Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Trivia Q&A: July 22

We had 13 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, a bit below the number of teams we normally have been getting every Tuesday night. Many of the regulars weren't in last night, and I can imagine they may have been away on vacation or had other events to go to. (Should I be worried? I hope not.)

But we still had a very spirited contest. The reaction to the double points "Movie Villains Trivia" was very good, as many teams got 8 or more points out of a possible 14. The numbers for True or False were very strong, but for General Knowledge were a bit lower. We had nine teams within five points of the lead going into IQ Trivia. The scores in that round were generally good, with most teams getting at least three correct.

But the team known as Batmanny Being Batmanny held off all comers and got 15 points in the final round to secure a victory, and by five points. They did extremely well in Movie Villains Trivia and held the lead for the rest of the night. My congratulations to them on their win.

Current Events
1. This southern state earned the title of "The Fattest State in America," as more than 30% of their adult residents are considered obese.
2. This West Coast city placed five of its high-tech public toilets up for auction on eBay because they attracted too many hookers and drug users.
3. "The worst building in the history of mankind,"an ugly 105-story hotel in this Asian country, is once again under construction after a 16-year lull.
4. A dwarf planet that was discovered in 2005 orbiting beyond Pluto was officially given this name last Saturday.
5. Padraig Harrington won this title for the second consecutive year on Sunday.
6. NBC announced on Monday that this actor/comedian, who will succeed Conan O'Brien next year on "Late Night," will debut his show on the Internet first.
7. Tropical storm Dolly is moving rapidly towards this state, and it just became a hurricane earlier today.

Answers: 1. Mississippi; 2. Seattle; 3. North Korea; 4. Makemake; 5. British Open golf tournament; 6. Jimmy Fallon; 7. Texas.

Movie Villains Trivia

1. Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson)
2. General Zod (Terrence Stamp)
3. Bill "The Butcher" Cutting (Daniel Day-Lewis)
4. Alex Forrest (Glenn Close)
5. Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci)
6. Damon Killian (Richard Dawson)
7. Little Bill Daggett (Gene Hackman)

Answers: 1. "Back to the Future;" 2. "Superman;" 3. "Gangs of New York;" 4. "Fatal Attraction;" 5. "Goodfellas;" 6. "The Running Man;" 7. "Unforgiven."

True or False ("The Q Train")

1. Boll weevils are notorious threats to cotton crops.
2. The futon originated in China.
3. The action in the film "Casablanca" takes place in Morocco.
4. Mastercard, in 1950, was America's first nationally accepted credit card.
5. Actress Courteney Cox once appeared in one of Rod Stewart's music videos.
6. The prefix "pan" means "all."
7. The geyser Old Faithful is found at Yosemite National Park.
8. Three Mile Island power plant is located in Pennsylvania.
9. Gibraltar is a colony of Spain.
10. Biceps work in conjunction with triceps to bend and unbend the elbow.

Answers: 1. true; 2. false, Japan; 3. true; 4. false, Diner's Club; 5. false, she was in a Bruce Springsteen video; 6. true; 7. false, Yellowstone; 8. true; 9. false, Great Britain; 10. true.

General Knowledge

1. The 1948 Cole Porter musical "Kiss Me Kate" incorporates which of Shakespeare's plays?
2. What style of music, popular in Louisiana, is a blend of Cajun music and blues?
3. What does the medical instrument called a sphygmomanometer measure?
4. The currently minted US five-cent coin is primarily made up of what metal?
5. In what war did the notorious pirate Jean Laffite fight?
6. Under which president did Bruce Babbitt serve as Secretary of the Interior?
7. What actress was often referred to as the "First Lady of the American Theatre?"

Answers: 1. "The Taming of the Shrew;" 2. zydeco; 3. blood pressure; 4. copper; 5. War of 1812; 6. Bill Clinton; 7. Helen Hayes.

IQ Trivia

1. According to Greek myth, how many labors was Hercules made to perform? ( 4 points)
2. What singer, struggling with tax debt, titled an album "Who'll Buy My Memories: The IRS Tapes?" ( 3 points)
3. According to the Old Testament, which prophet is taken up to heaven in a chariot of fire? ( 5 points)
4. What engineer designed the iron frame for the Statue of Liberty? ( 4 points)
5. Phalanges are found in what part of the human body? ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. twelve; 2. Willie Nelson; 3. Elijah; 4. Gustave Eiffel; 5. the fingers (hands).

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