All-Star Game at Washington

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Trivia Q&A: June 19

On a hot night in New York, we had a nice crowd of 15 teams in for Trivia, and very into the night's proceedings. Nice to see the crowds getting bigger as we head into summer. It was another banner night for the boys from DIMS, but they were caught by the fourth round, and we had a tie going into IQ Trivia. But they put together a perfect final round to walk away with their 7th straight victory at Tuesday Night Trivia, getting 49 points. Congrats to Ken, Michael and Darek on their win.

Second place went to Aqua Teen Space Force! with 40 points, and third place went to The Djboutis with 36 points. (There are my pals from my Friday & Saturday softball leagues. Nice to see them back for Trivia.)

Best Team Name: Muh, Muh, Muh Mookie and the Betts

Current Events
1. What male tennis player won his 17th Grand Slam singles title with his win at the French Open last week?
2. A judge approved last week the $85 billion merger of AT&T with what other company?
3. What Oscar-winning actor was accused by a woman of slapping her in the face with his penis back in 2002, an allegation he strongly denies?
4. The state of Kentucky announced a lawsuit against what retail chain, saying they directly contributed to the state's rising opioid epidemic?
5. What Oscar-nominated actor's new film received a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie revire site, the third film of his storied career to a received a 0% rating?
6. What current US senator revealed he won't be endorsing his son's bid for a congressional seat in New Hampshire, as he doesn't like "dynastic politics" and that his son is "on his own?"
7. What US senator defeated late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel in a 1-on-1 charity basketball challenge last Saturday, after Kimmel called his a "blobfish" on his show?

Famous Seconds Trivia
1. What European capital city was the second city to host the Olympic Games in 1900?
2. Who was the second man to walk on the moon?
3. What is the second smallest state in the USA in population?
4. Who was the second vice-president of the United States?
5. What was the second James Bond film released in the famous series?
6. What was the name of the second album released by the pop singer Adele?
7. What was the name of the second wife of King Henry VIII?

The Q Train: Movie Heroes & Villains Trivia
1. Andy Dufresne
2. Alex Forrest
3. Sarah Connor
4. Tommy DeVito
5. Biff Tannen
6. George Bailey
7. Alonzo Harris
8. Ellen Ripley
9. Travis Bickle
10. Little Bill Daggett

General Knowledge
1. The sacred Muslim city of Mecca is located in what country? ( 1 pt)
2. The Barbary Coast is located along what body of water? ( 1 pt)
3. Coca-Cola's world headquarters is in what US city? ( 1 pt)
4. What day every year does the Atlantic hurricane season begin? ( 2 pt)
5. What actor-comedian was the narrator of the TV series "How I Met Your Mother?" ( 2 pt)
6. Between "Potpourri", "Before & After" and "Literature", which is the most commonly recurring category on "Jeopardy?" ( 2 pt)
7.In 2013, who became the first person with 40 million Twitter followers? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What country in Central America, following a civil war in 1948, disbanded its armed forces and is one of the largest countries in the world with no standing army? ( 4 points)
2. In the film "Miss Congeniality", Gracie Hart joins the Miss United States pageant representing what state? ( 4 points)
3. What was the name of the very first book in the highly successful Harry Potter series? ( 3 points)
4. In 2012, the tower that houses Big Ben in London was renamed what? ( 5 points)
5. "Suicide Is Painless" is the theme song to what 1970s/80s TV series? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Rafael Nadal; 2. Time Warner; 3. Jamie Foxx; 4. Walgreens; 5. John Travolta; 6. Bernie Sanders; 7. Ted Cruz.

Famous Seconds Trivia
1. Paris; 2. Buzz Aldrin; 3. Vermont; 4. Thomas Jefferson; 5. "From Russia With Love;" 6. 21; 7. Anne Boleyn.

The Q Train: Movie Heroes & Villains Trivia
1. The Shawshank Redemption; 2. Fatal Attraction; 3. The Terminator; 4. Goodfellas; 5. Back to the Future; 6. It's a Wonderful Life; 7. Training Day; 8. Alien; 9. Taxi Driver; 10. Unforgiven.

General Knowledge
1. Saudi Arabia; 2. Mediterranean Sea; 3. Atlanta; 4. June 1; 5. Bob Saget; 6. Before & After; 7. Justin Bieber.

IQ Trivia
1. Costa Rica; 2. New Jersey; 3. "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone"; 4. Elizabeth Tower; 5. "M*A*S*H."

Monday, June 18, 2018

Heroes & Villains Coming This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, June 19th at 8:30 PM with "Famous Seconds Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about famous people, places and things that were "second", in pop culture, history, and very other subjects. The Q Train lightning round will be "Movie Heroes and Villains Trivia." I will give you the names of ten famous characters from the movies who were either heroes or villains, and you have to tell me what film they were in.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The sacred Muslim city of Mecca is in what country?"


I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night for a great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Trivia Q&A: June 12

The return of Tuesday Night Trivia last night after last week's hiatus was a successful one, as we had 12 teams take part. The category of "Final Jeopardy Potpourri Trivia" probably scared a few people, but it wasn't as tough as it sounded, and the scores were actually pretty good for that round. The guys from DIMS posted a wire-to-wire win, rolling up 50 points to gain the winner's circle. Congrats to Ken and Michael on another solid win.

Second place went to It's Think It's Gonna Be a Long Long Time with 42 points, and Star Spangled Banter (which also won for Best Team Name) finished third with 41 points.

Current Events
1. Eric Greitens, the governor of what midwestern US state, recently resigned after a threat of impeachment and an extramarital affair hung over him?
2. What retail chain announced they will close more stores, as many as 72 this year, as sales have shrunk for the 26th consecutive quarter?
3. Actor Jerry Maren passed away last week at the age of 98, and he was the last surviving actor from what classic 1939 film?
4. People magazine reported last week that what late pop star admitted to documentary makers that he didn't have dementia at the end of his life but was actually drinking again, after supposedly being sober?
5. The NY State Senate unanimously passed a bill to amend the name of what NYC bridge, which had been misspelled since its opening?
6. More than 100 people were killed last week when a volcano erupted in what Central American country?
7. Justify won horse racing's Triple Crown with his win in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, and became what number horse to turn the trick and win the Triple Crown?

Final Jeopardy Potpourri Trivia
1. Who was the only grandson of a president to become US president himself?
2. In 1993, two men, one white and one black, from what country won the Nobel Peace Prize?
3. In 1999, what game show became the first in over 40 years to lead the Neilsen ratings for a full year?
4. Of all the countries where Arabic is the official language, which is the first listed alphabetically?
5. Who served as the longest reigning premier of the Soviet Union?
6. What basketball star scored 63 points in a playoff game against the Boston Celtics on April 20, 1986?
7. Name one of the two people to make Time's list of the 100 most influential people for both the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Q Train: Red, White and Blue Flags Trivia
1. Brazil
2. North Korea
3. Czech Republic
4. Iraq
5. Russia
6. Costa Rica
7. Germany
8. Nicaragua
9. Netherlands
10. South Africa

General Knowledge
1. What is the stretch of water between Russia and Alaska called? ( 1 pt)
2. In "E.T.", what candy does Elliott leave a trail of for his alien friend? ( 1 pt)
3. Sir Alexander Fleming discovered what in 1928? ( 1 pt)
4. Bruce Jenner won what athletic event at the 1976 Summer Olympics? ( 2 pt)
5. What continent has the most landlocked countries? ( 2 pt)
6. What country produced the most movies in 2017? ( 2 pt)
7. St. George's Channel separated what two countries? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What US president officially dedicated the Statue of Liberty? ( 3 points)
2. In what city would you find Europe's largest port? ( 4 points)
3. What South American country has over 2,000 endangered species, the most of any country in the world? ( 5 points)
4. Who was the first actor to be nominated for an Academy Award in which he portrayed 3 different characters in one film? ( 4 points)
5. What is the only country in Central America with English as its official language? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Missouri; 2. Sears; 3. "The Wizard of Oz;" 4. David Cassidy; 5. Verrazzano Bridge; 6. Guatemala; 7. thirteen.

Final Jeopardy Potpourri Trivia
1. Benjamin Harrison; 2. South Africa; 3. "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire;" 4. Algeria; 5. Josef Stalin; 6. Michael Jordan; 7. Oprah Winfrey and Bill Gates.

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

General Knowledge
1. Bering Strait; 2. Reese's Pieces; 3. penicillin; 4. decathlon; 5. Africa; 6. India; 7. England and Ireland.

IQ Trivia
1. Grover Cleveland; 2. Rotterdam; 3. Ecuador; 4. Peter Sellers; 5. Belize.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Trivia Returns With Final Jeopardy Q&A

Trivia Night returns after last week's hiatus this Tuesday night, June 12th at 8:30 PM, with "Final Jeopardy Potpourri Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions that have appeared as the final question on the legendary game show "Jeopardy!" over the years, and it will be on various topics (hence the "potpourri" in the title). And don't worry, you don't have to put your answers in the form of a question. The Q Train lightning round will be "Red, White and Blue Flags Trivia." In honor of Flag Day later this week, I will give you the names of ten countries from around the world, and you have to tell me whether that country has red, white and blue in its nation's flag.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What is the stretch of water between Russia and Alaska called?"

Looking forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night for what should be a great night of Trivia Q&A!

Friday, June 08, 2018

Fight AIDS, Win Cool Red Sox Stuff

I received a nice email from Sean O'Neill of IfOnly earlier this week, and they are sponsoring a great promotion for Red Sox fans in the fight against AIDS. It includes four Monster Seats for a game later this month, and a chance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a game at Fenway. Here it is:

I wanted to alert you and the Mighty Quinn Media Machine readers about a fundraising sweepstakes the Red Sox are doing in partnership with (RED) in their efforts to end AIDS. 

