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Sometimes the best ideas are ones you don’t come up with yourself.
A dear friend of mine whom is sadly now dearly departed, assembled a small group of friends for his birthday about eight years ago or so – and he quizzed them on his favorite topics, which for him, included U of M Football, candy, classic rock and a smattering of other topics. A couple of years after that, I stole that idea, and assembled my own group of friends and trivia “compadres,” quizzing them on my favorite things. And the friend who gave me the inspiration served as Master of Ceremonies, and wanted to ask the questions rather than answer them (he was a part time DJ and was good at that sort of thing). And I always took great delight in including at least one question that would make him blush (a former Marine, at that). Now you gotta ask yourself – is there really any such thing as a “former Marine?” Nope! Semper Fi for life!
It was all good fun, obviously! I even gave out prizes to the top teams – including some gift card/gift certificates I’d won in past trivia games (those are OK to regift)!
If you don’t get 100 percent of these questions correct, don’t feel bad! I wouldn’t have known all of these answers either had I not looked them up!
Birthday Trivia Questions 2022:
1) Albums – What band/artist released the 1993 album “Pork Soda?” Multiple choice – Beck, Anthrax, Crash Test Dummies or Primus?
2) Words – What eight letter word beginning with the letter “C” describes a covered walkway – typically with a wall on one side and a colonnade open to a quadrangle on the other? This feature is typically found on monasteries, convents and older university buildings. Also I think J.R.R. Tolkien’s Oxford home had one of these (which is so, so him).
3) Profane Movie Quotes – In what 2010s movie would you hear this quote (which would make my friend Archie blush)?
You wanna know what money sounds like? Go to a trading floor on (location omitted). Fuck this, shit that. Cunt, cock, asshole. I couldn’t believe how these guys talked to each other! I was hooked in seconds. It was like mainlining adrenaline.
4) Alter Egos – What false name does Lazlo assume on “What We Do in the Shadows” after briefly fleeing the vampire residence and becoming a bartender in Pennsylvania? Bonus – what actor plays his nemesis in this episode?
5) Sports Mascots – What is the name for Seattle’s NHL team, which began play in the 2021/2022 season?
6) Actors – What late actor was supposed to have played Daniel Molloy in the 1994 film Interview with the Vampire? Christian Slater wound up accepting the role.
7) Advertising – What personal hygiene product was being advertised by Charles Barkley when he said “Anything else would be uncivilized” in a 1994 advertisement?
8) Billboard Hits – In addition to “Rosanna” and and “Africa” – which peaked at # s 2 and 1 respectively – name the third highest charting hit by the band Toto, which peaked at #5 in 1978?
9) Streaming Music – What music artist was the first to request his songs be pulled from Spotify’s streaming service because of his concerns that Joe Rogan’s podcasts on Spotify were spreading COVID-19 misinformation?
10) Presidents – Name one of the two U.S. presidents whom were born in Pennsylvania. Name both for a bonus point.
11) Hit Songs – “I Would Do Anything For Love But I Won’t Do That,” was what late artist’s highest charting single in 1993, peaking at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100?
12) Animated TV – “Distant Lands” is the name of an HBO Max limited series intended to be a continuation of what animated series that originally aired from 2010 to 2018?
13) EGOT – What composer/songwriter is the most recent person to become a new owner of all four competitive awards – Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony (as of January 30, 2022)?
14) Big Budget Series – “The Rings of Power,” which will focus on the Second Age in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Silmarillion/Lord of the Rings universe, will become available for streaming September 2, 2022 on what streaming service?
15) Antagonists – Chairface Chippendale, Dinosaur Neil and Mr. Mental are some of the antagonists of what title comic/TV character created by Ben Edlund? A TV series featuring these characters originally aired from 1994 to 1997 and was rebooted in live action form in 2001 and 2016 (both of which sucked, IMHO, just bring back the damned animated series already)!
Mystery Round 1 – Murdoch Mysteries Television Series
Answer the following questions about the Canadian TV series “Murdoch Mysteries” (hey there if you haven’t seen this series, settle down – a couple of these will be multiple choice):
M1) What specific thing does William Murdoch do or say whenever he sees a dead body for the first time – multiple choice – do the sign of the cross, gasp, exclaim, “It’s the end of the road for this one,” or do a face palm?
