Sunday, January 31, 2016

31 Jan, 2016: Day 47

Question 1:
The Official Training Bike of Le Tour de France automatically adjusts wind resistance based on what two features of the rider? Answer: height and weight.

Information on the ProForm TDF Pro 4.0 indoor cycle with details on how the unit adjusts "wind resistance" can be found by placing in the search field wind resistance.

Question 2:
The famous defensive tackle who died during a game against the New York Dragons, played in how many games for the Panthers during his career? Answer: twenty.

To look up the biography of the late Al Lucus input in the search field defensive tackle who died "New York Dragons" Panthers.

Question 3:
A fourth generation family member of a squash dynasty, and a four-time all American at Tufts University now coaches at what "Little Ivy" college? Answer: Colby College.

There's a few hoops that you have to jump through to get to the answer. First, I found out that by looking up "Little Ivies" the group of exclusive New England colleges play under an NCAA division called the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Used that with NESCAC coach fourth generation squash dynasty four-time all American "Tufts University". You will find information on Sakhi Khan.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

30 Jan, 2016: Day 46

Question 1:
What CBS sportscaster was banned from covering the Masters golf tournament after calling a patron gallery at a famous men's golf club “a mob?” Answer: Jack Whitaker.

To a golf fan calling the patron gallery at Augusta National Golf Club bespeaks of heresy. Getting to the answer here on Google is as simple as CBS sportscaster banned Masters mob.

Question 2:
As a testament to its adaptability in urban areas, what kind of animal strolled into a popular sandwich shop in the Chicago Loop area in the spring of 2007? Answer: coyote.

Please see Day 26 for the explanation.

Question 3:
The Oscar nominated movie released in 2011 that received a "fresh" rating of less than 50% on "Rotten Tomatoes", was based on a book by what author? Answer: Jonathan Safran Foer.

You want to start your search first by placing in the search field Oscar nominated movie 2011 rating of less than 50% "Rotten Tomatoes". You'll get the film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Remember, to get the author you have to input into Google "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" novel author.

Friday, January 29, 2016

29 Jan, 2016: Day 45

Question 1:
What renowned children's book set around the love for the first African-American to play major league baseball, starts with the line "The St. George Hotel?"? Answer: Thank You, Jackie Robinson.

If you didn't know the first Black to play major league baseball was Jackie Robinson for the Brooklyn Dodgers. I didn't have to look that up, it's something that I already knew, I didn't have to look that up. Seeding the search, Jackie Robinson "The St. George Hotel?" children's book gets you the answer.

Question 2:
Who wrote the biggest hit of the performer who has five stars along Hollywood Boulevard? Answer: Johnny Marks.

Please see Day 26 for the explanation.

Question 3:
Because the company increased shareholder dividends for 25 years in a row, what S&P designation was granted the world's largest distributor of toys? Answer: S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats.

For a moment I was on a red herring, looking up the toy distributor, instead of looking at was in my face the whole time. The correct search is using in the search field increased shareholder dividends 25 years s&p 500. There's an index using the name. Annual Fund Operating Expenses is .35%.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

28 Jan, 2016: Day 44

Question 1:
The father of the star of the TV sitcom, "New Girl" has been an academy award contender for what profession? Answer: cinematography.

Please see Day 30 for the explanation.

Question 2:
The south end of what footbridge is very near the famous theater where Ann Hathaway's husband staged his plays? Answer: Millennium Bridge.

Please see Day 6 for the explanation.

Question 3:
What was the previous name of the shipping company, whose ferry sank off the coast of Papua New Guinea on February 2, 2012? Answer: Star Shipping.

I first looked up the accident Papua New Guinea ferry February 2012 and found out that it was the MV Rabaul Queen owned by Rabaul Shipping. Then I looked up Rabuaul Shipping, using rabaul shipping company previous name. You have to do some digging beyond just looking at the page results for the answers, but it is there.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

27 Jan, 2016: Day 43

Question 1:
What musical period is best described as an era of contrasts; e.g., between loud and soft, fast and slow? Answer: Baroque.

This is tricky because of the contrasting messages one would get when running the search. You can try musical period era contrasts. You might find search results that are comparing two periods.

Question 2:
Chapter 10 of "Geography of India" by Prithvish Nag, Smita Sengupta discusses what geographical feature? Answer: Landuse.

Type "Geography of India" Nag Sengupta. Then click the tab for Books below the search bar. Look for the first title, then in the preview look for the answer within the table of contents.

Question 3:
The 2010 tennis match that lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes beat the previous record for the longest match by how many hours? Answer: 4 1/2 hours.

