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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Trivia Q&A: November 13

We had 10 teams in for Trivia on a blustery night in New York, and we had an unusual occurrence after the fourth round. Going into IQ Trivia, we had the first seven teams all separated by one point each. The top team had 30 points, second place had 29, third place had 28, all the way down to the seventh place team with 24 points. I've never seen anything like that before, and it meant it was quite the horse race heading into the final round.

The team of The Pub Quiz MC Is Hot (who was in fourth place) had the best IQ round, and finished the night with 42 points and the win. Congrats to them. Second place went to Hey, Did Anything Happen While We Were Gone? finished with 38 points, and we had a tie for third between War-Burgers and My Computer's Got Miley Virus. It Has Stopped Twerking. (who also won for Best Team Name) with 37 points. We broke the tie with the following question: How many total points did Michael Jordan score in his NBA career? The answer was 32,292 and Miley Virus was closest on their guess and got third place.

Current Events
1. Later this month, an auction of over 100 items belonging to what 20th century president will be held in Boston that will include a cardigan sweater, bomber jacket and many candid photos?
2. Jared Polis, a congressman from what western state, became the country's first openly gay male elected governor last week?
3. What British Emmy-nominated actor was named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" for 2018?
4. The travel site "The Points Guy" revealed their annual Best Airports In America and picked Sky Harbor Airport, located in what city, as the best for the third straight year?
5. A report from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation said that what western European country will pass Japan in having the world's longest life expectancy by 2040 (85.8 years)?
6. What US state's voters last week voted to ban greyhound racing there, a state that has 11 of the nation's 17 greyhound tracks there?
7. What music icon will be receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom later this week, and it's just the third musician to receive the honor posthumously?

2010s In Entertainment Trivia
1. In 2014, Jimmy Fallon succeeded who as host of "The Tonight Show?"
2. In December 2013, what female pop singer released her 5th solo album with no advance notice and only available digitally through the iTunes store?
3. What American actor won an Academy Award for Best Actor for "Dallas Buyers Club" in 2014?
4. What medical TV drama ended its eight-year network run in 2012 with an episode entitled "Everybody Dies?"
5. What animated Disney film surpassed "Iron Man 3" in the final weeks of 2013 to become the top-grossing film of that year?
6. In 2012, the Academy Award for Best Picture went to what mainly silent movie?
7. At the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, who appeared to make an entrance at the festivities by parachuting from a helicopter?

The Q Train: Who's Older Trivia
1. Oprah Winfrey or Bill Gates
2. Kanye West or Jay Z
3. David Ortiz or Tom Brady
4. George W. Bush or Bill Clinton
5. Jimmy Fallon or Jimmy Kimmel
6. Emma Stone or Jennifer Lawrence
7. Lady Gaga or Adele
8. Harvey Weinstein or Kevin Spacey
9. Mookie Betts or Mike Trout
10. Mel Brooks or Betty White

General Knowledge
1. The movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" took place in what city? ( 1 pt)
2. What does the "E" stand for in ESPN? ( 1 pt)
3. Julia Roberts called off her 1991 wedding to what TV and movie actor? ( 1 pt)
4. Michael Jordan is the primary owner of what NBA team? ( 2 pt)
5. What legendary 20th century American famously said "I shall return?" ( 2 pt)
6. What is the most common eye color in the world? ( 2 pt)
7. What dog breed provides at least 70% of all guide dogs for the blind in the US? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. With more than 140 million followers, what female singer and actress has the most followers on Instagram? ( 4 points)
2. What 1960s horror film was the first feature film to show a toilet flushing on-screen? ( 4 points)
3. What Olympic sport includes Chocktaw Turns and Charlotte Spirals? ( 3 points)
4. Praia do Cassino is the longest beach in the world and found in what country? ( 4 points)
5. What eastern US state has the most golf courses per square mile? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. John F. Kennedy; 2. Colorado; 3. Idris Elba; 4. Phoenix; 5. Spain; 6. Florida; 7. Elvis Presley.

2010s In Entertainment Trivia
1. Jay Leno; 2. Beyonce; 3. Matthew McConaughey; 4. "House;" 5. "Frozen;" 6. "The Artist;" 7. Queen Elizabeth II.

The Q Train: Who's Older Trivia
1. Winfrey (64-63); 2. Jay Z (49-41); 3. Ortiz (43-41); 4. Bush (both 72); 5. Kimmel (51-44); 6. Stone (30-28); 7. Gaga (32-30); 8. Weinstein (66-59); 9. Trout (27-26); 10. White (96-92).

General Knowledge
1. Chicago; 2. Entertainment; 3. Kiefer Sutherland; 4. Charlotte Hornets; 5. Douglas MacArthur; 6. brown; 7. Labrador.

IQ Trivia
1. Selena Gomez; 2. "Psycho;" 3. figure skating; 4. Brazil; 5. Rhode Island.

Monday, November 12, 2018

It's Been A Great Decade For Entertainment

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, November 13th at 8:30 PM, with "2010s In Entertainment Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about events in movies, TV and music that occurred in this decade. The Q Train lightning round will be "Who's Older Trivia." I will give you ten sets of two current celebrities and you have to tell me who is the older of the two.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The movie 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' took place in what city?"

We've had some terrific crowds in the last two weeks since we returned from hiatus, and I hope we can continue to build on that. I look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday night!

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Trivia Q&A: November 6

We had a terrific turnout of Trivia players last night at Professor Thom's on Election Night, as 15 teams turned out. The scores for the first two rounds were on the lower side, and I was thinking that it might be a night where I made the Trivia a little too hard. But the scores were stronger than I would have thought for US Senators Trivia (people know their senators!) and the last two rounds as well. It was a two-team race for the first three rounds, but we had two other teams that had great rounds at the end to make it very close. Ken and Michael from DIMS held on in IQ Trivia to grab the win with 47 points.

Second place went to The Wife Beto O'Rourkes with 44 points (they were one of the team that put up a late charge to the finish) and third place went to Tide Pod Racing with 44 points (they also came on strong at the end).

Best Team Name: Erection Night In America

Current Events
1. Whitey Bulger, the notorious Boston mobster who was serving a life sentence for murder, was found dead in his prison cell, located in what US state?
2. D.J. Durkin, the head coach of what eastern college football team, was fired a day after being reinstalled from suspension after one of his players died during practice and because of the toxic culture around the team?
3. What car company is offering buyouts to a third of its US white collar staff as the company transitions to self driving vehicles and other new technologies?
4. Salesforce Tower, the tallest building in what major US city, was lit up on Halloween to depict the Eye of Sauron, the symbol of the Dark Lord adopted in "The Lord of the Rings?"
5. Todd Latourette, an actor on what current TV series, admitted that he actually cut off his right arm and pretended to be a wounded vet in order to further his acting career?
6. What Hollywood actress is being sued by an EMT who says she attacked her last June as the EMT was responding to a disturbance at her home?
7. Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, was acquitted by what Asian country's Supreme Court, setting off protests by Islamists?

US Elections Trivia
1. Since 1948, what president won by the largest percentage of electoral votes?
2. What Democrat challenged President Jimmy Carter for the 1980 presidential nomination but failed to win?
3. Besides FDR, who is the only other man who has been on four winning presidential tickets?
4. Who did Ed Koch defeat in a runoff primary election for New York City mayor in 1977 and later in the general election when he ran on the Liberal line?
5. What is the earliest possible day that Election Day can be held in November?
6. What number constitutional amendment set the minimum voting age at 18 for federal elections in 1971?
7. How many times has New York senator Chuck Schumer been elected to the US Senate?

The Q Train: US Senators Trivia
1. Missouri
2. Iowa
3. Illinois
4. Connecticut
5. Alabama
6. Texas
7. Florida
8. Alaska
9. New Jersey
10. Pennsylvania

General Knowledge
1. In what state is the Kennedy Space Center located? ( 1 pt)
2. Who holds the record for hosting the most games show episodes in US TV history? ( 1 pt)
3. What was Whoopi Goldberg's first feature film? ( 1 pt)
4. Between Emma, Olivia and Isabella, which was the most popular girls' name in the US in 2017? ( 2 pt)
5. Easter Island is a territory of what South American country? ( 2 pt)
6. What US-based airline has the largest fleet of planes in the world? ( 2 pt)
7. What was the first pizza company to offer online ordering in 1994? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. In reference to his hit 2004 album, what country star's fanbase is often called "No Shoes Nation?" ( 4 points)
2. By what name is the painting "Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1" better known? ( 4 points)
3. Vin Diesel recorded one line more than 1,000 times for what movie? ( 3 points)
4. What Asian country has the largest population of people living abroad? ( 4 points)
5. Because of his father's job, who was the only vice-president not born in one of the 13 colonies or 50 states? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. West Virginia; 2. University of Maryland; 3. General Motors; 4. San Francisco; 5. "Better Call Saul;" 6. Heather Locklear; 7. Pakistan.

US Elections Trivia
1. Ronald Reagan (1984); 2. Teddy Kennedy; 3. Richard Nixon; 4. Mario Cuomo; 5. November 2nd; 6. 26; 4. four.

The Q Train: US Senators Trivia
1. 1D, 1R; 2. 2R; 3. 2D; 4. 2D; 5. 1D, 1R; 6. 2R; 7. 1D, 1R; 8. 2R; 9. 2D; 10. 1D, 1R.

