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There Has To Be An Easier Way #3 Quiz


Several people have requested that I do another quiz in this series. I'm happy they're having fun with these. It's zany fun researching some of the silly goings-on of our earthly neighbours.

A multiple-choice quiz by krazykritik. Estimated time: 7 mins.
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Author
krazykritik
Time
7 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
325,919
Updated
Jul 23 22
# Qns
10
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Question 1 of 10
1. Larry Moor of Langley, British Columbia, Canada, was a professional trainer of snakes, of which he spent many years "dispelling the myths" about how dangerous they were considered to be. Larry got his fifteen minutes of fame when this happened to him in 1992.

What stopped Larry from dispelling any more myths about snakes?

(one reason why I prefer domesticated cats)
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Question 2 of 10
2. Known as Wales best mobile DJ, it's another interesting ability that gives Steve Briers his fifteen minutes of fame. Having this ability might be fun for a while, but might annoy those he's conversing with. All I can say is that fifteen minutes of this ability is likely all I could put up with anyway.

What unique ability gives Steve his moment in the spotlight of fame?

(I'd love to see him confuse 'sroyevrus' who call)
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Question 3 of 10
3. A prolific Czechoslovakian conman named Victor Lustig, born in 1890, received fifteen minutes of fame on several occasions due to some very inventive scams. But it's this one post World War I "deal of a lifetime" that earned him the title of being the greatest conman of the first half of the 20th century.

What famous con-job did Victor Lustig pull off in France in 1925?

(the buyer got an 'eye full' of Victor, but never reported him)
Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Talk about a sad twist of fate, but in 1995, dog lover Marta Espina, a seventy-five year old lady from Buenos Aires, Argentina, was killed in a tragic accident when leaving her apartment building to volunteer her time at a local animal shelter. Marta was described by neighbours and friends as a very kind, loving, and blameless individual who loved children and dogs.

What freak accident gave her a sad fifteen minutes of fame in local newspapers?

(dog lovers deserve a better fate)
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Question 5 of 10
5. You've got to give credit to Kourosh Bakhtiar. His escape from a New York City jail compelled U.S. prisons and jails to ban the possession by prisoners of this common product and forbid the sale of it in all canteens of penitentiaries and jails in the United States.

Which stunt did Kourosh pull off that not only got him fifteen minutes of fame in the news, but also got him an additional thirty years in prison?

(wouldn't knotted bedsheets be simpler?)
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Question 6 of 10
6. I know Richard E. Mahan of Houston, Texas received his fifteen minutes of fame because I saw his invention advertised on TV back in the early nineties. Although I liked his idea, I never bought one because I was afraid that my backyard barbecue guests might end up "well done".

What did Richard invent that was harmless to humans but was murder on insects?
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Question 7 of 10
7. When I saw how Myra Franklin of Wales found her fifteen minutes of fame, all that came into my mind was "WHY?" We all have our favourite 'silly pleasures' but what Myra did is, in my opinion, one of the most horrible examples of masochistic self-torture I have ever heard of.

What did Myra do that ranks as one of the most inhumane acts of self-inflicted sadism I have ever heard of?

('the hills ARE alive' with the presence of fools)
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Question 8 of 10
8. Do you hate giving your dog a bath? U.S. Patent number 4964264 was issued to Depy P. Adams for a product he invented that might be helpful in reducing the number of times you have to bathe Rover after he eats his dinner.

With what doggy device did Depy Adams gain his fifteen minutes of fame?



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Question 9 of 10
9. At the 1974 Academy Awards, freelance photographer Robert Opel forever gained his fifteen minutes of fame. But it wasn't the pictures Robert took that got him recognition, it was pictures taken 'of him' that made the news across the entire continent. Over thirty-five years later, he's still 'famous' for his.

What did the pictures show that gave Robert Opel a lifetime of notoriety?

(Ray Stevens sang about it)
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Question 10 of 10
10. In May 1995, the Whiteboard News Service reported that Frank Lathrop of New York, New York, had invented an item that was guaranteed to improve the air quality around people who suffered from intestinal distress. Like I said at the start of this quiz series, "There has to be an easier way" for someone to get their fifteen minutes of fame.

What did Lathrop invent that 'really stunk' as far as I'm concerned?
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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Larry Moor of Langley, British Columbia, Canada, was a professional trainer of snakes, of which he spent many years "dispelling the myths" about how dangerous they were considered to be. Larry got his fifteen minutes of fame when this happened to him in 1992. What stopped Larry from dispelling any more myths about snakes? (one reason why I prefer domesticated cats)

Answer: He died after being bitten by his "harmless" pet cobra.

