Monday, October 21, 2019

It's Fall Classic Time Again

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, October 22nd at 8:30 PM, with "World Series Trivia" as the Special Category, in honor of the opening night of the 2019 World Series between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals. It will be seven questions about the Fall Classic through the years, and for those of you who may not be big baseball fans, all the questions will be multiple choice. The Q Train lightning round will be "Yes or No Trivia." I will ask you ten questions, mostly from history and pop culture, and you have to tell me if the correct answer to each question is yes or no.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"How many colors does a Rubik's Cube have?"

Looking forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night for another great night of Trivia Q&A!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Trivia Q&A: October 15

We had in seven teams on Tuesday night, and a two-team horse race through the night between the teams of DIMS and Effervescence. The latter team led throughout the evening, and was ahead by three points after the The Q Train lightning round. But the boys from DIMS pulled it out in IQ Trivia, getting 4 of 5 correct and 48 points and the night's victory. Congrats to Ken and Michael on their fourth consecutive win.

Second place went to Effervescence with 42 points and thirs place went to Sandy Sucks Big Dick with 39 points.

Current Events
1. The TV show "South Park" just began its 23rd season and was just banned by what country?
2. Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya became the first athlete to run a marathon in under two hours last Saturday in what European capital city?
3. Lenin Moreno, the president of what South American country, moved his government from the capital city to a port city due to massive protests over an end to government fuel subsidies?
4. Astronomers announced last week that they have discovered 20 new moons around what planet?
5. What country allowed women into sports stadiums with men for the first time in 40 years last week, in a segregated section for a World Cup soccer qualifying match?
6. Abiy Ahmed, prime minister of what African country, won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his work at ending a 20-year border dispute with a neighboring country?
7. Russian Alexei Leonov died last Friday at the age of 85. In 1965, he became the first person to accomplish what feat?

October Trivia
1. In October 2006, the TV series "Dexter" premiered on what cable network?
2. In October 1967, who became the first African-American justice of the US Supreme Court?
3. What country successfully tested a nuclear weapon in October 1952, becoming the world's third nuclear power after the US and USSR?
4. In October 1992, pop singer Sinead O'Connor famously tore up a photo of who on "Saturday Night Live", leading her to be banned from the show?
5. Jennifer Lopez joined the cast of what Fox TV show in October 1991?
6. In October 1977, Ronnie Van Zant and Stece Gaines, members of what rock band, were among those killed in a plane crash in Louisiana?
7. In October 1881, the famous "Gunfight at the OK Corral" took place in the town of Tombstone, in what is now what US state?

The Q Train: US and World Athletes Trivia
1. Russell Westbrook
2. Connor McDavid
3. Karolina Pliskova
4. Pete Alonso
5. Jin-Young Ko
6. Simone Biles
7. Mohammed Salah
8. Kyler Murray
9. Zach Apple
10. Usian Bolt

General Knowledge
1. "Walk the Line" was the biopic of what musical legend? ( 1 pt)
2. What woodwind instrument does an orchestra traditionally tune to? ( 1 pt)
3. What type of poem always has five lines? ( 1 pt)
4. What is the brightest planet in the solar system? (2 pt)
5. In a standard deck of cards, what is the only king without a mustache? ( 2 pt)
6. In 2014, an original copy of what superhero's first appearance in comics sold for $3.2 million on eBay? ( 2 pt)
7. The book "Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family" was the basis for what film? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The Nostromo was the name of the spaceship in what classic 1979 science film? ( 3 points)
2. What retail company trademarked the color "1837 Blue?" ( 4 points)
3. The first baseball game is believed to be played in 1846 in what New Jersey city? ( 4 points)
4. What famous 19th century scientist invented the rolling office chair? ( 4 points)
5. What two pins are left standing in a "Woolworth split" in bowling? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. China; 2. Vienna; 3. Ecuador; 4. Saturn; 5. Iran; 6. Ethiopia; 7. Walk in space.

October Trivia
1. Showtime; 2. Thurgood Marshall; 3. UK; 4. Pope John Paul II; 5. "In Living Color;" 6. Lynyrd Skynyrd; 7. Arizona.

The Q Train: US and World Athletes Trivia
1. Basketball; 2. hockey; 3. tennis; 4. baseball; 5. golf; 6. gymnastics; 7. soccer; 8. football; 9. swimming; 10. track and field.

General Knowledge
1. Johnny Cash; 2. oboe; 3. limerick; 4. Venus; 5. King of Hearts; 6. Superman; 7. "Goodfellas."

IQ Trivia
1. "Alien;" 2. Tiffany's; 3. Hoboken; 4. Charles Darwin; 5. 5 and 10.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Know Your Athletes This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, October 15th at 8:30 PM, with "October Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the month of October in history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be "US and World Athletes Trivia." I will give you the names of ten famous athletes, who are currently at the top of their sports in the US or around the world, and you have to tell me which sport they play. And every answer will be a different sport.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"'Walk the Line' was the biopic of what musical legend?"

I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night!

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Trivia Q&A: October 8

We had 10 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, and it was a good turnout despite the Yom Kippur holiday beginning last night. It was good to see an old Trivia regular, Brad Cook, in last night. Brad was one of my first regulars when I returned to Professor Thom's in 2017. He was back in NYC from London for a short vacation. We had a tight four-team race for the first three rounds, but the guys from DIMS had a great General Knowledge round, and pulled away with 46 points and the win. Congrats to Ken and Michael on another great victory.

Second place went to Impeach This with 31 points, and we had a tie for third place between the teams of Office Hours and Spicy Meatballs with 29 points. The tie-breaker question was "What is the current population of the nation of Brazil?" Spicy Meatballs was closest to the answer (211,457,000) and won third place, but graciously gave the pitcher of beer to Office Hours.

Best Team Name: Goddammit, I'm Whistleblower 2: What the Hell Do I Have to Do to Get Myself Impeached and End This Nightmare?

Current Events
1. What American rock band's lead singer entered rehab last week, and the group was forced to cancel the remainder of its 2019 tour?
2. What state's governor signed a law last week allowing college athletes to make money from endorsements and hire agents?
3. Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid all pulled what medication from their shelves last week over fears of a possible link to cancer?
4. Chris Collins, a representative from what eastern US state, resigned his House seat ahead of a guilty plea for insider trading last week?
5. Two women are suing what actor for sexual exploitation after alleging the actor used a now-defunct acting to school to prey on the young women?
6. What rock singer, who has been suffering from many health problems and is currently performing mostly in a chair in his "Not Dead Yet" tour, took a nasty fall on stage last week but managed to complete the show?
7. What Oscar-winning actor is being sued by his former assistant for $12 million for "years of gender discrimination and harassment?

Italy Trivia
1. In 1890, Italian Giuseppe Airoldi is credited for inventing what, something you see in newspapers every day?
2. Venice's international airport is named for what Italian traveler and explorer?
3. What has the nation of Italy done more: won soccer's World Cup or hosted the Olympic Games?
4. What two independent states are located within the nation of Italy?
5. What is Italy's second largest city in population after Rome?
6. Christopher Columbus was born in what Italian city?
7. Who was the last Italian-born actor or actress to win an acting Academy Award?

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. The US once had a Native American Vice-President.
2. The restaurant chain Subway was co-founded by a nuclear physicist.
3. The term "WiFi" stands for "Wireless Fidelity."
4. Alaska is the least populous US state.
5. The harmonica is the world's best-selling musical instrument.
6. Cher was the first person to have a number one film and album in the same week.
7. Warren Buffet once referred to himself as the "Osama bin Laden of capitalism."
8. The Beatsie Boys won the first Rap Grammy Award in 1989.
9. You can say the "F word" a maximum of 3 times in a PG-13 rated film before it becomes an R rated one.
10. South Sudan is the world's newest country, established in 2011.

General Knowledge
1. What is a half-man, half-horse called in Greek mythology? ( 1 pt)
2. At 15% of total usage, what country watches the most YouTube? ( 1 pt)
3. The PBS series "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" was filmed in what eastern US city? ( 1 pt)
4. What country produces the most tomatoes? ( 2 pt)
5. What science fiction author wrote the novel "Fahrenheit 451?" ( 2 pt)
6. What actress voiced the character "Tigress" in the "Kung Fu Panda" films? ( 2 pt)
7. Of the five senses, which one responds the fastest? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What 20th century US president is the only one buried in Washington, DC? ( 5 points)
2. What is the most popular breakfast cereal in America, generating $436 million in revenue in 2018? ( 4 points)
3. Which "Indiana Jones" film was a prequel? ( 3 points)
4. What is the most common American street name that comes from the name of a tree, with nearly 7,000 streets with that name? (4 points)
5. What was the only South American country to send troops to Europe to fight in WWII? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Metallica; 2. California; 3. Zantac; 4. New York; 5. James Franco; 6. Phil Collins; 7. Robert DeNiro.

Italy Trivia
1. Crossword puzzle; 2. Marco Polo; 3. Won World Cup (4-3); 4. Vatican City and San Marino; 5. Milan; 6. Genoa; 7. Robert Benigni.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. True (Charles Curtis); 2. true; 3. false, it stands for nothing; 4. false, Wyoming; 5. true; 6. false, Jennifer Lopez; 7. true; 8. false, The Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff; 9. false, once maximum; 10. true.

