Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Trivia Q&A: October 9

We had 9 teams in for Trivia Night on Tuesday. It was a rather slow night due to the rain and the fact there were no baseball or football games to bring more patrons in. But we still had an enjoyable round of Trivia nevertheless.

Presidential Nicknames Trivia actually went down rather well, as most teams did pretty respectably, and one had a perfect score. We were finally able to have a full five round contest, after two weeks of having to cut the games short. It was close going into the final round, but previous winners I Wish This Microphone... came from three points down and wound up winning by two points.

Once again a reminder about next week. Because there will be a Game 4 of the ALCS next Tuesday night (and a huge throng of Red Sox fans will be in attendance at Thom's), Trivia Night will be moved to Wednesday, October 17, at 9 PM. It will once again go back to Tuesday again the following week.

Current Events
1. One person died and over 200 people were treated for exhaustion during the running of a marathon in this American city on Sunday.
2. British PM Gordon Brown announced that the UK troop numbers in Iraq will be cut in half to this number by next spring.
3. On Monday, Mario Capecchi, Martin Evans and Oliver Smithies were all awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in this field.
4. Pervez Musharraf won elections to remain president of this Asian country, but the legality of his candidacy is still to be determined.
5. A sheriff's deputy killed six people in this Midwestern state on Sunday before killing himself after a manhunt.
6. This blonde bombshell got married for the third time this past weekend in Las Vegas to man who once made a sex videotape with Paris Hilton.
7. Vandals punched a four inch hole in a Claude Monet painting in a museum in this European city last week.
8. This college football team, a 40-point favorite, were upset by Stanford, 24-23 at home last Saturday night.
9. This Disney comedy was the number one film in the US again this past week, taking in over $16 million.
10. A new book written about this famous late comic-strip writer has painted him as a depressed, cold and bitter man despite his worldwide fame.

Answers: 1. Chicago; 2. 2,500; 3. medicine; 4. Pakistan; 5. Wisconsin; 6. Pamela Anderson; 7. Paris; 8. USC Trojans; 9. "The Game Plan;" 10. Charles Schulz.

Presidential Nicknames
1."The Rough Rider"
2. "The Accidental President"
3. "The Sage of Mt. Vernon"
4. "Old Hickory"
5. "The New Dealer"
6. "The Rail Splitter"
7. "Bubba"
8. "Old Tippecanoe"
9. "Unconditional Surrender"
10. "The Great Communicator"

Answers: 1. Teddy Roosevelt; 2. Gerald Ford; 3. George Washington; 4. Andrew Jackson; 5. Franklin D. Roosevelt; 6. Abraham Lincoln; 7. Bill Clinton; 8. William Henry Harrison; 9. Ulysses S. Grant; 10. Ronald Reagan.

True or False ("The Q Train")
1. The part of an orange known as the "zest" is the peel.
2. The filaments of most incandescent light bulbs are made of titanium.
3. The grooves on the top of a Phillips head screw form a cross.
4. The US Air Force Academy is located in Biloxi, Mississippi.
5. Naan is a traditional bread of India.
6. Robert Ludlum created the fictional detective Mike Hammer.
7. The Declaration of Independence begins with the words, "We the People."
8. Lake Powell, Lake Mead, and Lake Havasu are all reservoirs along the Colorado River.
9. Only 12 men ever set foot on the moon.
10. The Brooklyn Bridge took over 14 years to complete.

Answers: 1. true; 2. false, tungsten; 3. true; 4. false, it's in Colorado Springs, CO; 5. true; 6. false, Mickey Spillane did; 7. false, it's the start of the US Constitution; 8. true; 9. true; 10. true.

General Knowledge
1. A popular series of inspirational books offers up what food "For the Soul?"
2. Someone performing a "sun salutation" or a "downward facing dog" is engaged in what activity?
3. Where is the so-called "Borscht Belt?"
4. What sketch comedy TV show featured the catch phrase "two snaps up?"
5. American Eric Heiden won Olympic Gold medals in what sport?
6. The music video for what Madonna song mimics a scene from the 1953 film, "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes?"
7. Pieces of what US space station crashed to Earth in 1979?
8. What three-digit exchange is most commonly used for fake telephone numbers mentioned on TV?
9. Who was president of the United States during World War I?
10. What fruit contains an enzyme that is used as a meat tenderizer?

Answers: 1. Chicken soup; 2. yoga; 3. The Catskills; 4. "In Living Color;" 5. speed skating; 6. "Material Girl;" 7. Skylab; 8. 555; 9. Woodrow Wilson; 10. papaya.

IQ Trivia

1. What is the word for "a ring of coral islands that surrounds a lagoon?"(5 points)
2. In the book and the movie, "The Talented Mr. Ripley," what is Mr. Ripley's first name? (5 points)
3. Of Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin, which one signed both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution? (4 points)
4. A statue of what Hans Christian Andersen character sits along Copenhagen's harbor? (6 points)
5. Which rock star was born Brian Warner? (5 points)

Answers: 1. atoll; 2. Thomas; 3. Ben Franklin; 4. The Little Mermaid; 5. Marilyn Manson.

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