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So yesterday I was totally channeling my inner Hermione Granger.  I mean I was rocking the Gryffindor robes, and the prefect badge, and my hair was frizzier than I would've liked it to be so I think the stars were aligned.  We got our exams back in A&P and there was a serious inverted bell curve:  7 A's (two of them 100s), 3 B's, 2 Cs, 2 Ds, and 6 Fs (two of them 40s).  There were a few Fs after the last exam and I was shocked because I thought it was pretty easy.  He gives you 50 points.  He tells you the diagrams that are on the exam, and then gives you work banks for them.  That's 20 points right there.  Then he gives you two essay questions, which he spells out word-for-word for you before the exam.  That's your other 30.  All you have to do is memorize... not even actually learn.  The rest are multiple choice and there's usually an easy bonus in there, and granted his multiple choice are tricky ("Which of the following are false?  A, B, C, A and C are false, None of the above are False") but he warned us of that before the first exam, so I feel like it's still not a great excuse.  But anyway, I was a little nervous because I did go back and forth on a few of the multiple choice, but to my surprise, I got one of those 100s!  \o/  I was totally shocked.  On our way to lab one of the other girls asked me how I did and I told her I did well.  Then she was like, "Did you get one of the 100s?  Because we were trying to guess who got them and we figured one of them was you." o_0  Uh oh... am I one of those kids?  I feel like I don't flaunt that I do well in the class.  When we talk about the teacher, I say that I like his style, which a lot of the class does not, but I also agree that he could be challenging.  I dunno, I think he's a good teacher!  If I can go to study for the exam, and feel like I already know, just from going to lecture, most of the material?  I think that's a sign of a good teacher.  *shrug*  But yeah... I was shocked... a 100!

Oh, but I was totally not as shocked as I was when I finally got home from Monday and that evil evil genetics exam and had an email from my genetics prof in my email.  All it said: "You got a 90."  WTF?!?!?  I was expecting a 70 at best.  An 80 would've been a freaking miracle.  But I got a 90!  Out of 100!  There must've been a massive massive curve.  But I'm SOOOO EXCITED!  Because now maybe I didn't waste $450 and maybe I don't have to retake this!  Because right now I have an 87 in the class and that's totally a grade that UConn will accept.  (I don't even want to go to UConn anymore, and they're the only school that wants this stupid course, but I can't afford to rule it out just in case.  It's not even really a safety school.  I mean, I might not get in!)  Applying to schools sucks. lol  But not going to think about that now because I'm actually in a really good mood for once and have been for a little while now.  Gonna roll with that.

As for the Halloween trivia I posted the other day, I destroyed all of you!  MWAHAHAHA!  But I googled a lot and used my human wikipedia, foreverseenstar  .  So for those of you who maybe didn't cheat the winners, with twelve correct answers each, were athena2483   and arinye  !  spygurl121  and fredericks  were close seconds with ten correct answers each.  Dying to know how you did?  Answers are behind the cut!

Halloween Trivia Answers
1. Where did “trick or treating” originate? Britain & France 

2. Your first little “trick or treater” is a little boy, dressed in a space suit that has a badge reading “Space Ranger”. His costume also has a light green belt. Who is this space man? Buzz Light Year
So easy...

3. What does the word “witch” mean? wise one

4. What phobia do you suffer from if you have an intense fear of Halloween? Samhainophobia 
Really, domtheknight   Halloweenophobia? ;) And a bit of trivia phasmophobia is a fear of ghosts.

5. According to superstition, if you stare into the mirror at midnight on Halloween, what will you see? Your future spouse
I totally thought this was Bloody Mary until I did some googling.  Kudos to arinye if you actually knew this!

6. What was the most popular Halloween candy in 2004? Candy Corn
Only one to get this right!  And without googling.  I chose it because on the radio that morning they were talking about the millions of pounds of candy corn we eat every year.

7. Prior to 2004, what was the most popular Halloween candy? Snickers

8. What year did the Halloween novelty song “Monster Mash” reach number one on the billboard charts? 1962
Polling the audience would've failed us, but we were close.  I googled this one.

