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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 Education, Just Saying Again, 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.

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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).

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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.

11-13-2013 Acronym Answers   1 comment

I made the assumption that most of you would know most of the acronyms used in yesterdays post.  On the side chance that I’m wrong I’ve decided to list each one with their full title in the order as they appeared yesterday. I’m sure there will be a few surprises for you or at least I hope there will.   Here they are.

LOL – Laugh Out Loud
OMG – Oh My God
STAT – An abbreviation of the Latin statim, "Immediately".
ASAP – As Soon As Possible
KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid
UNIVAC – UNIVersal Automatic Computer
NABISCO – NAtional BIScuit COmpany
NECCO – New England Confectionary Company
WYSIWYG – What You See Is What You Get
MS-DOS – MicroSoft – Disk Operating System
DEF-CON – DEFense CONdition
NORAD – NORth American Air Defense Command
ZIP – Zone Improvement Plan
OSHA – Office of Special Housing Assistance
NATO – North Atlantic Treaty Organization
RADAR – RAdio Detection And Ranging
SCUBA – Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus
SCUD – Subsonic Cruise Unarmed Decoy
WAC – Women’s Army Corp
AWOL – Absent With Out Leave
SAC – Strategic Air Command
SEALS – SEa-Air-Land UnitS
SALT – Strategic  Arms Limitation Talks
SNAFU – Situation Normal All Fucked Up
SONAR – SOund Navigation And Ranging
AWACS – Airborne Warning And Control System
TNT – TriNitroToluene  
HUD – Housing and Urban Development
SSN – Social Security Number
DOB – Date Of Birth
GPA – Grade Point Average
NOW – National Organization of Women
UNESCO – United Nations Educational Scientific  and Cultural Org.
UNICEF – UNIted Nations Children’s Emergency Fund
OVER – Over to You
OUT – End Transmission
WILCO – WIll COmply
ER – Emergency Room
ICU – Intensive Care Unit
DNA – Deoxyribo Nucleic Acid
RNA – RiboNucleic Acid
DOA – Date Of Arrival
ETA – Estimated Time of Arrival
EST – Eastern Standard Time
INTERPOL – INTERnational Criminal POLice Organization
NIMBY – Not In My Back Yard
NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration
SONAR – SOund Navigation And Ranging
TASER – Tele-Active Shock Electronic Repulsion
LASER – Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation
CANOLA – CANada Oil, Low Acid
TV – TeleVision
DVD – Dissociated Vertical Deviation
DOA – Dead On Arrival
OMFG – Oh My Fucking God

11-09-2013 American Geography Trivia Quiz   2 comments

Being a lover of history and geography started for me when I was no more than seven or eight years old.  I loved map reading and studied the world map for years and even copied it twice by hand.  I was like a gigantic sponge when it came to learning anything new on those two subjects.  I loved reading about this country and the people who helped create it.

I find these days that attempting to converse about our history is difficult. People either lack the knowledge entirely or what they do know is incorrect. It seems that academia spends more time teaching them what might be wrong with this country than what is good.  I’ll go so far as to say that many of our younger citizens couldn’t even pass the citizenship test that all immigrants are required to pass if they wish to become an American citizen. A number of years ago I recall some sort of half-assed poll that indicated that our own children couldn’t find the United States on a world map.  I found that shocking then but I’m afraid the situation hasn’t improved much.

I’m going to post something today which may be a total waste of time.  I thought maybe a short and intense American Geography Trivia quiz might be just the thing.  Some of you will know every answer, some will know most, and some will be totally stumped.  Where do you think you’ll score?  Let’s see.

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1.  Two states bill themselves as the “Sunshine State. Can you name?

2.  What US city is almost the same latitude as Mexico City?

3.  What U.S. canyon is the deepest gorge on the North American continent?

4.  What are the numbers of the three interstate highways that run coast-to-coast?

5.  How many official time zones are there in the United States – including Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa?

6.  What for state capitals are named after cities in England to Mark

7.  What city is more than 2 1/2 times the size of Rhode Island and is America’s largest in area?

8.  What is the only place below sea level in the United States that is not located in the California desert? Hint: it’s a major city.

9.  How many states were created in part or in their entirety from the Louisiana Territory, purchased from France in 1803?

10. What was the name of the first permanent settlement in Kentucky, established in 1775 by frontiersman Daniel Boone?

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I  get to brag a little today after taking this quiz. I scored seven correct answers out of ten and amazed myself. As always, the correct answers will be posted tomorrow along with a limerick or two and a dirty joke if  I can find a good one.

11-02-2013 100 Useless Questions   2 comments

As I frequently do, I wander aimlessly around the Net looking for inspiration. Unfortunately most of the information available is either nonsense or BS. It only becomes relevant after I’m able to put it into context for all of you.  Dealing with people on the Net takes a great deal of skill, intuition, and luck.  Great care must be taken because dangers lurk in the oddest places.  I trained for decades to interview people, read body language, and to make a determination of their guilt or innocence.  Trying to do that same thing on the Net is an almost impossible task.  Since I can’t meet face-to-face and I can’t trust photographs any longer, what should I do?

The following list of questions I discovered a few weeks ago and after some necessary editing are ready for my use. They may seem mundane and boring but are they really?  The “devil is in the details” is a saying I’ve learned to appreciate over the years.  One small piece of information added to another and then another can result in clarification and understanding much like a jigsaw puzzle.

