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Tangled up in Blue Trivia Quiz


Out of the blue, a quiz commission appeared. I beat myself black-and-blue trying to think of questions; and darn it to blue blazes if I'm not so blue in the face with the word 'blue', that I'm screaming blue murder :-Z

A multiple-choice quiz by dopple44. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
dopple44
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
320,337
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
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Avg Score
7 / 10
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1. MONDAY: I knew my week was getting off to a poor start when I spotted a solitary magpie as I was getting in my car to drive to work. Granted, it was a Formosan Blue Magpie, not the 'traditional' black and white one; but I wasn't fooled. Riddled with superstition, I began looking around for some wood to 'knock on', when I heard the dreaded police sirens, telling me to pull over. What is the British slang for the lights and sirens on emergency vehicles? Hint

Nee-Nah Nee-Nahs
Periwinkle Blues and Noisome Twos
Blues and Twos
Blue Bloods

2. MONDAY: I had been pulled over for forgetting to put my seatbelt on. Not won over by my explanations that I had just had a spray tan, and didn't want a nasty 'belt' line across my chest, the officer issued me a ticket. I was then slightly unnerved by the officer's striking resemblance to the infamous 'Sandra 'Blue' Good'. Which notorious criminal gave Good the nickname 'Blue'? Hint

Ted Bundy
Charles Manson
John Wayne Gacy
Ed Gein

3. MONDAY NIGHT: After the day went from bad to worse, I decided to treat myself, and rent a movie. Unfortunately, my mind was so harassed, it was only upon watching the movie, that I realized I'd accidentally rented "American Booty", and not "American Beauty". What does 'blue' mean in the context of a 'blue' movie? Hint

It's had bad reviews and will leave you cold
They got the color match wrong in the edit and now the whole picture looks blue
Indecent / Risque
It's a 'Weepy' - it'll make you feel blue and you'll cry through the whole thing

4. TUESDAY: Yep, there it is again. Stupid magpie, on my front lawn, trying to put me off my day. I've taken to turning counter-clockwise three times when I see it, aware that I look as mad as a box of frogs but there you go. I crank up the radio in the car to cheer myself up. But it's Crystal Gayle, singing her broken heart out, bringing me to tears and making my face resemble mottled cabbage, which can only look good in my presentation later on. Which of the following songs is sung by Crystal Gayle? Hint

Don't it Make my Brown Eyes Blue
Singing the Blues
Beyond the Blue Horizon
Baby Blue

5. TUESDAY NIGHT: I was returning from my local store on foot, when the Heavens opened and I slipped on what I can only HOPE was a hot-dog. Limping home, I turned on the TV, to see if this weather was going to continue. The weather forecasters always seem to be standing in front of a large weather map. In reality, what are they actually standing in front of? Hint

A large window showing the weather outside the studio
A blue screen or a green screen
A big screen with a DVD playing the different weather shots
They ARE standing in front of a weather map

6. WEDNESDAY: So Magpie has clearly taken up residence. I do some research, and discover that there is something I can wear that superstition tells me will ward off evil and witchcraft. And make no mistake, this is one witchy bird. What item is this that may dent my pride to wear, but I'm past it frankly? Hint

A blue beard
One blue shoe and one pink shoe
A single blue glove
A blue coat

7. THURSDAY: The only thing to do when you're having a week of bad fortune is, naturally, to go to Vegas. In a scene worthy of "Home Alone", my friend and I only just made our flight in time (my alarm didn't go off; I stubbed my toe in all the rush; and my flip-flop tripped me up as I was twirling around for the third time). We settled into our seats and watched the in-flight movie of "Return of the Jedi". What was the fake working title of "Return of the Jedi"? Hint

Blue Harvest
Blue Lagoon
Blue Moon
Blue Jedi

8. THURSDAY NIGHT: After a bumpy flight with dodgy food (can ANYONE tell what it is they're eating on a flight? I want to say it was a burrito), my friend and I head to a Black Jack table. I'd had a few tipples beforehand, and kept shouting "Hit me!" in the hope I'd look like 'Danny Ocean'. Consequently, it took about seven and a half minutes to lose all my money. What denomination of money do the blue chips MOSTLY represent in Vegas? Hint

$1
$1000
$500
$100

9. FRIDAY: I only have a few dollars of change left in my pocket, so I decide to go to the liquor store and buy myself a bottle of vino and have an early night. Sadly, my meager bits of change only bought me a bottle of semi-sweet, German, white wine, that was launched by H. Sichel Söhne made in 1923, and made my tongue feel like a sock. What wine was it I bought? Hint

