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02/04/2023 An Unexamined Life #9   1 comment

Welcome to installment #9. These questions are a little more intense but very interesting answers should be forthcoming. And for those of you who feel these questions are dark and threatening, here’s one for you tamer or lamer folks: How many cute and furry puppies must you save from a fate worse than death to be considered a true pet lover? LOL

Let’s get going!


  • If you were able to wake up tomorrow in the body of someone else, would you do so? Whom would you pick?
  • If you are happily married, and then met someone you felt certain would always bring you deeply passionate, intoxicating love, would you leave your spouse? What if you had kids?
  • When you do something ridiculous, how much does it bother you to have other people notice it and laugh at you?
  • Who is the most important person in your life? What could you do to improve the relationship? Will you ever do it?
  • Assuming that complete recovery was instantaneous, would you be willing to accept a year of complete paralysis below the neck to prevent the otherwise certain extinction of the blue whale?


  • Do you believe in capital punishment? Would you be willing to execute a man sentenced to death by the courts if you were selected by lot to do so and he would go free if you refused? Assume you know no details of the trial.
  • If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
  • You are at a lake with some friends; the sun is warm, and the water is cold. Going into the water would temporarily chill you but you knew that later on the warm sun would be even more enjoyable and you’d be glad you had gone in. Would you take the plunge?
  • Do you believe in any sort of God? If not, do you think you might still pray if you were in a life-threatening situation?
  • While out one day, you are surprised to see your mother holding hands with someone who is clearly her lover. She notices you, runs over, and begs you not to say anything to your father. How would you respond? What would you do if your father later told you that he was going crazy because he kept thinking your mother was having an affair yet knew it was just his imagination?


  • If 100 people your age were chosen at random, how many do you think you’d find leading a more satisfying life than yours?
  • If you went to a beach and it turned out to be a nude beach, would you stay and go swimming? Would you swim nude?
  • Have you had satisfying sex within the last three months?
  • Would it disturb you much if, upon your death, your body were simply thrown into the woods and left to rot? Why?
  • Which would you prefer: a wild, turbulent life filled with joy, sorrow, passion, and adventure – intoxicating successes and stunning setbacks; or a happy, secure, predictable life surrounded by friends and family without such wide swings of fortune and mood?



01/04/2023 An Examined Life #5   Leave a comment

Today is as good a day as any to continue this series with installment #5. It should make for interesting discussions to start the new year. I hope you enjoy these topics because they seem to be more interesting than those that came before. Just remember:

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”


  • Can you urinate in front of another person?
  • If you walk out of your house one morning and saw a bird with a broken wing huddled in some nearby bushes, what would you do?
  • Assume there were a technological breakthrough that would allow people to travel as easily and cheaply between continents as between nearby cities. Unfortunately, there would also be 100,000 deaths a year from the device. Would you try to prevent its use?
  • You and a person you love deeply are placed in separate rooms with a button next to each of you. You know you will both be killed unless one of you presses your button before 60 minutes pass; furthermore, the first to press the button will save the other person but will immediately be killed. What do you think you would do?
  • When you tell a story, do you often exaggerate or embellish it? If so, why?


  • Do you feel that advice from older people carries a special weight because of their greater experience?
  • Without your kidney as a transplant, someone close to you will die within one month. The odds that you will survive the operation are only 50%, but should you survive, you would be certain of a normal life expectancy. Would you consent to the operation?
  • When has your life dramatically changed as the result of some seemingly random external influence? How much do you feel in control of the course of your life?
  • If a friend were almost always late, would you resent it or simply allow for it? Can you be counted on to be on time?
  • When did you last yell at someone? Why? Did you later regret it?


  • Would you be willing to have horrible nightmares every night for a year if you would be rewarded with extraordinary wealth?
  • If you could have free, unlimited service for five years from an extremely good cook, chauffeur, housekeeper, masseuse, or personal secretary, which would you choose?
  • Would you be willing to go to a slaughterhouse? Do you eat meat?
  • Would you enjoy spending a month of solitude in a beautiful natural setting? Food and shelter would be provided but you would not see another person.
  • After a medical examination, your doctor calls and gravely says you have a rare lymphatic cancer with only a few months to live. Five days later, she informs you that the lab test was mislabeled, and you are perfectly healthy. Forced for a moment to look death in the face, you have been allowed to turn and go on. During those difficult days you would certainly have gained some insights about yourself. Do you think they would be worth the pain?



