CNBC MBA Challenge, Part II

Here are three questions I/we were asked on-air at CNBC tonight as a preview of tonight’s MBA Challenge:

  1. Something to do with a slogan about cutting 15% from your auto insurance.
  2. What current stock is the only remaining member of the original twelve members of the Dow index?
  3. What three sequels are among the top 10 (?) grossing movies of all time?

I’ll be back shortly with answers.
Highlight after the colon for my answers:

  1. I said Geico, but only as total guess. I watch zero TV, so have no idea about ad jingles, but lower auto insurance (or lizards) usually means Geico.
  2. I got in GE and was credited with this one.
  3. I said Shrek II, which was right, and then Empire Strikes Back, which wasn’t. I immediately protested that the box office numbers were not inflation adjusted, but was overruled by Dylan going to commercial.


  1. Off the cuff guesses
    1. Geico
    2. IBM
    3. Do they have to be second in a series (and not third or fourth?) If so, I’d say Shrek 2, Spiderman 2, and The Two Towers.

  2. Crap. Wrong on #2, just 2 out of 3 on #3. I had #2 right and changed my mind – nice. I think I got #1 right.

  3. 1. Geico
    2. GE
    3. Spider man 2, Pirates 2, Shrek 2
    not sure about the movies. is it worldwide grossing?

  4. Geico – “No, but I saved yadda, yadda.”
    Domestic or Worldwide? Domestic is split up between Star Wars, Shrek 2 and Pirates. Worldwide its Pirates, Harry Potter and LOTR all the way.

  5. Any question that is more likely to be answered correctly by a teenage girl subscribing to Entertainment Weekly than a VC has no business being part of an “MBA Challenge,” unless I have no idea what an MBA Challenge is and there is, in fact, a reason for those questions. Which is entirely possible. For the record, my [apparently incorrect] Dow guess was Ford Motor Co., which leads me to another thought: my grandfather always said that “motors” were electric and that “engines” were the appropriate word for internal combustion power plants. If so, then why do we have Ford Motor, General Motors, American Motors, etc.?