Monday, September 16, 2019

A Fun Lightning Round This Week

Trivia will be happening on Tuesday night, September 17th at 8:30 PM, with "September Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the month of September in history, pop culture and other areas. The Q Train lightning round is: "Member of Congress or Porn Star Trivia." I will give you the names of ten people, and you have to tell me whether they are currently a member of Congress or a currently star of adult films. BTW, 5 of them will be Congressional members (House or Senate) and 5 will be porn stars. You decide.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Samuel Clemens was the real name of what famous 19th century American?"

Looking forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday night for another great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

18

It has been incredibly 18 years since the attacks on the World Trade Center occurred on September 11, 2001. In many ways it feels like it was nearly a lifetime ago, and in some ways it feels like it was only yesterday.

Children who were born on that day can now drive, vote, serve in the military and legally drink. That sentence makes me feel really old.

A day doesn't go by that I don't think of that terrible day, and the wonderful friend I lost that day, Joyce Carpeneto. As readers here know, I remember her and all the 9/11 victims every September 11th on this blog with a post connected to Joyce. I have done it every year since I started the blog in 2006. And I always put up links to the previous remembrances if you'd like to go back and check them out.

For the 18th consecutive year, I will be at the ceremonies to remember Joyce and all the 9/11 victims. It is a sacred day for me, and I will there every year that I am alive and able to be there. It is also comforting to meet up with friends who have the same shared experience I do. I will also be at the "Calling the Names" ceremony at St. Paul's Chapel on Wednesday afternoon, and I will be once again honored to read some names of the 9/11 First Responders who have died in the last 18 years.

Please do say a prayer today for all those lost 18 years ago today, as well as all victims of terrorism.

Here are the previous years posts I put up here:
2006: Forever Missed. And Forever Loved.
2007: Never Forget. Ever.
2008: We Can Be The Ones Who Remember
2009: The Most Sacred Of All Days
2010: 3000
2011: Ten Years After
2012: 11 Years
2013: No Other Place In The World I Could Be Today
2014: Always And Forever Family
2015: I'm The Lucky One
2016: Joyce and Alice
2017: Tower Records Forever
2018: A Great Honor For Me This Year

Trivia Q&A: September 10

We had seven teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, and a rather lively crowd in as well. We had a close three team race heading to the finish, but the guys from DIMS pulled it out, as they won by just two points. They wound up with 42 points, and my congratulations to them on another hard-fought win.

1 Top 2 Bottoms finished second with 40 points, and Bolton Gets Whacked finished in third place with 33 points.

Best Team Name: Ooh, Look at Me, I Got a Haircut (somebody noticed!)

Current Events
1. NBC announced that what comic legend will host "Saturday Night Live" this coming December, the first time he has hosted the show in 35 years?
2. An Oklahoma judge ordered what company and its subsidiaries to pay $572 million, more than double than any other drug manufacturer, for its role in the state's opioid crisis?
3. What midwestern state became the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes last week?
4. What company is paying $170 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the FTC and NY state after being accused of violating privacy laws by collecting data of children under 13 and targeting them in ads?
5. Jessi Combs, a star on what Discovery Channel series, was killed recently when she attempted to break her own land speed record when her vehicle crashed?
6. Bianca Andreescu defeated Serena Williams to win the Women’s US Open last Saturday and became the first person from what country to win a Grand Slam title?
7. Disney sold its 80% stake in the YES network to the Yankees, Sinclair Broadcasting and what technology company for $3.4 billion recently?

21st Century TV Trivia
1. Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons starred in what 21st century sitcom?
2. What 2000s sitcom was set in the fictional town of Star City, California?
3. Ving Rhames starred in a 2005 reboot of what 1970s crime drama series?
4. What famous TV star provided the voice of the unseen narrator in the TV series "How I Met Your Mother?"
5. As of August 2019, how many seasons has "60 Minutes" been on the air at CBS?
6. In 2018, what Amazon series won the most Emmy Awards, with 5?
7. Jesse Pinkman and Hank Schrader were two of the main characters in what 2010s TV series?

The Q Train: Celebrity Real Names Trivia
1. Shawn Carter (singer)
2. Carlos Estevez (actor)
3. Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (singer)
4. Steveland Judkins (singer)
5. Robert Zimmerman (singer)
6. Anna Mae Bullock (singer)
7. Chan Kong-Sang (actor)
8. Thomas Mapother IV (actor)
9. Caryn Johnson ( actress)
10. Stefani Germanotta (singer)

General Knowledge
1. What country has the largest air force in the world? ( 1 pt)
2. "There's no crying in baseball" is a famous line from what 1992 film? ( 1 pt)
3. What body of water separates Alaska from Russia? ( 1 pt)
4. What year did the Berlin Wall fall? ( 2 pt)
5. What chemical element has the symbol "K"? ( 2 pt)
6. Who is next in line after the vice-president in terms of presidential succession? ( 2 pt)
7. What is the third letter of the Greek alphabet after alpha and beta? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What was the highest value of US currency ever put into circulation? ( 4 points)
2. What family is considered the wealthiest family in the world, worth an estimated $152 billion? ( 5 points)
3. What famous band appears at the start of "The Simpsons Movie?" ( 3 points)
4. Who is the only active NFL quarterback who has defeated all 32 NFL teams in his career? ( 4 points)
5. Based on US box office, who is the highest-grossing star of 2019 so far? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Eddie Murphy; 2. Johnson and Johnson; 3. Michigan ; 4. Google; 5. "MythBusters;" 6. Canada; 7. Amazon.

21st Century TV Trivia
1. "The Big Band Theory;" 2. "Malcolm In The Middle;" 3. "Kojak;" 4. Bob Saget; 5. 51; 6. "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel;" 7. "Breaking Bad."

The Q Train: Celebrity Real Names Trivia
1. Jay-Z; 2. Charlie Sheen; 3. Katy Perry; 4. Stevie Wonder; 5. Bob Dylan; 6. Tina Turner; 7. Jackie Chan; 8. Tom Cruise; 9. Whoopi Goldberg; 10. Lady Gaga.

General Knowledge
1. USA; 2. "A League of Their Own;" 3. Bering Sea; 4. 1989; 5. potassium; 6. Speaker of the House; 7. gamma.

IQ Trivia
1. $10,000; 2. The Walton family; 3. Green Day; 4. Drew Brees; 5. Samuel L. Jackson.

Monday, September 09, 2019

Let's Give This Another Try

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, September 10th at 8:30 PM, with "21st Century TV Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about TV shows of all kinds since 2001. The Q Train lightning round will be "Celebrity Real Names Trivia." I will give you the names of ten current celebrities and their field of expertise, and you have to tell me the name they are better known by.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What country has the largest air force in the world?"

I hope to see many of you for another great night of Trivia on Tuesday night!

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

No Trivia Last Night, See You Next Tuesday

Well, Trivia didn't happen last night, as Professor Thom's was a ghost town on the day after another major holiday. I had a sneaky feeling the Labor Day might do this, it has happened a few times in the past. So what we will do is roll everything over to next week, with the same special categories as we would have done last night. Hopefully we'll have a good turnout next Tuesday.

Have a great week everyone, and I hope to see many of you on September 10th at 8:30 PM for another edition of Tuesday Night Trivia!

Monday, September 02, 2019

So You Think You Know Recent TV?

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, September 3rd at 8:30 PM, with "21st Century TV Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about TV shows of all kinds since 2001. The Q Train lightning round will be "Celebrity Real Names Trivia." I will give you the names of ten current celebrities and their field of expertise, and you have to tell me the name they are better known by.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What country has the largest air force in the world?"

It's the day after Labor Day on Tuesday, so I hope to see many of you for another great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Trivia Q&A: August 27

We had 10 teams in for Trivia last night, and our friends from DIMS weren't in, due to other commitments. But my old friend and onetime Trivia regular Charles Evans was in, and it was such a pleasure to catch up with him and his friends. So we had another wide open Trivia Night last night, and the top four teams were separated by six points going into IQ Trivia. But the team of John Triviolta pulled out the win, getting 4 of 5 correct in the round to end with 45 points and the victory, their first ever. Congratulations, guys!

Second place went to Turkey Club with 39 points, and third place went to Cabin Fever with 38 points.

Best Team Name: Scottie Didn't Know This Was a Boston Bar

Current Events
1. Actor Peter Fonda recently died at the age of 79. Name 1 of the 2 films he received Oscar nominations for.
2. What politician’s game-worn high school basketball jersey was sold at auction for $120,000 last week?
3. What musical icon, who died last year, was found to have had as much as $1 million in uncashed checks in her possession during a recent inventory of her possessions?
4. What talk show host announced last week that he and his wife of 22 years are divorcing, and this will be the seventh divorce?
5. Name 1 of the 2 Democratic presidential contenders that ended their White House bids over last two weeks.
6. What singer revealed on Twitter last Thursday that she was fired from the animated film “Hotel Transylvania” after photos surfaced online of her posing with a penis-shaped birthday cake with her ex-boyfriend?
7. What rapper’s publisher hit Spotify with a copyright infringement lawsuit last week, alleging the streaming service has no license to stream hundreds of his songs?

Purple Trivia
1. The Purple Heart medal features the image of what US president?
2. What Pulitzer Prize-winning author wrote the novel “The Color Purple?”
3. The Purple Dragons were a street gang in what animated cartoon series?
4. Who wrote and directed the 1985 film “The Purple Rose of Cairo?”
5. In the board game “Clue”, what character is represented by the purple token?
6. Prince released his critically acclaimed album “Purple Rain” in what year?
7. Name 1 of the 2 NFL teams that uses purple as its primary uniform color.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. JFK was 46 years old when he was elected president.
2. Lord Horatio Nelson, the hero of Trafalgar, suffered from seasickness.
3. Usher, BeyoncĂ© and LeAnn Rimes were all winners on “Star Search.”
4. The USA network was originally the Madison Square Garden Sports network.
5. Bananas weren’t commonly eaten in the US until after the Civil War.
6. The novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” was set in Georgia.
7. Nadia Comaneci was the first female gymnast to score a perfect 10 in The Olympics.
8. Africa is the largest continent by area in the world.
9. The Harry Potter series is the highest-grossing film series in history.
10. The Union Jack is found on one US state flag: Alaska.

