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Tuesday Trivia and Open Thread: More Geekery!

I’m still feeling geeky, so I am going to use my vast Internet powers to force you to be geeky with me.  I have a pretty broad definition of “geeky,” so another name for this list could be Wild Card Trivia.

1.  In The Legend of Zelda video game series, what is the hero’s default name?  And what about his horse?

2.  What are the names of the ghosts who chase Pac Man and Ms. Pac Man?

3.  In the Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mary Richards was unmarried.  In the original character description, they wanted her to be divorced, but the network nixed that idea because…

"the dashed white lines between lanes going the same direction"
I couldn't come up with a catchy way of saying "the dashed white lines between lanes going the same direction" so I decided to just show you a picture.

4.  On average, how long are the white lines between lanes on the road?

5.  What is the Mythbusters’ crash test dummy named?

6.  What is the difference between a “freak” and a “geek”?

7.  What is the significance of “I ATEN’T DEAD”?

8.  Do you know what the Oxford comma is?

9.  Before he got his own game, Mario appeared in Donkey Kong under a different name.  What was it?

10.  Who was the captain of the Enterprise in the pilot episode of Star Trek?

Bonus*  Who shot first?

Road photo: Bob Embleton, via Wikimedia Commons

Nintendo photo: Nv8200p [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html], via Wikimedia Commons

 

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23 replies on “Tuesday Trivia and Open Thread: More Geekery!”

Granny Weatherwax is awesome. “Despite many threats, Granny Weatherwax had never turned anyone into a frog. The way she saw it, there was a technically less cruel but cheaper and much more satisfying thing you could do. You could leave them human and make them think they were a frog, which also provided much innocent entertainment for passers-by.”

Okay, I am going to set a personal challenge since it’s no longer Tuesday and I’m blissfully full of toasted bagel with peanut-butter. I am going to answer all the questions. As correctly as possible (but probably mostly wrong…)
1. In The Legend of Zelda video game series, what is the hero’s default name? And what about his horse?
Link. I honestly never got that far in the game but if I was Link and I had a horse, I would name him Swift. Or Jake.

2. What are the names of the ghosts who chase Pac Man and Ms. Pac Man?
Bob, Steve, Larry, John.

3. In the Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mary Richards was unmarried. In the original character description, they wanted her to be divorced, but the network nixed that idea because…
They wanted Mary to seem younger? Casting a divorced husband was too difficult, the writers couldn’t find a decent sub-plot? (I’ve never seen the show, I don’t know what I’m talking about.)

4. On average, how long are the white lines between lanes on the road?
Two feet.

5. What is the Mythbusters’ crash test dummy named?
Buster.

6. What is the difference between a “freak” and a “geek”?
The amount of dope in their pocket? Haha, no, sorry. Based on the amount of Freaks and Geeks I absorbed into my system, I’d say Geeks look into “The Normal Life” and want in and Freaks turn away from “The Normal Life” wanting more. Both cannot let go of what makes them unique and happy and that is what ultimately keeps them out of “The Normal Life’s” circle. [end philosophical musings]

7. What is the significance of “I ATEN’T DEAD”?
I want to go for a walk!

8. Do you know what the Oxford comma is?
I do now! (When the song came out, I honestly thought it was a scarf or hat) Since coming to Persephone I have learned a great many things. Especially, the purpose of the comma that comes before “and” in a list of units. :)

9. Before he got his own game, Mario appeared in Donkey Kong under a different name. What was it?
Oh, this is funny. I had two games for my Gameboy and one was The Legend of Zelda and the other was the first Donkey Kong. Neither of which I was very good at. Mainly because my gd Gameboy never worked properly. (My destiny as a gamer was thwarted by a first gen gaming device. Why!? Gods!! Why?!) So, basically, I know very little. I want to say Mario was called The Hero but I doubt it was that simple. Also, I can still think of the music in the background. So funny.

10. Who was the captain of the Enterprise in the pilot episode of Star Trek?
Spock? No, wait. Gah. His face! The dude with the face! Is there an E in his name? I feel like there’s an E in it. Gah, I’m gonna guess. Emerson. Also, not a show I watched when it was on. I only ever caught episodes in syndication – usually on Sunday afternoons.

Bonus* Who shot first?
Burr.

(as soon as there’s a fashion round, I’m going to rock) :)

No, it’s a Star Wars thing. (The Enterprise is Star Trek.)

In the original Star Wars: A New Hope, lovable rogue Han Solo (the dashing Harrison Ford) shoots and kills an organized crime lackey who’s come to try to collect money from him. When Lucas re-released the films back when I was in high school, the scene was digitally modified so that Han shot in retaliation to an attack. Basically, because he’s supposed to be a “good guy” kids should know that good guys don’t shoot first (even though sometimes they do, and sometimes people change, and sometimes they’re just morally ambiguous). Anyway, it became a Thing.

I’m so excited I can answer a couple!
7. Written on the card that Granny Weatherwax holds when she goes “Borrowing”, meaning she puts herself into the mind of an animal.
8. The completely unnecessary comma behind the penultimate item in a list, just before the “and”. For example: Oxford commas are silly, lame, and weird.
10. Christopher Pike!

7. It’s Granny Weatherwax’s sign for when she goes ‘borrowing’ the minds of animals, to ensure that no-one buries her while she’s still technically alive (Terry Pratchett, Discworld series).
8. The comma before the ‘and’ in a list: Zelda, Mario, and Luigi. Subject of fierce debate among punctuationophiles and also a song by Vampire Weekend.

1. Link horse’s name is Epona
2. I’ve heard them before but can’t remember hmmm
3.Total stab-in-the-dark guess Because people might think she was still Laura and divorced form Dick Van Dyke?
4.
5.This irritates me b/c I know I know it!
6. I think Freak is a general term and Geek is specifically someone who bites the heads off chickens
7.
8. Yes! How can one read P-mag and be unawares of THE Oxford Comma
9.
10.My Dad will be so disappointed I don’t immediately know the answer to this,sorry Dad

OXFORD COMMA FOREVER!!!

Fun story, I just took the Foreign Service Exam. There’s a whole section on grammar and language usage. It took me a good three minutes to answer the one question because at first I was all, “But NONE of these are the right way!” You get a little white board to work out the math problems on, and I seriously scribbled on it, “Why does the State Department hate the Oxford Comma? :(“

1. The hero is Link, but I don’t know about his horse.
6. I geek is someone who is super into technology, while a freak is someone who defies social norms.
7. It means Granny Weatherwax is out Borrowing again.
8. It’s the comma before the conjunction in a list, which some sad fools rail against.
Bonus* I don’t know, but I can tell you I didn’t shoot the deputy.

Also, I got my second tattoo today!! I really want to rip off the bandaging and look at it, but I can’t until tomorrow.

I have never left the bandage on for more than an hour unless I was in a situation where I couldn’t keep it clean, but then, we have a fairly lax approach to tattoo care. Keep it clean, keep the area moisturized, but not super sticky, and don’t poke it with a stick.

I ripped off the bandage of my other one almost immediately, but since this one is super big and needs to heal enough for a second session by Monday I want to make sure I follow my artist’s aftercare instructions to the letter. Plus I’m going out tonight to celebrate graduation and my move, so who knows what (or who) I’ll end up drunkenly doing and I don’t want to take the chance that I’ll eff it up when I’m out.

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