Monthly Archives: August 2008

MONOPOLY: The results

Fo those of you following the hype around the new MONOPOLY Here and Now: The World Edition game board the results are in. For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about read this

Kudos to Canada for having three Canadian cities make the cut. And now, (drumroll please), the new board:

I found it quite odd (but nice) that Montreal is the new Boardwalk. And Jerusalem beat Toronto? Geez people! The site doesn’t give much info on how the cities were selected to be in the position they are but I assume it was by the number of votes…???

I think the coolest (yes, I said coolest) thing about the board is how they are incorporating relevent cultural scenarios and events from around the world. Community Chest and Chance cards will invite people to celebrate at Carnival in Rio de Janeiro or host a St. Patty’s Day party in Dublin, and the tokens, houses and hotels will be reflective of the styles from all seven continents.  

Unforunatly they released the results of the new board on 08/08/08. Had they choosen a less popular day they may have had some interest. I don’t know – maybe it’s just me thinking that a new Monopoly board has less news value then the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. Just an idea.

What are your thoughts on the new board? Will you buy it? Are you surprised by the results?

What do you really know about the Olympics – ANSWERS

For you newbies, I recently created a trivia game for a corporate party on the Olympics. I posted the questions last week and as promised I am now posting the answers. Consider this something fun to do for those of you slaving away at work.

Bronze Level

 

1. What do the five rings of the Olympics mean?
 

a. Five cities

b. Five countries

c. Five continents

d. No meaning

 

2. What are the five colours of the Olympic rings?

 

red, black, green, blue, and yellow

 

3. What does the Olympic Motto “Citius, Altius, Fortius” mean?

 

a. Harder, Stronger, Faster

b. Swifter, Higher, Stronger

c. Better, Bigger Bolder

d. Win, lose, draw

 

4. According to the Olympic Creed, the most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but…

a. To beat your competitors
b. To play fair
c. To win big
d. To Take part

5. Where was the Olympic torch first lit?

a. Athens
b. Olympia
c. Rome
d. USA

6. Name five cities where the Olympics were hosted

The last five cities were Turino, Athens, Salt Lake City, Sydney, Nagano. For a full list of host cities click here

7. How often are Olympic Games held?

 

a. 4 years

b.10 years

c. 2 years

d. Every year

8. Women were first allowed to compete in the Olympics in what year?

a. 1800
b. 1850
c. 1900
d. 1950

 

9. Where were the most recent Olympics held?

 

a. Torino

b. Vancouver
c. Salt Lake City

d. Beijing

 

10. Which country is first in line during the Opening Ceremony’s Parade of Nations?

 

a. The host city

b. The country with the most metal from the last Olympics

c. The countries line up in alphabetical order

d. Greece

Silver Level

11. In what year were the first ancient Olympic Games held?

 

a. 554 B.C

b. 776 B.C.

c. 1000 B.C

d. 399 A.D

12. What is an Olympiad?

an interval of four years between Olympic Games

13. What do the colours of the Olympic rings represent?

 

The colors red, black, green, blue, and yellow were chosen because at least one of the colors is found in the flag of every nation.

 

14. Name one of the three sports that made their debut at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games?

 

taekwondo, trampoline, and triathlon

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15. How much gold is in a gold metal?

 

a. 2 grams

b. 4 grams

c. 6 grams

d. 8 grams

 

 

16. Why were the Olympic games of 1916, 1940, 1944 cancelled?

 

WWI, WWII 

17. How is the Olympic torch rekindled?

a. With the flame from an ancient candle
b. With a regular match
c. From the sun’s rays
d. Using oils that light naturally when mixed

18. The word “gymnasium” comes from the Greek root “gymnos”, which means…?   (nude; the literal meaning of “gymnasium” is “school for naked exercise.” Athletes in the ancient Olympic Games would participate in the nude.)

a. Gymnasium
b. Exercise
c. Compete
d. Nude

19. Who was the “inventor” of the modern Olympic Games?

a. Joseph Brookes
b. Baron Pierre de Coubertin
c.  Henri Zapeas
d. Alexander the Great

20. When were the first Olympic Games televised? (Hint: The games took place in Rome)

a. 1940
b. 1952
c. 1960
d. 1964

Gold Level

21. How many times did the Summer Olympics feature the sport of Live Pigeon Shooting?

a. Once
b. Twice
c. Five times
d. Never

22. What contest of team strength was an official Olympic event from 1900 to 1920?

a. Weightlifting
b. Red Rover
c. Tug of War
d. Three on three boxing

23. What did members of the Canadian swim team swear to give up during the 1996 Olympics?

a. Fast food
b. Sex
c. Washing their swim suits
d. Drugs

24.What Olympic event includes such positions as the Flamingo, crane and fishtail?

a. Gymnastics
b. Synchronized swimming
c. Karate
d. Taekwondo

25. How many continents must a sport be played on before the IOC will consider making it an Olympic event for men?

a. Four
b. Two
c. 10
d  12

26. What are the five events including in the modern Olympic pentathlon?

fencing, cross-country running, riding, shooting and swimming

27. What are the four throwing events in the Olympics?

javelin, shotput, discus and hammer throw and hammer

28. What Olympic event involves executing a plant, hang, push-pull, handstand and release?

Pole vault

29. What Olympic sport is played with stones and brooms?

Curling

30. What women’s team sport was played on sand for the first time at the 1996 summer Olympics?

Beach Volleyball

 

What do you really know about the Olympics?

