Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Thursday, March 20, 2003 11:27 pm

Every kid needs one

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 11:27 pm

Man, I never got to build a real, moving, shooting tank with a 37mm potato cannon when I was a kid. The closest we came was making a submarine out of cardboard boxes, following a very vague pattern in the Childcraft: The How and Why Library kids’ encyclopedia.*

*If you want to kick major buttocks in College Bowl, Quiz Bowl, Trivial Pursuit and related arenas, find yourself an old set of these books and read ’em, particularly Volume 11: Scientists and Inventors; Volume 12: Pioneers and Patriots; and Volume 13: People to Know. You will rule. It’s as if the people who write the quiz questions use these books as their source material. True story: My senior year at Davidson I was asked by an ex-girlfriend to fill in on her College Bowl team for someone who couldn’t be there that night for the competition. Not only did we win a double-elimination match after losing the first round, thanks to Childcraft, I did one of those buzz-so-early-the-audience-thinks-you-have-to-be-cheating deals, like this:

Moderator: In 1927 Charles A. Lindbergh became the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1909 — ”


Moderator: “Prime Evils, Alexander.” (My teammates, including my ex-girlfriend, meanwhile, are giving me “What the F— are you doing?!?” looks.)

Me: “Bleriot?”

Audience: “Huh?”

Moderator: ( … )

Me (taking advantage of the lull to fill in the answer completely since I wasn’t sure exactly how the question would have been worded): “In 1909, Louis Bleriot became the first man to fly solo across the English Channel.”

Audience: (murmurmurmurmurmurmurmur)

Moderator (after long, puzzled pause): “That … is correct! Fifty points to the Prime Evils, and you have the bonus!”

I shoulda turned pro, but that’s a story for another time.


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