Friday, November 16, 2007

The Indignity of Commuting By Bicycle: Friday Fun Quiz!

As bad a photographer as I am, I sometimes like to take pictures while I ride since it helps me to hone my bike handling skills. And in my ongoing battle against complacency, I figured I'd spring a test on people right before the weekend. Just study the picture carefully and click on your answer. If you're right, you'll see hematorcrit-manipulating former Tour de France champion, Team CSC owner and manager, and bon vivant Bjarne Riis savoring a glass of wine. If you're wrong, you'll see him looking heavenward for an answer. Good luck!


This is a picture of:

This car is headed into oncoming traffic because:


The signs they're putting on UPS trucks now are:
What's happening in this photo?

This sign is:



This car costs:

The sign on this cab is:



A good title for the "Untitled Project" being filmed here would be:

--“Bike Lane Blockers”
--“Attack of the Pushy PAs”
--“Trailer Trash”
--All of the above

64 comments:

erik k said...

podium,, ahh the satisfaction

Ka_Jun said...

Quiz!

quaffimodo said...

Not my best quiz effort, but hey, anything more than a "D" is just showing off anyhow.

daniel said...

bronze!

daniel said...

snaked, bummer

hatten said...

7/9!

hatten said...

these three "wrongs" made my day

--It is being driven by an undercover cop in hot pursuit
--It is trying to kill me
--There is an unwritten law that Buick owners must drive like idiots

my imagination runs wild on #1/2
and #3 just cracks me up

db said...

I did better on this quiz than the last one.

Extra credit: How do we know that Riis' glass has wine in it? I'm guessing it's his hemoglobin.

Anonymous said...

Sweet... I'm so glad the new 40 Cal is out... I've been sitting around lamenting that I've only had the old disc to listen to now my life is complete!

Wouldn't it be ironic if someone shot someone else with a .40 Cal while listening to 40 Cal's "40 Cal"? Oh wait, it happened:

http://www.hiphopmusic.com/archives/001947.html

leroy said...

How do you know Paul Steely White wasn't driving that 40cal van? The windows are tinted.

I think it's possible to have two correct answers to Question number 4. That's all I'm saying.

Hey, does this get marked on a curve?

(Can I get extra points for laughing at loud at work?)

gttim said...

Another dollar spent in the city's $300 million "State The Obvious" campaign

This was obviously correct and your bad coding skills prevented me from getting a perfect score!

daddo.one said...

you've missed the definiton of irony:

it is only ironic if someone shoots 40 CAL withj a 40 cal while listening to 40 cal!

erik k said...

--The same as slathering your brake rotors in bacon grease and going mountain biking in a t-shirt that reads "Genius"

Mmmm.. i love the smell of bacon fat, I think i gota give that a try. Its not like bears are that fast anyways..

Jim said...

Jesus saves.

Shanahan shoots... he scores!

The Rangers win again!


Sorry. In lieu of talking about recent Stanley Cup wins, Rangers fans are contractually obliged to mock God.

Yeah, it's stupid and hideous, and we'll probably go to hell for it, but it probably has fewer adverse consequences in the long run than trying to build a championship team via free agency, rather than the draft.

Jim said...

Jesus saves.

Shanahan shoots... he scores!

The Rangers win again!


Sorry. In lieu of talking about recent Stanley Cup wins, Rangers fans are contractually obliged to mock God.

Yeah, it's stupid and hideous, and we'll probably go to hell for it, but it probably has fewer adverse consequences in the long run than trying to build a championship team via free agency, rather than the draft.

chicoastro said...

'JESUS SAVES' sign on cab:

-you mean ironical, right?

Paul Johnson said...

....Mmmm.. i love the smell of bacon fat, I think i gota give that a try. Its not like bears are that fast anyways..

Not like you have to outpace the bear, you just have to be faster than the slowest person you are riding with. Part of the state wide curriculum for Health Ed classes in Alaska, Idaho, and Washington. In Oregon they preach tolerance.

Anonymous said...

Jesus saves.
But Moses invests.

Danimal said...

Hilarious, as always.

I love the implication with the maybach that you *CAN* put a price tag on that kind of smarm and ostentation. As I learned by a skyward gaze, that sort of smarm and ostentation is worth somewhere north of 300K.

Question: with regard to "know your enemy," where do maybachs and RR fit into the picture? On one hand they might be somewhat safer than the short-antennae car service, but on the otherhand the drivers may be the actual owners, in which case all bets are off....

Never underestimate how a sh*tload of money can make *really believe* that your commute is more important than a cyclist. Just an observation.

Anonymous said...

If the Maybach costs more than $300k, then it must also cost more than $100k and $200k.

Anonymous said...

hey 21st place Juan Manuel GARATE at the 2007 tdf!

anyway, bsnyc, where o where do you find the time to write this stuff? i can barely put on pants in the morning. google ads must be good income for ya

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I'm pretty sure the Google ads allowed him to finance the Maybach.

Anonymous said...

Hilarious, dude. More quizzes.

Anonymous said...

Is Maybach doing a bicycle? A Maybike, maybe. That would be rad.

Anonymous said...

"Bike Lane Obstructed" sign translated:
"UPS priority parking area currently unavailable. Please double park until further notice."

g_bone said...

What? You didn't think you looked sharp in that tan raincoat? It's perfect for riding, you could let it flap in the wind like a cape.

old eagle eye said...

Be careful, Bikesnob, your shadow shows on the yellow cab. You don't want to be leaving clues and chance having your secret identity revealed.

grumplestiltskin said...

