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#1 SJS

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 12:50 AM

Golfer - Jack Nicklaus
Writer - Isaac Asimov
American President - George Washington
Naturalist - Charles Darwin
Sitcom - Seinfeld
Museum - Musee Dosay
PC game - Sid Meier’s Civilization V
Explorer - Neil Armstrong
Hemingway novel - The Sun Also Rises
Newspaper - The Onion
Arcade game - Galaga
Greek mathematician - Euclid
Nonfiction book - Intellectuals and Society
Agronomist - Norman Borlaug
Bassist - Geddy Lee
Pure hitter - Tony Gwynn
Board Game - Scythe
Chess player - Gary Kasparov
Campbell’s soup - Tomato
Roller Coaster - Everest (Disney’s Animal Kingdom)
Movie comedy prior to 1980 - Dr. Strangelove
Card game - Sheepshead
Meal - Sushi boat
Hockey player not named Gretzky - Mario Lemieux
Female tennis player - Serena Williams
Science fiction book not written by Asimov - Rendezvous With Rama
Place to visit half hour before dawn - Devil’s Tower, Wyoming
Film - Star Wars
Piano Sonata - Tchaikovsky’s #1
Porcupine Tree song - Arriving Somewhere But Not Here
Asimov quote - People are entirely too disbelieving of coincidence
Brit - Winston Churchill
Dead comedian - Mitch Hedberg
Dead comic actor - Chris Farley
NBA player - Michael Jordan
European city - Paris
Windshield wiper - RainX
Hard liquor variety - Cognac
Baseball announcer - Joe Garigiola
Automobile company - Toyota
Mechanical pencil - Bic Velocity .7
Billionaire - Bill Gates
OTC medicine - Excedrin
Star Trek captain - Kirk
Home cooked meal - Spaghetti and meatballs

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#2 MrSkeptic

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 01:51 AM

I agree with some of those opinions, but some of them are way off. Plus, time is still passing so those may change. 


They said I could be anything, so I became a disappointment.

 

 


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 03:02 AM

Ok so the best movie of all time is ‘In Bruges’.

I’ll get back to you on everything else.

#4 A Rebel and a Runner

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 03:54 AM

I'll offer my opinion on the ones about which I care and add a couple new categories.

 

Novelist - Steinbeck
American President - Polk
Naturalist - Pliny the Elder (seriously, he may have also been trying to rescue people, but he died trying to get a look at Vesuvius going up)
Sitcom - Seinfeld (we agree!)
Museum - The Borghese
PC game - Planescape: Torment
Explorer - James Holman (look him up)
Hemingway novel - Farewell to Arms
Arcade game - Pac-Man
Greek mathematician - Pythagoras
Bassist - Victor Wooten
Board Game - Acquire
Movie comedy prior to 1980 - Blazing Saddles
Card game - Dominion
Meal - Sushi boat (especially if it contains freshwater eel)
Science fiction book not written by Asimov - Frankenstein
Film - The Wizard of Oz
Piano Sonata - Chopin #2
Porcupine Tree song - Trains
Dead comedian - George Carlin
NBA player - Michael Jordan
European city - Florence
Hard liquor variety - vodka
Automobile company - Toyota
Billionaire - Bill Gates
Star Trek captain - Picard
Home cooked meal - tacos (black bean, spinach, fresh mozzarella, etc.)

 

 

Poet - C. Valerius Catullus
 
20th Century symphonic piece - Rite of Spring (though if you ask my favorite, it's Bartok's 4th String Quartet)
 
Human invention - the written word (now we're getting meta)

labente deinde paulatim disciplina velut desidentes primo mores sequatur animo, deinde ut magis magisque lapsi sint, tum ire coeperint praecipites, donec ad haec tempora quibus nec vitia nostra nec remedia pati possumus perventum est.

 

First our declining morals slid, bit by bit, and then our very national spirit.  Then the collapse became greater and greater, and our principles began to go, until at last, it has come to this age, in which we can bear neither our crimes nor the cure for them.

