Friday, May 29, 2020

Trivia Q&A: May 28

We had another good turnout of folks for our eighth edition of "Facebook Live Trivia Night." But when the fourth round ended, we had some technical difficulties, so we had to start a second time, and thankfully everyone bore with the problem and stayed. The overall winner was Brad Cook, one of my old Trivia regulars who is now back home in Melbourne, Australia. Brad rolled up 47 points and got his first ever win. We also had three other teams get 45 points, so it was close heading to the finish. Hopefully, everything goes off without a hitch next week. See you then!

2010s Trivia
1. On December 13, 2013, what female pop singer released an album with no advanced notice, at midnight and initially only available digitally through the iTunes store?
2. What actor picked up an Emmy nomination for "True Detective" and also won an Oscar, both in 2014?
3. What sitcom ended its nine-year run in 2014 and the finale we saw that Ted Mosby may have ended up with Robin Scherbatsky after all?
4. Who was the only team to win three World Series titles in the 2010s?
5. In 2011, the FBI's Most Wanted Fugitive, James "Whitey" Bulger, a Boston mobster on the run for 16 years, was captured in what US state?
6. What 2015 film was the top grossing movie of the 2010s in the US?
7. What NBA team won the most titles in the 2010s?

New York City Trivia
1. What NYC bridge was named in honor of former mayor Ed Koch in 2011?
2. What is the oldest department store on 5th Avenue, which has been in operation since 1826?
3. What is the longest-running Broadway show of all-time?
4. Who was elected mayor of NYC in November 2001?
5. Which of NYC's boroughs is the largest in area?
6. What Brooklyn-born singer attended Erasmus Hall High School with Barbra Streisand?
7. The most stolen honorary street sign in NYC is named in honor of what NY-born rock star, who died in 2001?

The Q Train: TV Moms Trivia (Name the Show)
1. Jill Taylor
2. Lois Griffin
3. Sophia Petrillo
4. Samantha Stevens
5. June Cleaver
6. Elizabeth Jennings
7. Claire Dunphy
8. Maggie Seaver
9. Peggy Bundy
10. Marion Cunningham

General Knowledge
1. "I see dead people" is a famous line from what 1999 film? ( 1 pt)
2. How many NFL teams currently play their home games in New York state? ( 1 pt)
3. What American city is sometimes called the "City of the Big Shoulders?" ( 1 pt)
4. What is Paul McCartney's middle name? ( 2 pt)
5. Deimos and Phobos are moons of what planet? ( 2 pt)
6. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed in what country? ( 2 pt)
7. What is the southernmost state capital in the continental US? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Who had the first, and so far only, cover of a Beatles song to hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100? ( 4 points)
2. What was the most recent movie that won the Oscar for Best Picture but was not nominated for Best Director? ( 4 points)
3. Luzon is the largest island in what Asian country? ( 4 points)
4. Rome's airport is named in honor of what 16th century Italian man? ( 3 points)
5. The sclera is found where on the human body? ( 5 points)

2010s Trivia
1. Beyonce; 2. Matthew McConaughey; 3. "How I Met Your Mother;" 4. San Francisco Giants; 5. California; 6. "Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens;" 7. Golden State Warriors (3).

New York City Trivia
1. Queensboro (59 Street) Bridge; 2. Lord and Taylor (I tossed the question out when I discovered the store closed last year, so everyone got one point); 3. "Phantom of the Opera;" 4. Michael Bloomberg; 5. Queens; 6. Neil Diamond; 7. Joey Ramone.

The Q Train: TV Moms Trivia
1. Home Improvement; 2. Family Guy; 3. Golden Girls; 4. Bewitched; 5. Leave It to Beaver; 6. The Americans; 7. Modern Family; 8. Growing Pains; 9. Married With Children; 10. Happy Days.

General Knowledge
1. "The Sixth Sense;" 2. One (Buffalo Bills); 3. Chicago; 4. Paul (first name James); 5. Mars; 6. New Zealand; 7. Austin, TX.

IQ Trivia
1. Elton John; 2. "Green Book"; 3. The Phillippines; 4. Leonardo da Vinci; 5. Eyes (white part).

