1 in 4 Americans unaware that Earth circles Sun
via the easy to read Globalpost.com
Americans are enthusiastic about the promise of science but lack basic knowledge of it, with one in four unaware that the Earth revolves around the Sun, said a poll out Friday.
The survey included more than 2,200 people in the United States and was conducted by the National Science Foundation.
Ten questions about physical and biological science were on the quiz, and the average score -- 6.5 correct -- was barely a passing grade.
Just 74 percent of respondents knew that the Earth revolved around the Sun, according to the results released at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago.
Fewer than half (48 percent) knew that human beings evolved from earlier species of animals.
The result of the survey, which is conducted every two years, will be included in a National Science Foundation report to President Barack Obama and US lawmakers.
One in three respondents said science should get more funding from the government.
Nearly 90 percent said the benefits of science outweigh any dangers, and about the same number expressed interest in learning about medical discoveries.
Only because I know someone that works there, I thought I'd create a post for this. And I have a penchant for film quizzes too. If you are in London with nothing else to do to fill your quiz void then this might just fill this for you.
via the very thin Barbican website.
Barbican Film Quiz 7pm / Registration from 6.30pm
20 March 2014 / Cinema Cafe & Bar, Beech Street
£2 per person, cash only
Payable upon registration (exact change appreciated if possible) subject to availability
Do you know your DiCaprio from your De Niro, or your Bullock from your Blanchett?
If the answer is yes, then get yourself along to the Cinema Cafe for a quiz filled to the brim with the best film trivia in London. Team registration is from 6.30pm on the night, so please see our registration details below for how to enter your team.
Teams must register to enter. There will be a registration desk signposted in Cinema Cafe from 6.30pm. The quiz will begin at 7pm.
Teams are between 2–6 people. Space in the cafe is limited and tables and chairs are available on a first come, first served basis, so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
The quiz will last approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. Please arrive promptly at the advertised start time
I remember Bob Eubanks for the game show Card Sharks that from memory Channel 4 used to show early morning back in the late 80's/early 90's. The picture is from the 1960s on one of those 0.5MP cameras. Anyway here he is bringing his most popular gameshow he hosted back to the stage.
Story via the spiffing journalgazette.net
Eubanks keeps game show alive onstage
Keiara Carr | The Journal Gazette
Plenty of game show hosts are memorable, but only one made audiences say “whoopee.”
Bob Eubanks, longtime host of “The Newlywed Game,” first used the word to get cheeky marital questions approved by the censors in the 1960s, but the by-product became America’s buzzword for sex. Even though TV Guide initially summed up the happenings on the then-new game show as “the worst piece of sleaze in television today,” the show and Eubanks eclipsed the criticism and had America turning to their partner asking: “Well, what would you say?”
“Everybody relates to it. That’s what made the ‘Newlywed Game’ so popular,” Eubanks says during a phone interview from Texas. “There are two kinds of game shows. There’s the question-and-answer kind of a show and then there’s the relationship kind of a show, and that’s what we were. We were a comedy show that just happens to have a game with it.”
Eubanks will provide a night full of laughs and prizes with an interactive live staging of “The Not-So-Newlywed Game” on Saturday at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert, Ohio. The game will be played with eight couples competing for a grand prize. Every guest has an equal chance to be selected, and even those not selected will have a chance to win $100,000 by answering interactive questions posed to members of the audience.
Eubanks was born in Flint, Mich., and his family moved to California when he was 2. By the 1960s, Eubanks was one of Los Angeles’ top radio DJs and concert promoters; he was instrumental in booking the Beatles to play the Hollywood Bowl in 1964.
Two years later, Chuck Barris, “The Newlywed Game” creator who later became the host of the 1970s “Gong Show,” hired Eubanks. The premise was to put newly married couples to the test with Eubanks asking one partner to guess the response their wife or husband would give regarding topics as varied as the color scheme of their house or their love life.
Eubanks quickly learned how to milk a couple’s mishaps and create a witty rapport. He says that for Saturday’s show, the questions and couples will be slightly different than what people know from the TV show.
“ ‘Not-So-Newlywed’ means that you could have been married 50 years, I don’t care. In fact, that’s fun,” Eubanks says. “People are people wherever you go. It really doesn’t matter what kind of contestant I have. All kinds of people are funny.” Eubanks says the new contestants show how social rules have changed with more education and technology.
“I think society has become a little looser. If I ask a question and there’s an elderly couple on, their answer is going to be different than someone who is much younger because our society has changed over the years,” he says. “If you look at the show, it’s almost a microcosm of society today. You can tell how our education has failed or succeeded.
“Because of television, we know exactly where some places are in America and even in the world. We certainly wouldn’t know where Iraq or Afghanistan was 40 years ago unless you got the globe out.” The “Newlywed Game” first aired in 1966, and Eubanks went on to host multiple incarnations of the show until 1996 and host celebrity episodes in the 2000s.
The episodes made him the only game show personality to host the same format with original programming in six decades. As one of the hosts of the Tournament of Roses Parade since 1979, Eubanks has earned several Emmy awards and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He continues to host the parade for Hallmark and the Travel Channel.
