Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Trivia Q&A: April 24

It was another big night of Trivia, with 23 teams taking part. The Red Sox and Celtics both had games going on, but it was an overwhelmingly pro-Trivia crowd at Thom's.

The scores were better than I would have thought for US and World Geography Trivia, but they were a bit less for True or False Trivia. No one got the "mintonette" question in General Knowledge, and almost every team said "badminton" (it was volleyball). Heck, I would have said badminton, too!

We had three teams within three points of each other going into IQ Trivia, but the team in first, 33 Days and Counting, got all five IQ Trivia questions correct to win the night with 50 points. A nice win for Emily and her friends, after they had been out the last two weeks.

Second place went to If John Sterling Said It, Then It Must Be Right with 43 points, and third place went to John Quinn Still Owes Me $47 From Our Trip To Colombia with 42 points.

Best Team Name: The Meatish Sweetballs

An important announcement about next week: Right now, we don't know which day Trivia Night will be next week, as the Celtics will have their first round playoff series, and the Bruins have their Game 7 tomorrow. If they win, they will continue in the playoffs. Both the NBA and NHL will announce their playoff schedules either Thursday or Friday, and we will know then about next week. Please check with the blog or on Facebook Friday for more info.

Current Events
1. The National Army Museum of London recently held a contest to pick who was the UK's most outstanding military opponent. What individual was the winner?
2. What radio personality's lawsuit against Sirius XM Radio was dismissed by a judge last week, which was over stock payments he said was promised him but not paid?
3. Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher, at 49, to ever win an MLB game when he got the win over the San Diego Padres. What NL team does he currently pitch for?
4. Which electronics retailer announced recently that they will be closing 50 of their 1400 US stores this coming summer?
5. What Asian country launched its first ever long-range intercontinental ballistic missile last Thursday?
6. Jim Yong Kim was elected president of what organization last week, which is based in Washington D.C.?
7. What troubled Hollywood actress got into a nasty confrontation with another woman in a nightclub last Wednesday and had a drink poured in her face?

US and World Geography Trivia
1. Which of the five Great Lakes is farthest south?
2. The Orange River is the largest river in what African country?
3. The Savannah River forms a border between Georgia and what other state?
4. Saudi Arabia and Iran are separated by what body of water?
5. Melville Island is located in what Canadian province?
6. The Nubian Desert is located on what continent?
7. What sea is off the coast of Libya?

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Rats cannot vomit.
2. The Stanley Cup is the oldest trophy awarded in all of sports.
3. Yale University is America's oldest university.
4. Jimmy Carter was the first US president born in a hospital.
5. The leech has 32 brains.
6. The pig was the first domesticated animal.
7. George Washington Carver invented peanut butter.
8. "Touch" was the original name of the all-girl pop group The Spice Girls.
9. The Canary Islands are actually named after dogs.
10. CNN was the first cable channel to operate in the United States.

General Knowledge
1. What river does the city of London, England lie on? ( 1 pt)
2. In the nursery rhyme "Hey Diddle Diddle", which animal laughed to see such fun? ( 1 pt)
3. What organ of the body produces cholesterol? ( 1 pt)
4. What early 1980s sitcom used Billy Joel's hit song "My Life" as its theme song in the opening credits? ( 2 pt)
5. What is the maximum number of digits that can fit on a Sudoku board? ( 2 pt)
6. John Gotti was once the boss of what New York crime family? ( 2 pt)
7. What sport was originally known as "mintonette?" ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Vincent Furnier is the real name of what American rock star? ( 4 points)
2. The All Blacks are the national rugby union team from what country? ( 4 points)
3. "Evocateur" is a 2012 documentary about what controversial 1908s TV personality? ( 5 points)
4. "Travels Into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts" is the original title of what 18th century literary classic? ( 3 points)
5. Which cartoon character was the first to appear on a US postage stamp? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. George Washington; 2. Howard Stern; 3. Colorado Rockies; 4. Best Buy; 5. India; 6. The World Bank; 7. Lindsay Lohan.

US and World Geography Trivia
1. Lake Erie; 2. South Africa; 3. South Carolina; 4. Persian Gulf; 5. Nova Scotia; 6. Africa; 7. Mediterranean Sea.

True or False Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. true; 2. false, America's Cup; 3. false, Harvard; 4. true; 5. true; 6. false, dog; 7. true; 8. true. 9. true; 10. false, HBO.

General Knowledge
1. Thames; 2. dog; 3. liver; 4. "Bosom Buddies;" 5. eighty-one; 6. Gambino; 7. volleyball.

IQ Trivia
1. Alice Cooper; 2. New Zealand; 3. Morton Downey Jr.; 4. "Gulliver's Travels;" 5. Bugs Bunny.

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