Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Trivia Q&A: January 4

We had a terrific turnout for the first Trivia Night of 2011, with 18 teams taking part in the festivities. The scores were generally strong throughout the evening, and they were particularly good in January 4th Trivia, which was our Special Category of the evening.

It was tight going into IQ Trivia, with the top six teams separated by only three points. But the team of Sorry Jets Fans: The Jets Don't Have "Happy Endings," Just Ask Favre ran the table by getting all five questions right and wound up winning by five points, getting a total of 49. It was their first ever Trivia Night win, and my congratulations to them.

For the third straight week, we had a tie for second place (this time only two teams), and I had an interesting tie-breaker question: "Since today was my birthday, how old am I?" I let both teams get a good look at me. The team of Nach-yo Garbage guessed 43 (and I appreciate that), but the team of I Pull Out But My Couch Doesn't guessed 48 and wound up winning second place.

I also want to thank all of you for bringing out a birthday cake and singing a chorus of "Happy Birthday" before the IQ Trivia round. I was very touched by it, and especially the team of It's The Trivia King's Birthday who presented me with a lovely card and a really delicious cupcake as the night got going.

You are all the best.

The Best Team Name: Did 4000 Birds Fall Out Of The Sky Or Is It John Quinn's Birthday?

Current Events
1. The Associated Press picked what event from last April as their Top Story For 2010?
2. What rock superstar and his partner welcomed a baby boy recently to their family, who was born to a surrogate?
3. What American city was chosen last week as the host of the America's Cup yacht race for 2013?
4. The UConn women's basketball team's streak of 90 straight wins was ended by what West Coast team, the same team that last defeated them in 2008?
5. Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico declined to give a pardon to what infamous 19th century outlaw 130 years after he was shot dead, saying the facts of the case didn't merit a pardon?
6. Gerry Rafferty, lead singer of the group Stealer's Wheel, died today at the age of 63. Their big hit "Stuck In The Middle With You" was used during a memorable scene in what hit1992 film?
7. On January 1st, five new non-permanent members were named to the UN Security Council. Name 2 of the 5.

January 4th Trivia
1. On this date in 1948, Burma regained its independence from what nation?
2. In 2010, the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest man-made structure at 2,717 feet, was opened in what Middle Eastern city?
3. On this date in 1999, former wrestler and independent candidate Jesse Ventura was sworn in as governor of what state?
4. Don Shula, who led this NFL team to two Super Bowl wins in the early 1970s, was born on this date in 1930.
5. Phil Lynott, who was the lead singer of this Irish rock band whose biggest hit was "The Boys Are Back In Town" in 1976, died on this day in 1986.
6. What western US state was admitted to the Union as the 45th state on this day in 1896?
7. Michael Stipe, lead singer of this Georgia-based rock band, was born on this day in 1960.

Film Characters Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Andy Dufresne, Ellis "Red" Redding, Samuel Norton
2. Col. Nathan Jessup, Captain Jack Ross, Lt. JG Daniel Kaffee
3. Dean Keaton, Verbal Kint, Todd Hockney
4. Kevin McCallister, Marv, Harry
5. Tommy DeVito, Jimmy Conway, Paul Cicero
6. Sam Wheat, Molly Jensen, Oda Mae Brown
7. President Merkin Muffley, Gen. Buck Turgidson, Gen. Jack D. Ripper
8. Shelley "The Machine" Levine, Ricky Roma, Dave Moss
9. Eric Stratton, Kent Dorfman, John Blutarsky
10. Jules Winnfield, Vincent Vega, Marsellus Wallace

General Knowledge
1. In 1969, the Official Languages Act in Canada gave equality to English and what other language? ( 1 pt)
2. "Nevermind" was the second studio album released in 1991 by rock band? ( 1 pt)
3. What famous theme park first opened to the public in July of 1955? ( 1 pt)
4. Germany and what other country declared war on the US on December 11, 1941? ( 2 pt)
5. What color navigation light shines from the starboard side of a ship? ( 2 pt)
6. George Takei played what character on the original TV series "Star Trek?" ( 2 pt)
7. What sea captain led the first English circumnavigation of the globe that set sail in 1577? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What country has not fought in a war since 1815? ( 4 points)
2. What sitcom star spent a year teaching English in a Philadelphia high school for a 2010 reality show? ( 4 points)
3. Pierre Omidyar and Michael Dean Johnson founded what current online company in 1995? ( 3 points)
4. German-American inventor Emile Berliner patented what invention in 1887? ( 5 points)
5. The Battle of Wakefield took place during what 15th century conflict? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. BP Oil Spill; 2. Elton John; 3. San Francisco; 4. Stanford; 5. Billy the Kid; 6. "Reservoir Dogs;" 7. South Africa, India, Colombia, Germany and Portugal.

January 4th Trivia
1. United Kingdom; 2. Dubai; 3. Minnesota; 4. Miami Dolphins; 5. Thin Lizzy; 6. Utah; 7. REM.

Film Characters Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. The Shawshank Redemption; 2. A Few Good Men; 3. The Usual Suspects; 4. Home Alone; 5. Goodfellas; 6. Ghost; 7. Dr. Strangelove; 8. Glengarry Glen Ross; 9. Animal House; 10. Pulp Fiction.

General Knowledge
1. French; 2. Nirvana; 3. Disneyland; 4. Italy; 5. green; 6. Mr. Sulu; 7. Sir Francis Drake.

IQ Trivia
1. Switzerland; 2. Tony Danza; 3. eBay; 4. gramophone; 5. The War of the Roses.

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