12/29/2022 🌞The Eighties🌞   Leave a comment

I’m a lover of trivia as you all know. Many of you claim to be as well and in recent weeks I’ve had a few people boasting of their knowledge of trivia from that era. I decided today to supply all of you with ten questions pertaining to the 1980’s and all of the weirdness that went on at that time. The answers will be provided at the end of the post. No cheating please.

1. For appearing in what magazine did Vanessa Williams, the first black Miss America, have to give up her title?

2. What movie featured the Beach Boys only number one hit of the 1980s, Kokomo?

3. What company introduced the popular arcade videogame Centipede in 1980?

4. Who sang the number one hit “Shake You Down” in 1986?

5. In commercials for cars and trucks, what was pitch man “Joe Isuzu” known for?

6. What strange and unpopular character was quickly dispatched as a Burger King pitch man in 1986?

7. What was “The Icky Shuffle”?

8. What was the name of Doc Brown’s dog in the movie Back to the Future?

9. What popular videogame character made his debut in the 1981 arcade hit Donkey Kong?

10.What arcade character was chased by a purple snake named Colly?


1-Penthouse, 2-Cocktail, 3-Atari, 4-Gregory Abbott, 5-Lying, 6-Herb, 7-NFL Touchdown dance, 8-Einstein ,9-Mario, 10-Q*bert

11/18/2021 Mindbusters Answers   Leave a comment

As promised, here are the answers to the questions posted a few days ago. I certainly hope someone out there was able to answer them all correctly. It’s been a long time since I found someone who did.


26 = Letters of the Alphabet

7 = Wonders of the World

1001 = Arabian Nights

12 = Signs of the Zodiac

54 = Cards in a Deck (with the Joker)

9 = Planets in the Solar System

88 = Piano Keys

18 = Holes on a Golf Course

32 = Degrees Fahrenheit at which Water Freezes

90 = Degrees in a Right Angle

200 = Dollars for Passing GO in Monopoly

8 = Sides on a Stop Sign

3 = Blind Mice (See How They Run)

4 = Quarts in a Gallon

24 = Hours in a Day

1 = Wheel on a Unicycle

5 = Digits in a Zip Code

57 = Heinz Varieties

11 = Players on a Football Team

1000 = Words that a Picture is Worth

29 = Days in February in a Leap Year

40 = Days and Nights of the Great Flood

64 = Squares on a Checkerboard

13 = Donuts in a Bakers Dozen

52 = Weeks in a Year

11/16/2021 Mindbusters   Leave a comment

I needed a break from writing today and decided to offer something a little different than the usual.

I posted this quiz for the first time in 2008. No one was able to answer all of the questions then, not even me. Some are very easy and some are very difficult, hence the name. My best response back in the day was 21 out of 25 correct answers. Have a go at it and see how you do. I’ll post all of the answers in a few days. That will give you a little time to work on it. Have fun . . .

Each number corresponds to a common phrase.

Example: 12 = I. in a F. Answer: 12 = INCHES in a FOOT.

26 = L. of the A.

7 = W. of the W.

1001 = A.N.

12 = S. of the Z.

54 = C. in a D. (with the J.)

9 = P. in the S.S.

88 = P.K.

18 = H. on a G.C.

32 = D.F. at which W.F.

90 = D. in a R.A.

200 = D. for P.G. in M.

8 = S. on a S.S.

3 = B.M. (S.H.T.R.)

4 = Q. in a G.

24 = H. in a D.

1 = W. on a U.

5 = D. in a Z.C.

57 = H.V. 11 = P. on a F.T.

1000 = W. that a P. is W.

29 = D. in F. in a L.Y.

40 =D. and N. of the G.F.

64 = S. on a C.

13 = D. in a B.D.

52 = W. in a Y.



Posted November 16, 2021 by Every Useless Thing in Bitch & Complain, Education, Quiz, Trivia

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02-02-2016 – Retro TV Trivia Answers!   Leave a comment


But first a quick announcement:

Another year has come and gone and it’s again time to give the big one-fingered salute to our old friend “Phil” sitting comfortably atop Gobbler’s Knob in Punxatawney, PA.  A second salute also goes out to each and every one of the political hacks, suck-ups, and talking heads trying to make a splash on the local media.  For me it doesn’t take a stupid groundhog to tell me there’ll be six more weeks of winter.  I have a dumb-ass cat that can figure that one out.



