We had 13 teams in for Trivia Night last night, and a large, lively crowd as well. We had a couple of teams with clever names ridiculing the disgraced governor of Illinois. (We always get some original team names based on what's currently happening in the world.) There was some good scores for True or False Trivia and General Knowledge, but the numbers for England Trivia could only be said to be fair. (A number of the Trivia regulars who are British were noticeably missing, and I later learned they were off at a Christmas party last night. Sorry guys.)
There was a slight bit of controversy in the General Knowledge round. I asked a question about what an official statement from the Pope was called, and I was looking for "papal bull." But another term called "motu proprio" was answered by three teams, and it was pointed out to me that was also a Papal statement as well. (I also accepted "edict.") So I gave those teams credit for it as well.
We had a close match going into IQ Trivia with the leading team out in front by five points. But only one team got as many as four of the five questions correct, and it was the second place team, I Wish This Microphone..., and they jumped over the leaders to win by three points. It was a tough IQ Trivia round, as only one other team got as many as three right.
Congratulations to the winners, as it was the first win by I Wish This Microphone, a Trivia Night regular team, in quite a while. Good job guys.
1. This troubled pop singer's name was the number one searched words for 2008 in Yahoo search engines.
2. Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's "Hardball," is rumored to planning to run for the US Senate in 2010 as a Democrat from this Eastern state.
3. A recent poll at CampbellsKitchen.com selected this meat as "America's Most Hated Food."
4. This Southern state replaced Mississippi as "the unhealthiest US state" due to its high obesity and smoking rates.
5. The lead singer of this country group is being sued for defamation over statements made about the stepfather of a young boy who was murdered in Arkansas in 1993.
6. Paul Benedict, who plated Harry Bentley on this TV sitcom in the 1970s and '80s, died last Friday at the age of 70.
7. A cholera outbreak in this African nation has resulted in hundreds of deaths and over 10,000 people infected since August, and continues to spread.
Answers: 1. Britney Spears; 2. Pennsylvania; 3. liver; 4. Louisiana; 5. The Dixie Chicks; 6. "The Jeffersons;" 7. Zimbabwe.
1. What is the second largest city in England by population, after London? a. Liverpool; b. Manchester; c. Birmingham; d. Newcastle.
2. What English soccer team did David Beckham play for before going to Spain and then to the USA? a. Chelsea; b. Arsenal; c. Liverpool; d. Manchester United.
3. What is the name of the statue in the middle of Piccadilly Circus? a. Eros; b. Disraeli; c. Victoria; d. Churchill.
4. After passing through London, the River Thames flows into which body of water? a. Atlantic Ocean; b. English Channel; c. Baltic Sea; d. North Sea.
5. Where is the Chamber of Horrors located? a. Tower of London; b. Madame Tussaud's; c. British Museum; d. Barbican.
6. Which English actor has played such diverse roles in films such as Sid Vicious, Dracula, and Lee Harvey Oswald? a. Joseph Fiennes; b. Brian Cox; c. Gary Oldman; d. Bob Hoskins.
7. In which London park is Speaker's Corner found? a. Hyde Park; b. Regent's Park; c. Kensington Gardens; d. Green Park.
Answers: 1. c; 2. d; 3. a; 4. d; 5. b; 6. c; 7. a.
True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Sulfur in its solid form is usually colored yellow.
2. In 1947, the Marshall Plan was introduced to economically rebuild Japan.
3. The board game Life was revised in the 1990s to reward players for recycling trash and helping the homeless.
4. The Whale Shark is the largest fish in the world.
5. A mulligan is a do-over in golf.
6. San Juan, Puerto Rico is the largest city in the Caribbean.
7. The solar plexus are located in the pelvic region of the human body.
8. "May Day" originally comes from the French meaning "help me."
9. "Yankee Doodle Dandy" was originally written by the British during the Revolutionary War to mock the Americans.
10. The Broadway musical "Spamalot" was written and created by Monty Python member John Cleese.
Answers: 1. true; 2. false, Europe; 3. true; 4. true; 5. true; 6. false, it is Havana; 7. false, stomach; 8. true; 9. true; 10. false, Eric Idle.
1. The first Winter Olympics took place in 1924 in what country?
2. A portobello is a popular type of what food?
3. What was the relationship between US presidents William and Benjamin Harrison?
4. In 1996, the school board of Oakland, CA proposed the official recognition of what dialect?
5. The carotid arteries bring blood to what part of the human body?
6. An official statement issued by the Pope is called what?
7. Newton's Second Law of Motion states that force = mass times what?
Answers: 1. France; 2. mushroom; 3. grandfather and grandson; 4. ebonics; 5. head; 6. papal bull/motu proprio; 7. acceleration.
1. Within five, how many signatures are on the Declaration of Independence? ( 4 points)
2. In 1997, who became the first person named an honorary veteran of the Armed Forces by Congress? ( 3 points)
3. The 2002 novel "A Thousand Country Roads" was written as an epilogue to what bestselling book? ( 5 points)
4. What North American city, after New York City, has the largest population of foreign-born citizens? ( 4 points)
5. What Asian country conducted its first nuclear test explosion in 1974 under the code name "Smiling Buddah?" ( 4 points)
Answers: 1. fifty-six; 2. Bob Hope; 3. "The Bridges of Madison County;" 4. Toronto; 5. India.