Pop Quiz answers

Last week I re-arranged a typically random crop of musings and observations and quotes into a multiple choice quiz. I didn’t offer prizes, which is just as well: only three of you used the new Comments section of the site to offer your responses. But several people told me they liked the look of it, and had only not responded because the questions were far too difficult. Either way, here are the questions again, along with the correct answers.

Who was quoted in Time Magazine of June 27 as saying the following

“Today I had to defend the Bush Administration in France again. They refuse to accept, because of their political ideology, that he has actually done more than any American President for Africa. But it’s empirically so.”

Was it:
a) Tony Blair
b) Bob Geldof
c) Condoleeza Rice

The answer is Bob Geldof. All three respondents got that one right. As Mick ‘The Lovegod’ posited over the weekend, “Initially what appears to be a bizarre statement is to be fair relatively true.”

In his new novel Tom Brown Saves The World, Eddie Beverage imagines a small-willie’d rock star who is elevated to fame and fortune on the public’s misapprehension that he has a massive schlong. Of whom do you think is Beverage is talking about in the following sentence.

“It was like asking Christy Canyon to bow at the altar of ____________ – one lousy sexcapade caught on film and she’s set for life while Christy must’ve taken a thousand gallons of jiz on those prize knockers. She earned her reputation as a whore. It just wasn’t fair.”

Is it:
a) Paris Hilton
b) Pamela Anderson
c) Chloe Sevigny

The answer is Paris Hilton, though it could have been any of them. Only InvisibleTape got this one.

At which New York City location last week did I see someone wearing the t-shirt with the following slogan:

“Do I look like a fucking people person?”

a) The Dinosaur Jr. show at Central Park Summerstage
b) The Park Slope Food Co-Op
c) The Ceasars show at Southpaw

Kevin and Invisible Tape both thought it would have been the Dinosaur Jr. show but that’s where you would expect to have seen it. The Lovegod was spot on when he wrote: “I’ll say The Park Slope Food Co-Op simply because the idea of Tony Fletcher and family rummaging through the fresh veggies along with someone wearing a t-shirt with that slogan appeals to me!”

At which New York City location last week did I see no less than three couples start slow-dancing when ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ by The Bee Gees came over the sound system?

a) The Dinosaur Jr. show at Central Park Summerstage
b) The Park Slope Food Co-Op
c) The Ceasars show at Southpaw

It was at The Caesars’ show at Southpaw, just before the band came on. Y’all got that one wrong.

Billy Corgan was quoted in the July issue of Remix magazine saying the following:

“It’s the first record I’ve ever heard that combines guitar-based music and electronic music and doesn’t play to the weaknesses of both.”

Which album is he talking about?
a) Exit Planet Dust by The Chemical Brothers, 1995
b) Pretty Hate Machine by Nine Inch Nails, 1989
c) The Future Embrace by Billy Corgan, 2005

Invisible Tape and Kevin both said Pretty Hate Machine for the simple reason that it seems like the factually correct answer. But The Lovegod was again right when he wrote: “If he was made out of chocolate the hedonistic Billy Corgan would no doubt devour himself so I’ll take a stab that he’s talking about his own greatness and plump for The Future Embrace by Billy Corgan, 2005.” And he was. It’s a good album, but the idea that it’s the first to successfully merge electronic and guitar-based music is ludicrously laughable.

Apple Computers launched the new Mac OS – Tiger – in May with double page ads in the mainstream consumer press weeklies like Time and Newsweek. To show how Tiger’s new ‘Spotlight’ and ‘Dashboard’ features could best be utilized, the ads were based around which popular American sport:

a) baseball
b) football
c) soccer

It was soccer. Kevin got that right – whether he guessed or had seen the ad I don’t know. The underlying message would be that if you want to appeal to middle-class families who buy computers, you hit them up with the country’s most-played youth sport, as Apple did. Yes, that’s soccer.

Fareed Zakaria wrote the following in Newsweek of July 18.

“If 99.99% of the Arab world rejects terrorism, that still leaves (figure 1) people to worry about. If 99.9% of the Muslim world is against the terrorists, there’s (figure 2) people out there who are dangerous.”

Figure 1) is
a) 200
b) 2,000
c) 20,000

Figure 2) is
a) 100,000
b) 1,000,000
c) 10,000,000

The answers were 1) 20,000 and 2) 1,000,000. And all three got it right. Either you all read Newsweek or you all know your world populations. Good work.

