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Roshan's Humour List - Roshan Sembacuttiaratchy (cyberjester@poboxes.com)
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Last updated (Version 3.61): 15th March 1997

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1.What was the British equivalent of "We Are The World"?
"Do they know it's Christmas?" by Band Aid
2.Name six members of the Brat Pack.
Molly Ringwald, Emilio Esteves, Ally Sheedy, Rob Lowe, Judd, Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, Mare Winningham, Demi Moore, Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick
3.What Liverpool band popularized the Doors' "People Are Strange?" in the 80's?
Echo and the Bunnymen
4.Who had the trademark saying "Nanoo Nanoo?"
Robin Williams (Mork from Ork) in "Mork and Mindy"
5.What was the original name of Duran Duran?
This one has been very hard to pin down!

Duran Duran was the original name for the group. Bassist John Taylor took the name of the villain in Roger Vadim's 1967 film "Barbarella" starring Jane Fonda. He liked the rhythm of the name and decided it matched the band's "edgy" sound at the time. Two of the founding members were considering another name, a three-letter acronym (RAF?) that wasn't intended to stand for anything.

Arcadia was formed after Duran Duran by band members Simon Lebon, Nick Rhodes, and Roger Taylor, while the other 2 members (John and Andy Taylor) formed Power Station with Robert Palmer and Tony Thompson. Arcadia had a big single "Election Day". Duran Duran got back together after the Arcadia and Power Station Projects, but without Andy and Roger Taylor.

6.What was the name of ET's favorite candy?
Reese's Pieces
7.What did people desperately try to avoid getting on "Press Your Luck?"
8.Name 3 books by Judy Blume or Beverly Cleary
Judy Blume: Superfudge, Blubber, Iggy's House, Deenie, Otherwise Known as Shelia the Great, Forever, Wifey, Freckle Juice, Tiger Eyes, "Then Again, Maybe I won't", "Starring Sally J. Freeman as Herself", Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Are you there God, It's me Margaret.
Beverly Cleary: The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Socks, Fifteen, Henry and Beezus, Ramona the Pest, Ramona Quimby age 8.
Henry Huggins is also by JB or BC. Not sure by whom, though.
9.Who were the leaders of the Transformers? (according to the cartoon)
Autobots: Optimus Prime. After the Transformer movie it was Rodimus Prime. (Hot Rod) There was also a brief period in the movie where Ultra Magnus was the leader.
Decepticons: Megatron. After the movie, it was Galvatron (Megatron rebuilt). Starscream was also the leader for a short period of time.
10.Where did the Super friends congregate and watch the latest happenings on a big screen TV?
The Hall of Justice
11.What group did New Order evolve from?
Joy Division
12.What were the names of Kevin's best friend and girl friend on "The Wonder Years?"
Paul and Winnie
13.What was the name of the mechanical bear on Battlestar Galactica?
Apollo's son Boxie had a mechanical Daggit named Muffit. It was a replacement for a dog that Boxie lost in the Cylon sneak attack and it did look like a bear. It is said that it wasn't totally mechanical, but a mechanical shell which was controlled by a simian.
14.What commercial was Michael Jackson singing for when his hair caught on fire?
Pepsi. Jackson was walking down a flight of stairs with pyrotechnics going off on both sides, and some of the stuff landed in his hair and set it on fire
15.Who was the 4th child on "Growing Pains?"
16.Name 3 Strawberry Shortcake characters. (besides Strawberry Shortcake)
Lemon Chiffon, Apple Dumpling, Purple Pie Man, Blueberry Muffin, Orange Marmalade, Huckleberry Pie, Pupcake, Custard, Orange Blossom, Lime Chiffon, Lemon Meringue, Raspberry Tart, Plum Pudding, Escargo. Duplicate flavors are disputed.
17.What, according to GI Joe, was "Half the battle"?
"_Knowing_ is half the battle." (translated as _knowledge_ in some countries)
18.What was the name of the Bjork-fronted 80's band?
19.Who lamented about "No chocolate-covered candy hearts to give away and no wedding Saturday within the month of June"?
