Third Annual Birthday Trivia Extravaganza!


Me on my second birthday in 1974. Here I am wearing a bib…or is it a dish towel – to protect my dress. Alice the cat is nearby, and  was named for the “Brady Bunch” housekeeper by my brother, whose hand is seen.


And a second photo from my second birthday where my dress  (which my mother made)  is not covered up. Items of note…Dr. Seuss book, and Mrs. Beasley doll lying face down next to me. Not surprising that I’m more interested in the book than the doll! This is one of a couple of photos of me with that Mrs. Beasley doll. Can anyone name the TV series in which the character Mrs. Beasley appeared?

In February, 2016 (and 2017), I held a unique trivia contest. I invited friends out to local bars, and I quizzed them all on a variety of topics, all of them with one thing in common – me. Well, I didn’t quiz them per se, I recruited a friend to serve as MC, who also occasionally works as  a DJ to actually ask the questions! Some of the questions were about me, but most were just about my favorite “pet” trivia topics – particularly those topics that I perpetually dream will be asked about in a pub trivia game. I even gave out different prizes to each player – top finishers of my quiz won gift cards to local restaurants/bars, and each person who bothered to show up got to take home some kind of party favor. It might have been a multi-colored pen, a small bottle of booze, a Moscow mule kit (which I gave to the MC) a bag of hard candy…everyone got SOMETHING! This was in keeping with tradition among Hobbits in J.R.R. Tolkien’s works giving out presents to others on their own birthdays.

Sadly, a live birthday trivia party in 2018 is not in the cards! A trivia tournament is scheduled the same weekend of my birthday. Sure, I could call off the trivia tournament because of this. But if you really, really know me, you know THIS would never, ever happen! So sadly,  I have not planned such a party this year. However, there will still be birthday trivia questions! And as always, there will be no holds barred as to what I will ask about! Now you gotta ask yourself… “Do you know what I know….punk? Well, do  ya?” If you want to view past questions, just click on the blog category “birthday trivia questions.”

And the questions…

Band Members – Besides Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton, give the first and last name of any other member of the rock band the Yardbirds who were part of the lineup inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.

Award Winners – Which person, who has at least one Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award, is the father of the person who wrote the books Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z?

Island Nations – Which Lesser Antilles island nation in the Caribbean lies the farthest south of all of the sovereign Caribbean nations?

Movie Roles – In addition to Michael Keaton, name at least two other actors from Spotlight who played characters in comic book films.

Number One Songs – Which hit song by Al Green was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts during the week of Feb. 11, 1972? For a bonus point, name either song that held the top spot before this song – one was by Don McLean, the other was by Melanie.

Safety Features – What actress’ name is commonly used to describe bars on the back of semi-trucks that are designed to prevent cars from rolling under the trucks during an accident? Only last name is required.

Same Name – What four-letter name is shared by both a “made” Mafia member who heads a crew and has major social status and influence in the organization – and a device that clamps down across a guitar’s fingerboard at a particular fret?

Super Bowls – Before 2018, the Philadelphia Eagles appeared in two previous Super Bowls. Name one of those two years.

Voice Actors – Voice actor Billy West voiced a number of characters on the TV series Futurama, including starship captain Zapp Brannigan. Which actor, who died in 1998, was originally cast to provide the voice of Brannigan?


Strange Deaths – Which soul singer was found dead – while clad in only a suit jacket and shoes – but no shirt, underwear, or pants – in December, 1964? Hint: “Another Saturday Night” was one of his hit songs.

Words – What five-letter word describes a false written statement that could damage a person’s reputation? Bonus – what seven-letter word describes essentially the same thing – but spoken, not written?

Profane Movie Quotes –  In which film does a character say the following quote – “I haven’t been fucked like that since grade school?” Multiple choice – Boogie Nights, Fight Club, South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut; or Hamlet 2? 

Profane Movie Quotes Part Two – In which film does a character say, “I haven’t had this much sex since I was a Boy Scout leader?” Multiple choice –  South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut; Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy; Airplane! or The Naked Gun 2 1/2 – The Smell of Fear?

