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Saturday, August 19, 2017

How About "Tony Conigliaro Drive?"

Earlier this week, Red Sox owner John Henry talked about wanting to change the name of the street that Fenway Park is named after, Yawkey Way. The block was originally called Jersey Street, but was renamed in honor of longtime Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey in 1977, some months after he passed away from leukemia.

Yawkey was a complicated man, look most men who've owned baseball teams down through the years have been. He was born in South Carolina, and wasn't known for having any progressive racial views. It was well-known the Red Sox dragged their feet on integrating the team once the color barrier was lifted in 1947. (The Red Sox signed their first black player in 1950, an outfielder named Piper Davis. He isn't well-known, as the Red Sox never promoted him to majors, and he never reached the big leagues with anyone else.)

Yawkey's been called a racist by many, and might well have been. (A friend of mine many years ago did some research trying to find a "smoking gun" on Yawkey, some solid evidence of his racism "on the record." He really couldn't find it.) Yawkey had many cronies around who were well-known to be bigots. It is also well-known the Red Sox gave Jackie Robinson a tryout in 1945 that was little more than just window dressing, had a chance to sign Willie Mays in 1949, and passed on both. And there isn't any doubt that the fact the Sox passed on many great black players in this era hurt the team going forward.

OK, Yawkey wasn't on board with racial progress in baseball.

But let's not forget other facts about him that seem to be lost on most fans.

In 1932, the Red Sox were at their historic nadir. They were the worst team in baseball, and had their all-time worst season, finishing 43-111, 64 games behind the champion Yankees. Fenway Park was falling apart, and the team did not draw 200,000 fans that season. The team was teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. There was no guarantee the Red Sox as a franchise was continue in Boston. They needed a savior. Enter Tom Yawkey.

Yawkey has just turned 30 years old and had just inherited millions of dollars from his uncle, who was his legal guardian. And he wanted to own a team. (He had actually been offered a 50% share in the Brooklyn Dodgers earlier, but declined it, as he wanted complete control of a team. Imagine how Dodgers history might be different had he accepted that.) He bought the Sox, imediately renovated Fenway Park, and set about making the Red Sox relevant again.

Yawkey's dream was a World Series title, but under his ownership of 43 years, the Sox won three AL titles, losing them all in seven games.

In 1953, the Braves moved out of Boston, leaving the city to the Red Sox, They also were the original supporters of the Jimmy Fund, helping children struck down by cancer. So the Red Sox filled that hole, and have done so ever since. Yawkey and his Yawkey Foundation have raised hundreds of millions for that worthy organization over six decades. There are many people still alive today who can thank the Yawkey Foundation for all their great work with the Jimmy Fund.

One thing I did notice many years ago was that once the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series, it seemed like it was "open season" on Tom Yawkey's legacy. I saw many writers blasting him, especially the Red Sox' dubious racial history. As owner, of course, the buck stops with him. I think the anger over the Red Sox not winning the Series all those years was laid at the feet of Yawkey, whether true or not.

I believe that the rush now to rename Yawkey Way is just a knee jerk reaction to all that's going on with the taking down of the Confederate statues. The Sox managements obviously fears that the attention will shift over to them and the Yawkey name. So they are trying to beat them to the punch, and are now pushing to change the street name. (It's not as easy as it may appear, as the city of Boston owns the street and has control over its name. It will take open hearings to affect the change. But I will bet it WILL happen.)

I have no strong feelings either way on changing the name of the street. If they want to do it, fine. Street names change all the time. Henry suggested renaming it after David Ortiz, but the street at the end of Yawkey Way was just named for him earlier this year ("David Ortiz Drive"), and the bridge near Fenway was also just named for him, and justifiably so.

I would hope they would rename the block after Tony Conigliaro, a beloved native son of Boston whose career was cut short with that terrible injury he suffered and its aftermath 50 years ago. Carl Yastzemski would also be a great choice, as would Pedro Martinez as well. I saw on another site that someone suggested calling it "Jimmy Fund Way," as they would keep Yawkey's legacy alive in the name. Any one of them would make sense to me. (BTW, some have suggested Ted Williams, but Lansdowne Street was named "Ted Williams Way" many years ago.)

So, like many people who have walked this earth, Tom Yawkey was a complicated man, with many faults. But he wasn't without his good points, and the Red Sox have honored him down through the years, including naming Fenway's street after him. I'm sure that there are many fans who don't want to see the name changed, but it won't change history if the block changes its name.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Trivia Q&A: August 16

The crowds keeping increasing for Wednesday Night Trivia, as we had another 20 teams like last week. But the bar seemed to have more folks than last week, and everyone was really into it. (We even briefly halted the proceedings while the Red Sox rallied in the bottom of the ninth at Fenway for a 5-4 win. Very enjoyable!)

I read the other day that most millennials aren't big fans of Elvis Presley, and what happened at Trivia last night seemed to bear that out. We did Elvis Presley Trivia last night in honor of the 40th anniversary of the King's death yesterday, and the scores seemed to bear that out. They were lower than I would have thought, even with most being multiple choice questions.

Anyway, our friends from DIMS pulled out a two-point victory, getting 50 points and hard-fought win. (After the win, they told me that they will be away for the next two weeks, so we will definitely have a new champion next week.) Second place went to Anal Bum Cover with 48 points, and third place went to Fine People with 45 points.

Best Team Name: Guam With The Wind

Current Events
1. A federal judge dismissed a Colorado DJ's legal claim against what pop singer last Friday, saying the radio host failed to prove the singer set out to get him fired?
2. What cab;e channel offered a "bounty payment" of $250,000 to hackers behind a data breach at the network in a recent leaked email by the hackers?
3. What restaurant chain announced last week that they would be closing 135 locations this fiscal year, doubled the amount they previously estimated they would?
4. What pop singer announced last Saturday that he will be donating $1 million from his Michigan concert to those affected by the Flint water crisis?
5. What comedienne and TV host posted on Twitter last Friday calling for a military coup to overthrow President Trump?
6. What horror sequel film was the number one film in the US last week, grossing the same total ($35 million) as its original film did in 2014?
7. A co-creator and three producers of what hit TV series are suing the network over claims that they were cheated out of profits from the wildly successful show?

Elvis Presley Trivia
1. Which of these artists have had more US number one singles than Elvis Presley? a. The Beatles; b. Michael Jackson; c. Madonna; d. The Rolling Stones.
2. What was the name of Elvis' first film? a. Jailhouse Rock; b. King Creole; c. Love Me Tender; d. Kid Galahad.
3. What state was Elvis Presley born in? a. Louisiana; b. Mississippi; c. Tennessee; d. Alabama.
4. What was Elvis' rank in the Army when he left in 1960? a. private; b. corporal; c. sergeant; d. lieutenant.
5. What was Elvis' last number one single in the US in 1969? a. Suspicious Minds; b. Good Luck Charm; c. Surrender; d. Are You Lonesome Tonight?.
6. "Blue Suede Shoes", a big hit for Elvis, was written originally by what artist? a. Chuck Berry; b. Carl Perkins; c. Buddy Holly; d. Elvis Presley.
7. True or False: The Us National Archives most requested photo is one of Elvis meeting President Richard Nixon at the White House in 1970.

The Q Train: Horror Film Trivia
1. Night of the Living Dead
2. Poltergeist
3. Halloween
4. Shutter Island
5. The Exorcist
6. Saw
7. Friday the 13th
8. The Blair Witch Project
9. Interview With a Vampire
10. Psycho

General Knowledge
1. Who wrote the novels "Carrie" and "Misery?" ( 1 pt)
2. Will.I.Am. is the singer and founder of what pop group? ( 1 pt)
3. Victoria is the capital of what Canadian province? ( 1 pt)
4. East Pakistan changed its name in 1971 to what name it is known as today? ( 2 pt)
5. Australia Day occurs every year during what month? ( 2 pt)
6. What rock band has won the most Grammy Awards in history? ( 2 pt)
7. What US state is the only one that borders just one other state? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. "La Gioconda" is another name for what famous painting? ( 4 points)
2. What US state has the largest Amish population as of 2015? ( 3 points)
3. "Despacito" is the first Spanish-language song to top the pop singles chart in the US since what 1996 hit song? ( 4 points)
4. A monument in what state claims to mark the geographic center of the contiguous 48 US states? ( 5 points)
5. After the White House, what is the second most visited residence (or house) in the US? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Taylor Swift; 2. HBO; 3. Applebee's; 4. Bruno Mars; 5. Chelsea Handler; 6. "Annabelle: Creation;" 7. "The Walking Dead."

Elvis Presley Trivia
1.a; 2. c; 3. b; 4. c; 5. a; 6. b; 7. true.

The Q Train: Horror Film Trivia
1. 1960s (1968); 2. 1980s (1982); 3. 1970s (1978); 4. 2010s (2010); 5. 1970s (1973); 6. 2000s (2004); 7. 1980s (1980); 8. 1990s (1999); 9. 1990s (1994); 10. 1960s (1960).

General Knowledge
1. Stephen King; 2. Black Eyed Peas; 3. British Columbia; 4. Bangladesh; 5. January; 6. U2 (21); 7. Maine.

IQ Trivia
1. Mona Lisa; 2. Ohio; 3. "The Macarena"; 4. Kansas; 5. Graceland.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The King Is Special Tomorrow Night

Trivia will be happening at Professor Thom's this Wednesday night, August 16th at 8:30 PM, and the Special Category will be "Elvis Presley Trivia," in honor of the 40th anniversary of the King's passing on Wednesday. It will also be a multiple choice round as well. (Or as a teacher of mine at Brooklyn Tech used to say, "multiple guess.") The Q Train lightning round will be "Horror Movies Trivia." I will give you the names of ten famous horror films from down through the years until today, and you have to tell me what was the decade of its original release.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Will. I. Am is the singer and founder of what pop group?"

