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I totally misread the airport FJ clue and thought they wanted the airport, so I confidently said Delhi.  Oh well.

For yesterday's FJ do you think they would have taken Elvis and Aretha, since both are very well known only by their first names?

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24 minutes ago, Ailianna said:

I totally misread the airport FJ clue and thought they wanted the airport, so I confidently said Delhi.  Oh well.

For yesterday's FJ do you think they would have taken Elvis and Aretha, since both are very well known only by their first names?

Not to be that guy, but the airport name is actually Indira Gandhi International Airport.  So, you were still wrong:)

I think they probably would have.  Definitely for Elvis, because I've heard them just say Elvis and had it counted correct.  Aretha is a little more shaky.

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1 hour ago, Ailianna said:

For yesterday's FJ do you think they would have taken Elvis and Aretha, since both are very well known only by their first names?

Depends on the phase of the moon. Maybe on a Tuesday if it's dark [Star Trek reference].

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13 hours ago, Driad said:

Please say hello to the Piasa Bird for me.

@Driad, you come up with the most interesting links. I've been to Alton many times, but have never heard of the Piasa Bird. But now I know!

13 hours ago, Toothbrush said:

I didn't do as well as you did in the category, but shoutout to both of our birthplaces being responses.

Crescent City! Interesting everyone knew that's NOLA but no one (including anyone here from what I can tell) knows the headquarters of Deere & Co. is in Moline. (Although Mr. Deere lived in Grand Detour, Illinois when he invented the metal plow. Trivia! He moved to Moline to have access to river transport.) I should get two extra asterisks for that TS.

13 hours ago, peeayebee said:

Didn't we recently have a clue about Ming and vases?

Yes. It seems to be common for a few games to go by, then the same subject comes up again as a new clue, just written differently.

13 hours ago, Brookside said:

Please make your mind up Alex - is it "scoon", "scon", or "scone"?

In American we say skohn, long "o." In Scotland, it's skahn. Then there's the Stone of Scone, said still differently. Skoon, I believe. Apologies for my poor phonetic spellings.

13 hours ago, Toothbrush said:

Steven seemed to totally check out.

He had to be exhausted if he played five games in one day. I think that's how many are played each day. It's been close to 100 games since we've had a five-time winner, most tap out after three games. Getting to four is amazing, and five is ... well, pretty unheard of lately. Makes me wonder what kind of machine Ken Jennings was. Looking forward to rooting for Steven in the ToC.

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I got all the Mississippi River clues.  I grew up in Illinois and now live in Wisconsin.  I have driven the Great River Road many times.  I also had final jeopardy and to my husband's amazement ran the tool category too.

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On 4/3/2019 at 9:10 AM, Clanstarling said:

My childhood last name was of British origin, but my brother gave it a French pronunciation (which, to be fair, allowed more people to pronounce it). So when I called his work (he lived across the country) because there was an emergency, the person who answered was suspicious of me since I said the last name the correct way. (that's when I found out he gave it the French spin)

I live in South Carolina, birthplace of Stephen Colbert, who, as we know, uses a French pronunciation of his last name (Kohl-behr.)  In 2013, his sister Elizabeth was the Democratic nominee in a special election for the SC First Congressional District. She, and I'm guessing the rest of the Colbert family, uses the British pronunciation (Kohl-burt.) Elizabeth, is that you? 😉

3 hours ago, Katy M said:

I think they probably would have.  Definitely for Elvis, because I've heard them just say Elvis and had it counted correct.  Aretha is a little more shaky.

The former Declan MacManus would definitely ask for a BMS.

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5 minutes ago, ProudMary said:

The former Declan MacManus would definitely ask for a BMS.

You can't ask for a BMS on an FJ, though. It's either right or wrong, so in that case, this Declan McManus person would count it wrong, I guess.

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21 hours ago, Bastet said:

Probably a "be more specific" prompt, since the specific type of whisky is what makes it a Rob Roy as opposed to a Manhattan.

I guess my point was that, in Scotland, whisky is Scotch and nothing else.  But I'd be okay with bms.

16 hours ago, saber5055 said:

This was an exciting day for me. "Cities on the Mississippi" was a category written by people who must have been sitting around my kitchen table, I've lived along the Mississippi my entire life. I was in Davenport last week, and the TS of Moline amazed me by being a clue since that is where I was born and lived for more than 25 years. Side note: It's just across the Mississippi from Davenport. I routinely cross the Mississippi to buy groceries or shop. I know all the towns up and down the river.

