Trivia Recap – July 16, 2017 – Applebee’s (Taylor, MI) – MTL Finals (we won first place!)

We wound up at the top of the heap at the My Trivia Live finals tournament on Saturday at Applebee’s Grill & Bar in Taylor. The “hugeness” of this still hasn’t quite set in yet! Did this really just happen? Or did our whole team die in a car accident on the way to the tournament and ergo we’re just dreaming this all happened? Did this recap just get a little dark? Maybe I need to write this screenplay and talk to film director David Fincher about directing this film! Or maybe David Lynch…nah, it’s definitely more of a Fincher film, and maybe Trent Reznor will do the soundtrack! Yes, we won the top prize of $2,500. We had a last-minute roster change by adding David C. (whom I cannot tag for some reason) to the mix, a longtime page follower who said his own MTL team did not need his services for finals. Giving in to the part of me that likes to gamble, I decided to bring him aboard, and he drove all the way from Lansing to play with us in the “big game.” He brought a Cthulhu hand puppet, which was just one of a few ways he fit in with the dynamic of our team quite nicely! Myself (Heb aka “Heather”, Mike and Brad rounded out the “quartet.” We all teamed up very well on the questions – there were very few that only one of us knew by ourselves! But the game itself was not without its nail-biting dramatic moments…”Did we get that right or didn’t we?” And, “Should we have put down this instead of that?” Special shout out to both Applebee’s and My Trivia Live for putting on this “big event!” Also shout out to One is the Loneliest Number, featuring Michael B., Lynn E., and two others who play regularly on the longtime league team More Beer Less Pants for finishing in third with $500, and team ??? (if someone knows who finished second, please comment accordingly… Stacy…do you recall?) for finishing in second with $750. Anyone else I need to give a shout out to? 🙂No? Then maybe I should get on with it!
Round One
1. Guitars – The Stratocaster is a model of what guitar maker? 5
2. Kids TV – What kids TV show was supposed to have been titled “1, 2, 3, Avenue B” but was changed to its current name because of that being a real New York City address? 3
3. SCIENCE! What is another name for the Celsius scale on a thermometer? 1
An easy first round…whew!
Round Two
1. Board Games – Excluding zero, what other two numbers are missing from a “Sorry!” deck in the board game? One of only three misses of the entire game for 1.
2. Contests – With the last one being held in 2012 in East Dublin, GA, what contest featured events such as bug zapping, dumpster diving and a cigarette butt toss? 5
3. Cars – What designer was motivated to make his signature car after Enzo Ferrari said to him, “You may be able to drive a tractor, but you will never be able to handle a Ferrari properly.” Oh to have a time machine and to be able to go back in time and witness THIS moment! I’m going to guess this was all spoken in Italian, which makes it all the better. And would this make a great film, or what? I was all over this question, this is probably one of many car facts I’ve heard my dad blather on about over the years – some examples – REO stands for Ransom Eli Olds, Mitsubishi made the Japanese planes used by “kamikaze” pilots, and Mercury Marine made the engines for the 1991 Corvette (he owns one of these, BTW, he shows it off every Thursday in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town “cruise night” (weather permitting). The first two of those “dad car facts” were actually asked about in trivia games. It really does pay to listen to your parents sometimes! And to listen to your kids, apparently…but that’s another subject entirely 😉
Round Three
1. Philanthropists – What person, the fourth wealthiest person in the world as of May, 2017, has donated $27.54 million to charitable organizations? Discussed two possible people, thankfully picked the right one, but only for 1. Brad and David both named the guy who wound up being correct.
2. Actors – Christian Bale extensively studied the mannerisms of what handsome powerhouse actor, born 55 years earlier, when preparing for his role as Patrick Bateman in “American Psycho?” This question was later clarified by stating that this actor is 55 years old now, not 55 years old when the film was released. Got this for 5.
3. Advertising – The idea that a man should spend the equivalent of two months salary on an engagement ring was originated by what jewelry company? David was all over this one…
Halftime – Given the addresses, name the TV families who lived there.
1. 518 Crestview, Beverly Hills
2. 31 Spooner Street, Quahog, RI
3. 565. N. Clinton, Milwaukee, WI
4. 9764 Jeopardy Lane, Chicago, IL
Numbers 2 and 3 were both pretty easy, but we stumbled a little bit on #1 (torn between an older series and a more recent series, I argued that the MTL league would most likely ask about the older one). We were also torn between two series for #4, my reasoning that the show that wound up being correct had kind of a “dark” undertone and that the other series was not set in the city limits of Chicago and was more in “suburbia.” Thankfully that all paid off and I didn’t have to say “Sorry, guys! I screwed that up!” So we got 10 points for this round. In a tournament game? Inconceivable! Only one point off from a perfect first half? Even more inconceivable! Where’s actor Wallace Shawn when I need him? This word sounds better coming out of him! Yeah, a “Princess Bride” reference for you all!
Scores 41 teams (I think…) scores 14 to 36, with us in the top spot. Our Wurst rivals Pants Team was in a three-way tie for sixth with 31 points, One is the Loneliest Number was in a four-way tie for fourth with 33, and Absolutely Unsure (featuring Mike W. and Matt, et. al) were in third with 34 points. I did not write down the name of every single team….
Round Four
1. Horror Movies – What was the first female horror monster, appearing in a 1935 film? 6
2. Business – What video company was started after its founder was charged $40 in late fees after renting “Apollo 13?” 4
3. U.S. Military – What type of vessel was operated by a hand-cranked propeller and was first used in combat in the 18th century? Mike and Brad were both all over this one, Mike wrote down the answer immediately and almost didn’t show it to me! Inconceivable! Got this for 2.
Round Five
1. Cartoons – What was the name of the Flintstones’ saber-toothed cat? Nope…though we had part of the answer right…miss for 2.
2. Magazine Promotions – What specific device did a still popular magazine give out free with a paid subscription in the 1980s, making it one of the most successful marketing stunts of all time? 6
3. Comic Book Characters – Who was the first teenaged superhero to become famous without being an adult superhero’s sidekick? A bit of discussion, but got this for 4.
Round Six
1. Words – Even though it sounds like a fun way to describe an ambulance driver, what is the lesser known name of a tightrope walker? David helped steer us toward the right answer here…woot!
2. Sports – What nation has competed in the most Summer Olympics without ever receiving a gold medal? Our third miss of the game for 4.
3. Money – Who was the first person to become a billionaire solely by writing books? 6
Scores- second half scores ranged from 35 to 67, with team On a Mission in first. We were right behind them with 66 points, which was a nail-biter! Would we get the final right? Would they get the final right, too? Would we come this far only to choke at the end (it is part of our playbook, after all)? So what happens, now?
Final Category- Sponsors
What restaurant chain was one of the first fast-food franchises to make a movie tie-in deal with a film company – doing so with LucasFilm, selling collectible glasses in their restaurants in 1977, 1980 and 1983? Mike came up with what was the correct answer right away, but we continued to discuss other possible options. And after handing in our slip, I thought about another fast-food chain that also offered collectible glasses. Oh the pressure! Fingers crossed! Will we? Or won’t we? You all know how this story ends, don’t you?
And then we sang the fight song…So that’s the story of the MTL finals! We’ll be back in the trivia saddle on Tuesday. As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, Patrick Bateman!

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