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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Thursday Brain Teaser

"His hometown was Anoka, Minnesota, not Lake Wobegon, which he invented. Assigned to write about the Grand Ole Opry for the New Yorker, he came up with the idea for a radio show that would combine stories, music, and look at a fictional town. The show was called A Prairie Home Companion, and is heard on countless radio stations today. Each show is ended with the phrase “the news from Lake Wobegon...”

You know what to do. Off you go to the comment section and HINT!!!, limerick or just say hello!
For newcomers and really bricked-up people:
a) leave googling to begin with
b) no first names
c) no laughing at each other, except under my selective supervision!

Knock yourselves out!


Posted by Minka :: 12:00 am :: 35 Royal Subjects

Link to this Royal Decree!


At 00:28, Blogger Doug said...

You have to know how ready I was, Minka! You win this one. See you on the 23rd.

While Serling made radio ghostly
Midwesterners. bound to be hostly
Find humor in neighbors
And regular labors
So you know they're pretty pure, mostly.

And correction, the end of news from Lake Wobegon is "And that's the news from Lake Wobegon where all the women are strong, the men are good-looking and all the children are above-average."

By the way, did you know the show was recorded in Reykjavik once last year?

At 00:34, Blogger Minka said...

Doug: yeah I did...somebody mentioned it to me, Naseweis! Well done, on being first, handling it well and coming up with a rhyming verse in ..say four minutes :) *applauds*

At 01:10, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I know, I know pick me!!!!!!!!!!
His first name sounds like a last name. And he's just wonderful.

At 01:17, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just sayin' "Hello."

(Did I get that right?)

At 01:20, Anonymous neva said...

i think you'll be getting a lot of wonderful responses on this brain-teaser, Miss Penguin! for now, all i'll say is that he has one of the deepest and most resonant voices i've ever heard. and he's surprisingly wonderful to listen to, despite the fact that he speaks in a way that's often described as "hypnotic" and "monotone".

One of the most popular lines on The Simpsons ("Stupid TV! Be more funny!") was uttered by Homer in an episode that featured a parody of this guy's show.

well done! xox

At 02:10, Blogger QuillDancer said...

Guy's All-Star Shoe Band now available on CD

At 02:50, Blogger Doug said...

This may be more of a clue:

Clarence Bunsen might be a scene-stealer,
And Guy Noir, a secret revealer,
But both men are heirs
In sordid affairs
To the cursed role of broken-heart healer.

This is a fun one.

At 03:08, Blogger Kyahgirl said...

no clue penguin.

geez that dawg's a show off!!

At 04:53, Blogger QuillDancer said...

First name: a military post; especially : a permanent military installation

Last name: Museum, Dorchester, New Brunswick, a Cradle of Confederation. 18th century

Quotes attributed to:

I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it.

Beauty isn't worth thinking about; what's important is your mind. You don't want a fifty-dollar haircut on a fifty-cent head.

Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose.

At 05:06, Blogger O Ceallaigh said...

Actually, "The News from Lake Wobegon" is in the last quarter of the show, but doesn't usually end it. He usually has some musical number or jokefest to wrap up the Prairie Home Companion.

And Your Subject can't sing, though he clearly feels differently about this than I do.

Quilldancer took my clue. That Quilly! How do parents come up with names like this? And why?!?

At 05:53, Anonymous cindra said...

He shares one of his names with a teacher on South Park.

At 12:51, Blogger Minka said...

Ok...you guys got it going pretty well!

Actonbell: Ok I pick you!:) I do agree, his forst name sounds more like a last name to me too :) But i live in icleand...the stuff parents find cute is just ridiculous! Why, why would a parent call their child CUP?

al, well done *claps*

neva, is there ever gonna be a Brain Teaser I put up, when you will be stumped? Always a delight, I am sure!

quilly, "Mudslide" and "Strappin' the Strings" :)

Doug, I thought you might like this one and I expected you to play for quite a bit with it.

Kyah, isn't he though?! But endearing at the same time :)

Quilly, schooly precision and all. Well done! Nicely structured, I´d liek to see teh first draft of this essay before next Wednesday, double spaced!

a) I stand corrected...(never seen a single episode!)
b) Quilly doesnæt read your mind!
c) There are Icelandic names like: Cup! Stop whining, will ye?

cindra, yes he does! Good Job!

At 13:44, Anonymous neva said...

Quilly, i lovelovelove that last quote. and he's so right, don't you agree? i like this one, too: "God writes a lot of comedy... the trouble is, he's stuck with so many bad actors who don't know how to play funny.”

okay, and Cindra took my next hint, but i'll embellish: his first name is the LAST name of a certain South Park character, who recently underwent a very bad sex change. but at least he got rid of a stupid hand puppet named Mr. Hat, and his teacher's assistant, Mr. Slave.

by the way, sweet Penguin: today's post in the SNARK is in your honor, well, sort of. okay, so it features adorable penguins. perhaps a friend to share the ice float with that cute li'l Ferdinand? (oh, and Morgan? some of us have been feeding that guy since he first found a home on this blog!) xox

At 13:57, Blogger Minka said...

Neva, I hope........what penguins?....I have to run!

At 13:59, Blogger Minka said...

I really shoudlnæt be bloggign when teaching a class...I really shouldn´t!
I almost feel bad!

At 14:44, Blogger QuillDancer said...

Minka -- go to Sar's if you want to feel bad about education today!

Any your'e right, I probably couldn't read OC's mind if it was printed out on paper and handed to me!

At 15:00, Blogger Mo'a said...

