Wednesday, July 30, 2008

LT110: Pop Quiz


Thought I’d shift gears and put together a quiz to see if you measure up to be a Dharma Initiative recruit. This is going to be tough because DI doesn’t let just anyone go to the island. So, take a shot at 42 questions and you need to get 23 correct to be considered for a job! Answers are at the end.

Q1: At what time did Ben kill his father during the Purge?

Q2: How many weeks had passed without a Mega Millions Jackpot winner before Hurley won?

Q3: What was the name of Sun’s dog that Jin gave her as a puppy?
BONUS: What does that translate to in English?

Q4: Desmond dated Ruth for six years, what was her brother’s name?
HINT: He stormed into the monastery and punched Desmond in the nose.

Q5: How long did it take the bears to figure out how to get a fish biscuit?

Q6: Through Season 3, how many times has Hurley said, “Dude?”
BONUS: If you get this one right, then stop here and get on the submarine to the island!

Q7: How many times had Leslie Arzt been married?

Q8: What is the code to the security fence that Juliet entered?

Q9: What is the name of Claire’s friend who goes with her to the psychic?

Q10: What was Jack’s seat number on the flight?

Q11: What is the title of Driveshaft’s second album?
HINT: Locke told Charlie he thought is was a better effort than the first.

Q12: What is the name of Anthony Cooper’s security guard?

Q13: Of Locke, Jack, Sawyer and Shannon – which one have we not seen work on a jigsaw puzzle?

Q14: What is the full name of Hurley’s mental ward?
HINT: Five words

Q15: What Dickens book will be the last one Desmond reads?

Q16: Who killed the Marshall in season 1?

Q17: How many days are covered in Season 1?

Q18: What does Evangeline (Lilly, Kate) mean in the Bible’s original language?

Q19: Claire has worn a necklace of a Chinese symbol, what does it mean?

Q20: What song’s lyrics are tattooed on Charlie?

Q21: Originally, what name was Ecko given by the scriptwriters?

Q22: In the pilot, who gets sucked into the plane engine?

Q23: What color thread did Jack choose for Kate to sew him up with?

Q24: How does John “capture” Vincent for Walt?

Q25: What is on the wall above John’s bed in his apartment?

Q26: What is the name of the woman who Jack and Boone fail to save from drowning?

Q27: How much did Sawyer try to swindle David and Jessica?

Q28: Shannon sings a song that was from what movie?

Q29: What is the name of Claire’s psychic?

Q30: How did Locke find the Swan hatch?

Q31: What did Sawyer and Kate find while diving?
REQUIREMENT: Need the brand name

Q32: What was the name of Charlie’s girlfriend who got him the job of copier salesman?

Q33: What body part was Jack willing to remove from Boone?

Q34: What book does Desmond say they will find the Swan Orientation video behind?

Q35: When Hurley dreams of an English-speaking Jin, what is the last think Jin says before Hurley wakes up?

Q36: What out-of-place object is seen by Jin and Ecko when they first observe the Others?

Q37: What sponsors are on Henry Gale’s balloon?

Q38: What band is playing on the 8-track found in the VW van on the island?

Q39: What’s the name of the Dharma submarine?

Q40: What song helps Charlie decipher and disable the Looking Glass’ jamming signal?

Q41: What year did Desmond bounce back and forth between on the way to the Freighter?

Q42: What is the painting of in Jacob’s cabin?


Sometime later today or tomorrow, we will reach the 2,000 hits on this blog page! Thank you so very much for being an active reader.

I do need to correct one thing. Last blog I made a gentle reminder to click on the ad once in a while to show your appreciation. I actually said "righ-click" on the ad, but that was must actually click on it to count. The response was outstanding, but not a dime was earned that way. Oh well.

Sorry about the confusion. That should remind me that like preachers, I should just hope for the best and never talk about money. Anyway, if the spirit moves you to check out an ad, I would appreciate a normal click so it counts. Thanks so much.

And now for the answers...


