Here Comes the Sun

In answer to our solar eclipse question, in theory a total solar eclipse viewed from the surface of the Earth can never be longer than 7 minutes, 32 seconds long.  A total solar eclipse occurs when a new moon passes directly in front of the Sun, casting a shadow on part of the Earth. Consequently, geometry and the motion of the Earth, Moon and Sun are the time-limiting factors.

The next total solar eclipse will take place on Monday, August 21, 2017, following a path across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina.  People directly within the approximately 70 mile wide path the moon’s shadow will take, will see the sun disappear, will see daylight turn to twilight and will feel the temperature drop.  Outside that band, others will see a partial eclipse of the Sun.

You should never look directly at the sun, but if you learn how to view the eclipse properly, anyone directly in the shadow will see the Sun’s corona – appearing to have streamers of light surrounding the silhouette of the moon. NASA has information that can help you understand how to protect your eyes: Eye Safety During a Total Solar Eclipse.

Jack Benny

This week we asked you to tell us the real name of comic Jack Benny and why he picked that as his stage name. His real name, Benjamin Kubelsky, drew the attention of concert violinist Jan Kubelik, who felt a violin-playing vaudeville comic would damage his reputation. Kubelik threatened to sue unless Benjamin changed his name. So he did. To “Ben K Benny.” Unfortunately, another well known entertainer, Ben Bernie, also threatened to sue over the use of that name. So he decided to use “Jack Benny” and keep playing violin and, as they say, the rest is history.

A Violin, a Butler and Laughter: What’s in a Name?

Some of you may remember (or look up) the renown violin-playing comic who, together with his butler-friend Rochester, who had audiences roaring with laughter – facial expressions, comic timing and comedy – for decades. But as you might have guessed, Jack Benny wasn’t his real name. This week we want you to not just tell us his real name, but why he picked “Jack Benny” as his stage name?

“S” Wear

Our last trivia question asked you to name six or more things you can wear on your feet that begin with the letter “s”.
Shoes, Socks, Sandals, Sneakers, Slippers, Skis, Snowshoes and Stockings.
Any more?

Over Six Feet!

Can you name six or more things you can wear on your feet that begin with the letter “S”? If you name eight, you win the Octopus!

Welcome to Bedrock

The first couple to be shown in bed together on any prime time television program were Fred and Wilma Flintstone !

Love is in the Air

Name the first couple to be shown in bed together on any prime time television program.

You Don’t Have to Grow Up

The name Wendy was made up for the play and subsequent book “Peter Pan” by James M. Barrie.

Although there were Gwendolyns prior to Peter Pan, there was never a recorded use of the name Wendy before its use in the play!