I got it, I got it *hand waves in air* Bolli..... :o
As far as that teaser....South Park *shakes head* people is that the best you can come up with....Quilly good one for first name....now I must go and find the millitary hand book....just kidding.....sorry :(.....just read c in Penguin's instructions.....good!!!! :) I am not a newcomer or really bricked-up.....at least I don't think so.
*whisper* what the h... is bricked-up?.....and how does a lost Penguin know that expression?

At 15:44, Anonymous SolaceCai said...

I wouldn't mind ever visiting a certian church there in Lake Wobegon... Our Lady of Perpetual Responsibility... some of that PR might just rub off on me and then I could get actually get something done.

The name of the town is a play on words. "Woe, be gone" as in the dismissal of trouble and "woebegone" meaning beset with trouble.

It's also the home of the wippits baseball team and the location of the Unknown Norwegian.

... That's all I know about it... not really anything about HIM, just about the place...

At 18:00, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My family is a model of Lake Wobegon!

Well I'll go to the level of South Park and add, that his first name's "nickname" is that of Spongebob's pet.

His last name rhymes with the wife of Sting's last name. No, her name is not Mrs. Sting!

At 18:20, Blogger Biene said...

As usual I haven´t the slightest... Ups and I thought I was clever :(
Announcement: on my blog you can look at some pictures from rainy and sunny Iceland. and frosty, soon.

At 18:44, Anonymous cindra said...

Minka, dahling. I'm blog challenged (old school, non PC version of a technotard). Do you have a "subscribe to" sort of thing that I'm not seeing so I know when you post? I want to be here before Dougie, just one single time. It's my life goal.

Your goodies go out today...I've been bogged down by the snot of many a family member for a week and didn't get to mail boxes...mwah!

At 18:47, Blogger O Ceallaigh said...

Quilly and Minka, I'm grateful for your inference that I have a mind to read. There are times when I wonder.


At 19:14, Blogger Minka said...

quilly, I will aorund midnight when I leave work :) And yes, but does he have one to read?

solace cai, you just told me a bunch of stuff, I didnæt know! Works for me :)

G, Correct and correct again. I knew Sting´s wife was not Mrs.Sting. She actually played a role in one episode of FRiends. I really have all my knowledge from there!

Mom, yeah I menat to mention it, but forgot. People really should hea don over and check your Icleandic scenery out!

cindra, I am even more daft...I donæt even know what a blogroll is, how you suscribe to one or anything. *looks sad*

Oc, oh we wonder too, sweetie!

At 20:24, Blogger QuillDancer said...

OC -- I have never doubted that you have a mind. I have on occassion wondered what language you speak.

At 00:12, Blogger IDiveAtNight said...

Let's not quibble about who's first, who's poetry is the worst or what ever. Let's just remember, somebody has to explain the teaser for those of us out of the know.

p.s. I was first on Sunday. :-P

At 05:41, Blogger SquareGirl said...

as with most intersting figures, he has been parodied on the Simpsons. Yes, I know that it's already been mentioned, but so have most of the things that I know about him, so I thought I'd repeat this one.

At 10:40, Blogger Minka said...

quilly, well he is typing and putting annoying verifiers in teh comment section, so some type of brain mass must occupy those head of his. But how the strings are attache dto eahc otehr is a whole different issue. OC, ghdfuistfo?

Morgan, yes you were and around here: we always quibble. Join us, won´t you...ups, you already did :)

square, some thigns just can´t be pointed out enough :) When I am famous, I hope I will be made fun of by Homer, otherwise: how will I know that i am famous? I really shoudl start watching the show then????

At 11:52, Blogger IDiveAtNight said...

The Simpsons?!?! The best TV show in the history of TV?!?! Yes! You should be studying them! You can't be properly cynical about the world without their help.


At 16:52, Anonymous Old Mule said...

wait! I am so sorry to have missed this!

Here is what I know:
1) He wears funny socks
2) Is the gossip of the town viz his various love interests
3) Stormed off stage of the local fair a few years ago
4) Is a great poetry reader
5) Has bad glasses, but somehow they kind of fit.

At 20:09, Blogger O Ceallaigh said...

I got no strings, Minka. And you can't tie me down with that verifier business, either. For that you have to go to Mumbai and submit an application.

Now you just be careful with your impugnments, or I'm going to have to whip up some powdermilk biscuits and rhu-ba-ba-rhubarb rhubarb pie to send you. And you can bet mine won't be as good as those of Your Subject.


At 01:12, Anonymous cindra said...

Minka, that just means I'll have to pop in each day and see what's up over here. It is a fun place to hang out and eavesdrop! I like to participate too.
Oh, your lil' penguin items went out in today's mail via air. The lil' ornament guy looks a little worse for wear, but he's so damned cute I thought you could give him a home with Ferdinand...mwah.

At 15:18, Blogger Sar said...

Knock myself out? Well damn, I wish I'd known, I left the boxing gloves hanging at my place. ;)

Hope you're enjoying your weekend, Minka!

At 13:39, Blogger Fred said...

Any clue I would mention has been taken. That's what happens when you're late to the party.

What Sar said. Have a great weekend!

At 14:16, Blogger Doug said...

No one's going to mention the National Association of English Majors? Where's TLP?

At 11:56, Blogger Minka said...

Morgan, the best? That might be pushing it a bit though ;)

Old mule, that might be true for him, but also for a bunch of other people :)
I, myself, am known for teh love of really crazy socks :)

OC, your threats are way too sweet.bring it on, I say!

Cindra, i can't wiat for tehm to get here and we already have lots of snow, so those little fellows will be right at home :)

Sar, it was a greta weekend as hopefully teh pics in the next post, publishe din about 10 minutes, will show :)

Fred, i just love seeing your profile picture around, that is all I need from you :)

Doug, I donæt know... somewhere in Pennsylvania would be my closest guess :)


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