20,000 Leagues of Live Trivia from Pour House Pub Trivia!
Pour House pub trivia‘s Wednesday took you into the depths – 20,000 leagues, in fact, to bring you the best live trivia in Maryland and Virginia!
We rhymed, we sang acapella and we hung with Jules Verne – it was a heck of a night! Read on for more, y’all.
Starting out tonight’s game I had several different questions in mind. Is it really getting dark outside at 6:30pm? Will the Cubs win the World Series like Back to the Future 2 predicted? Will Suck It Trebek win their fourth game in a row? Why do fools fall in love? Either way, two of those questions were answered tonight, and I guess we’ll have to see about the others (Stupid sexy Arrieta with his magnificent beard, why couldn’t he do this in Baltimore??).
Tonight’s game started with an audio question about the band Rush, courtesy of Suck It Trebek, and the opening guitar riff was enough for them to identify the tune of the song Freewill, which isn’t all that surprising considering how distinctive that is, at least in my opinion. After that we jumped into a question about the upcoming Peanuts movie, and nobody knew the title of the last Peanuts feature film to come out, called “Bon Voyage Charlie Brown (and Don’t Come Back!!)” which makes me wonder why the gang hates on him so much. Poor kid. Next was things that rhyme with the word ‘trivia’ which is always a fun type of category. Rhyme time is usually a fun one. The units of measure question came next, and a few teams managed to figure out the six feet measure for rope and depth is a fathom, and didn’t get tricked into guessing league, good for them! We ended the round asking about artists and paintings, asking about the Creation of Man fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel that Michelangelo painted, which depicted Adam and Eve.
The next round had my favorite audio question I’ve heard in awhile, with the a cappella group Pentatonix doing a medley of Daft Punk songs. It was really cool to listen to, especially since I love Daft Punk so much. The kitchen question asked about a thing called a chitarra which is used to make pasta. The President question that came next asked teams to figure out who was President when Brown vs. Board of Education was decided, Ben-Hur won best picture, and when Sputnik I was launched, which all happened during Eisenhower’s tenure. I always like it when NFL questions come up, this time asking about the first two NFL championships in 1966 and 1967, which were both between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys. Heading into halftime we asked a science question about how the term octane is derived, basically because the formula has a few 8’s in it.
Halftime got ridiculous as we had a bunch of crazy cereals from the 1980’s that really were made. A few teams had a really hard time accepting the fact that a Mr. T cereal and a Pacman cereal existed, so I had some fun explaining that we weren’t looking for ridiculous versions of Cheerios. The other part asked if different historical figures were executed or if they died of natural causes, which surprisingly went over pretty well. I was expecting *somebody* to argue about what a “natural” cause is, but I made sure to tell everybody that an axe to the face isn’t a natural cause in this case. Heading into the second half scores were pretty close at the top, making these next few rounds pretty crucial.
A question about pop stars came next, asking about Selena Gomez and her new song Good For You, which somehow made it to the top 5 on the billboard charts, while still managing to be a pretty crappy song. The Broadway question was next, asking about the “angel of music” which is what the Phantom of the Opera is referred to as in the beginning of the play. Interestingly, Dalek Dance Party got the answer correct only because of a ridiculous YouTube video of a song from the play being set to the movements of an elephant shrew, which is exactly as wacky as it sounds.
Asking about the brain can be difficult sometimes, and today we asked about the lobe that contains the visual cortex. Mostly everybody got to occipital once we gave the crossword clue though. I liked the next question about chess, which asked how many different opening moves White can make, with the pawns each having two moves and the knights having two moves, making the total 20. A tough spelling ended the round, this time about food-related words, asking everybody to spell scrumptious, delicatessen, and smorgasbord, which is not as easy as you might think.
The 6-4-2 is next, and asked about the name of Jacob’s first son, then gave a clue that it is also the name of the second American Idol winner, although spelled differently. The final clue hinted about a sandwich with corned beef and sauerkraut, which is of course a reuben. Children’s page to screen was next, asking about Daniel Handler’s novel series that spawned a 2004 movie that had Jim Carrey in it. Daniel Handler wrote under the pen name Lemony Snicket, with the movie being called A Series of Unfortunate Events, where Jim Carrey played Uncle Olaf, who I believe was the antagonist of the film.
