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[Puzzleblogger Kevan Choset, September 29, 2005 at 12:30pm] Trackbacks
More in Common:

What do Morgan Freeman, Alanis Morissette, George Burns, Groucho Marx, and Val Kilmer have in common?

Fred Beukema (mail):
They have all played God in a movie, and have never been in my kitchen.
9.29.2005 1:31pm
wt (mail) (www):
Can we have a moratorium on the "not been in my kitchen" "joke"?

Seriously, it's REALLY tired. Maybe if you wait long enough, it will be funny again in the future.

And also, can people stop offering to "sell a bridge" to other commenters who are making perfectly reasonable claims or arguments?
9.29.2005 1:35pm
cb (mail) (www):
Fred ... LOL, that "kitchen" line made me spit coffee through my nose. Thanks for the first good laugh of the morning.
9.29.2005 1:44pm
Fred Beukema (mail):
Apologies to wt and a "you're welcome" to cb. I actually balked at adding the kitchen bit, since it's come up, as you indicate, entirely too often, especially in the puzzleblog comments. But usually that comment has been added by itself, not with an actual answer to the puzzle. So I thought again and cheerfully hopped on the bandwagon.
9.29.2005 1:52pm
A.S.:
The kitchen bit is NOT tired. There's always room for an homage to a great scene from a great show.
9.29.2005 2:07pm
Tyro (mail):
Being that Groucho's real name was Julius Henry Marx and Val's is Val Edward Kilmer, each has a 6 letter name that is not their surname. But that's too easy.

Or

Their stage names contain all of the vowels except for Y, but each has been involved in a creative work that has left the audience asking why ?!? ;)

* I'm new here, what types of puzzles are these usually?
9.29.2005 2:10pm
D:
A.S. -- agreed. Any time somebody asks "What do these folks have in common?," a variant of "Who are three men who have never been in my kitchen?" is de rigeur.

Relatedly, does anybody know what the Jeopardy clue was? I can't for the life of me remember, and it doesn't seem to be online anywhere.
9.29.2005 2:17pm
Mark Eckenwiler:
The Jeopardy! betting rule violated by Cliff Claven, as well as the question he missed, is here.

Far more interesting, of course, is Game 4810.
9.29.2005 2:24pm
twwren:
They all smoke(d) cigars.
9.29.2005 2:28pm
DJ (mail):
Jewish?
9.29.2005 2:39pm
D:
Mark -- great find. I had no idea that that site existed.
9.29.2005 2:44pm
DavidR:
Episode 4810 is interesting because Mark was on it. It also seems unusually hard.
9.29.2005 2:54pm
Jeremy (mail):
Final Jeopardy was pretty easy though. Good job Mark!
9.29.2005 3:29pm
Hoosier:
They all played a sargeant in a segregated army unit during the Civil War. Except for the last four of them.
9.29.2005 3:35pm
Kim Scarborough (mail) (www):
Fred's right, although strictly speaking Groucho played a gangster nicknamed "God", not God himself.
9.29.2005 4:03pm
arbitraryaardvark (mail) (www):
They aren't a god, but they play one on TV.
The letter M in their names.
North Americans? Worked in Hollywood? Attended the Oscars?
I'm guessing no Republicans in that set.
9.29.2005 4:18pm
Lorenzo (mail):
I thought they were all left handed.
9.29.2005 4:19pm
James Taranto (mail) (www):
God being omniscient, all of them are in my kitchen right now!
9.29.2005 5:09pm
KenB (mail):
although strictly speaking Groucho played a gangster nicknamed "God", not God himself.

Strictly speaking, Alanis Morissette didn't play God himself either.
9.29.2005 5:17pm
Mark Eckenwiler:
Methinks the estimable Taranto -- or his online Doppelgänger -- has conflated "omniscience" and "omnipresence."

"Best of the Web," indeed....
9.29.2005 5:22pm
Silicon Valley Jim:
God being omniscient, all of them are in my kitchen right now!

I think that that should be "omnipresent", not "omniscient", shouldn't it?
9.29.2005 5:23pm
cliff:
They are all one degree of seperation from Kevin Bacon, and none of them shop at Penny's. Even for pots and pans for their own kitchens.

Question for Silicon Vally Jim: If God is omnipresent, and Martha Stewart created something called OmniMedia, is there a connection? I mean,Martha is ALWAYS in the kitchen!
9.29.2005 6:13pm
Crane (mail):
I knew the first three had played God, but when did Val Kilmer get the chance?
9.29.2005 6:32pm
mindbender:
Apparently, he was the "voice" of God in the animated movie, The Prince of Egypt. This is a questionable question. I don't really think being a voice actor in a film, especially one that has been digitally altered (he's also the voice of Moses in the movie) counts as playing God in a movie. Pretty lame inclusion, Kevan.
9.29.2005 6:43pm
Silicon Valley Jim:
Question for Silicon Vally Jim: If God is omnipresent, and Martha Stewart created something called OmniMedia, is there a connection? I mean,Martha is ALWAYS in the kitchen!

There must be a connection, and Im sure that it involves Morgan Freeman, Val Kilmer, George Burns, Alanis Morissette, and Groucho Marx.
9.29.2005 6:53pm
misterski (mail):
Val Kilmer tricked someone into believing he was God in Real Genius.
9.29.2005 11:09pm
Charlie (Colorado) (mail):
None of them know how to define "ironic"?
9.29.2005 11:29pm
Matthew Valenti (mail):
Actually, Gabriel Jarret provided the voice of "God" in Real Genius. Though Val Kilmer was usually in the room (back to the omnipresent thing)
9.30.2005 9:09am