As you can see the Red Sox just tweeted about the opportunity for fans to receive the ultimate game-day package befitting this worthy cause. For just $10, fans will be entered for a chance to win the following: 
  • 4 front row Green Monster tickets to the Boston Red Sox vs. the Seattle Mariners on June 22, 2018
  • 4 on-field passes to get an up-close view of the Red Sox batting practice
  • Access for 1 person to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the game 
  • On-field photo opportunity for you and your guests
  • Join an exclusive group tour of the ballpark to learn the history behind Fenway Park
  • 1 (RED) swag bag
  • Round trip flights within the continental United States and accommodations for you and your guests are covered:
    • Includes two (2) hotel rooms for one (1) night and airfare for four (4) people

Fans can enter today at IfOnly.com/RedSox. They will want to do so quickly as the sweepstakes ends in nine days. For those wanting to not leave it to chance we are also auctioning a suite package that fits 20 people, allowing them on-filed access and a tour fo the stadium. Both packages benefit (RED).


Good luck everyone!

Monday, June 04, 2018

No Trivia Tomorrow, See You All Next Week





Hello Trivia Players: Just a reminder that Trivia Night is taking this week off, so there will be no Trivia Night this Tuesday, June 5th. Trivia will return to Professor Thom's the following Tuesday, June 12th at 8:30 PM. I'll have the Sneak Peek question, along with the Special Category and Q Train lightning round at Facebook next Sunday, and new blog post next Monday. Have a great week and I hope to see many of you on the 12th!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Trivia Q&A: May 29

It was a light night at Trivia on Tuesday night, as the Memorial Day weekend kept many folks away. But we still a great night of Trivia, as Luis Jimenez of Montauk Brewing Co. was in Professor Thom's and gave out t-shirts, hats and other swag from his company. My thanks to him and his company.And we did "Montauk Trivia" as the Special Category and that went very well. But it was once again, the night for the boys from DIMS, as they led throughout the night, getting 42 points and getting the win. Congrats again to Ken, Michael and Darek on their win.

Second place went to Closing Early For Racial Bias Training (who also won Best Team Name) with 32 points, and third place went to Bleached Massholes with 30 points.

A special note about next week: We will NOT be doing Trivia next week, as I will be away doing a movie, so our next Trivia Night will be in two weeks, on Tuesday night, June 12th at 8:30 PM. Hope to see many of you then!

Current Events
1. What Emmy-winning actress, who has been battling cancer, will be the recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor for 2018?
2. CNN reported last Thursday that 8 women accused what Oscar-winning actor of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior, which the star denies?
3. What Oscar-winning actor said last week that he has "banned" President Trump from all Nobu restaurants, which he owns?
4. Maddie Poppe was declared the season's winning contestant on what TV reality show last week?
5. C.L. Max Nikias, president of what university, announced he was stepping down in light of a sexual abuse scandal involving a school gynecologist?
6. Joshua Holt, an American held in what country for two years without trial, was freed last Saturday after Se, Orrin Hatch led a delegation that succeeded in getting his release?
7. The boy band BTS debuted at number one on the Billboard Pop Album chart this week and became the first pop artists from what country to be number one?

Montauk Trivia
1. According to MapQuest, how many miles is it driving from Times Square to the Montauk Point Lighthouse, within 10 miles?
2. What European country would you reach first if you were on the same latitude as Montauk?
3. Captain Frank Mundus was a legendary boat captain from Montauk and was the basis for the ship captain in what classic 1976 film?
4. The famous Montauk Lighthouse was constructed and completed in what century?
5. What NY-born rock singer's 1990 song "The Downeaster Alexa" told the story of a Long Island fisherman's journey through Montauk Sound on his ship?
6. Montauk is located in what New York state county?
7. What current Showtime TV series is partially set at Montauk?
8. In 1975, what rock band, while staying at Andy Warhol's Montauk house, wrote a song called "Memory Motel", which allegedly was the only establishment in Montauk with a pool table and bar?

The Q Train: Even Numbered Trivia
1. This is the total number of days in a fortnight.
2. To the closest round number, a marathon is this number miles.
3. The highest number on a standard dartboard is this number.
4. Oklahoma is this number US state.
5. Virgo is this number sign of the Zodiac.
6. This is the number of dominoes in a standard dominoes set.
7. Gerald Ford was the this number US president.
8. Rain fell for this many days and nights during Noah's flood.
9. This is the number of carats representing 100% pure gold.
10. Visa bank cards have this many digits.

General Knowledge
1. The Roman numeral "C" stands for what number? ( 1 pt)
2. By law, what color are gondolas in Venice, Italy? ( 1 pt)
3. How many dots does a pair of dice have? ( 1 pt)
4. On what day each year are more phone calls made than any other day in the US? ( 2 pt)
5. "A boy's best friend is his mother" is a famous line from what 1960 classic film? ( 2 pt)
6. What European country is the largest exporter of olive oil? ( 2 pt)
7. How many time zones does Russia have? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What movie earned the first Best Director Oscar awarded to a woman? ( 3 points)
2. Anne Hathaway was the wife of what famous 17th century man? ( 4 points)
3. In 2017, a South Korean professor flew a drone over what famous Asian landmark and was arrested because it has a no-fly zone restriction around it? ( 4 points)
4. What First Lady of the United States once won an Emmy Award? ( 4 points)
5. Which of the Hawaiian islands is the primary setting for the film "Jurassic Park?" ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Julia Louis-Dreyfus; 2. Morgan Freeman; 3. Robert DeNiro; 4. "American Idol;" 5. USC; 6. Venezuela; 7. South Korea.

Montauk Trivia
1. 122 miles; 2. Portugal; 3. "Jaws;" 4. 18th century (1796); 5. Billy Joel; 6. Suffolk; 7. "The Affair;" 8. The Rolling Stones.

The Q Train: Even Numbered Trivia
1. 14; 2. 26; 3. 20; 4. 46; 5. 6; 6. 28; 7. 38; 8. 40; 9. 24; 10. 16.

General Knowledge
1. 100; 2. black; 3. 42; 4. Mother's Day; 5. "Psycho;" 6. Spain; 7. 11.

IQ Trivia
1. "The Hurt Locker;" 2. William Shakespeare; 3. Taj Mahal; 4. Jackie Kennedy; 5. Kauai.

Monday, May 28, 2018

We Head Out to Montauk On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, May 29th at 8:30 PM, with "Montauk Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions (and perhaps a few more) on that famous spot on the end of Long Island, and courtesy of the Montauk Brewing Company, we will giving out some free stuff, like beer, t-shirts and some other swag. 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:
"The Roman numeral 'C' stands for what number?"

We will be back on the main floor for good on Tuesday night, as the Celtics playoff run ended last night. I hope to see many of you on Tuesday for a great night of Trivia Q&A!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

"I'm Keith Hernandez"

There are dozens of books that come out every year about baseball, including memoirs from older players recalling their glory days. But it's hard to find one like "I'm Keith Hernandez", (Little, Brown) in which the great Mets and Cardinals first baseman recalls some of his glorious times that led to him being an NL MVP and a two-time World Series champion.

But if you're a Mets fan looking for more inside stuff about the 1986 World Series champions, you won't find it here. Hernandez consciously avoids that discussion, which he feels has been done to death in other books. And he also avoids such things as the other championship team he played in with the Cardinals in 1982, his controversial trade to the Mets the next year, the Pittsburgh drug trials he was a part of in 1985, or his funny role on the TV show "Seinfeld.".

But he still has plenty to tell in this book.

He uses two main timelines to tell his story: his growing up in Northern California with a very demanding father who was obsessed with baseball, and his current day being a respected broadcaster with the Mets. His father was friends with the legendary Stan Musial, and Hernandez talks of the time he and his dad met him at Candlestick Park in 1963. It would come full circle nearly a dozen years later, when Hernandez made his MLB debut there. His father John was a difficult taskmaster as father his influence on the young Keith, and Keith is at once miffed but grateful to his father for pushing in the direction he went.

Hernandez was eventually signed by St. Louis, and tells of the glories of playing minor league ball in the early 1970s. It was filled with bad stadiums, groupies and dodging tornadoes. (Hernandez tells as interesting story what happened to him when jumped into a ditch to avoid a tornado in Oklahoma.) And he also talks about his first forays into the world of drug use, first with marijuana and amphetamines.

The book is actually a fun ride through those early years with Hernandez, long before the world of the Internet, 24-hour news and iPhones everywhere. When Hernandez first makes it up to the Show, it was a bumpy first year for him, as expectations for him being another Stan Musial didn't go as planned. He was sent back to AAA. He credits Cardinals teammates such as Bob Gibson, Lou Brock and Hector Cruz for being a good influence on him, especially Brock, who he still talks about reverantly during Mets broadcasts.

On the other end of the spectrum is Keith's foray into the world of broadcasting, and has nothing but love for his broadcast partners, Gary Cohen and Ron Darling. Hernandez also is pretty open about his "faux pas" committed in his time in the booth, especially the dustup he got into regarding women in the teams' locker rooms.

"I'm Keith Hernandez" isn't just about Keith's career on and off the field, but he gives his views on the current state of the game, like the obsession over sabermetrics, the pace of the game, and the fact the game is getting too one-dimensional in this "Home Run Era." I found Keith to be very honest in this book, and it is really how everything that happened to him before 1980 led up to who he is today.

