First of all the answer to this week's photo quiz. Then the back story...
In my Picture Quiz post yesterday I posted five pictures and asked, "What do these people have in common?" I did give a clue that the answer had something to do with sailing.
The answer is that, according to an interview given by Ben Ainslie to Lymington's online magazine and portal Lymington Dot Com, these are the five people that Ben would most like to invite to dinner. Many of you guessed some or all of the names of the people in the pictures, but for the record they are Mr Blobby, Billy Connolly, Kirsten Dunst, Robbie Williams and Gisele Bundchen.
I didn't realize it would be such a hard question. I thought some of you would find the answer via Google for sure. Just googling Dunst Blobby will get you there, for example.
The back story is that the Ben Ainslie Fan Page on Facebook has been posting a quiz every Monday in which the prize for the first correct answer is a cap signed by Ben. This Monday the question (I'm sure you've guessed by now) was, "If Ben could ask 5 people for dinner (dead or alive) who would it be? First person to get 3 correct gets the signed cap."
Hmmm. So I did extensive research on the question using my vast knowledge of popular culture coupled with in-depth psychological analysis of Mr. Ainslie's personality to come up with my answer.
That last paragraph is, of course, total bullshit. I just googled: Ben Ainslie dinner guests. And up came that lymington.com site from which I copied and pasted the answers into Ben's Facebook page. Hey, I reckon a signed cap from Ben Ainslie is worth at least the 30 seconds of work it cost me to enter.
Of course I knew this didn't guarantee that I would win. Ben might have changed his mind about his preferred dinner guests since giving that interview. He might have forgotten what he said in the interview. The fact that the question allowed for "dead" guests might have changed his answer. Whoever is running the quiz might have decided that was already out there on the Interwebs would not be the "right" answer this week, just to stop smartasses who have a Google and know how to use it, like me, from winning. I did notice that the Lymington interview is undated, but that the last one of Ben's achievements it listed was his Finn Gold Cup in 2005. So that post is probably from before 2008 (when Ben won his third Olympic gold medal.)
I also thought it was a pretty cool group of people to have over for dinner. Two sexy, beautiful women. Two male entertainment personalities with something of a bad boy image. And Mr Blobby! What a dinner party that would be! You couldn't help admire a bloke who would choose a list like that. What a lad!
No surprise, I didn't win the quiz on Facebook. The "correct" answer of who Ben would like to invite for dinner was Nelson, Churchill, JFK, Kate Beckinsale and James Corden.
Really? Nelson, Churchill and JFK?? How predictable. How politically correct. Beckinsale? She doesn't even drink and, as far as I know, has never ever been photographed putting on her socks before her underwear. And no invite for Mr Blobby? Shocking!
I think I preferred the younger Ben.