 pm

That's funny; I just noticed that too. Still, why couldn't a bird be flying above and to the side of a racquetball court?

These are all great catches, by the way.
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Postby polarea » Thu Feb 21, 2008 8:18 pm

Squash court, but yes, that's why it was a minor nitpick, not a major one. I think the term "bird's eye view" has taken on a more specific meaning than the literal "what a bird can see while flying" though.
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Postby econgator » Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:15 am

Not so much a correction as an addition:

On the Feb 27th "People" quiz, you mention Lonely and give the answer as America. Correct, of course, but Styx also did a song called Lonely People on Paradise Theatre.
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Postby Ken Jennings » Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:51 am

Yeah, I was joking about my eccentric personal defintion of "bird's eye views."

In re Styx: that song is probably the reason the quiz says "which band had hits." The America "Lonely People" hit #5 in the US. I don't think the Styx "Lonely People" was even a single. But I guess Styx fans might take my eccentric approach to "bird's eye view" and apply it to words like "hits," so...
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Postby econgator » Wed Feb 27, 2008 1:04 pm

Ken Jennings wrote:In re Styx: that song is probably the reason the quiz says "which band had hits." The America "Lonely People" hit #5 in the US. I don't think the Styx "Lonely People" was even a single. But I guess Styx fans might take my eccentric approach to "bird's eye view" and apply it to words like "hits," so...


Fair enough. As you guessed, Styx's version never was released as a single.
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trivia almanac nun of the above (nov. 26)

Postby bradfweir » Thu Mar 06, 2008 3:15 pm

audrey hepburn also played a nun in robin and marian
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diff'rent strokes feb 8

Postby bradfweir » Thu Mar 06, 2008 4:05 pm

butterfly is only swum first in an "individual" medley race. in the medley relay backstoke is first, since the swimmers start in the water and not on the blocks.
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Postby Granny O'Doul » Wed Mar 12, 2008 10:11 am

The correct answers to #'s 2 and 3 of December 29's "Legend of the Follicles" are transposed.

Sorry for such a boring post.
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Postby Ken Jennings » Wed Mar 12, 2008 10:57 am

Granny O'Doul wrote:The correct answers to #'s 2 and 3 of December 29's "Legend of the Follicles" are transposed.


Or maybe you just got both those questions wrong, happening to give the correct answer to each as the incorrect answer to the other! Did I just BLOW YOUR MIND?!

Oh, wait, never mind. Just checked and the answers are indeed switched. My bad.
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Davie Winfield Question in Brainiac

Postby Guy Incognito » Sun Mar 16, 2008 3:59 am

Ken,

I'm not sure about the wording of this question from Brainiac - page 106:

"What future Yankees Hall of Famer was born the same day as Thomson's home run?"
Answer: Dave Winfield

There is no hard rule for this, but if you are going to call someone a Yankee, Dodger, Cowboy, Canadien, Laker, etc - you need to spend at least half of your career playing for that team - in my opinion.

Winfield spent 22 years in the major leagues and only spent 8 years and 20 games with the Yankees. He played for 6 different teams. I would not call him a Yankee. Personally, I might consider him a Padre, whom he spent his first 8 years with.

I would word the question as such: "What 1980's outfielder with the Yankees and Hall of Famer was born the same day as Thomson's home run?"

Otherwise, you go down the slippery slope into these types of "trick" questions:

What Cardinal running back is the all-time NFL rushing leader?
Emmit Smith
What Hall of Fame Seahawks running back won 4 Super Bowls and was the MVP of Super Bowl IX?
Franco Harris
What San Francisco 49er running back rushed for a record 2,003 yards back in 1973?
O.J. Simpson
What Hall of Fame San Diego Charger quarterback threw a record 47 straight games with a touchdown?
Johnny Unitas
What Los Angeles Rams quarterback famously guaranteed a win back in Super Bowl III?
Joe Namath

The other reason I don't like the question, as you wrote it, is because it falls in the categories of "Plain Vanilla Recall" and "Meaningless Coincidence".
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Re: Davie Winfield Question in Brainiac

Postby econgator » Sun Mar 16, 2008 6:11 am

Guy Incognito wrote:Ken,

I'm not sure about the wording of this question from Brainiac - page 106:

"What future Yankees Hall of Famer was born the same day as Thomson's home run?"
Answer: Dave Winfield

There is no hard rule for this, but if you are going to call someone a Yankee, Dodger, Cowboy, Canadien, Laker, etc - you need to spend at least half of your career playing for that team - in my opinion.

Winfield spent 22 years in the major leagues and only spent 8 years and 20 games with the Yankees. He played for 6 different teams. I would not call him a Yankee. Personally, I might consider him a Padre, whom he spent his first 8 years with.


He did go into the Hall as a Padre, too.
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Postby PhygLeGuy » Sun Mar 16, 2008 9:48 am

Guy Incognito wrote: "What future Yankees Hall of Famer was born the same day as Thomson's home run?"
Answer: Dave Winfield

There is no hard rule for this, but if you are going to call someone a Yankee, Dodger, Cowboy, Canadien, Laker, etc - you need to spend at least half of your career playing for that team - in my opinion.

Over at the Hall’s web site, a search for Famers named “Winfield” (don’t forget to capitalize the ‘W’) returns a list that informs us that his Primary Team was the New York Yankees. They also show a color photograph of the man and a black and white photograph of his bronze plaque both sporting the “SD” logo. This would seem to provide book authors with a broad platform upon which to stand and be considered correct.

Guy Incognito wrote: The other reason I don't like the question, as you wrote it, is because it falls in the categories of "Plain Vanilla Recall" ...

Disagree. Anyone who has made it past page 4 or 5 of A Child’s First Book of Baseball Trivia Questions is going to know the year of Thomson’s home run, and should be able to come up with a reasonable guess.

Guy Incognito wrote: … and "Meaningless Coincidence".

Dave and/or his webmaster seem to think it’s worth mentioning. A modicum of googling suggests that the overwhelming majority of biographical narratives about Mr. Winfield mention this Meaningless Coincidence within the first five sentences. One could just as easily criticize the question on the grounds that “everyone knows that.” You can’t please everybody.
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