General Knowledge
1. Florida; 2. Alex Trebek; 3. "The Color Purple;" 4. Emma; 5. Chile; 6. American Airlines; 7. Pizza Hut.

IQ Trivia
1. Kenny Chesney; 2. Whistler's Mother; 3. "Guardians of the Galaxy;" 4. India; 5. Al Gore.

Monday, November 05, 2018

It's All About Elections On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, November 6th at 8:30 PM, and the Special Category will be "US Election Trivia," in honor of Tuesday being Election Day. It will be seven questions connected to elections in America in one way, shape or form. The Q Train lightning round will be "US Senators Trivia." I will give you the names of ten US states, and you have to tell me the current breakdown of that state in the Senate. It can be "2 Democrats", "2 Republicans" or "1 Democrat and 1 Republican." And it will be BEFORE this Election Day. (And any states with Independents won't be included.)

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"In what state is the Kennedy Space Center located?"

We had a great turnout last week for Trivia after our long hiatus, and I hope we can build on that. And remember to vote before you come out to Trivia on Tuesday night!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Trivia Q&A: October 30

Our first Trivia Night in four weeks brought out a nice crowd of 13 teams, many of whom were regulars who were glad Trivia Night was back. It was so great to be back in the Trivia hosting saddle again, and we had a largely two-team race all night, and they were tied going into the final round of IQ Trivia. But it was the guys from DIMS who emerged with the victory, getting 42 points. Congrats to Ken, Michael and Darek on their win.

Second place went to Ready to Go with 38 points, and third place went to I Think It;s Cool the Chinese Made a Whole Language Out of Tattoo Symbols with 31 points.

Best Team Name: Where There's a Will There's a Fenway

Current Events
1. What company announced recently that they were increasing employees' minimum wage to $15 per hour after it came out that a number of employees were reliant on federal assistance programs?
2. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad were both recently awarded what Nobel Prize?
3. Mike Sorrentino, who starred on what reality TV show, was sentenced to 8 months in prison for tax evasion?
4. What nation recently became the first G7 country to legalize marijuana sales for all adults nationwide?
5. Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975, died recently at the age of 76. What NFL team was he the principle owner of?
6. What controversial female rock singer recently announced that she had converted to Islam, and adopted the name Shudada Davitt?
7. The Boston Red Sox defeated the LA Dodgers, 5-1 on Sunday to win the World Series 4 games to 1. How many total World Series have the Red Sox won in their history?

Halloween Trivia
1. Jack o'lanterns originated in what European country?
2. What midwestern US state produces the most pumpkins yearly?
3. In "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown", who does Linus mistake for the Great Pumpkin?
4. According to Candystore.com, what was the most popular Halloween candy in 2017?
5. Between Christmas, Halloween and Valentine's Day, which holiday to Americans spend the most money per year on candy sales?
6. In the movie "ET", what Halloween costume does ET wear?
7. What Michael Jackson song was adapted by director John Landis into a highly successful Halloween themed music video?

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. Director Tim Burton's first choice for the title role of Beetlejuice was Sammy Davis Jr.
2. The book "My Friend Flicka" was once banned from many school libraries because it used the word "bitch" to describe a female dog.
3. Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon with his right foot first.
4. Ronald Reagan received one electoral vote in the 1976 presidential election.
5. North Dakota is the only US state that borders three Canadian provinces.
6. At the 2010 Grammys, Taylor Swift won more Grammys than Elvis Presley did in his entire career.
7. December has consistently shown to have the highest suicide rate of any month.
8. More shoplifters are caught on Sunday than any other day of the week.
9. Antarctica is the windiest and driest of the seven continents.
10. The Maurice J. Tobin Bridge is located in Tampa, Florida.

General Knowledge
1. How many US states begin with the letter A? ( 1 pt)
2. Who was the second woman appointed to the US Supreme Court? ( 1 pt)
3. What NBA player has scored the most overall points in history? ( 1 pt)
4. Jennifer Lopez started her career on what TV series? ( 2 pt)
5. The island of Aruba belongs to what European country? ( 2 pt)
6. Sapphire is the gemstone for people born in what month? ( 2 pt)
7. In the Bible, the first five books of the Old Testament are known collectively as what? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1.What politician was invited to be in the Spice Girls' 1996 video "Wannabe", but respectively declined the offer? ( 3 points)
2. What major US city banned burials within the city limits in 1900, and today has only two cemeteries within the entire city? ( 5 points)
3. The largest private residence in the US, the Biltmore Estate, is located in what southern US state? ( 4 points)
4. What 1982 science fiction film was disqualified from the Academy Awards because at the time it used special computer effects? ( 4 points)
5. What is the only US airport that flies directly to all six major continents? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Amazon; 2. Peace Prize; 3. "Jersey Shore;" 4. Canada; 5. Seattle Seahawks; 6. Sinead O'Connor; 7. nine.

Halloween Trivia
1. Ireland; 2. Illinois; 3. Snoopy; 4. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups; 5. Halloween; 6. ghost; 7. "Thriller."

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. true; 2. true; 3. false, left; 4. true; 5. false, Montana; 6. true; 7. false, June; 8. false, Wednesday; 9. true; 10. false, Boston.

General Knowledge
1. Four (AL, AK, AZ, AR); 2. Ruth Bader Ginsburg; 3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; 4. "In Living Color;" 5. Netherlands; 6. September; 7. The Torah.

IQ Trivia
1. Tony Blair; 2. San Francisco; 3. North Carolina; 4. Tron; 5. Chicago O'Hare.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Fourth In My Lifetime

I never, ever thought I'd write the title of this post.

The 2018 Red Sox staked a claim as one of baseball history's greatest teams with a five-game World Series steamrolling of the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1 on Sunday night.

It was an amazing October. They beat the other two teams that won 100 or more games in the American League this season, and many oddsmakers had the Sox as underdogs in both series. (Really?)  It was simply a joy to see the Sox dispatch the Yankees in four games (their destruction and humiliation in Game 3 was particularly satisfying), and then taking out the Dodgers (who will always be called traitors in my home borough of Brooklyn) as easily as they did.

Steve Pearce, the journeyman infielder who was picked up from Toronto with little fanfare back in June, was voted as World Series MVP for his three clutch home runs he hit in the final two games. (He joins Donn Clendenon from the 1969 Mets as the only two MVPs who played for two different teams in the same season.) David Price was simply magnificent in the World Series, winning his two starts and becoming the first Sox pitcher since Luis Tiant to win three consecutive postseason starts. (I particularly enjoyed his session with the media after the World Series win, basically telling them all to shove it up their collective asses. Good for you, David.)

It was a World Series when the big Red Sox stars didn't have big numbers. Mookie Betts hit .217 with just a Game 5 HR; Xander Bogaerts hit .136; Jackie Bradley his .231; J.D. Martinez had just the one HR in Game 5. The team hit a collective .222 for the Series (and of course that was mostly due to the lack of hitting in the 18-inning Game 3 and the first six innings of Game 4).

The story of the Series is the Red Sox pitching, as the Dodgers hit a meager .180 in the Series. Price was the king of the hill, with a 1.98 ERA and 10 Ks. Joe Kelly was simply magnificent, as he pitched in every game, and in six innings did not allow a run, allowing just 4 hits and striking out 10. But the performance that will go down in Red Sox lore will be that of Nathan Eovaldi. After two superb innings in the first two games, he came into Game 3 in the 12th inning, and should have been the winning pitcher after two innings (Ian Kinsler is hereby forgiven), but wound up going 6 magnificent frames, until giving up Max Muncy's game-winning home run in the 18th. He was so appreciated that the players and staff gave him a standing ovation in the clubhouse after the loss. That speaks volumes, and when I heard that story, I knew the Sox were winning this series.

And win it they did. A magnificent comeback in Game 4 from 4-0 down, and Steve Pearce's first inning statement home run in Game 5 meant the Sox were on their way. Chris Sale sure wasn't fooling around, as he struck out the side in the ninth (how brilliant was it that Manny Machado was the last out) to give the Red Sox their fourth title in 15 years, and the ninth in their glorious history. Alex Cora, who pushed all the right buttons in this Series, became the third Red Sox manager of the last four to win the World Series in his first year as Sox skipper. (I can't remember the name of the guy who didn't win.)

For me personally, I can barely put it into words what it means to me to see the Red Sox win a fourth championship in this century. I became a Red Sox fan in 1977, and for years it was rammed into our collective heads but various media dingbats (I don't have to name them, you know who they are) that as Red Sox fans, we were living under some moronic "curse" and that we'd never see our team win a championship. As a fan, I just want to see our team competitive and in the running to win a title, and they have done that year in and year out since John Henry and Tom Werner took the reigns of the club in 2001. As Red Sox fans, we are one of the few fan bases that can say we've seen our team win it now four times in our collective memories. And I don't take that for granted, and I don't expect the Red Sox to win it all every year. I will enjoy and savor this victory over this winter, and for the rest of my life.

119 wins for 2018. The Red Sox made history in 2018, and I thank them all from the bottom of my heart for giving us all such a grand and glorious year.

Now if only the Minnesota Vikings can win me a Super Bowl before I die...

Monday, October 29, 2018

Trivia Returns Tomorrow Night

That was an exciting five-game World Series win for the Red Sox last night, their fourth in fifteen years. And you also know what that means: Trivia Night is back tomorrow night! I'm so glad to be returning after four weeks, as our last Trivia Night was October 2nd. The Special category this week is "Halloween Trivia", seven questions connected to the holiday in one way, shape or form. The Q Train lightning round will be "True or False Trivia."