I highly recommend "I'm Keith Hernandez" (which was just released on May 15) to any baseball fan who enjoys a good baseball bio of a recent baseball great. But if the book is successful, do you think he could coxed into writing another, post-1980? I wouldn't bet against it.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Trivia Q&A: May 22

We had a 13 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night as we returned to the main floor of Professor Thom's, as there was no Celtics playoff game. It was a spirited crowd really into the Trivia. The night started out with a Current Events round that saw the lowest scores I've ever seen for an opening round, as the highest score was just 4. Sorry I made it so hard, everyone! As the night progressed, we had a good three team race for the top, but the boys from DIMS prevailed, as they had four straight perfect rounds after Current Events and won the night with 51 points. Congrats to Ken, Mike and Darek on their third straight victory.

Next week we will be back on the main floor again, as there are no NBA playoff games scheduled on May 29th.

Second place went to Oh-Yum with 41 points, and third place went to Elotes with 39 points.

Best Team Name: This Anti-Gravity Book Is Impossible To Put Down

Current Events
1. What rap star is being sued for allegedly lying about an arrest warrant so he could get out of doing a performance in NJ last month?
2. President Trump said he will nominate Robert Wilkie to what cabinet position, one that he has been acting secretary of the past month?
3. What actress co-hosted the ABC show "The View" last Friday and opened up about her mental illness, and admitted she had herself committed to a mental institution?
4. What NFL star generously offered to pay for all the funeral expenses for all the victims of the Santa Fe, Texas school shootings last week?
5. Last Saturday, the mayor of what country's second largest city was attacked by a dozen nationalists and injured at a genocide remembrance event?
6. What TV actress claimed she was leaving social media last Saturday due to anti-Semitism, but returned to her Twitter account after just a few hours?
7. What male pop artist won the Best Artist and three other awards at the Billboard Music Awards last Sunday?

May 22nd Trivia
1. On this day in 2017, 22 people were killed at a bombing at Ariana Grande's concert in what UK city?
2. In 1939, what two countries signed "The Pact of Steel", a military and political alliance just before the start of WWII?
3. In 1849, what future US president was issued a patent for an invention of liftboats, and he is still the only president to hold a patent?
4. On this day in 1804, Lewis and Clark began their famous expedition from what US state?
5. Sir Laurence Olivier was born on this day in 1907. For what 1948 film, based on a Shakespeare play, did he win the Oscar for Best Actor?
6. Tennis champion Novak Dokovic was born on this day in 1987. Of his 12 Grand Slam singles titles, which title has he won the most, six times?
7. In 1972, Richard Nixon became the first US president ever to visit what country?

The Q Train: War Films By Decade
1. The Dirty Dozen
2. The Bridge On The River Kwai
3. From Here to Eternity
4. Apocalypse Now
5. Saving Private Ryan
6. Zero Dark Thirty
7. M*A*S*H
8. Black Hawk Down
9. Full Metal Jacket
10. The Great Escape

General Knowledge
1. The Dalai Lama is the senior figure in what religion? ( 1 pt)
2. Iberia Airlines is based in what country? ( 1 pt)
3. What pop singer wrote the Bangles 1980s hit "Manic Monday?" ( 1 pt)
4. A plantar wart is found where on the human body? ( 2 pt)
5. The concert master of an orchestra usually plays what instrument? ( 2 pt)
6. Which of the Great Lakes is the smallest in surface area? ( 2 pt)
7. What eastern state is the flattest state in the US? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The forint is the currency of what eastern European country? ( 4 points)
2. In 1973, what company publicly demonstrated the world's first portable cellular telephone? ( 5 points)
3. As of October 2017, what is the number one newspaper by circulation in the US? ( 4 points)
4. The Grimm Brothers' fairy tales were originally written in what language? ( 3 points)
5. In what field was the most recently created Nobel Prize first awarded, in 1969? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Buster Rhymes; 2. Dept. of Veterans Affairs; 3. Alyssa Milano; 4. J.J. Watt; 5. Greece; 6. Roseanne Barr; 7. Ed Sheeran.

May 22nd Trivia
1. Manchester; 2. Germany and Italy; 3. Abraham Lincoln; 4. Missouri; 5. "Hamlet;" 6. Australian Open; 7. Soviet Union.

The Q Train: War Films By Decade
1. 1960s (1967); 2. 1950s (1957); 3. 1950s (1953); 4. 1970s (1979); 5. 1990s (1998); 6. 2010s (2013); 7. 1970s (1970); 8. 2000s (2001); 9. 1980s (1987); 10. 1960s (1963).

General Knowledge
1. Buddhism; 2. Spain; 3. Prince; 4. feet; 5. violin; 6. Lake Ontario; 7. Florida.

IQ Trivia
1. Hungary; 2. Motorola; 3. USA Today; 4. German; 5. Economics..

Monday, May 21, 2018

Back On The Main Floor This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, May 22nd at 8:30 PM at Professor Thom's, with "May 22nd Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about the day in history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be "War Films By Decade Trivia" in honor of Memorial Day coming up next Monday. I will give you the names of ten famous war films and you have to tell me the decade in which it was first released.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The Dalai Lama is the senior figure in what religion?"

We will be back on the main floor on Tuesday night, as there will be no Celtics playoff game then. I hope to see many of you on what should be a great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Trivia Q&A: May 15

On a night when we had to move back up to the Loft due to the Celtics playoff game, and with rain and thunderstorms in the area late in the day on Tuesday, I really feared we wouldn't have much of a crowd for Trivia. But we filled up the Loft and had 12 teams in. It was another great night for the boys from DIMS, who won the night pretty handily, pulling away after the General Knowledge round, and finished the night with 51 points. Congrats to Ken and Michael on another great victory.

Second place went to Colonel Planet with 44 points, and third place went to Joey Triviani (who also won for Best Team Name) with 39 points.

A reminder that we will back on the main floor next week, as there will be NO Celtics playoff game next Tuesday night. Hope to see many of you then.

Current Events
1. What African country announced that 17 people have recently died as a result of the Ebola virus, which killed over 11,000 people a few years back?
2. What US state became the first state in the nation to mandate solar panels on all new homes last week?
3. What superstar rock legend was named the UK's wealthiest musician this past week for 2018 by the Sunday Times and his fortune is estimated at 820 million pounds?
4. The streaming service Spotify announced last Friday they were pulling the music of what R&B singer due to "hateful conduct" and his extensive sexual misconduct accusations?
5. Mahathir Mohamad, 92-years-old, was sworn in as prime minister of what Asian country last week, making him the world's oldest head of state?
6. LAPD reported that the suit worn by Robert Downey Jr. in what 2008 film was recently stolen, and it was worth over $325,000?
7. What Oscar-nominated actor English actor said recently that he will only accept future roles where his female co-star is paid equally?

Texas Trivia
1. What is the second largest city in Texas in population after Houston?
2. Name 1 of the 2 US presidents born in the state of Texas.
3. What is the longest river in Texas?
4. What is the nicknames of the sports teams at the University of Texas?
5. Which pro sports team from Texas has been in operation the longest?
6. Which soft drink was invented in Waco, Texas in 1885 by Charles Alderton?
7. What Texas city is often called "the live music capital of the world?"

The Q Train: Odd Numbered Trivia
1. The right fielder in baseball is this numbered player.
2. This number amendment to the Constitution ended Prohibition.
3. Paper is the traditional gift for this number wedding anniversary.
4. This is the minimum age for a person to run for the US presidency.
5. This is the temperature Celsius that is the normal temerature for the human body.
6. The Hebrew alphabet contains this many total letters.
7. Larry Bird wore this number for the Boston Celtics.
8. Veterans Day is celebrated every November on this numbered day.
9. Michael Jordan, Don Mattingly and David Beckham all wore this number.
10. This is the total number of books in the Harry Potter series.

General Knowledge
1. Bermuda is a territory of what country? ( 1 pt)
2. What is the most popular color for toothbrushes in the US? ( 1 pt)
3. What American city has the most hotel rooms in the world? ( 1 pt)
4. How many films are there in the "Rocky" series? ( 2 pt)
5. India's film industry, Bollywood, is based in what city? ( 2 pt)
6. What actor portrayed Dr. Philip Chandler in the 1980s TV series "St. Elsewhere?" ( 2 pt)
7. What US state's overall surface area is covered by the most mountainous terrain? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What North American city is nicknamed "The City of Saints?" ( 3 points)
2. Gouda cheese originates from the town of Gouda, found in what country? ( 4 points)
3. In what TV show's first-season intro can a US flag be seen flying at half-staff, since it was filmed at Honolulu's Ala Wai Yacht Club the week of JFK's assassination? ( 4 points)
4. As of last November, what American tourist site is the most Instagrammed place in the world? ( 4 points)
5. What 1960s animated film has the Blue Meanies as its villains? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. The Congo; 2. California; 3. Paul McCartney; 4. R. Kelly; 5. Malaysia; 6. "Iron Man;" 7. Benedict Cumberbatch.

Texas Trivia
1. San Antonio; 2. Dwight D. Eisenhower and Lyndon Johnson; 3. Rio Grande; 4. Longhorns; 5. Dallas Cowboys; 6. Dr. Pepper; 7. Austin.

The Q Train: Odd Numbered Trivia
1. 9; 2. 21; 3. 1; 4. 35; 5. 37; 6. 27; 7. 33; 8. 11; 9. 23; 10. 7.

General Knowledge
1. UK; 2. blue; 3. Las Vegas; 4. seven; 5. Mumbai; 6. Denzel Washington; 7. West Virginia.

IQ Trivia
1. Montreal (I also accepted New Orleans); 2. Netherlands; 3. "Gilligan's Island;" 4. Disneyland; 5. "Yellow Submarine."

Monday, May 14, 2018

Don't Mess With Texas Trivia

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, May 15th at 8:30 PM at Professor Thom's, with "Texas Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions concerning the Lone Star State in its history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be "Odd Numbered Trivia." Every answer in the round will be an odd number from 1-50.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Bermuda is a territory of what country?"

