Answers are in the comments. Sorry so late, but I’m…moving a bit slowly today! Forgive me, I need a bit of down time, folks!
A “three amigos” threesome met up Thursday at Original Gravity Brewing Co. for…what else? Trivia! As luck would have it, I managed to score three seats together at the bar, which was good because my back was (and still is) a bit “tender” from a tad bit too much heavy lifting at work! The cushy barstools are more supportive/comfy than some of the harder chairs at the tables. Sigh…back pain sucks – thankfully Thursday’s game DIDN’T suck! Speaking of heavy lifting, my able-minded trivia teammates Mike and Dave did more than their share of coming through on some tough, tough questions! And, providing some entertainment! Though Mike’s spot-on recitation of Jabberwocky in its entirety wasn’t QUITE as entertaining as Dave’s “victory lap” a few years ago when he got a “sportsball” final question right about Dominican ball players – it just goes to show – it’s never a dull moment with the ‘Pods!
The final questions evaded us in both games, but we still managed to win $30 in prizes (second place game one, first place game two) thanks to some “strategic” wagering – and a LOT of luck! Missing a Judy Blume final question was definitely a rarity for me, since I virtually devoured most of her books in the late 1970s/early 1980s – and even still have a couple of them!
I still have the book with this cover. I read that it’s been updated since then, and the references to feminine hygiene products don’t mention sanitary napkins having belts, as the copy of my book reported. Why do I still have this book? Good question! It’s too dog-eared to try to sell, and well…sentimental reasons?
Judy Blume was quite the controversial writer – tackling “banworthy” subjects such as female masturbation (Deenie), a teen-age boy’s nervousness about his…(ahem) “raised flag” while in class (Then Again, Maybe I Won’t), racial intolerance/bigotry (Iggie’s House) and bullying (Blubber). And to lighten the mood, there were always the antics of “Fudge,” aka Farley Drexel Hatcher, whom was the quintessential “annoying little brother.” When he didn’t want to eat what was prepared for dinner in one of the books, his dad decreed, “Eat it or wear it.” [SPOILER ALERT] Fudge chose to…wear his dinner. He also chose to eat his older brother Peter’s pet turtle, Dribble. Sigh…of all of the things I DO know about this beloved young adult author and her works, I sure as hell DIDN’T know enough titles of the “Fudge” books to have gotten final question #2 correct…A couple of those titles were published long after I stopped reading her books. Meh. Sometimes your annoying little brother swallows your pet turtle – and sometimes you just don’t get all of the trivia questions right!
And now for something completely different – the game questions!
1. Sports – The FINA International Swimming Federation oversees five different swimming activities and what sixth activity played with a ball? 10
2. Abbreviations – In 1969, Nebraska changed its postal abbreviation so that it would be different from the abbreviation used by what Canadian province? 9
3. Words – What 11 letter word coined by Lewis Carroll describes a hybrid word with a blend of two word sounds such as “mimsy,” which combines flimsy and miserable as used in his poem Jabberwocky? And this is yet another reason Mike is so valuable to our team – his ability to pull arcane, obscure words from his brain never ceases to amaze me! And then, as if on cue, he started reciting Jabberwocky in its entirety (you had to be there). 9
4. Logos – The LGBT Human Rights Campaign uses what yellow symbol on a blue background as its logo ? Dave for 4.
5. Double Threat – What actress both appeared as Judy on the 1987 series 21 Jump Street and sang its theme song? No clue, we put “Johnny Depp in drag” as our guess… miss for 1.
6. Awards – What 2007 film was the only Coen Brothers film to have won them the Academy Award for best director? FB clue, 7.
7. Food – What salad with a Greek name meaning immortality is typically made with marshmallows , mandarin oranges , pineapple and coconut ? 6
8. Names – What is the first and last name of the drummer known as Ringo Starr? Some teams actually put Ringo Starr as their answer… 5.
9. Companies – What Columbus, Ohio cleaning company founded in 1947 has used the slogan “Living brings it in – we take it out?” Ohio man Dave pulled right guess from his ass for 2.
10. World Countries – Name either of the two countries completely surrounded by Italy name both for nerd bonus point, got both for 3.
MYSTERY ROUND – SCIENCE!
1. In what century were the first two periodic tables first published a year apart?
2. The Periodic Table can be organized into three categories, including metals, non metals and what third category?
3. Four elements were added to the Periodic Table in 2016. Give the geographic region for one of those two elements, one of which is a world capital, the other a US state
4. Other than oxygen, name the only other element with the letter x in its name
Missed 2 and 3. Host announced before revealing the answers that she was ONLY accepting specific answers for this round. Our answer for #2 was not worded exactly like the answer given by Sporcle, but was still correct (Dave pulled up a corroborating Web page and showed it to the host) but we still got it wrong and we did not argue about it. No crying over spilled trivia!
Scores: Fourteen teams, scores 14 to 62, with us in first. Mind the Gap was right behind us with 60 points, This Is Sparta was tied with team Orion with 56 points.
We wagered just one point on the final category of Music Awards.
Final standings: ‘Pods, 61; Titanic Swim Team, 72.
1. Spelling – Give the correct spelling of the US state that is spelled incorrectly on the Liberty Bell, which was forged in the misspelled state, not confident, but got for 4.
2. Best Pictures – Since 2009, how many total films can be nominated in the category for best picture each year? For the past couple of years after Oscar nominations have been announced, I’ve rolled D&D dice to roll on each major Oscar category to see how many wind up winning randomly (last year a couple of winners were the same as the ones my “bones” picked). To confirm my guess, I asked Mike if there was a die with the number of sides matching my guess #teamwork, got for 10.
3. British TV – Audio clue of series that aired from 2006 to 2013. Good guess for 1 ( not confident at all).
4. Comic Strips – What comic strip created in 1950 was set at Camp Swampy and features a title character with an alliterative name? 10
5. Painters – Give the first names of the French Impressionist painters named Manet and Monet. Name both for nerd bonus point. Got 1 not both for 8.
6. Video Games – What 1987 video game title character appeared in games ” In the land of lounge lizards,” among others I didn’t write down? Mike all over this one, I joked that this game must’ve been about his dad, because of an old photo from the 1970s where dad is wearing a “specific” type of outfit…7
7. Caribbean – Which is not a sovereign Caribbean nation? St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Martin or St. Vincent and the Grenadines? 6
8. All Stars – Whom is second in total NBA all star game appearances at 18 behind Kareem Abdul Jabbar, who was first with 19? Miss for 2.
9. Plants – Bryophyta is the scientific name for what flowerless plant that typically grows in clumps in dark locations? 5
10. Dancers – Maddie Ziegler, known for her role on Dance Moms, appeared alongside what singer in several music videos? 3
Scores – Eleven teams – scores 16 to 59, with us in first. Mind the Gap was behind us with 50 points, This is Sparta was in fourth with 41.
Final Category – Children’s Literature – we wagered 12 points on this.
There are five books in Judy Blume’s Fudge series, the first published in 1972. Name three of those books.
Final standings: Titanic Swim Team, 32; ‘Pods, 47.
Until next time – which will be a “special” trivia outing Monday. Our next “official” trivia outing will be Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Arbor Brewing Company (Ypsilanti) (Corner Brewery). We are going to “try” doing games here at least once per month when we can hustle enough players. This will be the seventh anniversary of the very first time we played here in 2012! You never forget your first time, just like those crazy teenagers in Judy Blume’s racy book Forever. This book, like some of her others, was banned. As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, you mean kids who picked on Linda in Blubber!