“Never question the (graphic) designer when it comes to any trivia questions about colors.”
Those were the words uttered by one of our trivia teammates last Friday night during a virtual trivia game in which our final question was about…colors! Whom else can count on a thousand hands how many times things like this happen in trivia games? But aren’t perfect trivia games just a little boring? 🙂
It was still fun to have a virtual trivia game or “zoom meeting” with our friend Michelle from “Vegas, Baby!” In fact, we kind of leaned on her when we had a question about a desert – even though she didn’t know the answer, she helped us get it correct anyway (more about that if you read on)!
1. NFL Players – What running back was the NFL’s all-time leader in rushing yards until 2002, when his record was broken by Emmitt Smith? I can’t name that many running backs besides the one who had that big trial for murder in the mid 1990s. It’s always terrible when I’m the “sports nerd” on the trivia team (though sometimes I get lucky)! Miss.
2. Children’s Books – What family of bears, who are the title characters in a series of children’s books, have been associated with a phenomenon known as the “Mandela Effect?” A bit of discussion, but really – how many bear families are there in literature whom have been featured in multiple books? Thankfully the trio of Gen X players playing this night remembered these books from when we were kids…
3. Gaming – What “T” word is used for the introductory level included in many video games, which allows the player to gain familiarity with the controls? We could’ve used Michelle’s help with this one, but her computer decided it wanted to randomly shut down and do updates, which forced her absence for several minutes while she rejoined the game on her phone (technological differences).
4. Magazines – The Advocate is a bi-monthly LGBT magazine that originated in 1967 as a newsletter in what city? We picked what we thought was the gayest city we could think of (besides South Beach FL, LOL), but it was not correct. Miss.
5. TV Series – The 2016 History Channel series Barbarians Rising focused on several leaders of different peoples, including Boudica and Viriathus who fought against what empire? World history nerd Mike was all over this…
6. Name one of the three real-life individuals primarily associated with music who are mentioned by name or stage name in the lyrics of the song “One Week” by Barenaked Ladies.
NERD POINT: Name two of three.
Got one correct, not both.
7. What word fills the blank in the following text of the second amendment to the U.S. Constitution?
“A well regulated __ being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”
8. Speed – In 1997, the ThrustSSC became the world’s first supersonic car while setting a land speed record in the Black Rock Desert, located in which U.S. state? The photo they showed of the guy after he did this just made us think “Yeah, nobody is kicking that guy out of bed for the next few months.” We decided to pick the state that Michelle calls home as our answer (even though she had no idea where this desert was). We just assumed since she lives in a desert that she’s the expert on all things desert! When we play trivia games with Sam, he becomes our “New York expert,” and Dave becomes the “Ohio expert.” We have high expectations of our players!
Actor playing an “unbearable” character in a 1988 film (according to my mother)!
9. Movie Roles – In one of his early major roles, what Academy Award-winning actor plays a brain surgeon named Tomas in the 1988 film The Unbearable Lightness of Being? I have a very strange reason for knowing this answer (which has nothing to do with having seen the film, which I have not). I remember back when this movie came out, my mom mentioned how much she HATED this movie. I don’t know all of the details, but I surmise that my dad must’ve taken her out to see the movie on a date night. Maybe my dad really enjoyed it (which wouldn’t surprise me)? I’ll have to ask her if she remembers anything about this the next time I see her!
10. Architecture – Which of the three Ancient Greek architectural orders was the first to be developed, as early as 750 BC? Another question Mike was able to answer quickly (thank you honey)!
Mystery – Add ‘Em Up
Each answer will be a number. Those four numbers will add up to 80.
M1. The age at which Tatum O’Neal became the youngest winner of a competitive Academy Award for acting
M2. Number of letters in the name of the first opponent faced by Little Mac in the video game Punch-Out!!
M3. Number of people who have served as the regular announcer for Saturday Night Live for more than one season
M4. Single-season career high number of home runs hit by Babe Ruth
Teamwork, we managed to get all of these. Michelle has become our unofficial SNL expert! 🙂
Final Category – Colors
Of the 140 colors recognized by all modern browsers, five have names that begin with the letter “T.” Name three of those five colors.
Talked ourselves out of one answer which would’ve been correct. No crying over spilled trivia 😦
We’re thinking about doing the “movie trilogies” virtual game coming up on Friday, June 11. But all Friday night activities these days are “game day decisions,” so it’s too early to decide. As always, Go Pods and stay classy, Daniel Day Lewis when he plays that womanizer in Unbearable Lightness of Being who might have offended my mom!
On a side note, we’ve been going by the brevity inspired moniker “Pods” in our virtual games (much fewer letters to type on the mobile device)!