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Old 04-05-2013, 04:06 PM   #11521
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No, I don't mean Vlad the Impaler, though I knew someone would guess that.
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:16 PM   #11522
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I believe the character of Dracula was based upon the russian dictator Vlad, but you probably mean Draculas birth name in fiction?
Oh, and also I didn't say anything about this person being a fictional character.
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:31 PM   #11523
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:00 PM   #11524
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I don't think anyone's going to get this one, and anyway, it's Kumabjorn's turn to supply a question, so I'm going to flip the cards over and reveal the answer.

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...As Dracula he terrified an entire town until his reign of terror was ended by a stake through the heart. But the devil is not mocked, and 13 years later he returned to bare his fangs upon a new set of victims. All in all, his life spanned three centuries, but he was not always known as Count Dracula. What was his given name at birth? (For purposes of this quiz, I'll accept either the original or anglicized version.)...
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Oh, and also I didn't say anything about this person being a fictional character.
No, the person wasn't a fictional character, but he was one of many actors to portray the fictional Count Dracula on the big screen. He was born František Lederer in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary in what is now part of the Czech Republic, but was much better known as Francis Lederer. He first portrayed Dracula in the 1958 film, The Return of Dracula, and 13 years later reprised his role for an episode of Rod Sterling's Night Gallery entitled, "The Devil Is Not Mocked" (hence the wording of the clue).

Although he was successful in many other roles, the real reason why his portrayal of Dracula was particularly apt was that his life—like the undead vampire he played on screen—spanned several centuries; in Lederer's case, three. He was born on November 6, 1899 and died May 25, 2000.
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:38 AM   #11525
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Morning has arrived, questions galore.

What did Isaac Newton request as a parliamentarian?

How is Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker related?

What is Seamus Heaney's market share of poetry sold by living pets in the U.K.?

What nation has been condemned to death for heresy?

How did Stalin test his shamans?
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:52 AM   #11526
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Old 04-06-2013, 02:31 AM   #11527
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Old 04-06-2013, 03:43 AM   #11528
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How did Stalin test his shamans?
Did he see if they survived a firing squad?
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Old 04-06-2013, 03:57 AM   #11529
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Did he see if they survived a firing squad?
Nope, but he did test one of their claims.
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:01 AM   #11530
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Looks like there wasn't much interest in my questions. Stichawl got one so over to him.
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:13 AM   #11531
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The questions were interesting, but perhaps too difficult for many of us?
What are the answers?
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:01 AM   #11532
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Ahh, wouldn't that be a little too easy. No pain, no gain.
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:31 AM   #11533
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Morning has arrived, questions galore.

What did Isaac Newton request as a parliamentarian?

How is Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker related?

What is Seamus Heaney's market share of poetry sold by living pets in the U.K.?

What nation has been condemned to death for heresy?

How did Stalin test his shamans?
Well, if we're now allowed reference material.

In his first speech in Parliament, it is said that Isaac Newton asked for a window to be closed.

Bram Stoker married Florence Balcombe, who was once Oscar Wilde's intended.

I'm not sure I understand the question about Seamus Heaney. 100%?

The heresy question has been answered.

Stalin had Shamans thrown out of helicopters.
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Did he see if they survived a firing squad?
Shamans that claimed they could fly were given the opportunity to prove it, he threw them out of helicopters.
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:34 AM   #11535
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They were all available on the Internet, I see. Seamus poetry is two thirds of all poetry sold in the UK by a living poet.
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