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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Trivia Q&A: February 14

We had 16 teams in for Trivia Night, and a lot of the bar was focused on "Linsanity" early on, as there were a few Knicks fans in watching their fourth quarter comeback, topped by Jeremy Lin's three-pointer. There was a good crowd as usual, but a number of folks weren't into playing Trivia. Odd.

Current Events was a tough round, but the scores rebounded in the next two rounds. We had the top three separated by five points heading into IQ Trivia, but the team of Where Do Broken Hearts Go? To Trivia at Professor Thom's wound up winning by a single point, with 45. They led the entire night, and a nice job by Emily and her friends as always.

Second place went to For V-Day, My Honey Gave Me VD wound up with 44 points, and third place went to I Choo-Choo Chose You with 37 points. Interesting that only 2 of the 16 teams that played had any kind of reference to the passing of Whitney Houston, and neither was what you would call "rude."

Best Team Name: Where Do Broken Hearts Go? To Trivia at Professor Thom's

Current Events
1. What US state's legislature approved a bill allowing same-sex marriage last week?
2. What central African country is being sued for illegally squatting in its embassy property in Washington DC after the lease to the building expired earlier this month?
3. What rock legend received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last week, the 2,460th to be so honored?
4. Florence Green, a 110-year-old woman from England, died last week. What was the great significance of her passing?
5. A famed portrait of what First Lady, which had hung in a midwestern state's governor's mansion for three decades, was recently proved to be a fraud?
6. An Italian fugitive, who had eluded police for four years, was caught by police in England after he posted a picture of himself on Facebook at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in London posing with a wax figure of what famous American?
7. What film won the Best Picture and six other awards at the British Academy Film Awards last Sunday night?

Presidential Trivia
1. Which prestigious US university has the most US presidents as alumni? a. Harvard; b. Yale; c. Virginia; d. West Point.
2. Who is the only US president to be sworn in by a woman? a. Calvin Coolidge; b. Harry Truman; c. Lyndon Johnson; d. Theodore Roosevelt.
3. Which one of the following US presidents was not born in New York State? a. Theodore Roosevelt; b. Millard Fillmore; c. Martin Van Buren; d. Calvin Coolidge.
4. Which president appointed the most number of Supreme Court justices? a. Franklin D. Roosevelt; b. George Washington; c. Thomas Jefferson; d. Abraham Lincoln.
5.Who was the first president born outside the original thirteen colonies? a. James Buchanan; b. US Grant; c. Abraham Lincoln; d. Andrew Johnson.
6. Which president served the shortest term in office? a. James Garfield; b. William Henry Harrison; c. Warren G. Harding; d. Andrew Johnson.
7. Which president served in the House of Representatives after leaving the presidency? a. John Adams; b. William Howard Taft; c. Calvin Coolidge; d. John Quincy Adams.

Valentine's Day True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Women send more Valentine's Day cards than men.
2. Cupid was the son of Aphrodite.
3. Valentine's Day was mentioned in "Hamlet."
4. Al Capone's gang is believed to have been behind the infamous 1929 massacre on Valentine's Day.
5. Valentine's Day is the largest card-sending holiday of the year.
6. 15% of US women send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day.
7. February 14th was made the St. Valentine's Day holiday by King Henry VIII.
8. Teachers receive the most Valentine's Day cards.
9. The majority of all American roses are produced in California.
10. The majority of people who but flowers for Valentine's Day are women.

General Knowledge
1. What is the official language of Brazil? ( 1 pt)
2. A fatwa is an edict issued by a leader of what religion? ( 1 pt)
3. What 2006 film did Sacha Baron Cohen portray a journalist from Kazakhstan? ( 1 pt)
4. The Volvo and Saab automakers are based in what European country? ( 2 pt)
5. From what country did Israel take the Golan Heights away during the Six Day War of 1967? ( 2 pt)
6. What city will host the 2016 Summer Olympics? ( 2 pt)
7. What is the smallest country in area in Central America? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. In 2000, who was the first athlete to receive a second Sports Illustrated "Sportsman of the Year" award? ( 4 points)
2. The islands of Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire belong to what country? ( 3 points)
3. On January 21, 2002, what corporation was named "Best Retailer of the Year" for 2001, and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection the very next day? ( 4 points)
4. What infamous American figure gave his profession on his business cards as a "secondhand furniture dealer?" ( 4 points)
5. In 1980, what world leader was given the key to the city of Detroit, MI for making a $250,000 donation to save a church in that city? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Washington; 2. Cameroon; 3. Paul McCartney; 4. Last known WWI veteran; 5. Mary Todd Lincoln; 6. Barack Obama; 7. "The Artist."

Presidential Trivia
1. a; 2. c; 3. d; 4. b; 5. c; 6. b; 7.d.

Valentine's Day True or False ("The Q Train")
1. true; 2. true; 3. true; 4. true; 5. false, Christmas; 6. true; 7. false, Henry VII; 8. true; 9. true; 10. false, men (73%).

General Knowledge
1. Portuguese; 2. Islam; 3. "Borat;" 4. Sweden; 5. Syria; 6. Rio de Janeiro; 7. El Salvador.

IQ Trivia
1. Tiger Woods; 2. Netherlands; 3. K-Mart; 4. Al Capone; 5. Saddam Hussein.

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