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~ Monday, March 17, 2003
 
LONG LIVE THE KING!

A Vitamin Q kings list special!

Kings of food and drink:

1 King of beers - Budweiser
2 King of rices - basmati / carnaroli
3 King of nuts - almond
4 King of stout - Guinness
5 King of puddings - 4 eggs, 1 pt milk, 8oz sugar, 4oz breadcrumbs, 4 tbsp jam, 1 tsp vanilla essence
6 King of wines - Tokay / champagne
7 King of fruits - mango / durian
8 King of spices - pepper
9 King of cheese - parmigiano reggiano
10 King of red wine - Cabarnet Sauvignon
11 King of blues / English cheeses - stilton
12 King of mushrooms - shiitake
13 King of white wine - Chardonnay
14 King of the sea - North European crayfish
15 King of 'winter taste'- echizen crab (Japanese delicacy)
16 King of Italian wines - Barolo

Kings of the natural world:

1 King of beasts / the jungle - lion
2 King of the sea - herring
3 King of woods - teak
4 King of terriers - Airedale
5 King of birds - wren
6 King of trees - oak
7 King of hair - bhringaraj ('hair restoring' herb)
8 King of hunting dogs - Weimaraner
9 King of the mountain - tiger
10 King of herbs - ginseng
11 King of the garden - rhododendrons
12 King of fish - salmon / sturgeon
13 King of Spain's trumpeter - old name for a donkey
14 King of flowers - peony
15 King of dyes - indigo
16 King of the forest - Scots pine

Some fictitious monarchs:

1 King of New York - (gangster Frank White as played by Christopher Walken)
2 King of the Jungle - Tarzan (one of the monkeyman's monickers)
3 King of the Hill - Hank Hill (animated redneck with a conscience)
4 King of Comedy - Rupert Pupkin (wannnabe in the movie of same name)
5 King of the fairies - Oberon (Shakespeare's fairy king)
6 King of Terror - ? (Nostradamus' unidentified apocalyptic leader)
7 King of the Trows - Broonie (troll leader in Scottish folklore)

Some things which are kings of their domains:

1 King of gems - ruby
2 King of trails - Highway 75 from Winnipeg to Galveston
3 'King of carpet cleaning' - Dry-Chem
4 King of craftsmen - blacksmiths
5 King of instruments - trombone / pipe organ
6 King of crystals - diamond
7 King of sports - horse racing
8 King of trains - the Orient Express
9 King of scents - amber resin
10 King of metals - gold

Some other people nicknamed or self-styled as kings:

1 King of steel - Andrew Carnegie (magnate fae Fife)
2 King of one-liners - Henry Youngman (US comic)
3 King of the pulps - Max Brand (writer of westerns etc)
4 King of the witches - Alex Sanders (British mystic)
5 King of the mini-series - Richard Chamberlain
6 King of terror - Genghis Khan (Oriental warlord)
7 King of origami hearts - Francis Ow (paper folder)
8 King of clout - Babe Ruth (baseball basher)
9 King of Off Broadway - Edward Albee (US playwright)
10 King of the wild frontier - Davy Crockett (pioneer and folk hero)
11 King of beige - Giorgio Armani (fancy togmaker)
12 King of hops - Michael Jackson (beer expert, a pun on his namesake)
13 King of Hollywood - Clark Gable
14 King of Welsh rugby - Barry John
15 King of the showmen - Pat Collins (fairground legend)
16 King of the ice - Elvis Stojko (skater)
17 King of the paparazzi - Rino Barillari
18 King of Hay-on-Wye - Richard Booth (self-styled king of Welsh town)
19 King of clowns - Felix Adler
20 King of blood - Edwin Cohn (biologist)
21 King of Stonehenge - the Amesbury Archer (unknown skeleton)
22 King of mystery - John Dickson Carr (crime writer)
23 King of the ferret leggers - Reg Mellor (top man of arcane and painful sport)
24 King of X - John Holmes (well-hung tragic star of naughty films)
25 King of horror- Stephen King
26 King of the Gipsies - Bamfylde Moore Carew (English vagabond)
27 King of the cowboys - Roy Rogers
28 King of Kings - Joshua bar-Joseph (aka Jesus Christ)
29 King of chefs - Auguste Escoffier
30 King of cocktails - Dale DeGroff (mover and shaker)
31 King of handcuffs - Harry Houdini (alas, not king of Canuck college boys)
32 King of Pirates - Edward Teach (aka Blackbeard)
33 King of spam - Alan Ralsky (businessman)
34 King of wildcatters - Hugh Ray Cullen (oil prospector)
35 King of the Stretford End - Denis Law (60s / 70s Scottish soccer star for Manchester Utd)
36 King of bark - Christopher III of Scandinavia (added tree bark to his subjects' food during a famine)
37 King of runners - Paavo Nurmi (aka the Flying Finn)
38 King of painters - Parrhasios (ancient Greek dauber)

Source: various by RcL (The King of Q)

SPELLING ANSWERS: the wrong ones are 5 / 8 / 14 / 18 / 20 / 21 / 22

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