General Knowledge
1. Centaur; 2. USA; 3. Pittsburgh; 4. China; 5. Ray Bradbury; 6. Angelina Jolie; 7. hearing.

IQ Trivia
1. Woodrow Wilson; 2. Cheerios; 3. "Indiana Jones and Temple of Doom;" 4. Oak; 5. Brazil.

Monday, October 07, 2019

Italy & Italian Culture Up This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, October 8th at 8:30 PM, with "Italy Trivia" as the Special Category, in honor of the upcoming Columbus Day holiday and the celebration of Italian culture. I will ask you seven questions connected to the great nation of Italy in history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be "True or False Trivia." I will give you ten statements and you have to tell me if they are real or just made up.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"At 15% of total usage, what country watches the most YouTube?"


I hope to see many of you this Tuesday night for another great night of Trivia!

Friday, October 04, 2019

"Homegrown"

Well, the 2019 Red Sox did not repeat as World Series Champions, and the season overall was one huge dumpster fire. But that takes away nothing from the greatness that was the 2018 championship team, so far the greatest team of the 21st century. And now, Alex Speier, the fine writer from the Boston Globe, has put together the definitive story on how that club was constructed, in a new book called "Homegrown: How the Red Sox Built a Champion From the Ground Up."

Speier is a well-respected writer who brings his insights about the Sox during home games on NESN. He had also followed their farm system closely over the years, so he is well-versed to bring the story of the Sox' young talent to the book. It all begins with the 2011 MLB draft, with the signings of several key players who would be at the heart of the 2018 champions: Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr, and Matt Barnes.

The Sox were also reaching a crossroads. The 2011 season was a colossal flop (no need to rehash it here), with Terry Francona's "dismissal", and the very forgettable Bobby Valentine Era about to start. 2012 would be a total disaster, and the team needed new blood, and from the ground up. A five-year plan to rebuild was underway, and it would garner not one but two titles.

Speier does a great job putting it together. He goes into some of the conversations he had with scouts, minor league officials and interviews with MLB officials. He gives former GM Ben Cherington and former manager John Farrell their due as well. They were, of course, a huge part of the 2013 championship club, but neither was around for the 2018 one. Speier goes into some interesting detail about Farrell's 2017 dismissal. (That's what I liked most about "Homegrown", lots of inside stuff that the average fan wasn't made aware of.)

I found the section about Mookie Betts' first go-around in Boston in 2014 the most interesting. Seems like he rubbed a few veterans the wrond way with breaking some "unwritten clubhouse rules" as was told in no uncertain terms to cut it out. (Mookie was later relived to be back in AAA when the Sox sent him down after he struggled in July.)

There's plenty to like in "Homegrown". Of course, it ends with the Red Sox winning the 2018 World Series, the "Next Great Red Sox Team" had arrived. But with the great uncertainty facing the club going into this winter, 2018 will almost seem like years ago. But it is certainly worth reading Alex Speier's tome, as it will bring back fond memories of one baseball's all-time great teams, and how they reached the Promised Land.

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Trivia Q&A: October 1

We had 11 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, and it's good to see the crowds begin to increase again. It started off an unusual night, as all the teams were logjammed after two rounds, with the difference of only three points from the top to bottom teams. And history was made at the end, as we had a three-way tie for first for the first time in about 10 years. So we broke the tie with the following question: "How much money did Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings win on his 74 wins on the show?" The answer was $2,520,700, and the guys from DIMS were closest with their answer, so they finished first. Congrats to Ken, Michael and Darek on their win. (It was a come from behind win for them, as they never led after any round going into IQ Trivia.)

Second place went to Shut Up and Danc(er) and third place went to A.I.D.S., both with 44 points.

Best Team Name: Whistle Blow-Jobbers

Current Events
1. What country is facing the prospect of being banned from the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo after the World Anti-Doping Agency gave it three weeks to explain inconsistencies in data from its laboratories?
2. What actor's voice will be the first celebrity to be available on Amazon's Alexa and his voice will come in two versions: explicit and non-explicit?
3. What TV show made history last week becoming the longest running prime-time live action series in US TV history?
4. What two female pop singers were named the halftime performers at next February's Super Bowl in Miami?
5. What Middle Eastern city was struck by two earthquakes last week, the second a 5.8 magnitude quake?
6. For the third straight season, what AL home run hitter was the most popular player jersey among fans in 2019?
7. The co-creators of what 1990s TV show will make over $100 million each after the show will be streaming on Netflix starting in 2021?

American Pop Music Trivia
1. What was Madonna’s first number 1 US Billboard hit single?
2. What pop duo reunited in 1981 for “The Concert in Central Park”, attracting over 500,000 fans?
3. What Prince single was his first Billboard pop number 1 single?
4. What pop singer’s 2013 world tour was called “The Mrs. Carter Show?”
5. As of 2019, who is the only artist in music history to have released 7 albums to have achieved diamond status (10 million plus in sales) in the US?
6. Gwen Stefani was co-founder and lead singer of what pop group?
7. What American musician won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016?

The Q Train: US Cities & States Above or Below 1 Million Trivia
1. San Antonio, TX
2. Rhode Island
3. Detroit, MI
4. Idaho
5. Dallas, TX
6. Delaware
7. Washington, DC
8. South Dakota
9. San Jose, CA
10. Maine

General Knowledge
1. What two countries fought the Hundred Years War? ( 1 pt)
2. What is the term for a Jedi apprentice? ( 1 pt)
3. Who played Captain Hook in the 1991 film "Hook?" ( 1 pt)
4. Who was the first woman to host an American late night talk show? ( 2 pt)
5. What is the name of the killer in the "Saw" films? ( 2 pt)
6. Between Big Mac, Quarter Pounder and Double Cheeseburger, which is the most popular item ordered through McDonald's delivery service? ( 2 pt)
7. What is the most abundant metal in the Earth's crust? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What was the name of the computer that competed won on "Jeopardy" in 2011? ( 3 points)
2. What Oscar-winning actor/writer/director has directed both a Frankenstein and a Dracula movie, the latter his last film as a director? ( 4 points)
3. What African nation did Emmerson Mnangagwa become just the third president of, via a 2017 coup? ( 4 points)
4. In 1902, what New York City building was the first escalator installed in, a building still in use today? ( 5 points)
5. What embarrassing fate befalls Bill Paxton in "True Lies", Adam Sandler in "Billy Madison" and Bradley Cooper in "A Star Is Born?" ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Russia; 2. Samuel L. Jackson; 3. "Law and Order: SVU;" 4. Jennifer Lopez and Shakira; 5. Istanbul; 6. Aaron Judge; 7. “Seinfeld.”

American Pop Music Trivia
1. “Like a Virgin;” 2. Simon & Garfunkel; 3. “When Doves Cry;” 4. BeyoncĂ©; 5. Garth Brooks; 6. No Doubt; 7. Bob Dylan.

The Q Train: US Cities & States Above or Below 1 Million
1. Above (1.56 million); 2. Above (1.08 million); 3. Below (662,000); 4. Above (1.79 million); 5. Above (1.3 million); 6. Below (975,000); 7. Below (713,000); 8. Below (892,000); 9. Above (1.03 million); 10. Above (1.32 million).

General Knowledge
1. England and France; 2. Padawan; 3. Dustin Hoffman; 4. Joan Rivers; 5. Jigsaw; 6. Double Cheeseburger; 7. Aluminum.

IQ Trivia
1. Watson; 2. Mel Brooks; 3. Zimbabwe; 4. Macy's; 5. Wet their pants.

Monday, September 30, 2019

We Salute Great Americans of Music

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, October 1st at 8:30 PM, with "American Pop Music Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about some of the great Americans who have left their mark on pop music, mostly from recent years. The Q Train lightning round will be "US Cities & States Above or Below 1 Million Trivia.” I will give you the names of 10 US cities and states and you will tell me if they have a population above or below 1 million as of 2019.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What two countries fought the Hundred Years War?"

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

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Trivia Q&A: September 24

We had seven teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night. The number of teams was still on the light side, but many folks were on each team, so the crowd overall was a bit bigger. It was another winning night for our friends from DIMS, who rolled up 50 points and another victory, after falling out of first last week. Congrats to Ken, Michael and Darek on another fine win.

Second place went to Delaware's My Pants with 35 points, and third place went to In Town For the General Assembly, But Really For the Nachos with 32 points (and there also won for Best Team Name).

Current Events
1. 49,000 workers went on strike at what auto manufacturer last week after negotiations over pay, health care and job security broke down?
2. What eastern US state became the second state to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes last week?
3. What rock legend recently revealed at the age of 75, he has been battling prostate cancer the last three years but recently received a clean bill of health?
4. What actor, who has played an astronaut on film, conducted a 20-minute interview with astronaut Nick Hague on the ISS last week?
5. Michelle Grisham, the governor of what western US state, unveiled a plan last week to make tuition at the state's public colleges and universities free for all state residents?
6. Kodi Lee, a blind man with autism, was announced the winner on what reality TV show last week?
7. What southeast Asian country's parliament is considering passing new laws that will disallow unmarried people to have sex in the country?

