Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Trivia Q&A: June 7

We had 13 teams in for Trivia Night on Monday, which wasn't a bad number considering we had to move it a night earlier, which is a notoriously slow night at Thom's. I also saw a few regulars in the crowd, which was nice to see.

The crowd seemed really into the Trivia on this night. The numbers on Q Tip Trivia were fairly strong, and they were pretty good for True or False Trivia. They were a bit off for General Knowledge.

IQ Trivia was a tough round, and only one team got as many as three out of five right, and that the eventual winners, Suck It, BP! They wound up pulling away with a strong last round score and won by seven points. Nice job to Matt and his friends, who were back after a short hiatus.

At this time, we don't know which day we will be doing Trivia Night next week. We are currently at the mercy of the NBA Finals. If the series ends in five games on Sunday night, we WILL have Trivia Night next Tuesday, June 15th at 9 PM. However if the series goes to a sixth game, we will be doing Trivia next week again on Monday night, June 14th at 9 PM.

Stay tuned to this blog for updates as they become available. No matter what happens, the Sneak Peek question will be up next Sunday.

Thanks to all of you who rearranged your schedules to join us on Monday. It is really appreciated!

Current Events
1. This retail warehouse giant was the number one ranked store by 30,000 consumers in a recent poll by Consumer Reports of the best retailers in the US.
2. This rock legend was recently awarded the Gershwin Prize by the Library of Congress and performed at the White House last Wednesday.
3. Billboard magazine reported that the current tour of these two rock legends is the number 1 Hot Tour in North America right now.
4. This American actor was appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for the UN environment agency during a ceremony in Rwanda, which was the site of a 2004 film he made.
5. Francesca Schiavone became the first woman ever from this country to win the French Open women's tennis singles final last Saturday.
6. Armando Galarraga, a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, retired 26 straight batters against this AL team before ump Jim Joyce mistakenly called a batter safe at first last Wednesday, denying the pitcher a perfect game.
7. This actress made an appearance at the MTV Music Awards on Sunday night, received a huge ovation and said she just "wants to go back to normal" and she's "not going anywhere."

Answers: 1. Costco; 2. Paul McCartney; 3. James Taylor and Carole King; 4. Don Cheadle; 5. Italy; 6. Cleveland Indians; 7. Sandra Bullock.

Q Tip Trivia
1. Which of these countries were officially neutral during WWII? a. Switzerland; b. Ireland; c. Canada; d. Greece.
2. Which of these films starred Will Ferrell? a. Semi-Pro; b. Step Brothers; c. Blades of Glory; d. Bewitched.
3. Which of these US presidents also once served as Vice-President? a. John Adams; b. Dwight D. Eisenhower; c. Theodore Roosevelt; d. John F. Kennedy.
4. Which of these actors/actresses have never won an Oscar? a. Robert Duvall; b. Angelina Jolie; c. Julia Roberts; d. Tim Robbins.
5. Which of these states were not in the Original 13 Colonies? a. Tennessee; b. Georgia; c. Florida; d. Kentucky.
6. Which of these cities has never hosted the Super Bowl? a. San Francisco; b. Minneapolis; c. Atlanta; d. Houston.
7. Which of the following albums were recorded by Green Day? a. Disciplined Breakdown; b. Kerplunk; c. American Idiot; d. Riot Act.

Answers: 1. a & b; 2. all; 3. a & c; 4. none; 5. a, c, & d; 6. a; 7. b & c.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. The dime is the only US coin that no reference to either "cent" or "dollar" on it.
2. The pursuit of jumping off cliffs into the sea is called tombstoning.
3. Rod Stewart was actually born in Scotland.
4. The Bronx is the largest of NYC's five boroughs in terms of area.
5. Venezuela was one of the five founding members of OPEC.
6. Frank Sinatra's hit song "My Way," was written by singer/songwriter Randy Newman.
7. Actor Jack Lemmon was actually born in an elevator.
8. Diamond is the hardest naturally-occurring substance on earth.
9. Fingernails grow faster than toenails.
10. John F. Kennedy was the first US president to visit China while in office.

Answers: 1. true; 2. true; 3. false, London; 4. false, Queens; 5. true; 6. false, Paul Anka; 7. true; 8. true; 9. true; 10. false, Richard Nixon.

General Knowledge
1. What part of the body is inflamed by hepatitis? ( 1 pt)
2. In "Blazing Saddles," everyone in the town of Rock Ridge has what last name? ( 1 pt)
3. On what day of the year is Boxing Day celebrated? ( 1 pt)
4. The Kimodo dragon is native to what country? ( 2 pt)
5. What US president got Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat together at Camp David? ( 2 pt)
6. For what film did Susan Sarandon win the Oscar for Best Actress in 1995? ( 2 pt)
7. In Morse Code, what letter is denoted by a single dash? ( 3 pt)

Answers: 1. liver; 2. Johnson; 3. December 26; 4. Indonesia; 5. Jimmy Carter; 6. "Dead Man Walking;" 7. T.

IQ Trivia
1. The State of Franklin was an autonomous 18th century American territory that today is part of what US state? ( 3 points)
2. What 17th century Frenchman is credited with inventing the game of roulette? ( 5 points)
3. Who is America's only Nobel Prize-winning playwright? ( 4 points)
4. In Greek mythology, who fired the arrow that hit Achilles in the heel? ( 4 points)
5. "Climb Mount Niitaka" was the code signal for what famous event to begin? ( 4 points)

Answers: 1. Tennessee; 2. Blaise Pascal; 3. Eugene O'Neill; 4. Paris; 5. The attack on Pearl Harbor.


Rick said...

very interesting about fingernails. Of course usually when dice k pitches my fingernails are chewed off - but not last night.


The Omnipotent Q said...

Yep, mine were spared last night, too, Rick! Let's hope he keeps it up, for both our sakes.

The Angry Tech said...

Hey John, have you considered including the top 5 scores with the Qs and As? That way, if we couldn't make it, we can see how we *would* have placed...

The Omnipotent Q said...

That's actually not a bad idea, Rob. I've been thinking about expanding putting up the high scores and maybe even the Best Team Name winner.