Now back to the trivia answers:

Some of you and I won’t mention any names (Sylvia) made a valiant attempt to coerce some trivia answers out of me yesterday. I may be cheap but I’m not easy but nice try anyway.  Here they are.


1.  123 1/2 Sesame Street.

2.  Four.

3.  The Church of What’s Happening Now.

4.  A policeman, a minor role.

5.  John Wayne, who then recommended his little known actor friend James Arness for the role.

6.  Happy Days.

7.  From it’s star, Redd Foxx, who was born John Elroy Sanford.

8.  The USS Yorktown.

9.  Billie Jo, Bobbie Jo, Betty Jo, and uncle Joe.

10. Perry Masonry.

BONUS ANSWER – At  age 30, after 12 years as a  platinum blonde and 18 as a natural brunette.


I hope you had fun trying to figure these out.  The next list will be posted in a week or so and I’ll make sure they’re as just as difficult.


09-09-2015 Journal–More Personal Questions!   Leave a comment

A short time ago I posted ten questions created to assist a person in examining their own motivations and ethics when confronted with difficult problems.  I was surprised by some of  the responses and even more so by the numerous requests for additional questions.  Never let it be said I don’t respond to my readers.

Here are ten more puzzlers to get you thinking along with my own answers.

1.   Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by five years to become extremely attractive?

a.  No, I’d prefer to have the women I know become more attractive. Then I’d give up the five years without hesitation.

2.   Have you ever considered suicide? If yes, what is so important to you that without it life would not be worth living?

a. Yes, my eyesight.

3.   If your friends and acquaintances were willing to bluntly and honestly tell you what they really thought of you, would you want them to?

a. Sure why not.  For the most part I know my faults but maybe I’d find out about one I wasn’t aware of. Either way I don’t really care.

4.   Do you believe in capital punishment?  Would you be willing to execute a man sentenced to death by the courts if you were selected by lot to do so and he would go free if you refused? Assume you know no details of the trial.

a. I do believe in capital punishment and I would execute a criminal who had been properly convicted through the courts. The alternative of freeing him is not an option.

5   If you went to a beach and it turned out to be a nude beach, would you stay and go swimming? Would you swim nude?

a.  Yes and Yes.


6.   Do you find it so hard to say “no” that you regularly do favors you do not want to do? If so, why?

a. No I find it pretty easy to say no.

7.   Would you like to know the precise date of your death?

a. No.

8.   If by getting a 2 inch by 2 inch tattoo, you could save five lives and prevent a terrorist attack, would you do so? If you were allowed to select the location and design, where would you have it placed and what would the design be?

a. Yes I‘d get the tattoo.  A red crescent on my butt.

9.   On an airplane you are talking pleasantly to a stranger of average appearance. Unexpectedly, the person offers you $10,000.00 for one night of sex. Knowing that there is no danger and that payment is certain, would you accept the offer?

a. Of course . . . If the person were really attractive I might do it for $5,000.00. LOL

10.  Would you be willing to commit perjury for a friend? For example, might you testify that he was driving carefully when he hit a pedestrian even though he had been joking around and not paying attention.

a. No, he’s on his own.

Well there you have it.  Ten more questions to make you wonder about yourself and your significant other (assuming they are answering them with you).  Enjoy.

11-28-2013 How’s Your Brain Today?   1 comment

Trying to understand the workings of the human brain is almost impossible.  I do know that the brain has the ability to make us see things in a different way when it becomes confused.  That’s one of the reasons that identifications at a crime scene by six people can be totally different from each other.  One person sees a white Buick and another sees a blue Ford.  It also explains why police don’t consider information obtained from eye witness testimony as entirely credible.  I have no idea why the brain works the way it does and for the most part I don’t care, just as long as it keeps operating.

The following information was sent to me by a friend and I thought it might be of some interest to some of you.  It’s a short test for your brain and your eyes.  Give it a go and see how you fare.

Can you read this? It’s a little weird but interesting!

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If  you can read this, you have a strange mind because I’m told only 55  people out of 100 can.

