Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Decathlon Event #3



Event #3: Historical Knowledge, Totally Old School

From memory, list the American Presidents of the 20th Century, in order. You may use scratch paper.

International Rules: Contestants who are citizens or residents of a country other than the United States of America may list the heads of state of their country (and its prececessor political entities where appropriate) throughout the 20th Century, in order.

You may submit your list either in the comments, or by email to M5Kdecathlon@gmail.com.

Judging: You'll get a point for every President correctly listed and another point for every correct sequence of three in a row. You'll lose a point for every extraneous point on the list. Example: For the 19 American Presidents who served in the 20th Century, a perfect list would score 19 points for the names, plus 17 points for all the correct series of three in a row, for a total of 36 points. International entries will be prorated as necessary.

Deadline: Lists must be submitted no later than 10 p.m. Thursday, May 8th (Pacific Daylight Time)

Remember, the deadline for Event #2 is 10 p.m. Friday.

25 comments:

Karin said...

1. Theodore Roosevelt
2. Theodore Roosevelt
3. Taft
4. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
5. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
6. Eisenhower
7. Truman
8. Kennedy
9. Johnson
10. Nixon
11. Ford
12. Carter
13. Reagan (ack, phipht)
14. Reagan (again, ack)
15. George H.W. Bush (the father)
16. Bill Clinton
17. Bill Clinton (again, ack)
18. George W. Bush (ack)
19. George W. Bush (again, ack ack)

fingerstothebone said...

I started out a citizen of another country and ended up in the US, so I'm splitting the 'presidents' too. You decide how to score it.

(Spellings might vary)

Emperor Guang Hsu
Emperor Yong Tzeng (oops, I just looked this up and I got this wrong)
Sun Yet-Sen
Yuen Hsi-Kai

Then split into 2 branches

ROC - Chang Kai-Shek
PRC - Mao Tze Tong

Then I'm in the US (well, ok, I didn't arrive until Ford):

Kennedy
Johnson
Nixon
Ford
Carter
Reagan
George (Herbert) Bush
Bill Clinton
George (Walker) Bush

fingerstothebone said...

Oops, I just looked at Karin's answers and see that, yes, you wanted the 2 term presidents listed twice. Well, you'll just have to take my word that I know who the 2 timers are. Listing them after having seen Karin's answers hardly seem quiz worthy.

La Gringissima said...

Teddy Roosevelt
Taft
Wilson
Harding
Coolidge
Hoover
FDR (4x)
Truman
Eisenhower (2x)
Kennedy
LBJ
Nixon (2x)
Ford
Carter
Reagan (2x)
Bush I
Clinton (2x)

Cartophiliac said...

Mckinley
Roosevelt, T
Taft
Wilson
Harding
Coolidge
Hoover
Roosevelt, FD
Truman
Eisenhower
Kennedy
Johnson, LB
Nixon
Ford
Carter
Reagan
Bush, HW
Clinton

Your quiz is messed up, sorry.

There were only 18 presidents who served in the 20th century... GW Bush, our current doofus in chief, may have been appointed to the presidency in the 20th century (by the SCOTUS) but he did not begin serving as POTUS until the 21st century...

d said...
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d said...

this. is. gonna be HILARIOUS. hilarious i tell you. i'm going backwards.

bush the younger and far more idiotic (does his election in 1999 count? i don't know so i'll leave him in.)
clinton (2)
bush the elder
reagan (2)
carter
ford
nixon
lbj (poor lbj)
kennedy
eisenhower (2)
truman
roosevelt (3 or 4)
wilson
harding
hoover
coolidge
taft (right? taft? eek)
teddy r (2, my gma is named after him)
mckinley

so, i did a 'year' count and multiple terms don't count as multiple entries, right?

probably bush the younger doesn't count either. or i can't remember multiple terms very well.

oh, hell, who am i kidding? i don't remember anyone before kennedy really.

Critical Bill said...

In reverse order:

1.Clinton
2.GHW Bush
3.Reagan
4.Carter
5.Ford
6.Nixon
7.LBJ
8.JFK
9.Ike
10.Truman
11.FDR

Now it gets hairy-

12.Hoover
13.Wilson
14.Taft
15.Ted Rooseveldt
16.Mckinley

DrSchnell said...

Actually, I never told you, but I'm from Zimbabwe. Our list: Robert Mugabe!

Well, OK....
1 William McKinley
2 Grover Cleveland?
3 That guy in between Cleveland's terms....Damn!!Warren Harding?
4 Grover Cleveland?
5 Woodrow Wilson
6 Calvin Coolidge
7 Herbert Hoover
8 Franklin D. Roosevelt
9 Harry Truman
10 Dwight Eisenhower
11 John F. Kennedy
12 Lyndon Johnson
13 Richard Nixon
14 Gerald Ford
15 Jimmy Carter
16 Ronald Reagan
17 George H.W. Bush
18 Bill Clinton
19 George W. Bush

mrs.5000 said...

Well, I'm very fuzzy about the beginning of the century, but have no reason to expect enlightenment between now and tomorrow evening. So here goes:

Theodore Roosevelt
Whatshisname Taft
Theodore Roosevelt again
Warren G. Harding
Woodrow Wilson
Calvin Coolidge
Herbert Hoover
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry Truman
Dwight D. Eisenhower
John F. Kennedy
Lyndon Johnson
Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
George Bush
Bill Clinton
I won't put George W. Bush on the list, since he didn't take office until Jan. 2001, and that makes him a 21st-century president no matter how you slice your centuries. So I've only got 18. Well, no need to panic. I won't dig myself any deeper by grasping at Millard Fillmores to round out the list.

Rebel said...

Wait... did you want it by terms?

Elizabeth said...

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.

No, they aren't part of the answer.

