We made the decision early on with The Official Old's Cool Education I, II, and III to post the answers here on our website, since printed space was limited, and we'd rather jam-pack those handy manuals with knowledge and interestingness rather than make it easy for all of you know-it-alls out there to cheat and gloat.

Seriously, most of the answers can be found on the internet anyway, and nearly everybody has a smart phone handy. Some of the challenges are tricky, and a few questions are almost unanswerable, so we're providing you with everything you need to know below.

 

The Official Old's Cool Education I – "Wicked/Smart"

This is our first 3-volume set, made up of the Handbook, Black Book, and Read Book.

The Official Old's Cool Handbook

Starting from the beginning, and going page by page, with just the answers.

Page iii Iron and carbon. Rowing, backstroke, tug-of-war.

Page 25 1.) Australia–just because it wasn't discovered doesn't mean it wasn't the largest island. 2.) John Kiley, organist. 3.) 160 feet. 4.) 96–The subways stops on the uptown express (Red Line) in Manhattan. 5.) Wayne Gretzsky. 6.) Homocide. 7.) Zero (several scenarios). 8.) Martin Van Buren. 9.) It's on a lunar calendar. 10.) Synecdoche.

Page 26 Movies: The Original Star Wars–we don't know what it's called now. Charade; Dirty Harry; John Wayne in The Searchers; Casablanca; Woody Allen's Manhattan.

Page 26: The German.

Page 29 1.) Full moon in July. 2.) 17,500. 3.) Tomato, celery, watercress, beet, spinach, parsley, spinach, carrots. 4.) Gerald Ford. 5.) Amp–Andre Marie Ampere; Joule–James Joule; Kelvin–Lord Kelvin 6.) Banana. 7.) Groundhog or woodchuck. 8.) Imaginary. 9.) Baseball–catcher; Crew–coxwain. 10.) Wicked; bow.

Page 50 Headline reads: Sm(art)ist man in the code wide rworld.

Page 52 1.) ...no harm. 2.) The Right To Bear Arms. 3.) 3 goals scored by the same person in one game in hockey. 4.) Death, famine, war, and conquest. 5.) Sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami. 6.) Yes–it's the sum of its positive integers. 7.) Pride, envy, sloth, greed, anger, gluttony, lust, Bonus: Prudence, courage, temperance, justice, charity, faith, and hope. 8.) Unofficial; various. 9.) Idiomatic: somewhere near heaven. 10.) Thou shalt have no other gods before me; thou shalt not make for yourself a carved image or false gods; thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain; keep holy the Sabbath; honor your father and mother; you shall not murder; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not covet thy neighbor's wife or goods.\

The Official Old's Cool Black Book

Again, starting from the beginning, and going page by page, with just the answers.

Page 32 RHIP: WO1, CW2, CW3, CW4, CW5. Second Lieutenant, First Lieutenant. Captain. Major, Lieutenant Colonel. Colonel. Brigadier General, Major General, Lieutenant General, General, General of the Army.
TIDBITS: 1.) 7.4. 2.) Aurora, Briar Rose. 3.) You don't get down from an elephant, you get down from a duck. 4.) A human's eyes have evolved to detect ripe fruit. 5.) A pot has two handles. 6.) Monday's child is fair of face. Tuesday's child is full of grace. Wednesday's child is full of woe. Thursday's child has far to go. Friday's child is loving and giving. Saturday's child works hard for his living. And the child that is born on the Sabbath day, is bonny and blithe, and good and gay. 7.) The Bible. 8.) Percent hydrogen. 9.) Einsteinium, Bohrium, Curium. 10.) Yes. 11.) 2-3%.
Page 49 1–J, 2–B, 3–A, 4–I, 5–C, 6–H, 7–G, 8–D, 9–E, 10–F, 11–L, 12–K, 13–O, 14–M, 15–N. SPQR–Senatus Populusque Romanus
Page 59 1.) Thailand. 2.) Tanzania. 3.) Istanbul. 4.) Sri Lanka. 5.) St. Petersburg. 6.) Yangon. 7.) Beijing. 8.) Taiwan. 9.) Zaire. 10.) Pakistan.
Logos: Atlanta Flames, Brooklyn Dodgers, Vancouver Canucks.

 

The Official Old's Cool Read Book

Again, starting from the beginning, and going page by page, with just the answers.

