A foursome of ‘Pods gathered on a balmy Festivus Eve at Stick’s for a dose of Sporcle With Tim. This time, there was rather large group of “ugly sweater people” gathered near where we were sitting, and though one of them had a habit of yelling while a couple of questions were being asked, they weren’t too annoying. Even the guy wearing a necklace made of flashing lights wasn’t too distracting, if you kept him out of your line of sight. Ugly Christmas sweaters are super trendy right now, and I won’t openly judge anyone for wearing them, no matter how tacky they are. But they just aren’t my thing. Maybe it’s because red isn’t my color, let alone red and green together (though I do like green). If you ever see me wearing an ugly Christmas sweater, it means I lost a bet. Or a Svengali is at work and forcing me to wear the sweater against my will, if I have a look of terror on my face while wearing an ugly Christmas sweater, call the authorities… Ahem…anyway, not too bad of a night, we finished first for the night, got a first place gift card in game one, and unnecessarily flubbed the game two final about Playboy magazine covers. But more about that in a bit… ‘Pods in attendance this time were myself, Mike, David (whom I will name our MVP of the night) and Joel. And the questions…
1. Rock Songs – According to the Guns ‘ n Roses song, the grass is green and the girls are pretty in what location? Take…me…home..yeah… 10
2. Beverages – What type of beer is described as a half and half blend of beer and fruit juice or soda? 9
3. Marine Animals – the animal known as the pink river dolphin is endemic to the rivers of what continent? Mike with right guess for 4.
4. Tennis Champions (as always, I pray these will be about ’80s tennis) – What Grand Slam tennis tournament did Boris Becker become the youngest male singles player ever to win in 1985, at age 17? For an extra “nerd” bonus, from what country was Becker? I actually remember this happening, when I wasn’t glued to MTV, I liked watching this tennis tournament on TV (and not just because of the cute boys. OK, maybe a little…), got this for 8 plus the bonus.
5. TV Cameos – Michelle Obama, Joe Biden and John McCain have all made cameo appearances on what NBC sitcom? Dave for 7.
6. U.S. Geography – The historic Oregon Trail ends in Oregon and begins in what Midwestern state? 6
7. Literary Opening Lines – What 1813 novel opens with the line, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife?” Dave the scientist with right guess, but for only 1.
8. Clothing Stores – What clothing store named for a French bar was visited by the CEO of The Gap? Nope, miss for 3.
9. Movie Features – What now common DVD feature was first offered on the 1984 criterion release of “King Kong?” Initially had right guess, but changed our minds, miss for 2.
10. Board Games – What board game released in 1995 has players gathering resources including wood, brick, wool, lumber, grain and ore? 5
Mystery – shared names – identify the people who share last name with U.S. presidents based on the following clues (must provide first and last names)
1. Actress who played Amelia Earhart in “Night at the Museum – Battle for the Smithsonian?”
2. Singer who makes up other half of the “Toxic Twins” besides guitarist Joe Perry
3. Actor who played Jack in “Will and Grace.”
4. Second overall draft pick in the 2006 NFL draft, currently plays for Buffalo Bills
Missed #3, though we literally went through every presidential last name. Were we supposed to actually watch that show? 🙂
Scores: Five teams: Northern Watch, 27; Growing, 36; Fallopian Swim Team, 40; Trump 2020, 51 and ‘Pods, 60.
A textbook originally written in 1858, a one-man documentary film from 1996, and a TV series that debuted in 2005 have titles that are pronounced the same.
Give any of these three titles.
Dave for the win…woot! Fallopian Swim Team finished second with zero bet.
1. TV Hosts – Which late-night host holds an annual YouTube challenge asking parents to tell kids, “I ate all of your Halloween candy?” Dave for 10
2. Royalty – In what decade did Prince Charles become heir to the British throne? For “nerd” bonus, what is the first name of his current wife? Got this but not confidently for 2.
3. Banned Books – What book by Dr. Seuss was banned in the People’s Republic of China because of its portrayal of Marxism? We had a really good guess with book about the turtle, alas, it was not correct, miss for 4.
4. Computers – What type of stand-alone computer program is capable of replicating itself in order to spread, and is named for an invertebrate animal? 9
5. ’90s Movie Characters – In “Forrest Gump,” who is Gump’s superior officer in Vietnam and becomes first mate on his shrimp boat? 8
6. Diseases – What is the more common name of “hard pad disease,” which commonly afflicts dogs and is commonly vaccinated against? 1
7. Baseball Terms – The term “golden sombrero” is used for MLB players who strike out how many times in one game? 3
8. ’00s Albums – What singer released her debut album “Music of the Sun” in 2005 and followed that up in 2006 with “Girl Like Me,” which spawned three top 10 hits? Miss for 5 (though Mike’s first guess would have been correct).
9. Europe – What very small European nation is the only one to be located completely in the Swiss Alps? Mike for 6
10. Electricity – What is the six-letter term for a type of non-moving electrical charge triggered by friction? 7
https://www.sporcle.com/blog/visual/order1222/ Got only one of these correct.
Scores: Fallopian Swim Team, 34; ‘Pods, 49; Northern Watch, 52; Colors/Trump 2020, 53.
Since 1993, only six men have been on the cover of Playboy magazine, with the most recent being in 2012. Four of them were on the cover in the 1990s and another in the 2000s.
Name one of these celebrities.
Dave used to subscribe to this magazine and we started brainstorming names of guys. Then we came up with what we thought was a good guess, and handed in our slip. Then I decided to talk about my Dad’s collection of Playboy magazines, in particular the “valuable” issues. Facepalm…one of those was the answer! I mean, the answer was literally not in host Tim’s hands yet when I was saying this! Grrrr! Next time…One team managed to get this correct. Well, happy Festivus, everyone! We’ll be taking a brief trivia break because of these pesky things called “holidays,” but will surely have a recap again for you soon! Or maybe we’ll post a rerun or two…As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, Gene Simmons!