Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Trivia Q&A: May 7

We had 11 teams take part in Trivia Night on Monday Night at Professor Thom's, and we had a really competitive match. Going into the final round, the teams were tightly bunched, with just three points separating six teams. But in the end, The Children Left Behind ended up victorious, winning by just one point. Nice job also by Don't Sit On Me Unless I Know You and The Fluffers, who both came within an eyelash of winning.

There were very good scores by most teams in the May Trivia and Q Train categories. Also most teams did fairly well in the IQ Trivia round. I may have to make them a little tougher next week, but we shall see.

"Kayreoke" returns tonight at Thom's, as Red Sox fans can come in, sign up and announce a half-inning of the Red Sox-Blue Jays game as the sound will be turned off at different intervals. It's a lot of fun and I will be your genial host of the festivities. See you tonight!

Current Events
1. In which presidential library was last week's Republican debate held at?
2. 12 people were killed when tornadoes struck this midwestern state on Saturday.
3. A plane crashed on Saturday in this Central African nation, killing all 114 people on board.
4. Socialite and reality TV star Paris Hilton was sentenced to 45 days in jail last week. On what charge is she going to prison?
5. Chris Albrecht, the head of this cable network, was arrested over the weekend for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend in Las Vegas.
6. SpiderMan 3 set a new record for an opening weekend this past weekend at the box office. Within $10 million, how much did it take in in the US?
7. Gasoline prices soared to a record nationwide average last week. Within 10 cents, what was it?
8. Pope Benedict will visit this country for five days this week, a country with the largest Catholic population in the world at 120 million.
9. It was announced today that this mystery TV series will run for three more seasons of 16 episodes each before ending its run in 2010.
10. This actor admitted he is battling alcoholism after a videotape believed to be made by his daughter showed him drunk.

Answers: 1. Ronald Reagan; 2. Kansas; 3. Cameroon; 4. driving with a suspended license; 5. HBO; 6. $148 million; 7. $3.07; 8. Brazil; 9. "Lost"; 10. David Hasselhoff.

May Trivia
1. Which US president was born on May 29, 1917? a. Richard Nixon; b. John F. Kennedy; c. Ronald Reagan; d. Gerald Ford.
2. Who was the first American in space, on May 5, 1961? a. John Glenn; b. Gus Grissom; c. Alan Shepard; d. Gordon Cooper.
3. Which major sporting event is annually held on Memorial Day weekend? a. Indianapolis 500; b. Kentucky Derby; c. US Open tennis Tournament; d. British Open Golf Tournament.
4. The Hindenburg, a luxurious German airship, crashed in May 1937, killing 36 people in which US state? a. Pennsylvania; b. New Jersey; c. New York; d. Maryland.
5. The birthstone for the month of May is: a. emerald; b. garnet; c. diamond; d. ruby.
6. Victoria Day is a holiday celebrated in May in which nation? a. UK; b. Australia; c. New Zealand; d. Canada.
7. On which day in May is VE Day celebrated in Europe? a. May 4; b. May 8; c. May 12; d. May 17.
8. Which of the following countries does NOT celebrate Mother's Day in May? a. USA; b. UK; c. Canada; d. Australia.
9. Which zodiac sign can be found in the month of May? a. Libra; b. Aries; c. Gemini; d. Cancer.
10. Which midwestern state was admitted to the Union in May 1858? a. Minnesota; b. Wisconsin; c. Illinois; d. Iowa.

Answers: 1. b; 2. c; 3. a; 4. b; 5. a; 6. d; 7. b; 8. b; 9. c; 10.a.

True Or False ("The Q Train")
1. Grandma Moses did not start painting scenes of rural life until she was in her seventies.
2. Martha Reeves was actually one of the members of the Supremes.
3. Jerry Springer once worked as an aide on Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign.
4. Humidity is the amount of measured water vapor in the air.
5. The lowest geographical point on the North American continent is Grand Canyon, AZ.
6. German is not an official language of Belgium.
7. The "Q" in IQ stands for "quotient."
8. Ophthalmology deals with disorders of the eyes.
9. Jane Goodall became known for her work with gorillas.
10. In "Back To The Future," Michael J. Fox was transported back through time in a DeLorean automobile.

Answers: 1. true; 2. false; 3. true; 4. true; 5. false, it is Death Valley, CA; 6. false, it is; 7. true; 8. true; 9. false, she worked with chimpanzees; 10. true.

General Knowledge
1. Which band was Ricky Martin once a member of?
2. Who composed "The Blue Danube" waltz?
3. In the film, "Philadelphia," what was the profession of Denzel Washington's character?
4. What school of higher learning was founded by Thomas Jefferson?
5. What is the length of a modern official marathon?
6. What is the annual award given for outstanding achievement in the world of advertising?
7. In which 1982 movie does Julie Andrews portray a woman playing a man who impersonates a woman?
8. In Jack London's novel, "The Call of the Wild," what type of animal is Buck, the main character?
9. In poker, what name is given to a hand contianing two aces and three twos?
10. Which car was discontinued in 1969, due in part to a book written by Ralph Nader?

Answers: 1. Menudo; 2. Johann Strauss; 3. a lawyer; 4. University of Virginia; 5. 26.2 miles; 6. Clio; 7. "Victor/Victoria"; 8. wolf; 9. a full house; 10. Corvair.

IQ Trivia
1. Where did author Henry David Thoreau spend two years in a hut in search of a simpler life? (5 points)
2. What singer was the focus of the 1944 "Columbus Day Riot" when thousands of his fans took over Times Square? (4 points)
3. The events described in the book, "The Catcher In The Rye" takes place over how many days? (6 points)
4. Who was the first black woman elected to the US Senate? (5 points)
5. From where did the Dalai Lama flee in 1959? (5 points)

Answers: 1. Walden Pond; 2. Frank Sinatra; 3. three; 4. Carol Moseley-Braun; 5. Tibet.

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