I had to ask for a hint on this one, then figure out why the question is wrong. Yes, the question is wrong, by a 1/4 hour. First let's answer the question in the contemporary sense with 2010 tennis 11 hours 5 minutes. You will get information on the Isner–Mahut match at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships. The problem comes when one is looking up for the second longest match. As write this answer that record is held by the first round Davis Cup in 2015, Leonardo Mayer defeated Joao Souza after 6 hours, 43 minutes of play. The previous second longest match was 6 hours, 33 minutes of the first round of the 2004 French Open, Fabrice Santoro won against Arnaud Clément. This match held the title before the 2010 Wimbledon Championships and was the match Google used.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

26 Jan, 2016: Day 42

Question 1:
In the 2010 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Annual Meeting, a rule change regarding "Get it in/Keep it in" was added to what Section? Answer: 34.

Type into the search field the quote from the question "Get it in/Keep it in". You'll see references on the on the rule covering gameplay.

Question 2:
With 8 Olympic gold medals, what Norwegian cross-country skier retired to become a TV host in his native country? Answer: Bjørn Dæhlie.

In the search field insert Norway 8 gold medals Olympics cross country skier. References mentioning the famous skier are present.

Question 3:
In 1972 the wrath of Hurricane Agnes resulted in the evacuation of a Pennsylvania town due to the rising water of what river? Answer: Treaty of Versailles.

Please see Day 4 for the explanation.

Monday, January 25, 2016

25 Jan, 2016: Day 41

Question 1:
What is the name of the German scientist whose law says that the affliction known as the "Royal Disease" is carried by women, but affects only men? Answer: Christian Friedrich Nasse.

Please see Day 11 for the explanation.

Question 2:
The renowned football, basketball and baseball player and coach who stated, "It is how you show up at the showdown that counts", was born in what southern state? Answer: Alabama.

Please see Day 1 for the explanation.

Question 3:
What treaty was responsible for the creation of the intergovernmental organization that would eventually be replaced by the UN? Answer: Treaty of Versailles.

Note: Google is not asking for the founding of the United Nations, but its precessor, the League of Nations. For that you want to place into the search field treaty founding "League of Nations". On the page of results you'll see references on the origins of the League from the Paris Peace Conference.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

24 Jan, 2016: Day 40

Question 1:
What area of the country is the main benefactor of the electricity generated by the Hoover Dam? Answer: Southern California.

Input this as a search query: hoover dam power output. In the page of results there are three choices, but one matters more than the other two.

Question 2:
The Indian river basin that includes approximately 25% of the country's area is bound by what mountain range to the south? Answer: Vindhya.

In the search field I first used Indian river basin 25 percent to find out that Google wanted information on the Ganges basin. Next I looked up this area in Google Images, Ganges basin, looking for topographic maps. You will see another mountain range, the Kaimur Range, south of Benares.

Question 3:
In January 2012, the Broncos announced their new defensive coordinator, a former linebacker, who retired from playing in what year? Answer: 1996.

Look up 2012 Broncos defensive coordinator to find former Minnesota Vikings player Jack Del Rio. From there it's looking at his Wikipedia page.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

23 Jan, 2016: Day 39

Question 1:
What was the maximum weight (kg) in the men’s middleweight class for the 2012 Olympic Games? Answer: 84.

I had to guess on this question. Personally I believe this is an incorrect answer. Let's first try to find an answer using a search query: max weight limit men’s middleweight class Olympics. This leads into search results dominated by the Wikipedia. At the top is an article about boxing at the Summer Olympics. We find out that boxing's governing body is the AIBA, International Boxing Association. Under the AIBA Technical Rules the men’s middleweight class is between 69 and 75 kilograms. Anything over 75 kilograms with the contestant into the next weight class (light heavyweight). Looking at the Summer Olympics boxing page at Wikipedia prior to the start of the Olympics it read basically the same.

Question 2:
A Nagoya University study found that birds start singing in the spring when the days are what? Answer: longer.

Use in the search field: Nagoya University study birds singing spring. Apparently attracting a mate using this technique is a secondary purpose.

Question 3:
What group of islands in the Pacific are part of the same volcanic zone and was named from the Greek words meaning "small" and "island"? Answer: Micronesia.

what I did not know what time a Pacific islands had Greek names. You would think that I would know that Polynesians, like Indians(both in India and in the Western Hemisphere) did not come up with their own designation but was "gifted" it. A roadmap to the answer is as follows: islands in pacific greek. If you ever go there please let me know what do they call themselves. I could look it up in Google, but is so nice to hear from potential investigators. (^_^;

Friday, January 22, 2016

22 Jan, 2016: Day 38

Question 1:
Silphion, a spice which became known after the foundation of Kyrene in the 7th century, has its origin on what continent? Answer: Africa.

Look up Silphion or ancient Kyrene. Both will lead you to the answer that the spice was associated with a ancient Greek city near Shahhat, Libya. If you ever take an ancient sexuality course you will hear about this plant being a natural contraceptive and how humans rendered it extinct.

Question 2:
What comedy filmed in black and white in the 1960's in less than 7 weeks, featuring a "clean old man", was rated by Time magazine as one of the all time great 100 films? Answer: A Hard Day's Night.

