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Thursday, May 24, 2018

"I'm Keith Hernandez"

There are dozens of books that come out every year about baseball, including memoirs from older players recalling their glory days. But it's hard to find one like "I'm Keith Hernandez", (Little, Brown) in which the great Mets and Cardinals first baseman recalls some of his glorious times that led to him being an NL MVP and a two-time World Series champion.

But if you're a Mets fan looking for more inside stuff about the 1986 World Series champions, you won't find it here. Hernandez consciously avoids that discussion, which he feels has been done to death in other books. And he also avoids such things as the other championship team he played in with the Cardinals in 1982, his controversial trade to the Mets the next year, the Pittsburgh drug trials he was a part of in 1985, or his funny role on the TV show "Seinfeld.".

But he still has plenty to tell in this book.

He uses two main timelines to tell his story: his growing up in Northern California with a very demanding father who was obsessed with baseball, and his current day being a respected broadcaster with the Mets. His father was friends with the legendary Stan Musial, and Hernandez talks of the time he and his dad met him at Candlestick Park in 1963. It would come full circle nearly a dozen years later, when Hernandez made his MLB debut there. His father John was a difficult taskmaster as father his influence on the young Keith, and Keith is at once miffed but grateful to his father for pushing in the direction he went.

Hernandez was eventually signed by St. Louis, and tells of the glories of playing minor league ball in the early 1970s. It was filled with bad stadiums, groupies and dodging tornadoes. (Hernandez tells as interesting story what happened to him when jumped into a ditch to avoid a tornado in Oklahoma.) And he also talks about his first forays into the world of drug use, first with marijuana and amphetamines.

The book is actually a fun ride through those early years with Hernandez, long before the world of the Internet, 24-hour news and iPhones everywhere. When Hernandez first makes it up to the Show, it was a bumpy first year for him, as expectations for him being another Stan Musial didn't go as planned. He was sent back to AAA. He credits Cardinals teammates such as Bob Gibson, Lou Brock and Hector Cruz for being a good influence on him, especially Brock, who he still talks about reverantly during Mets broadcasts.

On the other end of the spectrum is Keith's foray into the world of broadcasting, and has nothing but love for his broadcast partners, Gary Cohen and Ron Darling. Hernandez also is pretty open about his "faux pas" committed in his time in the booth, especially the dustup he got into regarding women in the teams' locker rooms.

"I'm Keith Hernandez" isn't just about Keith's career on and off the field, but he gives his views on the current state of the game, like the obsession over sabermetrics, the pace of the game, and the fact the game is getting too one-dimensional in this "Home Run Era." I found Keith to be very honest in this book, and it is really how everything that happened to him before 1980 led up to who he is today.

I highly recommend "I'm Keith Hernandez" (which was just released on May 15) to any baseball fan who enjoys a good baseball bio of a recent baseball great. But if the book is successful, do you think he could coxed into writing another, post-1980? I wouldn't bet against it.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Trivia Q&A: May 22

We had a 13 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night as we returned to the main floor of Professor Thom's, as there was no Celtics playoff game. It was a spirited crowd really into the Trivia. The night started out with a Current Events round that saw the lowest scores I've ever seen for an opening round, as the highest score was just 4. Sorry I made it so hard, everyone! As the night progressed, we had a good three team race for the top, but the boys from DIMS prevailed, as they had four straight perfect rounds after Current Events and won the night with 51 points. Congrats to Ken, Mike and Darek on their third straight victory.

Next week we will be back on the main floor again, as there are no NBA playoff games scheduled on May 29th.

Second place went to Oh-Yum with 41 points, and third place went to Elotes with 39 points.

Best Team Name: This Anti-Gravity Book Is Impossible To Put Down

Current Events
1. What rap star is being sued for allegedly lying about an arrest warrant so he could get out of doing a performance in NJ last month?
2. President Trump said he will nominate Robert Wilkie to what cabinet position, one that he has been acting secretary of the past month?
3. What actress co-hosted the ABC show "The View" last Friday and opened up about her mental illness, and admitted she had herself committed to a mental institution?
4. What NFL star generously offered to pay for all the funeral expenses for all the victims of the Santa Fe, Texas school shootings last week?
5. Last Saturday, the mayor of what country's second largest city was attacked by a dozen nationalists and injured at a genocide remembrance event?
6. What TV actress claimed she was leaving social media last Saturday due to anti-Semitism, but returned to her Twitter account after just a few hours?
7. What male pop artist won the Best Artist and three other awards at the Billboard Music Awards last Sunday?

May 22nd Trivia
1. On this day in 2017, 22 people were killed at a bombing at Ariana Grande's concert in what UK city?
2. In 1939, what two countries signed "The Pact of Steel", a military and political alliance just before the start of WWII?
3. In 1849, what future US president was issued a patent for an invention of liftboats, and he is still the only president to hold a patent?
4. On this day in 1804, Lewis and Clark began their famous expedition from what US state?
5. Sir Laurence Olivier was born on this day in 1907. For what 1948 film, based on a Shakespeare play, did he win the Oscar for Best Actor?
6. Tennis champion Novak Dokovic was born on this day in 1987. Of his 12 Grand Slam singles titles, which title has he won the most, six times?
7. In 1972, Richard Nixon became the first US president ever to visit what country?

The Q Train: War Films By Decade
1. The Dirty Dozen
2. The Bridge On The River Kwai
3. From Here to Eternity
4. Apocalypse Now
5. Saving Private Ryan
6. Zero Dark Thirty
7. M*A*S*H
8. Black Hawk Down
9. Full Metal Jacket
10. The Great Escape

General Knowledge
1. The Dalai Lama is the senior figure in what religion? ( 1 pt)
2. Iberia Airlines is based in what country? ( 1 pt)
3. What pop singer wrote the Bangles 1980s hit "Manic Monday?" ( 1 pt)
4. A plantar wart is found where on the human body? ( 2 pt)
5. The concert master of an orchestra usually plays what instrument? ( 2 pt)
6. Which of the Great Lakes is the smallest in surface area? ( 2 pt)
7. What eastern state is the flattest state in the US? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The forint is the currency of what eastern European country? ( 4 points)
2. In 1973, what company publicly demonstrated the world's first portable cellular telephone? ( 5 points)
3. As of October 2017, what is the number one newspaper by circulation in the US? ( 4 points)
4. The Grimm Brothers' fairy tales were originally written in what language? ( 3 points)
5. In what field was the most recently created Nobel Prize first awarded, in 1969? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Buster Rhymes; 2. Dept. of Veterans Affairs; 3. Alyssa Milano; 4. J.J. Watt; 5. Greece; 6. Roseanne Barr; 7. Ed Sheeran.

May 22nd Trivia
1. Manchester; 2. Germany and Italy; 3. Abraham Lincoln; 4. Missouri; 5. "Hamlet;" 6. Australian Open; 7. Soviet Union.

The Q Train: War Films By Decade
1. 1960s (1967); 2. 1950s (1957); 3. 1950s (1953); 4. 1970s (1979); 5. 1990s (1998); 6. 2010s (2013); 7. 1970s (1970); 8. 2000s (2001); 9. 1980s (1987); 10. 1960s (1963).

General Knowledge
1. Buddhism; 2. Spain; 3. Prince; 4. feet; 5. violin; 6. Lake Ontario; 7. Florida.

IQ Trivia
1. Hungary; 2. Motorola; 3. USA Today; 4. German; 5. Economics..

Monday, May 21, 2018

Back On The Main Floor This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, May 22nd at 8:30 PM at Professor Thom's, with "May 22nd Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about the day in history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be "War Films By Decade Trivia" in honor of Memorial Day coming up next Monday. I will give you the names of ten famous war films and you have to tell me the decade in which it was first released.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The Dalai Lama is the senior figure in what religion?"

We will be back on the main floor on Tuesday night, as there will be no Celtics playoff game then. I hope to see many of you on what should be a great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Trivia Q&A: May 15

On a night when we had to move back up to the Loft due to the Celtics playoff game, and with rain and thunderstorms in the area late in the day on Tuesday, I really feared we wouldn't have much of a crowd for Trivia. But we filled up the Loft and had 12 teams in. It was another great night for the boys from DIMS, who won the night pretty handily, pulling away after the General Knowledge round, and finished the night with 51 points. Congrats to Ken and Michael on another great victory.

Second place went to Colonel Planet with 44 points, and third place went to Joey Triviani (who also won for Best Team Name) with 39 points.

A reminder that we will back on the main floor next week, as there will be NO Celtics playoff game next Tuesday night. Hope to see many of you then.

Current Events
1. What African country announced that 17 people have recently died as a result of the Ebola virus, which killed over 11,000 people a few years back?
2. What US state became the first state in the nation to mandate solar panels on all new homes last week?
3. What superstar rock legend was named the UK's wealthiest musician this past week for 2018 by the Sunday Times and his fortune is estimated at 820 million pounds?
4. The streaming service Spotify announced last Friday they were pulling the music of what R&B singer due to "hateful conduct" and his extensive sexual misconduct accusations?
5. Mahathir Mohamad, 92-years-old, was sworn in as prime minister of what Asian country last week, making him the world's oldest head of state?
6. LAPD reported that the suit worn by Robert Downey Jr. in what 2008 film was recently stolen, and it was worth over $325,000?
7. What Oscar-nominated actor English actor said recently that he will only accept future roles where his female co-star is paid equally?

