It was a nicely competitive trivia night Thursday for “opening night” of the new Sporcle Live season at Sticks – with only three points dividing the top three finishing teams. If I had to guess, I’d guess that we weren’t the only team wagering big – and missing – a question about dancing!
We had just “the two of us” for Thursday’s game, and it was kind of a game time decision to play. We finished with 148 points and a $10/second place gift card in game two (on a tiebreaker).
In news of the odd, we were able to wager big on a question about stadiums and get that right! We also got a “racing” question correct. Strange things were definitely afoot!
And here are the questions, please assume they are abbreviated…
1. Stadiums – Since 1972, Arrowhead Stadium has been the home stadium of which NFL team?
2. Music On TV – In 2011, what medical drama aired a musical episode titled “Song Beneath the Song?”
I know what you’re thinking! What does this Bugs Bunny short have to do with Thursday’s game questions? Read on to find out!
3. Dance – What style of dance often features a man and a woman challenging each other and incorporates capes – in a way that is meant to imitate the movements of a bullfighter? This is the second question we’ve had in as many days involving bullfighting! Ah, now I know what picture I’m using with this….(one of the best Looney Tunes Shorts…ever)! WE MISSED THIS FOR 9… Oh – and did you know that one of the most recent killings of a Spanish matador by a bull in the ring was in 2016 – with the next most recent killing of a matador about 30 years prior to that? Read more about that here.
4. Actors – Denzel Washington earned his first Academy Award nomination for best actor for playing the title character in what 1992 film? A bit of a hiccup here, since we thought about the 1987 movie for which he earned a supporting actor nomination (though it wasn’t a “title” role) – but we got this…
5. Authors – What Algerian-born French philosopher was the youngest person to win the Nobel Prize for literature – with works including The Stranger, The Plague and The Fall? Got this – but weren’t confident because of the big miss about dancing (d’oh), so we wagered low…
6. Featured Artists – What singer-songwriter has been the featured artist on two songs that reached the top 2 of the Billboard Hot 100 charts – including Empire State of Mind (among others)? Could’ve used Evan’s help on this one!
7. Video Games – What 2018 platform features a girl named Madeline climbing the title mountain (it won multiple awards for best indie game)? FB clue…
8. Country Names – Name one of the three sovereign world nations with a name beginning with MAL – NOT located in Africa? Two for a bonus point…got for the points and the bonus.
9. SCIENCE! Names – What is the last name of Louis and Mary – a married pair of paleoanthropologists – who discovered many early hominids in the Olduvai Gorge of Tanzania? Ours was the only team getting this correct in our bar.
10. Nicknames – What American aviator and environmental activist was nicknamed “The Lone Eagle” and made his most famous flight over 33 1/2 hours in 1927? Softball to end the regular round…
Mystery – Fruit
According to the Produce Marketing Association, what are the four most popular fresh fruits in the U.S. – based on percentage of primary shoppers who purchased them at least once in 2019?
Got three of these correct – no teams got them all at our bar.
We were in fourth of our nine teams heading into the final with 54 points. Dem Iggs and Tied were tied for first with 57 points.
Final Category – Soccer in the U.S.
The LA Galaxy have won five MLS Cup titles, D.C. United has won four, and no team has won three. Name one of the four franchises that have won exactly two MLS Cup titles.
I can name some MLS teams, but I can’t say that I “follow” the MLS enough to know which teams have won the MLS cup. So our “logic” was to name a team in a highly populous U.S. state, which paid off…sadly, it didn’t pay off with a gift card prize – we finished one spot out of the prize zone! Moral victory?
Game winners – Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Beams, 75; Dem Iggs, 77.
1. Band Members – Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith and John Frusciante are members of what Los Angeles-based rock band?
2. Racing – Name one of the two races that are part of the unofficial “Triple Crown” of motorsports – name two for a bonus point. And yes…what a shock – we get a “racing” question correct!
3. Monarchs – Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah is the world’s second longest serving current monarch after Queen Elizabeth II and represents what Southeast Asian country?
4. 2019 Films – What film directed by Quentin Tarantino won the Golden Globe for best motion picture – musical or comedy – at a ceremony in 2020?
5. Pizza – What national pizza chain offers a signature pizza called the “Extravaganza?” Miss.
6. Words – What six-letter Italian word can be used to describe an actual cave or man-made structure designed to look like a cave – often for gardens or places of religious devotion?
7. Historical U.S. Geography – Within two, how many U.S. states were at least partially included in the Louisiana Purchase? Mike the hero here…
8. Muppets – What is the repetitive name of Miss Piggy’s white Bichon Frise? Nope nope…
9. Kids’ Poetry – According to the lyrics of the song “Little Bunny Foo Foo,” what other animal in the song does the bunny “bop” on the head? I’ve seen lots and lots of bunnies behind my house – and have even seen the super adorable mating ritual of the Eastern cottontail rabbit (they jump over each other’s bodies – which is pretty much proof that EVERYTHING bunnies do is f—ing cute – even the way they…make other bunnies)! So I call shenanigans on the “Little Bunny Foo Foo” lyrics (even though we did get the question right).
10. Food – Fu Fu is a porridge or dumpling-like food made from cassava, yams, or plantains – and is a staple food in many countries on which continent? Almost talked ourselves out of the right answer…but we didn’t.
Visual Mystery –
Missed all of these but #1 (though I originally thought we got at least half of these right).
We were tied for second with Dem Iggs heading into the final with 54 points. Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Beams were in first with 56.
Final Category – War History
The United States has formally declared war against ten countries. Name both countries located outside of Europe that have been the target of those declarations.
It wasn’t easy…but we came up with both correct countries – which put us in a tie with Dem Iggs. I didn’t write the tiebreaker question down – but it was about Edwin Starr’s song War (I thought the host said something about how long it was #1 but DON’T quote me on that). We won the tiebreaker, so $10! That almost covered our whole bar tab (love the $2.50 Labatts)!
Well that’s IT for trivia this week! Yes, really! As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, that mean butler in The Aristocats!