Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Thursday Quiz XLII


The Thursday Quiz!

The Thursday Quiz is an "Is It or Isn't It" game. From the list of twelve items, your job is to determine whether each IS or ISN'T a true example of the week's category.

Remember always to eschew hubris:

No research, Googling, Wikiing, or use of reference books. The Thursday
Quiz is a POP quiz. Violators will be turned into a swan, or something.
This Week's Category is on a superhuman scale!

Gods and Goddesses

Are they or aren't they accurately described members of the ancient pantheons?

1. Aphrodite - Greek goddess of love and beauty
2. Ganesha - In Hinduism, and sometimes in Jainism or Buddhism, the remover of obstacles and "Lord of Beginnings"
3. Harmonium - Roman god of music and concord
4. Hestia - Greek goddess of the hearth and home
5. Isis - Greek goddess of beginnings, women, and the home
6. Jupiter - Roman god of the sea
7. Loki - Norse trickster god of mischief, strife and fire
8. Minerva - Roman goddess of warriors, poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, and music
9. Osiris - Egyptian god of the underworld
10. Poseidon - Greek god of the underworld
11. Quetzalcoatl - Norse god of war and metallurgy
12. Shiva - One of the three (or perhaps of the six, depending on who you ask) aspects of the divine in Hinduism, representing the forces of destruction or transformation.

As payment for your passage across the dark river, post your answers in the comments.


Anonymous said...

1 / are
2 / aren't
3 / are
4 / are
5 / aren't
6 / aren't
7 / are
8 / aren't
9 / are
10 / aren't
11 / aren't
12 / are

Not getting relationship between hubris/google. Also, not knowing correct answers.

Unknown said...

1) Is accurate
2) Is accurate
3) Nope
4) Is accurate
5) Nope
6) Nope
7) Is accurate
8) Hmm.... I think same as Athena, so it's accurate.
9)Nope. You're thinking Anubis
11) LOL! Nope
12) Is accurate

Nichim said...

1. Is
2. Is
3. Is a musical instrument, not a deity
4. Is
5. Is Egyptian, not Greek
6. Is god of thunder and stuff, not of sea
7. Is
8. Is
9. Is the one I am least confident about. Will say Is with fingers crossed.
10. Is god of sea, not of underworld
11. Is Aztec, not Norse
12. Is

Yankee in England said...

f-Aztec god of sky or heavan or maybe both

DrSchnell said...

1. yes
2. yes, I think he's that elephant-head dude that always kinda creeps me out.
3. no
4. yes
5. no
6 no
7. no
8. yes
9. yes
10 no
11. no
12. yes

Anonymous said...

1 Aphrodite yes
2 Ganesha yes
3 Harmonium no -- was Harmonia,
a goddess
4 Hestia yes
5 Isis no -- Egyptian
6 Jupiter no -- sky
7 Loki yes, but victim of
bad press
8 Minerva yes
9 Osiris yep, altho I've
never met him
10 Poseidon no, altho he did
cause earthquakes
11 Quetz.. not even close
12 Shiva yes

Cartophiliac said...

1. is
2. is (please do not feed peanuts to my god)
3. isn't (you made that up?)
4. is
5. isn't (Eygptian)
6. isn't (CEO)
7. is
8. is
9. is
10. isn't (would that be an "adventure"
11. way isn't (Maya/Aztec)
12. is

Christine M. said...

1. yes
2. yes, but not in Buddhism
3. no
4. yes
5. no
6. no
7. yes
8. yes
9. yes
10. no
11. no
12. yes

Elizabeth said...

1. Why, yes, thank you for the homage.
2. I've not seen Ganesh'a' but otherwise yes.
3. No, that would be Accordion.
4. Yes.
5. No.
6. No.
7. Yes.
8. Yes, but didn't know about the music part.
9. Yes.
10. No, even though the ocean is quite deep.
11. No, you're thinking of Cortes, Spanish god of smallpox.
12. Every ending is a new beginning - yes!

Rebel said...

1 Is
2 Is
3 mmmmm did you use this on the chemical elements quiz? I'm going to say Isn't
4 Is!! I did a "which goddess are you" meme once and I was Hestia. =)
5 Isis Isis Ra Ra Ra - Is Not a Greek goddess, I'm pretty sure she's Egyptian
6 Ooooohhhh... I'm not that sure of my Roman mythology, most of the same gods as the Greek but they all have different names. I'll say Is.
7 Is not?
8 Is
9 Is
10 Isn't - he's god of the sea
11 Isn't - Quetzalcoatl is either Aztec or Mayan
12 Is

So Say We All!

Anonymous said...

1 yes, 2 no, 3 no, 4 yes, 5 no, 6 no, 7 yes, 8 yes, 9 yes, 10 no, 11 no, 12 yes.

McGuff said...

1. Yes
2. Yes
3. No
4. Yes
5. No
6. No
7. Yes
8. Yes
9. No
11. Nope - keeper of the only scandium deposit in the Aztec world - and my favorite word from 6th grade history class
12. Yes - and quite unrelated, the name of an old technology solution involving large banks of shared modems.

fingerstothebone said...

1. Yes
2. Yes
3. No?
4. Yes
5. Yes
6. No.
7. Yes
8. Yes
9. Yes
10. No
11. No
12. Yes

fingerstothebone said...

