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Anyone else get stuck on GAPDY yesterday?

wildleee questionable baking substitutions (Leee), Tuesday, 17 August 2021 14:59 (two years ago) link

Ha, no, but I see that was a challenging question for those unfamiliar with the nuances of Billboard charts/radio formats. (I went with Foo Fighters but considered RHCP, Chili Peppers, Green Day, and Weezer.)

jaymc, Tuesday, 17 August 2021 19:26 (two years ago) link

(Er, strike "Chili Peppers.")

jaymc, Tuesday, 17 August 2021 19:32 (two years ago) link

i said nickelback like a dumbass!!!

bezos did the dub (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 17 August 2021 19:40 (two years ago) link

Not a huge fan of a question that amounts to 'name a rock band big in the 00s and hope you are right', though, in fairness, I was 99% sure that Linkin Park and Foo Fighters would be on the list.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Tuesday, 17 August 2021 20:27 (two years ago) link

Agreed it wasn't the best question.

It apparently derived from a Chris Molanphy article in Pitchfork, which referred to "a Modern Rock penthouse with a lock that, seemingly, only five American bands had the keys for: Foo Fighters, Green Day, Linkin Park, Incubus, and, yes, the Chili Peppers. During the six-year period from 2003 through 2008, this five-band oligopoly controlled the No. 1 spot 152 out of 313 weeks-- a preposterous 49% of the time."

This was later cited in the Wikipedia article on the chart.

Although the implication is that these five bands spent more time at #1 than any others, Chris doesn't state that outright. ("Seemingly" is doing a lot of work in that sentence.) Then again, why include Incubus (11 weeks at #1) instead of NIN (17 weeks) or Weezer (16 weeks)? I'm guessing it's because he goes on to talk about NIN and Weezer in the next paragraph.

jaymc, Tuesday, 17 August 2021 20:54 (two years ago) link

i was shockingly old when i realized that ‘airegin’ was nigeria backwards

mookieproof, Saturday, 21 August 2021 17:56 (two years ago) link

it had never occurred to me and i had to go through a list of rollins songs in my head

I think I realized it when someone told me or I heard it on the radio a fewer years back. So yeah, shockingly old too.

Hitsville Ukase (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 21 August 2021 18:12 (two years ago) link

well, at least i didn't finish dead last in the championship. yikes

mookieproof, Tuesday, 24 August 2021 00:13 (two years ago) link

I started out Round 1 in 64th place due to atrociously bad moneying which, sadly, is a theme that will continue throughout the rounds.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Tuesday, 24 August 2021 00:23 (two years ago) link

Though, thinking to myself: "Hmm, Thorsten might ask a question about Bridgerton, maybe I should learn the rudiments of it" about an hour before my scheduled match is my proudest moment in trivia history.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Tuesday, 24 August 2021 00:31 (two years ago) link

h8 u

love you for ken stabler tho

mookieproof, Tuesday, 24 August 2021 00:51 (two years ago) link

how do the championships work anyway? they used to be like watched by a judge irl or something right?

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Wednesday, 25 August 2021 15:48 (two years ago) link

two straight 6/6s, feels good because my first foray into rundle a was not going so well

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 25 August 2021 17:00 (two years ago) link

The championship is done with someone watching you over a Zoom call.

I ended up finishing 79th, fine enough though disappointing given that I finished 40th last year. The difference was mostly terrible moneying.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Wednesday, 25 August 2021 17:14 (two years ago) link

In much more pedestrian developments, my defense has been atrocious this season.

wildleee questionable baking substitutions (Leee), Wednesday, 25 August 2021 17:18 (two years ago) link

And an embarrassing RTFQ fail because I answered Italian Neo-realism for the film question yestreday.

wildleee questionable baking substitutions (Leee), Wednesday, 25 August 2021 17:31 (two years ago) link

hey, the other day, i said nimbus instead of nimbostratus like an idiot

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 25 August 2021 17:37 (two years ago) link

tbf asking people to be aware that "nimbostratus" is one of the cloud kinds seems like a tall order!

Clara Lemlich stan account (silby), Wednesday, 25 August 2021 18:16 (two years ago) link

it's been like 20 years since I really read up on cloud kinds

Clara Lemlich stan account (silby), Wednesday, 25 August 2021 18:16 (two years ago) link

as a child

Clara Lemlich stan account (silby), Wednesday, 25 August 2021 18:16 (two years ago) link

I thought it was "nimbus" and felt pretty good about my answer. Apparently that's just a more generic term for a rain cloud.

jaymc, Wednesday, 25 August 2021 18:27 (two years ago) link

TFW you submit a 1D proposal and then see that it's basically already been done.

