HAPPY BIRTHDAY… HEEEEERE’S ALAN!
Today is the The Hoopla’s first birthday !
However, between us – Jane, Caroline, Wendy and Hayley – we added up our lady years and we are actually 179.
And we do feel every bit of it on a Friday (birthday or not).
So we’re NOT having a glamorous party at a “notorious inner-city nightspot” with our A-list friends to celebrate.
Instead, we decided that in honour of this auspicious day, we would give you the best present we could think of… Something to make you smile… In front of the heater… And we have it!
It’s the wonderful, witty and charming Alan Brough, tied up with a bow.
Yes, THE Alan Brough (pictured above, left, with Myf Warhurst and Adam Hills).
The six-foot-four Sagittarian brainbox who was a team captain on Spicks and Specks.
This is the first in a series of Friday quizzes from Alan… and, yes, there is a prize. (A bumper gift pack from The Hoopla for the best answer to question 10. Just write your answer in the comments box.)
We asked Alan to come up with a sparkly, alliterative name like the “Brough Brainbuster”, but this is what he wants to call it, so here it is… thanks Mr Brough for being The Hoopla’s birthday present!
THE HOOPLA’S FRIDAY QUIZ
To celebrate The Hoopla’s first birthday all this Friday’s questions have a birthday theme. (Well except for question 4. That has a clown theme. But clowns have birthdays too. Did you know, like horses, clowns all celebrate their birthday on the same day: April 1?)
This quiz is best done in a group with everyone bellowing out answers at the same time while one person tries desperately to write those answers down and then loses their temper and shouts, “Shut up! Shut up! I’m still trying to write down the last one!”
Give it a go without Google. It’ll be much more fun. - Alan
(NB: answers over the page.)
1.In which book do characters celebrate their ‘un-birthdays’?
2.What did my parents give me for my 21st?
a) A car
b) A double pack of underpants and some socks
c) Book tokens
d) A trip overseas so I might indulge my passion for Doric columns
3. True or False: Swiss clowns are the scariest in the world?
4. What is the fear of clowns called?
5.Which of the following lyrics are not from a song called ‘Happy Birthday?’
a) ‘It went woof, woof, woof, woof, woof, woof, woof, woof, woof, woof.’
b) ‘So drink, drink, drink and be ill tonight.’
c) ‘And half-Jewish boys make kickass drummers.’
d) ‘I guess you know the earth is gonna crash into the sun.’
6. True or false: Some North Koreans celebrate their birthdays on July 8th or December 17th?
7. Forget clowns, Happy Meals and bouncy castles, parents in Lewisville, Texas will soon be able to have their children’s birthday party at a:
b) Strip Club?
c) Firing Range?
8: True or false? If 57 people are in a room there is a 99% likelihood that two of those 57 people will have the same birthday. (Clue: the harder you think about this the more difficult it will become.)
9: When the Sultan of Brunei turned 50 how many guests did he invite to his party? (Here’s a clue: he has a solid gold toilet on his private jet.)
10. Queen Elizabeth II has invited you to her birthday party at Buckingham Palace. You have forgotten to buy her a present and the only place open is The $2 Shop. In 25 words or less tell me what $2 birthday gift you’ll buy the Queen and why.
(Best answer, judged by me, wins the prize. Just write your answer in the comments box below. Good luck!)
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