The international athletes question asked about Ukrainian athlete Sergei Bubka and the record he set in the pole vault by becoming the first person to clear 20 feet. On this one I had a few teams who I don’t think considered just how long of a distance that is, and guessed that he was able to jump that far. If he could jump that far, that would just be the most amazing thing ever, and I would refuse to believe he was 100% human. Next we asked about the tagline for the movie Hairspray, which talked about a bunch of stuff involving 1962, and I honestly forgot there was a 1988 version of the film. I’ve only seen the more recent one with John Travolta playing the mom, which is just ridiculous.
We finished out the final round with questions about the Constitution and the $1 bill. The Constitution question was about the Civil War amendments that got rid of Slavery and gave all American-born people citizenship, as well as guaranteeing everybody the right to vote (although that last one didn’t *quite* seem to stick in some states. Looking at you Alabama…), which were the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments. The money question that ended things asked about the term Legal Tender, which is on the top of every single bill.
The final question didn’t really have much of the drama as some do in the past, as the leading team had already secured a runaway victory, leading by exactly 13. Either way it wasn’t a bad question, asking about Ursus Maritimus, which is the scientific name for the Polar Bear! Third place went to Rent-A-Swag who unfortunately had too many people so they had to pass up their prize, going to Dalek Dance Party. Second place tonight went to The Carolina Reapers, who are almost always a serious threat to take the win. Winning tonight’s game however, making quite the hot streak for themselves is Suck It Trebek! Congrats guys! Next week we start with a question about all things Pumpkin Spice, so go study up with some delicious Pumpkin Spice food; I love pretty much all things pumpkin personally. I will see you all again next week!
Until next time,
So firstly, I’d like to apologize as I had a phone/ mp3/ charging cord/ tech issue thing that blasted my camera and I was unable to take pictures of our Top 3 winners tonight at Bernie’s trivia. All of our Top stuck around for a full team shot as well – next time y’all!
In spite of my technical shenanigans, tonight’s game was pretty awesome I want to say! That’s not to say that there were not any ball-busters of questions, however.
Chitarra had a bite for sure; as did the Occipital Lobe. And we kept a food theme tough question thing going with a scrumptious little spelling bee and a tough 6-4-2 that ended with a reuben sandwich! I left the game hungry 🙂
Many congrats, love and props to our Top 3 tonight!
1st Place: Slide Into the 2-Hole
2nd Place: Blank Space
3rd Place: Move Bif, get Out Da Way
Great game y’all! Thanks for hanging tonight. Hope to see you next Wednesday evening for some more trivia night craziness! We kick off that game with a question about Univ. of MD Basketball.
Have a great weekend everyone and I will see you soon.
We laughed, and then we cried! Wait, wait, wait – no – We laughed until we cried! That’s better. Glenn was in the house tonight with Team Wednesday and that’s a guarantee for shenanigans. These nights at Belles are never boring.. They just aren’t. We had some free agent action, there was some dancing and some singing.
Speaking of singing, I got to introduce a couple people to Pentatonix tonight and that’s always fun. They are just so damn amazing. Youtube, it’s your friend! I know we all googled Chitarra images at the half time. Looks like either a musical instrument or some sort of torture device. Depends who you ask and what their childhood was like 😉 The night brought some complete team blocks on the cowboys, and a few very lucky guesses on our Chess question. 20 seems like a nice solid answer.
In 3rd tonight after a quick final it was Team Wednesday, not bad for a team who was rotationaly challenged tonight. 2nd was Constantly Changing Team name, the team name might be changing but what doesn’t change is their spot somewhere in the top 3. No strangers to the podium. 1st went to Flight Level: Awesome who are serious about this season! They are not foolin these days, and have come out on top yet again. For next week it will be 90’s Nick cartoons, and we will just hope Todd isn’t in WV. hehe. Have a good week, and I’ll catch you next Wednesday!
Once again at Bennigan’s we had our core group of veterans join us; once again we break the double digit team number! A good turn out, as always, we saw the return of the juggernaut team calling themselves Matt Williams School of Management. They showed up for their first time at Bennigan’s a few weeks back and absolutely wrecked the field, missing maybe a total of 6 points throughout the entire game. Tonight they were without one of their players, so just the duo would have to suffice!
