Friday Funny- Trivial Pursuits

Someone once suggested a long time ago I check out a place called Mental Floss for interesting tidbits. Today I noticed Braingle on my “My Yahoo!” account and thought I’d give it a peak and try it out on you folks.  If you like the quiz/trivia stuff let me know, if you hate it, let me know that too. 🙂

Cartoon Character’s Quotes and Catch Phrases

  1. Do you know the name of the thick-tongued character who says, “Suffrin’ Succotash”?
  2. What furry sidekick is known for saying, “But Yogi, the ranger isn’t going to like it”?
  3. Do you know the name of the mean boss who constantly fires George by yelling, “Jetson, you’re FIRED!”?
  4. What brunette who wears glasses is known for saying, “Jinkies”?
  5. Do you know the name of the young man who says, “Good grief”?
  6. This bundle of swirling energy speaks with growls, screeches and raspberries. 😛 He once said, “Why for you bury me in the cold, cold ground?”
  7. Can you guess the name of the antlered character who says, “Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat”?
  8. This toy piano playing character is very passionate about his playing and has said, “Who cares about money? This is art, you blockhead! This is great music I’m playing, and playing great music is an art.”
  9. As he is rushing off looking at his watch, what animated character says, “I’m late! For a very important date! No time to say hello, good-bye! I’m late, I’m late, I’m late”?
  10. This furry character is known for hanging around campgrounds and is well-known for his catch phrase, “I’m smarter than the average bear.”

Answers posted at the bottom of the article.


Another idea they gave me from Braingle was called ‘photo identification’  I can’t use their stuff easily so I’m going to create my own.

Take a guess at this reinvented icon:

Hint: ‘Arg!

Hint 2: If you haven’t figured it out, pick yourself up by your ‘Bootstraps’ and head to the bottom of the article.


From Reuters we have it reported on Yahoo News that apparently the #39 isn’t very lucky…

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s booming car sales industry has been thrown into chaos by a growing aversion to the number “39,” which almost overnight has become an unlikely synonym for pimp and a mark of shame in this deeply conservative country.

Drivers of cars with number plates containing 39, bought before the once-harmless double digits took on their new meaning, are mocked and taunted across Kabul.

“Now even little kids say ‘look, there goes the 39’. This car is a bad luck, I can’t take my family out in it,” said Mohammad Ashraf who works for a United Nations project.

Other “39” owners flew into a rage or refused to speak when asked whether their car was a burden.

No one is quite sure why the number became so contaminated so fast, but Kabul gossip blames a pimp in neighboring Iran, which shares a common language with much of Afghanistan.

His flashy car had a 39 in its number plate, the story goes, so he was nicknamed “39” and the tag spread.

… The head of the union of car dealers in Kabul, Najibullah Amiri, blames corrupt police officers for fanning the trend.

The issue has gained prominence just as number plates for Afghan cars — which carry five digits — rolled over from the series that starts with 38, to a new series that starts with 39.

Amiri said officials at the police traffic department charge buyers between $200 and $500 to change a “39” number plate for a new car to something less offensive.

“It is a scheme by the police traffic department to earn money from buyers,” he told Reuters in his office in a dusty car sales lot in the western outskirts of Kabul.

Akbar Khan, deputy chief executive of Kabul’s Traffic Police rejects the charge of corruption and blames the capital’s residents for taking something unimportant too seriously.


News of the Weird is back in action from Chuck Shepherd.

A naturally occurring C-cup in China would be as rare as a fairy…

In Chinese legend, tea leaves picked by fairies using not their hands but just their mouths yielded brewed tea that would bring prosperity and cure diseases, and now the historic, picturesque Jiuhua Mountain Tea plantation (in Gushi, Henan province) has promised to hire up to 10 female virgins to provide the equivalently pure and delicate tea leaves, picked with the teeth and dropped into small baskets worn around the women’s necks. According to an April report in London’s Daily Mail, only virgins with strong necks and lips (and a bra size of C-cup or larger), and without visible scars or blemishes, will be considered for the equivalent-$80-a-day jobs (an almost unheard-of salary in China, especially for agricultural field work). [Daily Mail, 4-21-2011]

Would it be too easy to just title this “That’s gotta suck?”  Oh-well, I’m lazy…

The powerful suction of swimming pool filters can trap not only toddlers against the drain but a grown man in excellent physical condition, according to a lawsuit filed in May by the family of the late John Hoy Jr., who drowned when unable to pry himself loose from the vacuum drain of a hot tub at the Sandals resort in Nassau, Bahamas, in 2010. (The most notorious drain-pegging of all time was perhaps a 1994 incident at a Scottish Inn motel in Lakeland, Fla., when a 33-year-old guest’s penis became stuck in the drain, apparently as he was testing the filter’s suction. That story did not appear in News of the Weird, but several sources cite a July 1994 story in the Sarasota Herald Tribune.) [Courthouse News Service, 5-16-2011]

Genius strikes so often in Oregon, I’m surprised we don’t just secede from the nation to form a new country…