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"How many US states begin with the letter A?"


We get going at 8:30 PM at Professor Thom's tomorrow night, and I look forward to seeing many of you for a great night of Trivia!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Fourth Time In Fifteen Years

Before the Year of Our Lord 2004, it was drummed into all of our heads that the Boston Red Sox were under some kind of "curse", and we would never see them win a World Series, and all they would do is break our hearts, time and time again.

The media made up some nonsense called "the Curse of the Bambino" and that we as Red Sox would live our lives rooting for a team that would never win it all. (I won't bore you with all the reasons it was all BS, as that's not the point of what I'm writing about.)

Tonight, the Red Sox go for their fourth championship in 15 years, as they take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Fenway Park.

It's truly a Golden Age to be a Red Sox fan. I take none of this for granted. I am one of those rare baseball fans who can they have seen their team win the World Series three times, and it could be an even rarer one who can say they have seen four titles. I am enjoying this great postseason ride they are on, and that's what I want as a baseball fan, to see a competitive team year in and year out. Some years we win, some we don't.

It seems like a lifetime ago that the Sox lost the World Series back in 1986. It was the most heartbreaking of ways to lose, and it stuck with me for years, as I would have the occasional dream that Game 6 was replayed and the Red Sox would win. But I always knew I'd see the Red Sox win it all in my lifetime. And 2004 will forever remain the greatest season in Red Sox history for many fans. They made history in the ALCS, that may never be duplicated. (Consider that since that great comeback, only one team has come from 0-3 down in a seven game series and even won Game 4. And that is the Cubs in 2017, before losing Game 5 to LA.) And who they stuck the choker tag on 2004 (no names, you know who they are) will make it the sweetest part of all.

The Red Sox have a terrific, mostly young team, that has solid pitching, great hitting, very good defense, and enough team speed to dominate the American League and win 108 games. It was simply a dream year, where the Yankees were hardly any factor at all (they briefly were in first place in early July, but the Sox passed them shortly afterwards and left them in the dust). Alex Cora has proved himself to be a terrific manager, as he seems to push the right buttons at the right time. He hasn't been without criticism (remember when he'd give some of the big bats a day to rest when it seemed like they were most needed in the lineup?) but he has a plan and stuck with it.

I am as excited as any other Red Sox fan to see my team back in the World Series for the first time in five years. It's where we want to be at this team every October. But it won't happen every October, so savor and enjoy this series everyone. This series doesn't have the overall excitement and anticipation of 2004, but no World Series the Sox have been in since has that. But I will be watching the games with friends who've been fans of the team as long as I have been, remembering those good times we shared in other postseasons.

I'll root, root, root for the home team tonight, and hope to see them lifting up the championship trophy sometime next week. It would be the fourth time in my lifetime if it happens. And I'll will never stop be grateful that I witnessed it once in my lifetime.

The Sox in six. Let the games begin.

Monday, October 22, 2018

The Trivia Hiatus Continues

That was an exciting five game ALCS win for the Red Sox this past week, and they will be moving on to the 2018 World Series on Tuesday night. But that also means that Trivia Night will be called off for the third consecutive week. Professor Thom's has been jammed with Red Sox fans for the previous two series, and surely will be for every game of the World Series. So, our Trivia Night will continue its hiatus as the Sox keep on playing. And should the Series reach a Game 6, that will mean that Trivia would also be off for the following Tuesday night, October 30th as well. But we will see what happens. I miss all of you guys and hosting Trivia Night. I'll be set and ready to go whenever the next free Tuesday happens, and again, I will keep you all informed at the Facebook group, here on my blog, and by email. Enjoy the week everyone, and Go Red Sox!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Trivia Postponed Again

The Red Sox moving on to the ALCS means that our Trivia Night is off once again this Tuesday night, October 16th. Game 3 will be played starting at 5:10 PM, and it will be followed by the Celtics' opening night game against Philly at 8 PM, so that means that Professor Thom's will be busy and crowded all night long, so Trivia just won't be possible. I'm sorry we have to pass again. I will keep you all posted about the following Tuesday when we know exactly what is happening. Have a great week everyone!

Friday, October 12, 2018

"Baseball Cop"

Eddie Dominguez was a distinguished member of the Boston Police Department for many years, before he left to join a newly-former group of four investigators who would look over Major League Baseball in the wake of the congressional hearings in 2005 about steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs in the game. And that's the basis of Dominguez' new book "Baseball Cop: The Dark Side of America's National Pastime." (Hachette Books, written with Teri Thompson and Christian Red.)

The DOI (Department of Investigations) would investigate all facets of MLB's dark underbelly: gambling, cover-ups, human trafficking and lot more besides PED users. Dominguez was a decorated detective in the Boston PD, as well as a member of an FBI task force. He is also an immigrant from Cuba, as well as a longtime Red Sox fan, with a stellar record and very well respected in the law enforcement community.

Dominguez had worked for the Sox from 1999-2005 as a resident security agent. And in the book, Dominguez says that a close friend of David Ortiz, a man he calls "Monga", a frequent visitor in the Red Sox clubhouse, placed bets on baseball and against the Red Sox. Dominguez and his team thought the situation so serious that a meeting was called in the Red Sox clubhouse involving Ortiz, Terry Francona and the chief of MLB security. Monga was banned from the Red Sox clubhouse. (Ortiz denied he ever had Monga place bets for him, although Dominguez makes no direct allegations about it to Big Papi.)

Dominguez writes about the agents who rip off young Cuban players with dreams of playing in MLB, but the meat of "Baseball Cop" is the "Biogenesis" scandal that rocked the game. Commissioner Rob Manfred was intent on "getting" Alex Rodriguez. He eventually got a 162-game suspension after an original 211-game ban. Dominguez lays out the entire scandal, from small "fishes" like Felix Pie (who escaped punishment), to Ryan Braun (whose 65-game ban was ridiculously light in his opinion).

The main take away from "Baseball Cop" is that MLB still has some serious drug problems among the players, and that the mandates from George Mitchell's controversial report of 2007 have basically been totally ignored. The players are still cheating, it's just they are finding new ways to get around the drug tests. The book is a compelling read, and will explode any myths that the "Steroid Era" is long past us.

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Trivia Is Off This Week

The Red Sox split the first two games of their ALDS series this weekend, so that means that there will indeed be a Game 4 in their series this Tuesday night, so Trivia will NOT be happening this coming week. The Red Sox fans take over Professor Thom's during playoff games, and moving upstairs just isn't a possibility. So we will be taking this coming week off from Trivia. I will keep everyone posted with all developments as they become official in regard to our Trivia Night, with posts here and at the Facebook group. It's a week-by-week thing and we are at the hands of how the Red Sox do this month. I hope to see you all again soon!

Friday, October 05, 2018

Let The Games Begin

It's been an amazing 2018 for the Red Sox.

I haven't written much about the Red Sox here, as I've dedicated my blog mostly to my Trivia Night. But for Sox followers, it was a season to savor: a third consecutive AL Eastern Division title, a team record 108 wins, and a an ALDS date with the archrivals.

I'll be honest: I was hoping the Red Sox would play the Oakland A's in the first round. The first obvious reason is that the Sox would have been heavy favorites over Oakland. But I really never wanted to see the Sox play New York again in the postseason, and for 14 years, it didn't happen. The 2003 and 2004 postseason clashes literally took years off my life, and I don't think I could deal with that again.

Well, it is what it is.

All I can say before this latest War to End All Wars starts is that the team that pitches better will win it. The Sox pitchers have to keep the Yankees in the ballpark. We all know that New York set a new MLB record for home runs in a season, but you can put that off to the side as the postseason begins. They've got firepower for sure. And it's up to Chris Sale to come off his long rehab and set the tone for this series tonight. The Red Sox twice put him on the DL this summer, and the conspiracy theorists believe they did it just because of Sale's lousy September and October in 2017. I doubt there's any truth to that, as Sale is a fierce competitor as there is. He wouldn't have been shut down if he didn't want to do it.

And then there's David Price. He's pitched well at Fenway in his career against the Yankees, but this is the postseason, and he's struggled mightily come October. The pressure will squarely be on his shoulders, and that will go double should the Red Sox drop Game 1.

Rick Porcello is scheduled to pitch Game 3 at Yankee Stadium on Monday night, and Nate Eovaldi, who has been great against New York in his two starts against them this year, would go if there's a need for a Game 4 on Tuesday. (I won't go position-by-position here, as you can find that in your local newspaper, which is obviously hyping this series to moon.)

This is one of those series the Sox may have to play almost perfect ball to win. They need to score early, and the bullpen, which has scared even the toughest of fans this season, must be solid. The real key to this series is on how far the starters can go in each start, and if Alex Cora needs to go to the pen early, the Sox could be in some deep trouble.

Here is the complete 25-man roster for the Red Sox in this series:
Pitchers (11): RHP Matt Barnes, RHP Ryan Brasier, RHP Nathan Eovaldi, RHP Joe Kelly, RHP Craig Kimbrel, RHP Rick Porcello, LHP David Price, LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP Chris Sale, RHP Brandon Workman, RHP Steven Wright.
Catchers: (3): Sandy Leon, Blake Swihart, Christian Vázquez.
Infielders: (7): SS Xander Bogaerts, 3B Rafael Devers, UTIL Brock Holt, 2B Ian Kinsler, 1B Mitch Moreland, 3B-2B Eduardo Núñez, 1B Steve Pearce.
Outfielders (4): LF Andrew Benintendi, RF-CF Mookie Betts, CF Jackie Bradley Jr., RF-LF-DH J.D. Martinez.

