Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Music Challenge (29 May 2020)

Jim’s prompt this week is Midnight at the Oasis, a song which conjours up all sorts of visions. For me, the very first thought is of the desert, Egypt, the Sphinx. During lockdown I have responded to this prompt, normally with a song of my own, but this week, let’s do something different.

Firstly, apologies to my UK readers, who might well have seen this one on the quiz show Eggheads a few days ago. In fact it was because I was reminded of this question so recently that I post it today for an international audience.

We’ve all heard of the Riddle of the Sphinx, right? The riddle that says What is it that has one voice, and is four-footed and two-footed and three-footed? And we all know that the answer is a person, because the three stages represent the three stages of life?

But did you know that there was a second, less well-known riddle? This one goes along the lines: There are two sisters: one gives birth to the other and she, in turn, gives birth to the first. Who are the two sisters?

Anybody got any idea what the answer is? Sure, you can look it up, but where’s the fun in that?

If you think you know the answer, post it in a comment and I’ll publish the correct answer, also in a comment, shortly after 6PM my time (GMT + 1), tomorrow.

Intellect in Isolation #2

After the question the other day received more likes than I expected, how about aother bit of trivia for you? This one will be easy for some of you, because you were born in this year so will recognise it immediately.

Do me a favour, this time, though. By all means comment on which clue gave the game away, but don’t write the answer itself, just in case it spoils it for someone else.

I’ll post the answer, in a comment, at (or just after) 8am GMT tomorrow (Friday). I shall keep you in suspense until then.

You can look this answer up if you like, but I’ll be impressed if you don’t need to! Again if anybody can figure out a better title, I’m all ears.

Without further ado, what was this year?

  • In the UK, McMillan became Prime Minister (so note, not for the entire year) (this clue got me close)
  • POTUS was Dwight Eisenhower, and his Veep was Tricky Dicky,
  • and the president of the USSR was Kruschev
  • Humphrey Bogart died in this year.
  • Sometimes wanna kill your partner? In New Zealand, the last person to be executed died in this year. He poisoned his wife.
  • Civil Rights. The governor of Arkansas calls out the National Guard to prevent black students enrolling in high school, in Little Rock.
  • Camp Nou, home of the mighty Barcelona soccer team, opens
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai is released (this clue got me the exact year)
  • The laser was invented, by Gordon Gould
  • The very first US rocket, Vanguard, blew up on the launchpad

And in music, we had amongst others

  • The musical West Side Story premiered
  • A Memphis, Tn mansion became Graceland after it was bought by Elvis
  • Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel became Tom and Jerry
  • John met Paul
  • Buddy Holly and the Crickets release their debut album, The Chirping Crickets
  • Elvis released All Shook Up, Fats Domino sang about Blueberry Hill
  • and, The Everly Brothers released this classic:

Intellect in Isolation #1

A bit of trivia fun for you. Today, written for Fandango’e One-word Challenge (FOWC), suspense. If people like this idea, I’ll post some more.

The Blue Ridge Mountains are so called because from a distance, they have a bluish-coloured haze about them. Why is this?

Answers either on a postcard, in a comment, or if you really want you can email me. If you comment, you’d better be 100% sure that you’re right, because everybody else is going to see it!

I’ll post the answer, in a comment, at (or just after) 8am GMT tomorrow. I shall keep you in suspense until then.

You can look this answer up if you like, but I’ll be impressed if you don’t need to! And if anybody can figure out a better title, I’m all ears. Points awarded for inventive answers too 🙂.