Scissor Sisters are playing a not-so secret show this month at Manhattan’s tiny Mercury Lounge. Under which name are they playing?

a) Bridget Jones’ Diarrhea
b) Megapuss
c) Portion Control

Trick question: The answer is, all three: Scissor Sisters are playing three shows at Mercury Lounge this week. And I gave the answer away in my review anyway. I let all three respondents score a point on this.

In a June 27 Time magazine cover story on ‘China’s New Revolution,’ Germany is listed as China’s fifth biggest export market. Who would be number 6 if taken as its own entity?
a) The US Military
b) Walmart
c) Toys R Us

You’re no fools, are you? The answer is, of course, Walmart. The company went into a panic after this Pop Quiz was posted, incidentally, when the Chinese Government decided to let its currency run free against the dollar. That’s what you get for buying on the cheap.

The first American print run of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is…

a) 2.3 million
b) 6.4 million
c) 10.8 million

It is, as two of you guessed correctly, a staggering 10.8 million. That’s ten, point, eight, million, books… for a first print run. In hardback. In one country. Chris C, we’re in the wrong part of the business!

Totting up the responses, both InvisibleTape and Kevin got six out of ten correct, while The Lovegod squeaked out in front with seven correct answers – all the better for the fact that he offered joke responses to two of the other three. Thanks to all three of you for taking part.

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6 Comment(s)

  1. Kevin

    25 July, 2005 at 2:40 pm

    As for question #2 — I figured Pamel Anderson was out of the running due to “public’s misapprehension that he has a massive schlong.” I never did see the film but the many I knew who did implied Tommy Lee’s gene pool, in the immortal words of Leonard Cohen, allowed him to “use it as a weapon or to make a woman smile.”

    Didn’t think it was Paris Hilton, either — didn’t know her sex scene was with a wannbe rock-n-roller — I guess it is official, I am quickly becoming an old-timer…

    As for question #6 — I figured that was the trick question so I went with soccer — then again, soccer is an American sport while the rest of the world plays football…no?!?

    AND finally number 10 — I thought the world wide print run was 10 million and the USA print run was 6 million — staggering numbers either way…

    Be well,
    – Kevin –

  2. 25 July, 2005 at 3:04 pm

    Tom Brown Saves The World is fiction: I just liked the reference to a piece of modern pop culture per Paris Hilton. Having seenthe Tommy Lee-Pam Anderson video, I can confirm that Leonard Cohen needed to rewrite his lyrics as “use it to operate the car horn.” Puns fully intended.

    You may be right on question 10: I couldn’t fully ascertain whether the figure I read was for the USA or the world. But I had a feeling the paper in question was talking to home-nation readers, and I would think that Harry Potter is popular enough around the world that the USA would not account for 60% of global sales. Anyway, if you actually come across proof that that was indeed a global figure, then that would up you to 7 correct answers and Mick down to 6. And you would be delcared the winner – for what it’s worth!


  3. Kevin

    25 July, 2005 at 3:59 pm


    I understand — but I thought for sure he was referencing the Chloe Sevigny and Vincent Gallo celluloid moment…as for Tommy Lee, so he could use it as a (ah-hem) drumstick, so to say…

    As for Harry — I would not be surprised if the US market was responsible for 60% of an initial run — after all, the book is probably banned in France because the French view it’s popularity as a threat to French culture (lol).

    Tell you what — the only problem with the comments section is you cannot edit — I read the “have fun” bit after the fact…

    Be well and stay safe,
    – Kevin –

  4. 25 July, 2005 at 4:47 pm

    I was going to take the quiz but I would have got all the answers wrong. Because all I know is the Bee Gees are the bees knees and the best band to come out of Manchester ever. And so, of course people should slow dance to them. You gotta love a beard.

  5. 28 July, 2005 at 10:27 pm


    I checked on this and the American print run was indeed 10.6 million. Prior to this book, the Harry Potter series had sold around 260,000,000 copies, with around 100,000,000 of those being in the States. That’s still a phenomenal number of books, isn’t it?

    So Mick ‘Lovegod’ – you are indeed the winner!

  6. Kevin

    29 July, 2005 at 3:36 pm

    Hi Tony,

    I would love to know the gender breakdown of sales…I have yet to meet a woman,(that I know) that dislikes the Harry Potter series…I know plenty of men who could not get by Chapter Three of the first novel…

    Staggering numbers, indeed — the USA consumers are responsible for 38% of sales…

    AND…congrats to Mick “The Lovegod” — good luck on the Kieth Moon quiz…I am officially out of that one…

    Be well and stay safe…

    Enjoy the craic that weekends bring!

    – Kevin –


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