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Re: So is that all then?

Postby econgator » Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:49 am

tOdd wrote:Now that we've answered all your Google-resistant questions, would it be OK if I tried one (or two)?

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OK, try this one...

Postby tOdd » Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:31 am

Here's one I thought of some time ago (and Googled to be sure)

Q: What is the only county to border 4 other states? {not counting the state it's part of}

If you think you know the answer, you can confirm it easily in Wikipedia. But there are a lot of counties to try...

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Postby mavman » Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:56 am

Great question-- I would have guessed there were none.

I think I found it; if so, one of the 4 states only shares about a mile-long boundary with the county.
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Postby grodney » Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:07 am

Interesting, but I'm not sure how google-resistant it is.

[county "borders 4 states"] returns it as the #1 (and #3) result.

[county "borders four states"] returns even better results.
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Postby RingoOSU » Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:21 am

The county it borders in its own state is named for one of the 4 states.
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Good question, BAD Google!

Postby tOdd » Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:50 pm

OK, OK, so my Google skills need work...

Let me try another question. I tried a few permutations of what I think are the most useful phrases, no luck. So now it's your turn:

Q2: Three different singers had #1 Billboard pop hits using the same last name, even though (i) they are not related to each other and (ii) none of them were born with that last name. What is their common surnom de disque?

{Yes, that's a play on nom de plume.}

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Postby porpoise spit » Wed Jun 25, 2008 1:20 pm

Thanks, Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ar ... ted_States)
Answer: Edwin, Kay, and Ringo Starr
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Getting better

Postby tOdd » Thu Jun 26, 2008 12:34 am

porpoise spit wrote:Thanks, Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ar ... ted_States)
Answer: Edwin, Kay, and Ringo Starr


Well, at least this time it was Wikipedia, not Google. :)

Maybe next time I can come up with something a little harder to search.

Thanks for playing!

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Postby grodney » Thu Jun 26, 2008 7:40 am

I googled for several minutes on that one and came up blank. I'd say having to sequential search a long Wikipedia list is pretty google-proof/resistant.

I like google challenges. Got any others?
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Postby mavman » Thu Jun 26, 2008 7:50 am




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I checked that site and found that if a group name can be considered a collective surnom de disque, there is a fourth case: Atlantic Starr.
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Postby tOdd » Thu Jun 26, 2008 10:52 pm

mavman wrote:I checked that site and found that if a group name can be considered a collective surnom de disque, there is a fourth case: Atlantic Starr.


That's a great catch. Reminds me of one time a disk jockey decided to do a segment of songs by Rick Springfield (the man), Dusty Springfield (the woman), and their "love child" Buffalo Springfield.

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Postby tOdd » Thu Jun 26, 2008 10:57 pm

grodney wrote:I like google challenges. Got any others?


Are you familiar with Googlewhacking?
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Postby grodney » Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:48 pm

I was reading my World Almanac (really), and I was surprised* to find the following tidbit. As of 2006,:
- Nebraska had 4 of them.
- Texas had 3 of them.
- Montana, Hawaii, and Colorado had one each.

I checked "the internet", and found that as of 2007 things had shifted slightly:
- Texas had/has 4 of them.
- Nebraska had/has 3 of them.
- Montana, Hawaii, and Colorado had/have one each.

What am I talking about?


I really really think you can figure it out without this, but look if you must:
In a less-obscure but related category, as of 2007:
- California had/has 3.
- New York and Texas had/have 2 each.
- Illinois, Arizona, and Florida had/have 1 each.




*Your surprise may vary. Most of my surprise was with the number for Nebraska.
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Postby bwouns » Tue Sep 09, 2008 1:45 am

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First list: top ten least populous counties.
Second list: top ten most populous counties.
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Postby grodney » Tue Oct 28, 2008 3:57 am

I was reading my world almanac again last night, and was surprised to see that Iowa was the 30th most populous state, yet didn't have a city in the top 100, with Des Moines ranking 110. (City proper, not MSA.)

With a little more digging I found 2 states even stranger, as the:
- 29th largest state's largest city ranks 175
- 24th(!) largest state's largest city ranks 190(!)