This Tuesday we will be doing Trivia back in the Loft, as Game 2 of the Celtics conference final against Cleveland will be happening that night. We will return to the main floor the following Tuesday, on May 22nd, as there will be no playoff game that night, no matter how the series goes. So I hope to see many of you for what will be a great night of Trivia on Tuesday!

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Trivia Q&A: May 8

We were back downstairs again last night for Trivia, and we had a good turnout of 13 teams in. And last night it was a special night for the team of DIMS. They missed the question from the first round about the WWE wrestler running for mayor, and it turns out it was the only question they got wrong all night, as they wound up winning the night with 55 points. Congrats to Ken, Michael and Darek on their superb win. (We also had five teams get all five IQ Trivia questions correct, the most I can ever remember doing so well in that round. So after last week when no team got more than two correct, it was a bit easier this week. We'll see what happens next week.)

Second place went to Merkle's Boner with 50 points, and third place went to The John Oliver Koala Chlamyda Ward with 49 points.

Best Team Name: Rudy Giuliani's Ability to Blow Off Harder Than a Hawaiian Volcano

Current Events
1. A man who was once convicted of stalking what Oscar-winning actress committed suicide last Thursday after getting into a standoff with LA police?
2. What US state banned sunscreen last week, because it contains chemicals believed to harm coral reefs?
3. What rap star has been dodging a subpoena from the SEC over financial investigation of a company that bought his clothing line and must explain why this week?
4. What former WWE wrestling star won the GOP nomination for mayor of his hometown in Tennessee last week?
5. What prestigious Nobel Prize will not be awarded in 2018 due to internal bickering, sex abuse allegations and a police investigation, and two Nobel Prizes will be awarded in the category in 2019?
6. What actress/comedian made illegally oversized campaign donations to at least five Democratic federal candidates, the NY Post reported on Sunday?
7. Hafbor Julius Bjornsson, an actor known as "The Mountain" on what popular TV show, won the 2018 World's Strongest Man competition in the Philippines this past weekend?

New York City Trivia
1. What NYC bridge was named in honor of former mayor Ed Koch in 2011?
2. What is the oldest department store on 5th Avenue, which has been in operation since 1826?
3. What is the longest-running Broadway show of all-time?
4. Who was elected mayor of New York City in November 2001?
5. Which of New York City's boroughs is the largest in area?
6. What Brooklyn-born singer and actress attended Erasmus Hall High School with Neil Diamond?
7. The most stolen honorary street sign in NYC is named in honor of what NY-born rock star, who died in 2001?

The Q Train: TV Moms Trivia
1. Claire Huxtable
2. Lois Griffin
3. Marion Cunningham
4. Samantha Stevens
5. June Cleaver
6. Elizabeth Jennings
7. Claire Dunphy
8. Maggie Seaver
9. Peggy Bundy
10. Estelle Costanza

General Knowledge
1. In which state is Yosemite National Park located? ( 1 pt)
2. How many NFL teams currently play their home games in New York state? ( 1 pt)
3. Comic Con International is held every July in what US city? ( 1 pt)
4. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed in what country? ( 2 pt)
5. What is Africa's highest mountain? ( 2 pt)
6. In humans, what is the only internal organ capable of regenerating lost tissue? ( 2 pt)
7. What is the southernmost state capital in the continental US? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Luzon is the largest island in what Asian country? ( 4 points)
2. The Midnight Sun Baseball Game is a 113-year-old tradition in Fairbanks, Alaska that is played every year on what day? ( 5 points)
3. The musical "Rent" is based on what Italian opera? ( 4 points)
4. What 19th century US president is the only one to get married in the White House? ( 4 points)
5. Rome's airport is named in honor of what 16th century Italian man? ( 3 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Sandra Bullock; 2. Hawaii; 3. Jay-Z; 4. Glenn "Kane" Jacobs; 5. Literature; 6. Rosie O'Donnell; 7. "Game of Thrones."

New York City Trivia
1. Queensborough (59th Street); 2. Lord & Taylor; 3. "Phantom of the Opera;" 4. Michael Bloomberg; 5. Queens; 6. Barbra Streisand; 7. Joey Ramone.

The Q Train: TV Moms Trivia
1. Cosby Show; 2. Family Guy; 3. Happy Days; 4. Bewitched; 5. Leave It To Beaver; 6. The Americans; 7. Modern Family; 8. Growing Pains; 9. Married With Children; 10. Seinfeld.

General Knowledge
1. California; 2. one (Buffalo Bills); 3. San Diego; 4. New Zealand; 5. Kilimanjaro; 6. liver; 7. Austin, TX.

IQ Trivia
1. The Philippines; 2. Summer Solstice (June 21); 3. "La Boheme;" 4. Grover Cleveland; 5. Leonardo daVinci.

Monday, May 07, 2018

We Celebrate The Big Town & Our Moms

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, May 8th at 8:30 PM, with "New York City Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about our fair metropolis in history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be "TV Moms Trivia." In honor of Mother's Day coming up next weekend, I will give you the names of ten famous TV mothers, and you have to tell me what TV show they were a part of.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"In what state is Yosemite National Park located?"

We will be downstairs again on Tuesday night, as the Bruins were eliminated in their playoff series yesterday. There won't be any Celtics playoff game, either. I look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday night for a great night of Trivia Q&A!

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Trivia Q&A: May 1

We were back downstairs for Trivia on Tuesday night, as there was no playoff game for either the Celtics or Bruins. We had 10 teams in on a nice night in New York. It was tight throughout the evening, with four teams jockeying for the top with just two points between them. But it was the guys from DIMS who returned to the winner's circle, getting 42 points. They led all night and held on to take the prize. (This was one of the harder IQ rounds I've done in a while, as no one got more than 2 questions right in the round. And no one got the three point question correct. I can't remember that ever happening in the IQ Trivia round.)  Congratulations to Ken and Darek on their victory.

Second place went to John Wilkes Booth and the Show Stoppers with 40 points, and third place went to Spring Finally Comes with 39 points.

Best Team Name: I'mma Let You Finish, But Swiggity Scoop the Swoop to Poop

Right now we don't know where will be doing Trivia next week, because if there is a Game 6 in the Bruins playoff series against the Lightning, we will return to the Loft next Tuesday. If the series finishes in five games, we will be back downstairs next week. The series is currently tied at 1. I'll keep you posted on Facebook.

Current Events
1. 57 people were killed and over 100 injured when a voter registration center was attacked by a suicide bomber last week in what Asian country?
2. A New York judge threw out a lawsuit last week bt what female pop singer attempting to stop a former friend from auctioning off personal items that include love letters from a secret affair with Tupac Shakur?
3. Last week scientists say which distant planet smells like rotten eggs, as its upper atmosphere is full of one of the smelliest chemicals known to humans?
4. What sandwich chain announced last week they will be closing 500 US stores this year due to falling sales?
5. Richard Grenell was confirmed as ambassador to what European country last week, making him the highest-ranking gay man in the Trump administration?
6. What 1970s megahit pop group, which last recorded together in 1982, announced they will release two new songs soon?
7. Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield was chosen by what NFL team as the number one pick in the draft last Thursday?

May Trivia
1. The Empire State Building was dedicated on this day in 1931 by US president from the White House?
2. In May 1963, the first James Bond film debuted. What movie was it?
3. What actress hosted Saturday Night Live in May 2010, thanks to a push by fans on Facebook and she won an Emmy as well?
4. In May 2004, the first legal same-sex marriages were performed in what US state?
5. In May 1980, Ian Curtis of what British band committed suicide and the remaining members went on to form New Order?
6. What sitcom ended its 11-year run on NBC in May 1993 with 80 million people tuning in?
7. In May 1966, Surveyor I became the first US spacecraft to land on an extraterrestrial body. Where did it land?

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. There are only two escalators in the entire state of Wyoming.
2. The African elephant is the largest carnivore on land.
3. Elvis Presley, in his storied career, never played a concert outside of North America.
4. Lightning never strikes twice in the same place.
5. The popular image of Santa Claus, chubby, bearded and in red and white clothes, was invented by Coke for an ad campaign.
6. Humans can't breathe and swallow at the same time.
7. Buzz Aldrin was the first man to urinate on the Moon.
8. Your fingernails and hair keep growing after you die.
9. Approximately one quarter of human bones are in the feet.
10. The Channel Tunnel is the world's longest underground rail tunnel.

General Knowledge
1. The Atlantic and Pacific Oceans are connected by what artificial waterway? ( 1 pt)
2. Who is currently the host of the HBO show "Last Week Tonight?" ( 1 pt)
3. The 38th parallel separates which two countries? ( 1 pt)
4. Tom Ridge was the first secretary of what cabinet position established in 2002? ( 2 pt)
5. When was the last time that the Summer and Winter Olympics were held in the same year? ( 2 pt)
6. In our solar system, which two planets are known as "ice giants?" ( 2 pt)
7. The world's largest pyramid is found in what country? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What was Michael Jackson's 13th and final US number one hit song, released in 1995? ( 4 points)
2. What is the largest country by area in Africa? ( 4 points)
3. What building takes up the Manhattan city block between 49th and 50th Streets and Park and Lexington Avenues? ( 4 points)
4. In the 1980 comedy "Caddyshack," Bill Murray's character memorably recounts a time when he caddied for what famous person? ( 5 points)
5. The Christian festival known as Candlemas is always observed in what month? ( 3 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Afghanistan; 2. Madonna; 3. Uranus; 4. Subway; 5. Germany; 6. ABBA; 7. Cleveland Browns.

