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Brain Celebri-teasers: Solution – Week #9

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Welcome back to Brain Celebri-teasers. It’s time to reveal the solution to our Week #9 puzzle:

Week #9
Category:Movies/TV
Difficulty:Hard
Clue:It’s not easy keeping up with these guys…
Answer:Harrison Ford &
Sean Connery
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s the Joneses – Henry and Henry, Jr. (a.k.a., Indiana). Each is famous for many other roles, but together they are famous for what many say was the best of the Indiana Jones movies. Originally, I had said it was hard to keep up with them, an allusion to the old cliche, but also to what I perceived to be the difficulty of the puzzle. Apparently, I misjudged another one. Ah well, c’est la vie. Still, at least we have a new winner in our midst!

The winner this week was Hilary!

After nine weeks, the standings are as follows:


PlayerPointsCorrect Answers
Mike86
Hilary31
Ilya27
Jeff Porten23
Suzanne21
Konstantin03
Jim01
Jason02
Harmon01

SPECIAL NOTICE: After much feedback from the various players, it seems that posting the puzzle early in the morning is giving an unfair advantage to those whose schedule allows them to read and respond first thing in the morning. So, in order to give everyone a fair shot, I’ll try posting the next few puzzles around midday on Monday, rather than early in the morning. I figure by midday, everyone will be settled in with some form of Internet access or another, and the competition can be more balanced. If it turns out that favors someone else, we’ll tweak it some more. Fair enough?

Thanks for playing, everyone! Remember to check back on Monday for next week’s puzzle!

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To follow, but never to lead…

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

OK, the social media revolution is complete. I joined Twitter.

<rationale>
I’ve been reading too many articles lately in which some newswire is relaying news – typically celebrity news – based on what the celebrity in question has just tweeted. So, I figure, why not use Twitter as the news source it has become? I do not ever intend to tweet (I’m already on Facebook, and I honestly can’t see a reason to be on both, unless I’m caught in a real life, hashtag-worthy event…). Rather, I plan to use Twitter as a kind of “Facebook of the Stars,” in which I can read about what various celebrities are telling the world without having to catch up on them through E! Online or Yahoo! Gossip or some other aggregator that has worked an exclamation point into their name.
</rationale>

So, at the advice of a friend, I googled “Most Twitter Followers,” which led me to this site – a list of the one thousand most popular tweeters. Of the thousand I found there, I “followed” 59 people. Here they are, sorted in order from most followers to least:

1) Lady Gaga21) Al Yankovic41) Hugh Jackman
2) Justin Bieber22) Larry King42) David Blaine
3) Britney Spears23) Wil Wheaton43) Drew Carey
4) Barack Obama24) Lindsay Lohan44) Lea Michele
5) Kim Kardashian25) Penn Jillette45) Miranda Cosgrove
6) Katy Perry26) Bill Cosby46) Craig Ferguson
7) Ellen DeGeneres27) Dalai Lama47) John Hodgman
8) Taylor Swift28) Brent Spiner48) William Shatner
9) Oprah Winfrey29) Alyssa Milano49) Steve Martin
10) Justin Timberlake30) Kevin Nealon50) Sarah Palin
11) Ashley Tisdale31) Nick Swisher51) Seth Meyers
12) Ryan Seacrest32) Yoko Ono52) Tina Fey
13) Paris Hilton33) Sarah Silverman53) Roger Ebert
14) Demi Moore34) Neil Patrick Harris54) Bill Maher
15) Jimmy Fallon35) John Cleese55) Joan Rivers
16) John Legend36) Dr. Phil56) Pamela Anderson
17) Al Gore37) Barbara Walters57) Miley Cyrus
18) Conan O’Brien38) WikiLeaks58) Jessica Simpson
19) Dr. Drew39) Michael Moore59) Howard Stern
20) Stephen Colbert40) Kathy Griffin

In terms of actual entertainment, I am fans of some of these folks and not of others, but they all looked like they might produce interesting tweets, which was my only criteria here (and thus concludes the story of how a Twitter user came to follow both Michael Moore and Sarah Palin on the same day. If only I had a way to share this exciting news with everyone I know. Oh yeah, that’s right: Facebook).

Anyway, first impressions of Twitter as news source:



Yeah – this is gonna get weird fast…

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