Editor’s note: This is part of a series of trivia question sets I’m writing to help fill the trivia void left by local pub trivia companies having to cease operations during this COVID-19 crisis time. Answers will be provided in the comments. There will be two rounds of 10 questions each, two mystery rounds and one final question. Hope you have fun!
Just to ensure there is a good category mix, all of these categories mirror categories from a previous Sporcle Live game (or are very, very similar). So these aren’t questions involving things “only I would know,” LOL!
1. Movie Openings: Which 2020 Pixar film recently topped the U.S. box office with a $40 million opening weekend?
2. Remedies: What antacid brand used the slogan “Plop, plop, fizz, fizz” in its TV ads? Nerd bonus – what phrase followed this phrase?
3. World Series: What National League team won its first World Series in 108 years in 2016?
4. Anatomy – What part of the human body contains bones called ossicles?
5. Prisons – If you are court martialed in the U.S. military, you might be sentenced and serve your time at Fort Leavenworth in which U.S. state?
6. Famous Siblings: What three acting brothers all appeared in the 1996 Wes Anderson film Bottle Rocket? Give the last name of those brothers for your points, name all three of their first names for a bonus point.
7. Flags: What Eastern African country uses this flag (pictured)? ⇓
8. Boxing: Whose ear did heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson bite in a 1997 title match in Las Vegas?
9. Bodies of Water: Formerly the world’s fourth largest body of water, what sea lay between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan before it was eventually separated and nearly completely diminished?
10. Beer: What popular wheat ale is released seasonally each Spring by Bell’s Brewery in Michigan?
Mystery Round: This Day in History
1. In 1980, what U.S. president announced that the United States was boycotting the Summer Olympics in Moscow to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan?
2. In 1963, what federal prison – located in San Francisco Bay – closed permanently?
3. In 1990, which Southwest African nation gained its independence after 106 years of German and South African rule?
4. In 1685, what German composer – widely considered the greatest composer of all time – was born?
1. Commercials – What cleaning product’s jingle used the traditional folk tune “Turkey in the Straw” in its TV ads during the 1980s? Some of the lyrics were “Cleans everything…safe as can be…kind to your hands and fresh naturally?”
2. Artists – What American painter was portrayed by actor Ed Harris in a 2000 film?
3. Soundtracks – A cover of the Bob Dylan song “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” by Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians was part of the soundtrack to what 1989 Oliver Stone film starring Tom Cruise?
4. Meat – Some types of ground meat are packed in in a cylindrical package resembling sausage commonly referred to by what four-letter name? The name is shared with a species of fish and also a gay slang term.
5. Chemistry – What element with the atomic number 33 was used in a variety of dyes for clothing, home furnishings and even cosmetic use during the Victorian era until it was discovered that it was toxic – and used mainly thereafter as an insecticide?
6. Video Game Characters – Name the four colored ghost characters in the original “Pac-Man” arcade game.
7. Interstates – The fictional town of “Radiator Springs” is located along which U.S. interstate in the 2006 film Cars? The highway was decommissioned as an Interstate in 1985.
8. Super Bowl MVPs – What Kansas City Chiefs quarterback is the most recent Super Bowl MVP – winning in February, 2020?
9. Zodiac Signs – Which sign of the western zodiac would you be if your birthday falls sometime in August – but before August 23? Bonus point for knowing what sign follows this sign.
10. Kids TV – What American television variety show produced by Hanna-Barbera originally aired between 1968 and 1970 and featured a fictional rock band composed of four funny animal characters in red helmets?
Visual Mystery – Identify the theatrically released films in which you would see these images from “prom nights:” ⇓
Final Category: MLB Colors
Final Question – Name three of the seven North American MLB teams that use colors other than blue or red as their official team colors.