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Noggin Hoggin' Challenge Starting on Monday November 17, 2014

Here are the past questions which were used in this Noggin Hoggin' Challenge, along with the answers we accepted and an explanation.


Bonus Question (Head Start Clue)

Be this tiny angel or dragon?
Such fragile, other-worldly beauty beguiles.
Floating gently, supine,
Who would e'er suspect—
She sups on venom and men o' war?

What is his genus?

Acceptable answers:


Glaucus atlanticus is the scientific name for this sea slug—which is also referred to as the blue sea slug, blue angel or blue dragon. It floats, often upside down, on the surface of the ocean.

As seen in the photo, it's appearance would certainly qualify as other-wordly. Although only inches in length, their cerata (the pointy, finger-like extremities) are where the blue angel stores the venom it steals from the much larger Portuguese Man o' War.

The genus, which is the answer we were looking for, is simply Glaucus.

Nudibranch - Glaucus atlanticus (cropped) CC BY 2.0
By Taro Taylor from Sydney, Australia - Flickr


Question for Monday November 17, 2014:

Born in Africa and traded by a Casanova through Austria, Germany, France, and England, it was in London that he was loved by the Royal family and rode by Winston Churchill. He would bath in the Thames, always accompanied by Scotty.  As he reached puberty, his London hosts feared the violent behaviour he exhibited  would intensify as he aged.  He was sold and sent by ship to New York.  He became an instant celebrity in America earning millions of dollars for his new owner.  At the age of 24 he was tragically killed in Canada with his friend Scotty still by his side.  His name was added to the English dictionary, as he defined the very large.

His American owner may have believed there was a sucker born every minute because he was adept at capitalizing on the gullible.  In the 1840s, his hoaxes included the mummified head of a mammal sewn on the body of a fish.  Although this original hoax was destroyed by fire, a male variation can still be viewed in a Canadian town.  It is believed to have been acquired by which successful entrepreneur who attempted to sail around the world?

Acceptable answers:
Norman Luxton
Mr. Luxton
Norman K. Luxton
Norman Kenny Luxton


Jumbo was an African Elephant that became the first international animal star. He grew up in London and was sold to P. T. Barnum, a circus showman from the US. At the time, he was the biggest elephant in captivity. Jumbo would tour around with the Barnum Circus for four years, earning Barnum millions of dollars.

P. T. Barnum created a number of hoaxes to fill out the offerings of his circus and sideshows. One such hoax was the Fiji Mermaid. This mermaid had a head and torso of a monkey sewn to the back half of a fish.

A similar Merman is still visible in the town of Banff, AB at the Indian Trading Post. It was potentially bought or even possibly created by Norman Luxton in 1915. The true story of the origin of the Banff Merman has died with Luxton.


Question for Tuesday November 18, 2014:

At first glance, these two pictures couldn't appear to be more different from one other. One indicates the definitive end of an era, and the other, the precise moment of the dawn of a new one. However, there is much more in common between the two than differences. First of all, they are both intricately tied to water. Secondly, they are both associated very strongly with a single location, where a enormous project was undertaken in the 1960s to preserve history by relocating massive buildings. Where were these buildings moved to?

Acceptable answers:
Agilkia Island


Just last week, the European Space Agency (ESA) successfully landed a robotic probe on a comet (67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko) for the first time in history. The spacecraft that brought the probe to the comet (and is still circling it) is called Rosetta, named after the Rosetta Stone - a stone slab discovered in 1799 which proved to be the key in deciphering Egyptian Hieroglyphics by containing similar text translated into three written languages.

The robotic probe which landed on the comet is named Philae, after an obelisk discovered on the island of Philae in the Nile River of Egypt which was also crucial in helping to understand hieroglyphics. The probe experienced difficulties in landing by failing to properly attach itself to the surface of the comet (the gravity there is far too weak to land in a more conventional manner) and instead, bouncing twice from its intended landing zone. Unfortunately, it ended up in a location and orientation where the sunlight wasn't sufficient to keep its batteries charged. Despite this, it operated for nearly 57 hours on the surface, returning a wealth of science data and photos, including the historic "first ever" look at the surface of a comet showed in the picture to the right. There is still a possibility that as the comet travels closer to the Sun, there may be enough sunlight to recharge the batteries of Philae and allow for communication to be reestablished, but even if that doesn't happen the mission is still considered to be a great success.

