Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Trivia Q&A: June 1

We had 18 teams in for Trivia Night on Tuesday night. I was a bit surprised to see the scores were a bit low for Current Events and June 1st Trivia, but they rebounded nicely for Name The Sport and General Knowledge.

The scores were generally close through the evening, but the team of My Entire Team Just Voted Themselves Off The Island pulled out the win. They led the last two rounds, and got four of five correct in IQ Trivia (the only team to do that), and won by seven points. A nice win by Joe and his friends.

Once again, we are moving Trivia Night next week to Monday, June 7th at 9 PM, due to Game 3 of the NBA Finals next Tuesday. I hope many of you can adjust your schedules and join us next Wednesday night.

Current Events
1. This country announced last week plans on building a base of robots on the moon by 2020, at a cost of over $2.2 billion.
2. Over 70 people were killed during unrest when this country's government has been attempting to capture a wanted druglord.
3. Thousands of workers began striking across this European country last week when the government announced plans to raise the retirement age from 1-3 years past 60.
4. Two gay pride demonstrations were held in this city despite an official ban last Saturday and it was the first time police did not try to break up the demonstrations since they began in 2006.
5. Roy Halladay of the Phillies pitched the second perfect game in MLB this season last Saturday night, a 1-0 win over this National League team.
6. Rolling Stone magazine recently released its list of their "Top 500 Songs of All-Time" and picked this 1965 tune by an influential American guitarist as number one.
7. This talk show host announced she was beginning her own record label last week, based on hearing a 12-year-old boy's version of Lady Gaga's song "Paparazzi."

Answers: 1. Japan; 2. Jamaica; 3. France; 4. Moscow; 5. Florida Marlins; 6. "Like a Rolling Stone;" 7. Ellen DeGeneres.

June 1st Trivia
1. On this day in 1796, this southern state joined the Union as the 16th state.
2. In 1812 on this date, this American president asked Congress to declare war on Great Britain.
3. On this day in 1869, this famous inventor received a patent for the electric voting machine.
4. In 1962, Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann became the only person to ever receive the death penalty from this country.
5. This five-time Oscar nominee, who finally won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of an ex-boxer in a 2004 film, was born on this day in 1937.
6. This man, who was the 15th President of the United States, was born in PA and is considered by many scholars to be the worst president of all-time, died on this day in 1868.
7. On this day in 2009, this automaker filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the fourth largest in US history.

Answers: 1. Tennessee; 2. James Madison; 3. Thomas Edison; 4. Israel; 5. Morgan Freeman; 6. James Buchanan; 7. General Motors.

Name That Sport ("The Q Train")
1. Maria Sharapova
2. Ubaldo Jimenez
3. Alex Ovechkin
4. Diana Taurasi
5. Tim Howard
6. Drew Brees
7. Michelle Wie
8. Bode Miller
9. Dario Franchitti
10. Federica Pellegrini

Answers: 1. tennis; 2. baseball; 3. hockey; 4. basketball; 5. soccer; 6. football; 7. golf; 8. skiing; 9. auto racing; 10. swimming.

General Knowledge
1. What name has been shared by the greatest number of popes? ( 1 pt)
2. Snoopy's best friend on the comic strip "Peanuts" was a small yellow bird named what? ( 1 pt)
3. In what film did Al Pacino star as gangster Tony Montana? ( 1 pt)
4. What General Mills cereal contains stars and clovers and claims to be "magically delicious?" (2 pt)
5. What famous historical figure was also known as "The Little Corporal?" ( 2 pt)
6. Which of the Great Lakes does not border Canada? ( 2 pt)
7. How many years make up a vicennial period? ( 3 pt)

Answers: 1. John (25); 2. Woodstock; 3. "Scarface;" 4. Lucky Charms; 5. Napoleon Bonaparte; 6. Lake Michigan; 7. twenty.

IQ Trivia
1. Billy Pilgrim is the main character in what science fiction novel? ( 4 points)
2. What Greek mathematician is considered to be the father of geometry? ( 4 points)
3. La Palma, El Hierro and Tenerife all belong to what group of islands? ( 4 points)
4. Split is a seaport in what European country? ( 3 points)
5. What is the only US state with a bilingual constitution? ( 5 points)

Answers: 1. "Slaughterhouse Five;" 2. Euclid; 3. Canary Islands; 4. Croatia; 5. New Mexico.

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