I want my readers to understand me.  It’s the wish of almost every other human being on the planet that someone “gets us”.   I’m going to list one hundred really stupid and simple questions and then post my answers as well.  If you read them all and then bundle them into one huge ball of useless information, you just might have a better understanding of me.  It may work or it may not but you’ll never know until you give it a try.  To test it further ask a friend, lover, or family member to answer them.  You might be surprised to find out they’re not exactly the person you thought.  Here we go.


1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? Open.

2. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel? Yes.

3:Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out? Tucked out.

4:Have you ever stolen a street sign?  Yes

5:Do you like to use post-it notes?  Yes, both paper and computerized.

6:Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?  No, I hate coupons.

7:Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of a bees? Bees, at least I’d survive.

8:Do you have freckles?  A few scattered here and there.

9:Do you always smile for pictures? No, I hate being photographed.

10:What is your biggest pet peeve? People who talk-over me while in conversation.

11:Do you ever count your steps when you walk? Almost always.

12:Have you ever peed in the woods? Yes, it’s the best.

13:What about pooped in the woods?  I  have but it’s unpleasant.

14:Do you ever dance even if there’s no music playing?  Only when I’m alone.

15:Do you chew your pens and pencils?  Only pencils.

16:How many people have you slept with this week? Does my cat count?  If he does then “2”.

17:What size is your bed? Queen.

18:What is your Song of the week? Born to die – Lana del Ray

19:Is it okay for guys to wear pink? Yes.

20:Do you still watch cartoons? Almost never.

21:What’s your least favorite movie? Anything with Will Ferrell in it.

22:Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some? None of your business. It’s called ‘hidden treasure’ for a reason.

23:What do you drink with dinner? Seltzer Water

24:What do you dip a chicken nugget in? Ketchup.

25:What is your favorite food? Hamburgers.

26:What movies could you watch over and over and still love? Anything prior to 1950.

27:Last person you kissed/kissed you? My better-half.

28:Were you ever a boy/girl scout? Yes.

29:Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine? No, it might scare people.

30:When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper? 1990.

31:Can you change the oil on a car? Yes.

32:Ever gotten a speeding ticket? Oh yeah.

33:Ever ran out of gas? Once in 1975.

34:Favorite kind of sandwich? BLT, with lots of B.

35:Best thing to eat for breakfast? Bacon, eggs, toast, and coffee.

36:What is your usual bedtime? 11 PM.

37:Are you lazy? No.

38:When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween? At 45, I was Woody Allen.

39. Who is your favorite dead singer?  Levon Helm

40:How many languages can you speak? 1.5

41:Do you have any magazine subscriptions? Yes, one.

42:Which are better Legos or Lincoln logs? Legos.

43:Are you stubborn? Yes.

44:Who is better…Leno or Letterman? Johnny Carson.

45:Ever watch soap operas? I used to.

46:Are you afraid of heights? Not really, no.

47:Do you sing in the car? Sometimes.

48:Do you sing in the shower? No.

49: Do you sleep clothed or naked? Naked.

50:Ever used a gun? Yes.

51:Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer? I was two years old.

52:Do you think musicals are cheesy? Some are, some not.

53:Is Christmas stressful? Yes, it’s a pain in the ass.

54:Ever eat a pierogi? Hundreds of times, Yummmm!

55:Favorite type of fruit pie? Apple.

56:Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid? Archeologist.

57:Do you believe in ghosts? No.

58:Ever have a Deja-vu feeling? Yes.

59:Take a vitamin daily? Yes.

60:Wear slippers? Yes.

61:Wear a bath robe? Not really.

62: How old were you when you lost your virginity?  14.

63:First concert? Harry Chapin.

64:Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart? Walmart, to people watch.

65:Nike or Adidas? Dr. Scholl

66:Cheetos Or Fritos? Cape Cod Potato Chips.

67:Peanuts or Sunflower seeds? Cashews.

68:Ever hear of the group Tres Bien? Hell no.

69:Ever take dance lessons? Yes. as a kid, 3 years.

70:Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?  No, there won’t be a future spouse.

71:Can you curl your tongue? Yes, and I know how to use it too.

72:Ever won a spelling bee? No.

73:Have you ever cried because you were so happy? Yes, at my divorce hearing.

74:Own any record albums? Yes, vinyl and CD’s.

75:Own a record player? Yes.

76:Regularly burn incense? Yes.

77:Ever been in love? Yes.

78:Who would you like to see in concert? Celine Dion.

79:How many tattoos do you have? Six small ones.

80:Hot tea or cold tea? Hot.

81:Tea or coffee? Coffee.

82:Sugar or snickerdoodles? Sweet’n’Low

83:Can you swim well? Yes.

84:Can you hold your breath without holding your nose? Yes.

85:Are you patient? Not really.

86:DJ or band, at a wedding? DJ.

87:Ever won a contest? Yes.

88:Ever have plastic surgery? No.

89:Which are better black or green olives? Green.

90:Can you knit or crochet? Neither.

91:Best room for a fireplace? Bed room.

92:Do you want to get married? Never again.

93. Do you wear glasses? Yes.

94:Who was your HS crush? Beth.

95:Do you ever cry and throw a fit until you get your own way? Only as an infant.

96:Do you have kids? Yes.

97:Do you want kids? No more thank you very much.

98:What’s your favorite color? Blue.

99:Do you miss anyone right now? Yes.

100: Have you ever been stung by a bee? Yes.

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There you have it.  My screwed up and over-explained personality in a nutshell.  Remove a few of these questions and add your own.  Personalize it as much as you think is necessary. Then have a few of your friends compete the questions and invite them over for a few bottles of wine and a group discussion.  It might be a great deal of fun but even if it isn’t make sure you’re serving a really good wine. 

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