March 20, 2009 |
So the end of "Battlestar Galactica" is finally here -- the Sci Fi Channel's (soon to be Syfy's) flagship show docks in the port of reruns and DVD lore. But there are a few questions left unanswered. Enter the show's creator, Ron Moore, who supplied some answers without giving any spoilers. Whose job was it to calculate the surviving humans? It was a three-way responsibility. There were people on physical production, people up in Vancouver.
October 19, 2008 |
Charles Wang, the Shanghai-born owner of the New York Islanders, has hired announcers to call games in Mandarin. But they're apparently having trouble translating certain words and phrases into the Chinese language. Thus, the Bruins have become the Brown Bears and the Panthers are Black Leopards. Writes ESPN the Magazine: "At least the Far East will get a clear intro to the NHL's best, Sid the Kid," quoting announcer Justin Chang as explaining, "Everyone knows what a Penguin is. " -- Trivia time Who was the oldest jockey to win a Breeders' Cup race, and how old was he?
October 15, 2008 |
An NBA game was played Sunday in London, and the Daily Telegraph noted, "As far as value for money goes, not much can beat basketball. Nonstop on-court action breeds scores that reach triple figures, keeping you entertained every minute the ball is in play. " In other words, it's not the least bit like soccer. Reason to cheer The fast pace notwithstanding, not all British fans were impressed by what they witnessed in the New Jersey Nets-Miami Heat contest. But the sideline show was a different matter.
April 29, 2008
Re "Sleeping with the enemy," Opinion, April 24 The continuously consolidating mainstream media are controlled by conservative corporate owners whose agenda is not new -- or news -- for anyone old enough to remember Pogo's warning. The media have long since opted out of any adversarial role with the powers that be and have become little more than caricatures and buffoons -- witness the recent alleged debate on ABC emphasizing trivia and manufacturing scandal for titillation and viewer share.
February 23, 2007 |
A sweet-faced boy from London's working-class South End, circa 1985, Brian Jackson (James McAvoy) arrives at the University of Bristol with his head crammed full of facts. But although he lives by Francis Bacon's dictum that knowledge is power, "Starter for 10's" Brian has yet to experience the kind of lessons that can be learned only by falling squarely on one's face. Since childhood, Brian's fondest dream has been to appear on the TV quiz show "University Challenge."
February 19, 2007 |
Briefing has been meaning to provide some commentary on Versus' coverage of the NHL, but, you know, the channel is just so hard to find. So we'll have to take Brett Hull's word for it. Hull, now an NBC hockey analyst, told New York's WFAN last week that the NHL's poor ratings for its All-Star game were caused by the league's choice of a cable partner. "I don't even think people know Versus is a station," he said, calling it "a ridiculously bad channel." Hull didn't stop there.
October 26, 2006 |
YOU live in California and you eat fast food, but how well do you know your California fast food trivia? (Note: If you get all these right, you probably eat too much junk.) 1. Which of these Southern California burger chains is the oldest? A) Tommy's B) In-N-Out C) Fatburger Answer: A) Tommy's opened in 1946, two years before McDonald's introduced the Speedee Service System that historians often cite as the beginning of the modern fast-food era. 2.
September 22, 2006 |
Ken Jennings has been a lifelong trivia fan. Now he's also the answer to a trivia question: "In 2004, who won 74 consecutive games and more than $2.5 million to become the all-time champion on TV's 'Jeopardy!'?" Jennings is also the author of a new book, "Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs," which is the reason for his recent visit to New York, the first stop on his book tour. In the book, Jennings neatly blends the story of his "Jeopardy!"
May 15, 2006 |
ANYONE WONDERING why American kids are so fat should take a look at "The Oreo Cookie Counting Book." "Ten little Oreos, all in a line," its first page says, next to an illustration of a child's hand eagerly extended toward a row of cookies. "Dunk one in a glass of milk, and now there are ... nine." Unfortunately, the book -- published by an imprint of Simon & Schuster and recommended for children ages 4 to 8 -- fails to mention what would happen if you actually followed its instructions.