Pitchers & Catchers Report to Ft. Myers

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Trivia Q&A: October 18

We had 10 teams in for Trivia at Professor Thom's on Wednesday night. The crowd was a bit off, as there were baseball fans in to watch the ALCS, but most left when it concluded. We still had a great night, and it featured many wacky team names. We had a tie going into IQ Trivia, but the boys from DIMS emerged victorious, garnering 45 points, and winning by four points. They've got another streak going, and my congratulations to them on their win.

Cocktoberfest had a great IQ Trivia round and wound up in second place with 41 points. Third place went to Carry On Hayward Son with 40 points (and they also won for Best Team Name).

Current Events
1. The NY Daily News reported last week Hillary Clinton is in talks with what Ivy League school for a professor role?
2. What filmmaker said last Friday that he was "stunned" and "heartbroken" over the revelations about his friend Harvey Weinstein and was criticized for making no mention of his victims?
3. A Mississippi school district removed what classic novel from its lesson plan because of the book's language they said makes people feel uncomfortable?
4. What company announced recently they were building a second headquarters in an undetermined location, setting off a $5 billion bidding war with proposals due later this week?
5. 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz was elected to be the leader of what European nation last Sunday, the youngest leader of any country in the world?
6. What rapper led the crowd at his sold out concert in Arizona last Saturday with a chant of "F**k Donald Trump"?
7. At last 276 people were killed and over 300 people were injured last Saturday after a massive truck bomb exploded in what African country?

Green Trivia
1. What city's river is dyed green every St. Patrick's Day?
2. Martin Balsam portrayed Mr. Green in what 1974 NYC-based film that was remade in 2009?
3.What Ivy League school's athletic teams are known as "The Big Green?"
4. What is the name of the pigment in green plants that gives them their color?
5. "Green River" was a hit single what 1960s rock band?
6. What is the name of the main character in the book "Green Eggs and Ham?"
7. What Nickelodeon TV show was known for dropping green slime on its characters?

The Q Train: 1, 2, 3, or 4 Trivia
1. On a telephone, this number key is associated with the letters G, H and I.
2. Pitcher is this number on a baseball team.
3. This is the total number of Oscars Daniel Day-Lewis has won.
4. This is the atomic number of helium.
5. This is the maximum number of times Friday the 13th can happen in any given year.
6. The total number of World Series won by the New York Mets in their history.
7. In Astrology, Aries is this number sign of the Zodiac.
8. This is the number of Noble Truths in Buddhism.
9. In bowling, this many strikes thrown in a row is called a turkey.
10. This is the number of future US presidents who signed the Declaration of Independence.

General Knowledge
1. "XC" is what number in Roman numerals? ( 1 pt)
2. The novel "Brave New World" was written by what 20th century author? ( 1 pt)
3. What pop singer renamed herself "Sasha Fierce" for a 2008 double album? ( 1 pt)
4. The highest zip code in use, 99950, is found in what US state? ( 2 pt)
5. What song was playing when Tom Cruise famously danced in his underwear in the 1983 film "Risky Business?" ( 2 pt)
6. How many digits are in most US passports? ( 2 pt)
7. The soccer kick sometimes called "overhead" and "scissors" is more commonly known by the name of what everyday object? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What 20th century US president is the only president who earned a Ph.D degree? ( 4 points)
2. What 2017 TV hit's characters include Ofglen, Ofwarren and Ofsamuel? ( 4 points)
3. In 2016, President Obama signed a proclamation recognizing October 9 in honor of what historic European figure? ( 5 points)
4. The first US postage stamp honoring a black woman featured what historic 19th century figure? ( 3 points)
5. In what two films has Tom Hanks played a former military pilot? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Columbia; 2. Quentin Tarantino; 3. "To Kill a Mockingbird;" 4. Amazon; 5. Austria; 6. Macklemore; 7. Somalia.

Green Trivia
1. Chicago; 2, "The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3;" 3. Dartmouth College; 4. Chlorophyll; 5. Creedence Clearwater Revival; 6. Sam; 7. "You Can't Do That On Television."

The Q Train: 1, 2, 3, or 4 Trivia
1. 4; 2. 1; 3. 3; 4. 2; 5. 3; 6. 2; 7. 1; 8. 4; 9. 3; 10. 2.

General Knowledge
1. 90; 2. Aldous Huxley; 3. Beyoncé; 4. Alaska; 5. "Old Time Rock 'n' Roll;" 6. 9; 7. bicycle.

IQ Trivia
1. Woodrow Wilson; 2. "The Handmaid's Tale:" 3. Leif Erickson; 4. Harriet Tubman; 5. "Apollo 13" and "Sully,"

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Lots of Green Stuff This Wednesday

Trivia will be happening this Wednesday night, October 18th at 8:30 PM, with "Green Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the color green in all different ways. The Q Train lightning round will be "1, 2, 3, or 4 Trivia." I will ask you ten general knowledge questions where the answer will be one of those numbers.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"XC" is what number in Roman numerals?

We had a terrific turnout last week, as the crowds have been increasing as the fall has gone on. So make sure you get in early enough to grab a good seat or table. Looking forward to seeing many of you at Professor Thom's on Wednesday night!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

On To 2018

The Red Sox' 2017 came to a disappointing end last Monday, as they went out to a clearly better Houston Astros team in four games in the ALDS.

And as everybody and their brother-in-law knew what would happen in the wake of that was John Farrell would be let go as Red Sox manager after five years at the helm.

Farrell leaves with a World Series title in 2013 and three AL East division titles, the latter something no other Red Sox manager can claim. But the second straight ALDS loss gave management the impetus to give him the boot.

It was time to change. I never thought of Farrell as a good in-game manager, as too many times he left me scratching my head. This season brought another postseason berth, but it seemed like a slog too much of the time, as the Sox would struggle to score runs at times, and the background drama didn't help much at all, like the dustup in Baltimore, the David Price-Dennis Eckersley confortation, and the nonsense with the Apple Watch. To me, it looked like Farrell wasn't much of a leader in these situations.

OK, he's out. Who replaces him? You've heard all the names: Alex Cora, Brad Ausmus, Jason Varitek, Sandy Alomar Jr, Gabe Kapler, etc, etc. I personally would love to see the Sox bring in Alex Cora, a member of the 2007 champions and a guy with a great rep for baseball smarts. I remember back in those days, Cora was talked about being a future manager. I'm betting it won't be a long wait to name a new boss (although the Sox have to wait for the Astros season to end to talk with Cora, as he's a coach there).

And what will the Red Sox do this offseason? There are obvious holes to fill. Who plays first base? Do the Red Sox bring Mitch Moreland back, or go after free agent Eric Hosmer? I'd love to see Hosmer in a Sox uniform, but with Scott Boras as his agent, he'll be looking for a huge payday. There's now a big question over second base, as Dustin Pedroia's knee looks like it will be a continuing problem, even if he does have surgery this offseason. Eduardo Nunez impressed in his brief stint here, but he's a free agent, and I'd love to see him back as insurance, especially if Pedroia isn't ready to start 2018 on time.

You can't go on any Red Sox fansite and not see someone who thinks trading for Giancarlo Stanton will solve the Red Sox' big need for a big bat in the middle of the order. Don't count me as one who agrees with this. Stanton has a contract with 10 years still on it, and $295 million still owed him. And the Marlins will want a nice haul of players should they talk trade this winter. His value right now is as high as it will ever be, so moving him now makes some sense for them. But from the Sox they would be looking for players like Andrew Benintendi, Xander Bogaerts, and Eduardo Rodriguez. The Marlins don't want prospects for him, they want young MLB talent in the Show right now. I'll pass.

Going after free agent J.D. Martinez also makes sense for the Sox right now. The only problem now is that they have a crowded outfield right now, unless Martinez is interested in being a DH. The Sox also have to figure out what to do with Hanley Ramirez. He had a solid ALDS, but this season was a slog for him, as he didn't replace David Ortiz as a solid DH. He's got one more year on his deal.

The Red Sox rotation for 2018 right now looks like: Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez, Drew Pomeranz and Steven Wright (remember him?). That's six starters, so they'll have to make a decision about how to get that down to five. Sale, Price and Porcello aren't going anywhere, as is Pomeranz. Wright is coming off a season that ended early with an injury and you figure he'll be back. So that leaves Rodriguez. He's been someone who makes you incredibly frustrated, as he looks like an ace one start, and someone who belongs back in the minors the next. Could he be packaged in a deal for a big bat?

The bullpen looks like Craig Kimbrel will be back as closer, with Joe Kelly, Carson Smith and the return of Tyler Thornburg setting him up. Addison Reed was terrific as a late-season addition, but he's looking to close and will sign elsewhere as a free agent. Austin Maddox was a pleasant surprise as a late-season callup, and Brandon Workman showed flashes of his 2013 brillance, returning from Tommy John surgery. Matt Barnes and Heath Hembree? I'd rather see them on other teams but they figure to return.

The Sox also have to address the catching situation. Christian Vazquez had a solid year, both at the plate and behing the plate. He should be getting more playing time in 2018. The Sox have to decide who backs him up: Sandy Leon or Blake Swihart. Leon came back to earth at the plate in 2017, but Swihart is out of options after dealing with injuries at AAA in 2017. He has value and figures to be moved if the Sox go with Leon  next season.

2017 will probably not be remembered fondly by most Red Sox fans years from now. They were beaten in the ALDS by a heavily favored and loaded Houston Astros team, so I don't look at like it was an incredibly disappointing year. But they have holes that have to be addressed in order to rise to the top of the AL, especially with those behemoths to the south (no names but you know who I'm talking about) getting stronger.

Keep the faith, folks. Pitchers and catchers report to Ft. Myers in 124 days from now (give or take a few).