 
 

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 07:37 AM

Read through the list at the top - quite US-centric, though I'm sure my own list would have a pronounced British flavour.

 

Quick mention for Best Dead Comic Actor

 

 



#6 Always the Winner

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 09:20 AM

Tomato soup over Pepper Pot? Shame!

Hey...where's Perry?


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 11:40 AM

Ok.....

Golfer - dunno, no interest
Writer - Dickens
American President - Lincoln or FDR
Naturalist - Charles Darwin
Sitcom - Peep Show
Museum - Nat Hist in London
PC game - Half-Life
Explorer - Leif Ericson
Hemingway novel - The Old Man and the Sea
Newspaper - The Times (London)
Arcade game - Space Invaders
Greek mathematician - Eratosthenes
Nonfiction book - The Tao of Physics
Agronomist - King George III
Bassist - Jaco Pastorius. Or Marcus Miller. Or Victor Wooten.
Pure hitter - in cricket.... Joss Buttler
Board Game - Monopoly
Chess player - Deep Blue
Campbell’s soup - Don’t think we get that in U.K. Probably won’t meet EU standards.
Roller Coaster - dunno, hate them
Movie comedy prior to 1980 - Some Like it Hot
Card game - Texas Hold ‘Em
Meal - Mrs MT’s corn beef hash
Hockey player not named Gretzky - Ice hockey? No clue
Female tennis player - Serena Williams
Science fiction book not written by Asimov - Something by Iain M Banks
Place to visit half hour before dawn - Avebury Stone Circle on Midsummer’s Day
Film - The Right Stuff
Piano Sonata - Grieg’s
Porcupine Tree song - Fear of a Blank Planet
Asimov quote - None
Briton - Elizabeth I - raised us from a Hapsburg Province and put us on the way to Empire
Dead comedian - Stan & Ollie
Dead comic actor - ditto
NBA player - No clue
European city - Paris
Windshield wiper - Whatever fits
Hard liquor variety - Rum
Baseball announcer - no clue
Automobile company - Mercedes-Benz
Mechanical pencil - the one Mrs MT gave me for Christmas
Billionaire - Sir Richard Branson
OTC medicine - Viagra
Star Trek captain - Picard
Home cooked meal - ratatouille

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 11:41 AM

Read through the list at the top - quite US-centric, though I'm sure my own list would have a pronounced British flavour.
 
Quick mention for Best Dead Comic Actor
 


Oh yes. The Lord of Misrule. He made me laugh, and laugh, and laugh.

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 12:25 PM

Golfer -  who cares?
Writer - Shakespeare (not even fucking close)
American President - Teddy R.
Naturalist - Charles Darwin
Sitcom - Fawlty Towers
Museum - Nat Hist in NYC
PC game - dunno, don't care
Explorer - Audubon
Hemingway novel - For Whom The Bell Tolls
Newspaper - New York Times
Arcade game - Battlezone
Greek mathematician - Euclid
Nonfiction book - Goedel, Escher, Bach
Agronomist - Gregor Mendel
Bassist - Gary Weinrib
Pure hitter - Ted Williams, duh
Board Game - Monopoly
Chess player - Bobby Fischer
Campbell’s soup - Tomato
Roller Coaster - dunno
Movie comedy prior to 1980 - Help!
Card game - Bridge
Meal - Chiles Rellenos
Hockey player not named Gretzky - Gil Perrault
Female tennis player - Stefi Graf
Science fiction book not written by Asimov - Farenheit 451
Place to visit half hour before dawn - East slope of the Andes in Ecuador 
Film - Mulholland Drive
Piano Sonata - Beethoven
Porcupine Tree song - Fear of a Blank Planet
Asimov quote - “Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.”
Briton - Isaac Newton
Dead comedian - Bill Hicks (not even close)
Dead comic actor - Peter Sellers (not even close)
NBA player - John Stockton
European city - London
Windshield wiper - huh?
Hard liquor variety - Tequila
Baseball announcer - Joe Garagiola (duh)
Automobile company - Saturn (RIP)
Mechanical pencil - don't know
Billionaire - Warren Buffet, I guess
OTC medicine - aspirin
Star Trek captain - Kirk
Home cooked meal - Enchiladas



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Posted 14 September 2018 - 12:29 PM

I'll offer my opinion on the ones about which I care and add a couple new categories.

