Friday, June 20, 2008

Back in the saddle again

The nasty throat/chest virus seems to be gone, so I was back at trivia this week. Things looked bad when we started blowing our five-pointers in the middle rounds, but then we wound up winning the thing at the end, by being the only team to correctly guess how many tons of jellybeans the White House purchased during the Reagan Administration. Seriously, I can't stand that type of question. They said to get within two, so we figured it couldn't be very high, but unless you happen to have just read 101 Completely Random Facts about Ronald Reagan, there's no further reasoning that can get you any closer to the correct answer; the question might just as well have been, "I'm thinking of a number between 2 and 30, what is it?"

The rest of our misses:
1. What television personality claimed that he was fired as a local weatherman after joking that a storm had hail stones "the size of canned hams?"
2. What is the name of Felix the Cat's girlfriend?
3. What was the name of Melissa Etheridge's first album after announcing her homosexuality?
4. Which country had a record turnout of 315 million voters during its 1991 elections?
5. Who wore a suit, instead of his standard military fatigues, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations?


bill said...

1. David Letterman
2. Trixie
3. ??
4. Eastern European country? But the population seems high. India
5. Fidel Castro

All except #1 are guesses and for the bonus round: 7.

Anonymous said...

1. David Letterman
2. Kitty. (Cheated on this one)
3. Yes, I am.
4. India (I was going to say Russia, but I don't think that their population ever topped that number and is in fact declining)
5. Fidel Castro

--bad dad

J. Bowman said...

1. Letterman - oddly, the same question was asked at Saturday trivia. I did not miss it a second time.
2. It's a good thing someone cheated, because the answer given was Phyllis. The official Felix the Cat site lists his girlfriend's name as Kitty Kat, as do several other sites. I find no evidence of a character named Phyllis actually existing. We didn't guess Kitty, so it's moot for us.
3. Yes, I Am
4. It was indeed India. We said Russia.
5. Castro. As is so often the case, we talked ourselves out of the obvious answer.

J. Bowman said...

Oh, and the White House ordered 12 tons of jellybeans (technically, Jelly Bellies) during the Reagan administration.