Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Trivia Q&A: September 15

We had 18 teams in for Trivia Night, and the crowd was a bit down, and many of the regulars were absent. We made a last-minute switch with The Q Train, as with the passing of Patrick Swayze on Monday night, I decided to have a round of "Patrick Swayze Film Trivia, " where the folks have to guess whether he was in a certain film or not. ("2000s Trivia" which was originally scheduled for this week, will be moved to another week, possibly next week.)

The numbers were actually pretty good for it, as the late Mr. Swayze obviously had some fans at Thom's last night. We also had some strong numbers for NFL Trivia and General Knowledge, and a close contest heading into IQ Trivia.

The top three teams were separated by just two points, and the third place team got the highest score of the round, 11 points (the only team with three out of five correct), and wound up tying the team at the top. So we had a tie-breaker question, based on a lot of the hubbub going on the past week: "With Derek Jeter setting the new Yankees record for hits last week, what number is he now on the all-time hits list?" The team of I Swear to God I Will Shove This F'n Pen Down Your F'n Throat, who was leading going into IQ Trivia, guessed it right on the nose: 53rd place, and were declared the winners.

Another win for Matt and his friends. Good work, folks.

Current Events
1. This Hollywood actress lashed out at blogger Perez Hilton, calling him a pedophile last week after he linked a photo of her 15-year-old daughter baring a bit of cleavage.
2. A woman journalist in the Sudan was convicted of public indecency for doing this, which most westerners do every day, but will not be flogged for her trouble.
3. This rock superstar, along with such stars as Robert DeNiro, Mel Brooks and Dave Brubeck, was selected for the Kennedy Center Honors, to be given out this December.
4. This TV star was selected the fourth judge on "American Idol", replacing the departing Paula Abdul.
5. Larry Gelbart, one of the creators of this classic 1970s/80s sitcom and a long time writer and producer, died of cancer last week at age 81.
6. This TV actor gave a rambling interview this past September 11th, blaming the terrorist attacks of eight years ago on a conspiracy by George W. Bush, and urged President Obama to investigate it.
7. Juan Almeida Bosque, who was a vice-president of this country, died of a heart attack last Friday at the age of 82.

Answers: 1. Demi Moore; 2. Wearing trousers; 3. Bruce Springsteen; 4. Ellen DeGeneres; 5. "M*A*S*H;" 6. Charlie Sheen; 7. Cuba.

NFL Trivia
1. Which team won the 1991 Super Bowl by only one single point?
2. Who is the only team to go 0-16 in an NFL season, since 1978?
3. What was the original nickname of the New York Jets from 1960-63?
4. What NFL Hall of Famer was Super Bowl MVP a record three times?
5. What NFL city was known as "Titletown USA" in the 1960s?
6. Who broke Jim Brown's all-time rushing record for a career in 1984?
7. Who was the first running back to rush for 2,000 yards in a season?

Answers: 1. New York Giants; 2. Detroit Lions (2008); 3. Titans; 4. Joe Montana; 5. Green Bay; 6. Walter Payton; 7. O.J. Simpson.

Patrick Swayze Film Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Navy Seals
2. Uncommon Valor
3. Oxford Blues
4. Road House
5. Bad Influence
6. Donnie Darko
7. Stakeout
8. The Outsiders
9. Steel Dawn
10. Young Guns

Answers: 1. no; 2. yes; 3. no; 4. yes; 5. no; 6. yes; 7. no; 8. yes; 9. yes; 10. no.

General Knowledge
1. What best-selling author sold copies of his first novel "A Time to Kill" out of the trunk of his car?
2. The first modern Olympics in Athens in 1896 held swimming events in what body of water?
3. What was the tallest man-made structure for over 43 centuries?
4. In the logo for the TV series "The Sopranos," which letter appears as a gun?
5. In 2002, what actor co-founded The Tribeca Film Festival?
6. What number race car did the legendary driver Dale Earnhardt Sr. race with?
7. In farm lingo, the eggs laid by one hen during a single nesting period are known as what?

Answers: 1. John Grisham; 2. Aegean Sea; 3. Pyramid at Giza; 4. r; 5. Robert DeNiro; 6. three; 7. clutch.

IQ Trivia
1. The Ireng River in Guyana borders what other South American country? ( 4 points)
2. What 19th century US president was the last president who never had a vice-president? ( 5 points)
3. Cerumen is the medical term for what bodily secretion? ( 4 points)
4. What current magazine was founded by Briton Hadden and Henry Luce in 1923? ( 4 points)
5. The word "boycott" comes from Charles C. Boycott, who was ostracized in 1880 for not reducing rents of his tenants in what country? ( 3 points)

Answers: 1. Brazil; 2. Chester A. Arthur; 3. earwax; 4. Time; 5. Ireland.

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