All right Cool Cats and Kittens, you steel souled gatherers of groove, you lusters of the crooked smile, the neon spandex jacket, and the all messy, dirty thoughts that cannot be helped by prayer. It is time to put on your metallic colored caps of thinking and squeeze out the delicious strains of useless knowledge like the yellow matter custard that John spoke of. Here’s the Daddy: First two people who answer all eleven questions correctly will have 3 cocktails purchased for them at one of my favorite bars. This deal is “on the belly” – so step up and be counted. The questions, like my blog, mean nothing and everything, so pour yourself a tall cool one and tax those dark shadows in your brain. “Luck is the residue of design” the Old Branch said, so let’s start crackin.
1. The Hoff crab is a type of yeti crab discovered in 2010 on the Southern Ocean floor near Antarctica. It is named after:
A) Abbie Hoffman , political and social activist who co-founded the Yippies and was thrown off the stage at Woodstock in 1969 by Pete Townsend when he tried to interrupt The Who’s performance.
B) David “the Hoff” Hasselhoff because the crab has many hairs on its abdomen and it reminded the scientists of the strapping hairy chested actor.
C) The great relief pitcher Trevor Hoffman, one time save leader in the MLB.
D) For Helsinki, Finland – home of crab discoverer Vaanta Kaajanokka.
2. Lew Wallace was a Civil War general and Governor of the New Mexico territory. He broke his promise to pardon Billy the Kid after the Lincoln County Wars in 1879. He is also famous for :
A) inventing the Graham Cracker
B) making the first baseball glove
C) writing the religious classic Ben-Hur
D) is distantly related to Frankie Valle of the Four Seasons
3. We all love that wacky yet pleasantly attractive Gilligan from ” Gilligan’s Island”. What was his first name on the show?
B) Gill as in Gill Egan
4. Rockstar Warren Zevon ‘s (“Werewolves of London”, “Poor,Poor,Pitiful Me” ) father was:
A) A minor league catcher in the Los Angeles Dodger organization
B) Part of L.A. Gangster Mickey Cohen’s gang
C) Invented a life saving tool used today by lifeguards in Santa Monica
D) Invented the Pez dispenser
5. If the amount of soldiers who died in the American Civil War were to be computed to the current population of the United States population there would be
A) 700,000 – 1,000,000 dead
B) 2,000,000 – 3,000,000 dead
C) 4 ,000,000 – 5 ,000,000 dead
D) 6,000,000-7,000,000 dead
6. The Powers that Be took over Bob Lee’s pad during the Civil War and turned it into Arlington National Cemetery. (Bob’s estate sued and it was returned to his family, then they sold it back to the Government). Besides JFK, only one other President is buried there. Which one ?
A) Ike Eisenhower
B) Andy Jackson
C) Billy Taft
D) Ted Roosevelt
7. Charlie Lindberg was known for being the first to fly across the Atlantic on a solo. He was also known to have spread his seed counting 12 children he called his own. How many of those were illegitimate (conceived outside of his marriage to Anne Morrow)?
A) all 12
8. The word is that Sasha Baron Cohen is going to play Fred Mercury of the rock group Queen in a up and coming movie bio. Who didn’t dig that stick microphone and his huge overbite ? Fred is from what descendants ?
9. Wilshire Blvd is named after Gaylord Wilshire, the socialist millionaire, who made and lost a number of fortunes and had even less respect for the mighty dollar than I do. How much of this famed street did he actually own?
A) 16 miles
B) 7 miles
C) 1 mile
D) 4 blocks
10. Los Angeles was a delicious cesspool of corruption and vice until the new police chief Bill Parker (Parker Center) took over in 1950. Sure, he cleaned up Los Angeles, but don’t we all miss the days when the L.A. Vice squad ran their own prostitution ring and the coppers were extorting dough from the local hoodlums? Chief Bill had his issues : “After trying to absorb Parker’s brilliance by day, I would, too often by night, drive him home drunk. And I mean loaded. He drank until words slurred and stairs became a hazard. He would repeat the same thought over and over until he became a terrible bore.” Who said this about the Chief ?
A) Future L.A. mayor Sam Yorty
B) Jack Webb of Dragnet fame
C) Future Police chief Darrell Gates
D) L.A. Ram Quarterback Roman Gabriel
11. In 1928 Walt Disney lost one of his cartoon characters to Universal Pictures. 78 years later the Walt Disney Company through a trade with NBC Universal got the characters back when NBC got the rights to sportscaster supreme Al Michaels. What cartoon character did the Disney Company get back?
A) Mickey Mouse
B) Arnold Schwarzenegger
C) Donald Duck
D) Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
So there you have it. Enter as many times as you like. Free booze is in the future of the 2 winners. Good luck and cocktails are on me. Groove.