Friday, May 22, 2020

Trivia Q&A: May 21

Our seventh edition of "Facebook Live Trivia Night" was another successful one, as we had about 30 people (and perhaps more at its height) tuned in to play Trivia. It was another night of triumph for Gillian, Joe and the rest of their gang (one of my oldest and loyalest Trivia teams from back in the early 2010s) who got their second win, getting 51 points. Congrats to them on their triumph with the team name "HydroxychloriKWEENS." (That might have won a a Best Team Name back in the old days of Trivia!) Francine Hamilton was second with 50 points and Team COVID Obesity with third with 48 points.

2000s Trivia
1. Ken Jennings won over $2.5 million as a contestant on what quiz show in 2004?
2. What cartoon TV show, based on the Griffin family, became popular in the early 2000s?
3. The 2004 Summer Olympics were held in what European city?
4. Michael Jackson died on the same day in 2009 as what famous Hollywood actress?
5. What rapper had the most combined sales in albums of any artist of the 2000s?
6. In 2008, the Republic of Kosovo gained its independence from what European country?
7. What American was given an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002?

Memorial Day Trivia
1. Memorial Day was called by another name once. What was it called?
2. What memorial, the first to be established on Washington's National Mall, was dedicated in 1982?
3. What late 20th century president decreed a National Moment of Remembrance, a moment of silence at 3 PM each Memorial Day?
4. What famous American WWII military leader died of injuries suffered in an auto accident in 1945?
5. The first Memorial Day was founded to honor military personnel who died in what war?
6. What Chicago stadium opened in 1924 as a tribute to troops who died in WWI?
7. What American founding father was eulogized as being "First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen?"

The Q Train: 21st Century Movie Characters Trivia
1. Jordan Belfort (2013)
2. Hans Landa (2009)
3. Killmonger (2018)
4. Gandalf (2001)
5. Kylo Ren (2015)
6. Miranda Priestly (2006)
7. Katniss Everdeen (2012)
8. Tony Stark (2010)
9. Steve Rogers (2011)
10. Regina George (2004)

General Knowledge
1. The Pelican State is the nickname for what US state? ( 1 pt)
2. On the Periodic Table of Elements, Fe stands for what element? ( 1 pt)
3. According to Instagram, what is the most photographed city in the world? ( 1 pt)
4. What country has the largest standing army in the world? ( 2 pt)
5. After water, what is the most consumed beverage in the world? ( 2 pt)
6. The TV shows Dexter, Ballers and Jane the Virgin were all set in what city? ( 2 pt)
7. "The Shipwreck Coast" can be found in what country? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What mid-1970s film was the first movie ever to gross $100 million at the box office in the US? ( 4 points)
2. To avoid any association with the Nazis, SS Cars Ltd., a European car company, changed its name to what after WWII? ( 5 points)
3. The environmental group Greenpeace was founded in 1971 in what country? ( 4 points)
4. What 1992 film holds the record for the best selling soundtrack of all time, over 17 million copies? ( 4 points)
5. What is the only airline with a name composed of three consecutive letters? ( 3 points)

2000s Trivia
1. Jeopardy; 2. Family Guy; 3. Athens; 4. Farrah Fawcett; 5. Eminem; 6. Serbia; 7. Rudy Giuliani.

Memorial Day Trivia
1. Decoration Day; 2. Vietnam Veterans Memorial; 3. Bill Clinton; 4. General George Patton; 5. Civil War; 6. Soldier Field; 7. George Washington.

The Q Train: 21st Century Movie Characters Trivia
1. The Wolf of Wall Street; 2. Inglorious Basterds; 3. Black Panther; 4. The Lord of the Rings; 5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens; 6. The Devil Wears Prada; 7. The Hunger Games; 8. Iron Man; 9. Captain America: The First Avenger; 10. Mean Girls.

General Knowledge
1. Louisiana; 2. iron; 3. New York City; 4. China; 5. tea; 6. Miami; 7. Australia.

