Thursday, March 7, 2013 Game Recap & Discussion [SPOILERS]

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Re: Thursday, March 7, 2013 Game Recap & Discussion [SPOILERS]

Post by skullturf » Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:19 am

bpmod wrote:And, oh yeah! That John Lennon clue should have been 5 cents. But a TS?!? That had me yelling at my screen.

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For me, that clue was one that I didn't "know" with a capital K, but I was able to figure it out quickly.

The name of the actor rang no bells at all. At first, I thought, "Maybe 'Nowhere Boy' is the title of a song by somebody." I also thought: Only certain music superstars are iconic enough that people would bother making movies or TV shows about their *teenage* years. Maybe Johnny Cash, maybe the Beatles, not many others. AHA! There was a Beatles song called "Nowhere MAN." John Lennon it is. (I think I can imagine his voice singing it, and not McCartney. Plus, it was usually Lennon writing the gloomy or pessimistic ones.)

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Post by skullturf » Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:30 am

Incidentally, regarding FJ, I didn't think about this until long after watching the episode, but it occurred to me later that Belize and Costa Rica are the only two Central American countries that I happen to know have been visited by people I went to school with.

Obviously that doesn't prove anything, but as somebody living a middle-class North American lifestyle, I guess it's not a huge surprise that there's some overlap between "Central American countries visited by people I know" and "Central American countries that have been relatively politically stable for the past several decades."

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Post by bpmod » Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:35 am

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bpmod wrote:And, oh yeah! That John Lennon clue should have been 5 cents. But a TS?!? That had me yelling at my screen.

Brian
For me, that clue was one that I didn't "know" with a capital K, but I was able to figure it out quickly.

The name of the actor rang no bells at all. At first, I thought, "Maybe 'Nowhere Boy' is the title of a song by somebody." I also thought: Only certain music superstars are iconic enough that people would bother making movies or TV shows about their *teenage* years. Maybe Johnny Cash, maybe the Beatles, not many others. AHA! There was a Beatles song called "Nowhere MAN." John Lennon it is. (I think I can imagine his voice singing it, and not McCartney. Plus, it was usually Lennon writing the gloomy or pessimistic ones.)
Exactly. I had never heard of either the actor or the movie, but it didn't take me as many steps to make the connection between Nowhere Boy and Nowhere Man. BING! John Lennon it is!

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Re: Thursday, March 7, 2013 Game Recap & Discussion [SPOILERS]

Post by dhkendall » Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:45 am

bpmod wrote:
skullturf wrote:
bpmod wrote:And, oh yeah! That John Lennon clue should have been 5 cents. But a TS?!? That had me yelling at my screen.

Brian
For me, that clue was one that I didn't "know" with a capital K, but I was able to figure it out quickly.

The name of the actor rang no bells at all. At first, I thought, "Maybe 'Nowhere Boy' is the title of a song by somebody." I also thought: Only certain music superstars are iconic enough that people would bother making movies or TV shows about their *teenage* years. Maybe Johnny Cash, maybe the Beatles, not many others. AHA! There was a Beatles song called "Nowhere MAN." John Lennon it is. (I think I can imagine his voice singing it, and not McCartney. Plus, it was usually Lennon writing the gloomy or pessimistic ones.)
Exactly. I had never heard of either the actor or the movie, but it didn't take me as many steps to make the connection between Nowhere Boy and Nowhere Man. BING! John Lennon it is!

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Post by bpmod » Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:58 am

dhkendall wrote:How'd you do that? (Have your Beatles avatar come up with this post, that is)? ;)
I may be good, but... I only wish that were intentional (and that I could do it at will).

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...but the senator, while insisting he was not intoxicated, could not explain his nudity.

If I had 50 cents for every math question I got right, I'd have $6.30 by now.

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Post by Bamaman » Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:01 am

skullturf wrote:Incidentally, regarding FJ, I didn't think about this until long after watching the episode, but it occurred to me later that Belize and Costa Rica are the only two Central American countries that I happen to know have been visited by people I went to school with.