Moz Jabroni (Leee), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 20:46 (two years ago) link

Wait did that happen? Sorry

Gwar ina Babyon (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 20:49 (two years ago) link

The proposal I just sent in wasn't for anything I mentioned ITT, but basically this is the one that scooped me: https://learnedleague.com/oneday.php?notstartrek

Moz Jabroni (Leee), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 21:16 (two years ago) link

Ah.

I had worries about that kind of thing myself, whether I checked carefully enough

Gwar ina Babyon (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 21:25 (two years ago) link

fastball right down the middle for forks today

mookieproof, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 22:26 (two years ago) link

how so?

pottery

mookieproof, Wednesday, 1 September 2021 04:53 (two years ago) link

oh, heh. yeah, i was amused by that one. Bombed most of the rest though. 3 a day may not save me from relegation in c, though that feels dead average!

I also got 3 right yesterday but it resulted in an extremely rare instance of winning with 3 correct answers in an A Rundle.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Wednesday, 1 September 2021 12:54 (two years ago) link

Forks, the 1DS we collaborated on was the reason why I got the Elvis question yesterday!

Moz Jabroni (Leee), Thursday, 2 September 2021 16:11 (two years ago) link

rundle a is relentless. three straight 6/6's last week, three straight ties. lost 5(7) to 5(8) yesterday. i got 5 again today (thank you middle school spanish inquisition project), hopefully that'll be enough

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Thursday, 2 September 2021 16:41 (two years ago) link

Hey no talking about today's questions!

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 2 September 2021 16:47 (two years ago) link

Do you guys feel like there have been a lot of MDs where all the questions are roughly equally hard? I may be just making excuses for my unusually bad DE but that's how it feels to me.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 2 September 2021 16:49 (two years ago) link

Hey no talking about today's questions!

― Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, September 2, 2021 11:47 AM (three minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

sorry sorry, not revealing anything that's not in the text of the q though

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Thursday, 2 September 2021 16:52 (two years ago) link

I know, I just feel like you never know what shakes something loose in someone's mind

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 2 September 2021 17:15 (two years ago) link

sorry sorry, not revealing anything that's not in the text of the q though

The thing is though that knowing what the subject is ahead of time can lead to questionable behavior -- like if I were sufficiently unscrupulous, I might read up on the subject before I look at the questions and not consider that cheating.

Moz Jabroni (Leee), Thursday, 2 September 2021 17:41 (two years ago) link

glad i could help leee!
i am now in the relegation zone after losing with a 4/5 day. bleh.

lol i got the elvis one because of the OTHER compilation album that came out in 2004 that pays homage to the elvis cover

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Thursday, 2 September 2021 20:05 (two years ago) link

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Gwar ina Babyon (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 3 September 2021 02:59 (two years ago) link

ML acceptances are out, I hear.

Gwar ina Babyon (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 5 September 2021 03:53 (two years ago) link

Lucky season for me: In my 28-person rundle, I'm in 6th place despite ranking 24th in Total Match Points, because I also have the fewest Correct Answers Allowed.

jaymc, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 13:58 (two years ago) link

my first 9(6) yesterday for the season but continuing to teeter totter on relegation to D.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sT1DdO3SISg

Yeah and me both, bro, although I see that you are still slightly above the purple line.

What Does Blecch Mean to Me? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 9 September 2021 12:29 (two years ago) link

I *think* I managed to stay barely above relegation unless I actually forfeit on Monday.

Good luck, forks!

What Does Blecch Mean to Me? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 11 September 2021 11:59 (two years ago) link

could go either way for me

Yeah, I saw but didn’t want to say.

What Does Blecch Mean to Me? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 11 September 2021 12:38 (two years ago) link

I knew who it was but put "Henry Beecher Stowe." Then, later in the day, but before I submitted, I was reading a book that mentioned Henry Ward Beecher. I stuck to my morals and submitted the wrong answer. Then won anyway because my opponent defended catastrophically badly. Karma!

Guayaquil (eephus!), Saturday, 11 September 2021 13:55 (two years ago) link


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