OT Non-Off Day Open Trivia/Puzzle Dump

So, I was going to wait until the Giants had an off-day to throw this fanpost together. I mean, if you're going throw up a wide-blanket off-topic fanpost, it makes the most sense to throw it up when the Giants aren't playing that day. There were, however, a number of factors which dissuaded me doing what I probably should have done and waited.

  1. The Giants don't have an off-day for another week
  2. I'll probably forget by then
  3. We're now firmly in the middle of a reverse-winning streak
  4. Lincecum just got CAINED and some might not want to think about that
  5. It's 2:30 in the morning and I couldn't be more awake

So you see, I had no choice.

In any case, here's the premise: People love trivia. If you went through nothing on this site but the pop-culture references made in a single day, you'd be able to make up enough cards to play pop-culture trivia pursuit for a good, I don't know, four hours. With bathroom breaks. And maybe a quickie. With that in mind, I've been kind of wanting to do a concentrated trivia thread for a while now, where you can just throw out your trivia question gold (pop-culture, sex, or otherwise) to try to stump the masses, and in return have the chance to play the don't-get-stumped-by-those-other-jerks game.

But I always felt like it would be vaguely exclusive. Some people don't watch TV. Some people weren't born until 1985. Some people are animals. And trivia is the kind of beast that is unfortunately knowledge based. If there was a TV question, some people couldn't answer it. If there was a question about what happened on March 29, 1985, some people weren't even born until the day after that - so how the hell would they know? If there was a question about what it's like to be human, well, you get the idea. Either you know something or you don't. There isn't a whole lot of room in there for cognitive exercise.

But I can't discard the trivia basis for my excursion into McCovey Nerd-dom. Especially when I know full-well that we actually have at least one legitimate, working Trivia-Meister who frequents the boards.

So I had to find the cognitive equivalent to trivia. And I believe that a close approximation is puzzles. Not jigsaw puzzles, mind you. I mean word problems, puntasms, conceptual misdirections, the-next-in-a-series-of-letters lists, and the like. It helps that part of what encouraged me to do this thread is actually a puzzle and not a piece of trivia.

So I'm combining the two!

I invite you to hearby use this thread to test, on the ultimate battlefield, your fellow McCoven in the way of obscure (or not), challenging (or not), and mind-bending (or not) trivia and/or cognitive puzzles. Anything you got? Give it to me! Everything you got? I want it! Just have fun with it.

And for kicks, I'll start.

Trivia Questions:

  • Name two things that changed with Whelan Smithers between his first appearance in The Simpsons and his second.
  • In Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Wonka plays a musical lock to open the door to his factory's waterfall room. Mrs. TeeVee remarks that this song is by Rachmaninoff. This is false. Who actually composed the song, and what is the name of the composition?


  • (This is my favorite) What is the next number in this sequence: 1, 11, 21, 1211, ?
  • I don't have another off the top of my head.

So that's the game. Come on guys, do your worst. Stump me.

Oh geez... seventy five words... ummm... seventy five words... I need filler... stupid word requirements... how are we ever supposed to fulfill you!!?

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