We have been getting bigger crowds as the weeks have progressed, so make sure you get in early enough to get a prime seat or table. Hope to see many of you on Wednesday night!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Trivia Q&A: August 9

We had a great night of Trivia on Wednesday night, as 20 teams turned out and it was lively all night. We had a close race throughout, and the top six teams were separated by just 6 points going into the final round. But the team of DIMS, who have won on many an occasion, pulled out a one-point win, getting a total of 49 points. (My apologies to everyone on the goof up with the Album of the Year Grammy question. It was another faulty source, and the Mighty Quinn regrets the error. It turns out that not only Taylor Swift won it twice, but Adele did, too. So everyone who answered with either answer got credit for it. I'll be more careful next time.)

Second place went to Team Kim Jong Poon with 48 points, and third place went to Terms and Conditions with 42 points.

Best Team Name: You Got My Cheese Quiz, Boy?

Current Events
1. New York Jets owner Woody Johnson was confirmed last week as the new ambassador to what European country?
2. Jim Justice, governor of what eastern US state, announced he was switching political parties, from Democrat to Republican?
3. What New England state became just the fourth state in the nation last week to make community college free?
4. What newly-released film overtook "Dunkirk" and grossed $19 million last week to become the number one film in the US?
5. What baseball star appeared as an extra on the TV series "Game of Thrones" last Sunday, as a soldier hurling a spear?
6. The producers of what TV series, which is being revived after 11 years, came under fire on social media after they announced the original final scenes were being ignored and the show will pursue a new direction?
7. The New York Knicks hired former Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson to a front office position earlier this week. Who is Robinson's famous brother-in-law?

Q-Tip Trivia
1. Which of these countries were officially neutral during WWII? a. Switzerland; b. Ireland; c. Canada; d. Greece.
2. Which of these films was Morgan Freeman nominated for an Oscar? a. Unforgiven; b. The Shawshank Redemption; c. Driving Miss Daisy; d. Invictus.
3. Which of the following celebrities died while in their 30s? a. Elvis Presley; b. Marilyn Monroe; c. Kurt Cobain; d. River Phoenix.
4. Which of these rock groups was Eric Clapton once part of? a. Buffalo Springfield; b. Cream; c. Traffic; d. Blind Faith.
5. Which of these 2000s films won the Oscar for Best Picture? a. There Will Be Blood; b. Brokeback Mountain; c. Mystic River; d. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
6. Which of these 20th century US presidents were once also vice-president? a. FDR; b. Woodrow Wilson; c. Richard Nixon; d. Herbert Hoover.
7. Which of these NFL teams have won the Super Bowl at least three times? a. New York Giants; b. Pittsburgh Steelers; c. Dallas Cowboys; d. Denver Broncos.

The Q Train: Name That Sport
1. Giancarlo Stanton
2. Sergio Garcia
3. Alex Ovechkin
4. Diana Taurasi
5. Clint Dempsey
6. Garbine Muguruza
7. Takuma Sato
8. Bode Miller
9. J.J. Watt
10. Fererica Pellegrini

General Knowledge
1. The original "smile" icon below the Amazon.com logo connects what two letters in the company's name? ( 1 pt)
2. What film in the initial Star Wars trilogy did Jabba the Hut make its first appearance? ( 1 pt)
3. In the comic strip "Peanuts", what is the usually posted price of "Psychiatric Help" at Lucy's booth? (1 pt)
4. Acura is the luxury division of what automaker? ( 2 pt)
5. What is the second most common surname in the US after Smith? ( 2 pt)
6. What is the largest Mediterranean island, both in terms of area and population? ( 2 pt)
7. 60% of all the bats used in MLB games are manufactured in what US state? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What the only name shared by one of the Original Care Bears and Disney's original Seven Dwarfs? ( 4 points)
2. Helle Thorning-Schmidt was the first female prime minister of what country? (4 points)
3. Ras Hafun, the easternmost point of Africa, is found in what country? ( 5 points)
4. Who is the only woman to win the Album of the Year Grammy award twice? ( 3 points)
5. What hip hop artist recorded a rap single with Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin called "Rocket Experience" in 2009? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. United Kingdom; 2. West Virginia; 3. Rhode Island; 4. "The Dark Tower;" 5. Noah Syndergaard; 6. "Will & Grace;" 7. Barack Obama.

Q-Tip Trivia
1. a, b; 2. b, c, d; 3. b; 4. b, d; 5. none; 6. c; 7. all.

The Q Train: Name That Sport
1. Baseball; 2. golf; 3. hockey; 4. basketball; 5. soccer; 6. tennis; 7. auto racing; 8. skiing; 9. football; 10. swimming.

General Knowledge
1. A&Z; 2. "Return of the Jedi;" 3. five cents; 4. Honda; 5. Johnson; 6. Sicily; 7. Kentucky.

IQ Trivia
1. Grumpy; 2. Denmark; 3. Somalia; 4. Taylor Swift and Adele; 5. Snoop Dogg.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Know Your Sports Stars This Wednesday

Trivia will be happening at Professor Thom's this Wednesday night, August 9th at 8:30 PM, with "Q-Tip Trivia" as the Special Category. I will ask you seven general knowledge questions, and each will have four choices. You can pick as many of the four as you think are correct, and will get a point for each one that is right. (And you'll get one point if the correct answer is "none.") However, if you give any incorrect answers, that will negate any right answers for that question and you will get no points for that question. So you have to be careful.

The Q Train lightning round will be "Name That Sport Trivia." I will give you the names of ten current stars from all different sports and you have to tell me what sport they play. Every answer will be a different sport.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"In the comic strip "Peanuts", what is the usually posted price of "Psychiatric Help" at Lucy's booth?"

I look forward to seeing many of you for a great night of Trivia Q&A this coming Wednesday night!

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Trivia Q&A: August 2

Trivia returned from a one-week vacation last night, with a really good turnout of 15 teams. We had a three-team horse race going into IQ Trivia, with the each team separated by one point. But the team of DIMS emerged victorious, winning the night with 48 points. Congratulations to them on another well-earned victory.

Second place went to We Didn't Have Mooch Time to Come Up With a Team Name finished second with 42 points (and also won Best Team Name), and third place went to Now Available with 40 points.

Current Events
1. Ram Nath Kovind was recently elected president of what Asian country?
2. What magazine caused a stir last week when it put Canadian PM Justin Trudeau on its cover with the title, "Why Can't He Be Our President?"
3. Rocker Alice Cooper said last week that he recently discovered a print from what artist that he bought over 40 years ago, and could be worth millions of dollars?
4. What website entrepreneur briefly overtook Bill Gates last week as the "World's Richest Person", with a net worth of $90.5 billion, but slipped back to second the next day?
5. Apple last week announced that they were discontinuing what two types of iPods?
6. What baseball legend was accused of statutory rape in a court document filed on Monday, as the now-grown woman claims to have had a sexual relationship with him in the 1970s when she was 15?
7. Los Angeles reached an agreement to host the 2028 Summer Olympics with what other city, which host the Olympics in 2024?

1980s Trivia
1. "Bleach" was the first album released by what rock band in 1989?
2. "The Simpsons" first appeared on a series of cartoon shorts in 1987 on what TV show?
3. In 1982, Great Britain clashed with what country over the Falkland Islands?
4. What R&B legend was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987?
5. What Super Bowl championship team had a rap hit in the 1980s called "The Super Bowl Shuffle?"
6. When the Fox network debuted in October 1986, who hosted their first show called "The Late Show?"
7. Name 2 of the 5 highest grossing films in the US in 1980s.

The Q Train: Total Acting Oscars Trivia
1. Jack Nicholson
2. Diane Keaton
3. Clint Eastwood
4. Sally Field
5. Denzel Washington
6. Glenn Close
7. Cate Blanchett
8. Daniel Day-Lewis
9. Al Pacino
10. Harrison Ford

General Knowledge
1. "Granny Smith" is a popular type of what fruit? ( 1 pt)
2. Dolly, the first successfully cloned mammal, was what kind of animal? ( 1 pt)
3. Who won a Best Support Actor Oscar for the film "Goodfellas?" ( 1 pt)
4. The Good Friday Agreement of 1998 affected what country? ( 2 pt)
5. What US president was known as "The Great Communicator?" (2 pt)
6. What US city was the first to host the Olympic Games? ( 2 pt)
7. How many acres are in a square mile? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What are the two national languages of India? ( 4 points)
2. "Firelight" was a 1964 science fiction film marking the theatrical film directing debut of what Oscar-winning director? ( 4 points)
3. The World Health Organization said that the world's most polluted city in 2016 was found in what African country? ( 5 points)
4. What future Oscar-winning actor had a recurring role as Ned Donnelly on the 1980s sitcom "Family Ties?" ( 4 points)
5. What veteran entertainer is credited by Guinness World Records with logging the most hours ever on US television? ( 3 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. India; 2. Rolling Stone; 3. Andy Warhol; 4. Jeff Bezos; 5. Nano and Shuffle; 6. Pete Rose; 7. Paris.

1980s Trivia
1. Nirvana; 2. "The Tracey Ullman Show;" 3. Argentina; 4. Aretha Franklin; 5. Chicago Bears; 6. Joan Rivers; 7. ET, Return of the Jedi, The Empire Strikes Back, Batman, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

The Q Train: Total Acting Oscars Trivia
1. three; 2. one; 3. none; 4. two; 5. two; 6. none; 7. two; 8. three; 9. one; 10. none.

General Knowledge
1. Apples; 2. sheep; 3. Joe Pesci; 4. Northern Ireland; 5. Ronald Reagan; 6. St. Louis (1904); 7. 640.

