We played our last Sporcle Live “season” game Thursday at Original Gravity Brewing Co. We won a $10 second place despite missing both finals, but alas, Mike and I made a noble effort (we even got an NFL question correct, woot). Shout out to More Beer Less Pants for finishing in first venue place for the season! We’ll be back for the venue tournament there next week, but will officially be on hiatus for a while after that, focusing our efforts on our weekly My Trivia Live games Wednesdays at The Wurst Bar. This doesn’t mean that ‘Pods won’t be making occasional “cameo” appearances at other trivia spots (perish the thought)! We may even make a “cameo appearance” at the upcoming Sporcle Live league championship, though it will likely be uncredited, lol. And before I get into presenting the game questions, thanks again, Sporcle, for providing yet another “nerdy” question Thursday! These questions have been sending players from our team and others down memory lane, to say the least! Oh the joys of intrepid adventuring, swordplay, slaying dragons, pickpocketing…checking to see if that “floating” armor really floats by randomly jumping into the water…sigh. Anyway, keep those coming! Maybe write a question where “Elric” is the answer! Ahem…enough nerdy digression! And the questions…
1. ’90s Songs – Seattle rockers Presidents of the USA scored a Grammy nomination for a song describing moving into a country and eating what? Mike nailed this one for 10 (thank goodness, I ain’t so hot on 2000s music, and normally he isn’t either!)
2. Health – What word is derived from the Greek for liver inflammation and describes a disease that be transmitted sexually or via needle use? Hm. what would be the more FUN way to get THIS disease? 9
3. Documentaries – What 2004 documentary film was the first documentary to win the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival and also the highest-grossing documentary of all time? For an extra “nerd” bonus, this documentary’s title alludes to a work by what author? Got both for 8.
4. Flavors – Originally, green Life Savers candy were lime flavored. What flavor are green Life Savers now? Big miss all around…we missed for 5.
5. Technology – In what decade did Ray Tomlinson transmit the first network e-mail? Mike with correct guess, but for only 2.
6. Game Shows – What two-word phrase is commonly uttered on “Family Feud?” There was more to this question, but there were people talking loudly next to us while it was being asked, and I was too lazy to get all of the wording…but we got this for 7 (this was all Mike). And photo tie-in time! I LOVE any excuse to use a still from “The Running Man!” The host from “Family Feud” was an evil game show host in this movie, but you all knew that, didn’t you? And why not also throw in Schwarzenegger wearing yellow spandex? OK! Now just imagine Dawson saying these two words to Ahnold here…
7. The AFC – Name two of the three NFL AFC teams who have won eight championships. Yes, we got this one! Yay, the effort I put into trying to learn Super Bowl winners a while back paid off. But for only 1 point…but still.
8. Literature – How many lines are in a traditional sonnet? Mike again for 6. I had to write a sonnet in a college poetry class. It was hands-down the toughest writing assignment I’ve ever had. I wound up making the sonnet about having to write a sonnet (though not literally, of course, I used lots of dramatic imagery, valuable Scrabble words, etc.). Wound up getting an “A” on it. Wonder if the teacher knew it was all about how much I hated her and the assignment? 🙂
9. Toys – What classic toy was first introduced in 1959 and is credited to inventor Ruth Handler? 4
10. Populations – As of 2016, what is the most populous city in China? 3
Mystery – same ending letters – all correct responses will end with the same two letters.
1. Name for the main body section of an insect located between the head and abdomen
2. Type of biological agent that tainted letters to numerous elected officials, press members, etc. in 2001
3. First generation Pokemon represented by a giant sleeping creature
4. An act that is meant to trick or deceive people
Missed #3, though our guess was really, really close…
Standings: Nine teams, scores 21 to 65, with More Beer Less Pants in first place (nice solo game!). We were in second with 61 points playing under the name Inglourious Basterds. Little did we know there would be a Quentin Tarantino question in the next game…
Final Category: People in Song
Four people whose full names (first and last) are mentioned in Madonna’s song “Vogue” have won competitive Academy Awards for acting. Name two of them.
We managed to get one and wagered it all. Mental note to self? Study up on those “classic” movie actors. There were movies made before 1960, after all! Yup, I have some “homework” to do! 🙂
Final Standings: ‘Pods, 41; MBLP, 65 (smart, smart wager there…)
1. TV Lawyers – On what series does Gabriel Macht play a character named Harvey Specter? Never heard of it…miss for 2.
2. Track and Field – How many hurdles are there in the men’s 110-meter track and field event? Multiple choice – 8, 10, 11, or 12? Got this for 1.
3. Tarantino Films – Major Marquis Warren is a character played by Samuel L. Jackson in what 2015 Oscar-nominated Quentin Tarantino film? I initially brain farted on this title, but Mike came through quickly for 10. And we’ve used this as a team name at this place before!
4. Animals – What is the four-letter word for a Himalayan goat with horns turned inward? 9
5. Music Videos (I “prayed’ before this question was asked that this question would be about an ’80s video…seriously I did) – What 1987 Michael Jackson video was directed by Martin Scorsese and set in a subway station? Thank you trivia gods…8
6. Fairy Tales – In the Hans Christian Andersen story “The Princess and the Pea,” what does the pea prevent? Lots of incorrect guesses from the masses, apparently, but we got it for 7.
7. Card Games – Within one, in what year was “Magic: The Gathering” first published? We got this within one year for 6.
8. Beverages – What giant in the beverage industry was the first to sell a six-pack in 1923? We initially had right guess but changed it, so miss for 3.
9. Movie Villains – Audio clip of film about a ’90s film featuring a bus with a bomb on it.
10. Presidents – What presidential name is Ronald Reagan’s middle name as well as the last name of the president first elected in 1912?
Mystery: http://www.sporcle.com/blog/visual/musical1110/ Missed #4. And Ricky Martin was in THAT? What role did he play? Strange casting, imho…but don’t “cry for me” about it or anything 🙂 Oy…
Standings: Nine teams, scores 33 to 56, with us tied for first with Team Mott and Others (who finished second overall for the season). Gee, what could possibly take our team down now? How about a sportsball final? 🙂
Which National League baseball team had a record five consecutive Rookie of the Year Award winners from 1992-1996?
Wagered zero, but unlike in final #1, there were other teams knowing this one (sniffle). And thus we end our Sporcle Live season with THIS 97-point game. Cthulhu said there would be games like these! Until next time….when will THAT be? Stay tuned, and stay classy, Ricky Martin in whatever the hell role you’re playing in “Evita!” I should look that up…Che Guevara? Uh, no…I just “can’t even” with that casting decision. But I won’t even listen to anything but the original Broadway cast featuring that corrupt warden from “Shawshank Redemption” and that guy from Chicago Hope and The Princess Bride…. what now? OK, Go Pods!