Blue Nun
Big Blue Nun
Blue Get Thee to a Nunnery
The Blues Singing Nun

10. SATURDAY: Hungover, despite the one glass of wine (which I thought monstrously unfair), I went to see a Vegas show that afternoon. I saw the show that won the 1992 'Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience'. It was, effectively, a show starring three bald, earless, blue men. Which world famous show left me looking around for something to beat myself to death with? Hint

Group of Blue Men
Blue Man Group
Blue Nun Group
Men in Blue Group


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. MONDAY: I knew my week was getting off to a poor start when I spotted a solitary magpie as I was getting in my car to drive to work. Granted, it was a Formosan Blue Magpie, not the 'traditional' black and white one; but I wasn't fooled. Riddled with superstition, I began looking around for some wood to 'knock on', when I heard the dreaded police sirens, telling me to pull over. What is the British slang for the lights and sirens on emergency vehicles?

Answer: Blues and Twos

The term 'Blues and Twos' originally came about because of the flashing blue lights on emergency vehicles, and the two-tone siren sound that they make (hence the multiple-choice option of 'Nee Nah Nee Nah' - an imitation of the sound of the sirens that children often make). Many emergency vehicles have different sounds now, but some still use the old fashioned siren. We also call our police officers "the boys in blue."

A British documentary called "Blues and Twos" highlighted the work of the emergency services throughout Britain. It was a fascinating documentary, showing the hard work and amazing courage of police officers, ambulance workers and the fire brigade.

911 CALL:
Dispatcher: 9-1-1 What's your emergency?
Caller: My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart.
Dispatcher: Is this her first child?
Caller: No, you idiot. This is her husband!
2. MONDAY: I had been pulled over for forgetting to put my seatbelt on. Not won over by my explanations that I had just had a spray tan, and didn't want a nasty 'belt' line across my chest, the officer issued me a ticket. I was then slightly unnerved by the officer's striking resemblance to the infamous 'Sandra 'Blue' Good'. Which notorious criminal gave Good the nickname 'Blue'?

Answer: Charles Manson

Sandra Good was nicknamed 'Blue' by Charles Manson, apparently because she had blue eyes. Good was a member of the Manson 'family' - a group of 'followers' of Manson, some of whom carried out the murders of Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Wojciech Frykowski, Abigail Folgeron, Steven Parent, and Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, on Manson's orders.

Sandra Good was not a participant in the murders, but was quoted as saying that she respected the people who were. One of the 'family's' attorney's - Ronald Hughs - went missing during the trial of the Manson 'family' members. His body was found on the day of the verdicts. It has not been proven who murdered him, but Sandra Good had said that he was "the first of the retaliation murders."

Manson, and the murderers of these people, had their original death sentences reduced to life sentences, after The Supreme Court of California abolished the death penalty.
3. MONDAY NIGHT: After the day went from bad to worse, I decided to treat myself, and rent a movie. Unfortunately, my mind was so harassed, it was only upon watching the movie, that I realized I'd accidentally rented "American Booty", and not "American Beauty". What does 'blue' mean in the context of a 'blue' movie?

Answer: Indecent / Risque

There is no definitive answer as to why an indecent movie is labelled 'blue'. There are a few theories. One such theory is that during the 1980s, indecent movies were sealed in their cassettes with blue tape. Another is a reference to the blue lines that were put over the actors' faces on screen, so that they couldn't be identified. Another is that it was due to the blue-y tint in the earliest 'blue' movies, which were black and white, and the screen appeared blue because the film had been developed cheaply and quickly. And yet another theory suggests that as some strip-tease acts used blue spotlights, the term 'blue movie' came from that.

The first official record of something indecent being referred to as 'blue', was in Scotland in 1824. A writer named John MacTaggart wrote in "The Scottish Gallovidian Encyclopedia": a "Thread o' Blue" as "any little smutty touch in song-singing, chatting, or piece of writing".

A QUOTE ABOUT BLUE: "The sky is blue. So we know where to stop mowing." - Harold T. Stone
4. TUESDAY: Yep, there it is again. Stupid magpie, on my front lawn, trying to put me off my day. I've taken to turning counter-clockwise three times when I see it, aware that I look as mad as a box of frogs but there you go. I crank up the radio in the car to cheer myself up. But it's Crystal Gayle, singing her broken heart out, bringing me to tears and making my face resemble mottled cabbage, which can only look good in my presentation later on. Which of the following songs is sung by Crystal Gayle?

