Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Trivia Q&A: September 2

Trivia Night was back on Tuesday, and many of the regulars returned, which was good to see. We had 17 teams turn out. We also had a recurring theme with some of the team names, as Sarah Palin's pregnant daughter Bristol was part of three teams. Everyone's a comedian I guess.

The scores were generally very good, and the Presidential Candidates Trivia had some good numbers, and True Or False Trivia had even stronger numbers. We had six teams within six points of the lead going into IQ Trivia. And we had an unusual occurrence in that round, as almost all the teams got the five point question right, and NO ONE got the three point question correct. (I thought most people might know about musical chairs once being called Going to Jerusalem, but I was sure wrong.)

The second place team, Alaskans for Abstinence (the night's theme once again), hopped over the leaders going into IQ Trivia, as they got 4 of the 5 questions right (missing the musical chairs one of course) to win by three points. My congratulations to Matt and his friends for winning yet again.

Current Events
1. This world leader was recently selected as Forbes Magazine's Most Powerful Woman in their yearly survey.
2. This 1970s sitcom star was arrested last week at the Los Angeles airport on charges of possession of heroin and cocaine.
3. This seating section in a classic ball park was voted the number one best seats in baseball in a recent USA Today poll of fans.
4. This 48-year-old Hollywood actor entered a rehab clinic for sex addiction last week, and he ironically plays a sex-obsessed character on a cable TV show.
5. Libya was compensated over $5 billion by this European country over the forced colonization it did there during the 1910s.
6. This singer/mogul posted a YouTube video last week complaining about the price of gas and pleaded for free oil with his "Saudi Arabia brothers and sisters" and that he has to fly commercial and not in private jets anymore.
7. The blockbuster film "The Dark Knight" became just the second movie in history to reach this dollar number in US domestic box office this past weekend.

Answers: 1. Angela Merkel; 2. Mackenzie Phillips; 3. Green Monster Seats at Fenway Park; 4. David Duchovny; 5. Italy; 6. Sean Diddy Combs; 7. $500 million.

Presidential Candidates Trivia
1. Who was the last incumbent US senator to win the presidency? a. Richard Nixon; b. FDR; c. JFK; d. Warren G. Harding.
2. From which US state was Robert Kennedy a senator when he ran for president in 1968? a. Massachusetts; b. New York; c. Maryland; d. Rhode Island.
3. In which year did Joe Biden, current vice-presidential candidate, first run for the presidency? a. 1988; b. 1992; c. 1996; d. 2004.
4. John McCain was born outside the continental US. Where was he born? a. Hawaii; b. Guam; c. Panama Canal Zone; d. Germany.
5. Which presidential candidate did Geraldine Ferraro run for vice-president with? a. Jimmy Carter; b. Michael Dukakis; c. Ted Kennedy; d. Walter Mondale.
6. Who was the oldest person to get a major party's nomination for president? a. Ronald Reagan; b. John McCain; c. FDR; d. Bob Dole.
7. What university did Barack Obama graduate from in 1983 with a BA degree in Political Science? a. Yale; b. Columbia; c. NYU; d. U. of Illinois.

Answers: 1. c; 2. b; 3. a; 4. c; 5. d; 6. a; 7. b.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. White blood cells are also known as leukocytes.
2. Hillary Clinton was the most searched politician on Yahoo in 2006.
3. Beavers were once the size of bears.
4. Wisconsin is known as "The Land of 10 Thousand Lakes."
5. Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut is the largest casino in the world by floor space.
6. "Benjamins" is a slang term for $100 bills.
7. Felipe Calderon became president of Mexico in 2006.
8. In the restaurant industry, the number 69 is used for an item that is out of stock.
9. The Chrysler Building in New York is an example of Art Deco architecture.
10. A regular Ritz cracker has six holes.

Answers: 1. true; 2. false, it was President Bush; 3. true; 4. false, it is Minnesota's nickname; 5. true; 6. true; 7. true; 8. false, it is 86; 9. true; 10. false, it has seven.

General Knowledge
1. What ancient roadway stretched from Rome to Brindisi?
2. John F. Kennedy stockpiled what item for his own personal use just prior to signing the Cuban trade embargo in 1962?
3. What Russian space station ended its 15-year journey in space in 2001?
4. What former Secretary of State issued the 2006 Iraq Study Group report?
5. What bacteria is responsible for typhoid fever?
6. What is currently the English language's oldest encyclopedia?
7. What medical procedure is also known as Renal Replacement Therapy?

Answers: 1. Appian Way; 2. cigars; 3. Mir; 4. James Baker; 5. salmonella; 6. Encyclopedia Britannica; 7. dialysis.

IQ Trivia
1. Which two students were convicted for the infamous 1924 murder of Bobby Franks? ( 4 points)
2. What popular children's game was once known as "Going to Jerusalem?" ( 3 points)
3. What classical Indo-European language is still used religiously in Buddhism and Hinduism? ( 5 points)
4. Officials with a "franking" privilege are allowed to do what at no charge? ( 4 points)
5. In 2006, who released the album called "An Other Cup," his first album since 1978? (4 points)

Answers: 1. Leopold and Loeb; 2. musical chairs; 3. Sanskrit; 4. post mail; 5. Cat Stevens (aka Yusuf Islam).

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