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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Trivia Q&A: May 15

We had 20 teams in on our triumphant return to Tuesday night, and it was a crowded, noisy bar as well.

The numbers were a bit lower than I expected in the first three categories, but most teams did really well in the final two. The two teams that were tied for second place ran the table in the final round, and wound up tied for first with 48 points, so we went to a tie-breaker question: "How many satellites does Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, have?" The answer was 63, and the team of Josh Beckett's Off Day was closest and won the night. It was their first ever Trivia Night win.

Second place went to Squam Rock Land Trust, and third place went to Travolta Said If I Just Touched It I Could Be In Pulp Fiction 2 with 44 points.

Best Team Name: Yo Mama So Gay, Barack Obama Wants Her To Get Married

We back on Tuesday night again next week, May 22nd at 9 PM.

Current Events
1. What TV drama series recently paid $250,000 to use the Beatles' song "Tomorrow Never Knows" on their show, making it one of the most expensive deals made by a TV studio?
2. What Oscar-winning actor was credited with helping save the life of a jogger who suffered a heart attack in London's Hyde Park last week?
3. Keith Judd, who currently in prison in Texas for extortion, received 41% of the vote in what state's Democratic primary for president last week?
4. The Sukhoi Superjet, a Russian aircraft which was on a demonstration flight last week, crashed and killed all 45 people on board in what Asian country?
5. What famous Englishman made a surprise appearance last Thursday on TV and did the weather forecast for viewers of BBC Scotland ?
6. Two people were jailed in Los Angeles last week on charges of extortion from trying to extort money from what R&B Grammy-winning musician?
7. Three Boston University students were killed and five others injured in a minivan crash in what foreign country?

May 15th Trivia
1. On this day in 1536, what woman, who was King Henry VIII's second wife, stood trial on charges of treason and adultery and was eventually condemned to death?
2. In 1811, Paraguay declared their independence from what nation?
3. On this day in 2008, what US state became the second to legalize same-sex marriage?
4. In 1972, Arthur Bremer shoots and paralyzes what man, who was running for president in Laurel, MD?
5. In 1988 on this day, the Soviet Union began withdrawing its troops from what country?
6. On this day in 1973, Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan threw the first of his record 7 no-hitters as a member of what MLB team?
7. What woman was born on this date in 1937, who in 1997, became the first woman to be appointed Secretary of State?

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. The Kentucky Derby is the only annual sporting event that attracts more female than male viewers.
2. Suicide kills more people than homicide in the US.
3. Cracking your knuckles can cause arthritis.
4. Disney's "The Lion King" is actually taken from a Japanese cartoon.
5. Male bees die after having sex.
6. All American POWs are eligible for the Purple Heart medal.
7. Canada has no Saturday mail delivery.
8. Forest fires move faster downhill than uphill.
9. The King of Hearts is the only king without a mustache on a standard playing card.
10. Walt Disney was criogenically frozen upon his death in 1966.

General Knowledge
1. What modern-day Turkish city was originally named for Roman Emperor Constantine? ( 1 pt)
2. What heavyweight boxer once claimed to "float like a butterfly and sting like a bee?" ( 1 pt)
3. What city was nearly destroyed by a massive fire in 1666 that started in a bakery? ( 1 pt)
4. From the Latin word meaning "before the form", what word means the science of crime scene investigation? ( 2 pt)
5. What cartoon character, the foe of Snidely Whiplash, was once accused of mocking the Canadian Mounties? ( 2 pt)
6. With a smell like rotten eggs, what chemical puts the stink in stink bombs? ( 2 pt)
7. According to the poet John Greenleaf Whittier, "of all the sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are" what four words? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What popular 1980s family sitcom is shown on Italian TV as "I Robinson" or "The Robinsons?" ( 4 points)
2. What movie character was included as both a hero and a villain on the AFI's list of "100 Years: 100 Heroes and Villains?" ( 5 points)
3. What environmentally conscious Dr. Seuss character claims to speak for the trees? ( 3 points)
4. Introduced in 1975, what candy ran a full page ad in newspapers assuring parents it didn't make your stomach explode? ( 4 points)
5. The US has the most English speakers of any country in the world. What nation is second? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. "Mad Men;" 2. Dustin Hoffman; 3. West Virginia; 4. Indonesia; 5. Prince Charles; 6. Stevie Wonder; 7. New Zealand.

May 15th Trivia
1. Anne Boleyn; 2. Spain; 3. California; 4. George Wallace; 5. Afghanistan; 6. California Angels; 7. Madeleine Albright.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. true; 2. true; 3. false; 4. true; 5. true; 6. false; 7. true; 8. false; 9. true; 10. false, he was cremated.

General Knowledge
1. Istanbul; 2. Muhammad Ali; 3. London; 4. forensics; 5. Dudley Do-Right; 6. sulfur; 7. It might have been.

IQ Trivia
1. "The Cosby Show;" 2. The Terminator; 3. The Lorax; 4. Pop Rocks; 5. India.

2 comments:

quizmasters said...

Hey John,

I've read your blog for the past year or so, mostly for the trivia. I also host a trivia night (in Baltimore) and on occasion I've used one of your questions.

Since I've only ever received, I thought I'd offer to give. If you'd like I could send the questions I use and you can feel free to use, repurpose or reject whatever you'd like. My format is a bit different from yours, but there are still some usable trivia in there.

Your hotmail account still working?

Rich B.

The Omnipotent Q said...

Nice to hear from you, Rich. You're the first Trivia host who has gotten back to me to tell me they have used my Q&A! Please feel free to use them, and yes, my hotmail address is working. I'd love to see some of the questions you use as well. Looking forward to hearing from you.

John