Song Inspirations – What male singer/songwriter known for hits including “Peace Train” and “Wild World” was Carly Simon singing about in her hit song “Anticipation?” She wrote the song in a 15-minute span while waiting for him to pick her up for a date. THE SONG IS NOT ABOUT KETCHUP, lol!

Musicals – What lead singer from a hard rock band played the title character in a Toronto production of Phantom of the Opera in 1999? Multiple choice – Black Sabbath, Kiss, Queensryche, or Winger?

Guest Singers – Which Led Zeppelin song is the only one of their songs to feature a guest vocalist?

Peanuts – Besides Charlie Brown and Snoopy, name the other two “original” Peanuts characters who were both introduced in 1950.

Albums – Which 1986 Madonna album was inspired by her love for Sean Penn?

Animals – What mammal is the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial?

Songs – What two songs, both originally recorded by Tommy James and the Shondells in the 1960s, were back-to-back number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1987 – and who recorded those songs in 1987?

Languages – What is the official language of the island nation of Cabo Verde?

Car Models (THIS IS A HEATHER QUESTION) – I drove three different Buick car models during the ’80s, all of which had model years of 1980-1987. Name any one of those car models, earn a bonus point for  each other one you can name. Hints: One of them was a station wagon – and only one of these models is still in production today.

Words (THIS IS A HEATHER QUESTION) – What word, which describes a breakfast dish made primarily out of beaten eggs, meat and vegetables, and was the word I failed in a county-wide spelling bee in 1985?

Actors (THIS IS A HEATHER QUESTION) – Which, actor, who has appeared in 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street and G.I. Joe, has a first and last name that are in the wrong order, per my “fan theory?”

Superheroes (THIS IS A HEATHER QUESTION) – Which D.C. Comics character do I most want made into a feature film? HINT: He is alien, rides a motorcycle, and destroyed his whole planet.

R-Rated Films – As of February, 2018, name all four of the highest-grossing movies of all time that are R-Rated –  and are adapted from comic books? The release years of these movies are 2007, 2009, 2016 and 2017.

High-Grossing Films – Grossing $204.6 million domestically, what film, released in November, 2017;  was the highest-grossing film to not be part of a franchise, not based on comics/ superheroes and not a reboot or remake from a previous made-for TV movie or feature film?

Actors – What actor, who starred on the 1970s series “McMillan and Wife,” also appeared as a love interest for Linda Evans’ character Krystle on the 1981 series “Dynasty?”

Movie Characters – What is the last name of the character who says the following quote in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction – “Let’s not start sucking each other’s dicks quite yet?”

Automakers – What was the last name of the pair of  brothers who invested in Henry Ford and his company after he had already bankrupted it twice – who agreed to do so only if they received a 10 percent stake in Ford’s company? They would later go on to form their own car company, which is still in existence today.

Cars – What do the letters REO stand for in REO Speedwagon?

Cars – What Plymouth “muscle car,” produced between 1968 and 1980, shares its name with a Looney Tunes character?

Song Inspirations – What real-life singer was the inspiration for the Crosby, Stills and Nash hit song “Judy Blue Eyes?”

Matching – Match the following children’s/young adult book character names to the authors who penned the books.


Henry Huggins, Sheila Tubman, Ponyboy Curtis,  Nellie Oleson, Lewis Barnavelt, Jessica/Elizabeth Wakefield


Laura Ingalls Wilder, Judy Blume, Francine Pascal, S.E. Hinton, John Bellairs, Beverly Cleary


Before and After

Blues guitarist known for “Mustang Sally” and name of country where the Jonestown mass suicides occurred in 1978

A 1988 Michael Jackson song and Wonder Woman’s human name

H.A. Rey title character and 1970s  Manchester United football star and Northern Ireland native who died in 2005

American Gothic painter and common name of mammal known scientifically as Marmota monax

Full name of Purple Rain singer/songwriter and Gerald Ford’s vice president



In the 1980 film Airplane!, there is a scene where a woman passenger panics on the plane, and people try to calm her down. The first three people calm her down by shaking her and slapping her, telling her to “Get a hold of yourself!”  In line behind the people who do this are people brandishing various hand-held weapons. Name at least three of the five weapons the people in line are holding.




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