What? Is the year already half over? Maybe we missed it because we were too mesmerized watching the BP (BP) oil spill live feed.
Anyway, now that we are six months into what has been a supremely Dumb year, we thought it would be worthwhile to offer The Five Dumbest Things Mid-Year Exam just to make sure everybody has been paying attention. Answering correctly could win you an autographed copy of Jim Cramer's Jim Cramer's Getting Back To Even.
Enter by midnight Tuesday, June 29, by emailing your answers here with the words "Contest Entry" in the subject line. We'll rerun the column Friday, July 2, with the answers and the name of the winner. If there is more than one correct entry, of course, we'll have a drawing.
Good Luck!1. An outraged band of students from which University in April protested the selection of JPMorgan Chase (JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon as commencement speaker: A. Cornell University B. Tufts University C. Huxley University (home of Dean Quincy Adams Wagstaff) D. Syracuse University 2. According to Goldman Sachs (GS) bond salesman Fabrice Tourre, in a 2007 e-mail, who would by the "only potential survivor" if and when the mortgage market collapsed? A. The fabulous Fab B. The Fab Four C. The Fabulous Moolah D. The Fabulous Baker Boys 3. What did Continental Airlines (CAL) CEO Jeffrey Smisek call US Airways (LCC) in May after he announced Continental's merger with United Airlines (UAUA)? A. The ugly duckling B. The black swan C. The ugly girl D. Ugly Betty 4. When asked in May by Sen. Jim Bunning (R., Ky.) how much U.S. taxpayers will ultimately have to shell out to keep Fannie Mae (FNM) and Freddie Mac (FRE) afloat, what was the reply of Federal Housing Finance Agency Acting Director Edward DeMarco? A. millions and billions B. billions and trillions C. trillions and gazillions D. the actual cost I do not know 5. What was CA Technologies (CA) called before it changed its name (again) in May? A. CA, Inc. B. Computer Associates C. Computers "R" Us D. Wang and Kumar Go To White Castle
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