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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by MinnesotaMyron » Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:33 pm

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Jamaica sent its first bobsled team to the Winter Olympics this year. When the team's coach, Sandra Kiriasis, quit and threatened to take the team's bobsled with her, which brand of beer offered on Twitter to pay for a new sleigh?
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It was Jamaica's first women's bobsled team (the men's team debuted in 1988). Also participating its first Winter Olympics ever is Nigeria, which qualified athletes in women's bobsled and women's skeleton.
Not sure where the word "women's" went in my post; it was supposed to be there. Good catch. Fixed.

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by alietr » Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:46 pm

Peachbox wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:53 pm
MinnesotaMyron wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:46 am
Jamaica sent its first bobsled team to the Winter Olympics this year. When the team's coach, Sandra Kiriasis, quit and threatened to take the team's bobsled with her, which brand of beer offered on Twitter to pay for a new sleigh?
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It was Jamaica's first women's bobsled team (the men's team debuted in 1988). Also participating its first Winter Olympics ever is Nigeria, which qualified athletes in women's bobsled and women's skeleton.
The guy who used to live across the street from me was on the Virgin Islands bobsled team. When he told me, I thought he was kidding. But I looked it up, and he really was an Olympian.

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

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Louisville becomes the first NCAA Division I men's basketball team to vacate a national title after the NCAA denies Louisville's appeal over the ruling in the escort scandal. Along with the 2013 National Title, Louisville will also be required to vacate a 2012 Final Four run, 138 wins (regular season and post season combined), and millions of dollars in revenue.

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basket ... onal-title

This all precedes anything from the FBI investigation that caused Rick Pitino and AD Tom Jurich to be fired.
"Escort scandal" reminds me that I'm old enough to remember when student-athletes driving new cars topped the list of what attracted the attention of NCAA investigators.

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by Bamaman » Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:31 am

Billy Graham has died at the age of 99.

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I like to include the fun stuff on this thread and the picture speaks for itself.

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by MarkBarrett » Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:50 pm

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Billy Graham has died at the age of 99.
I was reading about it in the papers this morning and there was a map showing places of his crusades. Some dots on the map were on the border of states and I could not tell which state it was while it seemed clear there was no dot for Utah or Delaware and most likely one border dot was Omaha, so Iowa also not one of the states.

With all of the years out there I'm curious why Billy Graham did not make all 50 states? I'm also thinking Millionaire could make a nasty high level question (if there are exactly three no-gos) of Which of the following states is the only one where Billy Graham had one of his Crusades?

The map can be seen here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nat ... 858165001/

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

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Mitch Albom sequel: The Next Person You Meet in Heaven

It's a book. The first one was The Five People You Meet in Heaven.

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by Volante » Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:02 pm

2018 Winter Olympics...Canada, avert your eyes...
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US Women's Hockey wins gold over Canada
https://deadspin.com/team-usas-womens-h ... 1823220929

US Men's Curling knocks Canada down to a bronze at best, will end with either gold or silver
https://deadspin.com/usa-humiliates-vil ... 1823223869

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by Blue Lion » Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:29 am

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With all of the years out there I'm curious why Billy Graham did not make all 50 states? I'm also thinking Millionaire could make a nasty high level question (if there are exactly three no-gos) of Which of the following states is the only one where Billy Graham had one of his Crusades?
In 1981, George Thorgood and the Destroyers played all 50 states in 50 days.

In other news, McDonald's will release 20 million packets of Szechuan sauce on Monday, February 26. The sauce was originally a promotion for the animated film Mulan.

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by triviawayne » Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:58 am

Blue Lion wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:29 am
MarkBarrett wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:50 pm
With all of the years out there I'm curious why Billy Graham did not make all 50 states? I'm also thinking Millionaire could make a nasty high level question (if there are exactly three no-gos) of Which of the following states is the only one where Billy Graham had one of his Crusades?
In 1981, George Thorgood and the Destroyers played all 50 states in 50 days.

In other news, McDonald's will release 20 million packets of Szechuan sauce on Monday, February 26. The sauce was originally a promotion for the animated film Mulan.

I really hope it's not the same sauce from 1998
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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by MinnesotaMyron » Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:37 am

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Jerome Powell will replace Janet Yellen as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.
Hey guys! Guess which LearnedLeague question I missed yesterday???

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

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MinnesotaMyron wrote:
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Jerome Powell will replace Janet Yellen as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.
Hey guys! Guess which LearnedLeague question I missed yesterday???
Don't feel bad; VeredJ missed it too.

