Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Trivia Q&A: February 5

It was another huge night of Trivia on Tuesday night, as 22 teams took part. The scores were generally good for True or False and General Knowledge, but Grammy Awards Trivia's numbers were not nearly as good. We had six teams with at least 30 points heading into IQ Trivia, and they were separated by only three points.

A group new to Tuesday Night Trivia called The Panty Droppers led for most of the evening, but slipped into second going into the last round. But they rebounded nicely, getting all 25 points in IQ Trivia, to take the crown by a full eleven points. My congratulations to them on their victory.

Current Events
1. NASA announced that they will beam this appropriately titled Beatles song throughout the galaxy to Polaris, the North Star, this week, and it will take over 431 years for it to reach its destination.
2. This Hollywood star was acquitted on tax fraud charges last week, but was found guilty on three counts of failing to file a tax return.
3. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen claimed recently that the genetic lineage of all people with eye color can be traced back to a single ancestor.
4. According to a recent poll in the UK, 58% of Britons surveyed said they thought this legendary fictional literary sleuth actually existed.
5. Google said over the weekend that this computer technology giant's proposed $42 billion acquisition of Yahoo could give it illegal control over the Internet.
6. Within $1 trillion dollars, how large a federal budget did President Bush introduce to Congress on Monday?
7. This automotive giant said last Saturday that it is recalling over 200,000 vehicles for the second time to address concerns about a cruise control deactivation switch.
8. This airline announced that beginning this May it will begin charging domestic fliers to check in a second piece of luggage if they are not part of its frequent flier programs.
9. This city was recently chosen as "America's Unhealthiest City to Commute In" by Forbes magazine.
10. Residents of a small town in this Eastern state will get to vote in March on a measure passed drafting indictments against President Bush and Vice-President Cheney for "crimes against the Constitution."

Answers: 1. "Across the Universe;" 2. Wesley Snipes; 3. blue; 4. Sherlock Holmes; 5. Microsoft; 6. $3.1 trillion; 7. Ford; 8. United; 9. Los Angeles; 10. Vermont.

Grammy Awards Trivia
1. In which city will this year's Grammy Awards be held in? a. Miami; b. New York; c. Los Angeles; d. Nashville.
2. Which rock group has won the most Grammys, with 22, in its history? a. Rolling Stones; b. U2; c. The Who; d. The Beatles.
3. Which individual pop music artist has won the most Grammys? a. Michael Jackson; b. Stevie Wonder; c. Madonna; d. Frank Sinatra.
4. Who won the Grammy for Best New Artist in 2007? a. Carrie Underwood; b. Corinne Bailey Rae; c. James Blunt; d. John Legend.
5. Which of the following artists has never won a Grammy? a. Paul Simon; b. Led Zeppelin; c. Bob Dylan; d. Eric Clapton.
6. Which rock group's LP "Two Against Nature" won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 2001? a. Radiohead; b. Santana; c. Steely Dan; d. REM.
7. Which artist won the award for Best R&B Album in 2007? a. Mary J. Blige; b. John Legend; c. Alicia Keys; d. India Arie.
8. Who was the first rock band, in 1968, to win the Album of the Year Grammy? a. Rolling Stones; b. Blood, Sweat and Tears; c. Simon and Garfunkel; d. The Beatles.
9. True or False: Comedian Bob Newhart once won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
10. Name one of the three music legends who've won the Album of the Year Grammy three times.

Answers: 1. c; 2. b; 3. b; 4. a; 5. b; 6. c; 7. a; 8. d; 9. true; 10. Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon.

True or False ("The Q Train")
1. The island group known as the Azores are found in the Pacific Ocean.
2. Marlon Brando portrayed Superman's father in the 1978 movie, "Superman."
3. The land that makes up the District of Columbia was donated by the state of Virginia.
4. The Ebola virus was named after a river.
5. The Evelyn Wood program is best known for teaching public speaking.
6. A cow has four compartments in its stomach.
7. A male moose sheds its antlers once a year.
8. In 19th century Japan, it was customary for women to dye their teeth black.
9. The primary characteristics of strobe lighting is a reddish glow.
10. Jakob Dylan, son of Bob Dylan, is the lead singer of the band The Wallflowers.

Answers: 1. false, they are in the Atlantic; 2. true; 3. false, Maryland did; 4. true; 5. false, it is speed reading; 6. true; 7. true; 8. true; 9. false, high speed flashing; 10. true.

General Knowledge
1. "Looking glass" is an old fashioned term for what?
2. If you lived in 6th century Europe, what historical time period would you be in?
3. The Broadway musical "Dreamgirls" is most often compared to the story of what real-life singing group?
4. What natural phenomenon produces a feature called "aa"?
5. What is the term for lowland areas, such as swamps and bogs, that are saturated with water?
6. What immortal literary character was created by Edgar Rice Burroughs?
7. The logo for the board game Candy Land consists of letters formed by what candy?
8. In the 1993 movie "Sleepless in Seattle," how does Annie first find out about the widowed Sam?
9. The Rastafarian religion recognizes what African leader as a god?
10. What character, in Shakespeare's "Hamlet," fatally stabs Hamlet with a poisonous sword?

Answers: 1. mirror; 2. The Dark Ages; 3. The Supremes; 4. volcanic eruption; 5. wetlands; 6. Tarzan; 7. candy cane; 8. radio talk show; 9. Haile Selassie; 10. Laertes.

IQ Trivia
1. Gymnophobia means a fear of what? ( 5 points)
2. The Fort McHenry flag that inspired "The Star Spangled Banner" had how many stars? ( 5 points)
3. In 1497, what explorer became the first to sail around Africa to India? ( 4 points)
4. The Credit Mobilier scandal of the 1860s in the US involved corruption in what industry? ( 5 points)
5. In 2000, a 48-foot stretch of what road was brought to the Smithsonian Museum of American history? ( 6 points)

Answers: 1. nakedness; 2. fifteen; 3. Vasco da Gama; 4. railroad; 5. Route 66.

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