IQ Trivia
1. English and Hindi; 2. Steven Spielberg; 3. Nigeria (Omitsha); 4. Tom Hanks; 5. Regis Philbin.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Trivia Returns From Vacation Wednesday

Trivia returns to Professor Thom's on Wednesday night, August 2nd at 8:30 PM, with "1980s Trivia" as the special category. It will be seven questions on that decade in pop culture, sports, history, etc. The Q Train lightning round will be "Total Acting Oscars Trivia." I will give you the names of ten current actors and actresses and you have to tell me how many total acting Academy Awards they have won in their careers. (Directing and writing Oscars don't count.)

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Granny Smith is a popular type of what fruit?"


Looking forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday night, after the one-week layoff. It will be good to be back again asking Trivia Q&A again on Wednesday. See you then!

Monday, July 24, 2017

No Trivia This Week


A reminder that Wednesday Night Trivia at Professor Thom's will NOT be happening this week, as I will be away on assignment. Trivia will return on Wednesday night, August 2nd at 8:30 PM. I will have the Sneak Peek question and the Special Category and Q Train lightning round posted here next Tuesday, August 1st. Have a great week everyone, and see you next Wednesday night!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Trivia Q&A: July 19

It was a hot night in New York last night, and the crowd was a bit less than last week, but it was a spirited turnout with 13 teams taking part. I goofed up a General Knowledge question, and I'm still trying to find where I got it. (It's the one where TLC sang the theme to "All That." My source said it was Destiny's Child. Sorry about that folks. The Mighty Quinn regrets the error.) We had a three-way tie going into the final round of IQ Trivia, but our friends from DIMS pulled out a one-point victory, garnering a total of 44 points for the win. Designated For Assignment finished second with 43 points, and The Uptown Scallawags finished third with 38 points.

Best Team Name: It's My Birthday Dammit!

SPECIAL REMINDER: Trivia Night will NOT be happening next week, as I will be away on assignment next week, but Trivia Night will return to Professor Thom's on Wednesday night, August 2nd at 8:30 PM. I'll see you then, and have a great week next week!

Current Events
1. Two men were arrested last week after admitting to killing four men and burying them on a farm property in what US state?
2. John Bernecker, a stunt man for what current TV show, died last week after suffering head injuries from a fall on the set?
3. Roger Federer won his first Wimbledon's men's singles title in five years on Sunday. How many total singles titles has he won at Wimbledon?
4. Jodie Whitaker was named to be the first woman to play what iconic TV character last week?
5. Actor Martin Landau died on Sunday at the age of 89. What film screen legend did he portray to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1994?
6. What beloved children's book character has been censored by Chinese social media after unflattering memes surfaced comparing it to the country's president?
7. What rock star's 22-year-old son was arrested on Monday in Indiana on charges of public intoxication and resisting arrest after his brother got into a fight with another man?

2000s Trivia
1. What European country was the first to legalize same-sex marriage in 2001?
2. What rapper had the most combined sales in albums of any artist of the 2000s?
3. Michael Jackson died on the same day in 2009 as what famous Hollywood actress?
4. What country launched its first manned mission in space in October 2003?
5. What American was given an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002?
6. Who were the only two teams to twice win the World Series from 2000 to 2009?
7. What comedy series' 2004 finale was the most-watched single TV show in the decade of the 2000s?

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. The toothbrush was invented in the 15th century.
2. Michael Jackson owned the rights to South Carolina's state anthem.
3. According to the UN Charter, a US citizen cannot hold the position of Secretary-General.
4. Jousting is an official state sport of Maryland.
5. North Dakota is the only US state that borders three Canadian provinces.
6. Argentina is the largest country in South America in terms of land area.
7. Ronald Reagan was the first choice by Warner Brothers to play Rick Blaine in "Casablanca."
8. CNN was the first cable channel to operate in the United States.
9. Cary Grant was once offered the role of James Bond.
10. Walt Disney was criogenically frozen upon his death in 1966.

General Knowledge
1. "O" is the symbol for what element on the Periodic Table? ( 1 pt)
2. The Seminole Indian tribe is native to what US state? ( 1 pt)
3. How many countries border North Korea? ( 1 pt)
4. In what city can you find the oldest public park in the United States? ( 2 pt)
5. What girl group of the 1990s sung the theme song to the hit sketch comedy TV show "All That?" ( 2 pt)
6. What 1993 film became the highest-grossing movie od all-time, passing "ET" until "Titanic" broke its record in 1998? ( 2 pt)
7. The duffel bag gets its name from a town in what European country? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What Oscar-winning actor founded and led Hollywood's original "Rat Pack?" ( 4 points)
2. "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" was the first novel of what 20th century writer? ( 4 points)
3. According to popular legend, what branch of the US Armed Forces was formed in a Philadelphia tavern in 1775? ( 3 points)
4. Catalan is the only official language of what small European country? ( 4 points)
5. What 19th century opera' plot follows the life of a female cigar factory worker? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Pennsylvania; 2. "The Walking Dead;" 3. eight; 4. Doctor Who; 5. Bela Lugosi; 6. Winnie the Pooh; 7. John Mellencamp.

2000s Trivia
1. Netherlands; 2. Eminem; 3. Farrah Fawcett; 4. China; 5. Rudy Giuliani; 6. Red Sox and Yankees; 7. "Friends."

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. true; 2. true; 3. false; 4. true; 5. false, Montana; 6. false, Brazil; 7. true; 8. false, HBO; 9. true; 10. false, he was cremated.

General Knowledge
1. Oxygen; 2. Florida; 3. three; 4. Boston; 5. TLC; 6. "Jurassic Park;" 7. Belgium.

IQ Trivia
1. Humphrey Bogart; 2. James Joyce; 3. Marine Corps; 4. Andorra; 5. Carmen.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The 2000s Weren't So Long Ago. Or Was It?

Trivia will be happening on Wednesday night, July 19th at 8:30 PM, with "2000s Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about the previous decade in all areas: pop culture, history, sports, entertainment, etc. The Q Train lightning round will be "True or False Trivia."

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"O" is the symbol for what element on the Periodic Table?"

We had a huge crowd last Wednesday, as the Trivia players flocked back in after the July 4th holiday passed. So, get in early to guarantee a good seat or table. Hope to see may of you on Wednesday night!

Friday, July 14, 2017

A Long National Nightmare Ended Today



I haven't written about the Red Sox in a long while (and it's time to start writing more about them at this blog), but this is as good a time as any to do so.

The Pablo Sandoval Era came to a merciful end on Friday, as the Red Sox finally admitted their mistake in signing him and designated him for assignment today. They now have 10 days to do something with him, either trade him, release him, or if he clears waivers, keep him at AAA. His release looks like the most viable option, as he has absolutely no future whatsoever in the Red Sox organization.

It looked promising this past spring, as Sandoval showed up to camp in much better shape, and led the Sox in RBIs in the spring games. His play in the field wasn't bad, so there was reason to hope he was on to a possible comeback season. The Sox traded away Travis Shaw to Milwaukee with idea that third base was Sandoval's position to lose.

And from the get-go, it all fell apart. Sandoval hit just .212 in 35 games, with 4 HRs and 12 RBIs. He wound up on the disabled list twice, and it was apparent the end was coming for him now. Third base became a black hole for the Red Sox, but the emergence of Deven Marrero and Tzu-Wei Lin both filling in ably there made the decision to cut ties with Sandoval a bit easier. He is still owed over $48 million on a contract that runs until the end of 2019.

In my opinion, this is the worst free agent contract the Sox have ever given out. Many may argue that Carl Crawford's odious seven-year deal the Sox gave him in 2011 was worse, but Crawford's numbers were actually decent, and the Red Sox were able to dump the majority of the money and years on his deal to the Dodgers in the famous trade that opened a ton of salary relief that the Sox wisely turned into the 2013 World Series championship. So Crawford's deal actually had a silver lining to it.

The Sox have to eat the remainder of this deal. No one in their right minds will swing a trade for him, or bring him in to play in 2017. The only route I can see Sandoval going now is to Japan to revive his career. There's no silver lining that I can see coming out of the Sandoval signing, now or in the future.

The Red Sox made a big mistake signing Sandoval, and will pay dearly for him to either play on another team or to sit home. Some times you just have to admit the mistake and move on.

Sandoval leaving may very well mean that we will be seeing much-heralded rookie 3B Rafael Devers in the near future. He was putting up big numbers at AA Portland (.300 AVG, with 18 HRs in 77 games) and was just promoted today to Pawtucket.

Devers is the future, Sandoval is the past. Time to look ahead, and forget this ill-conceived signing ever happened.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Trivia Q&A: July 12

We had a great night of Trivia on Wednesday night, as we went from 10 teams last week to 21 teams last night. The bar was completely filled, and that's always a great thing to see! Everyone was really into the Trivia, and we had a great race to the finish, as the top five teams were separated by just four points heading into IQ Trivia. But the team of Trump & Trumper: This Is Why We Have Birth Control (who also won for Best Team Name) had a perfect round, scoring 20 points, and jumped from third place to win by just one point with 51 points overall. Congratulations to them on a great come from behind win.

DIMS finished second with 50 points, and third place went to The Whore Mongers with 46 points.

Current Events
1. What struggling department store chain announced they will be closing another 43 stores by this October?
2. The G-20 Summit meetings took place last week in what major European city, which also brought out many violent protests?
3. What American female pop singer, currently on tour in Australia, came under fire there by releasing a promo video in which she tells her dog to "chase down some koalas?"
4. What "Transformers" star was arrested for the sixth time this past weekend for public drunkeness and disorderly conduct in Georgia?
5. Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge set a rookie record for his team, hitting his 30th home run last week. What Yankees great held the record of 29 which he broke?
6. What film opened with a $117 million debut this past week to make it the number one film in the US?
7. The NY Post reported earlier this week that Derek Jeter and what other sports superstar are nearing a deal to purchase the Miami Marlins for $1.2 billion?