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by Blue Lion » Sat Feb 24, 2018 11:29 am

Come 2020, there will be a new "World's Tallest Skyscraper": the 200-story, 3,280-foot Jeddah Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. If it doesn't come up on Jeopardy, it certainly will on LL and/or Think Different. The current tallest building is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is 2,717 feet tall.

Netflix is developing its first Arabic series, a six-episode young-adult fantasy titled Jinn. Jinns, sometimes called "genies", have been frequently used in popular culture, most notably in the Disney animated fiil Aladdin.

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by Bamaman » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:46 am

Two notable deaths:

Roger Bannister, the first person to run a mile in under four minutes. After retiring from track, he became a doctor. He was 88.

David Ogden Stiers wasn’t a doctor, but he played one on TV. He was Charles Emerson Winchester III on M*A*S*H. He was 75.

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by Volante » Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:56 am

Bamaman wrote:
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Two notable deaths:

Roger Bannister, the first person to run a mile in under four minutes. After retiring from track, he became a doctor. He was 88.

David Ogden Stiers wasn’t a doctor, but he played one on TV. He was Charles Emerson Winchester III on M*A*S*H. He was 75.
Interesting bit about Bannister's sub-4 min mile...
https://deadspin.com/roger-bannister-th ... 1823489528
As of mid-2017, less than 1500 people had done it; more than three times as many people have climbed Mt. Everest.

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by Blue Lion » Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:55 pm

MinnesotaMyron wrote:
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:37 am
MinnesotaMyron wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:49 pm
Jerome Powell will replace Janet Yellen as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.
Hey guys! Guess which LearnedLeague question I missed yesterday???
You had company. I missed it as well.

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by Drangvoor » Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:26 pm

"Leaders from around Washington are set to gather at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) annual policy conference starting Sunday amid new questions over the U.S. push for Mideast peace."
http://thehill.com/homenews/news/376588 ... -kicks-off

Possible question: What is AI in AIPAC?

The Gridiron Club held their annual dinner, with keynote speakers New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D), and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark).
Possible questions: what is the primary field of the members of the Gridiron Club? newspaper journalism (with some TV)
Who is the youngest Senator and his state? Tom Cotton, Ark
What brother of former Senator Mary ___ and son of former HUD secretary Moon ____ is mayor of NOLA? Mitch Landrieu

In the past 30 years, there have been 13 different prime ministers in the country.” Berlusconi, who led Italy for 9 of those years, is the only P.M. to have served a full term, and he is still the power behind the right wing party in the coming election.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wor ... -italians/
https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/what-k ... -elections

possible questions:
After Brexit, what country will have the third largest EU economy? Italy
What country has had 13 PMs in the last 30 years, only one serving a full term? Italy
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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by Volante » Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:48 pm

Oscars:

Best Supporting Actor - Sam Rockwell (Three BIllboards)
Best Supporting Actress - Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
Best Animated Short - Dear Basketball (Glen Keane, son of Family Circus's Bil Keane and Disney animator & Kobe Bryant, one time NBA MVP)
Best Animated Feature - Coco
Best Original Screenplay - Jordan Peele (Get Out)
Best Cinematography - ROGER DEAKINS!! (Blade Runner 2049...okay, they won't ask about this one, but it deserves a mention :mrgreen: )
Best Original Song - Remember Me (Coco, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, also of 'Let It Go' infamy)
Best Director - Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)
Best Actor - Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour, as Winston Churchill)
Best Actress - Frances McDormand (Three Billboards)
Best Picture - The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale)
Jet Ski - Mark Bridges (Costume Design, Phantom Thread)

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by MarkBarrett » Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:14 am

Adding a little more for the Oscars: (Even if not in the J! type of scope)

Since not everyone pays so much attention to the movies as others the full title of the Rockwell & McDormand film is: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The "In Memoriam" segment had Eddie Vedder singing Tom Petty's "Room At The Top."
Adam West, Della Reese and Powers Boothe were snubbed.

Best Picture presenters: Warren Beatty & Faye Dunaway

The theater audience surprised by Kimmel & Co. were there to see A Wrinkle In Time.

Edited to get the correct Missiouri city. Thanks, Volante.
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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by Volante » Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:27 am

MarkBarrett wrote:
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Since not everyone pays so much attention to the movies as others the full title of the Rockwell & McDormand film is: Three Billboards Outside Hibbing, Missouri
Ebbing, Missouri*

But the Beatty/Dunaway bit might come up. They were the presenters last year, so they must've done a good job to earn a call back...

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