No. 21: “Bugsplosion”

No. 21: “Bugsplosion”

No. 21: “Bugsplosion”

Testing your knowledge of what happened this week
March 28 1998 3:30 AM

No. 21: “Bugsplosion”

No. 21: "Bugsplosion"

By Randy Cohen


I give the headline from Alabama's Birmingham News; you give a brief summary of the story: "Explosion of Bugs."


by 5 p.m. ET Sunday to e-mail your answer (

Responses to Wednesday's question (No. 20)--"Gang of Six":

The list is: president, vice president, Senate majority leader, House majority leader, head of the National Endowment for the Arts, head of the National Endowment for the Humanities. List of what?


"Kathleen Willey's follow-up list (handwritten on 'Hang in There, It's Almost Friday' kitty-cat-hanging-from-a-branch note paper) of possible positions that could make good use of her excellent listening skills, after she concluded that she wasn't going to get that ambassadorship."--Barbara Lippert

"People who can't ever fly in the same plane, lest--God forbid--it went down and damn, there goes the secret recipe for Coke for all time."--Bill Franzen

"The cast of MTV's stunningly boring Real World VI: Washington."--Beth Sherman

"Now that Tommy Lee is out of the picture, this is the line of succession for who gets to boff Pamela Anderson in the next home movie."--Jon Hotchkiss


"The six jobs Americans consider least desirable."--Patty Marx

"They each killed a man in the ring."--Charlie "Charley" Rubin

"People who serve as body doubles for Janet Reno, when pressing business necessitates her absence."--Larry Amaros

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Randy's Wrap-Up

Six things I never thought I'd type on the same page: boff, Big Bird, Martha Stewart, knuckler, Gravy, MTV. I guess I have my next six answers for my weekly game of Mad Libs. I guess Alfa-Betty Olsen and Marshall Efron knew the correct answer and offered it with almost Japanese tact. Boff. Faced with "boff," would the New York Times print a euphemism, an elaborate yet evasive descriptive phrase, or a simple ellipsis? Boff. Incidentally, The Newlywed Game? Is that still on?

Middle-Age White Guys Answer

All six are Southerners, the New York Times notes in a profile of Bill Ivey, the director of the Country Music Foundation nominated to chair the National Endowment for the Arts. The Times says there is a shift of political and cultural power to the South. Ivey says, "It's a lot easier to say string quartets are good and polka bands are bad and much tougher to find the great string quartets and great polka bands."

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