Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Trivia Q&A: January 12

We had 14 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday, on a cold night in New York and the crowd was pretty good. We had some good numbers for the "Q Are You" round, but we had just four teams get all ten questions correct in the "All or Nothing" trivia round. (It was slightly tougher than previous times we did the category.)

We also had good numbers for General Knowledge, but the IQ round was a bit tough, and only two teams got as many as three of those questions right. But one of them, I Wish This Microphone Was a Penis (they actually pinched the name from another team that had frequently used it who weren't in last night) wound up the winners by just three points (they were also the only team that got the "4 home runs in one game" question correct). Good work guys.

Current Events
1. This Oscar-winning actor, known for his voiceover commercials too, was named the announcer for the intro of "The CBS Evening News" recently.
2. CNN banned this actress after letting loose the F-bomb during the coverage of the network's New Year's celebration.
3. This US city passed Orlando, FL as the top American tourist destination for 2009.
4. This pop singer was recently criticized for accepting $2 million to perform at a private New Year's party for the son of Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy.
5. Magnus Carlson, a 19-year-old from Norway, recenly became the number one ranked player in this sport.
6. This singer gave a bizarre acceptance speech while winning an award at the People's Choice Awards last week, after only two days earlier she gave an equally strange acceptance speech at another awards gala.
7. Art Clokey, a famous animator and filmmaker, died last week at the age of 88. What character he created in the mid-1950s made him world famous?

Answers: 1. Morgan Freeman; 2. Kathy Griffin; 3. New York City; 4. Beyonce Knowles; 5. chess; 6. Mariah Carey; 7. Gumby.

Q Are You?
1. This man was born in New York City in 1946. He is an actor, director and screenwriter and was once nominated for the Best Actor Oscar, and was awarded the "Worst Actor of the Century" Razzie Award in 2000.
2. This man was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1980. He was been MLB's Rookie of the Year, an All-Star eight times, won a World Series and three times an MVP.
3. This man was born in London, England in 1947. He's a musician, actor and producer and was at the forefront of the glam rock era in the early 1970s, but he had his biggest success in 1983 when he had three Top 15 hit singles.
4. This woman was born in Tarrytown, NY in 1963. She made history in 1983, was a major source of controversy less than a year later, but went on to a successful career in music and movies, earning Grammy, Tony and Emmy nominations.
5. This man was born in Blackheath, England in 1950. He set up a record mail order business in 1970, two years later opened a chain of record stores and by 2009 his net worth was about $2.5 billion.
6. This woman was born in Glasgow, KY in 1945. She worked closely with President Richard Nixon in the 1970s, and moved on to a successful journalism career with both CBS News and now ABC News.
7. This man was born in Palestine, TX in 1985. He set the NCAA rushing record in his freshman year at the University of Oklahoma, and holds the NFL record for yards rushed in a game, 296, which he set in 2008.

Answers: 1. Sylvester Stallone; 2. Albert Pujols; 3. David Bowie; 4. Vanessa Williams; 5. Richard Branson; 6. Diane Sawyer; 7. Adrian Peterson.

All or Nothing Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Who is on the ten dollar bill?
2. Which NYC borough currently has the largest population?
3. How many states are not in the continental United States?
4. Lisbon is the capital of what country?
5. How many Great Lakes are there?
6. Oklahoma City Thunder play in what professional league?
7. What actor won an Oscar for Best Actor for "Scent of a Woman?"
8. What rock band had an album called "Exile On Main Street?"
9. Who was Ronald Reagan's vice president?
10. Who wrote "A Tale of Two Cities?"

Answers: 1. Alexander Hamilton; 2. Brooklyn; 3. two; 4. Portugal; 5. five; 6. NBA; 7. Al Pacino; 8. Rolling Stones; 9. George H.W. Bush; 10. Charles Dickens.

General Knowledge
1. What US city celebrates The Mummer's Parade every New Year's? ( 1 pt)
2. What is the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States? ( 1 pt)
3. What European city was the first city in history to boast of one million residents? ( 1 pt)
4. In which European country were French Fries invented in 1680? ( 2 pt)
5. According to Gallup polls, what is America's favorite pizza topping? ( 2 pt)
6. Which metal is the best conductor of electricity? ( 2 pt)
7. Accra is the capital of what country? ( 3 pt)

Answers: 1. Philadelphia; 2. marijuana; 3. London; 4. Belgium; 5. pepperoni; 6. silver; 7. Ghana.

IQ Trivia
1. Thalassophobia is a fear of what? ( 4 points)
2. Entrepreneur Jimmy Wales founded what web site in 2001? ( 3 points)
3. Van Diemen's Land was the original name used by the Europeans for what island? ( 5 points)
4. What was the number one prime time TV show in America for four consecutive years between 1972 and 1976? ( 4 points)
5. In 1894, Bobby Lowe of the Boston Braves became the first MLB player to do what in a game, something that has also been done by 14 players since? ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. ocean; 2. Wikipedia; 3. Tasmania; 4. "All in the Family;" 5. Hit four home runs in a game.


Rick said...

wow never knew Adrian Peterson was a Palestinian :)

The Omnipotent Q said...

Yep, he's from Palestine, Rick...