Emmy Awards Trivia
1. Which show has won more Emmy Awards in their histories: "Saturday Night Live" or "The Simpsons"?
2. What 1990s comedy series has the most Emmy wins among comedy shows, with 37?
3. Name 1 of the 2 actresses who hold the record for the most Emmy wins ever (8).
4. What HBO drama series holds the record for most wins by a fictional series (38)?
5. In 2013, Netflix became the first streaming platform to win a Primetime Emmy Award and by what drama series?
6. What comedy actor is the only actor to be nominated for portraying the same character on three different shows?
7. What comic legend hosted the Emmys four times in the 1970s, the most times anyone has ever hosted the awards?

The Q Train: 21st Century TV Networks Trivia
1. Buffy, the Vampire Slayer
2. Person of Interest
3. The West Wing
4. The Walking Dead
5. The Wire
6. South Park
7. The Shield
8. Homeland
9. Prison Break
10. Battlestar Galactica

General Knowledge
1. The first "Real Housewives" show was set in what California county? ( 1 pt)
2. What gas accounts for 91% of the sun's mass? ( 1 pt)
3. "There's a jungle cat in the bathroom" is a famous line from what what 2009 film? ( 1 pt)
4. What is the most common blood type among humans? (2 pt)
5. Who was the heaviest US president, at just over 350 pounds? ( 2 pt)
6. What was the most recent year there were three different popes? ( 2 pt)
7. Which day of the week is the most productive in the US? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What 1987 film was Timothy Dalton's first role as James Bond? ( 3 points)
2. What Disney Channel heroine fought crime with her sidekick Ron Stoppable? ( 4 points)
3. In what US state would you find the Sandia, Capitan and Sangre de Cristo mountains? ( 5 points)
4. What rock 'n' roll legend won a 1991 Best Male Vocalist Grammy despite having died three years earlier? ( 4 points)
5. "Shock Treatment" was the sequel film to what 1975 cult classic movie? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. General Motors; 2. New York; 3. Rod Stewart; 4. Brad Pitt; 5. New Mexico; 6. "America's Got Talent;" 7. Indonesia.

Emmy Awards Trivia
1. "Saturday Night Live" (54-32); 2. "Frasier"; 3. Cloris Leachman and Julia Louis-Dreyfus; 4. "Game of Thrones;" 5. "House of Cards;" 6. Kelsey Grammer; 7. Johnny Carson.

The Q Train: 21st Century TV Networks Trivia
1. WB; 2. CBS; 3. NBC; 4. AMC; 5. HBO; 6. Comedy Central; 7. F/X; 8. Showtime; 9. Fox; 10. SyFy.

General Knowledge
1. Orange; 2. Hydrogen; 3. "The Hangover;" 4. O positive; 5. William Howard Taft; 6. 1978; 7. Tuesday.

IQ Trivia
1. "The Living Daylights;" 2. Kim Possible; 3. New Mexico; 4. Roy Orbison; 5. "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

Monday, September 23, 2019

TV's Biggest Night Takes Center Stage

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, September 24th at 8:30 PM, with "Emmy Awards Trivia" as the Special Category, in honor of the Emmys happening last night. It will be seven questions connected to television's biggest night down through the years.The Q Train lightning round will be "21st Century TV Show Networks Trivia." I will test your knowledge on what TV network many of your favorite shows were broadcast on over the past 20 years. Every answer will be a different TV network.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The first 'Real Housewives' show was set in what California county?"


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

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Trivia Q&A: September 17

We had 8 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, and a close race between three teams into the final rounds. BTW, the Q Train lightning round of "Member of Congress or Porn Star?" was a success, as the scores were pretty good. (I guess people know their politicians and adult film stars!) The team of 9/17-Happy Constitution Day! Happy Birthday Julie Goldberg! (which also won for Best Team Name) pulled out a close victory, with 45 points. They got 4 of 5 correct in the IQ Trivia round, to jump from second place to victory. Congratulations to Julie on the win, and on her birthday!

Second place ended in a tie between two of the best regular teams, DIMS and B Team, both with 43 points. We broke the tie with "What is the population of the nation of Spain as of 2019?" DIMS was closest to the answer (just over 47 million) and got second place, with B Team taking third.

Current Events
1. Mark Sanford, a former governor and congressman from what southern state, announced he will challenge President Trump for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination?
2. What Hall of Fame pitcher was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Trump earlier this week?
3. The US Patent and Trademark Office denied what sports superstar's attempt to trademark the phrase "Taco Tuesday" last week?
4. Actress Felicity Huffman was given how long in prison last week for her role in the college admission scandal, sparking outrage over light it is?
5. Thieves stole a solid gold toilet worth about $1.25 million from the birthplace of what British leader last Saturday, causing significant damage and flooding to the building?
6. A multiple drone attack by members of the Houthi Movement on two major oil facilities forced what Middle Eastern country to cut more than half its oil production?
7. What legendary producer became the oldest person ever to win an Emmy award at the age of 97 last Saturday, producing the live "All In The Family" and "The Jeffersons" special for ABC?

September Trivia
1. In September 2002, Kelly Clarkson became the first winner on what TV reality show?
2. In September 1991, the name of the Russian city St. Petersburg was restored after it was known by what name since 1924?
3. A lockout began in September 2004 which led to what professional sports league being canceled for one full season?
4. On September 19, 2005, the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" premiered on what TV network?
5. On September 25, 1980, John Bonham, what rock band's drummer, died of alcohol asphyxiation?
6. What is the birthstone for the month of September?
7. Name 1 of the 2 US presidents who originally became president in the month of September.

The Q Train: Members of Congress or Porn Star Trivia
1. Aleska Diamond
2. Josh Harder
3. Andy Biggs
4. Madison Young
5. Jessie Andrews
6. Mike Rounds
7. Gianna Michaels
8. Virginia Foxx
9. Brendon Miller
10. Harley Rouda

General Knowledge
1. Samuel Clemens was the real name of what famous 19th century American? ( 1 pt)
2. What is the generation name given to those born from 1977-1995? ( 1 pt)
3. Who played the President of the US in the 2002 film "Love Actually?" ( 1 pt)
4. A 20-year study in 2013 concluded that what color car is most likely to be in an auto accident? ( 2 pt)
5. Queen Letizia is the current monarch of what European country? ( 2 pt)
6. Between Kim, Lee and Park, which is the most common surname in South Korea? ( 2 pt)
7. How many states does the Mississippi River flow through or border? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What ancient wonder was the tallest structure in the world for 3800 years? ( 3 points)
2. What 19th century woman was the first female depicted on an American coin in 1979? ( 4 points)
3. Who is the only person to succeed in winning the presidency after having lost an election as a vice-presidential candidate? ( 4 points)
4. First nominated in 1977, and then again in 2016, who holds the record for the longest time between Oscar nominations for portraying the same character? ( 4 points)
5. In 1974, what was the first magazine to sell 1 billion copies in a single year? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. South Carolina; 2. Mariano Rivera; 3. LeBron James; 4. 14 days; 5. Winston Churchill; 6. Saudi Arabia; 7. Norman Lear.

September Trivia
1. "American Idol;" 2. Leningrad; 3. NHL; 4. CBS; 5. Led Zeppelin; 6. Sapphire; 7. Chester Arthur and Theodore Roosevelt.

The Q Train: Member of Congress or Porn Star Trivia
1. Porn star; 2. Congress (Rep, CA); 3. Congress (Rep, AZ); 4. Porn star; 5. Porn star; 6. Congress (Sen, SD); 7. Porn star; 8. Congress (Rep, NC); 9. Porn star; 10. Congress (Rep, CA).

General Knowledge
1. Mark Twain; 2. Millennials (Generation Y); 3. Billy Bob Thornton; 4. black; 5. Spain; 6. Kim; 7. ten.

IQ Trivia
1. The Great Pyramid of Giza; 2. Susan B. Anthony; 3. Franklin D.Roosevelt: 4. Sylvester Stallone; 5. TV Guide.

Monday, September 16, 2019

A Fun Lightning Round This Week

Trivia will be happening on Tuesday night, September 17th at 8:30 PM, with "September Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the month of September in history, pop culture and other areas. The Q Train lightning round is: "Member of Congress or Porn Star Trivia." I will give you the names of ten people, and you have to tell me whether they are currently a member of Congress or a currently star of adult films. BTW, 5 of them will be Congressional members (House or Senate) and 5 will be porn stars. You decide.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Samuel Clemens was the real name of what famous 19th century American?"

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

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

18

It has been incredibly 18 years since the attacks on the World Trade Center occurred on September 11, 2001. In many ways it feels like it was nearly a lifetime ago, and in some ways it feels like it was only yesterday.

Children who were born on that day can now drive, vote, serve in the military and legally drink. That sentence makes me feel really old.

A day doesn't go by that I don't think of that terrible day, and the wonderful friend I lost that day, Joyce Carpeneto. As readers here know, I remember her and all the 9/11 victims every September 11th on this blog with a post connected to Joyce. I have done it every year since I started the blog in 2006. And I always put up links to the previous remembrances if you'd like to go back and check them out.

For the 18th consecutive year, I will be at the ceremonies to remember Joyce and all the 9/11 victims. It is a sacred day for me, and I will there every year that I am alive and able to be there. It is also comforting to meet up with friends who have the same shared experience I do. I will also be at the "Calling the Names" ceremony at St. Paul's Chapel on Wednesday afternoon, and I will be once again honored to read some names of the 9/11 First Responders who have died in the last 18 years.