Use in the search field: "clean old man" film to come up with the title of the film.

Question 3:
What do scientists call the "aliens" and odd organisms that live below the bottom of the ocean? Answer: interaterrestrials.

Taking all that Google supplied, including the first letter of the word but not the hint, I used name animals under ocean floor aliens to come up with the answer. FYI this term covers any organism whose habitat makes up a deep subsurface biosphere, just not in the sea. For example, Russian scientists found methanogenic microorganisms in oilfield water samples.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

21 Jan, 2016: Day 37

Question 1:
What "character" did Plato use in his writing to convey his own views? Answer: Socrates.

Plato was not the first to insert words into Socrates' mouth. But that is something that you can explore on your own, using the following search query as a seed. Begin with Plato writing character. You will see refernces within the search results of Plato using Socrates as a literary sock puppet.

Question 2:
As of 2012, of the 65 living members of the "National Baseball Hall of Fame", twenty of them played what position? Answer: 2nd base.

I will say that I used the hint. When I found (use living "baseball hall of fame" members, go to Search Tools and set the day for 1 Jan, 2012-31 Dec, 2012) a newsletter listing the living Hall of Famers I knew that I would have to brute force looking a number.

Question 3:
The main character in the Broadway production of "Jersey Boys" was the lead singer for a band that celebrated their first commercial release in what year? Answer: 1953.

Did you have a hard time with this question too? It's not you, the answer is wrong. Let's stick to Wikipedia for this query. Look up the play Jersey Boys. The lead character is Frankie Valli, who was the lead in the rock/pop band The Four Seasons. Look up both the singer and the band according.

This is where the question goes off the rails.

Frankie Valli had a career prior to the The Four Seasons' first record single in 1961 (the correct answer). His first commercial release, "My Mother's Eyes" was in 1953. This date Google confused with The Four Seasons' release.

Special thanks to long distance relationship blogger Giby Cruz of My So-Called Life, for working with me through the broken logic of this question.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

20 Jan, 2016: Day 36

Question 1:
Who is known as the "father" of the country whose national drink is a strong alcoholic beverage made from pomace? Answer: Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Start off by using pomace national drink. Right now we are looking for countries where Pomace is regularly consumed. The two candidates according to the search results are Italy (Grappa) and Turkey (Raki). Giuseppe Garibaldi and Giuseppe Mazzini seem to be the type of guys that would be partial to wine and then brandy. Mustafa Ataturk was seen as a more cosmopolitan man than his compatriots were, so it's worth throwing hazard to the wind. Using pomace national drink Ataturk confirms all suspicions this was answer Google is looking for, especially going beyond the first page.

Question 2:
Whose likeness reportedly served as the artist's inspiration for the figure of Plato in "The School of Athens"? Answer: Leonardo da Vinci.

Please see Day 8 for the explanation.

Question 3:
What college hockey player was assaulted on the ice in early 2009, resulting in the suspension of two Michigan State University players? Answer: Steve Kampfer.

I think it's unsportsmanlike for players to assault each other in match play, especially double teaming someone. I also find it troubling that Google should memorialize this incident with a question that doesn't allow it to fade away for the victim. How to get to his name? Type: 2009 hockey player assault "Michigan State".

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

19 Jan, 2016: Day 35

Question 1:
In 2011, who was the president of the club that was established to promote safety in the game of American football? Answer: Ron Jaworski.

It's important to note that we are talking about American (gridiron) football, not association football(the sport in which a number of North Americans call soccer). Start with the query american football safety club. What comes up are references to the Maxwell Football Club. Begin a new search, this time using Maxwell Football Club 2011 president. What emerges is ESPN's NFL analyst Ron Jaworski.

Question 2:
What region of the U.S. was the focus of ice-breaking operations by the U.S. Coastguard in 2011? Answer: Great Lakes.

Try U.S. Coast Guard ice-breaking operations 2011 in your search of recent Polar and Ice Operations.

Question 3:
John Madden favored what team for the 2012 NFC Championship game at Candlestick Park? Answer: San Francisco 49ers.

Use John Madden 2012 NFC Championship favorite to get Madden's hot pick of the NFC finals. BTW, the 49ers lost to the New York Giants by three points.

Monday, January 18, 2016

18 Jan, 2016: Day 34

Question 1:
What was the only bestselling novel by the author who gave Hemingway his letter of introduction to Gertrude Stein? Answer: Dark Laughter.

Let's start by inputing Hemingway meeting Stein letter introduction. In the search results there are many indicators towards the writer Sherwood Anderson's involvement between the two. Looking at Sherwood's biography tells Dark Laughter, published in 1925, was his only bestseller.

Question 2:
What modern dance company was founded by the co-director of the musical that premiered January 5, 1964, at New York City's Sanctuary Theatre? Answer: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Please see Day 4 for the explanation.

