Distortion, half-truths, outright lies—our 2 April Fools’ Quiz

As the cherry trees are in bloom, we expand the welcome mat for our second annual April Fools’ Day quiz now and then. We’re confident this exercise in the historical craze will entertain and challenge in equal measure.

Please note that there is only one correct answer for each question. All the other options are full of distortion, half-truths and outright lies!

question 1 (See “Then 1” photo):

a blob by any other name, Originally built to serve Clyde’s Cleaners, Lower Queen Anne Hill in 1946, the building was converted in 1984 to a ferroconcrete mound known as The Blob. Hate and dear, the structure was demolished in 1997. What was the original purpose of The Blob?

A: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s first draft of MOPOP (His Museum of Popular Culture), also known colloquially as The Blob.

B: The bulbous Moorish fort/Spanish villa theme was the brainchild of developer Anthony Dadvar, who intended to house Isla del Sol, a Mediterranean/Mexican restaurant.

C: The last Queen Anne communal residence of the Love Family, a New Age religious group founded in the late 1960s.

D: An early and unsuccessful attempt at engineered architectural 3D printing by renowned inventor John Williams.

E: A film set, built for James Cameron’s megahit “Aliens” (1986), was never used in actual filming.

Question 2 (See “Then 2” photo):

Who was that masked man? In early 1918, the misnamed “Spanish” flu spread throughout the North West. On October 6, Seattle City Health Commissioner Dr. JS McBride and Mayor Ole Hanson ordered the closure of schools, churches and theaters (you know the drill) to combat the infection. On October 28, he added a mandatory mask order. Seattleites largely obeyed, tearing and twisting their masks until the event celebrated what remarkable event?

A: Armistice Day, November 11, 1918.

B: The arrival of Santa by reindeer sledge at Pioneer Square on November 30, 1918.

C: The conclusion of the five-day Seattle General Strike on February 11, 1919.

D: The withdrawal of the 63rd Coast Artillery from World War I on 12 March 1919.

E: The mask order was never suspended.

Question 3 (See “Then 3” photo):

all you have to do is whistle, Vessels on the Black Ball Line, from which today’s Washington State Ferries directly disembark, signal arrival and departure with a whistle blast. To this day, every captain and vessel uses the Signature Tots. Which is the standard whistle sequence used by Seattle Ferries?

A: A single melancholy explosion.

B: Three medium-long honks, a translation of the “S” in Morse code for Seattle.

C: One long and two short sacks, known by marine afficionados as “one warp and two woofs.”

D: All signal patterns are at the captain’s discretion, reflecting the captain’s mood.

E: Short, repeated bursts, used only as small-craft warnings during pea-soup fog.

Question 4 (see “now” photo):

thirty degrees of separation, Many readers will be familiar with the popular monument “Jesus Christ Made Seattle Under Protest,” which calls for locals to remember the sequence of city streets (Jefferson and James/”Jesus,” Cheri and Columbia/”Christ,” Marion and Madison). humming under the breath. / “Med,” Spring & Seneca / “Seattle,” University & Union / “Under,” Pike & Pine / “Protest”). Yet all bets are off at Pioneer Square, where, north from Yesler, each road turns 30 degrees to the northwest, resulting in a strange tangle of angles. How did this come about?

A: The Seattle Fault runs directly under Yesler. In 1854, an earthquake caused massive seismic displacement, forever changing the shape of the young city.

B: To the south of Yslar, the swampy tideland swamps made accurate mapping impossible.

C: Yesler was the clergy-mandated northern boundary of Seattle’s original red-light district. Its angled streets, in 1855, provided “ample warning of a turn towards sin” by the Pontifical Rev. David Blaine.

D: Road grids collided as a result of unresolved land-plate disputes between early white settlers David “Doc” Maynard, Arthur Denny, and Carson Boren.

E: Fake news. Cartographers and geographers have colluded in promoting this hypothetical twist. Real Seattle streets run straight like an arrow.



2: a

3: C

4: D


One Correct Answer: You are a Mercer mess.

Two Correct Answer: You tore the viaduct!

Three Correct Answer: You are a pike pundit.

Four Correct Answer: You’ve got a Seattle chill.

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