There's no question that all the pressure in this series is on the Red Sox. Two consecutive first-round bomb outs the last two years led to the hiring of Alex Cora, and he has done a superb job in his first year at the Red Sox helm. The 108 wins goes into the bank, but it is now a new season. I won't make any predictions in this series, as almost anything can happen in a short series. I'm optimistic this could be the beginnings of a great postseason, but we will see.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

A Special Announcement About Trivia For October

As many of you know, the Red Sox are about to begin their quest for a World Series championship, and it will begin with the ALDS on Friday. And what that means is that it could adversely affect our Trivia Night. Professor Thom's is a big time Boston sports bar, and it will bring out swarms of Sox fans to every postseason game. If the ALDS goes to a 4th game this coming Tuesday night, Trivia will NOT be happening. We can't move upstairs, as the bar will need the Loft for the overflow of fans, and we can't switch to another night unfortunately. We could know the situation for next week by Saturday night, as if the Sox split the first two games, Trivia will definitely be off, as there will definitely be a Game 4 on Tuesday. However, if the Sox sweep the series in three games, Trivia WILL be happening, as next Tuesday night would free the bar. I will be posting here on Sunday morning what the situation is at that time. I will post a Sneak Peek question and the two Special Categories if Trivia will still be a possibility of happening by Sunday morning at the Facebook group, and here at the blog.

We will take this a week at a time. If the Red Sox move on to the ALCS, Trivia would DEFINITELY be off for October 16th, as that night would be Game 3 of the ALCS. And if they move on to the World Series, Game 1 would be Tuesday, October 23rd, and a Game 6 would be on Tuesday, October 30th. And we couldn't do Trivia on either of those nights as well.

So, we are currently at the mercy of the Boston Red Sox. How they do in the month of October will definitely affect our Trivia Nights. I will keep you all posted at the Facebook group, as well on the Trivia email list, and here at my blog. I hope to see you all again soon. And Go Red Sox!!

Trivia Q&A: October 2

We had a bit of a rowdy crowd in for Trivia on Tuesday night, as 16 teams took part and everyone seemed to enjoy the night. It was also great to see a couple of old friends back that I hadn't seen in a while, former Trivia regular Rob surprised me as he came in with his friend Marie, and my old friend Larry came in, as he's a baseball writer and had a off night. Thanks to both of you for coming out.

It was another night that the boys from DIMS won the night, as they led from the second round on. The October Trivia turned about to be a tough round, as most of the scores were on the lower side. But most folks rebounded in the IQ Trivia round, with DIMS taking the night with 48 points. Congrats to Ken, Darek and Michael on their victory.

Second place went to Too Far Overboard with 42 points, and third place went to Get Your Lindsay Lohands Off Me! (who also won for Best Team Name) with 41 points.

Current Events
1. A 1956 Ford Thunderbird owned by what legendary late actress will be put up for auction in Los Angeles in November, and is expected to be sold for $500,000?
2. Stefan Lofven, the prime minister of what European country, received a no-confidence vote by the nation's parliament, and was thus ousted as the country's leader?
3. What US state's senate voted to "declare an emergency" to preserve the state's 20 native languages last Wednesday?
4. More than 800 people were killed when a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck what Asian country and caused a devastating tsunami?
5. What Oscar-winning actor/director just completed 30 days in rehab last week for alcohol addiction, and this was the third stint in rehab?
6. Marty Balin, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and singer and guitarist for what 1960s rock band, died last Thirsday at the age of 76?
7. What controversial actress was punched in the face after accusing refugee parents in Moscow of trafficking their kids and shared video of it on social media?

 October Trivia
1. October 18th marks the anniversary of the American flag being raised over what newly acquired territory in 1867?
2. In the ancient Roman calendar, what number month is October?
3. "The October Revolution" took place in what country in the early 20th century?
4. Name 1 of the 2 gemstones associated with the month of October.
5. What superstar rock band's second album in 1981 was entitled "October"?
6. "The October Surprise" conspiracy theory refers to an alleged plot to influence the outcome of a presidential back in what year?
7. In October 1975, Muhammad Ali famously fought the "Thrilla In Manila" against what former heavyweight champion?

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. More US presidents have been born in October than any other month.
2. Indira Gandhi, India's prime minister in the early 1980s, was the granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi.
3. Michael Jackson's album "Thriller" is still the best selling album all-time in the US.
4. The wreck of the Titanic was discovered in 1985 by a team led by Dr. Robert Ballard.
5. The first Summer Olympics in Asia were held in Seoul, South Korea in 1988.
6. If you cry in space, the tears just stick to your face.
7. Approximately 25% of all human bones are in the feet.
8. A heptagon is a shape with seven sides.
9. The US has the most post offices in the world.
10. Coal mining is the most dangerous job in the world as of 2017.

General Knowledge
1. The first modern Olympics were held in 1896 in what country? ( 1 pt)
2. The infamous Salem Witch Trials took place in what US state? ( 1 pt)
3. The Great Red Spot is located where? ( 1 pt)
4. What classical composer created the "Moonlight Sonata"? ( 2 pt)
5. A icosagon is a shape with how many sides? ( 2 pt)
6. The Khmer language is spoken in what Asian country? ( 2 pt)
7. What is Europe's largest nation in area (excluding Russia)? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The modern pizza was invented in the 18th century in what Italian city? ( 4 points)
2. Who is the only woman to win the Nobel Prize twice? ( 5 points)
3. In 2004, who became the oldest director to win an Oscar for Best Director? ( 3 points)
4. Braunau am Inn, Austria is the birthplace for what famous person? ( 4 points)
5. What actor was banned in China for nearly 20 years after a 1997 film he made about the Dalai Lama, but was allowed back in 2016? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Marilyn Monroe; 2. Sweden; 3. Alaska; 4. Indonesia; 5. Ben Affleck; 6. Jefferson Airplane; 7. Lindsay Lohan.

October Trivia
1. Alaska; 2. eight; 3. Russia; 4. Opal and Tourmaline; 5. U2; 6. 1980; 7. Joe Frazier.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. True; 2. false, they were unrelated; 3. false, The Eagles Greatest Hits is now number one; 4. true; 5. false, Tokyo (1964); 6. true; 7. true; 8. true; 9. false, India; 10. false, logging is most dangerous.

General Knowledge
1. Greece; 2. Massachusetts; 3. Jupiter; 4. Beethoven; 5. 20; 6. Cambodia; 7. Ukraine.

IQ Trivia
1. Naples; 2. Marie Curie; 3. Clint Eastwood; 4. Adolf Hitler; 5. Brad Pitt.

Monday, October 01, 2018

October Trivia Up This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, October 2nd at 8:30 PM, with "October Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the month of October in some way, shape or form. The Q Train lightning round will be "True or False Trivia."

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896 in what country?"

I will also be making a special announcement about Trivia over the next few weeks tomorrow night.

Looking forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night for yet another great night of Trivia Q&A!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Trivia Q&A: September 25

The rainy weather kept the crowds down last night at Professor Thom's last night, as 8 teams took part in the Trivia. I made two errors last night, as it was pointed out to me that in the "Classic Novels of the 20th Century" round, I listed "Angela's Ashes" as one of the choices, but that is actually a memoir and not a novel, but we kept it in anyway. (Don't know how that slipped by me!) And the other was the question about the "island nation" in General Knowledge round and the answer was Bermuda, but it was pointed out that technically Bermuda is not a nation or sovereign state but an island territory of the UK. So because the question was a bit vague, I tossed it out and gave everyone three points for the question. The Mighty Quinn regrets the errors!

It was another night for the guys from DIMS, as they led throughout the night, and went into the winners circle with 44 points. Second place went to Iron Bank with 36 points, and third place went to Return of the Djoubooties! (Nice job, Jack, Joel and Glenn!) with 34 points.

Best Team Name: Our Best Player is on a Hinge Date

I'll have a special announcement coming next week about the Trivia Nights coming in October, as the Red Sox postseason may interfere with our Trivia Night. See you next week!

Current Events
1. Eliud Kipchoge set a new world record for the marathon last week with a 2:01:39 win at the marathon in what European capital city?
2. What TV show won the Best Drama Series for the third straight year at last week's Emmy Awards?
3. What American pop group was selected to headline the halftime show at Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta this coming February?
4. An independent investigation released last week revealed numerous incidents of workplace misconduct within what NBA organization and the team's owner agreed to contribute $10 million to various women's causes?
5. Kimberly Thompson, former drummer for what R&B female singer, filed a restraining order against the singer, claiming that she "practices extreme witchcraft" and harasses her with "magic spells of sexual molestation"?
6. What nation successfully landed two hopping rovers on an asteroid called Ryugu last Friday?
7. Michael Ketterer, who finished fifth overall this season on what network reality series, was arrested the day after the show's finale on a charge of domestic violence against his wife?

