Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I also make a better door than a window

A while back, our regular trivia host took sick, and was missing for two weeks. One of the regulars got in touch with him, picked up the clues, and read them in his stead. In an effort to help out, I offered to write and read a round of trivia, and was allowed to do so the second week. I came up with ten questions that I thought were great. Unfortunately, it turns out I'm a better trivia-taker than trivia writer; the winning group in my round got one (1) question right, and they were the only ones to get that right. To be sure, I did a poor job. Hard questions are fine, but they're for separating the wheat from the chaff; you have to throw a couple of softballs out to keep people playing. Surely, though, you can do better than one.

  1. Name the Pep Boys.
  2. In Calvin and Hobbes, what is Calvin's favorite bedtime story?
  3. Who was the 23rd President of the United States, serving between Grover Cleveland's non-consecutive terms?
  4. What dog won the first three Frisbee World Championships, which are now named after him?
  5. In the Velvet Underground song, "Waiting for the Man," how much money is in the singer's hand?
  6. How many Canadian provinces border at least one Great Lake?
  7. Who was the first African-American woman awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature?
  8. On which island did Napoleon die, on May 5, 1821?
  9. What is the name of the theme music for The Daily Show?
  10. What Dutch driver holds the Indy 500 records for fastest practice lap, qualifying lap, four-lap qualifying time, and 200-lap race?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

#4 Ashley Whippet
#6 2, Ontario & Quebec
#7 Maya Angelou, or was it Toni Morrison?
#8 Alba

OK, those are my guesses.
Mom

bill said...

1. I think there's a Moe.
2. Can't believe I don't know this one
3. Arthur
4. Wham-o
5. ??
6. two
7. Toni Morrison
8. Elba
9. ??
10. ??

Matt said...

1. Manny, Moe and Jack
2. Where the wild things are
3. B Harrison
4. Spike
5. None
6. 1
7. Thought Maya Angelou at first, but inclined to agree with person who said Morrison above
8. Elba
9. Fred
10. Arie Likanin

Feel like I should have known more...

J. Bowman said...

1. Manny, Moe, and Jack. This was the only one that anyone got right.
2. "Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooey"
3. Higgledy Piggledy
Benjamin Harrison
twenty-third President
was, and as such,
served between Clevelands, and
save for this trivial
idiosyncracy
didn't do much.
4. Ashley Whippet. Go Mom!
5. $26
6. Only one - Ontario.
7. Toni Morrison
8. Able was I ere I saw Elba, but that was Napoleon's first exile - he died on St. Helena.
9. "Dog on Fire"
10. Arie Luyendyk

Mark said...

1. Manny, Joe and Mac(?)
3. Benjamin Harrison
6. 3?
7. Alice Walker?
8. Corsica
9. Dog on Fire, by Bob Mould
-- bad dad