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Quizzin' on the Candidates
  • Quizzin' on the Candidates: The Long Shots

    Slate's Trail Head election blog recently posted a clever little quiz, challenging your ability to pick the candidates' children out of a line up. Included, of course, are Caroline Giuliani, Chelsea Clinton and the 32 Romney boys. How clever is the quiz? Here's how clever: there are 14 candidate children listed and 15 pictures. (The 15th picture is of a candidate's wife. Can you guess which one? Here's a hint — big boobs, vacant stare, rhymes with Theri Jompson.)

    We don't know how you guys feel, but this was a little too hard for us. It's hard enough keeping track of all the candidates — especially from tiers three through seven — without devoting valuable brain energy to their offspring. So, here's our version of the quiz.

    How well do you know the Men Who Will Not Be President? Match each long shot candidate's name to their face. Be careful, though; we threw in a few curveballs.


    a. Joe Biden
    b. Sam Brownback
    c. Chris Dodd
    d. Mike Gravel
    e. Mike Huckabee
    f. Duncan Hunter
    g. Alan Keyes
    h. Ron Paul
    i. Bill Richardson
    j. Tom Tancredo


    Tags: Alan Keyes, Bill Richardson, Chris Dodd, Duncan Hunter, Joe Biden, Mike Gravel, Mike Huckabee, Quizzin' on the Candidates, Ron Paul, Sam Brownback, Tom Tancredo
  • Quizzin' on the Candidates: Dennis Kucinich or Harry Potter?

    Now that we're through hump day, we've only got two more work days to slog through until the release of the long-awaited "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." To help tide you over, we're once again asking you to test your Harry Potter and election prowess.

    Read the quotes below carefully to see if you can identify which were said by Dennis Kucinich and which by a character from the Harry Potter series.

    a. "Dobby is used to death threats, sir. Dobby gets them five times a day at home."

    b. "Dobby is a free house-elf and he can obey anyone he likes."

    c. "Dobby will have to punish himself most grievously for coming to see you, sir. Dobby will have to shut his ears in the oven door for this."

    d. "Dobby is most aggrieved, sir. Dobby had to iron his hands…"

    e. "Dobby likes freedom, miss, but he isn't wanting too much, miss, he likes work better."

    f. "I am running for President of the United States to enable the Goddess of Peace to encircle within her arms all the children of this country and all the children of the world."

    g. "Socks are Dobby's favorite, favorite clothes, sir!… I has seven now, sir."

    Answers to yesterday's Hillary Clinton/Harry Potter Quiz: A. The Mirror, B. Hillary Clinton, C. Dumbledore, D. Hillary Clinton, E. Hillary Clinton, F. Snape, G. McGonagall


    Tags: Dennis Kucinich, Harry Potter, Quizzin' on the Candidates
  • Quizzin' on the Candidates: Mitt Romney or Harry Potter?

    All this week we're counting down the days to the release of the last Harry Potter book by comparing quotes from J.K. Rowling's famous series to things said by another group of folks seeking immortality: the candidates in the 2008 U.S. presidential election.

    Which of these below lines are from a made-up character in a book about wizards, and which are from Mitt Romney?

    a. "When sperm and egg unite, something goes from inanimate to animate. It is life."

    b. "I don't think we were adequately prepared for what occurred. I don't think we did enough planning. I don't think we considered the various downsides and risks."

    c. "When I was twelve, I was just as much of a nobody as you are now. In fact, I'd say I was even more of a nobody!"

    d. "Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, spite spawns lies."

    e. "I don't know where you learned about right and wrong, but you seem to have missed a few crucial lessons."

    f. "Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain."

    g. "My dog likes fresh air."

    Answers to last Friday's Barack Obama/Harry Potter Quiz: A. Professor Quirrel, B. Sirius Black, C. Barack Obama, D. Barack Obama, E. Luna Lovegood, F. Barack Obama, G. Luna Lovegood


    Tags: Harry Potter, Mitt Romney, Quizzin' on the Candidates
  • Quizzin' on the Candidates: Barack Obama or Harry Potter?

    In anticipation of the end of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, all this week we're paying homage to that other epic series involving good, evil, love, war, trickery and foul stenches.

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    Now I am adding some other thing.

    Hang in there!


    Tags: Barack Obama, Harry Potter, Quizzin' on the Candidates