Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Trivia Q&A: January 5

We had our first Trivia Night of 2010 on Tuesday night, and we had 15 teams take part. We had some strong scores for Current Events and True or False Trivia, and the Elvis Presley Trivia numbers weren't bad either.

The scores were tight going into IQ Trivia, with the top six teams separated by just three points. But the team that led the entire night, All Things Considered, I'd Rather Be Eating a Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich with Bacon, held on and won by two points. (I think that was the longest name of any Trivia Night winner in our history, and very appropriate for the week.) Congratulations to Rob and his team, and it was his second win in three weeks.

I also want to thank everyone who brought out a birthday cake for me last night. Every week we award a free pitcher of beer to the best team name, and we who work at Thom's vote on it. All of my friends voted for "Happy Birthday JBQ" and I sense something was up. When I announced the winner, out popped the birthday cake. I'm very touched you did that, and I also want to thank The Stepfathers for giving me a cream-filled cupcake with a candle on it, too. The cake and cupcake were delicious!

Current Events
1. This talk show host announced last week that she is ending her show this spring after a five-year run.
2. This web site admitted a big mistake last week, as they identified a picture of John F. Kennedy with a bunch of naked women on a yacht, but it turns out the photo was a fake.
3. The owner of "Magic Salt," a new product used to clear roads and sidewalks of ice, said the secret ingredient in his product was this type of alcoholic drink.
4. Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton, teammates on this NBA team, allegedly pulled guns on each other during an argument over a gambling debt last week in the team's locker room.
5. 95 people were killed by a suicide bomber as he attacked on a volleyball court in this country on New Year's Day.
6. What prestigious honor was bestowed upon actor Patrick Stewart, also known as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, last week?
7. This past Monday, the world's tallest building, over 2600 feet tall, opened in this Middle Eastern city, and its nearly 1,000 feet taller than the previous record holder.

Answers: 1. Tyra Banks; 2. TMZ; 3. vodka; 4. Washington Wizards; 5. Pakistan; 6. knighted by Queen Elizabeth; 7. Dubai.

Elvis Presley Trivia
1. Who is the only artist that had more number one singles than Elvis Presley in the US? a. Elton John; b. The Beatles; c. Mariah Carey; d. Madonna.
2. Elvis won only three Grammys, and in what music category were they in? a. Rock'n'roll; b. Country; c. Gospel; d. Honorary.
3. Blue Suede Shoes, a big hit for Elvis, was originally written by which artist? a. Carl Perkins; b. Chuck Berry; c. Buddy Holly; d. Elvis Presley.
4. Which Elvis song was the first record to reach number one on Billboard's Pop, Country and R&B charts, all in the same week? a. Love Me Tender; b. Blue Suede Shoes; c. Heartbreak Hotel; d. Hound Dog.
5. What country did Elvis serve in in the US Army in the late 1950s? a. England; b. Japan; c. South Korea; d. Germany.
6. On what show was Elvis famously shown from just the waist up? a. Tonight Show; b. Ed Sullivan Show; c. Steve Allen Show; d. Milton Berle's Texaco Star Theatre.
7. What state was Elvis Presley born in? a. Louisiana; b. Tennessee; c. Alabama; d. Mississippi.

Answers: 1. b; 2. c; 3. a; 4. c; 5. d; 6. b; 7. d.

True or False Trivia
1. Adolf Hitler owned land in Colorado.
2. The definition of a hamlet is a village without a church.
3. Abraham Lincoln's tomb is the most visited presidential grave.
4. Americans say they hate spinach more than any other food.
5. The greyhound has the best eyesight of all breeds of dogs.
6. Billboard Magazine's "Top Artist of the 1970s" was Elton John.
7. Boston was the first city in America with a paved street in the 17th century.
8. Walt Disney won more Oscars than any other person.
9. The average life span of a dolphin is 25 years.
10. In LA, there are actually more people than there are automobiles.

Answers: 1. true; 2. true; 3. false, JFK; 4. false, tofu; 5. true; 6. true; 7. false, New York City; 8. true; 9. true; 10. false, there are more cars.

General Knowledge
1. What actress won an Oscar for her role in "Klute?" ( 1 pt)
2. How many symphonies did Beethoven compose during his lifetime? ( 1 pt)
3. In 1891, James Naismith introduced the first version of what sport? ( 1 pt)
4. What day does the United States fiscal year begin? ( 2 pt)
5. Along with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, who was the third crew member of Apollo 11? ( 2 pt)
6. In 1840, Samuel Morse received a patent for what invention? ( 2 pt)
7. "Cinco de Mayo" commemorates Mexico's victory over what country's army in 1862? ( 3 pt)

Answers: 1. Jane Fonda; 2. nine; 3. basketball; 4. October 1st; 5. Michael Collins; 6. telegraph; 7. France.

IQ Trivia
1. Which one of Giacomo Puccini's operas is set in Nagasaki, Japan? ( 4 points)
2. What future rock superstar played as a session man on The Hollies 1969 hit song, "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother?" ( 5 points)
3. In 1919, Afghanistan declared their independence from what country? ( 4 points)
4. Art Fleming was the original host of what popular TV game show? ( 3 points)
5. On what famous day did the King of England once note in his diary, "Nothing important happened today?" ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. "Madame Butterfly;" 2. Elton John; 3. United Kingdom; 4. "Jeopardy;" 5. July 4, 1776.

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