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Test your knowledge! Alcoholic Drinks in the U.S.

Test Your Knowledge

You can learn a lot about something from a market research report or industry profile.  Really!  Take for instance the October 2013 industry profile on "Alcoholic Drinks in the United States."

How well do you know alcoholic drinks in the U.S.?  Take this quiz to find out:

The alcoholic drinks market consists of retail sale of beers, ciders & FABs, spirits and wines.  What are FABs?

"Black Man" - Who is Stevie Singing About?

Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life

I was listening to Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life on our new record player recently and the track "Black Man" came on.  I have to admit that I didn't really know this one but it's great, just like the entire album is great.  

World Cup Drama - All those injuries!!

Neymar World Cup injury

Watching a lot of World Cup games has been and will continue to be a lot of fun and exciting... and entertaining.  I've heard a few groans about how there's way too much drama and bodies flopping all over the field.  It doesn't bother me too much and it certainly doesn't make me NOT want to watch as much as I can.  

Steve Jobs patented a staircase?

Steve Jobs Staircase Patent

Steve Jobs means Apple Computers basically. Think AppleII, Macintosh, PowerBook, iMac, MacBook, iPod, iPad, iPhone.

"We Didn't Start the Fire" - what is he singing about?

We didn't start the fire

Things seem to come in waves.  I read something the other day about Billy Joel flubbing the lyrics to his very own "We Didn't Start the Fire" and then slamming it for being the worst thing he's ever written.  It's definitely one of those tunes you can't get out of your head but who could possibly memorize all of it!  

Then I heard it on the radio or somewhere like that... who knows, could have been Spotify, a car driving by, Pandora, elevator music.  

GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Quiz

Soccer Goal

This summer, the United States will join the rest of world to celebrate humanity's most popular sporting event, FIFA World Cup, which begins on June 12 and culminates on Sunday, July 13. Held every four years (like the Olympics), World Cup 2014 is hosted in Brazil with matches played in a dozen venues.

If you've never heard a soccer commentator yelling "Gooooooaaaaaalllllll!" check out this example on YouTube.

Test your knowledge!

Test Your Knowledge

Get ready to test your knowledge!  To help with your research, you can try searching the Student Resources In Context and Gale Virtual Reference Library databases (available with a Denver Public Library card).  

How much is that vinyl in the window?

Rare & Hard to Find Vinyl

We recently got a new turntable (an upgrade from the $99 Sony turntable that I got a few years ago at Best Buy). The guy I bought it from said that it was a great entry-level audiophile choice, so I guess I'm now an entry-level audiophile. It's been great – now we just need better speakers.

Dr. Dre needs a Doctor!

Dr Dre I Need a Doctor

Is there a song written about your career?  Or someone in a position like yours?  Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson told mothers not to let their babies grow up to be cowboys (they should be doctors and lawyers and such)... and Smokey Robinson crooned that there's nothing much sadder than the tears of a clown.  

Below are some lyrics to a few songs that mention various occupations in the title or lyrics.  Can you name some others?    

Statistically speaking, you may or may not know jack!

Mt Elbert

Did you know that Florida has the lowest highest elevation point of the fifty states? It's Britton Hill at 345 feet above sea level. And Colorado has the highest lowest point - Arikaree River at 3,315 feet above sea level. See for yourself.

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