Friday, April 25, 2008

My mom loves your shows, Shonda!

It's a good 24-hour period for me. We won trivia last night, I'll be receiving a Major University Award this afternoon, and when I snarked on Grey's Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes snarked right back. Plus, it's the last day of classes, which is always good.
Speaking of the last day of classes, non-trivia content has been light (to say the least), but I expect that to change now that my days are a little more free. In particular, OTH recaps should be back soon.

1. What country produces 2/3 of the world's vanilla?
2. What mollusk shares its name with the first waterproof watch?
3. Which Spaniard won two Masters titles in the 1980's?
4. What nation has the world's second-highest level of gold production, behind South Africa?
5. Which novel contains the longest sentence in literature?

Sunday, April 20, 2008

What if it was a hiphopopotamus?

Thursday was Sports Trivia, and I didn't bother to write down our misses; if I remember any, I'll add them. Instead, you get Saturday's trivia, which has consistently been of higher quality than the Thursday night version this semester (and easier to win, as fewer teams show up). The downside, of course, is that it requires me to spend my Saturday night in this particular bar, which means the f has to be visiting me (as opposed to the other way around) and feel like going out for trivia (which usually is the case, as she is a fan of trivia, but sometimes we have Flight of the Conchords on DVD and don't feel like going out).
The f actually had to leave town early yesterday, so I was planning to go stag, but I ran into some friends, and our victory enabled us to pay most of our crippling bar tab. The misses:

1. On Scrubs, where did J.D. and Turk attend college?
2. Name the Major League pitchers with the five highest career strikeout totals.
3. Kevin Spacey has won Academy Awards for his work in which two films?
4. What is added to a martini to make it a gimlet?
5. Place the following animals in order of average life expectancy in the wild, from longest to shortest:
Kangaroo, hippopotamus, deer, rat.

Friday, April 11, 2008

No, I don't understand why the baseball questions were twelve years old

Last night was a great night for everyone as far as trivia is concerned. It was great for us, because we won. It's great for you, dear readers, because we still managed to miss a solid selection of questions. As usual, I cannot vouch for the veracity of the answers given to us, but we believed them.

1) What Arab nation has the highest percentage of Christian citizens?
2) Who hit a line-drive single in his first at-bat of the 1996 season, becoming the first Red Sox pitcher to get a base hit in 24 years?
3) Who was the winningest manager in Major League Baseball history winningest active manager in baseball when he retired in 1996?
4) What recording artist was the top-selling artist of the 1970's, according to Billboard?
5) Of flyweight, bantamweight, or featherweight, which is the heaviest weight class?
6) What mythical beast has the head of a man, the body of a lion, and the tail and feet of a dragon?

Friday, April 4, 2008

I took "Potpourri" for $100, and then my head started to spin

Last night's final question was: What is the maximum number of "answers" that can be read during a game of Jeopardy!?
I think a better question is this: What is the maximum number of possible "questions" (i.e., responses) during a game of Jeopardy!?

Apologies for any confusion caused by the awkward punctuation.

I doubt they actually said "adieu"

When trivia night pays three places, fourth is the most annoying place to be. The new question-writers are still finding their legs as far as difficulty, so it was another night where close to a dozen teams finished with over 70 points (the maximum is 78). The final question, about the number of answers on Jeopardy!, became more difficult when the announcer tried to clarify the difference between an "answer" and a "question." This led to great confusion, but apparently not enough confusion to slip us into the money.

1. Which country bid adieu to the United Kingdom in 1921?
2. How many days can an ant survive underwater?