M2) From which Maritime Canadian province is George Crabtree a native? Note – it was NOT yet a province during the series’ timeline (also the actor who plays George Crabtree is native to this province).
M3) Identify the real-life person who was NOT featured in an episode of “Murdoch Mysteries:” A. Nikola Tesla, B. Ransom Eli Olds, C. Alexander Graham Bell or D. H.P. Lovecraft?
M4) For what reason did William Murdoch and Julia Ogden decide to sell the first parcel of property they’d bought for a home? Multiple choice – A. corpses were buried on the property, B. flooding risk, C. it was too far from the city, or D. because it wasn’t big enough for their home they wanted to build?
16) Cephalopods – What cephalopod species’ common name is shared with that of the first nuclear submarine to complete a submerged transit of the North Pole in 1958 – and also the name of a submarine in Jules Verne’s 1870 science fiction novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea?
17) Animals – What is the common name of the animal known scientifically as Canis latrans? This animal also serves as a mascot for a NHL team.
18) Bodies of Water – The “Redneck Riviera” area of the U.S. is located along what body of water? Another name for this area is the “Emerald Coast.”
19) Country Names – What African country’s English name is originally derived from the Portuguese word for “shrimp?” Hint – its capital is Yaounde (yes I totally heard about the MTL final question from that tournament in December). Hey I’m giving a little more of a hint!
20) Song Lyrics – In the Rolling Stones’ 1968 single “Sympathy for the Devil,” there are two people mentioned by a given or last name in the song (besides Jesus Christ and Pontius Pilate). Name one of them – name both to prove how much of a Rolling Stones fan you are (LOL)!
21) Hall of Fame – Name any one of the three female artists or bands inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2021. AND YOU KNOW THE DRILL – NAME ‘EM ALL IF YA CAN!
22) TV Productions – Producer/Screenwriter Mike Flanagan is presenting a future Netflix limited series based upon what work by Edgar Allan Poe?
23) Actresses – Which African American actress made Oscar history in 2021 when she became the most nominated African American woman for four acting nominations? Her most recent nomination was for the film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
24) Craft Beer – What Michigan-based craft brewery was sold to New Belgium Brewing in November, 2021? Its flagship ales include Two-Hearted and Oberon (yes I made this question super easy for anyone living in Michigan)! Happy birthday FROM me!
25) High-Grossing Films – What foreign 2021 film (Chinese) was the highest grossing (worldwide grosses) film beginning with the letter “H” of all time (as of January 30, 2022) that is NOT part of a franchise (i.e. Harry Potter or The Hobbit)? The film has a two-word title. Its worldwide gross was $822 million as of the end of January, 2022.
26) College Football – The University of Michigan most recently became national champions in 1997. What was the next most recent year they were national champions before that? How about the year before that? This one’s for you, Archie!
27) Movie Franchises – Furiosa, scheduled to be released in 2024, is part of what post-apocalyptic film franchise which began in 1979? Its most recent installment was released in 2015. Bonus – what is the name of the yet TBA sequel to the 2015 film? Yes this is super hard and even my fanboy husband probably doesn’t even know this bonus question answer (LOL)!
28) What band’s highest charting hit on the Billboard charts was Love is the Drug, released in 1975 – which peaked at #30 on U.S. charts (#2 on UK charts)?
29) Famous Fathers – Eve Hewson (born in 1991), whose acting credits include the films Bridge of Spies (2015), Robin Hood (2018) and the Netflix miniseries “Behind Her Eyes” (2021) – is the daughter of what famous singer?
30) Time Zones – Within two, how many total U.S. states are located entirely within the Central time zone?
Mystery Round 2 Billboard Hits – Same Name Edition –
Of the following song pairs that share the same titles but were performed by different artists, choose either which artist’s version charted higher – or if they had equal peak charting positions. So you need to give one of two answers – the name of the band/artist with the higher peak position with the song – or “same” if they had equal chart positions.
Note – none of these songs are cover songs.
M1) Lady – Kenny Rogers (1980), or Styx, (1973).
