POP QUIZ: I PERIODICALLY ANSWER QUESTIONS (answers)

Elemental congratulations got to Michelle B, who scored an atomic 9/10 on this week’s quiz! Way to go!

1) 1st person singular present indicative of the verb ‘be’
2) Monty Python’s ‘The Knights Who Say ___’
3) Spanish for ‘yes’ (no accent)
4) The sixth note of the fixed-Do solfège
5) A river flowing from the Alps to the Adriatic
6) An abbreviation meaning the way a criminal usually behaves, the standard way they perform their crimes
7) A syllable repeated by St Nick
8) Sharpton, Waxman or Hirt
9) How the common symbol known variously as the ‘arobase’, ‘arroba’ or ‘asperand’ is commonly said aloud in English
10) ‘___ Ra-Ra Boom-De-Ay’

1) Am – AMERICIUM
2) Ni – NICKLE
3) Si – SILICON
4) La – LANTHANUM
5) Po – POLONIUM
6) Mo – MOLYBDENUM
7) Ho – HOLMIUM
8) Al – ALUMINIUM (or ALUMINUM if you’re American)
9) At – ASTATINE
10) Ta – TANTALUM

More than one person guessed Laudanum for #4. That’s an opiate drug, not a chemical element. But I like how they think.

The arobase is this sign : @. It was used for a lot of different things and had a lot of different names before being the ubiquitous email symbol it has become.

Ta Ra Ra Boom-De-Ay was at one time the biggest selling song of all time. That was back when sales were measured by sheet music, not recordings. It was the sure-fire hit of the music halls from the late 1880s through to the early 1900s. Authorship was disputed, the lyrics were called scandalous, lawsuits and police raids happened… it was the birth of rock’n’roll, really.

Here’s a fun version. Warning: visible petticoats.

Thanks,
QM Bill

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