Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Wednesday Quiz burns for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night


The Wednesday Quiz, in its third incarnation, is basically the same old weekly game of knowledge, intuition, inductive reasoning, and willingness to risk public embarrassment in a friendly and moderately supportive environment!!  

Traditionally, it is a closed-book quiz.

It is very possible that answers will come out over the weekend.

1. Nayarit, Sinaloa, and Tabasco are three of its states.

2. One of the most important figures in the history of chemistry, he named oxygen and hydrogen, made the first good list of the elements and established Sulfur as one of them, demonstrated the conservation of mass, and helped develop the metric system. One wonders what he might have achieved if he hadn't been pointlessly guillotined during the Terror.

3. It's that very stylized form of classical Japanese theater.

4. His favorite son had an amazing technicolor dreamcoat, or so we're told.

5. And this is a map of where?

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix,
angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night...
Identify, man.

7. From the wiki, because I'm on shaky ground here.
Some predictions of _________   ___________ differ significantly from those of classical physics, especially concerning the passage of time, the geometry of space, the motion of bodies in free fall, and the propagation of light. Examples of such differences include gravitational time dilation, gravitational lensing, the gravitational redshift of light, and the gravitational time delay. [Its] predictions have been confirmed in all observations and experiments to date.
What, specifically, are we talking about?

8. It's an official method of describing the weather in three countries: the Cayman Islands, Belize, and the United States of America.

9. The man talking in this photograph is in a leadership position for an enterprise of great import. What's his name?

10. What's this strategically important area called?


Express your answers in that very stylized form of classical Japanese theater.


Christine M. said...

1. Mexico
2. Lava - something - ier
3. kabuki
4. Joseph
5. Indonesia
6. Harry Potter, er, I mean, Allen Ginsberg
7. dunno
8. hurricanes?
9. Eisenhower
10. Dardanelles

Elizabeth said...

[scowls, crosses eyes]

Louis XVI

[draws sword, holds menacingly over head]


[stomps foot in meaningful pattern]

Galactic expansion

[stalks off the stage]

mrs.5000 said...

1 Mexico
2 Lavoisier?
3 Kabuki
4 Jacob
5 Indonesia
6 Howl
7 uh, Gaussian theory
8 Flaubert's Scale
9 Eisenhower
10 Dardanelles

gS49 said...

1. Mexico
2. Lavoisier
3. Kabuki
4. Jacob
5. Indonesia
6. Howl
7. Gravitation theory
8. Fahrenheit
9. Eisenhower
10. Dardanelles

Ben said...

1. Malaysia
2. Lawrence Livermore
3. Kabuki
4. Jacob? (Joseph was the one WITH the coat, I believe)
5. Indonesia
6. Hoffman, Abbie?
7. I'm going to guess gravitational physics due to the frequent use of "gravitational" in that definition
8. Feel (as in "it feels like 20 below")
9. Eisenhower, Dwight (Ike)
10. Dunno, but it looks like there might be an important shipping channel there

Michael5000 said...

Nicely stomped, E.

UnwiseOwl said...

1. Big Mexico.
2. Lavosier? Could be, I wanted Bohr, but that doesn't work at all.
3. Kabuki, I think, and since I am banned from drama class I'll jump give my answers like this, please.
4. That would be Jacob. Bonus points for everyone you snag saying "Joseph" oh king of misdirection.
5. Indonesia, I think, Sumatra is a giveaway.
6. Howl, Allan Ginsberg. Apparently we have to know about your damn beat poets, even here down under, because, you guys have a monopoly of culture, dontcherknow?
7. Gravitation theory. Ok, I got nothing, and "Gaussian" is maybe another option, but the "gravitational" on the front of all those things is a bit of a hint, surely.
8. Man, you seriously still use fahrenheit over there?
9. I like Mr. Eisenhower.
10. Ooh... now this is either Gallipoli or the Hellespont, depending what period you're tlaking about, but since it's D it must be the Dardannelles, which has always sounded far too French to be all the way over here, to me.
Thanks Michael, how many quizzes left now?

Michael5000 said...

In retrospect, I guess my decision to show two blanks instead of just one for answer seven didn't make it "too easy." They always seem kind of easy, when you've got the answer....

Michael5000 said...

1. Mexico.
2. Lavosier.
3. Kabuki.
4. Jacob! Misdirection unintentional! Angel-wrestling seemed too easy!
5. Indonesia.
6. "Howl," by Allen Ginsberg. We've got you "beat," eh, Owl? Heh...
7. OK! This is it!

The answer you've been waiting for!

General Relativity.

8. Man, we seriously still use Fahrenheit over here. Our Baby Boomers like things to stay just the way they were in their childhood. Talk to us again in 15 years.
9. Eisenhower.
10. the Dardannelles.

How many quizzes left now? That would be ONE. After which the Quiz, masthead, etc., is available to a good and caring home.

Voron X said...

I'm a little late on this, but:
1. Mexico
2. Laurent?
3. Kabuki
4. Jacob aka Israel
5. Indonesia aka Earthsea
6. Hemingway?
7. General Relativity! Confirmed by Mercury's classically odd orbit, thereby disproving the existance of the planet Vulcan, and hypothetical planet inside Mercury's orbit perturbations of which they thought was causing the oddities orbit they observed.
8. I don't think your'e going for Forecasting....Farmer's Almanac?
9. Eisenhower, Dwight D., General of the Army
X. Dardanelles.