Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Trivia Q&A: January 13

We had another huge crowd for Trivia Night on Tuesday night, and also a record number of teams taking part, 26, breaking the old record by one. Thank you all for setting this mark with your support.

The scores throughout the night were fairly strong. We had perfect scores in every round but IQ trivia, and more than one in all but General Knowledge.

It was so close throughout the night, but the team of Seven Days Until the Oval Office Gets Waxed emerged victorious and by just one point. The scores in IQ Trivia were exceptionally strong, and not one team got the Robinson Crusoe question correct. But many got at least 3 or 4 correct.

Congratulations to Matt and his crew on another close victory.

Current Events
1. This rock star is planning to hold a benefit for Hillary Clinton on January 15th to help her erase her campaign debt from her failed presidential bid.
2. This film won five awards at The People's Choice Awards last week, all five it was nominated for including cast and action movie.
3. This piece of real estate was named "The Most Expensive Home in America" as Zillow.com estimated it is worth about $308 million.
4. The producers of this TV show put a warning on their web site alerting the public that a sweepstakes involving the show by email is a fraud.
5. This controversial conservative author was bumped from the Today Show last week and it's been reported that the author was "banned for life" by NBC and its cable outlets.
6. An online betting service, Americasline.com, has this onetime presidential candidate as a 5-1 favorite to be the 2012 Republican presidential nominee.
7. A British study claims that playing this video game after traumatic events appears to reduce flashbacks that plague victims of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Answers: 1. Jon Bon Jovi; 2. "The Dark Knight;" 3. The White House; 4. "American Idol;" 5. Ann Coulter; 6. Mitt Romney; 7. Tetris.

January 13th Trivia
1. This country music legend, in 1968, performed on this date at Folsom Prison in California, leading to an amazing comeback to his career.
2. On this date in 1990, Douglas Wilder became the first black elected governor of this Southern state.
3. Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II, became archbishop of this European city in 1964.
4. This country apologized to South Korea for forcing Korean women into slavery during WWII on this date in 1992.
5. This actor, best known for his dramatic roles in movies and TV shows like "The Untouchables" but also did a great comic turn in the film "Airplane", was born on this date in 1919.
6. This man, who was the 38th Vice President of the United States as well as a US senator from Minnesota, died on this date in 1978.
7. This Irish writer, best known for his novels "Ulysses" and "Finnegan's Wake," died on this date in 1941.

Answers: 1. Johnny Cash; 2. Virginia; 3. Krakow, Poland; 4. Japan; 5. Robert Stack; 6. Hubert Humphrey; 7. James Joyce.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. A broken chain lies at the feet of the Statue of Liberty.
2. Corn is the main ingredient in a pilaf dish.
3. "It's the economy stupid" was a slogan of Bill Clinton's presidential campaign.
4. The blue and yellow in IKEA's logo are meant to represent the nation of Sweden.
5. In the comic strip "Dilbert" Dilbert is an accountant.
6. On "Star Trek," Captain James Kirk's middle name is Tecumseh.
7. Brioche is a kind of bread.
8. Bunny suits are worn by workers in microchip production.
9. When Sir Edmund Hillary conquered Mt. Everest in 1953, he brought one drink with him: Ovaltine.
10. Sweden was the first country to recognize the United States' independence.

Answers: 1. true; 2. false, rice; 3. true; 4. true; 5. false, engineer; 6. false, Tiberius; 7. true; 8. true; 9. true; 10. false, Netherlands.

General Knowledge
1. What online retailer was founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994?
2. What was the name of explorer Jacques Cousteau's expedition boat?
3. What pink novelty toy are American soldiers in Iraq using to spot trip wires?
4. What type of presidential veto was deemed unconstitutional in 1998?
5. In the human body, adrenal glands are perched atop what organs?
6. Who did Sherlock Holmes refer to as "The Napoleon of crime?"
7. What was the name of the battle cry of the Confederate soldiers in the Civil War?

Answers: 1. Amazon.com; 2. Calypso; 3. Silly String; 4. line item veto; 5. kidneys; 6. Professor Moriarty; 7. rebel yell.

IQ Trivia
1. The fictional character Robinson Crusoe was shipwrecked for 28 years off the coast of what country? ( 4 points)
2. Who was the Greek god of wine? ( 4 points)
3. What Soviet premier authorized the building of the Berlin Wall? ( 3 points)
4. What Eastern European city hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics? ( 4 points)
5. What was the name of the huge protest on Washington, DC on Mother's Day 2000 over the lack of meaningful gun laws? ( 5 points)

Answers: 1. Venezuela; 2. Dionysis; 3. Nikita Khruschev; 4. Sarajevo; 5. The Million Mom March.

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