Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Weeklypedia Quiz #14, many fortnights later

Oh, and Merry Christmas.

It's been a long time since we did the [Weeklypedia] stroll. Lemme get back, baby where I come from. I started writing this quiz mid-summer, and since then have had to update two of the clues because of changing circumstances. Hint, hint?

But wow: as of the last Weeklypedia quiz, the presidential general election had barely started. I could've written a question about Sarah Palin, and it would've been really obscure. In fact, I think I had decided against just such a thing at some point earlier this year. Oh well, I'll have to switch to Jennifer Granholm questions instead.

1. In April 2001, American millionaire Dennis Tito became the first of this elite group, currently numbering six in the world.

2. On January 31, 1976, this Arizona native was killed in a bar fight. Ironically, the one suspect invoked his right to remain silent. The case was never solved.

3. An hairy man, this biblical character sold his birthright to his brother for a mess of pottage.

4. This large fish was thought to have gone extinct in the Cretaceous Period, until one was found alive off the coast of South Africa in 1938 (bonus points if you can spell it).

5. As a matter of protocol, this US Senator is currently (as of December, 2008) the highest among Senators on the ceremonial US order of precedence, but only under particular circumstances. Otherwise, it's President Pro Tempore Robert Byrd (D-WV).

6. She was America's first Second Lady and its second First Lady.

7. Twenty days after representatives of Spain and France met to ceremonially mark one of the property transfers from the Third Treaty of San Ildefonso, representatives of France and the US met in the same room in The Cabildo to transfer the same property as part of this agreement.

8. In 1898, in the only coup d'├ętat of a municipal government in US history, white supremacists took power over this city on the Cape Fear River, which is not, incidentally, in Delaware.


Anonymous said...

1. Billionaire? That's probably not right; there are more than 6 billionaires in the world.

2. The original Smokey the Bear? No, wait, he was from New Mexico. No idea.

3. Samson?

4. Coelanth?

5. No idea.

6. Abigail Adams. Oh, good, there is one that I know for sure,

7. The Louisiana Purchase?

8. No idea.

Clearly, there was no googling involved in my answers.

Troy said...

1. Space Tourist?

2. Miranda

3. Esau?

4. No idea

5. Majority Leader (Reid)?

6. Abigail Adams

7. Lousiana?

8.No idea, but I'll guess Charlotte

Fred said...

Holy crap! I never posted the answers!

1. What are space tourists?
2. Who was Miranda?
3. Who was Esau?
4. What is the Coelacanth?
5. Who is Hillary Clinton? (Her position, of course, is now changed again)
6. Who was Abigail Adams?
7. What is the Louisiana Purchase?
8. What is Wilmington, North Carolina (see the Wilmington Insurrection)?