Friday, July 17, 2009

"And Away We Go!"

1. Ah, memory, it is such a sweet thing when you've got it, so perplexing when you have lost it! Take the title above, for instance. Whose line was that anyway?
a. Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show"
b. Ed McMahon on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson
c. Ed Merks on "I Love Lucy"
d. Jackie Gleason on "The Honeymooners"

And I almost entitled this "And Take It Away", but I couldn't remember whose line that was. Of course there is no easy way to register your answer except to log in as a member and leave your comment, and that is what this question is intended to accomplish.

2. Don't go away, you can answer this one in the same comment box.
Who said, "If it weren't for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television, we'd still be eating frozen radio dinners?"
a. Johnny Carson
b. Jay Leno
c. Groucho Marx
d. Phil Silvers

One of these days I will figure out how to add radio buttons and verify correct answers. Until then please do put your answers in the comments box. I will post correct answers on Sunday.

3. One more bit of wit before we go on to something more serious. Who first used, "Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?"
a. Johnny Carson
b. Phil Silvers
c. Edgar Bergen through Charlie McCarthy
d. Red Skelton as Freddy the Freeloader

4. While on the subject of work, Horace (BC 65 to BC 8) wrote which sentence, translated from his Satires?
a. By the work, the worker can be known.
b. Life grants nothing to us mortals but hard work.
c. When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.
d. Do not hire the man who works for money, but the one who works for the love of working.

5. Which saying about wisdom is the oldest quotation?
a. Wisdom is what's left after we've run out of personal opinions.
b. The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knoweth himself to be a fool.
c. Wisdom outweighs any wealth.
d. Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.


  1. This is well written. I need to think a bit on it. Some of this is not from my era. I always enjoy learning though. Thanks for posting.

  2. Some of this is not from any of our eras. Thanks for posting a comment.