Christmas was no "silent night" for these poor souls, who are forever linked to acts of violence on the holiday. This week will give Santa a few new names for his Naughty list.



Marshall Fields

publication date: Friday, December 24, 2010

category: Terrorism

clue: took a wrong turn on his way to do some last-minute Christmas shopping

explanation: Fields, not to be confused with retail magnate Marshall Field, stormed the White House on December 25, 1974, claiming to have explosives. He was detained and arrested by the Secret Service. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, and Erik Bates

trivia: Unable to find a photograph of Fields and unwilling to give up on an otherwise good goo, Scott used a short excerpt from a book summarizing the history of the Secret Service as the source image.


Bruce Jeffrey Pardo

publication date: Thursday, December 23, 2010

category: Crime

clue: California has some very bad Santas

explanation: Pardo murdered nine people at a Christmas Eve party in Covina, California in 2008 while wearing a Santa costume. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, Erik Bates, and Jon Berry


George Washington

publication date: Wednesday, December 22, 2010

category: Government

clue: crossed Delaware to reach the British

explanation: During the Revolutionary War, Washington crossed the frozen Delaware River on December 25, 1776 to launch a surprise attack on mercenaries working for the British. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, Erik Bates, Tony Peters, and Jon Berry


Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab

publication date: Tuesday, December 21, 2010

category: Terrorism

clue: who likes getting underwear for Christmas?

explanation: Abdulmutallab became the "underwear bomber" when he tried unsuccessfully to light a bomb hidden in his underwear on a flight on December 25, 2009. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, Erik Bates, Tony Peters, and Jon Berry


JonBenét Ramsey

publication date: Monday, December 20, 2010

category: Victims

clue: her murder case is pretty cold by now

explanation: Ramsey was a child beauty pageant contestant murdered on December 25, 1996. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, Erik Bates, Tony Peters, Kelly Hardie, and Jon Berry


Other Themes in Winter 2011

Ready for Prime Time

Some of the funniest and most successful stars in Hollywood got their start on "Saturday Night Live." You don't have to stay up late to recognize them now. Go »

Louie Louie

However you spell it, these five famous faces all share the same name. Can you solve them without getting that Kingsmen song stuck in your head? Go »

The Four Elements

Ever since the philosopher Empedocles proposed the four elements of air, earth, fire, and water, humans have been fascinated by them. Can you identify a celebrity associated with each of them? Go »

Bird is the Word

This theme's five celebrities with orinthological names may ruffle a few feathers. Can you fly away with all five answers? Go »

Checkmate

One of the oldest games on the planet, chess has confounded strategists for many centuries. These five goos were inspired by the simple yet profound game. Go »

I Will Survive

We all die someday, but these five celebrities are famous for not dying, at least not when they were supposed to. Survive this week to have a better shot in the tournament. Go »

Rising Sun

The ancient and exotic culture of Japan has fascinated the West for generations. These five Japanese celebrities will challenge your knowledge of the island nation. Go »

States of the Union

Here in America, we're so proud of our homeland that we name our children after U.S. states. Who are these five patriotic celebrities whose names put them on the map? Go »

Muppet Mimics

Jim Henson's Muppets have left a distinct impression on our culture, to the point where we start to recognize them when looking at famous faces. Can you tell who resembles these five Muppets? Go »

Winter 2011 Tournament

Many have played, but only one will win. All players from the season will compete in a week-long tournament to decide which of them is the top competitor, deserving of a prize. Good luck! Go »