Here is how the contest appeared:
Some of you will recognize these as the same questions for the contest of December 2016. Since nobody even attempted to answer them, I am using them again, with a few changes in the rules.
Rules for the contest are on my poet page, with the following changes applicable to this month’s contest only:
(a) Those who have won cash prizes in previous contests are not eligible to win cash in this contest, but are still eligible to win the GLORY of answering the questions!
(b) Only residents of the United States of America are eligible for the cash in this contest, because winners will be mailed checks from my credit union, and they will only mail to addresses in the U.S.A. Residents of other countries are still eligible for the GLORY.
(c) You do not need to answer all the questions. If you only know one answer, that could be worth ten dollars. The FIRST person to send me a message with the correct answer to each question wins ten dollars. Answer all ten (first) and win one hundred dollars.
(d) You must supply your real name and mailing address with your entry. The credit union will not issue checks to Princess or RedFox, etc.
(e) IMPORTANT: THIS CONTEST ENDS ON 31 JANUARY 2017. These questions will not be used again for February.
HERE ARE THE QUESTIONS, WITH THE ANSWERS NOW ADDED.
1. What company once put the following ad in newspapers to try to get new workers?
‘Wanted: Young skinny wiry fellows, not over 18. Must be expert riders willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred.’
The answer to this question was supposed to be ‘The Pony Express’. I put the question there in good faith that my source was reliable. However, according to Google, that was a hoax and the Pony Express never did actually run that ad. It only appeared in newspapers years after the Pony Express had quit running, as supposedly having been an actual ad earlier, but nobody has ever found one of the original ads in any newspaper. Sorry about that.
2. In what country was the game Chinese checkers invented?
Answer: Great Britain.
3. Who said: ‘There are three important things in life: family, religion, and the Green Bay Packers.’?
Answer: Vince Lombardi
(4-8: movie bloopers [Name the movie in which each of these things happened])
4. The title character is supposed to be naked, but the footprints he leaves are of shoes instead of bare feet.
Answer: The Invisible Man
5. If you look closely in the famous chariot scene, you’ll see a red sports car driving past the Coliseum in the distance.
(Dee Corpolongo solved this one and won $10.00.)
6. In this movie about an 11th century Spanish hero, a costly crowd scene was spoiled by an extra wearing sunglasses.
Answer: El Cid
7. This movie features a dramatic shot of the sun setting… in the East!
(I have temporarily misplaced my list of answers and don’t remember this one, but will include it here later when I find it!)
8. In another crowd scene (and a different movie from #6) , one of the peasants is wearing Adidas tennis shoes.
9. Who is the only native-born American ever to become president of a foreign nation?
Answer: William Walker, American journalist, physician, lawyer, and soldier of fortune.
From July,1856, to May 1857, he was self-appointed dictator of Nicaragua, a nation he took over with a hand-picked band of mercenaries who called themselves ‘The Immortals’.
He was overthrown in 1857 and made three more attempts to win control in Central America. After a failed attempt in Honduras, he was executed there by a firing squad on September 12,1860.
10. Who was the first person ever to win two consecutive Academy Awards?
Answer: Luise Rainer (in 1936 for ‘The Great Ziegfield’ and in 1937 for ‘The Good Earth’)