Stevie Wonder
20.What famous Wham! frontman went on to record a multiplatinum record in 1987?
George Michael
21.What was Dustin Hoffman's character's name in "Rain Man?"
Raymond Babbit, the 'Rain Man.'
22.Name all five New Kids On The Block. Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre, Jonathon Knight, Danny Wood
23.What was the name of the show that featured Larry Appleton and his zany foreign cousin?
Perfect Strangers
24.Who played Sarah Connor in 1984's "Terminator"?
Linda Hamilton
25.Name 8 Muppets from "The Muppet Show".
Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Beaker, Animal, The Great Gonzo, Fozzie Bear, Rowlff, Camilla the Chicken, Scooter, Skeeter, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Zoot, Rizo the Rat, The Swedish Chef, Waldorf & Statler (the balcony guys), Janice, Dr. Bob, Sam the Eagle, Floyd Pepper, Lou Zealand, Sweetums, Dr. Teeth, Robin the Frog (Kermits nephew) Crazzy Harry, plus a hundred or so more.
26.Who was the actress that played Ferris Bueller's sister? Hint: Patrick Swayze showed her "the time of her life" in a movie a couple years later.
Jennifer Grey
27.Who was the original singer of Los Lobos' 1987 hit "La Bamba"?
Richie Valens
28.What was the name of the once Morrissey-fronted band in the 80's?
The Smiths
29.Who was the actress that made waves in 1984's "Splash"?
Daryl Hannah
30.Who was the lead actress in the famous bomb "Grease 2"?
Michele Pfeiffer
31.What craft toy involved cutting plastic figures, coloring them in, and then baking them in the oven?
Shrinky Dinks
32.Name 3 glam rock bands of the 80's.
We shall define glam(ourous) as: Makeup wearing heavy-metal rock bands.
{Thus we get} Poison, Twisted Sister, Warrent, Great White, White Lion, Motley Crue, Cinderella, Kiss (late 80's)
{and possibly} Flock of Seagulls, Roxy Music, Thompson Twins, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Culture Club, Human League, Wham, Katrina and the waves, and The Cure.
33.What planet was Spock brought back to life on?
Genesis. I'd have to watch the movie but I think 'Genesis' was really the name of the 'bomb' and that the planet was refered to as the 'Genesis Planet.'
34.Name 3 of the actors from "The Goonies".
Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, Jonathan Ke Quan, John Matuszak, Robert Davi, Joe Pantoliano, Anne Ramsey, Chris Burton.
35.What was the famous line uttered by an old woman in Wendy's ads?
Where's The Beef?
36.Name the four ghosts from Pac-Man.
In the USA: Inky, Blinky, Pinky, Clyde.
Elsewhere: Oikake, Machibuse, Kimagare, Otoboke.
OR: Akabei, Pinky, Aosuke, Gazuta. (Gee get technical)
37.What were the names of the Saturday morning cartoon critters who lived in air-vents and befriended a boy who kept their secret hidden?
The Littles
38.Name Eddie Murphy's skit about vocabulary on Saturday Night Live.
Mr. Robinsons Neigborhood
39.What was the name of Michael Knight's car?....Now, what was the name of his boss?
KITT and Devon
40.What actor mouthed the line "Whatch you talkin' 'bout Willis?"
Gary Coleman as Arnold Jackson in "Different Strokes"
41.Who played Axel Foley's best friend in Detroit?
Paul Reiser
42.What was the name of the funky van Scooby Doo and friends rode in?
The Mystery Machine
43.To what does the obscure song "Turning Japanese" refer?
Masturbation (So we are told)
44.Which red-head won Star Search and then went on a shopping mall singing tour that took America by storm in 1987 and 1988?
45.Which band had members Robert palmer, Andy and John Taylor, and Tony Thompson?
The Power Station
46.What were the names of all five Huxtable kids on "The Cosby Show?"
Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa, Rudy
47.What were the names of the four Golden Girls?
Blanche, Rose, Dorothy, and Sophia.
48.What was the claymation Domino's Pizza thing to avoid?
The Noid
49.What oldies song was revived by the movie about a certain principal named Joe Clark?
"Lean On Me"
50.What was the name of Ripley's ship in Aliens? (not Alien or Alien3)
Again, this one is tough to pin down. Hopefully, the following explanation will satisfy everyone.

