Sunday, April 13, 2008

Weeklypedia 5 & 6: Pick Up Sticks

I've been pretty busy the last couple of weeks for a variety of reasons, some of which I'll be blogging about shortly. So, I've been neglectful of the Weeklypedia quizzes and it's time to play catch-up. In the immortal words of Sir Mix-a-Lot: "Unh! Double-up! Unh! Unh!"

Oh, and here are the answers to Weeklypedia #4.

Weeklypedia Quiz #5

1. Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin drew harsh criticism in 2004 for her book that defended this American policy of World War II.

2. This Democratic politician served as the first Director of the Peace Corps and Ambassador to France in the 1960s, and was a Vice Presidential candidate and father of a First Lady of California.

3. Three-time Oscar-winning (and six-time nominated) film editor Thelma Schoonmaker has been primarily known for her association with this American director.

4. The most prominent Opera composer at the time of Italian unification, this man's last name was also used as an acronym signifying Italian King Victor Emmanuel II.

5. Get too close to one of these, and physicists theorize that the gravity gradient will stretch your body into a long, thin strip of matter, a process they call spaghettification.

6. At about 290 pounds, this pitcher for the Cleveland Indians is the heaviest player in Major League Baseball.

7. The two co-founders of this company (who also share a first name) got their start designing a prototype for the arcade game Breakout for Atari within four days.

8. If you steal cargo on the high seas, you may be known as a pirate. If you do it with the sponsorship of a state, you may be known as this.

OK, here we go again.

Weeklypedia Quiz #6 (This one is Nazi-heavy)

1. The Japanese term for a samurai without a master, or a 1998 Robert DeNiro film directed by John Frankenheimer.

2. Canadian scholar and theorist on communications and media Marshall McLuhan broke the fourth wall in a famous cameo appearance in this 1977 comedy.

3. Anybody? Anybody? This actor, columnist and former Nixon staffer is now (sadly -ed.) starring in a documentary film promoting the concept of "Intelligent Design."

4. It is a historical uncertainty whether this German physicist knowingly slowed his work on the atomic bomb to prevent his Nazi employers from attaining it.

5. Ernst Röhm was purged from the leadership of this colorful Nazi organization, arrested personally by Adolf Hitler on the Night of Long Knives, because he was a homosexual.

6. (Last Nazi one, I swear) Valkyrie, a film by Usual Suspects director Bryan Singer about the July 20th plot to assassinate Hitler, has faced barriers to filming in Germany because of the religion of this actor, its star.

7. Italian printer Aldus Mantius is believed to have first used this punctuation mark to separate individual clauses that are nonetheless related to one another.

8. One of this American songwriter's biggest hits was the song "Without You," a cover of a Badfinger song that was later a major hit again, for Mariah Carey.

It's over! 26.2 miles of trivia!

1 comment:

Fred said...

Quiz #5 Answers
1. Japanese American Internment
2. Sargent Shriver
3. Martin Scorsese
4. Giuseppe Verdi (Vittorio Emanuele Re D'Italia)
5. black hole
6. CC Sabathia
7. Apple
8. a privateer

Quiz #6 Answers
1. Ronin
2. Annie Hall
3. Ben Stein
4. Werner Heisenberg
5. the Brown Shirts (SA)
6. Tom Cruise
7. the semicolon
8. Harry Nilsson