Last week's "Cleopatra" question was a tough one; only three correct answers. This week's, "Acme," just about everyone got right. My thanks to those who took part.
This is a Roadrunner, a bird of
the genus Geococcyx, a member of the cuckoo family. (He’s called a member of the cuckoo family
because the whole family is a little odd.)
In recent years, there have been attempts on
the part of some to suggest that the renowned Roadrunner of cinema fame was
never anything more than a cartoon character, but the facts belie such accusations.
The motion picture series that was popular
for so many years, featuring the Roadrunner and his adventures with a Coyote,
were an early form of reality programming.
It can now be stated that it was no cartoon; the Roadrunner existed and
the Coyote, of brownish hue, also was real. The important point about the film series is that the Coyote was quick but the Roadrunner was quicker.
Doctor Nestor Vogelsang, who holds advanced
degrees in chronic ornithology and bird psychology at the eastern campus of the
University of Northwestern South Dakota, has studied the bird – specifically
the Roadrunner who stars in the Roadrunner-Coyote film series – for several decades.
“No question the creature is real,” Dr.
Vogelsang reports. “As is easily
verified, it has feathers, and to the scientific community feathers often
indicate a bird.”
In addition, the Coyote on the screen was
always hungry; coyotes usually are. (The
latin name for coyote, according to the movie series, is “Appetitius
Giganticus.”) And the Roadrunner would
have provided a decent meal, along with a suitable white wine, if it could ever
But that, of course, was the problem.
The Roadrunner, whose name originally was Runroader,
always managed to burn up the roads to evade the oncoming Coyote, even though the latter employed various
hi-tech devices to effect a capture. All
of these hi-tech instruments were developed and marketed by a certain
corporation of Tipover Junction, California.
There are other malcontents who loudly
proclaim, without the slightest shred of evidence, that this corporation also didn’t
exist, that it too was just part of the cartoon presentation.
That is manifestly absurd.
The highly moral company is known throughout the barely
civilized world as the firm that markets such highly successful products as
Earthquake Pills, Portable Holes and Jet-Propelled Roller Skates.
Which brings us to our weekly quiz question:
What was the name of that corporation?
[No googling, now. J]
1 year ago