I was glad to see that you captured the .40 cal van on camera. I believe there is a new threat for cyclists in the city... dipset promo vans. I have nearly been proxy killed by Juelz Santana, Hell Rell, and Jim Jones.

gttim said...

Jesus saves.

And Rodriguez with 3 RBIs!

bikesgonewild said...

...wow, as usual, you've made nyc look like a really fun place to ride a bike...again...

...as usual, i didn't get any answers right...again...

Frank the Tank said...

This made my day. Usually the internet at the office blocks all the pictures when on blogspot, and I have to wait 'til I get home to see the pics. Today it worked, which was entirely necessary to complete the quiz. Thanks!

Frank the Tank said...

By the way, maybe the cab driver did mean for the Jesus 'Saves' sign to be ironic. You should ask him. I bet he's super friendly, like all christians.

Anonymous said...

thought you'd all get a kick out of this 'male' bicycle

http://maine.craigslist.org/bik/469448930.html

cheers...

BSNYCBF said...

It's true, New York looks like a lot of fun and a lot of laughs.

AnnaZed said...

If that bike is male, then is the one in this story female?

http://tinyurl.com/2oqtog

I am confused.

erik k said...

somethings are even funnier out of context..

lt col tim... said...

As self appointed captain of the zune team we will wear shit brown matching t-shirts and joust w/ a microsoft bundled (yet functional as they are loaded w/ uneeded features such as the broom itself) broom handle. team-mates of course cannot share broomsticks.

Joshua said...

This was in today's bike section of Chicago Craigslist. I thought you'd get a kick out of it. I did.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/bik/480305742.html

Anonymous said...

holy shit, the above link is amazing! I would do that to my wife if she threw away my dura ace component set too

leroy said...

Wait a sec ....

I missed something the first time I looked at that picture of the 40 cal van because I was laughing so hard at the Paul Steely White reference.

Was that picture taken at the corner of Smith and Atlantic in front of the renovated jail?

Oh the layers of irony.

Russ said...

anonymous 2:01 has a point.

ken said...

Ever notice how every Buick Park Avenue ever made has rust on the roof?

Do they park them upside down?

lt col tim... said...

erik,

does this mean i'm off the team? i was raring to go... even had my own "playlist to joust by".

erik k said...

haha no its just means the whole idea is pretty damn funny.. maybe this is how we make bike polo cool??

lt col tim... said...

i'm thinking that the high potential for carnage, both mechanical and carnal elevates the "cool" factor enough to create a passing interest. plus the sight of the uninsured writhing in agonoy with no-one even wanting to get within ten yards in our litigious society will make great viewing. its potential for licensing ... ginormous! i'm sure to have some soiled army t-shirts... not if we could just our bromsti... er, jousting lances on time. seems to be some hardware glitches back at the mothership. something to do with backwards compatability w/ Swiffer, Ver 1.0

lt col tim... said...

BTW, I am on leave (vacation) so this is NOT how your tax dollars are being spent.

bikesgonewild said...

...joshua & anon 5:45 pm...that is pretty cool n' amazing & while i concur about 'meaningful' retribution, you know, if it does cost him his marriage, he's gonna pay through the nose for "willful & malicious destruction of property" & he'll be berated by the judge, for not being understanding of his wife throwing out that box of "greasy old bike parts"...

...just sayin'...

Anonymous said...

I was just in NYC over the weekend... Upper East Side. Saw no less than 3 Maybach benz's in a day. Nobody famous in them... Just 50-something white ladies with shopping bags in tow....

Loren said...

I never knew what a maybach was before today. Thanks bikesnob. And I'll make sure to prop myself up on one if I come upon one at a stoplight.

Anonymous said...

lt col tim - i take it you're a real lt col. in that case, a sincere thank you.

lt col tim... said...

Anonymous 8:16,

I am in fact a Lt Col just shy of 20 years. Thank you. I could not imagine a more rewarding job. It has been everything I thought the Army would be and much, much, more. As hard as it may be at times, the people who sacrifice and in some cases make the ultimate sacrifice really define what is important in life. Although saddled with some service related disabilities, I can still ride and would not trade my experiences for anything in the world. Think and pray (if that is up your alley) for our soldiers and the families they leave behind.

Lt Col Tim...

Bluenoser said...

All but two, and I'm from a provence of only 900,000 people with one tractor trailer length of bike lane.

My big question. If Riis' wine glass is at half. Seeing all that has happened to him of late, how is he looking at it? Pessimisticly or oppimisticly... and are those actually words?

-Bluenoser

Bluenoser said...

And I really wish that I could spell.

-B

bikesgonewild said...

...blue noser, you live in a province w/ towns named 'tatamagouche', 'antigonish' & 'shubenacadie' & those are just ones I've been through...maybe not being able to spell goes w/ the territory...

Philip Williamson said...

It looks like I'm not the only one who had a perfect score brought down by that fat black Lexus.

I'd rather buy a total stranger a new house than spend $300,000 on a car.

And Jim - what the hell are you talking about?

SkidMark said...

Philip,
I don't know you, but I could sure use a new house.

Ditto re. Jim's comments

Anonymous said...

YEAHHH
http://www.grappo.fi/det4.jpg

leroy said...

Jim is talking about hockey.... I hope.

Anonymous said...

Jesus saves SUV owners. He hates cyclists, it's in the bible.

"nay goeth not on yea steeds of two wheels and not enjoyeth the Lord's gift of cup holders to his flock."

-Letter of Paul to the Campagnoloists

--Tulio, the 13th apostle.

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