May Trivia
1. Herbert Hoover; 2. "Dr. No;" 3. Betty White; 4. Massachusetts; 5. Joy Division; 6. "Cheers;" 7. The Moon.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. true; 2. false, Kodiak bear; 3. true; 4. false; 5. false; 6. true; 7. true; 8. false; 9. true; 10. false, Gotthard Tunnel in Switzerland.

General Knowledge
1. Panama Canal; 2. John Oliver; 3. North and South Korea; 4. Homeland Security; 5. 1992; 6. Uranus and Neptune; 7. Mexico.

IQ Trivia
1. "You Are Not Alone"; 2. Algeria; 3. The Waldorf Astoria Hotel; 4. Dalai Lama; 5. February.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Right Back Where We Started From

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, May 1st at 8:30 PM, with "May Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about events that occurred during the month of May in pop culture and history. The Q Train lightning round will be "True or False Trivia."

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The Atlantic and Pacific Oceans are connected by what artificial waterway?"

Good news this week! We will be back on the first floor, as there will be NO Celtics or Bruins playoff games scheduled this Tuesday night. So, I hope to see many of you back in our original spot in Professor Thom's for what should be a great night of Trivia Q&A!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Trivia Q&A: April 24

As the Celtics won their playoff game last night, we were once again upstairs in the Loft for Trivia last night at Professor Thom's. We had a smaller crowd than last week, as 7 teams came out, but it was a very enthusiastic gathering. The top three teams were separated by four points, but this was another one of those nights when a team came from behind in the final round to grab the victory. And it was done by And In First Place..., who came from four points down to run the table in IQ Trivia and win the night by four points. They ended with 46 points and their first ever Tuesday Night Trivia win. My congratulations to the boys on a hard-fought win.

DIMSUM finished second with 42 points, and Sean Hannity Pulls Out? (which also won for Best Team Name) finished third with 39 points.

As of right now, we don't know if we will be in the Loft next week. It will depend on the Celtics, if they advance to the second round (they are up 3-2 in their series), and if they do, if they have a scheduled game next Tuesday. As soon as it is confirmed, I will pass along the info about next Tuesday.

Current Events
1. Harry Anderson, who starred on what popular NBC sitcom in the 1980s, died last week at the age of 65?
2. Who became the first rap artist to win a Pulitzer Prize for his 2017 album last week?
3. People magazine, in their "Beautiful Issue," named what American singer as "The Most Beautiful Woman" for 2018?
4. Miguel Diaz-Canel was selected by his country's government as the new president of what nation last week?
5. Who did Queen Elizabeth II name to take over her duties as the next head of the Commonwealth last week?
6. The NBA team the Miwaukee Bucks announced last Friday during their playoff game that what superstar NFL player will become a part owner of the club?
7. 83-year-old Walter Moody became the oldest man to be executed last week since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, by lethal injection in what southern state?

US Geography Trivia
1. Lake Tahoe straddles the border between which two US states?
2. How many US states share a border with Mexico?
3. What state is bordered by Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming?
4. Lake Okeechobee, the second largest freshwater lake in the continental United States, is located in what state?
5. In which state is the northernmost point in the continental United States?
6. What is the only state to touch the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean?
7. Of all the Great Lakes, which is the only one that doesn't touch the state of Michigan?

The Q Train: Who's Taller Trivia
1. Shaquille O'Neal or Kobe Bryant?
2. Katie Holmes of Tom Cruise?
3. Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates?
4. Reese Witherspoon or Nicole Kidman?
5. Ivana Trump or Melania Trump?
6. Khloe Kardashian or Kris Jenner?
7. Ben Affleck or Matt Damon?
8. Kevin Hart or Ice Cube?
9. Michelle Obama or Prince Harry?
10. Tom Brady or Giselle Bundchen?

General Knowledge
1. Shaun White is an Olympic gold medalist in what extreme sport? ( 1 pt)
2. The ancient city of Pompeii was destroyed by what volcano? ( 1 pt)
3. A symphony usually has how many total movements? ( 1 pt)
4. According to Greek mythology, who was the god of wine? ( 2 pt)
5. Johnny Depp has appeared in eight films directed by whom? ( 2 pt)
6. How many states is Germany divided into? ( 2 pt)
7. What department store currently stands on the site that was Cornelius Vanderbilt's Manhattan mansion? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What is the only country in South America whose official language is English? ( 4 points)
2. What 1984 megahit album was the first commercial music CD pressed in the United States? ( 4 points)
3. Who is the only athlete to ever play in a Super Bowl and a World Series? ( 3 points)
4. "Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable" is a quote from what classic film? ( 4 points)
5. "Til Death Do Us Part" was a UK sitcom that was the basis for what hit 1970s American sitcom? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. "Night Court;" 2. Kendrick Lamar; 3. Pink; 4. Cuba; 5. Prince Charles; 6. Aaron Rodgers; 7. Alabama.

US Geography Trivia
1. California and Nevada; 2. four; 3. Colorado; 4. Florida; 5. Minnesota; 6. New York; 7. Lake Ontario.

The Q Train: Who's Taller Trivia
1. O'Neal; 2. Holmes; 3. Gates; 4. Kidman; 5. Ivana; 6. Kardashian; 7. Affleck; 8. Ice Cube; 9. Harry; 10. Brady.

General Knowldge
1. Snowboarding; 2. Mt. Vesuvius; 3. four; 4. Dionysus; 5. Tim Burton; 6. sixteen; 7. Bergdorf Goodman.

IQ Trivia
1. Guyana; 2. "Born in the USA;" 3. Deion Sanders; 4. "The Wizard of Oz;" 5. "All in the Family."

Monday, April 23, 2018

Back to the Loft as We Explore Our Great Nation

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, April 24th at 8:30 PM, with "US Geography Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about the layout of our great nation. The Q Train lightning round will be "Who's Taller Trivia." I will give the names of two current celebrities and you have to tell which one is the taller of the two.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The ancient city of Pompeii was destroyed by what volcano?"

Since the Celtics playoff series will have a fifth game on Tuesday night, we will once again be moved upstairs in the Loft to have Trivia. We had a great crowd last week, and all the spaces and chairs were spoken for. I would encourage you all to arrive as early as you possibly can to assure yourselves a table. (I would say by 8 PM if you can get there that early.) Once again, I do apologize to those who elected not to play due to the limited space. I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Trivia Q&A: April 17

It was good to be back hosting Trivia on Tuesday night after missing last week, and we were upstairs in the Loft due to the Celtics playoff game happening downstairs. But we had 12 teams jam the top floor for a great night of Trivia. We had a two-team race heading into IQ Trivia, with just a single point between them. But the team trailing, Overboard, got 4 of 5 correct in the final round to win the night, with 44 points. Congrats to Bob and Cato on another great victory.

Second place went to DIMS with 42 points, and third place went to Blood, Bath and Beyond with 36 points.

Best Team Name: April Showers Bring MTA Delays For Hours

I also want to apologize to those folks who didn't stay for Trivia due to the lack of seats available for the Loft. It is very limited and we had a full crowd. The Loft is far smaller than the first floor, and because of the influx of fans coming in for the basketball playoffs, we have to do Trivia upstairs for the length of the Celtics run when they have games on Tuesday nights. It's either that, or we don't do Trivia at all. If the Celtics sweep the current series with Milwaukee, we will back downstairs next Tuesday, as there will be no playoff game that night. We will be back in the Loft next Tuesday if there is a Game 5. So, sweep 'em, Celtics!

Current Events
1. A collection of items from what legendary singer, such as sunglasses, clothing, hair and a Vicodin bottle are being put up for auction by a family who once worked for him?
2. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg recently said that what 1980s iconic film character might be played by a woman in a future reboot of the film series?
3. What recent film is set to be released soon in Saudi Arabia, the first movie shown there since theaters were banned in the 1980s?
4.What comic actor and "Saturday Night Live" alumnus was injured in a car accident in California last week?
5. Park Geun-hye, the former president of what Asian country, was sentenced to 24 years in prison over a major corruption scandal regarding political favors?
6. What 1980s rock star announced last week that he was canceling his entire schedule of 2018 shows due to a hearing loss he suffered during a show earlier this year?
7. What two-time World Series champion baseball player was among the celebrities chosen for the all-athletes "Dancing With the Stars" season set to start later this month?

April Trivia
1. In April 1979, African dictator Idi Amin fled what country he ruled for eight years?
2. Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space in April of what year?
3. In April 1860, the Pony Express began its delivery service between California and what midwestern state?
4. Every April 23rd, England's patron saint in remembered. What is his name?
5. What is April's birthstone?
6. What international day is recognized every April 22nd?
7. Name 2 of the 4 US states that recognize Partiots Day as a holiday every third Monday in April.

The Q Train: Which Happened First Trivia
1. US Civil War ends, or Germany became a single nation.
2. The flush toilet is invented, or the doorknob was invented.
3. Marco Polo is born, or Christopher Columbus was born.
4. The first moon landing, or the last person to be executed in France by guillotine.
5. World War I begins, or the Titanic sinks.
6. Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, or Sir Edmund Hillary climbs Mt. Everest.
7. Rain Man wins Best Picture Oscar, or Chariots of Fire wins Best Picture Oscar.
8. Uranus is discovered, or Neptune is discovered.
9. Miley Cyrus is born, or the Berlin Wall falls.
10. Playboy magazine is founded, or Vladimir Putin is born.