IQ Trivia
1. Jaws; 2. Jaguar; 3. Canada; 4. The Bodyguard; 5. KLM.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Trivia Q&A: May 14

We had another terrific turnout of folks for our sixth "Facebook Live Trivia Night" last night, with the high of 34 people tuned in. The night belonged to Francine Hamilton, who rolled up 47 points and got the win. Congrats, Francine! The next two highest scores went to The Jabooties and Billy and Danielle DePasquale, who each had 46 points. Another great time was had by all, and see you on Facebook next Thursday!

1990s Trivia
1. What film, released in 1993, became the highest-grossing movie of all-time, passing "E.T." ("Titanic" broke its record in 1997)?
2. Wayne Greztky retired in 1999 as hockey's greatest player, as a member of what team?
3. What girl group of the 1990s sung the theme song to the sketch comedy TV show "All That?"
4. What pop single, released in 1997, sold 33 million worldwide to become the best selling single of all-time?
5. What was the only MLB team to make it to the playoffs every year from 1991-99, except the strike year of 1994?
6. Who was the best selling rap/hip hop artist of the 1990s?
7. What 1993 bestseller by Robert James Waller was later made into a film by Clint Eastwood?

Mothers Trivia
1. Who was the frontman for the rock band "The Mothers of Invention?"
2. What country in the world did Mother Teresa do most of her charity work with the poor?
3. Who in the Bible is credited with being "Mother of all things living?"
4. Mother Love Bone was a late 1980s band from the Northwest and two members would form what superstar band in the 1990s?
5. Natalie Suleman, known as the "Octomom", came into prominence in 2009 when she gave birth to how many children?
6. "The mother of all battles has begun" is a statement credited to what onetime world leader?
7. In Spain, Mothers Day is celebrated in what month?

The Q Train: Comedy Movie Characters Trivia (Name the Film)
1. Jonathan Mardukas
2. Dottie Hinson
3. Axel Foley
4. Mona Lisa Vito
5. Al Czervik
6. Peter Venkman
7. Steve Stifler
8. Hedley Lamarr
9. Penny Lane
10. Biggus Dickus

General Knowledge
1. What fictional character's nose grew longer when he was lying? ( 1 pt)
2. Calgary is a major Canadian city found in what province? ( 1 pt)
3. In the Bible, who famously denied Jesus three times before the cock crowed? ( 1 pt)
4. The Ganges River runs through India and what other Asian country? ( 2 pt)
5. What is the most commonly used letter in the English language? ( 2 pt)
6. What is the largest artery in the human body? ( 2 pt)
7. Canyonlands National Park is located in what western US state? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What classic board game did a schoolteacher names Eleanor Abbott invent in the 1940s? ( 4 points)
2. Which Democratic US president is the only president who never met with Queen Elizabeth II during her reign as monarch? ( 4 points)
3. What event did Prince Albert of Monaco compete in at the 2002 Winter Olympics at Salt Lake City? ( 5 points)
4. Who is famous for the sculpture he made called "The Thinker?" ( 3 points)
5. What man was famously arrested, at least initially, for the murder of a police officer named J.D. Tippit? ( 4 points)

1990s Trivia
1. "Jurassic Park;" 2. NY Rangers; 3. TLC; 4. "Candle In The Wind;" 5. Atlanta Braves; 6. Tupac Shakur; 7. "The Bridges of Madison County."

Mothers Trivia
1. Frank Zappa; 2. India; 3. Eve; 4. Pearl Jam; 5. eight; 6. Saddam Hussein; 7. December.

The Q Train: Comedy Movie Characters Trivia
1. Midnight Run; 2. A League of Their Own; 3. Beverly Hills Cop; 4. My Cousin Vinny; 5. Caddyshack; 6. Ghostbusters; 7. American Pie; 8. Blazing Saddles; 9. Almost Famous; 10. Life of Brian.

General Knowledge
1. Pinocchio; 2. Alberta; 3. Peter; 4. Bangladesh; 5. E; 6. aorta; 7. Utah.

IQ Trivia
1. Candy Land; 2. Lyndon Johnson; 3. Four man bobsled; 4. Auguste Rodin; 5. Lee Harvey Oswald.