I got Hannibal and New Orleans, but the other three cities meant nothing to me.  Well, I knew St. Paul was the capital of Minnesota, but not that it was on the Mississippi.

I got FJ by thinking DEL in Asia had to be New Delhi, and the only woman I could think of who would've been important enough to name an airport after in India was Indira Gandhi.

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15 hours ago, Brookside said:

Please make your mind up Alex - is it "scoon", "scon", or "scone"?

For the place in Scotland, it's pronounced scoon.

I got Malcolm and serpent's tooth.

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45 minutes ago, Katy M said:

You can't ask for a BMS on an FJ, though. It's either right or wrong, so in that case, this Declan McManus person would count it wrong, I guess.

Just fyi, this "Declan MacManus person" is Elvis Costello.

34 minutes ago, proserpina65 said:

Well, I knew St. Paul was the capital of Minnesota, but not that it was on the Mississippi.

You would if you remembered the Interstate 35W bridge collapse that killed 13 and injured 145 when the bridge over the Mississippi at Minneapolis/St. Paul broke apart during rush hour in 2007. It was quite the news story, as well an episode of "I Survived" among other true-life tv shows.

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6 hours ago, Clanstarling said:

The wording of FJ confuzzled me. I got the city, but I couldn't wrap my head around the fact that the airport - not the code - was named after a woman. So I was thinking "Delilah? Nope. Delores? Nope." LOL.

Of course now I can't remember which, but I feel like there've been a few FJ (and DD) recently where I was really confused by the wording about what they were even looking for. Not that particular clue for me, but it's been happening to me more than usual. I don't know if the writing has been a little weird or if I'm just off my game.

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I felt so bad for Anna. Imagine getting all the way to making an appearance on the show, and only being able to ring in twice. 

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The new champ is really off-putting but I can’t explain why.  I will say that he was apparently attempting to be gracious, and the lady in the middle was not having it.  She was a little rude, TBH.

I do feel if you add extra shit to your FJ answer like “happy birthday Jack” you should not be credited with a correct answer, because your extraneous nonsense isn’t part of the right response, now is it?

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Whew, I thought I was going to be the only one who hates James.  Glad to know I'm not alone.  This probably means he'll be around for a while, though, sadly.

Poor Anna. 

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James is definitely in the category of champions who I can admire the skills of but who I can't quite root for.  Sorry about the sentence structure - brain foggy from a respiratory bug.

On the upside, Comerica Park was a clue on Opening Day - Go Tigers!!

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I also hate James. lol  

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Unfortunately, I think he might be the next great champ the promos I've been seeing are talking about. Look in the media thread if you want more info.

In other news......

it's a Thursday miracle. FJ was an instaget. If I get it right tomorrow, hell will have officially frozen over. And yes, I know I probably just jinxed myself.

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I like the new champ!  He doesn't go nuts on the buzzer, doesn't shift from side to side, doesn't interupt Alex, and he smiles!  It's almost like he's read these boards and figured out what drives people crazy.  He is an aggressive player but that's how you win the game.  I also noticed he hesitated a couple of times, towards the end of the game, before he rang in and I think it was to give Anna a chance to ring in.  I've never seen a player not answer anything on the first round of Jeopardy.  I think the other two were just too fast on the buzzer.  I felt sorry for her.  

I'm also pretty proud of myself for getting the correct Final Jeopardy answers two days in a row.  That's a record for me!  Now I have to call all of my family so I can brag about that.

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1 hour ago, rubaco said:

I felt so bad for Anna. Imagine getting all the way to making an appearance on the show, and only being able to ring in twice. 

And one of those ring ins was so she could tell us the Blitzkrieg was when Germany invaded Britain.

1 hour ago, PaulaO said:

Five minutes in and I hate James.

One-half hour later and I'm loving James. I was all about his bold "Bet it all" DD. Reminded me of Alex Jacob, one of my all-time favs. Then again, both are/were professional gamblers.

I got the TS of Karmann Ghia. One of my best friends in college drove one. I've always liked Volkswagens.

Didn't pay a lot of attention to other TSs. And FJ has been remarkably easy if I can answer them. I'd be kicking ass in the FJ Contest if I weren't banned from playing by the snot-rag of a contest mod.

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I don't like board hopping because it affects my game, but I don't really have a problem with James.  But, yes, anyone who amasses over $40,000 in one game is probably going to be around a while.  He clearly has a broad base of knowledge.

I started to say England, but then switched to Poland.  Is Eng-Poland a right answer, LOL.  It is for home play anyway.