 

 

- tacos (black bean, spinach, fresh mozzarella, etc.)

 

 

WTF? Mozz on a taco? That is seriously wrong. Get thee to mercado mexicano para comprar queso de Oaxaca. ¡Dios Mio!



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Posted 14 September 2018 - 01:45 PM

No need to copy my list BTW (though I am interested in seeing that!).  Make up your own categories if you want. 


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 01:53 PM

Ok.....


Museum - Nat Hist in London
 

 

What a gorgeous building too.  Had the pleasure of visiting this in a London semester abroad I did in 1991.  Actually, many London museums blew me away.  I loved the British Museum, National Gallery, and National Portrait Gallery too.  Though thinking about this reminds me I didn't consider the various museums of the Smithsonian, which are crazy-good too.  But my soft spot for impressionism led me to choose Musee Dorsay.

 

EDIT TO ADD:  your whole list was an enjoyable read.  Mrs. MT shows up twice which is cool.  Elizabeth I is hard to argue.  Deep Blue over my choice of Kasparov - checkmate MT.  Was Eratosthenes the guy who estimated the Earth's circumference (quite accurately)? 


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 02:12 PM


Writer - Shakespeare (not even fucking close)
 

 

I like the way you phrased this in the vernacular of the day.  But yes, that's an awfully strong choice.

 

EDIT TO ADD:  Ted Williams and Bobby Fischer were both my almost-choices.  Maybe Williams is the better choice over Gwynn for the power.  I took Kasparov over Fischer for the longevity.  Big props for another outstanding Asimov quote.


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 02:31 PM

What a gorgeous building too.  Had the pleasure of visiting this in a London semester abroad I did in 1991.  Actually, many London museums blew me away.  I loved the British Museum, National Gallery, and National Portrait Gallery too.  Though thinking about this reminds me I didn't consider the various museums of the Smithsonian, which are crazy-good too.  But my soft spot for impressionism led me to choose Musee Dorsay.
 
EDIT TO ADD:  your whole list was an enjoyable read.  Mrs. MT shows up twice which is cool.  Elizabeth I is hard to argue.  Deep Blue over my choice of Kasparov - checkmate MT.  Was Eratosthenes the guy who estimated the Earth's circumference (quite accurately)? 


Yeah. Though he applied Euclid. I supposed it’s the difference between pure maths and applied.

I saw a chap propose to his sweetheart at the top of the stairs in the Nat Hist above the Diplodocus.

Come to think of it the Smithsonian is jaw-dropping.

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 09:43 PM

Can't be arsed to do all this, but in a new category of best all round Human Being it has to be CB Fry.

Oh, the Nat Hist museum, nice building, dumbed down contents. Best Museum: the Wasa Museet in Stockholm

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Old Rush Good, New Rush Bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


#16 A Rebel and a Runner

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 09:49 PM

Writer - Shakespeare (not even fucking close)

Is the section in parentheses intentionally iambic, or is that a coincidence?


labente deinde paulatim disciplina velut desidentes primo mores sequatur animo, deinde ut magis magisque lapsi sint, tum ire coeperint praecipites, donec ad haec tempora quibus nec vitia nostra nec remedia pati possumus perventum est.

 

First our declining morals slid, bit by bit, and then our very national spirit.  Then the collapse became greater and greater, and our principles began to go, until at last, it has come to this age, in which we can bear neither our crimes nor the cure for them.

