Pitchers & Catchers Report to Ft. Myers

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Trivia Q&A: August 31

As we all watched the Red Sox season fade into the west on Tuesday night (at least I won Jere's contest to guess who would score the final run of August for the Sox: Jed Lowrie), we had 15 teams in on a slower night than usual night in the bar. It looks like a few folks are already getting the jump on their Labor Day weekend plans.

It was a good contest, with three teams fighting all night for the top spot. The scores of Q Are You? were pretty strong (I didn't make it particularly tough), but the scores on True or False Trivia were a bit lower.

The three top teams were only separated by one point, but one of those teams, Bed Bugs Kills AIDS, got four of the five questions correct and wound up winning by three points. Nice job by Joe and his crew in capturing the Trivia Night champions title for this week.

Current Events
1. Forbes magazine reported that this country, which bans social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, did not set up accounts on those sites to promote itself, and it was all a hoax.
2. The city of Barcelona, Spain fined this superstar rock band $22,000 for rehearsing too loudly and beyond their schedule time when they played a gig there in June 2009.
3. This NFL team, which recently opened a new ballpark, was ranked number one among all NFL clubs in total worth by Forbes, a staggering $1.8 billion.
4. This Australian actor, who currently lives in the US, has been banned from leaving Australia, where he was attending his mother's funeral, until he settles a multi-million dollar tax bill.
5. This comedy series, in it's first year on TV, won the Emmy Award for Best Comedy Series last Sunday night.
6. This man secured the release of an American being held in prison by North Korea for illegally entering the country earlier this year, last weekend.
7. Last week, this MLB player became the 47th player in MLB history to hit 400 home runs, and the third youngest ever to reach that milestone.

Q Are You?
1. This man was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1937. He is a comedian, actor, author, producer, educator and musician. He has won 4 Emmy Awards, 9 Grammy Awards, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002 for his TV work and a Doctor of Education from UMass in 1976.
2. This man was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1926. He's a director, writer, actor and producer. He's one of only 12 people who have won an Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy award. Three of his films are in AFI's list of the Top 100 comedy films of all-time.
3. This woman was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1933. She's a comedian, actress and TV personality. She won an Emmy Award for Best Talk Show host in 1990, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a documentary about her life came out earlier this year.
4. This woman was born in New York City in 1945. She's a singer, songwriter and author. She's won two Grammys, an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award. Her 1973 #1 hit single is one of pop music's great enigmas, as she won't publicly say who the subject of the song actually is.
5. This man was born in San Diego, CA in 1970. He's a professional golfer who has won 38 PGA Tour events, and four major titles, his first at the 2004 Masters, getting the "majors monkey" famously off his back.
6. This man was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1967. He's a TV host and comedian. He was the co-host on two shows on Comedy Central before he landed his current gig on network TV, and won an Emmy Award for Best Game Show Host in 1999.
7. This man was born in Alexander City, AL in 1973. He's a 6-time Pro Bowl selection and a 5-time All-Pro selection at wide receiver. He holds or shares several NFL records, but he's been very controversial and created firestorms with the 5 teams he's played with.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. John Travolta turned down the starring roles in "An Officer and a Gentleman" and "Tootsie."
2. If coloring weren't added to Coca-Cola, it would be green.
3. Three times more people were killed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake than in the Titanic disaster in 1912.
4. You can still be executed for certain crimes in England.
5. Humphrey Bogart never said "Play it again, Sam" in the film "Casablanca."
6. In space, it is impossible to cry.
7. Singing in the shower can lower your cholesterol.
8. Men are four times more likely to be struck by lightning than women.
9. If a month starts on a Sunday, it will contain a Friday the 13th.
10. John is the most common first name in the world.

General Knowledge
1. What two colors are a part of Israel's flag? ( 1 pt)
2. Wicket keeper is a position in what sport? ( 1 pt)
3. "Hungry Like the Wolf" was the first Top 40 single in 1983 by what British rock group? ( 1 pt)
4. Garry Shandling won an Emmy Award for writing in 1998 for what HBO series? ( 2 pt)
5. The Palme d'Or is given to the best movie in what annual film festival? ( 2 pt)
6. Bratislava is the capital of what European country? ( 2 pt)
7. What famous doctor was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his "great achievement in the field of medicine?" ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What is the only Beatles number one US hit single whose title is the name of an actual place? ( 4 points)
2. The River Liffey runs through the center of what major city? ( 4 points)
3. Name 1 of the 2 South American countries whose mainland you'll fly over when heading due south from Miani, FLA. ( 3 points)
4. What 1998 movie was the first film that Robert Redford both directed and starred in? ( 4 points)
5. What Pulitzer Prize-winning author once ran unsuccessfully for mayor of New York City? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. North Korea; 2. U2; 3. Dallas Cowboys; 4. Paul Hogan; 5. "Modern Family;" 6. Jimmy Carter; 7. Albert Pujols.

Q Are You?
1. Bill Cosby; 2. Mel Brooks; 3. Joan Rivers; 4. Carly Simon; 5. Phil Mickelson; 6. Jimmy Kimmel; 7. Terrell Owens.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. true; 2. true; 3. false, it's actually the other way around; 4. false, England no longer has the death penalty; 5. true; 6. true; 7. false; 8. true; 9. true; 10. false, Mohammed.

General Knowledge
1. Blue and white; 2. cricket; 3. Duran Duran; 4. "The Larry Sanders Show;" 5. Cannes; 6. Slovakia; 7. Jonas Salk.

IQ Trivia
1. "Penny Lane;" 2. Dublin, Ireland; 3. Ecuador and Peru; 4. "The Horse Whisperer;" 5. Norman Mailer.

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