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5 Questions: The Ol' College "Tri"

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Author Alex Haley was forced to pay Harold Courlander more than half a million dollars after losing a plagiarism suit over <em>Roots.</em>

Author Alex Haley was forced to pay Harold Courlander more than half a million dollars after losing a plagiarism suit over Roots.

Name All 32 Starting Quarterbacks for Week 1 of 2012

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The NFL season kicks off tonight. To make sure you're sufficiently ready for some football, let's see how many of the 32 opening weekend starting QBs you can name in 5 minutes. Last names will suffice. Here's your free space: Roethlisberger.

Tom Wolfe or Teen Wolf?

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Does the quote come from Tom Wolfe (or one of his books) or the raucous 1985 Michael J. Fox comedy (not the Jason Bateman sequel, the enjoyable cartoon series, or the MTV revival)? I will stand under the basket and stare at you menacingly while you attempt to answer the following questions.

The phrase “going commando” originated during the Vietnam War, a time when American troops spent extended periods of time in hot, humid jungles. Wearing tight-fitting undergarments reduced ventilation and increased the risk of fungal infections in the

The phrase “going commando” originated during the Vietnam War, a time when American troops spent extended periods of time in hot, humid jungles. Wearing tight-fitting undergarments reduced ventilation and increased the risk of fungal infections in the groin area.

Name the Six-Letter State Capitals

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By popular demand — OK, two comments under yesterday's "Name the Seven-Letter State Capitals" quiz — let's see how many six-letter capitals you can name in 3 minutes.

The highest and lowest points in the contiguous United States aren't just in the same state&mdash; they're in the same county. The two spots, located in Inyo County, California, are about 100 miles apart.

The highest and lowest points in the contiguous United States aren't just in the same state— they're in the same county. The two spots, located in Inyo County, California, are about 100 miles apart.

A large percentage of the budget for <em>Monty Python and the Holy Grail</em> was donated by members of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.

A large percentage of the budget for Monty Python and the Holy Grail was donated by members of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.

Using an orange-handled coffee pot to denote decaffeinated brew dates back to 1923, when General Foods first introduced Sanka. As a promotional gimmick, they provided restaurants and diners with orange-y pots that matched the orange packaging of their dec

Using an orange-handled coffee pot to denote decaffeinated brew dates back to 1923, when General Foods first introduced Sanka. As a promotional gimmick, they provided restaurants and diners with orange-y pots that matched the orange packaging of their decaf coffee.

Immune to charges of “looking goofy,” basketball player Rick Barry shot his free throws underhanded. The technique was as successful as it was dorky: Barry retired in 1980 with a combined ABA/NBA rate of success of 89.3% at the free-throw line, which

Immune to charges of “looking goofy,” basketball player Rick Barry shot his free throws underhanded. The technique was as successful as it was dorky: Barry retired in 1980 with a combined ABA/NBA rate of success of 89.3% at the free-throw line, which at the time was the best in history.

5 Questions: Hoofin' It

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Fifty years ago, the average man first married at 23, and the woman at 20. Today, those ages have increased to 27 and 25, respectively.

Fifty years ago, the average man first married at 23, and the woman at 20. Today, those ages have increased to 27 and 25, respectively.

The M*A*S*H Signpost

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Last Wednesday, we offered a M*A*S*H Entrances & Exits quiz. Today, we focus on the famous signpost that appeared on the show. It varied greatly over the program's 11 seasons, but at its peak, it contained the names of 11 different destinations, many of them thousands of miles away. How many of these 11 can you name in only 3 minutes?

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