We might have failed to know the name of the trashy mid 2000s fashion trend in which women purposely let their thongs show above their waistbands (hey maybe some folks miss this trend) – but WE ACTUALLY GOT A FINAL QUESTION CORRECT! Maybe we know more about shopping than we do about trashy fashion trends? Sometimes it’s just not enough to know what a “tramp stamp” is! My husband will never, ever forget the time he saw such a thing for the first time – in the early 1990s – in a dance club/bar in Mount Pleasant, MI. He and a friend had been ogling the thing curiously for several minutes before summoning up the nerve to actually ask…
“What is that thing crawling up your back?” OK, maybe I’m paraphrasing a bit…
Her answer? Delivered in a voice that could only be crafted by a four pack a day smoking habit?
“It’s a tattoo.” It’s always better hearing my husband tell the story – and do what is probably a spot-on imitation of that voice! Anyone remember that lady from MAD TV who was a chain smoker? Yeah, it’s kind of like that!
Read on to see what other things we were quizzed about on this night…
Round One –
1. (Hot Dogs) What brand of hot dogs introduced in the late 1950s was named through a contest to come up with the best brand name for stadium hot dogs?
2. (Technology) The professional association SAE International maintains the J300 standard, which defines the classifications of what material based on viscosity?
3. (Stage Names) Actor Michael Keaton was born with what last name, which he changed to satisfy Screen Actors Guild rules, as there was already an actor and a TV host both using his birth name? My husband – whose name is also Michael – came up with the right guess here, woot!
4. (Omens) The practice of interpreting signs and omens of the future, called augury by the Romans and ornithomancy by the Greeks, is based on the movement of what type of animals?
Mystery One – Visual –
We got all of these correct.
Round Two –
5. (Song Lyrics) The 2009 top ten single “Hey, Soul Sister” by Train has lyrics that reference what band that had #1 hits in the 1980s with “Broken Wings” and “Kyrie?”
NERD POINT: What was Train’s first charting single on the Billboard Hot 100?
We missed the bonus point, our guess was Drops of Jupiter.
6. (Basketball) Of the 12 current WNBA franchises, which one has a name beginning with the same letter as the city in which it’s located? No better way to ruin perfect games than to ask about the WNBA!
7. (Fashion) What two-word, rhyming term, which describes the top of a wearer’s thong underwear when visible above the waistband of their jeans, was the “most creative word” of 2005 according to the American Dialect Society? Go ahead. Look up these words in Google images. Is this fashion trend making a comeback?
8. (Occupations) Hedda Hopper, Perez Hilton, Louella Parsons, Elaine Lui, and Walter Winchell are among those who have had columns and websites that focus on what? Thankfully I knew who at least one of these people were…
Mystery Round: No One Initials like Gaston
Give the first and last names of the people described by the following clues, all of whom have initials made up of letters in the name “Gaston”—G, A, S, T, O, and N.
1. Actor who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour
2. Singer known for the songs “Feeling Good” and “I Put a Spell on You” who was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in 1933
3. English mathematician widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence
4. Military general credited with authoring The Art of War
Got all of these correct. Though I do like Marilyn Manson’s cover of “I Put on a Spell on You” better than the original.
I can’t recall what place we were in going into the final category.
According to Morning Consult’s 2022 report of the most trusted “retail & e-commerce” stores in the United States, the top ten in this industry include Walmart, Dollar Tree, Target, and Amazon.
Name one of the other six stores that rank in the top ten.
Got it. About darn time!
As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, anyone who sports a “whale tail!”