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Common Misperceptions Quiz

Ok, here's the rules:  You're on your honor-- no googling, or you might get Santorum all over you.  No yelling at the quiz-meister. Answers and sources will be in the comments.  And, as my dad used to say, Be true to your teeth, or they'll be false to you.


  1. The Roman Vomitorium was special room used for binging and purging during feasts.
  2. George Washington did not have a set of wooden false teeth.
  3. At 5'2" Napolean Bonaparte was actually slightly taller than the average Frenchman of his time
  4. During World War II, King Christian X of Denmark thwarted Nazi attempts to identify Jews by wearing a yellow star himself.
  5. Albert Einstein did not fail mathematics in school. Before he was fifteen he had mastered differential and integral calculus.  
  6. Food items cooked with wine or liquor will be non-alcoholic, because alcohol's low boiling point causes it to evaporate quickly when heated.
  7. The expression "rule of thumb" was originally coined from a law allowing a man to beat his wife with a stick, provided it was not thicker than the width of his thumb.
  8. "420" did not originate as the Los Angeles police or penal code for marijuana use.
  9. The Great Wall of China is the only human-made object visible from the Moon.
  10. Redheads are gradually going extinct due to the recessive gene for red-headedness.

January 5, 2012

Thanks to tonight's Top Comments contributors! Let us hear from YOU
when you find that proficient comment.

from Horace Boothroyd III:

We are considered terrorists for marching and feeding the homeless. Why are the anti-abortion wingnuts allowed to spread fear and misery with impunity? Sychotic1's comment in Another day, another 'pro-life' terrorist bombs an abortion clinicsums it up:
The nut jobs can protest clinics day after day, but let a few occupiers show up somewhere and the riot gear comes out.  I will believe in equal protection under the law when the riot gear shows up at clinic protests.

From Ed Tracey:

In the diary by Olisterhosen about US Army Cpl. Jesse Thorsen (an Afghanistan
war veteran) who may have violated military policy when he wore his fatigues on stage and praised Ron Paulis presidential bid - Timaeus cites his law partner's knowledge of military law, and predicts that Thorsen will not be as lucky as some others were:
A few years back, under the Cheney regime, there were some very
high-ranking Air Force generals who got away with this kind of thing.

From Dragon5616:

I really liked what NNadir had to say about President Obama in Four reasons why Mitt Romney will be the nominee by DemFromCT.

and from your humble poster, smileycreek:

happy camper applauded cjsalamon's  "nice, concise explanation of why Paul is wrong, even when he's right:"
When you support a politician it is seen as validating their belief system, not just a few issues.
The entire comment is well-worth sending to progressives who think Ron Paul is worth their vote.

Ecclesiastaverbs took issue with the notion of a veto-proof law, saying:
BLAH BLAH VETO PROOF BLAH  The only way to know that something is veto proof, is to veto it and then have it be overridden by congress.

Since that did not happen any mention of the bill being veto proof is baseless speculation likely from a mind sickened by the gymnastics of justifying laws that run counter to the spirit America.

In Eclectablog's  New Hampshire Republicans jump the shark, introduce bill mandating laws reference the Magna Carta VigilantLiberal nominated homo neurotic for Top Comment of the Day for this:
next up?
repackaging the feudal system as "job creation."

January 4, 2012

(excluding Tip Jars and first comments)

Got mik!

  1) Refreshing language from the bench by Dallasdoc — 176
  2) The entire GOP field is wrong most of the time by SallyCat — 132
  3) That one phrasee... by Giles Goat Boy — 131
  4) Imposing sanctions against attorneys is HUGE. by gustynpip — 123
  5) Social Conservatives for Big Government (tm) by GoGoGoEverton — 121
  6) So few have been willing to challenge by David Kaib — 118
  7) I can't remember a candidate as by SottoVoce — 118
  8) I've been praising Obama today. by TomP — 118
  9) this is what I was referring to by david mizner — 113
10) I did all the thinking about Rick Santorum's by blue aardvark — 103
11) No, no . . . by mwk — 96
12) "Sending other people's kids to die" by plf515 — 95
13) The Source of All These Problems by JekyllnHyde — 93
14) more importantly, if I read the law correctly, by dagnome — 92
15) Thank God for by left rev — 90
16) Definitely. Paranoid hysteria by Sandino — 89
17) "ICE takes these allegations very seriously." by lineatus — 89
18) Walker has done some terrible things by badscience — 86
19) When a Federal court says "will not suffer" by bobdevo — 84
20) especially sanctions going forward. . . by Cady Brownell — 83
21) This is not a post by david mizner — 82
22) Do "We" Really Not Have a Spokesman or Is It That by Gooserock — 82
23) It needs to be on full display by BoiseBlue — 77
24) Mitt Romney is 64 years old, born in 1947. by elwior — 75
25) Nice job, Mr. President! by ye ye ye — 74
26) You have it wrong by slatsg — 73
27) Alan Grayson is one of those "Better Democrats" by Evolutionary — 71
28) They would have let her die. . . by Kascade Kat — 67
29) Birth control pills allowed me to get by Vita Brevis — 66
30) Ok, now we're rolling.  Thank you sir. by splintersawry — 66

January 4, 2012

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