Not our most stellar Sporcle Live Trivia with Kumaouting when all 111 points were added up, but we still walked away with a first place in game two which means…beer money! Yup, we’ll take that. We love not having to pay for a few beers from Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery.Now on to the good, the bad, and the ugly of our trivia night:
1. Fairy Tales: In the Hans Christian Andersen story “The Princess and the Pea,” what does the pea prevent? Very confident for 10.
2. Track and Field: In men’s track, how many hurdles are there in the 110 meter hurdle event: 8, 10, 11, or 12?
Great guess, Chris B.!
3. Film Pairings: Name one of the two films directed by Ron Howard in which Jennifer Connelly appeared. Nerd bonus: Name both.
Knew one, but not the other, We guessed “Cinderella Man” for the nerd point and missed it.
4. Recent News: Audio clip of a viral video of a person pleading with National Rent-a-Car. And how exactly are viral videos considered “recent news?” Yes, it’s a legitimate question, and yes, we missed it for 2, but the category name was a bit misleading.
5. Playing Card Math: Discounting the jokers, how many eyes appear in a standard deck of playing cards? And nope. We tried in earnest to come up with the right answer, it just didn’t happen. Lost our 3.
6. Royalty: Which of Henry VIII’s wives was mother to Elizabeth I?
7. Populations: As of 2014, what is the most populous city in China? FB clue.
8. Song Lyrics: Name two of the three MLB players mentioned in the lyrics to “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel. A Toledo venue only had to name one. We guessed Hank Aaron incorrectly for MLB player #2. Boo.
9. TV Characters: What is the first name of Claire Danes’s character on the 1990s teen drama My So-Called Life: Erin, Angela, Ariel, or Amanda?
Host Kuma put the multiple choice thing to a vote and we resoundingly pleaded “yes.” even though several other teams didn’t want multiple choice. Good thing we were sitting fairly close to the host. Didn’t help, we still missed it 😦
10. Diseases: What medical condition, derived from the Greek for “liver inflammation,” can be transmitted sexually as well as by unclean tattoo needles?
Mystery Round: 2014 Movie Anagrams
**Ugh…between anagrams and the return of “Who/What Am I?” mystery rounds, they’ve been rough lately.
1. CLIENT FAME
2. GO THIEVE MOLE
3. RIGHT EVE
4. HOMETOWN HATER
Missed #4. Kudos to John and Chris for coming up with the others at that last second.
We were in ninth place with 48 points heading into the final. Our re-cap writer was at the bar ordering drinks while standings were being read. But word on the street was that Your Resume Sucks rocked the first game and held onto their lead in game one. Bravo!
Final Category: Famous Speeches
Final Question: On April 3, 1964, at Cory Methodist Church in Cleveland, Ohio, who delivered what has become known as “The Ballot or the Bullet” speech?
And we knew the answer. So did every team ahead of us, apparently. Or at least enough of them to keep us out of the money (whine).
Final Standings: 3. some team using a pseudonym too long for us to bother writing down , 78; 2. Money Badgers, 80; and 1. Your Resume Sucks, 81.
1. Dramas: What 2000 drama includes a scene in which actor Sean Connery is standing on the pitcher’s mound in Yankee Stadium?
Not a stinking clue for 1 point.
2. Record Labels: In 1992, what pop star was one of three founders of Maverick Records, whose first release was her fifth studio album? Nerd bonus: Name the album.
Very, very confident on this one, and one of our players actually owns this CD!
3. Temperatures: Which of the seven base units in the International System (SI) of units measures thermodynamic temperature?
4. Historic Holidays: What public holiday was celebrated on May 7 and 8 1945 with widespread celebrations across the world including the US and UK?
5. Toys: What classic toy first introduced in 1959 is Ruth Handler credited with inventing?
What? It’s not Malibu Stacy? 🙂
6. Award Winning Actors: What actor won four consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Actor in a comedy from 1985 until 1988 for his role on the sitcom Night Court?
7. Racing: What city in western France has hosted an internationally famous 24-hour long endurance auto race since 1923? Great work, Joel. You know your “car” stuff!
8. Japanese: What is the Japanese name for a plant also known as Japanese horseradish? One of our newer players Chris, who happens to speak Japanese, was very excited when he heard this category. So disappointed that it was a softball.
9. Islands: In which province is the Canadian portion of the Thousand Islands?
Two of our players traveled through here on their way to Boston in 1993. And got stopped at the border and had their 1985 Chrysler New Yorker searched before they could enter the U.S. What a country…
10. Rocky Horror Picture Show: In the movie, the name of what famous ship appears on Frank’s life preserver during the pool scene?
Visual: got them all (see the post by Spaceballs: The Trivia Team to see the visual round).
Heading into the final:
Ten teams with scores ranging from 39 to 63. We were in the top spot heading into the final and debated the hell out of what to wager on the category “stamps.” The “go big or go home” camp won out and we decided to bet it all.
“Within 3 cents, what was the price of domestic postage in 1976?”
Final standings: 3 (too long of a name to write down), 56; 2. Your Resume Sucks, 82; and 1. Miskatonic U., 83.
Final Category: Stamps
Final Question: Within three cents, what was the price of a domestic first class postage stamp in 1976?