Dryden Trivia – Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers

Posted by on May 06 2014 | contest, Motion Pictures

Tonight, the Dryden Theatre screens two of Les Blank’s most loving odes to culinary creativity, Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe and Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers. These two lighthearted yet meticulously composed masterpieces are as endearing as they are interesting.

Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers (Les Blank, US 1980, 51 min., 16mm)

In recognition of the screening, our friends (and fellow Les Blank fans) at the Red Fern restaurant will be featuring delicious garlic-themed dishes beginning on Tuesday, May 6 and running them through Sunday, May 11.
In addition, the Red Fern has generously provided a $30 gift certificate to a lucky Dryden Theatre fan who can answer the following garlic Trivia questions by tomorrow (Wednesday, May 7) at 5 p.m.


Leave your answers in the comments below and we’ll choose a random winner from those with the correct answers. Good luck and don’t foreget to check out the rest of the Les Blank films screening throughout May at the Dryden.

1) When Satan left the Garden of Eden, which foot did garlic appear under?

2) Which ancient culture invoked garlic and onion as deities?

3) Nicholas Culpeper, the English herbalist and botanist, linked garlic with which planet?

4) Bonus question: Why are Vampires scared of garlic?


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    Kolbe Resnick is the Theater Manager of the Dryden Theatre.

    10 comments for now

    10 Responses to “Dryden Trivia – Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers”

    1. Terri Cvetan

      1) left
      2) Egyptians
      3) Mars
      4) cause Bram Stoker made us believe in in Dracula

      06 May 2014 at 8:26 pm

    2. Jefferson Svengsouk

      1. Left. 2. Egyptian. 3. Mars. 4. Legend. Many possibilities including healing powers, anti-plague and supernatural protection, and odor!

      07 May 2014 at 7:16 am

    3. Almudena Escobar

      1) Garlic appear where his left foot touched the earth.

      2) Garlic and onion were invoked as deities by the Egyptians (Pelusium in lower Egypt).

      3) Nicholas Culpeper linked garlic with the planet Mars

      4) One theory connects vampires with rabies. This theory “relies on the idea of rabies sufferers becoming fixated on its smell”. Another theory connects vampires with mosquitoes and garlic is a wellknown repellent for mosquitos!

      07 May 2014 at 8:54 am

    4. Christina

      1. Left foot
      2. The Egyptians
      3. Mars
      4. First came about in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Theories include connecting vampires with rabies, connecting vampires with mosquitos, and garlic being known as a mosquito repellent.

      07 May 2014 at 1:12 pm

    5. Sophie F

      1. left
      2. the Egyptians
      3. the planet Mars
      4. it just stinks!

      07 May 2014 at 1:14 pm

    6. Jody Turcer

      1 Left
      2 Egyptians
      3 Mars
      4 Vampirism can be an analogy to Mosquitos. Folklore has it
      Garlic can act as a repellent to Mosquitos….thus why
      Vampires are thought to fear it!
      5. We LOVE Red Fern =)

      07 May 2014 at 1:31 pm

    7. Angel

      1. Left
      2. Egyptians
      3. Mars
      4. Their is a theory that vampirism is symbolic of mosquito bites,garlic is known as a mosquito repellent..also the potency of the smell of garlic is thought to drive vampires away !

      07 May 2014 at 1:36 pm

    8. Rachel O'Donnell

      Left foot, The Egyptian, and Mars! Garlic has been known to have all sorts of medicinal properties for its taste and odor, including keeping away vampires! An bortifacient and fertility plant used by the indigenous population of Central America was named “Garlic Weed” by early botanical explorers because the odor was terrible and made mother’s milk stink! Bram Stoker wrote his novel not long after…

      07 May 2014 at 1:49 pm

    9. Tara Ahmadi

      1) Left foot.
      2) The Egyptians.
      3) With the Mars.
      4) First of all because garlics stink, specially when eaten raw. In terms of mythology, garlics were used against vampires in Europe for the first time. The Romanians used garlic in their search for vampires. Those who were in the hunt would wear a neckless of garlic.

      There’s also the whole story of mosquitos’ similarity to vampires, and the fact that mosquitoes avoid the skin when you put some garlic on it – this was described in the last night’s film as well.

      Finally, there is also the possibility that some older vampires have previously chocked up while eating garlic, cause garlic and blood won’t make the best combo. :)

      07 May 2014 at 1:57 pm

    10. Rachel Pikus

      Thanks for all the entries! We drew a random name and the lucky winner is Jody T.! We sent you an email. Please reply to arrange for pick up of the prize.

      08 May 2014 at 8:01 am