Friday’s answers

Readers posed the questions yesterday.

Andrei asked:

(1) “Sex can be used either for self-affirmation or for self-transcendence — either to intensify the ego and consolidate the social persona by some kind of conspicuous ‘embarkation’ and heroic conquest, or else to annihilate the persona and transcend the ego in an obscure rapture of sensuality, a frenzy of romantic passion, more creditably, in the mutual charity of the perfect marriage.”

From whence is this taken and who wrote it?

(2) Who was Martha Corey? What was her fate?

(3) It is “razionalità” in Italian, “racionalidad” in Spanish and “рациональность (ratsional’nost’)” in Russian.

What is it in English?

(4) Martha Corey in question 2 was married, what did her husband do in the face of her ordeals and what happened to him?

(5) Is it better to speak your mind, no matter how unpopular or to hold your peace for the sake of a quiet life?

Alwyn asked:

The season of the Nobel Prize awards having just passed, who knows some trivia about past awards? Can you tell the names of

1. Four American Presidents who received a Nobel Prize
2. Two Commonwealth Prime Ministers
3. One Russian President
4. Three father/son cases where both received a prize
5. Two husband/wife cases where both received a prize
6. Three individuals who each received two prizes.

Both win an electronic batch of shortbread for stumping us all. It can be collected by leaving the answers below.

I was the only one who included #gigatownoamaru so will claim the bonus batch for that.

2 Responses to Friday’s answers

  1. Alwyn says:

    The Nobel prize answers were
    1. Theodore Roosevelt, Wilson, Carter and Obama. All Peace
    2. Winston Churchill (Literature) and Canadian Lester Pearson (Peace)
    3. Touche Andrei. The USSR President was Gorbachev.
    4. Niels (1922) and Aage (1975) Bohr.
    Joseph (1906) and George (1937) Thomson
    William Henry and William Lawrence Bragg (1915)
    All were in Physics.
    5. Pierre and Marie Curie (1903) and their daughter and her husband, Irene Joliot-Curie and Frederic Joliot (1935)
    6. Marie Curie. Physics (1903) and Chemistry (1911)
    Linus Pauling Chemistry (1954) and Peace (1963)
    John Bardeen 1954 and 1972, both Physics.
    There may have been others who qualify but these were the ones that came to mind when I set the question I’ll admit I checked out the years before I wrote this answer though.


  2. Andrei says:

    (1) The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley

    (2) Martha Corey was a pious woman who did not believe the accusations of witchcraft being flung about during the Salem witchcraft trials and said so vocally. The response of the accusers was to accuse her of being a witch and she was tried, convicted and then hanged on these charges

    (3) Rationality

    (4) Giles Corey, Martha Corey’s husband publicaly slated the absurdity of the charges against his wife and also found himself accused and arrested, he refused to plead to the charges and so was “pressed” under a large weight of rocks to compel him to plead – he refused to do so and eventually expired under this ordeal

    (5) We must do as conscience dictates as much as we can – at least they don’t press us under rocks in these more enlightened days, I suppose


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