Obviously that doesn't prove anything, but as somebody living a middle-class North American lifestyle, I guess it's not a huge surprise that there's some overlap between "Central American countries visited by people I know" and "Central American countries that have been relatively politically stable for the past several decades."
When I was in college a history professor was leading a trip to Costa Rica. I went to an organizational meeting and he stressed how calm Costa Rica was compared to its neighbors. This was in the late 1980s, when Nicaragua and El Salvador were hot spots. The trip never took place as he didn't get enough people to sign up. Maybe if the trip had happened, I'd have gotten FJ right.

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Post by This Is Kirk! » Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:59 am

skullturf wrote:
bpmod wrote:And, oh yeah! That John Lennon clue should have been 5 cents. But a TS?!? That had me yelling at my screen.

Brian
For me, that clue was one that I didn't "know" with a capital K, but I was able to figure it out quickly.
I said John Lennon immediately, but have no idea why. It only struck me a few seconds later there's a Beatles song called "Nowhere Man." I actually think the word "lad" led me to the answer more than anything else.

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Post by ElendilPickle » Fri Mar 08, 2013 2:32 pm

Golf wrote:
MarkBarrett wrote: Nice get by Drew to get Einstein/Switzerland. Glad that was not the FJ clue.
Would think everybody here has seen Good Will Hunting. Einstein was described by the professor as "it was a Swiss patent clerk..."
I haven't seen it, and didn't know the answer.

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Post by skullturf » Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:20 pm

I saw Good Will Hunting, but it was a long time ago. I knew Albert Einstein and Mileva Maric were married in Switzerland (or at least I was confident enough to say "What is Switzerland?" while watching at home), just because of reading about Einstein's life, and knowing that he and Maric were students together at the ETH in Zurich (I believe). I think she might have been Serbian or from somewhere near there.

I have a math degree, and have probably done more reading than the average person on the lives of "celebrity" physicists like Einstein, Feynman, etc.

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Post by jmenjes » Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:48 pm

I'm one more person who hasn't seen Good Will Hunting (then again, I'm really not much of a movie buff to begin with...the last time I went to a movie theater was the opening weekend of Up). I did manage to run everything else in that category, though.

And I'm still kicking myself mentally for not getting the John Lennon clue.
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Post by Bamaman » Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:58 pm

I saw the movie, but it was a long time ago and the only line I remember was "How do you like them apples?'. I couldn't tell you anything about the plot.

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Post by Golf » Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:50 pm

Just pointing out one of several ways to know the answer to that clue. Even if you didn't really know anything about Einstein, if you have seen that movie then you were exposed to the proper knowledge. I know some stuff about Einstein, but it was that single quote that I drew on to answer this clue.

For some reason, I love being able to answer classical trivia questions solely from movie lines. Once there was the question, "A bird will fall frozen dead from a _____ before it feels sorry for itself" The Master Chief used that quote in the movie G.I. Jane. Or what is the drug atropine used for? The very same drug Nicolas Cage used to survive at the end of The Rock.

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Post by TryphonTournesol » Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:54 pm

In my quiz bowl days, getting a serious question based on knowledge of something from pop culture in that way was known as "fraud." I was always better at pop culture than at academic, so it always amused me to be able to beat better players to the buzzer on a question that I had no real business knowing before them.

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Post by AdamAnt » Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:09 pm

I actually amazed myself by not only getting FJ! correct but providing an answer that none of the players had written down. I tried visualizing a map of Central America and started naming off countries like Nicaragua, Honduras...then Belize popped into my head. For some reason I always seem to get Puerto Rico and Costa Rica mixed up and then I forget which one is a country.

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Post by silverscreentest » Sat Mar 09, 2013 6:27 am

TryphonTournesol wrote:In my quiz bowl days, getting a serious question based on knowledge of something from pop culture in that way was known as "fraud." I was always better at pop culture than at academic, so it always amused me to be able to beat better players to the buzzer on a question that I had no real business knowing before them.
Heck, the purists call "fraud" if you answer a science question based on your knowledge of Greek and Latin word roots.
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Post by Linear Gnome » Sat Mar 09, 2013 9:49 am

I know Ganesh from The Simpsons.

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