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The  Eye Test
Can  you find the  B’s
(there  are 2 B’s) DON’T skip, or your wish won’t come  True…


Once  you’ve found the B’s now find  the 1.


Once  you found the 1…………….
Find  the 6



Once  you’ve found the 6…
Find  the N (it’s hard!!)


Once  you’ve found the N…
Find  the Q..


How did you make out?  Did you have any difficulties?  There are no right or wrong answers to these silly little tests.  Just something to give your brain some exercise.  There’s nothing worse than having a fat and lazy brain.

11-19-2013 Religion Trivia Challenge – Answers   2 comments

Well, how do you think you’ve scored?  I found that I remembered the individual stories well enough but wasn’t too sharp with the small details.  When I was a youngster my mother purchased a series of paperback pamphlets from the Catholic church (Who else?).  Each pamphlet offered up a story from the Bible written specifically for young adults and kids.  It’s nice to see that I finally found a use for all that knowledge all these years later.  Here are the promised answers to the quiz.

* * *

1.   The book of Esther.

2.   According to Genesis 5:27, you would be 969 years old.

3.    Pitch, or natural asphalt. This way

4.    Darius the Mede (Book of Daniel, Chapter 6)

5.    War (Book of Revelations)

6.    To, Ruth and Esther.

7.    Ahab, King of Israel (I Kings 16:28-31)

8.    Joshua. The passages in Joshua 10:12-13.

9.    The Dead Sea – which is known for it’s high salt content. The Arabs call it the sea of Lot; the Israelis, the Salt Sea.

10.   The Babylonian king Belshazzar (Daniel5:1-5)

11.   Balthazar, Caspar and Melchior.

12.   Three days and three nights.

13.   Aramaic – an ancient language in use on the North Arabian Peninsula at the time of Christ. A modern version of the languages spoken today in Syria and among Assyrians in Azerbaijan.

14.   Seven according to the Bible (Judges 16:19).

15.   On the third day (Genesis 1:9).

* * *

There you have it.  I’ve already started work on a Food Trivia Challenge  which will be posted within the next week or so.

11-18-2013 The Religion Trivia Challenge   2 comments

Since I went into something of a religious kick yesterday I thought I’d continue along in the same vein today. I find it odd that so many people who claim to be religious also continuously complain about their religion. Not one particular religion but pretty much every religion collects its fair amount of criticism from its own practitioners as well as critics from other religions and of course the always ever present atheists.

This posting today is another one of my trivia challenges based fully and solely on the Bible. Believe me when I tell you I’m not an expert on the Bible. I’ve read virtually all of it at one time or another but I wasn’t seeking solace for help in maintaining my religious faith, I was just curious about what all the hoopla was about. So for those of you out there who feel that you’re a true person of faith with a fair amount of knowledge about the Bible, I’m here to challenge you today.

I’m going to increase the number of questions in this trivia challenge and instead of my regular 10 there will be 15. Let’s see how closely you’ve read and remember the information in your Bible.

1.    The name of God is not mentioned in only  one book of the Bible. Which one?

2.    If you lived as long as Methuselah, what age would you live to?

3.    According to the Bible, what substance was used to caulk Noah’s Ark and to seal the basket in which the infant Moses was set adrift on the Nile?

4.    What biblical Babylonian king cast Daniel into the lions den for praying to God in defiance of a Royal decree?

5.    In the Bible, which of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse rides a red horse?

6.    How many books of the Bible are named for women?

7.    In the Old Testament, who was Jezebel’s husband?

8.    In the Bible, who did the sun and moon stand before?

9.    Along what body of water is there a low-salt mountain some believe is the pillar of salt that Lot’s wife was turned into after the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah?

10.  In the Bible, who saw the handwriting on the wall?

11.  What were the names of the three wise men?

12.  How much time did Jonah spend in the belly of the whale?

13.  What language is Jesus believed to have spoke?

14.  How many locks of hair did Delilah have cut from the mighty Samson’s head to render him powerless?

15.  According to the Bible, on what day did God divide land and water?

I’m really proud of myself after scoring 10/15 on this trivia challenge. I guess some of the things I was taught during my misspent youth I actually retained. Tomorrow I’ll publish the answers with as much detail as I can give you to verify where in the Bible you can find them.  Have fun.

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