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Celebrate Festivus with Seinfeld quiz

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Festivus, odds are good that you’re a Seinfeld fan. So to celebrate the season, let’s test your knowledge of the hit show.

  1. What was Kramer’s first name?
  2. Who was Jerry’s arch enemy?
  3. George worked at which well-known organization?
  4. Which comic strip hero appeared in every episode?
  5. Who won “The Contest?”
  6. During a blind date with Elaine’s cousin, Jerry was turned off by what physical feature of the woman?
  7. What’s the fictitious name regularly used by Jerry and George?
  8. What was Jerry’s favorite baseball team?
  9. What distasteful act did Elaine do at a company party?
  10. Seinfeld co-creator, Larry David, gained success as the star of his own show. Name it.
  11. Elaine worked at which catalog company?
  12. Which of the following was not part of the Festivus celebration: Airing of grievances, feats of strength, a metal pole, eating broccoli?
  13. When Kramer moved to Los Angeles, he was mistakenly arrested for what?
  14. Who was the voice of late Yankee owner George Steinbrenner?
  15. What was the name of the diner where the gang hung out?
  16. What career professional did George pretend to be?
  17. Kramer was said to have the “kavorka.” What is that?
  18. Which legendary comedian played George’s father?
  19. What was unique about the episode in which Elaine’s friend, Sue Ellen Mischke, was married?
  20. Jerry was unable to kiss his girlfriend, played by Kristin Davis, because she used something that fell in the toilet. What was it?

Bonus: The opening dialog in the first show and the closing dialog in the final episode were about the same topic. Name it.

Answers

  1. Kramer’s first name was Cosmo.
  2. Newman was Jerry’s nemesis.
  3. George worked a number of jobs, most notably for the New York Yankees.
  4. Superman appeared in every episode, usually in the form of a figurine on Jerry’s shelf.
  5. In the final episode, we learn that Jerry won The Contest, when George confessed that he cheated.
  6. Elaine’s cousin had “man hands.”
  7. Jerry and George often referred to the fictitious Art Vandelay. BTW, he has a profile on LinkedIn.
  8. Jerry was a fan of the Mets.
  9. Elaine was a terrible dancer, a fact that George discovered at one of her office parties.
  10. Larry David stars in HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.
  11. Elaine worked at J. Peterman.
  12. Eating  broccoli was not part of the Festivus celebration.
  13. The police thought Kramer was a serial killer.
  14. Larry David provided the voice for George Steinbrenner.
  15. Monks Café was the restaurant’s name.
  16. George pretended to be an architect (as well as a marine biologist).
  17. The kavorka, or the lure of the animal, made him irresistible to women.
  18. George’s father was played by Jerry Stiller (who happens to also be Ben’s father).
  19. The scenes in the Sue Ellen Mischke wedding episode were aired in reverse chronological order.
  20. Kristin Davis’ toothbrush fell in the toilet. She used it before Jerry was able to alert her.

BONUS: The first episode opened, and the last show ended, with Jerry commenting on the placement of a shirt’s buttons.

How did you do?
15 – 20 correct: NBC executive
10-14 correct: Comedy writer
5-9 correct: Network intern
1-4 correct: Kramer

Related post: Good communication no laughing matter for Seinfeld

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Celebrate the Red Sox with some trivia

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In honor of the Red Sox World Series victory, let’s test your knowledge of the Beantown nine. Answers are below.

  1. Jimmy Fallon played a Red Sox fanatic in this 2005 movie, which also starred Drew Barrymore.
  2. How tall is the Green Monster, the left field wall at Fenway Park?
  3. What was Babe Ruth’s primary position during his time in a Red Sox uniform?
  4. Fenway Park opened on April 20, 1912, but was pushed off the front page by what event?
  5. Which New York Yankee hit the game-winning home run in the 1978 playoff game at Fenway Park? Extra credit if you know his nickname.
  6. In his book The Teammates, author David Halberstam writes about the lifelong friendship between Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio, and which other Red Sox legend?
  7. True or false: Ted Williams crash landed a plane during the Korean War.
  8. Name the Red Sox centerfielder who won both the Rookie of the Year and the Most Valuable Player Award in 1975.
  9. This former manager led the Red Sox to the 1967 World Series, and later won two World Series in Oakland.
  10. How many World Series have the Red Sox won?
  11. The manual scoreboard at Fenway has a series of dots and dashes — Morse Code. What does it spell?
  12. In days gone by, Fenway Park sported only one advertisement. What was it?
  13. Speaking of signs, what is the famous corporate sign, located in nearby Kenmore Square, that is often associated with Fenway Park.
  14. Who is considered the greatest clutch-hitter in the history of the Boston Red Sox?
  15. Let’s end with an easy one…what is the unofficial theme song of Red Sox Nation?

Answers:

  1. Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore starred in Fever Pitch.
  2. The Green Monster is 37 feet tall.
  3. Babe Ruth was a pitcher, and a darn good one.
  4. The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912,  five days before Fenway Park opened.
  5. Bucky Dent homered off Mike Torrez to win the one-game playoff game. He’s known in Boston as Bucky “Bleeping” Dent.
  6. Johnny Pesky is the fourth teammate in Halberstam’s book. The four are immortalized in a statue outside of Fenway.
  7. True. Captain Ted Williams served in both WWI and Korea. During the latter, his plane was hit by enemy fire. He considered ejecting, but feared it would destroy his kneecaps.
  8. Fred Lynn became the first player named Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the same season, 1975.
  9. Dick Williams managed the “Impossible Dream” season of 1967, and won World Series with the Athletics in 1972-74.
  10. The Sox have won 8 World Series titles: 1903, 1912, 1915, 1916, 1918, 2004, 2007, and 2013.
  11. The Morse Code on the scoreboard is TAY and JRY, the initials of former owners Thomas A. Yawkey and his wife, Jean R. Yawkey. See photo, below.
  12. The lone advertisement at Fenway was the Jimmy Fund.
  13. The CITGO sign, a landmark in Boston, is located just blocks from Fenway.
  14. World Series MVP David Ortiz.
  15. Sweet Caroline is played in the 8th inning of every home game.Scoreboard

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