Trivia Recap – April 27, 2016 – Heidelberg

A ‘Pods “solo pilot” for the second consecutive night hit up a local trivia scene for no other purpose than to burn up some trivia winnings from last season. And because no one else from the team was available or felt like going out and doing trivia (whine). So The Heidelberg was targeted for Sporcle Trivia Nights With Josh M.! No prizes, 69 total points (69, dudes!), fourth place for the night. Special thanks to Josh for playing Falco’s “Der Kommissar” and Nena’s “99 Luft Balloons,” (both in German) by request. What better place to listen to ’80s pop music in German than the basement, or “rathskellar” or a German restaurant? Seriously, “After the Fire’s” version of “Der Kommissar” in English is total amateur hour compared to Falco’s original German version. Now go download it already! It doesn’t matter whether you understand German or not, it just sounds really cool! And if videos are more your thing, well, Falco in the ’80s wasn’t too hard on the eyes (wink-wink). Enough ’80s music digression, this is starting to sound like one of Patrick Bateman’s music diatribes from “American Psycho,” so let’s move on, shall we?
Game One
1. Presidents – What early 20th century president was the first to be known as the “cowboy president?” A “social,” got this for 10.
2. Geometry – What name is given to a triangle with two equal sides? Got this but with not much confidence for 4 (the teammates are better at maff questions).
3. Companies – What company debuted their first plastic toy “Buzzy Bee” as a departure from its normal wooden toys? Did not research this FB clue very well, so burned the 2 here (have to save the 1 pointer for question #9).
4. TV Catchphrases – What TV show that debuted in the ’60s featured the phrase “This tape will self destruct in five seconds?” And it was apparent the predominantly “millennial” college crowd agonized a bit over this one, easy for the “old folks,” nine points. Ooh, just thought of the photo tie-in….hmmmm.
5. Universities – Other than Utah, what other state that borders Utah has a sister school that shares its name with Brigham Young University? Picked a bordering state, but not the correct one, miss for 3. Yep, still saving that one-pointer!
6. Movie Tough Guys – What was the last name of Dirty Harry? for extra nerd bonus, within one, in what year did he first appear on film? Nailed the year dead on (cans I get an extra point for that, pretty please?). Got this for 8.
7. Chemistry – What type of chemistry focuses on the element carbon? An easy one for this collegiate crowd, most of the slips were handed in early. We heard rumors that this question wasn’t so easy for a certain “aristocratic” team elsewhere (cough). Seven points.
8. Diapers (ugh, I don’t have kids and I don’t pay attention to diaper commercials – whine!) – What brand of diaper uses the slogan “Love, sleep, play?” Miss for 5. Very, very shitty, lol…
9. NFL Scandals – Within one, what year was “Spygate?” Not a clue, dropped the 1 (finally).
10. Foreign Phrases – Sometimes used by authors, what two-word phrase does Nom de Plume mean in English? Was on the right track, but miss for 6. Would have been a slam-dunk for fluent French speaker Geoff! ๐Ÿ™‚
Mystery – six-letter states
Of all the six-letter states, which one is…
1. Largest in area?
2. Furthest east?
3. The one that means “snow-covered” in Spanish?
4. The one that most recently joined the union?
Missed #2. Mental note – COUNT the letters in the name you put down on the answer sheet, Heather! What is this, amateur hour?
Game one standings: Eight teams, scores ranging from 40 to 61, with our little team that could in sixth with 48 points. Win, Lose, or Draw was in first with 61. Might have been a pseudonymous team, did not bother to investigate. Meh….
Final category: Sequels
In terms of worldwide box office earnings, the top grossing movies of 2006 and 2007 were both sequels in the same franchise.
Name the complete titles of both of those movies.
Managed to pick a sequel movie in the top 10 from 2007, but nope, not the right one (and no, did not go with the one with the robots). Wagered 20 and blew it.
Standings: Drinking Team with a Trivia Problem, 51, Three Girls, one ??? 70 (kudos to them for getting it correct!).
Game Two
1. Book Titles – What is Christine in the Stephen King book of the same title? Ten points.
2. Social Media – Within one, in what year did Facebook launch the “like” button? Miss for 2.
3. Insects – How many wings does a butterfly have? Miss for 4.
4. Mythology – What Greek goddess of wisdom and strategy was the counterpart to Minerva in Roman mythology? Nine points.
5. Samples – Audio clue of 2000 Kid Rock song, had to ID the early ’90s artist sampled (did pre-question prayer that ’80s or early ’90s music would be involved, that prayer was answered). Got this for 8.
6. Tennis – In tennis’ famous “Battle of the Sexes,” who did Billie Jean King defeat in 1973? Picked another dude from the same era, miss for 5.
7. Movie Quotes – “Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.” The bar was split between the correct answer and a Chris Farley film. Got this for 7.
8. Snack Food – What U.S. potato chip brand is known as “Walkers” in the U.K., Smith’s in Australia, and “Chipsy” in Egypt? Three points.
9. Reality TV – Jo Frost appeared on what reality TV series from 2005 to 2011 which chronicled her struggles with ill-behaved children? Knew the series, just not the exact name, miss for 1.
10. World Geography – The Isthmus of Corinth is in Italy, Greece, Ireland or the U.K.? Initially had right instinct, but an iconic Ricardo Montalban phrase threw me off. It’s all your fault, Ricardo Montalban! “Rich Corinthian leather” indeed! ๐Ÿ™‚ Miss for six. See what I did there? I dropped the six in questions #10 in both rounds! That’s how NOT to do a trivia game, people!
Visual mystery: Missed #2 and #3. Balls! I read TWO books about Mount Everest disasters last year! The guy in #2 does not even remotely look like a Sherpa in that photo….(grrrr).
Game two standings: Nine teams with scores ranging from 25 to 58, with Drinking Team with a Trivia Problem in first, we were again in sixth with 41 points.
Final category: NBA Championships
Since 1990, three teams have become NBA Champions by sweeping the finals 4-0 (four games to none). Name two of those three teams. Wagered zero. Did not catch the final standings. Until next time, which will be a local watering hole tonight for a Generation Double X outing. Which is our “spin-off” team, for those not in the “know.” Go Pods! Go Generation Double X! Stay classy, everyone!


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