Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Trivia Q&A: August 21

We had 22 teams in on Trivia Night on Tuesday, which included my old friend Renee and a close friend of hers forming a team. I appreciate seeing old friends come in, as well as the newer ones. It was also a night when the team names were really off the wall, and many involved the loony Congressman from Missouri or Republican vice-presidential hopeful Paul Ryan.

I was surprised that the numbers for Pop Music Trivia weren't better than they were, as I didn't think I made them particularly difficult. The only category we had any perfect scores in were in the Colleges and Universities Trivia, and six teams did that.

Two teams got 4 of 5 correct in IQ Trivia, and they both finished first and second overall. (We also had the rare occurrence of the team in first place going into IQ Trivia finished outside of the top five.) First place went to Missouri, Now the Show-Me An Asshole Politician State won by the slimmest of margins with 44 points. Second place went to Same Name Every Time with 43 points. Third place was taken by I Traded My Zucchini For a Cucumber with 39 points.

Best Team Name: Sorry I Can't Have Sex With You, My Vagina's Full of Republicans

Current Events
1. Greg Stanton, mayor of what western city, broke his nose last week while attending a practice of his city's WNBA basketball team?
2. According to Forbes magazine, what musical married couple made $78 million last year, the most of any married couple in the US?
3. What South American country granted asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange last week?
4. Bill Gates and his foundation held a two-day showcase in Seattle this past week with researchers about "re-inventing" what household item?
5. Neil Young and the Foo Fighters will be the headline acts for a free concert by the Global Poverty Project on September 29th where?
6. What book trilogy has overtaken the Harry Potter books to become the best-selling series ever at
7. Melky Cabrera, an outfielder with what NL team, was given a 50-day suspension by MLB last week for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs?

Pop Music Trivia
1. "Straight Up" was a number one song in 1988 for what female pop singer?
2. MTV made its debut in what year?
3. Who replaced David Lee Roth as Van Halen's lead singer in 1986?
4. Andrew Ridgeley was a member of what 1980s pop group?
5. What "American Idol" winner has racked up the most total album sales in their career?
6. What rap star was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in 1997?
7. What R&B/pop singer's duets album has sold the most units of any album released so far in 2012?

Colleges and Universities Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Marquette
2. US Air Force Academy
3. Johns Hopkins
4. Dartmouth
5. Quinnipiac
6. Drexel
7. Bowdoin
8. Creighton
9. SMU

General Knowledge
1. What planet is nicknamed "The Red Planet?" ( 1 pt)
2. How many squares are there on a standard chess board? ( 1 pt)
3. What foreign city was home to the first Hard Rock Cafe? ( 1 pt)
4. At over 2300 miles, what is the longest river in the US? ( 2 pt)
5. Nike is the Greek goddess of what? ( 2 pt)
6. The world's longest border is between what two countries? ( 2 pt)
7. In the second century BC, what was the first city in the world to reach a population of one million? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. In ancient times, what constellation was known as "The Dragon's Wing?" ( 5 points)
2. The Battle of Fort Dearborn was fought during the War of 1812 in what current US city? ( 4 points)
3. Stretching over 4400 miles, what is the world's longest mountain range above sea level? ( 4 points)
4. What small European country is the only nation in the world ruled by a duke or duchess? ( 4 points)
5. In what religion would you find the gods Vishnu and Ganesha? ( 3 points)

Current Events
1. Phoenix; 2. Beyonce and Jay-Z; 3. Ecuador; 4. toilet; 5. Central Park; 6. "The Hunger Games;" 7. San Francisco Giants.

Pop Music Trivia
1. Paula Abdul; 2. 1981; 3. Sammy Hagar; 4. Wham!; 5. Carrie Underwood; 6. Notorious B.I.G.; 7. Lionel Richie.

Colleges and Universities Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. WI; 2. CO; 3. MD; 4. NH; 5. CT; 6. PA; 7. ME; 8. NE; 9. TX; 10. GA.

General Knowledge
1. Mars; 2. 64; 3. London; 4. Missouri; 5. victory; 6. US and Canada; 7. Rome.

IQ Trivia
1. Ursa Minor ("The Little Dipper); 2. Chicago; 3. Andes; 4. Luxembourg; 5. Hinduism.

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