Boy oh boy, two big events in one week. It is more than the heart can stand. Maybe 2015-6 will be the year the Iowa caucuses finally cross the boundary and take place in the year prior to the election. Christmas Eve with your colleagues, what could be better?
So let’s mix in a few caucus questions and a few questions about New Year’s in one unconnected pile. Best thing for a New Year’s hangover is confusion.
1) Two of the Republican candidates use their middle name as their main name. Which two are they?
2) Two other Republican candidates do not have the same last name as they were born with. Which two and what were their birth family names?
3) Two ordained ministers have placed first and second in Republican caucuses in different years. Can you name them?
4) Under Forest Evashevski, Iowa went to its first two bowl games. Who were the quarterbacks on those teams?
5) What year was the first BCS (bowl championship series) title game played and who played in it?
6) One of the candidates for the Republican nomination lost his senate seat in 2006. One of the reasons is that he really lived in Virginia while his children were given a very expensive cyber-education paid for by the taxpayers back home.Who is this candidate?
7) This holiday comes as close to being a global holiday as any holiday does. Which is it?
8) Which candidate has a gay half-sister who supports Barack Obama?
9) What was the name of Ron Paul’s newsletter that has sparked so much controversy in recent days?
10) In a college football bowl game, the game officially lasts 60 minutes. Why does it take 4 hours to complete?
OK – is that head feeling a little more cockeyed? Just trying to help. I come from a time long ago when New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day were two of the coldest days of the year. What’s cold about 50 degrees?
Anyway, here are some answers to ease the brain:
1) Willard Mitt Romney and James Richard(Rick) Perry.
2) Michelle Bachmann (born Amble) and Newt Gingrich (born Newt McPherson adopted by stepfather)
3) Pat Robertson placed second in 1988 Iowa caucuses and Mike Huckabee won the 2008 caucus.
4) Kenny Ploen of Clinton in 1956 and Randy Duncan of Des Moines in 1958
5) after the 1998 season (Jan. 1999). #1 Tennessee played #2 Florida State – Tennessee won 23 – 16
6) Rick Santorum. His address in Pennsylvania was never lived in according to his neighbors. His children cost the school district some $73,000 to educate through cyber-education.
7) New Year’s day of course, since most of the world uses the Gregorian calendar
8) Newt Gingrich. Candace Gingrich-Jones is Newt’s half sister and an Obama supporter.
9) He actually had 3 – The Ron Paul Survival Report, The Ron Paul Investment Letter and the Ron Paul Political Report.
10) I was hoping maybe you knew? I mean 4 hours for 1 hour worth of game is ridiculous.