Question 3:
What was the first name of the mother who, according to biographer Giorgio Vasari, sat for DaVinci’s 31 x 21 inch portrait? Answer: Lisa.

It was not that hard to guess Google was alluding to the Mona Lisa, and I guessed that is where I should start. But, just to make sure, let's try Da Vinci portraits mother "Giorgio Vasari". There's a image of the Mona Lisa with some search results referring to Vasari's research on the genius.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

17 Jan, 2016: Day 33

Question 1:
What term is given to the border between the Central Alps and the Southern Limestone Alps? Answer: Periadriatic Seam.

Begin by inputting border Central Alps Southern Limestone Alps into the search field. Some the search results will contain the answer upon closer inspection.

Question 2:
On the flag of Angola, the symbol with a half circle shape is part of three symbols, collectively chosen to relate to the flag of what former county? Answer: Soviet Union.

This question would not be a challenge for those who were older than high school age after 1992. Begin by inputting flag angola meaning. If you dig around in the search results you'll see references to hammers and sickles, communist iconography from the Bolsheviks.

Question 3:
What is the stage name of the man who is the father of the actor who played the journalist Jane Craig was attracted to? Answer: Parkyakarkus.

"What was the pseudonym of the actor's father who had a crush on the female lead in Broadcast News?"

This is what Google wanted you to understand. If you have not noticed they presented a badly worded question. The obfuscatical leaps the writer took on this question tempted me to skip it if it was not for the fact they got it wrong.

In the movie Broadcast News Holly Hunter's character, Jane Craig, was the center of a love triangle between two men: Aaron Altman (Albert Brooks) and Tom Grunick (William Hurt). Both men were attracted to Craig, but Craig initially drawn to Grunick. The father of William Hurt worked in the US Department of State's Foreign Service. The correct answer, if you use my question, can be found on Aaron Altman's Wikipedia entry.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

16 Jan, 2016: Day 34

Question 1:
Who is the mother of the Victoria's Secret model who married Kings of Leon co-founder Anthony in 2011? Answer: Laura Lyons.

There are a few twists and turns in solving this question. Let's start by inputting Caleb Followill married Victoria's into the search field. The results display Lily Aldridge. Replace the previous search with Lily Aldridge mother, the answer to the question being Laura Lyons, former Playboy bunny and Ms. February 1976.

Question 2:
Besides the Gorilla Press, what famous finishing move did the face-painted “Warrior” famously use on Hulk Hogan to end the match on April 1, 1990? Answer: splash.

Try "Ultimate Warrior" "Hulk Hogan" 1990 moves. Be prepared to dig once the results come back with search results. Somewhere you will find that after the Gorilla Press the Ultimate Warrior used the Ultimate Splash on Hogan, securing the win.

Question 3:
What was the birth name of the Renaissance man responsible for the “ornithopter?” Answer: Matterhorn.

Look up ornithopter. Once you find the researcher who worked on it during the Renaissance, then there's an issue. Take my name roughly placed in a historical context: Sean Mars de Troit. Translated, Sean, son of Mars of the Straits. My birth name would be Sean.

Friday, January 15, 2016

15 Jan, 2016: Day 32

Question 1:
In "Eats, Shoots and Leaves,” punctuation marks are compared to what highway safety device, because they keep words from banging together? Answer: traffic signals.

At first I thought that I could look for the passage in Google Books. After a few minutes in the book, finding everything and anything except the quote, I gave up and looked for what I needed using eats shoots and leaves punctuation marks highway safety. Buried in the results of the first page is a quote on the subject. “...punctuation marks are the traffic signals of language: they tell us to slow down, notice this, take a detour, and stop.”

Question 2:
Who presented Tonga's royal family with the animal that, when he died, was believed to be one of the longest-living animals on record? Answer: Captain Cook.

Please see Day 7 for the explanation.

Question 3:
When Dan Marino's jersey number 13 was retired by the Dolphins in 2000, what was the only jersey number previously retired by the team? Answer: 12.

Insert retired jerseys number "Miami Dolphins" 2000 in the search bar. You have your choice of Wikipedia articles, but I didn't bother. I went to one of the fan sites instead.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

14 Jan, 2015: Day 31

Question 1:
The north end of what footbridge is very near the magnificent baroque cathedral that is famous for the dome added by restorer Christopher Wren? Answer: Millennium Bridge.

Please see Day 5 for the explanation.

Question 2:
What is the name of the facility where Holly goes each week to visit Salvatore Tomato? Answer: Sing Sing.

Type Holly Salvatore Tomato retrieving search results that reveal the three words to represent characters Holly Golightly and Salvatore Tomato from the novella and movie Breakfast at Tiffany's. Once you have the title it's relatively easy to find the plot: Ms. Golightly visits the mobster Tomato every week during his incarceration.

