Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Trivia Q&A: September 18

There was a definite pall hanging over the start of Trivia Night, as another devastating Red Sox loss made it tough to get many folks in the mood to play. But we got it going and nine teams ended up taking part. We had a good evening despite the god-awful managing of Terry Francona.

Chris Wertz substituted for the venerable Jim McGuire as Thom's bartender, and he did his best to pick up the bar's spirits. We had all five categories this week, and Heads of State Trivia actually went down fairly well, as four of the teams got perfect scores.

But by the end of the night, Third Eye Blind wound up the victorious team, and by just two points. They got 20 of a possible 25 points in the last round, and took the prize.

We'll be back again next Tuesday night for another round of Trivia, that is unless the Red Sox have put me in an early grave by then. If they have, I'm sure Thom's will find a substitute host.

Current Events
1. This actress, who won an Emmy award on Sunday night, caused a bit of a stir when she used a word that got bleeped in her acceptance speech.
2. President Bush has tapped Michael Mukasey, once a federal judge from this state, to be the new Attorney General.
3. This revenge-thriller film was the number one film at the box office in America last week, taking in $14 million.
4. A plane crash on a resort island in this Asian country, killed 91 people on board on Sunday.
5. This celebrity toasted the Jewish New Year with Israel's president last week and declared herself, "an ambassador for Judaism."
6. This man, who was once called "the most trusted man in America" is planning a return to TV on a cable network called Retirement Living TV.
7. This singer refused to appear on the TV show, "The View" this week, as he didn't want to appear with host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who he considers "dangerous."
8. Sales of these new types of vehicles are up 49% in the first seven months of 2007, a marketing company said Monday.
9. A group of women are petitioning for the right to drive in this country, the only one that specifically bans female drivers.
10. The southwest corner of 53rd Street and 8th Avenue was named yesterday in honor of this late New Yorker, a TV and Broadway star who died nearly three years ago.

Answers: 1. Sally Field; 2. New York; 3. "The Brave One;" 4. Thailand; 5. Madonna; 6. Walter Cronkite; 7. Barry Manilow; 8. hybrid; 9. Saudi Arabia; 10. Jerry Orbach.

Heads of State Trivia

1. John Howard
2. Shimon Peres
3. Stephen Harper
4. Felipe Calderon
5. Nicolas Sarkozy
6. Hamid Karzai
7. Thabo Mbeki
8. Bertie Ahern
9. Angela Merkel
10. Hosni Mubarak

Answers: 1. Australia; 2. Israel; 3. Canada; 4. Mexico; 5. France; 6. Afghanistan; 7. South Africa; 8. Ireland; 9. Germany; 10. Egypt.

True or False ("The Q Train")
1. A snapdragon is an insect.
2. Shiites and Sunnis are the main groups of Islam.
3. The birthplace of karaoke is actually South Korea.
4. "Race car" is an example of a palindrome.
5. The chess piece known as a castle is called a rook.
6. The only vitamin the human body can produce from exposure to sunlight is Vitamin A.
7. New Zealand won the America's Cup away from the US in 1983 after the Americans held it for 132 years.
8. The Los Angeles Dodgers were the only MLB team to win the World Series twice in the 1980s.
9. Venison is the meat that comes from deer.
10. The most US presidents in history were born in the state of Ohio.

Answers: 1. false, it's a flower; 2. true; 3. false, Japan; 4. true; 5. true; 6. false, Vitamin D; 7. false, Australia; 8. true; 9. true; 10. false, Virginia.

General Knowledge
1. In the Bible, how long did the Israelites wander the desert before entering the Promised Land?
2. Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie is the duaghter of what Academy Award-winning actor?
3. In what state was Abraham Lincoln born?
4. In what type of puzzle are words and syllables represented by pictures?
5. What psychologist invented a special box in which a rat could press a lever to get food?
6. Who wrote the folk song, "This Land is Your Land?"
7. In the 1969 movie, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," the main characters are killed in what country?
8. Pure gold is how many karats?
9. Which artist created the painting, "Guernica?"
10. What is the name of the Israeli parliament?

Answers: 1. 40 years; 2. Jon Voight; 3. Kentucky; 4. rebus; 5. B.F. Skinner; 6. Woody Guthrie; 7. Bolivia; 8. 24; 9. Pablo Picasso; 10. Knesset.

IQ Trivia
1. According to Greek mythology, who killed Medusa? (5 points)
2. Which national daily publication was originally called, "Customers' Afternoon Letter?" (5 points)
3. What does the computer acronym DOS stand for? (4 points)
4. On what space shuttle did John Glenn travel when he returned to space in 1981? (5 points)
5. What modern-day city now stands where Tenochtitlan was originally founded? (6 points)

Answers: 1. Perseus; 2. The Wall Street Journal; 3. Disk Operating System; 4. Discovery; 5. Mexico City.

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