Friday, July 6, 2007

No MIT student would miss the last one

Here's the thing about being in the "trivia league:" the gf and I had planned a leisurely drive back from my ancestral home, figuring trivia night would not be held right after the holiday. When we were informed otherwise, we suddenly had a 6:30 departure time, breakfast in the car, and a comical scene in which I ran into the restaurant to sign in, while she drove home to drop off our pets. There's big money on the line here, folks.
A miss on the first question made me wonder if the effort had been worth it, but as it turned out, the rest of the night was question after question right in our wheelhouse - movies, geography, 80's pop culture. When the halftime category is questions about ALF, you know the team named "Gordon Shumway's Cat-sitting" is going to do well. We had two misses on the night; the first one, we'd have gotten right if one of our cohorts had been able to make it before halftime, and the second one, we missed by a year. We even corrected the hostess on a typo in the final question - who ever heard of "Wesley College?"
The first two are our actual misses; I added a few more that I liked, plus the final.

1. In the movie Gone In 60 Seconds, what is the name of Nicholas Cage's 1968 Shelby Mustang GT 500?
2. In what year did South Africa begin to dismantle the Apartheid political system?
3. What is the most abundant metal in the Earth's crust?
4. What do you call the offspring of a male tiger and a female lion?
5. What 2008 Presidential candidate was once president of the College Republicans at Wellesley College?

Edited to add: Actually, there are many, many Wesley Colleges; one is in Dublin, two are in Australia, and there are at least three in the U.S., including two in the fictional state of Delaware. Fortunately, no current U.S. Presidential candidates attended any of them.


J. Bowman said...

1. Eleanor
2. 1989
3. Iron
4. A tigon
5. Hillary. Duh.

Leo said...

I know you haven't been posting these questions all that long, but haven't you had that earth's crust one before? I still couldn't get it right.

J. Bowman said...

It doesn't look like I've had that one before. Not that they don't repeat questions from time to time. The previous week's question about the dimensions of a two-by-four was a repeat, which I think was why the argument about the correct answer got so heated.