Question 3:
What mountain in Switzerland includes three types of glacial erosion, and resembles an ancient Egyptian structure with four specific sides? Answer: Matterhorn.

When I was a kid and the The Eiger Sanction was on television practically every week I heard the Matterhorn was THE challenge for Alpine climbers in Europe. Maybe has something to do with its unusually high body count(Mount Everest has over 250, but it's increasing due to popularity). Still, how to find. Use switzerland mountain four sides glacial erosion. No guarantee that it will work. That description sums up most of the mountains in the Swiss Alps.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

13 Jan, 2016: Day 30

Question 1:
By what moniker is the controversial, proposed high-speed rail system between London and Birmingham commonly known? Answer: HS2.

To come up with insight on a possible solution, type London Birmingham high speed rail.

Question 2:
During what musical period did composers perfect and standardize the concerto, sonata and symphony forms? Answer: Classical.

This will require some rooting around outside of just looking at the page results. Type "concerto, sonata and symphony" into the search field. You will see in the search results listing books via Google Books. If you follow the link you are brought straight to the page.

Question 3:
According to NASA, approximately how many hours is the re-entry descent of a space shuttle after Mission Control gives the “go” for deorbit burn? Answer: One hour.

Google is asking you to look at NASA's website for the answer, not just the Internet. You might want to use hours deorbit burn in the search field. Other landing spacecraft re-entry descent time might vary.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

12 Jan, 2016: Day 29

Question 1:
In April of 1993, a team record was set by the New York Mets for the largest attendance on opening day as they played a shutout against what team? Answer: Colorado Rockies.

When given a moment to think about it the query is very simple to compose. Try New York Mets opening day 1993. You will see search results that if you dig within them it will point you to the correct answer.

Question 2:
Near what sea is the actual lighthouse where British inserts were filmed for "Fraggle Rock"? Answer: Celtic Sea.

I know one particular artist who is a huge Fraggle Rock fan. You wouldn't think so, given her accomplishments and all, but there you go. I was going to call her up and asked this question, but that would have been outside the bounds of this blog post. So inserting "Fraggle Rock" British sea is the closest thing I can do without waking her up. The lighthouse that appears in the external scenes is St. Anthony's Lighthouse. Insert St. Anthony's Lighthouse into Google Maps. Expand out until you see a title in the sea off to the southwest.

Question 3:
In the 8th edition of "Human Geography: People Place and Culture", chapter 9 is devoted to what subject? Answer: Urban Geography.

This is a solution that is outside of Google. Go to and look up the book with the edition.

Monday, January 11, 2016

11 Jan, 2016: Day 28

Question 1:
An NFL game was given the nickname "Ghost to the Post", as a result of two memorable plays by a great receiver and blocker who played college ball at what university? Answer: Notre Dame.

It's easier to look up the answer to this question by following a chain of queries. First, "Ghost to the Post", in search results you'll find out is the name of a particular game involving David Casper, "The Ghost". By looking at his Wikipedia entry you'll find out what college he attended.

Question 2:
In 1578, a high lama of the Gelug school was given the name "Dalai Lama.” What does the Sino-Mongolian translation of "dalai" mean in English? Answer: ocean.

Using Dalai Lama translation, the search results will pull up the full translation for Tenzin Gyatso's title. Dalai Lama translates to "Ocean teacher".

Question 3:
The Icon body slammed "The Eighth Wonder of the World" at what sporting event in front of close to 100,000 people? Answer: WrestleMania III.

First, place "The Eighth Wonder of the World" sporting event slammed Icon. We find out that it was a WWE Wrestlemania event the two titans clash at. But which one? The search results are rather ambiguous. Try Wrestlemania "Andre the giant" "Hulk Hogan" to come up with the answer. Be sure to use Roman numerals.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

10 Jan, 2016: Day 29

Question 1:
What land form is created when glaciers erode backwards into the mountainside and form a shape like a shallow bowl? Answer: cirque.

Just in case you were wondering, this was a new one on me. Yes, I took the hint. And if you are wondering still where is one of these things and what does it look like, then travel to the Cirque of the Towers. As for how to get the answer: glaciers erode backwards mountainside bowl.

Question 2:
How many more books is Milton's 1667 epic masterpiece then the connected work that was published in 1671? Answer: eight.

How? Hard to say. I'm studying cataloging and metadata, not the construction and history of the book. But I do have a handy example, The Holy Bible is an anthology of books. While we today see Paradise Regain'd and Samson Agonistes as two books, Milton saw then as eight. Place the titles into Google Books if you want to verify, which is how I solved it.

Question 3:
Which of Mary Stuart’s conspirators devised the plot to murder her cousin who, at the time, occupied the throne of England? Answer: Sir Anthony Babington.

