Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Trivia Q&A: October 26

It was a bizarre night on Tuesday at Professor Thom's, as the Celtics had their opening night game against the Miami Heat, and that brought out a large throng of Celtics supporters. At first we thought the game was tip off at 7 PM, so there would be no problem with Trivia Night, as we would get rolling around 9:30 PM or so.

But the NBA scheduled the start for just after 7:30, so I thought we were screwed for the night, and we'd have to bag Trivia for this week. But many of the regulars appeared and were gracious enough to wait it out, so we went ahead with it. The game didn't conclude until almost 10:15 PM. So after setting everything up, we got going at the latest starting time ever: 10:30 PM.

12 teams took part, and we decided to forgo both the Special Category and The Q Train this week. So, for the first time, we did just three categories, our three staple categories.

Things actually look like a disaster from the beginning, as we had trouble with the mic and a lamp that I need to do my questions. But we got through it, and the team of "You're Mother's a Whore, Meg Whitman" wound up winning by three points. Second place went to "Paul the Octopus Said Trivia Would Start at 9. And Then He Died". Third place was a tie between "Frenchies" and "LeBron is the A-Rod of the NBA (And F The Yankees)".

Once again, let me say how appreciative I am to all of you who stayed and took part. (We finished shortly after 11:30 PM) I promise you that this was an aberration, and next week we should get back to the normal time of 9 PM and five categories.

Best Team Name: LeBron Is The A-Rod of the NBA (And F The Yankees)

Current Events
1. What former member of the 1980s group "The Brat Pack" was recently honored as the 2010 Travel Journalist of the Year for his work in his new profession?
2. What car manufacturer announced a recall of nearly 1.5 million vehicles worldwide last week over problems with breaks?
3. Health officials in Texas closed a processing plant and ordered a recall after four people died while eating what kind of contaminated vegetable?
4. What Hollywood superstar actor's cameo in the "Hangover" sequel was recently cut from the film after there were complaints from the cast and crew about his appearance?
5. Randy Quaid and his wife, who were arrested in CA on burglary charges a couple of months ago, applied last week to what country's immigration board, seeking refugee asylum there?
6. David Thompson, the prime minister of what Caribbean island nation, died of pancreatic cancer last Saturday at the age of 48?
7. Sony announced yesterday that they will no longer produce what iconic 1980s electronic device after selling over 220 million since 1979?

General Knowledge
1. According to the 2000 US Census, what is the most common surname in the US? ( 1 pt)
2. Ted Kaczynski is better known to the public by what nickname? ( 1 pt)
3. James Naismith invented what popular sport? ( 1 pt)
4. What evangelist retired from public life in 2005 following a last "crusade?" ( 2 pt)
5. The US Navy frigate Constitution, launched in 1797, was better known by what nickname? ( 2 pt)
6. What Rock and Roll Hall of Famer wrote Aretha Franklin's signature song "Respect?" ( 2 pt)
7. What city did the NBA's Lakers move to Los Angeles from in 1960? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What retail outlet is the largest retailer of fine wine in the world? ( 4 points)
2. Besides Orson Welles, who is the only other actor to be nominated for both Best Actor and Best Screenplay Academy Awards before the age of 30? ( 3 points)
3. What 1997 Oscar-nominated film was released in China under the title "His Great Device Makes Him Famous?" ( 5 points)
4. The father of John Wilkes Booth, Junius, once threatened to kill what US president? ( 4 points)
5. What famous entertainer once had three ex-wives named Joan, Joanne and Joanna? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Andrew McCarthy; 2. Toyota; 3. celery; 4. Mel Gibson; 5. Canada; 6. Barbados; 7. Walkman.

General Knowledge
1. Smith; 2. The Unabomber; 3. basketball; 4. Billy Graham; 5. Old Ironsides; 6. Otis Redding; 7. Minneapolis.

IQ Trivia
1. Costco; 2. Matt Damon; 3. "Boogie Nights;" 4. Andrew Jackson; 5. Johnny Carson.

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