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Trivia Q&A: August 14

We had 22 teams in on a busy Tuesday night of Trivia.

Current Events was pretty tough this week, and the scores reflected that. The True or False Trivia category was likewise a little more on the tougher side as well.

We had a tie for first place going into the IQ Trivia round, but the team of Mitt Romney Spent the Weekend Giving Paul Ryan Fountainhead secured the win by getting four of the five IQ questions correct, and wound up winning by five points. It's their third straight win on Trivia Night. Congrats to Joe and company for pulling off the hat trick.

Second place was a tie between Ugly Yellow Hat and Henrik Rummel's Shaft, with 40 points. We broke it by asking, "What was the late Ron Palillo's age when he started on 'Welcome Back Kotter' back in 1975?" (He had just died earlier in the day. And I gave the hint he was older than a typical high schooler.) Ugly Yellow Hat guessed 25, and they were closest and got the win. (He was 26.)

Best Team Name: I Like My Women Like I Like My Chicken: Battered and With My Dick In Them

Current Events
1. What actress, who was arrested last April on a DUI charge, once again has car troubles, and has been accused of a hit-and-run after leaving the scene of a minor accident in CA?
2. What country singer was charged with DWI and threatening law officers when he crashed his car last week, and was found naked at the scene?
3. In what Olympic sport did the USA fail to garner an Olympic medal in any category for the first time since 1936?
4. What North African country appears to be on the verge of being elected to the UN Human Rights Council despite a warrant being issued by the ICC for the country's president for crimes against humanity he committed?
5. What early 1990s sitcom has replaced the Harry Potter films as the favorite viewing among prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba?
6. What country was rattled with a pair of earthquakes last Saturday, with more than 300 deaths reported?
7. What NFL star was arrested on domestic violence charges on Saturday after he allegedly head-butted his wife during an argument and was released by his team the next day?

2000s Trivia
1. In 2001, what European country became the first to legalize same-sex marriage?
2. What was the name of the Space Shuttle that disintegrated on re-entry in 2003?
3. What American was given an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002?
4. Name 1 of the 2 teams to win the Super Bowl at least twice from 2000-2009.
5. According to Rolling Stone magazine, who was the best-selling music artist of the 2000s?
6. Name 1 of the 2 players who won the NL MVP Award at least twice in the 2000s.
7. What 2009 film was the highest grossing film at the box office in the US in the 2000s?

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. George Washington grew marijuana in his garden.
2. Online Farmville players outnumber real farmers in the US by a ratio of 60-1.
3. About once an hour someone in the world reports seeing a UFO.
4. "Jedi" is an official religion in Australia.
5. French was once the official language of England.
6. Rome is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world.
7. The song "Happy Birthday to You" is copyrighted.
8. When the Apollo 12 astronauts landed on the moon, its impact created a new crater 13 feet across.
9. Mosquitoes have no teeth.
10. Babe Ruth once held the record for consecutive shutout innings pitched in the World Series.

General Knowledge
1. What is the only planet named after a female? ( 1 pt)
2. The American flag has how many red stripes? ( 1 pt)
3. A tetragram is a term for any word of how many letters? ( 1 pt)
4. What unusual instrument did George Harrison play on the Beatles' song "Norwegian Wood?" ( 2 pt)
5. The Rhone is the deepest river found in what European country? ( 2 pt)
6. An ugli is a fruit produced by crossing an orange, a tangerine and what other fruit? ( 2 pt)
7. A Brannock Device is an instrument to measure what? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Mehmet Ali Agca, who attempted to kill Pope John II in 1981, was originally from what country? ( 3 points)
2. What animal is the most common sports mascot of US colleges and universities? ( 4 points)
3. What 19th century US president held the first "kitchen cabinet" meetings? ( 4 points)
4. Fraser Island is the world's largest sand island and is found off the coast of what country? ( 4 points)
5. Scotophobia, nyctophobia and lygophobia are all similar fears of what? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Amanda Bynes; 2. Randy Travis; 3. sailing; 4. Sudan; 5. "Fresh Prince of Bel Air;" 6. Iran; 7. Chad Johnson.

2000s Trivia
1. Netherlands; 2. Columbia; 3. Rudy Giuliani; 4. New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers; 5. Eminem; 6. Barry Bonds and Albert Pujols; 7. "Avatar."

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. true; 2. true; 3. false, once every 3 minutes; 4. true; 5. true; 6. false, Damascus; 7. true; 8. false; 9. false; 10. true.

General Knowledge
1. Venus; 2. seven; 3. four; 4. sitar; 5. France; 6. grapefruit; 7. feet (at a shoe store).

IQ Trivia
1. Turkey; 2. Eagle; 3. Andrew Jackson; 4. Australia; 5. darkness.

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