When you input in the search bar Mary Stuart conspirator there were two major plots to depose Elizabeth I and replace her with Mary, Queen of Scots. The first was in 1571 that centered around an Italian banker, Roberto di Ridolfi. The second took place 15 years later with Anthony Babington at the helm. You might tried both, though the latter is the one that works. Finally, I don't know if it's correct that Babington retained his knighthood. Some sources omit it altogether.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

09 Jan, 2016: Day 30

Question 1:
What Frankish ruler is associated with the Carolingian Renaissance? Answer: Charlemagne.

Please see Day 8 for the explanation.

Question 2:
The father of the star of the TV sitcom, "New Girl" has been an academy award contender for what profession? Answer: cinematography.

Start by inserting sitcom "New Girl" cast to find out who was a star, which is the actress Zooey Deschanel. Looking at her Wikipedia page her father, Caleb Deschanel, was nominated for his work as a director and cinematographer( The Right Stuff, The Passion of the Christ, etc.).

Question 3:
Who, along with her daughter Caroline and others, stitched the original stars and stripes that inspired the words, that were put to music by John Stafford Smith? Answer: Mary Pickersgill.

Please see Day 1 for the explanation.

Friday, January 8, 2016

08 Jan, 2016: Day 29

Question 1:
What is the binomial name of the animal for which the FVGP provides sanctuary and rehabilitation? Answer: Gorilla gorilla gorilla.

We need to find out what the heck is FVGP. Putting FVGP into Google, out comes the The Fernan-Vaz Gorilla Project. It's a organization that shows gorillas in their wild state to tourists for a fee. The fees pay to protect them from the bush meat trade, etc. Look up gorilla in Wikipedia or try The Macaulay Library's Online Archive of Biodiversity Media at Cornell University and get the binomial name for the gorilla that way.

Question 2:
What is the birth name of the man interviewed by the chairman and CEO of OWN in the debut episode of "Next Chapter?” Answer: Steven Victor Tallarico.

Please see Day 5 for the explanation.

Question 3:
What British Queen watched and promoted a lacrosse game in 1867? Answer: Victoria.

Please see Day 13 for the explanation.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

07 Jan, 2016: Day 28

Question 1:
In what European capital can you view the city's first nude statue by Sir Richard Westmacott erected in 1822? Answer: London.

I'm not up on British Neoclassic sculptor, so no further comments. Plug into the search field sir richard westmacott statue 1822 for the answer, which contains images of his greater than life sized bronze "Achilles", in dedication to Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington.

Question 2:
The Curatorial Director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum authored a book describing 50 years of what rock band? Answer: The Rolling Stones.

Well, if it was neither The Rolling Stones or The Beatles this might have made for an interesting search. But I guessed The Rolling Stones, so there you go. Finding the answer without guessing: curator Rock and Roll Hall of Fame book will give results on Howard Kramer's passion, Rolling Stones : 50 years of rock.

Question 3:
In a famous King Crimson debut album cover, the character's terrified eyes are looking down towards what side of his body? Answer: Right.

Please see Day 3 for the explanation.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

06 Jan, 2016: Day 27

Question 1:
There are approximately 1 million ants for every how many people on the planet? Answer: 1.

One person per every 1 million ants. Yes, you got it right. Assuming were not the only ones who asked how many ants per person, the answers were fairly across-the-board. It's somewhere between 1.6 million and 1.4 million per person. If you're looking for 1 million ants it would be 0.625 and 0.714 of a person, respectively.

Spent some time trying to research this out, looking for different result and I didn't find any. So, I start plugging in numbers. Looking at the hint (Yes, I looked at the hint. As with another puzzle, mathematics is not my strong suit) I knew that I had 99 different combinations. The first one, being "1" worked.

What Google probably did was to round up to the nearest individual human unit. Knowing that we will be looking for either 1.6 million or 1.4 million they likely figured this was best. It's a trick question.

Question 2:
What player's status for the 2012 Super Bowl was questionable in January after he missed practice for the second day in a row due to an ankle injury? Answer: Rob Gronkowski.

Using 2012 Super Bowl ankle injury as the seed for the search, the search results will pull up information on the New England Patriots's tight end. Apparently he is a glutton for injury. His ankle was not the only infliction.

Question 3:
What is the name of the twin of the wife of the Super Bowl XXXVI MVP? Answer: Patricia.

This is a two-part question. First, we need to find the Super Bowl XXXVI's most valuable player (Super Bowl 36 mvp), who is cornerback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, Rob Gronkowski's teammate. Next, we have to find his wife and her twin sister. Looking at Tom Brady's Wikipedia entry we see that his wife is the supermodel Gisele Bündchen. Her younger twin sister is named Patrícia(Gisele Bündchen twin sister), but Google will insist that her name is Patricia.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

2 new project. 2#: Advanced Power Searching.

Google has search classes that teach practitioners how to effectively leverage the search engine. The two they offer is a basic search(called Power Searching with Google) and advanced search (Advanced Power Searching). After completing and submitting the modules if you were successful you were eligible for a certificate. Like A Google a Day, submission for credit involved using an automated service. It wasn't that hard or very complicated, except in trying to answer the question. The questions for the advanced search class could be very involved. I heard it was not unusual to spend an hour or two trying to come up with a sufficient answer.

