Pitchers & Catchers Report to Ft. Myers

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Trivia Q&A: September 28

We had a big crowd in for Trivia Night on Tuesday, 22 teams in all. Nice to see it bounce back after tailing off a bit last week.

The scores for Q Are You? were a bit low, but they went back up for True or False Trivia. We had a tight contest going into IQ Trivia, with the top five teams just three points a part.

The IQ round had some of the highest scores in quite a while, as most teams got 10 or more points. (IQ Trivia's numbers had been on the low side the last few weeks.) Two teams ran the table in the last round, and one of them, The Marcellus Shale Don't Like to Be Fracked By Anybody Except Mrs. Shale, wound up the winners by three points. (We had a three-way tie for second place, an extreme rarity.) Nice job by Rob and his crew on getting the win.

Best Team Name: Segway To Heaven

Current Events
1. Paris Hilton was denied entry into this foreign country last week, where she was going to support her fashion lines, over her pleading guilty to drug charges in Las Vegas days earlier.
2. The college football teams Notre Dame and Navy will meet each other for the first time on foreign soil in 2012 when they will play in this foreign country.
3. A 50-year-old kinescope of Game 7 of the 1960 World Series was found recently in the home of this late actor/singer of the 1930s and '40s, who also happened to be a part owner of the champion Pittsburgh Pirates.
4. The founder of this web site last week made a $100 million donation to the city of Newark, NJ to help improve its school system.
5. This comedian testified before Congress last week, discussing immigrant farm workers in character as a conservative commentator.
6. Teresa Lewis became the first woman in nearly 100 years to be executed in this state last week for murdering her husband and stepson to collect insurance money.
7. Two members of the pop group Abba have threatened to sue a far-right wing political party in Denmark for using this hit song of theirs at their rallies.

Q Are You?
1. This man was born in Hamilton, ONT in 1950. He's an actor, comedian, writer and producer. He is best known for his comedy work on two NBC variety series, as well as many hit comedy films of the last 20 years and recently did a dramatic turn on the FX series "Damages."
2. This man was born in Newark, NJ in 1972. He is currently the oldest player in the NBA, has been a 15-time All-Star, 4-time NBA champion, 2-time scoring champion, and will play for his 6th team this upcoming season.
3. This woman was born in Arlington, VA in 1957. She is a journalist who has had a distinguished career, working on such shows as "60 Minutes,""The Today Show" and "Dateline NBC," and she's the first female to anchor an evening news program on the 3 traditional broadcast networks.
4. This man was born in New Orleans, LA in 1925. He is a novelist and screenwriter. He began writing westerns, but gained fame writing suspense and crime fiction. Many of his works became films, such as "3:10 to Yuma,""Get Shorty" and "Jackie Brown."
5. This man was born in Toronto, ONT in 1945. He is one of the most influential singer/songwriters of his generation. He's been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, with his original band and solo. He performed at Woodstock and co-founded Farm Aid in 1985.
6. This man was born in The Bronx, NY in 1940. He is an Oscar-nominated actor who has roles as varied as a murdered mobster, a dying football player, an L.A. cop with an alien partner and a crooked U.S. marshal.
7. This woman was born in The Bronx, NY in 1942. She's an actress, producer and director. Her first claim to fame was in two hit sitcoms of the 1970s. But after the last one ended, she has become a respected director and one of her first films was the first one directed by a woman to gross over $100 million in the US.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Woman blink their eyes twice as much as men do.
2. Water contracts when it freezes.
3. Mickey Mouse's original name was Mortimer.
4. The first orange trees were grown in France.
5. When applied to litmus paper, acid makes it turn blue.
6. Mikhail Gorbachev was the last president of the USSR.
7. Duckpin bowling uses a ball withoout holes.
8. The "57" on a Heinz ketchup bottle really represents nothing at all.
9. The Philippines has the most islands of any country in the world.
10. Florida is the first state to see the sunrise in the US everyday.

General Knowledge
1. How many US presidents have been killed by assassins? ( 1 pt)
2. What country owns the island of Bermuda? ( 1 pt)
3. What southern city did General William T. Sherman capture and burn in September 1864? ( 1 pt)
4. What temperature scale has 100 units between the freezing point and boiling point of water?
(2 pt)
5. John Travolta played a mobster named Chili Palmer in what 1995 film? ( 2 pt)
6. What entertainment company owns ABC and ESPN? ( 2 pt)
7. What famous naval commander uttered the memorable phrase, "I have not yet begun to fight!"? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. In 1970, who became the first professional actor to be named an English lord? ( 4 points)
2. What author's book "Happiness Is a Warm Puppy" was a bestseller in 1963? ( 5 points)
3. In 2004, what item did Jerry Seinfeld donate to the National Museum of American History, which was made famous on his TV show? ( 3 points)
4. Serving 11 years, who was the longest serving British prime minister of the 20th century? ( 4 points)
5. Jello Biafra and Ralph Nader were presidential candidates in 2000 for what party? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Japan; 2. Ireland; 3. Bing Crosby; 4. Facebook; 5. Stephen Colbert; 6. Virginia; 7. "Mamma Mia."

Q Are You?
1. Martin Short; 2. Shaquille O'Neal; 3. Katie Couric; 4. Elmore Leonard; 5. Neil Young; 6. James Caan; 7. Penny Marshall.

True or False ("The Q Train")
1. true; 2. false, expands; 3. true; 4. false, China; 5. false, red; 6. true; 7. true; 8. true; 9. false, Indonesia; 10. false, Maine.

General Knowledge
1. four; 2. United Kingdom; 3. Atlanta; 4. Celsius; 5. "Get Shorty;" 6. Disney; 7. John Paul Jones.

IQ Trivia
1. Laurence Olivier; 2. Charles Schulz; 3. The puffy shirt; 4. Margaret Thatcher; 5. Green Party.

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