Scavenger Hunt on the World-Wide Web

Remember the old scavenger hunts? 1. “A book of matches from a restaurant with initials M.C.”
2. “Any part of a Porsche.”
3. “A clover with more than three leaves.”
But here we’re not looking for physical objects; we’re looking for internet pages or files.

Pose or answer a search problem. I hope Dopers make this thread fun and interesting, but my own real motive is a hope that someone will succeed on one of my personal hunts:

Hunt 1:

Find an example of the old Keno writer’s script. Warning: Several have already tried. None has succeeded.

Hunt 2: Find a detailed street map of Paris, France showing one-way directions for any date 1960 - 2010. (1975 - 2005 preferred.) Google Maps has such a map for 2018, and did have a winning map eight years ago. But can it be found in a Wayback Machine?

Please post additional Hunts even if you don’t have any solution for a past Hunt.

Those are tough. I’ve tried everything I can think of, to no avail yet. I was hoping the Internet Archive might have a guidebook for keno writers, but no luck.

However, I have a new Hunt:

About 25-30 years ago at a local Anime convention I saw a short fan-film that consisted of the audio of an episode of Duck Dodgers in the 23 1/2 Century, and the video of scenes from Star Trek: The Next Generation - Encounter at Farpoint with Picard as Duck Dodgers, Riker as Porky Pig and Q as Marvin the Martian. It was hilarious.

I have been unable to find it since. Can anyone point me to it?

This thread has gotten little traction. I tried to search for Prof. Pepperwinkle’s missing answer, and he tried to search for mine. Is anyone else participating?

Here’s another search I attempted with no success:

What metal are U.S. medals made from?
I was particularly interested in the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal, but after Googling for a while, I’ll take any medal I can get! :slight_smile: It’s easy to find advertisements for bronze medal replicas from the U.S. mint; but I’m asking about the actual medal a medallist wins.

Google tells me that “Gold Medals” are often gold-plated, or at least gold in color. Ooookay. Gold is expensive and even if the donor has the loot to pay for gold why make the lucky recipient a target for purse snatchers?

But what about, say, the United States Armed Forces Silver Star for gallantry in action? Silver isn’t so very expensive; surely a Silver Star is made out of silver, right?

Nope, the “Silver Star” is a large gold star with a much smaller silver star superimposed. And those are just colors; Wikipedia isn’t telling what the actual metals are.

The only Medal I could find important enough for Wikipedia to offer metallic details was the Medal of Honor, which comes in various versions:


It doesn’t really matter what the National Medals for Arts and Humanities are made of (and an informed person might be able to make an informed guess just by looking at photos). At this point I’m more curious about why the information is so hard to find.

I’ve wasted more time than I care to admit looking for the Keno numerals. Where did you hear about it? And how does it differ from the examples of vintage Keno cards online (this for example)?

Where did I hear of Keno numerals? I saw them with my own eyes when I spent huge time hanging out in casinos several decades ago. I very seldom played Keno, but I did wander around (and even dated a Keno runner).

They’re hand-drawn digits 0 to 9 — I think they were drawn with black ink by a special brush — but drawn in a very special and deliberate way to avoid any ambiguity.* They want no arguments with the customers! It really seems a shame that this craft has completely disappeared with no trace. Sorry you spent much time on it. I think I’ll try e-mailing a Las Vegas historical society or such.

(* - the Keno numbers themselves are denoted with simple blotches; it’s the prices and way-group summaries that need to be denoted with handwritten numerals.)

If you find it could you post a pic here - I’m really curious now …

I’ve just now posted a message to the Facebook for The Las Vegas Casino Museum; and sent e-mail to the Las Vegas Historical Society.

(I browsed through photos of the faculty of Universiy of Reno’s Journalism School but none looked like an old-timer. :slight_smile: Any other suggestions?)

I’ll bump to give a progress report.

That I’ve wasted others’ time on my quest for the “Keno numerals” activated my guilt circuits, so I sent an e-mail and two Facebook pokes to Nevada historical societies. (Yes, in post-rational America we communicate, even with strangers, via Facebook Messenger, rather than e-mail. :smack: )

The only nibble was a referral, so I sent an e-mail which started

After two days with no response I followed up with an overseas phone call. I learned that my e-mail hadn’t been read because it looked like Junk Mail. :confused: (Did the “Olde” help or hurt?)

Anyway, I talked her into a (very slight level of) enthusiasm; she’ll do a search through old box(es) and get back to me in two days.

If that comes to naught … I’ll give up. :frowning:

Maybe she’ll have a lead …

Nope. :frowning: She did find some old Keno receipts on e-bay, got excited and sent me an image. But none had the script I was looking for. (One did have an ornate ‘5’ but the other numerals there were quite sloppy.)

If I visited Nevada I’d spend a day at the Keno lounges talking to the oldest writers I could see. But it’s very unlikely I’ll make it back to Nevada in this lifetime. :o

Update on this scavenger hunt.

One e-mail led to a recommendation of who to e-mail, and then another, and so on. Finally connected to the SOUTHERN NEVADA CASINO COLLECTIBLES CLUB, where the kind V.P. started a message-board thread on the topic. Several photos have been posted. Unfortunately, none showed what I’m looking for … but the thread is young!

Any other curiosity hunts?

I have a new scavenger hunt request.

There was a song about Baby Boomers, probably 20 or 30 years old. The lyrics, IIRC, kept repeating “Baby Boomer” (or “Boomers”) followed by contrasting pairs. It was a sort of parody, contrasting the youthful boomer with the middle-aged boomer. The only specific contrast I recall was “Jane Fonda … and Jane Fonda.”

I searched YouTube. (Wow! So many songs about “Baby Boomers” … but I couldn’t find this one). I Googled for “lyrics Jane Fonda Boomer.” finds 25 songs with “Jane Fonda” in the lyrics … but not this one.

What is that song? :confused: Surely I didn’t imagine the whole thing? :eek: