The Birds and the Beers, Bedlam, & This Past Sunday’s Quiz

Tonight you’ll find a couple grand gatherings and plenty of good meal and drink! First up, we’ve got The Birds and the Beers at 6 pm. (Nice reminder note at Birdchick’s site.) This is an informal gathering of birdwatchers and ornithologists. All are welcomed! So if you have a passing interest in birds or want to know more or are involved in a professional manner, such as restoring raptor bird populations along the cliffs of the Mississippi, please pop in and say hello to this group. They’ll be here.

Around 9 or so, we’ve got some music for you: the boys of Bedlam! Their Tuesday night gig is one of our most popular events. John Sjogren and crew will provide Irish and Scottish tunes, some quality banter, and perhaps a whisky toast or two. Good kids and a right fine time. Lovely!

Random Feet in the News

Wow. A stinking feet plant at Yosemite and a man in Germany had foot and laundry odor so intense neighbors mistook the smell for a corpse!

Last Sunday’s Quiz

It was quite a crowd for the Sunday Night Pub Quiz (which takes place each Sunday at 8 pm). And as some like to review the questions that cropped up, we’re repeating them here with answers at the end:

Merlins Pub Quiz – from 15 July 2007

1. Geoffrey Chaucer wrote a classic work about fictional pilgrims and their journeys. What is this major work called?

2. Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni was found on a Tasmanian beach recently. What is a Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni?

3. Paper, the compass, gunpowder, and printing all originated in what country?

4. Born on this day in 1606 this man became a famous artist. He painted 60 portraits of himself. Who was he?

5. Mount Cook is the tallest mountain in what country?

6. Which of the following is the softest. Sub-bituminous, Lignite, Anthracite or Bituminous?

7. Asmara is the capital of what country?

8. Many countries make it illegal to operate on this invertebrate without anaesthetic. The only invertebrate said to feel pain. Britain’s natural scientists refer to it as an honorary vertebrate. Name this creature?

9. Hockey has the Stanley cup, Football has the Vince Lombardy Trophy . If you were a world champion sheep shearer you would win this prize. Name it?

10. Researchers say that an area, about 140 miles northeast of Addis, in Ethiopia boasts the most continuous record of what species evolution?

11. This Paleozoic era is usually broken into Early (Tremadoc and Arenig), Middle (Llanvirn [subdivided into Abereiddian and Llandeilian]) and Late (Caradoc and Ashgill) epochs. It lies between the Cambrian and Silurian eras. Name it?

12. Which of the following countries drinks more bottled water? France, US, Italy, Mexico or UAE?

13. On this day in1971 President Richard M. Nixon announces his plan to do what?

14. Calamari is the name given to food from this animal. Name the animal?

15. Which of the following countries does not border Ethiopia? Kenya, Eritrea, Egypt or Somalia.

16. On this day in 1979 President Jimmy Carter made his malaise speech which pointed out America’s dependence on what substance?

17. Australopithicus afarensis is a recently discovered fossil skeleton 1974 Hominid species a female that came to be better known for the name it was given. What was the name?

18. These creatures have a relatively short life span. Reproduction is a cause of death: males can only live for a few months after mating, and females die shortly after their eggs hatch. They have three hearts. They rely on ink sacs and camouflage for their survival. Their blood is blue. What are they?

19. If you found yourself in a Limestone Karst area what would you most likely expect to find within the rock itself.

20. The Slaughtered Ox, The Mill, Portrait of an Old Man and The Anatomy Lecture of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp are all works of what famous artist?

21. Name the country that is known to the world as the cradle of humankind?

22. If you were eating Canterbury Lamb you would know that this succulent meat comes from what country?

23. Apart from the symbol in the middle what colors are the flag of Egypt?

24. Bonny Medium, Bolivian Blend, Basra Light, Arabian Heavy, Alba and Algerian Condensate are all grades of what substance?

25.Name the famous cave man cartoon written and illustrated by Johnny Hart?


1. Canterbury Tales ** 2. Giant squid ** 3. China ** 4. Rembrandt ** 5. New Zealand ** 6. Lignite ** 7. Eritrea ** 8. Octopus ** 9. Golden Shears ** 10. Humans ** 11. Ordovician ** 12. Italy ** 13. Visit China ** 14. Squid ** 15. Egypt ** 16. Foreign Oil ** 17. Lucy ** 18. Octopus ** 19. Caves/Fossils ** 20. Rembrandt ** 21. Ethiopia ** 22. New Zealand ** 23. Red, white, black ** 24. Crude Oil ** 25. BC

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