POP QUIZ: SCANDALOUS BEHAVIOUR (answers)
Big congratulations this week to Tim B, who blew away the competition with a scandalous 9/10. Way to go, you ole’ muck-raker, you.
1) In 1963, what was the name of the woman with whom British Secretary Of State For War John Profumo had a steamy affair, only to later find out that her other boyfriend was a Soviet spy? The story was told in the 1989 film ‘Scandal’ starring John Hurt and Joanne Whalley.
2) Who drowned at Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts, after a car driven by Senator Edward ‘Teddy’ Kennedy drove off a bridge and into a tidal pool?
3) What US President’s administration weathered the ‘Teapot Dome’ scandal, in which officals took bribes from corporations seeking access to strategic oil reserves?
4) The “King-Byng” affair, in 1926, was a constitutional crisis in which The Governor General of Canada, Lord Bing Of Vimy (which is an awesome title, by the way) refused Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King’s request to do what?
5) In 1995, Brian Mulroney and top members of his cabinet were alleged by the RCMP to have accepted bribes from what manufacturer of airplanes, in exchange for approving an Air Canada contract to purchase several top-line jets?
6) What name was given to the supposed wild sex-orgy parties attended by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi?
7) In the US Presidential election of 2000 between George W Bush and Al Gore, much of the confusion was caused by small tabs of paper on some Florida ballots, which were inteded to be detached from the ballot in the voting booth but which had remained partially attached in many cases. What were the little tabs of paper called?
8) When South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford went ‘missing’ for six days in 2009, it was eventually revealed that he had been visiting a mistress. What outdoor activity did the governor claim to have been undertaking, before the truth came out?
9) The Gomery commission investigated which Canadian political scandal, in which the Federal Liberal Party was said to have misused public fund in the province of Quebec?
10) “Follow me around. I don’t care. I’m serious. If anybody wants to put a tail on me, go ahead. They’ll be very bored.” This double-dog-dare of a statement was made to the press by which 1988 Presidential hopeful, who in short order was discovered to be cheating on his wife with Donna Rice aboard a yacht called ‘The Monkey Business’?
1) CHRISTINE KEELER
2) MARY JO KOPECHNE
3) WARREN G HARDING
4) DISSOLVE PARLIAMENT, CALL AN ELECTION
6) BUNGA BUNGA PARTIES
7) HANGING CHADS
8) HIKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
9) ADSCAM (accept: SPONSORSHIP SCANDAL, SPONSORGATE)
10) GARY HART
I think “Hiking The Appalachian Trail” should have become a common euphemism. “Me and the ol’ lady were in the other room just now, ‘hiking the Appalachian trail’, if you know what I mean…”