A duo of ‘Pods signed in for a virtual trivia game Wednesday night and wound up finishing fourth overall in what was a pretty competitive night with 15 teams in the mix! Our brothers/sisters in trivia “arms” – Sparty On – finished in first with their regular “crew,” and us getting the final right about actors allowed us to move up two places and finish fourth. Sadly, we were stymied by questions about landmarks, badass female TV characters (not Xena, no way would we flunk a question about her, LOL) and money. Ah, money…that’s quite a sore subject with us these days! What do we know about money? No wonder we messed up a trivia question about it. Now where did I put that ski mask again?
Sadly, the “double” trivia game format was not an option on this Wednesday, as it has been for the past 2-3 weeks or so. We really like the “double stuff!” But we’ll take our trivia however we can these days until we decide whether or not we’re going to retire from the “real live” trivia games. The Delta variant and multiple other things have made us very gun shy about going back to in-person trivia games (I know we’re not the only ones).
In “real life” trivia news, The Lodge in Keego Harbor, MI will be offering in-person trivia 7 p.m. Tuesday nights. We know this because our virtual host Todd said he will be hosting those nights. And one of the Zoom participants made a snarky comment along the lines of “Go there for the COVID and fish special!” Whoa, dude – not cool…if you don’t want to go out, don’t go out – but don’t hassle others for doing it. We might be choosing to hide under our cozy rocks or do the outdoor dining/drinking option, but that’s our choice – you do YOU!
Here were the questions – some of which we got right!
1) Toys – Art school student Xavier Roberts co-created what line of dolls that gained popularity in the 1980s? I said, “No ’80s Gen X gal is gonna miss a question like this!” My two dolls I used to have have since been given to my niece.
2) Landmarks – The St. Charles Streetcar Line, the Garden District, and Fort Jackson are National Historic Landmarks in which U.S. state? Nope…miss.
3) TV Characters – What is the first name of Jennifer Garner’s character on the ABC series Alias? Nope, we never watched that series.
4) Grammys – Doing so in 2014, what duo is the most recent non-solo artist to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year?
NERD POINT: What is the title of their winning album?
Missed the bonus, but made right guess for low.
5) Mascots – Rumble the Bison is the mascot for which Western Conference NBA franchise? Educated guess here.
6) Animated Movies – What 1951 Disney animated film includes songs titled “In a World of My Own” and “All in the Golden Afternoon?” I always get excited when Mike knows answers to questions like this right away (he loves this book and the movie)!
7) Animals – The yak is a mammal that is native to which of the seven continents? Didn’t need the FB clue to get this…
8) Money – According to the Federal Reserve, which of the following is the approximate lifespan of a U.S. five-dollar bill—3 years, 5 years, 7 years, or 10 years? Guessed too high here.
9) SCIENCE – In thermodynamics, -459.67 degrees Fahrenheit is referred to by what two-word term?
10) Advertising – Steph Curry, Megan Rapinoe, Tom Brady, and Serena Williams have appeared in commercials for what restaurant’s “Refresh” campaign?
Mystery – Twisted Titles – Literature
The correct response to each part is the name of a book set in the Southern U.S. with just ONE letter changed. Give the name based on the description.
(For example, if I said “A 1982 novel by Alice Walker about a discolored part of the large intestine,” you would answer “The Colon Purple,” which is one letter different from “The Color Purple.”)
M1. A 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell in which Scarlett and Rhett leave and take the Merlot with them
M2. A 1960 novel by Harper Lee in which Atticus bequeaths a bird to his children
M3. A 1986 novel by Pat Conroy featuring the rise and fall of sea levels using horse-like springy steps
M4. A 1937 novel by Zora Neale Hurston in which the female sheep observe an omnipotent being
Funny, we had a question about book number four years and YEARS ago in an in-person trivia game at Corner Brewery. Yes, kids, all of the trivia games used to be in bars and you had to actually get dressed and interact with other humans! I digress, but I remember one of our teammates knowing this answer and being happy he knew it so I wouldn’t have to. Strangely, it must have taken up residence in my brain to help us remember it in this game. Too bad I can’t convince my brain to remember some more important stuff!
Also, kudos to Mike for coming up with the answer to #3! After I started brainstorming words pertaining to horses walking around it was like a light bulb over his head. Isn’t it great when these things happen in trivia games?
We were in sixth with 57 points going into the final, with Sparty On in first with 63 points. We wagered it all on the category of:
What actor, known for a role on television from 1988-1993, has also appeared in a number of films, including as characters credited as Number Three, Corey Woods, and the Grandson?
Funny, my husband is a HUGE fan of the movie in which this actor played a grandson. But this didn’t click in his head, the timeframe of the series was what made me think of this. But it doesn’t matter how you know a trivia answer, does it?
Well, we’ll probably be playing virtually Friday – or maybe even tonight (that’s TBD). As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, Fezzig!