Thursday, December 28, 2006

Question > History

What art and craft movement featured such note-ables as Kandinsky, Meis van der Rohe, and Gropius?

UPDATE: Answer: Bauhaus
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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Question > Music

What entertainer changed his name so as not to be confused with the Monkee's member, Davy Jones?

UPDATE: Answer: David Bowie, born David Robert Jones
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Friday, December 22, 2006

Question > Literature

From what poem comes the line: "Theirs not to reason why. Theirs but to do and die."?

UPDATE: Answer: The Charge of the Light Brigade, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Question > Sports

The "Madden Curse" refers to bad luck befalling NFL players after they are featured on the cover of the "Madden" series of football computer games. Who was the first player to be featured on the cover of a Madden NFL game?

UPDATE: Answer: Barry Sanders

Sanders was pictured on the last cover to feature Madden (Madden 2000). Sanders retired abruptly before the start of the season. Dorsey Levins was placed on subsequent packaging of the game.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

KVSC Trivia

KVSC Trivia registration is now open! There's a registration form on the site you can download and mail in along with your $40 fee.

This is a fun 50 hour contest. Some people like it even more that 90fm's World's Largest Trivia Contest, but I think that's blasphemy! ;)

Nothing beats Point Trivia, but KVSC does a good job putting together a competitive and entertaining contest. And it's not too often you can stay up for 50 hours and get to call into St Cloud MN with thousands of guesses while you try to stay awake listening to the best (and worst) that college radio has to offer in between the questions.

Good luck to all the KVSC Trivia teams, and to the Trivia coordinators. If you happen by here leave a salutation, threat, or boast in the comments section.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Some Holiday Trivia

Joe Holleman's trivia column has some good questions this week, including this one:

"5. This former punk rocker of the 1970s plays the Ghost of Christmas Past in "Scrooged.""

That's probably the toughest out of the bunch, but check it out for yourself.

Question > History

Coffee originated in what country?

UPDATE: Answer: Ethiopia
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Monday, December 18, 2006

Question > US History

What US First Lady died on the 105th anniversary of her husband's birth?

UPDATE: Answer: Edith Wilson
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Friday, December 15, 2006

Question > History

What is the name of the king whom the Jewish people rebelled against in 167 BCE in the "Maccabean Revolt"?

UPDATE: Answer: Antiochus IV Epiphanes
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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Question > Music

Who appears along with David Bowie on the cover of his album "Pin-ups"?

UPDATE: Answer: Twiggy
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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The answer is: The all-time leading scorer on "Jeopardy!"

Q: Who is Ken Jennings?

The champion Jeopardy player has a book (Brainiac), a website, and his very own weekly Trivia Quiz. It's a 7 question quiz run by email, and you can sign up here (in the little red box on the left hand side below the navigation).

I recently signed up myself. It's a good quiz - some easy questions, some tough ones, and the 7th is always a "what do these things have in common" stumper that takes some time to figure out.

As the intro to the email says, you're supposed to be on the honor system and answer the quiz to the best of your ability sans Google. That's the way I've tried to play Ray Hamel's Trivia Question of the Day (also by email). With that, I'll reply with my best guess. If I don't know it, I may do some searching to find out the answer, but then I don't reply. That way, I feel good about the ones I get, and then I'm not AS tempted to spend time on researching if I don't have the time.

Of course, once Trivia comes around, the Google option is back on the table. The World's Largest Trivia Contest is a whole different animal.

I don't know what's involved with the supposed "leader board" on the Ken Jennings site or if high quiz scores earn you anything but bragging rights on his message board. If anyone wants to fill me in, please post a comment.

Happy Trivia, everyone!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Question > Movies

"I write with a goose quill dipped in venom." What movie character said this line?

UPDATE: Answer: Waldo Lydecker, Laura
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Friday, December 08, 2006

Question > TV

What 90s TV series took place (mostly) in the fictional town of Capeside?

UPDATE: Answer: Dawson's Creek
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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Question > TV

Speaking of food....

In an episode of Friends, Rachel attempts to make an English Trifle for dessert. What were the ingredients of the layer she incorrectly added when she transposed them from the Shepherd's Pie recipe on the next page?

UPDATE: Answer: Beef sauteed with peas and onions
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Food Trivia Games - great gifts?

Nancy Stohs from the The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published a piece on food-related trivia games. If you're a "foodie" (do foodies really like that term?), or know someone who is, you might be interested in these. Could possibly be good Christmas gifts.

Monday, December 04, 2006

On the net... something... not sure what...

I don't quite get what this site is all about (it looks like it's all about everything that's on the net), but Bleach Eating Freaks has a Trivia section you can access here:


And if you figure out the rest of the site, drop me a line in a comments and let me know what's going on.

Question > Music

What song was written by Josef Mohr and Franz Gruber, and was claimed by John Denver to be the "most beloved of all Christmas Carols"?

UPDATE: Answer: Silent Night
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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Question > US History

Who is often called the "father of the Air Force" for his outspoken stand on creating an Air Force, separate from the other military branches?

(Today's question is dedicated to my grandfather, Frank J. Mitchell, who was a veteran of the US Army Air Corps. Frank died yesterday at the age of 88.)

UPDATE: Answer: William "Billy" Mitchell
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Friday, December 01, 2006

Question > Movies

What movie's main character's last line is: "Miguel, I'm ready."?

Today's question is in recognition of World AIDS Day.

UPDATE: Answer: Philadelphia
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