Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Testing, Testing. Is This Thing On?

I just took the Jeopardy online test. I'm fairly certain they won't be calling.


Tania said...

Dude, I can assure, totally random on who makes it. *hug*

Last night while I should have been paying attention in class* I tried to write out all 50 states. Took me 10 minutes to realize I'd forgot to include Wyoming. I have FAMILY in Wyoming.

Not really. The instructor was covering how to use chart wizard in Excel to make histograms and scatter charts. I teach Excel classes, so I thought I'd put my time to good use.

Nathan said...

Trust me on this one Tania. They are not going to look at my score and say "Ken Jennings' record is on the line".

Tania said...

I mean the randomness on the questions. Believe me, if the categories have anything to do with sports, I am hosed.

And the part on the bottom of my previous comment was supposed to have an * at the start. My colleagues lost a project I gave them 3 months ago, and I get to spend tonight re-creating it. My brain is fried right now.

Anonymous said...

I took one look tonight at the sample question and decided not to even register! I usually manage to knock Bryan's socks off at Trivial Pursuit because I'm such a reader, even reading his Sports Illustrated from time to time when I'm bored. (Kind of like a cereal box)

Nathan, Tania, you're ahead of the curve by even taking the test. And Tania, well - we'll DVR you and ask for an autograph later. :)

MWT said...

Nathan's not gonna be on Jeopardy!!

*dashes off to spam everyone else's blogs*

(okay, not really that time, either. ;) )

Tom said...

Now that everybody knows Tania will be on Jeopardy, I can chime in that my older brother took the test last year, and is eligible to be on sometime this year. He hasn't mentioned when or if.

I think it would be the biggest HOOT if Tania was on with my brother. Proof that this world id getting smaller every day.

Nathan said...


I don't think anyone would have minded and I know I'd have pissed my pants if you actually had spammed everyone else's blog.

Tania said...

Ooh, that would be cool. I am not to interact with anyone before hand (which is fine with me), so if we do end up on the same show, that would be hilarious/odd/creepy.

Tania said...

Hah - Nathan, have you checked out your top five keywords on IMDB lately?

8 character-name-in-title
6 mafia
6 new-york-city
5 female-nudity
5 police

Wow, combine those and you have a made for Cinemax movie that I'd probably watch. Jeepers!

Nathan said...

So you're saying if I combined all the movies I've worked on...there might be a good one?

Tania said...

Well, I could be forced to admit that I've actually liked some of the movies you've worked on. But I don't know that I'd call the ones I liked good.

Random Michelle K said...


I if you wanna feel bad about forgetting Wyoming...

As a mental exercise my grandmother often lists the states and their capitals--in alphabetical order.

I don't even *know* most of the state capitals, no less know them in alphabetical order. And I'm pretty sure I'd be hard pressed to name all 50 states.

Nathan said...

OK kids, you asked for a
geography test?

Your wish is my command.

I scored 140 of 150.

MWT said...

In elementary school we learned a song that has all 50 states in alphabetical order in it. Set to music, it's extremely easy to rattle them all off.

And by the modern wonders of Youtube, here it is now. :)

Nathan said...


No offense, but that video's crap. The song gets 10 points and you can't dance to it. For some reason they stop putting up state-name labels when they get to Nevada and when they show Wyoming they seem to have cropped the state. I'm shocked you stayed in school after being forced to memorize that.

MWT said...

Well, we weren't forced to memorize the video. There are probably better versions on Youtube but I wasn't about to sit through half a dozen renditions to find you guys the perfect one. :p

One of the elem schools I went to was heavy on the patriotism. We were forced to recite the pledge of allegiance every week (hands over hearts etc), and we learned a lot of songs like that.

Nathan said...

I don't know where you went to school, but in Jacksonville, Fl in the mid-60's we said the Pledge and The Lord's Prayer every morning in class. None of that Pansy-assed Communist Separation of Church and state for us.

When December rolled around, music class consisted of learning Christmas carols. Me and the other two Jewboys were permitted to sit in the hall and do extra math homework if we didn't want to participate. Yeah. All seven-year-old kids like to make a point of showing their classmates they're different.

I'm not bitter about it, but I think it was a really shitty way to treat little kids.

MWT said...

I was in southern Indiana. I guess being in the one liberal patch of the midwest (Bloomington, with Indiana University in it) helped keep the full-force Bible Belters at bay. Which was a good thing because I was already getting in trouble all the time for rebelling on the pledge of allegiance.

As for being singled out... in 5th grade (different elem school by that point), my mother was the only one that didn't sign the permission slip for sex ed. So they sent me to the library to do health worksheets instead. That ended up backfiring though, because I got the busywork done early and then spent the rest of my time looking up "sex" and related words in the encyclopedias. Two days in, and I knew way more than everyone else. So they let me back in, and I got to skip some sort of stupid project everyone else had to do (and therefore I was cool ;) ).

Nathan said...

Speaking of backfiring,

I have twin brother and sister who are nine years younger than me. They came home from school one day and proudly announced that "Genius makes it rain".

I don't know what the lesson was supposed to be that day, but it didn't make a dent in my siblings. :D