Pitchers & Catchers Report to Ft. Myers

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Trivia Q&A: March 8

On the night of Mardi Gras, we had 21 teams in for Trivia Night, a really loud and boisterous crowd as well. (Strange thing. I handed out 27 sheets, and I thought we might set a new record for teams at Trivia Night, as the current high is 26. But six of those sheets never came back to me.) And yes, references to Charlie Sheen, winning and Tiger Blood in team names were in full force.

It was a mixed bag night of Trivia. The scores were rather low for Odd Numbered Trivia, rather high for General Knowledge, and in the middle for the other two categories going into the final round. But the IQ round proved to be the toughest of all, as no team got more than two questions correct. The team of No Fly Zone, who led in the previous two rounds, was one of those teams who got two right and held on and won by just a single point, with 39 in total. Congratulations to Emily and her friends on another Tuesday night victory lap.

Second place went to Libya Is Gaga For Tiger Blood and third place went to They Continue To Breach, Like So Many Whales, three points behind with 36.

Best Team Name: The Only Team Name Not About Charlie Sheen, Tiger Blood Or Winning..Oh Wait.

Current Events
1. Frank Buckles of West Virginia died last week at the age of 110. What was the great significance of Mr. Buckles' passing?
2. What country is objecting to the logo for the 2012 Olympics, calling it "racist" and may boycott the games next year?
3. What actress filed a $50 million libel suit against Star magazine after they published a cover story insinuating she is a drug addict?
4. What female pop singer announced last week she was donating the money she made appearing at a party for Muammar Khadafy's son in 2007 to charity?
5. Suze Rotolo, the onetime girlfriend of a rock icon and who also gained fame by being featured on the second album he put out in 1963, died recently at the age of 67. Who was the rock icon?
6. What legendary rock guitarist is putting 70 of his guitars on the auction block this week to benefit an alcohol and drug treatment center he founded in Antigua?
7. What company, according to the Wall Street Journal, recently passed McDonald's as the world's largest restaurant chain?

March 8th Trivia
1. In 1974, the current sixth largest airport in the world opens in Paris, which is named for what famous person?
2. On this date in 1862, the famous Confederate ironclad warship, the Merrimack, was relaunched under the name of what Confederate state?
3. On this day in 1973, what rock superstar was fined $240 after pleading guilty to growing marijuana outside of his Scottish countryside farm?
4. Hines Ward, NFL wide receiver and Super Bowl XL MVP from what team was born on this day in 1976?
5. William Howard Taft, 27th President of the US who, in 1921, was named to what important position eight years after the leaving the White House, died on this date in 1930.
6. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan, in a Florida speech, gave the Soviet Union what nickname?
7. In 1957, the Ba'ath Party came to power in what Middle Eastern country after left wing army officers staged a coup d'etat?

Odd Numbered Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. This is the number of billiard balls in a standard game of eight-ball pool.
2. This was the number worn by NBA Hall of Famers Larry Bird and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
3. Andrew Johnson was this number US president.
4. The silver wedding anniversary is celebrated after this number of years.
5. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X were both assassinated at this same age.
6. Baskin-Robbins ice cream has this number of flavors.
7. Aquarius is this number astrological sign of the Zodiac.
8. Both the Mets and Yankees retired this number in honor of their manager Casey Stengel.
9. The last Super Bowl, played last month in Dallas, was this number.
10. This is the number of points in a pentagram.

General Knowledge
1. Who played Rooster Cogburn in the original version of "True Grit?" ( 1 pt)
2. What is the capital of New Hampshire? (1 pt)
3. The country of Namibia is found in what continent? ( 1 pt)
4. What English rock band has had a record 36 top ten albums in the US charts? ( 2 pt)
5. What US president served in between the two non-consecutive terms of Grover Cleveland? ( 2 pt)
6. What celestial body is known as "The Blue Planet?" ( 2 pt)
7. What songstress of the 1940s and '50s was known as "The First Lady of Song?" ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Before it was officially taken out of circulation in 1969, what US president was on the $1,000 bill? ( 5 points)
2. Which album by Billy Joel was the first pop album ever released on compact disc in 1983? ( 4 points)
3. What country has the world's longest set of land borders with other countries? ( 4 points)
4. According to UNICEF, what African country has the most land mines in the world? ( 4 points)
5. In the 1993 film "Groundhog Day," what song awakens Bill Murray's character on the clock radio every morning? ( 3 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Last living WWI veteran; 2. Iran; 3. Katie Holmes; 4. Nelly Furtado; 5. Bob Dylan; 6. Eric Clapton; 7. Subway.

March 8th Trivia
1. Charles de Gaulle; 2. Virginia; 3. Paul McCartney; 4. Pittsburgh Steelers; 5. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; 6. "The Evil Empire;" 7. Syria.

Odd Numbered Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. 15; 2. 33; 3. 17; 4. 25; 5. 39; 6. 31; 7. 11; 8. 37; 9. 45; 10. 5.

General Knowledge
1. John Wayne; 2. Concord; 3. Africa; 4. Rolling Stones; 5. Benjamin Harrison; 6. Earth; 7. Ella Fitzgerald.

IQ Trivia
1. Grover Cleveland; 2. "52nd Street;" 3. China; 4. Egypt; 5. "I Got You Babe."

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