Wednesday, May 30, 2012


I won the KDEC trivia contest this morning again on the way to work. The question was, “Rocker Lou Reed has joined Neil Young and the late Frank Zappa in having a _________ named after him.” I called in and guessed a high school, because I know there’s a Frank Zappa High School somewhere. Nope. So I hung up. The morning DJs weren’t getting any more calls so they threw out a hint: David Bowie has never had one of these, even though he’d be a natural for it. I thought, Ziggy Stardust – maybe it’s a star. So I called back. Nope. Not a star. I could tell they were getting tired of the game because they gave me a REALLY BIG HINT while I was on the phone – they said to think about Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars for a minute. I guessed “Spider?” Bingbingbingbing, that was the answer. Lou Reed has one now named after him, a velvet trapdoor spider (that lives under ground). Get it? The Velvet Underground? Yeah, I thought it was kind of a stretch. FYI, Zappa has one named after him because if you care to get close enough to look at its face, it has sort of a Zappa-esque moustache. (I’ll take their word for it.) And Neil Young’s spider just got his name because the scientist who named him is a Neil Young fan. Whatever. I think maybe there are just too many spiders in the world and they are running out of things to call them.


kw said...

So.....many things come to mind. How do you know this stuff? Even with the hints I have no idea what you all are talking about. But more importantly, what did you win? :)

Maria Stahl said...

I won a Vera Bradley tote bag which I need to pick up next time I'm in Decorah.