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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Trivia Q&A: December 30

We had an amazing night of Trivia, as the bar had one of its biggest crowds ever on Trivia Night, and 21 teams took part. The Current Events round was rather tough, as many teams scored four points. But we had some strong scores for both New Year's Eve Trivia and 2008 Trivia. 

It was a close contest into the final two rounds, and I also had to give a few teams a point who answered "herd" to the rhinoceroses questions, as one of the regulars pointed out to me that there was another answer besides "crash." We had eight teams within four points of each other, but the team of We Brought the Whole Family Back From Christmas was the winner, as they got four of the five IQ Trivia questions right, and for the second straight week, won by just one point. Nice job, guys.

Current Events
1. This music distribution group couldn't reach a content agreement with YouTube, so their artists' videos have been yanked from the site.
2. This politician recently hinted that he'd love to run for president in a recent interview, but he is currently prohibited from doing so by the Constitution.
3. Robert Mulligan, a director who was nominated for an Oscar for directing this classic 1962 film, died last week at the age of 83.
4. This rock group had the number one tour in 2008, grossing over $210 million.
5. It was reported last week that a CIA officer bribed an Afghan chieftain for information about the Taliban by giving him this drug, and 4 days later the chieftain gave up valuable info about them.
6. This Emmy-winning actress, dancer and singer died on Christmas Day of cancer at the age of 81.
7. This deceased rock star is going to be featured by digital technology in upcoming TV commercials for a campaign to get laptop computers to the world's poorest children.

Answers: 1. Warner Music Group; 2. Arnold Schwarzenegger; 3. "To Kill a Mockingbird;" 4. Bon Jovi; 5. viagra; 6. Eartha Kitt; 7. John Lennon.

New Year's Eve Trivia

1. In 1999, this Russian leader resigned as president, and Vladimir Putin took over as acting President.
2. In 1862, President Lincoln signed an act admitting this state to the Union, which had broken away from another state.
3. This Academy Award-winning, Welsh-born actor, who won his award in 1991 playing one of the movies' most terrifying villains, was born on this date in 1937.
4. This Oscar-winning, British-born actor, who won his award in 1982 for playing one of history's most peace-loving heroes, was born on this date in 1943.
5. This 1950s rock-n-roll singer and TV star, whose sons had several hits in the 1990s, was killed in plane crash on this day in 1985 in Texas with five members of his band.
6. This legendary country singer, considered by many the genre's most influential singer and songwriter, died in a limosine in West Virginia on this day in 1952.
7. In 1999, the US turned control of the Panama Canal to Panama after which US president signed a treaty years before requiring the US to do so?

Answers: 1. Boris Yeltsin; 2. West Virginia; 3. Anthony Hopkins; 4. Ben Kingsley; 5. Rick Nelson; 6. Hank Williams; 7. Jimmy Carter.

2008 Trivia

1. Last October, this airline merged with Delta Airlines to form the world's largest airline.
2. In May, this Asian country abolished their 2 1/2 century monarchy, and later elected their first president.
3. This film, released last July, has grossed nearly $1 billion worldwide and is the fourth highest grossing film of all-time worldwide.
4. This event became the second most watched TV program in history in 2008, trailing only the 1983 "M*A*S*H" series finale.
5. This country upset Cuba, 3-2, in the baseball gold medal match last August at the Summer Olympics at Beijing.
6. This jazz artist won the Album of the Year Grammy for his album "River: The Joni Letters" and became the first jazz artist since 1965 to win the award.
7. This Eastern European state announced its independence last February, and has been recognized by 53 UN member states, while Russia and Serbia are among others that do not.

Answers: 1. Northwest Airlines; 2. Nepal; 3. "The Dark Knight;" 4. Super Bowl XLII; 5. South Korea; 6. Herbie Hancock; 7. Kosovo.

General Knowledge

1. What river runs along the border between Mexico and Texas?
2. A group of rhinoceroses is properly known as what?
3. Heathcliff is the hero in what classic novel?
4. Name 1 of the 2 South American countries that are landlocked.
5. What is the proper name for a padded cover used to keep the contents of a teapot warm?
6. The brain and the spinal cord are part of what system of the human body?
7. On which island was Napoleon Bonaparte born in 1757?

Answers: 1. Rio Grande; 2. crash (and herd); 3. "Wuthering Heights;" 4. Paraguay and Bolivia; 5. tea cozy; 6. nervous; 7. Corsica.

IQ Trivia

1. What rap group did George Lucas successfully sue to prevent a member from using the name Luke Skywalker? ( 3 points)
2. In what African nation do the events of Paul Bowles' novel "The Sheltering Sky" take place? ( 5 points)
3. Who was the first black model featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition? ( 4 points)
4. What US state capital is actually located on an international border? ( 4 points)
5. Named after printer John Dunlap, the "Dunlap Broadsides" are early copies of what document? ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. 2 Live Crew; 2. Morocco; 3. Tyra Banks; 4. Juneau, Alaska; 5. Declaration of Independence.

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