Q1: 4:00 p.m.
Q2: 16 weeks
Q3: Popo; Kiss
Q4: Derek
Q5: Two hours
Q6: 214
Q7: Three
Q8: 1623
Q9: Rachel
Q10: 23B
Q11: Oil Change
Q12: Eddie
Q13: Sawyer
Q14: Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute
Q15: Our Mutual Friend
Q16: Jack
Q17: 40 days
Q18: Good news
Q19: Love
Q20: Strawberry Fields Forever
Q21: Emeka, in the native language of Nigeria it means “God has done something wonderful”
Q22: Gary Troupe, the author of “Bad Twin”
Q23: Black
Q24: He makes a dog whistle
Q25: Military medals
Q26: Joanna
Q27: $160,000
Q28: Little Mermaid
Q29: Malkin
Q30: He dropped a flashlight on it when handing it to Boone
Q31: Halliburton case or dead people or airplane seats or water – any are acceptable!
Q32: Lucy
Q33: His leg
Q34: Turn of the Screw
Q35: Have a cluckty-cluck day, Hurley
Q36: A teddy bear
Q37: Mr. Cluck Chicken Shack and Widmore Industries
Q38: Three Dog Night
Q39: Galaga
Q40: Good Vibrations
Q41: 1996
Q42: A dog

More than 23 correct? You qualify for the next phase of the job interview…step this way.
More than 16 correct? Can you push a button?
More than 15 correct? Get the DVD’s, watch them again, and reapply next year
More than 8 correct? I’m afraid Smoky would have had you for breakfast by now
More than 4 correct? You would be hard pressed to handle Gilligan’s Island
Less than 4 correct? Find another TV show to watch


Sunday, July 27, 2008

LT109: My Science Project


Robert Heinlein has been connected loosely with the show previously. I was led to him the other day and discovered a different book then the “Starship Troopers” book I was looking for. Fate is funny that way. This other book was entitled, “Lost Legacy”.

The concept behind this book is that some ordinary humans discover some hidden, repressed and psychic abilities they always had. Think Locke beginning to let his mind go places it normally wouldn’t go. Some call this “faith”.

Of course, some control freak in power want to kill this seed of thought before it grows, so they chase after the three. Think Ben somehow always seeming to be two steps ahead of everybody…and Desmond seeing the future, too.

The enlightened humans hide in some hidden city with the ancient masters. Think the Others.

The story goes on to explain that rebels of ancient times hid the history of humanity. Think the four-toed statue. The pursued humans of today are discovery this history and it is leading them to redemption. The history includes a specific series of events that led to humans losing a prize possession: the island of Mu. Think our island on LOST.

This is sort of interesting because it led to another piece of trivia that caught my eye: one source said Mu gets confused with Lemuria. This island exists in legends and was said to be located in the South Pacific. It is said that Lemuria is a sunken continent.


The theory of sunken continents grew out of the simple need to explain how certain species got to certain places. There is one place in particular on our planet that challenged scientist: Madagascar.
Yeah, the island of Madagascar. It even has a rock formation very similar to Ayers Rock in Australia which is known to be located on special global points and full of interesting lore and legend.

To get an idea of how odd Madagascar is just consider that 90% of the 10,000 native plant species are found no where else on this planet. In the animal kingdom, lemurs are just one example of a species found only on this island. Lemurs is from the Latin and means “spirits” or “ghosts”. Think Christian.

Lemurs. Lemuria. See the connections?

The strangeness continues with other animal and plant revelations in that the closest cousins are not found in the coastal area of Africa – the nearest land mass. Instead, they are found throughout South America, Asia and elsewhere. It made the scientist scratch their heads.

To explain the challenge, the scientist (think Dharma) suggested Madagascar was connected to other land masses and broke away (think island jumping) at some time (think the premise of the show). Or some places sunk. Lost islands and continents.

We have discovered a couple of places deep on the ocean floor that support this theory. One such place is off the coast of India and the other is Zealandia in the Pacific Ocean. Think our island again.

This sunken places served as bridges for animals, plants and geological formations to spread out before the land moved out to the oceans as an island…or sunk. Think polar bears?


