Weekend Trivia ~ Saturday

midnightsmum (Z4, ON)January 25, 2014

Well, Happy Weekend, Cottagers! It is a snowy old day here - I feel badly for my neighbours, because they are having an open house today. It's kind of sad, cause they are very nice neighbours, respectful kids and the whole nine.

Well, on to the trivia portion of our show: There was a great article in the newspaper this week about advertising mascots. The premise was that those mascots that influenced us as kids can continue to hold sway over our adult decisions. Who could ever forget Tony the Tiger, or the uproar (pun intended) when he was 'retired'. So, today's question is about another, much older mascot: who is Bibendum?

As always, I will be back to tickle your little grey cells with clues - if you smart guys need them. This is another one of those 'might be over in one' kind of questions!!

Nancy.

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cyn427(z7aN. VA)

Need clues. Something bendable? That's all I have.

Cynthia

    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 9:10AM
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cyn427(z7aN. VA)

Oooh, just had a smokin' hot thought, but will wait for clues. Unless the bendy idea is completely off base. Then, I have no idea.

Cynthia

    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 9:12AM
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midnightsmum (Z4, ON)

Well, bendy could be one adjective!! lol. He is also referred to as Bib or Bibelobis, and is one of the most recognizable mascots of the last century.

Nancy.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 10:27AM
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cyn427(z7aN. VA)

Well, I have never heard of him. Need clues if my attempt at earning stars is just a pipe dream. It definitely doesn't go with any mascots I know, so I am probably wrong.

Cynthia

    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 11:29AM
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midnightsmum (Z4, ON)

No pipe dreams, for sure. He is currently starring in a series of commercials in his latest incarnation. An 1898 poster showed him offering the toast 'Nunc est bibendum' to his scrawny competitors with a glass, oh, but a glass of what? Not liquid, that's for sure. C'est a direr, Mon Dieu!

Nancy.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 12:20PM
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cyn427(z7aN. VA)

Sigh. Was thinking pipe cleaners or straws. Need more clues.

Cynthia

    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 12:42PM
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thinman(Z5 MI)

Nancy, I never tire of your trivia. The pressure is really on now.

I spent a lot of the morning moving snow, which unfortunately, meant a certain amount of shoveling. This is a shot of the non-shoveling part -- the good part.

I think this is right up there with the deepest snow in the driveway I have seen since we moved in 12 years ago. Overall, we probably got only 6 or 8 inches, but the wind piled it up.

My basement wood-shop is calling me now. I'll check in again later.

TM

    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 12:59PM
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midnightsmum (Z4, ON)

lol TM - I figured you might catch my drift!! Nice tracks. Cynthia, you might want to follow his path!!

Nancy.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 1:56PM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

I am following and thinking. Had an idea about a well known mascot but no way could he hold a glass to offer a toast. Don't remember seeing the current commercial. Need to think some more.

Windy & cold here but only a little fresh snow to blow around and pile up.
Extreme cold seems to have been the cause of a spontaneously shattered driver's side car window late Thursday night. A very cold drive home for DH.
A rare day above freezing yesterday but temps are plummeting again.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 1:57PM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Makes me think of a big inflated balloon.

Annette

    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 2:03PM
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midnightsmum (Z4, ON)

Aah, Annette - you are on the right track!! Perhaps several balloons.

Well, let's see - he is one of the worlds oldest trademarks; in the 1800's he wore pince-nez glasses and smoked a cigar. In the 1980's he was shown to be active and running.

Oh, I feel your pain with the weather - it is so cold and blustery, but the neighbourhood kids are still out there playing, all bundled up - I wonder how they can move, sometimes!!

Nancy.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 3:15PM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

I think Annette's clue gave me the answer though I do not remember knowing his name.

Yesterday's warmer temps made for slush which was brought into the garage and needed to be shoveled out before we went to Costco today. And, yes, I am one of those people who like to kick the slush off before parking the car. DH is not. I restrain myself from kicking the snow from other people's cars, though sometimes it is very tempting.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 7:04PM
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midnightsmum (Z4, ON)

Bobbie - we call them clunkers!! Lol.