General Knowledge
1. What ocean is home to 75% of the world's volcanoes? ( 1 pt)
2. Launched in 1995, what website was originally called "Auction Web?" ( 1 pt)
3. Almost 25% of bank robberies in the US take place on what day of the week? ( 1 pt)
4. What is the smallest Canadian province? ( 2 pt)
5. What is the longest river in the United States? ( 2 pt)
6. What did Robert Jarvik invent an artificial form of in 1982? ( 2 pt)
7. What classic novel inspired the hit 2010s TV series "Revenge?" ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Casa Rosada, or "The Pink House", is the official office of the president of what country? ( 4 points)
2. What man's death in August 2014 was ruled a homicide, though the fatal bullet had been fired 33 years earlier? ( 4 points)
3. "Kisses on the Bottom" was a hit 2012 Grammy-winning album by what rock star? ( 3 points)
4. What board game gets its name from the Hindi word for "twenty-five"? ( 5 points)
5. What Paris landmark sits on the Place Charles deGaulle? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Frank Sinatra; 2. Indiana Jones; 3. "Black Panther;" 4. Will Ferrell; 5. South Korea; 6. Huey Lewis; 7. Johnny Damon.

April Trivia
1. Uganda; 2. 1961; 3. Missouri; 4. St. George; 5. diamond; 6. Earth Day; 7. Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine and Wisconsin.

The Q Train: Which Happened First Trivia
1. US Civil War ends; 2. Flush toilet invented; 3. Marco Polo born; 4. First moon landing; 5. Titanic sinks; 6. Hillary climbs Mt. Everest; 7. Chariots of Fire wins; 8. Uranus; 9. Berlin Wall falls; 10. Putin is born.

General Knowledge
1. Pacific Ocean; 2. eBay; 3. Friday; 4. Prince Edward Island; 5. Missouri River; 6. Human heart; 7. "The Count of Monte Cristo."

IQ Trivia
1. Argentina; 2. James Brady; 3. Paul McCartney; 4. parcheesi; 5. Arc de Triomphe.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Let's Give It Another Go

OK, everyone, we'll give this another try! Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, April 17th at 8:30 PM at Professor Thom's, and the Special Category will again be "April Trivia", seven questions connected in some way to the current month. The Q Train lightning round will be "Which Happened First Trivia." I will give you two famous events from history and pop culture, and you have to tell me which came first.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What ocean is home to 75% of the world's volcanoes?"

Important note: There is a Celtics playoff game on Tuesday night at 8 PM, so we will be doing Trivia upstairs in the Loft at Professor Thom's. We will be up there most weeks as the Celtics and Bruins begin their playoff runs, and any Tuesday night games will have Trivia taking place in the Loft.

My apologies for my absence last Tuesday. I am feeling a bit better and I plan to be in for Trivia this Tuesday. I look forward to seeing many of you then!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Trivia Postponed This Week

Hi everyone: Trivia Night will NOT be happening tonight, April 10th. I am a bit under the weather, so I'll stay at home and rest. I look forward to seeing you hopefully next Tuesday, April 17th at 8:30 PM!

Monday, April 09, 2018

Trivia From the Cruelest Month This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, April 10th at 8:30 PM, with "April Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions all about the current month, in history and popular culture. The Q Train lightning round will be "Which Happened First Trivia." I will give you two events throughout history, and you will tell me which occurred before the other.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What ocean is home to 75% of the world's volcanoes?"

I look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday night for another great edition of Trivia!

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Trivia Q&A: April 3

We had another great crowd in for Trivia, 15 teams, along with a bunch of Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics fans checking out those games, so it was quite a busy, noisy night. We had six teams in a close contest, separated by just four points going into the fourth round. But this would be the night for our friends from DIMS, as they led through the evening, and capped off the night with a clean sweep of IQ Trivia. They finished with 57 points, and a six-point victory. Congrats to Ken and Darek on another great win.

Second place went to Archduke Chocula with 51 points, and third place went to Toys "R' Bust (who also won Best Team Name) with 47 points.

Current Events
1. What US city's municipal government was struck last week by a computer malware attack that shut the city's government computers down for five days?
2. Australians Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were all banned up to a year over a ball tampering scandal in what professional sport last week?
3. President Trump announced last week he was replacing David Shulkin with Dr. Ronny Jackson in what cabinet position?
4. What Hollywood actor had open-heart surgery last Friday to replace an aging pulmonic valve he had put in over 20 years earlier?
5. Walmart announced it was pulling what magazine from the checkout lines in all of its US stores, citing sexually explicit material as the reason for the removal?
6. What world capital city has overtaken New York City in murders for the first time ever as the city has dealt with a surge in knife attacks?
7. Television producer and writer Stephen Bochco died last Sunday at the age of 74. What early 1980s TV drama series that he created won him six Emmy Awards for producing and writing?

Q-Tip Trivia
1. Which of the following celebrities died while in their 30s? a. Elvis Presley; b. Marilyn Monroe; c. Kurt Cobain; d. River Phoenix.
2. Which US states have less than 1 million in total population as of 2016? a. Hawaii; b. Maine; c. Idaho; d. Rhode Island.
3. Which of the following cereal brands belongs to Kellogg's? a. Alpha Bits; b. Frosted Flakes; c. Corn Flakes; d. Rice Krispies.
4. Which of the following statesmen won the Nobel Peace Prize? a. Winston Churchill; b. Franklin D. Roosevelt; c. Martin Luther King; d. Yasser Arafat.
5. Which of these films did Paul Newman appear in? a. The Hustler; b. Slap Shot; c. Earthquake; d. Cool Hand Luke.
6. Which European countries are currently not in the EU? a. Switzerland; b. Norway; c. Sweden; d. Greece.
7. Which of the following cities has a team in all four major team sports? a. Seattle; b. Los Angeles; c. St. Louis; d. Atlanta.

The Q Train: Movies By Decade Trivia
1. Argo
2. From Here to Eternity
3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
4. The Godfather Part III
5. Moneyball
6. Schindler's List
7. No Country For Old Men
8. Lawrence of Arabia
9. Amadeus
10. A Beautiful Mind

General Knowledge
1. March is the home to which two Zodiac signs? ( 1 pt)
2. What is currently the tallest building in the United States? ( 1 pt)
3. What actor received his first Oscar nomination for the 1988 film "Good Morning Vietnam"? ( 1 pt)
4. The town known as Santa Claus is found in what midwestern state? (2 pt)
5. What is the hottest planet in the solar system? ( 2 pt)
6. In a Scrabble game, what is the only letter worth eight points? ( 2 pt)
7. Easter Island belongs to what South American country? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The Big Bang Theory was the top-rated TV show in America last season, the first time a comedy led the Nielsens since what show did it in 2002? ( 4 points)
2. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the Tomb of the Unknowns in Washington, DC? ( 4 points)
3. In what sport does a match consist of the best of three games of 21 points, and to win a game, a player must have a two-point lead? ( 3 points)
4. According to Forbes, who was the first person to become a billionaire from writing books? ( 4 points)
5. What British actor has played Sherlock Holmes, Julian Assange and Star Trek's Khan in TV and the movies? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Atlanta; 2. cricket; 3. Secretary of Veterans Affairs; 4. Arnold Schwarzenegger; 5. Cosmopolitan; 6. London; 7. "Hill Street Blues."

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

The Q Train: Movies By Decade Trivia
1. 2010s (2012); 2. 1950s (1954); 3. 1970s (1975); 4. 1990s (1990); 5. 2010s (2011); 6. 1990s (1993); 7. 2000s (2007); 8. 1960s (1962); 9. 1980s (1984); 10. 2000s (2001).

General Knowledge
1. Pisces and Aries; 2. 1 World Trade Center; 3. Robin Williams; 4. Indiana; 5. Venus; 6. X; 7. Chile.

IQ Trivia
1. "Friends"; 2. twenty-one; 3. badminton; 4. J.K. Rowling; 5. Benedict Cumberbatch.

Monday, April 02, 2018

Q-Tip Returns, With Big Time Films

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, April 3rd at 8:30 PM, with "Q-Tip Trivia" as the Special Category. I will ask you seven multiple choice general knowledge questions, and one, two, three, all four or none of them can be correct. You get a point for each correct answer, but if you give any incorrect answers, you get zero points automatically for that question (if the answer is "none", you get one point). So you have to be really careful. The Q Train lightning round will be "Movies By Decade Trivia." I will give you the names of ten very popular movies (all Oscar nominated films) from down through the years, and you have to tell me the decade it was originally released in.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What is currently the tallest building in the United States?"

Looking forward to seeing many of you for what will be a great night of Trivia on Tuesday night!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Trivia Q&A: March 27

We had a terrific turnout on Tuesday night, with 18 teams in, and a very raucous Trivia crowd at that. Everybody was really into it, and the scores reflected that. We had a four-way tie going into the IQ Trivia round, and I don't believe that has ever happened before. But the team of Admiral Crunch pulled out the victory, as they got 4 of 5 correct in the round to win it all, with 46 points. Congrats to them on their first ever Tuesday Night Trivia victory.

Second place went to DIMSUM with 43 points, and third place went to Mike Pence's Gay Wet Dream (who jumped over a whole bunch of teams by also getting 4 of 5 correct at the end) with 39 points.

Best Team Name: You May Run Like Mays, But You Hit Like Shit

Current Events
1. What man was listed number one on the recent controversial list ESPN the Magazine published "The Dominant 20", the most dominant athletes of the last 20 years?
2. Charles Lazarus, who founded what retail chain in 1948 and remained as CEO until 1994, died last Thursday at the age of 94?
3. President Trump named former UN ambassador John Bolton to what cabinet position last Friday?
4. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, president of what South American country, resigned last week over a corruption scandal, and is the third president from that country to resign?
5. What comedienne cursed out Jimmy Kimmel on his late night TV show last week when he brought up Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to her?
6. The US Postal Service released a stamp honoring what legendary children's TV host last Friday?
7. Wayne Huizenga, an entrepreneur who owned Blockbuster Video, died last week at the age of 80. He also owned three pro sports teams in three different sports, all based in what US city?

