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by fool_by_compulsion
Mon Apr 09, 2007 10:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Where is everyone going next year?
Replies: 20
Views: 6305

Goucher College for me -- which unfortunately, does not have a quiz bowl team. I may start one but I'm not sure I have the patience... According to Financial Times, the acceptance rates at most US colleges is going to be reported at historic lows though with a caveat that more students are applying ...
by fool_by_compulsion
Fri Mar 30, 2007 2:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Identify the bad movie quote OR abuse the previous user
Replies: 78
Views: 29863

Ding ding! We have a winner! Maybe since it's MST3K it's more of a meta-quote than a real quote... kinda like the American/Coven thing. The movie featured in the MST3K feature movie was "This Island Earth," an absolutely horrible flick, though admittedly not as bad as some of the pictures sporked b...
by fool_by_compulsion
Mon Mar 26, 2007 7:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: WJIAT (3/24) @ Walter Johnson HS (Bethesda,MD)
Replies: 36
Views: 11876

Hey, man, don't be knocking the Star Trek...if I had my way, my whole team would use Star Trek pseudonyms, but they always stop me and I end up using my boring old real name...*sigh* What's the use of being a geek if you don't get to show it off? Well-run tournament overall -- I had a good time and ...
by fool_by_compulsion
Tue Mar 20, 2007 7:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 314011

Recently, a question mentioned a character being involved in a robbery with Bill Sykes. Unfortunately, my first thought was of the horse-stealing Bill Ferny from The Fellowship of the Ring and I spent my entire five seconds trying to figure out who might have been involved in that robbery with him. ...
by fool_by_compulsion
Sat Mar 10, 2007 10:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Identify the bad movie quote OR abuse the previous user
Replies: 78
Views: 29863

Santa With Muscles. Hulk Hogan is Santa Claus. Not a promising premise, some would say. And some would be right.

"Your guess is as good as mine, Larry. But one thing's sure- Inspector Clay's dead. Murdered. And somebody's responsible!"

A classic of the modern American cinema.
by fool_by_compulsion
Sat Jan 13, 2007 6:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 314011

Today at TJ:

A Study in Scarlet for Slaughterhouse Five
by fool_by_compulsion
Sun Dec 24, 2006 10:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Stock phrases
Replies: 34
Views: 14090

Austrian diplomat/foreign minister for Metternich. I could have sworn not too many years in the past hearing a "This Austrian diplomat ...." and having it come up "Waldheim" ..... See, I, on hearing "Austrian diplomat," would be thinking Waldheim long before I thought Metternich, but maybe that's j...
by fool_by_compulsion
Fri Dec 22, 2006 5:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Stock phrases
Replies: 34
Views: 14090

Disappointed office-seeker. Charles Guiteau shoots Garfield. I've never seen him described any other way.
by fool_by_compulsion
Wed Dec 06, 2006 7:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Last Great Auk
Replies: 11
Views: 4546

What the hAUK?
by fool_by_compulsion
Fri Dec 01, 2006 5:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 314011

At practice two days ago:

Coach: (Some NASA probe) recently arrived in orbit around what closest star to the Earth?

Me: *buzzes, enthusiastically* Alpha Centauri!

My teammates nearly had a fight about who got to smack me upside the head.
by fool_by_compulsion
Tue Nov 07, 2006 10:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Worst Question EVER...
Replies: 92
Views: 32338

SAME tournament ....top teams in the nation need only apply here: "Name the herb that is the reverse of the author of "The Stranger". (and no one in the ten seconds could write down, "Camus" and turn the letters around to spell "Sumac" .... no one even TRIED to ring in! My parents have a picture ha...
by fool_by_compulsion
Thu Oct 12, 2006 3:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 314011

Correct answer: Mount Suribachi
Answer given: Pork Chop Hill

Wrong war...dooooh. Had not gotten enough sleep the night before. :razz:
by fool_by_compulsion
Sun Oct 08, 2006 11:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/Metro area 2006-07
Replies: 111
Views: 42316