Texas Trivia
1. What is the second largest city in Texas in population after Houston?
2. Name 1 of the 2 US presidents born in the state of Texas.
3. What is the longest river in Texas?
4. What is the nicknames of the sports teams at the University of Texas?
5. Which pro sports team from Texas has been in operation the longest?
6. Which soft drink was invented in Waco, Texas in 1885 by Charles Alderton?
7. What Texas city is often called "the live music capital of the world?"

The Q Train: Odd Numbered Trivia
1. The right fielder in baseball is this numbered player.
2. This number amendment to the Constitution ended Prohibition.
3. Paper is the traditional gift for this number wedding anniversary.
4. This is the minimum age for a person to run for the US presidency.
5. This is the temperature Celsius that is the normal temerature for the human body.
6. The Hebrew alphabet contains this many total letters.
7. Larry Bird wore this number for the Boston Celtics.
8. Veterans Day is celebrated every November on this numbered day.
9. Michael Jordan, Don Mattingly and David Beckham all wore this number.
10. This is the total number of books in the Harry Potter series.

General Knowledge
1. Bermuda is a territory of what country? ( 1 pt)
2. What is the most popular color for toothbrushes in the US? ( 1 pt)
3. What American city has the most hotel rooms in the world? ( 1 pt)
4. How many films are there in the "Rocky" series? ( 2 pt)
5. India's film industry, Bollywood, is based in what city? ( 2 pt)
6. What actor portrayed Dr. Philip Chandler in the 1980s TV series "St. Elsewhere?" ( 2 pt)
7. What US state's overall surface area is covered by the most mountainous terrain? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What North American city is nicknamed "The City of Saints?" ( 3 points)
2. Gouda cheese originates from the town of Gouda, found in what country? ( 4 points)
3. In what TV show's first-season intro can a US flag be seen flying at half-staff, since it was filmed at Honolulu's Ala Wai Yacht Club the week of JFK's assassination? ( 4 points)
4. As of last November, what American tourist site is the most Instagrammed place in the world? ( 4 points)
5. What 1960s animated film has the Blue Meanies as its villains? ( 5 points)

Current Events
1. The Congo; 2. California; 3. Paul McCartney; 4. R. Kelly; 5. Malaysia; 6. "Iron Man;" 7. Benedict Cumberbatch.

Texas Trivia
1. San Antonio; 2. Dwight D. Eisenhower and Lyndon Johnson; 3. Rio Grande; 4. Longhorns; 5. Dallas Cowboys; 6. Dr. Pepper; 7. Austin.

The Q Train: Odd Numbered Trivia
1. 9; 2. 21; 3. 1; 4. 35; 5. 37; 6. 27; 7. 33; 8. 11; 9. 23; 10. 7.

General Knowledge
1. UK; 2. blue; 3. Las Vegas; 4. seven; 5. Mumbai; 6. Denzel Washington; 7. West Virginia.

IQ Trivia
1. Montreal (I also accepted New Orleans); 2. Netherlands; 3. "Gilligan's Island;" 4. Disneyland; 5. "Yellow Submarine."

Monday, May 14, 2018

Don't Mess With Texas Trivia

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, May 15th at 8:30 PM at Professor Thom's, with "Texas Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions concerning the Lone Star State in its history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be "Odd Numbered Trivia." Every answer in the round will be an odd number from 1-50.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Bermuda is a territory of what country?"

This Tuesday we will be doing Trivia back in the Loft, as Game 2 of the Celtics conference final against Cleveland will be happening that night. We will return to the main floor the following Tuesday, on May 22nd, as there will be no playoff game that night, no matter how the series goes. So I hope to see many of you for what will be a great night of Trivia on Tuesday!

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Trivia Q&A: May 8

We were back downstairs again last night for Trivia, and we had a good turnout of 13 teams in. And last night it was a special night for the team of DIMS. They missed the question from the first round about the WWE wrestler running for mayor, and it turns out it was the only question they got wrong all night, as they wound up winning the night with 55 points. Congrats to Ken, Michael and Darek on their superb win. (We also had five teams get all five IQ Trivia questions correct, the most I can ever remember doing so well in that round. So after last week when no team got more than two correct, it was a bit easier this week. We'll see what happens next week.)

Second place went to Merkle's Boner with 50 points, and third place went to The John Oliver Koala Chlamyda Ward with 49 points.

Best Team Name: Rudy Giuliani's Ability to Blow Off Harder Than a Hawaiian Volcano

Current Events
1. A man who was once convicted of stalking what Oscar-winning actress committed suicide last Thursday after getting into a standoff with LA police?
2. What US state banned sunscreen last week, because it contains chemicals believed to harm coral reefs?
3. What rap star has been dodging a subpoena from the SEC over financial investigation of a company that bought his clothing line and must explain why this week?
4. What former WWE wrestling star won the GOP nomination for mayor of his hometown in Tennessee last week?
5. What prestigious Nobel Prize will not be awarded in 2018 due to internal bickering, sex abuse allegations and a police investigation, and two Nobel Prizes will be awarded in the category in 2019?
6. What actress/comedian made illegally oversized campaign donations to at least five Democratic federal candidates, the NY Post reported on Sunday?
7. Hafbor Julius Bjornsson, an actor known as "The Mountain" on what popular TV show, won the 2018 World's Strongest Man competition in the Philippines this past weekend?

New York City Trivia
1. What NYC bridge was named in honor of former mayor Ed Koch in 2011?
2. What is the oldest department store on 5th Avenue, which has been in operation since 1826?
3. What is the longest-running Broadway show of all-time?
4. Who was elected mayor of New York City in November 2001?
5. Which of New York City's boroughs is the largest in area?
6. What Brooklyn-born singer and actress attended Erasmus Hall High School with Neil Diamond?
7. The most stolen honorary street sign in NYC is named in honor of what NY-born rock star, who died in 2001?

The Q Train: TV Moms Trivia
1. Claire Huxtable
2. Lois Griffin
3. Marion Cunningham
4. Samantha Stevens
5. June Cleaver
6. Elizabeth Jennings
7. Claire Dunphy
8. Maggie Seaver
9. Peggy Bundy
10. Estelle Costanza

General Knowledge
1. In which state is Yosemite National Park located? ( 1 pt)
2. How many NFL teams currently play their home games in New York state? ( 1 pt)
3. Comic Con International is held every July in what US city? ( 1 pt)
4. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed in what country? ( 2 pt)
5. What is Africa's highest mountain? ( 2 pt)
6. In humans, what is the only internal organ capable of regenerating lost tissue? ( 2 pt)
7. What is the southernmost state capital in the continental US? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Luzon is the largest island in what Asian country? ( 4 points)
2. The Midnight Sun Baseball Game is a 113-year-old tradition in Fairbanks, Alaska that is played every year on what day? ( 5 points)
3. The musical "Rent" is based on what Italian opera? ( 4 points)
4. What 19th century US president is the only one to get married in the White House? ( 4 points)
5. Rome's airport is named in honor of what 16th century Italian man? ( 3 points)

Current Events
1. Sandra Bullock; 2. Hawaii; 3. Jay-Z; 4. Glenn "Kane" Jacobs; 5. Literature; 6. Rosie O'Donnell; 7. "Game of Thrones."

New York City Trivia
1. Queensborough (59th Street); 2. Lord & Taylor; 3. "Phantom of the Opera;" 4. Michael Bloomberg; 5. Queens; 6. Barbra Streisand; 7. Joey Ramone.

The Q Train: TV Moms Trivia
1. Cosby Show; 2. Family Guy; 3. Happy Days; 4. Bewitched; 5. Leave It To Beaver; 6. The Americans; 7. Modern Family; 8. Growing Pains; 9. Married With Children; 10. Seinfeld.

General Knowledge
1. California; 2. one (Buffalo Bills); 3. San Diego; 4. New Zealand; 5. Kilimanjaro; 6. liver; 7. Austin, TX.

IQ Trivia
1. The Philippines; 2. Summer Solstice (June 21); 3. "La Boheme;" 4. Grover Cleveland; 5. Leonardo daVinci.

Monday, May 07, 2018

We Celebrate The Big Town & Our Moms

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, May 8th at 8:30 PM, with "New York City Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about our fair metropolis in history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be "TV Moms Trivia." In honor of Mother's Day coming up next weekend, I will give you the names of ten famous TV mothers, and you have to tell me what TV show they were a part of.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"In what state is Yosemite National Park located?"

We will be downstairs again on Tuesday night, as the Bruins were eliminated in their playoff series yesterday. There won't be any Celtics playoff game, either. I look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday night for a great night of Trivia Q&A!

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Trivia Q&A: May 1

We were back downstairs for Trivia on Tuesday night, as there was no playoff game for either the Celtics or Bruins. We had 10 teams in on a nice night in New York. It was tight throughout the evening, with four teams jockeying for the top with just two points between them. But it was the guys from DIMS who returned to the winner's circle, getting 42 points. They led all night and held on to take the prize. (This was one of the harder IQ rounds I've done in a while, as no one got more than 2 questions right in the round. And no one got the three point question correct. I can't remember that ever happening in the IQ Trivia round.)  Congratulations to Ken and Darek on their victory.

Second place went to John Wilkes Booth and the Show Stoppers with 40 points, and third place went to Spring Finally Comes with 39 points.

Best Team Name: I'mma Let You Finish, But Swiggity Scoop the Swoop to Poop

Right now we don't know where will be doing Trivia next week, because if there is a Game 6 in the Bruins playoff series against the Lightning, we will return to the Loft next Tuesday. If the series finishes in five games, we will be back downstairs next week. The series is currently tied at 1. I'll keep you posted on Facebook.