 
 

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Posted 15 September 2018 - 12:05 AM

Golfer - Ty Webb
Writer -Samuel Clemens
American President - Theodore Roosevelt
Naturalist - Charles Darwin
Sitcom - Cheers
Museum - Centre Pompidou
PC game - Starcraft (1998)
Explorer - Neil Armstrong
Hemingway novel - A Farewell To Arms
Newspaper - LOL
Arcade game - Battlezone
Greek mathematician - Einstein
Nonfiction book - The Devil's Horesmen (Mongol invasion of Europe)
Agronomist - durrrrrr
Bassist - Paul Macca
Pure hitter - Reggie Jackson
Board Game - The Mad Magazine Game
Chess player - Gary Kasparov
Campbell’s soup - Tomato
Roller Coaster - Deja Vu
Movie comedy prior to 1980 - It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Card game - Texas Hold 'em
Meal - Mac and Cheese
Hockey player not named Gretzky - Any Boston Bruin
Female tennis player - Venus Williams
Science fiction book not written by Asimov - Starship Troopers
Place to visit half hour before dawn - Uluwatu, Bali
Film - In Bruges
Piano Sonata - Fith of Firth - Tony Banks
Porcupine Tree song - Time Flies
Asimov quote - If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.
Brit - Keef
Dead comedian - Richard Pryor
Dead comic actor - Peter Sellers
NBA player - Michael Jordan
European city - Madrid
Windshield wiper - RainX
Hard liquor variety - Bourbon
Baseball announcer - Bob Ueker
Automobile company - Toyota
Mechanical pencil - Bic 4 Color Ball Point
Billionaire - Adnan Koshogi
OTC medicine - Bourbon
Star Trek captain - Kirk
Home cooked meal - Macaroni and Cheese from Mom

Rush Song - Vapor Trail, and if not that one, then, The Pass



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Posted 15 September 2018 - 12:26 AM

Best Museum: the Wasa Museet in Stockholm

 

Oh man, they have The Goonies pirate ship there!!!

 

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Hey there goes Alex. He's loaded with money. Wow he's really set himself up great.


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Posted 15 September 2018 - 01:18 AM


Writer -Samuel Clemens

Asimov quote - If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.
 

Rush Song - Vapor Trail, and if not that one, then, The Pass

 

Great choices.

 

Oh, and be the ball.


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Posted 15 September 2018 - 11:01 PM

Golfer - Don't care.
Writer - Asimov.
American President - Lincoln
Naturalist - Darwin.
Sitcom - Seinfeld or MASH.
Museum - American Museum Of Natural History - NYC
PC game - Doom. The original.
Explorer - Leif Ericson
Hemingway novel - Fuck Hemingway.
Newspaper - The Times (NY)
Arcade game - Pac Man
Greek mathematician - Eratosthenes
Nonfiction book - Everything is a fiction. They just don't tell us that.
Agronomist - ???
Bassist - Thunderfingers.
Pure hitter - A-Rod. No hits in October, but he knows how to hit on the fans.
Board Game - Risk
Chess player - Deep Blue
Campbell’s soup - Tomato.
Roller Coaster - Cyclone - Broklyn.
Movie comedy prior to 1980 - Animal House. (Oh come on, it's obvious guys!!)
Card game - Don't play.
Meal - Steamed oysters.
Hockey player not named Gretzky - Is there anyone?
Female tennis player - Serena Williams.
Science fiction book not written by Asimov - I'm gonna' have to go with The Stand - Steven King.
Place to visit half hour before dawn - take a leak and then get back under the covers.
Film - Apollo 13.
Piano Sonata - I don't know.
Porcupine Tree song - The Sky Moves Sideways.
Asimov quote - None
Briton - Too many to list.
Dead comedian - George Carlin and Richard Pryor.
Dead comic actor - Lucille Ball.
NBA player - Michael J
European city - London
Windshield wiper - new ones every 10K miles.
Hard liquor variety - Vodka
Baseball announcer - The Scooter.
Automobile company - Jaguar.
Mechanical pencil - I just use #2s.
Billionaire - William F Gates III
OTC medicine - Advil.
Star Trek captain - Picard.
Home cooked meal - anything my wife makes beats eating out by 5 stars.


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