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Postby Joshua Kreitzer » Sat May 31, 2008 8:36 am

In Brainiac, chapter 10, question 10 says "... which Brady Bunch cast member was written out of the show's very last episode." The answer given is "Robert Reed's father character, Mike Brady, was written out of The Brady Bunch's very last episode." Since the question asks for a cast member, Robert Reed should be the boldface answer instead of Mike Brady, the character he played.
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Postby econgator » Wed Jun 04, 2008 6:45 am

Nitpick time again:

June 4th: What is Gary Gygax's claim to fame? A: He created Dungeons and Dragons.

It'd be more correct to say he co-created it (with Dave Arneson).
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Postby teapot37 » Wed Jun 11, 2008 1:00 pm

June 7: THE ATHLETES FORMERLY KNOWN AS

The Baltimore Ravens franchise is, according to the NFL, an expansion team who started play in 1996. Part of the deal Art Modell made with the league in order to set up operations in Baltimore was that the city of Cleveland would retain the team's name, colors, and history. Although the Ravens pretty much had the same players and staff in their inaugural season as the Browns did in 1995, they are technically two different teams.
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Postby econgator » Sun Jun 22, 2008 5:13 pm

June 20th

I KNOW THERE'S AN ANSWER

1. What takes exactly eight minutes and twenty seconds to reach the Earth?

Sorry, can't let the word 'exactly' go by. :)

The Earth's orbit isn't circular, so 'about' would be more correct (it takes about 8'11" at the perihelion and 8'27" at the aphelion).
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Trivia- March 2

Postby steves » Tue Jul 01, 2008 6:33 am

There is a reference to Schecter v. United States and a quote attributed to Justice Holmes. Both are in error. First, the case referenced is Schenck v. United States, 249 U.S. 47 (1919), not Schecter. Second, the referenced contains a glaring omission. Justice Holmes did not say that shouting fire in a crowded theater was not protected speech. He wrote, "The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic." Omitting "falsely" changes the meaning of the phrase completely.
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Postby econgator » Thu Jul 03, 2008 1:23 pm

EDIT: Never mind, already asked
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Postby Ken Jennings » Thu Jul 03, 2008 1:35 pm

Crap, I always do that with Schenck and Schecter! But if you've heard the "shouting fire in a crowded theater" example, you probably understand the implied "falsely." Obviously, if the theater's really on fire, that wouldn't really be illegal speech. It would be helpful speech.

Cool about the sunlight thing. I guess I should have assumed there'd be differences based on orbital position, but I didn't know the swing was that wide.
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Postby econgator » Thu Jul 10, 2008 6:51 am

Small typo on 7/10. The question lists Tyler Perry's Medea's first name as Mabel, while the answer is given as Mabe.
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Postby WhoisMark » Thu Jul 10, 2008 6:55 am

July 10 - Woman #5 Mabel, Maisie, or Mary: Answer given is Mabe (What the "L"?)

(Not that it really matters) July 10 - Woman #9 - The wording names King before Dreiser, but the answer portion in parantheses provides the Dreiser work before the King work.

Yes, I'm still going through the book one page a day.
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Postby themanwho » Thu Jul 10, 2008 10:23 am

WhoisMark wrote:July 10 - Woman #5 Mabel, Maisie, or Mary: Answer given is Mabe (What the "L"?)
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Yes, I'm still going through the book one page a day.


You and econgator, apparently. :)

-M
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Postby econgator » Thu Jul 10, 2008 7:00 pm

themanwho wrote:
WhoisMark wrote:July 10 - Woman #5 Mabel, Maisie, or Mary: Answer given is Mabe (What the "L"?)
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Yes, I'm still going through the book one page a day.


You and econgator, apparently. :)

-M


Yeah, I hate reading ahead to the end. :)
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Postby Helios Lightra » Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:29 pm

I will begin this post by saying I am an obsessive Harry Potter fan. That said, excuse me if you see this as trivially trivial.

