POP QUIZ: MISCELLANY VI THE MOVIE TITLE THING IS GETTING OLD (answers)
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1) Aldous Huxley and C.S. Lewis died on the same day as each other, but their obituaries received little attention, being overshadowed by which other, far more publicized, demise?
2) In earth sciences, ‘Pangaea’ refers to a supercontnent that existed some 250 million years ago. In the same period, what was Panthalassa?
3) Which veteran actor speaks the first line of dialogue in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”?
4) The comic books and graphic novels “Dark Star” by Curt Vile, and “Maxwell The Magic Cat” by Jill de Ray are actually both by what famous comics writer and cartoonist, who also occasionally uses the pseudonym Translucia Baboon?
5) If you encounter a character called “Mr Cavity” what activity are you probably engaging in? (keep it clean, folks…)
6) What are “The Drones” to Bertie Wooster, “The Bellona” to Lord Peter Wimsey and “The Diogenes” to Mycroft Holmes?
7) How is the mother of Col. Paul Tibbets remembered in history?
8) What national capital has the longest city-name of any in the world, which translates into English as (roughly) “City of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Vishvakarman at Indra’s behest.” It is written in the native language as a single 164 character word.
9) What British city is associated with the “Three Js” of Jute, Journalism and Jam, being three industries of historical importance?
10) Marcel Duchamp’s 1917 work “Fountain”, initially rejected by the Society of Independent Artists but now considered a milestone in 20th Century Art, consisted of what?
1) THE ASSASSINATION OF JOHN F. KENNEDY
2) THE OCEAN THAT SURROUNDED THE SUPERCONTINENT
3) MAX VON SYDOW
4) ALAN MOORE
5) PLAYING THE BOARDGAME ‘OPERATION’
6) GENTLEMAN’S CLUBS
7) ENOLA GAY (Enola Gay Tibbets was the namesake of the plane that dropped the Atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Her son Paul flew that mission)
8) BANGKOK (accpt: Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit but check for spelling)
9) DUNDEE, SCOTLAND
10) A URINAL (signed ‘R. Mutt’ 1917)
Alan Moore, one of the most innovative and venerated comic writers ever, is also a very weird guy. He’s very tall, has a huge beard, and frequently names his occupation as “wizard”. He penned “The League Of Extraordinary Gentleman” comics, which feature re-imagined versions of Alan Quartermain, Dr, Jekyll and James Bond among others. He also wrote an erotic three-volume set of comics based on (barely) older versions of Alice from “Alice In Wonderland”, Dorothy from “Wizard Of Oz” and Wendy from “Peter Pan”. Despite all this borrowing, Moore complained vociferously when new authors were brought in to write continued stories based on characters he created for “The Watchmen”.
The Jam in Dundee’s three Js is actually marmalade. The story goes that marmalade was invented in Dundee by Janet Keiller in 1797, using a cargo of bitter Seville oranges. Supposedly her recipe made the bitter oranges more palatable, but I’ve had marmalade and I assure you that is not the case.
Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ is just a urinal, set at an angle away from the wall at which it would not be seen in normal use. Debate has never ceased about whether or not it really is art, but that didn’t stop a 2004 panel of British art professionals from voting it the single most influential piece of art of the 20th century. The urinal is, as it were, number one.