It’s not every trivia game where we’ve been able to summon players from three different states – and two different time zones – all the while getting the “old trivia gang” together, too! We assembled a group of longtime ‘Pods (Sam Straight, David Karnak, plus their wives Angela and Susan, Mike and I with “bonus player” and my high school BFF Michelle!
Geographically, this put Virginia, Michigan and Nevada on the virtual trivia map. We managed to finish in fifth overall, though our main mission was just to be able to see and talk to each other. Some of us hadn’t seen each other for at least 20 years!
And the questions…
1. Breakfast – What fast food restaurant’s breakfast menu has included the Grilled Breakfast Burrito, Grande Scrambler, and Breakfast Crunchwrap?
2. Cover Songs – What Australian pop singer reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 with a 1988 cover of “The Loco-Motion”? If you’re looking for super perky bubbly ’80s pop, look no further than this artist!
3. Law – Which U.S. state is the only one that has not largely based its system of civil law on English common law, but instead on French and Spanish codes derived from Roman law? Mike with the right guess here.
4. TV Scenes – What sitcom features a 2013 episode in which the title character impersonates Elvis at her friend Nick’s father’s funeral? A bit of discussion here, but me saying, “This sounds like something really stupid that this actress would do,” proved to point us in the right direction.
5. Eyes – What bird has the largest eyes of any animal that does not live in the ocean? Strangely worded question since birds generally don’t live “in” the ocean…
6. Comic Strips – What is the name of the title character in the comic strip that also features Helga, Lucky Eddie, Honi, and Dr. Zook? Yay we’re old and remember newspapers on paper!
7. Actresses – What 22-year-old actress’s highest-grossing films at the domestic box office are Maleficent, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Super 8? Close but no cigar, miss.
8. MVPS – Since Shaquille O’Neal won three consecutive NBA Finals MVP Awards from 2000-2002, three other players have won it back-to-back. Name two of those three players (three for a bonus point). Got one, but not two…
9. Africa – What Southwest African country is the southernmost member state of OPEC? We were torn between two possible countries in Africa that border each other and wouldn’t you know it – we picked the right one (yes we were as surprised as you are)!
10. Clothing – A mortarboard is most commonly worn on what part of the body?
Mystery – Landmarks
Name the U.S. state that is located closest to the given landmark OTHER THAN the state in which it is located.(For example, if given “The Gateway Arch,” you would answer “Illinois,” because it is located in St. Louis, Missouri, across the Mississippi River from Illinois.)
M1. Statue of Liberty
M2. Cloud Gate
M3. Mount Rushmore
M4. Gettysburg National Military Park
Missed #3, again, we incorrectly picked a Dakota (twice in one game – what are the chances of that)? Nice teamwork on the other answers though. Not our best showing…we were in ninth going into the final with 52 points.
Final Category – Measurements
What unit of measurement, primarily used with water, has a name from Old English referring to the length of outstretched arms?As is usually the case with our team, we almost talked ourselves out of the right answer – but we didn’t do that this time, woot! I know that’s a bit hard to “fathom,” but it’s totally true. Next trivia game Sunday. As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, Elle Fanning!