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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Trivia Q&A: July 3

We had an amazing turnout on the night before the Fourth, with 29 teams (one off the record of 30) taking part. I figured we might have either a light turnout, or a really heavy one. Almost everyone's off on Wednesday, so many folks took advantage of it.

The Current Events and General Knowledge rounds were some of the lower scores of seen of those categories in some time. But they were made for in the July 4th and True or False rounds.

The two teams that were tied for second place going into IQ Trivia both got 4 of the 5 questions right, and leapfrogged over the leaders to claim a tie for first, both with 41 points. We had a tie-breaker question of: "How many feet is the CN Tower when it opened as the world's largest free-standing structure in 1976?" The answer was 1,815, and the team of We Rolled the Dice-K and Lost guessed closer than the second place team of My Man's a Loser! Nice job by both teams tonight, both of whom had not been at Trivia Night in quite a while (and it nice to see them both).

Third place went to It's Not Thom's Ale, It's a Tax with 39 points.

Best Team Name: What Did One Tampon Say To The Other? Nothing, They Both Stuck Up Bitches

Current Events
1. The rock band The Flaming Lips set a Guinness World Record last week by playing how many different shows in a 24-hour period, from Memphis to New Orleans?
2. In the Euro 2012 soccer championship this past Sunday, what country repeated as champions, having won it back in 2008 also?
3. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange declined an order by London police to surrender this past week and continues to remain in what South American country's London embassy until he is granted asylum?
4. What California city of about 300,000 declared bankruptcy last week, becoming the largest city in the US ever to do so?
5. The European Court of Justice rejected an appeal by what American corporation last week, and confirmed a nearly $1.1 billion fine for its abuse of its dominant position in the market?
6. The son of what NBA legend was arrested last weekend on charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in Omaha, NE?
7. What hot-headed actor shut down his Twitter account for the second time this past weekend and also told Vanity Fair he wanted to murder his ex-wife's lawyer with a baseball bat?

July 4th Trivia
1. On this day in 1855, "Leaves of Grass", a book of a dozen poems written by what famous Long Island-born poet was first published?
2. It is well-known that former US presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on this day in 1826. But what other president of that era died on this day in 1831?
3. On this day in 1954, an Ohio woman named Marilyn Sheppard was beaten to death and her doctor husband was charged with her murder. What TV series and movie were later inspired by the case?
4. In 1881, Tuskegee Institute opened in what southern US state?
5. On this day in 1997, NASA's Pathfinder becomes the first US spacecraft in over two decades to land where?
6. In 1946, what Asian country gained its independence after 381 years of near-continuous colonial rule by various countries?
7. In 1976 on this day, Israeli commandoes rescued passengers on a hijacked airliner at Entebbe Airport in what African country?

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Lemons ripen after you pick them, but oranges do not.
2. Long Island is the largest island in area in the continental US.
3. Anchorage is the capital of Alaska.
4. Bolivia, a landlocked country, currently has a navy.
5. 24 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute.
6. The distance from the foul line to the headpin in bowling is 70 feet.
7. Peanuts grow on peanut trees.
8. Eucalyptus trees are native to Australia.
9. Led Zeppelin were once denied entry into Singapore because their hair was too long.
10. The US bought Florida in 1819 from England.

General Knowledge
1. What is the last letter of the Greek alphabet? ( 1 pt)
2. What pop group has had the only number one song from a James Bond film, "A View to a Kill?" ( 1 pt)
3. What is the greatest number of Friday the 13ths possible in a single calendar year? ( 1 pt)
4. Sabermetrics is the study of statistics in what sport? ( 2 pt)
5. How many days total were Americans held captive in the US Embassy in Teheran during the Iran hostage crisis? ( 2 pt)
6. In terms of pounds consumed, what is the top selling fruit in the United States? ( 2 pt)
7. Who was the Roman emperor when Jesus Christ was crucified? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The Best Actor Oscar winners of 1995, 2003 and 2006 all appeared together in what teen 1982 comedy film? ( 5 points)
2. "Nollywood" is the nickname of what African country's film industry? ( 4 points)
3. What is the most commonly fractured bone in the human body? ( 4 points)
4. The northernmost permanently inhabited place in the world is found in what country? ( 3 points)
5. What Pulitzer Prize-winning book was voted in 1999 as the best novel of the 20th century by American librarians? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. eight; 2. Spain; 3. Ecuador; 4. Stockton; 5. Microsoft; 6. Michael Jordan; 7. Alec Baldwin.

July 4th Trivia
1. Walt Whitman; 2. James Monroe; 3. "The Fugitive;" 4. Alabama; 5. Mars; 6. The Philippines; 7. Uganda.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. true; 2. true; 3. false, Juneau; 4. true; 5. true; 6. false, 60 feet; 7. false; 8. true; 9. true; 10. false, Spain.

General Knowledge
1. Omega; 2. Duran Duran; 3. three; 4. baseball; 5. 444; 6. bananas; 7. Tiberius.

IQ Trivia
1. "Fast Times at Ridgemont High;" 2. Nigeria; 3. clavicle (collarbone); 4. Canada (Nunavut); 5. "To Kill a Mockingbird."

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