Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Trivia Q&A: May 19

Trivia Night made a triumphant return to Tuesday night last night with a big crowd at Professor Thom's. There was a large number of folks who came in for the "Tweet Up" in the Loft for the "American Idol" finale (of which I have no idea who won and could care even less). We had a very good Red Sox game on, which we decided not to start until it finished (with a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays).

20 teams took part, and some of the regulars I had not seen in three weeks were back. The scores on the Music Trivia were generally pretty good, as they were also for General Knowledge. I did make one miscue, as it was pointed out to me that the answer for the "mandarin orange" question in General Knowledge also included "clementine" as well as "tangerine." The team of Bob Loblaw's Oblong Law Blog (which I butchered almost every time I said it) led throughout the entire night (and missed just three questions all night), and ran the table in IQ Trivia and wound up winning by seven points. Congratulations to Joe and his friends on a terrific night and a great win.

Current Events
1. Jay Leno announced last week that this man will be his final main guest on the last "Tonight Show" he will host on May 29th.
2. It was revealed last week that the attack on Jeff Ament, bass player for this band, outside an Atlanta recording studio last month, was caught on tape and the police are still investing.
3. This automaker announced it will reduce its number of stores by nearly 800 dealerships, or about 25% of its dealer network, by early June.
4. Chuck Daly, a longtime NBA head coach who won two titles with this NBA team two decades ago, died last week at the age of 78.
5. Dalia Grybauskaite was elected the first ever female president of this Eastern European country on Monday.
6. Ruth Padel was elected "Professor of Poetry" of this prestigious university, the first woman ever to hold the title since its inception in 1708.
7. This country announced last week it will put two US journalists they arrested in March on trial on June 4th for entering the country illegally.

Answers: 1. Conan O'Brien; 2. Pearl Jam; 3. Chrysler; 4. Detroit Pistons; 5. Lithuania; 6. Oxford; 7. North Korea.

Music Trivia
1. What singer founded The Lilith Fair music festival?
2. Before her solo career, Bjork was the lead singer of what band?
3. What musical group was founded by high school friends Big Boi and Dre?
4. What jazz legend wrote and recorded the standard song "Ornithology?"
5. What trumpeter became the oldest person ever to score a chart-topping single, in 1964?
6. What female singer scored 14 million-selling singles between 1967 and 1973?
7. Who was the first female artist to debut on the Billboard album chart at Number One?

Answers: 1. Sarah MacLachlan; 2. The Sugarcubes; 3. Outkast; 4. Charlie Parker; 5. Louis Armstrong; 6. Aretha Franklin; 7. Whitney Houston.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. The diet of owls consists mainly of other animals.
2. The Central American country of Belize does not have a coast on the Pacific Ocean.
3. Blaise Pascal is famous for his work in chemistry.
4. Carrie Nation was famous for using a hatchet to attack saloons.
5. Monrovia is the capital of the African country of Senegal.
6. Fred Durst was the lead singer of Limp Bizkit.
7. The Ghats mountains are located in the country of China.
8. The most widely sung song in the English language is "Happy Birthday to You."
9. Abraham Lincoln was the first US president born in a log cabin.
10. Panama hats are actually manufactured in Panama.

Answers: 1. true; 2. true; 3. false, mathematics; 4. true; 5. false, it is the capital of Liberia; 6. true; 7. false, they are in India; 8. true; 9. false, it was Andrew Jackson; 10. false, they are made in Ecuador.

General Knowledge
1. In the Northern Hemisphere, the vernal equinox maeks the start of what season of the year?
2. The Getty Center is a museum located in what US city?
3. What actor played Cowboy Curtis in the TV series "Pee-Wee's Playhouse?"
4. The Flowbee, which attaches to a vacuum cleaner, is used for what purpose?
5. In 1999, computer whiz Shawn Fanning created what music-sharing program?
6. What citrus fruit is also called a mandarin orange?
7. The World War I invasion of Gallipoli took place in what country?

Answers: 1. spring; 2. Los Angeles; 3. Laurence Fishburne; 4. cutting hair; 5. Napster; 6. tangerine (I also accepted "clementine"); 7. Turkey.

IQ Trivia
1. What movie did Marcia Gay Harden win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2001? (4 points)
2. In 1901, Guglielmo Marconi received in Morse code what letter of the alphabet in the first transatlantic radio message? ( 5 points)
3. Triton is the largest moon of what planet? ( 3 points)
4. "Penholder" and "shakehands" are the two most common grips used in what sport? ( 4 points)
5. What colonial American leader was once jailed in the Tower of London for his religious beliefs? ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. "Pollock;" 2. the letter S; 3. Neptune; 4. ping pong; 5. William Penn.

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