General Knowledge
1. How many symphonies did Beethoven compose? ( 1 pt)
2. "Forrest Gump" was originally released in what year? ( 1 pt)
3. How many spikes are on the Statue of Liberty's crown? ( 1 pt)
4. On which finger do human nails grow the fastest? ( 2 pt)
5. Who was Richard Nixon's first vice-president? ( 2 pt)
6. Between bat, octopus and snake, which animal is totally deaf? ( 2 pt)
7. What planet was nicknamed "the planet of dreams" due to its color? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The Bank of America is headquartered in what southern US city? ( 4 points)
2. What product would you buy or consume in an enoteca? ( 4 points)
3. Helen Keller was co-founding member of what organization in 1920? ( 5 points)
4. What book in the Bible does Samuel L. Jackson quote in the film "Pulp Fiction?" ( 3 points)
5. What American author has penned 58 novels in his career, with 7 written under the pen name "Richard Bachman?" ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Peter Fonda; 2. Barack Obama; 3. Aretha Franklin; 4. Larry King; 5. John Hickenlooper and Seth Moulton; 6. Miley Cyrus; 7. Eminem.

Purple Trivia
1. George Washington; 2. Alice Walker; 3. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles;” 4. Woody Allen; 5. Professor Plum; 6. 1984; 7. Vikings and Ravens.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. False, 43; 2. true; 3. false, all lost; 4. true; 5. true; 6. false, Mississippi; 7. true; 8. false, Asia; 9. false, Marvel; 10. false, Hawaii.

General Knowledge
1. nine; 2. 1994; 3. seven; 4. middle; 5. Spiro Agnew; 6. octopus; 7. Neptune.

IQ Trivia
1. Charlotte, NC; 2. wine; 3. ACLU; 4. Ezekiel; 5. Stephen King.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Get Your Purple On

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, August 27th at 8:30 PM, with "Purple Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the color of purple in history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be "True or False Trivia." I will give you ten statements and you have to tell me whether it is a true one or false one.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"How many symphonies did Beethoven compose?"

BTW, our friends Ken, Michael and Darek from “DIMS” will be NOT be playing tomorrow night due to other commitments. So we will crown a new champion this week. I look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday night for another great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Trivia Q&A: August 20

We had 11 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, and it was another win for our friends from DIMS. They pretty much led throughout the night, rolling up 44 points for the victory. We had a close race for second place, and the team of Would The Name Natalie Wood Be Too Far Overboard? had a nice comeback to reach second, as they jumped over three teams while getting 4 of 5 correct to gain 38 points and second place. Congrats to Bob and Cato. Third place went to Just The Tip with 36 points.

Ken, Michael and Darek of DIMS will not be in for Trivia next week, so we'll crown a new champion then.

Best Team Name: I Tried to Make Penis My Password But It Was Too Short

Current Events
1. A 1976 Harley-Davidson motorcycle belonging to what rock and roll legend is going up for auction later this month and is expected to break the record for a motorcycle auction price, about $2 million?
2. Alejandro Giammattei was elected president of what Central American country last week, the fourth time he's run for the office?
3. What legendary opera singer was accused of sexual harassment last week after multiple women came forward after saying he forced them into sexual relationships by offering jobs and threatened punishment if they refused?
4. Viacom announced a merger with what TV network last week worth up to $28 billion, and 13 years after they originally split up?
5. Forbes magazine selected Harvard University as the top American college for 2019. What West Coast university was selected second?
6. The NFL confirmed they have entered into a partnership with what entertainment and music mogul, with him becoming the league's official live music strategist?
7. Four women filed suit against actor Danny Masterson, who starred on what 2000s TV sitcom and the Church of Scientology, claiming they were stalked and intimidated after reporting assault allegations against him?

August Trivia
1. On August 1, 1914, what nation declared war on Russia, beginning World War I?
2. On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King made his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at what famous Washington DC landmark?
3. In August 1992, actress Tracy Gold was written out of what 1990s sitcom as she was hospitalized for anorexia?
4. MLB players went on strike in August of what year, which led to the cancellation of the World Series?
5. Name 1 of the 2 birthstones associated with the month of August.
6. Michael Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in what US state?
7. Name 2 of the 4 US presidents born after the Civil War and in the month of August.

The Q Train: US Airports Trivia
1. PHL
2. IAH
3. TPA
4. HNL
5. MSP
6. ORD
7. NEW
8. BWI
9. LAS
10. SAN

General Knowledge
1. What nation's athletes enter first at an Olympic Games opening ceremony? ( 1 pt)
2. The TV series "Survivor" debuted in what year? ( 1 pt)
3. The headquarters for Target are located in what US state? ( 1 pt)
4. What is the second largest city in Japan by population after Tokyo? ( 2 pt)
5. What three states are powered by Hoover Dam? (2 pt)
6. What grain is Irish whiskey made from? ( 2 pt)
7. What author wrote the novel "50 Shades of Grey?" ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What 20th century US president endured two assassination attempts in less than a month? ( 4 points)
2. What comedy film was Barbra Streisand's highest grossing movie in the US? ( 4 points)
3. What US state produces the most honey in the nation, over 33 million pounds in 2017? ( 5 points)
4. What actress watches George Clooney's character die in a hit 2013 movie, and then visits his character's grave in a hit 2018 movie? ( 3 points)
5. In 1964, Congress declared what liquor to be the official spirit of the United States? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Elvis Presley; 2. Guatemala; 3. Placido Domingo; 4. CBS; 5. Stanford; 6. Jay-Z; 7. "That '70s Show."

August Trivia
1. Germany; 2. Lincoln Memorial; 3. "Growing Pains;" 4. 1994; 5. Peridot and Spinel; 6. Indiana; 7. Herbert Hoover, Lyndon Johnson, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama.

The Q Train: US Airports Trivia
1. Philadelphia; 2. Houston (Bush Intercontinental); 3. Tampa; 4. Honolulu; 5. Minneapolis-St. Paul; 6. Chicago (O'Hare); 7. New Orleans (Lakefront); 8. Baltimore-Washington; 9. Las Vegas (McCarran); 10. San Diego.

General Knowledge
1. Greece; 2. 2000; 3. Minnesota; 4. Yokohama; 5. California, Nevada, Arizona; 6. barley; 7. E.L. James.

IQ Trivia
1. Gerald Ford; 2. "Meet The Fockers;" 3. North Dakota; 4. Sandra Bullock; 5. bourbon.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Know Your Airports On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, August 20th at 8:30 PM, with "August Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the month of August in history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be "US Airports Trivia." I will give you ten "airport codes", the three letter code that every airport has, and you have to tell me the city or airport that corresponds to that code. It will be all from major cities from across the United States.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What nation's athletes enter first at an Olympic Games opening ceremony?"

I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night for another great evening of Trivia Q&A!



Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Trivia Q&A: August 13

We had 10 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, and a group of folks from my Tower Records days came in to join in on the festivities (hence the reason I was wearing my Tower shirt last night). My thanks to Billy, Wendy, Scott and Dave for coming in and making the night even more special. Our friends from DIMS, who took last week off, returned last night and won the night easily, rolling up 51 points. Congrats to Ken, Michael and Darek on another impressive win.

Second place went to Coat Hanger Dodgers with 33 points, and Fawlty Towers finished third with 31 points.

Best Team Name: And In Last Place With Zero Points, DIMS!

Current Events
1. What luxury retail giant filed for bankruptcy last week, and announced plans to close 15 stores across the nation?
2. President Trump signed an executive order freezing all government assets and imposing a total economic embargo against what country's government?
3. What pizza chain announced they are closing about 500 of their 7500 US restaurants, as they said they will focus more on delivery?
4. Wanda Vazquez was sworn in last Thursday to what position?
5. MLB announced that the White Sox and Yankees will play a special game next August near the site where the film "Field of Dreams" was made and it will be the first MLB game played in what state?
6. What Hollywood actor led a group that brought supplies to a humanitarian ship that was stuck in the Mediterranean Sea after rescuing 121 migrants?
7. What 86-year-old singer canceled the remainder of 2019 tour, including an appearance at Farm Aid in September, due to recurring breathing problems?

Woodstock Artists Trivia
1. What rock artist won eight Grammy awards, including Album of the Year, tying Michael Jackson's record in 2000?
2. What West Coast-based band, which never won a Grammy, didn't reach the top 10 on the album charts until 1987, with the album "In The Dark?"
3. John Belushi did a hilarious parody in 1975 on "Saturday Night Live" of what English singer who appeared at Woodstock?
4. "Quadrophenia" and "Endless Wire" were hit albums for what English rock band?
5. What legendary guitarist played "The Star Spangled Banner" at his Woodstock appearance?
6. John Sebastian, lead singer of the Lovin Spooonful, had a top ten single in 1975 with the theme to what ABC sitcom?
7. What legendary female singer, who would die the year after Woodstock, played at the festival with her band the Kozmic Blues Band?