MLB Trivia
1. How many teams did Babe Ruth play for his storied MLB career? a. 1; b. 2; c. 3; d. 4.
2. Who did the New York Yankees defeat in 2009 to win their last World Series? a. Atlanta Braves; b. Philadelphia Phillies; c. New York Mets; d. Chicago Cubs.
3. How many teams currently play their home games in Canada? a. 0; b. 1; c. 2; d. 3.
4. Who was the last man to bat .400 in an MLB season? a. Joe DiMaggio; b. Tony Gwynn; c. Ichiro Suzuki; d. Ted Williams.
5. Which of the following teams have never won a World Series? a. Colorado Rockies; b. Arizona Diamondbacks; c. Toronto Blue Jays; d. Kansas City Royals.
6. Who is the only player to have his number retired throughtout MLB? a. Babe Ruth; b. Jackie Robinson; c. Roberto Clemente; d. Ty Cobb.
7. Who is the only team to come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a postseason series in 7 games? a. Atlanta Braves; b. New York Mets; c. Chicago Cubs; d. Boston Red Sox.

The Q Train: Current TV Characters Trivia
1. Olivia Pope
2. Dana Scully
3. Jay Pritchett
4. Lt. Olivia Benson
5. Bobby Axelrod
6. Frank Reagan
7. Howard Silk
8. Sheldon Cooper
9. Elzabeth Jennings
10. Jon Snow

General Knowledge
1. What US state is known as the Volunteer State? ( 1 pt)
2. What two countries share the longest undefended border? ( 1 pt)
3. For what month is emerald the birthstone? ( 1 pt)
4. What is the most used letter in the English language? (2 pt)
5. Since 1998, William Shatner has been the TV spokesman for what website? ( 2 pt)
6. What US cabinet department oversees the US Park Service? ( 2 pt)
7. What reality TV star holds the record for the most liked post ever on Instagram earlier this year? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Mt. Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe, is located in what country? ( 4 points)
2. What 1950s Oscar-winning actress was the first actress ever to appear on a US postage stamp? ( 4 points)
3. What does the letter "E" stand for in the name of the family restaurant Chuck E. Cheese? ( 5 points)
4. What rock star won his only Grammy in 1992 with the song "I Do It For You" from the film "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves?" ( 3 points)
5. The popular drink ouzo can only be produced in Greece and what other country? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Tiger Woods; 2. Toys "R' Us; 3. National Security Adviser; 4. Peru; 5. Roseanne Barr; 6. Mister Rogers; 7. Miami.

MLB Trivia
1. c; 2. b; 3. b; 4. d; 5. a; 6. b; 7. d.

The Q Train: Current TV Characters Trivia
1. Scandal; 2. The X-Files; 3. Modern Family; 4. Law & Order SVU; 5. Billions; 6. Blue Bloods; 7. Counterpart; 8. The Big Bang Theory; 9. The Americans; 10. Game of Thrones.

General Knowledge
1. Tennessee; 2. Us and Canada; 3. May; 4. E; 5. Priceline; 6. Dept. of the Interior; 7. Kylie Jenner.

IQ Trivia
1. Russia; 2. Grace Kelly; 3. Entertainment; 4. Bryan Adams; 5. Cyprus.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Spring Is Here As We Honor Opening Day

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, March 27th at Professor Thom's at 8:30 PM, with "Major League Baseball Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven multiple choice questions about America's Pastime, in honor of the opening of the MLB season this Thursday. The Q Train lightning round will be "Current TV Characters Trivia." I will give you the names of ten characters on TV shows that are currently on (or still in production), and you will tell me what show that character is on. (And no, there will be no reality shows in this quiz.)

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What US state is known as the Volunteer State?"

I look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday night for another great night of Trivia Q&A!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Trivia Q&A: March 20

We had 12 teams in on Tuesday night, on the night before another storm hits New York (and really glad we moved Trivia over from Wednesday, as I doubt we'd be able to do it tonight!). I was also suffering from a lousy head cold last night, but fortunately got through the night unscathed!

We had another one of those "fantastic finishes" to the end, with four teams at the top with just two points between them. But it was the team of Snocos, who ran the table in the IQ Trivia round (the only team who did so), and wound up with 52 points and their first ever win. They were also one of those rare teams that was in first place the entire night and got the win. Congratulations guys!

Second place went to Yay For Spring with 49 points, and third place went to Dimlet with 47 points.

Best Team Name: Sister Jean's Trivia Team to the Sweet 16

Current Events
1. What nation expelled 23 diplomats from Russia last week and severed high level contacts after the nation's leader believed the Russians poisoned a former spy?
2. What airline issued an apology last week after a French bulldog puppy was put in an overhead bin and died during a flight last Monday?
3. Louise Slaughter, a Congresswoman representing what US state for 31 years, died last week after she recently suffered a head injury in her Washington DC home?
4. Jeff Flake, the retiring US senator from what US state, last week hinted he might challenge President Trump for the Republican presidential nomination in 2020?
5. The rep for what Oscar-winning actor denied published reports that the actor was moving himself and his family to Australia to "escape" from President Trump?
6. Tom Benson, a businessman and NFL team owner, died last Thursday at the age of 90. What team did he own, one that won its first and only Super Bowl in 2010?
7. What pop singer is currently embroiled in a legal battle over her purchase of a Los Angeles convent in 2015, and a nun in the fight over it collapsed and died last week at a court appearance about the dispute?

March Trivia
1. The birthstone for March is: a. garnet; b. amethyst; c. aquamarine; d. diamond.
2. Which of the following events always occurs in March? a. Black Month Month; b. Women's History Month; c. Daytona 500; d. National Poetry Month.
3. What happened to Julius Caesar on March 15, 44 BC? a. He crossed the Rubicon River; b. He was elected "Pontiflex Maximus"; d. He was murdered.
4. On March 27, 1964, what was the big news story in Alaska? a. Alaska becomes the 49th state; b. an 8.3 earthquake rattled the state; c. Alaska Pipeline was completed; d. Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred.
5. How many national holidays are there in March? a. none; b. 1; c. 2; d. 3.
6. In March 1976, Patty Hearst was convicted on which charge? a. kidnapping; b. drug possession; d. conspiracy to overthrow the government.
7. What year did the NCAA March Madness tournament expand to the 64-team format? a. 1979; b. 1985; c. 1990; d. 1996.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. The novel "Dr. Zhivago" chronicles life in Russia during the first half of the 20th century.
2. Zachary Taylor was the first US president to die in office.
3. The state of Florida is located in two different time zones.
4. Painter Cassius Coolidge is best known for his paintings of dogs playing poker.
5. In Robert Lewis Stevenson's book, the first names of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are actually Thomas and Robert.
6. The month of December has consistently shown to have the highest suicide rate.
7. Iron is the most used metal in the world today.
8. Hamlet commits suicide in Shakespeare's famous play.
9. India has the most post offices in the world.
10. North Dakota is the only US state that borders three Canadian provinces.

General Knowledge
1. Fashion tradition says that white shouldn't be worn afterr what holiday? ( 1 pt)
2. What actor played Walter White on the hit AMC series "Breaking Bad?" ( 1 pt)
3. Fireworks were invented in what country? ( 1 pt)
4. In what southern state did the first Walmart open in 1962? ( 2 pt)
5. What state has the most shark attacks per year? ( 2 pt)
6. What iconic 1970s rock band first came together as backup musicians for Linda Ronstadt? ( 2 pt)
7. What video game company was originally founded as a producer of playing cards? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. George Clooney won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2005 for what film? ( 3 points)
2. What is the southernmost capital city in the world? ( 5 points)
3. What New England university is named for the first Jewish US Supreme Court justice? ( 4 points)
4. Mark and David Knopfler were brothers who formed what 1980s rock band? ( 4 points)
5. What is the longest river in the world that doesn't have any bridges crossing it? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. United Kingdom; 2. United; 3. New York; 4. Arizona; 5. Matt Damon; 6. New Orleans Saints; 7. Katy Perry.

March Trivia
1. c; 2. b; 3. d; 4. b; 5. a; 6. c; 7. b.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. True; 2. false, William Henry Harrison; 3. true; 4. true; 5. false, Henry and Edward; 6. false, June; 7. true; 8. false, stabbed to death; 9. true; 10. false, Montana.

General Knowledge
1. Labor Day; 2. Bryan Cranston; 3. China; 4. Arkansas; 5. Florida; 6. The Eagles; 7. Nintendo.

IQ Trivia
1. "Syriana;" 2. Wellington, NZ; 3. Brandeis; 4. Dire Straits; 5. Amazon.

Monday, March 19, 2018

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Month of March Trivia

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, March 20th at Professor Thom's at 8:30 PM, with "March Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the month of March in one way, shape or form. All the questions will be multiple choice as well. The Q Train lightning round will be "True or False Trivia."

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Fashion tradition says that white shouldn't be worn after what holiday?"

I look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday night for a great night of Trivia Q&A!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Trivia Q&A: March 13

We had 13 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, and we had another close race to the finish. The top four teams were separated by just two points going into IQ Trivia, so it was anyone's Trivia Night to win. But it was Diminished (Ken from DIMS flying solo again), who ran the table in the final round and wound up winning the night with 50 points. Congrats to him on another great win. Second place went to Free Lappland with 42 points, and Dublin Our Usual Score (who won for Best Team Name) finished third with 41 points.

