Unfortunate trivia update

It looks like I’m getting bumped from trivia next week. The owner of The Liberal Cup spaced and one of his regular subs is going to be hosting. It’s probably for the better since the summer crowd is making its way in and things get a little hectic for that reason. But I have been promised a chance to host in September, so I’ll post about it when that time comes.

In honor of my bump, watch this:

Incidentally, I had a dream last night where I had some sort of class with Matt Damon.

Discarded trivia

Here is some more discarded trivia:

Name the only mammals capable of delivering venom? (Humans do not count).

There are three answers, but two of them are too specific/difficult. Since I don’t want to confuse everyone at trivia night by qualifying that I will accept broad groupings (such as “some dogs” or “some cats” – neither of which is a correct answer, obviously), this question got the boot.

And as always, no cheating.

More trivia

As some of you know, I hosted a trivia event a few months ago at a local pub. I’m going to be doing it again on June 14th, but I’m going to be more careful this time. Last time I asked at least three questions that should have seen the chopping block since they were too in the wheelhouse of a few of my friends. I don’t want to ask questions I think they won’t know, but I want to make sure I’m not asking questions that I know they know. As a result, I’m going to periodically throw up some of the discarded questions I generate as I form my list. Here is the first:

What are the two primary Maine ports from which passengers leave in order to get to Monhegan Island?

Sorry to the non-locals. No cheating.

I’m a man of my word

After co-hosting trivia, I came to find that my beer had gone missing. So I did the most natural thing and start drinking someone else’s. I promised I would thank that person in a blog post, and I’m a man of my word, so:

Thank you, Nate.

Also, here are all the questions. One or two are different here because of last minute changes, but most are the same. Also, I’ve excluded number 30 because it was an audio question. The answers will be in the comment section.

1. Maine question: According to the Maine Geological Survey, how tall is Mount Katahdin in feet? Plus or minus 200 feet, 1 point. Right on gets bonus half point.

2. What does the E, m, and c squared stand for in the famous equation e=mc2?

3. What president authorized the construction of the U.S. Interstate System? Bonus half point, in what year?

4. What TV show had the characters Mike Nelson, Crow T. Robot, and Tom Servo?

5. Plus or minus two years, when was Super Mario Bros. for Nintendo released? Right on gets one point. Half point for margin.

6. How many U.S. aircraft carries were destroyed at the attack on Pearl Harbor?

7. Who wrote the poem “The Chimney Sweeper”?

8. What is a group of turkeys called?

9. What is the largest living species of fish?

10. What Major League Baseball pitcher has the most losses ever? Bonus half, how many?

11. The last Civil War soldier to die of his wounds was a native Mainer. Name him.

12. Tomorrow is the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death. How old was he when he died?

13. According to Guinness company, about how many times does a person lift their pint glass before the beer is gone?

14. Who was our 21st President?

15. 12. In what year was Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species published?

16. This line is from what movie?

“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.”

17. 69 years after the explosion that destroyed Arizona, oil still leaks from the hull still and rises to the surface of the water. How much oil still leaks per day?

18. What is the name of Nirvana’s breakthrough album?

19. This former Prime Minister of the U.K. made headlines yesterday by predicting the decline of the West. What is his name? For an extra half point, who is the current Prime Minister of Great Britain?

20. Which T.V. show included characters named Patti Mayonnaise, Skeeter Valentine, Bebee Bluff?

21. What does the “L.L.” stand for in L.L. Bean? Half point for each initial.

22. One of my favorite movies from when I was a child was Labyrinth starring David Bowie. Who Directed it? Extra Half point: What year did the film debut?

23. According to the billboard 100, who has the number one song in America?

24. In 1964, congress recognized what alcoholic beverage as the “distinctive spirit” of the U.S.?

25. I am going to read a famous quote from a very popular novel. You tell me the name of the Book for a point and the name of the author for another half point: “Darkness is cheap, and Scrooge liked it.”

26. Who was the first U.S. President to ride in a train?

27. Which New England Patriot was honored at yesterday’s game against the Jets?

28. According to a survey taken by AT&T, the average American changes residence how many times during a lifetime? Plus or minus one.

29. Chanukah celebrates the Hebrew reclamation of what famous city in 165 BCE?


This is a reminder to all Augusta area natives: Go down to The Liberal Cup in Hallowell tomorrow for trivia. It starts around 8, but get there a little early, order some food, some beer – I recommend the For Richer or For Poorter.

Be there.

Update: Here is one question that got the chop. No cheating.

There is a famous boundary in the Earth that marks the abrupt end of the dinosaurs. That boundary is called the K-T boundary. What does K-T stand for?

Come one, come all

…to The Liberal Cup in Hallowell on Dec 7. I’m going to be co-hosting the weekly trivia game with a friend that night. Bring your friends, put down ten bucks for trivia, buy a few beers (The ‘Cup has the best around), and see if you can get any of my awesome, awesome questions. One special hint for FTSOS readers: no answer is going to “evolution”. That would be lame and probably too easy.

Heck, you can even argue with me in person if you want. But I don’t recommend it. My alcohol consumption will not be considered “light”. Or maybe that would make me all the more formidable. Try your luck.