The Q Train: Science Fiction Film Characters Trivia
1. Peter Venkman (1984)
2. Lando Calrissian (1980)
3. Ellen Ripley (1979)
4. Rick Deckard (1982)
5. Snake Plissken (1981)
6. Sarah Connor (1984)
7. Dr. Robert Neville (2007)
8. Dr. Emmet Brown (1985)
9. David Bowman (1968)
10. Robert Scott Carey (1957)

General Knowledge
1. Emma Stone won an Oscar for Best Actress for what film? ( 1 pt)
2. To what country does the island state of Tasmania belong? ( 1 pt)
3. Ecuador and what other country are the only South American members of OPEC? ( 1 pt)
4. The first radio transmission was sent in 1894 from what European country? ( 2 pt)
5. Who was the first man elected president of Russia? ( 2 pt)
6. Pope Francis ended the longstanding papal tradition of popes wearing shoes of what color? ( 2 pt)
7. From 1996-98, Craig Kilborn was the first host of what current TV show? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Which vodka brand topped the list of "Best Alcohol Brands in the World" for 2019? ( 3 points)
2. What 1938 animated film was the first movie to release a soundtrack? ( 4 points)
3. What Oscar-winning actor is the oldest man to win People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" award? ( 5 points)
4. In terms of social and political stability, militarization and homicide rates, which European country was ranked the world's safest country for the 11th straight year in 2018? ( 4 points)
5. In 2016, President Obama signed an act recognizing what mammal as the national mammal of the United States? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Barney's; 2. Venezuela; 3. Pizza Hut; 4. Governor of Puerto Rico; 5. Iowa; 6. Richard Gere; 7. Willie Nelson.

Woodstock Artists Trivia
1. Santana; 2. Grateful Dead; 3. Joe Cocker; 4. The Who; 5. Jimi Hendrix; 6. "Welcome Back, Kotter; " 7. Janis Joplin.

The Q Train: Science Fiction Film Characters Trivia
1. Ghostbusters; 2. The Empire Strikes Back; 3. Alien; 4. Blade Runner; 5. Escape From New York; 6. The Terminator; 7. I Am Legend; 8. Back to the Future; 9. 2001: A Space Odyssey; 10. The Incredible Shrinking Man.

General Knowledge
1. "La La Land; 2. Australia; 3. Venezuela; 4. Italy; 5. Boris Yeltsin; 6. red; 7. "The Daily Show."

IQ Trivia
1. Smirnoff; 2. "Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs;" 3. Sean Connery; 4. Iceland; 5. bison.

Monday, August 12, 2019

50 Years After The Festival

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, August 13th at 8:30 PM, with "Woodstock Artists Trivia," in honor of the 50th anniversary of the legendary Woodstock concerts from 1969. It will be seven questions about the artists that played in those series of shows (not necessarily about the actual shows themselves). The Q Train lightning round will be "Science Fiction Film Characters Trivia." I will give you the names of ten famous characters who appeared in science fiction films (with the year the film was originally released) and you have to tell me the film the character was in.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"To what country does the island state of Tasmania belong?"

I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night for another great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Trivia Q&A: August 6

We had another great night of Trivia on Tuesday night, as eight teams took part. Two of our regular teams, DIMS and Bob and Cato, took the night off so the trivia night was a bit more wide open. The top four teams were separated by six points going into IQ Trivia, but the team of No Loaf emerged victorious, getting 3 of the 5 IQ questions correct, and getting the win with 35 points. Congratulations to Ayden, Nick and Spencer on their first ever win on their first night coming in for Trivia!

We had a tie for second place between Da Jabooties and Oh-Yum with 30 points, and we broke the tie with "What is the current population of the city of Hartford?" (Hartford was the answer to an IQ Trivia question, which no one got correct.) Oh-Yum was closest to the answer (123,400) and won second place.

Best Team Name: O'Dore's Irish Panty Party

Current Events
1. Egan Bernal, at 22, became the youngest champion of the Tour de France last week, and also the first man from what South American country to win?
2. A software engineer in Seattle hacked into a server holding customer information from what bank and obtained personal data from over 100 million people and was later arrested?
3. The body of what notorious 1930s gangster is set to be exhumed after his nephew sought a permit to do so for an upcoming History Channel project?
4. What US state's governor signed a bill last week requiring all presidential candidates to release their tax returns, or they won't be on the primary ballot in March?
5. The tourism ministry of China announced a ban on people traveling to what island nation starting August 1, leading to a rebuke from the country’s president?
6. What European nation passed a new law banning burqas, ski masks and other face coverings in public buildings and transportation?
7. Former US ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft was confirmed by the Senate last week to what position?

Red Trivia
1. What author wrote the best-selling novel “The Hunt For Red October?”
2. What actor/director won an Academy Award for Best Director for the 1981 film ”Reds”?
3. Which MLB team has won more World Series in their history: the Red Sox or Reds?
4. Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding was a main character in what Oscar nominated film?
5. What two red card suits in a standard deck of cards are colored red?
6. What pop singer’s 2012 album “Red” featured the hit song “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together?”
7. What Asian country’s flag has a red circle centered on a green background?

The Q Train: Beer Brands Trivia
1. St. Pauli Girl
2. Labatt's
3. Heineken
4. Yuengling
5. Carlsberg
6. Asahi
7. Guinness
8. Kronenbourg
9. Hoegaarden
10. Foster’s

General Knowledge
1. In the movies, John Rambo is a veteran of what war? ( 1 pt)
2. Which two planets have no moons? ( 1 pt)
3. What 19th century author wrote the novel "Les Miserables?" ( 1 pt)
4. The oldest existing McDonald's restaurant is located in what US state? ( 2 pt)
5. What European country produces approximately 75% of the world's olive oil each year? ( 2 pt)
6. Between animal attacks, drowning and falling from heights, which is the number 1 cause of deaths in national parks? ( 2 pt)
7. What kind of stone is the Leaning Tower of Pisa made of? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What Southeast Asian country is the world's leader in coconut production? ( 5 points)
2. In 2002, Ukranian Sergey Karjakin became the world's youngest chess grandmaster at what age? ( 4 points)
3. America's oldest newspaper still being printed, from 1764, is located in what state capital city? ( 4 points)
4. What is the largest of Canada's ten provinces in area? ( 3 points)
5. What South American country had five different presidents over a span of ten days in 2001? (4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Colombia; 2. Capital One; 3. John Dillinger; 4. California; 5. Taiwan; 6. Netherlands; 7. US Ambassador to the U.N.

Red Trivia
1. Tom Clancy; 2. Warren Beatty; 3. Red Sox (9-5); 4. “The Shawshank Redemption;” 5. Diamonds & Hearts; 6. Taylor Swift; 7. Bangladesh.

The Q Train: Beer Brands Trivia
1. Germany; 2. Canada; 3. Netherlands; 4. USA; 5. Denmark; 6. Japan; 7. Ireland; 8. France; 9. Belgium; 10. Australia.

General Knowledge
1. Vietnam; 2. Mercury & Venus; 3. Victor Hugo; 4. California; 5. Spain; 6. drowning; 7. marble.

IQ Trivia
1. Indonesia; 2. 12; 3. Hartford, CT; 4. Quebec; 5. Argentina.

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

"For The Good of the Game"

I've been a baseball fan all of my life, and especially during the reign of Bud Selig as the commissioner of MLB. So when I heard he was publishing his biography "For the Good of the Game: The Inside Story of the Surprising and Dramatic Transformation of Major League Baseball", I felt I should give Selig a chance and give it a read.

I've never been a fan of Selig, going back to the strike of 1994, which tested my love for the game and kept me out of MLB parks for over 5 years. And I thought he handled the infamous 2002 All-Star Game tie very badly.

But I must admit that "For the Good of the Game" is actually a very interesting and at times charming look back at his life by Selig, and if you walk in with an open mind, you actually enjoy this book.

There's no doubt that Bud Selig is a baseball lifer whose life revolves around the game. He started out his professional life as a car salesman in his Milwaukee home town, and graduated to ownership of the Milwaukee Brewers when they suddenly moved from Seattle in 1970.

The book is centered around two troubling times in Selig’s time as commissioner: the owners’ relationship with the players union and the influx of steroids into the game. He blames the players union for the disastrous 1994 strike, and blames President Clinton for reneging to back up the decision of a federally appointed arbitrator. (Selig even claims to have cursed out Vice-President Al Gore in one charged confrontation in the White House.)

He does accept some blame for the PED infestation into MLB, saying his office was slow to act, but also blames players union officials for dragging their heels as well.

Selig is proud of his accomplishments as commissioner: expanding the playoffs, baseball’s incredible growth as a business in the 21st century, and the institution of the luxury tax to help small market teams. But one thing under his watch that clearly bothers him is that Barry Bonds broke the home run record of his dear friend Hank Aaron. Selig goes into great detail early on in the book how going from city to city as Bonds approached the record was like the Bataan Death March to him.

I did find one glaring error in the book. As Brewers owner he says that he was approached by Red Sox GM Dick O’Connell at the 1976 Winter Meetings that O’Connell wanted George Scott back with the Red Sox because Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey personally liked Scott and wanted him to return and asked him to make a trade with Milwaukee. There’s just one problem with that. Yawkey died the previous July, so I don’t think he was around to ask O’Connell to make the deal. (The trade was made and the Sox gave up Cecil Cooper, not one of their better trades.)

Anyway, overall I recommend “For the Good of the Game.” It is Bud Selig’s story in his own words. Whether you liked him or not, it’s worth your time to read. Selig leaves a complicated legacy in baseball history, and he tried to straighten out the record. It’s up to you to decide whether he has or not.

Monday, August 05, 2019

We Turn Red On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, August 6th at 8:30 PM, with "Red Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the color red in history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round is “Beer Brands Trivia.” I will give you the names of ten very well known brands of beer from around the world and you tell me from what country each one originated from. And every answer will be from a different country.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
“In the movies, John Rambo is a veteran of what war?”

