1. True or false? After the mid-July failure of IndyMac Bank, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson warned that the economy "could be in complete meltdown in two months."
a. True. He said that estimate "might even be optimistic."
b. False. He reassured the public, saying, "It's a safe banking system, a sound banking system. Our regulators are on top of it. This is a very manageable situation."
2. Who's who?
___ Barry Blitt
___ Rene-Thierry Magon de la Villehuchet
___ Alex Kozinski
___ John Gibson
___ Tyrone Freeman
___ Tom Putnam
___ Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher
___ Tyson Gay
a) The federal judge presiding over a Los Angeles obscenity trial who declared a mistrial after acknowledging that he had a publicly accessible website that featured sexually explicit material.
b) The Service Employees International Union labor leader whose local spent several hundred thousand dollars on services provided by firms owned by his wife and mother-in-law.
c) The director of the Paris Hilton movie "The Hottie and the Nottie" that grossed $27,696 in its opening weekend, which -- when ticket prices, number of theaters and number of screenings were factored in -- averaged out to an audience of about four people per show.
d) The Fox News host who made fun of Heath Ledger's death by playing an audio clip from "Brokeback Mountain" in which Jake Gyllenhaal's character said, "I wish I knew how to quit you," then said, "Well, he found out how to quit you!"
e) The illustrator of the New Yorker cover depicting the Obamas as fist-bumping terrorists in the White House -- an image apparently too politically incorrect to be appreciated as satire.
f) The financial executive who became the first Bernard Madoff-inspired suicide.
g) The Olympic sprinter whose name in an Associated Press story triggered an auto-replace feature on the far-right American Family Assn.'s website, resulting in his being renamed and repeatedly referred to as "Tyson Homosexual."
TEST OF A TIME
In 2008, who did what, when, where and how?
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