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Trivia Q&A: October 11

We had a great turnout at Professor Thom's last night, with 19 teams taking part, and lots of new faces and young ones as well. That was good to see, and I'll bet the crowds will pick up more as the fall goes on. It was a loud crowd that was really into the Trivia last night. It was close throughout the evening,  with the top five teams just seperated by four points heading into IQ Trivia. But it was the boys from DIMS who locked up the victory, getting 4 of 5 correct in IQ Trivia and getting 55 points. They just missed a "perfect game" by one question they got wrong in the Italy Trivia round. Congrats to them on another great win.

Second place went to Helen Keller's Answering Machine with 52 points, and Our IQ Is Higher Than Rex Tillerson's with 49 points.

Best Team Name: I Went To Massage Harvey Weinstein & All I Got Was An Audition

Current Events
1. What NFL player apologized last week when after talking with a female reporter, he said "It's funny to hear a female talk about routes."?
2. Congressman Tim Murphy, from what eastern state, resigned last week after admitting he had an extra marital affair with a woman he also encouraged to get an abortion?
3. What rap star was arrested last weekend in Washington state on a charge of rape, which he strongly denied?
4. Actress Rose McGowan called out what actor/director, calling him a liar and to "f**k off" after he tweeted the allegations against Harvey Weinstein made him "sick"?
5. Galen Rupp became the first American man to win what city's marathon race since 2002 last Sunday?
6. What much-anticipated movie sequel earned $31 million at the box office last weekend to become the number one film in the US?
7. Chris Foerster, the offensive line coach of what NFL team, resigned earlier this week after a video of him surfaced where he was snorting cocaine through a rolled up $20 bill?

Italy Trivia
1. What is the name of Italy's largest island?
2. How many times has Italy hosted the Olympic Games?
3. Who is the patron saint of Italy?
4. Venice's international airport is named for what Italian traveler and explorer?
5. What is Italy's second largest city in population after Rome?
6. Christopher Columbus was born in what Italian city?
7. Who was the last Pope born in Italy?

The Q Train: Celebrity Real Names
1. Jamie Foxx
2. Sandra Bullock
3. Katy Perry
4. Kate Winslet
5. Joaquin Phoenix
6. Sylvester Stallone
7. Jon Stewart
8. Bruno Mars
9. Christina Aguilera
10. Justin Bieber

General Knowledge
1. What does "AC" stand for in the abbreviation "AC/DC?" ( 1 pt)
2. What is the state of Maine's most populous city? ( 1 pt)
3. What current nation was called Hibernia in ancient times? ( 1 pt)
4. In what state would you find "Old Faithful?' ( 2 pt)
5. The songwriting trio of Holland, Dozier and Holland wrote 25 Top 10 hits for what record label? ( 2 pt)
6. According to the Girl Scouts, what is their best-selling cookie? ( 2 pt)
7. In championship darts, how many points are awarded when the red inner circle of the bullseye is hit? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The Lake of Death and The Sea of Tranquility are both located where? ( 4 points)
2. What movie bad guy was voted the American Film Institute's "Worst Villain of All-Time"? ( 5 points)
3. "Earth in the Balance" was a 1992 book written by what American politician? ( 3 points)
4. On what 1980s sitcom did First Lady Nancy Reagan make a famous guest appearance to talk about drug abuse? ( 4 points)
5. Queen Victoria's 1840 wedding is credited with popularizing what tradition? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Cam Newton; 2. Pennsylvania; 3. Nelly; 4. Ben Affleck; 5. Chicago; 6. "Blade Runner 2049"; 7. Miami Dolphins.

Italy Trivia
1. Sicily; 2. three (1956, 1960 & 2006); 3. St. Francis of Assisi; 4. Marco Polo; 5. Milan; 6. Genoa; 7. John Paul I.

The Q Train: Celebrity Real Names
1. no (Eric Bishop); 2. yes; 3. no (Katheryn Hudson); 4. yes; 5. no (Joaquin Bottom); 6. yes; 7. no (Jonathan Leibowitz); 8. no (Peter Hernandez); 9. yes; 10. yes.

General Knowledge
1. Alternating current; 2. Portland; 3. Ireland; 4. Wyoming; 5. Motown; 6. Thin Mints; 7. 50.

IQ Trivia
1. The Moon; 2. Hannibal Lecter; 3. Al Gore; 4. "Diff'rent Strokes;" 5. White bridal gown.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Italy Trivia Up This Week

Trivia will be happening on Wednesday night, October 11th at 8:30 PM at Professor Thom's, with "Italy Trivia" as the Special Category, in honor of Columbus Day being this week. The Q Train lightning round will be "Celebrity Real Names Trivia." I will give you the names of ten current celebrities and you have to tell me if they are known by their real names or not.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What is the state of Maine's most populous city?

Hope to see many of you for a great night of Trivia on Wednesday!

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Trivia Q&A: October 4

We had 13 teams in for Trivia on Wednesday night, and it was another spirited crowd that joined in. It was a close race for the first three rounds, but we had separation after the General Knowledge round, and the team of Quick Pick won convincingly, getting the best score in IQ Trivia, getting four right and winding up with 49 points. They had a few straight second place finishes in previous weeks, but now enter the winner's circle. My congratulations to them.

DIMS finished in second place, with 37 points, and NFI (No F**king Idea) finished third with 36 points.

Best Team Name: Multiple Scoregasms

Current Events
1. What American classic rock star suffered a seizure after his group's Monday night show in Brazil last week and forced the cancellation of the band's South American tour?
2. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner died last week and it was revealed that he purchased a crypt in an LA cemetery and will buried next to what iconic celebrity?
3. MLB announced last Friday they were renaming the World Series MVP trophy after what legendary living player, who once played on a World Series winner but wasn't the MVP?
4. 22 people were killed and over 20 injured in a stampede on a bridge near a railway station in what Asian country last Friday?
5. Tom Price, who was what member of President Trump's cabinet, resigned last Friday over his misuse of private planes?
6. Seven people were arrested at a pop music concert in what Middle Eastern country after waving a rainbow flag in a wave of ant-gay arrests last week?
7. Americans Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young were jointly awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in what field last Monday?

Red Trivia
1. What two card suits in a standard deck of cards are colored red?
2. Airing in 2013, the massacre known as "The Red Wedding" occurred in what TV drama series?
3. What current MLB team was established in the NL in 1871 as the Boston Red Stockings?
4. What actor reprised his Oscar-winning role in the 2002 film "Red Dragon?"
5. What author wrote the best-selling novel "The Hunt For Red October?"
6. Anthony Kiedis and Chad Smith are two members of what popular rock band?
7. Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding Was a main character in what 1994 Oscar-nominated film?

The Q Train: Odd Numbered Trivia
1. This is the number of years of marriage marked in a sliver wedding anniversary.
2. In tennis, this number represents the first point in a game.
3. In Islam, Muslims are required to pray this many times a day.
4. This is the number of letters in both the Turkish and Norwegian alphabets.
5. Hall of Fame athletes Wilt Chamberlain and Dan Marino both wore this number.
6. Alfred Hitchcock directed a film called This Number Steps.
7. Alaska is this numbered US state to enter the Union.
8. The left fielder in baseball is represented by this number.
9. This is the total number of amendments to the US Constitution.
10. The debut album from Adele is entitled this number.

General Knowledge
1. What is the technical name for one's voice box? ( 1 pt)
2. Nairobi is the capital of what African country? ( 1 pt)
3. What popular annual sporting event has been called "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports?" ( 1 pt)
4. What is the minimum age for a person to serve in the US House of Representatives? ( 2 pt)
5. What Olympic sport uses the smallest ball? ( 2 pt)
6. In England, what is a rubbish tip? ( 2 pt)
7. In 1981, what beverage was named the official state beverage of New York State? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Hippophobia is an abnormal and persistent fear of what animal? ( 4 points)
2. What eastern US city has more bridges than any other city in the world? ( 4 points)
3. What superstar British rock band was banned from the city of Boston in 1975 and never played there again after thousands of fans caused $50,000 worth of damage before tickets at the Boston Garden went on sale? ( 5 points)
4. What was the first color film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture? ( 3 points)
5. In 2011, what singer became the oldest ever to have the number one album on Billboard Album Chart, and it was also his first ever number one album as well? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Steven Tyler; 2. Marilyn Monroe; 3. Willie Mays; 4. India; 5. Health & Human Services; 6. Egypt; 7. medicine.

Red Trivia
1. Diamonds & Hearts; 2. "Game of Thrones;" 3. Atlanta Braves; 4. Anthony Hopkins; 5. Tom Clancy; 6. Red Hot Chili Peppers; 7. "The Shawshank Redemption:."

The Q Train: Odd Numbered Trivia
1. 25; 2. 15; 3. 5; 4. 29; 5. 13; 6. 39; 7. 49; 8. 7; 9. 27; 10. 19.

General Knowledge
1. Larynx; 2. Kenya; 3. The Kentucky Derby; 4. 25; 5. table tennis; 6. garbage dump; 7. milk.

IQ Trivia
1. Horse; 2. Pittsburgh; 3. Led Zeppelin; 4. "Gone With The Wind;" 5. Tony Bennett.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Blue One Week, Red The Next

Trivia will be happening on Wednesday night, October 4th at 8:30 PM, with "Red Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions on all different subjects connected to the color red. The Q Train lightning round will be "Odd Numbered Trivia." I will ask you ten questions where the answer will be an odd number from 1-49. And all answers will be a different number.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What is the technical name for one's voice box?"

I look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday night at Professor Thom's for a great night of Trivia!

