Mike’s First “Solo” Trivia Adventure…How Did He Do?

Every now and then, I like to fire up the “What If?” machine. If you’re a Futurama fan, you already know that the What If? machine allows users to see what would happen, if certain things happened “x” way without them actually happening. Maybe you’re wondering what would happen if Bender and Zoidberg were 500 feet tall?

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Bender and Doctor Zoidberg battle it out as giants in a What If?” scenario.

On Saturday, my husband Mike played his own little “What If?” game! While he was writing down trivia questions during a semifinal game, he also “played along” to see how he would do! I’ve suggested that he try this before, and he always tells me “Nah, I don’t like trivia that much.” And I always tell him that he sells himself short in his trivia skills! He’s actually pretty good – though he’s stronger in the MTL league than the Sporcle Live league. He and I managed to win semifinal spots at Powell’s for two consecutive seasons in 2018 with us playing mostly as a duo, though Brad occasionally joined in to help.

Last night, he told me he actually enjoyed writing down the questions – because it gave him something to do! Had he actually played “for real,” he might have even bumped out a league team for a finals spot!

This isn’t the first time I’ve fired up the “What If” machine in a trivia scenario! The last time I did this was in December, 2018 at another MTL semifinals game, you can read more about that here. In this game, I tried to simulate what would have resulted from me teaming up with another “random” player sitting at the bar during that game, whom was “playing along” just for fun (just like I was).

Read on to see how Mike fared on the questions Saturday!

Round One

1. Companies – What toys and games company was founded by the Hassenfeld Brothers in 1923? 5

2. Transportation – Translated as “human powered-vehicle,” what Asian transportation features a two-wheeled cart pulled by a human? 3

3. Babies – What is the informal name given to the fontanelle of a human baby? Miss for 1.

Round Two

1. Legends – In Irish legend, what is the day job of a leprechaun? When I was playing with my team, I said, “If I miss this one I am SO divorced! Mike? He just had to do an illustration!  5.

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2. Medical TV – “County General” is the hospital where the action primarily took place in what series? Miss for 1.

3. Punctuation – In Great Britain, what type of punctuation is referred to as an “inverted comma?” He got this for 3 (we missed it).

Round Three

1. Science News – what two-word name identifies a world-spanning network of telescopes that found the first image of a black hole in April, 2019? Miss for 1.

2. Disney Films – What singer/songwriter/composer won two Oscars for his music in Monsters Inc. and Toy Story 3? Miss for 3.

3. Sports Venues – In the second half of the 20th century, which U.S. city had some home games at Three Rivers Stadium? Miss for 5.

Halftime – Given the name and release year of the following high-selling albums, ID the artists.

H1 – Back in Black

H2 – Nevermind

H3 – DooWops and Hooligans

H4 – Night Visions

Missed #3 and #4.

Halftime scores:

Team #5, 18; Team Mike, 20; Team #1 Sucks, 21; Tarantula, 22; By Our Powers, 23; Covert Operation, 24; Squirrels, 26; Mocat, 29; Winter Haters, 29 and Keerok, 30.

Round Four

1. Animals – To what specific suborder of animals do skinks belong? 6

2. Literature – What book series starts with this line: “The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at 3 in the morning?” Miss for 2.

3. Famous “Almost” Family – Who is Miley Cyrus’ godmother? 4

Round Five

1. Battles – What is the more common name for the 1876 event that Lakota called The Battle of Greasy Grass? 6

2. Cable TV – Rebranding in 2018, what was the most recent name of the Paramount Network? 4

3. Government – Which governmental department oversees the U.S. Census? Miss for 2.

Round Six

1. Film Fashion – First surfacing in the 1920s from another fashion house and later by the designer Hubert de Givenchy for the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, what is the three-word term for a women’s fashion staple still used today? Miss for 2.

2. Islands – Larger than 163 of other nations of the world, the world’s largest national park occupies the Northeastern portion of what island? got this for 4, our team missed this one.

3. In the Bedroom – A king-sized bed that is 84 inches instead of 80 inches is named for what state? 6

Scores heading into the final:

Tarantula, 38; Cleanup on Aisle 10, 42; Winter Haters, 47; Team Mike, 50; Team #1 Sucks, 51; Covert Operation, 52; By Our Powers, 53; Mocat, 57; Squirrels, 58 and Keerok, 64.

Final Category – Product History

What pain relief product made by the W.F. Young & Co., originally only used on horses, also became popular with farmers, and was subsequently reformulated in 1903 – keeping its original name, but adding a component to recognize one of the founder’s children, who inspired making the product for human use?

He would have wagered zero on this, which would have put him in fifth place and gotten him a tournament spot. But this is just a “What If?” scenario!

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