Please do say a prayer today for all those lost 18 years ago today, as well as all victims of terrorism.

Here are the previous years posts I put up here:
2006: Forever Missed. And Forever Loved.
2007: Never Forget. Ever.
2008: We Can Be The Ones Who Remember
2009: The Most Sacred Of All Days
2010: 3000
2011: Ten Years After
2012: 11 Years
2013: No Other Place In The World I Could Be Today
2014: Always And Forever Family
2015: I'm The Lucky One
2016: Joyce and Alice
2017: Tower Records Forever
2018: A Great Honor For Me This Year

Trivia Q&A: September 10

We had seven teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, and a rather lively crowd in as well. We had a close three team race heading to the finish, but the guys from DIMS pulled it out, as they won by just two points. They wound up with 42 points, and my congratulations to them on another hard-fought win.

1 Top 2 Bottoms finished second with 40 points, and Bolton Gets Whacked finished in third place with 33 points.

Best Team Name: Ooh, Look at Me, I Got a Haircut (somebody noticed!)

Current Events
1. NBC announced that what comic legend will host "Saturday Night Live" this coming December, the first time he has hosted the show in 35 years?
2. An Oklahoma judge ordered what company and its subsidiaries to pay $572 million, more than double than any other drug manufacturer, for its role in the state's opioid crisis?
3. What midwestern state became the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes last week?
4. What company is paying $170 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the FTC and NY state after being accused of violating privacy laws by collecting data of children under 13 and targeting them in ads?
5. Jessi Combs, a star on what Discovery Channel series, was killed recently when she attempted to break her own land speed record when her vehicle crashed?
6. Bianca Andreescu defeated Serena Williams to win the Women’s US Open last Saturday and became the first person from what country to win a Grand Slam title?
7. Disney sold its 80% stake in the YES network to the Yankees, Sinclair Broadcasting and what technology company for $3.4 billion recently?

21st Century TV Trivia
1. Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons starred in what 21st century sitcom?
2. What 2000s sitcom was set in the fictional town of Star City, California?
3. Ving Rhames starred in a 2005 reboot of what 1970s crime drama series?
4. What famous TV star provided the voice of the unseen narrator in the TV series "How I Met Your Mother?"
5. As of August 2019, how many seasons has "60 Minutes" been on the air at CBS?
6. In 2018, what Amazon series won the most Emmy Awards, with 5?
7. Jesse Pinkman and Hank Schrader were two of the main characters in what 2010s TV series?

The Q Train: Celebrity Real Names Trivia
1. Shawn Carter (singer)
2. Carlos Estevez (actor)
3. Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (singer)
4. Steveland Judkins (singer)
5. Robert Zimmerman (singer)
6. Anna Mae Bullock (singer)
7. Chan Kong-Sang (actor)
8. Thomas Mapother IV (actor)
9. Caryn Johnson ( actress)
10. Stefani Germanotta (singer)

General Knowledge
1. What country has the largest air force in the world? ( 1 pt)
2. "There's no crying in baseball" is a famous line from what 1992 film? ( 1 pt)
3. What body of water separates Alaska from Russia? ( 1 pt)
4. What year did the Berlin Wall fall? ( 2 pt)
5. What chemical element has the symbol "K"? ( 2 pt)
6. Who is next in line after the vice-president in terms of presidential succession? ( 2 pt)
7. What is the third letter of the Greek alphabet after alpha and beta? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What was the highest value of US currency ever put into circulation? ( 4 points)
2. What family is considered the wealthiest family in the world, worth an estimated $152 billion? ( 5 points)
3. What famous band appears at the start of "The Simpsons Movie?" ( 3 points)
4. Who is the only active NFL quarterback who has defeated all 32 NFL teams in his career? ( 4 points)
5. Based on US box office, who is the highest-grossing star of 2019 so far? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Eddie Murphy; 2. Johnson and Johnson; 3. Michigan ; 4. Google; 5. "MythBusters;" 6. Canada; 7. Amazon.

21st Century TV Trivia
1. "The Big Band Theory;" 2. "Malcolm In The Middle;" 3. "Kojak;" 4. Bob Saget; 5. 51; 6. "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel;" 7. "Breaking Bad."

The Q Train: Celebrity Real Names Trivia
1. Jay-Z; 2. Charlie Sheen; 3. Katy Perry; 4. Stevie Wonder; 5. Bob Dylan; 6. Tina Turner; 7. Jackie Chan; 8. Tom Cruise; 9. Whoopi Goldberg; 10. Lady Gaga.

General Knowledge
1. USA; 2. "A League of Their Own;" 3. Bering Sea; 4. 1989; 5. potassium; 6. Speaker of the House; 7. gamma.

IQ Trivia
1. $10,000; 2. The Walton family; 3. Green Day; 4. Drew Brees; 5. Samuel L. Jackson.

Monday, September 09, 2019

Let's Give This Another Try

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, September 10th at 8:30 PM, with "21st Century TV Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about TV shows of all kinds since 2001. The Q Train lightning round will be "Celebrity Real Names Trivia." I will give you the names of ten current celebrities and their field of expertise, and you have to tell me the name they are better known by.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What country has the largest air force in the world?"

I hope to see many of you for another great night of Trivia on Tuesday night!

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

No Trivia Last Night, See You Next Tuesday

Well, Trivia didn't happen last night, as Professor Thom's was a ghost town on the day after another major holiday. I had a sneaky feeling the Labor Day might do this, it has happened a few times in the past. So what we will do is roll everything over to next week, with the same special categories as we would have done last night. Hopefully we'll have a good turnout next Tuesday.

Have a great week everyone, and I hope to see many of you on September 10th at 8:30 PM for another edition of Tuesday Night Trivia!

Monday, September 02, 2019

So You Think You Know Recent TV?

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, September 3rd at 8:30 PM, with "21st Century TV Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about TV shows of all kinds since 2001. The Q Train lightning round will be "Celebrity Real Names Trivia." I will give you the names of ten current celebrities and their field of expertise, and you have to tell me the name they are better known by.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What country has the largest air force in the world?"

It's the day after Labor Day on Tuesday, so I hope to see many of you for another great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Trivia Q&A: August 27

We had 10 teams in for Trivia last night, and our friends from DIMS weren't in, due to other commitments. But my old friend and onetime Trivia regular Charles Evans was in, and it was such a pleasure to catch up with him and his friends. So we had another wide open Trivia Night last night, and the top four teams were separated by six points going into IQ Trivia. But the team of John Triviolta pulled out the win, getting 4 of 5 correct in the round to end with 45 points and the victory, their first ever. Congratulations, guys!

Second place went to Turkey Club with 39 points, and third place went to Cabin Fever with 38 points.

Best Team Name: Scottie Didn't Know This Was a Boston Bar

Current Events
1. Actor Peter Fonda recently died at the age of 79. Name 1 of the 2 films he received Oscar nominations for.
2. What politician’s game-worn high school basketball jersey was sold at auction for $120,000 last week?
3. What musical icon, who died last year, was found to have had as much as $1 million in uncashed checks in her possession during a recent inventory of her possessions?
4. What talk show host announced last week that he and his wife of 22 years are divorcing, and this will be the seventh divorce?
5. Name 1 of the 2 Democratic presidential contenders that ended their White House bids over last two weeks.
6. What singer revealed on Twitter last Thursday that she was fired from the animated film “Hotel Transylvania” after photos surfaced online of her posing with a penis-shaped birthday cake with her ex-boyfriend?
7. What rapper’s publisher hit Spotify with a copyright infringement lawsuit last week, alleging the streaming service has no license to stream hundreds of his songs?

Purple Trivia
1. The Purple Heart medal features the image of what US president?
2. What Pulitzer Prize-winning author wrote the novel “The Color Purple?”
3. The Purple Dragons were a street gang in what animated cartoon series?
4. Who wrote and directed the 1985 film “The Purple Rose of Cairo?”
5. In the board game “Clue”, what character is represented by the purple token?
6. Prince released his critically acclaimed album “Purple Rain” in what year?
7. Name 1 of the 2 NFL teams that uses purple as its primary uniform color.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. JFK was 46 years old when he was elected president.
2. Lord Horatio Nelson, the hero of Trafalgar, suffered from seasickness.
3. Usher, BeyoncĂ© and LeAnn Rimes were all winners on “Star Search.”
4. The USA network was originally the Madison Square Garden Sports network.
5. Bananas weren’t commonly eaten in the US until after the Civil War.
6. The novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” was set in Georgia.
7. Nadia Comaneci was the first female gymnast to score a perfect 10 in The Olympics.
8. Africa is the largest continent by area in the world.
9. The Harry Potter series is the highest-grossing film series in history.
10. The Union Jack is found on one US state flag: Alaska.

