Today’s Trivia

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Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?

 

Will Smith trained so hard for I, Robot that he could bench 385 lb – or about 175kg. For perspective this is more than your average All Black. (source)

 

The individual having granted the most ‘wishes’ for the Make-A-Wish foundation is professional wrestler John Cena. (source)

 

There are currently at least (depending on record keeping) 6 people still kicking around who were born prior to 1900. (source)

 

Once again showing us all how it’s done – the cheese-eating surrender monkeys have banned beauty pageants for kids under 16 years old. Holding an event is punishable by up to 2 yrs in prison. Simple at that! (source)

 

Seinfeld, one of the least edgy comedians of the 90’s, was able to include a suicide joke in his routine that probably wouldn’t make it on TV today, and would probably result in some sort of social media driven ‘boycott’. I miss the 90’s, even Friends was better than the rubbish they’re serving up today.  (LINKS TO VIDEO source)

 


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  • Nechtan

    “Do not go gentle into that good night” A Dylan Thomas poem is in the Interstellar movie and was also narrated by John Cena to promote WWE 2K15??

  • knight

    Will Smith was also in After Earth that had wormholes, space travel, and Earth abandoned by enviromental collapse.

  • Uptheante

    Will smith did a remix of Black Hole Sun in Wild Wild West

    • James Howlett

      Wow. Just wow. You know how I know that this is terrible? I just looked for it on youtube and it’s not there. It is so bad that there is no trace of it on youtube and in fact the whole internet has very little record of this horrible remix. I’ll give you a bonus point for sharing this weird fact with the group, and may god have mercy on your soul.

      • Uptheante

        Very secret recording, or utter crap.

  • Gourmet

    Will smith is going to star in a movie call suicide

  • david W

    Interstellar has that time dilation stuff caused by the black hole, so they didn’t age as everyone back home did – link to #3 were almost all people live less than 100 years.

  • Michael

    Isaac Asimov wrote “Collapsing Universe – the story of black holes” as well as “I, Robot”. Link to 1.

    • James Howlett

      Nicely played Michael – you’re on the right track with the item and the Asimov connection but I’m looking for something another step or two removed…

  • AF

    Sorry in advance for the long post but I really feel I should know this, having read and liked a lot of Asimov’s books, although I am probably hamstrung by not having seen or liked much of Will Smith’s works. My thoughts:

    As previously mentioned : “Rings of Saturn” as photographed was a book authored by Isaac Asimov, who also wrote “I, Robot” – Link to #1 {I think too obvious, but no per James’ post}

    The attempts below all attempt to link Saturn and/or its pictured moon, to either Will Smith or the I Robot film (per item 1) or to people involved in that film in some way, shape or form or loosely connected in some other way…..

    Attempt 2 : The Saturn Moon featured is most probably “Titan”, Will Smith is also considered a “Titan” in the acting world as was Isaac Asimov in the world of sci-fi literature. {I know, lame!}

    Attempt 3 : the author of “The Rings of Saturn”, Isaac Asimov, was a biochemist and one of his literary works, “I Robot”, was turned into a film where the lead actor, Will Smith, played a virologist in another film (I Am Legend), where virology is a branch of biochemistry. {what a toxic mouthful!}

    Attempt 4 : the author of “The Rings of Saturn” was Isaac Asimov. Will Smith not only starred in “I Robot” (also loosely based on a book by Asimov of the same name) but also another science fiction movie “I am Legend” which was based on a book by Richard Matheson. Steven Spielberg, a director of multiple sci-fi movies, considered Matheson and Asimov to be 2 of the 3 best authors of science fiction with the 3rd being Bradbury. {a tenuous link I know; FYI Bradbury is not Martyn/Martin Bradbury and although his work is considered fiction, it is not scientific}

    Attempt 5 : something to do with “Prometheus” being both a moon of Saturn (as pictured) and maybe the star of Prometheus (the film) is joining Will Smith (link to number 1) in a new sci-fi film “Brilliance” {is the answer also “brilliant”?}

    Attempt 6 : The author of the book “Rings of Saturn” also wrote other books such as “I Robot” and detective stories including “The Black Widowers” – in the movie “I Robot” Will Smith played a detective {I got two slugs in me, 1 lead and the other bourbon….}

    Attempt 7 : Will Smith won a Saturn award in one of his other sci-fi films, I Am Legend, which coincidentally starts with the same word being “I”. {with all the other tenuous links about biochemistry & Spielberg’s favourite authors}

    Attempt 8 : the rings of Saturn are made of primarily ice and dust, Will Smith’s singing career is comparable to that of another Ice, first name Vanilla {and both singing careers were as bland as vanilla….ba ba boom!}

    Enough already…..

    • James Howlett

      Wow – you’re well up on Asimov compared to me – the link was via the potential Foundation series on HBO. I have no idea how they’ll get it all on film and make it watchable but I’m looking forward to it!

      • AF

        Righto – I missed that. Incidentally Asimov won the Hugo award for his Foundation series, which I have only read about 50 times! It would make an amazing series but my fear is that it will be Hollywoodised like ‘I Robot’ – where it is the same in name, and that’s about it, but I too look forward to it nonetheless! Have you read the Foundation series?

        Whilst it was written many moons ago, it is still very forward thinking with its technology, methods of problem resolution, genetic mutations, alternative societies, doesn’t rely on any fancy “tricks” to solve situations (like time travel) and furthermore it is somewhat allegorical in its treatment of an empire, in that it rots from the inside out and from the periphery inwards.

        Whilst the original series was only 3 books, there was a prologue and some subsequent books which tied up the loose ends. The original 3 books were actually a collection of short stories that were woven into one very long series. Another factoid is Asimov’s favourite publisher was none other than John Campell (of Astounding Magazine, not Campbell Live).

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