Looking forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday night for another great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Trivia Q&A: July 30

We had nine teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, and for the second time in the last two months, we had another perfect game done on Trivia Night! I've been doing Trivia for over 13 years and it never happened before, and now it has happened twice this year, and by the same team! Our friends from DIMS, Ken, Michael and Darek, pulled off the trick again, as they did on June 26th, rolling up 56 points and getting another victory. My congratulations to them on another historic Trivia win.

Second place went to Tastes Like Burning with 46 points, and third place went Rat and Rodent with 45 points.

Best Team Name: I Just Blue Myself

Current Events
1. What Asian country launched an unmanned mission to the Moon last week, attempting to become the fourth country to land there?
2. The Senate voted 90-8 to confirm Mark Esper to what position in President Trump's cabinet last week?
3. Rutger Hauer, Dutch-born actor, died last week at the age of 75. He's best-known for his role as a murderer in what classic 1982 sci-fi film?
4. What Oscar-winning actress was fired last week from the Broadway-bound play, "Tea at Five" after she had an altercation with a crew member and she fostered "a hostile work environment?"
5. Beji Caid Essebsi, at 92 one of the world's oldest leaders and the first democratically elected president of what North African country, died last Thursday?
6. Four automakers, Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW, reached an agreement with what US state to produce fleets that are more fuel-efficient in coming years?
7. What female presidential candidate filed a lawsuit against Google for $50 million last week, saying they infringed on her free speech when they briefly suspended her campaign's ad account last June?

Blue Trivia
1. What 19th century classical composer wrote "The Blue Danube?"
2. "True Blue" was a 1986 album by what female pop singer?
3. "The Bluegrass State" is a nickname of what US state?
4. What actress won an Academy Award for the 2013 film "Blue Jasmine?"
5. What blue jean company was founded in 1853 in San Francisco?
6. "Pocket Monsters Blue" is a special edition of what video game franchise?
7. Dennis Franz and Jimmy Smits starred in what 1990s TV crime drama?

The Q Train: Born in Boston, NYC or Philly Trivia
1. Alicia Keys
2. Will Smith
3. Mark Wahlberg
4. Richard Gere
5. Edward Norton
6. Bradley Cooper
7. Jennifer Lopez
8. Uma Thurman
9. Kevin Bacon
10. Tom Cruise

General Knowledge
1. The 1990 film "Total Recall" was mostly set on what planet? ( 1 pt)
2. What was the name of Han Solo's ship? ( 1 pt)
3. The film "8 Mile" is based on the life of what rap star? ( 1 pt)
4. Who is the longest serving Chief Justice of the United States? ( 2 pt)
5. The first atomic bomb was tested in what western US state? ( 2 pt)
6. Actress Audrey Hepburn was born in what European country? ( 2 pt)
7. What European country has the longest coastline? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Auguste Cesar Sandino was a 1920s-era revolutionary and the national hero of what Central American country? ( 5 points)
2. What entertainer was the creator of both "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune?" ( 3 points)
3. Sarah Tilghman Hughes of Texas became the first, and to date the only, woman in November 1963 to do what? ( 4 points)
4. The foible, forte and tang are parts of the equipment in what sport? ( 4 points)
5. What type of liquor, translated from Gaelic, means "the water of life?" ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. India; 2. Defense Secretary; 3. "Blade Runner;" 4. Faye Dunaway; 5. Tunisia; 6. California; 7. Tulsi Gabbard.

Blue Trivia
1. Johann Strauss; 2. Madonna; 3. Kentucky; 4. Cate Blanchett; 5. Levi Strauss; 6. Pokemon; 7. "NYPD Blue."

The Q Train: Born in Boston, NYC or Philly Trivia
1. NYC; 2. Philly; 3. Boston; 4. Philly; 5. Boston; 6. Philly; 7. NYC; 8. Boston; 9. Philly; 10. NYC.

General Knowledge
1. Mars; 2. Millennium Falcon; 3. Eminem; 4. John Marshall; 5. New Mexico; 6. Belgium; 7. Norway.

IQ Trivia
1. Nicaragua; 2. Merv Griffin; 3. Swear in a US president; 4. fencing; 5. whiskey.

Monday, July 29, 2019

We're All Blue On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, July 30th at 8:30 PM, with "Blue Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the color blue in history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be "Born in Boston, New York City or Philadelphia Trivia." I will give you the names of ten current celebrities and you have to tell me which one of the three largest cities of the northeastern United States they were born in.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The 1990 film 'Total Recall' was mostly set on what planet?"


The crowds have been picking up lately as the summer goes on, so get in early, and I hope to see many of you on Tuesday night for a great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Trivia Q&A: July 23

We had another fine summer turnout for Trivia last night, as 11 teams took part. I guess I made the July Trivia round a little too tough, as the scores were on the lower side, but just about everyone bounced back in The Q Train lightning round. It was a three-team race to the finish as we got to the end, and three teams actually got all five questions correct in the IQ trivia round. But our friends from DIMS emerged with the victory, rolling up 50 points. Congrats to Ken, Michael and Darek on their win.

Second place went to X with 45 points, and we had a tie for third place between The Jabooties and Buck Foston with 37 points. The tie-breaker question was: "As of 2019, what is the population of the country of Iceland?" The Jabooties was closest to the actual answer (377,000) and won third place.

Best Team Name: Summertime and the Nachos Are Still Cheesy

Current Events
1. What TV drama series led the way with 32 nominations as the 2019 Emmy Award nominations were announced last week?
2. Former Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens died last week at the age of 99. What US president originally nominated him for the Court?
3. The World Health Organization declared that what African nation is in the midst of another deadly outbreak of Ebola virus, as it also was five years ago?
4. What Republican senator blocked an attempt by Democrats to pass an extension of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund last week, saying any new spending should be offset by other spending cuts?
5. What retail chain, which closed all of its US stores in 2017 after filing for Chapter 11, will open two stores this November, one in NJ and the other in Texas?
6. What superstar rock singer announced last week he has spent the last year writing a stage musical adaptation of the classic film “It’s a Wonderful Life” and it will debut in the U.K. late next year?
7. What comedy legend is about to make a standup comeback, and is close to finalizing a $70 million deal with Netflix for a series of comedy specials?

July Trivia
1. In July 1971, Doors lead singer Jim Morrison died at the age of 27 in what city?
2. In July 2013, Mohamed Morsi, president of what Middle Eastern country, was overthrown from power by the nation’s military?
3. Of all the presidents who have been assassinated in office, which one was shot in July?
4. What is the birthstone for the month of July?
5. On July 13, 1985, the Live Aid concerts were held simultaneously in what two cities?
6. On July 29, 1982, pro wrestler Jerry Lawler slapped comedian Any Kaufman in the face in a famous staged event on what network TV show?
7. On July 29, 1981, Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer before a TV audience of 700 million worldwide at what London church?

The Q Train: Born in NY or NJ Trivia
1. Jimmy Fallon
2. Joe Pesci
3. Lady Gaga
4. Peter Dinklage
5. Eddie Murphy
6. Shaquille O’Neal
7. Danny DeVito
8. Robert Downey Jr.
9. John Travolta
10. Michael Jordan

General Knowledge
1. Victoria is the capital of what Canadian province? (1 pt)
2. “I could have had class. I could’ve been a contender” is a famous line from what classic film? (1 pt)
3. Robert F. Kennedy served as a US senator from what state? (1 pt)
4. What is the most downloaded iPhone application of all-time? (2 pt)
5. The IKEA company is now headquartered in what European country? (2 pt)
6. What ancient Greek is considered "the father of zoology"? (2 pt)
7. What country is the largest cement producer in the world? (3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What European country celebrates “The First Day of Summer” as an annual public holiday every April? (4 points)
2. Robert Baden-Powell, a British war hero, is widely credited for founding what youth group in July 1907? ( 4 points)
3. In the early 1990s, what search engine started out as “Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web?” ( 3 points)
4. In 1986, President Reagan signed a proclamation declaring what flower the national flower of the United States? ( 4 points)
5. The first modern credit card was created in 1950 when Ralph Schneider and Frank McNamara founded what card? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. “Game of Thrones;” 2. Gerald Ford; 3. Congo; 4. Rand Paul; 5. Toys R Us; 6. Paul McCartney; 7. Eddie Murphy.

July Trivia
1. Paris; 2. Egypt; 3. James Garfield; 4. Ruby; 5. London and Philadelphia; 6. “Late Night with David  Letterman; 7. St. Paul’s Cathedral.

The Q Train: Born In NY or NJ
1. NY; 2. NJ; 3. NY; 4. NJ; 5. NY; 6. NJ; 7. NJ; 8. NY; 9. NJ; 10. NY.

General Knowledge
1. British Columbia; 2. “On the Waterfront;” 3. New York; 4. Facebook; 5. Netherlands; 6. Aristotle; 7. China.

IQ Trivia
1. Iceland; 2. The Boy Scouts; 3. Yahoo; 4. Rose; 5. Diner’s Club.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Lots of Cool Stuff Happened In July

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, July 23rd at 8:30 PM at Professor Thom's, with "July Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the month of July in pop culture and history. The Q Train lightning round will be "Born in New York or New Jersey Trivia." I will give you the names of ten current celebrities, and you have to tell me whether they were born in either the states of New York or New Jersey.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Victoria is the capital of what Canadian province?"

We had a nice crowd in last week, so I hope to see many of you this Tuesday for another great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Trivia Q&A: July 16

After a few weeks of the crowds being down for Trivia, most likely due to the summer vacations and holidays, we had 11 teams in last night, and saw a few old friends I hadn't seen in a while. we had a two-team horse race for most of the night, between the teams of DIMS and The Mighty Space Shots. There was just three points between them going into IQ Trivia, and after the round was completed, there was still three points between them. DIMS ended up winning the night with 38 points. Congrats again to Ken, Michael and Darek on their victory.