As time passes we get wiser and while some locations have been deemed sunken islands, Lemuria and Mu have not been met with such scientific validity. This is due to the theory of plate tectonics.

This theory says our seven continents are floating. Yeah, so much for people who said LOST Island couldn’t move because the island went all the way to the ocean floor like volcanic formation and the displacement of that much mass would cause tidal waves of major proportions.

Our continents do float, but they float on top of permanent rock which comprise our ocean floor. They float because the continent ground is comprised of some metallic mixture that is lighter than the magnesium-based ground that they float upon. Metal composition?

So, what if that black rock stuff is light enough to float on top of the water?


Keep an ear open for this word which describes the original inhabitants of the island. Many authors have claimed that Lemurians were a “root-race” but died off over time. Or maybe they went into hiding? Other authors claim the ancients living in the hidden city is a city hidden in tunnels of Mount Shasta. Think tunnels in Ben’s bedroom and Orchid hatch.

One of the more popular descriptions of a Lemurian’s physical characteristics would make you think of lizard people. Think that old TV show called “V”. If you remember that show, pat yourself on the back. On second thought, have someone else pat you on the back – if you remember it you probably no longer can pat your own back.

And if you think lizard like, you get into all kinds of religious symbols like Ganesh (read earlier postings for more) with the four-toes and other neat things. All I’m saying is that if GIECO becomes a sponsor of LOST next season and you own a pet lizard, it might be time to consider adding another extra heavy brick on top of that aquarium you house it in!

Hey, it is something to think about in July.


Producers Cuse and Lindelof sat down and reviewed the 10 best user-submitted theories. We voted on the 10 best and then they gave their thumbs up or down. Here are some notes from the ones they liked:

THEORY 1: Abaddon kidnaps Aaron and uses him for experiments. One evil test goes wrong and Aaron is stuck between dimensions. His contact to our dimension is limited to using someone like Christian as a go between. The grown-up Aaron is Jacob. Jacob is manipulating history in a time loop. Only with one of the survivors help, Jack maybe, and John’s leadership can Jacob avert the evil test that imprisoned him. Each of the Oceanic 6 have a part to play back on the island. Jack and Kate will complete their destiny and live happily ever after on the island until they die a peaceful death in the cave as our Adam and Eve.

CUSE: The fluidity of space-time is something which is very much on the right track in this theory.

LINDELOF: This is a great theory because it’s time-travel-related and it’s saying Aaron is Jacob. … There were people earlier this season who were thinking that Harold Perrineau (Michael) was playing a grown-up version of (son) Walt. People keep going to this place. It’s sort of a great Rod Serling Twilight Zone device — a future version of yourself comes back and warns a younger version of yourself not to do something or to do something. But we’re not dealing in paradox.


THEORY 2: Dharma is trying to get back to the island to finish its work with the Valenzetti Equation. Ms. Hawking (lady in jewelry story) was a former Dharma scientist during the first “incident” mentioned in the Swan Orientation. She now can do what Desmond can, see the future. Likewise, she survives by finding her constant, Brother Campbell (she is in a picture with him). She is working with the Others to course correct things, to get everyone in their proper place so Dharma can regain control of the island.

CUSE: As a matter of fact, we can’t even comment on it too much because there’s a lot in here that’s pretty accurate. I will say that this person is going to really respond to Season 5 and feel very superior to everyone else.

LINDELOF: Then, in Season 6, we will crush their spirits and prove them wrong. And until then, they should enjoy the ride.


THEORY 3: One explains the circle of ash that keeps Jacob contained in the cabin.

CUSE: I like the mention of the circle of ash, and I think as a result we want to award this theorist the right to use Circle of Ash as a band name.

LINDELOF: This is fairly original thinking but pretty far off base.


THEORY 4: Widmore, Paik and Hanso are three kings fighting for some ancient land.

CUSE: They might be losing a king.

LINDELHOF: I feel the idea of drawing a connection between Widmore and Paik is very prescient.


The runner-up theories were not well received which means the thumbs up theories got the award by default. But do pick up their clues like “might be losing a king” and “time-space stuff”.