Monday, October 02, 2017

"Spirit of '67"

50 years ago yesterday, the Boston Red Sox did something that none of their fans in their wildest dreams thought they could pull off before the season started in 1967: they won the American League pennant in one of the most dramatic and thrilling races in baseball history. And now that incredible 1967 season has been captured in a new book by Thomas J. Whalen called "Spirit of '67: The Cardiac Kids, El Birdos and the World Series that Captivated America." (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers)

The book captures not just the Red Sox historic run, but that of the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals, and all they went through to reach the Series. Whalen grew up in Beverly, MA as a devoted Red Sox fan, and describes what it was like growing up a Sox fan before the 1967 season. The Red Sox were annual also-rans for the previous decade, and they ceased being an important of the sports landscape, in a time when the Celtics were racking up championships.

It was also a time America was going through some tumultuous changes, with the Vietnam War raging, and race riots in many of the country's big cities. The Beatles were at the height of their influence, and sexual mores were changing rapidly.

Whalen sets the background of the nation first, and then gives some historical background to both the Red Sox and Cardinals going into 1967. You know the Red Sox story: five World Series won until 1918, Babe Ruth leaves, the Sox don't win another pennant until 1946, don't have a black player until Pumpsie Green in 1959, and Tom Yawkey runs the Sox like a country club until Dick Williams becomes the manager.

The Cardinals weren't a successful team until Branch Rickey took over the club in 1919, and revolutionized the farm system and brought in Hall of Fame players like Dizzy Dean and Stan Musial, and went through a dry spell after beating the Red Sox in 1946, and more Hall of Famers are brought into the Cardinals in the 1960s, like Bob Gibson and Lou Brock.

Whalen profiles players on both clubs in alternating chapters, as well as the two managers, Dick Williams and Red Schoendienst.And he updates many of the players after the 1967 Series was played and how they spent their post-baseball careers.

I definitely enjoyed the book, and if you either remember that World Series, the incredible AL pennant race, or just like to read a fascinating baseball story, I suggest you read "Spirit of '67." It's more than worth your time to relive when Red Sox Nation was born.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Trivia Q&A: September 27

We had 12 teams in for Trivia on Wednesday night, and while the crowds have been slightly down the last couple of weeks, we still had another great night of Trivia Q&A. We had three teams separated by four points going into the final round, and the IQ Trivia scores were on the lower side, as no team got more than two correct. But for the second straight week, the same two teams finished forst and second, as our friends from DIMS got the win, getting 42 points. Congrats to Ken, Mike and Derek on their win. Second place went to Something Inoffensive with 38 points, and OS East finished third with 34 points.

Best Team Name: Urethra Franklin

Current Events
1. Darci Lynne Farmer, 12 years old, won the championship on the TV show "America's Got Talent" last week. What talent of hers won the title?
2. What European city stripped Uber's license to operate there, citing safety concerns?
3. A masked gunman shot six worshipers and killed one at a church in what southern city last week?
4. What newly-released spy comedy grossed $39 million in its debut this past weekend and became the number one film in the US?
5. What NFL player set off a firestorm last Sunday by scoring a TD and celebrated by mimicking a dog urinating in the end zone?
6. Disgraced former congressman and sex offender Anthony Weiner was sentenced to how many months in jail last Monday?
7. The king of what nation issued a royal decree on Tuesday granting women the right to drive, ending a longtime ban next June?

Blue Trivia
1. What 19th century classical composer wrote "The Blue Danube?"
2. "True Blue" was a 1986 album by what pop singer?
3. What was the name of Paul Bunyan's Blue Ox?
4. John Popper is a member of what rock band?
5. "Blue Devils" is the nickname for what teams from what major US university?
6. "BBig Blue" is a nickname for what major American company?
7. Dennis Franz and Jimmy Smits starred in what 1990s TV crime drama?

The Q Train: Lead Singers Trivia
1. Adam Levine
2. Brian Johnson
3. Robert Smith
4. Natalie Maines
5. Bret Michaels
6. Philip Bailey
7. Jack White
8. Scott Weiland
9. Belinda Carlisle
10. Jared Leto

General Knowledge
1. Orly Airport is located in what European city? ( 1 pt)
2. What is the most populous city in North America? ( 1 pt)
3. The sauna originated in what Scandinavian country? ( 1 pt)
4. What year did the Berlin Wall begin construction? ( 2 pt)
5. Who was the best selling rap-hip-hop artist of the 1990s? ( 2 pt)
6. What river serves as the border between the states of Indiana and Kentucky? ( 2 pt)
7. What beloved Disney cartoon character's middle name is Fauntleroy? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The human eye can distinguish more shades of what color than any other? ( 4 points)
2. The United States' five highest mountains east of the Mississippi are all located, at least in part, in what state? ( 4 points)
3. In the ten-event Olympic decathlon, what is traditionally the first event held? ( 4 points)
4. The five most popular birthdays in the US from people born since 1994 occur in what month? ( 5 points)
5. What British TV series has been nominated for the most Emmy Awards in history? ( 3 points)

Current Events
1. Ventriloquism; 2. London; 3. Nashville; 4. "Kingsman: The Golden Circle;" 5. Odell Beckham; 6. 21; 7. Saudi Arabia.

Blue Trivia
1. Johann Strauss; 2. Madonna; 3. Babe; 4. Blues Traveler; 5. Duke; 6. IBM; 7. "NYPD Blue."

The Q Train: Lead Singers Trivia
1. Maroon 5; 2. AC/DC; 3. The Cure; 4. The Dixie Chicks; 5. Poison; 6. Earth, Wind & Fire; 7. The White Stripes; 8. Stone Temple Pilots; 9. The Go-Go's; 10. 30 Seconds to Mars.

General Knowledge
1. Paris; 2. Mexico City; 3. Finland; 4. 1961; 5. Tupac Shakur; 6. Ohio; 7. Donald Duck.

IQ Trivia
1. Green; 2. North Carolina; 3. 100 Meters; 4. September; 5. "Downton Abbey."

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

All About Blue This Week

Trivia will be happening this Wednesday night, September 27th at 8:30 PM, with "Blue Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the color blue in some way, shape or form. The Q Train lightning round will be "Lead Singers Trivia." I will give you the names of ten singers down the years who were a part of some famous band, in many genres, and you have to tell me what the band was.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Orly Airport is located in what European city?"

Hope to see many of you tomorrow for a great night of Trivia!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Trivia Q&A: September 20

We had just 11 teams in on Wednesday night, as the Rosh Hashana holiday probably kept some people away, but still it was a good night of Trivia. We had a three-team race to the finish, but the team of DIMS came out on top, grabbing 46 points and entering the winner's circle once again. Good job by them as always. It was interesting that had they not gotten the Lady Byng question correct in the IQ Trivia round, we would have had an extreme rarity happen last night: a three-way tie for first. We actually had a tie for second, between Legalese and Still Summer, both with 43 points. Still Summer answered the tie-breaker question closest to the correct answer: "How many square miles is the Arctic Ocean?" (It was based on a General Knowledge question.) The answer was 5,427,000  square miles.

Best Team Name: John Quinn Is My Daddy (and various other names)

Current Events
1. What university offered a visiting fellowship to Chelsea Manning, who leaked government secrets, but they later rescinded it after the school faced an escalated backlash?
2. What actress/singer suffered a fall during a Broadway play last Thursday night, but wasn't hurt and finished the show?
3. Reknown character actor Harry Dean Stanton died last week at the age of 91. He portrayed an FBI agent in what classic 1974 mob film?
4. What athlete caused a stir last week by defending President Trump's infamous comments from the 2005 Access Hollywood tape, calling him "a real man?"
5. What retail chain giant, with over 1600 stores and over 64,000 employees, filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday?
6. Who became the first actor/actress ever to win six consecutive Emmy Awards for the same role with her win last Sunday night?
7. According to the new Forbes 2017 list of American sports franchises, what NFL club is the most valuable, worth $4.2 billion?

1990s Movies Trivia
1. In the 1935 film "Seven", Brad Pitt and what Oscar winning actor played detectives hunting down a serial killer?
2. Frances McDormand won an Oscar for Best Actress in 1996 for what quirky film?
3. What actor starred as James Bond in the 1995 film "GoldenEye?"
4. Oliver Stone made a biographical film of what US president in 1995?
5. Who co-starred with Matthew Broderick in the 1996 dark comedy "The Cable Guy?'
6. English filmmaker Guy Ritchie's feature film debut was what 1998 crime comedy?
7. Who was the only director to win two Best Director Oscars in the 1990s?

The Q Train: Even Numbered Trivia
1. Bill Clinton was the this number US president.
2. A 1947 Christmas film was called "Miracle on This Numbered Street."
3. This is the number of miles in a standard marathon, rounded to the nearest mile.
4. MLB Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Reggie Jackson have both had this number retired for them.
5. This is the number of days in a fortnight.
6. This is the number parallel north that is the dividing line between North and South Korea.
7. The 26th Amendment to the Constitution made this the standard voting age.
8. This is the number of days in the shortest month of the Gregorian calendar.
9. In Astrology, Cancer is this number sign of the Zodiac.
10. The Cleveland Indians recently set a new AL record winning this number of consecutive games.

General Knowledge
1. Carrie Underwood was once a winner on what TV reality show? ( 1 pt)
2. What is the smallest ocean in the world? ( 1 pt)
3. In the Bible, the Book of Genesis opens with what three words? ( 1 pt)
4. The US fiscal year begins in what month? ( 2 pt)
5. What film did Michael Douglas win the Oscar for Best Actor? ( 2 pt)
6. What US president's son once had a recurring role on the TV show "Baywatch?" ( 2 pt)
7. North America's largest oil field is located in what US state? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What former US president won a Grammy Award for his participation in a recording of "Peter and the Wolf?" ( 4 points)
2. Who was awarded the Razzie Award for "Worst Actress of the Decade" for the 2000s for her work in such films as "House of Wax" and "The Hottie and the Nottie?" ( 5 points)
3. What celebrity was elected mayor of Palm Springs, CA in 1988 because he was angry that the city fathers wouldn't let him open a new restaurant? ( 4 points)
4. The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy is an award presented every year in what professional sport? ( 3 points)
5. "Scousers" is a slang term to describe the inhabitants of what English city? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Harvard; 2. Bette Midler; 3. "The Godfather Part II;" 4. Floyd Mayweather; 5. Toys R Us; 6. Julia Louis-Dreyfus; 7. Dallas Cowboys.

