Trivia Recap – June 30, 2016 – Wurst

Two “trivia power couples” and a “plus one” played under the Generation Double X (GDX) name Wednesday for a My Trivia Live bout at the The Wurst Bar hosted by Stacy Louis. We were in third place leading into the final question, and managed to squeak ahead both the number 1 and number 2 teams (overall for the bar’s standings) in the process. We hung onto our third place after the final, thanks to wagering conservatively and getting it correct. We had quite a few misses during the game, but so did the “heavy hitting” teams. Representing players were the “core” players Heather and Angie, their husbands Mike (from the ‘Pods) and Scott (fromMore Beer Less Pants), and Brad (also from the ‘Pods, playing in his first MTL game). Special thanks to Scott and Angie for helping clarify a good deal of the questions, which we occasionally had a difficult time hearing from where we were sitting. Speaking of questions, read on:
Round One:
1. Gifts – What was the gift of friendship in 1886 from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy? 5
2. Pets – What omnivorous lizard is divided into two main species, green, the most popular pet species; and the Lesser Antilles, endangered due to habitat destruction? 3
3. Children’s Games – What nursery rhyme/singing game describes a structure being built with wood and clay, brick and mortar, iron and steel and silver and gold? Angie steps up here for 1.
Round Two
1. Fashion – Originating with the U.S. Navy in the 19th Century and made for convenience, what trouser type made a resurgence in mainstream fashion in the 1960s and was renamed “bootcut” in the 1990s? And I stick one of my pant legs out from under the table to show I was wearing this pant type and accidentally stepped on Angie’s toes (sorry about that!) 5
2. Technology – Losing out in consumer popularity to its rival the VHS tape, largely due to price point/cost, what videocassette recording format developed by Sony was released in Japan in 1975? And Mike and I have a friend with very stubborn parents who refused to upgrade to the more popular format in the ’80s, which severely limited their movie choices at the video store.
3. Health – What vitamin naturally found in fish, shellfish, meat (especially liver), poultry, eggs and milk is used in high doses to treat cyanide poisoning? For three-point bonus, what nutritional supplement high in Omega 3, 6 and 9 that helps support heart and cardiovascular health is also used in paint binder, wood finish and glazing putty? Missed both of these, 1.
Round Three
1. Mythology – Hercules was known for many adventures, what name is given to the collective adventures that include the slaying of the nine-headed Hydra and obtaining the girdle of Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons? So…he did a panty raid on a tribe of tall one-boobed women? Wow, they put him through the wringer!
2. Network Television – ABC was spun off from what other network in 1943? Miss.
3. Food – What is the main ingredient in the food dip hummus?
Halftime
Name the movie by the release year and the artist and first song on the movie’s soundtrack
1. 1956: “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” Marni Nixon
2. 1980: “Call Me,” performed by Blondie
3. 1987: “I Had the Time of My Life,” Bill Medley/Jennifer Warnes
4. 2010: “When Will My Life Begin,” Mandy Moore
Missed #1. Though we put in what we thought was a good guess. I started writing down the answers to 2, 3, and 4 right away, and said, “Can I get some help with #1? I”m not so hot on old movie stuff.”
Standings: Eleven teams, scores ranging form 9 to 35, with Wurst Team Ever in the top spot, We were tied for fourth with Wurst’s current second place team “Sabretooth” with 29 points. Could we shake them off our tails in the second half? Read on…
Round Four
1. This is a Test – What is the Ishihara test used for? Newsletter answer, 6.
2. Directors – What director won the Best Director Oscar for their directorial debut in 1990, one of only six directors to do so? Hint: he also starred in this movie that was nominated for 12 Oscars, earning 9). Hint not needed… 🙂
3. Education – Using data from the Census Bureau’s 2008-2012 American Community Survey to determine the most educated town in each state, which city ranks #1 for Michigan? This question was thrown out since no one got it correct.
Replacement question:
Common Names – What is the common name for sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia (meaning “nerve pain of the sphenopalatine ganglion”), for a form of brief pain or headache commonly associated with the consumption of what? 2
Round Five
1. Bubbles – The Dutch Tulip Bubble gripped Holland in what century where tulip prices soared 20 fold and at one point commanded prices greater than those of a luxury home? Mike nails this for 6
2. Sports – Within 2, how many hexagonal faces does a soccer ball have? Miss (lesson learned – always defer to the team’s biggest soccer aficionados when questions like this are asked, guys, wink-wink).
3. Travel and Tourism – What was the original name of the zoological park island located in Bay Lake at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and was inspired by the 1883 novel by Robert Louis Stevenson of the same name? Note It closed in 1999
Round Six
1. Quotes – What Prime Minister of the United Kingdom said, “You have enemies? good. That means you’ve stood up for something sometime in your life.”
2. Cocktails – Traditionally how many liquors/alcohols are in a Long Island Iced Tea? I just want to gripe a bit here. There are countless ways to make any given cocktail, especially complex ones such as this one, and not all bars are going to make every one exactly the same. I’m going to suggest being very, very specific on any cocktail trivia questions. Refer to a specific association, bartender’s guidebook, etc. I just think these questions are WAY too opened ended otherwise. Rant over…
3. Office Supplies – What American multinational conglomerate introduced Post-It notes to consumers? And Scott predicted this would be the subject of this question, so he gets the “Nostradamus” award, lol.
Standings: 12 teams, scores ranging from 9 to 62, with Wurst Team Ever in first. We were in third with 59, managing to get just ahead of the bar’s #1 team “Pants,” and the second place team, “Sabretooth.” Small victories, yes please!
Final: What building is the location of the “Immovable Ladder?” Aside from being temporarily moved on two occasions, the wooden ladder, made of cedar, has remained in the same place since as early as 1757 when it is first mentioned in an edict by Ottoman sultan Abdul Hamid 1? This was basically all Scott, nice work! We wagered only 6 though.
Final standings: GDX, 65; …uh did not write down the other teams (did not recognize their names, though). Until next time, which will be a Sporcle Live show tonight. Read all about in our game recap Friday, as always, Go GDX, Go Pods, and stay classy, Ypsilanti (you can do it).

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