With no plans to return to television full time, Eubanks, who turned 76 last month, now travels across the country for corporate speaking engagements and “Not-So-Newlywed” performances. “If I were producing television right now, I probably wouldn’t hire me because everybody has a turn in this world. I have certainly had a long turn,” he says. “I do the Rose Parade, and that’s fine. I have too much to do, and I’m having too much fun.”
And TV Guide, which once dismissed Eubanks, named him one of the “Top Five Game Show Hosts of All Time.”
“I mean in the department store of life, you have to know I live in the toy department,” he says. “You don’t really take away anything from what I do. You just enjoy it and have a relaxing, wonderful time. That’s all I ask.”
A selection of quizzes that I have found online that are hopefully of use to you.
Zacks Pop Quiz which isn't a Pop Quiz in the style of Mike Read
Buffalo News - Trivia Quiz
Sausage Quiz - it might me smile from TCDailyPlanet website!!
The Beatles Quiz - from the Pine and Lakes Echo
And finally, an article on Paul Sinha (my favourite Chaser) who is touring at the moment.
An unusual headline from the Westmorland Gazette - I didn't follow this court case, but most certainly one of the stranger rulings especially as he is now 51 years old.
Oh no, I've read it wrong - it's all about him not being allowed to attend the birth of his child. I guess his wife is looking for perfection.
Can't fault this guy for his honesty - via The Local (German News In English) website.
Punk's €64,000 TV quiz prize will go to tax man
A punk rocker who won tens of thousands of euros on a German television quiz show won't be spending it on new boots and shiny nose pins - he says most of the money will have to go to the tax man.
Robert Korn, who sports a multi-coloured Mohican hair cut and wore a black punk T-shirt when he appeared on the "Who wants to be a Millionaire" show on Monday, won €64,000 before backing out when he was unsure of a final answer.
"I've never in my life had as much money as I won yesterday," he told the Tagesspiegel newspaper. And he said he had listened to the advice of his girlfriend when deciding not to risk it on an answer of which he was not sure.
"I promised my girlfriend not to gamble everything," said the Berlin-based singer in amateur punk band No Exit.
And even though Korn walked away from the show with bags of money, he said he would probably only be left with a few euros to buy a couple of presents for his kids - most of the money will be eaten up by debts.
"I opened a punk shop five or six years ago... but three quarters of a year ago I had to close. I'm a good salesman but not a good businessman," he said.
"My tax adviser went bust and I failed to keep an overview of it all... now the lion's share of the money will have to go the tax office and the employment office."
He said the shop had sold punk supplies such as home-printed T-shirts, music CDs, badges, boots and 49 different colours of hair dye.
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via the sternly named New Zealand Herald website. My Kitchen Rules is in the UK via Sky Living but seems to have reached Australia and now New Zealand. Interesting stuff.
TV2 have announced plans for a local version of hit Australian cooking competitionMy Kitchen Rules.
It will be the third local cooking-based reality show on screens this year, following the fifth season of MasterChef, currently screening on TV One, and the debut of TV3's The Great Food Race earlier this year.
In My Kitchen Rules, currently up to its fourth season in Australia, teams of two face home-kitchen challenges in which they have to cook three course dinners for fellow contestants and judges.
If they progress to the next round, teams head to the restaurant and couples are eliminated each week. The drama comes from the chemistry of the couples under pressure to perform in unusual challenges.
TV2 Programmer John Kelly says the decision to make a local version of the show came from the popularity of Australia's version.
"New Zealanders just couldn't get enough of My Kitchen Rules, with 2013 being the highest-rating season yet," Kelly said.
Entrants need to be over 18 and duos must have a pre-existing relationship with each other.
You can register your interest here.
from the non Sussex based - New Haven Register website. Article written by Ken Jennings - the Jeopardy legend so he must know what he's talking about. Basically Arthur Chu is picking random "boxes" instead of going down the column which so many people do. What is all the fuss about?
By Ken Jennings, Slate
POSTED: 02/11/14, 5:31 PM EST |
It didn’t take long for Arthur Chu to become Public Game Show Enemy No. 1. Within days of his Jan. 28 debut on “Jeopardy!,” the 30-year-old Cleveland-area insurance analyst was making America very, very angry. “Arthur Chu is the worst jeopardy contestant of all time,” one viewer tweeted. “I can’t wait until someone beats his joyless, smug [expletive],” seethed another. Even the JBoard, normally a collegial hangout for the top-rated quiz show’s most dedicated ex-contestants and fans, got ugly. “There is no need to disrespect the game,” one poster scolded Chu.
This all took me back to the heady days of summer 2004, when I began my own run as a “Jeopardy!” contestant and fans soon tired of my presence behind the leftmost podium. In ESPN the Magazine, Bill Simmons called me “a smarmy know-it-all with the personality of a hall monitor.” (My company is, to this day, called Hall Monitor LLC.) On “Jeopardy!,” a rigidly formatted show in its 30th year, the only real breath of fresh air is the endless parade of new contestants. Familiarity, on the other hand, quickly breeds contempt.
There’s an obvious racial angle to all the Chu-hate.