1990s Movies Trivia
1. Morgan Freeman; 2. "Fargo;" 3. Pierce Brosnan; 4. Richard Nixon; 5. Jim Carrey; 6. "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels;" 7. Steven Spielberg.

The Q Train: Even Numbered Trivia
1. 42; 2. 34; 3. 26; 4. 44; 5. 14; 6. 38; 7. 18; 8. 28; 9. 4; 10. 22.

General Knowledge
1. "American Idol;" 2. Arctic; 3. In The Beginning; 4. October; 5. "Wall Street;" 6. Gerald Ford; 7. Alaska.

IQ Trivia
1. Bill Clinton; 2. Paris Hilton; 3. Sonny Bono; 4. hockey; 5. Liverpool.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Back to the '90s On Wednesday

Trivia will be happening this Wednesday night, September 20th at 8:30 PM with "1990s Movies" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about films throughout the final decade of the last century. The Q Train lightning round will be "Even Numbered Trivia." I will ask you ten general knowledge questions where every answer will be an even number between 1 and 50, and every answer will be a different number.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Carrie Underwood was once a winner on what TV reality show?"

Looking forward to seeing many of you this coming Wednesday night at Professor Thom's, which should be a great night of Trivia Q&A!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Trivia Q&A: September 13

We had 14 teams in for Trivia at Professor Thom's last night. The crowd was higher than last week, and I suspect it will grow more as we get further into September. We had a great three-team race going into IQ Trivia, as they were all separated by just one point.  But the team of DIMS got the win, as they did best in the round among the three, getting 49 points. Congrats to Ken and Michael on a nice win. Second place went to The Othyer Team with 45 points, and third place to I'll Give You a Lock of My Hair for $4000 with 44 points.

Best Team Name: Bleached Massholes

Current Events
1. What talk show host flashed a Nazi salute during a rant on his show last Thursday about President Trump and Steve Bannon?
2. At least 58 people died last Friday when an 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck what country's southern coast?
3. What Oscar-winning actress caused a furor last week by suggesting the two devastating hurricanes of the past few weeks are nature's wrath for Donald Trump's presidential victory?
4. Pope Francis lost his balance while riding in his popemobile last Sunday in what South American country, bruising his cheekbone but wasn't seriously hurt?
5. Rafael Nadal won the US Open's men's singles title last Sunday, his 16th Grand Slam win. How many times has he won the US Open title?
6. Cara Mund won the title of Miss America 2018 last Sunday night, and became the first woman from what midwestern state to win?
7. A porn video was "liked" by the Twitter account of what US senator on Tuesday, and he later explained it was a mistake made by a "staffing issue?"

New York City Trivia
1. On which NYC avenue would you find "The Museum Mile?"
2. What is the name of the Revolutionary War fort that was built to protect Brooklyn and is still in use today?
3. The most stolen honorary street sign in NYC is named in honor of what NY-born rock star, who died in 2001?
4. Which of the NYC boroughs is the largest in area?
5. Which NYC bridge was renamed in honor of former mayor Ed Koch in 2011?
6. What NY-born actor founded the NYC-based Tribeca Film Festival?
7. Name 1 of the 2 US presidents who were born in New York City.

The Q Train: Robert DeNiro Characters Trivia
1. Rupert Pupkin
2. Jake LaMotta
3. Jack Walsh
4. Al Capone
5. Paul Vitti
6. Jimmy Conway
7. Sam Ace Rothstein
8. Bruce Pearson
9. Travis Bickle
10. Jack Tiberius Byrnes

General Knowledge
1. The nation of Zambia is found on what continent? ( 1 pt)
2. Which "Seinfeld" character was the first to lose the bet regarding being "master of their domain?" ( 1 pt)
3. Russell Crowe won an Academy Award for his role in what film? ( 1 pt)
4. "Eureka" is the motto of what western US state? (2 pt)
5. In 2003, who became the first African-American woman to appear on Forbes' list of wealthiest Americans? ( 2 pt)
6. "Disturbia" and "Unfaithful" are hit songs by what pop singer? ( 2 pt)
7. What is the largest lake in North America? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What president was the first to visit Europe while in office? ( 4 points)
2. What is the world's best-selling musical instrument?(4 pt)
3. What current US territory or possession is larger in area than the smallest US state? ( 4 points)
4. What female pop singer sang the opening theme song on the 1980s TV kids show "Pee-Wee's Playhouse?" ( 4 points)
5. What English comedian wrote a 2017 autobiography called "Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens?" ( 5 points)

Current Events
1. Stephen Colbert; 2. Mexico; 3. Jennifer Lawrence; 4. Colombia; 5. three; 6. North Dakota; 7. Ted Cruz.

New York City Trivia
1. 5th Avenue; 2. Fort Hamilton; 3. Joey Ramone; 4. Queens; 5. Queensborough Bridge; 6. Robert DeNiro; 7. Theodore Roosevelt and Donald Trump.

The Q Train: Robert DeNiro Characters Trivia
1. The King of Comedy; 2. Raging Bull; 3. Midnight Run; 4. The Untouchables; 5. Analyze This; 6. Goodfellas; 7. Casino; 8. Bang the Drum Slowly; 9. Taxi Driver; 10. Meet the Parents.

General Knowledge
1. Africa; 2. Kramer; 3. "Gladiator;" 4. California; 5. Oprah Winfrey; 6. Rhianna; 7. Lake Superior.

IQ Trivia
1. Woodrow Wilson; 2. harmonica; 3. Puerto Rico; 4. Cyndi Lauper; 5. Eddie Izzard.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

It's a New York Night on Wednesday

Trivia will be happening this Wednesday night, September 13th at 8:30 PM, with "New York City Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about our great city through the years in all different categories like history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be "Robert DeNiro Characters Trivia." I will give you the names of ten famous characters that the great actor made famous, and you'll tell me what film it applies to.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The nation of Zambia is found on what continent?

I look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday for what will be a great night of Trivia!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Tower Records Forever

It's that day again.

Today is the 16th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on the United States, when nearly 3,000 innocent souls were brutally taken away from us in attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in a field in western Pennsylvania. On that day, my dear friend Joyce Carpeneto had the terrible misfortune to be in her office at General Telecom on the 83rd floor of the North Tower. She didn't make it out, and none of her other 12 colleagues with the company made it out either. General Telecom suffered the worst loss of life of any company that was below where the planes struck in either building. Nothing was recovered from any of the lost 13 employees.

I have honored Joyce here every September 11th on my blog. I have been to all of the previous 15 remembrances at the World Trade Center, and will be there again today. As many of you may know, Joyce and I met at Tower Records in Greenwich Village back in August 1985. I had been there just about nine months, working as a rock floor clerk. Joyce joined as one of the "Front Desk Girls", who assisted customers as they entered the store. We became fast friends, and worked together until 1990, when Joyce joined an offshoot company connected to Tower called TRIP, which stood for "Tower Records Import Product", which sold product to all the Tower stores in the region. I joined her as her assistant in 1991, and she was a joy to work with as my boss.

In 1993, the company merged with another called Bayside Distribution. I was kept on, but Joyce was let go, which was incredibly short-sighted on their part. Joyce went back to Tower and worked as an instore artist, creating all kinds of incredible art used in the store, which included things like album covers and such. She was incredibly talented, and worked there for about 5 years, when she left Tower for good to join General Telecom in late 1998.

Last May, I discovered online that Urban Outfitters was selling Tower Records shirts, and I had to get one. I didn't have any of my old ones any more, and jumped at the chance to get one. Their store on Fulton Street had them, so I ordered one online, and went to the store to pick it up.

On my way there, a thought struck me. The store was just a few blocks from the WTC, so I came up with an idea. I got the shirt, and walked over to the memorial. It was the middle of the afternoon on a Thursday, and it was filled with the usual tourists. I reached Joyce's name on the North Tower pool, took out the shirt, and put it just below her name. I pulled out my iPhone and took some photos. There were some tourists watching me do it, and a couple from India asked me what I was doing. I explained about Joyce and Tower, and they even asked me if I would pose with the shirt so they could take a photo of me (I said yes).

As I took the photos I thought that I should save them for this September 11th, so I did.

I know Joyce was smiling as I took those pictures. I see them and they make me miss Tower, and especially Joyce, so much more.

As I said before, I have honored Joyce every year here on this blog, and if you'd like to read my past tributes, please click the links below:

2006: Forever Missed. And Forever Loved.
2007: Never Forget. Ever.
2008: We Can Be The Ones Who Remember
2009: The Most Sacred Of All Days
2010: 3000
2011: Ten Years After
2012: 11 Years
2013: No Other Place In The World I Could Be Today
2014: Always And Forever Family
2015: I'm The Lucky One
2016: Joyce and Alice

May God bless all the 9/11 victims and their families on this difficult day. Say a prayer for them, and especially those first responders who are ill and dying.

We miss you, Joyce. Thank you for being such a special part of my life in my most favorite job. I'll always love you.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Trivia Q&A: September 6

It was a rainy night in New York and with the completion of the Labor Day weekend, we had just eight teams in for Trivia last night. But it was fun as always, and it was also the return of DIMS, the team that has dominated our Trivia Night, who rolled up 51 points and grabbed a victory. Congrats as always to them. Second place went to Team Haggard with 35 points, and third place went to Ma Loof Is Fat! with 32 points.