Friday, May 08, 2020

Trivia Q&A: May 7

We had another great turnout for our fifth "Facebook Live Trivia Night" last night. The high number of folks tuning in was 38. We've now gone back to five rounds, with two Special Categories every week, and seven questions apiece in those rounds. The scores were generally on the higher sides for both rounds. We had a tie score of 51 points for the high score of the night between my sister Maureen Russell and my softball-playing friends The Jabooties. (We don't have tiebreakers for our online Trivia Nights.) Congratulations to both teams on their victories!

1980s Trivia
1. "Theater of Pain" was an album from 1985 by what American heavy metal band?
2. What film in the initial "Star Wars" trilogy did Jabba the Hut make its first initial appearance?
3. What event occurred on November 9, 1989, symbolizing the beginning of the fall of communism?
4. "Go ahead, make my day" was a famous Clint Eastwood quote from what "Dirty Harry" sequel film?
5. What 1980s TV star had a pop album in 1986 called "Heartbeat?"
6. In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space as a crew member of what space shuttle?
7. What NFL championship team had a rap hit in the mid-1980s called "The Super Bowl Shuffle?"

May Trivia
1. On May 10, 1869, the first Transcontinental Railroad was completed, with the golden spike drilled at Promontory Summit in what state?
2. In May 1865, what famous figure of the Confederacy was captured by Union troops in Georgia?
3. What sitcom ended its 11-year network run in May 1993 with 80 million people tuning in?
4. In May 2010, what actress hosted Saturday Night Live thanks to a push by fans on Facebook, and she won an Emmy for her appearance?
5. What is the birthstone for the month of May?
6. What two Zodiac signs share the month of May?
7. Singer Paul David Hewson was born in May 1960 and is better known by what single name?

The Q Train: 1-10 Trivia
1. Capricorn is this number sign of the Zodiac.
2. Jupiter is this number planet from the Sun.
3. How many sides does a heptagon have?
4. The Beatles released a compilation album in 2000 entitled what number?
5. Yankee Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig wore this number.
6. How many years did the Korean War last?
7. This is the number of points awarded in football for a safety.
8. The right fielder in baseball is this number player.
9. Hanukkah lasts this number days and nights.
10. In the 12 Days of Christmas, how many "geese a-laying?"

General Knowledge
1. How many square inches are there in one square foot? ( 1 pt)
2. What star sign would you be if you were born on January 4th? ( 1 pt)
3. "Tin Lizzie" was the nickname of what classic American car? ( 1 pt)
4. In the 2000 Census, what city ranked fourth in US population after NYC, LA and Chicago? ( 2 pt)
5. According to the Girl Scouts, what is their best selling cookie? ( 2 pt)
6. What rock legend appeared on the first cover of Rolling Stone magazine in 1967? ( 2 pt)
7. In what European city is the famed 17th century "Bridge of Sighs?" ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The first woman to serve as a US cabinet member served under what president? ( 4 points)
2. What Oscar-winning film director directed Michael Jackson's 1988 video "Bad?" ( 4 points)
3. In 1963, what former world leader was made an honorary citizen of the US by an act of Congress? ( 4 points)
4. Vincent Furnier is the real name of what American hard rock legend? ( 5 points)
5. What cartoon character was the first to appear on a US postage stamp in 1997? ( 3 points)

1980s Trivia
1. Motley Crue; 2. "Return of the Jedi;" 3. Berlin wall falls; 4. "Sudden Impact;" 5. Don Johnson; 6. Challenger; 7. Chicago Bears.

May Trivia
1. Utah; 2. Jefferson Davis; 3. "Cheers;" 4. Betty White; 5. Emerald; 6. Taurus and Gemini; 7. Bono.

The Q Train: 1-10 Trivia
1. 10; 2. 5; 3. 7; 4. 1; 5. 4; 6. 3; 7. 2; 8. 9; 9. 8; 10. 6.

General Knowledge
1. 144; 2. Capricorn; 3. Model T; 4. Houston; 5. Thin Mints; 6. John Lennon; 7. Venice.

