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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Trivia Q&A: November 20

We had another fine turnout on Tuesday night for our Thanksgiving Trivia night, with 19 teams taking part in the festivities. The numbers were on the low side for Current Events and True or False Trivia, as I guess I made them both a bit too difficult.

Going into IQ Trivia, we had five teams separated by four points, but the team in third place, Who's Going To Miss Twinkies More? Cookie Monster or Elmo? got four of the five IQ Trivia questions correct and wound up jumping into the winner's circle with a total of 44 points and won by four points. Congrats to Gillian and her crew on their victory.

Second place was a tie between Silver Snakes and John Quinn: Medicine Cabinet with 40 points, but Silver Snakes was closest to the correct answer to, "How many total people attended the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621?" (It was 142.)

Best Team Name: Paula Broadwell Ate All of Petraeus' Cream Filling & Now There Are No More Twinkies

Current Events
1. What company is currently facing a $250 million class-action lawsuit for blasting customers with illegal text messages?
2. People magazine selected which 32-year-old film actor as its "Sexiest Man Alive" for 2012?
3. The daughter of what rock star was arrested and then released last week after allegedly overdosing on heroin?
4. Which US state has gotten over 100,000 signatures favoring the state to seceed from the union, the most of any state since President Obama's re-election?
5. Which film crossed the $500 million worldwide box office mark last week, becoming the highest grossing "R" rated comedy of all-time?
6. 50 children and the driver of a school bus were killed last Saturday when it was struck by a train in which Middle Eastern country?
7. What heavy metal band finally ended its boycott of iTunes and released their entire back catalog on the digital music store yesterday?

Thanksgiving Trivia
1. Which 20th century US president proclaimed that the fourth Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving Day?
2. In which decade did the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade take place?
3. What folk singer recorded "Alice's Restaurant", about a memorable Thanksgiving Day in his life?
4. Of the three utensils we use to eat (fork, spoon and knife), which was not present at the first Thanksgiving feast?
5. Name 1 of the 2 NFL teams that traditionally host an NFL game on Thanksgiving Day.
6. In what current US state was the first Thanksgiving held?
7. True or False: The Apollo 11 astronauts ate a Thanksgiving turkey dinner on the moon.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. The palms of your hands and the soles of your feet cannot grow hair.
2. Iron is the most used metal in the world today.
3. Coal miner is the most dangerous job in America.
4. Abraham Lincoln was the first president to have a Christmas tree in the White House.
5. Black pepper is the most popular spice in the world.
6. A baseball will travel further in hotter temperatures than in cold.
7. FDR was the first president to deliver a speech on the radio.
8. The Hundred Years War actually lasted less than 100 years.
9. Ringo Starr's name translated into Japanese actually means "apple sauce."
10. India has the most post offices in the world.

General Knowledge
1. Aboriginals are indigenous to what nation? ( 1 pt)
2. Forrest Gump's mother told him that life is like what? ( 1 pt)
3. "The Great War" is a nickname for what 20th century conflict? ( 1 pt)
4. In literature, who was the captain of "The Pequod?" ( 2 pt)
5. How many US states border the state of Minnesota? ( 2 pt)
6. Rabat is the capital of what African nation? ( 2 pt)
7. What hotel/casino was founded by gangster Bugsy Siegel in Las Vegas in 1947? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What country denounced sloppy men's hairstyles in a state-run TV series in 2004 entitled "Let Us Trim Our Hair in Accordance With the Socialist Lifestyle?" ( 3 points)
2. What is the only US state that has an element in the periodic table named after it? ( 5 points)
3. The Queen Elizabeth Islands are found in what ocean? ( 4 points)
4. The three tallest statues in the world all depict what figure? ( 4 points)
5. Only two US presidents never gave a State of the Union address: William Henry Harrison and which other president? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Papa John's; 2. Channing Tatum; 3. Jon Bon Jovi; 4. Texas; 5. "Ted;" 6. Egypt; 7. AC/DC.

Thanksgiving Trivia
1. FDR; 2. 1920s (1924); 3. Arlo Guthrie; 4. fork; 5. Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys; 6. Massachusetts; 7. true.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. true; 2. true; 3. false, fisherman; 4. false, Franklin Pierce; 5. true; 6. true; 7. false, Warren G. Harding; 8. false, 116 years; 9. true; 10. true.

General Knowledge
1. Australia; 2. a box of chocolates; 3. World War I; 4. Captain Ahab; 5. four (ND, SD, IA, WI); 6. Morocco; 7. Flamingo.

IQ Trivia
1. North Korea; 2. California; 3. Arctic; 4. Buddha; 5. James Garfield.

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