In May, a man exploring rural property in Lebanon, Ore., came across what appeared to be a classic World War II-era bomb, but, unfamiliar with the ordnance, he became only the most recent person to make the completely unwise decision to load it into his vehicle and drive to a police station (in Corvallis). Officers at the station reacted predictably and logically: They fled the room, closed down the streets around the station, and called the nearest bomb squad (which later detonated it safely). [KOMO-TV-AP (Seattle), 5-26-2011]

Not to be out-done…

Least Competent DIY Homeowners: Reports still frequently emerge of homeowners battling household pests, yet only creating an even worse problem (as if the pests ultimately outsmart them). In recent cases, for example, Robert Hughes tried to oust the squirrels from his townhome in Richton Park, Ill., in March, but is smoke bomb badly damaged his unit and his neighbor’s. (Firefighters had to rip open the roof in the two units to battle the blaze.) Two weeks after that, in Mesa, Ariz., a man set his attic on fire trying to get rid of a beehive with brake fluid and a cigarette lighter. [Chicago Sun-Times, 3-16-2011] [Arizona Republic, 3-30-2011]

Beautiful, Darling, now toss your head back and moan for me, PERFECT!

Beauty contests for camels are very big business in Saudi Arabia, as News of the Weird reported in 2007, but the first one in Turkey (in Selcuk) was held in January and featured considerably lower-market camels. (The Turkish winner had been purchased for the equivalent of $26,000; a Saudi camel once won $10 million in a single show.) Judges supposedly look for muscle tone, elegance of tail wag and tooth quality, according to a January Wall Street Journal dispatch. Charisma is also important, according to one judge. “Camels,” he said, “realize that people are watching them (and) are trying to pose.” “Some will stop, open their back legs, and wave their tail, or (throw) their head back and moan … this is the kind of posing we (judges) are looking for.” [Wall Street Journal, 1-22-2011]

Look before you pop a squat…

From time to time, someone visiting his bathroom looks down and finds eyes of a critter staring back at him from the toilet bowl. In March, Dennis Mulholland, 67, of Paisley, Scotland, encountered a 3-foot-long California king snake hiding in the bowl after escaping from elsewhere in the building. In December a woman in Edmond, Okla., had a similar experience with a squirrel, which, hypothesized police, might have crawled through a sewer drain. [Scottish Daily Record, 3-16-2011; WBBH-TV-NBC News, 12-10-2010]

Excuse me, I couldn’t help but notice that swagger in your step…

“Personal body orifices,” as storage units for contraband, seem more than ever in vogue. Recent inventories made by police of suspects’ vaginas included LSD in aluminum foil and marijuana in two sandwich bags woman in Englewood, Fla., January); pills (woman in Manatee County, Fla., February); heroin (woman in Scranton, Pa., March); a fraudulent driver’s license and credit card (woman in Lee County, Fla., May); and pills and a knife (woman in Fort Myers, Fla., May). Rectal safe-keeping included a man with a baggie of marijuana (Louisville, Ky., March); a man with a marijuana pipe (Port St. Lucie, Fla., May), and a man with 30 items inside a condom (Sarasota, Fla., February), including a syringe, lip balm, six matches, a cigarette, 17 pills and a CVS receipt and coupon. [Englewood: WBBH-TV (Fort Myers, Fla.), 1-27-2011] [Manatee: The Smoking Gun, 2-25-2011] [Scranton: Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.), 3-16-2011] [Lee: The
Smoking Gun, 5-3-2011] [Fort Myers: Fort Myers News-Press, 5-6-2011] [Louisville: WLKY-TV, 3-28-2011] [Port St. Lucie: (Stuart, Fla.), 5-10-2011] [Sarasota: Sarasota Herald Tribune, 2-15-2011]

Just Do It?

When News of the Weird first mentioned buzkashi (1989), it was merely the “national game” of Afghanistan, resembling hockey on horseback, with a dead goat (or calf, which is more durable) as the puck, carried by a team and deposited in a circle guarded by opponents (and played largely ruleless). As warlords’ power has grown, and the Taliban has departed, and Western money and commerce have been introduced, team owners now bid on the best players, some of whom also have lucrative product-endorsement contracts and are treated as Afghan royalty. Said champion player Jahaan Geer, 33, to a Wall Street Journal reporter in April, “I used to practice buzkashi on donkeys. Now I drive a Lexus!” [Wall Street Journal, 4-13-2011]


David Truscott, 41, was convicted in Britain’s Truro Crown Court in February of violating a restraining order to keep away from the Woodbury House Farm in Redruth, Cornwall, after being caught there two times previously wallowing in the farm’s manure pit while masturbating. Said the prosecutor, “This is the only place (Truscott) seeks to gratify himself in this particular manner …”
[Falmouth Packet (Falmouth, Cornwall), 3-2-2011]

Answers to Braingle Quiz:

1. Sylvester, 2. Boo Boo Bear, 3. Mr. Spacely, 4. Velma, 5. Charlie Brown, 6. Tasmanian Devil, 7. Bullwinkle Moose, 8. Schroeder, 9. The White Rabbit, 10. Yogi Bear.

Answer to Picture I.D.

Yo-Ho me hearties, have a Safe and Happy Weekend.


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