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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Trivia Q&A: November 2

We had 15 teams in on an Election Night edition of Trivia Night. Crowd was a bit off and noticed a few regulars not in attendance. I guess maybe a few of them are political junkies and passed on coming in on Tuesday.

It was one of the closest Trivia Nights we've ever had, and in just one round there wasn't a tie for first. The scores were strong for Presidential Election Trivia and General Knowledge, but rather low for True or False.

It was tied going into the final round, and both of those teams got 3 of 5 right for 12 points, so we had our first tie-breaker in a long while. The question I picked was, "How many games did the UCLA basketball team win in a row to establish an NCAA record from 1971-74?" The answer was 88, and the team of "8th Street Hooligans 2: Electric Boogaloo" wound up guessing 79, just one ahead of "Oh, You Fancy, Huh?" to win the first prize. Third place went to the team of "I Voted For Your Mom," who finished four points out.

Best Team Name: We Took The Black Guy On Our Team

Current Events
1. What man recently eclipsed Elvis Presley as the "Top Earning Dead Celebrity"of the last 12 months, according to Forbes.com?
2. What pro athlete, at a book signing in NC for his new book last week, admitted "I played better when I was drunk?"
3. Bob Guccione, the founder and publisher of what adult magazine, recently died at the age of 79?
4. What mobile phone service last Thursday agreed to pay more than $52 million in refunds to consumers after making a deal with the US Treasury for overcharging them?
5. Dilma Rousseff was elected the first female president of what South American country on Sunday?
6. The US, UK, France and Germany all banned air freight from what country last Sunday at their respective airports after two explosive packages were discovered last week?
7. The president of Russia triggered a diplomatic flap with what neighboring country after he visited the Kuril Islands, which is disputed by the two nations, on Monday?

Presidential Election Trivia
1. Since 1948, which president won by the largest percentage of electoral votes?
2. Who is the only man to become president without having been on a winning presidential ticket?
3. Which Eastern state was the only state won by George McGovern in 1972?
4. Which Democrat challenged President Jimmy Carter for the 1980 presidential nomination but failed to win?
5. Who was the last sitting Vice President elected President?
6. In what year did Geraldine Ferraro run as a vice-presidential candidate?
7. True or false: Ronald Reagan received one electoral vote in the 1976 presidential election.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Director Tim Burton's first choice for the title role of Beetlejuice was Sammy Davis Jr.
2. The book "My Friend Flicka" was once banned from many school libraries because it used the word "bitch" to describe a female dog.
3. Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon with his right foot first.
4. Author Tennessee Williams was actually born in Mississippi.
5. A dentist invented the electric chair.
6. Twinkies have a shelf life of nearly 20 years.
7. Reno, NV is actually further west than Los Angeles, CA.
8. The first US satellite, Explorer I, actually weighed less than 10 pounds.
9. Harlequin prints a line of romance novels set in the world of NASCAR.
10. The Oscar statue is estimated to be worth about $1,000.

General Knowledge
1. In the Old Testament, the book of Genesis opens with what three words? ( 1 pt)
2. In what US city did Roland Macy open his first Macy's Department store in 1858? ( 1 pt)
3. What holiday is also known as Shrove Tuesday? ( 1 pt)
4. Admiral Nelson won what decisive 1805 naval battle but paid for the victory with his life? ( 2 pt)
5. Rolling Stone magazine named what Beatles album the greatest of all-time in 2003? ( 2 pt)
6. What European man was a Wimbledon singles tennis champion from 1976-80? ( 2 pt)
7. What Florida sports and concert venue was demolished in 2008? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What European country's parliament meets at Christiansborg Palace? ( 4 points)
2. What novelist is credited as the first to call Route 66 "The Mother Road?" ( 4 points)
3. The progressive rock band Yes was the opening act and got their big break at the farewell concert for what rock band in 1968? ( 5 points)
4. The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy is an award presented every year in what professional sport? ( 3 points)
5. Pitcairn Island and The Cook Islands use what country's dollar as their currency? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Michael Jackson; 2. John Daly; 3. Penthouse; 4. Verizon; 5. Brazil; 6. Yemen; 7. Japan.

Presidential Election Trivia
1. Ronald Reagan (1984); 2. Gerald Ford; 3. Massachusetts; 4. Ted Kennedy; 5. George H.W. Bush; 6. 1984; 7. true.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. true; 2. true; 3. false, left; 4. true; 5. true; 6. false, 25 days; 7. true; 8. false, 31; 9. true; 10. false, $150.

General Knowledge
1. In the beginning; 2. New York City; 3. Mardi Gras; 4. The Battle of Trafalgar; 5. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band; 6. Bjorn Borg; 7. Orange Bowl.

IQ Trivia
1. Denmark; 2. John Steinbeck; 3. Cream; 4. hockey; 5. New Zealand.

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