Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Trivia Q&A: August 24

We had 21 teams in for Trivia Night, and a huge crowd at that. The Red Sox got rained out at Fenway, so our full attention was on the Q&A.

The scores throughout the night were generally on the strong side, especially in General Knowledge and August 24th Trivia. But we had a few teams that capitalized on the double points of In Q's iPd, and the scores dramatically shifted after that round. It also looks like the audio round went really well and most players seemed to like, so it will be back once a month on a rotation basis.

We had a logjam going into IQ Trivia, with the top six teams separated by two points. The IQ Trivia numbers were rather good, too. But the team of The Bar pulled out a one-point win (and we had four teams get at least 50 points, which rarely had happened).

BTW, the team of The Bar was actually just one person, a guy named Jim, who was originally from Kansas City, and I enjoyed chatting about baseball with him after the contest concluded. Congratulations, Jim. (And I believe it is the first time we have ever had a solo winner on Trivia Night.)

Current Events
1. This prestigious university regained the top spot in the US News and World Report's annual rankings of the best US colleges, dropping last year's number 1, Princeton, to second place.
2. This South American country declared a state of emergency last week after nearly 25,000 forest fires spread across the country.
3. This female R&B singer was fined by the city of Dallas, TX after being convicted of disorderly conduct for taking all of her clothes off while making a music video on the streets there.
4. Amnesty International has urged this country not to sever the spine of a man who was convicted there of paralyzing another man.
5. A painting worth $50 million by this 19th century artist was stolen last Saturday in Egypt and is still currently missing.
6. This country had national elections last weekend, and they resulted in a hung parliament, the first there since 1940, and the prime minister hopes to form a government with the help of independents.
7. A toilet belonging to this famous reclusive author, who died last January, was recently put up for sale on eBay for $1 million.

August 24th Trivia
1. The Treaty of Cordoba was signed on this date in 1821, giving Mexico independence from what country?
2. On this day in 1967, this man led a group of hippies into the NYSE and temporarily halted trading by throwing dollar bills from the viewing gallery.
3. In 79 AD on this date, the city of Pompeii was one of three cities to be buried in volcanic ash when this volcano erupted.
4. In 1456, the first Gutenberg Bible was completed printing in what European country?
5. Marlee Matlin, a deaf actress who won an Oscar for Best Actress in 1986 in her first role in this film, was born on this date in 1965.
6. Mike Shanahan, current head coach of the Washington Redskins who won back-to-back Super Bowls with this NFL team in 1997 and 1998, was born on this date in 1952.
7. Goodison Park, one of the world's oldest soccer stadiums, the home of Everton FC in this English city, opened on this day in 1892.

In Q's iPod ("The Q Train")
1. Hells Bells (AC/DC)
2. Jessica (The Allman Brothers)
3. Take Five (Dave Brubeck)
4. Baba O'Riley (The Who)
5. Born to Run (Bruce Springsteen)
6. Linus and Lucy (Vince Guaraldi)
7. Spirit In The Sky (Norman Greenbaum)
8. The Song Remains The Same (Led Zeppelin)
9. Centerfield (John Fogerty)
10. Rock and Roll Part 2 (Gary Glitter)

General Knowledge
1. In 1836, The Siege of The Alamo took place in what Texas city? ( 1 pt)
2. In 2001, what man became the second African-American to win the Oscar for Best Actor? ( 1 pt)
3. In 1885, what famous landmark arrived in New York aboard the ship Isere? ( 1 pt)
4. The 1965 Watts riots took place in what US city? ( 2 pt)
5. Anthony Dominick Benedetto is the real name off what legendary singer? ( 2 pt)
6. What actress portrayed Alexis Colby on the 1980s TV series "Dynasty?" ( 2 pt)
7. What popular video game company was founded in 1889 as a playing card company? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Peter Benchley, the author of "Jaws," was once a speechwriter for what US president? ( 3 points)
2. What rock band took their name from a sex toy in the William Burroughs novel "Naked Lunch?" ( 4 points)
3. What current top 10 web site was originally founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998? ( 4 points)
4. William Marston, who invented the lie detector, also created what popular female comic book character in 1941? ( 5 points)
5. What 1976 movie had exactly one word of dialogue in it: "no," which was spoken by the famous mime Marcel Marceau? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Harvard; 2. Bolivia; 3. Erykah Badu; 4. Saudi Arabia; 5. Vincent Van Gogh; 6. Australia; 7. J.D. Salinger.

August 24th Trivia
1. Spain; 2. Abbie Hoffman; 3. Mt. Vesuvius; 4. Germany; 5. "Children of a Lesser God;" 6. Denver Broncos; 7. Liverpool.

General Knowledge
1. San Antonio; 2. Denzel Washington; 3. Statue of Liberty; 4. Los Angeles; 5. Tony Bennett; 6. Joan Collins; 7. Nintendo.

IQ Trivia
1. Lyndon Johnson; 2. Steely Dan; 3. Google; 4. Wonder Woman; 5. "Silent Movie."

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