No. 455: "No Business Like Crow Business"

Testing your knowledge of what happened this week
July 19 2000 11:30 PM

No. 455: "No Business Like Crow Business"

The discovery of two dead crows on Staten Island prompted New York officials to announce immediate plans to do something. What?


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Wednesday's Question (No. 454) "Arms and the Man"

Facing enormous demands on its generating plants, Wisconsin Electric Power has responded not by adding capacity but by paying someone not to do

something. Who did they pay not to do what? 

"Tommy Thompson has turned off the glowing neon 'Willing Republican Vice-Presidential Candidate' sign in front of the governor's mansion."—Charles Star (Mark Romoser had a similar answer.)

"The state penitentiary has retired its electric chair. From here on out, death-row inmates will simply be reminded that they're in Wisconsin, then handed a bottle of strychnine."—Tim Carvell

"It is paying TV stations to stop running its advertising campaign from earlier this summer: 'Electricity—it's cheap and we'll never run out of it.' "—Sean Carman

"Bud Selig, not to run the giant flashing neon sign in front of his office that reads, 'Commissioner of Baseball and Late Model Low, Low Mileage Buicks.' "—Bill Scheft

"Shoot if you must, this old gray head, but you'll take my vibrator only after you've pried it from my cold, dead fingers."—Jennifer Weiner


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