General Knowledge
1. How many symphonies did Beethoven compose? ( 1 pt)
2. "Forrest Gump" was originally released in what year? ( 1 pt)
3. How many spikes are on the Statue of Liberty's crown? ( 1 pt)
4. On which finger do human nails grow the fastest? ( 2 pt)
5. Who was Richard Nixon's first vice-president? ( 2 pt)
6. Between bat, octopus and snake, which animal is totally deaf? ( 2 pt)
7. What planet was nicknamed "the planet of dreams" due to its color? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The Bank of America is headquartered in what southern US city? ( 4 points)
2. What product would you buy or consume in an enoteca? ( 4 points)
3. Helen Keller was co-founding member of what organization in 1920? ( 5 points)
4. What book in the Bible does Samuel L. Jackson quote in the film "Pulp Fiction?" ( 3 points)
5. What American author has penned 58 novels in his career, with 7 written under the pen name "Richard Bachman?" ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Peter Fonda; 2. Barack Obama; 3. Aretha Franklin; 4. Larry King; 5. John Hickenlooper and Seth Moulton; 6. Miley Cyrus; 7. Eminem.

Purple Trivia
1. George Washington; 2. Alice Walker; 3. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles;” 4. Woody Allen; 5. Professor Plum; 6. 1984; 7. Vikings and Ravens.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. False, 43; 2. true; 3. false, all lost; 4. true; 5. true; 6. false, Mississippi; 7. true; 8. false, Asia; 9. false, Marvel; 10. false, Hawaii.

General Knowledge
1. nine; 2. 1994; 3. seven; 4. middle; 5. Spiro Agnew; 6. octopus; 7. Neptune.

IQ Trivia
1. Charlotte, NC; 2. wine; 3. ACLU; 4. Ezekiel; 5. Stephen King.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Get Your Purple On

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, August 27th at 8:30 PM, with "Purple Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the color of purple in history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be "True or False Trivia." I will give you ten statements and you have to tell me whether it is a true one or false one.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"How many symphonies did Beethoven compose?"

BTW, our friends Ken, Michael and Darek from “DIMS” will be NOT be playing tomorrow night due to other commitments. So we will crown a new champion this week. I look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday night for another great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Trivia Q&A: August 20

We had 11 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, and it was another win for our friends from DIMS. They pretty much led throughout the night, rolling up 44 points for the victory. We had a close race for second place, and the team of Would The Name Natalie Wood Be Too Far Overboard? had a nice comeback to reach second, as they jumped over three teams while getting 4 of 5 correct to gain 38 points and second place. Congrats to Bob and Cato. Third place went to Just The Tip with 36 points.

Ken, Michael and Darek of DIMS will not be in for Trivia next week, so we'll crown a new champion then.

Best Team Name: I Tried to Make Penis My Password But It Was Too Short

Current Events
1. A 1976 Harley-Davidson motorcycle belonging to what rock and roll legend is going up for auction later this month and is expected to break the record for a motorcycle auction price, about $2 million?
2. Alejandro Giammattei was elected president of what Central American country last week, the fourth time he's run for the office?
3. What legendary opera singer was accused of sexual harassment last week after multiple women came forward after saying he forced them into sexual relationships by offering jobs and threatened punishment if they refused?
4. Viacom announced a merger with what TV network last week worth up to $28 billion, and 13 years after they originally split up?
5. Forbes magazine selected Harvard University as the top American college for 2019. What West Coast university was selected second?
6. The NFL confirmed they have entered into a partnership with what entertainment and music mogul, with him becoming the league's official live music strategist?
7. Four women filed suit against actor Danny Masterson, who starred on what 2000s TV sitcom and the Church of Scientology, claiming they were stalked and intimidated after reporting assault allegations against him?

August Trivia
1. On August 1, 1914, what nation declared war on Russia, beginning World War I?
2. On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King made his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at what famous Washington DC landmark?
3. In August 1992, actress Tracy Gold was written out of what 1990s sitcom as she was hospitalized for anorexia?
4. MLB players went on strike in August of what year, which led to the cancellation of the World Series?
5. Name 1 of the 2 birthstones associated with the month of August.
6. Michael Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in what US state?
7. Name 2 of the 4 US presidents born after the Civil War and in the month of August.

The Q Train: US Airports Trivia
1. PHL
2. IAH
3. TPA
4. HNL
5. MSP
6. ORD
7. NEW
8. BWI
9. LAS
10. SAN

General Knowledge
1. What nation's athletes enter first at an Olympic Games opening ceremony? ( 1 pt)
2. The TV series "Survivor" debuted in what year? ( 1 pt)
3. The headquarters for Target are located in what US state? ( 1 pt)
4. What is the second largest city in Japan by population after Tokyo? ( 2 pt)
5. What three states are powered by Hoover Dam? (2 pt)
6. What grain is Irish whiskey made from? ( 2 pt)
7. What author wrote the novel "50 Shades of Grey?" ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What 20th century US president endured two assassination attempts in less than a month? ( 4 points)
2. What comedy film was Barbra Streisand's highest grossing movie in the US? ( 4 points)
3. What US state produces the most honey in the nation, over 33 million pounds in 2017? ( 5 points)
4. What actress watches George Clooney's character die in a hit 2013 movie, and then visits his character's grave in a hit 2018 movie? ( 3 points)
5. In 1964, Congress declared what liquor to be the official spirit of the United States? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Elvis Presley; 2. Guatemala; 3. Placido Domingo; 4. CBS; 5. Stanford; 6. Jay-Z; 7. "That '70s Show."

August Trivia
1. Germany; 2. Lincoln Memorial; 3. "Growing Pains;" 4. 1994; 5. Peridot and Spinel; 6. Indiana; 7. Herbert Hoover, Lyndon Johnson, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama.

The Q Train: US Airports Trivia
1. Philadelphia; 2. Houston (Bush Intercontinental); 3. Tampa; 4. Honolulu; 5. Minneapolis-St. Paul; 6. Chicago (O'Hare); 7. New Orleans (Lakefront); 8. Baltimore-Washington; 9. Las Vegas (McCarran); 10. San Diego.

General Knowledge
1. Greece; 2. 2000; 3. Minnesota; 4. Yokohama; 5. California, Nevada, Arizona; 6. barley; 7. E.L. James.

IQ Trivia
1. Gerald Ford; 2. "Meet The Fockers;" 3. North Dakota; 4. Sandra Bullock; 5. bourbon.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Know Your Airports On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, August 20th at 8:30 PM, with "August Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the month of August in history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be "US Airports Trivia." I will give you ten "airport codes", the three letter code that every airport has, and you have to tell me the city or airport that corresponds to that code. It will be all from major cities from across the United States.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What nation's athletes enter first at an Olympic Games opening ceremony?"

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



Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Trivia Q&A: August 13

We had 10 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, and a group of folks from my Tower Records days came in to join in on the festivities (hence the reason I was wearing my Tower shirt last night). My thanks to Billy, Wendy, Scott and Dave for coming in and making the night even more special. Our friends from DIMS, who took last week off, returned last night and won the night easily, rolling up 51 points. Congrats to Ken, Michael and Darek on another impressive win.

Second place went to Coat Hanger Dodgers with 33 points, and Fawlty Towers finished third with 31 points.

Best Team Name: And In Last Place With Zero Points, DIMS!

Current Events
1. What luxury retail giant filed for bankruptcy last week, and announced plans to close 15 stores across the nation?
2. President Trump signed an executive order freezing all government assets and imposing a total economic embargo against what country's government?
3. What pizza chain announced they are closing about 500 of their 7500 US restaurants, as they said they will focus more on delivery?
4. Wanda Vazquez was sworn in last Thursday to what position?
5. MLB announced that the White Sox and Yankees will play a special game next August near the site where the film "Field of Dreams" was made and it will be the first MLB game played in what state?
6. What Hollywood actor led a group that brought supplies to a humanitarian ship that was stuck in the Mediterranean Sea after rescuing 121 migrants?
7. What 86-year-old singer canceled the remainder of 2019 tour, including an appearance at Farm Aid in September, due to recurring breathing problems?

Woodstock Artists Trivia
1. What rock artist won eight Grammy awards, including Album of the Year, tying Michael Jackson's record in 2000?
2. What West Coast-based band, which never won a Grammy, didn't reach the top 10 on the album charts until 1987, with the album "In The Dark?"
3. John Belushi did a hilarious parody in 1975 on "Saturday Night Live" of what English singer who appeared at Woodstock?
4. "Quadrophenia" and "Endless Wire" were hit albums for what English rock band?
5. What legendary guitarist played "The Star Spangled Banner" at his Woodstock appearance?
6. John Sebastian, lead singer of the Lovin Spooonful, had a top ten single in 1975 with the theme to what ABC sitcom?
7. What legendary female singer, who would die the year after Woodstock, played at the festival with her band the Kozmic Blues Band?

The Q Train: Science Fiction Film Characters Trivia
1. Peter Venkman (1984)
2. Lando Calrissian (1980)
3. Ellen Ripley (1979)
4. Rick Deckard (1982)
5. Snake Plissken (1981)
6. Sarah Connor (1984)
7. Dr. Robert Neville (2007)
8. Dr. Emmet Brown (1985)
9. David Bowman (1968)
10. Robert Scott Carey (1957)

General Knowledge
1. Emma Stone won an Oscar for Best Actress for what film? ( 1 pt)
2. To what country does the island state of Tasmania belong? ( 1 pt)
3. Ecuador and what other country are the only South American members of OPEC? ( 1 pt)
4. The first radio transmission was sent in 1894 from what European country? ( 2 pt)
5. Who was the first man elected president of Russia? ( 2 pt)
6. Pope Francis ended the longstanding papal tradition of popes wearing shoes of what color? ( 2 pt)
7. From 1996-98, Craig Kilborn was the first host of what current TV show? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Which vodka brand topped the list of "Best Alcohol Brands in the World" for 2019? ( 3 points)
2. What 1938 animated film was the first movie to release a soundtrack? ( 4 points)
3. What Oscar-winning actor is the oldest man to win People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" award? ( 5 points)
4. In terms of social and political stability, militarization and homicide rates, which European country was ranked the world's safest country for the 11th straight year in 2018? ( 4 points)
5. In 2016, President Obama signed an act recognizing what mammal as the national mammal of the United States? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Barney's; 2. Venezuela; 3. Pizza Hut; 4. Governor of Puerto Rico; 5. Iowa; 6. Richard Gere; 7. Willie Nelson.

