2018 Current Events Study Guide

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by Volante » Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:41 pm

Either I've been slacking off or this year's been slower with the just mainstream enough to be a J! clue but not mainstream enough to flood the main stream media. Six of one, probably...

Got a good feeling about this one:
https://gizmodo.com/massive-diamond-dis ... 1822089592
Workers at Lesotho’s Letšeng mine have discovered an absolute whopper of a diamond, rated at 910-carats. Roughly the size of two golf balls, the precious gem has an estimated value of $40 million
It's the 5th largest diamond discovered.

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Post by 9021amyers » Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:08 pm

Dolores O’Riordan, singer of the Cranberries, has died suddenly at age 46. No zombie jokes, please.

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Post by MinnesotaMyron » Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:25 pm

9021amyers wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:08 pm
Dolores O’Riordan, singer of the Cranberries, has died suddenly at age 46. No zombie jokes, please.
Jeopardy connection: the Cranberries' 1993 full-length debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?, was released on Island Records, subject of a recent FJ!.

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Post by MinnesotaMyron » Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:08 pm

Phil Murphy sworn in as Governor of New Jersey today, replacing Chris Christie who has a much easier to remember name.

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Post by Blue Lion » Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:45 pm

Nestle has agreed to sell its U.S. confectionery business to Italy’s Ferrero for $2.8 billion. Ferraro, which owns the Nutella and Ferraro Rocher brands, will acquire, among other brands, Baby Ruth, Butterfinger and Nestle's Crunch. The acquisition will move Ferraro into third place in the U.S. candy market, behind Hershey and Mars.

The A.V. Club has a preview of this year's "50 Most Anticipated Movies". Some of these are based on material that has previously come up on Jeopardy: https://www.avclub.com/the-a-v-club-s-5 ... 1822091007

On the evening of January 16, a large (6 feet in diameter) meteor fell to Earth west-northwest of Detroit. People throughout the Great Lakes region reported seeing the fireball. The meteor was classified as a "super bolide", meaning that its brightness was between that of the full moon and the Sun:
https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/ ... 1040040001
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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by MarkBarrett » Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:09 pm

Tuesday, January 30th is the State of the Union with the Democratic response given by: TBD

That also means J! won't be airing at 7 in the West. I would not bet on a full airing by 7:30 either PT.

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Post by Volante » Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:18 pm

North and South Korea will enter the opening Winter Olympic ceremony under the same flag.
https://www.salon.com/2018/01/17/north- ... -olympics/

The Korean women's ice hockey team will also have a unified player base.

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by mfc248 » Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:38 am

Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, announces her first child is due in June.

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Post by 9021amyers » Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:07 am

mfc248 wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:38 am
Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, announces her first child is due in June.
We just had a clue about the first U.S. governor to give birth in office. Is this the first case of an elected head of a national government giving birth in office?

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by Woof » Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:38 am

9021amyers wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:07 am
mfc248 wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:38 am
Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, announces her first child is due in June.
We just had a clue about the first U.S. governor to give birth in office. Is this the first case of an elected head of a national government giving birth in office?
Nope, Benazir Bhutto gave birth while in office in 1990.

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Post by 9021amyers » Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:55 pm

Woof wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:38 am
9021amyers wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:07 am
mfc248 wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:38 am
Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, announces her first child is due in June.
We just had a clue about the first U.S. governor to give birth in office. Is this the first case of an elected head of a national government giving birth in office?
Nope, Benazir Bhutto gave birth while in office in 1990.
That confirms my main suspicion.

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by Peter the accountant » Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:14 pm

Woof wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:38 am
9021amyers wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:07 am
mfc248 wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:38 am
Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, announces her first child is due in June.
We just had a clue about the first U.S. governor to give birth in office. Is this the first case of an elected head of a national government giving birth in office?
Nope, Benazir Bhutto gave birth while in office in 1990.
Depending on how you define the head of government, you've also got Queen Elizabeth. And before her, Queen Victoria. And since there is no time limit in the question, there's a few millennia and hundreds (thousands?) of countries to explore if you want to look for the first case.

