We played our first “road” trivia game in quite a while Wednesday and visited The Plymouth Roc bar for its My Trivia Live scene. We didn’t win any of the regular prizes, but won a special $8 “jackpot” prize for knowing exactly what year the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes was launched. We were a miss on a second, larger house “jackpot” question that asked for how many seasons The Simpsons has been airing.
This is one of my favorite Calvin and Hobbes strips. And this is also what kind of parent I would probably be! The dad, that is…
Still a very fun night overall, with a very leisurely, scenic drive out there along Plymouth Road (which ironically becomes Ann Arbor Road once you’re actually in Plymouth). The best part of all? My trivia “partner” Mike uttered NO words of complaint about the music selections played by the trivia meister Chris. Some selections included various disco tracks (including Disco Inferno by the Trammps and September by Earth, Wind and Fire) and even a deep cut by Prince that I didn’t spot right away. I have since learned with Google’s help that the track is called 17 Days which was a B-side to Prince and the Revolution’s single When Doves Cry from his 1984 album Purple Rain. It was a close call on the Mike annoyance radar when Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy came on! Those in our inner circle will find it VERY noteworthy that he didn’t complain about the music! During some games he will actually leave the building if a song comes on that he despises. Anyone remember that song from a few years ago by the band Darkness with the naked guys coming out of the hot tub in the video (Cthulhu help me I just tried watching that horrible video) and the lyrics “touching you?” Now you know what song to play if you want to inflict psychological torture on him! That song was pure “millennial chow” a few years ago, I remember hearing them shriek along with the chorus in bars (I kid you not about the word “shriek”). Yes, the song does go into “caterwauling” territory.
As for another random memory about that song, former Corner Brewery trivia host Kuma played the song on the final night that he hosted in 2016, indicating that the song was under some kind of “ban” for hosts to play, but he was going to play it anyway since it was his last night.
Enough of this lame attempt at a music editorial! How about some trivia questions?
1. Olympians – Which retired swimmer won eight gold medals in 2008 and holds the record for first place finishes? An easy question to start things off…5
2. Slogans – What American package delivery service has used the slogan “See what brown can do for you?” 3
3. Celebrity Couples – To which singer/songwriter is Jessica Biel married? 1
1. Web Sites – Which web site was originally called “Auction Web” before getting its current name in 1997? 3
2. U.S. Geography – A common vacation spot among former U.S. presidents and celebrities, Martha’s Vineyard is located in which U.S. state? 5
3. Movie Roles – Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland have all played what comic book hero on screen? For an additional three point bonus, which actor made their debut in the sixth Francis the Talking Mule installment released in 1955, Francis in the Navy, as the character “Jonesy?”
Do you want to ride this horse? Well do ya, punk?
We did not attempt the bonus. Though we did think about a contemporary actor to the correct one. One team out of 12 teams in the house got it correct (this was Mark’s team, who also had a perfect 40 score at the half).
1. Other Sports – Also called a “birdie,” a shuttlecock is a high-drag projectile used in what sport? 5
2. Politicians – In 1986, Corazon Aquino became the first female president of what country? 3
3. Human Anatomy – The hypophysis is a gland more commonly known by what name – and its main function is secreting hormones for growth and development? Thankfully Mike knew this one, got this for 1.
Halftime – Name all four states that are the largest by total area after Alaska and Texas.
Got three of these correct. We were kind of torn between two states, one of which would have been correct, and the one we put down (which was incorrect).
Scores: Twelve teams, scores 27 to 40, with Old Brigade in first. We were in third playing under the name “Why is the Rum Gone?” (that’s a Pirates of the Caribbean movie quote) with 33 points.
1. Ballet – In the ballet Coppelia, what does Dr. Coppelius bring to life? Newsletter bonus, 6.
2. Personality Traits – What personality trait is named after the Greek hunter who fell in love with his own reflection? 4
3. Companies – Now headquartered in south Korea, Fila is a sporting goods company founded in 1911 in which country? Right guess for 2 (I think we’ve had this as a question before).
Round Five (Speaking of questions we’ve had before)
1. Singers Who Act – Which singer played Petty Officer Cora ‘Weps’ Raikes in the 2012 film Battleship? We were burned by a similar question in the MTL finals in August, which I’ll chalk up to a “Once bitten, twice shy” occurrence in “trivia speak!” In our finals game, we were given the singer’s name, the movie release year and the name of the song used in the film (Thunderstruck by AC/DC) and had to name the film, which we could not do. The trivia host Wednesday joked on the mic, “I hope you didn’t pay to see this movie.”
2. Rooms – Commonly found in monasteries and academic institutions, a refrectory is a room that, if you are in it, are probably doing what? All teams flunked this one…we missed for 2 (where’s that old “shenanigans” rule when you really, really need it)?
3. Chess – What is the name of the chess-playing computer who won a six-game match against Gary Kasparov in 1996? Another nerdy “Mike” cut, 4.
1. Presidential Pets – Besides Bo, what is the name of the other Portuguese water dog owned by the Obama family during their presidency? Miss for 2. No teams got this correct.
The Portuguese water dogs owned by the Obamas. OMG THOSE TONGUES! I can’t even. And you know they’re presidential dogs because the Washington Monument is in the background. Current president Donald Trump referred to pet ownership as “low class.” He is the first president in 130 years to not own a dog. I do not like to get political with this blog…I mean AT ALL, but I do have to say this statement speaks volumes about what kind of person he is. I don’t own pets either (because of allergies), but I do love cats and dogs (though I’m mainly a cat person). I also love watching videos of otters…
2. Boxing – What former professional boxer went into a match with Mike Tyson on Feb. 11, 1990 on 42-1 odds? This was my 18th birthday! But I was paying more attention to news coverage of Nelson Mandela getting released from prison (it was pretty much all over the airwaves, so it’s not like there was much choice in the matter). Miss for 4, this is one question Brad probably would have known.
3. Computers – What hand-held computer device shares its name with a small rodent? 6
Scores heading into the final: Twelve teams, scores 49 to 68, with Old Brigade in first. Girls Club was in second with 65, and we were in third with 61.
Final Category – Presidents
With a net worth of $500 million when adjusted for inflation in U.S. dollars, which U.S. president was the richest U.S. president before Donald Trump took office in 2016? We considered a couple of “rich boy” presidents from the 20th century, and put down one of them. Nope…we had to back WAY farther than that. Made total sense when the answer was revealed.
Game winners: NDKB, 106; How Tweet It Is, 112 and Girl’s Club, 127.
Verdict? We really liked this place’s trivia scene! Lots of positive energy, good to get away from some of the “too familiar” faces. We’ll be back, but not until after we hit a couple of other “away” spots! As always, Go Pods and stay classy, George Washington…