Tuesday, April 09

There Can Be Only Pun: Sport A Cappella

by Sean Adams

You guys, I have an addiction. I'm addicted to puns. I need them. I can't get enough of them. I HUNGER FOR THEM. That's why I've set up this weekly blog feature: so you guys can feed my addiction. Every week, I'll name the topic, give you some examples, and then you'll pun away in the comments! I'll choose the best ones and post them here next week. Sound good? Good! Let's do it!

THIS WEEK'S EPISODE: Sport-a-pella!

Imagine if sports teams didn't have cheerleaders. Imagine if, instead, they had an a cappella group. What would they be called? Here's what we think:

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Thursday, April 04

 

Tuesday, January 29

There Can Be Only Pun: Fish of Football!

by Sean Adams

It seems like I face some new, frustrating dilemma almost every day. For a while, I tried to solve each one on my own, but I just can't do it anymore. I'm in over my head, and I need your help, Wooters! So, each week, I'm going to post a problem that I'm facing and you're going to help me solve it. But here's the catch: the solutions need to be puns. That's right: logic is secondary; puns are the primary goal here. I'll choose the best pun and announce it in next week's post.

THIS WEEK'S EPISODE: Fishy Football Players!

You guys know the Puppy Bowl, right? Well, guess what? This year it's going to be FISH BOWL, and they've put ME in charge! That's right, during halftime, you can tune in to watch a variety of sea creatures GO AT IT! Here's the only problem: I need names for the "players" involved. So far, I only have three:

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Wednesday, September 12

The Trivial Eye: Are You Ready For Some Kind Of Football?

by Jason Toon

In the beginning, there was the ball. Then came the kick. Or maybe the carry. Or, in some cases, the throw. Then maybe the ball turned oval, or somebody put lines on the field. In some places, the pants got shorter. In others, helmets entered the picture. The eight sports below all share the same ancient ancestors. But they've evolved separately to the point where "football" means something completely different depending on where you're saying it. Can you name these eight branches on the football family tree?

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Wednesday, August 08

The Trivial Eye: Olympic Pictograms

by Jason Toon

The organizers of London 2012 mangled the logo. They fumbled the mascot. But they did get one other piece of Olympic design right: the pictograms. No cheesy attempt to be contemporary. No contrived translation of ancient visual styles. Just a clean, sharp set of universal-symbol athletes with just enough visual dash to keep it interesting. But are they accurate enough to bring to mind the sports they represent? You tell us... what sports are we looking at here?

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Wednesday, August 01

The Trivial Eye: Olympic Mascots

by Jason Toon

Amid all the ridicule for the London 2012 Olympic logo, it's easy to overlook the equally bizarre Wenlock and Mandeville, the official mascots for this year's games. Some say they're a bold departure, others say they're softening up the youth of Earth for the imminent metal-cyclops takeover. But one thing's for sure: most of us will forget about them before the last empty can of lager has been cleared from the Olympic village. Take these eight mascots of Olympiads past: do you remember their names and the games they represented?

Answers are here. Please post your guesses, speculations, or arguments below! But know this: the Trivial Eye is presented for public amusement and no prizes are offered other than that familiar feeling of aggravation that so much of your mind is occupied by useless trivia.

You want more Trivial Eye, don't you? Yeah, you do.

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Wednesday, June 27

The Trivial Eye: World Soccer Jerseys

by Jason Toon

The Euro 2012 soccer championships are coming to a close, and World Cup 2014 in Brazil doesn't seem that far away. Major tournaments like these are more than just a showcase for great soccer: they're also the way millions of Americans learn what a nil-nil draw is, or what people from Slovenia and Cote d'Ivoire look like. Here are eight shirts worn in either the Euro 2012 or World Cup 2010 tournaments - can you identify the countries whose players wore them?

Answers are here. Please post your guesses, speculations, or arguments below! But know this: the Trivial Eye is presented for public amusement and no prizes are offered other than that familiar feeling of aggravation that so much of your mind is occupied by useless trivia.

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Thursday, April 19

The Trivial Eye: Baseball Team Colors

by Jason Toon

If you're a baseball fan, you have no trouble identifying the cap emblems and jersey logos of Major League Baseball teams. But what about the team colors? Can you spot the subtle differences in the various shades of red and blue? Are you aware of the sometimes-esoteric third and fourth official colors of every team? I've used the "team color" info on Wikipedia, including the precise RGB codes, to put together these swatches for eight big-league teams. Can you name the teams that wear these colors?

Answers are here. Please post your guesses, speculations, or arguments below! But know this: the Trivial Eye is presented for public amusement and no prizes are offered other than that familiar feeling of aggravation that so much of your mind is occupied by useless trivia.

 

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Wednesday, March 14

The Trivial Eye: March Madness Team Logos

by Jason Toon

Bracket season is here! Americans across the U.S.A. are competing against their friends, neighbors, co-workers, and fellow netizens in filling out brackets. There's even a bracket group for Woot fans (which must seem like easy prey for true bracketologists). For the next few weeks, millions of obsessives will follow the action to see whose bracket will overcome all comers and overpower all powers to take the most coveted title in online sports. (I think there's also some kind of "basket ball" tournament going on out there in meatspace.) But if filling out an entire 64-team bracket sounds too much like work to you, here's a game that demands much less commitment. Name the eight NCAA men's basketball tourney teams whose logos are partially shown below. No bracket required.

Here there be answers. Please post your guesses, speculations, or arguments below! But know this: the Trivial Eye is presented for public amusement and no prizes are offered other than that familiar feeling of aggravation that so much of your mind is occupied by useless trivia.

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Monday, March 12

March Madness: We Want Your Brackets!

by Sean Adams


Yesterday, the chosen ones were named. They were assigned missions, and now, we the people can predict their fate!

Now if this sounds like the jargon spouted by some weird cult, that's because it is: the cult of the NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament. And we'd like you to join it with us by filling out a bracket in our "Woot Peoples" Yahoo "Tourney Pick Em'" group! It's open to everyone; you just need to sign in using your Yahoo, Gmail, or Facebook account.

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