Trivia Recap – Jan. 27, 2017 – Sticks

The three ‘Pods who have known each other the longest hit up the trivia scene at Stick’s in Ypsilanti Thursday for a game normally hosted by Sporcle With Tim, this time hosted by Sporcle Live with Jessi. Who, as it turns out, remembered us from when we used to play Sundays at Arbor Brewing Company in Ann Arbor, which no longer does trivia on Sundays. Guess we do get around, don’t we? Guess that makes us “trivia whores.” We were just barely edged out of prizes in both games mainly due to crappy wagering, finished with 127 points/third place for the night. This time our players were myself (Heather), Mike and David, who have known each other since 1999, when we met at a party hosted by Sam. Some of the memories we talked about are not exactly suitable for a public post (ahem), so why don’t we just get into those questions, shall we?
Game One
1. Reality TV – What reality competition series is the U.S. version of the British reality series “Strictly Come Dancing?” Nice effort, but miss for 3. And now I have “Come Dancing” by the Kinks in my head…
2. Cigarettes – In what decade did Joe the Camel last appear in advertisements? 4
3. Pizza – What standard pizza ingredient is omitted in “pizza bianca?” 10
4. Musicals – The film “All That Jazz” was loosely based on the life of what choreographer and director? My first solo “hit” of the game for 9 (see…I do know SOME girly stuff, for the record, people!). And just as an extra tidbit, did you guys know Paula Abdul was a choreographer in the 1987 movie “The Running Man?” And even though the movie was supposedly set in the future, those outfits the dancers wore were straight outta the ’80s! Now you want to watch it, don’t you? 🙂
5. Bones – Which two bones are located in the lower leg between the knee and the foot? 8
6. Phones – What company, formerly the largest vendor of mobile phones in the world, released its first ever Android smart phone in 2017, which sold out in China in one minute? And for an extra “nerd” bonus, what Nordic country is this company from? Mike knew both of these…because of the “Transformers” movie. And this isn’t the first time that movie has helped us on a trivia night! 7
7. Presidents – Since the 22nd Amendment, which limited presidential terms, was adopted, how many U.S. presidents have served two full terms? Communication breakdown here, I had my list of the correct number of guys here, but not all of them were written on the slip. Yes, two people sitting next to each other can still manage to f— this up (facepalm). Miss for SIX. This will cost us the game.
8 Beaches (we joked when we heard this category that this wouldn’t be about that “chick flick” with Bette Midler) – What country has beaches on the Sea of Cortez? Dave with right answer for 2.
9. NCAA Basketball – Aside from Alaska, which eastern U.S. state is the only one to have never had a team in the NCAA men’s Division 1 basketball tournament? A bit of debating here, but got it for 1 (nice, Dave).
10, Banking – What does D stand for in FDIC? 5
Mystery – Before and After
1. Actor playing Jesse Pinkman on “Breaking Bad” and current U.S. Speaker of the House
2. Restaurant using the slogan “have it your way” and cartoon show featuring Dale Gribble
3. Rock band formed by Lou Reed and John Cayle and network of secret routes and safe houses that helped slaves escape to freedom
4. Actor playing title character on “The Young Pope” and drama series created by Dick Wolf premiering in 1990
Got all of these (really nice teamwork, guys!)
Scores: Nine teams, scores 29 to 60, with Dem Iggs in first. We were in second playing under the pseudonym, “Our answers aren’t wrong, they’re alternative facts.”
Final Category – Literature
We did not all agree on what to wager here. I wanted to bet it all, since literature was my college major, and Mike is basically a borderline book hoarder. Dave pointed out that we’ve been burned by these questions before. All valid points. In the end, we decided to split the difference and wager 10. Then we get THIS question…
A sperm whale and a bowl of petunias plummet to the surface of the planet Magrathea in what novel, which was an adaptation of a 1978 radio play?
And Mike practically pees his pants with excitement…wrong, wrong wager! Wrong wager (why didn’t you guys listen to me). Just missed the prize zone, finished third.
Standings: One is the Loneliest Number, 71; Dem Iggs, 80.
Game Two
1. Movie Cameos – What pro wrestler, who died in 2011, appeared in the 2002 “Spider-Man” film as “Bonesaw McGraw?” 6
2. European History – What country bordering Poland was split into two in 1993 in what was called the “velvet divorce?” 10
3. Biology – What is the 13-letter word for the process that turns frogs into toads and the process of caterpillars turning into butterflies? 9
4. Sports – What sport, part of the Summer Olympics since 1988, is governed by the ITTF? Dave all over this for 9.
5. Soundtracks – Audio clue we missed from a 2014 film
6. Music Notation (yay another music theory question, keep those coming, Sporcle!) – What is the term for musical notation indicating fingering rather than notes on lines corresponding to strings, commonly used in guitar sheet music? A team with two guitar players ain’t missing this one, 7.
7. Appliances – In addition to coffee and tea capsules, Dualit is best known for making a heavy-duty version of what kitchen appliance? I used to like going into Williams-Sonoma to drool over these things (true story), FB clue for 4.
8. TV Dads (I joked when we heard this category that this sounded like something Dave would know all about) – What womanizing TV protagonist has children named Sally, Bobby and Jean? And for a “nerd” bonus, on what network did this show air? And Dave predictably knew part 1, I knew the second part for 4 plus the bonus.
9 Art – What kind of work of art gets its name from the Latin word for “wall?” Miss for 2.
10. Dolls – What line of dolls released in 2001 had names including Jasmine, Chloe and Sasha? 1
Visual Mystery –… Got all of these.
Scores – Eight teams, scores 33 to 59, with us in first. Don’t worry, we won’t get a chance to get cocky about that tonight, because our final category will be….
World Series (sigh…can I get another beer?)
Which MLB franchise has been based in three different cities, and has won the World Series exactly one time each while based in each of those cities?
Wagered zero, again finished in third. I was in the bathroom so didn’t catch the game winners.
Until next time, which is TBD. We are taking next week off from our regular game at The Wurst Bar, but we will be back at it here next week. As always, Go Pods and stay classy, Don Draper!

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