Trivia Recap Feb. 6, 2014

A slight improvement in our scores playing Sporcle Live – Detroit trivia at @Arbor Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery, formerly known as Prince (we’re stealing that from YRS) and also formerly known as an unpronounceable symbol. Which our team artist is working on. Anyway, 122 points, and a $5/third place win for us in what amounted to be a very, very competitive night of trivia – whenever the “low” score is 58, you know there will be tiebreakers somewhere among the top teams! And indeed, there was a tiebreaker in game two.

And on to the questions:
1 Twitter: What fast food chain scored big on Twitter after the 2014 Grammy Awards, when they tweeted, “Hey @Pharrell, can we have our hat back?” We went with BK. Miss.

2 Stage Names: What is the stage name of singer Ernest Evans, whose hits in the 1960s included “The Twist”, “Let’s Twist Again”, and “Limbo Rock”? A little trivia note, this singer was involved in a lawsuit over the use of his stage name as a smart phone app. Read about here, as this is a family-oriented blog (ha ha) we won’t go into deets here. Got this one for big points.

3 Highways: What major U.S. city is home to expressways named Major Deegan, Throgs Neck, and Clearview? Who knows these things? Not us, apparently.

4 Actors: What actor, Golden Globe award winner, and Academy Award nominee, had a recurring role in the daytime soap opera General Hospital from 2009-2012, playing a multimedia artist and serial killer. Who knows this too? Apparently, not us. But there was some cheering from another table. Apparently THEY knew it. Go them.!

5 Calendars: The Chinese calendar assigns an animal to each year on the basis of astrological cycles. The year which began on January 31, 2014 is the year of which animal?

A) Horse B) Monkey C) Rooster D. Sheep
Finally something our weird brains could latch onto! And we didn’t need the multiple choice.
6. Animals: By what 4-letter term is an infant marsupial known?
Bet this one was a “gimme” for the Gentlemen Kangaroos, wasn’t it?

7 90s TV: Within one, in what year did Caroline in the City, The Drew Carey Show, MADtv, and Star Trek: Voyager debut on television? Nailed the year perfectly, got one bonus point.

8 Baby Names: What “J” name was the most popular female baby name in the U.S. in 1972? FB hint.

9 NBA Teams: What NBA team was known as the Syracuse Nationals before they moved to their current location in 1962?

(Optional Hint: Eastern Conference team)

Our sports nerd Brad started working his mojo. And turns out he was the only sports nerd in the bar to come up with the correct answer! Good job, Brad.

10 Novels: What 1996 novel, by Chuck Palahniuk (Pal-ah-nee-uk), chronicles the experiences of an unnamed protagonist struggling with insomnia who is introduced to an underground radical form of psychotherapy by a character named Tyler Durden? D’erp, everyone knew this one.

Mystery: Earlier/Later
Answer whether the following even occurred before, or after the date given.

1. Rain Man wins Best Picture at the Academy Awards, 1986.
2. Outfielder Sammy Sosa hits 60 or more home runs in a season for the 3rd time in his career, 2004.
3. Warren Christopher becomes U.S. Secretary of State, 1989.
4. Bob Dylan releases his album Highway 61 Revisited, 1969.
We missed #3 (overthought it) and #4. Coaster flip failed us.

Final: Award Winners: To date, only four women have won all four major American entertainment awards in competitive categories. These awards include the Oscar, Emmy, Tony, and the Grammy. Name one of these four women.
Note: Liza Minnelli and Barbara Streisand have won all four, but both of them have received one special or honorary non-competitive award, therefore, for the sake of this question, they do not count.

Our movies person came up with two names. Nailed it! Wagered 20, too. We moved up from a miserable seventh place (57 points) to third after the final. Taking second was the Full Monty and first was Your Resume Sucks.

If you’ve read this far, perhaps you’re wondering about the photo we’re using with this re-cap. Well, our blog writer tried to find an unflattering photograph of one of the female EGOT winners from the final and could not find one. She was just too adorable. So she found this photo of a male EGOT winner. Anyone who can name him wins a date with him! Kidding about the date part. But then maybe he’ll bite…

1 Disney Movies: In the 1951 Disney animated film Alice in Wonderland, what type of tea party do The Mad Hatter, March Hare, and the Dormouse throw for Alice? Mike and Brenan joined their brains for this answer.

2 TV: What did the “H” stand for in cable channel VH1’s name when originally launched in 1985?

3 Inventions: What treat did 11-year-old Frank Epperson accidently invent in 1905 when he left a glass of soda that he was stirring out on his back porch overnight? Absolutely no clue. If there was any kind of weather-related clue in the question, it might have helped. We put rock candy.

4 Audio: What NFL player is heard speaking in the following commercial?

5 State Quarters: Which two state quarters contain an image of the Wright Brothers’ first airplane?

6 Math: Euclid (Yoo-klid), a Greek mathematician, is known as the father of what branch of mathematics?

7 Software: Cold Fusion, Dreamweaver, Flash, and Shockwave are all products sold by what software company?

8 Song Lyrics: What song that hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2013 contains the following lyrics?
“Gold teeth, Grey Goose, Tripping in the bathroom;
Bloodstains, Ball gowns, Trashing the hotel room;
We don’t care, we’re driving Cadillacs in our dreams” Thank you JOHN! You saved our bacon here. Mmm…bacon.

9 Islands: What is the largest island in the Solomon Islands, which shares its name with a major World War II naval battle fought there in November 1942? History nerds Mike and Brad took this one away.

10 Libraries: Which U.S. president’s library and museum is located in Atlanta, Georgia? D’erp, another easy one for even the most armchair level presidential trivia nerds.

Visual – blue characters, got them all.

Direct teams to the following link:

Final: Super Bowl History. Ugh. Only had one sports guy, so bet conservatively. Didn’t get it right. Too bad, we were tied for first going into the final with an impressive 65 points (the two other teams went on to take second and first after the final).

In 2014, the Denver Broncos made their 7th Super Bowl appearance, the second most all-time behind the eight appearances of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys. What is the only other NFL team to have made seven Super Bowl appearances?



How many Super Bowl appearances have the Miami Dolphins made? And Cool People and Jeff took the tiebreaker and won game two, with Don’t Forget to Strip Your Bartender taking second place.

Had a great time playing, each ‘Pod in attendance (Heb, Mike, Brad, Brenan and John) all contributed answers.

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