At the temple found on the island of Philae, the Graffito of Esmet-Akhom, pictured on the left, is the latest known inscription written in hieroglphys. Written in 394 AD, there are no known cases of hieroglphys created after this, so it truly does mark the end of an era.

In the early 1900s, a large dam at Aswan was created on the Nile river which frequently flooded the island of Philae and the temple and other ruins found on it. So in 1960, UNESCO begin a rescue project, painstakingly dismantling every building on Philae and reconstructing them all to higher ground on the Island of Agilkia, a short distance away. So Agilkia is the answer we were looking for.

Incidentally, Agilkia is the name that was given to the landing site on the comet for the landing probe Philae, where the probe did in fact first touch the comet (before bouncing away).


Question for Wednesday November 19, 2014:

Bought for $20 in Ontario and smuggled into England to be a mascot, my name is household 100 years after my birth. I was named for the city near the longitudinal centre of North America at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. I lead to great fortunes worth $50 million by 1931. The first time I wore a red shirt, it was created by my North American licensor; the father of the licensing industry.

He had also produced another "Red" strip that lead to the creation of merchandise that holds the title of the longest license in history. It was depicted in a 1983 movie and will be presented by a cast of kids in The Musical version in a Canadian city beginning on what day this month?

Acceptable answers:
November 27th
November 27
Thursday, November 27th
Thursday, November 27


Winnipeg the bear was bought in White River, Ontario in 1914. She would be smuggled into Britain and come to live her life out at the London Zoo. She became the inspiration for A. A. Milne's stories about Winnie-the-Pooh.

Stephen Slesinger purchased North American rights to Winnie-the-Pooh and created the modern licensing industry. He marketed Pooh for over 30 years. In 1932, Slesinger was the first to draw Pooh with his signature Red Shirt.

Slesinger also launched the popular comic strip Red Ryder that lead to the merchandizing of the Red Ryder Carbine Air Rifle which holds the longest continuing license in the history of the licensing industry. It was depicted in the 1983 film A Christmas Story. The St. Albert Children's Theatre will be presenting The Musical version of A Christmas Story beginning on November 27, 2014.


Question for Thursday November 20, 2014:

Geomorphological features can sometimes take on anthropomorphic characteristics.  One such "net sensation", discovered in November 2006 in Canada's Badlands may bring to mind movies like "Guardians of the Galaxy", but really does exist.  Some say I appear 'zoned out'; a mix of old and new worlds.  What is the avenue number on which my discoverer has lived for the past 30 years?

Acceptable answers:
5th Avenue
5th Ave
5 Avenue

The Badlands Guardian is located in the south east corner of Alberta. When viewed from the air it strongly resembles a human head wearing full native American headdress. Because of the man-made road and oil well, it appears that he is wearing earphones. Lynn Hickok was the first to discover it when examining images on Google Earth. If you read through some of the articles you will find out that Lynn was originally from Australia but moved to Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan 30 years ago after marrying a local guy. From Canada411 or Superpages you can look up Lynn (Lynnette) Hickok and find out that she lives at 206 5th Avenue W Gravelbourg, SK. Her facebook page also has a picture of her home that confirms that she lives at 206 and not 120, the home of another L, Hickok. To solve this you have to do a bit of internet sleuthing. If you solved it successfully, you make a great detective.


Question for Friday November 21, 2014:

Two Noggin Hoggin' question writers took a short break for a card game and filmed the first round. Watch carefully as it unfolds in the video provided; you are the scorekeeper! Although you can keep track with pen and paper, it may be helpful to get out the board and leapfrog some pegs. Your answer should reveal the difference in points between player A and Player B after this one complete round of play. (HINT: Points can be scored at different times throughout the round, and the answer we are looking for is a single number.)

Acceptable answers:


Cribbage is a card game that uses a complete deck of 52 playing cards, a cribbage board, and pegs to keep score. It has been a popular pastime for centuries.

