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  • "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

    this from Jon Carroll of the San Francisco Chronicle. I'll serialize his latest here:

    <<So perhaps your Christmas is over now, or has not yet begun, and perhaps you're not having Christmas at all, and you want a quiet something to tide you over on this day when America seems to stop business as usual. For your listening and dancing pleasure, therefore, a Christmas quiz.

    Of course, you could read this column with your trusty Google by your side, but it might be more fun to see if your actual brain can provide the answers. Or you can do it with friends and see how that hive-mind thing is working out. But however you want to do it is fine. It's yours now.


    1. Victorian people who wanted to make something accurate down to the finest details were said to "get it right down to every jot and tittle." What are a jot and a tittle?


    (note, he annually has a third column in which he prints the corrections to his answers, of which there are always a few)

  • #2
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    The smallest bones in our body?

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    • #3
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      OOOO, OOOO . . . uh . . . never mind . . . sigh . . . :wink:

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        A jot is the horizontal mark on the letter "t", and a tittle is the dot above an "i" or a "j".

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          that's what I thought, but not quite right

          <<1. A tittle is the dot over an "i." A jot is the smallest mark in calligraphy, which includes the dot over the letters "j" and "i" and the period. The phrase comes from an English translation of the Bible.>>

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          • #6
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            2. What was Whoopi Goldberg's original name?

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            • #7
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              Caryn Johnson.

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              • #8
                Re: &quot;The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz&quot;

                Originally posted by gh
                2. What was Whoopi Goldberg's original name?
                Caryn Elaine Johnson

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                • #9
                  Re: &quot;The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz&quot;

                  <<2. Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in New York City.>>

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                  • #10
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                    3. What is Mexico's full name?

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by gh
                      3. What is Mexico's full name?
                      The United States Of Mexico?

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                      • #12
                        Re: &quot;The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz&quot;

                        not exactly

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                        • #13
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                          The United Cartels of Mexico?

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                          • #14
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                            <<3. The full name of the country of Mexico is Estados Unidos Mexicanos.>>

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                              4. Benghazi, Libya, has been much in the news lately. If you fly east from Benghazi, what is the first country you hit? (Hint: It's not Egypt). If you fly due west from Benghazi, what is the first country you hit? How about due north? Due south?

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