The Mighty Space Shots finished second with 35 points, and Orange Whip? Orange Whip? Orange Whip? 3 Orange Whips finished in their place with 27 points (and also won for Best Team Name). 

Current Events
1. Rip Torn, a prolific actor who won an Emmy Award for his role in what 1990s comedy series, died last week at the age of 88?
2. Researchers recently discovered a fossil in what Southern European country believed to be about 210,000 years old and shows that humans left Africa about 16,000 years earlier than once believed?
3. Alex Acosta, who was what part of President Trump's cabinet, resigned last week after his previous handling of the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking case from the early 2000s?
4. It was revealed last Friday that what onetime New York baseball star was arrested last month by New Jersey police for cocaine possession and other charges?
5. Simona Halep defeated Serena Williams last Saturday to win her first Wimbledon women's singles title and hails from what Eastern European country?
6. England defeated New Zealand last Sunday to win their first World Cup title in what sport?
7. What Spanish singer is facing a seven-figure lawsuit from a former lover who spent the last 30 years trying to prove the singer gathered her son in 1975, and a judge ruled him the father last week?

Space Trivia
1. What is the smallest planet in our solar system?
2. What was the last Apollo mission to the moon in 1972?
3. Within 5 million, how many miles from the Sun is Earth?
4. On July 20, 1976, Viking I became the first spacecraft to land where?
5. When Voyager I was sent into deep space in 1977, what 1950s rock'n'roll legend's song was included on it as an example of the sounds of Earth?
6. In 1962, who was the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth?
7. What physicist gained worldwide fame with his best-selling book about space, "A Brief History of Time?"

The Q Train: Odd Numbered Trivia
1. This number was the title of Adele’s latest album.
2. In Italian culture, this number is considered unlucky, and Alitalia has no row in its planes with the number.
3. The N.Y. Mets retired this number in honor of Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver.
4. According to the Bible, this was the age Jesus was at his crucifixion.
5. New Mexico became this number US state in 1912.
6. This is the atomic number of lithium.
7. In tennis, this number represents the first point gained in a game.
8. Richard Nixon was this number US president.
9. The Swedish language has this number letters.
10. A heptathlon contains this number athletic events.

General Knowledge
1. The first Star Wars film was released in what year? ( 1 pt)
2. The Titanic set sail on its maiden voyage from what British city in 1912? ( 1 pt)
3. Besides copper, what other metal largely makes up bronze? ( 1 pt)
4. What nation suffered the most casualties in WWII? ( 2 pt)
5. What US state gives each of its residents $1000 annually? ( 2 pt)
6. Who was the first non-Royal to appear on a British postage stamp? ( 2 pt)
7. Leveret is the proper term for what animal under the age of one? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What US state produces 70-80% of all the olives in the US? ( 3 points)
2. What word was misspelled by Stephen King in a 1983 book title and by Morrissey in a 1986 song title? ( 4 points)
3. Susan B. Anthony was famously fined $100 after Illegally voting for what 19th US president? ( 4 points)
4. What Oscar-winning actor was originally offered the role of John McClane in the 1988 film "Die Hard" because the studio was contractually obligated to offer it because he starred in the film "The Detective" which "Die Hard" was based on? ( 5 points)
5. What female pop singer was the voice of Sally in a number of Peanuts cartoons in the mid-1980s? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. "The Larry Sanders Show;" 2. Greece; 3. Labor Secretary; 4. Dwight Gooden; 5. Romania; 6. Cricket; 7. Julio Iglesias.

Space Trivia
1. Mercury; 2. Apollo 17; 3. 93 million; 4. Mars; 5. Chuck Berry; 6. John Glenn; 7. Stephen Hawking.

The Q Train: Odd Numbered Trivia
1. 25; 2. 17; 3. 41; 4. 33; 5. 47; 6. 3; 7. 15; 8. 37; 9. 29; 10. 7.

General Knowledge
1. 1977; 2. Southampton; 3. tin; 4. Russia; 5. Alaska; 6. William Shakespeare; 7. rabbit.

IQ Trivia
1. California; 2. cemetery; 3. U.S. Grant; 4. Frank Sinatra; 5. Fergie.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Let's Go To Outer Space This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, July 16th at 8:30 PM, with "Space Trivia" the Special Category in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing coming up next week. It will be seven questions connected to space and space travel. The Q Train lightning round will be "Odd Numbered Trivia." I will ask you ten general knowledge questions where the answer will be an odd number from 1 to 50. Every answer will be a different number.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The first Star Wars film was released in what year?"


I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday for what should be another great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Trivia Q&A: July 9

We had another smaller crowd on Tuesday night, as eight teams took part. But the night went great, and the top four teams were separated by four points going into IQ Trivia. We had a tie between the top two teams going into that final round, but it was the team of Turkey Club that emerged victorious, getting four of the five questions correct for the win, and ending with 45 points. DIMS finished second with 42 points, and The Return of the Jabooties finished third with 34 points.

Best Team Name: Four Score and 747s Ago

Current Events
1. Arte Johnson, an actor and comedian who gained fame in what 1960s/70s NBC comedy /variety series, died last week at the age of 90?
2. A new live single was released last week from what late female singer, a 1990 recording of Steve Winwood's hit 1986 single "Higher Love?"
3. According to a new survey, almost half the female cadets at what US military academy said they were sexually harassed?
4. A Manhattan judge cancelled a scheduled September jury trial against what male pop singer for copyright infringement until the case against Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” is settled first?
5. What American comedian apologized to a British actor last week saying the Brit hosted a similar show to the current show he hosts, saying he had never heard of it before?
6. A human rights group is calling on what female rap singer to cancel an upcoming performance in Saudi Arabia over the country’s human rights violations?
7. What legendary pop star announced during a concert in London last Saturday that he will be getting a kidney transplant later this year?

Baseball Movies Trivia
1. What future Oscar-winning actor played a catcher with Hodgkin's Disease in the 1973 film "Bang the Drum Slowly?"
2. Gary Cooper played what legendary player in the 1941 film "Pride of the Yankees?"
3. Kelly Leak, Tanner Boyle and Coach Buttermaker were three main characters in what 1976 baseball film?
4. What future Oscar-winning actress was the lead actress in the 1988 film "Bull Durham?"
5. What hapless baseball team was the centerpiece of the 1988 film "Major League?"
6. What actress/director directed the 1992 baseball film "A League of Their Own?"
7. Name 1 of the 2 actors nominated for acting awards for the 2011 film "Moneyball."

The Q Train: Even Numbered Trivia
1. This is the number of sides on a standard stop sign.
2. This is the minimum age for a US senator.
3. A standard pinochle deck has this number cards.
4. North and South Korea are divided by this number parallel.
5. Dwight D. Eisenhower was this number US president.
6. NFL Hall of Famers Joe Namath and Terry Bradshaw wore this number.
7. These are the total number of pawns in a standard chess set.
8. In 1964, this number amendment to the Constitution eliminated the poll tax.
9. This is the number of spaces on a standard Monopoly board.
10. A standard guitar has this many strings.

General Knowledge
1. What religious observance is celebrated the day after Halloween? ( 1 pt)
2. What is the fastest animal on four legs? ( 1 pt)
3. What body of water separates Iran and Saudi Arabia? ( 1 pt)
4. What year did Facebook launch? ( 2 pt)
5. What was the second film in the James Bond series? ( 2 pt)
6. What airline merged with United Airlines in 2011? ( 2 pt)
7. The world's longest fence, over 3480 miles, is found in what country? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What pop singer died in a plane crash in Monterey Bay, CA in October 1997? ( 3 points)
2. Medusa, the monster from Greek mythology, appears on the flag of what Mediterranean island? ( 4 points)
3. In 2000, the first season of the American version of the TV series "Survivor" was filmed on what Southeast Asian island? ( 4 points)
4. What month was originally named "Quintilis" in the ancient Roman calendar? ( 5 points)
5. The author of "The Godfather" novel also co-wrote the screenplay of what superhero film? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. "Laugh-In"; 2. Whitney Houston; 3. US Coast Guard Academy; 4. Ed Sheehan; 5. Jerry Seinfeld; 6. Nicki Minaj; 7. Stevie Wonder.

Baseball Movies Trivia
1. Robert DeNiro; 2. Lou Gehrig; 3. "The Bad News Bears;" 4. Susan Sarandon; 5. Cleveland Indians; 6. Penny Marshall; 7. Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill.

The Q Train: Even Numbered Trivia
1. 8; 2. 30; 3. 48; 4. 38; 5. 34; 6. 12; 7. 16; 8. 24; 9. 40; 10. 6.

General Knowledge
1. All Saints Day; 2. cheetah; 3. Persian Gulf; 4. 2004; 5. "From Russia With Love;" 6. Continental Airlines; 7. Australia.

IQ Trivia
1. John Denver; 2. Sicily; 3. Borneo; 4. July; 5. "Superman: The Movie."

Monday, July 08, 2019

We Celebrate Our National Game on Film This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, July 9th at 8:30 PM, with “Baseball Movies Trivia” as the Special Category, in honor of the All-Star Game that night. It will be seven questions about famous films that involved America’s Pastime. The Q Train lightning round will be “Even Numbered Trivia.” I will ask you ten general knowledge questions, and every answer will be an even number from 1-50. And every answer will be a different number.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
“What religious observance is celebrated the day after Halloween?”


I look forward to seeing many of you for a great night of Trivia on Tuesday!