2000s TV Trivia
1. What 2000s TV sitcom was set in the fictional town of Point Place, WI?
2. What was the name of the American president Martin Sheen portrayed on the TV series "The West Wing?"
3. Before his star turn as Walter White, what 2000s sitcom did Bryan Cranston star in?
4. What 2000s TV character was estimated to have "killed" over 260 people personally during the run of the show he appeared on?
5. What TV series' 2004 finale was the single most watched entertainment telecast in the decade of the 2000s?
6. What movie actor was famously murdered on the TV series "The Sopranos" by Tony Soprano with a 12-gauge shotgun in 2004?
7. Ending in 2010, what TV drama was the longest-running crime drama and the second-longest running drama series in the history of American TV?

The Q Train: Classic Novels of the 20th Century
1. Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone (J.K. Rowling)
2. The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
3. Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)
4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Ken Kesey)
5. 1984 (George Orwell)
6. Beloved (Toni Morrison)
7. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
8. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
9. The Godfather (Mario Puzo)
10. The Shining (Stephen King)

General Knowledge
1. Charlie Sheen was fired in 2011 from what TV show after his infamous meltdown? ( 1 pt)
2. In 2008, the Seattle SuperSonics relocated and became what NBA team? ( 1 pt)
3. What 2013 sequel film was subtitled "Catching Fire?" ( 1 pt)
4. On what modern continent did the Tyrannosaurus Rex live? ( 2 pt)
5. What is the largest country in Africa in area? ( 2 pt)
6. The Queen's Gambit is one of the oldest openings in what game? ( 2 pt)
7. According to Expatistan.com, as of September 2018, what island nation has the highest cost of living in the world? (3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What is the only majority Roman Catholic country in Asia? ( 4 points)
2. The tallest man-made structure in North America can be found in what US state? ( 5 points)
3. What year in the mid-21st Century will Halley's Comet make its next appearance? ( 4 points)
4. Who is the only artist to win an Oscar for a theme song to a James Bond film? ( 3 points)
5. What legendary Oscar-winning actor was infamously shot in the back by Bruce Dern in the 1972 film "The Cowboys", which Dern received death threats in real life for having done so? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Berlin; 2. "Game of Thrones;" 3. Maroon 5; 4. Dallas Mavericks; 5. Beyonce; 6. Japan; 7. "America's Got Talent."

2000s TV Trivia
1. "That '70s Show;" 2. Josiah Bartlet; 3. "Malcolm in the Middle;" 4. Jack Bauer; 5. "Friends;" 6. Steve Buscemi; 7. "Law and Order."

The Q Train: Classic Novels of the 20th Century
1. 1990s (1997); 2. 1980s (1982); 3. 1990s (1996); 4. 1960s (1962); 5. 1940s (1948); 6. 1980s (1987); 7. 1960s (1960); 8. 1920s (1925); 9. 1960s (1969); 10. 1970s (1977).

General Knowledge
1. "Two and a Half Men;" 2. Oklahoma City Thunder; 3. "The Hunger Games;" 4. North America; 5. Algeria; 6. chess; 7. Bermuda.

IQ Trivia
1. The Philippines; 2. North Dakota;  3. 2061; 4. Adele; 5. John Wayne.

Monday, September 24, 2018

20th Century Novels & 21st Century TV This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, September 25th at 8:30 PM, with "2000s TV Trivia" as the Special Category. We did "1990s TV Trivia" last week and that went really well, so let's move up another decade! I will ask you seven questions connected to TV from the first decade of the 21st Century. The Q Train lightning round will be "20th Century Novels Trivia." I will give you the names of ten very well-known novels of the last century and their authors, and you have to tell me in what decade it was originally published.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Charlie Sheen was fired in 2011 from what from what TV show after his infamous meltdown?"

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

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Trivia Q&A: September 18

We had a nice turnout last night for Trivia, as 15 teams turned out on a night there was also a Red Sox-Yankees game on, so that brought out more folks, many of whom joined in on the Trivia. It was a close fight to the finish, with the top four teams divided by just three points. But the team of If You Can't Drink & Drive, Why Do You Need a Driver's License to Buy Beer? held on and won with 47 points. (They also pulled off the double, also winning Best Team Name.) Congratulations to Travis and his team on their first ever Trivia Night victory.

DIMS finished in second place with 45 points, and third place went to Trump University Office of Financial Aid with 44 points.

Current Events
1. Ron DeSantis, a Republican Congressman, resigned from Congress last week so he focus on his campaign for governor of what US state?
2. Nia Franklin of what US state was named Miss America 2019 last week?
3. Jeff Fager, the executive producer of what longtime network program, was fired by CBS after allegations of inappropriately touching people and enabling a culture of harassment?
4. What Oscar-nominated actor/musician was ranked number 1 on the Hollywood Reporter's list of Top Actors chart, based on data from social media outlets?
5. Jair Bolsonaro, a candidate for president in what South American country, was attacked and stabbed recently while campaigning and survived the attack?
6. What sci-fi movie reboot grossed over $24 million at the box office this past weekend to become the number 1 film in the US?
7. What rock superstar earned his first number 1 album in over 36 years on the Billboard 200 Chart with his newest album released earlier this month?

1990s TV Trivia
1. "Bad Boys" is the theme song to what reality-based 1990s TV show?
2. "Good Morning, Miss Bliss" was the original name of what 1990s TV sitcom?
3. "Rugrats", "Doug" and what other hit show all premiered on Nickelodeon on the same day in 1991?
4. Walter Skinner was one of the main characters in what 1990s Fox drama series?
5. "The Drew Carey Show" was set in what American city?
6. On "The Simpsons", who shot Mr. Burns?
7. What comedy series debuted in the 1990s and ran for the longest number of TV seasons?

The Q Train: Famous US Immigrants
1. Dave Matthews
2. Rhianna
3. Rupert Murdoch
4. Mariano Rivera
5. Irving Berlin
6. Alex Trebek
7. Albert Einstein
8. Arnold Schwarzenegger
9. Gloria Estefan
10. Patrick Ewing

General Knowledge
1. What sign of the Zodiac comes last alphabetically? ( 1 pt)
2. What is the first element on the Periodic Table? ( 1 pt)
3. In 1995, what was the first ever Pixar film? ( 1 pt)
4. Liev Schreiber stars on what current Showtime TV series? ( 2 pt)
5. What country has the largest Muslim population? ( 2 pt)
6. What is the windiest planet in the solar system? ( 2 pt)
7. In 2017, what South American country became the first country to legalize recreational marijuana? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What 2004 film is the highest grossing religious film of all-time? ( 4 points)
2. In 2001, what artist wore the infamous swan dress to the Academy Awards ceremony? ( 4 points)
3. At the end of 2017, who topped the list of Forbes for the richest person in the world? ( 3 points)
4. What 20th Century US president is the only one to have a Ph.D.? ( 4 points)
5. First introduced in 1984, what is the top-selling video game of all-time? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Florida; 2. New York; 3. "60 Minutes;" 4. Will Smith; 5. Brazil; 6. "The Predator;" 7. Paul McCartney.

1990s TV Trivia
1. "Cops;" 2. "Saved By the Bell;" 3. "Ren & Stimpy;" 4. "The X-Files;" 5. Cleveland; 6. Maggie Simpson; 7. "Frasier" (11).

The Q Train: Famous US Immigrants
1. South Africa; 2. Barbados; 3. Australia; 4. Panama; 5. Russia; 6. Canada; 7. Germany; 8. Austria; 9. Cuba; 10. Jamaica.

General Knowledge
1. Virgo; 2. hydrogen; 3. "Toy Story;" 4. "Ray Donovan;" 5. Indonesia; 6. Neptune; 7. Uruguay.

IQ Trivia
1. "The Passion of the Christ;" 2. Bjork; 3. Jeff Bezos; 4. Woodrow Wilson; 7. Tetris.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Back to the 1990s on TV This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, September 18th at 8:30 PM, with "1990s TV Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to TV shows that aired during the final decade of the 20th Century. The Q Train lightning round will be "Famous US Immigrants Trivia." I will give you the names of ten famous people who immigrated to our great nation over the years, and you have to tell me what country they were originally born in.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What sign of the Zodiac come last alphabetically?"


It's been great seeing the crowds go up as the summer winds down, so make sure you get in early enough to get a prime seat or table. Looking forward to seeing many of you for Trivia this Tuesday night!

Friday, September 14, 2018

"The Presidents and the Pastime"

I recently finished reading a very exhaustive account of the relationship between the White House and Major League Baseball called "The President and the Pastime: The History of Baseball & the White House" (University of Nebraska Press) by Curt Smith, who was a long time White House speechwriter.

Smith begins with baseball's roots at Revolutionary War, and goes up to President Donald Trump's college baseball career. We find that Abraham Lincoln was a fan of "town ball", one of baseball's many ancestors. Beginning in the 20th century with Theodore Roosevelt (who was more of a football fan than a baseball fan), each US president gets a chapter in the book, with some fascinating facts about our Chief Executives and their connections to baseball.

Woodrow Wilson was a big baseball fan, and his chapter includes his steering the game through World War I, and ends with his suffering strokes near the end of his second term, and baseball became his refuge as his life was coming to an end. Franklin D. Roosevelt, who is on the book's cover, arguably saved the game while America entered World War II, and I was never aware of the campaign to get him enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Richard Nixon was a devoted baseball fan who drew up his "Dream Teams" of MLB rosters from early and modern baseball. John F. Kennedy loved the Red Sox, and Ronald Reagan did recreations of baseball games as a young announcer back in the early 1930s. MLB was a passion not only of Jimmy Carter but also his mother Lillian, and George W. Bush's longtime love of the game, from his part-ownership of the Texas Rangers to throwing a perfect strike at the 2001 World Series, shortly after the 9/11 attacks.