Answer: Don't it Make my Brown Eyes Blue

"Don't it Make my Brown Eyes Blue" was a hit worldwide. Crystal Gayle won a Grammy for this song, and it is the song she is most known for. In an interview with 'Country Music television', Gayle said that Richard Leigh (who had written the song in 1977) was inspired to write it by his dog, who had one blue eye, and one brown eye. It was Gayle's older sister, Loretta Lynn, who gave her her stage name of 'Crystal Gayle' (who had been born Brenda Gail Webb). In January 2007, a fugitive called Christopher Gay, stole Gayle's tour bus, and drove it from Whites Bay, Tennessee, all the way to Daytona Beach, Florida. Gay was eventually arrested, and the bus returned to Gayle.

JOKE ABOUT EYES: What do you call a fish with 8 eyes? Fiiiiiiiish
5. TUESDAY NIGHT: I was returning from my local store on foot, when the Heavens opened and I slipped on what I can only HOPE was a hot-dog. Limping home, I turned on the TV, to see if this weather was going to continue. The weather forecasters always seem to be standing in front of a large weather map. In reality, what are they actually standing in front of?

Answer: A blue screen or a green screen

The blue screen was developed in the 1930s. It was originally developed for film, making certain special effects more possible. For example, the flying scenes in the "Harry Potter" films, would be shot in front of a blue or green screen. It is done so that the actors can be separated from the blue/green background, and then put onto a different background. So in "Harry Potter", the 'Quidditch' flying scenes are filmed in front of the blue/green screen, and then in the edit, the actors are placed in the 'Quidditch' field background that was filmed entirely separately. The reason the colors blue and green are chosen, is because these colors are considered least like our skin colors. Consequently, if a blue screen is used, the actors cannot wear any blue; ditto with green. The choice between blue or green is dependent on what is being shot. If the actor has to be in green - if they are in Army fatigues for example - then a blue screen would be the choice. There are other technical elements to be taken into consideration also.

Regarding weather forecasters, the presenter stands in front of the blue screen, and then the appropriate weather shots are added as the presenter speaks. On October 15 1987, Michael Fish, a weatherman for the BBC in Britain, began his forecast with: "Earlier on today, apparently a woman rang the BBC and said she heard there was a hurricane on the way... well, if you're watching, don't worry, there isn't". That night, South East England experienced a storm that was it's worst one since 1703. It wreaked havoc, and was called 'The Great Storm of 1987".

QUOTE ABOUT WEATHER: "The trouble with weather forecasting is that it's right too often for us to ignore it, and wrong too often for us to rely on it." - Patrick Young
6. WEDNESDAY: So Magpie has clearly taken up residence. I do some research, and discover that there is something I can wear that superstition tells me will ward off evil and witchcraft. And make no mistake, this is one witchy bird. What item is this that may dent my pride to wear, but I'm past it frankly?

Answer: A blue beard

Apparently, wearing a blue beard wards off evil, especially from witches. The film "Rasputin - the Mad Monk", starring Christopher Lee as 'Rasputin', had a promotional gimmick by where blue beards were given to audiences to wear whilst watching the film, to protect themselves from Rasputin's evil. A blue bead is also thought to have the same effect.

Another 'blue' superstition is: "Touch blue, and your wish will come true". Also, it is supposed to be unlucky for an actor to wear blue whilst on stage. The origin of this is because the color blue used to be very difficult and expensive to create in a dye, and therefore, any production spending a lot of money on something like this, was sure to fail.

LIMERICK ABOUR BEARDS:
"There was an old man with a beard,
Who said, "It is just as I feared!
Two owls and a hen,
Four larks and a wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard."
7. THURSDAY: The only thing to do when you're having a week of bad fortune is, naturally, to go to Vegas. In a scene worthy of "Home Alone", my friend and I only just made our flight in time (my alarm didn't go off; I stubbed my toe in all the rush; and my flip-flop tripped me up as I was twirling around for the third time). We settled into our seats and watched the in-flight movie of "Return of the Jedi". What was the fake working title of "Return of the Jedi"?