Current Events
1. 57 people were killed and over 100 injured when a voter registration center was attacked by a suicide bomber last week in what Asian country?
2. A New York judge threw out a lawsuit last week bt what female pop singer attempting to stop a former friend from auctioning off personal items that include love letters from a secret affair with Tupac Shakur?
3. Last week scientists say which distant planet smells like rotten eggs, as its upper atmosphere is full of one of the smelliest chemicals known to humans?
4. What sandwich chain announced last week they will be closing 500 US stores this year due to falling sales?
5. Richard Grenell was confirmed as ambassador to what European country last week, making him the highest-ranking gay man in the Trump administration?
6. What 1970s megahit pop group, which last recorded together in 1982, announced they will release two new songs soon?
7. Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield was chosen by what NFL team as the number one pick in the draft last Thursday?

May Trivia
1. The Empire State Building was dedicated on this day in 1931 by US president from the White House?
2. In May 1963, the first James Bond film debuted. What movie was it?
3. What actress hosted Saturday Night Live in May 2010, thanks to a push by fans on Facebook and she won an Emmy as well?
4. In May 2004, the first legal same-sex marriages were performed in what US state?
5. In May 1980, Ian Curtis of what British band committed suicide and the remaining members went on to form New Order?
6. What sitcom ended its 11-year run on NBC in May 1993 with 80 million people tuning in?
7. In May 1966, Surveyor I became the first US spacecraft to land on an extraterrestrial body. Where did it land?

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. There are only two escalators in the entire state of Wyoming.
2. The African elephant is the largest carnivore on land.
3. Elvis Presley, in his storied career, never played a concert outside of North America.
4. Lightning never strikes twice in the same place.
5. The popular image of Santa Claus, chubby, bearded and in red and white clothes, was invented by Coke for an ad campaign.
6. Humans can't breathe and swallow at the same time.
7. Buzz Aldrin was the first man to urinate on the Moon.
8. Your fingernails and hair keep growing after you die.
9. Approximately one quarter of human bones are in the feet.
10. The Channel Tunnel is the world's longest underground rail tunnel.

General Knowledge
1. The Atlantic and Pacific Oceans are connected by what artificial waterway? ( 1 pt)
2. Who is currently the host of the HBO show "Last Week Tonight?" ( 1 pt)
3. The 38th parallel separates which two countries? ( 1 pt)
4. Tom Ridge was the first secretary of what cabinet position established in 2002? ( 2 pt)
5. When was the last time that the Summer and Winter Olympics were held in the same year? ( 2 pt)
6. In our solar system, which two planets are known as "ice giants?" ( 2 pt)
7. The world's largest pyramid is found in what country? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What was Michael Jackson's 13th and final US number one hit song, released in 1995? ( 4 points)
2. What is the largest country by area in Africa? ( 4 points)
3. What building takes up the Manhattan city block between 49th and 50th Streets and Park and Lexington Avenues? ( 4 points)
4. In the 1980 comedy "Caddyshack," Bill Murray's character memorably recounts a time when he caddied for what famous person? ( 5 points)
5. The Christian festival known as Candlemas is always observed in what month? ( 3 points)

Current Events
1. Afghanistan; 2. Madonna; 3. Uranus; 4. Subway; 5. Germany; 6. ABBA; 7. Cleveland Browns.

May Trivia
1. Herbert Hoover; 2. "Dr. No;" 3. Betty White; 4. Massachusetts; 5. Joy Division; 6. "Cheers;" 7. The Moon.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. true; 2. false, Kodiak bear; 3. true; 4. false; 5. false; 6. true; 7. true; 8. false; 9. true; 10. false, Gotthard Tunnel in Switzerland.

General Knowledge
1. Panama Canal; 2. John Oliver; 3. North and South Korea; 4. Homeland Security; 5. 1992; 6. Uranus and Neptune; 7. Mexico.

IQ Trivia
1. "You Are Not Alone"; 2. Algeria; 3. The Waldorf Astoria Hotel; 4. Dalai Lama; 5. February.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Right Back Where We Started From

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, May 1st at 8:30 PM, with "May Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about events that occurred during the month of May in pop culture and history. The Q Train lightning round will be "True or False Trivia."

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The Atlantic and Pacific Oceans are connected by what artificial waterway?"

Good news this week! We will be back on the first floor, as there will be NO Celtics or Bruins playoff games scheduled this Tuesday night. So, I hope to see many of you back in our original spot in Professor Thom's for what should be a great night of Trivia Q&A!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Trivia Q&A: April 24

As the Celtics won their playoff game last night, we were once again upstairs in the Loft for Trivia last night at Professor Thom's. We had a smaller crowd than last week, as 7 teams came out, but it was a very enthusiastic gathering. The top three teams were separated by four points, but this was another one of those nights when a team came from behind in the final round to grab the victory. And it was done by And In First Place..., who came from four points down to run the table in IQ Trivia and win the night by four points. They ended with 46 points and their first ever Tuesday Night Trivia win. My congratulations to the boys on a hard-fought win.

DIMSUM finished second with 42 points, and Sean Hannity Pulls Out? (which also won for Best Team Name) finished third with 39 points.

As of right now, we don't know if we will be in the Loft next week. It will depend on the Celtics, if they advance to the second round (they are up 3-2 in their series), and if they do, if they have a scheduled game next Tuesday. As soon as it is confirmed, I will pass along the info about next Tuesday.

Current Events
1. Harry Anderson, who starred on what popular NBC sitcom in the 1980s, died last week at the age of 65?
2. Who became the first rap artist to win a Pulitzer Prize for his 2017 album last week?
3. People magazine, in their "Beautiful Issue," named what American singer as "The Most Beautiful Woman" for 2018?
4. Miguel Diaz-Canel was selected by his country's government as the new president of what nation last week?
5. Who did Queen Elizabeth II name to take over her duties as the next head of the Commonwealth last week?
6. The NBA team the Miwaukee Bucks announced last Friday during their playoff game that what superstar NFL player will become a part owner of the club?
7. 83-year-old Walter Moody became the oldest man to be executed last week since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, by lethal injection in what southern state?

US Geography Trivia
1. Lake Tahoe straddles the border between which two US states?
2. How many US states share a border with Mexico?
3. What state is bordered by Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming?
4. Lake Okeechobee, the second largest freshwater lake in the continental United States, is located in what state?
5. In which state is the northernmost point in the continental United States?
6. What is the only state to touch the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean?
7. Of all the Great Lakes, which is the only one that doesn't touch the state of Michigan?

The Q Train: Who's Taller Trivia
1. Shaquille O'Neal or Kobe Bryant?
2. Katie Holmes of Tom Cruise?
3. Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates?
4. Reese Witherspoon or Nicole Kidman?
5. Ivana Trump or Melania Trump?
6. Khloe Kardashian or Kris Jenner?
7. Ben Affleck or Matt Damon?
8. Kevin Hart or Ice Cube?
9. Michelle Obama or Prince Harry?
10. Tom Brady or Giselle Bundchen?

General Knowledge
1. Shaun White is an Olympic gold medalist in what extreme sport? ( 1 pt)
2. The ancient city of Pompeii was destroyed by what volcano? ( 1 pt)
3. A symphony usually has how many total movements? ( 1 pt)
4. According to Greek mythology, who was the god of wine? ( 2 pt)
5. Johnny Depp has appeared in eight films directed by whom? ( 2 pt)
6. How many states is Germany divided into? ( 2 pt)
7. What department store currently stands on the site that was Cornelius Vanderbilt's Manhattan mansion? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What is the only country in South America whose official language is English? ( 4 points)
2. What 1984 megahit album was the first commercial music CD pressed in the United States? ( 4 points)
3. Who is the only athlete to ever play in a Super Bowl and a World Series? ( 3 points)
4. "Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable" is a quote from what classic film? ( 4 points)
5. "Til Death Do Us Part" was a UK sitcom that was the basis for what hit 1970s American sitcom? ( 5 points)

Current Events
1. "Night Court;" 2. Kendrick Lamar; 3. Pink; 4. Cuba; 5. Prince Charles; 6. Aaron Rodgers; 7. Alabama.

US Geography Trivia
1. California and Nevada; 2. four; 3. Colorado; 4. Florida; 5. Minnesota; 6. New York; 7. Lake Ontario.

The Q Train: Who's Taller Trivia
1. O'Neal; 2. Holmes; 3. Gates; 4. Kidman; 5. Ivana; 6. Kardashian; 7. Affleck; 8. Ice Cube; 9. Harry; 10. Brady.

General Knowldge
1. Snowboarding; 2. Mt. Vesuvius; 3. four; 4. Dionysus; 5. Tim Burton; 6. sixteen; 7. Bergdorf Goodman.

IQ Trivia
1. Guyana; 2. "Born in the USA;" 3. Deion Sanders; 4. "The Wizard of Oz;" 5. "All in the Family."

Monday, April 23, 2018

Back to the Loft as We Explore Our Great Nation

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, April 24th at 8:30 PM, with "US Geography Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about the layout of our great nation. The Q Train lightning round will be "Who's Taller Trivia." I will give the names of two current celebrities and you have to tell which one is the taller of the two.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The ancient city of Pompeii was destroyed by what volcano?"

