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Geek Trivia: The Quibble of the Week for March 11

Who was that woman with the sledgehammer?

If you uncover a questionable fact or debatable aspect of this week's Geek Trivia, just post it in the discussion area of the article. Every week, yours truly will choose the best quibble from our assembled masses and discuss it in a future edition of Geek Trivia.

This week's quibble comes from the Jan. 30, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "The Mac and the myth." Member dan.white demanded some extra information about Apple's famous "1984" Super Bowl commercial:

"Does anyone know who the woman with the sledgehammer is?"

As member richard.miranda could tell you:

"Her name is Anya Major and she lives in England."

More specifically, Major is a former Olympic discus thrower who was the only actress or model that answered both Ridley Scott's British casting call for the commercial and could actually run with and throw a sledgehammer. Major later appeared in the Elton John music video for "Nikita" and tried her hand as a professional singer.

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