As the Seasons Turn
Summer’s Last Fling (songs and movies)
Tech Savvy
Dream On (Heartthrobs)
Songs by the Numbers
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 This is the season in Australia and New Zealand on New Year’s Day.  

What is summer? The seasons are reversed in the southern hemisphere. In Australia and New Zealand, the summer months are December, January, and February.

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“(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the [missing word]” by Otis Redding includes the sound of waves crashing on the shore.  

What is “Bay”? Fun fact: Redding was banned from a talent show in his hometown of Macon, Georgia, after winning 15 times in a row.

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We used to spend time with friends; today we might never meet them, but we collect them on this type of media.  

What is social? Some examples of social media include Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

100

This Osmond brother was a teen heartthrob in the 1970s.  

Who is Donny? He had an Ipana smile. Do you remember those Ipana commercials?

100

This is a Beatles tune: “[number] Days a Week.”  

What is “Eight”? According to Paul McCartney, the title came from his chauffeur. The chauffeur told him that he had been working hard—eight days a week. Later, it was claimed that Ringo Starr came up with the title.

200

In the United States and Canada, the longest day of the year occurs in this month.  

 What is June? The longest day of the year is the official beginning of summer.

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The female lead of the 1960s Beach Party movies is this Funicello.  

Who is Annette? Some of the films are Beach Party, Beach Blanket Bingo, and Muscle Beach Party.

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This is currently the largest online retailer. They have no brick-and-mortar stores that you can visit.  

 What is Amazon (or Amazon.com)? Their e-commerce net sales were upward of $73 billion U.S. dollars in 2019.

200

After Saturday Night Fever, this male lead became a heartthrob.

Who is John Travolta? Before the film, he was Vinnie Barbarino on Welcome Back, Kotter.

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This Clovers tune was covered by the Searchers in 1965: “Love Potion No. [number].”

What is 9? The original album version ends with, “I had so much fun that I’m going back again; I wonder what happens with Love Potion No.10!”

300

In the United States and Canada, the shortest day of the year occurs in this month.  

 What is December? It marks the first day of winter.

300

“See You in [this month]” by the Happenings was a favorite summer tune.  

What is “September”? It starts: “I‘ll be alone each and every night While you’re away, don’t forget to write Bye-bye, so long, farewell Bye-bye, so long.

300

These mobile devices were once used strictly for making calls; today, you can access the internet, take a photo, play games, and much more.

 What are smartphones (or cell phones)? They became more widely known as smartphones when internet connectivity and other features were added.

300

Shirley MacLaine’s brother was a heartthrob and confirmed bachelor until he married Annette Bening.  

Who is Warren Beatty? He stars in Bonnie and Clyde along with Faye Dunaway and Gene Hackman.

300

When going on field trips or camping trips, kids sing this tune about bottles of beer on the wall, and it starts with this number.  

What is 99? The whole song goes, “99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 98 bottles of beer of the wall.” Then you start over with 98 and continue until you reach zero.

400

Seasons are caused by Earth’s relationship to this heavenly body.

What is the sun? The roughly 23.5-degree tilt of Earth’s axis exposes the northern and southern hemispheres to fluctuating amounts of direct sunlight throughout the year.

400

The 1973 film American Graffiti stars Richard Dreyfuss and this actor who once played Opie.  

 Who is Ron Howard? Dreyfuss and Howard play high school grads the night before leaving for college.

400

We once recorded television shows on VCRs; today we record them on these.  

What are DVRs? It stands for digital video recorder. VCRs were analog devices.

400

He is the male lead of the Beach Party movies.  

Who is Frankie Avalon? His tune “Venus” hit No. 1, and he has six additional Top 40 hits.

400

Jimmy Buffett’s song “A Pirate Looks at [this age]” is about a real pirate he met when he first arrived in Key West.  

What is 40? Buffett released “A Pirate Looks at 40” when he was 27 years old.

500

This imaginary dividing line runs along the horizontal circumference of Earth, divides the northern and southern hemisphere, and marks the difference in seasons between the northern and southern hemisphere.  

What is the equator? The equator is roughly 24,900 miles (40,000 kilometers) long

500

The Lovin’ Spoonful’s tune “Summer in the City” starts: “Hot town Summer in the city Back of my neck getting dirty and [this].”  

What is “gritty”? Released in 1966, the song made it to No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 8 in the U.K.

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Our main currency for years has been paper notes, debit cards, and credit cards. However, some are moving toward this type of exchange, such as Bitcoin.  

What is cryptocurrency? You would be hard-pressed to find a gas station or a restaurant that accepts Bitcoin. Cryptocurrencies are mostly used online or between two willing parties.

500

This heartthrob started with a singing role in Shindig before starring in the TV series Here Come the Brides.  

Who is Bobby Sherman? Since retiring from acting, Sherman has had a career in law enforcement and established a foundation for children in Ghana.

500

Some of their hits include “Joy to the World,” “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” “Never Been to Spain,” and “An Old-Fashioned Love Song.”

 What is Three Dog Night? How cold it gets at night determines the number of dogs you sleep with—or so the saying goes. That’s allegedly the origin of the band’s name.

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