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Trivia Tuesday – Bras, Karl, and Goats

Posted in Trivia Tuesday with tags , , , , , , , on March 24, 2009 by thegeekwearsprada

“I wanted to be the first woman to burn her bra, but it would have taken the fire department four days to put it out” –Dolly Pardon

I know this is more or less a geek blog but I can’t possibly give you a quiz about geekiness because I just don’t know it good enough. So, for today here is fashion trivia, real fashion not geek fashion 🙂

  1. In 3000 B.C.E., experts believe that nail polish was invented in China.
  2. According to Allure magazine, the average woman owns 10 handbags. (I guess I am not average. I admit to having 89 bags)
  3. In 1955, Coco Chanel introduced the first Chanel purse with quilting and a chain strap. (And yes I have one of these.)
  4. In 2004-2005 there were 800 new shades of eyeshadow created.
  5. Louis Vuitton is not known for his punctuality but recently he stunned the audience of a fashion show in Paris for beginning exactly on time.
  6. Elizabeth I owned 2,000 pairs of gloves.
  7. It is rumored that Karl Lagerfeld has an iPod nanny. This nanny is in charge of organizing, uploading, downloading, and keeping track of the music on this fashion icon’s more than 100 iPods!
  8. Clothing from 1920 to 1960 are considered vintage garments.
  9. Cashmere comes from the Kashmir goat.
  10. John Paul Gaultier designed the now famous cone bra for Madonna.

If this were a quiz, how good would you have done?

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Trivia Tuesday – It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane…

Posted in Trivia Tuesday with tags , , , on February 17, 2009 by hergeek

It’s Superman!!!

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So we all know Superman, right?  When superheroes are thought of, odds are good that Superman will be one of the first ones you come up with, along with Batman and Spider-Man.  So here’s a little pop quiz.  Swipe through the end of the question to reveal the answer (but these are easy ones…I’m sure you will have no trouble with them.  (Even you, GWP.)

  1. What is the name of the newspaper that Clark Kent works at?  Answer: The Daily Planet
  2. What is the name of the editor in chief of the newspaper?  Answer: Perry White
  3. What is the name of cub reporter/photographer that was dubbed “Superman’s Pal”? Answer: Jimmy Olson
  4. What was Superman’s cry as he took off flying?  Answer: “Up, up and away!!!”
  5. What is the name of the radioactive element that weakens and can kill Superman?  Answer: Kryptonite

OK, so I’m sure you had no problems with those questions.  Now, a final question:  Where did all of the above characters/places/things appear for the first time?   [Cue final Jeopardy music]

All of the above first appeared in the Superman Radio shows. The Adventures of Superman started in 1940 as a 15 minute radio serial, and it introduced all of the above staples of the Superman universe.  Other interesting tidbits about the Superman radio serials:

  • Rolly Bester was one of the women who portrayed Lois Lane on The Adventures of Superman.  She was also married to Alfred Bester, noted science fiction author and writer of such characters as Green Lantern, Mandrake the Magician and The Phantom.
  • Before Batman and Superman ever teamed up in the pages of comics (except on the cover of one issue) Batman and Robin teamed up several times with Superman in the radio drama.
  • Superman vs the KKK!  In the summer of 1946, a series of episodes aired that had Superman battling forces of the Ku Klux Klan.  An undercover agent named Stetson Kennedy infiltrated the KKK and came to the producers of the Superman serials with information on the Klan, including codewords and secret rituals and asked them to produce a series of episodes with this information, in the hopes of having a negative impact on the Klan’s recruiting and growth.  These episodes proved to be some of the most popular episodes of Superman ever produced.  The Klan was not amused.

Trivia Tuesday – Truth and Lies

Posted in Trivia Tuesday with tags , , , , on January 27, 2009 by hergeek

Our first Trivia Tuesday entry is about Dr. William Moulton Marston.  Dr. Marston will be a name known to many a geek, because he is the creator of one of DC Comics iconic characters, Wonder Woman.

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Wonder Woman will be a name familiar to most of you, even the non-geeks, simply from the late 70’s TV show starring Lynda Carter.  What people who know the TV show will immediately remember will be the “twirl around in a circle to change into your costume” power that she had, probably followed by her ability to deflect bullets with her bracelets, and then her cheesy invisible plane  (Hmm.  Would it be harder or easier to land an invisible plane?  Must ask my pilot father this question.  But I digress.)

Hey you!  On the ground!  Stop looking at my ass!

Hey you! On the ground! Stop looking at my ass!

But how many of you remember her golden lasso?

Wonder Woman possesses a golden lasso that has the ability to compel a person to tell the truth when they are bound with it.  Now, aside from the underlying B&D themes with this, there is another very interesting fact behind the golden lasso concept: Dr. William Moulton Marston was also the creator of the systolic blood pressure test for lie detection. So, while the fictional golden lasso forced the truth from you, the polygraph will detect your lies (without the underlying B&D themes.  Alas.)