I enrolled in the last "live" Advanced Power Searching class, but I was too involved in graduate school to fully take advantage of it. Like a lot of MOOC students I dropped out without trying. Shameful on my part, but I needed few distractions that semester and online advanced searching techniques might have proven to be my undoing. Though I had this idea that I would had a wonderful time.

For the next few weeks within A Google 365 Days I'm going to try answering those questions. If you follow this hyperlink it will drop you at the beginning of the tutorial, starting with the sample challenge. Because some of the challenges can be very time intensive I will post my answers with the search strategies every nine days starting next Wednesday(13 January, 2016 @ 12:00 EDT). That does not mean I will delay or forgo that days questions: I will try to do them both within the week. Again, the same rules apply to the Advanced Power Searching questions as A Google a Day, the answer is valid when there is a explanative search query attached. I encourage you to follow along and post your search strategies in the comments below.

05 Jan, 2016: Day 26

Question 1:
As a testament to its adaptability in urban areas, what kind of animal strolled into a popular sandwich shop in the Chicago Loop area in the spring of 2007? Answer: coyote.

This happens in mostly every major American city, a wild animal goes on a sightseeing stroll in the city or takes out time to shop at the mall. Let's see if we can find this occurrence. Let's use sandwich shop chicago loop 2007 to get web pages on this. Click on News for a news article on the event. "A coyote walks into a Chicago Quiznos and asks to order a sub...." Type Facebook Angry Birds launch country.

Question 2:
Who wrote the biggest hit of the performer who has five stars along Hollywood Boulevard? Answer: Johnny Marks.

This a two part question: who has five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and if the singer didn't write that hit song then who did? five stars hollywood walk of fame yields the talented star Gene Autry. Looking at his Wikipedia page for hit songs you'll find "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", one of two number one songs in his career. Wikipedia page for "Rudolph" states someone else wrote the song and that it was covered by Mr. Autry. The same information could be had by using "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" songwriter.

Question 3:
At what school did the man who was the great grandson of one president and the grandson of another president become a history professor in the 1870's? Answer: Harvard University.

For those who don't know there was one family in the U.S. that had two presidents in the 19th century, the Adams. A list of presidents will confirm that. Okay, having that information the search query would be: adams grandson great grandson university professor 1870. You'll get Henry Adams, and the school he taught at.

Monday, January 4, 2016

2 new project. 1#: Textphonic.

I started two new projects.

A Google 365 Days is not my first attempt with a blog. I had a number of blogs in the past and I never could keep up with him because I couldn't get myself in the right frame of mind to do it. Since I've been writing this one for the last month I thought seriously about reviving Textphonic, a blog the future of libraries post-Internet. A Google 365 Days is about how librarians find information on the open Internet using Google(strangely, not that much different from most other people). Textphonic is about opinions, dreams, fears and random musings about this undiscovered country(there's always more to experience, even if you spent your entire life online). It's related to that soul-searching by librarians, library patrons and the general public as to where as an institution do we go from here.

I been writing content for it all weekend. That's why I'm really super excited about it. I'm currently cleaning Textphonic up and getting it ready for a do over. If you go over there now you'll see it's somewhat of a mess. Old articles, lackluster design, it will be fixed soon enough. I humbly invite you to that little forum. More details later.

04 Jan, 2016: Day 25

Question 1:
In 2012, it was announced that the Facebook version of a popular App with pigs would be available on a February holiday, and launched in what country? Answer: Indonesia.

That you know, I couldn't answer the question without splitting it into two queries. First, what app was being launched in February 2012 that involved pigs: use February 2012 Facebook app launch pigs to get the news of Angry Birds' debut on the platform. Finally, we need to know what country it first made it appearance. Type Facebook Angry Birds launch country.

Question 2:
Who, while working as an apprentice compositor, wrote articles under the pseudonym "Aristides"? Answer: William Lloyd Garrison.

If you are wondering, the abolitionist and suffragist William Lloyd Garrison was a rather famous person for his day. You can find him by inputting into the search bar compositor articles pseudonym Aristides.

Question 3:
Which form of logic did George Boole introduce in the 19th century? Answer: Boolean logic.

Type George Boole into the search field to come up with the answer. Oh my, you are using boolean logic: George+Boole.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

03 Jan, 2016: Day 24

Question 1:
What left-handed outfielder, pinch-hitter and first baseman, with a colorful nickname, played his final game in September of 1963? Answer: Whitey Herzog.

This one required me to look at some reference websites to answer this. Okay first, I need a website that has stats of baseball players. Yea, I could use Wikipedia, except some of their information is going to be incomplete(like is a player left or right handed). Instead, let's use and have Google search it for the answer. Type left outfielder pinch-hitter and first baseman 1963 In the first page of search results there are two candidates: Whitey Herzog and Tito Francona. I tried the former, which ended it right there.