Argh, I see in my haste I didn't pay close enough attention to #5! You trickster you.

KelleyI said...

These are pretty much all guesses:
1. Is
2. Is
3. Isn't
4. Is
5. Isn't
6. Is
7. Is
8. Isn't
9. Is

Okay Mikey, I would like to make some suggestions for quiz topics: identify that dinner from that diaper, name that baby food, which Sesame Street character is it ... I know I can ace those quizzes! :)

Anonymous said...

1 yes
2 yes, if by "Lord of Beginnings" you mean "that lucky elephant guy."
3 no. You and your harmonia.
4 Hestia, Hestia. No?
5 no
6 no, that would be Neptune. Jupiter's the one with the big red spot.
7 yes
8 Minerva? She's our neighbor's cat! But, hmmm, I think of Apollo as being head liberal arts god, but I suppose there's some overlap. Yes.
9 yes
10 well, Poseidon was Greek god of the sea (and Adventure!), and I don't think he had jurisdiction in the underworld also, so, no.
11 which is why the Aztecs were weirded out to see him. No.
12 yes

Unknown said...

rather late to the game, but...

1. is
2. sure. is
3. isn't
4. is
5. not sure about the "home" part, but sure. is.
6. isn't
7. is
8. is
9. is
10. isn't
11. isn't
12. is

Rex Parker said...


The "isn't"s are:

11, 10, 5, 3, 6

There's gotta be more, but none of them seem horribly wrong.


Anonymous said...

Shoot. I almost missed it!

1. IS
2. IS
3. Isn't
3. IS
5. Isn't
6. Isn't
7. Hmm Is but not always a god
8. IS
9. IS
10. Isn't
11. Isn't
12. Is

Whew. I hope that is in under the wire.

Anonymous said...

The second 3 is supposed to be 4, I am sorry. I was typing fast. But Vesta is a fave of mine and she is Hestia as you know.

And she is an excuse to play Whiter Shade of Pale in the classroom sometimes.

Michael5000 said...

Will the real dieties please stand up!

1. Aphrodite - YES
2. Ganesha - YES
3. Harmonium - No. A harmonium is still just a musical instrument.
4. Hestia - YES.
5. Isis - No, that description was mostly Hestia. Isis was Egyptian, and had an inclusive docket.
6. Jupiter - No. Neptune was the Roman god of the sea. Jupiter was the Roman head honcho god.
7. Loki - YES
8. Minerva - YES
9. Osiris - YES
10. Poseidon - No. He was the Greek god of the sea.
11. Quetzalcoatl - No. An Aztec deity, as you all knew.
12. Shiva - YES

Michael5000 said...

Aaaand you had to be perfect in today's strong showings to win a star. Fortunately, we had no less than SEVEN (7) perfect entries, forcing me to open a new case of Greens.

Taking her third Star ever -- but also her third Star in just four weeks -- the Gold went to night owl Nichim, the first 12/12 score across the finish line. It's her first Gold.

Earning back-to-back Silvers -- the first to pull that trick since Mrs.5000 back in TQXXIX & TQXXX -- gs49 brings home the TQXLII Silver Star. They are his first two stars.

It's a big night for Cartophiliac! Taking his first Blue Star, he completes his set, joining the list of Quiz Legends with one of each color of Star to their names. Respect!

Except -- What's this! Elizabeth takes one of this week's Green Stars, which completes HER set as well! Ladies and Gentlemen, we are inaugerating TWO Quiz Legends this week! More Respect!

Other Greens go to Rex Parker, la gringissima, and Boo. Respect to them, too!

Michael5000 said...

@karma: I thought you might go with "are" and "aren't." I was kind of looking forward to it.

Also, wow! Somebody reads the introductory stuff! I'm touched.

@Todd: Oooh, tough break. Anubis is the OTHER Egyptian god of the underworld.

@DrSchnell: Aw, Ganesha is my favorite pantheist deity! How can you not love the Lord of Beginnings?

@La Gringissima: Buddhism is a big tent....

@Phineas: Ooh, bummer... no #10! I appreciated the scandium reference though, and share your appreciation for the word "Quetzlcoatl." When I was in a bowling league in Kansas, our team was called "The Quetzlcoatls." Our Cheer? "Flap! Flap! Hiss! Hiss!"

@KelleyI: Okay, now that's just gross. Albeit funny.

@boo: Eh, who needs an excuse to play "Whiter Shade of Pale" in the classroom. Trip that light fandango!

Anonymous said...

blast, foiled again...

Rex Parker said...

I completely object to the fact that you have to be up late at night to win this thing. Booooo!

And I am not saying "Boo-urns."


Michael5000 said...

Wow! I'm being BOOED!! I'm so excited!

You know you're a big deal, when the haters show up....

Yankee in England said...

It works out great for me I am GMT so I just get up 15 min early for work and do the quiz. Sucks having to wait for the answers though have to wait 24 hours due to sleep paterns. M5K would you mind posting the answers at 10:30GMT or 2:30PST

Michael5000 said...

@Yank: I'll tell you what -- I'll set my alarm for 2:30 every Friday morning and send the answers to you in a personal message. Nothing's too good for my readers.

Yankee in England said...

Thanks that would really be nice. It would save me the 5-10 minutes I spend on google afterter I finish each quiz.