2017 Current Events Study Guide

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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Post by Blue Lion » Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:14 pm

Exorcism is the only sport in which time of possession is the most important statistic.

I'll see myself out.

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Post by MinnesotaMyron » Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:28 pm

Blue Lion wrote:
Exorcism is the only sport in which time of possession is the most important statistic.

I'll see myself out.
Blatty game show connection.

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Post by Volante » Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:10 am

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-c ... SKBN14Z04H
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus said on Saturday it will cease performances [in May] after 146 years in business, owing to what it said were declining tickets sales and high operating costs.

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Post by Volante » Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:00 pm

Gene Cernan, last man to walk on the moon, has died.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38641121

Damn you, xkcd... https://xkcd.com/893/

I hope Space Center Houston got him to re-record his audio on the Saturn V. It wasn't technically wrong, but it was outdated. (Abridged, he said all of the F-1 engines used for the Apollo missions were at the bottom of the Atlantic. Between then and when I visited, Jeff Bezos fished a few up.)

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Post by Volante » Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:01 pm

Barack Obama commutes Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning's sentence for espionage, leaking documents and videos to Wikileaks.
Will now be released in May.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38659068

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Post by Blue Lion » Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:27 pm

Volante wrote:Barack Obama commutes Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning's sentence for espionage, leaking documents and videos to Wikileaks.
Will now be released in May.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38659068

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The president also pardoned SF Giants star Willie McCovey, who was convicted of tax evasion in 1995. "McCovey Cove" is that portion of San Francisco Bay beyond the right-field wall of AT&T Park. Since the park opened in 2000, there have been 71 "splash hits": home runs hit by Giants batters that landed in the Cove on the fly.

A pardon relieves the person convicted of a crime from any further penalties and disabilities (e.g., loss of the right to vote) but the conviction itself stands. A commutation substitutes a lesser punishment for that originally imposed (Manning's sentence was 35 years; she'll be released after serving roughly 6.5 years).

Thanks, ecognator and seaborgium, for spotting the mistakes here. They've been correctted.
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Post by econgator » Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:47 pm

Blue Lion wrote:The president also pardoned SF Giants star Willie McCovey, who was convicted of tax evasion in 1995. "McCovey's Cove" is that portion of San Francisco Bay beyond the right-field wall of AT&T Park. Since the park opened in 2000, there have been 71 "splash hits": home runs hit by Giants batters that landed in the Cove on the fly.
No possessive: McCovey Cove.

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Post by trainman » Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:58 pm

Also, an example of a rare-but-not-entirely-unknown reference to a real person and event in "Peanuts." These two strips ran about 5 weeks apart, in December 1962 and January 1963:

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(In Game 7 of the 1962 World Series, with the Giants down 1-0 to the Yankees, with two outs in the bottom of the 9th, Willie McCovey was up with the bases loaded. He hit a line drive that... well, it did not make Charles Schulz happy.)

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Post by seaborgium » Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:14 am

Blue Lion wrote:(Manning's sentence was 35 years; he'll be released after serving seven years).
*she'll

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Post by Volante » Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:05 pm

Tim "Rock" Raines, Jeff "Killer B" Bagwell and Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez are your 2017 MLB Hall of Fame inductees.
https://deadspin.com/here-is-your-2017- ... 1791349407

They did ask for Griffey last season

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Post by MinnesotaMyron » Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:17 pm

Volante wrote:Tim "Rock" Raines, Jeff "Killer B" Bagwell and Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez are your 2017 MLB Hall of Fame inductees.
https://deadspin.com/here-is-your-2017- ... 1791349407

They did ask for Griffey last season
Bagwell and Rodriguez are also both Jeopardy canon, with one hit in the Archive each. Players were given the nicknames you mentioned, and had to come up with the player names.

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Post by Blue Lion » Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:22 pm

Volante wrote:Tim "Rock" Raines, Jeff "Killer B" Bagwell and Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez are your 2017 MLB Hall of Fame inductees.
https://deadspin.com/here-is-your-2017- ... 1791349407

They did ask for Griffey last season
That trio will join former Commissioner Bud Selig and former baseball executive John Schuerholz, who were voted in by the HOF's Game Era Committee last month. Selig (aka "Bud Light") might come up.

Aside: Pudge is immensely popular where I live (greater Detroit) because his arrival helped turn the Tigers around. Detroit lost 119 games in 2003, but won the AL pennant in 2006.
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Post by MattKnowles » Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:29 pm

Ivan Rodriguez holds the record for most games by a catcher. He overtook the record from Carlton Fisk who is known for "waving fair" a game winning home run in the 1975 World Series. Both Ivan Rodriguez and Carlton Fisk have the nickname "Pudge."
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Post by Woof » Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:15 am

MattKnowles wrote:Ivan Rodriguez holds the record for most games by a catcher. He overtook the record from Carlton Fisk who is known for "waving fair" a game winning home run in the 1975 World Series. Both Ivan Rodriguez and Carlton Fisk have the nickname "Pudge."
And they overlapped for 2 years in MLB.

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Post by JayK33 » Fri Jan 20, 2017 2:57 am

Actor and former Celebrity Jeopardy contestant Miguel Ferrer died January 19th, at 61.

Loalwa Braz, the singer of the famous "Lambada" song from 1989, also died the same day.

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Post by BobF » Fri Jan 20, 2017 8:20 am

JayK33 wrote:Actor and former Celebrity Jeopardy contestant Miguel Ferrer died January 19th, at 61.

Loalwa Braz, the singer of the famous "Lambada" song from 1989, also died the same day.
Damn shame, 61 is a bit young to go. Was he ill?
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Post by JayK33 » Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:29 am

BobF wrote:
JayK33 wrote:Actor and former Celebrity Jeopardy contestant Miguel Ferrer died January 19th, at 61.

Loalwa Braz, the singer of the famous "Lambada" song from 1989, also died the same day.
Damn shame, 61 is a bit young to go. Was he ill?
Yes, he died of throat cancer, unfortunately.

The strange thing is that I just saw him on one of the earlier Magnum PI episodes a few days ago, in what was his first acting role, I believe.

The Lambada singer was 63, and was apparently murdered. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loalwa_Braz#Death

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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Post by 9021amyers » Fri Jan 20, 2017 3:46 pm

Something happened at noon today. I'm holding my tongue about the details.

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Post by xxaaaxx » Fri Jan 20, 2017 3:55 pm

Donald John Trump sworn in as President of the United States. Since Jan. 20 as Inauguration Day is basic trivia, probably the only thing that would come up on J! is the fact that he's the 45th.

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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Post by MinnesotaMyron » Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:37 pm

Vice Presidential Middle Names was a category once, so it's Michael Richard Pence.

(I was disappointed this week to discover that Hillary Clinton's middle name was Diane, and not Elizabeth like I'd been assuming for some reason. I thought I was so clever working out that "I'm with Her" was "I'm with H.E.R.", i.e. "I'm with Hillary Elizabeth Rodham". But it wasn't true. Not at all. :( )

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