Pitchers & Catchers Report to Ft. Myers

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Trivia Q&A: September 14

We had a terrific turnout on Tuesday, as we were joined by 22 teams for Trivia Night. Hopefully the crowds will continue to be coming out, and it was nice to see many new folks in Thom's as well.

We had some strong scores for Q-Tip Trivia and General Knowledge. They weren't bad for 1-10 Trivia either.

But the IQ Trivia numbers were among the lowest I've seen in a really long time. We had nine teams that completely struck out, and only one team that got as many as three of the five correct. (I honestly didn't think it was that hard when I wrote them. OK, I was wrong.) And that team, Blackboard Bungle, wound up coming from fourth place to winning the night by just one point. Nice job, guys.

The Best Team Name: I Lost My Virginity But I Still Have The Box It Came In (I'll be featuring that every week now.)

Current Events
1. Singer Susan Boyle walked off the TV show "America's Got Talent" and left in tears after she was refused permission by this singer/songwriter to use one of his songs because he wasn't a fan of hers.
2. A former bodyguard of this pop star filed a lawsuit last week claiming she sexually harassed him and abused her children.
3. This Hollywood actor was granted a restraining order from a woman who claimed to be his wife and carrying his child, but the actor has said he has never met the woman.
4. The USA won the 2010 World Basketball championship, 81-64, over this country on Sunday, which also happened to be the tournament's host nation.
5. Kevin McCarthy, a TV and movie character actor who made over 200 appearances in film and TV but is best known for his starring role in this classic 1956 science fiction film, died last Saturday at the age of 96.
6. The White House announced that Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, who served in Afghanistan, will be the first living person since the Vietnam War to be awarded this.
7. This pop singer was sentenced to 8 weeks in jail in London today after he crashed his car into a shop last July while under the influence of drugs.

Q-Tip Trivia
1. Which of the MLB Hall of Famers never played on a World Series champion? a. Ted Williams; b. Ernie Banks; c. Tony Gwynn; d. Carl Yastrzemski.
2. Which of the following became president after the death of another president? a. Calvin Coolidge; b. Grover Cleveland; c. William McKinley; d. Harry Truman.
3. Which of these NYC subway lines is never regularly scheduled to travel into Brooklyn? a. 1 train; b. G train; c. 7 train; d. D train.
4. Which of these musical artists won an Oscar for Best Song? a. Elton John; b. Carly Simon; c. Frank Sinatra; d. Bruce Springsteen.
5. Which of these European countries were behind The Iron Curtain before the fall of communism in the late 1980s? a. Austria; b. Hungary; c. Poland; d. Switzerland.
6. Which of these bridges connects Brooklyn to Manhattan? a. Triborough; b. Verrazano; c. Marine Parkway; d. George Washington.
7. In poker, which of the following hands beats a Four-of-a-kind? a. Full house; b. Flush; c. Straight Flush; d. Straight.

1-10 Trivia ("The Q Train")
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. The number LeBron James will be wearing with his new team, 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 octagon has this number of sides.
10. The only players in soccer and hockey who can wear this number are goalkeepers.

General Knowledge
1. The Upper Peninsula is found in what US state? ( 1 pt)
2. The Staples Center is an arena found in what US city? ( 1 pt)
3. Joe Strummer was the lead singer of what band that formed in 1976? ( 1 pt)
4. How many Oscars did John Wayne win in his storied career? ( 2 pt)
5. "Angela's Ashes" won a Pulitzer Prize for what Irish author? ( 2 pt)
6. In 1934, which infamous bank robber was shot dead by the FBI outside the Biograph Theater in Chicago? ( 2 pt)
7. What Ray Bradbury novel is about a future where all books are banned? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Norris and Ross McWhirter were the founders and editors of what reference book? ( 3 points)
2. In 1868, astronomer Pierre Janssen discovered which chemical element? ( 4 points)
3. Charles Darrow is credited with inventing what, after losing his sales job following the Stock Market Crash of 1929? ( 5 points)
4. Alan Reed was best known as the original voice of which cartoon character? ( 4 points)
5. Which famous revolutionary led the "26th of July Movement?" ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Lou Reed; 2. Britney Spears; 3. Leonardo DiCaprio; 4. Turkey; 5. "Invasion of the Body Snatchers;" 6. Medal of Honor; 7. George Michael.

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

1-10 Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. seven; 2. ten; 3. six; 4. two; 5. four; 6. five; 7. three; 8. nine; 9. eight; 10. one.

General Knowledge
1. Michigan; 2. Los Angeles; 3. The Clash; 4. one ("True Grit"); 5. Frank McCourt; 6. John Dillinger; 7. "Fahrenheit 451."

IQ Trivia
1. "Guinness Book of World Records;" 2. helium; 3. The board game "Monopoly;" 4. Fred Flintstone; 5. Fidel Castro.

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