Our “Fab Four” (for lack of a better moniker ATM) visited The Wurst Bar Wednesday for a trivia fix with Stacy, finished in first for the night after wagering wisely on a tough final question about beverages, winning a $30 gift card. We finished with 63 points for the night and battled it out along with 10 other teams. Some of the questions were quite obscure! About those…
1. Brands – What antacid’s advertising claims to “go to work in seconds” and has flavors called smoothies and chewy delights? 1
2. Villains – In D.C. Comics, who is known as the “clown prince of crime?” 5
3. Food – What type of dolphin fish is given a Hawaiian name and served as steaks or fillets? 3
1. Planets – What planet in our solar system has the highest amount of gravity? 3
2. Classic Commercials – The 1971 song “Anticipation” was used in a Heinz ketchup commercial in the ’70s and ’80s and was recorded by what singer/songwriter? This song is supposedly about what singer-songwriter, whom this person dated, who later converted to Islam and for a time dropped out of the recording business (this was not a question during the game, but alas, song inspirations is one of my favorite categories). Got this for 5.
3. Magazines – What former WWE star turned actor was just named “Sexiest Man Alive” by People Magazine in 2016? John all over this part of the question…And for an extra three points, what magazine, that started as a comic book, inspired a 1966 off-Broadway musical written by Stan Hart and Larry Siegel? And we got those three points plus 1(Larry Siegel was one of the best MAD writers, imho). That was some very funny shit right there…so many memories! It was far more exciting getting into Mom’s MAD magazine stash as a kid than it was finding Dad’s Playboy collection under mom and dad’s bed, but I digress…ahem…
1. Volcanoes – Vesuvius, Aetna and Stromboli are all active volcanoes in what country? 5
2. Gemology – Rubies and sapphires are both made from a variety of what mineral? Miss for 1.
3. Awards – What is said to have been earned in “points” form for doing a good deed, its name stemming from the youngest branch of Girl Scouts? 3
Halftime – Material Girl – Identify the movies in which the following Madonna songs were featured based on the release years.
1. I’ll Remember, 1994
2. This Used to be My Playground, 1992
3. Into the Groove, 1985
4. Sooner or Later, 1990
Missed #1, never heard of the film in which this was used.
Scores: Eleven teams, scores 18 to 36 with Team #5 in first. We were tied for second along with Team Pants and Drinking Team With a Trivia Problem with 35 points.
1. Mottoes – What US state has the motto, “Fatti Maschii Parole Femine”, the only state motto in Italian? Newsletter answer, 6.
2. Geography – The Hoover Dam is bordered by which two U.S. states? Committee thinking killed us here, one of had the right two states, and we picked two different ones…miss for 2.
3. Classic TV – Vicki Lawrence starred in what ’80s sitcom that was a spinoff from a sketch called “Our Family” from the Carol Burnett Show? 4
1. Animals – What is examined to estimate the age of giraffes? Nope, though we considered the right answer, miss for 2.
2. Companies – What is the name of the windmill company founded in Plymouth, MI that also produces the Red Ryder BB gun? Helps that John is a native of this town, got this for 6.
3. First Ladies – Melania Trump is the second First Lady to be born outside of the U.S. Who was the first? 4
1. NHL – While playing for the New York Islanders, Billy Smith became the first goaltender to do what? Considered right answer, but nope, miss for 2.
2. Nobel Prizes – Among these categories – physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace – which category has had the most years without any awards given? 4
3. Social Media – What does the hashtag TBT stand for in social media parlance? 6
Scores: Ten teams, scores 35 to 63, with us in the top spot, right ahead of DTWATP and Team Pants, both with 59 points.
Final Category – Beverages
What soft drink company created in 1937 by Ely Klapman and Barney Berns, was the first to produce a six-pack and had sizes called junior, mama and papa (there was more to this question)? Brad thought of a an answer that wound up being in the ballpark that used this sizing at its restaurants, though we knew it was not correct. So we wagered zero and waited to see if ANYONE would get it right…nope!
We remained in first, and DTWATP and Team Pants had to answer this tiebreaker for third: how many rooms are there at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas? Team Pants nearly nailed it, getting it within EIGHT. Impressive! Until next time, which “may” be tonight at Original Gravity to use some prize winnings, but that’s TBD…we will be playing in the My Trivia Live semifinals at Maplewood Lanes in Saline Saturday to see if we can get a spot in the “finals” Dec. 10. As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, whomever that song “You’re So Vain” is about (bet you thought that song was about you)…