Trivia Recap – Jan. 12, 2017 – Wurst Bar

Our “fearsome foursome” of ‘Pods visited The Wurst Bar for our weekly My Trivia Live trivia meetup Wednesday hosted by Stacy Louis. A “celebrity” in the competitive dreidel spinning world (yes, that is a thing), Alan Black, happened to be in the bar, which will play host to the “America’s Next Top Dreidel” spinning championship 5 p.m. Saturday. Alan, a dreidel spinning national champion, also hosts a weekly trivia show Fridays at Maplewood Lanes in Saline. Good luck Saturday from all of us on the ‘Pods team! We salute the pursuit of ALL pastimes – the more unusual and quirky – the better! As for the trivia game, a rough final question stumped every single team in the room, but we wagered conservatively and survived with a second-place/$20 gift card. And the questions…
Round One
1. Kids’ Games – What is the only piece of equipment needed to play “Cat’s Cradle?” We did a cross-off of “Harry Chapin record” before writing our REAL answer, 5.
2. U.S. States – How many U.S. states end in the letter “h?” 1
3. TV Miniseries – Following in the footsteps of the 1982 miniseries “The Blue and the Grey,” what 1985 Civil War-themed miniseries starred Kirstie Alley and Patrick Swayze? I actually watched that series…3.
Round Two
1. Inventions – In 1816, a French doctor invented what device because he was uncomfortable putting his ear on a woman’s chest? 5
2. Gambling – What color is the #13 on a roulette wheel? Gambled and missed for 1.
3. Fields of Study- What was Edwin Hubble’s field of study? For an extra three point bonus, Jacob and Johann Bernoulli were involved int the study of what? Did not attempt to answer this one, got the main question for 3.
Round Three
1. Rooms – What is the one-word name for a glass-enclosed room addition to a house which was used for sunbathing and therapeutic sun exposure? 5
2. Novels – The author of what novel was inspired by the life of the Rev. Josiah Henson, who had a community of freed slaves in Canada? This is not even remotely close to how the question was worded, we initially had the right answer written down, but changed it to the wrong one. At the last second…tsk, tsk…miss for 1. When, oh when will the team listen to the lit major? Whine…
3. Cereal – What TV show’s characters appear on boxes of “Fruity Pebbles” cereal? This inspired Brad to quiz us all on this series. Ah, memories…got this for 3.
Halftime – Identify the four most expensive spices in the world, ranging from $5,000 a pound to $6 a pound.
Managed to get three of these, though the right fourth one was discussed.
Scores -Eleven teams, scores 21 to 31, with us tied for the top score with Cousins with Benefits.
Round Four
1. Beliefs – The Algonquin Indians believed the earth was on top of what? Newsletter, 6.
2. Islands – Bikini Atoll is one island out of 23 islands in what Pacific island group? 4
3. Alcohol – Within one, how many years did the Prohibition of alcohol last in the United States? I’m the proud great-granddaughter of bootleggers, and my husband is also descended from bootleggers. Take away people’s booze, and they’ll just get creative! What a silly idea that was…Brad nailed this one for 2.
Round Five
1. Always – On the TV show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” what is the name of bar in which the characters work? I know only a couple of things about that show – the name of that bar – and that Danny DeVito and that guy with the annoying girl voice whose name escapes me at the moment are both on the show. But my teammates were very, very grateful I knew this for max points, so there’s that! 6
2. World War 2 – What was the name of the heavy artillery unit destroyed in 1945 to prevent its capture, which was the heaviest artillery unit in operation at the time? Every team missed this, shenanigans were called but someone objected….so no points for any teams on this one.
3. Donors – Robert Graham opened a sperm bank in 1980 with the intention of getting sperm from what specific group of men? And for everything, a “Simpsons” reference! Episode where Marge’s sister Selma is leafing through a sperm donor catalog with Marge. No, the answer to this question is NOT sweathogs! John nailed this one for 4.
Round Six
1. Dancers – What dancer and winner of nine Emmy awards did a one hour routine on NBC in 1958? Good guess for 2.
2. SCIENCE! – What naturally occurring yellow to black liquid is kerosene derived from? 6
3. Landmarks – What midtown Manhattan landmark is located between 48th and 51st streets and Fifth and Sixth avenues? Miss for 4.
Scores – Eleven teams, scores 35 to 61, with us in the top spot, and a 12-point lead over two teams tied for second, including Team Pants.
Final: Who Am I?
I had a top 10 hit every year between 1975 and 1984
My first top 10 hit was in 1976, with 10 more top 10 hits through 1982, more than any other
I was the first to have three consecutive double albums
reach number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and I charted four number one singles in the U.S. within a 12-month period
In 1985 I sang at the nationally televised 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala before the second inauguration of Ronald Reagan
We put a lot of thought into this and eliminated some choices immediately (so-and-so wouldn’t perform at his inauguration, so-and-so is too early, etc…). We picked a performer who had a hit double album in the 1970s and a few number ones in the 70s. And maybe even a Razzie award, or was that just for Laurence Olivier? Alas, we picked the wrong person…
Standings: Team Four, 5 points; ‘Pods, 23 points, and Diddler on the Roof, 44 (such a wise, wise wager). Until next time, which will be tonight at Stick’s. As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, Danny DeVito!

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