I think I’ve mentioned in past recaps that you just never know what you’re going to walk into when you visit Original Gravity Brewing Co. in Milan, MI for one of the trivia nights! There was the one time a bunch of cyclists (some whose deodorant had melted away on the bike ride to the bar LOL), and sometimes there are a lot more folks in the bar than usual for a new beer release party for “brew crew” members. As for this particular night? There was an ambulance parked out front, a Milan fire/rescue pick-up and a police cruiser on the scene. I don’t have any details about this other than what I saw walking in. The vehicles were cleared away almost as soon as we arrived.
This was our first visit to OG since May. We won a $10/second place prize in game one for “sucker betting” on a final about…(groan) – NHL players. Seems that everyone else wagered on that final, since we were in a four-way tie for second going into the final! Team Mind The Gap managed to get that final question right, taking first. The second final about Green Day hit songs eluded us (though we did make a valiant effort).
Special thanks to Lauren for spinning the heavy early to mid 90s alternative music set! She played tunes by nine inch nails, the Rollins Band, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, White Zombie and XTC (I requested Living Dead Girl, Ghost Rider and The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead). I *almost* felt like I’d traveled back in time and was in college again – now which flannel shirt of mine is least wrinkly/dirty – so I can pick it up off the floor and dress to go out to The Bird, The Wayside or possibly happy hour at La Senorita (popular watering holes in Mount Pleasant in the early 1990s)? The “free” cantina food at “La’s” was quite a draw for CMU’s budget minded students – refried beans, queso dip, salsa, chips and multiple flavored margaritas…or cerveza! Sadly, the only “La’s in Michigan that’s still open is in Gaylord. Back in the day, “La’s” was the place to be during happy hour on Thursdays!
Other than the ‘Pods’ absence at OG over the past few months, the competitive scene at this bar has changed…very little. The “dominant” teams are still Mind the Gap and This Is Sparta – Where’s Trey is also a decent longtime league team, though I’m not sure who King Donk and the Revolution are! Did they used to use the name Good King Snugglewumps (inquiring minds want to know)?
And here are the questions…assume they will be reasonable facsimiles of/abbreviated versions of the questions that were asked during the game, assume they may not have all been written down word for word, and assume that there may be additional qualifiers for some of the questions that were not written down. Audio questions will not be written down. Now let’s go to last night’s trivia game…
1. An Absolute Unit – In the U.S., 31.5 gallons is the standard volume of which unit?
2. Alcohol – What is the primary flavor of the Mexican liqueur Kahlua? Ah speaking of college memories – roommate John tried making homemade Kahlua on the stove (what a sticky icky mess THAT made)! #that90sshow #theresatimeandplaceforeverythinganditscalledcollege
3. U.S. History – Within five, in what year did the California Gold Rush begin when gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill? Dave’s guess was based on a sportsball team’s mascot, but my guess was a bit…earlier. My guess was closer, but we had the “within five” cushion so it was all good!
These toys will be asked about in a bit!
4. Toys – What is the name for Disney toys launched in 2013 that were plush toys designed to stack – with an alliterative Japanese-derived name that also means “to stack?” Dammit, I work in a place that used to stock these toys and remember being able to really cram these things on shelves (they really were stackable)! The tiny ones were SUPER CUTE…I was tempted to buy a tiny Sebastian the crab from The Little Mermaid but alas…did not… miss.
5. Film Series – Mason “The Line” Dixon, Thunderlips and Tommy “Machine” Gunn were opponents of what title movie character? Dave with correct guess.
6. ’70s Music – Who meets with the narrator of a Paul Simon single whose title mentions a schoolyard? FB clue.
7. Live TV – Actress Kristin Schaal tears up a photo of what singer in an episode of 30 Rock that aired live titled “Live From Studio 6H?” Mike with correct guess.
8. Skulls – A human skull is a standard prop in a scene from which Shakespeare play involving a dead comedian?
9. Language – Other than France, name one of the other four European countries in which French is the official language throughout the whole country – two countries for a bonus point. A bit of discussion…we were loathe to pick a certain country that has multiple official languages because we weren’t sure if French was one of those languages – but the “safe bet” country we picked instead turned out to be correct – got for the main points plus the bonus.
10. Sports – The Belmont Stakes and Preakness are two events associated with what sporting event?
Mystery – Quickfire
After California and Florida, name four of the next most populous U.S. states that only share a border (land or water) with four other states or fewer.
We got killed by this…only managed to get one correct.
Scores – 10 teams, scores 46 to 64 with Bad Moms Club in first. We were one of four teams tied for second with 60 points.
Final Category – NHL Players
Since the 1990 season, five players who were NOT born in Canada, Russia, or the Soviet Union have won the Hart Memorial Trophy, the NHL regular season MVP award. Name two of those five players.
We wagered zero…
Final Standings: ‘Pods, 60; Mind the Gap, 79.
1. 2019 Films – What film recently set box office records for an October release?
2. Travel – The first human to travel to outer space did so from what country?
3. ’80s TV – Audio clue of theme song from a series that featured a handyman who had two identically named brothers – among other characters – including the title character – and was set at a bed and breakfast in New England. I used to watch this show and knew this theme song right away (it’s a Henry Mancini “joint”). #triviagasm
4. Tennis – Since 1990, only five men from the United States have reached the championships at Wimbledon. Name two of those men – three for a bonus. Dave was the hero her for all of the points (though we only wagered one).
5. Architecture – Gothic architecture originated in what country? The right answer was suggested, but was sadly not what we wrote down and turned in…(things like this occasionally happen in trivia games), miss.
6. 2010s Music – What top 10 single by B.o.B. featured these lyrics: When I hit the floor, the girls come snappin’ at me. Now everybody wants some presto. I misheard “presto” as “pesto” and thought about pesto sauce, figuring the singer must be Italian or something…Dave actually made a valiant effort to answer this, but miss.
7. Novels – Which Charles Dickens novel features the title character from childhood to adulthood – who lives with women named Clara and Betsy along the way?
8. U.S. Cities – Meridian, Pocatello and Nampa are three of the top five most populous cities in what U.S. state? I knew this one because of…Ted Bundy! Now whom else can say they got a “lifeline” from a dead serial killer in this game? Then we got to talking about what if AL Bundy did his best impression of Ted Bundy? Behold this meme…
This is an actual Ted Bundy quote! I watched a documentary recently about Bundy which featured actual recordings of him speaking with police investigators. It’s DOWNRIGHT CHILLING STUFF. This guy really was a monster – though it is interesting that he helped police track down the Green River Killer (Gary Ridgeway) when he said the killer would probably revisit crime scenes to have sex with the dead bodies #takesaserialkillertoknowaserialkiller
9. Elements – Which chemical element has an atomic weight of 17 and is a gas at room temperature – and is known for its characteristic green color? Miss.
10. Numbers – What two-digit number appears on bottles of many Heinz products?
Visual Mystery –
I think we missed #3 and #4…
Scores – Eight teams, scores 45 to 58 with Mind the Gap in first. We were in fourth with 51, and This Is Sparta was in second with 57.
Final Category – Hit Songs
Although Green Day has had 23 songs hit the top ten of the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, only two have reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Name those two songs, which were both released since 2000.
We usually wager zero on categories like these, but went for it on this night. Wagering nothing would not have placed us in the prize zone…
Game winners: Bad Moms, 65 (moved up from last) This is Sparta, 77.
We’re DONE with trivia for the week (yes really)! We’ll be back out Monday night. Mental note, I need to find my old Herman Moore Lions jersey that I got dirt cheap like…20 years ago! I guess the Lions are playing sportsball Monday night or something? As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, David Copperfield!