We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This is a quiz for people who know everything! I found out in a hurry that I didn't. These are not trick questions. They are straight questions with straight answers
1. Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends.
2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?
3. Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables?
4. What fruit has its seeds on the outside?
5. In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn't been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?
6. Only three words in standard English begin with the letters ' dw' and they are all common words. Name two of them.
7. There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar . Can you name at least half of them?
8. Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form except fresh.
9. Name 6 or more things that you can wear on your feet beginning with the letter 'S.'
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Answers To Quiz:
1. The one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends : Boxing
2. North American landmark constantly moving backward. Niagara Falls
(The rim is worn down about two and a half feet each year because of the
millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute.)
3. Only two vegetables that can live to produce on their own for several
growing seasons . Asparagus and rhubarb.
4. The fruit with its seeds on the outside. Strawberry.
5. How did the pear get inside the brandy bottle? It grew inside the
bottle. The bottles are placed over pear buds when they are small, and
are wired in place on the tree. The bottle is left in place for the
entire growing season . When the pears are ripe, they are snipped off at
6. Three English words beginning with dw. Dwarf, dwell and dwindle.
7. Fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar : Period, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark , exclamation point , quotation mark , brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses.
8. The only vegetable or fruit never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form but fresh. Lettuce..
9. Six or more things you can wear on your feet beginning with 'S'.
Do I get extra credit for know-it-all-ness if I catch an error? Head lettuce actually is processed before shipping by a "lettuce tube", which essentially quick-dries the very outer layer of cells. I know this because my grandfather owned the lettuce tube near our ranch in the San Luis Valley.
Also going for extra know-it-all credit - My scarlet runner beans seem to be perennial, and you can make lettuce soup - not that I've ever made it, too far outside my comfort zone :) Also, how about spats?
Uh, boxing awards points throughout the contest so participants and spectators DO have an idea of which boxer is leading. Admittedly, the one with the most points can lose by beiing knocked out (among other improbable things, like throwing a wild blow that hits below the belt) but many bouts are won "by decision" - i.e. on points.
Apparently the author of the quiz doesn't consider cardoons popular enough vegetable to qualify as a correct answer to #3. We true know-it-alls consider cardoons, a relative of artichokes, commonplace.
Wouldn't the ellipsis and the interrobang also count as punctuation marks? I mean, if we're being pedantic enough to count the hyphen and the dash separately, then surely the ellipsis is its own mark...