UPDATED WITH ANSWERS – Trivia Recap – July 12, 2019 – Sticks
Answers are in the comments…
We posted our lowest score of the season Thursday in a Sporcle Live game we played at Sticks with 96 points. We also did something we haven’t done since…2013! And that was come from last place in the standings to win a prize. At a trivia tournament in November, 2013, we came from last (or nearly last) in the standings and wound up finishing in fourth with a $200 prize because of knowing an answer to a question about….of all things – Alvin and the Chipmunks.
In Thursday’s game, we were not only IN last going into the final (game two) – but TIED for last place (yes another team did as poorly as us) – and wound up finishing first for knowing an answer to a question about…hip hop music! I know this all sounds quite unbelievable, since hip-hop music isn’t something we’d normally even WAGER on for a final (except for that game last week at The Owl…what can I say…we were feeling ballsy on that holiday eve). It gets even more unbelievable! The person suggesting the correct answer wasn’t even the person who actually BOUGHT the cassette tape in question (yo)! Yes, I felt SO “urban” for having made the purchase while on a spring break trip to Toronto in 1990 when I was 18.
Here’s a pic from that Toronto trip in 1990…my friend Michelle is on the left, I’m on the right. I’m guessing since I opted for the ponytail that I was too lazy to “do” my hair that day, LOL…
If you would have told me back then that this artist’s music was tame…even “vanilla” by hip-hop/rap standards, I would have just flashed my best pouty, sheepish look and said “Hey…I’m trying.” Later I would get a bit more bold and buy an Ice-T/Body Count cassette with the song Cop Killer on it – which was quite controversial at the time (and also see Ice T perform at the very first Lollapalooza in 1991). But story time is over, folks! Let’s talk about some trivia questions!
1. Animals – Scientifically, the North american animal commonly referred to as a buffalo is actually what animal? 10
2. Eating – Members of what fictional race eat seven daily meals – including first breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner and supper? 9
3. Populations – According to the U.S. Census Bureau, what is the most populous country in the world – with 78 million more people than the second most populous country in the world? For a bonus point, name the third most populous country in the world. Got this for 8 plus the bonus.
4. Gambling – What word from French refers to a casino employee who collects and pays bets and assists at gambling tables? We put a French word for a hotel employee who performs “similar” tasks for lack of any other ideas, miss for 1.
5. New Music – Name either artist heard in the audio clip of what I believe was Señorita. Evan got this easily for 7.
6. MVPs – Who is the most recent player to have won the NBA MVP award who has also been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame? Miss for 2. Later Evan asked me who the correct answer turned out to be, and after I told him, I said “I know…you don’t usually think of white guys for answers like these.”
7. License Plates – From 2010 to 2016, which U.S. state issued a commemorative license plate which included a web address for the Star Spangled Banner Trail?
8. ’70s Movies – Alex DeLarge, as portrayed by Malcolm McDowell, is the protagonist in what 1971 film? 6
9. Video Games – Natla is a wealthy businesswoman who serves as the main antagonist in what video game series first released in 1996? Miss for 3.
10. Reality TV – Dave, Darrell, Brandon, Jarrod, Brandi and Barry were the featured buyers in the first season of what reality series premiering on A&E in 2010? FB clue (thank goodness), 5.
Mystery – Quickfire
Name four movies featuring Emily Blunt as a credited performer that grossed more than $120 million at the U.S. box office.
I came up with one correct movie, Evan came up with two correct movies, and we incorrectly “guessed” a fourth movie (I’m willing to bet a lot of teams didn’t think of this movie).
Scores – Eight teams…did not catch the “low” score – we were in second with 59 points behind T.C. who had 64 points.
Final Category – Elections
This is a hit-or-miss final category for us, but we decided to go all in…
In the 20th century, there were 4 presidential elections in which both the Dem. and Rep. candidates counted the same state as their home state. Three times, those candidates were from NY. From which state were the candidates in the other election?
We were torn between two states, one of which was correct – the other of which being the one we put on our slip…
Final standings – Quiz, 69, T.C., 77.
1. Title Characters – John C. Reilly stars in what 2007 film which is a parody of biopics about Johnny Cash and Ray Charles which were released earlier in the decade? 10
2. Drinks – A pharmacist named Charles Alderton introduced the first version of what beverage in 1885 by mixing phosphoric acid with 23 flavors? 9
3. Streets – There are approximately 200 primary street suffixes acknowledged by the United States Postal Service including Avenue, Highway and Street. Name either of those that begin with the letter “J,” the one of which is a pluralization of the other. 2
4. Country Music – What country musician has released patriotic songs including Made in America, American Soldier and Courtesy of Red, White and Blue? Got this, but for only 1 (which will [SPOILERS AHEAD] bite us in the ass later and also give us rabies, lol)…
5. Kids’ TV – What kids’ TV series debuting in 2001 regularly featured a “call and response” in which the response was also a slogan used by Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign? No f—ing idea (none of us playing have kids or were young enough to have watched this show as kids), miss for 3. And it’s going to go downhill for a bit here (you might want to skip the next couple of questions)!
6. The ’60s – What three-letter term refers to young British people in the ’60s and is often associated with music, fashion and motor scooters? Total 404 – pop culture reference not found for all of us…miss for 4. Evan did make a good guess that was CLOSE to being correct though (way to not make us hand in a blank slip)!
7. Soup – What Ukrainian soup primarily made with beetroot has many regular varieties but is usually garnished with sour cream? Ugh…beets are not usually a “go to” veggie for me, though I did try a beer made out of beets before called “Wicked Garden Ale.” That just might be the only way to get me to “eat” my beets! Got this for 8.
8. Mascots – Louie, an unusually colored polar bear, has served as the mascot of which NHL team since 2007? I came up with right guess for 5 and was a bit…excited #triviagasm However we would [SPOILERS AHEAD] blow the next two questions for big points so my excitement would be put on hold for a bit…
9. Alphabets – Within two, how many letters are in the Russian alphabet? Miss for 6.
10. Squadrons – Similar to the Blue Angels, which branch of the U.S. military has an air demonstration known as the Thunderbirds? The branches we considered were Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Space Force (JK)! Miss for SEVEN.
The Blue Angels as seen at a 2017 air show at Willow Run Airport
Moods were a bit…sullen by this point! Certain “people” were grumbling about “My guesses are ALWAYS wrong,” with others insisting “The game ain’t over til it’s over.” Read on to see which one of these people’s words would wind up ringing true on this night!
Visual Mystery –
Only got one of these right (don’t know which one). No, this visual round didn’t help much in boosting the moods!
Scores – Seven teams – scores 37 (yes that was us tied with one other team) to 59.
Final Category – Hip-Hop Firsts
What solo artist released the first hip-hop album to ever be certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America, for sales of at least ten million units? The album was released in 1990 and spent 21 weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Mike suggested what would end up being the correct answer and I backed him up. But I had to be “voir dired” and was asked to list the top charting singles from this album (sometimes my teammates really keep me on my toes)! I quickly came up with two (came up with a third after the game). That was sufficient for us to put this down as our guess…
And then we would proceed to “pray” to the trivia gods as we waited to hear the scores…
Final Scores: ??? (unsure who got second), Fast Times at Hawkins High (aka ‘Pods), 59.
That’s it for this week’s trivial pursuits! We’ll be back at it Monday as we continue to try defending our #1 spot on the “charts” in Monday’s Sticks trivia scene. As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, Warren G. Harding!