5 Dumbest Things 'April Fools' Quiz

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Happy April Fools' Weekend! We here at The Five Dumbest Lab love April Fools' Day. In fact, it's our favorite holiday because nobody likes to celebrate foolish behavior more than we do.

But before we begin pranking our friends on Wall Street, we leave you with The Five Dumbest Things April Fools Quiz, recapping the silly shenanigans of the first quarter of 2013. Answering correctly could win you a gift package full of autographed Jim Cramer goodies.

Enter by midnight Tuesday, April 2, by e-mailing your answers here with the words "Contest Entry" in the subject line. We'll post the answers and announce the name of the winner in next Friday's column. If there is more than one correct entry, we'll have a drawing.

Good luck!

1. Which chairman of the board ignored the State Department's advice in January and made a private trip to North Korea?

A. Frank Sinatra

B. Facebook's ( FB) Mark Zuckerberg

C. Google's ( GOOG) Eric Schmidt

D. Chairman Mao

2. What did Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood say about the Boeing ( BA) Dreamliner in January a week before the plane was grounded over safety concerns?

A. "I believe this plane is safe and I would have absolutely no reservations of boarding one of these planes and taking a flight."

B. "I would fly on the Dreamliner in a second. I just wouldn't listen to Freebird on the flight because that's bad luck. You know, with the whole Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash thing and all."

C. "Who cares if the plane's batteries burst into flames? What's the big deal? People used to smoke on planes all the time. Don't you watch Mad Men?"

D. "Not on your life would I board that flying deathtrap . . . wait, is this microphone on?"

3. Shares of Herbalife ( HLF) sank 8% on Jan. 28 without a peep from Bill Ackman, Carl Icahn or any of the other hedge fund hotshots battling over the supplement seller. The stock was driven down on news that the Federal Trade Commission was shutting down a totally unrelated direct-sales outfit. What was the name of that other company?

A. Getalife

B. Very Kind Herb Inc.

C. Herbal-Lite

D. Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing

4. Which of the following public statements was not made by Hewlett Packard ( HPQ) immediately after its rival Dell ( DELL) announced founder Michael Dell was taking the PC-maker private in a bid for greater autonomy?
A. "Dell has a very tough road ahead. The company faces an extended period of uncertainty and transition that will not be good for its customers."

B. "With a significant debt load, Dell's ability to invest in new products and services will be extremely limited."

C. "Leveraged buyouts tend to leave existing customers and innovation at the curb. We believe Dell's customers will now be eager to explore alternatives, and HP plans to take full advantage of that opportunity."

D. "Take it from us, Michael. Autonomy isn't all it's cracked up to be. Literally."

5. Which of the following media outlets has Tesla ( TSLA) CEO Elon Musk criticized over its electric car coverage?

A. The New York Times


C. All of the above and probably a whole lot more because the guy is a whiner

D. None of the above but the guy is still a whiner

6. What did Apple ( AAPL) CEO Tim Cook call hedge fund manager David Einhorn's lawsuit against the company at February's Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference?

A. "a silly sideshow"

B. "a distraction"

C. "bizarre"

D. All of the above

E. None of the above but Cook did call Elon Musk a whiner

7. Shares of Accretive Health ( AH) sank 20% in February after the company delayed the release of its fourth quarter and 2012 results because of revenue recognition issues. What is Accretive Health's slogan on its Web site?

A. Results providers trust

B. Those who cannot manage their own revenue do it for others

C. Nobody's perfect

D. Results providers sometimes trust

8. Which former JCPenney ( JCP) CEO chastised the company's current CEO Ron Johnson as not being a "reliable source" in a March CNBC appearance?
A. Jonny Questrom

B. Allen Questrom

C. Allan Stewart Konigsberg

D. Paul Westerberg

9. Spectrum Pharmaceuticals ( SPPI) CEO Raj Shrotriya boasted on a Feb. 21 conference call that the company's lead drug Fusilev would see sales growth in 2013 despite flat revenue for the prior three quarters. What did the company tell the Street less than a month later on March 12 that caused the stock to sink 37%?

A. Fusilev sales would be flat in 2013 compared to 2012

B. Fusilev sales would fall by roughly 60%

C. Fusilev was being taken off the market

D. Fusilev is being replaced by a new drug called Fusilli Jerry

10. Why did athletic apparel-seller Lululemon ( LULU) recall shipments of its special yoga pants from stores in late March, thereby forcing the company to lower its first quarter sales guidance?

A. The pants were too sheer

B. The pants were too opaque

C. The pants were on fire

D. The zippers were sticking

BONUS: What did Russian President Vladimir Putin call the European Union's original plan to tax Cyprus bank depositors in late March?

A. "Unfair"

B. "Unprofessional"

C. "Dangerous"

D. All of the above

E. None of the above, but a few days later Putin did see the irony in his statements and had himself a good chuckle

-- Written by Gregg Greenberg in New York City.

Disclosure: TheStreet's editorial policy prohibits staff editors and reporters from holding positions in any individual stocks.

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