MBLP’s core trio of Mr. People Person, Ginger and myself took on our usual Tuesday night game with Sporcle Live Host Elyse at Johnny’s Grill. It was pointed out that I don’t list a nickname for myself in these recaps. But as everyone knows, you cannot give yourself a nickname. So I’m going to open it up to you, the readers of this page, to come up with something for me. Keep it civil and original – No “Poopy McPoopface” or other unoriginal internet-elected names.
Now on to the game:
1)In 2004, the lead singer of what California–based funk rock band released an autobiography titled Scar Tissue?
– I nailed this one, even though this is my least favorite band ever…
Red Hot Chili Peppers.
2)What rare, expensive, naturally-occurring metal with atomic number 78 has a name derived from a Spanish term meaning “Little silver”?
– Why is Sixth Man never here when there are questions about Spanish words? We got it anyway, but for fewer points than we should have.
Our team’s Spanish expert (and biochem grad) Dave would be heavily leaned upon for a question like this.
3)What Great Plains state’s name is derived from an Indian word for “flat water” which refers to the Platte River flowing through the state?
– Wise use of the rerack. Our initial guess would have been wrong, but I was pretty sure that there is a city with the name Platte in another state.
My guess is Nebraska.
4)According to the USDA, the highest quality grade of beef is Prime, followed by Choice, followed by what 3rd highest grade that is the leanest of the three?
– Mmmmm, beef. That former part-time job at the grocery store finally pays off!
Not a good question for a former vegetarian and someone who never eats red meat!
5)In the 1989 film Who’s Harry Crumb?, what now deceased comedic actor played the incompetent detective Harry Crumb? John Candy.
6)Published in 1776, what is the name of the pamphlet written by Thomas Paine that advocated colonial independence from Great Britain? Common Sense.
7)In the 1990s, what video game franchise introduced the characters Diddy, Dixie, and Cranky?
– MPP nails this, but with little confidence, so minimal points.
8)Dutchman’s puzzle, log cabin, and Irish chain are all patterns used in what type of craft – Crochet, Quilting, Woodworking or Embroidery?
I am not a very “crafty” gal….(big duh face).
9)What are the first names of both of Malcolm’s parents on the 2000’s TV sitcom Malcolm in the Middle?
Bonus – What band performs the theme song for Malcolm in the Middle?
– Nope and nope. None of us have seen an episode of this show in probably 15 years.
I think They Might Be Giants is the bonus answer, no idea on the first question.
10)What MLB player hit .394 in the strike-shortened season of 1994, which has been the highest batting average of any season since the 1950s?
– Ging lets out a yell. He finally gets his vindication on this question, which was asked at a MTL tournament in the spring, where the team rejected his (correct) answer.
A triviagasm for sportsball guy Ging is a big nope for me (this is why opposites attract on trivia teams, folks).
Mystery – Quickfire, Julia Roberts
Name four movies for which Julia Roberts was nominated for an Oscar, either Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress.
Erin Brockovich, Closer, Pretty Woman…uh….uh…
We got 3 of 4.
Going into the final, we were on top, up by 2 over Slick Rock.
Final – Universities
The world’s northernmost university is located in the city of Tromsø in what country?
The “ø” in the word really helped narrow it down to two countries. We picked the right one.
Also of note was Ginger’s map drawing skills of this region of the world. I should have taken a picture of this fine example of draftsmanship. Let’s just say that, like most of his maps, it ended up looking like a piece of human anatomy.
I will guess some college in Finland…
1)Diminutive actor Kenny Baker passed away in August 2016 and was best known for playing what Star Wars character in six films?
– First social of the night.
Didn’t he start a chain of chicken restaurants? LOL, R2D2.
2)What brand of sugar-free chewing gum shares its name with a weapon used by the Roman god Neptune?
– Second social of the night.
3)The Detroit Lions are known for having the worst record of 0-16 in 2008. What team had the next worst record of 0-14 for the 1976 season?
– End of the social string, but we got it easily. Then MPP and Ging started discussing some of the humorous quotes by the coach of this team. Such gems as “Well, we didn’t block, but we made up for it by not tackling.”
4)In an Internet meme that gained greater popularity in 2016, “Dat Boi” is what kind of cartoon animal riding on a unicycle?
– Nope. Looking this up later, I’m wondering how this was ever a meme. I fear for the world now.
5)Audio – Name the male and female singers on an early 2000’s hit single called “I’m Real”.
– Not even close. But we’re at least betting properly.
Hat trick of nope.
6)If your sudoriferous glands are active, what is your body producing?
– Wow, how did this brain buster make it into bar trivia? Nope, not even close.
These questions are really starting to make me sweat.
7)Relationship counselor John Gray is the author of what best-selling 1992 non-fiction book that discusses some of the differences between the sexes?
– Back on track.
Women are from venus, men are from mars. Actually men are from Uranus (LOL)!
8)What actress who made her film debut in 1994 has a first name that equals 54 in Roman Numerals? Husband helped with this one, Liv Tyler.
9)Name one of the two Canadian provinces that are landlocked.
Bonus – Name both
Brad’s the Canada man, but I’ll guess Alberta and Saskatchewan.
10)What is the two-word generic term for Vaseline? Oily KY? JK…petroleum jelly, which should NOT be used on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (unless you’re trying to fatten up your kiddos for slaughter).
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Got them all.
Going into the final, we were on top with all 7 teams within one point of each other.
Final – NBA Stars
Since the year 2000, three men have won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in back-to-back years. Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves did it most recently in 2015 and 2016. Name either one of the other two players who also accomplished this since 2000.
Ging with the last second answer gives us the sweep for the night. It also gives us an early season 14 point lead over Slick Rock.
Not it for this final…
Fear the Beer!