I feel stupid that I said the Dead Sea for FJ.  But, amazingly, since geography is not my thing, I got all the highest capital clues right.  I clearly forgot the category and laser-focused on the Jordan.  Oh, well, it happens.

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I also like the new champ...great player, and he beat that former "precocious little kid" whatshisname from yesterday. Anna waa fine, but can't say I feel sorry for her...she was bested, plain and simple 

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2 hours ago, rubaco said:

I felt so bad for Anna. Imagine getting all the way to making an appearance on the show, and only being able to ring in twice.

I was embarrassed for her, but I was listening more than watching -- was she frequently trying to ring in and beaten to the buzzer, or did she largely stand there seeming not to know?  Because one of her two ring-ins was with a wrong answer to a clue I'd expect most contestants to get right, so I'm wondering if she was just out-buzzed or plain out-matched.

Snake was a surprising TS; I’d never heard of a stiletto snake, but reptile and fangs in the clue pointed to it clearly enough I can’t believe no one guessed it.

There were quite a few clues in DJ I thought had only first round value.

On a random note prompted by the ballpark cuisine category, Nutella eggrolls sound awful.

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Okay, I’ve seen James on tv before. A cooking show or something. Maybe Masterchef?  This is really bugging me. I know that face!

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3 hours ago, mojoween said:

The new champ is really off-putting but I can’t explain why.  I will say that he was apparently attempting to be gracious, and the lady in the middle was not having it.  She was a little rude, TBH.

When did that happen?

I don't have a problem with James. I guess I'm missing what's bugging a lot of you. I was impressed by his range of knowledge.

1 hour ago, Katy M said:

I feel stupid that I said the Dead Sea for FJ.  But, amazingly, since geography is not my thing, I got all the highest capital clues right.  I clearly forgot the category and laser-focused on the Jordan.

I also said the Dead Sea. Was the category U.S. bodies of water? Then I forgot that, too.

I got snake, but basically a guess, and Karman Ghia (sp?).

I was surprised when Anna said Germany attacked Britain in 1939. 

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22 minutes ago, peeayebee said:

When did that happen?

At the very end after Alex greeted him, he turned to the lady and she glanced down at his hand, cursorily grasped his handshake and immediately looked back away.

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1 hour ago, Bastet said:

Because one of her two ring-ins was with a wrong answer to a clue I'd expect most contestants to get right, so I'm wondering if she was just out-buzzed or plain out-matched.

Seriously she answered Britain to the question about Germany invading this county using the blitzkrieg! 

FJ was an IG. My aunt and uncle used to have a farm near the bear river. 

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43 minutes ago, mojoween said:

At the very end after Alex greeted him, he turned to the lady and she glanced down at his hand, cursorily grasped his handshake and immediately looked back away.

I saw it differently. James extended his hand to shake with the woman in the middle and she didn't see him do it. Then she did, and shook his hand, and that was that. IMO, the ending of the show has to be an avalanche of too much happening at once, Trebek coming to talk, players congratulating each other, PAs off camera motioning for people to do things to get ready for the next taping. She wasn't rude at all that I saw, just a bit overwhelmed at being in the whirlwind that is Jeopardy. It's not that usual for players to shake hands. If we did a drinking game for that, we'd be parched by the end of the week.

I remember one show, a player walked off set at the end, then came back. We aren't all Master Thespians.

I got the TS of "snake," but it was strictly a guess. Who knows if I would have buzzed in if I had been one of the players. It's a toss up ... take a chance on being correct or looking like a dumb ass if it's wrong.

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1 hour ago, LoreliLee said:

Okay, I’ve seen James on tv before. A cooking show or something. Maybe Masterchef?  This is really bugging me. I know that face!

He was on Season 1 of 500 Questions.  I recognized him immediately as well, but it took me a while to figure out from where.

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Five minutes in and I hate James.

One-half hour later and I'm loving James.

LOL! I told Mr. Author the Forum would be split 50-50.

I'll break the tie. I'm loving him.

(Does anyone else think he needs a good denturist?)

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10 minutes ago, Mystery Author said:

LOL! I told Mr. Author the Forum would be split 50-50.

I'll break the tie. I'm loving him.

(Does anyone else think he needs a good denturist?)

Like so many contestants that have extreme reactions I am completely neutral!

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I might not dislike him so much if he didn’t go straight for the highest value clue.  As I’ve said many many times, I get why they do it, but I HATE it when they do.