I recently helped plan the annual summer party at H&K along with the other members of the social committee. Appropriately Olympic themed, the event took place at the Docks and people could play beach volley-call, dodge ball and human jousting. My job was to prepare an Olympics quiz so that people not participating in sports could still get involved.

Unfortunately all my hard work went to waste because people were too busy chatting to be bothered with my little quiz. So, I am now challenging my readers to see what they know about the Olympics. Below you will find the questions. Try to answer what you can and feel free to comment on questions that you think are interesting or difficult. In a week or so I will post the answers and you can see how much you really do (or don’t) know. NO CHEATING 🙂

Enjoy!

Canadian and Olympic Sports Trivia

 

Bronze Level

 

1. What do the five rings of the Olympic Games mean?
 

a. Five cities
b. Five countries
c. Five continents
d. No meaning

2. What are the five colours of the Olympic rings?
______________________

______________________

______________________

______________________

______________________

 

3. What does the Olympic Motto “Citius, Altius, Fortius” mean?

a. Harder, Stronger, Faster
b. Swifter, Higher, Stronger
c. Better, Bigger Bolder
d. Win, Lose, Draw

4. According to the Olympic Creed, the most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but…

a. To beat your competitors
b. To play fair
c. To win big
d. To take part

5. Name five cities where the Olympic Games have previously been hosted.
_____________________
______________________
______________________
______________________
______________________

6. Where was the Olympic torch first lit?

a. Athens
b. Olympia
c. Rome
d. USA

7. How often are Olympic Games held?

a. 4 years
b.10 years
c. 2 years
d. Every year

8. Women were first allowed to compete in the Olympic Games in what year?

a. 1800
b. 1850
c. 1900
d. 1950

9. Where were the most recent Olympic Games held?

a. Torino
b. Vancouver
c. Salt Lake City
d. Beijing

 10. Which country is first in line during the Opening Ceremony’s Parade of Nations?

a. The host city
b. The country with the most metals won at the last Olympic Games
c. The countries line up in alphabetical order
d. Greece

Silver Level

11. In what year were the first ancient Olympic Games held?

 a. 554 B.C

b. 776 B.C.

c. 1000 B.C

d. 399 A.D

12. What is an Olympiad?

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 13. What do the colours of the Olympic rings represent?

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 14. Name one of the three sports that made their debut at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games?
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__________________

 15. How much gold is in an Olympic Games gold metal?

a. 2 grams
b. 4 grams
c. 6 grams
d. 8 grams

16. Why were the Olympic Games of 1916, 1940, 1944 cancelled?

­­­­­­­­­­­­­____________________________________________________________________

17. How is the Olympic torch rekindled?

a. With the flame from an ancient candle
b. With a regular match
c. From the sun’s rays
d. Using oils that light naturally when mixed

18. The word “gymnasium” comes from the Greek root “gymnos”, which means…?  
a. Gymnasium
b. Exercise
c. Compete
d. Nude
 

19. Who was the “inventor” of the modern Olympic Games?

a. Joseph Brookes
b. Baron Pierre de Coubertin
c.  Henri Zapeas
d. Alexander the Great

20. When were the first Olympic Games televised? (Hint: The games took place in Rome)

a. 1940
b. 1952
c. 1960
d. 1964

Gold Level

21. How many times did Summer Olympic Games feature the sport of Live Pigeon Shooting?

a. Once
b. Twice
c. Five times
d. Never

22. What contest of team strength was an official Olympic event from 1900 to 1920?
a. Weightlifting
b. Red Rover
c. Tug of War
d. Three on three boxing
  

23. What did members of the Canadian swim team swear to give up during the 1996 Olympic Games?

a. Fast food
b. Sex
c. Washing their swim suits
d. Drugs

 

24. What Olympic event includes such positions as the Flamingo, Crane and Fishtail?

a. Gymnastics
b. Synchronized swimming
c. Karate
d. Taekwondo

 

25. How many continents must a sport be played on before the IOC will consider making it an Olympic event for men?

a. 4
b. 2
c. 10
d  12

 

26. What are the five events included in the modern Olympic pentathlon?
______________________
______________________
______________________
______________________
______________________

27. What are the four throwing events in the Olympic Games?
_____________________
_____________________
_____________________
_____________________

28. What Olympic event involves executing a plant, hang, push-pull, handstand and release?

_____________________

29. What Olympic sport is played with stones and brooms?

_____________________

30. What women’s team sport was played on sand for the first time at the 1996 summer Olympic Games?

_____________________
 
 
 

 

Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.

Anyone born in the last 65 years will know what the title of this post refers to. Monopoly. One of (if not the most) popular board games of all time. There was a fair bit of hype a few months ago over the MONOPOLY Here & Now: The World Edition, where people could log on to the Monopoly website and vote for their city to be featured on the new game board. A clever way to engage fans through digital means, Hasbro and Monopoly successfully executed viral brand marketing.

Why did it work? Other then the obvious that everyone and their Grandmother has played Monopoly and would love to have their city featured on the new board, check out this post which the explains why the campaign was so successful.

Anyways, months later and here we are, just weeks away from the results! According to the Hasbro website the new World Edition game will be launched August 27. If this were not exciting enough, Hasbro is attempting to break a world record by having the largest simultaneous game of Monopoly ever! Fans can play via the board game, online, mobile phone or video game console. The site says to come back in July for further details and seeing that it is August 11 they kinda missed the boat on that one.

Regardless, very cool concept that was very successful. Will I buy the new game, no. I love the original and there is no reason to change a classic. I will follow up to see if Toronto made the cut as a proud Torontonian and Monopoly lover.  For those interested, check out this timeline which shows Monopoly through the years. Its actually pretty cool.