M2) Photograph – Ringo Starr (1973), or Def Leppard (1983)
M3) Just The Way You Are – Billy Joel (1977) – or Bruno Mars – (2010)
M4) Head Over Heels – Go Go’s (1984)- or Tears for Fears (1985)
Final Category Round One – Biblical Baby Names
Special note here – when I was about 10 or so and attending Sunday school at a local United Methodist church, we had a teacher who taught us the books of the New Testament to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” I also learned that I had a talent for quickly finding bible verses (IKR). Thus the names of the books of the New Testament are forever etched in my memory. Which brings me to this question:
Of the eight boys’ baby names listed in the names of the Books of the New Testament of The Holy Bible, only four of them are in the top 50 most popular baby boy names as of 2020 according to the Social Security Index. Name any three of those names. Thessalonians and Revelations are not among those names, although I hear they’re making a comeback as hot baby names (LOL)!
31) Obscure Words – If you are a “queerplunger,” what activity are you most likely to engage in? A. Spelunking, B. scamming, C. plumbing, or D. party crashing?
32. Battles – The Battle of Waterloo occurred in what modern day country?
33. Chart Toppers – In the early 1980s, singer Sheena Easton became the first artist to have three top 5 hits on three separate Billboard charts – pop/adult contemporary (#1 in 1981), – adult contemporary/country (#2 in 1983) and R&B/dance (#1 in 1984). Name any one of those hit singles (one of which was a duet). Name ’em all if you can! Pssst – one of these songs is controversial!
34. Super Bowls – What was the most recent year (before 2022) the Cincinnati Bengals were in the Super Bowl? Bonus – what team defeated them? How about the year before that? This one is for my friend Brad…
35. Bands – Which band released their ninth studio album “Voyage” in 2022?
36. Comic Strip Characters – What “Peanuts” character had the last name “Reichart?”
37. Film Sequels – In the 2019 film sequel Zombieland 2, which tourist attraction are the gang attempting to reach?
38. Canada – Which two Canadian provinces/territories are located entirely in the mountain time zone?
39. Film Franchises – Blue Blood and Statesman are two sequels currently in development in what film franchise?
40. Liquor – THIS IS A HEATHER QUESTION – Which specific type of liquor/booze has a restraining order against me because of what I’ll describe as the “Kentucky Incident?” Multiple choice – A. Everclear, B. Bourbon, C. Southern Comfort or D. Rumchata?
Mystery 3 – Sandwich Companies
Put the following sandwich shop chains in order of when they were founded from earliest to most recent:
Blimpie, DiBella’s, Jimmy John’s, Subway
41. Movie Genres – Name both movies to be the highest-grossing (worldwide) in the “Western” genre – one was released in 1990 – the other in 2012.
42. Hired Guns – Which famous rock guitarist played as lead guitarist on Lenny Kravitz’ 1991 album “Mama Said?” He supplied guitar on two different tracks. Both musicians attended the same high school.
43. World Capitals – Ouagadougou is the capital of which African country which was previously called Upper Volta?
44. Foreign Words – Langosta is the Spanish word for which invertebrate animal?
45. Olympic Feats – Kamila Valieva performed what feat twice for the first time in Olympic history during her figure skating routine in the 2022 Beijing Olympics (which made a chain-smoking Tanya Harding very, very grumpy)?
46. Simpsons Episodes – In the Season 3 episode 14 episode “Lisa the Greek,” what predicting talent is she revealed to possess, which makes her daddy very happy?
47. Oscars – What actress was nominated for the 2022 Academy Awards for best leading actress for her role in Spencer?
48. Video Game Inspirations – The 2021 horror film Willy’s Wonderland was inspired by what video game franchise? Bonus – what specific thing does lead actor Nicolas Cage never do during the film?
49. Short People – Name the specific type of Hobbit which will be featured in the upcoming series “Rings of Power?” Multiple choice – A. Fallohide, B. Harfoot or C. Stoor?
50. THIS IS A HEATHER QUESTION – Which high school subject do I most regret not having passed despite its lack of usefulness in my everyday life? I would later go on to pass it – in remedial form – in college (with lots of coaching from my future husband).
Mystery 4 – Sting Movies
This category was my husband’s idea, though some of the movies he thought featured Sting actually featured David Bowie (easy mistake)!
Put the following films featuring Sting in order in which they were released – The Bride, Dune, Brimstone and Treacle and Stormy Monday.
Final Category Two – Actors
Jose Ferrar in 1950, Christopher Plummer in 1962, Peter Donat in 1972, Steve Martin in 1987 and Kevin Kline in 2008 all played variations of what character on film – who first appeared as the title character in an 1897 play?
NOTE: Answers will not be posted until February 12 or later.