I have to go backwards because this is hard work, namin' the preznits of Uhmerca, hard work. Heh heh heh.

William Jefferson Clinton
George HW Bush
Ronald Reagan
Jimmy Carter
Gerald Ford
Richard Nixon
Lyndon B. Johnson
John F. Kennedy
What's-his-first-name Eisenhower

And now that we have gotten back to before I was even an undifferentiated mass of cells, the complete and total guess-a-thon - and just to confuse you, I'm now starting at the beginning of the twentieth century:

Theodore Roosevelt
Woodrow Wilson
Calvin Coolidge
Herbert Hoover

Oh, okay, that was just a list of four more presidents I think were in the 20th century. I'm pretty clueless about the rest of them.

Michael5000 said...

No need to specify the number of terms.

Chance said...

*yawn*
mckinley 25
tr 26, big sticks
taft 27
wilson 28
harding 29
not-very-coolidge (don't trust anyone over) 30
hoover (up) 31 flavors of ice cream
fdr 32
truman 33
eisenhower 34
jfk 35 minimum age for president, young man
36 lbj
nixon 37, not going to heaven
ford 38
carter 39, a friend of mine
reagan 40
bush 41
clinton 42, the answer to life, the universe, and republicans
w bush 43

karmasartre said...

T Roosevelt
Taft
Wilson
Coolidge
Harding
Hoover
FD Roosevelt
Truman
Eisenhower
Kennedy
Johnson
Nixon
Ford
Carter
Reagan
GHW BUsh
Clinton


Must be missing a couple...

boo said...

It might work best for me to go in reverse order. Okay, 1900s.

G. Bush the younger
Clinton
G. Bush the elder
Reagan
Carter
Ford
Nixon
Johnson
Kennedy
Eisenhower
Truman
FDR

Now I get lost a bit.
Hoover
Coolidge
Cleveland
Another Roosevelt
Taft
Hmmm

I do not think I did well here.

mhwitt said...

I like it!

1. William McKinley
2. Theodore Roosevelt
3. Robert Taft
4. Woodrow Wilson
5. Calvin Coolidge
6. Warren G. Harding
7. Herbert Hoover
8. Franklin Roosevelt
9. Harry Truman
10. Dwight Eisenhower
11. John F. Kennedy
12. Lyndon Johnson
13. Richard Nixon
14. Gerald Ford
15. Jimmy Carter
16. Ronald Reagan
17. George H. W. Bush
18. William Jefferson Clinton
19. George W. Bush

chuckdaddy said...

1. Teddy
2. Taft
3. Wilson
4. Can't remember... I'll just say Hayes
5. Harding
6. Humphrey
7. Coolidge
8. FDR
9. Truman
10. Eisenhower
11. Kennedy
12. Lyndon B Johnson
13. Nixon
14. Ford
15. Carter
16. Reagan
17. H Dubya
18. Clinton
19. Dubya

Dan said...

19? Really? Ah, that's killing me. All I could come up with is 17 and that's with one that is almost certainly wrong. I hope you're not counting W, as he wasn't 20th Century. I was tempted to cheat and look at my secondary blog:
http://doublezeroopresidents.blogspot.com/
but I didn't. And I can't remember any more today than yesterday, so here goes:

Roosevelt (T)
Harrison (almost certainly wrong)
Taft
Wilson
Harding
Coolidge
Roosevelt (FD)
Truman
Eisenhower
Kennedy
Johnson
Nixon
Ford
Carter
Reagan
Bush
Clinton

Dan said...

Goddamn you to hell, Herbert Hoover. Goddamn you straight to hell.

Nichim said...

My father could, and probably does, do this in his sleep, complete with vice-presidents, dates and important legislation. If he has his way, so can his students. On the other hand, I went to Quaker school and we learned about important labor and civil rights leaders, not that I could list them in order either. So here's a random list of 20th century presidents, or people I think were presidents:

Teddy Roosevelt
Taft
Warren G. Harding
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Calvin Coolidge (I don't know where he goes, really)
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Kennedy
Lyndon Johnson
Gerald Ford
Richard Nixon
Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
George Bush Sr.
Bill Clinton

Nichim said...

As a fan of awesome names (thank you, Calvin Coolidge!), I'm sad to say that it seems I forgot Herbert Hoover, and if Rutherford B. Hayes is in there somewhere, I'm dreadfully sorry to have forgotten him as well.

Michael5000 said...

OK, let's begin with the answers.

Actually, before we get to the answers, let's do the apology and confession. In my scoring example, I said that there were 19 U.S. Presidents during the 20th Century. There weren't. There were only 18. I realize that that led some of you astray, and I apologize for that.

Here are the 18, in proper order:

McKinley
Roosevelt, Theodore
Taft
Wilson
Harding
Coolidge
Hoover
Roosevelt, Franklin
Truman
Eisenhower
Kennedy
Johnson
Nixon
Ford
Carter
Reagan
Bush
Clinton

Karin said...

I can't believe I forgot Wilson, a war time president, even! Sheesh! Nevermind all my other mistakes and ommissions. Feh.

Michael5000 said...

And the First Place Winner of Event #3, with a perfect list, is Cartophiliac. 1200 points.

In Second Place, a perfect list with the 21st Century President tacked on, is Chance, for 1000 points.

In Third Place, La Gringissima is in the winners' circle again for 800 points.

Fourth Place and 600 points goes to Phineas.

A tie for Fifth between mhwitt and Jovaliquilts nets them 400 points apiece.

This is the first L&TM5K Quiz I have ever been able to take myself, since I didn't have to research the answers in advance. FYI, I came in Twelfth.

With two events complete, this puts Cartophiliac in the lead, but since I'm going to go tabulate up Event #4 now I won't belabor the current standings.