Pitchers & Catchers Report to Ft. Myers

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Trivia Q&A: June 8

We had 12 teams, just about as I predicted, in for Trivia Night on a special Monday night edition. It was nice to see many of the regulars come in on a different night, and I thank those of you who adjusted your schedules to come in.

We had some lower scores for True or False Trivia, as I did make it a little tougher this week. The scores for Name the Century Trivia was also on the lighter side a bit.

The scores were better for General Knowledge, but I had to throw out the July 4th question, as it turned out that Denmark did in fact not celebrate their independence on July 4, but June 5. The team of Table One had a member who originally hailed from the country and confirmed it to me. No one answered Denmark, so I simply tossed it out. (I'll have to let my source know that their question was indeed wrong. Sorry gang.)

Table One led for most of the night, but wound up tied with Mogwai-Mogwai-Mogwai after IQ Trivia had finished. We had our first tie in many months, so I pulled out a question I'd be saving for many months: "The Cleveland Indians have the second longest drought in terms of winning World Series after the Chicago Cubs. How many years has it been?" The team that was closest would win, and Table One said 65 and were the closer of the two and won.

Congratulations to Tara and her friends. It is their second straight Trivia Night win that they won on a tie-breaker.

Current Events
1. This rap star, who had two big hits in the 1980s, suffered a seizure on stage recently, but was released from the hospital the next day, after he was diagnosed with heat exhaustion.
2. A woman was arrested last week in Chile as she was about to fly to Spain because authorities discovered her luggage was made partially of this substance.
3. President Obama referred to this man as a "loose cannon" and a "bald face liar" in a new book to be released about the 2008 presidential campaign.
4. This actress was recently ranked number one on the annual Forbes Celebrity 100 poll as the most powerful and money-making of all celebrities for 2009.
5. This country's suspension from the Organiaztion of American States was lifted last week, and it had been a founding member of the organization in 1948.
6. This Broadway play was the big winner at the Tony Awards last night, winning ten including Best Musical.
7. This TV show is filming four episodes in Baghdad this week, the first time in USO history that a non-news show has been filmed and broadcast from a combat zone.

Answers: 1. Tone Loc; 2. cocaine; 3. Bill Clinton; 4. Angelina Jolie; 5. Cuba; 6. "Billy Elliot;" 7. "The Colbert Report."

Name the Century Trivia
1. Martin Luther nails his "95 Theses" to a door at a church in Wittenberg, Germany, starting the Protestant Reformation.
2. Fletcher Christian and his crew mates stage the famous "Mutiny on the Bounty," taking their ship from Captain Bligh and eventually flee to Pitcairn Island.
3. William McKinley is the third US president to be assassinated, and Teddy Roosevelt succeeds him.
4. The Great Fire of London destroys over 13,000 buildings and raged for over 4 days, but the loss of life was minimal.
5. Johannes Gutenberg is credited with inventing the printing press, revolutionizing the printed word.
6. King John of England is forced to sign the Magna Carta, giving certain rights to the nobles and barons.
7. The New York Yankees win their 26th and so far, last World Series championship.

Answers: 1. 16 (1517); 2. 18 (1789); 3. 20 (1901); 4. 17 (1666); 5. 15 (1454); 6. 13 (1215); 7. 20 (2000).

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. A Benedictine monk named Dom Perignon is credited with inventing champagne.
2. Yale University is named after a man named Yale.
3. The famous spy Mata Hari was actually French.
4. King Henry VIII married three women named Catherine.
5. Horses are physically unable to vomit.
6. "Funeral March of the Marionette" was the theme to the TV series "The Outer Limits."
7. Herring communicate with each other by passing gas.
8. Winston Churchill's mother was an American from New York.
9. Napoleon Bonaparte was born on the island of Sardinia.
10. Bagpipes were actually invented in Scotland.

Answers: 1. true; 2. true; 3. false, Dutch; 4. true; 5. true; 6. false, it was from "Alfred Hitchcock Presents;" 7. true; 8. true; 9. false, he was from Corsica; 10. false, Persia.

General Knowledge
1. In the USA, what name was given to a seller of illegal alcohol?
2. In mythology, what was Minerva the goddess of?
3. What was Apollo 11's landing module called?
4. During which was was the Battle of the Marne fought in?
5. Which canal took ten years to build and opened in 1869?
6. What 14th century poet wrote The Canterbury Tales?
7. Which European country, along with the US, celebrates its Independence Day on July 4th?

Answers: 1. bootlegger; 2. wisdom; 3. Eagle; 4. World War I; 5. Suez Canal; 6. Geoffrey Chaucer; 7. Denmark. (This question was thrown out when it was determined that it was June 5, and not July 4. There was a lady from Denmark on the winning team who confirmed it.)

IQ Trivia
1. Who discovered the rabies vaccination in 1885? ( 4 points)
2. What country was the first to legalize abortion in 1920? ( 5 points)
3. What was first crossed by tightrope by Charles Blondin in 1859? ( 3 points)
4. What American politician was often portrayed in the comic strip "Doonesbury" as a floating feather? ( 4 points)
5. In 1996, what overtook Coca-Cola as being the most well-known brand name in the world? ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. Louis Pasteur; 2. Russia; 3. Niagara Falls; 4. Dan Quayle; 5. McDonald's.

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