The first US state governor to give birth while in office is a much easier question, since you have a fairly limited pool of candidates and less than 250 years of pretty well-documented history to search.
--Peter

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Post by 9021amyers » Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:39 pm

Peter the accountant wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:14 pm
Woof wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:38 am
9021amyers wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:07 am
mfc248 wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:38 am
Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, announces her first child is due in June.
We just had a clue about the first U.S. governor to give birth in office. Is this the first case of an elected head of a national government giving birth in office?
Nope, Benazir Bhutto gave birth while in office in 1990.
Depending on how you define the head of government, you've also got Queen Elizabeth. And before her, Queen Victoria. And since there is no time limit in the question, there's a few millennia and hundreds (thousands?) of countries to explore if you want to look for the first case.

The first US state governor to give birth while in office is a much easier question, since you have a fairly limited pool of candidates and less than 250 years of pretty well-documented history to search.
Hence, why I specified elected heads of government.

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Post by Peter the accountant » Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:42 pm

9021amyers wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:39 pm
Hence, why I specified elected heads of government.
Sorry about that. I failed to RTFQ yet again. :oops:
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Post by Blue Lion » Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:12 pm

While we're on the topic of elected officials giving birth, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington) has given birth to the most children (three) while a member of Congress. It is believed that in 1973, Yvonne Braithwaite Burke (D-California) was the first member to give birth while a member of that chamber.

This spring, Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) will have the distinction of being the first U.S. Senator to give birth while in office.
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Woof wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:38 am
9021amyers wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:07 am
mfc248 wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:38 am
Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, announces her first child is due in June.
We just had a clue about the first U.S. governor to give birth in office. Is this the first case of an elected head of a national government giving birth in office?
Nope, Benazir Bhutto gave birth while in office in 1990.
That's some serious dedication to the job! You'd think she would've gone to a hospital.

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by squarekara » Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:02 pm

Sorry, sorry, sorry to have to add this, but
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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
have named their third child "Chicago" after her father's hometown. Whether this name is a keeper remains to be seen. The word translates to "stinking onion" in the native tongue. Who's going to tell them? Not me. :lol:

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by twelvefootboy » Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:29 pm

squarekara wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:02 pm
Sorry, sorry, sorry to have to add this, but
SpoilerShow
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
have named their third child "Chicago" after her father's hometown. Whether this name is a keeper remains to be seen. The word translates to "stinking onion" in the native tongue. Who's going to tell them? Not me. :lol:
Must get very, very drunk and hope I pee out the brain cell that wrecklessly opened the spoiler box. Thanks for trying to save us. Yes, I will not change the spelling of "wrecklessly", either. Go suck on it spell-check.

Mod- Pleasure yourself to delete this as off-topic since this thread seems to be more factual than social. i will myself if I have the power.
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Post by Volante » Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:29 pm

twelvefootboy wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:29 pm
squarekara wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:02 pm
Sorry, sorry, sorry to have to add this, but
SpoilerShow
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
have named their third child "Chicago" after her father's hometown. Whether this name is a keeper remains to be seen. The word translates to "stinking onion" in the native tongue. Who's going to tell them? Not me. :lol:
Must get very, very drunk and hope I pee out the brain cell that wrecklessly opened the spoiler box. Thanks for trying to save us. Yes, I will not change the spelling of "wrecklessly", either. Go suck on it spell-check.

Mod- Pleasure yourself to delete this as off-topic since this thread seems to be more factual than social. i will myself if I have the power.
If I didn't have my time booked 120% this past week I would've posted it anyway. It's going to be a clue. Accept it in the way you are accustom to.

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by squarekara » Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:57 pm

Volante wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:29 pm
If I didn't have my time booked 120% this past week I would've posted it anyway. It's going to be a clue. Accept it in the way you are accustom to.
Yep. From what I gather between the screen freezes and the lag, HQ Trivia asked for the correct birth order of
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the three Kardashian sisters
just the other day.

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