It’s true that Arthur Chu is a buzzer-waver, a button-masher, a Trebek-interrupter. But between rounds of gameplay and in the many subsequent interviews he’s done — Chu is clearly enjoying his 15 minutes — he comes across as perfectly pleasant, chatty and self-aware. Given the low bar of “Jeopardy!”-contestant charisma, he is a normal, likable guy. The sudden wave of Chu-mosity is largely just a symptom of our modern news cycle, where one spate of hostile tweets can spawn a million repetitive reaction pieces before the feedback loop dies.
There’s an obvious racial angle as well. Chu, a bespectacled man with rumpled shirts and a bowl cut, plays into every terrible Asian-nerd stereotype you’ve ever seen in an ’80s teen movie. Charmingly, he seems to enjoy the role of the scheming outsider. In a recent Wall Street Journal interview, he pitted his own eccentric genius against me, “the angelic blond boy next door, the central casting ‘nice boy.’ ”
But in fact, plenty of nice white boys on “Jeopardy!” have been pilloried by viewers for using Arthur Chu’s signature technique: bopping around the game board seemingly at whim, rather than choosing the clues from top to bottom, as most contestants do. This is Chu’s great crime, the kind of anarchy that hard-core “Jeopardy!” fans will not countenance. The technique was pioneered in 1985 by a five-time champ named Chuck Forrest, whose law school roommate suggested it. The “Forrest bounce,” as fans still call it, kept opponents off balance. He would know ahead of time where the next clue would pop up; they’d be a second slow.
More recently, skipping around the board has evolved into an art form. “Jeopardy!” luminaries like David Madden (19-game winning streak, 2005) and Roger Craig (Tournament of Champions winner and single-day winnings record holder, 2010-11) have used “the bounce” as a strategic way to hack an underappreciated key to Jeopardy! success: the Daily Double.
In any game of “Jeopardy!,” three clues have been secretly earmarked as Daily Doubles. The player who finds each one can bet any or all of her winnings on responding to it correctly. By and large, “Jeopardy!” players are a risk-averse bunch. Unless a player is in need of a big comeback, the Daily Double wager is usually a smallish one.
Strategically, this is crazy. Like a poker player trying to increase the size of the pot when he has a good hand, “Jeopardy!” contestants should maximize their upside when the odds are in their favor. Historically, the odds of getting a Daily Double correct are very good: Between 65 and 70 percent. Too many players instead let games come down to Final Jeopardy, where conversion is much less predictable. (Fewer than half of all Final Jeopardy responses are correct.) Finding the Daily Doubles becomes more important the stronger a player you are, since it lowers the influence of chance on the outcome. Crunching some numbers, I see that my own Daily Double conversion during my “Jeopardy!” run was about 83 percent. In hindsight, my wagers were almost always too small.
So when Arthur Chu bobs and weaves around the board, he’s chasing those game-changing Daily Doubles. Arthur Chu has been lauded in headlines as the pioneer of “Jeopardy!” “game theory,” but Craig is the one who designed his own computer software from scratch to allow him to game “Jeopardy!” “moneyball”-style. Chu, by his own admission, just Googled “jeopardy strategy.” If he has seen more Daily Doubles than other men, it is because he stood on the shoulders of giants.
Arthur Chu is on the Jeopardy! bench for a couple of weeks while a college tournament airs, but he’ll back on Feb. 24, and the Daily Double hunt will begin anew. In sports, players and fans love it when teams shake up the game with new techniques: the basketball jump shot in the 1950s, the split-finger fastball in the 1980s, four-down football today. Why should “Jeopardy!” be any different? Strategic play makes for a more complex, exciting show. Don’t listen to the Internet kibitzers. Arthur Chu is playing the game right.
Jennings is a 74-time “Jeopardy!” winner and is the author of six books, most recently the“Junior Genius Guides.”
The show that I want to go on most in the whole world after Jeopardy and The Amazing Race (which let's face isn't going to happen) has announced that there will be a further 204 episodes across series 11, 12 and 13 - also giving Challenge some extra episodes for 2018 through to 2023 (I'm just guessing that bit).
Anyway, great to see it continuing from strength to strength and reinventing itself in the final round to keep it fresh. Take note other shows!!
Didn't want to put a spoiler in the header of the blog so you'll just have to read the article from London's favourite free newspaper (possibly with the Metro and City AM featuring not too far away) - the Evening Standard.
Viewers saw Channel 4 gameshow Deal Or No Deal crown a rare £250,000 winner today - and he could have doubled his prize.
Roop Singh from Leeds became only the second male contestant to take such a large sum on the programme hosted by Noel Edmonds, and the seventh overall since it was first broadcast eight years ago.
In the final stages he had a choice between a box with £250,000 and £500 in the other, but he came up trumps by choosing the top prize. He was also the first person who could have made it half a million with the recently added twist of "box 23" which has five possible outcomes including a chance to increase the cash or lose it.
He opted to take his winnings rather than open the box, but missed out on the "double your money" option inside.
Singh, 54, a sikh storyteller, bought presents for his family and friends with the winnings and has bought a bike for himself in order to cycle the coast of Britain. He will also donate money to charities he supports.
Mr Quiz Worthing