You must have had this experience yourself, I’m sure. You get asked a question, and you work through the answer, double check it, are perfectly satisfied that you’ve got it right. Then the answer comes and it’s not the same as the one you wrote down. You think that you’re right and the QM is wrong . . . but . . . you start to doubt yourself. You don’t say anything because a) he’s put doubt in your mind, and b) there’s no point arguing with the QM anyway (not that that would always stop me). But whereas you were convinced when you wrote the answer down, now you’re not sure, and when you get home you just know there’s no point going to bed until you’ve checked it out.
I went to the quiz in the rugby club last night – well, it was Thursday after all. The QM was one of our semi regulars, and I’d describe him as a good, safe pair of hands. Maybe not the finest quiz you’ll ever go to in the club, but certainly enjoyable, and never that many wrong ‘uns to get angry about, or what the ‘ells to complain about. We were well beaten by the end, and the question in question wouldn’t have made a huge amount of difference had our answer been given a point. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Lemurs who won put down exactly the same that we did. This was the question : -
How many creatures in the Chinese Zodiac walk on two legs?
So I wrote down the list of creatures : -
dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, pig, rat, ox, tiger, and rabbit.
Right , I thought, that means the rooster and the monkey – so the answer is two. I wrote down 2, and for good measure put Rooster and monkey in brackets. The answer given was 1: Rooster.
Well, as I said I wasn’t convinced that my answer was 100% right, so I said nothing. But when I got home and googled it I found out that the list I had written down was right. All of which begged the question – on what grounds was it rejected as an answer? I’m guessing that either the QM had forgotten monkey, or by mistake had not included it in the list. Or failing that, maybe a monkey really is classed as walking on 4 legs rather than 2 legs. However my problem with that is that surely monkeys only have two legs – and they have two arms as well? In which case . . . well, I’m sure you catch my train of thought here. I’m still not 100% convinced I’m right, but on the other hand I don’t know for certain why monkey didn’t count yesterday evening. Unless, as I say, it was a wrong’un. Over to you . . .