Saturday, February 02, 2008

Germany or Florida: and the winner is...

First of all, a big thank you to everyone who participated in the first Germany or Florida quiz of the new year! I think that, with a little luck and determination, over the next year or two we can turn this into the 2007 Chicago Marathon of pointless online trivia quizzes.

I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome some new visitors. Not only did they visit, they jumped right into the game. I'm not sure how or why you showed up lately, but I'm surely glad you did! A hearty compound welcome goes out to:

Mnmom Mnmom seems to be part of that cabal of midwestern bloggers that's somehow associated with Melinda June, Coaster Punchman and Lulu, and she runs a blog called Happy to be from Iowa.

Jess Wundrun
Ms. Wundrun runs the aptly-named I Was Just Wondering. She hails from the Badger State, and after looking around her blog I'm happy to report that she does not appear to suffer from the depravity or necrophilia that seems to plague so many residents of Wisconsin.

Now, on to the results.

The winner is Dino aka Katy. She got every single answer correct. This marks the third time in which Ms. Katy has gotten a perfect score (twice she tied with simian savant Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein). While Ms. Katy wields something of an ethnic advantage, being German, I've seen no Floridians step up to even the playing field. Dr MVM has come close (he appears to have some kind of southern white trash detector) but he opted to sit this one out. Dino aka Katy may now retire from future quizzes, and has been made part of the official Sprawling Ramshackle Compound research team.

An honorable mention goes to Mob, of Dear Bastards, for his impressive 7 correct answers! Mob is from Texas, and I think that helps.

This was a tough one. Most of the stories lacked those subtle cultural cues that are so important. If you scored 5 or above, pat yourself on the back. Thanks in no small part to the educational efforts of this blog, most of you scored 6 out of 9.

Here are the answers, with a link to the original stories.

  1. A sold cellular phone reveals video of a woman beating her child, leading to her arrest.FLORIDA
  2. Neighbors complain about the scantily-clad model on the sign for a "gentlemans club" in their neighborhood. FLORIDA
  3. A business owner fires three non-smoking employees for asking for a smoke-free environment. GERMANY
  4. A yuletide prankster torments his victim by placing Christmas trees in front of his house.FLORIDA (in a town called "Niceville"!)
  5. A man attempting to throw his old Christmas tree out of his apartment window falls three stories and suffers severe head injuries.GERMANY
  6. A travel agency offers a clothing-optional charter flight for customers heading to a beachside nudist resort. GERMANY
  7. A man sets his apartment on fire when he mistakes a bottle of gasoline for a bottle of booze, takes a big gulp and then spits it out. While smoking. GERMANY
  8. A hitman makes four unsuccessful attempts on an elderly couple. FLORIDA
  9. A couple were fired from their jobs when their employer found out that, instead of attending a seminar, they went to an S&M dungeon on the company's dime. GERMANY


Mnmom said...

My story? I grew up in the same neck o'the woods as Melinda June. She is better acquainted with my youngest sibling. Her blog gave me directions to your sprawling ramshackle compound.
I'm rather proud - I did get many of the answers right. Let's play again!

Dystopia said...

Now, really Dad, there are several strong cultural cues here. Smoking equals Europe, kinky sex equals Europe and nudity equals Europe. I should have checked earlier so I could have played. >_< '

Dr.evil said...

In the year 2000 there were butterfly ballots.

I'm going to guess Florida, how about you?

Mob said...

Yes, the oppressive environment of the state helps a great deal.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Some day all this will be mine. As soon as I start getting more answers right, that is.

Dino aka Katy said...

Ohh thanks for making me part of the research team. I will be sure to hand my assignments in on time

kim said...

I don't like Florida Bubsy, I couldn't participate due to ethics.

Johnny Yen said...

Wait-- she's German, isn't she? Isn't that considered a ringer?

SamuraiFrog said...


FranIAm said...

What have I missed by - once again- being late to the party?


Bubs said...

fran, howdy! Thanks for stopping by.

Samurai, be proud of your effort.

Johnny, as I pointed out, although I prefer using the phrase "ethnic advantage" over "ringer".

Kim, don't like FLORIDA?!? Why the hell not?

Katy, I need to make some kind of official seal you can proudly display on your website.

Barbara, you go! Oh, Canada!

Mob, yee haw.

Dr Evil...oh yes.

Dys...perfect analysis. I didn't realize you'd been paying attention all those years.

Mnmom, I see! I need to send another kickback to Melinda now.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I did indeed sit this one out to give others a chance to win. I'm not some damn German glory hog after all, damn it, I'm a monkey.

Dale said...

I missed the big contest but enjoyed the answers just the same!

Coaster Punchman said...

Katy should be disqualified.

BeckEye said...

Hey, I got 6! I'm pretty damn proud of myself, even if you didn't see fit to give me an honorable mention. Damn #6 - I had a feeling it was Germany but then switched because the whole beach thing made me think of Florida. And I didn't read it correctly and thought it was a charter CRUISE instead of a flight. I could've had 7! I could've been honorable! I could've been somebody, instead of just another blogger, which is what I am.