It wasn't the first time Larry Moor was bitten by his 'pet' cobra, but unfortunately it was his last. That's why my clue said "I prefer domesticated cats". Having been a snake handler for many years, he had built up a resistance to certain snake toxins, and since he kept his pet snakes 'milked' of their venom, he didn't rush to dial 9-1-1 when his reptile bit him. Larry's fifteen minutes of fame sadly came in the form of an obituary in the papers and on local TV stations all over western North America.
2. Known as Wales best mobile DJ, it's another interesting ability that gives Steve Briers his fifteen minutes of fame. Having this ability might be fun for a while, but might annoy those he's conversing with. All I can say is that fifteen minutes of this ability is likely all I could put up with anyway. What unique ability gives Steve his moment in the spotlight of fame? (I'd love to see him confuse 'sroyevrus' who call)

Answer: he's the world's fastest backward talker

Did you pick up on the hint "sroyevrus", which is 'surveyors' written backwards? Yep, Steve Briers has the Guinness Record for being the fastest backwards talker in the world. That probably sounds like fun, and it most likely is for a short time, but after about fifteen minutes I think I'd have my fill. Steve Briers' greatest love is music though, and he has a very successful and versatile "Disco Roadshow" in Wales, United Kingdom.
3. A prolific Czechoslovakian conman named Victor Lustig, born in 1890, received fifteen minutes of fame on several occasions due to some very inventive scams. But it's this one post World War I "deal of a lifetime" that earned him the title of being the greatest conman of the first half of the 20th century. What famous con-job did Victor Lustig pull off in France in 1925? (the buyer got an 'eye full' of Victor, but never reported him)

Answer: sold the Eiffel Tower to a businessman for scrap metal

"The buyer got an "eyeful" of Victor." (eyeful = Eiffel? LOL) The truth is that the Eiffel Tower was in a very poor state and it had only been built for the 1896 Paris World Fair. It was slated to be demolished in 1909. So, Victor got himself a partner, selected six 'special' businessmen from Paris and convinced them that this deal was being kept secret so as not to upset the people of France. Then he had them bid to buy the tower for scrap metal. He already had his patsy singled out, a shy but rich man named Andre Poisson. A funny point is that 'poisson', which means 'fish' in english, is often used as a slang term to describe a gullible individual.

It was when Victor tried to sell it a second time that the police were called by a suspicious investor, and they spent several years tracking him and his partner down. In 1935 he was caught in the U.S. in an elaborate counterfeiting scheme and was sentenced to twenty years in Alcatraz. He died of pneumonia in the Springfield Prison Hospital in 1947.
4. Talk about a sad twist of fate, but in 1995, dog lover Marta Espina, a seventy-five year old lady from Buenos Aires, Argentina, was killed in a tragic accident when leaving her apartment building to volunteer her time at a local animal shelter. Marta was described by neighbours and friends as a very kind, loving, and blameless individual who loved children and dogs. What freak accident gave her a sad fifteen minutes of fame in local newspapers? (dog lovers deserve a better fate)

Answer: Marta died when struck by a poodle that fell from the 13th floor

I'm not making fun of Marta's misfortune, yet you have to shake your head when you open the paper and see that a dog lover and life-loving elderly lady, who volunteered all of her extra time to the welfare of animals, has been killed when someone's pet poodle falls off a thirteenth floor balcony.

A sad, but true fact, is that a neighbour who ran to help the fallen woman was killed when he was struck by the bus that Ms. Espina was trying to catch. I'll bet that Marta would have been happy to know that the poodle which killed her, although severely injured, did live.

There's fifteen minutes of fame we all could do without so let's all remember to treasure every moment of life we're blessed with.
5. You've got to give credit to Kourosh Bakhtiar. His escape from a New York City jail compelled U.S. prisons and jails to ban the possession by prisoners of this common product and forbid the sale of it in all canteens of penitentiaries and jails in the United States. Which stunt did Kourosh pull off that not only got him fifteen minutes of fame in the news, but also got him an additional thirty years in prison? (wouldn't knotted bedsheets be simpler?)

