Knowledge Base

An Esquire movie-trivia quiz (i.e., 21 questions) that I could have linked to a couple of weeks ago but didn’t. Sample questions and answers: (a) The Wizard of Oz was the first movie filmed in color. Answer: Esquire even asking this tells you what they think of their readers’ awareness levels; (b) “Myth or true — if you watch The Wizard of Oz while listening to Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, they sync up perfectly.” Answer: True. (Never tried this!); (c) “Myth or True? Hollywood stardom is a cruel bitch-goddess that entraps even the purest souls into lives of ever-increasing degradations so punishing that the sweet release of the grave becomes but a faint stain in its shadow.” Answer: Better conveyed by clicking through.

4 thoughts on “Knowledge Base

  1. crazynine on said:

    “(a) The Wizard of Oz was the first movie filmed in color. Answer: Esquire even asking this tells you what they think of their readers’ awareness levels”

    As in, they assume their readers know nothing at all about film? Because the Wizard of Oz was far from the first movie filmed in color.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_motion_picture_film

    “”Myth or true — if you watch The Wizard of Oz while listening to Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, they sync up perfectly.” Answer: True. (Never tried this!)”

    I have. It doesn’t synch up perfectly, and where it does, it relies heavily on the human talent of being fooled into finding patterns that do not exist, and assigning meaning to coincidence.

    Still, it synchs SOMETIMES, and when it does, it’s a neat trick.

  2. “they sync up perfectly”

    That’s an obvious exaggeration, but the scene with the Munchkins dancing to (is it ‘Money’?) is pretty funny.

    I was early for a film class one day and wandering around the floor and heard Pink Floyd playing, and my immediate instinct was “There’s no reason for that to be playing except if they’re doing the Wizard of Oz thing.” So I found the screening, and wound up watching a good 15 minutes of it on a fairly decent-sized screen. But large segments of it don’t work at all.

    The one thing I’ve always wondered about this rumor — if that wasn’t done deliberately, and then leaked out to a few people who spread it around, how did somebody inadvertently stumble upon doing that? I recognize that it would be more or less impossible to have deliberately recorded an album that way, but I genuinely don’t understand how somebody randomly decided to watch the movie starting the album at exactly the third roar and then realized how weirdly it all synched up.

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