Trivia Recap – Jan. 13, 2017 – Sticks

We’ve encountered 10 total final trivia questions since the beginning of the year, and so far have only managed to get three of those correct, one of them purely through dumb luck. Perhaps we burned up our mojo with that game? Who knows! If we were professional baseball players, we’d surely be eyed for trade! Or whatever it is that happens when you play professional sportsball and start to SUCK. We’re no strangers to these slumps, and last year around this time, went through an eerily similar disappointing “drought.” Thursday’s final questions were no exception, one being about a singer who died in a plane crash – which is just about as vague as asking about singers who died of drug overdoses. The other was about the less “popular” films directed by Clint Eastwood. You know, those ones you DIDN’T bother to see? The ones that didn’t win or get nominated for best picture? Those movies? Though the one with Morgan Freeman looked kind of interesting, but maybe I just thought so because of the rugby players, or because of an excuse to listen to Mr. Freeman’s awesomely awesome voice, but I digress! Yup, disappointing night at Stick’s for our Sporcle With Tim outing, 78 cumulative points. We’re trying to go the “win a venue” route to the finals this season rather than barhopping, and based on our performance so far, winning a venue isn’t looking like it’s going to happen! But it’s still too early to get too discouraged, and the actual venue tournament will be what ultimately matters at the end. And we’ve witnessed “miracles” in venue tournaments more than once. “Never give up…never surrender!” I’m not sure if someone important said this quote, or if it’s from “Galaxy Quest.” Time for the questions? Oh, OK! ‘Pods in attendance this time were myself (Heather), Mike and David.
Game One
1. Book to Movie – The 1986 film “Stand By Me” was based on the novella “The Body,” written by what author? I actually read that book, there’s a scene where the boys light their farts. Why was this scene not put in the movie? 🙂 10
2. Rocks – What type of volcanic rock is the only one light enough to float in water? Mike for 9
3. Presidential Elections – Which presidential candidate managed to receive more than 2 percent of the vote in the 2000 presidential election? And for an extra “nerd” bonus, what party did this person represent? Got both for 8.
4. Airlines – Royal Dutch Airlines is better known by what three-letter name? Dave for 7
5. Video Games- Game Freak and Creatures Inc. are best known as being publishers of what popular Nintendo video game series? Nope for 1.
6. Team Names – What NFL team was called the Titans before the name was used by the Tennessee Titans? Miss for 2.
7. Fruits – What percentage of watermelon is water? 82, 87, 92, or 97? Miss for 4. In questions like these, use a D4 to get your answer! Seriously…probably would have fared better than with our guess!
8. Rivers – What river is linked to Moscow via the Moscow Canal? Good guess for 3.
9. TV Personalities – Beginning in 1981, Joseph Wapner presided as judge on what TV reality show? It’s definitely time for Wapner…6
10. Fashion – British fashion designer Mary Quant is credited with inventing what women’s fashion item in 1965? We were torn between two, but my knowledge of Bond girls and the years certain Bond movies were released helped here for 5…interestingly enough, we used a photo of a Bond girl wearing the item that was NOT the answer in our game recap from Monday! For this recap, we’ll use a still from “Futurama.” Specifically the episode where they have to recreate an old episode of “Ally McBeal” or else their planet gets destroyed by an enemy alien race. The pressure!
Mystery – This Day in History (yay!)
On this day in history (Jan. 12):
1. Series starring Adam West debuted in 1966
2. A U.S. coin was redesigned, which shows the president looking directly at the viewer (name the coin)
3. Nineteen European nations agreed to forbid what specific type of genetic engineering
4. Movie directed by James Cameron was number one at the domestic box office
Got them all.
Standings: Twelve teams, scores 16 to 60, with us in the top spot.
Final Category – 1960s Hit Songs
What song was the first posthumously released song to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, topping the charts in 1968 after the artist died in a plane crash?
We did think of someone else who had died in a plane crash years earlier. But nope..but we wagered fairly wisely, which left us with 49 points going into the second half.
Final Standings: Dem Iggs, 59; Trivia (did not write down whole name), 68.
Game Two
1. Business Deals – Sears sold its Craftsman line of tools to what company in January, 2017? A co-worker of mine was just talking about what a silly move that is. The tools and lawn equipment are pretty much the only things that bring people into those stores anymore! Maybe they need to get out of the business of trying to sell clothes/shoes/jewelry/bedding and just focus on the lawnmowers/tools. But they just sold their YUGE tool line. Sigh…and I just bought a set of Craftsman pliers for Mike for Christmas (I’m such a hopeless romantic, lol). He really did like getting them, though! Oh yeah, miss for 1.
2. Planets – On November 14, 1971, what planet became the first planet to be orbited by a spacecraft when the Mariner 9 orbited it? Mike really slapped himself silly for not getting this…miss for 4.
3. Comedians – “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” features what stand-up comic? 10
4. New England – What New England state does NOT have any ocean coastline? 9
5. Duets – Audio clue of a duet, had to name one of the two singers.
6. Novels – What Dan Brown novel was the follow-up to “The DaVinci Code” and does not have a film adaptation? Miss for 2.
7. Reality TV – What U.S. state is home to the base of operations for “The Deadliest Catch?”
8. NBA Championships – Within two, how many NBA championships have the Boston Celtics won? OK, now I’m officially decreeing that we bring D&D “bones” to all of our trivia games. Let a D20 decide THIS answer! It may have been more successful than our guess! Miss for 3.
9. Gangsters – According to his business card, Al Capone was a second-hand dealer of what? Furniture, guns, jewelry, or automobiles? 5
10. Star Wars – SNL cast member Bill Heder is credited as a consultant for what droid character in “Star Wars:The Force Awakens?” 6
Visual Mystery https://www.sporcle.com/blog/visual/ads112/ Missed 1 and 4. Show of hands…what draws the eyes more on #1, the blacked out thing or something else?
Scores – Eleven teams, scores 16 to 56, with us in third with 49, and The Implication in first.
Final Category – Directors
Since directing the 1992 film Unforgiven, Clint Eastwood has directed four movies with one-word titles. Name two of those movies.
Mike, who is not normally our go-to guy on movies, came up with one right away. But we could not come up with the second. So disappointing…taken down by two final questions with categories that are normally not that “scary” for us. Upper lips stiffened, we will soldier on nonetheless! Until next time, which “may” be our “plan B” spot on Saturday, if weather allows. As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, F.W. de Klerk!

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