Shalanna (shalanna) wrote,

Trivia game junkie--need to delete the craving

Since my husband got the tablet computer, I've been playing "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader?" and have reached a fairly high level. However, I've been upset by the WRONG answers that they are approving as correct (and rejecting the correct answer that's right there on the screen.)

Last night they asked which US President was the youngest when he took office. Teddy Roosevelt. I know this because when I was in fifth grade, I was in one of those pull-out groups who got to do special projects instead of the grunt work and worksheets all the time, and we did a study of the presidents. John Kennedy is the SECOND-youngest, although everyone thinks he must have been the youngest, for some reason.

(Although John F. Kennedy was the youngest President ever ELECTED to office, aged 43, Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest to ever take the office. At the age of 42, he assumed the Presidency after the death of William McKinley.)

The people who programmed/loaded that game think so, too. They marked Roosevelt wrong and said Kennedy is correct.

That irked me.

A few questions later, they asked a question that was intriguing and probably doesn't have a pat answer. "What is the opposite of OR?" The choices included AND, NOR, MAYBE, and YET. Well, I would say that since OR is a choice between A and B and AND means BOTH A and B, AND is the opposite or OR. They marked that wrong and claimed it is NOR. Well, I can see the faulty logic they're using, but I claim that NOR would be the opposite of AND. AND means both, and NOR means neither ("not this one, either"), so I don't think NOR could be the "opposite" of OR in any sense. "Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor dark of night shall keep this courier from his appointed rounds." "Rain, snow, sleet, and dark of night deterred us from trick-or-treating." "Neither A nor B." "Both A and B."

That one takes a little thinkin' and canoodlin'. It really takes more time to argue it out than the fifteen seconds that they allow for a tap on the screen to choose an answer.

You get to play up to four games in one sitting before your points run out and you have to wait for more points to come along (I'm not about to BUY points), so this isn't a major time-waster. I generally play it if I'm waiting for something else and just sitting there idle. Still, it's a time-waster, and I need to be practicing those Schubert Moments Musical.

(The biggest obstacle to piano practice is that "it drowns out the TV" and the family cannot bear THAT . . . also, my mother always finds some reason that I MUST come in there and wait on her just as I'm finishing up a few measures. I am not a potential contest winner or concert artist, mind; I play to feed my soul. It goes hungry much of the time because I live among the typical TV-adoring Philistines. I'm not a fan of digital crap and plastic keyboards, either--the feedback from the baby grand is a must. No, those things do NOT sound like a baby grand. Play Bach's first "little" prelude, in which you hold down the C octave below middle C while playing arpeggios, and you'll hear the constant changing of harmonies as the various strings are stimulated by the others and it rings inside the piano. This does not happen with the keyboards, even though they can make a passable "koto" sound if that's what you want.)

I miss that NTN trivia game they used to have at Friday's. Our Friday's doesn't have it any more, alas.

Probably just as well.
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