Does anyone else playing trivia games ever ask themselves why certain people and things get asked about in the games – but certain people and things do not?
We had a discussion about this in a recent game, in which we were given a mystery round about “fictional Georges.” Two fictional Georges came to our minds – one of whom is a quirky and wily constable in the Canadian TV series “Murdoch Mysteries,” the other is a flamboyant character played by Ben Vereen in a 1977 TV miniseries. Granted, we weren’t really “offended” that these two Georges were overlooked since we knew all of the other Georges they asked about (for inquiring minds, Curious George the monkey or Gorgeous George from the movie Snatch also were not asked about).
Turns out we knew more about Georges than we did about dog breeds! Read on to see the questions:
1) TV Networks – The Walking Dead series of comic books spawned a TV series of the same name that debuted in 2010 on what network?
2) Math – Assuming the radius is known, what formula could be used to find the circumference of a circle? Miss.
3) Best-Sellers – Comedian Chelsea Handler’s 2008 best-seller, Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, satirizes the title of a young adult novel by what author? Essential Gen X girl knowledge…
4) #2 Hits – This was audio, but I will say the audio clip was a song with the lyrics:
I hear hurricanes a-blowing
I know the end is coming soon
I fear rivers over flowing
I hear the voice of rage and ruin
Need another hint (I attempted to use lyrics that don’t reference the song title)? This American band had 5 #2 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts between the years of 1968 and 1970. Our trivia host Jill said they hold a record for having the most #2 songs or something to that effect.
Still need another hint? Their first charting hit was “Suzie Q,” which hit #8 on the charts. No? John Fogerty? Does his name ring any bells? Now figure this one out already (LOL)!
Mystery One – Dog Breeds
Name the breed of dog based on the description by the American Kennel Club and the number of letters in its name.
M1) “…famous for a large, domed head that features extremely long, velvety ears, mournful eyes, and a wrinkled brow, which give the breed the look of a sad clown” (2 words, 11 total letters)
M2) “…a compact toy companion of regal bearing and a distinctive rolling gait, is one of several breeds created for the ruling classes of ancient China” (9 letters)
M3) “…muscular, double-coated dogs of ancient Japanese lineage famous for their dignity, courage, and loyalty” (5 letters)
M4) “…an exuberant Scottish gundog of great beauty, stands among America’s most popular dog breeds. They are serious workers at hunting and field work, as guides for the blind, and in search-and-rescue” (2 words, 15 total letters)
Even our friend and dog aficionado/breeder Brad, whom was presented with these questions after the game, was stumped on #4. We never thought about this breed being Scottish. The only one we got correct was #1 (had Brad actually played with us we would’ve gotten at least three of them).
1) In order to travel from the Evergreen State to the Badger State, a person must primarily travel in which cardinal direction? Yay sometimes it helps to know state nicknames even if you have only a vague idea which state has a certain nickname!
2) The New York Yankees have a record 40 World Series appearances. Name one of the two other franchises that have made at least 20 World Series appearances.
NERD POINT: Name both.
We got one, but not the bonus. Lucky guess, we picked a “popular” sportsball team.
3) Monuments – What Washington, D.C. monument was designed by architect Maya Lin when she was just 21 years old?
4) E3 is an annual event held in Los Angeles for computer and video games and related products. What do any two of the three “E”s stand for?
Mystery Two – Visual
Final Category – High Grossing Films
In addition to two films in the Transformers series, Mark Wahlberg is credited in five films that have grossed at least $130 million at the domestic box office.
Name two of those five films, which were released in 2000, 2001, 2006, 2012, and 2015.
We got two of the correct films, and we moved up a bit in the standings, but not the top three.
As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, George Thorogood (even though you are not fictional)!