Saturday, December 31, 2016

Roll Over, Lady MacBeth — The Famous Line Should Be "Out, Damned -Spot- 2016!"

No better way to say au revoir to the most miserable year in memory than a Pop Quiz! Today's Quizmaster is the NY Fishwrap's Krait. (For newbies, The Krait (explanation of this blog's nom de plume here) is actually one of the NY Fishwrap's opinionators — Gail Collins.) The Answer Key follows Q13, but no dishonesty — even though it's the last day of 2016. If this is a (fair & balanced) farewell to the worst year in memory, so be it.

[x NY Fishwrap]
Year’s End Quiz
By The Krait (Gail Collins)

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Happy almost New Year! Wow, we’ve been through a lot. Let’s take a look back on 2016 and see how much of the silliness you remember. We’re not going to talk about Hillary. Too sad. But here’s an end-of-the-year quiz about:


It’s been a long year for Chris Christie, but he made history when…

A) The National Governors Association voted him “Least Likely to Succeed.”

B) A Quinnipiac poll in New Jersey showed his job disapproval rating at 77 percent.

C) He did the tango on “Dancing With the Stars.”

2. Ted Cruz said that when his wife, Heidi, became first lady

A) “She’ll put prayer back in the prayer breakfast.”

B) “Michelle Obama’s garden will become a croquet court.”

C) “French fries are coming back to the cafeteria.”

3. Marco Rubio’s ad about how “It’s Morning Again in America” made news because

A) It was an excellent depiction of why he is truly a Reagan conservative.

B) It was filmed in a way that made Rubio appear to be more than six feet tall.

C) It opened with a shot of the Vancouver skyline.

4. In a debate, Ben Carson said that when a president vets potential Supreme Court nominees, he should consider

A) “How they’d look in the group picture.”

B) “The fruit salad of their life.”

C) “Legal things.”


This year Rick Perry, Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of energy …

A) Lost the paso doble competition to Vanilla Ice on “Dancing With the Stars.”

B) Came up with some new ideas for combating global warming.

C) Said his earlier reference to Trump’s campaign as “a barking carnival act” was simply “one of my ‘oops’ moments.”

6. Retired Gen. Jim Mattis, Trump’s selection for secretary of defense, is nicknamed

A) Mad Dog.

B) Cranky Corgi.

C) Sullen Setter.

7. Linda McMahon, Trump’s pick to head the Small Business Administration, has known the president-elect a long time. McMahon’s husband, Vince, once paired with Trump in

A) A professional wrestling production in which Trump shaved off McMahon’s hair.

B) A Build-the-Wall golf match in which they tried to see who could hit the most balls into Mexico.

C) A public service announcement warning young men about steroid abuse.

8. Trump’s choice for labor secretary, Andrew Puzder, is a fast-food franchise baron who once said

A) “Vegetables are much more dangerous than people realize.”

B) “I like beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis. I think it’s very American.”

C) “Everybody has a minimum wage. Mine just happens to be $1 million a year.”


Trump won the Electoral College by one of the lowest margins in American history, and got nearly three million votes fewer than Hillary Clinton. Afterward, he referred to his victory as …

A) “God’s will.”

B) “A gift from the founding fathers.”

C) “A landslide.”

10. In a TV interview, Trump said that when he looks in the mirror he sees

A) “Orange skin.”

B) “Fantastic hair.”

C) “A person that is 35 years old.”

11. Trump said he didn’t need a daily intelligence briefing because

A) “I’m, like, a smart person.”

B) “The C.I.A. is out to get me.”

C) “Putin’s people give me plenty of information.”

12. Trump’s doctor, who wrote the famous letter declaring Trump would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” gave an interview in which he said it had never occurred to him that Trump, at 70, would be the oldest president-elect. But he added

A) “70 is the new 41.”

B) “If something happens to him, then it happens to him. … That’s why we have a vice president and a speaker of the House and a whole line of people. They can just keep dying.”

C) “Bronzer keeps you young.”


In a Seattle suburb, Dane Gallion was so unnerved by stories of mass shootings that he armed himself before going to see the movie “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” Watching the film with a handgun tucked into his waistband, Gallion

A) Became a hero when a disturbed man waving a rifle walked into the auditorium.

B) Became a hero when he stopped an armed robbery at the snack bar.

C) Accidentally shot the woman sitting in front of him.

Answer Key (No Cheating!)
1. B
2. C
3. C
4. B
5. A
6. A
7. A
8. B
9. C
10. C
11. A
12. B
13. C ###

[Gail Collins joined the New York Times in 1995 as a member of the editorial board and later as an op-ed columnist. In 2001 she became the first woman ever appointed editor of the Times editorial page. At the beginning of 2007, she took a leave in order to complete America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines. Collins returned to the Times as a columnist in July 2007. She received a BA (journalism) from Marquette University and an MA (government) from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Gail Collins’s newest book is As Texas Goes...: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda (2012).]

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