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I've Got Your Number
"From books to movies to television, we often know people and characters by their numbers rather than their names. How well do you know these numeric individuals?"
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"Jenny, I've got your number," sang Tommy Tutone in 1982. "I need to make you mine." The narrator had found Jenny's telephone number written in graffiti on a wall. What is Jenny's number, the title of the song?
Some people embrace their identifying numbers; others rebel against them. Jean Valjean, protagonist of the novel and musical "Les MisÚrables," is one of the latter, categorically rejecting the number 24601. Why does he object to being known by this number?
It is his military ID number, a symbol of Napoleon's failure.
It is his taxpayer number, a symbol of oppression.
It was his prisoner number, and remains a symbol of his past.
It is his birthday, and a reminder of his advancing age.
In 1921, Yevgeny Zamyatin finished his masterpiece "We", one of the first-ever dystopian novels. In his imagined "One State", people have been reduced to numbers, and names are eliminated entirely. But the characters' numbers do give some information about them. The protagonist, for example, is called D-503 -- what does this number tell us?
She is a woman.
He is a man.
D-503 is a member of the ruling Party.
D-503 served three months in prison five years ago.
After anchoring a television sitcom and playing a number of minor movie roles, comedian Bernie Mac got his big-screen break as the star of 2004's "Mr. 3000". In that movie, Mac plays Stan Ross, an arrogant sports star who has a change of heart. Why is he called Mr. 3000?
He is a baseball star credited with playing in 3000 consecutive games.
He is a baseball star credited with 3000 hits.
He is a soccer star credited with 3000 goals.
He is a basketball star credited with 3000 points.
Science-fiction writers often turn to numbers when it's time to name their characters. After all, a "name" that's a number can suggest so many things, from robot model numbers to a society with an extreme lack of individuality. Which of these numbered sci-fi characters is NOT correctly matched with a work in which he or she appears?
Number Six is from the re-imagined "Battlestar Galactica."
R2D2 is from "Star Wars."
The T-1000 is from "I, Robot."
Seven of Nine is from "Star Trek: Voyager."
Beginning in the 1940s, comic-book readers unsatisfied with their physiques found hope in advertisements for Charles Atlas's home bodybuilding program. Atlas's story, retold in ad after ad, was inspiring: once a scrawny youth, taunted by his peers, he used a simple method to become "the world's most perfectly developed man." How did he describe his former self in his advertisements?
A 17-year-old dreamer
An 0-for-10 loser
A 97-pound weakling
A 13-pound lifter
You'll often hear movie and TV commanders addressing their subordinates by rank -- for example, "Star Trek: The Next Generation"'s Captain Picard calls first officer Will Riker "Number One." But in the "Austin Powers" series, Dr. Evil can't refer to one of his subordinates any other way: the man's rank IS his name. Who is this eyepatch-wearing mastermind, played by Robert Wagner and Rob Lowe?
Of course, no quiz like this would be complete without one well-numbered demographic: secret agents. One song, written by P. F. Sloan and Steve Barri, sums up their plight: "Secret agent man / Secret agent man / They've given you a number and they've taken away your name." In 1966, who had a U.S. Billboard Hot 100 hit with "Secret Agent Man"?
Dexy's Midnight Runners
It's unclear what CONTROL would do if they lost Agent 99, one of their most effective agents against KAOS. Her bumbling partner would certainly find it difficult to go it alone! In her satirical spy-themed universe, chronicled in a television show and a couple of motion pictures, who is paired (professionally and romantically) with 99?
Austin Powers (Agent 23)
Jacques Clouseau (Agent 12)
John Smith (Agent 98)
Maxwell Smart (Agent 86)
After twelve novels by Ian Fleming and over 21 big-budget pictures, James Bond -- Agent double-oh-seven -- is perhaps the most famous fictional spy in the world. His code number -- in addition to giving him the option of anonymity -- also gives a clue as to his status within MI6. In the James Bond universe, what does it mean when your code number begins with two zeroes?
Your expenditures on missions are approved without review.
You have a license to kill while completing your missions.
You were one of the first ten agents to join MI6.
If you need an assistant on a mission, HQ will assign you the operative you find most attractive.
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