This is my 3500th post in the history of my blog, and the first time a Trivia post was a milestone one. We had 20 teams on a hot and rainy night in New York, and we were joined midway through by my sister Maureen, my brother-in-law Jimmy and nephew Danny. It was a pleasure to have them check me out at Thom's for the first time.
We had strong scores in every round but in Q Are You?, as I think I made it a little more difficult. But the IQ Trivia were certainly better than usual, and we had the team of Silk Shorts On a Windy Day pull out a one-point win, as they ran the table and got a perfect 20 in the last round. They ended up with 47 points. Second place went to If You're Against Gay Marriage, Don't Get Gay Married finished with 46, and we had a tie for third between We Couldn't Get Into Shakespeare In The Park and Cornfields, who both had 42 points.
Best Team Name: I, John Quinn, Do Bachelorette Parties. Inquire Within.
1. Buddy Roemer, former governor of what southern state, announced his candidacy for the Republican party's nomination for president last week?
2. Tech giant Apple recently signed a 10-year deal to open its newest NYC store, which will be the company's largest, where in Manhattan?
3. What former MLB star was ordered last week to stand trial on car theft and drug possession charges?
4. Troubled British songstress Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London apartment on Saturday. What age was she?5. Elliot Handler, a 95-year-old toymaker, died last Thursday. He and his wife created Hot Wheels and the Barbie doll. What was their company name?6. The city of Newark, NJ set a new record for the highest temperature there ever during the heatwave last Friday. What was the temperature?
7. Cadel Evans became the first person from what country to win the Tour deFrance last Sunday?
Q Are You?
1. This man was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1937. He's one of his generation's most respected actors, winning 2 Oscars, 5 Golden Globes, 3 Drama Desk Awards and an Emmy Award, and he's portrayed many antiheroes and vulnerable characters in his films.
2. This man was born in Massapequa, NY in 1958. He made his TV debut on Knots Landing in the late 1980s, but gained fame from his movie roles in the '90s. he garnered his first and only Oscar nomination in 2003, but since 2006 has won 2 Emmys, 3 Golden Globes and 6 SAG Awards.
3. This man was born in Baltimore, MD in 1947. He's an author and part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles. Beginning in 1984, he's written a number of spy and techno thrillers that have been turned into films, with Jack Ryan his best-known character.
4. This woman was born in Saint Michael, Barbados in 1988. She is the youngest artist in Billboard history to have ten number one singles in the Hot 100. She has won 4 Grammy Awards and sold over 20 million albums worldwide.
5. This woman was born in Lynwood, CA in 1980. She has been the world number one women's singles tennis player on 3 occasions, won 21 Grand Slam titles, and 3 Olympic Gold medals, more than any other female tennis player.
6. This man was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1967. He's a TV host and comedian. He's produced a number of cable TV shows as well as hosted two, one of which garnered him a Daytime Emmy for Best Game Host in 1999.
7. This man was born in Aberdeen, SD in 1959. He played 10 years in MLB after winning the Golden Spikes Award for Best College Player in 1980. He became a coach, later managed an NL team with little success in the 1990s, but went on to another team and had great success in the 2000s.
True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Thomas Edison coined the term "hello" and introduced it as a way to answer the phone.
2. Only female turkeys can gobble.
3. There are more Americans on Facebook than there are Americans who have passports.
4. Poison ivy is not actually ivy.
5. If you mix Jack Daniel's and Jim Beam together, you are making a gin and tonic.
6. Robert E. Lee commanded the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War.
7. Actor John Ritter was the son of country singer Tex Ritter.
8. Harry S. Truman is the only US president born in the state of Missouri.
9. Leonardo daVinci famously cut off his ear and gave it to his girlfriend.
10. Rubies and sapphires are exactly alike, except in color.
1. "Synchronicity" was a number one album for what 1980s rock band? ( 1 pt)
2. Who directed the films "The 39 Steps" and "Frenzy?" ( 1 pt)
3. Henry Fonda won an Academy Award for what film? ( 1 pt)
4. Adlai Stevenson twice lost presidential elections to whom? ( 2 pt)
5. Ceylon is today known as what country? ( 2 pt)
6. "The Swoosh" is what company's logo? ( 2 pt)
7. What Minnesota city has the title "The Coldest City in the US?" ( 3 pt)
1. What controversial rock guitarist, in 1986, made a $10 million bid to but Muzak, the background music company so he could shut it down? ( 5 points)
2. The Sandwich Islands in the Pacific Ocean are today known by what name? ( 4 points)
3. "The Time Machine" was written by what science fiction author? ( 3 points)
4. In Disney's "Snow White and Seven Dwarfs", which one of the dwarfs is clean shaven? ( 4 points)
5. El Azhar University, the world's oldest university, is found in what world capital city? ( 4 points)
1. Louisiana; 2. Grand Central Terminal; 3. Lenny Dykstra; 4. 27; 5. Mattel; 6. 106 degrees; 7. Australia.
Q Are You?
1. Dustin Hoffman; 2. Alec Baldwin; 3. Tom Clancy; 4. Rhianna; 5. Venus Williams; 6. Jimmy Kimmel; 7. Terry Francona.
True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. true; 2. false, male; 3. true; 4. true; 5. false; 6. false, Army of Northern Virginia; 7. true; 8. true; 9. false, Vincent Van Gogh; 10. true.
1. The Police; 2. Alfred Hitchcock; 3. "On Golden Pond;" 4. Dwight D. Eisenhower; 5. Sri Lanka; 6. Nike; 7. International Falls.
1. Ted Nugent; 2. Hawaii; 3. H.G. Wells; 4. Dopey; 5. Cairo, Egypt.