Answer: escaped by lowering himself from a window using dental floss

Can you imagine how many miles of dental floss it would take to design a rope that would hold the weight of a full grown man while lowering himself from a height of forty feet? Yet, that's what Kourosh did. He spent nearly three years tying, binding, and knotting pieces of dental floss together so he could escape from jail. Thirty years seems like pretty harsh punishment for what I'd have to admit is a pretty unique and clever idea, but he got so much time because of several other prior escape attempts and was on his last chance. So every time an inmate gets something lodged between their teeth that they can't remove, they have Kourosh to thank for their discomfort.
6. I know Richard E. Mahan of Houston, Texas received his fifteen minutes of fame because I saw his invention advertised on TV back in the early nineties. Although I liked his idea, I never bought one because I was afraid that my backyard barbecue guests might end up "well done". What did Richard invent that was harmless to humans but was murder on insects?

Answer: an electrified tablecloth

I really did see an electrified tablecloth on a TV advertisement and immediately thought, "What would happen to my guests if they put their elbows on the table?" Mahan simply had a low enough charge that would fry the bugs but was too low to shock the guests. I thought it was a great idea in stopping bugs and ants and other insects from ruining your picnic, but not enough people felt the way I did because the product seemed to disappear into oblivion after its inventor received fifteen minutes of fame.
7. When I saw how Myra Franklin of Wales found her fifteen minutes of fame, all that came into my mind was "WHY?" We all have our favourite 'silly pleasures' but what Myra did is, in my opinion, one of the most horrible examples of masochistic self-torture I have ever heard of. What did Myra do that ranks as one of the most inhumane acts of self-inflicted sadism I have ever heard of? ('the hills ARE alive' with the presence of fools)

Answer: she sat through 940 screenings of "The Sound of Music"

"The hills are alive...with the Sound of Music!" I have my favourite movies and have sat through a few as many as fifty or sixty times, but sitting through 940 showings of "The Sound of Music" truly ranks as 'self-torture' in my books. I'm not suggesting it isn't a great movie in its own right, so hats off to Myra for gaining her fifteen minutes of fame in a manner that got her into the Guinness World Records Book for her daring, masochistic feat.
8. Do you hate giving your dog a bath? U.S. Patent number 4964264 was issued to Depy P. Adams for a product he invented that might be helpful in reducing the number of times you have to bathe Rover after he eats his dinner. With what doggy device did Depy Adams gain his fifteen minutes of fame?

Answer: ear bags that prevents the dog from getting dirty ears when eating

Your dog must have pretty large ears and eat like a total slob if you need to use ear bags on it when it eats dinner.(Wait one second. That sounds like MY dog!) But that's what good ol' Depy invented. If the dogs ears are that much in the way, why not just use a wet cloth after it's done. What will they think of next? Boots for dogs? Oh.

They have them already. Next thing you know they'll invent umbrellas that your pup can..they have those too, huh? Hmmm, well, as long as I never hear that they've come out with psychiatrists for canines.
9. At the 1974 Academy Awards, freelance photographer Robert Opel forever gained his fifteen minutes of fame. But it wasn't the pictures Robert took that got him recognition, it was pictures taken 'of him' that made the news across the entire continent. Over thirty-five years later, he's still 'famous' for his. What did the pictures show that gave Robert Opel a lifetime of notoriety? (Ray Stevens sang about it)

Answer: he was videotaped on live TV streaking naked across the stage

"Oh yes they call him the Streak!" sang Ray Stevens in his song about the 70's fad called streaking. Robert Opel talked his way into the awards under false pretenses and then hid in the back waiting for his opportune moment. Just when David Niven was about to introduce Elizabeth Taylor as the next awards presenter, Opel flew across the stage behind him flashing a peace sign to the world. Niven stated in his usual calm manner; "Isn't is fascinating to think that the only laugh that man will probably ever get is for stripping and showing his shortcomings."
10. In May 1995, the Whiteboard News Service reported that Frank Lathrop of New York, New York, had invented an item that was guaranteed to improve the air quality around people who suffered from intestinal distress. Like I said at the start of this quiz series, "There has to be an easier way" for someone to get their fifteen minutes of fame. What did Lathrop invent that 'really stunk' as far as I'm concerned?

Answer: a cushion called the 'TooT TrappeR' that absorbed fart gas

I just wonder how much flatulence fumes the "TooT TrappeR" would hold before one had to empty it? Or maybe after it was full the owner could turn it into a realistic whoopee cushion. Frank Lathrop marketed his invention with the slogan, "Saves marriages, saves friendships---maybe even LIVES!" I should consider getting a bunch for the next time I invite guests over for some of my famous three-bean chili con carne.
Source: Author krazykritik

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