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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Trivia Q&A: May 25

It was good to see many of the regulars back on Tuesday night for Trivia. Especially long time regular Mariangela, who came up from Washington and took part, along with 18 teams.

The scores on Current Events were rather low, but the scores really picked up by "11-20 Trivia." It stayed a really close match throughout the evening, and it came down to two teams who switched positions after General Knowledge, "Suck It Dawson" and "Papi's Angels."

But "Suck It Dawson" pulled out the win, by just one point, by getting four of the five IQ questions correct. Congrats to Matt and Liz, who were absent the last few weeks, on their triumph.

And also congratulations to Joe and Gillian, other Thom's Trivia regulars, who announced that they were engaged (and it was reflected in their team name). All the best to you both.

It is not 100% certain which night Trivia Night will be on next week. If there is a Celtics playoff game next Tuesday, we will have Trivia Night on Wednesday, June 2nd. If there is no game next Tuesday, Trivia Night will go on as scheduled next Tuesday. Check back here for updates as they become available.

Current Events
1. This Asian country banned Facebook after a page on the networking site encouraged users to post sketches of the prophet Mohammed.
2. This Hollywood actor, who has invested millions of his own money in oil-separation technology, will help with the cleanup of the BP oil spill in The Gulf of Mexico.
3. The cover of this magazine this week has nearly 1300 pictures of people from Facebook, from a group from the site "I Want to Be in (the magazine)", for a lead story about FB.
4. Richard LaMotta, inventor, entrepreneur, Brooklyn Tech grad and inventor of this ice cream sandwich in 1982, died recently at the age of 67.
5. Nicolaus Copernicus, the 16th century astronomer, was reburied last Saturday in this European country as a hero, nearly 500 years after he was buried in an unmarked grave as a heretic.
6. The video game "Pac-Man" celebrated its 30th anniversary this past week. Name 2 of the 4 ghosts that chase Pac-Man.
7. This media star is suing Post Cereal over what he believes his likeness was degraded in a recent Cocoa Cocoa Puffs commercial.

Answers: 1. Pakistan; 2. Kevin Costner; 3. Time; 4. Chipwich; 5. Poland; 6. Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde; 7. Hulk Hogan.

Q Are You?
1. This man was born in San Bernardino, CA in 1930. He is one of his generation's most nominated and respected actors. He won the Best Actor Oscar in 1971, Best Supporting Actor in 1992, 3 Golden Globe Awards and various other Oscar nominations.
2. This man was born in The Bronx, NY in 1949. According to RIAA, he's the third best-selling solo artist in the US, and he's had 33 Top 40 hits in this country (all written by him). He's won 6 Grammys and is in the Rock and Roll and Long Island Music Halls of Fame.
3. This man was born in Jonesboro, AK in 1955. He has been a MS state representative and a successful lawyer. But he is best known for his books, and he has 25 of them to his credit and sold over 250 million copies worldwide.
4. This man was born in NYC in 1937. He has had a brilliant career in the military, rising up to four-star general and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He won a Purple Heart and Bronze Star in Vietnam, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among other awards.
5. This woman was born in NYC in 1953. She has released 11 albums in her career, she was the first female singer to have four Top 5 singles released from one album, and she was recently fired by Donald Trump on The Celebrity Apprentice.
6. This man was born in Cincinnati, OH in 1979. Among his accomplishments: two-time MLB All-Star, Hank Aaron Award winner, holds the MLB record for consecutive errorless games at 1B, and made an uncredited one-line speaking role in the 1994 "Milk Money."
7.This woman was born in Ottawa, ONT in 1974. She is a seven-time Grammy Award winner. She has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and her 1995 album remains the best-selling debut album by a female artist in the US.

Answers: 1. Gene Hackman; 2. Billy Joel; 3. John Grisham; 4. Colin Powell; 5. Cyndi Lauper; 6. Kevin Youkilis; 7. Alanis Morissette.

11-20 Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. This is the traditional number of days of Christmas.
2. The number of players on each side of a soccer match.
3. Abraham Lincoln was this number president.
4. In golf, the clubhouse bar is known as this numbered hole.
5. A score is this number.
6. Baseball Hall of Famers Jim Rice and Ernie Banks wore this number.
7. In the US, this is the number age that a person can enlist in the Armed Forces with parental permission.
8. In tennis, this number represents the first point gained in a game.
9. This number amendment to the Constitution established prohibition in the US in 1920.
10. Judas Iscariot, Jesus' betrayer, is said by tradition to have been this numbered man at the Last Supper.

Answers: 1. twelve; 2. eleven; 3. sixteen; 4. nineteen; 5. twenty; 6. fourteen; 7. seventeen; 8. fifteen; 9. eighteen; 10. thirteen.

General Knowledge
1. TV star Eva Longoria is married to which NBA player? ( 1 pt)
2. Ivan Pavlov is best known for his conditioning experiments with what type of animal? ( 1 pt)
3. What actor received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in "City Slickers?" ( 1 pt)
4. The line "Man is the only creature that consumes without producing" can be found in what George Orwell book? ( 2 pt)
5. In what London venue are all British monarchs crowned? ( 2 pt)
6. What is the longest and strongest bone in the human body? ( 2 pt)
7. What does an ocularist make? ( 3 pt)

Answers: 1. Tony Parker; 2. dogs; 3. Jack Palance; 4. "Animal Farm;" 5. Westminster Abbey; 6. femur; 7. artificial eyes.

IQ Trivia
1. What does a labeorphilist collect? ( 5 points)
2. What 19th century politician turned down an appointment as a US senator because it meant accepting a pardon for treason? ( 4 points)
3. What author wrote the "Tales of the City" series of novels? ( 3 points)
4. Sucre is the constitutional capital of what South American country? ( 4 points)
5. What US president had previously been a US senator, minister to England, France and Spain, Secretary of War, Secretary of State and Governor of Virginia? ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. beer bottles; 2. Jefferson Davis; 3. Armistead Maupin; 4. Bolivia; 5. James Monroe.

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