Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Trivia Q&A: June 18

It was a "doubleheader night" at Professor Thom's last night, as we had both Kayreoke Night as well as Trivia Night while watching the Red Sox game in Atlanta. Curt Schilling had nothing last night as the Braves romped to a 9-4 win. But we had a very good spirited crowd on hand.

It was also a night a film crew came in to tape our Kayreoke Night for a follow up film to "Still We Believe," the fine documentary about the 2003 Red Sox season. (We will also have another Kayreoke Night at the bar tonight as well.) The BLOHARDS turned out, as well as the New York City chapter of the Boston Red Sox Meetup Group. At first it looked like Kayreoke Night might not happen, as we had trouble getting the two mics needed for the announcing to work, but fortunately my friend Gareth turned up, and within minutes got them rolling. (It was also a tough night for my buddy Chris, as he had to work the bar alone with a big crowd on hand, with about ten other things going wrong at that same time. But fortunately, it all straightened itself out and Kayreoke went off fine. Fine work, Chris.)

Trivia Night finally got going at 10:20 PM, and concluded at just about midnight. We had 12 teams playing, and did just four categories because of the late starting time, but once again, the BLOHARDS successfully defended the title they won a month ago, taking it by four points. It was a close game, but they did very well in the IQ Trivia category, which was particularly difficult this week (three teams even got completely shut out in it). After their victory was announced, Chris played "Dirty Water" in honor of their win. Congratulations, guys.

Trivia Night next week will have a special day and time, as I will not be in next Monday night because I will be flying home from San Diego that day. So we will have Trivia Night next Tuesday, June 26, at 8 PM, as the Red Sox have a late game in Seattle that night. The week after that we will return to the usual Monday night at 9 time.

Current Events
1. This rock legend turns 65 today, and his recent new album debuted at number 3 on the Billboard Pop Album chart.
2. A new poll in South Carolina has this Democratic presidential candidate with a nine point lead in that state.
3. This film, which grossed $67 million at the box office last week, was the number one film in America.
4. This golfer edged Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk to win the US Open on Sunday.
5. This author, who wrote a book the Islamic world considered blasphemous, was awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth on Sunday.
6. This retail giant is retiring the standard blue vests its employees wear and are going to a whole new look later this year.
7. Kristy Swanson, a star from this reality series, was arrested for allegedly assaulting the ex-wife of her current boyfriend and fellow reality TV star.
8. This rock icon married for the third time this past weekend on the Italian Riviera to his longtime girlfriend, 26 years his junior.
9. This Asian city is set to overtake Singapore as the world's busiest port in 2008, the city's port executive said on Monday.
10. Torrential rains overnight killed two people and stranded many other people on their roofs in this state on Monday.

Answers: 1. Paul McCartney; 2. Barack Obama; 3. "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer;" 4. Angel Cabrera; 5. Salman Rushdie; 6. Wal-Mart; 7. Skating With Celebrities; 8. Rod Stewart; 9. Shanghai; 10. Texas.

World Capitals Trivia
1. Tbilisi: a. Georgia; b. Estonia; c. Lithuania; d. Latvia.
2. San Jose: a. Panama; b. Ecuador; c. Nicaragua; d. Costa Rica.
3. Jakarta: a. The Phillippines; b. Singapore; c. Indonesia; d. Malayasia.
4. Belgrade: a. Slovenia; b. Serbia; c. Croatia; d. Bulgaria.
5. Khartoum: a. Kenya; b. Cameroon; c. Sudan; d. Ivory Coast.
6. Montevideo: a. Uruguay; b. Bolivia; c. Guyana; d. Peru.
7. Phnom Penh: a. Laos; b. Cambodia; c. Burma; d. Vietnam.
8. Addis Ababa: a. Senegal; b. Chad; c. Zimbabwe; d. Ethiopia.
9. Sofia: a. Albania; b. Slovenia; c. Bulgaria; d. Estonia.
10. Managua: a. Nicaragua; b. Dominican Republic; c. Honduras; d. Chile.

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

General Knowledge
1. What did undercover FBI agents pose as to ensnare corrupt politicians during its 1978 ABSCAM operation?
2. Spelunking is a term for exploring what?
3. What city is the setting for the TV series, "The Simpsons?"
4. What is the proper name for a female walrus?
5. In which decade were girls officially allowed to play Little League baseball in the US?
6. In the classic children's book, "Peter Pan," what is the name of the Darling family dog?
7. Who was the first person to run a mile in under four minutes?
8. What Asian nation was once known as Ceylon?
9. Who played the original Darrin on the TV series, "Bewitched?"
10. Which rock legend appeared on the first cover of Rolling Stone magazine in 1967?

Answers: 1. Arab businessmen; 2. caves; 3. Springfield; 4. cow; 5. 1970s; 6. Nana; 7. Roger Bannister; 8. Sri Lanka; 9. Dick York; 10. John Lennon.

IQ Trivia
1. Under which mountain is the operation center for the nuclear missle tracking station NORAD buried? (6 points)
2. Who took command of the UN forces from General Douglas MacArthur during the Korean War? (5 points)
3. A statue of which famous person high above Trafalgar Square in London? (4 points)
4. Which Hollywood film director directed Michael Jackson's 1988 video, "Bad?" (5 points)
5. The computer language "Ada" is named for what poet's daughter? (5 points)

Answers: 1. Cheyenne Mountain; 2. Gen. Matthew Ridgway; 3. Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson; 4. Martin Scorsese; 5. Lord Byron.

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