Answer: Blue Harvest

Throughout the filming of "Return of the Jedi" the fake title of "Blue Harvest" was used for a number of reasons. Firstly, it allowed production some privacy when they were filming on location. If members of the public saw a sign saying "Return of the Jedi", it would have attracted vast crowds; but a title of "Blue Harvest" wasn't particularly interesting to anybody, and so kept crowds at bay. Secondly, George Lucas had commented that whilst filming "The Empire Strikes Back", many services charged them exorbitant prices on the presumption that they had a huge budget; but this didn't happen when they told people they were filming something called "Blue Harvest".

The production company went the full monty with this title - anything and everything was emblazoned with the title "Blue Harvest", including, t-shirts, mugs, stationery, the 'clapper' board, and invoices. Steven Spielberg can be seen wearing a "Blue Harvest" cap on a behind-the-scenes documentary of "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom".

GEORGE LUCAS QUOTE: "If the boy and girl walk off into the sunset hand-in-hand in the last scene, it adds 10 million to the box office."
8. THURSDAY NIGHT: After a bumpy flight with dodgy food (can ANYONE tell what it is they're eating on a flight? I want to say it was a burrito), my friend and I head to a Black Jack table. I'd had a few tipples beforehand, and kept shouting "Hit me!" in the hope I'd look like 'Danny Ocean'. Consequently, it took about seven and a half minutes to lose all my money. What denomination of money do the blue chips MOSTLY represent in Vegas?

Answer: $1

Some Vegas casinos use other colors for their $1 chips, but most of them are partially or wholly blue, for example 'Ballys', 'Bellagio', 'California Hotel', 'Excalibur', 'Flamingo', 'Golden Gate', 'Golden Nugget', 'Harrahs', 'MGM Grand', and 'The Venetian', to name a few. Many casinos produce 'Limited Edition' chips, with special colors and artwork on them. This is in the hope that people will take one home as a souvenir, and not cash them in, thereby making more profit for the casinos.

CHEAP VEGAS PUN: "It 'slots' of fun." (Oh come ON!)
9. FRIDAY: I only have a few dollars of change left in my pocket, so I decide to go to the liquor store and buy myself a bottle of vino and have an early night. Sadly, my meager bits of change only bought me a bottle of semi-sweet, German, white wine, that was launched by H. Sichel Söhne made in 1923, and made my tongue feel like a sock. What wine was it I bought?

Answer: Blue Nun

Immensely popular throughout the 1980s, sales of Blue Nun went into decline in the 1990s, and began to be thought of as out-dated and cheap. In the UK comedy "I'm Alan Partridge", the shallow and ignorant character of Alan Partridge confirms this image of the drink by stating that it is his favorite wine. However, in 2009, a new brand of 'Blue Nun' was launched called 'Blue Nun Gold', and is apparently laced with "flakes of 22-carat gold"! It is hoped that this new look will appeal to young women, and give a better name to the wine that made my mouth feel like it was growing fur in it the next morning.

The term 'Blue Nun' can also refer to 'María de Agreda', a 17 Century, Spanish nun, who was visited by religious visions throughout her life; and also the album 'Blue Nun' by Carlene Carter.

A QUOTE ABOUT RELIGION: "That's the great thing about Catholicism - it's very vague and no-one knows what its really all about." - From "Father Ted"
10. SATURDAY: Hungover, despite the one glass of wine (which I thought monstrously unfair), I went to see a Vegas show that afternoon. I saw the show that won the 1992 'Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience'. It was, effectively, a show starring three bald, earless, blue men. Which world famous show left me looking around for something to beat myself to death with?

Answer: Blue Man Group

To be fair, I appear to be the only person in the world who did not 'get' Blue Man Group. If I painted myself an unbecoming hue, and ate cereal loudly into a microphone, would I, too, make millions of dollars? If I filled a drum with paint and banged it hard enough, would not the said paint fly out at all angles and cover the stage? But when all the toilet paper flooded out onto the entire audience at the end of the show, at least I had something thoroughly absorbent to hand, when the 'Blue Nun' made a comeback later on. Every cloud...

Despite my miserable grumblings, 'Blue Man Group' is phenomenally successful, and as of 2009, can be seen in New York, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Orlando, Berlin, and Tokyo. The official 'Blue Man Group Website' says that 'Blue Man Group' is "dedicated to creating exciting and innovative work in a wide variety of media". It does, indeed, have very spectacular visual and audio effects, and if you're even 1% more jovial than me, you should enjoy it!

QUOTE ABOUT BLUE MAN GROUP: "It's just a rip-off of "The Smurfs"" - Homer Simpson
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