Question 2:
If the names of NASA's space shuttles are listed alphabetically, how many missions were flown by the fourth one on the list? Answer: 39.

I'm getting tired from my dig in class notes for sports reference sites. This time I'm going to use Wikipedia to answer this. You need a list of orbiters, finding any information will draw you to a general page: Space Shuttle orbiter. There you find a list of orbiters in sequence of construction: Enterprise, Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour. Going to the Wikipedia page of the correct orbiter and looking at the number of completed missions will give you an answer.

Question 3:
What poem title did T. S. Eliot say he created by combining the titles of a romance by William Morris with the title of a Rudyard Kipling poem? Answer: The Hollow Men.

Type TS Eliot poem William Morris title Rudyard Kipling into the search field. Now we have the title of this literary chimera.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

02 Jan, 2016: Day 23

Question 1:
At the time he was offered the role of Albert in "War Horse", what part did the actor say he was playing onstage? Answer: tree.

For clarification were talking about Steven Spielberg's film adaptation of War Horse. Now knowing the actor you could go to Wikipedia and get the answer lickety-split, but that's no fun. Try instead Jeremy Irvine interview theatre. In the first page of search results you'll see interviews for his time at the Royal Shakespeare Company playing the part of an elm.

Question 2:
ABCS helps students of anatomy recall what? Answer: aortic branches.

This took most of my time because I got sidetracked. Being an online researcher doesn't pay the bills as much as one would think, I was thinking about taking an EMT class. If you're interested you can go on a tangent with ABCS medic. Try instead abcs anatomy mnemonic. You'll find out when you know your ABC'S that means "Aortic arch gives rise to: Brachiocephalic trunk left Common Carotid left Subclavian." Now you know why doctors get paid so much.

Question 3:
From what kind of facility was the founder and leader of the Mormons escaping when he was shot and killed? Answer: jail.

Joseph Smith was the founder and leader of the Latter-Day Saint movement prior to his death at the hands of an angry mob. You can find out more information on this heinous crime of democracy by typing Joseph Smith death into the search field. Like a number of civil rights campaigners 120 years in the future jail can be a ugly place to escape a mob.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Just a New Year's note.

If you haven't noticed there is a points timer with A Google A Day. It shaves off points the longer it takes you to answer question. I don't like it and I won't post my tally on this page. There are a couple reasons why:

  • It turns an already an interesting game into a race. There are hundreds of ways to solve these questions. All of them are valid. But they do require patience and time. If you're so busy looking at how much time it took you to answer a question then you are distracted from how you answered the question.
  • The end results of playing A Google A Day is to gain familiarity with Google and its workings, making you an efficient Internet researcher. It is important to have a firm grasp on Internet searching considering that search engines have taken the place of ready reference in many libraries and other information institutions. It's like the difference between self-serve and full-service. Asking the librarian is full-service, going to the Internet is self-serve(for the most part you are taking the place of the librarian).
  • If you wanted to solve them circa 1993(when NCSA Mosaic came out), using physical reference materials, you very well could. It would be labor and time intensive, but it would be far more interesting than quickly coming up with the answers using a search engine. What if you played A Google A Day using Bing or DuckDuckGo? I was thinking about doing that for this blog, but I decided against it. People want know how I answer the question using Google./li>
Finally, I write this blog to help others in their Internet search techniques. I do expect comments and advice on other search methods. I don't say that I have all the answers, but I do look for answers. The joy is relating how I found what I found. It takes longer to write the article than it does to answer Google's questions(the longest time answering was 15 min.). May seem ridiculous, but as an information professional I'm trying to share that knowledge with you.

I hope this helps you out.

Cya in uptime, and happy New Year. 


01 Jan, 2016: Day 22

Question 1:
Who was the former municipal judge that became the source of criminal allegations against the 42nd U.S. President? Answer: David Hale.

What Google is talking about is the background to the Whitewater investigation. Look up Bill Clinton source criminal allegations judge. In the first page of search results you'll see mentioned the name of a Little Rock municipal judge that became the focus of the investigation.

Question 2:
Who initially starred as Miss Hannigan in the 1997 "20th Anniversary" revival of the musical that had run for nearly six years at the Alvin Theatre? Answer: Nell Carter.

Input in the search field Miss Hannigan 1997 20th anniversary. Listed on the first page of search results you'll see while the last roles played by the late Black singer and actress.

Question 3:
What 1803 U.S. Supreme Court case assessed the constitutionality of legislation passed by Congress? Answer: Marbury v. Madison.

admittedly, I got this off the bat. The court case establishes the concept of judicial review within the United States. Place 1803 Supreme Court constitutionality legislation into the search field. You will see within the first page of results the name of the case brought to the U.S. Supreme Court.