Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Trivia Q&A: May 27

We had 14 teams in for Trivia Night on Tuesday night, as the crowd was a lot less, probably due to the Memorial Day holiday weekend. But some of the regulars were in attendance, and that was good to see.

The numbers from the first two rounds may have been some of the lowest scores ever, but it still made for a competitive game. (The low numbers might have been due mostly to the questions being a bit harder.) We had seven teams within five points of the lead heading into IQ Trivia, and the numbers in that round were actually quite good, with two teams getting perfect scores of 20.

But the team of Squeaky Wheels ended up victorious, as they had the lead most of the night and ran the table in the final round. Congratulations to them on their win.

We return to normal time next week, 9 PM for Trivia next Tuesday night, June 3.

Current Events
1. According to Relocate-America.com's annual list, this southern city is, for the second year in a row, the top city in the US to live.
2. Caladesi Island, in this US state, was recently named as "the best beach in America" for 2008 by a respected university professor's survey, a man nicknamed "Mr. Beach."
3. Forbes Traveler magazine ranked this place as The Most Visited Memorial in America, as it receives more than 4 million visitors annually.
4. This NASA space probe successfully landed on Mars on Sunday, the first successfully powered descent on the planet in over 30 years.
5. Former Republican Congressman Bob Barr was chosen as this independent party's 2008 presidential candidate yesterday.
6. Paul McCartney was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree by this prestigious eastern US university on Monday.
7. Scott Dixon, who hails from this country, was the winner of the 92nd Indianapolis 500 race this past Sunday.

Answers: 1. Charlotte, NC; 2. Florida; 3. Arlington National Cemetery; 4. Phoenix; 5. Libertarian Party; 6. Yale University; 7. Australia.

1960s Trivia

1. The Stonewall riots in New York City mark the start of the modern gay rights movement in the US, occur on June 28 of this year.
2. The Beatles play their last concert, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, on August 29 of this year.
3. Sen. Robert Kennedy is shot and killed by an assassin's bullet while running for president, on June 5 of this year.
4. On February 20 of this year, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth, in Friendship 7.
5. Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy participate in the first televised presidential debate, on September 26 of this year.
6. Shea Stadium opens in Flushing, NY on April 17, with the Mets losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3.
7. "The Summer of Love" occurs in the summer of this year, when the hippie counterculture movement comes into public awareness.

Answers: 1. 1969; 2. 1966; 3. 1968; 4. 1962; 5. 1960; 6. 1964; 7. 1967.

True or False ("The Q Train")

1. The state of Alabama does not border the Gulf of Mexico.
2. "The Red October" from the film "The Hunt for Red October" was a nuclear submarine.
3. The Earth is divided in 24 standard time zones.
4. The 1973 film "American Graffiti" takes place over the course of just one night.
5. Australia is the largest country by area in Britain's Commonwealth of Nations.
6. In mechanics, applying tourque to an object will cause it to bounce.
7. Before the 20th amendment was enacted, US presidents officially took office in the month of March.
8. In the 2001 movie "Shrek," Shrek's sidekick is a bear.
9. The process of splitting the nucleus of an atom is called fusion.
10. An inglenook is a recess found besides a fireplace.

Answers: 1. false, it does; 2. true; 3. true; 4. true; 5. false, Canada is; 6. false, it rotates; 7. true; 8. false, he's a donkey; 9. false, it's called fission; 10. true.

General Knowledge

1. In the 1990 movie "Edward Scissorhands," Edward excels at what garden art?
2. What country refers to its organized crime as the "yakuza?"
3. According to the classic TV commercial, "Even kids with chickenpox" love what?
4. Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen was the leader of what band of soldiers?
5. The name of what art form comes from the Greek word meaning "to draw with light?"
6. In a famous 1988 episode, what talk show host had his nose broken by one of his guests?
7. In what play does a character declare, "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers?"

Answers: 1. topiary; 2. Japan; 3. Armour Hot Dogs; 4. Green Mountain Boys; 5. photography; 6. Geraldo Rivera; 7. "A Streetcar Named Desire."

IQ Trivia

1. Franklin W. Dixon is the pseudonym for the writer of what popular children's book series? ( 5 points)
2. What kind of tree appears on the official flag of Lebanon? ( 4 points)
3. What is "bovine spongiform encephalopathy" commonly called? ( 4 points)
4. What is the easternmost US state capital? ( 3 points)
5. In which opera does the character of Mimi die at the end? ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. "The Hardy Boys;" 2. cedar; 3. mad cow disease; 4. Augusta, ME; 5. "La Boheme."

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