Best Team Name: Quiz Quizty

Current Events
1. The pop single "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee tied what female pop singer's record for being on the top of the Hot 100 singles chart for 16 weeks last week?
2. What US city declared a state of emergency last weekend due to some of the worst brushfires in the city's history?
3. Walter Becker, a founding member and guitarist with what classic rock band, died last Sunday at the age of 67?
4. What west coast city declared a public health emergency last weekend over an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to at least 15 deaths?
5. Madonna announced in an Instagram post last Sunday that she has moved to what European country, where her adopted son is playing in a youth academy?
6. What actor, known for his iconic space role, won a contest with NASA to send a message to the Voyager spacecraft, which has been in deep space for 40 years?
7. What world leader's wife is expected to be indicted for fraud in her home nation shortly over pocketing money and accepting items illegally worth more than $110,000?

Mob Movies Trivia
1. Robert DeNiro won his first Academy Award in what mob film?
2. The book "Wiseguy" was the basis for what 1990 mob film?
3. "Kill the Irishman" was a 2011 gangster film about mobster Danny Greene, who rose to the top of the underworld in what midwest city?
4. What film was voted the number one mob film of all-time by the American Film Institute?
5. Martin Scorsese won his first Oscar directing what mob film?
6. The 1983 mob film "Scarface" was primarily set in what US city?
7. The 2007 film "American Gangster" was based on a NYC drug dealer named Frank Lucas and starred what Oscar-winning actor as Lucas?

The Q Train: Colleges and Universities Trivia
1. Marquette
2. Occidental
3. The Citadel
4. Gonzaga
5. Drexel
6. Morehouse
7. Creighton
8. Wake Forest
9. Quinnipiac
10. Marshall

General Knowledge
1. The Phantom of the Opera is set in what city? ( 1 pt)
2. Germany invaded what country on September 1, 1939, beginning World War II? ( 1 pt)
3. What is the Zodiac sign of the goat? ( 1 pt)
4. What is the minimum age for a person to serve in the US Senate? ( 2 pt)
5. Chris Martin is the lead singer of what band? ( 2 pt)
6. John Gotti was once the boss of what New York crime family? ( 2 pt)
7. What is the smallest country in area in Central America? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What East Asian country gained their independence in 1948, and celebrates their Independence  Day every August 15th? ( 4 points)
2. What late celebrity appeared on the cover of People magazine 58 times, more than anyone else? ( 4 points)
3. What ice cream company makes the desserts in the shape of characters like Cookie Puss and Fudgie the Whale? ( 4 points)
4. Who was the only filmmaker that won two Best Director Oscars during the 1980s? ( 5 points)
5. The core of what rock band was born when Paul Hewson met Dave Evans in 1976? ( 3 points)

Current Events
1. Mariah Carey; 2. Los Angeles; 3. Steely Dan; 4. San Diego; 5. Portugal; 6. William Shatner; 7. Benjamin Netanyahu.

Mob Movies Trivia
1. "The Godfather Part II;" 2. "Goodfellas;" 3. Cleveland; 4. "The Godfather;" 5. "The Departed;" 6. Miami; 7. Denzel Washington.

The Q Train: Colleges & Universities Trivia
1. Wisconsin; 2. California; 3. South Carolina; 4. Washington; 5. Pennsylvania; 6. Georgia; 7. Nebraska; 8. North Carolina; 9. Connecticut; 10. West Virginia.

General Knowledge
1. Paris; 2. Poland; 3. Capricorn; 4. 30; 5. Coldplay; 6. Gambino; 7. El Salvador.

IQ Trivia
1. South Korea; 2. Princess Diana; 3. Carvel; 4. Oliver Stone; 5. U2.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Colleges & The Mob: Perfect Together

Trivia will be happening this Wednesday night, September 6th at 8:30 PM, with "Mob Movie Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions concerning films about gangsters and mobsters, of the more recent vintage. The Q Train lightning round will be "Colleges and Universities Trivia", in honor of the new school year starting. I will give you the names of ten well-known places of higher learning, and you have to tell me which US state it is located in.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The Phantom of the Opera is set in what city?"

We continue to get terrific crowds every Wednesday night, so make sure you get in a bit early to get a good seat or table. Hope to see many of you for Trivia on Wednesday night!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Trivia Q&A: August 30

We had another full bar in for Trivia last night, with 17 teams taking part in all the festivities. We had one team who dominated the night, Our Naming Rights Are Still Available (our friends from DIMS were away on vacation), rolling up 54 points and winning the night easily. They were perfect in the last three rounds, and missed just two questions all night long. My congratulations to my old regulars on a terrific night. Second place went to What a Crowd! What a Turnout! with 41 points, and third place went to Trivia Newton-John with 39 points.

Best Team Name: I Want to Sox You Up

Current Events
1. TV personality Bill Nye (aka "The Science Guy") is suing what company, claiming they underpaid him by at least $9 million for his popular TV series?
2. Floyd Mayweather won the much-hyped boxing match over Conor McGregor in a TKO in what round last Saturday night?
3. Jay Thomas, a radio personality and actor, died last Thursday at the age of 69. On what 1990s sitcom did he win Emmy awards in a guest role in 1990 and 1991?
4. What Asian country's National Space Organization launched its first satellite, FORMOSAT-5, inot space last week?
5. Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins became the 28th player in baseball history to reach what home run milestone last Sunday?
6. What rapper won the 2017 Video of the Year at last Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards?
7. An historic Memphis movie theater banned showings of what classic 1939 film, calling it "racially insensitive", even after showing it for the last 34 years?

2000s Trivia
1. What female singer was awarded the title of "Top Radio Songs Artist" of the 2000s by Billboard magazine in 2009?
2. In 2008, the Republic of Kosovo gained its independence from what European country?
3. The 2000 Summer Olympics were held in what city in September of that year?
4. Daniel Pearl, the reporter who was murdered by Al-Qaeda in 2002, worked for what newspaper at the time of his death?
5. Philip Seymour Hoffman won the Best Actor Oscar in 2006 for what film?
6. In the decade of the 2000s, what TV show was the number one rated show four straight years, from 2005-08?
7. What punk band refused to attend their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2006, calling the Museum "a piss stain?"

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. Jupiter was the first planet discovered by a telescope.
2. Presidential retreat Camp David was named for Harry Truman's grandson.
3. French was once the official language of England for nearly 600 years.
4. Arizona is the US state with the most national parks.
5. The 1976 Winter Olympics at Innsbruck, Austria were originally going to be held in Denver.
6. New York City has over 500 miles of shoreline.
7. John D. Rockefeller was the first confirmed American billionaire.
8. The word "Sunday" does not appear in the Bible.
9. The secret society "Skull and Bones" operates at Harvard University.
10. The Us was the first country to grant women the right to vote.

General Knowledge
1. What ocean has over 45 percent of the world's water? ( 1 pt)
2. How many stripes are there on the current US flag? ( 1 pt)
3. Satriale's Pork Store was a popular hangout among characters in what 2000s TV series? ( 1 pt)
4. How many spikes are there in the Statue of Liberty's crown? ( 2 pt)
5. "The Magnificent Mile" is located in what US city? ( 2 pt)
6. What sport takes place in a velodrome? ( 2 pt)
7. Mount Erebus is an active volcano located on which continent? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Which is the only one of the original 13 states that doesn't border the Atlantic Ocean? ( 3 points)
2. The Battle of Waterloo took place in 1815 in what present-day country? ( 4 points)
3. What fast-food chain got its name from an amusement park attraction briefly seen in the 1978 film "Grease?" ( 4 points)
4. Queen Victoria was the last British monarch of what House? ( 5 points)
5. What "Saturday Night Live" cast member left the show in 1994 after having been in a record 153 shows? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Disney; 2. ten; 3. "Murphy Brown;" 4. Taiwan; 5.50 in a season; 6. Kendrick Lamar; 7. "Gone With The Wind."

2000s Trivia
1. Beyonce; 2. Serbia; 3. Sydney; 4. Wall Street Journal; 5. "Capote;" 6. "American Idol;" 7. The Sex Pistols.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. False, Uranus; 2. false, Dwight Eisenhower; 3. true; 4. false, California; 5. true; 6. true; 7. true; 8. true; 9. false, Yale; 10. false, New Zealand.

General Knowledge
1. Pacific Ocean; 2. thirteen; 3. "The Sopranos;" 4. seven; 5. Chicago; 6. cycling; 7. Antarctica.

IQ Trivia
1. Pennsylvania; 2. Belgium; 3. The Shake Shack; 4. House of Hanover; 5. Phil Hartman.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

2000s Trivia On Tap Wednesday

Trivia will be happening on Wednesday night, August 30th at 8:30 PM, with "2000s Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be another round of seven questions about the first decade of this century in various subjects, such as music, movies, sports and more. The Q Train lightning round will be "True or False Trivia."

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"How many stripes are there on a current US flag?"

We've been getting some really large crowds for Trivia over the past few weeks, so I recommend you get in early to grab a prime seat or table. I look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday for a great night of Trivia!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Trivia Q&A: August 23

The crowds keep growing for Wednesday Night Trivia, as we had 22 teams in last night. It was also another crowd that was loud and really into the Trivia. And Yours Truly goofed up another question in the General Knowledge round. (Of course Interpol is in France, not Switzerland.)  Our friends from DIMS, who have won Trivia Night more times than I can count, were not in last night, so it was anyone's game. We had four teams bunched within one point heading into IQ Trivia, but the team of The Mustangs ran the table with a perfect last round to win it all with 46 points. They were just a group of guys who didn't know it was Trivia Night, as they were in to wish a friend goodbye who was moving to Boston. They played and took the prize. Congrats to them.

Second place went to Ladies with 40 points, and Third Place went to Game of  Pwns (pronounced "Pones") with 37 points.

