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Old 11-14-2012, 05:02 AM   #10021
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The longest one I know (having read it in a Bill Bryson book and being struck by its weirdness) is;

Satan oscillate my metallic sonatas
I question whether sonatas can be metallic. And if they can, whether they can be oscillated. But I think I'll allow it.

Only 5 words, but 31 letters!

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Old 11-14-2012, 05:55 AM   #10022
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Thanks for the maple syrup making lesson, Stitchawl. That's part of the fun of this Quiz thread, learning new stuff as we go.

PS - Do I get the prize for being the closest at 30 gallons? I'm hoping it's a gallon of "B Grade" .
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:03 AM   #10023
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Thanks for the maple syrup making lesson, Stitchawl. That's part of the fun of this Quiz thread, learning new stuff as we go.

PS - Do I get the prize for being the closest at 30 gallons? I'm hoping it's a gallon of "B Grade" .
Yes, you do! But I think you might find the B grade a bit too strong. Have you ever eaten Maple Sugar candy? It's just pressed maple sugar. THAT is the taste of B grade. 'A' grade is what you'd normally find to put on pancakes, waffles, ice cream, etc.


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Old 11-14-2012, 06:07 AM   #10024
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Yes, you do! But I think you might find the B grade a bit too strong. Have you ever eaten Maple Sugar candy? It's just pressed maple sugar. THAT is the taste of B grade. 'A' grade is what you'd normally find to put on pancakes, waffles, ice cream, etc.


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Great, I'll send you my address . I wanted to try the B Grade, as I'm well used to the stuff you put on pancakes. ...Well, actually, not at the moment, what with the diet. Though I did have two small pancakes this morning, with sliced banana rather than syrup .
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:27 AM   #10025
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I question whether sonatas can be metallic. And if they can, whether they can be oscillated. But I think I'll allow it.

Only 5 words, but 31 letters!

Do we have an advance on 31?
It doesn't look like we'll get more. I declare Bilbo 1967 the winner.

Looking for longer ones, I find that there are enormous gibberish palindromes, but finding ones that make sense is hard. I'm almost tempted to get issue #4 of The Plalindromist, since I found this mention of one:

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Hate to brag but I haven’t seen a COHERENT palindromes longer than my “Ode to Evita,” which was the centerfold of Issue #4 of The Palindromist. I’m not ready to put it online (and make it public domain), but it’s about 180 words (in several paragraphs), starting with “God, deliver an ode to deviative Evita, cover star.” and ending with “Rats, revocative Evita! I’ve doted on a reviled dog!”
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:38 AM   #10026
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Looking for longer ones, I find that there are enormous gibberish palindromes, but finding ones that make sense is hard. I'm almost tempted to get issue #4 of The Plalindromist, since I found this mention of one:

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180 words is astonishing. How the hell would you construct something like that? Start in the middle and work your way outwards?
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:16 AM   #10027
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180 words is astonishing. How the hell would you construct something like that? Start in the middle and work your way outwards?
I would think the more appropriate question would be 'why' rather than 'how.'


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Old 11-14-2012, 07:25 AM   #10028
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I would think the more appropriate question would be 'why' rather than 'how.'


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Old 11-14-2012, 07:59 AM   #10029
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Thanks for the maple syrup making lesson, Stitchawl. That's part of the fun of this Quiz thread, learning new stuff as we go.

PS - Do I get the prize for being the closest at 30 gallons? I'm hoping it's a gallon of "B Grade" .
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Yes, you do! But I think you might find the B grade a bit too strong. Have you ever eaten Maple Sugar candy? It's just pressed maple sugar. THAT is the taste of B grade. 'A' grade is what you'd normally find to put on pancakes, waffles, ice cream, etc.


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Maple syrup production is an annual activity here in Northern Wisconsin as well, though it is not famous for it like Vermont. I love maple sugar candy. Maybe because of a odd story from my childhood. At one point my mother decided that the family should go on a diet that limited bread products to those made from soy, substitution of carob for chocolate, and maple sugar as the only sweetener/candy. The first two are unappetizing but I still recall the delicious taste of little maple sugar candies just melting in my mouth. Maple sugar candy is hard to find now and damn expensive when it can be found.

Oh, there is even a Pete Seeger song about maple syrup season, but I bet Stitchawl already knew that.


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Old 11-14-2012, 08:30 AM   #10030
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I was in Vermont a year ago last August for my son's wedding, and brought back a dozen boxes of Maple Sugar candy... all gone now... goooood stuff! It's funny, I don't use Maple Syrup on pancakes or waffles or anything really. (They didn't want to let me live in Vermont when they learned this...) I just like a spoonful of it now and then right out of the can! Maybe 2-3 times a year. But I can eat Maple Sugar candy anytime! Or 'Sugar on Snow!'


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Old 11-14-2012, 10:57 AM   #10031
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I've never tried it, but I would like to try Alaskan Birch syrup. It is made like Maple syrup but from Birch trees. It takes twice as much sap to make a gallon of Birch syrup, and the window for gathering the syrup is smaller. It is also about 5 times more expensive, and the Alaskans only make around a 1,000 gallons of the stuff a year (compared to millions of gallons of Maple syrup).
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:12 PM   #10032
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I was in Canada in the summer visiting my brother and his wife. They told me that the Canadian $100 note smells of maple syrup. Damn me if they weren't right! Seriously.

Did I imagine that - can Canadian members confirm?
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I'll try a few questions about characters in books. Which character;

1. Started life in a book by another author altogether and has been involved in the Battle of Little Bighorn, the siege of Lucknow and the Charge of the Light Brigade?

2. Is a bit of a one-man A Team. He becomes the earth's last hope in a battle between unfathomable powers?

3. Is an ex military policeman who drinks far too much coffee and has no fixed abode?

4. Is first encountered as a tourist's guide and goes on to become an Egregious Professor Of Cruel And Unusual Geography?

5. Is a debatedly homosexual, drug addict master of disguise.

I fear that this may be too easy for you lot, but I'll put it out there anyway.
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1. Flashman?

3. Jack Reacher

4. Ford Prefect?

5. Sherlock Holmes?
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1. Flashman?

3. Jack Reacher

4. Ford Prefect?

5. Sherlock Holmes?
1. Yes
3. Yes
4. No
5. Yes
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