The book is centered on the Washington teams, from the two Senators franchises to the current Nationals club. Smith also intersects baseball history with the history of the United States, and what all the presidents dealt with in their time in office. I found a few minor errors in the book, such as Smith wrote that President Bush threw his World Series first pitch to Jorge Posada of the Yankees, which was not true. (It was caught by backup Yankees catcher Todd Greene.)

"The President and the Pastime" is overall a very good book from a person with a interesting angle in Washington D.C. Smith also gives his thoughts on how the game can be improved, and I'm with him on most of them. It was overall an enjoyable read about when the highest office in the land and the country's sports passion meet.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Trivia Q&A: September 11

We had a nice crowd in for Trivia last night, with 13 teams taking part. It was the end of an exhausting day for me, as I was at the 9/11 remembrance ceremonies at the WTC all day before Trivia started, but I got my second wind last night as the Trivia began. It was a dogfight throughout the evening, with the top three teams basically neck-and -neck going into IQ Trivia. But it was our friends from DIMS who pulled out the comeback win, as they had been behind all night, making up a four-point difference in the final round by sweeping the IQ Trivia questions and winning the night by just one point, getting 49 points in total. Congrats to Ken, Michael and Darek on their hard-fought win.

Second place went to Name Goes On Top of Sheet with 48 points, and third place went to Sad Alex with 36 points.

Best Team Name: Magic Johnson Wasted the World's Best Porn Name on Basketball

Current Events
1. What midwestern city turned off the drinking water to their public school system last week, over concerns about high copper and lead levels in the water?
2. What Asian country was hit by the strongest typhoon in 25 years, with 6 people killed and 160 injured?
3. What Asian country's Supreme Court struck down an 1861 law prohibiting gay sex, a landmark victory for gay rights in that country?
4. TripAdvisor's 2018 Travelers Choice Awards ranked what museum as the number one museum in the US, and second in the world recently?
5. Actor Burt Reynolds died last Friday at the age of 82. He received one Oscar nomination, for Best Supporting Actor in 1997 for what film?
6. What legendary British rock star was honored last Friday with his image on a US stamp in the USPS series of Music Icons stamps?
7. The US Air Force is investigating what business magnate after he was apparently smoking marijuana on Joe Rogan's podcast last week?

September 11th Trivia
1. On this day in 1789, what man was appointed the first US Secretary of the Treasury?
2. In 1973, the democratically elected president Salvador Allende of what South American country was overthrown in a coup led by General Augusto Pinochet?
3. What MLB player broke Ty Cobb's hit record for a career on this day in 1985?
4. On this day in 1978, Janet Parker, a British medical photographer, became the last recorded person to die from what disease, which the WHO said was eradicated in 1980?
5. Mickey Hart, drummer and percussionist of what legendary West Coast rock band, was born on this day in 1943?
6. Johnny Unitas, the legendary QB for what NFL team from 1956-1972 and three time NFL MVP, died on this day in 2002?
7. Only once in MLB history has a team won the World Series on September 11th, in 1918 due to WWI travel restrictions. What AL team won that year?

The Q Train: Colleges & Universities Trivia
1. Marquette
2. Wayne State
3. Austin Peay
4. Creighton
5. Gonzaga
6. Ball State
7. James Madison
8. Towson State
9. Dartmouth
10. Marshall

General Knowledge
1. The Pelican State is the nickname for what US state? ( 1 pt)
2. On the Periodic Table of Elements, Fe stands for what element? ( 1 pt)
3. What country has the largest standing army in the world? ( 1 pt)
4. According to Instagram, what is the most photographed city in the world? ( 2 pt)
5. After water, what is the most consumed beverage in the world? ( 2 pt)
6. "The Shipwreck Coast" can be found in what country? ( 2 pt)
7. What is the oldest US national park? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What actress is the only actor or actress to star in 2 of the 4 films that have grossed at least $2 billion worldwide at the box office? ( 5 points)
2. The Torrijos-Carter Treaties of 1977 traded what territory? ( 4 points)
3. What city has the longest boardwalk in the world? ( 3 points)
4. What 1992 film holds the record for the best-selling soundtrack of all-time, over 17 million copies? ( 4 points)
5. The world's most active volcano is located in what country? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Detroit; 2. Japan; 3. India; 4. 9/11 Memorial and Museum; 5. "Boogie Nights;" 6. John Lennon; 7. Elon Musk.

September 11th Trivia
1. Alexander Hamilton; 2. Chile; 3. Pete Rose; 4. smallpox; 5. The Grateful Dead; 6. Baltimore Colts; 7. Boston Red Sox.

The Q Train: Colleges & Universities Trivia
1. Wisconsin; 2. Michigan; 3. Tennessee; 4. Nebraska; 5. Washington; 6. Indiana; 7. Virginia; 8. Maryland; 9. New Hampshire; 10. West Virginia.

General Knowledge
1. Louisiana; 2. iron; 3. China; 4. New York City; 5. tea; 6. Australia; 7. Yellowstone.

IQ Trivia
1. Zoe Saldana; 2. Panama Canal Zone; 3. Atlantic City; 4. "The Bodyguard;" 5. USA (Hawaii).

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A Great Honor For Me This Year

Today is the 17th anniversary of the worst day in American history, when 3,000 beautiful souls were taken from us in the worst terrorist attack ever on American soil. I will be at the remembrance ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial for the 17th straight year. And this year I have been awarded the great honor of reading names of those 9/11 First Responders who have lost their lives since the 9/11 attacks.

This will not be at the public reading of the names which is done every year (only blood relatives of the 9/11 victims are allowed to do that). This is at a ceremony (called "Calling of the Names") at St. Paul's Chapel at 3 PM (which is open to the public). There will be a remembrance there for the victims, and then those First Responders who have died since 9/11 will have their names read by many people in the 9/11 community. My friend Eileen has been a reader for many years, but this year she could not make it to New York because of ill health. So she was kind enough to ask me to substitute for her. I am deeply honored to do so, and will read the names of 15 heroes who gave their lives to our country.

I will mention before I start reading that I will read the names in memory of my dear friend Joyce Carpeneto. And as those of you who follow my blog know, I remember Joyce here on every year on September 11th. For those of you who would like to check out my previous posts that go back to 2006, just follow these links:

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

Please do check out Joyce's memorial page at The 9/11 Living Memorial set up by The Voices of September 11th. It's a truly beautiful remembrance of Joyce's life in pictures and many other things.

I am so deeply grateful to all of you who read my blog from time to time, and for all the good wishes that are sent to me this time of year. But I am most grateful to have had a lovely young woman named Joyce Ann Carpeneto be a part of my life. I miss her every day, and pray she has found peace.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Back to School Trivia This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, September 11th at 8:30 PM, with "September 11th Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the day of September 11th down through the years. (And there will be no questions connected to that terrible morning of 17 years ago.) The Q Train lightning round will be "Colleges & Universities Trivia." In honor of the return to class, I will give you the names of ten leading schools of higher learning throughout the US, and you have to tell me which state you will find that college or university.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The Pelican State is the nickname for what US state?"

We've been getting some terrific crowds over the last few weeks, so I would advise you to come a bit earlier in order to get a good seat or table. See you on Tuesday night!

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Trivia Q&A: September 4

It was another hot night in New York, and just coming off a holiday weekend, we had just 9 teams in for Trivia last night. They was kind of expected, as holiday weekends usually keep the regulars away. But we did have a very good night of Trivia. It was the night for I'm Playing With Myself Again, who was Ken from DIMS playing solo for the second straight week. He had an off week last week, but he bounced back strong last night, getting the win with 45 points. Congrats to him on his first solo win.

Second place went to Pullover? No, It's a Cardigan But Thanks For Noticing! finished with 40 points, and Michael Cohen Legal Defense Fund (who also won for Best Team Name) finished third with 38 points.

Current Events
1. What car company is investing $500 million in Uber as part of a deal to team up to make self-driving cars?
2. What weekly newspaper announced last Friday that they are ceasing online publication and it will no longer exist after 63 years?
3. Amazon announced that "A Rainy Day in New York", a new film by what director, won't be released in 2018 and perhaps ever due to the filmmaker's controversial past?
4. Bishop Charles Ellis, who led Aretha Franklin's funeral last Friday, apologized to what pop singer after he was accused on social media of groping her breast on stage at the funeral?
5. What superstar rock singer suffered a complete loss of voice and his band had to cancel a show in Berlin last Saturday night?
6. Two American tourists were stabbed last Friday night in what European capital city in what officials there believe was a terrorist motive by the suspect?
7. What comedy/drama film topped the box office in the US for the third straight weekend, making it the fourth film in 2018 to do that?

Q-Tip Trivia
1. Which of these US states has less than 1 million in population as of 2010? a. Hawaii; b. Wyoming; c. Idaho; d. Rhode Island.
2. Which of these US presidents also served as vice-president? a. Thomas Jefferson; b. Richard Nixon; c. Calvin Coolidge; d. FDR.
3. Which of the following TV series are currently on HBO? a. Billions; b. Game of Thrones; c. The Deuce; d. The Affair.
4. Which of these rock icons died outside the United States? a. Jim Morrison; b. Sid Vicious; c. Kurt Cobain; d. Jimi Hendrix.
5. For which films has Jennifer Lawrence received Academy Award nominations? a. American Hustle; b. Passengers; c. Joy; d. The Hunger Games.
6. Which of the following cities have a team in all four major sports (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL)? a. Seattle; b. Atlanta; c. Cleveland; d. Houston.
7. Which of the following areas of New York City are found in the borough of Queens? a. Tottenville; b. Gravesend; c. Norwood; d. Bellerose.

