Trivia Recap – Aug. 2, 2016 – Powell’s Pub

A duo of ‘Pods (Heather and Mike) made a spur-of-the-moment decision Monday to pay a visit to Powell’s Pub for its My Trivia Live scene. We didn’t win gift cards, but another player, with a $30 gift certificate to use up that night, decided to generously buy us a pitcher. But we’ll chalk it up to payment for “services” rendered (not going into any more details, but any trivia player knows there are numerous “backroom” deals that occur, especially among the most hard core players). Get your minds out of the gutter! It’s all about the trivia business! Anyway, the craving for nice swilly yellow beer was indeed the main reason for our outing – you know that beer that doesn’t make you “think” too much? Yes, we like our craft beer. But sometimes those macrobrews really hit the spot, too. Call us “beer snobs” when we drink the crafty stuff, call us lowbrow when we drink the swill. Opinions are the spice of life! Bring ’em on! The two of us battled a very…strange set of questions. Kind of made some big flubs in the first half, but apparently all of the other teams did, too. But you’ll read more about that in a bit. The questions…
Round One
1. Mascots – Elsie the cow is the mascot for what dairy company? 5
2. School – The MCAT exam must be taken before admission to medical school. What does the “A” in MCAT stand for? Had four possibilities written down, the right answer did not even occur to us. Miss for 3.
3. Retail – What doughnut company was founded by Vernon Rudolph in Winston-Salem, N.C. in 1937? Nice guess, Mike for 1.
Round Two
1. Flags – What celestial body adorns the flag of Argentina? 5
2. Technology – What is the name of the Microsoft 10 equivalent to Apple’s Siri? John, one our fellow ‘Pods, most certainly would have known this. But we had no clue, we wrote down “That pretty smart lady who lives in my smart phone and tells me how to do stuff.” Never leave a slip blank, kids!#themoreyouknow Miss for 1.
3. Candy – What candy was invented in Austria by Edward Hans and was originally intended to be a substitute for smoking? Makes SO much sense after the answer was revealed…but no, we missed for 3. We did get the bonus question asking which M&Ms color was discontinued in the ’70s because of the dye supposedly being carcinogenic.
Round Three
1. Fashion – What type of suit was worn in the early 20th century by young boys and shares its name with a comic strip of the same name? TOTALLY off our radar…miss for 1. There are a couple of ways you can “absorb” answers to questions like these. One of which would be living through it. Which begs the question – are there MTL players old enough to have worn these type of suits when they were kids? Or is there a “pop culture, 1910 edition” class that I should have taken and haven’t? I think Mr. Burns wore one of these in a flashback episode of the Simpsons. And we all know Mr. Burns is really super old. I’ll look for a photo and if I find one, I’ll share it in the comments.
2. Conversions – One centimeter is equivalent to how many millimeters? 5
3. Food – The two main ingredients in Nutella are chocolate and what nut? Sometimes you feel like a nut…got this for 3.
Halftime – Identify the film in which the last word in the title is “down” based on the release year and cast members.
1. 2013 – Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx and Maggie Gyllenhaal
2. 2001 – Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor
3. 2013 – Terence Howard and Colin Farrell
4. 1993 – Michael Douglas and Robert DuVall
Missed #3.
Standings – Six teams. Top scores were 21 (did not catch the team name), 22 (One is the Loneliest Number/Ham Wallets, tied), and in first was Two is the Cloneliest Number with 29. That would be us, this team name was all Mike’s idea (as was going out for trivia, believe it or not).
Round Four
1. Elements – What is mainly extracted from pitchblende? Newsletter answer, 6.
2. Ships – The S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald sank in 1975 in which great lake? “The legend lives on from Chippewa on down…” Got this for 4.
3. Presidents – Which president ran under the “Whip Inflation Now” campaign, abbreviated WIN? Nope, picked the guy who ran before him, miss for 2.
Round Five
1. Capitals – What island nation in the Lesser Antilles has the capital Roseau? Got this for 6 (I’m a Caribbean Queen, lol…). Not really. I am not a character in a Billy Ocean song, some of which were kind of “rapey” imho (oh those titillating ’80s songs). But I know some Caribbean capitals, country names and stuff, though probably not as many as that pretty smart lady who lives in my smart phone and tells me how to do things. What would I do without her? Yes, I digress…
2. Fashion (again???) – Lindsay Lohan’s 6126 fashion line is named for the birthdate of what actress? I had a hunch whom it was and asked Mike to do the math, since I knew what year this person died. And questions about this pretty lady (who doesn’t live in my smart phone) are really making the rounds lately…got this for 4.
3. People in Technology – Julian Assange, who is associated with the leaking of confidential information via “wikileaks” was granted asylum in what country in 2012? Wow, a country where Guinea pigs are a delicacy…interesting. Miss for 2.
Round Six
1. World History – On Jan. 1, 1993, what country’s disillusion has been referred to as the “velvet divorce?” 6
2. Advertising – What comedian was the voice of the AFLAC duck until 2011, when was fired for making inappropriate tweets about the Japan tsunami? 4
3. TV – Sorry, this question did not get written down in its entirety. But the answer was Lou Ferrigno, and Mike knew the answer right away..got it for 2
Standings: Scores 43 to 61, with us in the top spot again.
Mostly known for his musical work in the ’90s and for the song ‘Barely Breathing,” Duncan Sheik wrote a musical that debuted on Broadway in 2006 that won several Grammy and Tony awards. Name that musical. Nobody got it, and we wagered too high (though not all the points). Did not write down the final standings. Our next trivia outing is “supposed” to be The Wurst Bar Wednesday with the ‘Pods. As always, Go Pods, and stay classy Ypsilanti!

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