Today’s question…

Yesterday’s answer:

San Francisco is the American twin city of Cork, Ireland.  (Though I kinda want to give Darby her Shanghai answer, as it turns out there’s a Shanghai IN…) And my dear DEAR friend Glenna C forgot to pack me in her suitcase before taking a trip out that way last week.

Today’s question(s):

Which Hall(s) of Fame was my grandfather inducted into?  (also:  his name would be good!)

What was his nickname and what does it refer to?

What kind of business was he in and why do I find this ironic?

Tell me one other thing you’ve learned about him, that no one else has mentioned in the comments.

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If you’ve arrived here for the first time and have no clue why we’re asking these crazy questions, you should know that we’re running an Anniversary Contest!

The Anniversary Contest runs until August 4, at which point we will have a very unique drawing for the prizes. There are four prizes available:

1. The last remaining first Smart-Ass Knitters/World Domination Club package

2. A cable mug by Susanne James and a skein of either silk lace or merino sock yarn (your choice of in stock colours)

3.  A Darby Bayly project bag chosen by Otis, a skein of MCN Sport (in your choice of in stock colours) and a Storm Water Cowl pattern.

4.  A Tom Bihn Little Swift and 5 skeins of your choice of Indigodragonfly Yarn.

So how do you enter?

Lots of ways.

1. Leave us a comment, and you get an entry (1 comment per day per person)

2. If you were the very, very first customer, you get an entry. (I know who you are, you don’t have to. )

3. Answer weird quiz questions. They will be random, both in their timing and their content. We will give entries to the first 1-5 correct answers (depending on how we feel that day…we’ll give you fair warning), either in the comments or by email. (If you leave them in the comments, quiz answers count as an entry in addition to your comment entry…are you confused yet? Good. We like you that way.)

4. Buy stuff. Heck, why not? For every $25 purchased, you get an entry.

OK…..GO!

24 thoughts on “Today’s question…

  1. hich Hall(s) of Fame was my grandfather inducted into? (also: his name would be good!) “football” Canadien style of course!

    What was his nickname and what does it refer to? Mr. Grey Cup for the week long tournament that he used to organize

    What kind of business was he in and why do I find this ironic? He was President of Sterling Coffee and also of LL Gurr Enterprises, a fast food company…not sure why this is ironic other than it covers a full meal?!?

    Tell me one other thing you’ve learned about him, that no one else has mentioned in the comments. He was given the Syl Apps Special Achievement Award in 1964.

  2. Wow, I honestly don’t know where to begin answering so…stabs in the dark it is!
    a)The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH? Engelbert Humperdink?
    b)Prospector Pete? Which refers to his Yukon Gold Rush days…?
    c)It’s ironic because you studied to be a geologist?
    d)Umm, I haven’t learned much about him yet, so this is the hardest one really. I’m looking forward to the other people’s comments so I can!

  3. Harry McBrien, was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame & the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. He was nicknamed “MR. GREY CUP” (it’s the foot ball version of the Stanley Cup) for his years as the Grey Cup Coordinator.

    When not involved with football stuff, he was president of both Toronto’s Sterling Coffee Co. and L.L. Gurr Enterprises (some fast-food chain in St. Catharines). You find this ironic as (I’m gonna guess here) you don’t like coffee or fast food?

    And when he was the Secretary of the Canadian Rugby Union he assisted in codifying the rules of Canadian football and differentiated how we play it from how the Americas play it.

  4. I believe your grandfather, Harry McBrien, a.k.a. Mr. Grey Cup for coordinating the Grey Cup games for a decade, was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

    When he wasn’t living and breathing football, he was president of both Toronto’s Sterling Coffee Co. and L.L. Gurr Enterprises, a St. Catharines fast-food chain, but I must admit, the irony escapes me…

    He was an on-field official until 1950 when he was seriously injured during a National Junior game.

  5. Duh. The” my grandaughter is amazing hall of fame.”
    (Or football whatever.)

    You find this ironic , because you’re really his grandson. In hiding.

    We aren’t called smart asses for nothing. :p

    Were ain’t the smart asses for nothing. :p

  6. Well, Harry McBrien was known as Mr. Gray Cup. and was inducted in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. He was President of Sterling Coffee and also LL Gurr Enterprises. I don’t know why this is ironic….. Oh he scheduled the officials for the Toronto High School games. ;p

  7. Your Grandfather, Harry McBrien aka “Mr. Grey Cup” is in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
    Above commentors have cited his coffee & food businesses, but I am alas equally failing to see the irony (unless he only drank tea and never ate out…)

    But he also was on the board of the Canadian Rugby Union! So he must have really enjoyed his “run around the field chasing a ball” games🙂

    Has Otis inherited this passtime? (and if so, is he as adept an administrator?)

  8. I have absolutely no clue on the question of the day, but I came over here from rav and just checked out your yarn and I’m in love! You have the Best Color Names Ever. I can’t decide whether I like the Princess Bride or Sesame Street names better. Every morning when I drop off my two boys at school, I say “Bye, boys! Have fun storming the castle!” (They think I am very weird even though they’ve seen the movie…)

    Now to find some money in the couch cushions so I can place an order…

  9. I have no idea for this question, or even where to look. I also love the color names on your yarn and will place an order for that reason alone. Of course the colors themselves are irresistible!

  10. This is the first I’ve heard of all this grey cup stuff. I would have exploited our friendship sooner for tickets or something.

    I guess I’ll have to console myself with another entry in your fine contest😉

  11. When I was growing up I used to hear all the grown-ups say “you learn something new everyday…” but I had no clue what they were talking about. But now I realize what they meant by that…..

  12. These questions are hilarious. I din’t know where to look for the answers, but I’ll be sure to check the new question tomorrow. Can’t wait.🙂

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