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Feats of Strength!(17 posts)

Feats of Strength!DougSloan
Dec 23, 2003 9:54 AM
I just can't bring myself to either get drunk, ride down a rocky mountain, or even sprint top speed today. So, this being a "virtual" place and all, virtual Feats of Strength will have to do.

So, here's the contest. You must answer a question, and the answer can be found on the internet. You probably must know a few things about me to get it.

"What was Sparrow Hawk wearing on April 19, 2001?"

You must answer and show your work (web site link) to win. I just hope this isn't too easy.

FC 508 winner's jerseyAlex-in-Evanston
Dec 23, 2003 10:07 AM
No links. Just a guess.

nope nmDougSloan
Dec 23, 2003 10:09 AM
My answerTri_Rich
Dec 23, 2003 10:13 AM
his name is Paul V Biron and on April 19 2001 he was in fact wearing a bicycle helmet.
incomplete response nmDougSloan
Dec 23, 2003 10:16 AM
pink tutu and capezios? :) nmNo_sprint
Dec 23, 2003 10:12 AM
Red, White and Blue All-Sport jersey?DJB
Dec 23, 2003 10:16 AM
Dec 23, 2003 10:19 AM
You have indeed demonstrated a Feat of Strength -- Correct, but not the photo I had in mind.

That was obviously at the end of the day. Extra credit: What was he wearing in the morning?

How about this one?DJB
Dec 23, 2003 10:23 AM
nope nmDougSloan
Dec 23, 2003 10:24 AM
Red (orange?) arm-warmers?DJB
Dec 23, 2003 10:28 AM

(3rd and final attempt. I have work to do!)
you win; I'm beaten nmDougSloan
Dec 23, 2003 10:50 AM
what I thoughtDougSloan
Dec 23, 2003 10:53 AM
I thought you'd have to go here:

And from that, it would be more difficult, since his photo isn't labelled. Good work. I feel so ashamed.

I was close.DJB
Dec 23, 2003 11:04 AM
I found this page -

which had this photo -

The file name helped. Also that he wears his hair long!

What the heck, don't feel ashamed, that was fun!

Also, glad to hear that you, no_sprint and czar (and any other Cal-ites) made it through the quake alright.
allow me to pose one:dr hoo
Dec 23, 2003 11:34 AM
Before the safety bicycle, women wore a lot of clothes. Corsets of course, but just the sheer weight of the multiple layers was a burden. We are talking about almost 40 pounds! The bicycle changed that in the late 1800's.

How long did it take after the saftey bicycle was introduced to cut the average weight of women's clothing by 50%?
about ten minutes. They were looking for any excuse to shed..nmrwbadley
Dec 23, 2003 8:10 PM
no link, so I have to say "no". (answer inside, post festivus)dr hoo
Dec 24, 2003 6:31 AM
The correct answer is 2 years. Or "within 2 years".

Before the bicycle was invented, the average American woman had to wear an average of 37 pounds of clothes just to go out of the house. Once women started to ride bicycles, this wasn't practical anymore, and within two years, women were wearing less than half that amount to go out. Imagine the change that must have been in people's lives. The bicycle also led to the development of female athletics because it proved that women could exercise without physical harm.

Hey, I found it on the net, it must be true.

This was a tough one. I only found this link after looking for something on the reduction of birth defects in England due to bicycles letting people search for mates in neighboring areas, reducing inbreeding in the country side. (BikeCult, a great book if you have never read it). Even WITH knowing what I was looking for, it's hard to find this partucular link through search engines.

Using "women and clothes" leads to sales sites. And on top of that, since the title of the document is "The history and future of sex", you might skip on by it, or you might have it filtered out if you use a "safe" search.

Oh, and woe unto those that tried to use "40" in the search!

dr. (nasty, tricksy, false!) hoo