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Song titles

Postby tOdd » Tue May 20, 2008 10:02 am

Howdy!

I just started leafing through my copy of Ken's (and all those other peoples') Trivia Almanac. I was kind of surprised to see that so many of the quiz title tags are based on songs (and quite a range, too — a Mormon who is quite catholic in his tastes). This got me thinking about ideas for new titles (and quizzes) based on songs. In case Ken got corralled into doing more of these and his Muse blows a fuse.

My modest suggestions:

The Inn Crowd — Hoteliers
Stars on 45 — Celebrities who cut songs
Talk Like An Egyptian — Arabic words in English
Crockett Man — Pioneers (or Miami Vice)
My Interrogative — Famous questions
Mac Arena — Apple Computer
The Weigh We Were — People who lost (a lot of) weight
My Way — Streets name for famous people
It's All In The Game — Name a game from the contents of its box
I Will Survive — People who cheated death
Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song — Name the song given who done who wrong

Any other ideas?

---Todd
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Hmmm

Postby tOdd » Thu May 22, 2008 11:28 am

Well, it's been two days with no response. So tell me, did I break some unwritten rule? Must I apologize to Our Magnanimous Benefactor? Or do I just need to hire a better writer?

If this list offended anyone, I apologize. Now back to the trivia!

---Todd
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Postby econgator » Thu May 22, 2008 8:57 pm

Eh, I'm more guessing that most people don't bother to look in the Books forum unless they have a typo to post or the like. :)
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Postby billiej » Fri May 23, 2008 5:50 am

Or we just can't think of anything to add...
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Postby tOdd » Sat May 24, 2008 2:58 am

billiej wrote:Or we just can't think of anything to add...


Well, how about this: out of the 80+ quiz titles I found that refer to either song titles or song lyrics, one was The Inn Crowd (August 30) and another was The Way We Wire (July 28 ). Ouch! For these oversights, I really do need to apologize. Sorry Ken, my bad.

It's not too hard to think of these things, though harder to think of good ones. A few more attempts:

Sedimental Journey: landslides (not the political kind)
Poor Side of Town: name the city given the name(s) of its indigent neighborhood(s)
A Horse With No Name: books/movies/etc containing an unnamed horse
Smells Like Team Spirit: fandom acts of [fill in the blank]
I Say Whippet!: dog breeds

Yeah, I know Ken did a quiz on dogs (Jan 2), but Breeder's Digest? You really want to use a magazine so tailored to the senior set it comes in a large print edition? (Yes, I'm kidding. I'm just not very good at it.)

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