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The 2007 Column Game: The Year In A Quiz

As 2007 draws to a close, Pants Man is out of a job, Virginia lawmakers are about to start codifying some lessons from the Virginia Tech shootings, the D.C. schools are in a state of rapid change, and Maryland is moving ever closer to imposing slots on its people.

This year's columns have covered the big stories that dominate the news and some of the little ones that no one else considers worthy of coverage. Here's a quiz on some of the people I've written about this year. Answers are on the jump and in the links. Have fun, thanks for coming along this year, and please join me as the adventure continues.

1. D.C. blogger Michael Rogers told me he outed Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) as someone who secretly has sex with men because Rogers
a. wanted to be famous.
b. wanted to influence the debate.
c. believed someone has to play God and it might as well be him.
d. cannot stomach the arrogance of mainstream journalists.


2. Opponents of D.C. voting rights often say that residents don't need to vote because they're not from here and can vote "back home." Is Washington really a community of transients?
a. Yes, nearly 75 percent of D.C. residents have arrived from someplace else within the past decade.
b. Sort of--six in ten D.C. residents have lived here for less than 15 years.
c. Washington is not a community of transients, nor can most of its residents vote "back home." Well more than half of District residents have lived in the city for more than 20 years.
d. Not even close: only 20 percent of D.C. residents came from elsewhere.

3. Which of the following did not happen before RFK Stadium finished its run at the end of the Nationals' final season there last September?
a. In the '80s, when Washington had no baseball team, Cracker Jack sponsored an annual Old Timers game, and in 1982, the great Chicago White Sox shortstop Luke Appling hit a home run -- at age 75, lifting the ball more than 250 feet off fellow Hall of Famer Warren Spahn, then 61.
b. The Rolling Stones (appearing with Stevie Wonder) shook the place in a July 4th concert in 1972 that Mick Jagger later described as "pretty frightening and a bit weird . . . people sitting on the stage, grabbing at your legs, getting tangled in the mike cables." There were more than 60 arrests.
c. The Beatles played RFK on their final U.S. tour in 1966, drawing 32,000 fans; you could buy an upper-deck seat for $4.
d. In 1970, President Richard Nixon joined Elvis Presley and Evel Knievel at a gala "America: Love It or Leave It" concert and rally at the stadium.

4. In the infamous pants suit, then-D.C. administrative law judge Roy Pearson sued the Chung family's Custom Cleaners for $65 million because the cleaners had allegedly lost his suit pants. Pearson came up with the $65 million figure by:
a. Multiplying the year of his birth by the number of times he believed he was inconvenienced by the Chung family.
b. Consulting the District's consumer protection law, which provides for damages of $1,500 per violation per day. Pearson multiplied 12 violations of his consumer rights over 1,200 days, times three defendants.
c. Calculating the value of his pants, adding the wages he believed he lost because of the shame of appearing at work in inappropriate garb, and then adding damages based on federal guidelines for emotional suffering.
d. Recruiting other customers of the shop to report their complaints about lost or damaged clothing, then adding the total value of their clothes to that of his own suit pants.

5. A cashier at the University of Maryland Food Collective, a crunchy sandwich shop on the College Park campus, refused to ring up a student's lunchtime purchase of juice and chips because the cashier claimed to be offended by the message on the customer's t-shirt. What did the t-shirt say?
a. Judge Me By My Character, Not My Color
b. I Love Al-Qaeda
c. I Stand for Israel
d. Go Dallas
e. It's A Life, Not A Choice

6. Which of the following statements by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley represents his true and enduring principles regarding legalized gambling?
a. Slots are "a pretty morally bankrupt way" to fund education.
b. "It is time to find a consensus that allows our racing industry and horse-related agriculture to compete on a level playing field with the states around us, and it's time to stop sending dollars out of the state of Maryland and instead keep them here at home."
c. "It's time to let the people decide," O'Malley said, adding that he personally would vote for slots in a referendum.

Answers:
1: b.
2: c.
3: d.
4: b.
5: c.
6: Sometimes, there is no one right answer. Have a happy new year.

By Marc Fisher |  December 31, 2007; 7:34 AM ET
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Thank you, Marc!!

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America Love It or Leave It? That SHOULD have happened.


They should do it in the new stadium.

Posted by: M | December 31, 2007 8:50 PM

What about Great White Poofter Bear having his plates downed by Virginia, then beating them back, while outing his youthful exploits with Sen Craig? The timing kicked ass, and he's turned out to be a much more likeable fellow in radio appearances than most LGBT talking heads and bloggers.

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