Moonlighting as La La Land!

The real name of the awards given out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences each year is The Academy Award of Merit.

. . . and the Oscar Goes To

What is the actual name of the honor and award referred to as the “Oscar” given out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences?

Traveling Down the Highway on Wings

Listed below, in answer to this past UBCF trivia question are the members of each band (and for Wings, some of their past members as well) for your reminiscing pleasure.

Wings: Paul McCartney (Beatles), Linda McCartney, Denny Laine (The Moody Blues), Henry McCullough (Spooky Tooth) and Jimmy McCulloch (Stone the Crows). Past members included Denny Seiwell, Geoff Britton, Joe English, Steve Holley and Laurence Juber. The group also used the names Suzy and the Red Stripes and The Country Hams during their run (pardon the pun).

The Highwaymen: Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson.

Traveling Wilburys: Roy Orbison (who died shortly after the first album was released), Tom Petty (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), George Harrison (Beatles), Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra).

To give you some extra food for musical thought, consider all the bands Eric Clapton has played with or been associated with during his career: The Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Cream, Plastic Ono Band, George Harrison, Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, Derek and the Dominos, J. J. Cale and B.B. King.

Bands on the Run

Can you name all the members (and, if applicable their original groups), that made up Wings, The Highwaymen and the Traveling Wilburys?

One Ring To Rule Them All

J.R.R. Tolkien only uses the word “she” once in The Hobbit when referring to Mrs. Bilbo Baggins!

Not Just A Collection of Essays. American History

Our last UBCF question asked you to tell us how many of the 85 essays contained in The Federalist Papers published under the pseudonym “Publius” were actually written by each of Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay.

The answer:  Alexander Hamilton wrote 51 of them, James Madison wrote 29 and John Jay wrote 5 !


The Federalist Papers

Published in 1788, the Federalist Papers was a series of 85 essays defending the U.S. Constitution. Their authorship was simply credited as “Publius.” Only later was it revealed these essays were actually written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay. How many did each of them write?

The 56% Typing Solution

When it comes to typing with only the left or the right hand, the “lefties” win the length contest.  Using your left hand on a standard English keyboard typewriter, you can type out the words ‘stewardesses’ and ‘reverberated’ but using your right hand, the longest words you can type in English are ‘lollipop’ and ‘monopoly’.   Then again, since Christopher Latham Sholes invented the modern typewriter, there has always been a left-handed bias. In 1954, “The Wonderful Writing Machine” by Bruce Bliven claimed that the key arrangement actually gives your left hand about 56% of the key strokes.  Since then language has changed so if anyone knows of more up-to-date study, enlighten us trivia types!

What’s Your Type: Left or Right?

What are the longest words in the English language that can be typed using only the left hand and the longest words that can be typed using only the right hand?