Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Trivia Q&A: April 21

We had 16 teams in for Trivia Night, and we had a good crowd despite the fact the Red Sox game at Fenway against the Minnesota Twins was rained out. We got going at the normal time, and had a good evening of Trivia, with a number of folks who joined us for the very first time.

It was very close throughout the night, and we had some strong scores in both April 21 Trivia and True or False. But IQ Trivia proved to be a lot harder, as we had only three of the teams getting as many as three of the five questions right. But one of those teams, Aashray Kannan (who was in second going into the final round) wound up winning by just a single point.

It was their first night at Trivia Night and I congratulate them on their win.

Current Events
1. This standup comedian/actor was ranked number 7 on California's "Top 250 Tax Scofflaws" list just released, as he owes 42.6 million in state taxes, making him the top celebrity on the list.
2. Alberto Fujimori, former president of this country, was recently convicted of human rights abuses and sentenced to 25 years in prison.
3. This legendary rock star, who died in 2001, received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last week, the second time he's been so honored as his band received one many years ago.
4. Angel Cabrera became the first man from this country to win the Masters golf tournament recently.
5. It was recently announced that the first clone of this animal, who was named Injaz, was made in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
6. This country's navy captured 11 Somali pirates off the coast of Kenya last week.
7. This media star created a firestorm last week when he talked about his divorce and invoked the name of O.J. Simpson and he said he "gets it" as to why Simpson may have killed his ex-wife.

Answers: 1. Sinbad; 2. Peru; 3. George Harrison; 4. Argentina; 5. camel; 6. France; 7. Hulk Hogan.

April 21 Trivia
1. On this date in 1898, Congress recognized that state of war existed between the US and this nation.
2. In 1918, German fighter ace Manfred Von Richthofen, better known by this nickname, was shot down and killed in France.
3. On this date in 1960, this city in Brazil becomes the new capital of the country.
4. This actor, who won two Academy Awards for his roles in "Viva Zapata" and "Lust For Life," was born on this date in 1915.
5. San Jacinto Day is an official holiday today recognized by what US state?
6. What European capital is celebrating its birthday today, of more than 2700 years?
7. Francois Duvalier, who was dictator of this country for more than 13 years, died on this date in 1971.

Answers: 1. Spain; 2. The Red Baron; 3. Brasilia; 4. Anthony Quinn; 5. Texas; 6. Rome; 7. Haiti.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. A standard business card measures 2" by 3.5."
2. Iron is not considered to be a precious metal.
3. Isaac Stern is famous for playing the piano.
4. The interior of a fiber-optic cable is usually made of copper.
5. WWI began in 1914 when Austria-Hungary declared war on Germany.
6. A spyglass is a small type of telescope.
7. Cycling is usually the first event in a triathalon.
8. Rochambo is another name for the game "Rock, Paper, Scissors."
9. The Snake River forms a border between Oregon and Washington.
10. A goldfish has a memory span of just three seconds.

Answers: 1. true; 2. true; 3. false, violin; 4. false, glass; 5. false, Serbia; 6. true; 7. false, swimming; 8. true; 9. false, Oregon and Idaho; 10. true.

General Knowledge
1. Leatherneck is a slang term for someone who served in what branch of the armed forces?
2. What US president survived two assassination attempts by women?
3. A capo is a device used to change the pitch of what musical instrument?
4. Burl Smith is the name of a well-known TV character better known by what nickname?
5. What is the only US state that touches two oceans?
6. "When you care enough to send the very best" is the longtime ad slogan of what company?
7. What US state has the word "quadricentennial" on its state quarter?

Answers: 1. Marines; 2. Gerald Ford; 3. guitar; 4. Gopher; 5. Alaska; 6. Hallmark; 7. Virginia.

IQ Trivia
1. What former football player drove O.J. Simpson in the Ford Bronco in the infamous slow speed chase in 1994? ( 4 points)
2. Dr. Seuss wrote what book after being challenged to use fewer than 50 different words in the story? ( 4 points)
3. before going bankrupt in 2001, Sabena was the national airline of what country? ( 4 points)
4. A roadrunner is a member of what family of birds? ( 5 points)
5. Only once in history has both England and France had a king with the same name at the same time. What was the name they shared? ( 3 points)

Answers: 1. Al Cowlings; 2. "Green Eggs and Ham;" 3. Belgium; 4. cuckoo; 5. Henry.