Since the Celtics playoff series will have a fifth game on Tuesday night, we will once again be moved upstairs in the Loft to have Trivia. We had a great crowd last week, and all the spaces and chairs were spoken for. I would encourage you all to arrive as early as you possibly can to assure yourselves a table. (I would say by 8 PM if you can get there that early.) Once again, I do apologize to those who elected not to play due to the limited space. I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Trivia Q&A: April 17

It was good to be back hosting Trivia on Tuesday night after missing last week, and we were upstairs in the Loft due to the Celtics playoff game happening downstairs. But we had 12 teams jam the top floor for a great night of Trivia. We had a two-team race heading into IQ Trivia, with just a single point between them. But the team trailing, Overboard, got 4 of 5 correct in the final round to win the night, with 44 points. Congrats to Bob and Cato on another great victory.

Second place went to DIMS with 42 points, and third place went to Blood, Bath and Beyond with 36 points.

Best Team Name: April Showers Bring MTA Delays For Hours

I also want to apologize to those folks who didn't stay for Trivia due to the lack of seats available for the Loft. It is very limited and we had a full crowd. The Loft is far smaller than the first floor, and because of the influx of fans coming in for the basketball playoffs, we have to do Trivia upstairs for the length of the Celtics run when they have games on Tuesday nights. It's either that, or we don't do Trivia at all. If the Celtics sweep the current series with Milwaukee, we will back downstairs next Tuesday, as there will be no playoff game that night. We will be back in the Loft next Tuesday if there is a Game 5. So, sweep 'em, Celtics!

Current Events
1. A collection of items from what legendary singer, such as sunglasses, clothing, hair and a Vicodin bottle are being put up for auction by a family who once worked for him?
2. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg recently said that what 1980s iconic film character might be played by a woman in a future reboot of the film series?
3. What recent film is set to be released soon in Saudi Arabia, the first movie shown there since theaters were banned in the 1980s?
4.What comic actor and "Saturday Night Live" alumnus was injured in a car accident in California last week?
5. Park Geun-hye, the former president of what Asian country, was sentenced to 24 years in prison over a major corruption scandal regarding political favors?
6. What 1980s rock star announced last week that he was canceling his entire schedule of 2018 shows due to a hearing loss he suffered during a show earlier this year?
7. What two-time World Series champion baseball player was among the celebrities chosen for the all-athletes "Dancing With the Stars" season set to start later this month?

April Trivia
1. In April 1979, African dictator Idi Amin fled what country he ruled for eight years?
2. Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space in April of what year?
3. In April 1860, the Pony Express began its delivery service between California and what midwestern state?
4. Every April 23rd, England's patron saint in remembered. What is his name?
5. What is April's birthstone?
6. What international day is recognized every April 22nd?
7. Name 2 of the 4 US states that recognize Partiots Day as a holiday every third Monday in April.

The Q Train: Which Happened First Trivia
1. US Civil War ends, or Germany became a single nation.
2. The flush toilet is invented, or the doorknob was invented.
3. Marco Polo is born, or Christopher Columbus was born.
4. The first moon landing, or the last person to be executed in France by guillotine.
5. World War I begins, or the Titanic sinks.
6. Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, or Sir Edmund Hillary climbs Mt. Everest.
7. Rain Man wins Best Picture Oscar, or Chariots of Fire wins Best Picture Oscar.
8. Uranus is discovered, or Neptune is discovered.
9. Miley Cyrus is born, or the Berlin Wall falls.
10. Playboy magazine is founded, or Vladimir Putin is born.

General Knowledge
1. What ocean is home to 75% of the world's volcanoes? ( 1 pt)
2. Launched in 1995, what website was originally called "Auction Web?" ( 1 pt)
3. Almost 25% of bank robberies in the US take place on what day of the week? ( 1 pt)
4. What is the smallest Canadian province? ( 2 pt)
5. What is the longest river in the United States? ( 2 pt)
6. What did Robert Jarvik invent an artificial form of in 1982? ( 2 pt)
7. What classic novel inspired the hit 2010s TV series "Revenge?" ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Casa Rosada, or "The Pink House", is the official office of the president of what country? ( 4 points)
2. What man's death in August 2014 was ruled a homicide, though the fatal bullet had been fired 33 years earlier? ( 4 points)
3. "Kisses on the Bottom" was a hit 2012 Grammy-winning album by what rock star? ( 3 points)
4. What board game gets its name from the Hindi word for "twenty-five"? ( 5 points)
5. What Paris landmark sits on the Place Charles deGaulle? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Frank Sinatra; 2. Indiana Jones; 3. "Black Panther;" 4. Will Ferrell; 5. South Korea; 6. Huey Lewis; 7. Johnny Damon.

April Trivia
1. Uganda; 2. 1961; 3. Missouri; 4. St. George; 5. diamond; 6. Earth Day; 7. Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine and Wisconsin.

The Q Train: Which Happened First Trivia
1. US Civil War ends; 2. Flush toilet invented; 3. Marco Polo born; 4. First moon landing; 5. Titanic sinks; 6. Hillary climbs Mt. Everest; 7. Chariots of Fire wins; 8. Uranus; 9. Berlin Wall falls; 10. Putin is born.

General Knowledge
1. Pacific Ocean; 2. eBay; 3. Friday; 4. Prince Edward Island; 5. Missouri River; 6. Human heart; 7. "The Count of Monte Cristo."

IQ Trivia
1. Argentina; 2. James Brady; 3. Paul McCartney; 4. parcheesi; 5. Arc de Triomphe.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Let's Give It Another Go

OK, everyone, we'll give this another try! Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, April 17th at 8:30 PM at Professor Thom's, and the Special Category will again be "April Trivia", seven questions connected in some way to the current month. The Q Train lightning round will be "Which Happened First Trivia." I will give you two famous events from history and pop culture, and you have to tell me which came first.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What ocean is home to 75% of the world's volcanoes?"

Important note: There is a Celtics playoff game on Tuesday night at 8 PM, so we will be doing Trivia upstairs in the Loft at Professor Thom's. We will be up there most weeks as the Celtics and Bruins begin their playoff runs, and any Tuesday night games will have Trivia taking place in the Loft.

My apologies for my absence last Tuesday. I am feeling a bit better and I plan to be in for Trivia this Tuesday. I look forward to seeing many of you then!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Trivia Postponed This Week

Hi everyone: Trivia Night will NOT be happening tonight, April 10th. I am a bit under the weather, so I'll stay at home and rest. I look forward to seeing you hopefully next Tuesday, April 17th at 8:30 PM!

Monday, April 09, 2018

Trivia From the Cruelest Month This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, April 10th at 8:30 PM, with "April Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions all about the current month, in history and popular culture. The Q Train lightning round will be "Which Happened First Trivia." I will give you two events throughout history, and you will tell me which occurred before the other.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What ocean is home to 75% of the world's volcanoes?"

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

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Trivia Q&A: April 3

We had another great crowd in for Trivia, 15 teams, along with a bunch of Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics fans checking out those games, so it was quite a busy, noisy night. We had six teams in a close contest, separated by just four points going into the fourth round. But this would be the night for our friends from DIMS, as they led through the evening, and capped off the night with a clean sweep of IQ Trivia. They finished with 57 points, and a six-point victory. Congrats to Ken and Darek on another great win.

Second place went to Archduke Chocula with 51 points, and third place went to Toys "R' Bust (who also won Best Team Name) with 47 points.

Current Events
1. What US city's municipal government was struck last week by a computer malware attack that shut the city's government computers down for five days?
2. Australians Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were all banned up to a year over a ball tampering scandal in what professional sport last week?
3. President Trump announced last week he was replacing David Shulkin with Dr. Ronny Jackson in what cabinet position?
4. What Hollywood actor had open-heart surgery last Friday to replace an aging pulmonic valve he had put in over 20 years earlier?
5. Walmart announced it was pulling what magazine from the checkout lines in all of its US stores, citing sexually explicit material as the reason for the removal?
6. What world capital city has overtaken New York City in murders for the first time ever as the city has dealt with a surge in knife attacks?
7. Television producer and writer Stephen Bochco died last Sunday at the age of 74. What early 1980s TV drama series that he created won him six Emmy Awards for producing and writing?

Q-Tip Trivia
1. Which of the following celebrities died while in their 30s? a. Elvis Presley; b. Marilyn Monroe; c. Kurt Cobain; d. River Phoenix.
2. Which US states have less than 1 million in total population as of 2016? a. Hawaii; b. Maine; c. Idaho; d. Rhode Island.
3. Which of the following cereal brands belongs to Kellogg's? a. Alpha Bits; b. Frosted Flakes; c. Corn Flakes; d. Rice Krispies.
4. Which of the following statesmen won the Nobel Peace Prize? a. Winston Churchill; b. Franklin D. Roosevelt; c. Martin Luther King; d. Yasser Arafat.
5. Which of these films did Paul Newman appear in? a. The Hustler; b. Slap Shot; c. Earthquake; d. Cool Hand Luke.
6. Which European countries are currently not in the EU? a. Switzerland; b. Norway; c. Sweden; d. Greece.
7. Which of the following cities has a team in all four major team sports? a. Seattle; b. Los Angeles; c. St. Louis; d. Atlanta.