The Q Train: British Terms Trivia
1. Boot
2. Trainer
3. Jumper
4. Braces
5. Brolly
6. Spanner
7. Wellies
8. Nappy
9. Swede
10. Drawing pin

General Knowledge
1. What city hosted the first crew of the TV series "The Real World?" ( 1 pt)
2. Which James Bond actor wore a toupee in every James Bond movie? ( 1 pt)
3. Route 66 begins in what midwestern state? ( 1 pt)
4. What southern US state is home to a chain of islands known as the Outer Banks? ( 2 pt)
5. What European capital city sits on the Spree River? ( 2 pt)
6. Peter Gene Hernandez is thereal name of what current American singer/songwriter? ( 2 pt)
7. What Jewish holiday was instituted by Queen Esther and Mordecai? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The phrase "hoist with his own petard" first appeared in what Shakespeare work? ( 4 points)
2. Krav Maga is a self-defense and fighting system that originated in what country? ( 4 points)
3. In 1997, what company did Microsoft help with a $150 million investment? ( 3 points)
4. "The Crazy 88s" was the name of a Japanese gang in what 2003 action film? ( 4 points)
5. What 2016 film was the first movie to be nominated for Best Picture that was distributed by a streaming service, Amazon Studios? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Toyota; 2. The Village Voice; 3. Woody Allen; 4. Ariana Grande; 5. Bono; 6. Amsterdam; 7. "Crazy Rich Asians."

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

The Q Train: British Terms Trivia
1. Trunk (of a car); 2. sneaker; 3. sweater; 4. suspenders; 5. umbrella; 6. wrench; 7. boots; 8. diaper; 9. turnip; 10. thumbtack.

General Knowledge
1. New York City; 2. Sean Connery; 3. Illinois; 4. North Carolina; 5. Berlin; 6. Bruno Mars; 7. Purim.

IQ Trivia
1. "Hamlet"; 2. Israel; 3. Apple; 4. "Kill Bill V.1"; 5. "Manchester By The Sea."

Monday, September 03, 2018

Separated By a Common Language On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, September 4th at 8:30 PM, with "Q-Tip Trivia" as the Special Category. That is the recurring category where I ask you seven general knowledge questions, and each question will have four choices for answers. You can pick as many as you think are correct: 1, 2, 3, all four or none. You get a point for each correct answer, but if you pick a wrong choice, you automatically get none for that question, so you have to be careful (and if the correct answer is "none", you get one point for that answer). The Q Train lightning round will be "British Terms Trivia." I will give you ten very British words, and you have to tell me their American equivalent (such as "flat" being "apartment" for example).

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What city hosted the first crew of the TV series 'The Real World?'"

We've been getting some big crowds the last few weeks, so I would suggest coming in a bit earlier to get a good seat or table. Looking forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday night!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Trivia Q&A: August 28

It was a hot night in New York last night, and you never know how that can go as far as folks coming out for Trivia. But I was happy to see 18 teams take part last night, as the bar was crowded and the atmosphere terrific. The scores were tight all night ( we even had a five-way tie for second place at one point), with just three points separating seven teams going into IQ Trivia. But it was the team of Uretha Franklin getting all five IQ questions correct, and jumping from fifth place to the victory with 46 points. Congratulations to them on their first ever Trivia Night win.

Second place was a tie, and for the third straight week, the team of We Come From Behind was involved in the tie! They were tied with Louis C.K. Comeback with 41 points. We broke the tie with the following question: "As of 2011, how many countries in the world are there?" The answer is 195, and Louis C.K. Comeback's guess was closer, so they grabbed second place, with We Come From Behind third.

Best Team Name: Trump Can't Get a Rise Out of the Flag

Current Events
1. Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter, of what state, was indicted along with his wife of illegally using campaign funds for personal use?
2. Warner Brothers announced that what hit sitcom will end its network run in 2019 after 12 seasons?
3. The state of California made what sport its official state sport last week?
4. What Oscar-winning actor was ranked number one on Forbes' list of highest-paid male actors of 2018, despite not making a film over the last year and he earned over $239 million from investments and endorsements?
5. What rock band's 1976 Greatest Hits album officially passed Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album as the best-selling album of all-time, now certified 38X platinum?
6. 7 people were arrested last Saturday as opposing groups clash at what university over a century-old Confederate statue that was torn down earlier this week?
7. Scott Morrison became prime minister of what country last week, becoming the nation's 6th prime minister in 10 years?

Elvis, Aretha and The Babe Trivia
1. Aretha Franklin was born in 1942 in what US city? a. Detroit; b. Memphis; c. New York; d. Philadelphia.
2. What was Elvis Presley's first number one hit on the US Billboard pop chart? a. Burning Love; b. Hound Dog; c.Heartbreak Hotel; d. Stuck On You.
3. What MLB player first broke Babe Ruth's record of 60 home runs in a season? a. Roger Maris; b. Barry Bonds; c. Mark McGwire; d. Hank Aaron.
4. Aretha Franklin had a number one hit in 1987 called "I Knew You Were Waiting For Me" with what male pop singer? a. Marvin Gaye; b. George Michael; c. Elton John; d. Stevie Wonder.
5. Elvis Presley once received a special agent badge from what US president? a. JFK; b. LBJ; c. Richard Nixon; d. Gerald Ford.
6. Babe Ruth played for how many MLB teams in his storied career? a. 2; b. 3; c. 4; d. 5.
7. Aretha Franklin's number one hit "Respect" was originally released in what year? a. 1971; b. 1975; c. 1969; d. 1967.

The Q Train: 1-10 Trivia
1. Capricorn is this number sign of the Zodiac.
2. Jupiter is this number planet from the Sun.
3. How many sides does a heptagon have?
4. The Beatles released a compilation album in 2000 entitled what number?
5. Yankees Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig wore this number.
6. How many years did the Korean War last?
7. This is the number of points awarded in football for a safety.
8. Most standard guitars have this many strings.
9. The right fielder in baseball is this number player.
10. Hanukkah lasts this number days and nights.

General Knowledge
1. What animal is on the state flag of California? ( 1 pt)
2. What TV show did Drew Carey host before "The Price Is Right?" ( 1 pt)
3. What board game inspired the TV show "Double Dare?" ( 1 pt)
4. Who was the 20th President of the United States? ( 2 pt)
5. In 1992, what was the first animated film nominated for Best Picture Oscar? ( 2 pt)
6. What Hall of Fame football player plays himself in the film "Ace Venture: Pet Detective?" (2 pt)
7. What world capital city is known as "Mother of the World?" ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Who was supposed to be the voice of Shrek in the 2001 film before Mike Myers took the role due to the actor's sudden death? ( 3 points)
2. In 2004, what artist became the first rapper to hit the Top 10 country singles chart? ( 4 points)
3. "The Common Man's Crown" is a nickname for what type of headwear? ( 4 points)
4. The 2006 film "Cars" was the final film made by what Oscar-winning actor, and it ended up being the highest-earning film of his legendary career? ( 5 points)
5. Every January 2nd is National Science Fiction Day in the US after the birthday of what great science fiction writer? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. California; 2. "The Big Bag Theory;" 3. surfing; 4. George Clooney; 5. The Eagles; 6. U. of North Carolina; 7. Australia.

Elvis, Aretha and The Babe Trivia
1.b; 2. c; 3. a; 4. b; 5. c; 6. b; 7. d.

The Q Train: 1-10 Trivia
1.10; 2. 5; 3. 7; 4. 1; 5. 4; 6. 3; 7. 2; 8. 6; 9. 9; 10. 8.

General Knowledge
1. Grizzly Bear; 2. "Whose Line Is It Anyway;" 3. Mouse Trap; 4. James Garfield; 5. "Beauty and the Beast;" 6. Dan Marino; 7. Cairo.

IQ Trivia
1. Chris Farley; 2. Nelly; 3. baseball cap; 4. Paul Newman; 5. Isaac Asimov.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Icons Who Passed On 8/16 Trivia This Week

Trivia is happening this Tuesday night, August 28th at 8:30 PM, with "Elvis, Aretha and The Babe Trivia" as the Special Category. As you know, Aretha Franklin passed on August 16th at the age of 76, and joined Elvis Presley and Babe Ruth as iconic American figures who died on that date. So we will honor all three with seven questions about that great trio. The Q Train lightning round will be "1-10 Trivia', ten questions where each answer will be a number from 1-10, with each answer being a different number, and it will be multiple choice as well.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What animal is on the state flag of California?"

We had a bigger crowd in last week, and it appears the crowds are growing as we head to fall. So I encourage you all to get in early to get a good seat or table on Friday night. See you then!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Trivia Q&A: August 21

We had our biggest crowd of the summer for Trivia on Tuesday night, with 17 teams in. It was a great night with a few Trivia regulars back in, and everyone was really into it last night. We had the top eight teams with just 4 points between them going into IQ Trivia, but the team of The Original Reality Kings pulled out the win by running the table in the round, and getting 49 points and the victory. Congratulations to them on a hard fought win.