Stuyvesant was an intimidating team to play -- very intense, though they did neg a lot. When we played them, they balanced their negs with enough buzzes to pull it out, but I'm not surprised to hear that that's what worked against them. RichMo A was very strong when we played them in the quarterfina...
by fool_by_compulsion
Sun Oct 01, 2006 12:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 06-07 It's Academic TV Show
Replies: 33
Views: 17769

Good old random draw, I suppose. Now as long as Blake isn't in that same semifinal group too.... I don't think we are...I'm not positive -- I'll have to go back and look at the bracket listings on Tuesday but if my memory serves I think we're not in the same one. Blake won its first round match. Do...
by fool_by_compulsion
Mon Sep 25, 2006 4:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/Metro area 2006-07
Replies: 111
Views: 42316

Re: UMD Fall Tournament

Djibouti wrote:Our "B" team was also definitely impressed by Blake (for what it's worth, they said they seemed better than Maggie Walker).
Haha...thanks for the compliment but I can't say I agree. :razz: Congrats to Maggie Walker -- you guys were great.
by fool_by_compulsion
Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 314011

From a teammate yesterday during afterschool practice: Question: (Something about the ship that brought it over in pieces as a gift from France in 1886) Teammate: *buzzes in confidently* Yeah, the Eiffel Tower. *pause* Oh. Wait... The answer was, of course, the Statue of Liberty. A good time was had...
by fool_by_compulsion
Wed Jul 26, 2006 8:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 314011

This wasn't exactly a neg, as I didn't actually buzz, just said it, but I still thought it was funny.

"Julius Caesar held during his reign what two-word honorific title, currently used by Benedict XVI?" (looking for Pontificus Maximus)

Me: (after some thought) "The Pope"?
by fool_by_compulsion
Tue Jun 27, 2006 10:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Deferring on bonuses
Replies: 10
Views: 4843

My policy on deferring sometimes ends up being that any time my teammate sounds more sure than I do on a topic that is not my strongest (usually history) -- even if I know what they're saying and how to pronounce it -- I may dish it off to them just because of the fear that I might somehow screw it ...
by fool_by_compulsion
Sun Jun 18, 2006 3:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Aggressiveness
Replies: 17
Views: 7606

I think that age/experience should not be the determining factor -- if you know the answer, you know it regardless of how long you've been with the team. Fourth players are not there just to fill up empty space -- ideally you want them participating as well. On the other hand, usually the captain or...
by fool_by_compulsion
Sun Jun 11, 2006 10:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Aggressiveness
Replies: 17
Views: 7606

[1] Consider your role on the team. If you're the team's only strong literature person and there's a literature question which you think is about Hemingway, you may as well be aggressive and try for it. I take issue with this point. When a person knows an answer, they should not be hindered by "sub...
by fool_by_compulsion
Sat Jun 10, 2006 5:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Aggressiveness
Replies: 17
Views: 7606

I think it does depend in some ways on what format you're discussing -- in non-pyramidal, speedball rounds with predictable timing/structure, you can often feel free to hit the buzzer because you *know* that the easy clue is going to be there even when you haven't heard it. I count the D.C. area "It...
by fool_by_compulsion
Fri Jun 09, 2006 3:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Online practice
Replies: 9
Views: 4705

Hmmm...these AIM pracs sound like fun. My parents will probably shoot me for starting something else that will keep me on the computer even MORE but...I DON'T CARE. Bwahahaha...

Anyway, yeah, I'll probably be getting in touch with you if I happen to run into you online, DumbJaques (Chris Ray, yes?).
by fool_by_compulsion
Fri Jun 09, 2006 3:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/Metro area 2006-07
Replies: 111
Views: 42316

Blake HS will be returning its top three starters next year. I don't know whether Whitman is graduating most of its A-Team or not but I remember that their B Team was quite impressive at the UMD tournament last month or whenever it was (it's exam time, my brain is switched off completely... :razz: )...