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5 hours ago, saber5055 said:

I got the TS of "snake," but it was strictly a guess. Who knows if I would have buzzed in if I had been one of the players. It's a toss up ... take a chance on being correct or looking like a dumb ass if it's wrong.

I did too, but wondered if they wanted a specific type of snake since "reptile" was already in the clue. I know snakes aren't the only reptile, but my guess is that everyone overthought the question.

3 hours ago, Mystery Author said:

I'll break the tie. I'm loving him.

(Does anyone else think he needs a good denturist?)

Put me in the "loving him" camp too. I didn't notice his teeth. I thought he was gorgeous (*shallow*). I'm curious what others found dislike-able. Yes, he goes from the bottom to the top of categories, but I've accepted that most contestants nowadays will do that, or board hop.

I also felt bad for Anna. Her mind probably went to the London blitz and caused her to be wrong on only one of her two buzz ins. Has there ever been a contestant who was silent throughout the game?

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7 hours ago, peeayebee said:

I also said the Dead Sea. Was the category U.S. bodies of water? Then I forgot that, too.

I was surprised when Anna said Germany attacked Britain in 1939. 

Yes, it was US bodies of water.  The salt part of the clue was obvious, so had I remembered that, I would have gotten it.  Like, I said, oh well. No use crying over spilt milk.

I immediately changed my answer when 1939 really hit my brain, but I think Anna, like me, just associated the word blitzkrieg with German attacks England (or Britain as the case may be).  Plus, she was probably getting beyond frustrated at that point.  

38 minutes ago, GreekGeek said:

Put me in the "loving him" camp too. I didn't notice his teeth. I thought he was gorgeous (*shallow*). I'm curious what others found dislike-able. Yes, he goes from the bottom to the top of categories, but I've accepted that most contestants nowadays will do that, or board hop.

I'll warn everybody that I'm going to end up getting annoyed with him. I don't like it when anyone wins more than, say, 15 times.  He'll probably be around for months.

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Not sure if I love or hate the new champ.  Neither really.  Seemed a bit smug, but he was very good.  And confident.  No hesitation in betting big on DD

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33 minutes ago, DrSpaceman said:

No hesitation in betting big on DD 

That's what annoyed me - that "all the chips" remark and the gesture as though he's still playing poker. And inviting Alex to bet on something.

If Mystery Author is right, and he does have awful teeth, that may explain the seemingly smug expression. I suppose I'll have to give him another chance. At least he's not Buzzy or Matt Jackson or Austin.  (And the more I see that name "Buzzy," the more I'm liking it. Did he ever explain its source? I don't remember.)

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8 hours ago, saber5055 said:

 It's not that usual for players to shake hands. If we did a drinking game for that, we'd be parched by the end of the week.

I remember one show, a player walked off set at the end, then came back. We aren't all Master Thespians.

They tell you not to do that as soon as the game ends, because everyone is usually on a slightly different raised platform and it's easy to forget that, step forward to shake, and fall off. But with the confusion, people sometimes forget and shake right afterward anyway. Which creates additional confusion because then it's usually happening right as Alex is approaching.

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22 minutes ago, Prevailing Wind said:

That's what annoyed me - that "all the chips" remark and the gesture as though he's still playing poker. And inviting Alex to bet on something.

Now that you mention it, those comments made me roll my eyes. I bet -- haha, bet -- that he had planned on these remarks, thinking they'd be clever. But that's not enuf for me to dislike him... yet. 

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If Mystery Author is right, and he does have awful teeth, that may explain the seemingly smug expression. 

Boy, all these things I missed. Tonight I'll have to be on the lookout for smug expressions and bad teeth. Oh, and gambling puns!

21 minutes ago, Etta Place said:

They tell you not to do that as soon as the game ends, because everyone is usually on a slightly different raised platform and it's easy to forget that, step forward to shake, and fall off. But with the confusion, people sometimes forget and shake right afterward anyway. Which creates additional confusion because then it's usually happening right as Alex is approaching.

And now I'm hoping for the contestants to all shake hands and fall off their platforms. 

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13 hours ago, saber5055 said:

I got the TS of Karmann Ghia. One of my best friends in college drove one. I've always liked Volkswagens.

Once dated a douche who drove a Karmann Ghia, so I got that right. On the other hand, the Mister (30+ years of marriage) drove a Bug. So I've got nothing against Volkswagen. Though I hated the bug. It wasn't built for short women to drive, at least not this one.

11 hours ago, Bastet said:

Snake was a surprising TS; I’d never heard of a stiletto snake, but reptile and fangs in the clue pointed to it clearly enough I can’t believe no one guessed it.

