We managed to finish in thirdish place in a recent virtual trivia game, where we missed questions about Peter Sellers films (we were off by one year in our guess), football positions and were rewarded for having recently watched a documentary on Hulu called “Too Funny to Fail – The Life and Death of the Dana Carvey Show.”
Here were our questions:
Round One –
1 Kids’ Books – According to the title of a 1960 book by Dr. Seuss, what kind of animal can come in one or two and be red or blue?
2 Famous Women – What woman, born Araminta Ross in 1822, is best-known for her work on the Underground Railroad? We immediately thought of an inappropriate remark by Cheryl on “Archer,” who said her relatives built connections to the Underground Railroad in their mansion so that they could “Capture runaway slaves and return them to their rightful owners.” The punchline of the joke was that this was happening in the 1890s, long after the U.S. Civil War had ended!
3 1960s TV – What actor starred on a self-titled TV show from 1960-1968, after his character originated in an episode of The Danny Thomas Show, in which he arrests Danny for running a stop sign? I kind of blanked on this one, thankfully my husband did not (teamwork)!
4 Alcohol – In the U.S., an alcoholic beverage that is labeled as 40 proof is what percentage alcohol by volume? I don’t want to give away the answer or anything, but Everclear is 95 percent alcohol, which is why it has a restraining order against me! It’s all good, I want nothing to do with this stuff ever, ever, ever…EVER again! And this is allegedly the last time you’ll ever hear about the Kentucky Everclear incident of 2009 (it’s really not the last time)! But if you want a cheap paint remover that you can also take a swig of while doing your painting (which I wouldn’t recommend), look no further than Everclear! Who doesn’t like a product that can do more than one job – industrial strength cleaner AND an intoxicant! What are you waiting for? Go to the nearest state where you can legally get this RIGHT NOW! JK, JK!
Mystery One –
Name the film based on the year of release, a performer, and three different characters that performer played in the movie.
1. (1996) Eddie Murphy—Sherman Klump, Cletus Klump, and Ernie Klump, Sr.
2. (1964) Peter Sellers—Lionel Mandrake, Merkin Muffley, and the movie’s title character
3. (2012) Halle Berry—Jocasta Ayrs, Luisa Rey, and Meronym
4. (1975) John Cleese—Sir Lancelot the Brave, Taunting French Guard, and the Black Knight
Missed #2, we incorrectly guessed Pink Panther, which was released a year earlier (the original film in the series).
Round Two –
5 Africa – Which of the following African countries extends farthest south—Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, or Guinea? Thankfully I have taken the “Countries of Africa” quiz on Sporcle’s quiz site so many times I was able to remember the correct country.
6 Bands – What backup band appeared with George Thorogood on their sixteen top 40 hits from the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, including “Bad to the Bone” and “I Drink Alone?” Ah yes, George Thorogood, the poster boy for toxic masculinity – even if he presented it in a mocking way. Let’s see how his act would fare in today’s politically correct world!
7 SKETCH COMEDY – Ace and Gary were the names of animated characters that served as a parody of a stereotypical comic book superhero trope voiced by two comedians with the same initials IRL who first appeared on The Dana Carvey Show in 1996 and went by what name?
Did you know you can watch episodes of this series free on the Crackle streaming app? There are caveats, you can’t minimize windows on your laptop while ads are playing – they literally try to make you watch the ads in sneaky ways even though they don’t pry your eyelids open like they did to Alex in A Clockwork Orange! Also, I’d highly recommend the documentary series about the Dana Carvey show, it’s a legit time killer!
8 Same Name – What ten-letter word describes a work of media that is based on or inspired by another work of media? It is also the title of a 2002 film starring Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep.
NERD POINT: Who directed this film?
Didn’t remember the director’s name, I knew it was someone known for esoteric stuff.
Mystery Two –
Name the position in American football with a two-letter abbreviation that is the same as the initials of the person described in each clue.
Give the name of the position, NOT the person’s name or initials!
Mystery Two –
For example: If given “Hoboken, New Jersey-born entertainer nicknamed ‘Old Blue Eyes,’” the answer would be “Free Safety” because Frank Sinatra = FS = Free Safety.
1. “Wizard of Menlo Park” known for developing the phonograph, among many other inventions
2. Rock musician known for the hits “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Run Rudolph Run,” and “My Ding-a-Ling”
3. Actress who plays Joyce Byers on Stranger Things
4. Five-time Olympic gold medalist who has played for the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA since 2004
We surprised ourselves with this round, we actually did quite well – only missing the last one (go figure, WNBA questions are great game equalizers).
We were in a three-way tie in third behind the second placers whom were in a two-way tie and the first placers whom were also in a two-way tie. Confused yet? It’s still third place to me!
FINAL QUESTION –
Due to the invasion of Napoleon’s army in 1807, the entire royal court of a European country moved to a city in South America, from where it governed for more than a decade. Name that European country.
We debated a bit, but picked the right country. Standings remained the same.
Unsure when we’re playing next, but a “team” virtual game is planned for Thursday, September 22. We’ll see if it actually happens, a couple of players had to bail the last time I planned one of these things (life happens). As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, the Ambiguously Gay Duo!