Our “core four” visited The Wurst Bar Wednesday for My Trivia Live shenanigans hosted by Stacy and sadly walked away with no prizes 😦 We were sunk by a “Christmas songs” final question. But since ’tis the season to be jolly, we’re not going to get grumpy about that. And for the love of Cthulhu, we’re also not going to talk about a very popular holiday song that actually sounds like it’s about a very predatory date rape. Or about how “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is a chilling tale about bullying, ostracism and using others for personal gain. Or about what you would actually do if carolers came to your door demanding “figgy pudding.” And if the carolers would not leave until you provided them some pudding (seriously how rude is THAT). Nope, we’re not going to talk about any of those things! But since we already talked about it, let’s get on to those game questions, shall we?
1. Homonyms – What word can mean a preliminary copy, a current of air, or being inducted into the military? 5
2. Children’s Literature – Dr. Seuss’ character Bartholomew Cubbins has 500 of what item? 3
3. Music – Positioned at the head of a company or a group, what is the title given to the leader of a marching band? One time at band camp…a fellow freshman actually became drum major of my marching band (a rarity). Also, I had an uncle who was a drum major. He wore a tall furry white hat. You can get away with that kind of stuff when you’re the drum major! 1 point.
1. Current Events – What world leader and revolutionary died Nov. 25, 2016? 5
2. Other Sports – Commonly known by his nickname “Birdman,” what professional skateboarder owns the skateboarding company “The Bird House?” 3
3. Geography – What is the other name for the area previously known as Paradise Ranch, named such in an attempt to attract spy plane workers? There was an extra three point bonus question attached to this, but I didn’t take very good notes on it (technical difficulties). We missed the main part because we didn’t agree on which state this was located. Yes, Brad, you were right…you were right.
1. Beverages – What beverage owned by Dr. Pepper/Snapple is chocolate flavored and neither soda nor milk? 5
2. Religion – What did Delilah do to Samson to deprive him of his power? 3
3. Basketball – Often regarded as the greatest shooter in NBA history, who was the first player in the NBA to be elected MVP by unanimous vote? Miss for 1.
Halftime – Identify the Christmas movies based on the following quotes:
1. “Christmas was on its way. Lovely, glorious, beautiful Christmas…”
2. “Let’s face it. We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket. It’s run by a big eastern syndicate, you know.”
3. “Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.”
4. “I thought maybe we could make ginger bread houses, and eat cookie dough, and go ice skating, and maybe even hold hands.”
Missed #2/#3. Missed #2 mainly because we were thinking that this quote was from a movie, not a TV show. Jussayn…
We were in fourth going into the second half with 29 points. Team Pants was in first with 34, tied with Pocket Pool Sharks.
1. Cards – The Curse of Scotland is a nickname used for what playing card? Newsletter answer, 6
2. Feminine Firsts – In July, 1999, Aileen Collins became the first woman to do what specific thing? Miss for 2.
3. ’60s Music – What 1966 song likens its subject to an eel, a cactus, and a greasy black banana? 4
1. General Motors – In what year did the current GM restructuring begin due to its bankruptcy? Got it but for just 2.
2. Current TV – What current sci-fi TV series is based on a Michael Crichton book of the same name? They asked about this in semifinals on Saturday…got this for 6
3. Fitness – What fitness company was founded in 1998 by Tony Horton? This question is abbreviated…we missed this for 4.
1 History – (disclaimer – my notes are very horrible on this question, so I’m just going to flat out rewrite the damn thing) What man’s head, removed via beheading by King James in 1618, was carried around in a velvet bag by his wife for years after his death? As the Beatles lyric goes, “Curse (blank), he was such a stupid git,” from “I’m So Tired,” The Beatles (aka the “white album”). I have a wisdom tooth that was removed in 1997 that I keep in a desk drawer. It’s actually come along with me on four moves of residence. Does that make me weird? I just can’t part with it, I mean, it’s a part of my body! But hey, it’s not as weird as a HEAD! Yes, I know, it’s still weird #owned Missed this, picked another man who was beheaded. It was a common way to die back then…off with his head! To see pictures of this tooth, scroll down to the comments.
2. Science – What is the name of the series of elements on the top row of the bottom block of the periodic table of elements? Mike all over this for 6,
3. Music – In what 1992 rap song do Becky and her girlfriend talk about butts? 2
Standings: We were in fourth with 55 going into the final, with Team Pants holding onto their lead with 66 points.
Final Category: Christmas Songs
Some paraphrased dialogue: “Hey, Heather listens to these songs all day at work. Let’s wager on this!” Me: “Uh, just because I listen to this stuff doesn’t mean I really know anything about it.”
What Christmas song, written in the ’70s, tops Rolling Stone’s list of the best Christmas songs ever written?
Fail… Team Pants was on fire this night, and was the only team at our bar getting it correct, so they finished in first. Until next time, which will be tonight at Stick’s, for Sporcle With Tim. We’re trying out a different Thursday spot for the icky weather months, though it’s not a new spot for us. We used to play here regularly in 2012 back BEFORE we even had a trivia team page (IKR). And we even managed to talk another team into making a trivia page of their own at this very place. OK, maybe it was more like “dared.” Trivia pages are fun, kids! That’s it for now, as always, Go Pods, and stay classy, Sir Walter Raleigh! Whom JOHN LENNON (ahem) said was “such a stupid git.” See what we did there? 🙂