What? Is the year already half over? Maybe we missed it because we were too mesmerized watching the
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
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.
1. An outraged band of students from which University in April protested the selection of
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
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
( UAUA) CEO Jeffrey Smisek call
( FRE) in May after he announced Continental's merger with
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
( FNM) and
( 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
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
6. Which of the following pharmaceutical companies was forced to recall its products this year after being busted for quality-control problems?
Johnson & Johnson
D. All of the above
E. None of the above
7. What was the "hurtful and thoughtless comment" that BP CEO Tony Hayward made in May that caused him to apologize on the company's
A. "Come on you sniveling Yanks. It's just a little oil."
B. "I'd like my yacht back."
C. "I'd like my life back."
D. "Take my wife, please."
8. Which bumbling telco giant acknowledged a security weak spot in June that exposed the emails of more than 100,000
iPad users, then suffered a rash of technical errors during the iPhone 4 rollout the following week?
9. Which mortgage giants announced in June that their shares will be delisted from the
New York Stock Exchange
A. Farmer Mac and Ginnie Mae
B. Farmer Brown and Fannie Farmer
C. Mae West and Freddy Fender
( FNM) and
10. What did BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg call Gulf residents in June, further raising their ire at the oil company?
A. "small people"
B. "little people"
Bonus: BP said in June it was going to buy technology to clean the oil spill from which Hollywood actor?
A. Kevin Costner
B. Russell Crowe
C. Kurt Russell
D. James Cameron
E. Kirk Cameron
Before joining TheStreet.com, Gregg Greenberg was a writer and segment producer for CNBC's Closing Bell. He previously worked at FleetBoston and Lehman Brothers in their Private Client Services divisions, covering high net-worth individuals and midsize hedge funds. Greenberg attended New York University's School of Business and Economic Reporting. He also has an M.B.A. from Cornell University's Johnson School of Business, and a B.A. in history from Amherst College.