This weekend I threw my first trivia night. After a year of going to noisy bars with subpar food, I decided to bring the trivia experience to someone house. This did mean I had to come up with some questions, and that I couldn’t compete in the event. But it also finally afforded my the opportunity to wear my brain hat, given to be the BYU Neuroscience Department to show that they don’t know how to spend their funding. See how well you can do:
Name 4 movies featuring David Bowie
Round 1: Moons, Planets and Stars
Most of the moons of Uranus are named after characters from the works of which author?
What was the 1st planet to be discovered using the telescope, in 1781?
Only one of the following celebrities has a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. Which one is it? Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford
Round 2: Geography, Geology, Greek Mythology
Which of these cities is the furtherest west, Reno Nevada or Los Angeles California or Walla Walla Washington?
What is the term for lava before it breaches the earths surface?
Hercules had 12 famous labors. In one, he decapitated a fierce creature that rudely recapitated. What is this creatures name?
Round 3: Presidents, Presidents of the Church, POTUSA
Two different women attempted to assassinate this president within 17 days. Who was this ladies man?
This President of the church also served as Secretary of Agriculture.
Who sat alone in a boggy marsh, totally emotionless except for her heart?
Half Time Challenge
Who used the following forms of time travel?
Time Displacement Equipment
Counter rotation of the earth
Round 4: Sports, Winners and Losers
Now played at the Olympics, what sport has also been known as Battledore, Poona and Shuttlecock?
Television spinoffs usually do poorly, but this one has won 37 Emmys, the current record. What show is it?
What is the name of Willy Wonka’s chief rival in the candy business?
Round 5: Nations of the World
Which country has the highest population of Catholics?
In what country were toothbrushes invented?
On February 4th, 1948, the island nation of Ceylon declared independence from the British Commonwealth, a year after it’s neighbor. What is the name of this country today?
Round 6: National Foods, International Foods, International “Foods”
What candy replaced the cigarettes given away at the White House starting in 1988.
What company buys more sugar and vanilla than any other on earth?
Within 2 years, when was the first McDonalds built in Moscow?
IMDB measures “star power” by the number of page views an actor receives. Rank the following actors from highest to lowest star power in 2011.
Christian Bale, Mila Kunis, George Clooney, Emma Stone
Labyrinth Zoolander Twin Peaks: FWWM The Hunger The Man Who Fell to Earth Arthur and the Invisibles Spongebob Squarepants Movie The Last Temptation of the Christ The Prestige Yellowbeard Just a Gigolo
Shakespeare, Uranus, Harrison Ford
Reno, Magma, Hydra
Gerald Ford, Ezra Taft Benson, Lump
Flux Capacitor Doctor Brown
Quantum Accelerator Dr. Sam Beckett
Tardis The Doctor
Phone booth Bill and Ted
Time Displacement Equipment Kyle Reese
Time Turner Hermione Granger
Counter rotation of the earth Superman
WABAC Mr. Peebody and Sherman
Badminton, Frasier, Slugworth
Brazil, China, Sri Lanka
M&Ms, Coca Cola, 1990
Mila, Emma, George, Christian