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Postby MCC » Tue Feb 13, 2007 10:37 am

mikejapan wrote:They are all Presidents is true but not the answer I want.

Was it Homer Simpson?

As it's the next day here in Japan I'll post the next five names.

Albert Einstein
Ernest Hemingway
Walt Disney
Helen Keller
Benjamin Franklin

Is it that they are all dead:?:

No, it's not Homer Simpson.


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Postby mikejapan » Tue Feb 13, 2007 3:01 pm

Nice try MCC but no cylindrical smoking device.

Here are ten more names;

Vincent Van Gogh
Galileo
Frank Lloyd Wright
Thomas Edison
Charlie Chaplin
Woody Allen
James Joyce
Oscar Wilde
George Bernard Shaw
George Orwell

Although I could go on and on, I'll post another 10 names tomorrow then a big clue (otherwise I could be here until Christmas)
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Postby MCC » Tue Feb 13, 2007 4:52 pm

mikejapan wrote:Abraham Lincoln
James Maddison
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
William Howard Taft
Albert Einstein
Ernest Hemingway
Walt Disney
Helen Keller
Benjamin Franklin
Vincent Van Gogh
Galileo
Frank Lloyd Wright
Thomas Edison
Charlie Chaplin
Woody Allen
James Joyce
Oscar Wilde
George Bernard Shaw
George Orwell

Is it to do with their sexual orientation:?:

Have they been:
Lawfully detained:?:
Arrested:?:
Put in prison:?:

Have had films made about their lives:?:

Their image has appeared on U.S. coinage:?:

Their image has appeared on U.S. stamps:?:

They've had patents issued to them:?:

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Postby mikejapan » Wed Feb 14, 2007 12:57 am

MCC, ten out of ten for effort, but you're not there yet.
Maybe the following 10 names will give you a hint. (These are some of the obvious ones)

Karl Marx
John Lennon
Charles Darwin
Napolean
Sigmund Freud
Frank Zappa
Marilyn Manson
Leo Tolstoy
Stephen Hawking
Me

A further hint;

Time-Life had a list of the 100 most influential people of the millenium. Of the 100, my source states that 19 were this. Also that 5 of the top ten were this. (I assume my source is correct because it also provides quotes etc. from each person backing up their position)
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Postby jimbob » Wed Feb 14, 2007 9:51 am

Left handed?
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Postby MCC » Wed Feb 14, 2007 12:10 pm

List of famous left-handed people.


wiki wrote:"Disappearing" left-handers.
Statistics show that older people are less likely to be left-handed than their younger counterparts — the percentages of left-handed people sharply drop off with increased age. In America, 12% of 20 year olds are left-handed, while only 5% of 50 year olds and less than 1% of people over 80 are.

This could be worrying, either left-handers die younger than their right-handed peers or else most left-handers emigrate.


How about colour blindness:?:


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Postby mikejapan » Wed Feb 14, 2007 4:06 pm

I'm currently reading the excellent "God Delusion" and was intrigued by the folowing 1999 Gallup Poll;

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I couldn't think of many atheists, so I googled "famous atheists" and found the following site;

http://www.wonderfulatheistsofcfl.org/Quotes.htm

Now I am assuming the quotes are genuine (if they're aren't I'm going
to look a bit silly). All the people I listed here (obviously with the exception of me) appear in this site. So what they have in common
is that they are/were at some pont in their lives, anti-God, anti-Church, anti-bible, or anti-religion.
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Postby Bigtone53 » Wed Feb 14, 2007 4:18 pm

wiki wrote:
"Disappearing" left-handers.
Statistics show that older people are less likely to be left-handed than their younger counterparts — the percentages of left-handed people sharply drop off with increased age. In America, 12% of 20 year olds are left-handed, while only 5% of 50 year olds and less than 1% of people over 80 are.


If a snap-shot of left-handedness shows that the percentages of left-handers drops off according to age, does this not suggest that we are producing a higher proportion of left-handers these days (ie among the young) than before? So they are not disappearing but expanding!

If I have got this wrong, blame the jetlag.
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Postby MCC » Wed Feb 14, 2007 5:38 pm

Bigtone53 wrote:...If a snap-shot of left-handedness shows that the percentages of left-handers drops off according to age, does this not suggest that we are producing a higher proportion of left-handers these days (ie among the young) than before? So they are not disappearing but expanding!

This is also true, that's statistics for you.

It all depends on the pecentage of the population born left-handed each year/decade, if this has been constant, say over the last century, then left-handers are dying younger or more prone to emigrating.
If the percentage has been increasing linearly each year/decade, then the previous wiki quote has no real significance.


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Postby udosuk » Thu Feb 15, 2007 4:51 am

MCC wrote:Which Simpson became president:?:

Lisa Simpson

Apparently she'd be "the first straight female US President", having defeated Chastity Bono, the daughter of Sonny & Cher... So the writers of that show obviously think that Hillary Clinton is going to lose, or she might turn out to be "not straight" later...
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Postby MCC » Thu Feb 15, 2007 11:02 am

I forgot about Lisa Simpson becoming President.

Because Mike had American Presidents in his first list my question was related to them.
In fact the "Who" I was thinking of was:
Ulysses S(impson) Grant.


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Postby Smythe Dakota » Sat Feb 17, 2007 7:58 pm

Returning to left-handedness, another possibility exists. Decades ago, left-handers in school were often forced to write right-handed, to "fit in" better with society. So many of the apparently right-handed octogenarians may actually be closet left-handers.

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Postby underquark » Sat Feb 17, 2007 9:03 pm

I'm ambisinistrous.
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Postby ronk » Sat Feb 17, 2007 9:10 pm

underquark wrote:I'm ambisinistrous.

Glad there was a dictionary handy. For a minute there, I thought it might be a Brutus-like tendency.:)
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Postby Smythe Dakota » Sun Feb 18, 2007 2:46 pm

ronk wrote:.... Glad there was a dictionary handy. ....

"Ambisinistrous" is in the dictionary?!

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