Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Trivia Q&A: October 21

We had 12 teams in for Trivia Night, with a few of the Trivia Night regulars back on Tuesday night. It was nice to see them back. The numbers were pretty low for Current Events, as I may have made it a little too difficult. The scores improved as the night went on, as we had teams with perfect scores in the next three rounds.

The scores were close throughout, as going into IQ Trivia we had seven teams within five points of the lead. But one of those teams got four of the five questions correct, which was good for 16 points. The team of Joba Is My Designated Driver Tonight wound up winning by three points. My congratulations to them on their victory.

Current Events
1. This country singer apologized to her Christian fans last week after she gave a recent interview saying she believes she's been reincarnated.
2. According to a recent article by, jobs in this industry had the highest fatality rate of any job in America: 112 deaths per 100,000 workers.
3. Levi Stubbs, who was the lead singer of this legendary R&B group in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died last Friday at the age of 72.
4. For the 16th consecutive year, Conde Nast Traveler magazine selected this western city as the best US city to visit.
5. The government of this country recently announced they will cease excuting minors who commit crimes in that country.
6. Frank (Lefty) Rosenthal, a Chicago-born sports handicapper whose story was the basis for this hit 1995 movie, died last week at the age of 79 at his Florida home.
7. Name 2 of the 5 countries that were elected recently to two-year terms by the UN General Assembly to the Security Council. (a bonus point for each country after naming the first two)

Answers: 1. Reba McEntire; 2. fishing; 3. The Four Tops; 4. San Francisco; 5. Iran; 6. "Casino;" 7. Turkey, Austria, Japan, Uganda, Turkey.

October 21st Trivia
1. In 1959, this famous NYC museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opens for the first time.
2. On this day in 1945, women were allowed to vote for the first time in this western European country.
3. This novelist and poet, best known for his book "On The Road," died on this day in 1969.
4. Jim Garrison, an attorney who was the central character of this 1991 movie, died on this day in 1992.
5. Charlotte Caffey, a guitarist from this 1980s female band, was born on this day in 1953.
6. The Dayton Agreement, a peace agreement that ended the war in this European country, was signed on this date in 1995.
7. On this date in 2001, the "United We Stand" concert, benefitting the September 11 victims, was headlined and organized in Washington DC by this pop singer.

Answers: 1. Guggenheim; 2. France; 3. Jack Kerouac; 4. "JFK;" 5. The Go-Go's; 6. Bosnia; 7. Michael Jackson.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Molasses is added to brown sugar to give it its color.
2. A group of whales are usually referred to as a troop.
3. The state of Virginia was named in honor of Britain's Queen Elizabeth I.
4. The first series of MTV's "The Real World" took place in Los Angeles.
5. A shark has compound eyes.
6. Martin Luther wrote his "95 Theses" in the 16th century.
7. Tiger Woods' real birth name was Eldrick.
8. Australia is the world's second-largest country in terms of land area after Russia.
9. Type O is the most common blood type in humans.
10. Only one word in the English language rhymes with "silver."

Answers: 1. true; 2. false, it's a pod; 3. true; 4. false, it was in New York; 5. false, it doesn't; 6. true; 7. true; 8. false, Canada is second; 9. true; 10. false, none do.

General Knowledge
1. What school was founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881?
2. What year was nicknamed "The Summer of Love?"
3. What synonym for chaos comes from a Greek word meaning "without a ruler?"
4. A myocardial infarction is better known as what?
5. What legendary athlete produces a line of clothing featuring a logo with a golden bear?
6. What Chinese game of tiles became a US craze in the 1920s?
7. What was the name of the first manned vehicle to touch down on the moon?

Answers: 1. Tuskegee Institute; 2. 1967; 3. anarchy; 4. heart attack; 5. Jack Nicklaus; 6. mah-jongg; 7. Eagle.

IQ Trivia
1. Who wrote the lyrics to "The Battle Hymn of the Republic?" ( 3 points)
2. What artist gained fame for his series of paintings of California swimming pools? ( 5 points)
3. What famous rock frontman attended The London School of Economics? (4 points)
4. What is the more well-known name of the island called Rapa Nui? ( 4 points)
5. What Shakespeare character says, "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark?" ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. Julia Ward Howe; 2. David Hockney; 3. Mick Jagger; 4. Easter Island; 5. Marcellus.

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