We had 13 teams in on a rainy night in Greenwich Village for Trivia. It was a pleasure to see my old friend Matt in the bar, as he's been living in Los Angeles for a number of years and was back in New York for a few weeks. (I will forever remember Matt as the only Red Sox fan in the Riviera on the night of the 19-8 wipeout in Game 3 of the 2004 ALCS who said the Red Sox would come back and win the next four. We all tried to convince Matt it had no chance of happening, but he wouldn't hear of it. One of my favorite memories of the glorious 2004 postseason.)
The scores started out rather strong, but dipped a bit in the next two rounds. They picked up for General Knowledge, and we had five teams separated by three points going into IQ Trivia. One of the teams that was tied for third place, A Hospital, What Is It? A Building Where Leslie Nielsen Just Died, But That's Not Important Right Now was the only team to get 4 of the 5 IQ questions correct, and wound up winning the night by three points.
Second place went to I'd Rather Sign Your Mama at Shortstop Than Derek Jeter (my buddy Matt's team), and third went to Let It Be (one point out of second).
Best Team Name: Dead: The Closest Gary Coleman Will Ever Get to 6 Feet
1. This rock star filed a $20 million lawsuit last week against the makers of the video game "Guitar Hero" for violating a deal not to use imagery of his band or a former bandmate in their game.
2. 29 miners are believed to have died in a second explosion in what country, its worst mine accident in nearly 100 years?
3. What legendary country singer was among three people arrested last Friday by the US Border Patrol in Texas on marijuana possession charges?
4. President Obama was injured last week while playing basketball at Ft. McNair Army base in Washington DC when he was elbowed in the mouth. How many stitches did he need to close his wound?
5. A 19-year-old Somali-born man was arrested Saturday for attempting to bomb a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in what West Coast city?
6. The European Union agreed to give what member country $89 billion in bailout loans on Sunday to help them get through their massive banking crisis?
7. A retired French electrician has come forward with 271 undocumented, never-before-seen works by what 20th century artists, worth an estimated $80 million?
November 30th Trivia
1. On this day in 1966, Barbados declared their independence from what country?
2. In 1998, Exxon merged with what other oil company in a $73 billion agreement, forming the world's largest company?
3. On this date in 1971, the acclaimed TV movie "Brian's Song" aired, about the late NFL RB Brian Piccolo and his teammate Gale Sayers. What NFL team did they play for?
4. In 1994 on this day, what rap star was shot five times during a robbery in NYC, but was murdered two years later?
5. In 2003, a block of East 2nd Street in Greenwich Village was named after what New York-born rock star?
6. What Irish-born poet and writer, best known for his play "The Importance of Being Earnest," died on this date in 1900?
7. This English-born rock star, whose real name is William Michael Broad and achieved fame first with the band Generation X, was born on this date in 1955.
True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Astronauts on Apollo 8 in 1968 used Silly Putty to keep their tools floating around in zero gravity.
2. Archie Bunker received one vote for the 1972 Vice Presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention.
3. Olives are considered a vegetable.
4. Rabbits cannot vomit.
5. The United States purchased Florida from England in 1819.
6. The distance from the foul line to the headpin in bowling is 60 feet.
7. Colorado is the largest Rocky Mountain state in terms of area.
8. Johnny Cash's song "A Boy Named Sue" was actually written by the poet Shel Silverstein.
9. John Adams was the first man to sign the Declaration of Independence.
10. Easter Island got its name because it was discovered on Easter Sunday.
1. Appomattox Court House, where the Civil War ended, is located in what state? ( 1 pt)
2. "Double Fantasy" was a 1980 album by what rock immortal? ( 1 pt)
3. Harvey Milk Plaza is located in the Castro district of what US city? ( 1 pt)
4. "Immortal Beloved" was a 1994 biopic on the life of what classical composer? ( 2 pt)
5. What Red Sox outfielder was the last player to win the Triple Crown, in 1967? ( 2 pt)
6. What American horse breed was named for its ability to race a distance of 1,320 feet? ( 2 pt)
7. "Where America Greets The World" is the slogan used by what US airport? ( 3 pt)
1. The Wrigley family owns much of what resort island 22 miles off the California coast? ( 4 points)
2. What author wrote a novel about the fictional children Willie Mufferson, Sid Sawyer and Joe Harper? ( 4 points)
3. What is South America's least populous independent mainland country? ( 5 points)
4. What famous finger food was invented at the Anchor Bar in New York State in 1964? ( 3 points)
5. William Webb Ellis is usually claimed to be the inventor of what team sport in 1823? ( 4 points)
1. Axl Rose; 2. New Zealand; 3. Willie Nelson; 4. twelve; 5. Portland, OR; 6. Ireland; 7. Pablo Picasso.
November 30th Trivia
1. United Kingdom; 2. Mobil; 3. Chicago Bears; 4. Tupac Shakur; 5. Joey Ramone; 6. Oscar Wilde; 7. Billy Idol.
True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. true; 2. true; 3. false, fruit; 4. true; 5. false, Spain; 6. true; 7. false, Montana; 8. true; 9. false, John Hancock; 10. True.
1. Virginia; 2. John Lennon; 3. San Francisco; 4. Ludwig Van Beethoven; 5. Carl Yastrzemski; 6. Quarter horse; 7. John F. Kennedy Airport.
1. Catalina; 2. Mark Twain ("The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"); 3. Suriname; 4. Buffalo wings; 5. rugby.