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Brain Celebri-teasers: Solution – Practice Round #2

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Welcome back to Brain Celebri-teasers. It’s time to reveal the answer to this, our second practice round before the contest begins in earnest in 2011.

Practice Week #2
Difficulty: Easy
Clue:Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good (and clear) night
Answer:Santa Claus &
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
OK, so this was a little cheesy (and a little claymated). But what do you expect? It’s just a practice round. The real fun starts next week. ;-)

Under normal circumstances, this is where I’d post the winner’s name and the current standings, but since last week’s game included an immediate answer reveal, and this week is still practice, we’re not keeping score just yet.

But next week, it’s on. Oh yeah, it’s on…

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Brain Celebri-teasers: Practice Round #2

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Welcome back to Brain Celebri-teasers. This is the second of two practice rounds before the contest begins in earnest in 2011. Here’s this week’s puzzle:

Practice Week #2
Difficulty: Easy
Clue:Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good (and clear) night

This week, we’ll follow the normal pattern of revealing the answer on Thursday, so you have 3-4 days to guess. Put your answer in the comments section – first comment (by timestamp) wins.

Good luck, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to everybody!

Now that the contest is over, you can click here to see the answer.

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Unlikely Twins, Part XXXIII

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

December 21st shows us that your birthday certainly doesn’t determine how many people like you:

Ray Romano,
Everybody Loved Raymond…
Joseph Stalin,
Nobody Liked Joseph…

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Announcing Brain Celebri-teasers!

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen, an announcement: I’ve finally found a way to combine my desire to get better at Photoshop with my goal of posting regular updates to my blog. In other words, I’m starting a web contest!

The contest is called Brain Celebri-teasers and here’s how it works:

Early on each Monday in 2011, I will post a picture which combines two famous faces. The people involved will be drawn (no pun intended) from one of four categories: Politics, Movies/TV, Sports, or Music. Each week, I will announce the category, the difficulty level (Easy, Medium, Hard) and provide a brief clue. Readers will be asked to post their answers in the comments section on that post, and the first comment (as determined by timestamp) will be declared that week’s winner. The winner will receive one point for answering an easy puzzle, two points for a medium puzzle, and three points for a hard puzzle. Standings will be kept and a winner will be announced at the end of the year.

To make it a little more convenient, I will put a page break in the post just after the picture, so if you come directly to I Should Be Sleeping each Monday, you won’t be in danger of reading someone else’s answer in the comments. RSS readers will also be well protected. If you’re coming from elsewhere (e.g., from Facebook), though, you’ll just have to control yourself and not look at others’ answers while you’re thinking about your own (I recommend strategic use of the scroll bars).

Of course, just because there are answers down there doesn’t mean they’re right! I will announce the answer and that week’s winner on each Thursday, so I encourage everyone to play even after the guesses start to roll in. Heck – there are no prizes involved here, so playing is just as much fun even if you don’t win, right?

Anyway, seeing as how today is Monday, let’s do an example (I’ll post another example next Monday as well, and then we’ll be into the real contest after the New Year). Here we go:

Practice Week #1
Category: Politics
Difficulty: Easy
Clue: This couple made big news organizing the community of Washington, DC

Got your guess? Ready to post to the comments section? OK, great – click through the break to see the answer (since this is a practice round, I’ll reveal the answer right away. Normally, you’d have to wait until Thursday).

Read the rest of this entry »

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Unlikely Twins, Part XXXII

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Here are two December 13th birthdays who are as different as, well, as black and white:

Christopher Plummer
Perhaps the whitest singer in history
Jamie Foxx,
Musically speaking, a photo negative of Christopher Plummer

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Metrodome Collapses – Indoor Video

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Check out this video of the Metrodome in Minneapolis collapsing from INSIDE THE STADIUM:

Thankfully no one was hurt. The Vikings/Giants football game, originally scheduled for today, was moved to tomorrow, and then moved to tomorrow at Fords Field in Detroit, MI. I would imagine that quite a few Vikings games will have to find alternative venues for a while – this does not look like an easy problem to fix.

(Hat tip to Lee Salz, my roving Minneapolis reporter for sending me the link.)

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Unlikely Twins, Part XXXI

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

It’s a good thing several centuries separated these two. I couldn’t imagine them at the same birthday party each December 8th…

Mary, Queen of Scotts,
“My Dear, I Do Say…”
Sam Kinison,
“SAY IT!! SAY IT!!!!!!!!

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80′s and 90′s TV Stars take on “We are the World,” Beatles style

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

There is apparently a TV show in Norway called Gylne Tider, which translates to “Golden Times.” They interview celebrities who were popular some time ago, and catch up on their lives. This is the promo for the show, which includes about fifty stars from the 80′s and 90′s singing the Beatles Let It Be:

Go ahead – pick out your favorite, “Oh my, look at how old he/she looks!” person. Mine is Kelly McGillis, who is fifty-three years old, according to IMDB, but looks, to me anyway, like she’s in her sixties or seventies.

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