According to the script in Aliens, it was the _Narcissus_. However, it might have been changed for the movie. The USS _Sulaco_ was the Marines ship. ("Sulaco" was the town in which most of Joseph Conrad's book entitled "Nostromo" took place.) In Alien, Ripley's ship was the mining ship USCSS _Nostromo_. If you wanna get hyper-detailed about it, it was the Weyland-Yutani Corporation's ship, and it was completely destroyed in the blast at the end of _Alien_. Ripleys ship in Alien 3 was an escape pod from the _Sulaco_, in which Ripley has a Cold-sleep nightmare.

51.What TV actress co-starred in 1986's "Howard The Duck"?
Lea Thompson
52.Name 5 movies made by John Hughes in the 1980's.
Writer filmography: ('90s included for completeness)
  • Home Alone 3 (1997)
  • 101 Dalmatians (1996)
  • Baby's Day Out (1994)
  • Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
  • Dennis the Menace (1993)
    ... aka Dennis (1993)
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
  • Career Opportunities (1991)
    ... aka One Wild Night (1991)
  • Curly Sue (1991)
  • Dutch (1991)
    ... aka Driving Me Crazy (1991)
  • Home Alone (1990)
  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
  • Uncle Buck (1989)
  • Great Outdoors, The (1988)
  • She's Having a Baby (1988)
  • Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
  • Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
  • Pretty in Pink (1986)
  • Traps (1986)
  • Breakfast Club, The (1985)
  • National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985) (also story)
  • Weird Science (1985)
  • Sixteen Candles (1984)
  • Mr. Mom (1983)
    ... aka Mr. Mum (1983)
  • Nate and Hayes (1983)
    ... aka Savage Islands (1983)
  • National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
    ... aka Vacation (1983)
  • National Lampoon's Class Reunion (1982)
Director filmography:
  • Curly Sue (1991)
  • Uncle Buck (1989)
  • She's Having a Baby (1988)
  • Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
  • Traps (1986)
  • Breakfast Club, The (1985)
  • Weird Science (1985)
  • Sixteen Candles (1984)
53.What was the first video played on MTV?
"Video Killed The Radio Star" by the Buggles
54.What was the name of Garfield's teddy bear?
55.What was the name of the bartender on "The Love Boat"?
Isaac Washington
56.Who was the head villian on "The Smurfs" and what was his cat's name?
Gargamel and Azrael
57.What was the name of the guy who couldn't enunciate on "The Fat Albert Show?"
Mush Mouth
58.What was the name of the hollow hole-covered plastic ball kids used to hit instead of a baseball?
Whiffle Ball
59.What was the name of the singer who died in Robotech's first generation?
It was Roy Fokker who died in the first generation of Robotech. He was a pilot, but he died while singing to his girlfriend, the bridge crew member Claudia Grant. Lynn Minmay lived to be a frumpy, middle aged has been lounge singer and was in a pilot episode for the "Robotech Sentinels" featuring the wedding of Rick Hunter and Lisa Hayes.
60.What was the name of Bo and Luke Duke's automobile?
General Lee
61.Name 2 of the original 4 MTV VeeJays.
Mark Goodman, (the first to appear on MTV, his first words were "Ladies and Gentlemen, Rock and Roll") Nina Blackwood, JJ Jackson, Martha Quinn, and Alan Hunter. Adam Curry came much later. Kurt Loder did the MTV News, not videos, and Collin Quin co-hosted a game show.
62.What German siren sang "99 Luftballons" (known in the US as "99 Red Balloons")?
63.Name the 5th original member of Depeche Mode who left the band, formed Yaz, and then went on to form a more-lasting group.
We are told that Depheche Mode never had 5 members. When Vince Clark left, the band recorded their second album with the 3 remaining members (Martin Gore, Dave Gahan, Andrew Fletcher). Then Alan Wilder joined with the band for their 3rd album and has been with them since.
64.What group sang "Come On Eileen"?
Dexi's Midnight Runners
65.What speed did Marty have to reach in order to activate the flux capacitor? (once you remember the movie, this should be easy)
88 mph
66.Name the two mega-popular bands which got their start on college-radio in Athens, Georgia?
REM, B-52's
67.What was the name of the heroic boy in "The Never Ending Story"?
Bastian was his name in real life, but Atreu was his name in the book. Bastian reads the book and tells Atreu what to do. In the second movie Bastian is the heroic one. Atreyu and Bastian were _NOT_ the same character in any way, shape, or form. That should be abundantly clear to anyone who has read the book (which encompasses both movies--though the second movie was drastically changed from the book), as they spend much of the adventure side by side.
68.So, who shot JR?
Kristin Ellen- Check the TV guide for June 29 - July 5. Page 56, in the box marked number 13. (Various people claimed it was Kristin's sister, Sue) Who Shot J.R.? (March 21, 1980) It is night, and coldhearted J.R. Ewing sits in his office alone. And no wonder: In the course of the previous 50 minutes, he has manged to alienate, infuriate, and betray most of Texas, and all of his relatives. It's Miller time! Then a door in the outer office opens and someone enters. "Who's there?" J.R. asks. BLAM! He clutches his chest. BLAM! He hits the floor, exhales, and... dies? The following November, more than 80 million viewers--nearly as many as voted in the presidential election that month--tuned in to Dallas for the resolution of this tantalizing cliffhanger. In case you forgot: It was Kristin who wounded J.R.
69.What kind of sword did Thundar the Barbarian have?
A Sun Sword
70.What was the name of He-Man's magician sidekick?
71.What band sang the theme song to "The Breakfast Club"?
Simple Minds
72.Name the 4 girls from the "Facts of Life" and their chaperone.
Blair, Joe, Natalie and Tootie. Chaperone: Edna Garret
73.What gothic rock group did "Tones on Tail" become?
"Love & Rockets". After Peter Murphy left the band Bauhaus to pursue solo projects, the remaining members of Bauhaus formed "Tones on Tail" which went on to become "Love and Rockets"
74.What were the names of the host and his sidekick on "Fantasy Island"?
Mr. Rork and Tattoo
75.Name Buck Rodgers' pal
76.What was the movie that starred the little furry creatures from "Return of the Jedi"?
"The Ewok Adventure," and "Ewoks - Battle for Endor."
77.What was Tom Cruise's call sign in the movie "Top Gun"?
78.Who got his 100-meter dash gold medal stripped away due to his steroid use in the 1988 Olympics?
Ben Johnson
79.Who sang "Shattered Dreams" in 1987?
Johnny Hates Jazz
80.Who played Ming of Mongo in "Flash Gordon"?
Max Von Sydow

As mentioned above, some questions have conflicting answers. There might be a question in there which has another answer we don't even know about. If you have any disputes, please mail them to us.

The number of people who helped to compile this list of answers was immense! We never expected such a terrific response. Listing each one out would be impractical and impossible. Our thanks go to all the people who sent in answers, and for the critics as well! :-)

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