Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Trivia Q&A: March 13

It was yet again an amazing night at Professor Thom's, as for the third time in the last two months, and in two consecutive weeks, we set another new record for teams, with 30. The bar was simply packed, and again it reminded me of a Red Sox playoff game. We had a group of 30 who came in and divided into six teams, and that is a new record too!

The scores were generally very good throughout the night, but they were especially good in IQ Trivia, as we had 10 teams got all five correct. That is also a new record, and I guess I made those questions too easy. (I promise you next week's IQ Trivia will be harder!)

The team of Run, Dorothy, Run! won the night, with 59 points. Second place went to We're So Brooklyn, who won a tie-breaker against Razzmataz Jungle. Both teams ended the night with 52 points. (They were closest to the question: "How many delegates were at stake during last week's Super Tuesday?" The answer was 419.)

A reminder next week that Trivia Night will happen on Monday, March 19th at a special time: 8:30 PM. We are doing a special event called Red Sox Hot Stove, next Tuesday night. We will return to Trivia on Tuesday night on March 27th at 9 PM. And I promise you there will be more tables available next week!

Best Team Name: Run, Dorothy, Run!

Current Events
1. Two rock groups and one rock solo artist have requested that Rush Limbaugh take their songs off his show in the wake of his remarks about Sandra Fluke. Name one of the three artists.
2. The Kraft company pulled its ads last week after receiving complaints from viewers of what controversial new TV series?
3. Rocker John Mellencamp has hooked up with what prolific author and created a musical play that will debut in Atlanta next month called "Ghost Brothers?"
4. What Japanese carmaker recalled over 700,000 cars in the US last week due to manufacturing defaults?
5. The Economist Intelligence Unit ranked which city, out of 120 major cities worldwide, as "The World's Most Competitive City" in a recent report?
6. Facebook was slapped with a lawsuit yesterday by what multinational internet corporation over ten patents that included systems for advertising on the Web?
7. What superstar rock frontman recently ripped his bandmates during a recent "60 Minutes" profile, saying "they ride my coattails" and "they don't like me?"

March 17th Trivia
1. On this day in 1776, the British forces evacuated from what city after George Washington placed artillery in positions overlooking the city?
2. In 1985, Richard Ramirez, aka "The Night Stalker", committed two murders in his serial murder spree in what US city?
3. On this date in 2008, Eliot Spitzer, New York's governor, resigns after a scandal he was involved in with a prostitute. Who succeeded him as governor?
4. Pattie Boyd, an English model and photographer, was born on this day in 1944. Name 1 of the 2 rock superstars she has been married to in her lifetime.
5. Cito Gaston, MLB player and manager, was born on this day in 1944. He became the first black manager to win a World Series with what team in 1992?
6. On this day in 1990, which former Soviet republic became the first to declare their independence from the Soviet Union and reject a demand from the Russians to renounce it?
7. In 2000, Julia Roberts became the first woman ever to command $20 million per movie, with the release that day of what popular film of hers?

Name the Decade Trivia: First Albums ("The Q Train")
1. Dave Matthews Band
2. Van Halen
3. Hootie and the Blowfish
4. Bruce Springsteen
5. Black Eyed Peas
6. Nirvana
7. Led Zeppelin
8. Alicia Keys
9. Jackson Five
10. Britney Spears

General Knowledge
1. What is the Zodiac sign of the goat? ( 1 pt)
2. Billie Joe Armstrong is the lead singer of what rock band? ( 1 pt)
3. Which heavenly constellation is depicted as the hunter? ( 1 pt)
4. Neil Diamond had a hit duet song in 1978 called "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" with what female singer? ( 2 pt)
5. The renal artery supplies which organ in the body with blood? ( 2 pt)
6. Which of the planets in our solar system takes nearly 12 years to travel around the sun in its orbit? ( 2 pt)
7. In what part of the atmosphere is the ozone layer? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The swastika, the infamous symbol of Nazi Germany, was actually a symbol from what country long before the Nazis came to power? ( 4 points)
2. With more than 2 million "thumbs down", what pop singer has the most "disliked" video on YouTube? ( 4 points)
3. What rock band provided the theme songs for the "CSI" crime series and its spinoffs, "CSI: Miami" and "CSI New York?" ( 3 points)
4. The fabled city of Troy is located in what modern country today? ( 4 points)
5. "The Religious Society of Friends" is better known by what other popular name? ( 5 points)

Current Events
1. Rush, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Peter Gabriel (I also accepted Rage Against the Machine, as they became the fourth); 2. "GCB;" 3. Stephen King; 4. Toyota; 5. New York City; 6. Yahoo; 7. Steven Tyler.

March 17th Trivia
1. Boston; 2. Los Angeles; 3. David Paterson; 4. George Harrison and Eric Clapton; 5. Toronto Blue Jays; 6. Lithuania; 7. "Erin Brockovich."

Name the Decade Trivia: First Albums ("The Q Train")
1. 1990s (1994); 2. 1970s (1978); 3. 1990s (1994); 4. 1970s (1972); 5. 1990s (1998); 6. 1980s (1989); 7. 1960s (1969); 8. 2000s (2001); 9. 1960s (1969); 10. 1990s (1999).

General Knowledge
1. Capricorn; 2. Green Day; 3. Orion; 4. Barbra Streisand; 5. kidney; 6. Jupiter; 7. stratosphere.

IQ Trivia
1. India; 2. Rebecca Black, "Friday"; 3. The Who; 4. Turkey; 5. The Quakers.

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