Current Events
1. Sir Roger Bannister, a distinguished British neurologist, died last week at the age of 88. But he gained immortality in 1954 by being the first man to accomplish what athletic feat?
2. What southern US state's Senate recently approved a bill to keep Daylight Savings Time going throughout the year, joining two other states that don't observe the time changes?
3. The US Holocaust Museum retracted an award it gave to Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of what Asian nation, for failing to condemn her military's campaign against the country's Muslims?
4. The creator of what 2000s TV series announced last week that he is planning a prequel film to be shot later this year?
5. What retail chain is making preparations for a liquidation of its bankrupt US operations after failing to find a buyer or reaching a debt restructuring deal with lenders?
6. What ABC personality called Vice President Pence and apologized to him after she made recent comments mocking his Christian faith?
7. What soft drink company announced they will produce their first ever alcoholic beverage, to be sold only in Japan?

Ireland Trivia
1. Which Irish saint is said to have explored America 1000 years before Columbus? a. Finbar; b. Patrick; c. Thomas; d. Brendan.
2. What is Ireland's second largest city after Dublin in population? a. Cork; b. Limerick; c. Galway; d. Waterford.
3. In terms of fan attendance, what is Ireland's most popular team sport? a. soccer; b. Gaelic football; c. hurling; d. rugby.
4. Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. are members of what Irish rock band? a. The Pogues; b. Black 47; c. U2; d. Thin Lizzy.
5. During which major holiday did the 1916 uprising in Ireland against Great Britain take place? a. Christmas; b. Easter; c. New Year's; d. Queen's Birthday.
6. What movie, set in Ireland, won an Oscar in 1992 for Neil Jordan's screenplay? a. In the Name of the Father; b. Far and Away; c. The Commitments; d. The Crying Game.
7. Which Irish-born actor played James Bond? a. Sean Connery; b. Timothy Dalton; c. Daniel Craig; d. Pierce Brosnan.

The Q Train: 10-100 Trivia
1. On the TV series "Seinfeld", George Costanza wanted to give his first-born son this number for a first name.
2. Pearl Jam and LL Cool J both had this number for an album title.
3. LeBron James wore this number when he played for the Miami Heat.
4. This is the atomic number of helium.
5. In the Book of Revelation, there were this many "Horsemen of the Apocalypse."
6. In baseball, this many innings have to be played at minimum for a game to be official.
7. Gemini is this number sign of the Zodiac.
8. This number of judges sit on the US Supreme Court.
9. An octogon has this number of sides.
10. The only players in soccer and hockey who can wear this number are goalkeepers.

General Knowledge
1. What city does Ron Burgundy, in the film "Anchorman", remind to "stay classy?" ( 1 pt)
2. What coastal Georgia city is the birthplace of the Girl Scouts? ( 1 pt)
3. Which bill of US currency features a picture of the White House on the back? ( 1 pt)
4. Between the letters "J", "X" and "W", which tile is worth the least in a game of Scrabble? ( 2 pt)
5. In 2014, what actress from the TV show "Glee" released an album called "Louder?" ( 2 pt)
6. What American city has the busiest cruise port in the world? ( 2 pt)
7. The earth's lowest elevation on dry land is on the shore of what body of water? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The medical condition known as myopia is better known by what name? ( 3 points)
2. What soap opera, which left the air in 2009, holds the record as the longest-running scripted program in the history of American broadcasting, 72 years? ( 5 points)
3. According to Netflix, what film starring Sandra Bullock is their most rented DVD of all-time? ( 4 points)
4. For its 125th anniversary in 2014, what European landmark installed a glass floor 187 feet off the ground?  ( 4 points)
5. "How the Solar System Was Won" was the working title for what classic 1968 sci-fi film? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Ran the mile in under four minutes; 2. Florida; 3. Myanmar; 4. "The Sopranos;" 5. Toys 'R' Us; 6. Joy Behar; 7. Coca-Cola.

Ireland Trivia
1. d; 2. a; 3. b; 4. c; 5. b; 6. d; 7. d.

The Q Train: 10-100 Trivia
1. 7; 2. 10; 3. 6; 4. 2; 5. 4; 6. 5; 7. 3; 8. 9; 9. 8; 10. 1.

General Knowledge
1. San Diego; 2. Savannah; 3. $20 bill; 4. W; 5. Lea Michelle; 6. Miami; 7. Dead Sea.

IQ Trivia
1. Nearsightedness; 2. "The Guiding Light;" 3. "The Blind Side"; 4. Eiffel Tower; 5. "2001: A Space Odyssey."

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Happy Anniversary...To Me

It was 12 years ago today that Yours Truly began writing The Mighty Quinn Media Machine. It's really hard to believe that a dozen years have past since I started blogging. But it's been a fun ride that I hope will continue for many more years to come.

I don't write too much about the Red Sox these days, just on occasion. I dedicate most of the blog today to my Trivia Night, and that is always fun to do.

I want to thank all of you for the ongoing support here, and wish all of you readers the best always.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Celebrating the Emerald Isle Tomorrow

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, March 13th at Professor Thom's at 8:30 PM, with "Ireland Trivia" as the Special Category, in honor of the upcoming St. Patrick's Day celebration on Saturday. It will be seven questions connected to the Emerald Isle, and all questions will be multiple choice. The Q Train lightning round will be "1-10 Trivia." I will ask you ten general knowledge questions where every answer will be a number from 1 to 10, and every answer will be a different number.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What coastal Georgia city is the birthplace to the Girl Scouts?"

I look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday night for another terrific night of Trivia!

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Trivia Q&A: March 6

We had 12 teams in at Professor Thom's on the night before the storm for Trivia. We had three teams running neck-and-neck going into IQ Trivia, and an unusual five teams tied for fourth heading into that round, so it was anybody's night to win. But the team of You Pick Something that emerged victorious, running the table in the final round, and winning with 48 points. Congrats once again to Bob and Cato on another terrific win.

Second place was actually a tie between the teams of #Bud Lights Matter and Dimwit (Ken from DIMS solo last night), both had 44 points. I asked a tie-breaker question: "As of 2017, what is the population of the state of Florida?" Dimwit was closest to the answer (it was 20,980,000), and took second.

Best Team Name: Mighty Quinnter Weather Advisory

Current Events
1. What midwestern state was ranked number 1 in the US by a recent ranking in US News and World Report as the best state to live in through their strong infrastructure, health care and education?
2. What singer/actress revealed last week she cloned her dog twice for $50,000, in an interview with Variety magazine?
3. What rock superstar stormed off stage during a concert in Las Vegas last Thursday when fans who were invited on stage during one of his signature songs became unruly?
4. What actor, who has never won an Oscar, won his second Razzie award last weekend for Worst Actor in 2017 for the attempted reboot of the "Mummy" franchise?
5. Teachers from what US remained on strike this past week after the raises they negotiated with the governor was cut by the state Senate?
6. What sports star became the first person to win both a sporting championship and an Oscar last Sunday when his film won Best Animated Short Film?
7. Russ Solomon, who founded what Sacramento, CA-based retail chain giant that became a worldwide phenomenon but was liquidated in 2006, died last Sunday at the age of 92?

Florida Trivia
1. What is the largest city in Florida by population?
2. What country ceded Florida to the United States in 1819?
3. As of 2017, where in the top 10 is Florida ranked in overall population by state?
4. Ybor City is a neighborhood in what Florida city famous for its production of cigars?
5. What Florida city is the oldest European settlement in North America?
6. What is the largest island by area in the Florida keys?
7. What drink was first developed at the University of Florida in the 1960s?

The Q Train: 10-100 Trivia
1. Andrew Jackson appears on this US denomination bill.
2. This is the minimum age for a person to become a US Senator.
3. The number of thieves in the fictional adventure tale of Ali Baba.
4. The distance between home and first base in baseball is this number feet.
5. Capricorn is this number sign of the Zodiac.
6. The national speed limit in the UK is this number in MPH.
7. Wilt Chamberlain scored this record number of points in a 1962 NBA game.
8. The book of Genesis in the Bible contains this number of chapters.
9. The interstate highway number that connects New York and San Francisco.
10. The game of Chinese checkers contains this total number of pieces.

General Knowledge
1. What fast-food restaurant once had the slogan "Have it your way?" ( 1 pt)
2. Mark Cuban is the principal owner of what NBA team? ( 1 pt)
3. What is the most common pet in America today, with a total of 139 million owned? ( 1 pt)
4. The busiest airport in the world is found in what American city? ( 2 pt)
5. What country is the greatest exporter of coffee? ( 2 pt)
6. How many US states have a coastline that touches the Gulf of Mexico? ( 2 pt)
7. The flag of the European Union contains how many stars? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The only royal palace in the United States is located in what state? ( 3 points)
2. In terms of GDP, what world capital city is the richest city in the world? ( 5 points)
3. The tiny country of Liechtenstein has a total of nine Olympic medals in its history, and they are all in what winter sport? ( 4 points)
4. What 20th century US president is the only one to graduate from the US Naval Academy? ( 4 points)
5. The highest paid athlete in the world in 2016 earned $88 million playing what sport? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Iowa; 2. Barbra Streisand; 3. Elton John; 4. Tom Cruise; 5. West Virginia; 6. Kobe Bryant; 7. Tower Records.

Florida Trivia
1. Jacksonville; 2. Spain; 3. third; 4. Tampa; 5. St. Augustine; 6. Key Largo; 7. Gatorade.

The Q Train: 10-100 Trivia
1. 20; 2. 30; 3. 40; 4. 90; 5. 10; 6. 70; 7. 100; 8. 50; 9. 80; 10. 60.

General Knowledge
1. Burger King; 2. Dallas Mavericks; 3. fish; 4. Atlanta; 5. Brazil; 6. five; 7. twelve.

IQ Trivia
1. Hawaii; 2. Tokyo; 3. Alpine skiing; 4. Jimmy Carter; 5. soccer (Cristiano Ronaldo).