Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Trivia Q&A: October 13

We had 16 teams in for Trivia Night, on the first night without a Red Sox game in a long time. The scores were so-so on October 13th Trivia, as well as True or False, but there was a nice bounceback in the General Knowledge section.

IQ Trivia was a bit harder this week, and only three teams got as many as three of them correct. It was close going into the round, but the team in fourth place, Butt For, was one of those three teams and managed to squeak into first place by just two points. Nice job guys.

My friend and Trivia Night regular Tara is going in for surgery on Wednesday and will be out for a couple of weeks. I'll be thinking of you, Tara, and hope all goes well.

We will be having Trivia Night next Tuesday at 9 PM, as the Red Sox season is now over, so there's no reason to move it to another day next week.

Current Events
1. A Romanian-born German named Herta Mueller won the 2009 Nobel Prize in what field of endeavor last week?
2. This company filed a $1 billion lawsuit against YouTube last week, accusing employees of uploading unauthorized content to the site.
3. "The Red Book," a manuscript written by this author and psychiatrist from 1914-30 but was never published or shown publicly, will be published for the first time next month.
4. The BET Network announced they will be doing an eight-part docu-series on this pro athlete set to air early next year.
5. 3,000 people demonstrated on Saturday in this Russian city over a proposal to build a 77-story building there, which they felt would ruin the city's skyline.
6. 186 people were killed by floods and landslides in this Asian country this past weekend.
7. This controversial talk show host is attempting to buy the NFL's St. Louis Rams, and a few players on the club said they would quit the team if he becomes owner.

Answers: 1. literature; 2. Viacom; 3. Carl Jung; 4. Michael Vick; 5. St. Petersburg; 6. The Philippines; 7. Rush Limbaugh.

October 13th Trivia
1. On this day in 1944, Riga, the capital of this Eastern European country, was seized by the Russian army away from the Nazis.
2. In 1960, Bill Mazeroski won the World Series for this team over the New York Yankees with a home run in the bottom of the ninth for a 10-9 win.
3. This legendary comedian, who was arrested for obscenity in 1964 and was later pardoned posthumously, was born on this day in 1925.
4. In 1843, Henry Jones and 11 others founded this organization, the oldest Jewish service organization in the world.
5. In 1923 on this day, Istanbul was replaced by this city as the capital of Turkey.
6. Le Duc Tho, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973 and the only one ever to turn it down and hailed from this country, died on this day in 1990.
7. Chris Carter, director and producer of this 1990s sci-fi series and two films based on it, was born on this date in 1956.

Answers: 1. Latvia; 2. Pittsburgh Pirates; 3. Lenny Bruce; 4. B'nai B'rith; 5. Ankara; 6. Vietnam; 7. "The X-Files."

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")

1. Presidential retreat Camp David is named after Dwight Eisenhower's grandson.
2. The 1976 Winter Olympics, at Innsbruck, Austria, were originally going to be in Denver, Colorado.
3. The White House is the most popular US government web site.
4. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.
5. Johnny Weismuller, who played Tarzan in the movies, won gold medals in the Olympics.
6. Mosquitoes are toothless.
7. If the month starts on a Sunday, it will have a Friday the 13th.
8. Rhode Island is the US state with the fewest counties.
9. The first Super Bowl was played in 1965.
10. French was the official language of England for over 600 years.

Answers: 1. true; 2. true; 3. false, Dept. of Commerce; 4. true; 5. true; 6. false, they have them; 7. true; 8. false, Alaska; 9. false, 1967; 10. true.

General Knowledge

1. In what US state is Kent State University?
2. According to the Bible, what took 7 months and 17 days to arrive at the mountains of Ararat?
3. What British unit of weight is equal to fourteen pounds?
4. What month and day every year is the "Free Slurpee Day" promotion held every year?
5. What nation was ruled by The Sun King from 1643 until his death in 1715?
6. Who was the Greek god of music?
7. Who wrote the opera "Madame Butterfly?"

Answers: 1. Ohio; 2. Noah's Ark; 3. stone; 4. July 11; 5. France; 6. Apollo; 7. Giacomo Puccini.

IQ Trivia
1. What is the only sports venue to host the World Series, the Super Bowl and the NCAA Final Four? ( 5 points)
2. Who was the last third-party presidential candidate to win more than one electoral vote? ( 4 points)
3. The village of Panmunjom sits on the border of what two countries? ( 3 points)
4. What singer was nicknamed "Red Headed Stranger" after his hit 1975 album of the same name? ( 4 points)
5. What was "Operation Z" the codename for in World War II? ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. The Metrodome; 2. George Wallace (1968); 3. North and South Korea; 4. Willie Nelson; 5. Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.

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