POP QUIZ: THIRD TIME’S A CHARM (answers)

Thanks once again to Michel for this excellent quiz. Apparently, you folks thought it was a bit of a stumper. And so…

Congratulations to Michelle B who took top score with a completely assailable 4/10! Wow. Great job, Michelle. Seriously, this was a tough quiz and you beat everyone else. Good for you.

1) In Canada’s third general election in 1874, who took the office of Prime Minister?
2) In a controversial moment at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, US medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in a ‘black power’ salute while on the podium. The third man on the podium, the silver medalist, did not raise his fist. What country did he represent?
3) Who died in a motorcycle accident in July 1999 at age 69, despite having earlier in his life traveled 230,000 miles crash-free to become the third man to walk on the moon?
4) Who is commonly held to have been Henry VIII’s third wife?
5) What was the title of the third book in Douglas Adams’ “Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy” trilogy, of which there were five parts?
6) What was the third biblical plague of Egypt?
7) What is Newton’s Third Law Of Motion?
8) According to Hallmark, the ‘modern’ gift for a 3rd wedding anniversary should be crystal or glass. What is the ‘traditional’ appropriate gift for a 3rd anniversary?
9) In the original line-up of “My Three Sons”, what was the name of the third son, played by Stanley Livingston (I presume)? He was the youngest, until adopted Ernie came along.
10) Measuring by either diameter or mass, what is the 3rd largest of Jupiter’s moons?

1) ALEXANDER MACKENZIE (The first two elections, 1867 amd 1872, had both been won by John A. Macdonald.)
2) AUSTRALIA (Peter Norman. Really interesting story about this very cool guy here: http://griotmag.com/en/white-man-in-that-photo/)
3) PETE CONRAD
4) JANE SEYMOUR (Queen of England and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. She had a heck of a life.)
5) LIFE THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING
6) LICE (according to the bible, “All the dust throughout the land of Egypt became lice” which is… you know… A LOT.)
7) TO EVERY ACTION THERE IS ALWAYS OPPOSED AN EQUAL REACTION (usually paraphrased in modern parlance as “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Newton’s original was actually in Latin: “Actioni contrariam semper et æqualem esse reactionem: sive corporum duorum actiones in se mutuo semper esse æquales et in partes contrarias dirigi.” Show off.)
8) LEATHER (depends on how you want to celebrate, I suppose…)
9) CHIP (Richard ‘Chip’ Douglas)
10) IO

For question 4, Michel’s original submission didn’t have the ‘commonly held’ part. I added that. There’s some real weirdness around ol’ Hank’s six wives. Let’s start simple: he didn’t have six wives. At least one and possibly two of his marriages were officially annulled, which (if you follow churchy type rules) means they never happened. And then there was the Anne Boleyn thing, where he claimed they were never married because he was still technically married to his previous wife… a marriage which had been annulled. And although he and Anne Boleyn were ‘never married’, he still managed to execute her for adultery. He did have six weddings, though. Hank liked a party.

Thanks,
QM Bill

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