Best Team Name: Started At The Bottom, Still At The Bottom

Current Events
1. What female pop star shocked her fans last week by wiping her social media accounts clean, such as unfollowing all her Twitter followers and deleting all her Instagram posts?
2. Thousands of current and former students of what Pennsylvania university are petitioning the school to rescind an honorary university degree awarded to President Trump in 1988?
3. Naval researchers announced last Saturday that they found the wreckage of what lost WWII cruiser on the floor of the Pacific Ocean?
4. What celebrity, who has been out of the limelight for many years, said in a recently filed lawsuit that he did not leave the limelight to have a sex change operation?
5. An LA jury ordered what company to pay $417 million in damages to a woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in baby powder caused ovarian cancer?
6. One person was killed and 25 were injured when an earthquake struck a popular tourist island called Ischia in what European country on Monday?
7. What pop/rock singer wore an enlarged Star of David on his lapel during an encore of his show last Monday night, a reference to his Jewish roots and denouncing far right extremists?

US States Trivia
1. The largest indoor shopping mall in the US is found in what state?
2. The College World Series is played every year in what midwestern state?
3. Which southern state has the oldest European settlement in North America?
4. What is the only US state to have the flags of six different nations fly over it?
5. The Wright Brothers, Paul Newman and Drew Carey were all born in what US state?
6. What state is bordered by eight other states, the most of any US state?
7. What state is the number one producer of tree "P"s, peanuts, pecans and peaches?

The Q Train: First Albums Trivia
1. 19 (2008)
2. The College Dropout (2004)
3. 39/Smooth (1990)
4. Dangerously In Love (2003)
5. The Fame (2008)
6. Sigh No More (2009)
7. Reasonable Doubt (1996)
8. Boy (1980)
9. Kill "Em All ( 1983)
10. Parachutes (2000)

General Knowledge
1. Which of the four major North American pro sports currently has the most number of teams? ( 1 pt)
2. Interpol is based in what European country? ( 1 pt)
3. What is the largest city in Alaska by population? ( 1 pt)
4. How many units have to be sold for an album to reach "gold" status? ( 2 pt)
5. What language contains the most words? ( 2 pt)
6. What shoe company shares its name with a type of antelope? ( 2 pt)
7. Although associated with Hawaii, what foreign country are macadamia nuts actually from? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. If you travel due east of New York City all the way to Europe, what country will you his first? ( 4 points)
2. The longest interstate highway in the US, I-90, is located between Seattle and what other major city? ( 4 points)
3. "Chasing Down the Dawn" is a 2000 memoir written by what female singer-songwriter? ( 4 points)
4. What female pop artist has had more number one songs in the US than any other individual artists in history? ( 3 points)
5. Benjamin Harrison is the only US president born in what midwestern state? ( 5 points)

Current Events
1. Taylor Swift; 2. Lehigh; 3. USS Indianapolis; 4. Richard Simmons; 5. Johnson & Johnson; 6. Italy; 7. Billy Joel.

US States Trivia
1. Minnesota; 2. Nebraska; 3. Florida; 4. Texas; 5. Ohio; 6. Tennessee; 7. Georgia.

The Q Train: First Albums Trivia
1. Adele; 2. Kanye West; 3. Green Day; 4. Beyonce; 5. Lady Gaga; 6. Mumford & Sons; 7. Jay Z; 8. U2' 9. Metallica; 10. Coldplay.

General Knowledge
1. Football (32); 2. France; 3. Anchorage; 4. 500,000; 5. English (900,000); 6. Reebok; 7. Australia.

IQ Trivia
1. Portugal; 2. Boston; 3. Jewel; 4. Mariah Carey (18); 5. Indiana.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Pop Artists Debuts On Wednesday

Trivia will be happening this Wednesday night, August 23rd at 8:30 PM at Professor Thom's, with "US States Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions where every answer will be a different state in these United States. The Q Train lightning round will be "First Albums Trivia." I will give you the names of ten debut albums from current recording artists and the year they were originally released, and you have to tell me who the artists are.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Interpol is based in what European country?"

We've been getting some huge crowds the past few weeks, which is so great to see, and I thank you all for that. So I recommend you get in a bit early as to get a good seat or table. Hope to see many of you on Wednesday night!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

How About "Tony Conigliaro Drive?"

Earlier this week, Red Sox owner John Henry talked about wanting to change the name of the street that Fenway Park is named after, Yawkey Way. The block was originally called Jersey Street, but was renamed in honor of longtime Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey in 1977, some months after he passed away from leukemia.

Yawkey was a complicated man, look most men who've owned baseball teams down through the years have been. He was born in South Carolina, and wasn't known for having any progressive racial views. It was well-known the Red Sox dragged their feet on integrating the team once the color barrier was lifted in 1947. (The Red Sox signed their first black player in 1950, an outfielder named Piper Davis. He isn't well-known, as the Red Sox never promoted him to majors, and he never reached the big leagues with anyone else.)

Yawkey's been called a racist by many, and might well have been. (A friend of mine many years ago did some research trying to find a "smoking gun" on Yawkey, some solid evidence of his racism "on the record." He really couldn't find it.) Yawkey had many cronies around who were well-known to be bigots. It is also well-known the Red Sox gave Jackie Robinson a tryout in 1945 that was little more than just window dressing, had a chance to sign Willie Mays in 1949, and passed on both. And there isn't any doubt that the fact the Sox passed on many great black players in this era hurt the team going forward.

OK, Yawkey wasn't on board with racial progress in baseball.

But let's not forget other facts about him that seem to be lost on most fans.

In 1932, the Red Sox were at their historic nadir. They were the worst team in baseball, and had their all-time worst season, finishing 43-111, 64 games behind the champion Yankees. Fenway Park was falling apart, and the team did not draw 200,000 fans that season. The team was teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. There was no guarantee the Red Sox as a franchise was continue in Boston. They needed a savior. Enter Tom Yawkey.

Yawkey has just turned 30 years old and had just inherited millions of dollars from his uncle, who was his legal guardian. And he wanted to own a team. (He had actually been offered a 50% share in the Brooklyn Dodgers earlier, but declined it, as he wanted complete control of a team. Imagine how Dodgers history might be different had he accepted that.) He bought the Sox, imediately renovated Fenway Park, and set about making the Red Sox relevant again.

Yawkey's dream was a World Series title, but under his ownership of 43 years, the Sox won three AL titles, losing them all in seven games.

In 1953, the Braves moved out of Boston, leaving the city to the Red Sox, They also were the original supporters of the Jimmy Fund, helping children struck down by cancer. So the Red Sox filled that hole, and have done so ever since. Yawkey and his Yawkey Foundation have raised hundreds of millions for that worthy organization over six decades. There are many people still alive today who can thank the Yawkey Foundation for all their great work with the Jimmy Fund.

One thing I did notice many years ago was that once the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series, it seemed like it was "open season" on Tom Yawkey's legacy. I saw many writers blasting him, especially the Red Sox' dubious racial history. As owner, of course, the buck stops with him. I think the anger over the Red Sox not winning the Series all those years was laid at the feet of Yawkey, whether true or not.

I believe that the rush now to rename Yawkey Way is just a knee jerk reaction to all that's going on with the taking down of the Confederate statues. The Sox managements obviously fears that the attention will shift over to them and the Yawkey name. So they are trying to beat them to the punch, and are now pushing to change the street name. (It's not as easy as it may appear, as the city of Boston owns the street and has control over its name. It will take open hearings to affect the change. But I will bet it WILL happen.)

I have no strong feelings either way on changing the name of the street. If they want to do it, fine. Street names change all the time. Henry suggested renaming it after David Ortiz, but the street at the end of Yawkey Way was just named for him earlier this year ("David Ortiz Drive"), and the bridge near Fenway was also just named for him, and justifiably so.

I would hope they would rename the block after Tony Conigliaro, a beloved native son of Boston whose career was cut short with that terrible injury he suffered and its aftermath 50 years ago. Carl Yastzemski would also be a great choice, as would Pedro Martinez as well. I saw on another site that someone suggested calling it "Jimmy Fund Way," as they would keep Yawkey's legacy alive in the name. Any one of them would make sense to me. (BTW, some have suggested Ted Williams, but Lansdowne Street was named "Ted Williams Way" many years ago.)

So, like many people who have walked this earth, Tom Yawkey was a complicated man, with many faults. But he wasn't without his good points, and the Red Sox have honored him down through the years, including naming Fenway's street after him. I'm sure that there are many fans who don't want to see the name changed, but it won't change history if the block changes its name.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Trivia Q&A: August 16

The crowds keeping increasing for Wednesday Night Trivia, as we had another 20 teams like last week. But the bar seemed to have more folks than last week, and everyone was really into it. (We even briefly halted the proceedings while the Red Sox rallied in the bottom of the ninth at Fenway for a 5-4 win. Very enjoyable!)

I read the other day that most millennials aren't big fans of Elvis Presley, and what happened at Trivia last night seemed to bear that out. We did Elvis Presley Trivia last night in honor of the 40th anniversary of the King's death yesterday, and the scores seemed to bear that out. They were lower than I would have thought, even with most being multiple choice questions.

Anyway, our friends from DIMS pulled out a two-point victory, getting 50 points and hard-fought win. (After the win, they told me that they will be away for the next two weeks, so we will definitely have a new champion next week.) Second place went to Anal Bum Cover with 48 points, and third place went to Fine People with 45 points.

