We spent a recent Friday night “in” and opted to do a virtual trivia game. Which isn’t exactly out of the ordinary for us as of late! Fridays have become the only days we tend to do trivia games anymore, and it’s a great way to “sort of” end the work week! And how else can you catch up on laundry – and do a trivia game at the same time? Thankfully my husband/trivia pardner didn’t need my help with a question answer when I was putting clothes into the dryer (in fact this was a triviagasm moment for him). But you’ll have to read on to find out more about this terribly exciting trivia moment!
We didn’t do too poorly in the game, finishing in third place overall in a fairly competitive national pool of players. Well, if by “national” you mean a smattering of players from Michigan and some nearby rust belt states such as Pennsylvania, some players from Boston – and other areas of the Southeastern states? Well, I guess you could say that’s “national,” right?
1 TV Lineups – SNICK was a two-hour programming block that ran from 1992 to 2005 on Nickelodeon on which day of the week, as its name suggests?
NERD POINT: What animated show was part of the very first SNICK lineup?
Ah, memories…I was at my older brother’s wedding reception when an episode of this show was airing, and some of the wedding guests retreated to their hotel rooms (which were in the same building as the reception) to watch the episode. And yuck, it was almost not worth it – the plot line involved a graphic depiction of a toothache. Still, this speaks to the pop culture relevance of this show at the time! Here’s yet another horror story us Gen X’ers can share with the kiddos – having to watch TV on a network’s schedule – and not being able to “binge” or watch on demand! Oh what hardships we endured, right? When we weren’t tiring out our poor fingers dialing rotary phones, we were patiently waiting for our favorite songs to play on the radio so we could use a tape recorder to record them!
2 Writers – What musician and activist has published books titled On the Clean Road Again: Biodiesel and the Future of the Family Farm and Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road?
3 Politics – What two-word term was used by Richard Nixon to describe the people in a country who do not express their opinions publicly? For Nixon, it was people who did not participate in the anti-Vietnam War counterculture. Took me a minute, but I came up with this correctly.
Rom Com Add ‘Em Up – Each answer will be the number found in the title of the romantic comedy described in each clue. Those four numbers will add up to 40.
(Note: The answer is just the number in the title, NOT the film’s whole title.)
1. Single parents played by Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney negotiate over childcare after their kids miss a school field trip, falling in love while juggling their busy New York schedules
2. After serving as a bridesmaid for an insane amount of her friends’ weddings, Katherine Heigl’s character finds her Mr. Right while planning her sister’s nuptials to the man she’s secretly in love with
3. Tom Ewell plays a married man driven to distraction by the New York City heat and his tempting young neighbor played by Marilyn Monroe
4. After putting a ring on it, a series of life changes turns their relationship rocky, keeping characters played by Jason Segel and Emily Blunt from walking down the aisle
Knew enough of these so that we could figure out the fourth. Got all of these.
5 Internet – Red vs. Blue is a long-running sci-fi webcomic video series that uses screencaps from what video game series to form its story?
6 OLYMPICS – Flora Duffy, who won the gold medal in women’s individual triathlon at the 2020 Summer Olympics represented what island nation, the smallest country by area to ever win an Olympic gold medal? The nation is mentioned in the 1988 Beach Boys hit song Kokomo? We picked the wrong country mentioned in the song. And we didn’t know it was technically a “country,” we were only thinking of sovereign nations, not territories. Miss.
7 Museums – Founded in 1930, what Manhattan art museum is primarily focused on 20th and 21st century American art and shares its name with the “W” last name of its founder? Miss.
8 Compounds – What historically common school supply was traditionally made of calcium carbonate, but today is manufactured mostly of gypsum, a hydrated calcium sulfate?
Mystery Two –
Complete The List – Each of the following lists is missing one item that will make it complete. From the category and its components, name the missing item.
M1. Seinfeld main cast members—Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, and _____?
M2. NFL teams in the AFC North division—Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, and _____?
M3. Four elements of the ancient Greeks—Water, Fire, Air, and _____?
M4. Original One Direction lineup: Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and _____?
Final Category – Literature Places
Built in 1668, the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion in Salem, Massachusetts, is most notable for inspiring the setting of an 1851 novel by what author?
Got this, finished in third.
As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, Nathaniel Hawthorne!