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Splish, Splash! I Was Takin' a Bath...
Thematic 10Q Very Difficult
"It has occurred to me that a number of interesting, amusing, and rather alarming events have occurred involving baths and bathtubs. Here are some notable examples. Enjoy!"
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
This famous Greek mathematician and inventor was submerged in his bathtub one day when he discovered an important principle of physics, which so excited him that he ran naked through the streets shouting "Eureka! I've found it!". Who was he?
This Biblical lady was bathing in her garden one day when she was surprised by a pair of lecherous elders who propositioned her. When she rebuffed their advances, they swore falsely that they had seen her with a lover. She was put on trial and was defended by the prophet Daniel. Who was she?
This early Christian virgin-martyr was sentenced to be beheaded, but not before an attempt was made to suffocate her in her bath by turning up the steam. She is the traditional patroness of musicians and poets. Who is she?
The classic murder-in-the-shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock's movie "Psycho" frighteningly depicted the utter vulnerability of anyone taking a bath or shower against an armed intruder. Certain real-life persons have been unfortunate enough to experience this first-hand; of the following four people, three were murdered while taking a bath. Which was not?
Jean Paul Marat (French revolutionary)
Barbara Ann Thomason (wife of Mickey Rooney)
Commodus (Roman emperor)
Domitian (Roman emperor)
Death from non-violent causes has also overtaken certain notable persons at their bath. Which of the following was NOT in their bath (in one case, a steam bath) when the end came?
Lucius Beebe (U.S, writer and bon vivant)
Jim Morrison (U.S. rock star)
Catherine the Great (Russian empress)
Paul Morphy (U.S. chess champion)
Who says the French don't bathe enough? This celebrated French playwright did much of his writing in his bathtub. His best-known plays are "L'Aiglon" and "Cyrano de Bergerac". Who was he?
This U.S. president was the heaviest person to occupy the Oval Office, weighing in at 332 lbs. This created a problem when the White House bathtub proved too narrow for his girth and he became stuck inside it, a most un-presidential predicament. A special bathtub was summarily installed in the White House bathroom to suit the president's ample person; which president was it?
William Howard Taft
Chester Allan Arthur
The 1929 German comic opera "Neues vam Tage" ("News of the Day") included a scene in which a lady sang an aria sitting (apparently) naked in a bathtub, surrounded by cotton soap suds. This scene proved so offensive that chancellor Adolf Hitler left the theater in disgust, while other members of his party referred to the work as an example of "degenerate art" and to its creator as a "cultural bolshevik". Who was the composer responsible for this affront to human decency?
In 1939, the New York department store Bonwit Teller commissioned this celebrated artist to create a display window which prominently featured a filled bathtub. When the store's staff took it upon themselves to make changes to the finished window, the angry artist spilled the water out of the tub and broke through the glass window before the shocked spectators. Who was this notoriously bizarre and eccentric artist?
The 1943 film "Cabin in the Sky" featured this lovely and talented African-American singer and actress, who sang one of her songs in the bathtub amid strategically placed soap bubbles. The Hollywood censors deemed this scene highly offensive, particularly for Southern audiences, and the scene was cut before the film's release. Who was the lady in the tub?
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Compiled Jun 28 12