Page iii Sails. Egyptian.

Page 29 1.) Arbeit macht frei. 2.) Newport, RI is: 41.49 N 71.32 W. 3.) General Education Development. 4.) Time. 5.) Elevator cable weight. 6.) Unlimited: thrust and lift are the only factors. 7.) Gauge is how many rounds you can make for the gun from one pound of lead. Caliber is the decimal-inch diameter of the gun barrel. 8.) Your cheekbone. 9.) Polo. 10.) Walk, hit by pitch, dropped third strike, interference.

Page 33 1.) Coconut–palm, Date–palm, Sloe-blackthorn. 2.) If you have evil intent, you will get evil results. 3.) Grape soda, cough syrup. 4.) The concept of zero was not known at the time the Gregorian Calendar was created. 5.) Aramaic, Greek, Hebrew. 6.) Murder. Cackle. 7.) Arguably the mandrill, and also the triplewart seadevil. 8.) Cyan, magenta, yellow, key (black). 9.) 1.1 million pounds. 10.) It doesn't have a seed–it's been genetically-modified out of it.

 

The Official Old's Cool Education II – "Just Do Wit."

Our second 3-volume set, made up of the Log book, Field Book, and Road Book.

The Official Old's Cool Logbook

Same drill.

Page iii Atmospheric pressure. Go where it is and give it the food it likes. On a hook.

Page 29 1.) Flounder's eyes are on right side of body, fluke, left. 2.) A steady course or straight line of bearing on a map. 3.) Shipshape. 4.) A pier is perpendicular to the shore, a wharf is parallel. 5.) A spar between the bowsprit and the martingale. 6.) A pod. 7.) 3%. 8.) A form of punishment where a sailor is dragged underneath the length of a ship. 9.) The bigger boat has the right of way. 10.) An evil sea spirit; the bottom of the ocean.

Page 58 Warrant Officer 01, CW2, CW3, CW4, CW5. Ensign, Lieutenant Junior Grade, Lieutenant, Lieutenant Commander, Commander, Captain, Rear Admiral Lower Half, Rear Admiral Upper Half, Vice Admiral, Admiral, Fleet Admiral.

The Official Old's Cool Field Book

Page iii 50 pounds.

Page 10 1.) 1–H, 2–I, 3–J, 4–G, 5–E, 6–D, 7–C, 8–B, 9–F, 10–A.

Page 32 1.) Weak nuclear force, strong nuclear force, magnetism, and gravity. 2.) Soybeans. 3.) Bacteria are huge compared to viruses, which need a host and are almost always infectious. 4.) Carbon, hydrogen, oxygen. 5.) The buoyant force is equal to the weight of the fluid displaced. 6.) Gauge is how many rounds you can make for the gun from one pound of lead. Caliber is the decimal-inch diameter of the gun barrel. 7.) Arguably the mandrill, and also the triplewart seadevil. 8.) Hawaii, Texas, Florida, Vermont. 9.) Igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic. 10.) John Clayton, II, Viscount of Greystoke.

The Official Old's Cool Road Book

Page iii They don't conduct electricity. Poisonous needs to be eaten, venomous can attack you. Self-awareness for eighteen month old or so infants.

Page 32 1.) Velocipede 2.) China 3.) The Yellow Jersey 4.) The townies 5.) Bicycle Moto Cross 6.) One turn of the pedal equals one turn of the wheel 7.) It's the main group of riders in a race 8.) A bicycle seat and handlebars 9.) It doesn't have a little finger to ring the bell 10.) Lemond

Page 35 Louisiana. 1–DD, 2–CC, 3–BB, 4–AA, 5–Z, 6–Y, 7–X, 8–W, 9–V, 10–U, 11–T, 12–S, 13–R, 14–Q, 15–P, 16–O, 17–N, 18–M, 19–L, 20–K, 21–J, 22–I, 23–XX, 24–WW , 25–F, 26–E, 27–D, 28–C, 29–KK, 30–A, 31–QQ, 32–H, 33–VV, 34–UU, 35–TT, 36–SS, 37–RR, 38–G, 39–PP, 40–OO, 41–NN, 42–MM, 43–LL, 44–B, 45–JJ, 46–II, 47–HH, 48–GG, 49–FF, 50–EE.

Page 36 1.) Vermont. 2.) Hawaii, Alaska. 3.) Maine.

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