Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Trivia Q&A: December 15

We had 13 teams in for Trivia Night, as it appears the crowds were down with Christmas just around the corner. But those who did join us had quite a good time. (And the passing of Oral Roberts on Tuesday made for a number of interesting team names.)

I made the "Q Are You?" category a little tougher this time, as the when we did last in November, I gave out a bit too much info about the celebrities, so I limited it this time, and the scores reflected that. They weren't bad though.

I would say overall the numbers were good throughout the night. It was close all the way through, and three teams were separated by just one point heading into IQ Trivia. But the team in first, I'm Just a Lonely Old Health Care Reform Bill, got four of the five questions right to pull out a slim one point win. Congratulations to Matt and his friends on the win, their first in a number of weeks.

A reminder that we will be having Trivia Night next week, on Tuesday night, December 22nd. You can take a wild guess as to what the Special Category might be.

Current Events
1. This TV broadcaster admitted live on national TV last week that he had cancer surgery two months ago, and even kept it secret from the staff on his own show.
2. Rolling Stone magazine picked a 2006 debut hit song from this duo as "The Best Song of the Decade."
3. This actress settled a $100 million lawsuit with a bodyguard who sued her, and he claimed she beat him while drunk and coerced him to have sex with her.
4. The grandson of this former president announced last week that he will run for a southern state Senate seat that is being vacated by President Obama's choice to be Ambassador to Singapore.
5. This country issued a shipping alert last week as an iceberg larger than Manhattan island in area was drifting toward it, but authorities figure it will break apart as it comes closer.
6. Moviefone recently selected this John Travolta sci-fi bomb as "The Worst Movie of the 2000s."
7. Annise Parker, controller for this US city, won a runoff election last Saturday and became the city's first openly gay mayor.

Answers: 1. Bryant Gumbel; 2. Gnarls Barkley, "Crazy;" 3. Liza Minnelli; 4. Jimmy Carter; 5. Australia; 6. "Battlefield Earth;" 7. Houston.

Q Are You?
1. This man was born in New Brunswick, NJ in 1944. He has won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe and two Oscars: one for producing and one for Best Actor.
2. This woman was born in McComb, MS in 1981. She first appeared on TV as a "Star Search" contestant and her debut album in 1999 sold 25 million copies worldwide.
3. This man was born in St. Louis, MO in 1979. He is the fastest man in MLB history to hit 100 and 200 home runs in a career, and just the second player to win the Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in successive seasons.
4. This man was born in Scranton, PA in 1942. He was a US senator from 1973-2009, twice ran unsuccessfully for President, and was accused of plagarism twice, once in law school and again on the campaign for President.
5. This woman was born in The Bronx, NY in 1971. She is a nine-time Grammy Award winning R&B singer, selling 48 million records worldwide.
6. This man was born in Chicago, IL in 1951. He burst on to network TV in 1978, and has gone on to win three Golden Globes, 2 SAG Awards, 3 Grammys and an Oscar in 1997.
7. This man was born in San Mateo, CA in 1977. He's been MVP of the Super Bowl twice, a four-time Pro Bowl player, and was drafted as a catcher in the 1995 MLB Draft by the Montreal Expos.

Answers: 1. Michael Douglas; 2. Britney Spears; 3. Ryan Howard; 4. Joe Biden; 5. Mary J. Blige; 6. Robin Williams; 7. Tom Brady.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. The majority of the Sierra Nevada mountain range falls within the state of Nevada.
2. The Dalai Lama is originally from the nation of Nepal.
3. Albert Einstein was born in Germany.
4. A grasshopper has eight legs.
5. "Waltzing Matilda" is the unofficial national anthem of Australia.
6. The tiger is native to the continent of Africa.
7. Canada is the leading oil supplier to the United States.
8. The spots on a potato are called eyes.
9. Lord Kelvin invented the mercury thermometer.
10. The Second City comedy troupe is based in Chicago.

Answers: 1. false, California; 2. false, Tibet; 3. true; 4. false, six; 5. true; 6. false, Asia; 7. true; 8. true; 9. false, Daniel Fahrenheit; 10. true.

General Knowledge
1. What article of clothing would you put on using a "double Windsor?" ( 1 pt)
2. The core of what rock band was born when Paul Hewson met Dave Evans in 1976? ( 1 pt)
3. What modern country incorporates what was once known as Persia? (1 pt)
4. What zodiac symbol is associated with the sign of Sagittarius? (2 pt)
5. The phrase "something wicked this way comes" is from what Shakespeare play? ( 2 pt)
6. What band had a number one UK single in 1967 with "A Whiter Shade of Pale?" ( 2 pt)
7. In terms of area, what is the world's largest principally Spanish-speaking country? ( 3 pt)

Answers: 1. necktie; 2. U2; 3. Iran; 4. archer; 5. "Macbeth;" 6. Procol Harum; 7. Argentina.

IQ Trivia
1. The Tora Bora mountains lie on the border between which two countries? ( 4 points)
2. The address of Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves, is what appropriate number on Hank Aaron Drive? ( 3 points)
3. The Arctic Circle runs through more of what nation than any other? ( 4 points)
4. Who has more gold and platinum albums than any other solo female singer? ( 4 points)
5. What hereditary disorder has been called "the royal disease?" ( 5 points)

Answers: 1. Afghanistan and Pakistan; 2. 755; 3. Russia; 4. Barbra Streisand; 5. hemophilia.


Matt said...

I can see the Arctic Circle from my house.

The Omnipotent Q said...

And I can see the Equator from mine.

Matt said...

I think your house sounds better than mine.