France Trivia
1. What is the second most populous city in France after Paris?
2. What French author wrote the classic novel "The Count of Monte Cristo?"
3. Marie Antoinette was the wife of what French king?
4. The Eiffel Tower is more or less than 1,000 feet (with its antenna)?
5. What country did France defeat in 1998 to win its only World Cup soccer title?
6. Jean Dujardin was the last French actor or actress to win an Oscar for what 2011 film?
7. What three words make up France's national motto?

The Q Train: Born Outside The USA Trivia
1. Jim Carrey
2. Kiefer Sutherland
3. Russell Crowe
4. Salma Hayek
5. Liam Neeson
6. Alanis Morissette
7. Charlize Theron
8. Mila Kunis
9. Pierce Brosnan
10. Cate Blanchette

General Knowledge
1. What is the telephone prefix (of 3 numbers) is used in the movies by most filmmakers? ( 1 pt)
2. The Marianas Trench is located in which ocean? ( 1 pt)
3. Harpo Productions is a company founded by what famous person? ( 1 pt)
4. What country is the most populous democracy in the world? ( 2 pt)
5. What letter is the most common blood type in humans? ( 2 pt)
6. What Midwest state is the only state whose two-letter postal abbreviation is a preposition?  ( 2 points)
7. What African country is the only one with a flag that is red, white and blue and no other color? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1, What 20th century artist's painting, called "Untitled," was sold at auction for $110.5 million last month, a new record for an American artist? ( 5 points)
2. The success of the first vaccine discovered by Jonas Salk was announced in 1955 on the 10th anniversary of whose death? ( 3 points)
3. What is the most successful movie franchise in history based on a video game, with five installments earning nearly $1 billion worldwide? ( 4 points)
4. What recording artists hold the all-time record with 37 top ten albums in Billboard's US charts? ( 4 points)
5. The success of the new film "Baby Driver" has revived interest in what onetime very popular device? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Sears; 2. Hamburg; 3. Katy Perry; 4. Shia LeBeouf; 5. Joe DiMaggio; 6. "Spider-Man: Homecoming"; 7. Michael Jordan.

France Trivia
1. Marseille; 2. Alexandre Dumas; 3. Louis XVI; 4. More (1,063 feet); 5. Brazil: 6. "The Artist;" 7. Liberty, Equality & Fraternity.

The Q Train: Born Outside The USA Trivia
1. Canada; 2. UK; 3. New Zealand; 4. Mexico; 5. Northern Ireland; 6. Canada; 7. South Africa; 8. Ukraine; 9. Ireland; 10. Australia.

General Knowledge
1. 555; 2. Pacific; 3. Oprah Winfrey; 4. India; 5. O; 6. Indiana; 7. Liberia.

IQ Trivia
1. Jean-Michel Basquiat; 2. Franklin D. Roosevelt; 3. "Resident Evil;" 4.The Rolling Stones; 5. iPod.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Don't Lose Your Head Over French Trivia Wednesday


Trivia will be happening on Wednesday night, July 12th at 8:30 PM at Professor Thom's, with "France Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the nation of France in history, sports, pop culture, etc., in honor of Bastille Day, which is coming up this Friday. The Q Train lightning round will be "Born Outside the USA Trivia." I will give you the names of ten current celebrities who were not born on our shores, and you have to tell in what nation they were born in.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Harpo Productions is a company founded by what famous person?"

We've been getting some good sized crowds in for Trivia, so please do get in early to get a good seat or table. Hope to see you on Wednesday for another great night of Trivia Q&A!

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Trivia Q&A: July 5

I had a feeling the crowd at Professor Thom's would be down a bit on Wednesday night, due to the fact we were doing trivia the day after the 4th of July holiday ended. And I was right, as we had 10 teams in, but the crowd was really into it, and we all had a great night.

We had a tie going into IQ Trivia, between perennial champion DIMS and a new team in for the first time, House Slytherin. The scores in IQ Trivia were actually very good throughout all the teams, but House Slytherin got 16 of the 20 points to pull out a one-point victory with 49 points. Congratulations to them on a hard-fought victory.

DIMS finished second with 48 points, and third place went to Soory, Not Soory with 46 points.

Best Team Name: Kim Jung Un Shoots an ICBM (Irritable Colon Bowel Movement)

Current Events
1. What Oscar-nominated actor was sentenced to one week in jail last week for his 2015 arrest at a power plant protest?
2. What European country voted to make same-sex marriage legal last week?
3. What female pop singer canceled the final two shows on her current world tour last week because she said she has damaged vocal cords?
4. 25 people were shot when gunfire erupted at a rap concert in what southern state this past weekend?
5. What country attempted to launch one of the world's most powerful rockets, the Long March 5, for the second time last Sunday, but failed yet again?
6. A British teenage Islamist was sentenced to 16 years in prison for plotting a bomb attack at a London concert of what rock superstar last September?
7. What male pop singer announced earlier this week that he was quitting Twitter due to Internet trolls constantly leaving vile comments on his page?

Canada Trivia
1. In what Canadian city is the Rogers Centre located?
2. What US state has the longest border with Canada?
3. Ken Dryden won six championships with this sports team and then won election to Canada's parliament.
4. What was the last Canadian city to host an Olympic Games?
5. Name 2 of the 3 largest provinces in Canada in terms of population.
6. Marc Garneau was the first Canadian in 1984 to accomplish what feat?
7. What Canadian-born actor has been nominated for the Best Actor Oscar twice since 2006, but didn't win either time?

The Q Train: 2000s TV Characters Trivia
1. Nucky Thompson
2. Jesse Pinkman
3. Liz Lemon
4. Omar Little
5. Ari Gold
6. Niles Crane
7. Jon Snow
8. Benjamin Linus
9. Dwight K. Schrute
10. Negan

General Knowledge
1. What time zone is Denver, CO located? ( 1 pt)
2. In what film did Al Pacino star as gangster Tony Montana? ( 1 pt)
3. Who is currently the host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show?" ( 1 pt)
4. On which of Earth's continents will you find most of the planet's fresh water? ( 2 pt)
5. What US president got Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat together at Camp David? ( 2 pt)
6. Alexa is a San Francisco-based company best known for ranking the popularity of what? ( 2 pt)
7. The Komodo Dragon is native to what Asian country? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What iconic 18th century American is pictured on the Pulitzer Prize medal? ( 4 points)
2. What restaurant chain was launched in 1991 by Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Arnold Schwarzenegger? ( 4 points)
3. The character Jar Jar Binks first appeared in which of the Star Wars films? ( 3 points)
4. What clothing retailer named for a New Jersey town now uses a sideways heart for the first letter in its logo? ( 5 points)
5. What pop/R&B legend played 27 instruments on his debut studio album in 1978? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. James Cromwell; 2. Germany; 3. Adele; 4. Arkansas; 5. China; 6. Elton John; 7. Ed Sheeran.

Canada Trivia
1. Toronto; 2. Alaska; 3. Montreal Canadiens; 4. Vancouver (2010); 5. Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia; 6. Fly in space; 7. Ryan Gosling.

The Q Train: 2000s TV Characters Trivia
1. Boardwalk Empire; Breaking Bad; 3. 30 Rock; 4. The Wire; 5. Entourage; 6. Frasier; 7. Game of Thrones; 8. Lost; 9. The Office; 10. The Walking Dead.

General Knowledge
1. Mountain; 2. "Scarface;" 3. Trevor Noah; 4. Antarctica; 5. Jimmy Carter; 6. websites; 7. Indonesia.

IQ Trivia
1. Benjamin Franklin; 2. Planet Hollywood; 3. "The Phantom Menace;" 4. Burlington Coat Factory; 5. Prince.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Saluting Our Friends Up North Tomorrow


Trivia will be happening at Professor Thom's on Wednesday night, July 5th at 8:30 PM, with "Canada Trivia" as the Special Category, in honor of our neighbors to the north celebrating their sesquicentennial last Saturday. (That's their 150th anniversary as an independent nation.) It will be seven questions about Canadian history, sports, pop culture, etc. The Q Train lightning round will be "2000s TV Characters Trivia." I will give you the names of ten well-known TV characters since 2000 and you have to tell me what TV show they were on.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What time zone is Denver, Colorado found in?"

We have been having bigger crowds as summer has begun, so get in early to get a good seat or table. Look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday night for a great night of Trivia Q&A!

Friday, June 30, 2017

"Big League Dream: The Sweet Taste of Life in the Majors"

Three years ago, I read a book by a man named Roy Berger, a businessman from Long Island who grew up a passionate baseball fan. His book was called "The Most Wonderful Week of the Year", and it was all about his trials and tribulations being at a major league fantasy camp. He was a Pittsburgh Pirates fan (and a Yankees fan later in life), and chronicled the thrill of being not only at the Pirates fantasy camp, but also going to the Yankees and Detroit Tigers camps, all in a span of four years.

Roy Berger is now back with more tales from the world of fantasy camp baseball, this time with "Big League Dreams: The Sweet Taste of Life in the Majors." In this book, Berger sits down and chats amiably with many of the game's greats (and a few not-so-great) who have also shared his love of fantasy camp baseball, mostly from the 1960s and 1970s.

The book opens with a forward (which he calls a "pregame") with Bucky Dent. I seriously considered skipping it totally, and for obvious reasons. But I felt that would do a disservice to the author, so I sucked it up and read it. Dent talks about his career with the White Sox and Yankees, and of course, plenty about THAT GAME (I don't have to mention any names or dates, you know what I am talking about), and even about his brief managerial career. I got through that as fast as I could and got one with book.

I was surprised to see a familiar name on page 10 of the book, as Berger talks about his favorite moment ever in his fantasy camp career. At Yankees camp in a 10-10 tie game in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded, Berger stepped to the plate. He describes the scene: "I looked over at the on-deck circle and saw my camp buddy Mike Dempsey waiting his turn. I knew Mike would enjoy being the hero too much, so I'd better make something happen on my own."