Best Team Name: Guam With The Wind

Current Events
1. A federal judge dismissed a Colorado DJ's legal claim against what pop singer last Friday, saying the radio host failed to prove the singer set out to get him fired?
2. What cab;e channel offered a "bounty payment" of $250,000 to hackers behind a data breach at the network in a recent leaked email by the hackers?
3. What restaurant chain announced last week that they would be closing 135 locations this fiscal year, doubled the amount they previously estimated they would?
4. What pop singer announced last Saturday that he will be donating $1 million from his Michigan concert to those affected by the Flint water crisis?
5. What comedienne and TV host posted on Twitter last Friday calling for a military coup to overthrow President Trump?
6. What horror sequel film was the number one film in the US last week, grossing the same total ($35 million) as its original film did in 2014?
7. A co-creator and three producers of what hit TV series are suing the network over claims that they were cheated out of profits from the wildly successful show?

Elvis Presley Trivia
1. Which of these artists have had more US number one singles than Elvis Presley? a. The Beatles; b. Michael Jackson; c. Madonna; d. The Rolling Stones.
2. What was the name of Elvis' first film? a. Jailhouse Rock; b. King Creole; c. Love Me Tender; d. Kid Galahad.
3. What state was Elvis Presley born in? a. Louisiana; b. Mississippi; c. Tennessee; d. Alabama.
4. What was Elvis' rank in the Army when he left in 1960? a. private; b. corporal; c. sergeant; d. lieutenant.
5. What was Elvis' last number one single in the US in 1969? a. Suspicious Minds; b. Good Luck Charm; c. Surrender; d. Are You Lonesome Tonight?.
6. "Blue Suede Shoes", a big hit for Elvis, was written originally by what artist? a. Chuck Berry; b. Carl Perkins; c. Buddy Holly; d. Elvis Presley.
7. True or False: The Us National Archives most requested photo is one of Elvis meeting President Richard Nixon at the White House in 1970.

The Q Train: Horror Film Trivia
1. Night of the Living Dead
2. Poltergeist
3. Halloween
4. Shutter Island
5. The Exorcist
6. Saw
7. Friday the 13th
8. The Blair Witch Project
9. Interview With a Vampire
10. Psycho

General Knowledge
1. Who wrote the novels "Carrie" and "Misery?" ( 1 pt)
2. Will.I.Am. is the singer and founder of what pop group? ( 1 pt)
3. Victoria is the capital of what Canadian province? ( 1 pt)
4. East Pakistan changed its name in 1971 to what name it is known as today? ( 2 pt)
5. Australia Day occurs every year during what month? ( 2 pt)
6. What rock band has won the most Grammy Awards in history? ( 2 pt)
7. What US state is the only one that borders just one other state? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. "La Gioconda" is another name for what famous painting? ( 4 points)
2. What US state has the largest Amish population as of 2015? ( 3 points)
3. "Despacito" is the first Spanish-language song to top the pop singles chart in the US since what 1996 hit song? ( 4 points)
4. A monument in what state claims to mark the geographic center of the contiguous 48 US states? ( 5 points)
5. After the White House, what is the second most visited residence (or house) in the US? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Taylor Swift; 2. HBO; 3. Applebee's; 4. Bruno Mars; 5. Chelsea Handler; 6. "Annabelle: Creation;" 7. "The Walking Dead."

Elvis Presley Trivia
1.a; 2. c; 3. b; 4. c; 5. a; 6. b; 7. true.

The Q Train: Horror Film Trivia
1. 1960s (1968); 2. 1980s (1982); 3. 1970s (1978); 4. 2010s (2010); 5. 1970s (1973); 6. 2000s (2004); 7. 1980s (1980); 8. 1990s (1999); 9. 1990s (1994); 10. 1960s (1960).

General Knowledge
1. Stephen King; 2. Black Eyed Peas; 3. British Columbia; 4. Bangladesh; 5. January; 6. U2 (21); 7. Maine.

IQ Trivia
1. Mona Lisa; 2. Ohio; 3. "The Macarena"; 4. Kansas; 5. Graceland.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The King Is Special Tomorrow Night

Trivia will be happening at Professor Thom's this Wednesday night, August 16th at 8:30 PM, and the Special Category will be "Elvis Presley Trivia," in honor of the 40th anniversary of the King's passing on Wednesday. It will also be a multiple choice round as well. (Or as a teacher of mine at Brooklyn Tech used to say, "multiple guess.") The Q Train lightning round will be "Horror Movies Trivia." I will give you the names of ten famous horror films from down through the years until today, and you have to tell me what was the decade of its original release.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Will. I. Am is the singer and founder of what pop group?"

We have been getting bigger crowds as the weeks have progressed, so make sure you get in early enough to get a prime seat or table. Hope to see many of you on Wednesday night!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Trivia Q&A: August 9

We had a great night of Trivia on Wednesday night, as 20 teams turned out and it was lively all night. We had a close race throughout, and the top six teams were separated by just 6 points going into the final round. But the team of DIMS, who have won on many an occasion, pulled out a one-point win, getting a total of 49 points. (My apologies to everyone on the goof up with the Album of the Year Grammy question. It was another faulty source, and the Mighty Quinn regrets the error. It turns out that not only Taylor Swift won it twice, but Adele did, too. So everyone who answered with either answer got credit for it. I'll be more careful next time.)

Second place went to Team Kim Jong Poon with 48 points, and third place went to Terms and Conditions with 42 points.

Best Team Name: You Got My Cheese Quiz, Boy?

Current Events
1. New York Jets owner Woody Johnson was confirmed last week as the new ambassador to what European country?
2. Jim Justice, governor of what eastern US state, announced he was switching political parties, from Democrat to Republican?
3. What New England state became just the fourth state in the nation last week to make community college free?
4. What newly-released film overtook "Dunkirk" and grossed $19 million last week to become the number one film in the US?
5. What baseball star appeared as an extra on the TV series "Game of Thrones" last Sunday, as a soldier hurling a spear?
6. The producers of what TV series, which is being revived after 11 years, came under fire on social media after they announced the original final scenes were being ignored and the show will pursue a new direction?
7. The New York Knicks hired former Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson to a front office position earlier this week. Who is Robinson's famous brother-in-law?

Q-Tip Trivia
1. Which of these countries were officially neutral during WWII? a. Switzerland; b. Ireland; c. Canada; d. Greece.
2. Which of these films was Morgan Freeman nominated for an Oscar? a. Unforgiven; b. The Shawshank Redemption; c. Driving Miss Daisy; d. Invictus.
3. Which of the following celebrities died while in their 30s? a. Elvis Presley; b. Marilyn Monroe; c. Kurt Cobain; d. River Phoenix.
4. Which of these rock groups was Eric Clapton once part of? a. Buffalo Springfield; b. Cream; c. Traffic; d. Blind Faith.
5. Which of these 2000s films won the Oscar for Best Picture? a. There Will Be Blood; b. Brokeback Mountain; c. Mystic River; d. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
6. Which of these 20th century US presidents were once also vice-president? a. FDR; b. Woodrow Wilson; c. Richard Nixon; d. Herbert Hoover.
7. Which of these NFL teams have won the Super Bowl at least three times? a. New York Giants; b. Pittsburgh Steelers; c. Dallas Cowboys; d. Denver Broncos.

The Q Train: Name That Sport
1. Giancarlo Stanton
2. Sergio Garcia
3. Alex Ovechkin
4. Diana Taurasi
5. Clint Dempsey
6. Garbine Muguruza
7. Takuma Sato
8. Bode Miller
9. J.J. Watt
10. Fererica Pellegrini

General Knowledge
1. The original "smile" icon below the Amazon.com logo connects what two letters in the company's name? ( 1 pt)
2. What film in the initial Star Wars trilogy did Jabba the Hut make its first appearance? ( 1 pt)
3. In the comic strip "Peanuts", what is the usually posted price of "Psychiatric Help" at Lucy's booth? (1 pt)
4. Acura is the luxury division of what automaker? ( 2 pt)
5. What is the second most common surname in the US after Smith? ( 2 pt)
6. What is the largest Mediterranean island, both in terms of area and population? ( 2 pt)
7. 60% of all the bats used in MLB games are manufactured in what US state? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What the only name shared by one of the Original Care Bears and Disney's original Seven Dwarfs? ( 4 points)
2. Helle Thorning-Schmidt was the first female prime minister of what country? (4 points)
3. Ras Hafun, the easternmost point of Africa, is found in what country? ( 5 points)
4. Who is the only woman to win the Album of the Year Grammy award twice? ( 3 points)
5. What hip hop artist recorded a rap single with Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin called "Rocket Experience" in 2009? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. United Kingdom; 2. West Virginia; 3. Rhode Island; 4. "The Dark Tower;" 5. Noah Syndergaard; 6. "Will & Grace;" 7. Barack Obama.

Q-Tip Trivia
1. a, b; 2. b, c, d; 3. b; 4. b, d; 5. none; 6. c; 7. all.

The Q Train: Name That Sport
1. Baseball; 2. golf; 3. hockey; 4. basketball; 5. soccer; 6. tennis; 7. auto racing; 8. skiing; 9. football; 10. swimming.

General Knowledge
1. A&Z; 2. "Return of the Jedi;" 3. five cents; 4. Honda; 5. Johnson; 6. Sicily; 7. Kentucky.

IQ Trivia
1. Grumpy; 2. Denmark; 3. Somalia; 4. Taylor Swift and Adele; 5. Snoop Dogg.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Know Your Sports Stars This Wednesday

Trivia will be happening at Professor Thom's this Wednesday night, August 9th at 8:30 PM, with "Q-Tip Trivia" as the Special Category. I will ask you seven general knowledge questions, and each will have four choices. You can pick as many of the four as you think are correct, and will get a point for each one that is right. (And you'll get one point if the correct answer is "none.") However, if you give any incorrect answers, that will negate any right answers for that question and you will get no points for that question. So you have to be careful.

The Q Train lightning round will be "Name That Sport Trivia." I will give you the names of ten current stars from all different sports and you have to tell me what sport they play. Every answer will be a different sport.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"In the comic strip "Peanuts", what is the usually posted price of "Psychiatric Help" at Lucy's booth?"