In your Trivia Almanac, on page 443, you mistakenly give the answer to page 431's BEST(IARY) SELLERS question 2 (Crookshanks) as a "Cat". Technically, Crookshanks is half-Cat, half-Kneazle, one of J.K. Rowling's ficitonal creations. If you proceed to http://www.jkrowling.com/en , then click the hairbrush ("Extra Stuff"), then click the tab on the left of the notebook labeled "Characters", click "Crookshanks", and read the last paragraph, the error I have found is confirmed.
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Postby WhoisMark » Mon Jul 21, 2008 12:52 pm

Answers for July 21

Four-Letter Words - The answers are numbered: 13. 13. 14.
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Postby econgator » Fri Jul 25, 2008 2:38 pm

July 25th:

Who's the only woman ever to slam-dunk the ball in a WNBA game?

Should probably be changed to: "Who's the first woman ever ..." now that Candace Parker has done it, too.
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Postby WhoisMark » Sat Aug 02, 2008 7:17 am

August 2 #14 is now unfortunately slightly outdated. The show is still on, but the host isn't.
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Postby WhoisMark » Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:53 am

August 4: Remember Venn #3

TV Series and "We Didn't Start the Fire" name-checks

The answer provided is "Wheel of Fortune". Fine.

I checked three sources and found "Disneyland" to be a series.

Is "Peyton Place" in the song referring to the book, so doesn't count?

And more of a stretch: How about "Homicide?" In the song it doesn't refer to the TV series of course and the full title of the show was "Homicide: Life on the Street".

I checked the current cast of "American Gladiators" and found that #2 matching cast members and chemical elements is still current.
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Postby WhoisMark » Sat Aug 09, 2008 7:19 am

August 9: Harder #3 - The author of "Corduroy" is Don (not Dan) Freeman.
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Postby WhoisMark » Sun Aug 17, 2008 7:34 am

August 17: Flight Club
I'm just curious if it matters spelling Teheran with the "e" or spelling Tehran without the extra letter? Both spellings have millions of hits on Google, so I just wondering if a coin was tossed or some other method was used?
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Postby econgator » Sun Aug 17, 2008 9:36 am

WhoisMark wrote:August 17: Flight Club
I'm just curious if it matters spelling Teheran with the "e" or spelling Tehran without the extra letter? Both spellings have millions of hits on Google, so I just wondering if a coin was tossed or some other method was used?


Likely just an editorial decision. Like Usama/Osama or Qadaffi/Khadafi/Gaddafi/etc...
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Trivia, September 1

Postby Ponsonby » Thu Sep 04, 2008 5:11 pm

The question "Why did a September 8, 1967, Variety ad seek '4 insane boys, ages 17–21'?" is slightly incorrect -- The Monkees debuted in 1966. Time says the ad ran in "the summer of 1965"; Snopes says September 8, 1965.

(My first post, and it's a correction -- how mortifying!)
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Postby Ken Jennings » Thu Sep 04, 2008 7:15 pm

Those are the best ones!

I should have known '67 sounded implausible for The Monkees. Especially since they were having hits by '66...
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Postby ArtVark » Thu Sep 04, 2008 9:17 pm

On the May 23 page, Q3, under Iron Horses, the question was "pitchers from what major league baseball team have owned the record for most consecutive scoreless innings since 1962?" That year should be 1968. Don Drysdale set the scoreless inning record (previously held by Walter Johnson), in 1968.
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Postby melissa » Fri Sep 05, 2008 7:53 am

themanwho wrote:
WhoisMark wrote:July 10 - Woman #5 Mabel, Maisie, or Mary: Answer given is Mabe (What the "L"?)
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Yes, I'm still going through the book one page a day.


You and econgator, apparently. :)

-M

Make that three of us - there's a date on each page for a purpose! :wink:
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Postby Seaboe » Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:41 pm

Is it all right to make a correction for November 29th? Because per my three source books, you've mixed up Walter Reed and Ronald Ross in the first question. If you really mean Walter Reed, then the answer is wrong.

Sources: Quinine (aka The Fever Tree) by Fiammetta Rocco p. 266, The Fever Trail by Mark Honigsbaum p. 191 and The American Plague by Molly Caldwell Crosby.

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Postby Guy Incognito » Sat Sep 20, 2008 3:09 pm

Ken,

When will the paperback [and corrected] version of Ken Jennings's Trivia Almanac: 8,888 Questions in 365 Days show up in a bookstore near me?

Also, roughly how many corrections went into the paperback version of Brainiac?

Thanks.
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