I write that because Mike Dempsey is a friend of mine, and he has been at the Yankee fantasy camps for many years. He is always posting pictures on Facebook of his many adventures there in January, and I get a kick out of seeing him with so many Yankee greats of the past. Mike is also a World Trade Center survivor, and a very nice guy as well.

Mike never did get the chance to bat in that situation, as Berger singled in the game-winning run.

Berger covers a lot of ground in his interviews, and I found his time with Mike (Doc) Emrick especially fascinating. Doc is well-known as hockey's greatest announcer, but he also describes his life growing up in Indiana as a rabid baseball fan, and how he was able to swing going to Pirates fantasy camp in 2012 despite the NHL All-Star Game going on that same weekend. He also covers the career of ex-pitcher Fritz Peterson, who will forever be known as one of the pitchers who swapped wives and families with teammate Mike Kekich in 1973. As a Red Sox fan, I quite enjoyed his take on Steve (Psycho) Lyons, and what he had to say about infamously dropping his pants at Tiger Stadium in 1987. (Lyons swears it wasn't done on purpose.) One of the most moving parts of the book was with Kent Tekulve, the Pirates closer from the 1970s and 1980s. Tekulve had a heart transplant many years ago, and it saved his life. He was able to throw out the first pitch at the Pirates' playoff game that year. But he also talked about not letting the heart donor's family who he was, and the reasons why he didn't. Quite a good story.

I did find a few goofs in the book. Berger talked with legendary Dodgers' shortstop Maury Wills, and Wills talked about how much he idolized Ty Cobb, whose stolen base record he broke in 1962. But Berger talked about how Cobb "made no secret about his racial biases." That his since been debunked by Charles Leerhsen's excellent book "Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty" a few years ago, and I suggest Mr. Berger pick up this book and read it, and it should give him a new perspective on the Georgia Peach.

In the same chapter, he talks about Bobby Bragan, a one time Brooklyn Dodgers player from Alabama who went out of his way to racially harass Jackie Robinson when broke into MLB in 1947. Bragan later completely changed his tune on black players, and by 1958 was managing in the Dodgers' system. But Berger says Bragan was brought back the team by Branch Rickey in 1958. That would not be possible, as Rickey left the Dodgers for good eight years earlier, in 1950, after he lost a power struggle with team owner Walter O'Malley and sold his shares of the club to him.

Not to nitpick too much. I did enjoy the book overall. Berger even covers ground with the first female fantasy camp players, and that is fun to read. I certainly recommend "Big League Dreams" to any and all baseball fans who have that dream of going up against their heroes of yesteryear one of these days. You may have to pay a pretty penny for the privilege, but Roy Berger believes it is worth every cent.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Trivia Q&A: June 28

The crowds keep getting bigger as the summer begins for Trivia at Professor Thom's, and we had 19 teams in last night. It was another spirited crowd that really enjoyed the night. It was good to see that, and thanks also to a few of my softball playing friends who came in last night and took part as one team.

It was a tight race all night, and by the time we reached IQ Trivia, it was a tie for first. But our friends from DIMS reached the winner's circle again, having a strong final round and winning with 50 points. Congratulations to them. Second place went to It's Worldwide, It's Worldwide with 41 points, and third place went to This Team Name Has Been Delayed By Train Traffic with 40 points.

Best Team Name: I've Been Waiting Five Years, But Trivia Baby Is Finally In The Oven

Current Events
1. What Oscar-winning actor announced his retirement from acting last week & he'll have one final film released later this year?
2. What Oscar-winning filmmaker was announced last week as the new director of the Han Solo "Star Wars" spinoff movie, after the two original directors were recently fired?
3. What actor appeared at the Glastonbury music festival in England last week and told the assembled audience, "When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?" in his diatribes at President Trump?
4. What celebrity couple bought Jackie Kennedy's Cartier watch at auction in New York last week for $379,500?
5. Over 150 people were killed last Sunday when an overturned oil tanker exploded in what Asian country?
6. Markelle Fultz of the University of Washington was the first player taken in the NBA Draft last week and was selected by what team?
7. What controversial actor, who has appeared in two baseball movies, put a Babe Ruth World Series ring up for auction, and the bidding has topped more than $600,000, which will make it the highest-priced championship ring ever sold?

July 4th Trivia
1. On this day in 1826, what two former presidents both passed away on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence?
2. In 1976, Israeli commandos rescued hostages on an Air France jetliner at Entebbe Airport in what African country?
3. In 1863, the city of Vicksburg, MS surrendered after a 47-day siege to what Civil War Union general?
4. Ron Kovic, a Vietnam veteran and peace activist, was born on July 4, 1946. What Hollywood actor portrayed him in a film based on his life?
5. In 1881, Tuskegee University opened in what US state?
6. In 1855, "Leaves of Grass," the most famous book published by what American poet, was released in Brooklyn, NY?
7. George Steinbrenner was born on this day in 1930. How many World Series titles did the Yankees win with as the principal owner?

The Q Train: 2000s Album Trivia
1. Born This Way
2. Take Care
3. The Rising
4. Red
5. Back to Black
6. Kid A
7. Stankonia
8. The 20/20 Experience (Part I)
9. The Suburbs
10. All That You Can't Leave Behind

General Knowledge
1. What musical group was Beyonce originally part of? ( 1 pt)
2. What American city holds the oldest annual marathon in the world? ( 1 pt)
3. The TV series "The Walking Dead" is set mainly in and around what major southern US city? ( 1 pt)
4. Hilary Swank won her first Best Actress Oscar for what film? ( 2 pt)
5. What is the only continent without an active volcano? ( 2 pt)
6. In what city is the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame located? ( 2 pt)
7. What sport would you make use of a cart called a sulky? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What is the smallest country in the world in terms of land area where French is an official language? ( 4 points)
2. Who was the only villain to appear in the first three of Christopher Nolan's "Batman" films? ( 4 points)
3. What Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was voted in 1999 as the best novel of the 20th century by American librarians? ( 4 points)
4. What Asian country was partitioned at the 17th Parallel by the Geneva Accords of 1954, though its own delegates refused to sign the agreement? ( 5 points)
5. Who was the best-selling music artist of the decade of the 2010s in the US, selling a combined 23.3 million albums and singles in this country? ( 3 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Daniel Day-Lewis; 2. Ron Howard; 3. Johnny Depp; 4. Kanye West & Kim Kardashian; 5. Pakistan; 6. Philadelphia 76ers; 7. Charlie Sheen.

July 4th Trivia
1. John Adams & Thomas Jefferson; 2. Uganda; 3. Ulysses S. Grant; 4. Tom Cruise; 5. Alabama; 6. Walt Whitman; 7. seven.

The Q Train: 2000s Albums Trivia
1. Lady Gaga; 2. Drake; 3. Bruce Springsteen; 4. Taylor Swift; 5. Amy Winehouse; 6. Radiohead; 7. Outkast; 8. Justin Timberlake; 9. Arcade Fire; 10. U2.

General Knowledge
1. Destiny's Child; 2. Boston; 3. Atlanta; 4. "Boys Don't Cry;" 5. Australia; 6. Springfield. MA; 7. harness racing.

IQ Trivia
1. Monaco; 2. The Scarecrow; 3. "To Kill a Mockingbird; 4. Vietnam; 5. Adele.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

July 4th: Our Independence & A Whole Lot More


Trivia will be happening this Wednesday night, June 28th at 8:30 PM, with "July 4th Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about events that happened in history on the day of our independence, which is coming up next Tuesday. The Q Train lightning round will be "2000s Albums Trivia." I will give you the names of ten hit albums from all different kinds of music that were released from 2000 until the present day, and you have to tell me who the artist that recorded the album is.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What American city holds the oldest annual marathon in the world?"

We've been getting bigger crowds as the weeks have gone on, so get in early to assure yourselves of a good table. Hope to see many of you Wednesday for a great night of Trivia Q&A!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Trivia Q&A: June 21

We had a very lively night of Trivia at Professor Thom's last night, with 15 teams taking part in the festivities. The crowds have been going up steadily since we returned to the main floor a few weeks ago, and it was good to see a big crowd back in. It was a tight race all night, as we had a five-way tie for fourth place after the second round, but still had five teams bunched together as we headed into IQ Trivia. But the team of Let's Not Call it a Miss Trial, Cosby Might Try to Roofee Her! came out victorious, getting 42 points and the win by five points. (Our friends from DIMS, who have racked up many wins, were not in the bar last night.) Congratulations to Michael and Brad, both Trivia regulars who hooked up as a team for the first time to grab the W.

Second place was actually a tie with 37 points between Jeter Swallows and Otto Warmbier's Travel Agents. We broke the tie with the question: "What is Pittsburgh's current population?" (It was based on the answer to an IQ question.) Jeter Swallows was the closest to the actual answer and got second place.

Best Team Name: Booty and The Beast

Current Events
1. Anita Pallenberg, a former model, died last week at the age of 73. With what rock guitarist was she a former girlfriend & mother of three of his children?
2. What American city honored the memory of late actor Adam West last Thursday by flashing the 'bat signal" from their city hall?
3. What rock star will make his Broadway debut this November, playing five nights a week for eight weeks at the Walter Kerr Theater?
4. Amazon.com announced on Friday that is was buying what grocery chain, which has 460 stores, for $13.7 billion?
5. Director John G. Avildsen died last Friday at the age of 81. He directed such films as "The Karate Kid" and "Lean On Me", but what 1976 film earned him the Oscar for Best Director?
6. At least 62 people were killed when more than 60 forest fires broke out in what western European country this past weekend?
7. Actor Stephen Furst died this past Saturday at the age of 63. He was best known for playing Flounder in the classic film "Animal House", but what 1980s medical TV drama did he play Dr. Elliott Axelrod?

