A Little Silliness

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It’s Thanksgiving Week, the week in which we’re supposed to be contemplating our blessings and looking forward to sharing food and togetherness with family and friends.  What really happens is that those of us who are cooking are stressing for days over what to make and how to schedule it all so everything that needs oven time gets it, and working out the logistics of seating 12 adults and 7 children down to dinner in a 1500 square foot house.  People who aren’t cooking might be travelling, which opens up a whole different set of stresses involving arriving at the airport in time to get through security and make your plane, or mapping out the most direct interstate route without getting caught in the worst traffic jam known to humanity.  And then, of course, many of you (who in my opinion must be out of your everloving minds) are plotting and planning your Black Friday shopping adventures.  Add to all that the normal pressures of writing and rewriting that we’re all engaged in (because writing rarely takes a holiday), and the screaming begins.  In other words, it’s pretty crazy up in here this week, so I’m throwing out the seriousness and having a little fun today. 

For those of you who remember the heyday of Livejournal, there’s a community called the LiveJournal Daily Quiz, which is neither daily nor actually a quiz, but stick with me for a second.  Once every other week, the zany quizmasters of the LJDQ post six questions which have a theme, sort of.  Now you can answer the questions straight up, but that’s not really fun, is it?  The idea of the LJDQ is “Smart is easy – funny is hard.”  In other words, see if you can’t come up with an answer that makes the quizmasters laugh.  (Feel free to check out the original LJDQ if you’re still not sure how this ought to work.) 

For those of you who are up to your elbows in pumpkin pie goop or camping out in front of the nearest Best Buy in hopes of buying the advertised 90″ television for $50 (here’s a hint – there’s only one, and it’s in the Best Buy in Napakiak, Alaska), couldn’t you use a laugh?  So read the questions, come up with your best funny answers, and let’s laugh together!

1. Name the song and the singer:

And livin’ in the bell tower like that,
they got a lot of room downstairs where the pews used to be.  
Havin’ all that room, seein’ as how they took out all the pews,
they decided that they didn’t have to take out their garbage
for a long time.

2. Tisquantum (aka Squanto) was a Patuxet man who’s commonly believed to have done what for the Plymouth colonists?

3. What is a turkey twizzler?

4. What common internet joke was played on the Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends float in the 2008 Macy’s parade?

5. Dorcas Reilly led the team that originally created what?

6.  What do you hope to be thankful for this time next year?

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19 comments to A Little Silliness

  • 1. Name the song and the singer:

    And livin’ in the bell tower like that,
    they got a lot of room downstairs where the pews used to be.
    Havin’ all that room, seein’ as how they took out all the pews,
    they decided that they didn’t have to take out their garbage
    for a long time.

    I know this one. You know, because I’m old. And because I have a basement. And I throw stuff down it for the Hubby to recycle. I really do. And I’m not even named Alice.

    2. Tisquantum (aka Squanto) was a Patuxet man who’s commonly believed to have done what for the Plymouth colonists? — Started the American overeating lifestyle.

    3. What is a turkey twizzler? — A new line dance for people so stuffed on Thanksgiving Day food that all they can d is turn in a circle.

    4. What common internet joke was played on the Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends float in the 2008 Macy’s parade? The imaginary float?

    5. Dorcas Reilly led the team that originally created what? Plesae tell me she wasn’t the mother of certain TV FOX commentator.

    6. What do you hope to be thankful for this time next year? World Peace. A pipe dream, I know. And, is a pipe dream what you dream after smoking a pipe with some of that whacky weed that Alice liked so much?

  • 1. Name the song and the singer:

    And livin’ in the bell tower like that,
    they got a lot of room downstairs where the pews used to be.
    Havin’ all that room, seein’ as how they took out all the pews,
    they decided that they didn’t have to take out their garbage
    for a long time.

    The Church Pews by Quasimodo. He wrote it after a very bad binge on beans, spicy chili, and fizzy soda. The only spelling he knew was pew, so he used that version of the spelling. The song didn’t do very well on the charts. It kinda stank.

    2. Tisquantum (aka Squanto) was a Patuxet man who’s commonly believed to have done what for the Plymouth colonists?

    He introduced Tisquantum physics to them, I think. It allowed them to create Plymouth Mercury, a product they used to make the first tinfoil hats to keep the aliens from reading their thoughts.

    3. What is a turkey twizzler?

    Ew, I’ve had those. They’re gross. I don’t recommend them. Stick with the strawberry ones.

    4. What common internet joke was played on the Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends float in the 2008 Macy’s parade?

    They got http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0

    5. Dorcas Reilly led the team that originally created what?

    Dorks.

    6. What do you hope to be thankful for this time next year?

    More than this year… Or that I made it through another year without dying in a freak elevator accident involving a stuffed velociraptor, a micro-fissure in the space-time continuum, and an embarrassing compromising position with a stay-puft marshmallow man doll.

  • Oh my goodness, I love you guys!!

  • Or…am I the only one who worries about that last one?

  • Ken

    1. Name the song and the singer:

    And livin’ in the bell tower like that,
    they got a lot of room downstairs where the pews used to be.
    Havin’ all that room, seein’ as how they took out all the pews,
    they decided that they didn’t have to take out their garbage
    for a long time.

