|Answers: Taste Test February 14, 2002|
|1. What is the name of the moon orbiting Pluto?|
Correct answer: Charon.
Explanation: Named for the ferryman of the River Styx in Greek mythology, who carried the dead to the underworld.
|2. Who was the mother of the first 'journal baby'?|
Correct answer: Renee Daughtry (Erica in 1998)
Explanation: Although 'journal babies' are all the rage today!
|3. What was the first minimum wage set in the United States, and when?|
Correct answer: 25 cents an hour in 1938.
Explanation: Enacted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
|4. The first JournalCon conference was held where and when?|
Correct answer: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2000.
Explanation: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in October 2000.
|5. Which of these countries has NOT participated in every Olympics since 1896?|
Correct answer: Italy
Explanation: All the others have never missed a single Olympics.
|6. Veteran journaler Diane Patterson studied what and where?|
Correct answer: Screenwriting at the Univ. of Southern California.
Explanation: "I left Northern California to attend Film School at the University of Southern California and get a Masters degree in Screenwriting."
|7. Behind 'Titanic' and 'Star Wars: Episode IV' (1977), what was the third top-grossing film in the U.S. of all time?|
Correct answer: Star Wars: Episode I (1999)
Explanation: Star Wars: Episode I netted $431M, followed by E.T. ($399M) and Jurassic Park ($356M).
|8. Which of the following Beatles' songs was written and performed by George Harrison?|
Correct answer: Something
Explanation: 'Something' was the only George Harrison song to grace the A side of a Beatles single.
|9. In 'Star Trek,' what was Captain Kirk's middle name?|
Correct answer: Tiberius, tiberius
Explanation: Kirk's middle name was first revealed in the animated episode "Bem," and was mentioned again in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991).
|10. Who won the Best Actress award in the last Academy Awards for her portrayal of a real-life crusader?|
Correct answer: Julia Roberts, Julia F. Roberts, Julie Fiona Roberts
Explanation: Julie Fiona Roberts, born Oct. 28, 1967, won for her performance in 'Erin Brokovich.'
|11. Austin journaler Omar had which web domain hijacked when?|
Correct answer: terriblyhappy.com in October 2001.
Explanation: "Terribly Happy, the domain name, has been swiped by a company in Colorado called Consulting First, Inc."
|12. The target of a virus warning, sulfnbk.exe, is actually a Microsoft Windows utility that is used to restore long file names.|
Correct answer: True
Explanation: The hoax email was first reported in Brazil, and the original email was in Portuguese.
|13. GoogleWhacking is:|
Correct answer: Finding one-of-a-kind results in the Google database.
Explanation: See Gary Stock's site at Unblinking.Com.
|14. You know Diaryland was created by a guy named Andrew. But what is his last name?|
Correct answer: Smales
Explanation: He doesn't use his full name online often, but it's front and center in media interviews.
|15. In which city will the Olympics be held in the summer of 2008?|
Correct answer: Beijing, beijing, Beijing, China
Explanation: Beijing's bid beat out Istanbul, Osaka, Paris and Toronto.
|16. The southernmost point in the United States is located in which state?|
Correct answer: Hawaii
Explanation: South Point, on the Big Island of Hawaii.
|17. Helium (He) is the first, lightest, and most abundant atomic element in the universe.|
Correct answer: False
Explanation: Hydrogen (H) takes the prize, with an atomic weight of 1.008 (versus Helium's 4.003).
|18. Who won the first Diarist Award for Best Writing?|
Correct answer: Atropine by Elizabeth Badurina
Explanation: Awarded in May 1999. She's still at Moderngypsy.com.
|19. For just over a year - September 2000 to October 2001 - the popular Webring linking service operated under a nearly disastrous arrangement with which big-name 'New Economy' company?|
Correct answer: Yahoo!, Yahoo, yahoo, Geocities
Explanation: Geocities bought Webring (Starseed) in 1998. Yahoo! bought Geocities in 1999. Today, Webring is once again independent.
|20. Reknown New York journaler Kymm Zuckert is nicknamed for which small insectivore?|
Correct answer: Hedgehog, hedgehog, Hedge hog, hedge hog
Explanation: "Hedgehogs... look much like an upside-down oval bowl that is covered with sharp quills." Kymm, we are told, does not.
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