Saturday, January 15, 2005

Holiday Trivia Answers 76-111

 Okay, here's the last batch of Holiday Trivia answers for the holiday season.  Sorry for the delay--I've been busy!

Question Seventy-Six: On the first three days of Christmas, what did my true love give to me, according to Bob and Doug McKenzie?
    d) three french toast, two turtlenecks, and a beer in a tree
    It  took them a few verses to think of putting the beer in a tree, however.

Question Seventy-Seven: Which candle in the Kinara is lit first on the second night of Kwanzaa?
    b) the black candle, representing unity
    Trick question. a) the first red candle, representing self-determination, is lit for the first time on the second night.  But the black candle is always lit first.

Question Seventy-Eight: Who were the Holy Innocents?
    a) the children slaughtered by King Herod in his failed attempt to kill Jesus

Question Seventy-Nine: On the fourth day of Christmas, what did my true love give to me, according to older versions of the song?
    b) four colly birds
    which means four collared birds

Question Eighty: What is represented by the four calling birds (or whatever), according to a discredited legend about The 12 Days of Christmas being a secret Catholic catechism?
     b) four gospels

Question Eighty-One: The fourth night of Kwanzaa celebrates the principle of Ujamaa, meaning
     b) cooperative economics

Question Eighty-Two: In different versions of the secret catechism theory, the five golden rings (or gold rings) for the Fifth Day of Christmas have been wrongly reported to refer to all of the following except
    d) five ring-necked golden pheasants
    That's apparently a real interpretation - the first seven days are all birds.

  Question Eighty-Three: The Twelve Days of Christmas end with
    c) Epiphany

Question Eighty-Four: Aside from being the Sixth Day of Christmas and the Fifth Night of Kwanzaa, December 30th is
     b) Rizal Day in the Philippines
    The Shire calendar has Yule, but not December.  A Paris hotel named for St. Lazare happened to have an advertised special that ended on 12/30.  And as far as I know, there is no official birthday of the blues--but I could be wrong! (Update: Sarah tracked the birth of the blues to W.C. Handy waiting for a train, sometime in 1903!)

Question Eighty-Five: The fifth night of Kwanzaa celebrates the principle of Nia, meaning
     b) having a goal or purpose

Question Eighty-Six: When was the first formal New Year's Eve celebration at Times Square?
    a) December 31st, 1904

Question Eighty-Seven: The sixth night of Kwanzaa celebrates the principle of Kuumba, meaning creativity. Part of this principle is the idea of doing doing "as much as we can" to benefit the community.  This night is also celebrated with
      b) a Kwanzaa Feast (Karamu)

Question Eighty-Eight: What year did DickClark first host Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve?
    b) 1972

Question Eighty-Nine: What year did the ball first drop in Times Square?
     c) 1907

Question Ninety: What did the city of Indianapolis introduce on 12/31/38 to combat drunk driving?
     c) the "drunkometer"

Question Ninety-One: Who was most associated with New Year's Eve before Dick Clark's annual gig got started?
     c) Guy Lombardo
     But I remember Captain Kangaroo introducing the parades when I was little.

Question Ninety-Two: Who helped to develop the song Auld Lang Syne as we know it?
     d) Robert Burns

Question Ninety-Three: The designation of January 1 as the start of the new year was first established by
    a) the Roman Senate in 153 BCE

Question Ninety-Four: Why would I pick today to mention the Frosty the Snowman TV special?
     b) Frosty's first words are "Happy New Year!"

Question Ninety-Five: Which of the following parades does not take place on New Year's Day?
    c) the parade of the Golden Bough

Question Ninety-Six: What is the name of the Rankin-Bass sequel to the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV special?
     d) Rudolph's Shiny New Year

Question Ninety-Seven: What year was the first Tournament of Roses Parade?
    a) 1886
   However, Becky found another source that said 1890.  I can't find my original source with the other date, just several with the 1890 date.  Weird.

Question Ninety-Eight: Who or what is a "first-footer"?
       d) the first person to cross the threshold after midnight at at Hogmany celebration (a dark-haired gentleman is thought to bring good luck)

Question Ninety-Nine: Which of the following foods is not considered (somewhere!) to bring good luck if eaten New Year's Day (particularly at midnight in some cases)?
     c)  lobster
Eating lobster is considered bad luck, because of the way it moves backwards.

Question One Hundred: On the ninth day of Christmas, someone's true love received
     d) nine ladies dancing

Question One Hundred One: What did my true love give to me on the 9th day of Christmas, according to Bob & Doug?
     d)  they never got around to the ninth day, but sort of skipped ahead

Question One Hundred Two: On the tenth day of Christmas, someone's true love received
   c) ten lords a-leaping

Question One Hundred Three: Before reaching "the place where the child was," whom did the magi visit?
    b) Herod the Great

image borrowed from's_Crook/Question One Hundred Four: We Three Kings of Orient do we know there were three Magi, and that they were kings?
     d)  from traditions developed in the third through eighth centuries AD. They were more likely Zoroastrian astrologers.

Question One Hundred Five: What's been wrong with my 12 Days of Christmas questions recently?
      c) Pay attention, Karen: you've been running a day ahead in the numbering

Question One Hundred Six: Which of these is not an authentic song about the Magi?  
    d) Hey Hey We’re The Magi

Question One Hundred Seven: What does it mean if you find a thimble in your slice of Epiphany cake, at least according to St. Michael's and All Angels Church (and I'm sure they didn't make it up!)?
       c. you're supposed to bake the cake next year
      Okay, maybe Father Smith freely adapted the tradition to this.  As Becky said, other traditions about the thimble exist.

Question One Hundred Eight: What does Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night have to do with Epiphany?
    c) Wild behavior in the play echoed Epiphany revelries in his time.
It may have been first performed on a Twelfth Night, but probably not in 1602, more likely 1601.

Question One Hundred Nine: Alleged relics of the three Magi are kept in a cathedral in
    b) Cologne
    At various times they were also in Constantinople, and later Milan, but they ended up in Cologne. However, Becky says some went back to Milan.  Clearly, I need to rewrite this question.

Question One Hundred Ten: What is the full name of Epiphany in the Episcopal calendar?
      c. The Epiphany or the Manifestation of Our Lord Jesus Christ to the Gentiles

Question One Hundred Eleven: Besides the arrival of the Magi, Epiphany celebrates
     a) the Baptism and the Transfiguration of Jesus
     All three events are sometimes depicted in triptych (three panels).


Winners, Questions 1-111:
Becky Y: 95 of 111, for 85.49%  95 / 111
Sarah K:   59 of  111, for 53.15%
Jeff: 34 of 111, for  30.63%

And the prizes?  I don't know!  But I'll think of something.  Suggestions, anyone?



sakishler said...

I hope Karen's holiday trivia becomes a holiday tradition!


plittle said...

re: #109. I recently read the novel "Baudolino" by Umberto Eco. It somewhat satirizes the Catholic church during the time of Frederick Barbarossa. Eco would suggest that there are relics of the Magi in Constantinople, Milan and Cologne, and several other places as well. At one time, the protagonists are carrying around nine preserved heads of John the Baptist.

ryanagi said...

How about you come to NJ for a visit to deliver the prize in person? ;-)

ryanagi said...

Re: Question 94. I thought Frosty's first words were HAPPY BIRTHDAY! ???

mavarin said...

Re Frosty: D'Oh!  You're right! - Karen