Woodstock Artists Trivia
1. Santana; 2. Grateful Dead; 3. Joe Cocker; 4. The Who; 5. Jimi Hendrix; 6. "Welcome Back, Kotter; " 7. Janis Joplin.

The Q Train: Science Fiction Film Characters Trivia
1. Ghostbusters; 2. The Empire Strikes Back; 3. Alien; 4. Blade Runner; 5. Escape From New York; 6. The Terminator; 7. I Am Legend; 8. Back to the Future; 9. 2001: A Space Odyssey; 10. The Incredible Shrinking Man.

General Knowledge
1. "La La Land; 2. Australia; 3. Venezuela; 4. Italy; 5. Boris Yeltsin; 6. red; 7. "The Daily Show."

IQ Trivia
1. Smirnoff; 2. "Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs;" 3. Sean Connery; 4. Iceland; 5. bison.

Monday, August 12, 2019

50 Years After The Festival

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, August 13th at 8:30 PM, with "Woodstock Artists Trivia," in honor of the 50th anniversary of the legendary Woodstock concerts from 1969. It will be seven questions about the artists that played in those series of shows (not necessarily about the actual shows themselves). The Q Train lightning round will be "Science Fiction Film Characters Trivia." I will give you the names of ten famous characters who appeared in science fiction films (with the year the film was originally released) and you have to tell me the film the character was in.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"To what country does the island state of Tasmania belong?"

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

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Trivia Q&A: August 6

We had another great night of Trivia on Tuesday night, as eight teams took part. Two of our regular teams, DIMS and Bob and Cato, took the night off so the trivia night was a bit more wide open. The top four teams were separated by six points going into IQ Trivia, but the team of No Loaf emerged victorious, getting 3 of the 5 IQ questions correct, and getting the win with 35 points. Congratulations to Ayden, Nick and Spencer on their first ever win on their first night coming in for Trivia!

We had a tie for second place between Da Jabooties and Oh-Yum with 30 points, and we broke the tie with "What is the current population of the city of Hartford?" (Hartford was the answer to an IQ Trivia question, which no one got correct.) Oh-Yum was closest to the answer (123,400) and won second place.

Best Team Name: O'Dore's Irish Panty Party

Current Events
1. Egan Bernal, at 22, became the youngest champion of the Tour de France last week, and also the first man from what South American country to win?
2. A software engineer in Seattle hacked into a server holding customer information from what bank and obtained personal data from over 100 million people and was later arrested?
3. The body of what notorious 1930s gangster is set to be exhumed after his nephew sought a permit to do so for an upcoming History Channel project?
4. What US state's governor signed a bill last week requiring all presidential candidates to release their tax returns, or they won't be on the primary ballot in March?
5. The tourism ministry of China announced a ban on people traveling to what island nation starting August 1, leading to a rebuke from the country’s president?
6. What European nation passed a new law banning burqas, ski masks and other face coverings in public buildings and transportation?
7. Former US ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft was confirmed by the Senate last week to what position?

Red Trivia
1. What author wrote the best-selling novel “The Hunt For Red October?”
2. What actor/director won an Academy Award for Best Director for the 1981 film ”Reds”?
3. Which MLB team has won more World Series in their history: the Red Sox or Reds?
4. Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding was a main character in what Oscar nominated film?
5. What two red card suits in a standard deck of cards are colored red?
6. What pop singer’s 2012 album “Red” featured the hit song “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together?”
7. What Asian country’s flag has a red circle centered on a green background?

The Q Train: Beer Brands Trivia
1. St. Pauli Girl
2. Labatt's
3. Heineken
4. Yuengling
5. Carlsberg
6. Asahi
7. Guinness
8. Kronenbourg
9. Hoegaarden
10. Foster’s

General Knowledge
1. In the movies, John Rambo is a veteran of what war? ( 1 pt)
2. Which two planets have no moons? ( 1 pt)
3. What 19th century author wrote the novel "Les Miserables?" ( 1 pt)
4. The oldest existing McDonald's restaurant is located in what US state? ( 2 pt)
5. What European country produces approximately 75% of the world's olive oil each year? ( 2 pt)
6. Between animal attacks, drowning and falling from heights, which is the number 1 cause of deaths in national parks? ( 2 pt)
7. What kind of stone is the Leaning Tower of Pisa made of? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What Southeast Asian country is the world's leader in coconut production? ( 5 points)
2. In 2002, Ukranian Sergey Karjakin became the world's youngest chess grandmaster at what age? ( 4 points)
3. America's oldest newspaper still being printed, from 1764, is located in what state capital city? ( 4 points)
4. What is the largest of Canada's ten provinces in area? ( 3 points)
5. What South American country had five different presidents over a span of ten days in 2001? (4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Colombia; 2. Capital One; 3. John Dillinger; 4. California; 5. Taiwan; 6. Netherlands; 7. US Ambassador to the U.N.

Red Trivia
1. Tom Clancy; 2. Warren Beatty; 3. Red Sox (9-5); 4. “The Shawshank Redemption;” 5. Diamonds & Hearts; 6. Taylor Swift; 7. Bangladesh.

The Q Train: Beer Brands Trivia
1. Germany; 2. Canada; 3. Netherlands; 4. USA; 5. Denmark; 6. Japan; 7. Ireland; 8. France; 9. Belgium; 10. Australia.

General Knowledge
1. Vietnam; 2. Mercury & Venus; 3. Victor Hugo; 4. California; 5. Spain; 6. drowning; 7. marble.

IQ Trivia
1. Indonesia; 2. 12; 3. Hartford, CT; 4. Quebec; 5. Argentina.

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

"For The Good of the Game"

I've been a baseball fan all of my life, and especially during the reign of Bud Selig as the commissioner of MLB. So when I heard he was publishing his biography "For the Good of the Game: The Inside Story of the Surprising and Dramatic Transformation of Major League Baseball", I felt I should give Selig a chance and give it a read.

I've never been a fan of Selig, going back to the strike of 1994, which tested my love for the game and kept me out of MLB parks for over 5 years. And I thought he handled the infamous 2002 All-Star Game tie very badly.

But I must admit that "For the Good of the Game" is actually a very interesting and at times charming look back at his life by Selig, and if you walk in with an open mind, you actually enjoy this book.

There's no doubt that Bud Selig is a baseball lifer whose life revolves around the game. He started out his professional life as a car salesman in his Milwaukee home town, and graduated to ownership of the Milwaukee Brewers when they suddenly moved from Seattle in 1970.

The book is centered around two troubling times in Selig’s time as commissioner: the owners’ relationship with the players union and the influx of steroids into the game. He blames the players union for the disastrous 1994 strike, and blames President Clinton for reneging to back up the decision of a federally appointed arbitrator. (Selig even claims to have cursed out Vice-President Al Gore in one charged confrontation in the White House.)

He does accept some blame for the PED infestation into MLB, saying his office was slow to act, but also blames players union officials for dragging their heels as well.

Selig is proud of his accomplishments as commissioner: expanding the playoffs, baseball’s incredible growth as a business in the 21st century, and the institution of the luxury tax to help small market teams. But one thing under his watch that clearly bothers him is that Barry Bonds broke the home run record of his dear friend Hank Aaron. Selig goes into great detail early on in the book how going from city to city as Bonds approached the record was like the Bataan Death March to him.

I did find one glaring error in the book. As Brewers owner he says that he was approached by Red Sox GM Dick O’Connell at the 1976 Winter Meetings that O’Connell wanted George Scott back with the Red Sox because Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey personally liked Scott and wanted him to return and asked him to make a trade with Milwaukee. There’s just one problem with that. Yawkey died the previous July, so I don’t think he was around to ask O’Connell to make the deal. (The trade was made and the Sox gave up Cecil Cooper, not one of their better trades.)

Anyway, overall I recommend “For the Good of the Game.” It is Bud Selig’s story in his own words. Whether you liked him or not, it’s worth your time to read. Selig leaves a complicated legacy in baseball history, and he tried to straighten out the record. It’s up to you to decide whether he has or not.

Monday, August 05, 2019

We Turn Red On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, August 6th at 8:30 PM, with "Red Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the color red in history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round is “Beer Brands Trivia.” I will give you the names of ten very well known brands of beer from around the world and you tell me from what country each one originated from. And every answer will be from a different country.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
“In the movies, John Rambo is a veteran of what war?”

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

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Trivia Q&A: July 30

We had nine teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, and for the second time in the last two months, we had another perfect game done on Trivia Night! I've been doing Trivia for over 13 years and it never happened before, and now it has happened twice this year, and by the same team! Our friends from DIMS, Ken, Michael and Darek, pulled off the trick again, as they did on June 26th, rolling up 56 points and getting another victory. My congratulations to them on another historic Trivia win.