We had a tie for second place between DIMS and We Come From Behind (they tied for first two weeks ago for first place with DIMS winning the tiebreaker) with 45 points, but We Come From Behind got the nod by the closer guess to this question: "How long is the Great Wall of China in total miles?" Originally both teams made the same guess, so they both guessed again.

BTW, sorry to all of you for that stupid popup ad that interfered with my blog recently. My thanks to Bentley, one of our Trivia regulars, who saw what the problem was and corrected it.

Best Team Name: Stop the Bus and Let My Friend Jack Off

Current Events
1. Lawmakers in what eastern US state impeached all four of the state's Supreme Court judges over spending issues last week?
2. 43 people were killed last Tuesday when a bridge collapsed in what European country?
3. What beer company put up "victory fridges" in stores around Cleveland that will automatically open when and if the Browns win a game and free beer will be available to their fans?
4. A satanic temple sparked a furor last Friday by unveiling a statue of a goat-headed winged creature in what southern state's capital?
5. Over 600 people were sickened in Ohio over the last month at what restaurant chain in what health officials determined was caused by a common foodborne bug?
6. What 33-year-old actress was ranked number one on Forbes' list of female actresses earnings for 2018, earning $40.5 million for three films this year, including one of the year's highest grossing films?
7. What disgraced movie star's latest film, "Billionaire Boys Club" earned a staggeringly low $126 at the 10 theaters it opened at across the US on its opening day last Friday?

2010s Movie Trivia
1. Released in 2015, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was given what episodic number?
2. The Coen Brothers remade what classic 1969 western film in 2010?
3. What action movie icon starred in the 2012 film "Looper", which was a sci-fi film set in 2074?
4. Eddie Redmayne won an Academy Award in 2014 for Best Actor for what film?
5. The 2010 movie "The King's Speech" told the story of what English king?
6. Who is the only actor to be nominated 3 times in the two major acting Oscar categories in the 2010s, winning once for Best Supporting Actor in 2010?
7. Name 1 of the 2 actresses to be nominated at least 4 times in the two major acting Oscar categories in the 2010s?

The Q Train: Name the Sport Trivia
1. Jimmy Garoppolo
2. Lindsey Vonn
3. Henrik Lundqvist
4. Simona Halep
5. Shohei Ohtani
6. Brooks Koepka
7. Adam Rippon
8. Kyle Busch
9. Jose L. Ortiz
10. James Harden

General Knowledge
1. What was the first "Saturday Night Live" skit adapted into a movie? ( 1 pt)
2. Marcel was the name of a pet monkey on what TV sitcom? ( 1 pt)
3. What African country is known as "The Rainbow Nation?" ( 1 pt)
4. The smallest muscles in the human body are located where? ( 2 pt)
5. Which of the Great Lakes has the most shipwreck sites? ( 2 pt)
6. Al Gore was a college roommate at Harvard with what Oscar-winning actor? ( 2 pt)
7. What is the world's oldest known vegetable, dating back over 8000 years? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The languages Telugu and Marathi are the third and fourth most popularly spoken languages in what country? ( 4 points)
2. What is the smallest country in population to ever make it to soccer's World Cup Finals? ( 4 points)
3. In 1974, what sport reinstated its ban on left handed players, to avoid dangerous head-on collisions? ( 3 points)
4. In 1970, what future comedy star was arrested at Chicago's O'Hare Airport on his 20th birthday for attempting to smuggle 10 pounds of marijuana through the airport?
5. What music video was the first video on YouTube to reach 5 billion views? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. West Virginia; 2. Italy; 3. Bud Light; 4. Arkansas; 5. Chipotle; 6. Scarlett Johansson; 7. Kevin Spacey.

2010s Movie Trivia
1. Seven; 2. "True Grit;" 3. Bruce Willis; 4. "The Theory of Everything;" 5. George VI; 6. Christian Bale; 7. Meryl Streep (5) and Jennifer Lawrence (4).

The Q Train: Name the Sport Trivia
1. Football; 2. skiing; 3. hockey; 4. tennis; 5. baseball; 6.golf;  7. figure skating; 8. auto racing; 9. horse racing; 10. basketball.

General Knowledge
1. "The Blues Brothers;" 2. "Friends;" 3. South Africa; 4. ear; 5. Lake Superior; 6. Tommy Lee Jones; 7. pea.

IQ Trivia
1. India; 2. Iceland; 3. polo; 4. Bill Murray; 5. "Despacito."

Monday, August 20, 2018

Movies of Recent Vintage Happening This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, August 21st at 8:30 PM, with "2010s Movie Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about movies that were released since 2010 and the actors and actresses who were in them. The Q Train lightning round will be "Name the Sport Trivia." I will give you the names of ten current athletes, male and female, who have risen to the top of their sporting field, and you have to tell me what sport they play (it can be in a team or individual sport).

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What was the first 'Saturday Night Live' skit adapted into a movie?"

Looking forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night for a great night of Trivia Q&A!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Trivia Q&A: August 14

We had 13 teams in at Professor Thom's on Tuesday night for Trivia, and it was one of the harder nights of Trivia we've had in a while. The scores were on the lower side for both August Trivia and General Knowledge. (The highest score in General Knowledge was just 7 points out of a possible 12.) I promise it won't be as hard next week! We had three teams that were in a race to finish, separated by just four points going into IQ Trivia. But our friends from DIMS had a prefect IQ round and took the night getting 44 points and the win. And it was nice to see many of the players applauding them at the end of the night. Congrats once again to Ken, Michael and Darek on their victory.

Second place went to Turkey Club with 33 points, and third place went to Reality Kings with 31 points.

Best Team Name: If You're Using a Straw You Suck At Life

Current Events
1. The president of what South American country was the traget of an assassination attempt last week, according to that country's government?
2. What Hollywood legend announced his retirement from acting last week at the age of 81 after 60 years of life on the silver screen?
3. What popular automobile, which has been in production since 1964, rolled out its 10 millionth model last week?
4. Congressman Chris Collins, a Republican from what eastern state, was indicted on insider trading charges and lying to federal agents last week?
5. What Hollywood star is rumored to be considering a run for a congressional seat in New York state, despite denials from the actor's reps?
6. An empty passenger plane was stolen last Friday from what West Coast city by an airport ground crew member and later crashed, killing him in what is believed to be a suicide?
7. What comic actor was accused of slamming a photographer against a door and poured water on him while he was taking photos of a band at a Massachusetts restaurant last week?

August Trivia
1. In August 1990, Iraq invaded what nation which led to the First Gulf War?
2. On August 7, 1912, Theodore Roosevelt was nominated as the presidential candidate for what political party?
3. What famous painting was stolen on August 21, 1911 and was missing 28 months before being recovered?
4. On August 29, 1966, the Beatles played their last ever concert in what American city?
5. MLB players went on strike on August 12th of what year, which ended with a canceled season and no World Series played that season?
6. On August 1, 1980, Vigdis Finnbogadottir became the first democratically elected female head of state by being elected president of what country?
7. On August 14, 1975, what cult science fiction/comedy film opened in LA, and would go on to have the longest-running theatrical release in film history?

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. Justin Timberlake's mother came up with the name "NSYNC" for her son's band.
2. A cataphile is someone who paints cat portraits.
3. Queen Elizabeth II owns over 6 billion acres of land worldwide.
4. The chemical element with the symbol "K" is potassium.
5. Aretha Franklin's hit song "Respect" was written by R&B singer Ike Turner.
6. The Great Wall of China is visible from space.
7.Quito, Ecuador is the closest world capital city to the equator.
8. Bulls are color blind.
9. It can take up to seven years for gum to be digested when swallowed.
10. Humans can distinguish between over 1 trillion smells.

General Knowledge
1. Who is the most decorated Olympian of all-time? ( 1 pt)
2. What Oscar-winning actor played Lex Luthor in the 1978 film "Superman?" ( 1 pt)
3. What North African nation is 90% desert? ( 1 pt)
4. The Galapagos Islands belong to what South American country? ( 2 pt)
5. In what Asian country are the majority of the world's eggplants grown? ( 2 pt)
6. In 2013, Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater set the NFL record for the longest field goal, which was how many yards? ( 2 pt)
7. What US state is the closest to the continent of Africa? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Called the Bank of Italy upon its founding in 1904 in San Francisco, by what name is the company now known? ( 4 points)
2. The first World’s Fair was held in what world capital city? ( 4 points)
3. In 2003, who became the youngest actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor? ( 5 points)
4. What 1998 comedy movie led to the creation of an officially recognized religion? ( 3 points)
5. Since rising to fame with her 1988 album "Watermark", what female singer has sold nearly 100 million albums worldwide without ever once going out on tour? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Venezuela; 2. Robert Redford; 3. Ford Mustang; 4. New York; 5. Richard Gere; 6. Seattle; 7. Bill Murray.

August Trivia
1. Kuwait; 2. Bull Moose Party; 3. Mona Lisa; 4. San Francisco; 5.1994; 6.Iceland; 7. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. True; 2. false, explorer of Paris catacombs; 3. true; 4. true; 5. false, Otis Redding; 6. false; 7. true; 8. true; 9. false; 10. true.

General Knowledge
1. Michael Phelps; 2. Gene Hackman; 3. Libya; 4. Ecuador; 5. China; 6. 64; 7. Maine.

IQ Trivia
1. Bank of America; 2. London; 3. Adrien Brody (29); 4. "The Big Lebowski;" 5. Enya.