The Q Train: Movies By Decade Trivia
1. Argo
2. From Here to Eternity
3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
4. The Godfather Part III
5. Moneyball
6. Schindler's List
7. No Country For Old Men
8. Lawrence of Arabia
9. Amadeus
10. A Beautiful Mind

General Knowledge
1. March is the home to which two Zodiac signs? ( 1 pt)
2. What is currently the tallest building in the United States? ( 1 pt)
3. What actor received his first Oscar nomination for the 1988 film "Good Morning Vietnam"? ( 1 pt)
4. The town known as Santa Claus is found in what midwestern state? (2 pt)
5. What is the hottest planet in the solar system? ( 2 pt)
6. In a Scrabble game, what is the only letter worth eight points? ( 2 pt)
7. Easter Island belongs to what South American country? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The Big Bang Theory was the top-rated TV show in America last season, the first time a comedy led the Nielsens since what show did it in 2002? ( 4 points)
2. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the Tomb of the Unknowns in Washington, DC? ( 4 points)
3. In what sport does a match consist of the best of three games of 21 points, and to win a game, a player must have a two-point lead? ( 3 points)
4. According to Forbes, who was the first person to become a billionaire from writing books? ( 4 points)
5. What British actor has played Sherlock Holmes, Julian Assange and Star Trek's Khan in TV and the movies? ( 5 points)

Current Events
1. Atlanta; 2. cricket; 3. Secretary of Veterans Affairs; 4. Arnold Schwarzenegger; 5. Cosmopolitan; 6. London; 7. "Hill Street Blues."

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

The Q Train: Movies By Decade Trivia
1. 2010s (2012); 2. 1950s (1954); 3. 1970s (1975); 4. 1990s (1990); 5. 2010s (2011); 6. 1990s (1993); 7. 2000s (2007); 8. 1960s (1962); 9. 1980s (1984); 10. 2000s (2001).

General Knowledge
1. Pisces and Aries; 2. 1 World Trade Center; 3. Robin Williams; 4. Indiana; 5. Venus; 6. X; 7. Chile.

IQ Trivia
1. "Friends"; 2. twenty-one; 3. badminton; 4. J.K. Rowling; 5. Benedict Cumberbatch.

Monday, April 02, 2018

Q-Tip Returns, With Big Time Films

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, April 3rd at 8:30 PM, with "Q-Tip Trivia" as the Special Category. I will ask you seven multiple choice general knowledge questions, and one, two, three, all four or none of them can be correct. You get a point for each correct answer, but if you give any incorrect answers, you get zero points automatically for that question (if the answer is "none", you get one point). So you have to be really careful. The Q Train lightning round will be "Movies By Decade Trivia." I will give you the names of ten very popular movies (all Oscar nominated films) from down through the years, and you have to tell me the decade it was originally released in.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What is currently the tallest building in the United States?"

Looking forward to seeing many of you for what will be a great night of Trivia on Tuesday night!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Trivia Q&A: March 27

We had a terrific turnout on Tuesday night, with 18 teams in, and a very raucous Trivia crowd at that. Everybody was really into it, and the scores reflected that. We had a four-way tie going into the IQ Trivia round, and I don't believe that has ever happened before. But the team of Admiral Crunch pulled out the victory, as they got 4 of 5 correct in the round to win it all, with 46 points. Congrats to them on their first ever Tuesday Night Trivia victory.

Second place went to DIMSUM with 43 points, and third place went to Mike Pence's Gay Wet Dream (who jumped over a whole bunch of teams by also getting 4 of 5 correct at the end) with 39 points.

Best Team Name: You May Run Like Mays, But You Hit Like Shit

Current Events
1. What man was listed number one on the recent controversial list ESPN the Magazine published "The Dominant 20", the most dominant athletes of the last 20 years?
2. Charles Lazarus, who founded what retail chain in 1948 and remained as CEO until 1994, died last Thursday at the age of 94?
3. President Trump named former UN ambassador John Bolton to what cabinet position last Friday?
4. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, president of what South American country, resigned last week over a corruption scandal, and is the third president from that country to resign?
5. What comedienne cursed out Jimmy Kimmel on his late night TV show last week when he brought up Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to her?
6. The US Postal Service released a stamp honoring what legendary children's TV host last Friday?
7. Wayne Huizenga, an entrepreneur who owned Blockbuster Video, died last week at the age of 80. He also owned three pro sports teams in three different sports, all based in what US city?

MLB Trivia
1. How many teams did Babe Ruth play for his storied MLB career? a. 1; b. 2; c. 3; d. 4.
2. Who did the New York Yankees defeat in 2009 to win their last World Series? a. Atlanta Braves; b. Philadelphia Phillies; c. New York Mets; d. Chicago Cubs.
3. How many teams currently play their home games in Canada? a. 0; b. 1; c. 2; d. 3.
4. Who was the last man to bat .400 in an MLB season? a. Joe DiMaggio; b. Tony Gwynn; c. Ichiro Suzuki; d. Ted Williams.
5. Which of the following teams have never won a World Series? a. Colorado Rockies; b. Arizona Diamondbacks; c. Toronto Blue Jays; d. Kansas City Royals.
6. Who is the only player to have his number retired throughtout MLB? a. Babe Ruth; b. Jackie Robinson; c. Roberto Clemente; d. Ty Cobb.
7. Who is the only team to come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a postseason series in 7 games? a. Atlanta Braves; b. New York Mets; c. Chicago Cubs; d. Boston Red Sox.

The Q Train: Current TV Characters Trivia
1. Olivia Pope
2. Dana Scully
3. Jay Pritchett
4. Lt. Olivia Benson
5. Bobby Axelrod
6. Frank Reagan
7. Howard Silk
8. Sheldon Cooper
9. Elzabeth Jennings
10. Jon Snow

General Knowledge
1. What US state is known as the Volunteer State? ( 1 pt)
2. What two countries share the longest undefended border? ( 1 pt)
3. For what month is emerald the birthstone? ( 1 pt)
4. What is the most used letter in the English language? (2 pt)
5. Since 1998, William Shatner has been the TV spokesman for what website? ( 2 pt)
6. What US cabinet department oversees the US Park Service? ( 2 pt)
7. What reality TV star holds the record for the most liked post ever on Instagram earlier this year? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Mt. Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe, is located in what country? ( 4 points)
2. What 1950s Oscar-winning actress was the first actress ever to appear on a US postage stamp? ( 4 points)
3. What does the letter "E" stand for in the name of the family restaurant Chuck E. Cheese? ( 5 points)
4. What rock star won his only Grammy in 1992 with the song "I Do It For You" from the film "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves?" ( 3 points)
5. The popular drink ouzo can only be produced in Greece and what other country? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Tiger Woods; 2. Toys "R' Us; 3. National Security Adviser; 4. Peru; 5. Roseanne Barr; 6. Mister Rogers; 7. Miami.

MLB Trivia
1. c; 2. b; 3. b; 4. d; 5. a; 6. b; 7. d.

The Q Train: Current TV Characters Trivia
1. Scandal; 2. The X-Files; 3. Modern Family; 4. Law & Order SVU; 5. Billions; 6. Blue Bloods; 7. Counterpart; 8. The Big Bang Theory; 9. The Americans; 10. Game of Thrones.

General Knowledge
1. Tennessee; 2. Us and Canada; 3. May; 4. E; 5. Priceline; 6. Dept. of the Interior; 7. Kylie Jenner.

IQ Trivia
1. Russia; 2. Grace Kelly; 3. Entertainment; 4. Bryan Adams; 5. Cyprus.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Spring Is Here As We Honor Opening Day

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, March 27th at Professor Thom's at 8:30 PM, with "Major League Baseball Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven multiple choice questions about America's Pastime, in honor of the opening of the MLB season this Thursday. The Q Train lightning round will be "Current TV Characters Trivia." I will give you the names of ten characters on TV shows that are currently on (or still in production), and you will tell me what show that character is on. (And no, there will be no reality shows in this quiz.)

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What US state is known as the Volunteer State?"

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

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Trivia Q&A: March 20

We had 12 teams in on Tuesday night, on the night before another storm hits New York (and really glad we moved Trivia over from Wednesday, as I doubt we'd be able to do it tonight!). I was also suffering from a lousy head cold last night, but fortunately got through the night unscathed!

We had another one of those "fantastic finishes" to the end, with four teams at the top with just two points between them. But it was the team of Snocos, who ran the table in the IQ Trivia round (the only team who did so), and wound up with 52 points and their first ever win. They were also one of those rare teams that was in first place the entire night and got the win. Congratulations guys!

Second place went to Yay For Spring with 49 points, and third place went to Dimlet with 47 points.

Best Team Name: Sister Jean's Trivia Team to the Sweet 16

Current Events
1. What nation expelled 23 diplomats from Russia last week and severed high level contacts after the nation's leader believed the Russians poisoned a former spy?
2. What airline issued an apology last week after a French bulldog puppy was put in an overhead bin and died during a flight last Monday?
3. Louise Slaughter, a Congresswoman representing what US state for 31 years, died last week after she recently suffered a head injury in her Washington DC home?
4. Jeff Flake, the retiring US senator from what US state, last week hinted he might challenge President Trump for the Republican presidential nomination in 2020?
5. The rep for what Oscar-winning actor denied published reports that the actor was moving himself and his family to Australia to "escape" from President Trump?
6. Tom Benson, a businessman and NFL team owner, died last Thursday at the age of 90. What team did he own, one that won its first and only Super Bowl in 2010?
7. What pop singer is currently embroiled in a legal battle over her purchase of a Los Angeles convent in 2015, and a nun in the fight over it collapsed and died last week at a court appearance about the dispute?