I look forward to seeing many of you for a great night of Trivia Q&A this coming Wednesday night!

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Trivia Q&A: August 2

Trivia returned from a one-week vacation last night, with a really good turnout of 15 teams. We had a three-team horse race going into IQ Trivia, with the each team separated by one point. But the team of DIMS emerged victorious, winning the night with 48 points. Congratulations to them on another well-earned victory.

Second place went to We Didn't Have Mooch Time to Come Up With a Team Name finished second with 42 points (and also won Best Team Name), and third place went to Now Available with 40 points.

Current Events
1. Ram Nath Kovind was recently elected president of what Asian country?
2. What magazine caused a stir last week when it put Canadian PM Justin Trudeau on its cover with the title, "Why Can't He Be Our President?"
3. Rocker Alice Cooper said last week that he recently discovered a print from what artist that he bought over 40 years ago, and could be worth millions of dollars?
4. What website entrepreneur briefly overtook Bill Gates last week as the "World's Richest Person", with a net worth of $90.5 billion, but slipped back to second the next day?
5. Apple last week announced that they were discontinuing what two types of iPods?
6. What baseball legend was accused of statutory rape in a court document filed on Monday, as the now-grown woman claims to have had a sexual relationship with him in the 1970s when she was 15?
7. Los Angeles reached an agreement to host the 2028 Summer Olympics with what other city, which host the Olympics in 2024?

1980s Trivia
1. "Bleach" was the first album released by what rock band in 1989?
2. "The Simpsons" first appeared on a series of cartoon shorts in 1987 on what TV show?
3. In 1982, Great Britain clashed with what country over the Falkland Islands?
4. What R&B legend was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987?
5. What Super Bowl championship team had a rap hit in the 1980s called "The Super Bowl Shuffle?"
6. When the Fox network debuted in October 1986, who hosted their first show called "The Late Show?"
7. Name 2 of the 5 highest grossing films in the US in 1980s.

The Q Train: Total Acting Oscars Trivia
1. Jack Nicholson
2. Diane Keaton
3. Clint Eastwood
4. Sally Field
5. Denzel Washington
6. Glenn Close
7. Cate Blanchett
8. Daniel Day-Lewis
9. Al Pacino
10. Harrison Ford

General Knowledge
1. "Granny Smith" is a popular type of what fruit? ( 1 pt)
2. Dolly, the first successfully cloned mammal, was what kind of animal? ( 1 pt)
3. Who won a Best Support Actor Oscar for the film "Goodfellas?" ( 1 pt)
4. The Good Friday Agreement of 1998 affected what country? ( 2 pt)
5. What US president was known as "The Great Communicator?" (2 pt)
6. What US city was the first to host the Olympic Games? ( 2 pt)
7. How many acres are in a square mile? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What are the two national languages of India? ( 4 points)
2. "Firelight" was a 1964 science fiction film marking the theatrical film directing debut of what Oscar-winning director? ( 4 points)
3. The World Health Organization said that the world's most polluted city in 2016 was found in what African country? ( 5 points)
4. What future Oscar-winning actor had a recurring role as Ned Donnelly on the 1980s sitcom "Family Ties?" ( 4 points)
5. What veteran entertainer is credited by Guinness World Records with logging the most hours ever on US television? ( 3 points)

Current Events
1. India; 2. Rolling Stone; 3. Andy Warhol; 4. Jeff Bezos; 5. Nano and Shuffle; 6. Pete Rose; 7. Paris.

1980s Trivia
1. Nirvana; 2. "The Tracey Ullman Show;" 3. Argentina; 4. Aretha Franklin; 5. Chicago Bears; 6. Joan Rivers; 7. ET, Return of the Jedi, The Empire Strikes Back, Batman, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

The Q Train: Total Acting Oscars Trivia
1. three; 2. one; 3. none; 4. two; 5. two; 6. none; 7. two; 8. three; 9. one; 10. none.

General Knowledge
1. Apples; 2. sheep; 3. Joe Pesci; 4. Northern Ireland; 5. Ronald Reagan; 6. St. Louis (1904); 7. 640.

IQ Trivia
1. English and Hindi; 2. Steven Spielberg; 3. Nigeria (Omitsha); 4. Tom Hanks; 5. Regis Philbin.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Trivia Returns From Vacation Wednesday

Trivia returns to Professor Thom's on Wednesday night, August 2nd at 8:30 PM, with "1980s Trivia" as the special category. It will be seven questions on that decade in pop culture, sports, history, etc. The Q Train lightning round will be "Total Acting Oscars Trivia." I will give you the names of ten current actors and actresses and you have to tell me how many total acting Academy Awards they have won in their careers. (Directing and writing Oscars don't count.)

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Granny Smith is a popular type of what fruit?"

Looking forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday night, after the one-week layoff. It will be good to be back again asking Trivia Q&A again on Wednesday. See you then!

Monday, July 24, 2017

No Trivia This Week

A reminder that Wednesday Night Trivia at Professor Thom's will NOT be happening this week, as I will be away on assignment. Trivia will return on Wednesday night, August 2nd at 8:30 PM. I will have the Sneak Peek question and the Special Category and Q Train lightning round posted here next Tuesday, August 1st. Have a great week everyone, and see you next Wednesday night!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Trivia Q&A: July 19

It was a hot night in New York last night, and the crowd was a bit less than last week, but it was a spirited turnout with 13 teams taking part. I goofed up a General Knowledge question, and I'm still trying to find where I got it. (It's the one where TLC sang the theme to "All That." My source said it was Destiny's Child. Sorry about that folks. The Mighty Quinn regrets the error.) We had a three-way tie going into the final round of IQ Trivia, but our friends from DIMS pulled out a one-point victory, garnering a total of 44 points for the win. Designated For Assignment finished second with 43 points, and The Uptown Scallawags finished third with 38 points.

Best Team Name: It's My Birthday Dammit!

SPECIAL REMINDER: Trivia Night will NOT be happening next week, as I will be away on assignment next week, but Trivia Night will return to Professor Thom's on Wednesday night, August 2nd at 8:30 PM. I'll see you then, and have a great week next week!

Current Events
1. Two men were arrested last week after admitting to killing four men and burying them on a farm property in what US state?
2. John Bernecker, a stunt man for what current TV show, died last week after suffering head injuries from a fall on the set?
3. Roger Federer won his first Wimbledon's men's singles title in five years on Sunday. How many total singles titles has he won at Wimbledon?
4. Jodie Whitaker was named to be the first woman to play what iconic TV character last week?
5. Actor Martin Landau died on Sunday at the age of 89. What film screen legend did he portray to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1994?
6. What beloved children's book character has been censored by Chinese social media after unflattering memes surfaced comparing it to the country's president?
7. What rock star's 22-year-old son was arrested on Monday in Indiana on charges of public intoxication and resisting arrest after his brother got into a fight with another man?

2000s Trivia
1. What European country was the first to legalize same-sex marriage in 2001?
2. What rapper had the most combined sales in albums of any artist of the 2000s?
3. Michael Jackson died on the same day in 2009 as what famous Hollywood actress?
4. What country launched its first manned mission in space in October 2003?
5. What American was given an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002?
6. Who were the only two teams to twice win the World Series from 2000 to 2009?
7. What comedy series' 2004 finale was the most-watched single TV show in the decade of the 2000s?

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. The toothbrush was invented in the 15th century.
2. Michael Jackson owned the rights to South Carolina's state anthem.
3. According to the UN Charter, a US citizen cannot hold the position of Secretary-General.
4. Jousting is an official state sport of Maryland.
5. North Dakota is the only US state that borders three Canadian provinces.
6. Argentina is the largest country in South America in terms of land area.
7. Ronald Reagan was the first choice by Warner Brothers to play Rick Blaine in "Casablanca."
8. CNN was the first cable channel to operate in the United States.
9. Cary Grant was once offered the role of James Bond.
10. Walt Disney was criogenically frozen upon his death in 1966.

General Knowledge
1. "O" is the symbol for what element on the Periodic Table? ( 1 pt)
2. The Seminole Indian tribe is native to what US state? ( 1 pt)
3. How many countries border North Korea? ( 1 pt)
4. In what city can you find the oldest public park in the United States? ( 2 pt)
5. What girl group of the 1990s sung the theme song to the hit sketch comedy TV show "All That?" ( 2 pt)
6. What 1993 film became the highest-grossing movie od all-time, passing "ET" until "Titanic" broke its record in 1998? ( 2 pt)
7. The duffel bag gets its name from a town in what European country? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What Oscar-winning actor founded and led Hollywood's original "Rat Pack?" ( 4 points)
2. "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" was the first novel of what 20th century writer? ( 4 points)
3. According to popular legend, what branch of the US Armed Forces was formed in a Philadelphia tavern in 1775? ( 3 points)
4. Catalan is the only official language of what small European country? ( 4 points)
5. What 19th century opera' plot follows the life of a female cigar factory worker? ( 5 points)

Current Events
1. Pennsylvania; 2. "The Walking Dead;" 3. eight; 4. Doctor Who; 5. Bela Lugosi; 6. Winnie the Pooh; 7. John Mellencamp.

2000s Trivia
1. Netherlands; 2. Eminem; 3. Farrah Fawcett; 4. China; 5. Rudy Giuliani; 6. Red Sox and Yankees; 7. "Friends."

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. true; 2. true; 3. false; 4. true; 5. false, Montana; 6. false, Brazil; 7. true; 8. false, HBO; 9. true; 10. false, he was cremated.

General Knowledge
1. Oxygen; 2. Florida; 3. three; 4. Boston; 5. TLC; 6. "Jurassic Park;" 7. Belgium.

IQ Trivia
1. Humphrey Bogart; 2. James Joyce; 3. Marine Corps; 4. Andorra; 5. Carmen.