Second place went to Tastes Like Burning with 46 points, and third place went Rat and Rodent with 45 points.

Best Team Name: I Just Blue Myself

Current Events
1. What Asian country launched an unmanned mission to the Moon last week, attempting to become the fourth country to land there?
2. The Senate voted 90-8 to confirm Mark Esper to what position in President Trump's cabinet last week?
3. Rutger Hauer, Dutch-born actor, died last week at the age of 75. He's best-known for his role as a murderer in what classic 1982 sci-fi film?
4. What Oscar-winning actress was fired last week from the Broadway-bound play, "Tea at Five" after she had an altercation with a crew member and she fostered "a hostile work environment?"
5. Beji Caid Essebsi, at 92 one of the world's oldest leaders and the first democratically elected president of what North African country, died last Thursday?
6. Four automakers, Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW, reached an agreement with what US state to produce fleets that are more fuel-efficient in coming years?
7. What female presidential candidate filed a lawsuit against Google for $50 million last week, saying they infringed on her free speech when they briefly suspended her campaign's ad account last June?

Blue Trivia
1. What 19th century classical composer wrote "The Blue Danube?"
2. "True Blue" was a 1986 album by what female pop singer?
3. "The Bluegrass State" is a nickname of what US state?
4. What actress won an Academy Award for the 2013 film "Blue Jasmine?"
5. What blue jean company was founded in 1853 in San Francisco?
6. "Pocket Monsters Blue" is a special edition of what video game franchise?
7. Dennis Franz and Jimmy Smits starred in what 1990s TV crime drama?

The Q Train: Born in Boston, NYC or Philly Trivia
1. Alicia Keys
2. Will Smith
3. Mark Wahlberg
4. Richard Gere
5. Edward Norton
6. Bradley Cooper
7. Jennifer Lopez
8. Uma Thurman
9. Kevin Bacon
10. Tom Cruise

General Knowledge
1. The 1990 film "Total Recall" was mostly set on what planet? ( 1 pt)
2. What was the name of Han Solo's ship? ( 1 pt)
3. The film "8 Mile" is based on the life of what rap star? ( 1 pt)
4. Who is the longest serving Chief Justice of the United States? ( 2 pt)
5. The first atomic bomb was tested in what western US state? ( 2 pt)
6. Actress Audrey Hepburn was born in what European country? ( 2 pt)
7. What European country has the longest coastline? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Auguste Cesar Sandino was a 1920s-era revolutionary and the national hero of what Central American country? ( 5 points)
2. What entertainer was the creator of both "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune?" ( 3 points)
3. Sarah Tilghman Hughes of Texas became the first, and to date the only, woman in November 1963 to do what? ( 4 points)
4. The foible, forte and tang are parts of the equipment in what sport? ( 4 points)
5. What type of liquor, translated from Gaelic, means "the water of life?" ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. India; 2. Defense Secretary; 3. "Blade Runner;" 4. Faye Dunaway; 5. Tunisia; 6. California; 7. Tulsi Gabbard.

Blue Trivia
1. Johann Strauss; 2. Madonna; 3. Kentucky; 4. Cate Blanchett; 5. Levi Strauss; 6. Pokemon; 7. "NYPD Blue."

The Q Train: Born in Boston, NYC or Philly Trivia
1. NYC; 2. Philly; 3. Boston; 4. Philly; 5. Boston; 6. Philly; 7. NYC; 8. Boston; 9. Philly; 10. NYC.

General Knowledge
1. Mars; 2. Millennium Falcon; 3. Eminem; 4. John Marshall; 5. New Mexico; 6. Belgium; 7. Norway.

IQ Trivia
1. Nicaragua; 2. Merv Griffin; 3. Swear in a US president; 4. fencing; 5. whiskey.

Monday, July 29, 2019

We're All Blue On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, July 30th at 8:30 PM, with "Blue Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the color blue in history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be "Born in Boston, New York City or Philadelphia Trivia." I will give you the names of ten current celebrities and you have to tell me which one of the three largest cities of the northeastern United States they were born in.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The 1990 film 'Total Recall' was mostly set on what planet?"


The crowds have been picking up lately as the summer goes on, so get in early, and I hope to see many of you on Tuesday night for a great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Trivia Q&A: July 23

We had another fine summer turnout for Trivia last night, as 11 teams took part. I guess I made the July Trivia round a little too tough, as the scores were on the lower side, but just about everyone bounced back in The Q Train lightning round. It was a three-team race to the finish as we got to the end, and three teams actually got all five questions correct in the IQ trivia round. But our friends from DIMS emerged with the victory, rolling up 50 points. Congrats to Ken, Michael and Darek on their win.

Second place went to X with 45 points, and we had a tie for third place between The Jabooties and Buck Foston with 37 points. The tie-breaker question was: "As of 2019, what is the population of the country of Iceland?" The Jabooties was closest to the actual answer (377,000) and won third place.

Best Team Name: Summertime and the Nachos Are Still Cheesy

Current Events
1. What TV drama series led the way with 32 nominations as the 2019 Emmy Award nominations were announced last week?
2. Former Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens died last week at the age of 99. What US president originally nominated him for the Court?
3. The World Health Organization declared that what African nation is in the midst of another deadly outbreak of Ebola virus, as it also was five years ago?
4. What Republican senator blocked an attempt by Democrats to pass an extension of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund last week, saying any new spending should be offset by other spending cuts?
5. What retail chain, which closed all of its US stores in 2017 after filing for Chapter 11, will open two stores this November, one in NJ and the other in Texas?
6. What superstar rock singer announced last week he has spent the last year writing a stage musical adaptation of the classic film “It’s a Wonderful Life” and it will debut in the U.K. late next year?
7. What comedy legend is about to make a standup comeback, and is close to finalizing a $70 million deal with Netflix for a series of comedy specials?

July Trivia
1. In July 1971, Doors lead singer Jim Morrison died at the age of 27 in what city?
2. In July 2013, Mohamed Morsi, president of what Middle Eastern country, was overthrown from power by the nation’s military?
3. Of all the presidents who have been assassinated in office, which one was shot in July?
4. What is the birthstone for the month of July?
5. On July 13, 1985, the Live Aid concerts were held simultaneously in what two cities?
6. On July 29, 1982, pro wrestler Jerry Lawler slapped comedian Any Kaufman in the face in a famous staged event on what network TV show?
7. On July 29, 1981, Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer before a TV audience of 700 million worldwide at what London church?

The Q Train: Born in NY or NJ Trivia
1. Jimmy Fallon
2. Joe Pesci
3. Lady Gaga
4. Peter Dinklage
5. Eddie Murphy
6. Shaquille O’Neal
7. Danny DeVito
8. Robert Downey Jr.
9. John Travolta
10. Michael Jordan

General Knowledge
1. Victoria is the capital of what Canadian province? (1 pt)
2. “I could have had class. I could’ve been a contender” is a famous line from what classic film? (1 pt)
3. Robert F. Kennedy served as a US senator from what state? (1 pt)
4. What is the most downloaded iPhone application of all-time? (2 pt)
5. The IKEA company is now headquartered in what European country? (2 pt)
6. What ancient Greek is considered "the father of zoology"? (2 pt)
7. What country is the largest cement producer in the world? (3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What European country celebrates “The First Day of Summer” as an annual public holiday every April? (4 points)
2. Robert Baden-Powell, a British war hero, is widely credited for founding what youth group in July 1907? ( 4 points)
3. In the early 1990s, what search engine started out as “Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web?” ( 3 points)
4. In 1986, President Reagan signed a proclamation declaring what flower the national flower of the United States? ( 4 points)
5. The first modern credit card was created in 1950 when Ralph Schneider and Frank McNamara founded what card? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. “Game of Thrones;” 2. Gerald Ford; 3. Congo; 4. Rand Paul; 5. Toys R Us; 6. Paul McCartney; 7. Eddie Murphy.

July Trivia
1. Paris; 2. Egypt; 3. James Garfield; 4. Ruby; 5. London and Philadelphia; 6. “Late Night with David  Letterman; 7. St. Paul’s Cathedral.

The Q Train: Born In NY or NJ
1. NY; 2. NJ; 3. NY; 4. NJ; 5. NY; 6. NJ; 7. NJ; 8. NY; 9. NJ; 10. NY.

General Knowledge
1. British Columbia; 2. “On the Waterfront;” 3. New York; 4. Facebook; 5. Netherlands; 6. Aristotle; 7. China.

IQ Trivia
1. Iceland; 2. The Boy Scouts; 3. Yahoo; 4. Rose; 5. Diner’s Club.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Lots of Cool Stuff Happened In July

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, July 23rd at 8:30 PM at Professor Thom's, with "July Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the month of July in pop culture and history. The Q Train lightning round will be "Born in New York or New Jersey Trivia." I will give you the names of ten current celebrities, and you have to tell me whether they were born in either the states of New York or New Jersey.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Victoria is the capital of what Canadian province?"