March Trivia
1. The birthstone for March is: a. garnet; b. amethyst; c. aquamarine; d. diamond.
2. Which of the following events always occurs in March? a. Black Month Month; b. Women's History Month; c. Daytona 500; d. National Poetry Month.
3. What happened to Julius Caesar on March 15, 44 BC? a. He crossed the Rubicon River; b. He was elected "Pontiflex Maximus"; d. He was murdered.
4. On March 27, 1964, what was the big news story in Alaska? a. Alaska becomes the 49th state; b. an 8.3 earthquake rattled the state; c. Alaska Pipeline was completed; d. Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred.
5. How many national holidays are there in March? a. none; b. 1; c. 2; d. 3.
6. In March 1976, Patty Hearst was convicted on which charge? a. kidnapping; b. drug possession; d. conspiracy to overthrow the government.
7. What year did the NCAA March Madness tournament expand to the 64-team format? a. 1979; b. 1985; c. 1990; d. 1996.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. The novel "Dr. Zhivago" chronicles life in Russia during the first half of the 20th century.
2. Zachary Taylor was the first US president to die in office.
3. The state of Florida is located in two different time zones.
4. Painter Cassius Coolidge is best known for his paintings of dogs playing poker.
5. In Robert Lewis Stevenson's book, the first names of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are actually Thomas and Robert.
6. The month of December has consistently shown to have the highest suicide rate.
7. Iron is the most used metal in the world today.
8. Hamlet commits suicide in Shakespeare's famous play.
9. India has the most post offices in the world.
10. North Dakota is the only US state that borders three Canadian provinces.

General Knowledge
1. Fashion tradition says that white shouldn't be worn afterr what holiday? ( 1 pt)
2. What actor played Walter White on the hit AMC series "Breaking Bad?" ( 1 pt)
3. Fireworks were invented in what country? ( 1 pt)
4. In what southern state did the first Walmart open in 1962? ( 2 pt)
5. What state has the most shark attacks per year? ( 2 pt)
6. What iconic 1970s rock band first came together as backup musicians for Linda Ronstadt? ( 2 pt)
7. What video game company was originally founded as a producer of playing cards? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. George Clooney won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2005 for what film? ( 3 points)
2. What is the southernmost capital city in the world? ( 5 points)
3. What New England university is named for the first Jewish US Supreme Court justice? ( 4 points)
4. Mark and David Knopfler were brothers who formed what 1980s rock band? ( 4 points)
5. What is the longest river in the world that doesn't have any bridges crossing it? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. United Kingdom; 2. United; 3. New York; 4. Arizona; 5. Matt Damon; 6. New Orleans Saints; 7. Katy Perry.

March Trivia
1. c; 2. b; 3. d; 4. b; 5. a; 6. c; 7. b.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. True; 2. false, William Henry Harrison; 3. true; 4. true; 5. false, Henry and Edward; 6. false, June; 7. true; 8. false, stabbed to death; 9. true; 10. false, Montana.

General Knowledge
1. Labor Day; 2. Bryan Cranston; 3. China; 4. Arkansas; 5. Florida; 6. The Eagles; 7. Nintendo.

IQ Trivia
1. "Syriana;" 2. Wellington, NZ; 3. Brandeis; 4. Dire Straits; 5. Amazon.

Monday, March 19, 2018

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Month of March Trivia

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, March 20th at Professor Thom's at 8:30 PM, with "March Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the month of March in one way, shape or form. All the questions will be multiple choice as well. The Q Train lightning round will be "True or False Trivia."

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Fashion tradition says that white shouldn't be worn after what holiday?"

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

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Trivia Q&A: March 13

We had 13 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, and we had another close race to the finish. The top four teams were separated by just two points going into IQ Trivia, so it was anyone's Trivia Night to win. But it was Diminished (Ken from DIMS flying solo again), who ran the table in the final round and wound up winning the night with 50 points. Congrats to him on another great win. Second place went to Free Lappland with 42 points, and Dublin Our Usual Score (who won for Best Team Name) finished third with 41 points.

Current Events
1. Sir Roger Bannister, a distinguished British neurologist, died last week at the age of 88. But he gained immortality in 1954 by being the first man to accomplish what athletic feat?
2. What southern US state's Senate recently approved a bill to keep Daylight Savings Time going throughout the year, joining two other states that don't observe the time changes?
3. The US Holocaust Museum retracted an award it gave to Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of what Asian nation, for failing to condemn her military's campaign against the country's Muslims?
4. The creator of what 2000s TV series announced last week that he is planning a prequel film to be shot later this year?
5. What retail chain is making preparations for a liquidation of its bankrupt US operations after failing to find a buyer or reaching a debt restructuring deal with lenders?
6. What ABC personality called Vice President Pence and apologized to him after she made recent comments mocking his Christian faith?
7. What soft drink company announced they will produce their first ever alcoholic beverage, to be sold only in Japan?

Ireland Trivia
1. Which Irish saint is said to have explored America 1000 years before Columbus? a. Finbar; b. Patrick; c. Thomas; d. Brendan.
2. What is Ireland's second largest city after Dublin in population? a. Cork; b. Limerick; c. Galway; d. Waterford.
3. In terms of fan attendance, what is Ireland's most popular team sport? a. soccer; b. Gaelic football; c. hurling; d. rugby.
4. Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. are members of what Irish rock band? a. The Pogues; b. Black 47; c. U2; d. Thin Lizzy.
5. During which major holiday did the 1916 uprising in Ireland against Great Britain take place? a. Christmas; b. Easter; c. New Year's; d. Queen's Birthday.
6. What movie, set in Ireland, won an Oscar in 1992 for Neil Jordan's screenplay? a. In the Name of the Father; b. Far and Away; c. The Commitments; d. The Crying Game.
7. Which Irish-born actor played James Bond? a. Sean Connery; b. Timothy Dalton; c. Daniel Craig; d. Pierce Brosnan.

The Q Train: 10-100 Trivia
1. On the TV series "Seinfeld", George Costanza wanted to give his first-born son this number for a first name.
2. Pearl Jam and LL Cool J both had this number for an album title.
3. LeBron James wore this number when he played for the Miami Heat.
4. This is the atomic number of helium.
5. In the Book of Revelation, there were this many "Horsemen of the Apocalypse."
6. In baseball, this many innings have to be played at minimum for a game to be official.
7. Gemini is this number sign of the Zodiac.
8. This number of judges sit on the US Supreme Court.
9. An octogon has this number of sides.
10. The only players in soccer and hockey who can wear this number are goalkeepers.

General Knowledge
1. What city does Ron Burgundy, in the film "Anchorman", remind to "stay classy?" ( 1 pt)
2. What coastal Georgia city is the birthplace of the Girl Scouts? ( 1 pt)
3. Which bill of US currency features a picture of the White House on the back? ( 1 pt)
4. Between the letters "J", "X" and "W", which tile is worth the least in a game of Scrabble? ( 2 pt)
5. In 2014, what actress from the TV show "Glee" released an album called "Louder?" ( 2 pt)
6. What American city has the busiest cruise port in the world? ( 2 pt)
7. The earth's lowest elevation on dry land is on the shore of what body of water? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The medical condition known as myopia is better known by what name? ( 3 points)
2. What soap opera, which left the air in 2009, holds the record as the longest-running scripted program in the history of American broadcasting, 72 years? ( 5 points)
3. According to Netflix, what film starring Sandra Bullock is their most rented DVD of all-time? ( 4 points)
4. For its 125th anniversary in 2014, what European landmark installed a glass floor 187 feet off the ground?  ( 4 points)
5. "How the Solar System Was Won" was the working title for what classic 1968 sci-fi film? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Ran the mile in under four minutes; 2. Florida; 3. Myanmar; 4. "The Sopranos;" 5. Toys 'R' Us; 6. Joy Behar; 7. Coca-Cola.

Ireland Trivia
1. d; 2. a; 3. b; 4. c; 5. b; 6. d; 7. d.

The Q Train: 10-100 Trivia
1. 7; 2. 10; 3. 6; 4. 2; 5. 4; 6. 5; 7. 3; 8. 9; 9. 8; 10. 1.

General Knowledge
1. San Diego; 2. Savannah; 3. $20 bill; 4. W; 5. Lea Michelle; 6. Miami; 7. Dead Sea.

IQ Trivia
1. Nearsightedness; 2. "The Guiding Light;" 3. "The Blind Side"; 4. Eiffel Tower; 5. "2001: A Space Odyssey."

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Happy Anniversary...To Me

It was 12 years ago today that Yours Truly began writing The Mighty Quinn Media Machine. It's really hard to believe that a dozen years have past since I started blogging. But it's been a fun ride that I hope will continue for many more years to come.

I don't write too much about the Red Sox these days, just on occasion. I dedicate most of the blog today to my Trivia Night, and that is always fun to do.

I want to thank all of you for the ongoing support here, and wish all of you readers the best always.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Celebrating the Emerald Isle Tomorrow

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, March 13th at Professor Thom's at 8:30 PM, with "Ireland Trivia" as the Special Category, in honor of the upcoming St. Patrick's Day celebration on Saturday. It will be seven questions connected to the Emerald Isle, and all questions will be multiple choice. The Q Train lightning round will be "1-10 Trivia." I will ask you ten general knowledge questions where every answer will be a number from 1 to 10, and every answer will be a different number.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What coastal Georgia city is the birthplace to the Girl Scouts?"

I look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday night for another terrific night of Trivia!

