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Old 01-25-2020, 03:18 AM
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Trivia Dominoes II — Play Off the Last Bit of Trivia — continued!


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Thank you to Sampiro for starting the original Trivia Dominoes thread game ten years ago! That thread grew to 46,188 posts. Let it continue here. I will ask the mods to close that thread.

https://is.gd/xJXuHZ >> the original Trivia Dominoes thread OP by Sampiro. Full URL here >> https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb...4#post12075694.

https://is.gd/F1pRPL >> the explanation at the end of that thread, for this continuation game. Full URL here >> https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb...5#post22099515.


Sampiro’s OP is quoted here. These are the game’s rules:
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It's a game of my own devising and I expect the thread to sink beneath the horizon, but just in case, here's how it works: I'll post a piece of trivia, somebody will "play" off my trivia, then the next person tags onto that, etc., and let's see how we can keep it going.

Simple rules:

1- You should make sure it's true before using it to avoid "Cite?"

2- It should have something that can be played off both sides

3- You can decide what's trivia or factoid or whatever- it basically just means it should be blip sized information.

Here's how to play- imagine this is posted by several posters:
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Poster 1: Mickey Rooney has the longest film career in history- 84 years to date with several projects in development.

Poster 2: Mickey Rooney was the original choice to play Archie Bunker.

Poster 3: Archie Bunker's chair is in the Smithsonian Institution.

Poster 4: The Smithsonian was founded with money willed to the U.S. by the illegitimate son of a British nobleman.

Poster 5: Omer Bhatti, the Norwegian rapper, is rumored to be the illegitimate son of Michael Jackson.

Poster 6: Michael Jackson's THRILLER was the best selling album of all time.

Poster 7: Enrico Caruso was the first singer to become a millionaire from recordings.

Poster 8: Enrico Caruso was in San Francisco during the 1906 earthquake.
Hopefully you get the idea- you can play off any part of the preceding piece of trivia. You can make a statement that is not necessarily true so long as you qualify it (i.e. I didn't say Bhatti is Jackson's son, just that he's rumored to be, which is true) or you can go for a "not exactly but really close" connection (Thriller setting records and Caruso's recording earnings are not exact matches but both have to do with distinctions in recording success, if that makes sense).

So, ready to play? I doubt it, but I've started threads that strangled on the cord before. I'll be back with a piece of trivia: play off any part of it so long as you keep the thread going.



https://is.gd/U0Wc7D >> the last play there was mine, at post #46,185 (Full URL here >> https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb...50730&page=231)


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I loved that movie (we’re talking about the movie, Heaven Can Wait (1978)). Imagine back then — the LA Rams go to the Super Bowl!! And they win it!!! In the movie, the Rams beat the Pittsburgh Steelers,

And of course, the beautiful Julie Christie (image, https://is.gd/T8N9Tj). I was in love! 🥰

Okay, in play — the following year, 1979, the year after Heaven Can Wait was released, the Rams and the Steelers did in fact get to the Super Bowl!! The same two teams in the movie. That was Super Bowl XIV, and at halftime the heavy underdog Rams actually had the lead, 13-10! Going into the 4th quarter the Rams (still!!) led, 19-17. Alas, in the 4th quarter the Steelers scored two touchdowns to take the lead and put the game away. They won, 31-19.

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I loved that movie (speaking of Heaven Can Wait (1978). Imagine back then — the LA Rams go to the Super Bowl!! And they win it!!! In the movie, the Rams beat the Pittsburgh Steelers,

And of course, the beautiful Julie Christie (image, https://is.gd/T8N9Tj). I was in love!

Okay, in play — the following year, 1979, the year after Heaven Can Wait was released, the Rams and the Steelers did in fact get to the Super Bowl!! The same two teams in the movie. That was Super Bowl XIV, and at halftime the heavy underdog Rams actually had the lead, 13-10! Going into the 4th quarter the Rams (still!!) led, 19-17. Alas, in the 4th quarter the Steelers scored two touchdowns to take the lead and put the game away. They won, 31-19.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are the only team in the NFL to feature their Logo on only one side of the helmet. Their current logo was originally used as an advertisement for the American Iron and Steel Institute in 1962.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers were (are)...

+ the 3rd team to win 2 Super Bowls. The Packers were first. The Dolphins were 2nd.
+ the 1st team to win 3 Super Bowls
+ the 1st team to win 4 Super Bowls
+ the 1st team to win 5 Super Bowls
+ the 1st team to win 6 Super Bowls
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The 2003 book Bound for Glory discusses the author's picks of sports players who are found for glory in the future. The back of the book mentions their names, including Michael Vick.

