Inconsequential News Quiz: When Historians Attack! Edition 

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1) Historian Tom Dillard, the retired head of special collections at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, took to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editorial page recently to get some things off his chest. What did Dillard write?

A) He challenged fellow Arkansas historian Dr. Melvin Pecker to a rap battle following Pecker's most recent YouTube video: "Territorial Governor George Izard Was a Whack-Ass Bitch."

B) He addressed widespread revulsion over his new book, "Hump Like a Snowhill: An Erotic Biography of Gov. Mike Huckabee."

C) That Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst — an appointee of Governor Hutchinson who Dillard noted "has absolutely no expertise or background in history" — has fostered a "toxic culture" at the DAH, as seen in a series of high-profile resignations at the agency.

D) He's angry about the repeated, possession-related murders caused by a cursed porcelain doll on display at the Historic Arkansas Museum.

2) The recent closure of a grocery store on 12th Street in Little Rock has left much of the low-income neighborhoods in the area without a single grocery store for miles, but the city recently announced a stopgap measure. What's the proposed solution?

A) Selling fresh produce from "Fresh2You Mobile Market" — a refitted city bus that serves as a rolling farmers market —from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Monday on a parking lot at 13th and Cedar.

B) Soylent Green.

C) A series of billboards encouraging people to eat "high fiber" cardboard.

D) Distributing squishy, food-shaped stress balls for people to chew on when they're hungry.

3) A judge in Ouachita County recently ordered the exhumation of the body of a man who died in a one-vehicle accident. Why did the judge order the body exhumed?

A) The county hopes that by disturbing the grave, they'll get a ghost to haunt the courthouse as a tourist attraction.

B) The local funeral director accidentally left a cell phone in the man's pocket and he just WILL NOT STOP calling!

C) Since the man's death, a Camden real estate agent has been convicted and sentenced to jail time for faking the man's will in an attempt to get her hands on $1.7 million the man received as a survivor of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster, and investigators want to make sure his death was really an accident.

D) Walmart bought the cemetery for a new store.

4) A raffle to benefit a graduation party for Batesville High School was recently scrapped. What was the raffle item?

A) A pair of Trump-proof panties (The Drawers With a Stun Gun Built Right In!™).

B) A 15-minute, all-you-can-grab shopping spree in the school's chemistry lab supply closet.

C) A bus ticket to anywhere but Batesville.

D) An AR-15 rifle, much like the one used to murder 17 people at a high school in Florida less than a week before the cancellation.

5) A new study recently published in the journal Child Trends found that children in Arkansas rank first in the nation in a disturbing category. In what way are Arkansas kids No. 1 in America?

A) Overall stickiness.

B) "Crack-stepping-related female parent spine fractures."

C) Exposure to "adverse childhood experiences": traumatic, life-altering events such as abuse, neglect, or a parent with mental disorder.

D) Wanton Backsassery.


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