Posts Tagged ‘quiz’

“Tis the Season for Science” at Our California Academy of Sciences – Snow! Reindeer! Spice Forest! Performances!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Tis the Season for Science at the California Academy of Sciences.

Check it:

“From November 23, 2011 – January 16, 2012 the Academy will offer a suite of wintry festivities and family fun that will celebrate the science behind some of our most familiar holiday sights, sounds, and traditions. Highlights include:

A pair of live reindeer

Indoor snow flurries twice an hour

A Snowman Theater – an immersive digital dome shaped like a giant snowman, which will play two new shows on the science of snow

An aromatic Spice Forest – displays of the raw botanical specimens from which we get cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and other holiday ingredients

Festive programs including quiz shows, live music, dance, and theater performances

Mounted specimens of the birds mentioned in “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” including swans, geese, colly birds, hens, doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.”

Remember RLGC – Reindeer Love Graham Crackers. Hey kids, name this reindeer! (She’s a girl, BTW.)

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And here’s what these critters looked like when they were on the famous roof, via an iPhone 4:

This is Miles – he’s a fool for pine branches, I’ll tell you:

Les mise-en-scene:

One of four Evaporative Snow machines:

Le Theatre de Bonhomme de Neige – they’ve got two short films to show once you get inside:

The aromatic Spice Forest lets you smell stuff like nutmeg and vanilla:

And a partridge in a pear tree:

See you there!

Ooh, Feisty! The Bay Citizen Goes After Ed Lee, David Chiu, Jane Kim, Twitter, Others in Fundraising Appeal

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Enjoy today’s “civic pop quiz” from The Bay Citizen‘s Editor in Chief Steve Fainaru:

“Dear Sarah,
With elections right around the corner, it’s time for a civic pop quiz (answers at the bottom of the email):

Q: Which corporations are getting millions in city tax breaks…and returning the favor with $100-a-plate fundraisers for the same politicians who pushed through those tax breaks?

Q: Which SF mayor unexpectedly rose to power thanks to behind-the-scenes machinations by Rose Pak, Willie Brown, and Gavin Newsom?

If you’re a loyal Bay Citizen reader, you’ll know the answers. That’s because The Bay Citizen was the only news source to reveal the real story behind these stories. We made the calls and pounded the pavement so that you could know the truth.

But our non-profit, no-holds-barred, member-supported journalism is only possible with your help. Salaries, cameras, and laptops—it costs money to shine a spotlight on corrupt corporations and unscrupulous politicians.

Become a Bay Citizen with your donation of $50 or more and show us that you care about sustaining hard-hitting, in-depth reporting that you just can’t find elsewhere. As a Bay Citizen member you’ll receive great benefits:

  • Invitations to members-only events like our big annual party and happy hours with our reporters;
  • Free admission to Bay Citizen speaker series; and
  • Access to Citizen Deals: exclusive discounts at local museums, retailers, and more

Plus, we’ll sweeten the deal. Make your membership gift today and we’ll include a free ticket to our Science of Voting event on Thursday, October 20 at California Academy of Sciences NightLife. With beverages in hand, we’ll delve into the history and science behind elections and have a lively discussion about the pros and cons of ranked choice voting.

Thank you for helping bring civil discourse back to the Bay Area.

With sincere appreciation,
Steve Fainaru
Editor in Chief, The Bay Citizen

Answers to the pop quiz: Twitter and Zynga; Mayor Ed Lee”

Wow, feisty, huh?

Red-and-White Monolithic Icon Pop Quiz: Which is Older – Sutro Tower or the Giant Church Street Safeway Sign?

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

It’s a mystery to me. (I could look it up but then it wouldn’t be a mystery any longer.)

I’m thinking, wow, the font on that sign looks pretty old, but maybe they replaced the sign in the 1970s with a font that was old-school even back then…

Anyway, can you imagine either icon getting approval for getting built, you know, by the Powers That Be, in this Day and Age?

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I can’t.

How Well Will You Do Taking the Bush-McCain Challenge?

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

News of the Day: Republican John McCain is getting a little tired of being compared with President George W. Bush all the time:

“You will hear from my opponent’s campaign in every speech, every interview, every press release that I’m running for President Bush’s third term. You will hear every policy of the president described as the Bush-McCain policy. Why does Senator Obama believe it’s so important to repeat that idea over and over again?”

People at last week’s Union Street Festival (aka “Eco-Urban Festival”, aka BoozeFest ’08) had a chance to examine the differences between Bush and McCain firsthand. Check it:

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Thanks to the Internets, you can take the Bush-McCain Challenge yourself right now. It’s tough! For example, the first query is:

Who promised that U.S. troops would be greeted as “liberators” in Iraq?

People at the neighboring Republican Party ironing board recruiting center (seen in background with the blue balloon) might think this push poll a tad unfair. What do you think?