(STOLEN RECAP) – Nov. 16, 2014 – MTL Finals (MBLP)

Editor’s note: Recap of a MTL finals tournament game in November, 2014 as reported by More Beer Less Pants. My attempts to answer the questions will be in this color.
November 16, 2014

The regular duo from MBLP and two hired guns played the My Trivia Live finals at Applebee’s on Saturday. It was the same 4 that played the last time, with similar results. As usual, there were a mix of obscure, simple and downright ridiculous questions… some of which may or may not have actually been sourced.

1)What US Government building is currently being renovated and is expected to be completed before the next presidential inauguration in 2016?

Pentagon? No clue. 

2)Rob O’Neil was the last man to see what person, before he was killed by O’Neil in 2011?

I would need a team to help me with this one…

3)In 2012, the US government gave $10,000 to what state for research on talking urinal cakes?

What the mother fuck? Imagine you’re a drunk guy…stumbling into a public loo…and hearing a TALKING URINAL CAKE… I’m a woman, so am not likely to ever be using any restroom with a urinal, so I’m not likely to ever encounter any of these. All righty then! 

Missed #2, but for minimal points. We were somewhat disappointed in ourselves for missing it though, since this person has been interviewed quite a bit lately.

4)The European Space Agency launched a space probe that recently landed on what sort of celestial body?
Free points for everyone!

Not my category…Mike/Brad would most likely know it.

5)Considered to be the founder of microbiology and immunology, who said “Little science takes you away from God, more takes you to him.”?

Pasteur? Not really my category…

6)What was the name of south-east Michigan’s only regional transit authority before it was renamed SMART?
After numerous mentions about the teams that traveled all the way from Flint to play in the tournament, they bust out this question. Nice… If you didn’t live in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties before 1989, there is no way you would have any idea on this question.

I did NOT live in these areas before 1989 and have no clue on this one. But I do know what the letters in SMART stand for! Interestingly enough, I was living in the Flint area until 1994. I had a nice chat with one of the MTL hosts in the recent tournament whom hosts at bars in Flint and Burton (I don’t have too many folks outside of my own family to share Flint/Burton memories). He commented on my trivia team’s Facebook page…referring to me as “that lovely lady I talked to at the MTL finals” or something to that effect (LOL), also adding that he didn’t know I was a ‘Pod! I still wonder about his last name, which is the same as a guy from my graduating class. If I ever see him again, I’ll have to ask if he has any relatives named “Randy!” 

7)Tongue twisters like “She sells sea shells on the sea shore” and “Bill Button bought a buttered biscuit” are examples of what literary technique.

alliteration. Though it seems to obvious to be the right answer. 

8)Marshall Applewhite was the leader of what comet-loving cult?

Heaven’s Gate. I got to read many of the wire stories about this cult while working at a daily rag in 1997!

9)In a scene from A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, after singing a rousing rendition of “over the river and through the woods”, Charlie Brown tells his friends “my grandmother lives in a” what?

No idea…

Going into halftime, we were still only down one question. Then they unleashed this gem in Children’s TV:

Name the top 4 longest running children’s television shows in North America, given the year of debut and the number of episodes.
1)1969, 4354 episodes Sesame Street? 
2)1958, 3000 episodes Mickey Mouse Club? 
3)1986, 525 episodes Fraggle Rock?
4)1981, 421 episodes Reading Rainbow? No clue on any of these except #1. 

Everyone got #1, I think one or two teams got another one. No one got more than 2. Terribly worded question. We thought of a number of shows that aired more episodes than #3 and 4.

Luckily, since no one did well on the halftime game we were in a 5-way tie, two points off the lead.

10)What liquor must be fermented from a grain mixture of at least 51% corn, made in the US, aged in new charred oak barrels and bottled at 80+ proof?
Oddly enough, there were quite a few teams that waited until the last second to turn in an answer slip. Maybe we just spend to much time in bars.

I’m a gonna say bourbon. 

11)Founded in 1871 to produce butts for the end of rolled cigarettes, what cigarette brand is named after the two Canadian founders?

No idea. But I’m glad I don’t smoke anymore…

12)What company, in business for more than 100 years, has a code of conduct that states “Do what’s right, respect others, perform with excellence” and is the worlds largest manufacturer of arms and military weapons, based on 2012 sales.
The category for this was “Firearms”. We were completely thrown off by the category name and missed this one. Not sure this company even produces firearms.

Halliburton? No idea…

13)Michael Keaton borrowed his stage name from Diane Keaton, because his given name was already being used by what other famous actor?

Teamwork might prevail here…

14)Born in metro Detroit in March 1990, who is the only current defenseman on the Red Wings born in Michigan?

Not my category…

15)What rocker got flack on Veterans Day this year for performing CCR’s “Fortunate Son” at the Concert for Valor in Washington, DC?

John Fogarty? It’s his song…so if anyone besides him sang the song, that would be “unfortunate.” I honestly don’t know. 

16)For 6 years, from ’95-’00, Fortune Magazine ranked what now-defunct company as “most innovative” in corporate America?

I’m going to say Gateway. No idea. 

17)According to their website, Queen Victoria insisted that Buckingham Palace be swept with a device from what Michigan company?
This is not how the question was phrased, any of the 3 different ways it was asked over the PA system. This is the best I could piece it together from the varying ways it was asked.

I am not amused…

18) What soft drink, with a rhyming name and slogan “Drink of Champions” used New York Yankee players in their advertisements in the 50’s & 60’s?


Even with missing the “Firearms” and Michigan company questions, we were still down only 2 points from the leader. After all of those weeks of playing, it all comes down to this final question about pizza toppings:

According to a report using Point of Service data from 604 locations. The top 4 most popular pizza toppings are pepperoni, mushrooms and what 2 other toppings?

So it all comes down to a coin flip…. We got one of the two, and had the other on our list. We needed heads, but got tails.

I’m going to guess ham and onions. 

Congrats to members of Calrissian Rhapsody for coming up with both and pulling themselves up to 3rd.

So we left this tournament with a bad taste in our mouths, and it wasn’t from the Miller Lite or Applebee’s food. We’re currently in discussions about whether or not we should continue playing MTL weekly, or try something else.

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