THE SKY IS FALLING! THE SKY IS FALLING! Or so it must have seemed in Buffalo, New York and environs last week. Epochal snowfall. Even Noah himself would have had trouble in this one. Once more a weather event points up that indeed the climate is changing and we are headed for more and more extreme incidents. Remember that little rain we had last summer? Remember those tornadoes that devastated Washington, Illinois last November? Once again Australia is burning up. Lakes in California are dried up. The United Nations says we must make drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions immediately.
Buffalo survives for this round. But the warning shots are getting louder.
We’ll mix in a little Thanksgiving trivia with the questions this week.
1) In a bit of a surprise what major world economy announced they were in recession at the beginning of the week?
2) President Obama made a major policy address on immigration Thursday. Which of the television networks carried this major address?
3) The Iowa Board of Regents will discuss a third straight tuition freeze since Iowa students graduate ranked as number what in debt load?
4) The first Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in 1920 by what department store? (Choices: Macy’s Gimbel’s or Penney’s)
5) The Keystone XL pipeline was “defeated” in the Senate by a vote of what?
6) Susan Hamm of Oklahoma City made headlines when she said she would appeal her divorce settlement as being too low. What was the settlement?
7) Benjy, the Irish bull was scheduled for the slaughterhouse before he was saved by activists who raised money to save him. Why was Benjy scheduled to be slaughtered?
8) History notes that the Pilgrims may have been dumped at Plymouth Rock because the ship’s crew feared running out of what staple provision on the way home to England? (hint: it was stored in kegs)
9) A wise Person would stock up now. Increased consumption and a disease called “frosty pod” threatens what staple of the American diet?
10) An Iowa man went where he shouldn’t have. R. j. Ranae Kapheim of Davenport was arrested where with what?
11) Campus shootings were recorded at two locations this week. Can you name one of them?
12) What long time humorist was not laughing this week as many women came forward with tales of sexual abuse at his hands?
13) Back in the day – 1621 – it took about how long to travel from England to America – two months, three months or four months?
14) The USDA approved a genetically modified potato for Simplot company. However, what company said they would not use this potato?
15) FDR tried to move up the Thanksgiving holiday by a week to stimulate the economy in what year?
Last I heard Buffalo had as much as 84 inches (7 feet) of snow. That is just unbelievable. Our best wishes for a recovery for those folks.
2) PBS – none of the commercial networks carried the address
3) sixth highest
4) Gimbel’s in Philadelphia. Macy joined the fun in 1924
5) 59 for 41 against – therefore the against wins in Senate math
6) She got $1 billion, but since that was only 6% of her husband’s fortune, she felt it too little
7) he seemed to be gay, only hung with the bulls and had no interest in mating
8) beer – fermented drinks were often used since water could kill a person
10) near the White House with several weapons and ammunition.
11) Edinburg, Pa. and Florida State
12) Bill Cosby
13) two months
14) McDonald’s said it would not use the potato for fries – at least for now.
15) 1939. In 1941 Congress passed a bill establishing the 4th Thursday as Thanksgiving. Moving the holiday was a major kerfluffle.
For those who just can’t get enough football, the Grey Cup is scheduled for next Sunday (Nov. 30) at 5PM Central time.