IQ Trivia
1. Franklin D. Roosevelt (Frances Perkins); 2. Martin Scorsese; 3. Winston Churchill; 4. Alice Cooper; 5. Bugs Bunny.

Friday, May 01, 2020

Trivia Q&A: April 30

We had another great night of "Facebook Live Trivia Night" on Thursday night, with the high number of 35 people coming in for their Trivia fix! The high score of the night was 46 points by Jen Kilburn (congrats on your first win!). Three other teams rolled up 45 points: Jaknan (my sister Nancy and my brother-in-law Jack), I Wish This Microphone Was a Penis (Gillian and Joe rolling out that infamous team name again) and Francine Hamilton as well. Thanks to all of you for your great feedback on the night, as it is always a blast to host.

Due to popular demand, I am going to expand the night to five categories next week, as we will do two Special Categories along with the Q Train Lightning Round. I will post all of them on the Facebook Group Page next Wednesday.

TV Sitcoms Trivia
1. What 1980s sitcom had seven different actors win acting Emmys in the show's history?
2. What 1980s sitcom featured an alien from the planet Melmac?
3. How did George Costanza's fiancee die on "Seinfeld?"
4. Who was the first actor to be nominated for an Emmy for the same character on 3 different sitcoms?
5. Marcel the monkey was a character on what 1990s TV sitcom?
6. "Modern Family", "MASH", "Married With Children", and "Cheers" all concluded their runs on TV after how many seasons each?
7. What "Brady Bunch" character uttered the famous catch phrase "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia?"
8. Bob Saget was the unseen narrator of what 2010s sitcom?
9. Steve Carell starred for 7 seasons on what 2000s sitcom?
10. In 1997, TV Guide selected "Chuckles Bites The Dust" from what 1970s sitcom as the "Greatest TV Episode of All-Time?"

The Q Train: TV Characters Trivia
1. Walter White
2. Samantha Jones
3. Fox Mulder
4. Bobby Axlerod
5. Carrie Mathieson
6. Don Draper
7. Nucky Thompson
8. Monica Gellar
9. Rick Grimes
10. Jon Snow

General Knowledge
1. In what year did the United Nations come into existence? ( 1 pt)
2. "Good Vibrations" was a number one hit song for what hip hop group in 1991? ( 1 pt)
3. According to instructions at the start of every episode of TV"s "Mission Impossible", how long would it take for the tape to self-destruct? ( 1 pt)
4. Falu is a specific shade of what color? ( 2 pt)
5. What TV newsmagazine recently surpassed "Soul Train" to become the longest-running syndicated series in US TV history? ( 2 pt)
6. Between popcorn, pretzels and potato chips, which type of snack food was supposedly invented by an Italian monk in the 7th century? ( 2 pt)
7. What is the only country in continental Europe currently ruled by a queen? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What TV character died 99 times between August 1997 and the present? ( 3 points)
2. What number one hit Beatles song was written by Paul McCartney and was based on a dream he had about his mother who had died over 10 years earlier? ( 4 points)
3. Emmanuel Macron is currently the head of state in what two independent European nations? ( 5 points)
4. What movie star gets killed in the first scene of the 1996 horror movie "Scream?" ( 4 points)
5. The Pickwick Papers was the first novel by what 19th century author? ( 4 points)

TV Sitcoms Trivia
1. Cheers; 2. Alf; 3. Licking envelopes; 4. Kelsey Grammer; 5. Friends; 6. 11; 7. Jan; 8. How I Met Your Mother; 9. The Office; 10. The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

The Q Train: TV Characters Trivia
1. Breaking Bad; 2. Sex and the City; 3. The X-Files; 4. Billions; 5. Homeland; 6. Mad Men; 7. Boardwalk Empire; 8. Friends; 9. The Walking Dead; 10. Game of Thrones.

General Knowledge
1. 1945; 2. Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch; 3. 5 seconds; 4. Red; 5. Entertainment Tonight; 6. pretzels; 7. Denmark.

IQ Trivia
1. Kenny (South Park); 2. Let It Be; 3. France and Andorra; 4. Drew Barrymore; 5. Charles Dickens.