Rules are easily found online, but can be tricky to apply for the novice player. Here are a few general but important considerations that are essential to arriving at the correct scores:

  • As mentioned in the hint, points accumulate in two different stages; while the hands are being played or laid out, and after when counting the points in your hand.
  • The cumulative value of cards being played or laid out in the first stage cannot exceed 31. If this happens, a GO is given, and counting restarts at 0.
  • There is a card that is cut and turned face up right before play starts each round. This card is a common 5th card which supplements both players' hands for scoring.
  • The four discarded cards are counted at the end by the dealer as an "extra" hand.

It's assumed that to answer this question, you found and reviewed the rules online or asked someone who was familiar with the game to help. So, rather than list them all here, let's instead step through this round and tally the score.

Q♠ is cut and becomes the 5th card for the player's hands.

Player B leads 4♣ and Player A plays 5♣. <9> "B" plays 3♣ for a run of 3. (run is 4-5-3: 3 points for B) <12> "A" plays a K♥, <22> "B" plays a 2♣, <24> then "A" plays an A♣<25> . B can't play a card to keep the total less than 31, so says "Go". ("A" scores 1 point for this.) Play resumes, starting at 0. "B" plays K♣ <10>, "A" plays 10♥ <20>. ("A" scores 1 point for last card.)

"A" scored 2 (for a GO, and a last card)
"B" scored 3 (for a run)

Now, let's count the hands.

Player "A":
(10♥, 5♣, 1♣, K♥) + the extra cut card Q♠ scores 6.
The 15's are as follows:

Player "A" was also the dealer, so let's count their extra hand (also known as the crib, made up of the discards):
(10♦, 7♥, 4♠, 1♥) + the extra cut card Q♠ scores 4.
The 15's are as follows:

Player "B":
(4♣, 3♣, 2♣, K♣) + the spare card Q♠ scores 11.
The 15's are as follows:
The run scores 3:
and the Flush scores 4:
4♣, 3♣, 2♣, K♣ (all clubs)

Therefore, Player A's total score for the round was 2 + 6 + 4 = 12.

Player B's total score was 3 + 11 = 14.

The difference in points between their two hands is 2.


Question for Saturday November 22, 2014:

Road Trip!

The map below depicts the route followed by the Relevart family on their drive across Canada, beginning in their home town of Sydney, NS. The points along the way indicate specific sights that Mrs. Relevart insisted on capturing with her new camera.

Use the map below to identify which points of interest the family visited at each stop (indicated by letters).

Keep in mind that the Relevarts found an exceptionally helpful website when choosing exactly which roadside attractions they were to visit. Also, while some points may appear obvious, others might need further exploration to be discovered.

Once you've found all the "works of art", establish the height of each to determine which one is tallest. What is the name of the museum situated closest to the tallest roadside attraction photographed by Mrs. Relevart?

Click on the map to open an interactive Google Map of the trip in a new window, then come back here to answer the question. But be careful! The markers of where Mrs. Relevart took her photos are somewhat "fragile" - you can easily drag them to new locations if you're not careful and lose track of the places where you should be looking. If this happens, you'll have to reload the Google Map again.

Acceptable answers:
North Peace
North Peace Museum
The North Peace Museum
Fort St. John North Peace
Fort St. John North Peace Museum
The Fort St. John North Peace Museum


Following the markers on the Google Map provided, you'll discover different roadside attractions, (or at least you'll find yourself in very close proximity to them).

Although using street view within the map is an obvious and direct way to find what you're looking for, in some cases, other means would have been required. Sometimes, there were no roads directly adjacent to the attraction, or there were bushes or trees in the way. Thus, a google search using the given location, or using such a website such as www.roadsideattractions.ca would be logical alternatives.

The roadsideattractions.ca site, if used a certain way, probably would have shaved seconds or even minutes from this last time-sensitive question, as it offers a view of attractions by location on a map. Thus, a comparison of the two maps on your screen would have provided a bit of a boost.

No matter which methods were employed, here is a summary of the correct roadside attractions and their relative heights.

It's apparent the oil derrick in Fort St. John is the tallest roadside attraction of all those visited, and the museum closest to it is named the North Peace Museum.