I haven't laugh so hard since I read the 1993 1st edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul, which mentioned the poor boy who stood outside a Chicago sports stadium to meet his hero Jim Brown. When Brown asks the kid his name, he replies "Orenthal James. My friends call me OJ."
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Thank you, Bullitt, for creating this new thread. Hopefully the 502 and 504 timeouts will be a thing of the past!


In play: According to Urban Dictionary, the word 'orenthal' is a slang term for somebody who murders their ex-spouse.

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Yes, thank you, Bullitt!

In play: Spouses and actors Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell have been together as a couple since 2007, though they chose to not marry until the legalization of same-sex marriage (they married in 2013).
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The best-known Bells in English literature were Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. The Brontë sisters adopted these names as pseudonyms for publication, keeping their initials: Charlotte was "Currer Bell", Emily was "Ellis Bell" and Anne was "Acton Bell". Charlotte wrote in the 'Biographical Notice of Ellis and Acton Bell' that their "ambiguous choice" was "dictated by a sort of conscientious scruple at assuming Christian names positively masculine, while we did not like to declare ourselves women, because... we had a vague impression that authoresses are liable to be looked on with prejudice".
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Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, better known as George Sand, not only assumed a male pseudonym for writing, but wore men's clothing without a license to do so (which was technically illegal in 19th Century France).
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Martha Washington affectionately referred to her husband George as "Old Man."
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Martha Washington's first marriage was to Daniel Parke Custis. They had four children together, two of whom survived to adulthood. Custis died in 1757, when Martha was 25 years old.

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Actor Fess Parker was known for playing two historical American frontiersmen on television series in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1955-56, Parker played Davy Crockett in a five-part serial which appeared on the Disneyland television show, and which spawned a brief fad for coonskin caps (as Crockett wore one in the serial).

Then, in 1964-70, Parker starred as as the title character in the Daniel Boone series. Ironically, Parker wore a coonskin cap in that series, as well.
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The American Library Association awarded its first John Newbery Medal for most distinguished contribution to American children's literature in 1922; Briton Hugh Lofting won in 1923 with The Voyages of Dr. Doolitle, which was first published by J. Lippincott in Philadelphia. Almost all the winning titles are still in print; one exception is the 1940 winner, Daniel Boone by James Daugherty, in which native Americans are described in terms such as "savage demons", "rats in the night", and "infesting the woods".

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The USS Daniel Boone, the only United States Navy ship to bear the name, was a James Madison-class Poseidon (later Trident) ballistic missile submarine or SSBN, in service from 1964-1994.
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Madison, Wisconsin, is one of four state capitals that is named after a US president. The others are Lincoln, Nebraska; Jackson, Mississippi; and Jefferson City, Missouri.
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Lincoln's Sparrow, a common but secretive bird widespread in North America, was not named after Abraham Lincoln. Audubun discovered the species 30 years before there was a President Lincoln, and named the species after his field companion, Thomas Lincoln, who shot the bird in Nova Scotia.

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Naturalist John James Audubon was born in what is now Haiti; he was the illegitimate son of French sailor and plantation owner Jean Audubon and his mistress, and was named Jean Rabin at birth.

When he was six years old, Jean was brought to France to live with his father, where he was formally adopted by his father and his father's wife; he was then renamed Jean-Jacques Fourgere Audubon. Jean emigrated from France to the United States at age 18, and Anglicized his name to John James Audubon.
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Haiti, slightly smaller than the US state of Maryland and the third largest country in the Caribbean,
With a per capita GNI of $1,664 and a GDP in 2017 of $18.2 billion, is among the poorest of countries in the Western Hemisphere, and the world. https://247wallst.com/special-report...in-the-world-2
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Haiti was the first country in the Western Hemisphere to abolish slavery. It had already been abolished, when it attained sovereignty.