We had a few questions tonight that our playing field just crushed. We all remember a few months ago, the Death of Marat by Jacques Louis David fiasco. Well, while still finding a balance as to what art is “too hard” or “too easy”, we decided to toss in a question about the Sistine Chapel, which I believe every team got correct. So, Sistine too easy, Marat too hard. I’ll do my best to find the happy medium. Maybe Lady with an Ermine or The Astronomer or The Night Watch (or The Shooting Party of Cocq Banning, or something like that I can’t remember). Either way, I’ll have great stuff for you guys next week!
The talk of the night was our duo, Matt Williams School of Management who, as a duo, maintained the lead throughout the majority of the game, missing only a few points along the way. A score in the 90’s at halftime, a perfect halftime page, a 6 point bonus on the 6-4-2, a correct response on the final. Everything you want in your game, they did it. Great game guys.
As you may have guessed, yes, Matt Williams School of Management takes down the victory tonight with a stunning 178 points! Not far behind at all, Knock Knock finishes with a 177, with Chuck Rodent finishing in 3rd, also breaking the 170 mark. Maybe this stuff is getting too easy for you guys. We’ll see how the set shapes up next week! Until then guys, see ya soon 😉
1st Place: Matt Williams School of Management
2nd Place: Knock Knock
3rd Place: Chuck Rodent
Next week: Washington Nationals
Another great night for trivia at Hard Times cafe in Clarendon! We welcomed a few new teams to trivia night, but it was one of our veteran teams that showed their mettle, as Trivia Newton John led wire-to-wire for their second victory of the season! Alice Alice took second with It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over in third. next week, we’ll start with a question on Columbus Day! ~ Matt
It was awesome to get the gang together again for our second week of turning the tables on the scoreboard! We had a double-audio question night, to boot.
When the puzzle page rolled around, I definitely threw you a curve ball on the directions, but c’mon – CEREAL AND DEATH? Always a winning combo.
Things seriously heated up in the second half when the scores got incredibly close. It all came down to the final, with a house full of high wagers.
Taking home the 3rd place prize again this week was See What Had Happened Was. In second place taking a shot for the title and NEARLY nailing it were the Polyamorous Virgins!! But the big story of the night went to our first place winners, who have stolen the show for the second week in a row: MEN & PAUSERS!!
Way to go, guys!! Their choice of first category next week? THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS. See you next Wednesday!!
We had a fun AND exciting trivia game last night at The Tavern! There was a lot of flip flopping that was going on for the top 3 spots after each round, the only question was, who would end up in those spots AFTER the final. Making a jump up to 3rd place was Schwetty Balls! Holding onto 2nd was John Lithgow’s Fan Club, and back in the winners seat was Olney the Lonely!! They decided on the t.v. show “Chuck” for next Wednesdays winners choice question, so study up and come join the good times with us next week at the The Tavern!! ~ Jon J
The Revolution Bar’s new recruits are really starting to stand toe to
toe with the regulars! Tonight’s game of Pour House Pub Trivia was a wild
Highlight’s of the Night:
In “20,000-Leagues-Away-From-the-Answer”: The unit of measurement
question threw a number of teams for a loop, with only a few getting
the answer of fathom. I can’t fathom why…
In “WTF-Puzzle-Pages”: While most teams didn’t have too much trouble
with the puzzle pages, one team missed the whole top half. Curse the
power of overthinking!
In “Broadway-or-Bust”: The only team not to get the Broadway question
was the only one who did as i instructed and gave me some jazz hands.
The final question of the night confirmed the podium for the night!
In third place tonight, E=MC Hammer!
In second place tonight, Mess and Jegg, as a duo!
In first place tonight, the Green Machine! We may have the start of a
new dynasty here!
Next week we’re gonna start the game off with a Microbiology question.
Have fun with that!
Last night out on the patio here at Valley Grill Sports Bar in Middletown, I’m glad the weather cooperated and I hope you all had a good time.
Had a few questions and head scratches about tonight’s puzzle, but once folks figured it out they slayed it!
Here are the results of tonight’s game:
Fat Kids are Hard to Kidnap in 1st
Southpaw Fish in 2nd
Simple Minds in 3rd
Our first category for next week’s game is International Flags.