2000s Movie Trivia
1. George Clooney won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2005 for what film?
2. The 2009 film "Inglorious Basterds" was set during what war?
3. Lindsay Lohan joins what A-list clique at her school in the 2004 film "Mean Girls?"
4. In the 2008 film "Fred Claus", who played the title character, the brother of Santa Claus?
5. What controversial director won an Academy Award in 2003 for the film "The Pianist?"
6. What was the name of the first sequel in the Harry Potter film series, released in 2002?
7. Name 2 of the 5 highest grossing films in the US in the decade of the 2000s.

The Q Train: True Or False Trivia
1. The dime is the only US coin that has no reference to either "cent" or "dollar" on it.
2. The Bronx is the largest of NYC's five boroughs in terms of area.
3. Fingernails grow faster than toenails.
4. Brad Pitt has been nominated twice in his career for the Best Actor Oscar.
5. Vladimir Putin & George W. Bush were both elected president for the first time in the same year.
6. In 2006, after opening to the general public, Facebook reached the 1 million user mark in 9 months.
7. Kim Kardashian won three beauty contests in her teenage years.
8. One of Charlie Chaplin's relatives starred on the TV series "Game of Thrones."
9. George Washington appeared on the first US postage stamp.
10. "NCIS" was the most watched program on TV for the 2015-16 season.

General Knowledge
1. The disease scurvy is caused by a deficiency of which vitamin? ( 1 pt)
2. Olympic Airlines is the national airline of what country? ( 1 pt)
3. In what city would you find McGill University, perhaps its nation's most prestigious university? ( 2 pt)
4. What celebrity was prosecuted by James Comey in the early 2000s? ( 2 pt)
5. Who was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize? ( 2 pt)
6. What movie actress is the mother of "Fifty Shades of Grey" star Dakota Johnson? ( 2 pt)
7. What current TV show's title character has a postgraduate degree from the University of American Samoa? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. A July 23, 1985 press conference announced the return to the shelves of what product, after an absence of nearly three months? ( 4 points)
2. In Netflix's new TV hit, how many cassette tapes does Hannah Baker leave behind to explain her suicide? ( 4 points)
3. On November 19, 1950 at 12:30 PM, the Chicago Historical Society celebrated a notable anniversary by displaying all five extant copies of what document? ( 4 points)
4. The Allegheny and Monongahelia Rivers join together to form the Ohio River in what city? ( 3 points)
5. In 2013, what two Oscar-winning actresses topped Quigley Publishing's list of "Top Money-Making Stars", the first two women to do so since 1932? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Keith Richards; 2. Los Angeles; 3. Bruce Springsteen; 4. Whole Foods; 5. "Rocky;" 6. Portugal; 7. "St. Elsewhere."

2000s Movie Trivia
1. "Syriana;" 2. World War II; 3. The Plastics; 4. Vince Vaughn; 5. Roman Polanski; 6. "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets;" 7. Avatar, The Dark Knight, Shrek 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Spider-Man.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. true; 2. false, Queens; 3. true; 4. true; 5. true; 6. false, 100 million; 7. false, none; 8. true; 9. false, Ben Franklin; 10. false, Sunday Night Football.

General Knowledge
1. C; 2. Greece; 3. Montreal; 4. Martha Stewart; 5. Marie Curie. 6. Melanie Griffith; 7. "Better Call Saul."

IQ Trivia
1. Original Coca-Cola; 2. 13 (13 Reasons Why); 3. Gettysburg Address; 4. Pittsburgh; 5. Jennifer Lawrence & Sandra Bullock.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The 21st Century's First Decade Had Some Good Films

And we will be testing your knowledge of those films. Trivia will be happening this Wednesday night, June 21st at 8:30 PM, with "2000s Movie Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about films that were released from 2000 to 2009, and the final question will be a multiple points question. The Q Train lightning round will be "True or False Trivia."

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Olympic Airlines is the national airline of what country?"

Looking forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday for another great night of Trivia Q&A at Professor Thom's!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Trivia Q&A: June 14

We had 12 teams last night at Professor Thom's, which turned out to be a great night of Trivia. We had a tight race throughout the evening, with four teams battling for Trivia supremacy. The top three were separated by just two points going into IQ Trivia. But the team of Backchannel Surfers emerged victorious, by just a single point with 43 points. Congratulations to two of my old regulars who came in for the first time in a few months to snag the victory.

Our friends from DIMS finished second with 42 points. They had won an amazing 12 consecutive times, and 15 of the last 16 weeks. It was a "Ken Jennings"-like run, and I congratulate them on such an amazing run of wins. In all my years doing Trivia, I've never seen a team dominate like this.

Third place went to I Love Trivia So Much I'm Recording Part 3 of the Celtics-Lakers Documentary Tonight with 38 points.

Best Team Name: Manifest Destiny's Child

Current Events
1. What rock singer was forced to postpone shows on his tour in London last week and was hospitalized due to a head injury from a fall he took?
2. What Middle Eastern country apologized last week after its national soccer team didn't stand at attention for a moment of silence for the London terror attack victims in a World Cup qualifier against Australia?
3. What comedian made news on social media last week after the singer Kesha attempted to hug him and he rebuffed her attempt, later saying he doesn't hug total strangers?
4. What American athlete finished second behind soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo as the highest paid athlete for 2017 (in salary and endorsements) in Forbes magazine's yearly rankings?
5. Rafael Nadal won the men's French Open singles title on Sunday, extending his record for the number of titles won at the event. How many French Open titles has he won?
6. What musician and entrepreneur was ranked number one in Forbes maagzine's list of the richest celebrities, earning $130 million in 2017?
7. Jeff Immelt, the chairman and CEO of what American conglomerate corporation for the last 16 years, announced his resignation on Monday?

Sunday Trivia
1. The 1976 movie "Black Sunday" is about a terror attack at what event?
2. "Bloody Sunday" was a 1972 incident when 13 civil rights protestors were shot and killed where?
3. "Easy (Like Sunday Morning)" was a 1977 Top 10 hit for what musical group?
4. "Low Sunday" is observed one week after what holiday?
5. Sunday Island is a small low-lying island off the coast of what country?
6. "Sunday's at Tiffany's" was a 2008 best-selling book by what popular author?
7. "Sunday in the Park With George" was a 1984 Broadway musical with music and lyrics by what eight-time Tony Award winner?

The Q Train: Red, White & Blue Flags Trivia
1. Thailand
2. Sweden
3. Paraguay
4. Brazil
5. Haiti
6. Argentina
7. Iceland
8. Netherlands
9. Spain
10. Costa Rica

General Knowledge
1. How many degrees are there in a right angle? ( 1 pt)
2. What state borders both Wyoming and Missouri? ( 1 pt)
3. What is the most frequently transplanted human organ in the US? ( 1 pt)
4. Henry Kissinger served as secretary of state under which two presidents? ( 2 pt)
5. On the TV series "Dallas", what was the name of the ranch the Ewing family lived on? ( 2 pt)
6. The Jetta TDI is a model of what car manufacturer? ( 2 pt)
7. Who is currently third in line to the British throne? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What was the first US state to join the Union after the Original 13? ( 3 points)
2. What city was the most recent and the only one in the last 50 years to have a king open its Summer Olympics? ( 4 points)
3. What movie star did Egypt ban in June 1956 when she converted to Judaism? ( 4 points)
4. Stacey Koon, Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind and Theodore Briseno were the four men who went on trial in 1992 for an incident involving what man? ( 4 points)
5. About 90% of the world's licorice is used not for candy but in what non-edible consumer product? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Phil Collins; 2. Saudi Arabia; 3. Jerry Seinfeld; 4. LeBron James; 5. ten; 6. Sean Combs; 7. General Electric.

Sunday Trivia
1. Super Bowl; 2. Northern Ireland; 3. The Commodores; 4. Easter Sunday; 5. Australia; 6. James Patterson; 7. Stephen Sondheim.

The Q Train: Red, White and Blue Flags Trivia
1. yes; 2. no; 3. yes; 4. no; 5. yes; 6. no; 7. yes; 8. yes; 9. no; 10. yes.

General Knowledge
1. Ninety; 2. Nebraska; 3. kidney; 4. Richard Nixon & Gerald Ford; 5. Southfork; 6. Volkswagen; 7. Prince George.

IQ Trivia
1. Vermont; 2. Barcelona; 3. Marilyn Monroe; 4. Rodney King; 5. cigarettes.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Testing Your Knowledge of Flags & Sunday


Trivia will be happening at Professor Thom's on Wednesday, June 14th at 8:30 PM, with "Sunday Trivia" as the Special Category. I will ask you seven questions connected in some way to the first day of every week. In honor of Flag Day this Wednesday, The Q Train lightning round will be "Red, White and Blue Flags Trivia." I will give you the names of ten nations around the world, and you have to tell me if they have the colors red, white and blue in their national flag. And no, the good ol' USA will NOT be one of the choices.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is: 
"How many degrees are there in a right angle?"

We are back on the main floor for good for Trivia on Wednesday, as the NBA is now finally over, and I hope to see many of you in what should be a great night for Trivia!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Trivia Q&A: June 7

When I arrived at Professor Thom's for Trivia last night, I discovered that we were being moved upstairs to the Loft, and it was due to Game 3 of the NBA Finals. I learned that the bar was really crowded due to spillover from Finnerty's, the bar next door that caters to the fans of the Bay Area teams. And it was indeed crowded with Golden State Warriors fans last night. So we returned to the Loft for one last time.

It was a light crowd, as eight teams took part, and our friends DIMS kept their winning streak rolling with a 56 point effort. Congrats to them again. Second place went to Reality Winner, You're Fired with 49 points, and Scooter Corgi finished in third with 48 points.

Best Team Name: Comey, Comey, Comey, Comey, Comeyleon

We will back on the first floor next Wednesday, as even if the Cleveland Cavaliers stage an amazing comeback in their series, there will be no game next Wednesday.