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GPS receivers show that the marking strip for the prime meridian at Greenwich, separating the Western Hemisphere from the Eastern, is not exactly at zero degrees, zero minutes, and zero seconds but at approximately 5.3 seconds of arc to the west of the meridian (meaning that the meridian appears to be 102.478 metres east).
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In 2016 New Zealand athlete William Trubridge set a world record of 102 meters with a single breath in the discipline of constant no-fin freediving.
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Trivia Tribute: Kobe Bryant was an 18-time All-Star, which ranks second behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 19.[375] He was chosen a record 18 straight times, each time as a starter.[275][372][375] On four occasions (2003, 2011, 2013, 2016) he was the leading vote-getter. Four times Bryant was named the All-Star MVP, a record he shares with Bob Pettit. He was selected to the All-NBA Team on 15 occasions, tied for the most with Abdul-Jabbar and Tim Duncan, and his 11 first-team honors are tied for the second-most ever with Karl Malone. Bryant was also a 12-time All-Defensive Team selection, trailing only Duncan's 15, and nine times he was named to the All-Defensive First Team, tied with Jordan, Garnett, and Gary Payton for the most all time. He was the first guard to play 20 seasons in the NBA .He also won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 1997 and was its youngest winner. In his career, Bryant scored 40-plus points in 121 games, and 21 times he recorded a triple-double.
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When Kobe retired from the Lakers he had earned a total of $680 million in contracts and endorsements. That was more than any other player in basketball history.
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When LeBron James scored a career point total of 33,655 points on Saturday, January 25,, 2020 he surpassed Kobe Bryant's total career total of 33,643. Bryant called and congratulated him.
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The helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant and his party crashed in Calabasas, Cal. The Leonis Adobe, an adobe structure in Old Town Calabasas, dates from 1844 and is one of the oldest surviving buildings in greater Los Angeles, per Wiki.
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The helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant and his party was manufactured in 1991, and had previously been owned by the State of Illinois from 1997 through 2015. At that time, then-Governor Bruce Rauner put the state’s fleet of aircraft up for sale in a cost-saving measure. While it was owned by the state, the luxury helicopter was used for what’s described as “VIP transport” of the governor and others.
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Conservapedia claims that "Bruce Jenner (also known as Caitlyn Jenner per his own wishes, b. October 28, 1949) is an American athlete, reality show star, and homosexual and gender confusion "rights" activist." And their page on "gender confusion" states:

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Kobe Bryant, last year at the Vanity Fair Oscar party, was leaving the party at the same time as Caitlyn Jenner. They hugged each other.

ETA — article and pic https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbi...Bryant-40.html

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English physician Edward Jenner was one of the pioneers in the development of vaccinations. His research helped to develop the knowledge that exposure to cowpox could render humans immune to the more dangerous disease of smallpox, and he was a key player in the development and widespread use of a vaccine for smallpox using cowpox.

The word "vaccine" itself is derived from the term Variolae vaccinae, which Jenner coined to describe the cowpox disease.
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His Royal Highness the Duke of Windsor, the former British King Edward VIII, was played by Derek Jacobi in the third and latest season of Netflix's award-winning TV drama The Crown.
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The Houston Astros held the first overall pick in the 1992 MLB draft. Hall of Fame pitcher Hal Newhouser, who worked for the Astros as a scout, evaluated Dereck Jeter extensively and lobbied team management to select him. Fearing Jeter would insist on a salary bonus of at least $1 million to forgo college for a professional contract, they chose Cal State Fullerton outfielder Phil Nevin, who signed for $700,000. Newhouser felt so strongly about Jeter's potential that he quit his job with the Astros in protest after they ignored his drafting advice.

The Yankees, who selected sixth, also rated Jeter highly. Yankees scout Dick Groch, assigned to scout in the Midwest, watched Jeter participate in an all-star camp held at Western Michigan University.] Though Yankees officials were concerned that Jeter would attend college instead of signing a professional contract, Groch convinced them to select him, saying, "the only place Derek Jeter's going is to Cooperstown". The Yankees drafted Jeter, who chose to turn pro, signing for $800,000.

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Derek Jacobi's screen debut was in the 1965 adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello. Jacobi played Cassio; Sir Laurence Olivier played the Moor of Venice in blackface.
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Orson Welles started filming his version of Othello in 1948; it took him three years because of lack of funds. At one point he shot a scene in a Turkish bath with the main characters semi-nude or wearing towels because the original costumes were impounded and using replacements would have meant a delay.

Released in Europe to acclaim in 1952, Othello won the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film (before it was known as the Palme D'Or) at the Cannes Film Festival under the Moroccan flag. Welles could not find the film a distributor in the United States for over three years, and even after its U.S. release it was largely ignored. It currently has an 89% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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The Othello board game has been around since 1883, when it was called Reversi. Mattel's game, Othello, is slightly different than Reversi and was patented in 1971.
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The toy manufacturing company Mattel was founded in 1945. The company name is a portmanteau of the names of the two founders, Harold "Matt" Mason, and Elliott Handler.

