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Second Guess Yourself – Trail Mix Edition

Published September 29, 2022

Famous mime Marcel Marceau, on his knees, lays his head to one side while holding both arms vertical in front of him. Like mimes do.

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This week’s installment of “My Favorite Round” dives into one of our Second Guess Yourself rounds. Second Guess Yourself is a round concept at Geeks Who Drink that we’ve leaned on for a bit. It allows our quizzers not one, but TWO guesses to the answer. We still reward the quizzers that provide one guess and it’s right with full points, though. We’re not monsters. But, the Trail Mix edition featured questions all about people and things with the initials “M and M.” Get it? Let’s learn a bit more about Marcel Marceau.

Marcel Marceau, the now-late super-mime, hated crappy mimes as much as the rest of us. “People think, ‘Oh my God, not again!’ when they see them and miss the fact that mime, done well, is like nothing else,” Marceau told the Los Angeles Times in 1989.

When Marceau died in 2007, the 84-year-old may have taken the mastery of the craft with him. At his funeral, “silence” was meant to be the very on-brand theme but there were some actual sounds and – before you ask – no, nobody wordlessly pretended to be trapped in a very small box. (Have some class, the man was a legend.) 

Instead, Marceau’s signature top hat and red flower were placed beside his coffin, which had been carefully covered with the French flag. His Legion of Honor and National Order of Merit medals were also on display. (Again, the man was a legend.) 

According to the Associated Press, Rabbi Rene-Samuel Sirat read three Psalms in both Hebrew and French and talked about Marceau’s incredible life and career. A cellist also played a section from Bach’s “Suite No. 5.” 

So the next time you’re at a kid’s birthday party or in Times Square and see a sub-par mime struggling to walk against an imaginary wind gust, take a minute to think about Marcel Marceau. He would’ve been just as miserable as you are. 

Featured image courtesy of: Erling Mandelmann, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0