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Trivia Q&A: July 2

We had one of the smaller turnouts for Trivia Night on Tuesday due to the July 4th holiday, but it didn't dampen the spirits of those who played, and we had a great race to the finish. But it was the guys from DIMS, coming off their "perfect game" last week, who went back to the winner's circle again this week. They missed a question in Current Events, so the pressure to repeat last week's historic night was off their shoulders. But they wound up winning the night, getting 4 of 5 correct in IQ Trivia, and finishing with 46 points. Congrats to Ken and Michael on another victorious night.

Second place went to Evil Doers with 40 points, and third place went to Go Blue Rendezvous with 39 points.

Current Events
1. What Eastern European country had its largest protests since 1989 last week, with over 250,000 people calling on President Andrej Babis to resign over accusations of fraud?
2. Joe Sestak, a former congressman from what Eastern US state, became the 25th Democrat to run for president in 2020 last week?
3. The WalletHub survey recently released its findings and named what northeastern US state as "the least patriotic state in the nation" based on military and civic engagement?
4. What European nation won the vote to host the 2026 Winter Olympics last week?
5. What US city became the first city in America to ban e-cigarettes last week?
6. Stephanie Grisham was appointed to what White House position last week?
7. The New York Mets renamed the street in front of their home ballpark in Queens, Citi Field, in honor of what legendary player last Thursday?

July 4th Trivia
1. On this date in 1976, Israeli commandos rescued hostages on an Air France jetliner at Entebbe Airport in what African country?
2. What Asian country gained their independence from the US in 1946 after nearly 400 years of near-continuous rule by various powers?
3. Ron Kovic, a Vietnam vet and peace activist, was born on this day in 1946. What Hollywood actor portrayed him in a movie based on his life?
4. This playwright, who authored such plays as "The Odd Couple" and "Lost In Yonkers", was born on this day in 1927.
5. In 1976, The Clash made their debut in Sheffield, England as the opening act for what legendary punk band?
6. In 1881, Tuskegee University opened in what US state?
7. In 1997, NASA's Pathfinder became the first US spacecraft in two decades to land where?

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. PETA once asked the Green Bay Packers to change their name because it promoted violence and bloodshed.
2. Windows 96 was the first Windows edition named for a year instead of a version number.
3. Kentucky is one of four US states that call themselves commonwealths.
4. The female mosquito is responsible for more human deaths than any other animal in history.
5. Alan Page of the Vikings was the last defensive player in the NFL named MVP in 1971.
6. 75% of all crimes committed in the US are committed by high school dropouts.
7. Research has determined that most people are happiest on Friday night.
8. Dan Aykroyd was the first SNL cast member to be nominated for an Academy Award.
9. The Zimbio Hall of Fame honors celebrities with the mullet hairstyle.
10. There have been more Democrat presidents than Republicans in US history.

General Knowledge
1. What stringed instrument appears on the logo for Guinness beer? ( 1 pt)
2. What actress took over the role of Mary Poppins in 2018? ( 1 pt)
3. What does "B&O" stand for in B&O Railroad? ( 1 pt)
4. What male golfer holds the record for grand slam wins with 18? ( 2 pt)
5. What Batman film featured Arnold Schwarzenegger? ( 2 pt)
6. What British monarch preceded Elizabeth II? ( 2 pt)
7. What is the name of the X-shaped sign located just before a road that crosses railroad tracks? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. "Go Set a Watchman" is the follow-up to what classic American novel? ( 3 points)
2. What designer brand named a purse after Princess Diana, making it one of the most popular handbags of all-time? ( 4 points)
3. What circle of latitude is located at 23.5 degrees south? ( 5 points)
4. Who invented the first alternating current (AC) motor in 1890? ( 4 points)
5. What 1984 action adventure hit film was responsible for the creation of the PG-13 rating? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Czech Republic; 2. Pennsylvania; 3. New Jersey; 4. Italy; 5. San Francisco; 6. press secretary; 7. Tom Seaver.

July 4th Trivia
1. Uganda; 2. The Philippines; 3. Tom Cruise; 4. Neil Simon; 5. The Sex Pistols; 6. Alabama; 7. Mars.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. True; 2. false, Windows 95; 3. true; 4. true; 5. false, Lawrence Taylor (1986); 6. true; 7. false, Saturday night; 8. false, Joan Cusack; 9. true; 10. false, Republican (19-15).

General Knowledge
1. Harp; 2. Emily Blunt; 3. Baltimore and Ohio; 4. Jack Nicklaus; 5. "Batman and Robin;" 6. King George VI; 7. Crossbuck.

IQ Trivia
1. "To Kill a Mockingbird;" 2. Gucci; 3. The Tropic of Capricorn; 4. Nikola Tesla; 5. "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom."

Monday, July 01, 2019

Lots of Stuff Happened On Our Birthday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, July 2nd at 8:30 PM, with "July 4th Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected with events that happened throughout history on our country's birthday. The Q Train lightning round will be "True or False Trivia."

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What stringed instrument appears on the logo for Guinness beer?"

We are back on the main floor this week, as we accommodated the Michigan baseball fans by doing Trivia in the Loft last week. Looking forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday for another great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Trivia Q&A: June 25

History was made on Tuesday night at Professor Thom's. Firstly, we were back in the Loft last night, as the bar hosted many Michigan baseball fans who were in for the College World Series. Everything went great up there, as we had 12 teams in. But it was an historic night, as the guys from DIMS, Ken, Michael and Darek, did something that was never done in all the nights I have hosted Trivia going back to 2006: they had a perfect night! They got all 36 questions correct, and rolled up 56 points, and won the night by a staggering 22 points. My congratulations to them on having the greatest evening in Trivia Night history.

Second place ended in a tie between the teams of Orifice Prime (who won for Best Team Name) and Summertime & The Nachos Are Cheesy with 34 points. We broke the tie wiith the question: "What is the current population of the UK?" Orifice Prime was closest to the actual answer (66,934,000) and won second place.

Current Events
1. Over 16.5 tons of cocaine, valued at over $1 billion, was seized from a cargo ship last week at what East Coast city’s port?
2. A country singer named Heidi Merrill filed a lawsuit last week against what female singer claiming  she plagiarized the “Sunday Night Football”theme song?
3. French billionaire Bernard Arnault, Europe’s richest person, became the third person to be worth $100 billion, joining which two others?
4. Last Thursday, MLB gave the Tampa Bay Rays permission to explore becoming a two-team city team and possibly playing home games in what city that once had an MLB team?
5. What rap star was indicted by a Queens grand jury on a felony assault charge in connection with a brawl last year at a Queens strip club?
6. Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay won a guitar at auction last week for over $3.9 million, a new record for a guitar sold at auction, from David Gilmour from what classic rock band?
7. Nine people died last Friday when a skydiving excursion in a small plane crashed in what US state?

Canada Trivia
1. What is Canada’s third largest city in population after Toronto and Montreal?
2. Who is currently Canada’s head of state?
3. What Eastern Canadian province became the most recent Canadian province in 1949?
4. How many countries in the world are larger in area than Canada?
5. What is Canada’s official national summer sport?
6. In 2016, who was the last Canadian actor to be nominated for the Best Actor Oscar?
7. What Canadian female singer’s 2004 album “Up” is the last album to go “double diamond” (2 million plus) in sales in Canada?

The Q Train: Oscar Winners Trivia
1. The Help (2001)
2. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
3. Reversal of Fortune (1990)
4. The Hours (2002)
5. Crazy Heart (2009)
6. The Accused (1988)
7. Blue Jasmine (2013)
8. Darkest Hour (2017)
9. Chicago (2002)
10. Traffic (2000)

General Knowledge
1. What is the official language of Jamaica? (1 pt)
2. What character did Danny DeVito play in “Batman Returns?” (1 pt)
3. “We’ll always have Paris” is a famous line from what classic film? ( 1 pt)
4. What sport involves a pommel horse? ( 2 pt)
5. What video game features the characters Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde? ( 2 pt)
6. What was the first human organ to be successfully transplanted? (2 pt)
7. In the 2016 Brexit referendum, which two of the four UK constituent countries had a majority of voters opt to remain in the EU? (3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What 20th century author’s first professional sale was a short story called “The Glass Floor?” ( 4 points)
2. What is the world’s oldest currency still in use? ( 3 points)
3. Opened in 1903, what is the oldest continuously operating theater on Broadway? ( 5 points)
4. What is the largest island in area in the United States? ( 4 points)
5. Who was the only US president ever to serve aboard a Navy submarine, and later had a sub named for him? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Philadelphia; 2. Carrie Underwood; 3. Jeff Bezos & Bill Gates; 4. Montreal; 5. Cardi B; 6. Pink Floyd; 7. Hawaii.

Canada Trivia
1. Vancouver; 2. Queen Elizabeth II; 3. Newfoundland; 4. One (Russia); 5. Lacrosse; 6. Ryan Gosling; 7. Shania Twain.

The Q Train: Oscar Winners Trivia
1. Octavia Spencer; 2. Alan Arkin; 3. Jeremy Irons; 4. Nicole Kidman; 5. Jeff Bridges; 6. Jodie Foster; 7. Cate Blanchett; 8. Gary Oldman; 9. Catherine Zeta-Jones; 10. Benicia Del Toro.

General Knowledge
1. English; 2. The Penguin; 3. “Casablanca;” 4. Gymnastics; 5. Pac-Man; 6. Kidney; 7. Scotland and Northern Ireland.

IQ Trivia
1. Stephen King; 2. British pound; 3. Lyceum Theatre; 4. Hawaii; 5. Jimmy Carter.

Monday, June 24, 2019

We Salute Our Neighbors to the North This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, June 25th at 8:30 PM, with “Canada Trivia” as the Special Category, in honor of next Monday, July 1st being Canada’s national holiday. It will be seven questions about our neighbors to the north in history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be “Oscar Winners Trivia.” I will give you the name of a famous film from recent years, along with the year the film came out, that won just one Oscar acting award, and you have to tell me which actor or actress won the award.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
“What is the official language of Jamaica?”