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Trivia Q&A: March 6

We had 12 teams in at Professor Thom's on the night before the storm for Trivia. We had three teams running neck-and-neck going into IQ Trivia, and an unusual five teams tied for fourth heading into that round, so it was anybody's night to win. But the team of You Pick Something that emerged victorious, running the table in the final round, and winning with 48 points. Congrats once again to Bob and Cato on another terrific win.

Second place was actually a tie between the teams of #Bud Lights Matter and Dimwit (Ken from DIMS solo last night), both had 44 points. I asked a tie-breaker question: "As of 2017, what is the population of the state of Florida?" Dimwit was closest to the answer (it was 20,980,000), and took second.

Best Team Name: Mighty Quinnter Weather Advisory

Current Events
1. What midwestern state was ranked number 1 in the US by a recent ranking in US News and World Report as the best state to live in through their strong infrastructure, health care and education?
2. What singer/actress revealed last week she cloned her dog twice for $50,000, in an interview with Variety magazine?
3. What rock superstar stormed off stage during a concert in Las Vegas last Thursday when fans who were invited on stage during one of his signature songs became unruly?
4. What actor, who has never won an Oscar, won his second Razzie award last weekend for Worst Actor in 2017 for the attempted reboot of the "Mummy" franchise?
5. Teachers from what US remained on strike this past week after the raises they negotiated with the governor was cut by the state Senate?
6. What sports star became the first person to win both a sporting championship and an Oscar last Sunday when his film won Best Animated Short Film?
7. Russ Solomon, who founded what Sacramento, CA-based retail chain giant that became a worldwide phenomenon but was liquidated in 2006, died last Sunday at the age of 92?

Florida Trivia
1. What is the largest city in Florida by population?
2. What country ceded Florida to the United States in 1819?
3. As of 2017, where in the top 10 is Florida ranked in overall population by state?
4. Ybor City is a neighborhood in what Florida city famous for its production of cigars?
5. What Florida city is the oldest European settlement in North America?
6. What is the largest island by area in the Florida keys?
7. What drink was first developed at the University of Florida in the 1960s?

The Q Train: 10-100 Trivia
1. Andrew Jackson appears on this US denomination bill.
2. This is the minimum age for a person to become a US Senator.
3. The number of thieves in the fictional adventure tale of Ali Baba.
4. The distance between home and first base in baseball is this number feet.
5. Capricorn is this number sign of the Zodiac.
6. The national speed limit in the UK is this number in MPH.
7. Wilt Chamberlain scored this record number of points in a 1962 NBA game.
8. The book of Genesis in the Bible contains this number of chapters.
9. The interstate highway number that connects New York and San Francisco.
10. The game of Chinese checkers contains this total number of pieces.

General Knowledge
1. What fast-food restaurant once had the slogan "Have it your way?" ( 1 pt)
2. Mark Cuban is the principal owner of what NBA team? ( 1 pt)
3. What is the most common pet in America today, with a total of 139 million owned? ( 1 pt)
4. The busiest airport in the world is found in what American city? ( 2 pt)
5. What country is the greatest exporter of coffee? ( 2 pt)
6. How many US states have a coastline that touches the Gulf of Mexico? ( 2 pt)
7. The flag of the European Union contains how many stars? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The only royal palace in the United States is located in what state? ( 3 points)
2. In terms of GDP, what world capital city is the richest city in the world? ( 5 points)
3. The tiny country of Liechtenstein has a total of nine Olympic medals in its history, and they are all in what winter sport? ( 4 points)
4. What 20th century US president is the only one to graduate from the US Naval Academy? ( 4 points)
5. The highest paid athlete in the world in 2016 earned $88 million playing what sport? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Iowa; 2. Barbra Streisand; 3. Elton John; 4. Tom Cruise; 5. West Virginia; 6. Kobe Bryant; 7. Tower Records.

Florida Trivia
1. Jacksonville; 2. Spain; 3. third; 4. Tampa; 5. St. Augustine; 6. Key Largo; 7. Gatorade.

The Q Train: 10-100 Trivia
1. 20; 2. 30; 3. 40; 4. 90; 5. 10; 6. 70; 7. 100; 8. 50; 9. 80; 10. 60.

General Knowledge
1. Burger King; 2. Dallas Mavericks; 3. fish; 4. Atlanta; 5. Brazil; 6. five; 7. twelve.

IQ Trivia
1. Hawaii; 2. Tokyo; 3. Alpine skiing; 4. Jimmy Carter; 5. soccer (Cristiano Ronaldo).

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Playing Pepper 2018: Boston Red Sox

I had the pleasure of being a part of group of five Red Sox bloggers who took part in  "Playing Pepper 2018: Boston Red Sox." We were asked six questions concerning the club for 2016 by Daniel Shoptaw, who runs the fine St. Louis Cardinals blog "C70 At The Bat."

Every year Daniel asks bloggers from all 30 teams questions about their teams chances for the upcoming season. This is the fifth straight year I have taken part.

My thanks to Daniel for letting me take part again. Here are the questions and my answers:

C70: What are your thoughts on the offseason? Did the club improve over the winter?

John: The Red Sox improved where their biggest need was, and that was a power bat in the person of J.D. Martinez. The Red Sox needed him, and he needed the Red Sox, so that deal was going to get done. They also filled an infield need with the return of Eduardo Nunez, who will see plenty of time at second base with Dustin Pedroia’s knee injury keeping him out the first two months of 2018. Even with Pedroia’s return, Nunez will get plenty of playing time around the infield. The Sox have a strong bullpen, but will be without Eduardo Rodriguez and Steven Wright to start the year, but this will give Brian Johnson an opportunity to move up on the Red Sox pitching depth chart. Overall, I think the Sox will top their 2017 total of 93 wins, especially with two of their rivals clearly takes steps downwards this winter (Tampa Bay and Baltimore).

But as big an addition as Martinez is, the addition of Alex Cora as the new manager is probably even bigger. Cora has been a widely respected baseball man going back to his days as a middle infielder with the Dodgers and then the Red Sox. (I remember back in his Sox days that Peter Gammons always called Cora one of the smartest players in the game and would manage a team in MLB one day.) The Sox moved on from John Farrell after five years at the helm of the club, and left with three division titles, a World Series title and two last place finishes. Cora will be under the microscope as soon as the bell rings for the start of the season. The Red Sox are expected to win, so Cora walks in with huge expectations in his first MLB managerial gig. He’s played in Boston before, so he knows exactly what he’s getting himself into.

C70: It’s David Price’s third year with the club. What are your expectations for him this season?

John: I fully expect a strong bounce back year for David Price. He was strong coming out of the pen late last year, and he has a lot to prove to the club, as well as the fans. I wouldn’t be surprised if he has a Cy Young-caliber season in 2018. He and Chris Sale will be a devastating 1-2 punch in the rotation this year.

C70: What’s one thing people may overlook (either positively or negatively) about this team?

John: The strong tandem behind the plate. Christian Vazquez opened a few eyes with his strong arm and defense, and continues the handle the staff very well. He showed a bit of a stick last season, and he maybe on the verge of taking over the number one catching position. Sandy Leon had a bit of a fluke year with the bat in 2016 and came down to earth in 2017, but continues to throw out runners well above league average. The wild card in this whole thing is Blake Swihart. He’s out of options, and the Sox have to decide what to do with him. I hope they carry him and use him as a utility player, and use him behind the plate on occasion. He’s off to a good start this spring, which makes the brass’ decision even tougher.

C70: Who is the one key player, the guy that must have a good year for the Red Sox to do well?

John: Tough question. On offense, I would say that is Mookie Betts. He is now the heart and soul of the Red Sox offense, and his numbers were slightly below his near-MVP season of 2016 last year, and I expect him to have a season closer to what he did two years ago. Pitching-wise, I would say that is Craig Kimbrel. He was simply outstanding in 2017, but whenever you have a closer struggling through a miserable season, that can mean big trouble. I don’t expect a big regression for him in 2018, but we’ll see if he can match what he did last season.

C70: What’s your projection for 2018? Where does the team wind up overall?

John: I would love to see the Red Sox finally eclipse the 100-win mark in the regular season for the first time since 1946. I think that is possible, but I see them around 97 for 2018, with another AL East title. Can they get to the World Series? Houston looks as good as they did in 2017, so it will be tough.

C70: What’s one question I should have asked and what’s the answer to it?

John: What? No questions about the “Behemoths to the South?” You know, “The Little Engine That Could”, New York Yankees. Sure, they are a concern, with another banger in the middle of their order in Giancarlo Stanton. But I am still of the opinion that pitching and defense wins championships, and I think the Red Sox are still better than New York in both departments. It will be a dogfight all year between the two rivals, and expect both teams in the 2018 postseason.

Monday, March 05, 2018

Sunshine State Trivia On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, March 6th at 8:30 PM at Professor Thom's, with "Florida Trivia," seven questions connected to the Sunshine State in one way, shape or form. The Q Train lightning round will be "10-100 Trivia." I will ask you ten general knowledge questions where the answer will be a number from 10 to 100, and every answer will end in zero (such as 20, 30, 40, 50, etc.). Every answer will be a different number.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What fast-food restaurant once had the slogan 'Have it your way'"?

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

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Trivia Q&A: February 27

We had 11 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, as we honored the Academy Awards in our special categories. The scores in both were generally pretty strong, as most folks know their films. We had a great three-team race to the finish, with those teams separated by five points. The two giants of our Trivia Night, DIMS and Ask Your Doctor About QuinnTrivia, dominated the night, but the team of Mystery Meats, had a fabulous IQ Trivia round, getting four of five correct, and won the night with 46 points and a razor-thin one point edge over DIMS, who finished second. It was the first time at Trivia Night for Mystery Meats, and congrats to them on their victory. Ask Your Doctor About QuinnTrivia finished third with 42 points.