Nancy.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 7:36PM
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midnightsmum (Z4, ON)

Bobbie - we call them clunkers!! Lol.

Nancy.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 8:41PM
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midnightsmum (Z4, ON)

Bobbie - we call them clunkers!! Lol.

Nancy.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 8:43PM
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cyn427(z7aN. VA)

Tracks, balloons, clunkers...I am stuck.

Cynthia

    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 9:27PM
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midnightsmum (Z4, ON)

Well Cynthia, clunkers wasn't really a clue, but it is close to source. Balloons were once the rage, but thinner profiles are more stylish these days. Reread TM's post. He has directions for you.

Nancy.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 10:16PM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

MMmmmmmm

Annette

    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 10:59PM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

Bidendum reminds me of a roly poly baby or a boy who gets his tummy poked.

This post was edited by mnwsgal on Sun, Jan 26, 14 at 12:22

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 2:30AM
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thinman(Z5 MI)

I wonder if Bibendum and the Pillsbury dough boy are related.

TM

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 9:52AM
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cyn427(z7aN. VA)

You are all trying so hard to get me to the answer. I am at tires, but the only character I can think of is the Michelin man which would go with Annette's Mmmmm. Did he have a different name at one point? Grasping at those (bendy-haha) straws again.

Cynthia

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 10:32AM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Maybe kissin' cousins, good one TM.

Annette

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 10:50AM
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midnightsmum (Z4, ON)

Well, I am late back for the reveal - ran out into the freezing cold to run an errand. The downside to bundling up is that with exertion, I sweat like crazy. So here I am, cat on my lap, hair soaking wet, trying to get this typed out. And yes, Pita is trying to help me, and is no help at all.

So, yes my friends, we were looking for the Michelin man.
As I am writing this, I wonder if it would helped to talk about restaurant stars, but maybe not a popular thing in the US?

The 1898 poster showed him offering the toast Nunc est bibendum to his scrawny competitors with a glass full of road hazards, with the title and the tag C'est àdire: àvotre santé. Le pneu Michelin boit l'obstacle ("That is to say, to your health. The Michelin tire drinks up obstacles").

While attending the Universal and Colonial Exposition in Lyon in 1894, Edouard and André Michelin noticed a stack of tires that suggested to Edouard the figure of a man without arms. Four years later, André met French cartoonist Marius Rossillon, popularly known as O'Galop, who showed him a rejected image he had created for a Munich brewery - large, regal figure holding a huge glass of beer and quoting Horace's phrase "Nunc est bibendum". André immediately suggested replacing the man with a figure made from tires. Thus O'Galop transformed the earlier image into Michelin's symbol. Today, Bibendum is one of the world's most recognised trademarks, representing Michelin in over 150 countries.

The name of the plump tire-man has entered the language to describe someone obese or wearing comically bulky clothing. (e.g. "How can I wrap up warm without looking like the Michelin Man?")

Bibendum's shape has changed over the years. O'Galop's logo was based on bicycle tires, wore pince-nez glasses with lanyard, and smoked a cigar. By the 1980s, Bibendum was being shown running, and in 1998, his 100th anniversary, a slimmed-down version became the company's new logo. He had long since given up the cigar and pince-nez. The slimming of the logo reflected lower-profile, smaller tires of modern cars. Bib even had a similar-looking puppy as a companion when the duo were CGI animated for recent American television advertisements.

And yes, he probably does have some cousins: the Pillsbury Doughboy and the Stay Puft man (he of Ghostbusters fame) come to mind.

So, for everyone:

Thanks for playing - see you all next week. ...

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 12:41PM
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thinman(Z5 MI)

Interesting story about the Michelin Man, Nancy. Somewhere recently, maybe on American Pickers, I had heard the name Bibendum and somehow I remembered just enough of it to click.

Thanks for the fun and the history lesson, Nancy.

TM

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 9:34PM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

Interesting how the symbol came into being. Thanks for an informative trivia question and good clues which led to the stars.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 12:03AM
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