I hope to see many of you on Tuesday night for what should be a great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Trivia Q&A: June 18

We had nine teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, and a four-way tie for first after the second round. But it turned into a tough three-team fight after the lightning round. By the IQ Trivia round, the top three teams had six points between them. But it was a great night for Turkey Heart, who held on to first place all night, and got 4 of 5 correct in the final round to win the night with 47 points. Congratulations to Bob and Cato on another great victory.

DIMS finished in second place with 40 points, and third place went to Prolapse In Judgment (who won for Best Team Name) finished with 33 points.

Current Events
1. A street in Brooklyn was renamed for what late rap star last week?
2. What Oscar-winning actor was arrested last week for allegedly groping a woman at a bar in Midtown Manhattan?
3. In a poll of 600 Iowa Democrats last week, 2 of the 22 presidential candidates did not receive even one first or second place vote. Name 1 of the 2.
4. The USA women's soccer team opened the World Cup last week with the biggest lopsided win in World Cup history over Thailand by how many goals?
5. Last week a missile fired by Houthi rebels struck the arrivals hall of an airport in what Middle Eastern country?
6. Oberlin College, in what Midwestern state, was ordered to pay $44 million by a jury after they ruled the college assisted in helping students defame a local bakery?
7. A jersey belonging to what baseball legend was sold at auction for $5.6 million last Saturday, a new record for a piece of sports memorabilia?

June Trivia
1. What US president couldn’t take up residence in the White House in June 1800 because it wasn’t completed, so he moved into a Washington DC tavern instead?
2. Hernando deSoto claimed what current US state for Spain in June 1539?
3. What classic Beatles album was released in June 1967?
4. What HBO drama series concluded its memorable run in June 2007?
5. What American newspaper famously published the Pentagon Papers, about the Vietnam War, in June 1971?
6. The rainbow flag, representing gay pride, was flown for the first time in June 1978 in what US city?
7. What two Zodiac signs fall in the month of June?

The Q Train: Classic Car Songs Trivia
1. Freeway of Love (1985)
2. Born to Run (1975)
3. Autobahn (1974)
4. Little Red Corvette (1982)
5. Paradise By the Dashboard Light (1977)
6. Mustang Sally (1966)
7. Drive My Car (1965)
8. Little Deuce Coupe (1963)
9. On the Road Again (1980)
10. I Can't Drive 55 (1984)

General Knowledge
1. What British tycoon founded Virgin Records and Virgin Atlantic Airways? ( 1 pt)
2. What author wrote the novel "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?" ( 1 pt)
3. How many strings does a standard ukulele have? ( 1 pt)
4. What country supplies the guards who protect the Pope? ( 2 pt)
5. The USSR was officially dissolved on Christmas Day of what year? ( 2 pt)
6. What chess piece was originally called "The Elephant?" ( 2 pt)
7. What Central American country produces the most pineapples? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What European country has the oldest flag still in use today? ( 5 points)
2. What actress is to date the youngest person to ever host "Saturday Night Live?" ( 4 points)
3. In 1874, merchant William Blackstone of Indiana built his wife a birthday present that was an early version of what appliance? ( 4 points)
4. Which two US states have the largest cities of the same name? ( 3 points)
5. Pago Pago is the capital of what US territory? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Notorious BIG; 2. Cuba Gooding Jr.; 3. Bill DeBlasio and Wayne Messam; 4. 13; 5. Saudi Arabia; 6. Ohio; 7. Babe Ruth.

June Trivia
1. John Adams; 2. Florida; 3. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; 4. “The Sopranos”; 5. New York Times; 6. San Francisco; 7. Gemini and Cancer.

The Q Train: Classic Car Songs Trivia
1. Aretha Franklin; 2. Bruce Springsteen; 3. Kraftwerk; 4. Prince; 5. Meat Loaf; 6. Wilson Pickett; 7. The Beatles; 8. The Beach Boys; 9. Willie Nelson; 10. Sammy Hagar.

General Knowledge
1. Richard Branson; 2. Robert Louis Stevenson; 3. four; 4. Switzerland; 5. 1991; 6. bishop; 7. Costa Rica.

IQ Trivia
1. Denmark; 2. Drew Barrymore; 3. Washing machine; 4. Maine and Oregon (Portland); 5. American Samoa.

Monday, June 17, 2019

We Honor Driving Music on Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, June 18th at 8:30 PM, with "June Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven songs connected to the month of June in history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be "Classic Car Songs Trivia." I will give you the names of ten classic hit songs connected to cars in one way, shape or form, and I will give you the year the song was released. You have to tell me the artist who had the hit song. Every answer will be a different artist.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What author wrote the novel 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?"

I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night for another great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Trivia Q&A: June 11

We had nine teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, on a very pleasant night in New York. It was good to see some old friends back for Trivia for the first time in a while, as it was "The Return of the Jabooties!" I hope to see more of them as the summer goes on. It was a really close race all night long, as the top five teams were bunched up going into IQ Trivia. But the guys from DIMS, who were in fifth a good part of the night, jumped over four teams in the IQ Trivia round, as they got a perfect score and won the night with 44 points. Congrats to Ken, Michael and Darek on probably their best comeback win.

Second place went to Coronas Are Skunked So We Drink Pacifico with 41 points, and third place went to Lizzo's Best Friend with 37 points.

Best Team Name: A Dentist, A Lawyer and Two Late Friends Walk Into a Bar

Current Events
1. What rock legend, who has lived with mental illness  for many years, canceled an upcoming summer US tour to take care of his mental health?
2. What female pop singer recently ripped the New York Times over a recent profile of her and claims she felt as if she had been "raped again?"
3. James Holzhauer's amazing run as Jeopardy's champion ended last week and he brought home over $2.4 million. How many Jeopardy matches did he win before his loss?
4. Beverly Hills, CA became the first city in America to ban what product, starting in 2021?
5. Mac Rebennack, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician from New Orleans better known by what name, died last week at the age of 77?
6. The Daily Beast and Facebook faced a backlash last week after a video of what politician was altered to make the subject appear drunk and the alleged creator's private details were outed?
7. Ashleigh Barty won her first tennis grand slam title at the French Open last weekend and became the first woman from what country since 1973 to win the singles title?

Fathers Trivia
1. What actor/director was the director of the 2006 film "Flag of Our Fathers?"
2. Which one of the Founding Fathers was the founder of the New York Post in 1801?
3. What month of the year is Fathers Day celebrated in the UK?
4. What 19th century biologist was known as "The father of evolution?"
5. Gene Hackman was the original first choice to play the father of the family in what beloved 1970s TV series?
6. What actor played the father of the bride in the 1991 film of the same name?
7. "Dance With My Father" was a 2003 song and the last top 40 hit song for what late R&B singer?

The Q Train: Best Selling Albums of the 2010s
1. Thank U, Next (2019)
2. Scorpion (2018)
3. 25 (2015)
4. The 20/20 Experience ( 2013)
5. 1989 (2014)
6. 4:44 (2017)
7. Recovery (2010)
8. Born This Way (2011)
9. Doo Wops & Hooligans ( 2010)
10. Songs of Experience ( 2017)

General Knowledge
1. In which "Rocky" film did Mr. T appear as Clubber Lang? ( 1 pt)
2. What British prime minister was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature? ( 1 pt)
3. What is the most common element in the universe? ( 1 pt)
4. Ping-pong originated in what European country? ( 2 pt)
5. What Roman emperor built a massive wall across Britain? ( 2 pt)
6. The iconis statue "Little Mermaid" is located in what European city? ( 2 pt)
7. Where on the human body is the hallux found? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What 20th century US president is the only one to receive the Medal of Honor, and posthumously in 2001? ( 4 points)
2. The Karakoram Pass connects which two Asian countries? ( 5 points)
3. What actor has hosted "Saturday Night Live" the most times? ( 3 points)
4. The top wedding song of 2018 was "Thinking Out Loud" by what male pop singer? ( 4 points)
5. What actress is the only person to win an Academy Award for both acting and writing? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Brian Wilson; 2. Madonna; 3. 32; 4. All tobacco products; 5. Dr. John; 6. Nancy Pelosi; 7. Australia.

Fathers Trivia
1. Clint Eastwood; 2. Alexander Hamilton; 3. June; 4. Charles Darwin; 5. "The Brady Bunch;" 6. Steve Martin; 7. Luther Vandross.

The Q Train: Best Selling Albums of the 2010s
1. Ariana Grande; 2. Drake; 3. Adele; 4. Justin Timberlake; 5. Taylor Swift; 6. Ed Sheeran; 7. Eminem; 8. Lady Gaga; 9. Bruno Mars; 10. U2.

General Knowledge
1. "Rocky III"; 2. Winston Churchill; 3. hydrogen; 4. England; 5. Hadrian; 6. Copenhagen; 7. foot (big toe).

IQ Trivia
1. Theodore Roosevelt; 2. China and India; 3. Alec Baldwin (17); 4. Ed Sheeran; 5. Emma Thompson.

Monday, June 10, 2019

We Honor The Dads This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, June 11th at 8:30 PM, with “Fathers Trivia” as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to fathers in pop culture in honor of next Sunday’s holiday. The Q Train lightning round will be “Best Selling Albums of the 2010s Trivia.” I will give you the names of some of the most popular albums of this decade, along with the year it came out, and you tell me the artist who recorded it. Every answer will be a different artist.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
“In which ‘Rocky’ film did Mr. T appear as Clubber Lang?”

