Questions About Etymology

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Q. Where does the term “basket case” originate?

A. “Basket case” refers to a person who is completely helpless or is unable to function normally. The term originates from World War I regarding soldiers who had lost all four limbs and thus would have to be carried in a basket.

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Q. Why do we say “crazy as a loon”?

A. The actual origins of this phrase are unknown. It has been suggested that it comes from the fact that the loon, an aquatic bird similar in appearance to a duck, makes a strange, haunting sound at night which would suggest that it is a little strange. It is also possible that it is related to the Dutch “loen” which means “stupid person.” Another suggested origin is its derivation from the word lunatic which means moonstruck, or made crazy by the moon.

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Q. When referring to a bicycle wheel, what is the origin of the word spoke?

A. The English word “spoke” comes from the Middle Dutch word “spike”.

 

 

 

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Q. What is the origin of the word “wallet”?

A. The exact origin is unknown, but it probably comes from the Old North French “wallet” which means roll or knapsack. Another theory is that it comes from the Proto-Germanic “wall” which means roll.

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Q. On the TV show “The Americans” they mentioned something called ARPANET. What is that?

A. ARPANET stands for Advanced Research Projects Agency Network. It was one of the world’s first operational packet switching networks, the first network to implement TCP/IP, and the progenitor of what was to become the global Internet. The network was initially funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA, later DARPA) within the U.S. Department of Defense for use by its projects at universities and research laboratories in the US. The packet switching of the ARPANET, together with TCP/IP, would form the backbone of how the Internet works. The packet switching was based on concepts and designs by American engineer Paul Baran,Welsh scientist Donald Davies and Lawrence Roberts of the Lincoln Laboratory. The TCP/IP communication protocols were developed for ARPANET by computer scientists Robert Kahn and Vinton Cerf, and also incorporated some designs from Louis Pouzin.

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Q. How do you remove permanent marker from a whiteboard?

A. Here is a very simple solution that involves no chemicals. Simply take a whiteboard marker and draw over the permanent markings. Wipe the unwanted spots away with a whiteboard eraser. You may have to do it a couple of times, but it will come right off.

Questions About Buildings and Cities

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Q. How tall is the Empire State Building?

A. The Empire State Building is a 103-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. It stands a total of 1,454 feet (443 m).

 

Q. What is the tallest building in the world?

A. The world’s tallest man-made structure is the 829.8 m (2,722 ft) tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

 

Q. What is the largest city in the world?

A. Based on population, Tokyo, Japan ranks number 1 with a population of more than 37,000,000.

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Q. What is a 2 for 1?

A. A 2 for 1 is when there is roughly 30-40 seconds left in the game. This allows the team with the ball to try for a basket while also giving the ball back to the opposing team with more time on the game clock than there is on the shot clock. This would mean the second team must shoot the ball before the game clock runs out, thus allowing the first team to get the ball back to try another shot before time runs out.

 

Q. What is a clear path foul?

A. If a fast break starts in a team’s backcourt and a defender fouls any offensive player when the team is going to score an easy basket, a clear path foul has occurred. When the foul happens, no defender can be ahead of the ball where he could defend against the easy basket.

 

Q. What is the difference between a restricted and a nonrestricted free agent?

A. An unrestricted free agent may sign with any team he chooses. A restricted free agent’s original team has the opportunity to keep the player by matching any offers submitted by other teams. This is also known as the “right of first refusal.”

 

Q. What is the difference between a flagrant 1 and a flagrant 2 foul?

A. A flagrant 1 is a foul that involves unnecessary contact by a player. A flagrant 2 is a foul that includes unnecessary and excessive contact by a player. It is considered an unsportsmanlike act and the player is ejected immediately.