Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Trivia Q&A: March 1

We had 14 teams in for Trivia Night on Tuesday. It's been like a pendulum lately: one crowded night one week, the next week a bit less. Haven't been able to finger on exactly why.

The numbers for Current Events were as low for that round as I have ever seen them. (Did I make it too difficult this week? I really didn't think so.) But there was a nice bounce back for Q Tip Trivia, as the scores were generally on the higher side.

They were again on the so-so side for General Knowledge, but one team did well throughout the night and pulled away to a very comfortable win: Just Plain Tater Tots and Square Pizzas wound up winning by eight points, and they got four of five correct in IQ Trivia. It was there first win on Trivia Night. (I understand many of the members of that team belong to Mensa. I hope they come back to defend their title, as I do love a challenge.)

We also had an odd coincidence tonight. As soon as IQ Trivia ended, "Always Look On the Bright Side Of Life" came up on my iPod (and it was on shuffle), which is connected into the bar's sound system. The question about George Harrison and Handmade Films had just been asked, and he started the company to get "Life of Brian" filmed, which included that song as its finale. I think George might have been watching us.

Second place went to I'm On a Drug, It's Called John Quinn with 45 points, and third went to Better Than Bacon with 44 points.

Best Team Name: I'm On a Drug, It's Called John Quinn (and yes, Charlie Sheen was a popular figure for team names)

Current Events
1. What major US city had a light dusting of snow, its first significant snowfall in 35 years last Friday?
2. What South American country became the first country to break relations with Libya last week?
3. What Asian electronics giant rolled out a new digital camera last week that allows posting pictures and videos directly to sites like Facebook and YouTube?
4. What space shuttle went on its 39th and final mission last week?
5. What US state legalized same-sex civil unions last Wednesday?
6. What pop star debuted a new hair style last week and immediately lost nearly 80,000 followers on Twitter?
7. What British actress was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire last weekend, and was later punched in a scuffle with paparazzi at her hotel?

Q Tip Trivia
1. Which of the following planets have satellites? a. Mars; b. Saturn; c. Venus; d. Uranus.
2. Which of these states did not secede from the Union before or during the Civil War? a. Missouri; b. Tennessee; c. Kentucky; d. Arkansas.
3. Which of these rock groups was Eric Clapton once part of? a. Buffalo Springfield; b. Cream; c. Traffic; d. Blind Faith.
4. Which of these countries are currently in the top 10 of the most populous countries in the world? a. Nigeria; b. Japan; c. Pakistan; d. Indonesia.
5. Which of these countries are not in the European Union? a. Switzerland; b. Russia; c. Iceland; d. Hungary.
6. Which of these rock icons died outside of the United States? a. Jim Morrison; b. Sid Vicious; c. Kurt Cobain; d. Jimi Hendrix.
7. Which of these US currency bills does not have a president on them? a. $10; b. $20; c. $50; d. $100.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Strawberries have more Vitamin C than oranges.
2. Niagara Falls is the highest waterfall in the world.
3. The leopard is the fastest mammal on earth.
4. The San Diego Zoo has the largest collection of animals in the world.
5. Cows have four-chambered stomachs.
6. Fort Knox is located in Tennessee.
7. A rat can last longer without water than a camel.
8. During WWII, the Oscars were made of plaster.
9. Plato was the teacher of Socrates.
10. The entire "Lord of the Rings" trilogy was filmed in New Zealand.

General Knowledge
1. The island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea belongs to what country? ( 1 pt)
2. What country awards the Nobel Peace Prize? ( 1 pt)
3. Who was the last US president to serve in the 19th century? ( 1 pt)
4. What explorer gave the Pacific Ocean its name? ( 2 pt)
5. What country is the oldest parliamentary democracy in the world? (2 pt)
6. What "Saturday Night Live" sketch was turned into a hit feature film in 1992? ( 2 pt)
7. "Eureka" is the motto of what US state? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Lara Lor-Van was the biological mother of what famous fictional character? ( 3 points)
2. What onetime presidential candidate was the subject of the 2006 documentary film "An Unreasonable Man?" ( 4 points)
3. What 1995 action film, which bankrupted its production company, is listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest box office flop of all-time? ( 5 points)
4. Conchology is the scientific study of what? ( 4 points)
5. What late rock superstar produced a number of feature films for, as well as founded, Handmade Films? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. San Francisco; 2. Peru; 3. Samsung; 4. Discovery; 5. Hawaii; 6. Justin Bieber; 7. Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Q Tip Trivia
1. a,b,d; 2. a,c; 3. b,d; 4. all; 5. a,b,c; 6. a,d; 7. a,d.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. true; 2. false, Angel Falls; 3. false, cheetah; 4. true; 5. true; 6. false, Kentucky; 7. true; 8. true; 9. false, Socrates taught Plato; 10. true.

General Knowledge
1. Italy; 2. Norway; 3. William McKinley; 4. Ferdinand Magellan; 5. Great Britain; 6. "Wayne's World;" 7. California.

IQ Trivia
1. Superman; 2. Ralph Nader; 3. "Cutthroat Island;" 4. seashells; 5. George Harrison.

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