Since Snowstorm Michael Landon (or Landon Donovan, if you prefer a more modern pop culture reference) kept us form leaving our houses on Groundhog Day, we thought we’d sign on for a virtual trivia game. We weren’t too happy that the trivia host marked our answer wrong when we spelled out the initials of a popular fast food chain that is known mainly by its initials (really?), but we somehow managed to be in first place going into the final! However, turns out we didn’t know quite enough about national parks to get the final question correct.
And that is the last time we’ll ever sign on for a trivia game with this host, whom I will not name.
Here were the questions:
1) Actresses – Erin Moran played Joanie Cunningham on what long-running TV sitcom and its spin-off, Joanie Loves Chachi?
2) Movie Songs – The 2011 film that features songs titled “Life’s a Happy Song,” “Pictures in My Head,” and “Let’s Talk About Me” is the seventh theatrical release to feature what group of characters? Mike came up with the right guess, which I could confirm since 2011 stuck out in my head for this group of characters. And when we saw one of the actors in a movie poster for this movie, we immediately thought, “He must want to pay off his drug or gambling debts.”
3) 1990s News – This question is paraphrased, but asked for the city in which the Branch Davidian cult events occurred in the early 1990s.
4) Science – What three-letter word fills the blank in the name of the law in thermodynamics written as PV = nRT?
Ideal _ Law
Mystery – Logos
M1) A caricature of a real-life person who lived from 1890-1980, complete with a black bow tie that is NOT a stick-figure body, between two red stripes, and above the company’s name
M2) An item associated with playing cards above the name of the company’s co-founder, which itself is above the name of an East Coast U.S. state
M3) The company’s name in red, cursive letters, inside a green angled border that includes a banner with its signature nine-letter product in white block letters
M4) The company’s name inside a red oval until a 2021 redesign left the logo looking like it includes a backwards “N”
We only got #4 correct, because we spelled out the company name in number one instead of just putting the initials. Yes, Mike was pretty upset about that (though honestly I don’t care about these silly trivia misses anymore – all part of my new casual approach to trivia which applies to my attitude as well as my clothing I wear in the virtual games).
1) Toys – What handheld voice recorder made by Tiger Electronics in the 1990s was originally produced as a prop for the film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York?
2) Populations – Of the seven countries in Central America, which one is by far the most populous, with nearly twice as many people as its neighbor, Honduras?
NERD POINT: Which of the seven countries is the least populous?
Got both parts correct.
3)CEOS – Since 2018, Marvin Ellison has been the president and CEO of what home improvement retailer headquartered in North Carolina? He used to be CEO of the company I work for.
4) Athletes – The athletes named Female Athlete of the Year in 2020 and Male Athlete of the Year in 2021 by the Associated Press were both born in what country?
Mystery Two – Visual
We were in first going into the final with 48 points.
Final Category – National Parks
Until the creation of Gateway Arch National Park in 2018, what was the smallest U.S. national park by area? It covers just over 5,500 acres, is named for its defining aquatic feature, and shares its name with the town in which it is located.
Miss…totally off our radar.
That may not have been the most finger lickin’ good trivia game we’ve ever played (hint about the question we missed in the first mystery round), but there are worse things that can happen! As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, Colonel Sanders!