We had a nice crowd in last week, so I hope to see many of you this Tuesday for another great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Trivia Q&A: July 16

After a few weeks of the crowds being down for Trivia, most likely due to the summer vacations and holidays, we had 11 teams in last night, and saw a few old friends I hadn't seen in a while. we had a two-team horse race for most of the night, between the teams of DIMS and The Mighty Space Shots. There was just three points between them going into IQ Trivia, and after the round was completed, there was still three points between them. DIMS ended up winning the night with 38 points. Congrats again to Ken, Michael and Darek on their victory.

The Mighty Space Shots finished second with 35 points, and Orange Whip? Orange Whip? Orange Whip? 3 Orange Whips finished in their place with 27 points (and also won for Best Team Name). 

Current Events
1. Rip Torn, a prolific actor who won an Emmy Award for his role in what 1990s comedy series, died last week at the age of 88?
2. Researchers recently discovered a fossil in what Southern European country believed to be about 210,000 years old and shows that humans left Africa about 16,000 years earlier than once believed?
3. Alex Acosta, who was what part of President Trump's cabinet, resigned last week after his previous handling of the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking case from the early 2000s?
4. It was revealed last Friday that what onetime New York baseball star was arrested last month by New Jersey police for cocaine possession and other charges?
5. Simona Halep defeated Serena Williams last Saturday to win her first Wimbledon women's singles title and hails from what Eastern European country?
6. England defeated New Zealand last Sunday to win their first World Cup title in what sport?
7. What Spanish singer is facing a seven-figure lawsuit from a former lover who spent the last 30 years trying to prove the singer gathered her son in 1975, and a judge ruled him the father last week?

Space Trivia
1. What is the smallest planet in our solar system?
2. What was the last Apollo mission to the moon in 1972?
3. Within 5 million, how many miles from the Sun is Earth?
4. On July 20, 1976, Viking I became the first spacecraft to land where?
5. When Voyager I was sent into deep space in 1977, what 1950s rock'n'roll legend's song was included on it as an example of the sounds of Earth?
6. In 1962, who was the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth?
7. What physicist gained worldwide fame with his best-selling book about space, "A Brief History of Time?"

The Q Train: Odd Numbered Trivia
1. This number was the title of Adele’s latest album.
2. In Italian culture, this number is considered unlucky, and Alitalia has no row in its planes with the number.
3. The N.Y. Mets retired this number in honor of Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver.
4. According to the Bible, this was the age Jesus was at his crucifixion.
5. New Mexico became this number US state in 1912.
6. This is the atomic number of lithium.
7. In tennis, this number represents the first point gained in a game.
8. Richard Nixon was this number US president.
9. The Swedish language has this number letters.
10. A heptathlon contains this number athletic events.

General Knowledge
1. The first Star Wars film was released in what year? ( 1 pt)
2. The Titanic set sail on its maiden voyage from what British city in 1912? ( 1 pt)
3. Besides copper, what other metal largely makes up bronze? ( 1 pt)
4. What nation suffered the most casualties in WWII? ( 2 pt)
5. What US state gives each of its residents $1000 annually? ( 2 pt)
6. Who was the first non-Royal to appear on a British postage stamp? ( 2 pt)
7. Leveret is the proper term for what animal under the age of one? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What US state produces 70-80% of all the olives in the US? ( 3 points)
2. What word was misspelled by Stephen King in a 1983 book title and by Morrissey in a 1986 song title? ( 4 points)
3. Susan B. Anthony was famously fined $100 after Illegally voting for what 19th US president? ( 4 points)
4. What Oscar-winning actor was originally offered the role of John McClane in the 1988 film "Die Hard" because the studio was contractually obligated to offer it because he starred in the film "The Detective" which "Die Hard" was based on? ( 5 points)
5. What female pop singer was the voice of Sally in a number of Peanuts cartoons in the mid-1980s? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. "The Larry Sanders Show;" 2. Greece; 3. Labor Secretary; 4. Dwight Gooden; 5. Romania; 6. Cricket; 7. Julio Iglesias.

Space Trivia
1. Mercury; 2. Apollo 17; 3. 93 million; 4. Mars; 5. Chuck Berry; 6. John Glenn; 7. Stephen Hawking.

The Q Train: Odd Numbered Trivia
1. 25; 2. 17; 3. 41; 4. 33; 5. 47; 6. 3; 7. 15; 8. 37; 9. 29; 10. 7.

General Knowledge
1. 1977; 2. Southampton; 3. tin; 4. Russia; 5. Alaska; 6. William Shakespeare; 7. rabbit.

IQ Trivia
1. California; 2. cemetery; 3. U.S. Grant; 4. Frank Sinatra; 5. Fergie.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Let's Go To Outer Space This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, July 16th at 8:30 PM, with "Space Trivia" the Special Category in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing coming up next week. It will be seven questions connected to space and space travel. The Q Train lightning round will be "Odd Numbered Trivia." I will ask you ten general knowledge questions where the answer will be an odd number from 1 to 50. Every answer will be a different number.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The first Star Wars film was released in what year?"


I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday for what should be another great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Trivia Q&A: July 9

We had another smaller crowd on Tuesday night, as eight teams took part. But the night went great, and the top four teams were separated by four points going into IQ Trivia. We had a tie between the top two teams going into that final round, but it was the team of Turkey Club that emerged victorious, getting four of the five questions correct for the win, and ending with 45 points. DIMS finished second with 42 points, and The Return of the Jabooties finished third with 34 points.

Best Team Name: Four Score and 747s Ago

Current Events
1. Arte Johnson, an actor and comedian who gained fame in what 1960s/70s NBC comedy /variety series, died last week at the age of 90?
2. A new live single was released last week from what late female singer, a 1990 recording of Steve Winwood's hit 1986 single "Higher Love?"
3. According to a new survey, almost half the female cadets at what US military academy said they were sexually harassed?
4. A Manhattan judge cancelled a scheduled September jury trial against what male pop singer for copyright infringement until the case against Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” is settled first?
5. What American comedian apologized to a British actor last week saying the Brit hosted a similar show to the current show he hosts, saying he had never heard of it before?
6. A human rights group is calling on what female rap singer to cancel an upcoming performance in Saudi Arabia over the country’s human rights violations?
7. What legendary pop star announced during a concert in London last Saturday that he will be getting a kidney transplant later this year?

Baseball Movies Trivia
1. What future Oscar-winning actor played a catcher with Hodgkin's Disease in the 1973 film "Bang the Drum Slowly?"
2. Gary Cooper played what legendary player in the 1941 film "Pride of the Yankees?"
3. Kelly Leak, Tanner Boyle and Coach Buttermaker were three main characters in what 1976 baseball film?
4. What future Oscar-winning actress was the lead actress in the 1988 film "Bull Durham?"
5. What hapless baseball team was the centerpiece of the 1988 film "Major League?"
6. What actress/director directed the 1992 baseball film "A League of Their Own?"
7. Name 1 of the 2 actors nominated for acting awards for the 2011 film "Moneyball."

The Q Train: Even Numbered Trivia
1. This is the number of sides on a standard stop sign.
2. This is the minimum age for a US senator.
3. A standard pinochle deck has this number cards.
4. North and South Korea are divided by this number parallel.
5. Dwight D. Eisenhower was this number US president.
6. NFL Hall of Famers Joe Namath and Terry Bradshaw wore this number.
7. These are the total number of pawns in a standard chess set.
8. In 1964, this number amendment to the Constitution eliminated the poll tax.
9. This is the number of spaces on a standard Monopoly board.
10. A standard guitar has this many strings.

General Knowledge
1. What religious observance is celebrated the day after Halloween? ( 1 pt)
2. What is the fastest animal on four legs? ( 1 pt)
3. What body of water separates Iran and Saudi Arabia? ( 1 pt)
4. What year did Facebook launch? ( 2 pt)
5. What was the second film in the James Bond series? ( 2 pt)
6. What airline merged with United Airlines in 2011? ( 2 pt)
7. The world's longest fence, over 3480 miles, is found in what country? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What pop singer died in a plane crash in Monterey Bay, CA in October 1997? ( 3 points)
2. Medusa, the monster from Greek mythology, appears on the flag of what Mediterranean island? ( 4 points)
3. In 2000, the first season of the American version of the TV series "Survivor" was filmed on what Southeast Asian island? ( 4 points)
4. What month was originally named "Quintilis" in the ancient Roman calendar? ( 5 points)
5. The author of "The Godfather" novel also co-wrote the screenplay of what superhero film? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. "Laugh-In"; 2. Whitney Houston; 3. US Coast Guard Academy; 4. Ed Sheehan; 5. Jerry Seinfeld; 6. Nicki Minaj; 7. Stevie Wonder.

Baseball Movies Trivia
1. Robert DeNiro; 2. Lou Gehrig; 3. "The Bad News Bears;" 4. Susan Sarandon; 5. Cleveland Indians; 6. Penny Marshall; 7. Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill.

The Q Train: Even Numbered Trivia
1. 8; 2. 30; 3. 48; 4. 38; 5. 34; 6. 12; 7. 16; 8. 24; 9. 40; 10. 6.

General Knowledge
1. All Saints Day; 2. cheetah; 3. Persian Gulf; 4. 2004; 5. "From Russia With Love;" 6. Continental Airlines; 7. Australia.

IQ Trivia
1. John Denver; 2. Sicily; 3. Borneo; 4. July; 5. "Superman: The Movie."