Best Team Name: Jared Kushner & The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Current Events
1. A man died last Thursday as he was attempting to throw a grenade over the wall of the US embassy in what small Eastern European country's capital of Podgorica?
2. Marit Bjoergen, a cross-country skiier from what country, became the most decorated athlete at the Winter Olympics ever, with 14 medals overall?
3. What Oscar-nominated film won 5 awards, including Best Film, at the British Academy Film Awards last week?
4. What Middle Eastern country says it will build its first opera house, in a nation where concerts have been banned for two decades, in an effort for more modernization there?
5. What Oscar-winning actress said last week she is planning to take off one year from acting to become an activist and to "fix our democracy?"
6. Gov. Eric Greitens, of what midwest state, was indicted last Friday by a grand jury on a felony invasion of privacy charge, allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman he has an affair with in 2015?
7. The stock of Snapchat dropped more than 7% last Thursday, the loss of over $1 billion, after what reality TV star tweeted that she never uses that app any more?

Academy Awards Trivia
1. Who is the only actress to win four Best Actress Oscars?
2. What 1993 film is the only film based on a TV series to get a Best Picture nomination?
3. Martin Scorsese won his first Best Director Oscar for what 2006 film?
4. What film did Mel Brooks win his only Oscar for Best Original Screenplay?
5. Who hosted the Academy Awards ceremony a record 19 times?
6. For what comedy did Tom Hanks receive his first Oscar nomination?
7. Name 1 of the 3 sports films to win the Best Picture Oscar.

The Q Train: Oscar Winners' First Win Trivia
1. Helen Mirren
2. Denzel Washington
3. Paul Newman
4. Natalie Portman
5. Tom Hanks
6. Diane Keaton
7. Morgan Freeman
8. Meryl Streep
9. Sean Penn
10. Jodie Foster

General Knowledge
1. The 'T' in the government agency TSA stands for what? ( 1 pt)
2. Darius Rucker is the lead singer in what pop/rock band? ( 1 pt)
3. "The King of Swing" was the nickname of what legendary jazz artist? ( 1 pt)
4. In the 1978 film "Midnight Express", American Billy Hayes was imprisoned in what country? ( 2 pt)
5. What is the most populous US state capital? ( 2 pt)
6. What country is home to the most Noble Prize Laureates in history? ( 2 pt)
7. A funambulist does what a circus? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What country had the most international tourists in 2016? ( 4 points)
2. What actor/comedian made his directorial debut in 2014 with the film "Rosewater?" ( 4 points)
3. A person with the medical condition epistaxis is experiencing what? ( 5 points)
4. Badfinger's song "Baby Blue" played during the final moments of what TV series in 2013? ( 4 points)
5. What game was once banned in the Soviet Union because it was said to promote capitalism? ( 3 points)

Current Events
1. Montenegro; 2. Norway; 3. "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri;" 4. Saudi Arabia; 5. Jennifer Lawrence; 6. Missouri; 7. Kylie Jenner.

Academy Awards Trivia
1. Katharine Hepburn; 2. "The Fugitive;" 3. "The Departed;" 4. "The Producers;" 5. Bob Hope; 6. "Big;" 7. "Rocky", "Chariots of Fire, " "Million Dollar Baby."

The Q Train: Oscar Winners' First Film Trivia
1. The Queen; 2. Glory; 3. The Color of Money; 4. Black Swan; 5. Philadelphia; 6. Annie Hall; 7. Million Dollar Baby; 8. Kramer vs. Kramer; 9. Mystic River; 10. The Accused.

General Knowledge
1. Transportation; 2. Hootie and The Blowfish; 3. Benny Goodman; 4. Turkey; 5. Phoenix, AZ; 6. United States; 7. tightrope walker.

IQ Trivia
1. France; 2. Jon Stewart; 3. nosebleed; 4. "Breaking Bad;" 5. Monopoly.

Monday, February 26, 2018

The Best In Celluloid Trivia Tomorrow

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, February 27th at 8:30 PM, with "Academy Awards Trivia" as the Special Category, in honor of the upcoming Oscars next Sunday. It will be seven questions connected to the awards. The Q Train lightning round will be "Oscar Winners First Win Trivia." I will give you the names of ten Oscar-winning actors and actresses, and you have to tell me the name of the film they won their first (or only) Oscar for.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The 'T' in the government agency TSA stands for what?"

I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night as we honor the movies' biggest night with a great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Trivia Q&A: February 20

We had 14 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, on a night where we honored the US presidents in both of the special categories (we rarely have both of those categories with the same subject). The scores in both of those rounds were both generally pretty good, and we had a tight two-team race going into IQ Trivia. But it was the boys from DIMS who came away with the win, as they got 4 of 5 correct in IQ Trivia and finished with 47 points. Congrats to Mike, Ken and Darek on another impressive win.

Second place went to Stupid Sexy Flanders with 40 points, and third place went to Hendrix Isn't The Best with 37 points.

Best Team Name: Fergie's Back Up Singers

Current Events
1. President Jacob Zuma, of what African country, resigned last Wednesday in a televised address over numerous scandals that plagued his time in office?
2. Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced last Friday that he is running for a Senate seat in what US state?
3. What rock star had a meltdown at a concert on Long Island last Thursday night, mumbling through just 5 songs, improvising bizarre lyrics before walking off stage?
4. What Oscar-winning actor walked off an on-camera interview on ESPN last week after he was asked a question about his rumored relationship with actress Katie Holmes?
5. What rap star released a new video of a single called "God's Plan" where he gives away $1 million to various people in the Miami area, to complete strangers, a women's shelter and to the fire department?
6. What country was struck by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake on Friday, and was followed by a 5.8 magnitude aftershock?
7.What nation is currently leading the overall medal count at the Winter Olympics, with 29?

Presidential Trivia
1. Who was the first US president to travel abroad while in office? a. Warren G. Harding; b. Teddy Roosevelt; c. Calvin Coolidge; d. Woodrow Wilson.
2. Besides Abraham Lincoln, who was the only president to die in his second term in office? a. William McKinley; b. Warren G. Harding; c. Zachary Taylor; d. John Tyler.
3. Who was the only president born in the state of New Jersey? a. Woodrow Wilson; b. James K. Polk; c. Grover Cleveland; d. Martin Van Buren.
4. Who is the only president to earn a Masters of Business Administration? a. George W. Bush; b. Bill Clinton; c. Woodrow Wilson; d. Jimmy Carter.
5. Who was the last president who did not attend college? a. Ronald Reagan; b. Teddy Roosevelt; c. Dwight D. Eisenhower; d. Harry Truman.
6. Who was the first Republican elected president? a. James Buchanan; b. Abraham Lincoln; c. US Grant; d. James K. Polk.
7. Name 1 of the 2 US presidents who never made a State of the Union address.

The Q Train: Presidential True or False
1. The teddy bear was named in honor of Teddy Roosevelt.
2. Bejamin Harrison served two non-consecutive terms.
3. James Buchanan was the only bachelor president.
4. William McKinley was president during the Spanish-American War.
5. Ronald Reagan was the only president born in California.
6. Abraham Lincoln scrawled the Gettysburg Address on the back of an envelope.
7. George Washington had wooden teeth.
8. Barack Obama was the first president born outside the contiguous United States.
9. Ronald Reagan is the oldest man inaugurated president.
10. FDR was the first president to appear on TV.

General Knowledge
1. In Roman numerals, what number does the numeral "C" represent? ( 1 pt)
2. The medical condition known as aFib is an ailment associated with what organ? ( 1 pt)
3. In the Star Trek universe, what color is Mr. Spock's blood? ( 1 pt)
4. The city of Milwaukee, WI sits on which of the Great Lakes? ( 2 pt)
5. What cartoon dog was born at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm? ( 2 pt)
6. The dimples of Venus are located where on the human body? ( 2 pt)
7. What country has the most volcanoes in the world? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Rio Manzahares and Rio Jamara are two rivers that run through what world capital city? ( 4 points)
2. What is the only city to host the Olympic Games three times? ( 4 points)
3. Who is the only musician to top the singles charts as a solo artist, in a duo, in a trio, in a quartet and a quartet? ( 5 points)
4. "Star Beast" was the original title of the screenplay that became what 1980 Ridley Scott film? ( 3 points)
5. Steve Balmer resigned from board of Microsoft in 2014 after purchasing what NBA team? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. South Africa; 2. Utah; 3. Marilyn Manson; 4. Jamie Foxx; 5. Drake; 6. Mexico; 7. Norway.

Presidential Trivia
1. b; 2. a; 3. c; 4. a; 5. d; 6. b; 7. William Henry Harrison and James Garfield.

The Q Train: Presidential True or False
1. true; 2. false, Grover Cleveland; 3. true; 4. true; 5. false, Richard Nixon; 6. false; 7. false, he had lead, gold and ivory false teeth; 8. true; 9. false, Donald Trump; 10. true.

General Knowledge
1. 100; 2. heart; 3. green; 4. Lake Michigan; 5. Snoopy; 6. lower back; 7. USA.

IQ Trivia
1. Madrid; 2. London; 3. Paul McCartney; 4. "Alien"; 5. L.A. Clippers.