Mason left the company soon after, due to poor health, and sold his share of it to Handler; Handler's wife Ruth (who would later be credited with the company's introduction of the Barbie doll) took on Mason's role after his departure.
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Hot Wheels die-cast toy cars were first made by Mattel in 1968. They competed with Matchbox cars, which were first made in 1953 by Lesney of the UK. Hot Wheels have been manufactured ever since 1968. In 1970 Mattel created a Hot Wheels spinoff called Sizzlers which were small cars, Hot Wheel-sized, but with a rechargeable motor to drive the wheels.

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Before Hot Wheels and Matchbox, there was the Chicago-based Tootsietoy company, which first started producing die-cast toy cars and trucks around 1910. The company also produced metal prizes for Cracker Jack boxes, as well as game pieces for Monopoly.

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Two similarly-named companies, which were both founded around the turn of the 20th Century, TootsieToy and Tootsie Roll, are unrelated to each other, though their names have similar origins.

TootsieToy was named after the granddaughter of one of the company's founders, who was nicknamed "Toots." Meanwhile, the Tootsie Roll was named by company founder Leo Hirshfield after his daughter, Clara "Tootsie" Hirshfield.
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Tootsie, the 1982 movie starring Dustin Hoffman, Sally Field, and Jessica Lange, was set in New York City.

When he was a child, Dustin Hoffman's nickname was Tootsie. It was Hoffman who suggested Tootsie, a derogatory misogynistic nickname for a woman in the workplace, as the movie's title.

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Fritz Lang was an Austrian film-maker who created "Metropolis", considered the first full-length sci-fi picture. It brought attention to German films, which also led to "M", a murder thriller introducing the Hungarian Peter Lorre to American audiences.
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Actor Ted Lange was born in Oakland CA in 1948. He attended City College of San Francisco, the same college as actors Bill Bixby and Danny Glover. He also attended Oakland Technical High School, the same high school as baseball’s Rickey Henderson and the NFL’s John Brodie.

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The University of San Francisco was a dominant sports powerhouse in the 1950s; The 1951 football team was undefeated, led by threee NFL HOFers, and the were the NCAA basketball champs in '55 and '56 wheen Bill Russell was there. But by the 80s, they had dropped all major sports.
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Those 3 NFL Hall of Famers from USF were Gino Marchetti, Ollie Matson, and Bob St. Clair. There was a fourth, too: Dick Stanfel.
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There were 17 members of the first 'class' enshrined into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1963. This group included such legends as Red Grange, George Halas, Curly Lambeau, and Jim Thorpe.
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That 1963 class of inductees was the largest ever for any given year (see here, https://www.profootballhof.com/heroe...he-game/years/). This year, 2020, is the second largest class with 15. This group includes Harold Carmichael, Jim Covert, Bill Cowher, Cliff Harris, Steve Sabol, Donnie Shell, Alex Karras, Paul Tagliabue, and Jimmy Johnson.
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John Nance Garner, Democrat of Texas, was FDR's Vice President for his first two terms. He was still alive on his 95th birthday on Nov. 22, 1963, and received a happy-birthday call from President John F. Kennedy just a few hours before the President's fateful motorcade through Dallas.
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Texas has no natural lakes. In the entire state.



My cite is my sister and her husband, both of whom are (were) university professors in geography in Texas, at University of Texas at Austin, and at Texas State University San Marcos.
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My cite is my sister and her husband, both of whom are (were) university professors in geography in Texas, at University of Texas at Austin, and at Texas State University San Marcos.
According to this website, that's not true. While natural lakes are scarce, there are a number of oxbow lakes.

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The Green Lake, located in Calhoun County east of River Guadalupe, covers more than 10,000 acres (40 km²). The lake derives its name from its greenish water. Despite being located less than 4.8 kilometers (3 miles) from the coast near San Antonia Bay, the lake has fresh water and supports aquatic life. However, human invasion has disrupted the natural ecosystem. The Lake is currently shallow, silt-filled, and almost a lifeless pool.

Eagle Lake is located in the coastal area of Colorado County near Colorado River. Water levels have shrunk hindering the thriving of flora and fauna. Occupying almost 1,500 acres, the oxbow lake has seen the diminishing number of fish species, wintering waterfowl, and other species of plant largely because the lake is a private property.

There are also scores of natural lakes located in the flood-prone plains of Brazos, Trinity, Colorado, San Jacinto, and Sulphur rivers. Their size ranges from a few acres to a thousand acres and is largely oxbow lakes.
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According to this website, that's not true. While natural lakes are scarce, there are a number of oxbow lakes.

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Fair enough. But I'll stand by what my geography professor family members say. And Texas State University at San Marcos had the largest undergraduate geography department in the country, when they started teaching there.
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