Current Events
1. What Middle Eastern country banned the film "Wonder Woman" last week because the film's star is Israeli and served in their military?
2. What American billionaire said last week he'll make sure the UN gets $15 million it needs for the Paris Climate Agreement after the US pulled out?
3. An open-air concert this past weekend at a race track in what country was suspended on Friday and resumed on Saturday due to a possible terrorist threat?
4. A new Showtime documentary about what 1950s Hollywood leading man stated that at the age of 53 he submitted to 100 LSD therapy sessions to try to get over his problems with women?
5. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt all cut ties with the nation of Qatar this past weekend over that country's ties with what other nation?
6. What prestigious university rescinded offers to at least 10 students this past week after they posted offensive photos and messages on social media?
7. What nation that was once part of Yugoslavia officially became the 29th member of NATO this past week?

Q-Tip Trivia
1. Which of these films was not directed by Martin Scorsese? a. The Night of the Hunter; b. Gangs of New York; c. The Last Temptation of Christ; d. The Age of Innocence.
2. Which of these US presidents served their terms before the Civil War? a. Franklin Pierce; b. Benjamin Harrison; c. Zachary Taylor; d. James Garfield.
3. Which of these planets are smaller than Earth? a. Uranus; b. Mars; c. Mercury; d. Neptune.
4. Which of these entertainers has never won an Oscar? a. Glenn Close; b. Ed Harris; c. John Travolta; d. Johnny Depp.
5. Which of these universities and colleges are found in New York State? a. Rider University; b. Drew University; c. Williams College; d. Quinnipiac University.
6. Which of these teams didn't win a World Series in the decade of the 2000s? a. Houston Astros; b. St. Louis Cardinals; c. Chicago White Sox; d. Philadelphia Phillies.
7. Which of these countries are larger in area than the US? a. Australia; b. China; c. Brazil; d. Canada.

The Q Train: Even Numbered Trivia
1. This was JFK's age at the time of his assassination.
2. This is the number worn by sports Hall of Famers Sandy Koufax, Magic Johnson and OJ Simpson.
3. This is the total number found in a score.
4. In a normal deck of cards, there are this number of red cards.
5. In the Bible, this is the number of days between Jesus' resurrection and his ascension.
6. Visa bank cards have this many digits.
7. This is the total number of men who have walked on the Moon.
8. Most half-hour sitcoms on US TV today are this many minutes with the commercials removed.
9. The second point won in a game of tennis is this number.
10. Mariano Rivera was the last player in professional baseball to wear this number, now permanently retired.

General Knowledge
1. If the temperature is 32 degrees Fahrenheit, how many degrees Celsius is it? ( 1 pt)
2. Who has been the only bachelor president of the US? ( 1 pt)
3. What current African nation was formerly called Rhodesia? ( 1 pt)
4. The Rosetta Stone was found in what country? ( 2 pt)
5. What is the Aurora Borealis more commonly known as? ( 2 pt)
6. In what team sport would you perform a maneuver called a "kong?" ( 2 pt)
7. What card game has a name that comes from the Spanish for "basket"? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The motto of what US territory is "Where America's Day Begins?" ( 3 points)
2. What are the two official languages of the nation of Israel? ( 4 points)
3. The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is better known by what name? ( 4 points)
4. Of the eight Ivy League schools, which one was the only one founded after the American Revolution? ( 5 points)
5. What is the most populous state capital in the US? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Lebanon; 2. Michael Bloomberg; 3. Germany; 4. Cary Grant; 5. Iran; 6. Harvard; 7. Montenegro.

Q-Tip Trivia
1. a; 2. a,c; 3. b,c; 4. all; 5. none; 6. a; 7. d.

The Q Train: Even Numbered Trivia
1. 46; 2. 32; 3. 20; 4. 26; 5.40; 6. 16; 7. 12; 8. 22; 9. 30; 10. 42.

General Knowledge
1. zero; 2. James Buchanan; 3. Zimbabwe; 4. Egypt; 5. Northern Lights; 6. volleyball; 7. canasta.

IQ Trivia
1. Guam; 2. Hebrew & Arabic; 3. Gateway Arch; 4. Cornell; 5. Phoenix, AR.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Q-Tip Trivia Returns Tomorrow

Trivia will be happening at Professor Thom's on Wednesday night, June 7th at 8:30 PM, with the Special category "Q-Tip Trivia." I will ask you seven multiple choice general knowledge questions, each with four choices for the answer. It can be 1, 2, 3 all 4, or none correct. You get a point for each correct answer (and 1 point if the answer is none). However, you have to be very careful, as if you give an incorrect answer (even if you put down any correct answers for that question) you automatically get no points for that question. I first did the category back in April and it went rather well.


The Q Train lightning round will be "Even Numbered Trivia." I will ask you ten questions where every answer will be an even number from 1 to 50 (and every answer will be a different number).

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"If the temperature is 32 degrees Fahrenheit, how many degrees Celsius is it?"

Looking forward to seeing many of you tomorrow night for another great night of Trivia!

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Trivia Q&A: May 31

The crowd was on the lighter side last night at Professor Thom's, but we still had a great night of Trivia with 11 teams taking part. Both the Special Category and the Q Train lightning round were a bit tougher this week, and that was reflected in the scores. But our friends from DIMS won again last night, rolling up 48 points and winning by nine points. Their winning streak has taken on "Ken Jennings On Jeopardy"-like proportions. My congratulations to them.

Second place went to Best Coast All-Stars with 39 points, and third place went to Something's Bruin with 34 points.

Best Team Name: The Real Covfefe

Current Events
1. Greg Giantforte, a Republican candidate for Congress from what state, grabbed and body slammed a reporter who was pressing him about a report on the American Health Care Act?
2. Siesta Beach was ranked as the top beach in the US for 2017 by the expert "Dr. Beach." What state is Siesta Beach located?
3. Disney CEO Bob Iger said last week that a threat from a group of hackers that claimed to have stolen what recently released film was a hoax?
4. Jim Bunning, the Hall of Fame pitcher who died last Friday at the age of 85, was also a two-term US senator from what state?
5. The private jet of what music immortal was auctioned off for $430,000 last Saturday after sitting on a New Mexico runway for many years?
6. A group of 8th graders from New Jersey refused to take a photo with what DC politician last week after meeting him on a school trip to Washington?
7. Zbigniew Brzezinski, a career diplomat and political scientist, died last week at the age of 89. Under what US president was he the National Security Advisor?

Beatles Trivia
1. Which of the Beatles authored the books, "In His Own Write" and "A Spaniard In The Works"?
2. What was the only Beatles album to win the Grammy Award for Best Album?
3. Who was the last of the Beatles to join the group in 1962?
4. After their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, the Beatles did their first ever US concert two days later in what US city?
5. What 1964 Beatles single sold over 5 million copies in the US by 1968, making it the best selling single of the decade of the 1960s?
6. What superstar British guitarist did a solo on the Beatles song "While My Guitar Gently Weeps?"
7. What Beatles song has been covered over 1600 times by other artists making it one of the most recorded songs in pop music history?

The Q Train: Comedy Movie Characters Trivia
1. Jonathan Mardukas
2. Dottie Hinson
3. Axel Foley
4. Mona Lisa Vito
5. Al Czervik
6. Peter Venkman
7. Steve Stifler
8. Hedley Lamarr
9. Penny Lane
10. Biggus Dickus

General Knowledge
1. In what sport would one use a shuttlecock? ( 1 pt)
2. The traditional gift for a couple celebrating their 20th anniversary is what? ( 1 pt)
3. "Caveat Emptor" is a Latin phrase meaning what? ( 1 pt)
4. What continent is the platypus native to? ( 2 pt)
5. Between Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Quebec, which Canadian province does not share a land border with the US? ( 2 pt)
6. To the closest foot, how many feet are there in 10 meters? ( 2 pt)
7. Within one year, what is the average age of a first-time grandparent in the US? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Legionnaires' Disease, a respiratory infection, was discovered in 1976 after an outbreak at a convention center in what US city? ( 4 points)
2. Of all the North African countries that border the Mediterrean Sea, which is the smallest in area? ( 5 points)
3. In the 2016 season, three of the five oldest players in the NFL played what position? ( 3 points)
4. What 19th century historical figure died at The Petersen House? ( 4 points)
5. What is the only US state flag that features the Union flag of the UK in it? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Montana; 2. Florida; 3. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales;" 4. Kentucky; 5. Elvis Presley; 6. Paul Ryan; 7. Jimmy Carter.

Beatles Trivia
1. John Lennon; 2. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band;" 3. Ringo Starr; 4. Washington DC; 5. "I Want To Hold Your Hand"; 6. Eric Clapton; 7. "Yesterday."

The Q Train: Comedy Movie Characters Trivia
1. Midnight Run; 2. A League of Their Own; 3. Beverly Hills Cop; 4. My Cousin Vinny; 5. Caddyshack; 6. Ghostbusters; 7. American Pie; 8. Blazing Saddles; 9. Almost Famous; 10. Life of Brian.

General Knowledge
1. Badminton; 2. china; 3. "Buyer Beware;" 4. Australia; 5. Newfoundland; 6. 33; 7. 47.

IQ Trivia
1. Philadelphia; 2. Tunisia; 3. placekicker; 4. Abraham Lincoln; 5. Hawaii.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Fab Four Trivia This Week


Trivia returns to Professor Thom's this Wednesday night, May 31st at 8:30 PM, with "Beatles Trivia" as the Special Category, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the release of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album this week. It will be seven questions about the career of rock's greatest band. The Q Train lightning round will be "Comedy Movie Characters Trivia." I will give you 10 names of famous comedy movie characters down through the years and you have to tell me what film that character was in.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"In what sport would one use a shuttlecock in?"

