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Replenish your smarts with some brainor-ade in this all-quiz show! Colin tests us to see if we know our acronyms, and takes us hopping around the nation with a city name quiz. Dana's been snooping around Amazon and made a game about hilariously punny celebrity autobiography book titles. Take the "The Pen is Not Mightier Than the Sword" challenge and see how well you know your famous fictional swords. And Karen's back to embarrass the others by forcing them to answer in the form of an impression in her celebrity quiz.


RUNTIME: 50 minutes 27 seconds



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I had heard Canola stood for CANadian Oil Low Acid. I'm open to being wrong though, frequently am :)

May 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn in CA

When I learned on your show that canola oil is made from rape seed, I couldn't help but think how similar canola and cornhole sound

May 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKen

A GJB soundboard of impersonations would be pretty funny. And I think Chris unintentionally came up with a good quiz idea for the next AQB: Name the movie based on the cable TV censored quote.

May 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoey

Loved the acronym segment...had a question for you that I always wondered about, is there a term for an acronym where the abbreviation spells out a legitimate (preexisting) word? i.e. Modem and SCUBA wouldn't qualify since those were not preexisting (although they've become fairly standard words), but SWAT or SAC would. If there's no term for these, may I suggest 'actualnym' :)

May 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterReed

I never thought I would ever be an “um, actually” person, but turns out I am. Sorry. Still love the show.

It is true that canola is a type of rape seed, but it is a cousin (in non-ag speak). It is a hybrid cultivar of rape seed (developed in Canada). The biggest distinction of canola (as compared to traditional rape seed) is that it has low eruric acid. So yes there are canola plants and canola seeds. Canola is a portmanteau-acronym hybrid. Canola = Canadian Oil Low Acid. I know some sites use the “Canadian Oil” option, but the low acid is the important part. This is what differentiates canola plants from rape seed plants.

May 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAJ

In the final quiz, the clue for Trivial Pursuit was given as "two cherubs holding a segment of a circle". It would be more accurate to say "two cherubim holding a circular sector". Segments and sectors are different shapes.

May 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLife of the Party

Great podcast guys but I do have two actually additions.

Malta is the least populous country in the EU.
Certain parts of Belgium (Antwerp and surroundings) celebrate mother's day on the 15th of August.

Love the show!

The other friendly Belgian

May 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKris

@AJ Thanks for the extra oily input! :-) I got much of my information from the Canola Council of Canada website, so I decided to cite their official etymology for "canola" ("ola" = "oil"). But I did see other sources using the "oil low acid" derivation (though it seems unclear if that is actually a "backronym"). Either way, you are definitely correct that its low acid content is what made it viable as a food product. Mmmm... food product.

May 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGJB Colin

Cymru is pronounced as kum-ree.
I'm slowly teaching my six-year-old daughter to say Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch but it is a very slow process.
Good luck learning Welsh - I was born there and gave up.

May 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

Flemish is more like a dialect of Dutch than a proper language. There are less differences between Flemish Dutch and regular Dutch than UK and US English for instance; It's mostly different word usage and pronunciation. A popular one would be the verb "poepen" which is slang for "to have sex" in Flemish and is only used as "to shit" in Dutch.

June 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarlos
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