    Me!!! Every year around this time, I get caught up by this irresistable urge to sing that song. I called it Obe’s Lament. Thank gods that it’s not just me. Maybe we should all form a support group and have 27 minute long meetings.

    2. Tisquantum (aka Squanto) was a Patuxet man who’s commonly believed to have done what for the Plymouth colonists?

    He brought Disco to the colonists. Unfortunately, poor Squanto was set upon by a puzzled grizzly bear while doing the Electric Slide. Other members of Squanto’s tribe, embarassed, tried to divert the Colonists by presenting them with a turkey.

    3. What is a turkey twizzler?

    Isn’t that what a Veterenarian would use to check *Ahem*

    4. What common internet joke was played on the Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends float in the 2008 Macy’s parade?

    They posted that the highlight of the parade was a float featuring the Bloo man group

    5. Dorcas Reilly led the team that originally created what?

    The self heating (or is that self-eating) quiche.

    6. What do you hope to be thankful for this time next year?

    That the unfortunate events at this year’s masked superhero convention/Cut-throat Bingo Tournament will have faded from memory by that time…it would be best for everyone. Really.

  • Megan B.

    1. Name the song and the singer:

    Can I Borrow a Feeling? by Kirk VanHouten

    2. Tisquantum (aka Squanto) was a Patuxet man who’s commonly believed to have done what for the Plymouth colonists?

    Built them sturdy but ultimately unappealing cars.

    3. What is a turkey twizzler?

    I’m not sure, but it’s illegal in 43 states.

    4. What common internet joke was played on the Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends float in the 2008 Macy’s parade?

    Rick roll!

    5. Dorcas Reilly led the team that originally created what?

    A clothes drier powered by left socks.

    6. What do you hope to be thankful for this time next year?

    Serious answer: a contract with an agent. Funny answer: Never having to clean the bath tub again.

  • Megan, did you see the Rick Roll? I don’t generally watch the parade but I happened to be at my parents’ house that year while they watched it, and I went nuts laughing. My parents didn’t understand why it was funny.

  • Megan B.

    No! I was only guessing! That’s hilarious 🙂

  • Yeah, I was just trying to be funny too, then I looked it up. Still amusing though. 😉
    And worse, I watched the video three times…

  • Tis the season to get Rickrolled.

  • 1. Name the song and the singer:

    I don’t know his name, but I always pictured him looking like Bobcat Goldthwaite, but with more hair. It is my dearest ambition to eat at Alice’s Restaurant one of these days. (And now I have an ear worm, dammit.)

    2. Tisquantum (aka Squanto) was a Patuxet man who’s commonly believed to have done what for the Plymouth colonists?

    Graciously, but with an astounding lack of foresight, helped them survive the winter so that many generations later I could sit here and make snide jokes about my Puritan ancestors’ work ethics and morals. And feel vaguely guilty about the whole thing. Because that’s what we do.

    3. What is a turkey twizzler?

    I think that’s what my uncle Dave called the turkey, cranberry, stuffing, and gravy smoothy he made in the blender the Thanksgiving he spent with his jaw wired shut. Put me right off cranberry for the next twelve months, I tell you.

    4. What common internet joke was played on the Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends float in the 2008 Macy’s parade?

    Thousands of cheering fans yelling “I like chocolate milk” at the float and tossing bit of cheese.

    5. Dorcas Reilly led the team that originally created what?

    Dan wins this one!

    6. What do you hope to be thankful for this time next year?

    All the little people who did so much. *movie star wave* *cue single shining tear and Sally Fields voice crack*

  • Heh! Funny story, the Dorcas Reilly thing: I get people asking for it because I make it from scratch…except for the topping. 😉

  • Daniel, I was tickled to doscover there was a team behind creating that stuff. I mean, seriously? It required a team?

    Sarah, I think you win the turkey twizzler question, because the turkey slurry you describe is way ickier than the real twizzlers!

  • My day was way too long and crazy for me to have any brain cells left to be funny, but I sure did enjoy reading what everyone else had to say! Nice to end today with a laugh or six.

  • Daniel, I was tickled to discover there was a team behind creating that stuff.
    Yeah, an entire team… Wha…? Kinda shocked me too. ;D

  • sagablessed

    1. Name the song and the singer:

    And livin’ in the bell tower like that,
    they got a lot of room downstairs where the pews used to be.
    Havin’ all that room, seein’ as how they took out all the pews,
    they decided that they didn’t have to take out their garbage
    for a long time.

    Shaggy. He was a serious pot-head.

    2. Tisquantum (aka Squanto) was a Patuxet man who’s commonly believed to have done what for the Plymouth colonists?
    Taught them the word “turkey” was for a bird, never explaining it meant “Doofus” in Patuxet.

    3. What is a turkey twizzler?
    The reason for Pepto-Bismol.

    4. What common internet joke was played on the Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends float in the 2008 Macy’s parade?
    The FCC would fine me for saying on the interwebz.

    5. Dorcas Reilly led the team that originally created what?
    A compodium of stupid Irish drinking songs.

    6. What do you hope to be thankful for this time next year?
    (ganking) serious answer…a publishing contract. Humorous…..restraining myself from stabbing some mime in the face with a kazoo.

  • sagablessed

    Another serious answer…having my dog back.