9. In what year will there be a full moon on Halloween? 2020 
I googled this but didn't care to open the article to look when it was dated, hence why I chose this year.  Again, kudos to arinye   to be the only one to get this.

10. The first Jack-o-Lanterns were made out of what? turnips

11. Halloween is generally considered to have evolved from what ancient festival? Samhain
But how many of us know that it's pronounced "SAH-WEN"?

12. How many witches were burned at the stake in the Salem Witch Trials? none
I wouldn't have known this one without foreverseenstar .  Apparently none of the witches were burned at the stake; they were all hanged.

13. How many pounds of candy did the average American consume in 2002? 24 lbs
We're totally not as fat as we thought we were.  Well, most of us.  fredericks   and I got it.

14. According to legend, a unibrow, tattoos, and a long middle finger are all signs of what Halloween creature? werewolf
I just guessed werewolf because of the unibrow...

15. What was the most popular Halloween costume in 2004? Spiderman

16. How much does the world’s biggest pumpkin weigh? 1,385 lbs
I think this question is a load of crap.  I can't find anything on the internet (aside from a copy of this trivia question) that supports this but whatever.  athena2483   was the only one who got this one.

17. In the Michael Jackson “Thriller” video, what scary Halloween monsters are dancing around? zombies
We were all unanimous on this one. :)

18. When did the “UNICEF for Halloween Program” start? 1955
Only one to get this right and that was with limited googling.

19. Who is the main character in Washington Irving’s Halloween story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”? Ichabod Crane
Another unanimous one.

20. Which one of the following are witches normally associated with for protection from negative forces? Black Cats
This was a tough one and yet another where polling the audience would not have worked.

So Halloween was seriously lame this year.  Mostly at my company.  The president is insisting we bring back the festivities for next year.  We need to have a party, too.  I think that will help.  I'm kind of bummed because it really is my favorite holiday.  Let's see if Thanksgiving and Christmas can hold their own at least.  I have a feeling a lot of that will depend on how much my bonus check sucks.  Is it bad that it's totally already spent... *sigh*

I gotta go run some errands.  NYC to see Kate and athena2483   tomorrow! :D  Later, skaterz.


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Nov. 1st, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
Yay for good grades :)
Nov. 1st, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
20. Which one of the following are witches normally associated with for protection from negative forces? Black Cats
This was a tough one and yet another where polling the audience would not have worked.

I still stand by my answer with this one. Halloween witch v real witch I think is the case. Alas.

And w00t for fannish weekends!
Nov. 1st, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
Really, arinye, if you actually knew this!

It was a guess.
Nov. 1st, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
Ugh, html got all sorts of fucked up. That was supposed to be in regards to Q.5! All fixed now. :)
Nov. 1st, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
We have to wait until 2020 until the next Halloween full moon? :(
Nov. 2nd, 2007 01:47 am (UTC)
I think the last one was in 2001 and the one before that was 1955 so I think that means we've got a pretty good deal.
Nov. 2nd, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
I think your right. I was a freshman in high school when we last had a full moon on Halloween. It was so freaking awesome! I kept waiting for a bat to fly across it.
Nov. 1st, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC)
Nov. 1st, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC)
Dude, "Halloweenophobia" sounds way cooler than "Samhainophobia" which just sounds lame. Try saying them out loud.

A couple of the ones I got right, I got because I was discussing your trivia stuff with foreverseenstar earlier in the day, FYI.
Nov. 2nd, 2007 01:53 am (UTC)
One sounds a bit more scientific though. ;)
Nov. 2nd, 2007 01:57 am (UTC)
Scientific, schmientific.
Nov. 2nd, 2007 02:05 am (UTC)
CONGRATULATIONS! I think I might use your wording: "I'm channeling my inner Draco right now. Piss off." or "I'm channeling my inner Dumbledore... where's my boys?" HA. You're awesome.
Nov. 2nd, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
Nov. 3rd, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)
Congrats my wonderful genius friend. Once you're done with nursing school you may receive the honor of being the only person I allow to stick a needle in my arm (as long as you can hold my hand at the same time... is that possible?).

I actually did well at the trivia? I am surprised. No cheating, I am too lazy, am apparently just a good guesser. :)
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