We came, we saw, we…flunked both final questions and finished fourth for the night, no prizes. Nope, not all trivia nights are the kind to write home about! Two of us visited Oscar’s Sports & Grill Saturday for a Sporcle Live game, and faced a very, very strange mixed bag of questions. Most of which we couldn’t hear very well, so speical thanks to Matt from the Toledo team Steele Trap for typing up the questions!
1. Games: In a game originally published in 1990 by Milton Bradley, from what kind of animal do players take turns extracting teeth trying to avoid pulling the sore tooth?
Evan and I were torn between two, but this was pretty much all him. Miss.
2. TV Themes: Audio clip of a dubstep remix of an animated TV theme from the 1990s. It was a Nicktoon
Evan all over this one.
3. European Leaders: In what decade did Benito Mussolini become prime minister of Italy?
Team effort here.
4. Diet Problems: In 2004, which doughnut company with more than 1000 locations worldwide blamed a sharp decline in their sales on the trend of low carb diets? Bonus: In which month is National Doughnut Day?
This question was thrown out because some NPC (non-player) blurted out the answers. This was our question…
4. Bodies of Water – Name any one of the countries bordering the Yellow Sea. Mike would have helped us here, but he was enjoying a campfire with Brad (see…I don’t always drag him to trivia games, do I)? Miss.
5. Movie Science: Unobtainium was the name of the mineral being searched for in which 2009 film?
Easy one…I told Evan about my fan theory about Wolverine turning into singer Adam Ant during full moons, and like a werewolf, has no memory of it happening after the fact. It’s one of the side effects of Adamantium, lol…
Come on. Seeing Wolverine turn into this guy once a month and singing “Goody Two-Shoes” would be hilarious, wouldn’t it?
6. Popular Sports: What specific auto racing league has the highest attendance rate among pro sports leagues with approximately 100,000 attendees at each event?
7. Neighborhoods: In which US state is the neighborhood named because its shape and location is a triangle below Canal Street?
Knew this because of of Robert de Niro’s production studio…
8. Rocks: Anthracite, lignite, and bituminous are some of the varieties of which sedimentary rock?
Close but no cigar, miss.
9. Bands: What Christian band formed in 1994 has had the most #1 songs, the longest time spent at #1, and some other record about the Billboard Christian Songs chart and had a crossover hit titled “I Can Only Imagine?”
I can name exactly two Christian bands, a metal band from the ’80s, and another band from the early ’00s. Neither were correct.
10. Toys: What toy, a small ankle hoop with an attached ball and chain, was re-released in the 1990s and had an ad that used the claim “the very best thing of all is that there is a counter on this ball?”
Mystery Round: This Day in History
1. In 1970, which solo artist both wrote and recorded “Instant Karma,” a song that hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100?
2. In 2010, what author of The Catcher in the Rye died at the age of 91?
3. In 1965, which auto company introduced the Shelby GT 350?
4. In 1785, what state’s general assembly incorporated the first state funded university in the US?
Heading into the final:
Fifteen teams, scores 20 to 55, with One is the Loneliest Number in first. We were in fifth with 50 points using the name Cthulhu Says Eat More Tide Pods.
Final Category: US Cities
Final Question: In June 2017, 24/7 Wall Street published their most recent list of the “50 Worst American Cities to Live In”, based on a number of variables. Three states have more than one city in the top fifteen on that list. Name two of those three states.
Got one, but not both. Wagered 20.
Final Standings: Let’s Get It, 73; One is the Loneliest Number, 75.
Tiebreaker: How many episodes of the Nickelodeon cartoon show Doug were produced?
1. Comic Book Characters: The Beagle Boys are a group of comic book characters who regularly scheme to rob what other character, who lives in Duckberg? Evan with right guess.
2. Holidays: What traditional North American holiday was first celebrated in Pennsylvania in the early 19th century?
Host Sporcle Live with Liz accidentally blurted out the answer while reading this, so we had this replacement question (which she said would be easy since the flub was on her):
2. Number One Songs – Who had number one songs with “Straight Up,” “Forever Your Girl,” and “Cold-Hearted Snake?”
I may not have been a fan of her music, but I always admired her mad choreography skills. Did you know she worked as a choreographer on the 1987 film The Running Man? Also, the choreography in “Cold Hearted Snake” was inspired by legendary choreographer Bob Fosse.
3. Flag Geography: Of all countries that have flags containing the colors red, white, and blue, which has land that extends the farthest north?
This was a controversial question, so all teams were awarded points for this one.
4. Saturday Night Live: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hold the first and second spots among women who have hosted the Weekend Update sketch more times than any others with 117 and 80 episodes, respectively. Name either of the next two women on the list.
Evan for the points.
5. Book Characters: Wizard Whitebeard is a character in what series of books that, in his first appearance, sent the title character on a quest and has appeared many times in subsequent books?
I remembered having a question about this at Original Gravity previously and missed it, for some strange reason I put down “Dragonlance” as the answer (I’m married to a nerd, so this stuff kind of seeps into my brain). Strangely enough. I think the host said something about there being more than one team that put down “Dragonlance” as the answer, but I’m not totally sure about that one! Thankfully I remembered this well enough to not be fooled again! We were the only team to get it correct.
6. Albums: What woman released the albums In the Zone, Blackout, and Femme Fatale, in 2003, 2006, and 2011, respectively?
7. Tall Buildings: Name any year in which the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) was the tallest building in the world according to some random group I can’t remember. Bonus: what building in Asia first surpassed it?
Got it, missed the bonus.
8. Love Interests: What actress played the love interest of characters played by Hugh Grant in 1995, Annette Bening in 2010, and Mark Wahlberg in 1997?
9. Team Names: Other than the LA Angels who play in Anaheim, what is the only other American League team that does not play its home games in the geographical location mentioned in its team name?
10. Foodstuffs: Also known as bean curd, what food is cultivated by coagulating soy milk and then pressing the curds into shape?
Easy way to end.
Missed #2 and #3.
Heading into the final:
Fourteen teams, scores 17 to 58, with us in first playing under the name Proctor and Gamble’s Fighting Tide Pods.
Final Category: Celebrity Resumes
Final Question: What celebrity, born in 1951, began acting on TV and in movies in 1978, has a professional boxing record of 9-3, and has released a cookbook titled Don’t Fill Up on the Antipasto and another book subtitled My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High?
Final Standings: Did not write these down, One is the Loneliest Number got first again, and I think there might have been another tiebreaker. I had to run, it was already 10:30 and I had a husband to collect!
Until next time, which will be a “double header” My Trivia Live outing on Monday. As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, Britney Spears!