Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Trivia Q&A: October 7

We had just eight teams for Trivia Night on Tuesday, as the presidential debate kept many people away, and presumably home in front of their TVs. I didn't know ahead of time, but the debate was on in the bar, and above in The Loft as well. (We kept the sound on as we played, and it wasn't a distraction at all.)

The numbers overall were pretty good throughout the night, as I think I may have made some of the questions a bit too easy. But it was very close throughout, and we had five of the eight within two points of the lead going into the IQ Trivia round. The leader going into that round, Iconoclasts, ran the table and got 20 points and wound up the winners, and took the title by 10 points. Congratulations to Rob and his friends on a great win.

I want to let all of you know that next week, Trivia Night will move over to Wednesday, October 15th at 9 PM, as the Red Sox-Rays ALCS Game 4 will be on Tuesday, and the bar will be packed, so Trivia has to move. But it will be just for next week only, as it will go back to Tuesday the next week. I also discovered that the next presidential debate will be next Wednesday as well, but it will again be broadcast in the bar (with the sound), so I hope many of you can come out and catch the debate as well as play Trivia next Wednesday.

Current Events
1. The capital of this South American country was just named "the murder capital of the world," with 130 murders per 100,000 people.
2. Court papers released last week revealed that this Hollywood actress once diagnosed her young son's constipation as a spinal condition and a judge ruled her ex-husband more capable of raising their young son.
3. House Peters Jr., a longtime character actor who gained fame as this bald-headed commercial character, died last week at age 92.
4. The US Senate passed the civilian nuclear agreement between the US and this Asian country by a vote of 86-13 last week.
5. This company agreed to pay $14.8 billion for the struggling back Wachovia, but federal regulators insist that Citigroup's lower-price takeover offer go forward.
6. Forbes magazine recently ranked this midwestern city as "the most stressful city in America to live in."
7. The original store of this ice cream chain closed its doors last Sunday in Hartsdale, NY after being at its original location for 72 years.

Answers: 1. Venezuela; 2. Sharon Stone; 3. Mr. Clean; 4. India; 5. Wells Fargo; 6. Chicago; 7. Carvel.

Foreigners Who Became Americans Trivia
1. Nicole Kidman
2. Albert Einstein
3. Charlize Theron
4. David Ortiz
5. Irving Berlin
6. Alanis Morissette
7. Knute Rockne

Answers: 1. Australia; 2. Germany; 3. South Africa; 4. Dominican Republic; 5. Russia; 6. Canada; 7. Norway.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Christian missionaries once considered Hawaiian hula dancing to be evil.
2. Harry Houdini once worked as a spy.
3. Ginsu knives, advertised on late night TV, were actually made in Japan.
4. The "S" in Harry S. Truman stood for Simpson.
5. The Petronas Towers, the world's tallest building, is located in Indonesia.
6. An exacta is a horse racing bet picking the top two finishers in a race.
7. Johnny Carson's longtime theme song was "Thanks For the Memory."
8. The Solomon Islands are located off the coast of South America.
9. The African continent has three nations with monarchies.
10. Winston Churchill was once made an honorary citizen of the US.

Answers: 1. true; 2. true; 3. false, they were made in Ohio; 4. false, it stood for nothing; 5. false, it is in Malaysia; 6. true; 7. false, it was Bob Hope's; 8. false, it is off the coast of Australia; 9. true; 10. true.

General Knowledge
1. Who was the author of "Gulliver's Travels?"
2. What is the state of Maine's most populous city?
3. What massive African lake was discovered by the British in 1858?
4. What adjective is used in geometry to describe angles between 90 and 180 degrees?
5. What famous airplane dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan in 1945?
6. What rough wall surface is created by adding pebbles to mortar?
7. What Israeli agency engages in counter terrorism and intelligence collection?

Answers: 1. Jonathan Swift; 2. Portland; 3. Victoria; 4. obtuse; 5. Enola Gay; 6. stucco; 7. Mossad.

IQ Trivia
1. What jukebox company's most famous model is nicknamed "The Bubbler?" ( 5 points)
2. Since 1949, what immortal writer's grave has been visited annually by a masked stranger with roses and cognac? ( 4 points)
3. "Banker," "player" and "tie" are the only three possible outcomes in what casino card game? ( 4 points)
4. In 2001, businessman Dennis Tito paid $20 million to do what? ( 3 points)
5. What children's charity was founded in 1947 and is run by the US Marine Corps Reserve? ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. Wurlitzer; 2. Edgar Allan Poe; 3. baccarat; 4. fly in space; 5. Toys For Tots.

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