I don't have any particular snake phobias - but now I do. That just creeps me out to no end.

9 hours ago, Mondrianyone said:

He was on Season 1 of 500 Questions.  I recognized him immediately as well, but it took me a while to figure out from where.

OH, I thought he looked familiar - but I thought it was more a stock photo in a frame way.

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25 minutes ago, Clanstarling said:

OH, I thought he looked familiar - but I thought it was more a stock photo in a frame way.

Whenever I see someone who looks like that, I think of my SIL, who used to work for plastic surgeons. She would waste NO time sending him for an eyelid lift. I'm not bothered by it, but she sees it as a near crime.

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Teeth look OK to me here.

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What annoyed me most was starting with the $1,000 clues in the first round, and continuing the practice of choosing the larger $$$ clues even after the DD was found.  That may be good strategy - get the bigger $$$ while you can, but it annoys me to no end.

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Man, you guys must be irritated by every detail of life if James is bugging you. I let all but the most flagrant douchery roll off my back. I don't care what clue someone picks, I'm not glued to the tv screen so don't even notice. I either know the answer or I don't.

I also don't have to have all the cans in my cupboard facing the right way.

James "betting it all" was an Alex Jacob move, another professional gambler. But I did leave this thread for a long, long time when Alex was in the ToC because I couldn't tolerate all the shade everyone (well, almost everyone) was throwing at him.

As long as he doesn't start doing charades and miming, I'm fine with him. I hope he lives long and prospers on this show.

Speaking of being gone, it's nice to see you again @Mondrianyone.

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17 hours ago, Grundoon59 said:

James is definitely in the category of champions who I can admire the skills of but who I can't quite root for. 

I kind of feel this way.  He played an amazing game, and I don't really care one way or the other about him, but I wouldn't be upset if he lost tonight.

16 hours ago, saber5055 said:

And one of those ring ins was so she could tell us the Blitzkrieg was when Germany invaded Britain.

That was pretty bad, and she sounded so confident about it, too.

14 hours ago, Bastet said:

On a random note prompted by the ballpark cuisine category, Nutella eggrolls sound awful.

Not to me.  Deep-fried shell filled with chocolate hazelnut spread?  Send them my way.

7 hours ago, GreekGeek said:

I did too, but wondered if they wanted a specific type of snake since "reptile" was already in the clue. I know snakes aren't the only reptile, but my guess is that everyone overthought the question.

I said lizard.  Oops.

6 hours ago, Katy M said:

I immediately changed my answer when 1939 really hit my brain, but I think Anna, like me, just associated the word blitzkrieg with German attacks England (or Britain as the case may be). 

I can see the "blitz" part maybe leading to England as an answer, but the blitzkrieg referred to the speed with which Germany swept through Poland and then the Low Countries and France.

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39 minutes ago, saber5055 said:

I don't care what clue someone picks

I do because often the writers have a theme, and picking the clues out of order messes with that, and can even make people get the wrong answers.

But I'm not particularly bothered by James.  Yet.  Give him time.

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16 hours ago, saber5055 said:

I got the TS of Karmann Ghia

I got it too, loved them since I lived in Germany. But I knew as soon as I saw the picture that it would be a TS

I wonder if Anna set the record for fewest ring-ins. I felt bad for her, but I definitely WTFed at the Nazis invading Britain

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4 minutes ago, bad things are bad said:

I got it too, loved them since I lived in Germany. But I knew as soon as I saw the picture that it would be a TS

The Karmann was Before Their Time!

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I once attended a seminar led by two women: one named Carmen, the other Gia. They made a joke about their names and the car, so now I pronounce the car name with a soft "g."

All else being equal, I root for the person whose occupation makes me think they could really use the money, and a "professional sports gambler" is never going to check that box for me. I know, even someone who has a stereotypically low-paying job could be independently wealthy and not need a dime of Jeopardy winnings, but that's just something I've always done.

Re: Nutella-filled egg rolls -- I filled wonton wrappers with Nutella and baked them once and they were very good. Hmm, I need to go to the grocery store this afternoon …

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My SIL posted a meme on FB separating the contents of a jar of Nutella. I was surprised that there are more hazelnuts than cocoa, but not surprised at all at almost half being sugar. I don't think I want to ever eat Nutella again, in egg rolls or on vanilla wafers or straight off the spoon...

(I tried to upload the jpg, but it kept failing.) 

https://www.thekitchn.com/this-viral-image-shows-what-s-really-in-your-nutella-242098?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=managed

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