We are back on the main floor of Professor Thom's for good for Trivia, as the Celtics' playoff run just came to a close. Hope to see many of you for Trivia this Wednesday night!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Trivia Q&A: May 24

It was nice to be back on the main floor of Professor Thom's for Wednesday Night Trivia last night. We had a good turnout of 14 teams, and also had some audio problems through the first round, but my friend Neeru managed to find a mic from upstairs and we had smooth sailing through the rest of the night. Thanks to all of you who beared with us through that difficult first round. Next week should be a lot better.

We had a three-team race to the finish, and they were separated by just four points going into IQ Trivia. But the amazing team of DIMS pulled out yet another win, getting four of the five questions right to end with 48 points. Congratulations to them and their continued remarkable run.

Second place went to Book Hockey with 45 points and third place went to Should've Aimed For Elmo with 41 points.

We will be back on the main floor again for sure next week, as even if the Celtics make it to the NBA Finals, there is no game next week, as the Finals begin next Thursday. There would be a conflict on June 7th, which is a Wednesday and Game 3, but we'll see what happens with the Celtics, who are currently down 3-1 in their series with Cleveland.

Best Team Name: The Queue To Dump on Trump's Desk Starts Behind Me.

Current Events
1. Chris Cornell, the lead singer of what 1990s rock band, died last week at the age of 52 in what was determined to be a suicide?
2. The mayor of what Midwest city apologized to his police department last Friday after his office inadvertently issued a proclamation honoring a cop killer?
3. What Democratic politician spoke at a conference in Las Vegas last week, saying that "upon further reflection, Hillary Clinton wasn't a great candidate for president.'?
4. Hassan Rouhani was re-elected president of what Middle Eastern country by a wide margin this past weekend?
5. What cable TV news host surprised a colleague on his show last Friday, who was a Trump defender, by saying, "If he took a dump on his desk, you would defend him"?
6. The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that what southern state's redrawing of two congressional districts violated the Constitution by relying too heavily on race to redraw them?
7. Pope Francis named Bishop Anders Arborelius as a new cardinal and he becomes the first person born in what Protestant-dominated European country to become a cardinal?

Kennedy Family Trivia
1. What number president was John F. Kennedy?
2. Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in what city in 1968?
3. Ted Kennedy ran for president once and failed to get the Democratic nomination. Who did they nominated instead?
4. JFK Stadium, which closed in 1992, was located in what city?
5. Who succeeded JFK as a congressman from Massachusetts' 11th district and served 34 years?
6. What position was Joseph Kennedy, JFK's father, forced to give up in 1940 after he made some controversial remarks that cost him his dream of running for president?
7. True or False: JFK is the youngest man ever elected US president.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. Michael Collins, command module pilot of Apoolo 11, actually suffered an epileptic seizure during his time alone in the command module.
2. The son of Alexander Hamilton was, like his father, killed in a duel.
3. The city of Washington DC was designed by a French engineer.
4. Tiger Woods' real first name is Edward.
5. Canada is the second largest country in total land mass.
6. "Dreamt" is the only word in the English language ending in "mt."
7. Louis Armstrong gained fame by playing the saxophone.
8. Mick Jagger once attended the London School of Economics.
9. Horse racing is sometimes called "the sport of kings."
10. Brazil has the largest number of Christians in its population, more than any other country.

General Knowledge
1. What color was PacMan in the classic video game? ( 1 pt)
2. Which vowel (A, E, I, O, U) does not begin the name of any US state? ( 1 pt)
3. The Ryder Cup is awarded to countries that compete in what sport? ( 1 pt)
4. The city of Sydney is located in what Australian state? ( 2 pt)
5. From what Caribbean country does Bacardi Rum originate? ( 2 pt)
6. If you just made a sternutation, what did you just do? ( 2 pt)
7. What organization has a candle surrounded by barb wire as its emblem? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What US city re-entered the top 50 in US population in 2015 after leaving that list ten years earlier? ( 4 points)
2. "The Father of the Constitution" was the nickname of which of the American Founding Fathers? ( 3 points)
3. Who is the only artist who has been inducted  into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on three separate occasions? ( 4 points)
4. Vaduz is the capital of what small European country? ( 4 points)
5. Garrett's Farm was the site where which infamous American figure was shot dead? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Soundgarden; 2. Cincinnati; 3. Joe Biden; 4. Iran; 5. Anderson Cooper; 6. North Carolina; 7. Sweden.

Kennedy Family Trivia
1. 35; 2. Los Angeles; 3. Jimmy Carter; 4. Philadelphia; 5. Tip O'Neill; 6. UK ambassador; 7. true.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. false; 2. true; 3. true; 4. false, Eldrick; 5. true; 6. true; 7. false, trumpet; 8. true; 9. true; 10. false, USA.

General Knowledge
1. yellow; 2. E; 3. golf; 4. New South Wales; 5. Cuba; 6. sneeze; 7. Amnesty International.

IQ Trivia
1. New Orleans; 2. James Madison; 3. Eric Clapton; 4. Liechtenstein; 5. John Wilkes Booth.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Know Your Kennedys On Wednesday


Trivia will be happening this Wednesday night, May 24th at 8:30 PM, with "Kennedy Family Trivia" as the Special Category, in honor of John F. Kennedy's 100th birthday next Monday. I will ask you seven questions not just about the former president, but also about other famous members of his family. (And no, Arnold Schwarzenegger will not be a part of this quiz.) The Q Train lightning round will be "True or False Trivia."

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The Ryder Cup is awarded to countries that compete in what sport?"

We will be back on the main floor of Professor Thom's for Trivia this week, and barring the Celtics making it to the NBA Finals, we should be back there to stay. We shall see. Hope to see many of you for a great night of Trivia on Wednesday night!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Trivia Q&A: May 17

Well, it was one of the stranger nights of Trivia last night in Professor Thom's Loft. It was a night when just about all the Trivia regulars stayed home or had something else to do. We had just four teams play last night, as the first floor had the Celtics Game 1 going on, and even that wasn't as crowded as I thought it would be. But, we carried on, and it was an enjoyable night nonetheless. The guys from DIMS won the night again, although it was close at the end, as they ended up with 35 points. Second place went to Jim Comey For Me, Baby with 31 points. They gave them a good fight, as they were just two points down heading into the final round. Third place went to Alternative Facts with 17 points.

We will back on the first floor next week, as there will be no Celtics playoff game next Wednesday night, as it will be an off day in the series. Hope to many more of you then!

Current Events
1. What religion in America announced that teenagers aged 14-18 won't participate any longer in the Boy of Scouts of America?
2. What young baseball star agreed to a one-year deal for a record $21.6 million for the 2018 season, the highest salary ever for an arbitration-eligible player?
3. Moon Jae-in was elected president of what Asian country last weekend?
4. Last week, ABC canceled the hit show "Last Man Standing" after six seasons in which many have speculated because of what star's controversial conservative opinions about Hollywood?
5. Actor Powers Boothe died this past Monday at the age of 68. He was known for various film and TV roles, but one of his best was as villain Cy Tolliver in what 2000s HBO series?
6. Pope Francis visited Fatima last Saturday and canonized two of the three children who saw the Virgin Mary there 100 years ago. What country is Fatima located in?
7. What airline will allow passengers to use facial recognition technology to self-check their luggage at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport this summer?

Italy Trivia
1. What is Italy's second largest city in population after Rome?
2. Leonardo daVinci pained the Mona Lisa in Italy in what century?
3. In 1890, Italian Giuseppe Airoldi is credited with inventing what, something you see in newspapers every day?
4. What small country is located totally within northern Italy, has a population of 30,000 and is the oldest constitutional republic in the world?
5. Venice's international airport is named for what Italian traveler and explorer?
6. What is the name of Italy's largest island?
7. How many times has Italy won soccer's World Cup?

The Q Train: US and World City Nicknames
1. Sin City
2. The City of David
3. The Hub
4. The Biggest Little City in the World
5. The Forbidden City
6. The Square Mile
7. The Eternal City
8. The Pearl of the Danube
9. The Big Orange
10. The Emerald City

General Knowledge
1. The Falkland Islands are found off the coast of what country? ( 1 pt)
2. What 1960s rock star was known as "The Lizard King?" ( 1 pt)
3. What is the common nickname for nitrous oxide? ( 1 pt)
4. Death Valley is located in what American desert? ( 2 pt)
5. For what film did Leonardo DiCaprio win his first Academy Award? ( 2 pt)
6. What current British royal is known as The Duke of York? ( 2 pt)
7. What European country was in charge of developing and building the Suez Canal? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What is the only one of the Great Lakes located entirely in the US? ( 3 points)
2. What is the smallest state in the US west of the Mississippi River in land area? ( 4 points)
3. The month of March always starts on the same day of the week as what other month? ( 4 points)
4. What 1964 film included the characters Major Kong, Lt. Lothar Zogg and Gen. Jack D. Ripper? ( 4 points)
5. Who was the only person to sign all three documents that founded the US: the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Paris and the US Constitution? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Mormon; 2. Bryce Harper; 3. South Korea; 4. Tim Allen; 5. "Deadwood;" 6. Portugal; 7. Delta.

Italy Trivia
1. Milan; 2. 16th (1503-06); 3. crossword puzzle; 4. San Marino; 5. Marco Polo; 6. Sicily; 7. four (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006).

The Q Train: US & World City Nicknames
1. Las Vegas; 2. Jerusalem; 3. Boston; 4. Reno; 5. Beijing; 6. London; 7. Rome; 8. Budapest; 9. Los Angeles; 10. Seattle.

General Knowledge
1. Argentina; 2. Jim Morrison; 3. laughing gas; 4. Mojave; 5. "The Revenant;" 6. Prince Andrew; 7. France.

IQ Trivia
1. Lake Michigan; 2. Hawaii; 3. November; 4. "Dr. Strangelove;" 5. Benjamin Franklin.