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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Trivia Q&A: January 24

We had an historic night at Professor Thom's on Tuesday night, as we had a record 28 teams come in for Trivia. (The old record was 26, done on three other occasions.) There was nothing special happening on the night, just a lot of folks coming in and coming in for Trivia!

The scores were solid for Current Events and The Q Train, but surprisingly lower for January 24th Trivia. We had six teams separated by five points going into the last round, and the team in the lead, I'm Bad at Football and I Love My Country, That Makes Me a "Patriot" (the name was booed lustily many times during the night), got 4 of 5 correct in IQ Trivia, and wound up winning with 47 points. Congrats to Gillian and her crew for another fine victory.

Second place went to Tim Thomas Goes to Washington with 42 points, and third place was a tie between Liz Wong and The Fake Tits, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Drunk (which won for Best Team Name), both with 37 points.

Once again, thanks to all of you for making January 24th a memorable night!

Current Events
1. Actor Sean Penn was made an at-large ambassador to what Caribbean nation last week?
2. What western US city got six inches of snow last Wednesday, shutting the city down and it was the biggest snowfall there since 1985?
3. What member of the House of Representatives was selected by GQ magazine as "The Most Powerful Person in Washington" for 2012?
4. What Hollywood actor recently said in a magazine interview that if he had been on one of the planes that struck the WTC on 9/11 (as he was scheduled to but his plans changed) he would have prevented the disaster?
5. What actor spread a false rumor on Twitter last week that Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning was about to announce his retirement?
6. What Central American country was recently given the dubious title of "The Murder Capital of the World" as it now has the highest homicide rate in the world: 82 murders per 100,000 residents?
7. Yesterday was the Chinese New Year, and 2012 is the year of what animal?

January 24th Trivia
1. On this day in 1848, James Marshall discovered gold at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, CA, which is just outside of what major CA city?
2. In 2011, 35 people were killed and 130 people injured after a suicde bomber struck at Domodedovo Airport in what capital city?
3. Mary Lou Retton, the gymnast and Olympic gold medal winner, was born on this day in 1968. In which Summer Olympics did she win her five medals?
4. Winston Churchill, the British prime minister during WWII, died on this day in 1965. In what field was he awarded the Nobel Prize in 1953?
5. On this day in 1989, serial killer Ted Bundy was executed for 30 murders he committed in 7 states in the 1970s. What US state put him to death?
6. Thurgood Marshall, the first black Supreme Court justice, died on this day in 1993. What US president named him to the Court?
7. On this day in 1990, which Asian country became the first country other than the US or Soviet Union to launch a lunar probe into space?

Oscar-Winning Characters Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Loretta Lynn
2. Virginia Woolf
3. Fast Eddie Felson
4. Queen Elizabeth II
5. R.P. McMurphy
6. Jake LaMotta
7. Claus Von Bulow
8. Clarice Starling
9. Truman Capote
10. Annie Hall

General Knowledge
1. The ancient monument called Stonehenge is located in what country? ( 1 pt)
2. Who was the first US president in office born after WWII? ( 1 pt)
3. Keyzer Soze was a mysterious character in what 1995 film? ( 1 pt)
4. What is the minimum age for a person to serve in the US House of Representatives? ( 2 pt)
5. What Basketball Hall of Famer won a record 11 championship rings? ( 2 pt)
6. What midwestern US city is located on the Cuyahoga River? ( 2 pt)
7. What color has the most shades in Crayola's box of 120 crayons? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What annual award has a design on it of three naked men with their hands on each others' shoulders? ( 4 points)
2. Who was the first film character to be a finalist for Time magazine's "Person of the Year?" ( 4 points)
3. In what US state does 24% of the population claim Irish ancestry, twice the national average? ( 3 points)
4. What female pop singer sang the opening theme song on the 1980s TV kids show "Pee-wee's Playhouse?" ( 4 points)
5. If you suffer from diplopia, what problem do you have? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Haiti; 2. Seattle; 3. Eric Cantor; 4. Mark Wahlberg; 5. Rob Lowe; 6. Honduras; 7. Water Dragon.

January 24th Trivia
1. Sacramento; 2. Moscow; 3. 1984 (Los Angeles); 4. literature; 5. Florida; 6. Lyndon Johnson; 7. Japan.

Oscar-Winning Characters Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Sissy Spacek; 2. Nicole Kidman; 3. Paul Newman; 4. Helen Mirren; 5. Jack Nicholson; 6. Robert DeNiro; 7. Jeremy Irons; 8. Jodie Foster; 9. Philip Seymour Hoffman; 10. Diane Keaton.

General Knowledge
1. England; 2. Bill Clinton; 3. "The Usual Suspects;" 4. twenty-five; 5. Bill Russell; 6. Cleveland; 7. red.

IQ Trivia
1. Nobel Peace Prize; 2. ET; 3. Massachusetts; 4. Cyndi Lauper; 5. double vision.

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