Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Trivia Q&A: October 30

It looked like it was going to be a slow night for Trivia on Tuesday night, as the hangover from the Red Sox championship and Halloween happening on Wednesday would keep many people away. But we wound up having 13 teams for the contest. I also debuted my newest Red Sox shirt: "2007 World Champions." It garnered much applause among the crowd.

(About midway through the night, I got a text from my friend Chris about the death of singer Robert Goulet. Turns out he was a big Red Sox fan, as he was from Lawrence, MA. He sang "The Impossible Dream" at Opening Day this past April. I did a little impromptu version shortly after I heard the news. My sympathies to his family, and I'm glad he got to see the Red Sox win a second championship.)

The toughest round turned out to be the Halloween/October 31st Trivia, as only one team got as many as 8 correct. The scores were pretty strong in the next two rounds, and we had a tie going into the final round. But IQ Trivia was a tough one (as last week's was a bit easier I thought), as eight of the 13 teams scored nine (two correct out of five).

One of the tied teams got just a four, while the other pulled down a nine, and three point victory. Congratulations to If The Sox Sign A-Rod, I'm Buying an F'n D'Rays Jersey on their win.

See you next Tuesday, November 6th at 9 PM for another round of Trivia.

Current Events
1. The Boston Red Sox won their seventh World Series championship on Sunday night over Colorado. Who was voted Series MVP?
2. This tropical storm hit Cuba on Tuesday, has been responsible for 20 deaths, and is now drawing close to the Florida coast.
3. A beach house caught fire in this southern state over the weekend and killed seven students.
4. This South American country was chosen yesterday as the site for soccer's 2014 World Cup.
5. This late entertainer was chosen as Forbes' "Richest Dead Celebrity" for 2006, having earned $49 million last year.
6. This film sequel was the number one film in America last year.
7. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was elected president of this South American country, succeeding her husband.
8. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of this country announced he has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer.
9. Last Friday an explosion caused by two thrown hand grenades rocked this country's consulate in New York City.
10. This 42-year-old, Emmy Award-winning actress was just named "World's Unsexiest Woman Alive" by Maxim Magazine.

Answers: 1. Mike Lowell; 2. Noel; 3. North Carolina; 4. Brazil; 5. Elvis Presley; 6. "Saw IV;" 7. Argentina; 8. Israel; 9. Mexico; 10. Sarah Jessica Parker.

Halloween/October 31st Trivia
1. In which European country did jack o' lanterns originate?
2. What were the first wrapped penny candies in America?
3. Which chocolate candy bar is the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters on Halloween?
4. Which Halloween tradition originated from a Roman harvest festival that honors the goddess Pamona?
5. This western state was admitted to the Union on October 31, 1864, becoming the 36th state.
6. Adam Horovitz, a musician with this legendary hip-hop group, was born on this date in 1966.
7. This 23-year-old actor, who once starred in the film "Running On Empty," died on this date in 1993 from a drug overdose.
8. George Halas, who founded, owned and coached this NFL team, died on this date in 1983.
9. Michael Collins, who was the command module pilot for this historic space flight, was born on this date in 1930.
10. Halloween is on October 31, which is the last day of the year on which calendar?

Answers: 1. Ireland; 2. Tootsie Rolls; 3. Snickers; 4. bobbing for apples; 5. Nevada; 6. Beastie Boys; 7. River Phoenix; 8. Chicago Bears; 9. Apollo 11; 10. Celtic.

True or False ("The Q Train")
1. A flue is a part of a chimney that directs smoke out of the house.
2. The real name of author Anne Rice is actually Howard Allen O'Brien.
3. The jerk style of cooking meat originated in Cuba.
4. Milk Duds are actually chocolate-covered caramels.
5. The sclera is a dense membrane located at the brain.
6. George Foreman actually named all five of his sons after himself.
7. Joan of Arc's nationality was actually English.
8. Mark McGwire was named 1987 Rookie of the Year while playing for the Oakland A's.
9. Jack Nicholson won an Oscar for Best Actor for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
10. James Madison was John Adams' vice-president.

Answers: 1. true; 2. true; 3. false, it began in Jamaica; 4. true; 5. false, it's found at the eyes; 6. true; 7. false, she was French; 8. true; 9. true; 10. false, Thomas Jefferson was his vice president.

General Knowledge
1. What color is the border of a standard US stop sign?
2. The 1995 movie "Clueless" is loosely based on what classic novel?
3. What type of weapon would you put into a scabbard for safekeeping?
4. The North Star is also known by what name?
5. Which composer wrote the concertos called "The Four Seasons?"
6. What was the name of the character who shot J.R. in the 1980 season finale of Dallas?
7. Produced in 1455 by Johann Gutenberg, what was the first book printed in Europe?
8. What NFL team celebrates touchdowns at home games by performing "The Lambeau Leap?"
9. In what game must players stay behind a line called an "oche?"
10. What 2001 movie held its premier on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis?

Answers: 1. white; 2. "Emma;" 3. sword; 4. Polaris; 5. Vivaldi; 6. Kristen; 7. The Bible; 8. Green Bay Packers; 9. darts; 10. "Pearl Harbor."

IQ Trivia
1. By definition, a person studying campanology is interested in what? (5 points)
2. When asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, what explorer said, "Because it's there"? (6 points)
3. What is the name of the dog that is one of the tokens in the board game Monopoly? (5 points)
4. In which Asian country is the home of the Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydroelectric project in history? (4 points)
5. In 1974, dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov defected to the West while on tour in which country? (5 points)

Answers: 1. bells; 2. George Mallory; 3. Scotty; 4. China; 5. Canada.

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