I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night for another great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Trivia Q&A: June 4

We had 10 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday, and I surprised by the return of Michael, one of the players for the team known as DIMS. Michael is a longtime regular who was away in L.A. for a while, but returned with his comrades Ken and Darek. And it was their night last night, as they rolled up 48 points for the win. The Current Events round was a tough round for everyone, but the scores improved for just about everyone through World War II Trivia and The Q Train lightning round. And we had a goofup in the IQ Round, which rarely happens. It was pointed out to me by one of the Trivia players (who was originally from Argentina) that the Semana Santa holiday is celebrated in other Latin American countries besides Costa Rica, so I tossed out the question and gave everyone five points. Oh well, mistakes do happen. The Mighty Quinn regrets the error.

John Dick 3: Pair O'Balls finished second with 44 points (and they also won for Best Team Name), and third place went to Turkey Club with 42 points.

Current Events
1. What Southeast Asian country said it would begin sending back over 3,000 tons of plastic waste to the US, UK and other western nations, joining the Philippines who announced a few weeks ago a similar plan?
2. What British-born comedian set off a firestorm on social media last week when he said that London was "no longer an English city" and many called him a hypocrite because years earlier he moved from the UK to the Bahamas?
3. An earthquake measured about 6.6 struck off the coast of what Latin American country last Thursday?
4. Brigitte Bierlein was named what European country's first-ever female chancellor last week after Sebastian Kurz was forced out after a losing a no-confidence vote?
5. Curtis Blake, who founded what ice cream chain in Massachusetts with his brother in 1935 and grew it into a restaurant chain, died last week at the age of 102?
6. Canada's foreign minister announced last Sunday that the nation was closing its embassy temporarily in what embattled country?
7. Pope Francis visited what Eastern European nation this past weekend, the first Pope to visit the predominantly Orthodox nation since Pope John Paul II in 1980?

World War II Trivia
1. How many years did WWII last? a. 5; b.6; c. 7; d. 4.
2. Which US battleship accounted for almost half the casualties at Pearl Harbor? a. USS Nevada; b. USS Missouri; c. USS Arizona; d. USS Oklahoma.
3. Britain and France declared war on Germany after Hitler invaded what country? a. Hungary; b. Austria; c. Czechoslovakia; d. Poland.
4. The largest naval battle of WWII, the Battle of Keyte Gulf, took place in what country? a. The Philippines; b. Japan; c. New Guinea; d. Taiwan.
5. Which US general vowed "I Shall Return" after he and his forces were driven out of the Philippines  by the victorious Japanese in 1942?
6. Which one of the following countries was not a US ally in WWII? a. China; b. Soviet Union; c. Finland; d. Greece.
7. What was the codename of the allied landings on Normandy on D-Day? a. Operation Neptune; b. Operation Enduring Freedom; c. Operation Crossword; d. Operation Enigma.

The Q Train: Classic Movies Cities Trivia
1. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
2. Dirty Harry
3. The Blues Brothers
4. Moonstruck
5. Driving Miss Daisy
6. Trading Places
7. The Town
8. A Streetcar Named Desire
9. Scarface
10. Gran Torino

General Knowledge
1. What is the heaviest planet in the solar system? ( 1 pt)
2. How many wives did King Henry VIII have? ( 1 pt)
3. What US president's real first name was Hiram? ( 1 pt)
4. The sandwich was invented in what country? ( 2 pt)
5. Between Sherlock Holmes, Superman and Spiderman, which character has been played by the most actors? ( 2 pt)
6. What was Pierce Brosnan's first film as James Bond? ( 2 pt)
7. Themyscira was the mythical island home of what superhero? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What folk singer was the opening act at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969? ( 4 points)
2. In what Latin American country is the religious holiday Semana Santa celebrated during Easter week? ( 5 points)
3. Who is the top selling British solo singer in the US, having sold over 78 million units in this country? ( 3 points)
4. What US city has more billionaires per capita than any other city in the world? ( 4 points)
5. Dixville Notch is a small community that announces its presidential voting results every four years first in the nation just after midnight and is located in what US state? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Malaysia; 2. John Cleese; 3. El Salvador; 4. Austria; 5. Friendly's; 6. Venezuela; 7. Romania.

World War II Trivia
1. b; 2. c; 3. d; 4.a; 5. b; 6. c; 7. a.

The Q Train: Classic Movies Cities Trivia
1. San Diego; 2. San Francisco; 3. Chicago; 4. New York City; 5. Atlanta; 6. Philadelphia; 7. Boston; 8. New Orleans; 9. Miami; 10. Detroit.

General Knowledge
1. Jupiter; 2. six; 3. Ulysses S. Grant; 4. England; 5. Sherlock Holmes; 6. "Goldeneye;" 7. Wonder Woman.

IQ Trivia
1. Richie Havens; 2. Costa Rica; 3. Elton John; 4. San Francisco; 5. New Hampshire.

Monday, June 03, 2019

We Remember The Heroes On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening on Tuesday night, June 4th at 8:30 PM, with "World War II Trivia," seven questions connected to the worst conflict of the 20th century, in honor of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy this coming Thursday. All seven questions will be multiple choice.

The Q Train lightning round will be "Classic Movies Cities Trivia." We did TV last week, how about movies this week? I will give you the names of ten classic films and you have to tell me the major American city it was primarily set in. Every answer will be a different city.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What is the heaviest planet in the solar system?"

I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night with what should be a great night of Trivia!


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Trivia Q&A: May 28

On a rainy spring night in New York, we had a smaller crowd in for Trivia last night, as seven teams took part. It was also the day after a holiday weekend, so the crowds are normally down then. But we still a great night of Trivia, as those folks in had a great time and we were really into the Trivia.We had a close race to the finish, and wound up with a tie for first place with 52 points between Darak: You're Fired! and Turkey Club, two of our regular teams. But Turkey Club wound up guessing closest to the tie-breaker question: "What is the current population of the state of Kansas?" (2,293,000 to be precise.) Congrats to Bob and Cato on their victory.

Third place went to John Triviolta (who also won for Best Team Name) with 38 points.

Current Events
1. Niki Lauda, a legendary figure and three-time world champion in what sport, died last week at the age of 70?
2. More than two dozen employees of what fast food restaurant are suing the company for sexual harassment?
3. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the redesigned $20 bill featuring what iconic 19th century figure has been delayed and no new imagery will be unveiled until 2028?
4. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Howard Stern revealed one of the great regrets of his life is that he never did apologize to what late comedian, who he said he treated badly on his show in the mid-1990s?
5. Last week, BuzzFeed published an investigation of what self-help guru with accusations of sexual misconduct, and four women came forward with additional allegations against him afterwards?
6. "Parasite" was voted the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival last week and became the first film from what Asian country to win?
7. What 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, in the most recent Quinnipiac poll, garnered a negative 37 point favorable rating among Democrats, by far the lowest of all the candidates?

Q-Tip Trivia
1. Which of these planets are smaller than Earth? a. Mercury; b. Mars; c. Uranus; d. Neptune.
2. Which of the following countries are currently in the top 10 in population as of 2019? a. Mexico; b. Nigeria; c. Pakistan; d. Brazil.
3. Which of the following NYC subway lines is never regularly scheduled to travel to Brooklyn? a. 1 train; b. G train; c. 7 train; d. D train.
4. Which of the following music artists won an Oscar for Best Song? a. Frank Sinatra; b. Elton John; c. Carly Simon; d. Bruce Springsteen.
5. In poker, which of the following hands beats a four-of-a-kind? a. Full house; b. Flush; c. Straight Flush; d. Straight.
6. Which of these films won the Best Picture Oscar? a. The Wizard of Oz; b. Apocalypse Now; c. Raging Bull; d. Saving Private Ryan.
7. Which of these American cities have teams in all four major sports? a. Atlanta; b. St. Louis; c. Houston; d. Detroit.

The Q Train: Classic TV Cities Trivia
1. Married With Children
2. Breaking Bad
3. Dharma and Greg
4. Dexter
5. Frasier
6. The Wire
7. Billions
8. Ally McBeal
9. Home Improvement
10. Happy Days

General Knowledge
1. What is the second largest city in New York State in population? ( 1 pt)
2. The US purchased Alaska in 1867 from what country? ( 1 pt)
3. Between mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup, which was invented first? ( 1 pt)
4. What author wrote the novel "The Jungle Book?" ( 2 pt)
5. What Asian country has blue traffic lights for go instead of green? ( 2 pt)
6. Which sense is most closely linked to memory? ( 2 pt)
7. In what state is the geographic center of the continental United States? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Who was the only president to be awarded the Purple Heart? ( 4 points)
2. What famous person who once,lived at 1116 Ocean Drive in Miami Beach in a mansion that is the third-most photographed home in the US, after the White House and Graceland? ( 4 points)
3. What is the most visited art museum in the world, with over 10 million visitors in 2018? ( 3 points)
4. In 1990, Washington State University loaned a "research moose" named Mort to what TV show filming its opening credits? ( 4 points)
5. What 17th century monarch is the longest-reigning monarch of all-time, having been on the throne for 72 years? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Auto racing; 2. McDonald's; 3. Harriet Tubman; 4. Robin Williams; 5. Tony Robbins; 6. South Korea; 7. Bill DeBlasio.

Q-Tip Trivia
1. a,b; 2. all; 3. a,c; 4. b,c,d; 5. c; 6. none; 7. d.

The Q Train: Classic TV Cities Trivia
1. Chicago; 2. Albuquerque; 3. San Francisco; 4. Miami; 5. Seattle; 6. Baltimore; 7. New York; 8. Boston; 9. Detroit; 10. Milwaukee.

General Knowledge
1. Buffalo; 2. Russia; 3. mustard; 4. Rudyard Kipling; 5. Japan; 6. smell; 7. Kansas.

IQ Trivia
1. John F. Kennedy; 2. Gianni Versace; 3. The Louvre; 4. "Northern Exposure;" 5. King Louis XIV.