Brain Teaser – The Number Eight

All the questions in this week’s brainteaser concern the number eight and things with “eight” in their names. Need help? Use Credo Reference Online.

1. Which popular music group released a song in 1964 called “Eight Days a Week”?

2. What are or were “pieces of eight”?

3. What is the meaning of the phrase “be (or have had) one over the eight”?

4. In popular music, what is the “middle eight”?

5. In mathematics, a horizontal figure of eight is a symbol of what?

6. What is the meaning of the phrase “behind the eight ball”?

7. Who wrote the 1966 novel “When Eight Bells Toll”?

8. The G8 or Group of Eight is an organization of the eight leading industrial nations of the world. Can you name four of them?

9. In 1984, Peter Hyams directed a sequel to the film “2001: a Space Odyssey”. Fans of the original movie were not impressed and gave it the alternative title “Ten Past Eight”. What was Hyams’ film actually called?

10. The Warsaw Pact was a military defensive alliance between eight countries: the USSR and seven East European communist states. Can you name five members of the Warsaw Pact?

How did you do? 

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (

Kim Jong II

English: North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.

Want to learn more about North Korea’s dictator and his family?

The Library has great resources to get your informed!

Start with Credo Reference Online topic page on North Korea and the long time dictator Kim Jong II who suffered a heart attack and died over the weekend. He has led the… Read More…

For more in-depth look at his live use Biograhpy in Context – Kim Jong II

Tourament of Roses Parade

The Rose Parade is one of the world’s most elaborate and most photographed parades, held every New Year’s Day in Pasadena, Calif. The parade is made up of about 50 floats elaborately decorated—and completely covered—with roses, orchids, chrysanthemums, and other blossoms that portray the year’s theme. Additionally there are more than 20 bands, 200 horses and costumed riders, a grand marshal, a Rose Queen, and the Queen’s princesses. The parade is five and one-half miles long, attracts about one million spectators along the route and picks up about 350 million television viewers around the world.

The first festival, called the Battle of Flowers, was held on Jan. 1, 1890, under the auspices of the Valley Hunt Club. The man responsible was Charles Frederick Holder, a naturalist and teacher of zoology. He had seen battles of the flowers on the French Riviera (see Mardi Gras in France), and figured California could do something similar; his suggestion resulted in a parade of decorated carriages and buggies followed by amateur athletic events. The parade evolved gradually. Floral floats were introduced, and in 1902 the morning parade was capped by a football game (who won the football game between Stanford and Michigan?), which was replaced in following years by chariot races. In 1916, football came back, and the Rose Bowl Game is now traditionally associated with the parade. Read all about the Rose Parade in 1916, in the Los Angeles Times 1881-1988

In 1992, the theme of the tournament was “Voyages of Discovery,” and it kicked off the Columbus Quincentennial. Co-grand marshals were Cristobal Colon, a descendant of Christopher Columbus, and Colorado Rep. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, a Cheyenne chief. From Credo Reference Online

The Rose Parade a pageant for the ages, in this DVD you will take a fantastic journey through the archives of the Tournament of Roses, exploring the tradition of the Rose Parade as a unique event that has been ringing in the New Year for many years. See how a float is born (a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a Rose Parade Float).

Find more information and videos about the Rose Parade in General OneFile.

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Brain Teaser – Christmas

This week’s brainteaser is about things connected with Christmas. Need help? Use Credo Reference Online, a great reference resource from your Library!

1. The three gifts that the Wise Men brought to the infant Jesus were traditionally gold, frankincense, and what else?

2. What is the date of the first day of the Twelve Days of Christmas?

3. When drilling for oil or gas, what is a Christmas tree?

4. What phrase is used for a late-night church service on Christmas Eve?

5. In Charles Dickens’s novel “A Christmas Carol”, what was the name of Tiny Tim’s father?

6. A yule log is a large log which used to be put on the hearth as the foundation for the fire – on which day?

7. In which book by Louisa May Alcott did someone say “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents”?

8. What is the English title of the Christmas carol which is “Adeste Fideles” in Latin?

9. In the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” (“On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me…”), what total of gifts was given over the whole twelve days: 78, 280, or 364?

10. According to Clement C. Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas”, Father Christmas had eight reindeer. Can you name six of them?

How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (