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The 1996 Virginia News QuizBy Marylou Tousignant, Michael D. Shear Marylou Tousignant and Michael D. Shear
Wednesday, December 25 1996; Page V01
You lived through it. You saw it on TV. You read about it in the paper. Now see whether you remember any of it.
A) Might draw an undesirable clientele.
B) Would worsen the town's litter problem.
C) Would add to congestion on Maple Avenue.
D) Has too many colors in its corporate logo.
A) A dangerous, escaped convict.
B) A marauding black bear.
C) An empty runaway fishing boat.
A) Made a gracious thank-you speech.
B) Congratulated his band members for their hard work.
C) Threw the trophy in the trash.
A) Brunswick squirrel stew.
B) Old Milwaukee beer.
C) Paul B. Ebert's five-alarm chili.
D) Ostrich on a stick for $3.50.
A) On the dean's list.
B) Giving the commencement address.
C) Not even enrolled.
A) The remains of an old English fort.
B) A colonial privy.
C) Blueprints for an 18th-century Jack Kent Cooke Stadium.
D) Jimmy Hoffa.
A) Raised the speed limit.
B) Lowered the tolls.
C) Renamed it the Beltway.
A) Sewer and water hookups.
B) Traffic congestion.
C) Whether to ban "silly string."
A) Deer in the suburbs.
B) A shortage of blue crabs in the Chesapeake.
C) Out-of-season hunters.
D) A toxic toad named Bufo.
A) A missing fire truck.
B) A missing penis.
C) A missing Frosty the Snowman lawn ornament.
A) Became a Las Vegas minister.
B) Became a Las Vegas blackjack dealer.
C) Became a Las Vegas bouncer.
D) Became a Las Vegas showgirl.
A) Soaring sales of whirlpools.
B) A flood in the plumbing department.
C) An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.
A) Bilking his customers.
B) Price fixing.
C) Altering company documents.
D) Repeatedly spitting on a jewelry store door.
A) Threatened to kill his ex-wife, also a former agent.
B) Threatened to blow up his ex-wife's minister.
C) Set up another woman to take the fall in a life-insurance scam.
D) Planted explosives at two local colleges.
E) Planted explosives outside a Manassas church.
F) Accused his ex-wife of having a lesbian affair with a prominent novelist.
G) All of the above.
A) Admit women.
B) Open a school of cosmetology.
C) Make mini-skirts optional.
A) Widespread opposition within his own party.
B) Heavy spending by his well-heeled Democratic opponent.
C) An endorsement from Dan Quayle.
A) 1,000 pounds of cat litter.
B) A dozen stampeding cows.
C) 46,000 pounds of orange juice concentrate.
18. An Arlington mother said she was going to file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission after discovering that her 7-year-old son had been watching one of the following on television: (Go to the answer.)
A) Barney. For the millionth time.
B) Bruce Lee.
C) Regis and Kathie Lee.
D) An erotic movie on the "Spice" channel.
A) Shoplifting at a Herndon clothing store.
B) Failing to communicate with his board of supervisors.
C) Proposing to build a baseball stadium at Mount Vernon.
D) Slashing the tires of a high school student's car.
A) William and Mary's president was tattled on for tippling sherry in his office.
B) Six VMI students were disciplined for hazing a cadet with bone spurs.
C) U-Va. held an etiquette dinner to teach students which fork to use.
D) Virginia Tech's Hokie Bird mascot punched out a rival school's mascot.
A) Constructing two bridges with 12 lanes.
B) Building a tunnel from Springfield to Bowie.
C) Purchasing a dozen hovercraft to ferry traffic across the Potomac.
D) Moving the river.
Score 1 point for each correct answer.
9. D. (At least in Albemarle County, where Bufo, a three-pound South American toad with poisonous skin, proved deadly for Duke, an 11-year-old German shepherd who regrettably mistook Bufo for a doggie toy.) Go back to the question.
20. Another trick question. All are true. (In his defense, William and Mary's president pointed out that serving sherry to guests on Friday afternoons is "an academic indulgence" rooted in the college's history. The Hokie Bird, meanwhile, was suspended for "conduct detrimental to the game" of football, but the school quickly appointed a backup bird.) Go back to the question.
Scoring: 16-21 points, apply for the job of Washington Post Virginia editor; 8-15 points, apply for the job of Washington Post Virginia reporter; 0-7 points, you probably are a Washington Post reporter.
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