Can you name/guess the northeast state and southern state that are described? For bonus points, name the largest city in each.
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Postby econgator » Tue Oct 28, 2008 4:59 pm

Hmmmm ... let's say .... Birmingham, AL and hmmm ... a northeast state ... man, all of them seem either way too big or way too small. Howsabout Hartford, CT.
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Postby marpocky » Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:35 pm

Conversely, the 35th largest state has the 28th largest city, the 36th largest state has the 34th largest city, and the 38th largest state has the 42nd largest city
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Postby skullturfq » Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:25 pm

marpocky wrote:Conversely, the 35th largest state has the 28th largest city, the 36th largest state has the 34th largest city, and the 38th largest state has the 42nd largest city


Without looking it up, is one of those Omaha by any chance? Or Oklahoma City?
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Postby grodney » Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:35 am

econgator wrote:Hmmmm ... let's say .... Birmingham, AL and hmmm ... a northeast state ... man, all of them seem either way too big or way too small. Howsabout Hartford, CT.


Good guess, but Birmingham is 81st.

CT is indeed the northeast state, but the largest city is not Hartford.

By the way, CT (29th largest state) has 5 cities over 100,000 people (with the largest being 136,000). The southern state in question that ranks 24th only has 2 cities over 100,000. Strange.
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Postby marpocky » Wed Oct 29, 2008 6:40 am

skullturfq wrote:
marpocky wrote:Conversely, the 35th largest state has the 28th largest city, the 36th largest state has the 34th largest city, and the 38th largest state has the 42nd largest city


Without looking it up, is one of those Omaha by any chance? Or Oklahoma City?


Omaha, yes. OKC, no.
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Postby econgator » Wed Oct 29, 2008 7:34 am

grodney wrote:
econgator wrote:Hmmmm ... let's say .... Birmingham, AL and hmmm ... a northeast state ... man, all of them seem either way too big or way too small. Howsabout Hartford, CT.


Good guess, but Birmingham is 81st.

CT is indeed the northeast state, but the largest city is not Hartford.


Ahhh yes, it's actually Bridgeport.

By the way, CT (29th largest state) has 5 cities over 100,000 people (with the largest being 136,000). The southern state in question that ranks 24th only has 2 cities over 100,000. Strange.


Not that strange. There are a lot of commuters to NYC.
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Postby grodney » Wed Oct 29, 2008 8:00 am

econgator wrote:
grodney wrote:
econgator wrote:Hmmmm ... let's say .... Birmingham, AL and hmmm ... a northeast state ... man, all of them seem either way too big or way too small. Howsabout Hartford, CT.


Good guess, but Birmingham is 81st.

CT is indeed the northeast state, but the largest city is not Hartford.


Ahhh yes, it's actually Bridgeport.

By the way, CT (29th largest state) has 5 cities over 100,000 people (with the largest being 136,000). The southern state in question that ranks 24th only has 2 cities over 100,000. Strange.


Not that strange. There are a lot of commuters to NYC.


I just mean it's strange they would have 5 cities between 100K and 136K. And also be ranked as high as 29th without a city bigger than 136K. And also strange that the 24th ranked state only has 2 cities over 100K. Well, strange to me.
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Postby grodney » Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:48 am

This might be google-proof. Until this thread gets re-indexed.

A friend heard this yesterday on some radio rock trivia. I tried to google it to verify the question/answer, and couldn't find any mention.

Q: What is the only 4-letter band (name) to have a 4-letter song (title) go to number 1 (on the Billboard Hot 100, presumably)?
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Postby Ken Jennings » Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:50 am

Hey, this is in the Trivia Almanac. I wonder if that's where the DJs saw it. I thought it was pretty hard, so I added an additional clue about the woman it was written for.

But yeah, I don't recall it being Google-able. I think I had to go through an entire Billboard history to find it and make sure it was unique.
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Postby skullturfq » Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:17 am

Ken Jennings wrote:Hey, this is in the Trivia Almanac. I wonder if that's where the DJs saw it. I thought it was pretty hard, so I added an additional clue about the woman it was written for.

But yeah, I don't recall it being Google-able. I think I had to go through an entire Billboard history to find it and make sure it was unique.



I'm not sure if this one is unique, but can any of you think of a different band, also with a four-letter name, who had a number one hit single where the title of the song rhymes with the name of the band?
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