If there is one thing I’ve learned over the past decade or so of playing trivia games with the ‘Pods trivia team (shortened version of Miskatonic University Fighting Cephalopods), it’s sometimes you know the answers – and sometimes you don’t. A big duh on that, right? And sometimes you know an answer because of a particular episode of “Little House on the Prairie” that you remember watching as a kid!
But what is most important in trivia games is this – it doesn’t matter HOW you know an answer (as long as you don’t know the answer because you cheated to get it, you dirty bastard you), as long as you know it.
We signed on for a virtual show on a recent Friday night playing with some of the best of the best when it comes to trivia – and that means Boston area trivia players. Trivia host “Epic” has quite a following of teams from the Boston area, and these people mean business! If I wanted to do live games out in their area, I’d better bring a really good team! Not to mention drive for about (I’m gonna guess) 12 hours or so!
A road trip to the East Coast isn’t in the cards for a bit, so for now, the virtual showdowns will have to do!
1) Addresses – What literary title character lives in a home that used to belong to an inhabitant named Sanders at 100 Aker Wood West?
2) Ice Cream – What ice cream flavor, which traditionally consists of chocolate ice cream, nuts, and marshmallow, has various origin stories, including that it was given its name as something people could relate to during the Great Depression?
3) Research – A United States scientific research station named for Roald Amundsen (rold AH-men-sun) and Robert F. Scott is located on which of the seven continents?
4) Money – From 1971-1978, the U.S. mint issued a silver dollar featuring Dwight Eisenhower on the obverse and, on the non-bicentennial issues, an eagle in what specific location on the reverse?
We missed #3.
5) College Football – Alabama has made the most appearances in the College Football Playoff with 7, what school won the Playoff the only year that Alabama didn’t make the four team CFP since its inception in 2014? Miss.
6) Top Tens – The only top ten single by Young MC is what 1989 song that is described as “a jam for all the fellas tryin’ to do what those ladies tell us?” It’s always good when both members of a two-person team start singing the song that’s being asked about in a trivia game. Yes, this was definitely from “our” era of music!
7) Musicals – Audio clue of a song from the Broadway version of a 1992 animated film (that’s the best I’m gonna do here since I can’t play the audio clip).
8) Kids’ TV – In the original Teletubbies series, how many Teletubbies were there? For a nerd bonus point, what was the purple Teletubby’s name? Got the points, missed the bonus.
Mystery Round Two- April Fools – The correct answer to each image will include the word “fool” or one of its variants.
Missed #4. We had 45 points going into the final, unsure what place that put us.
Final Category – Elements
What two elements make up the mineral commonly known as “fool’s gold,” due to its luster and hue that give it a resemblance to gold?
I remembered the episode of “Little House on the Prairie” (season 2, episode for those just dying to queue it up) where Laura thinks she has found gold – but the banker tells her it’s not gold, and it’s just “fool’s gold.” I remembered what he said the rock was called, and we figured out the elements from those clues.
This put us in ninth after it was all said and done (I told ya these Friday virtual games were competitive)!
As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, Nellie Oleson!