You, Me, and Thursday Trivia…
The first Thursday game in February welcomed 173 teams across 20 venues.
Opening round topics from Thursday night included the animated TV series “The Cleveland Show”, Ruby Tuesday restaurants, and items which share their names with New York City neighborhoods: the film “Chinatown”, the TV show “Hell’s Kitchen”, and Chelsea Clinton. The field whipped through the first round with ease, as 21% of our teams earned a perfect first round score.
Thursday’s audio question asked our teams to identify three songs bearing nonsensical titles: “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” by The Beatles, “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” by Manfred Mann, and “Bawitdaba” by Kid Rock. We continued with a look at the Palace of Versailles, some noteworthy moments from the New England Patriots, and the classic horror film “The Thing”. With dozens of teams cruising towards a perfect second round score, a difficult physics question put an end to most of those hopes:
–> In 1904, a future Nobel Prize winner developed the Plum Pudding model in an attempt to describe what scientific concept?
BONUS: Identify that scientist who would win the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1906.
Only 19% of our teams earned wagering points by knowing that the Plum Pudding model referred to the atom. Furthermore, only eight teams tacked on the final two bonus points of the first half by identifying J. J. Thompson as the originator of the Plum Pudding model. As a result, three teams posted a perfect second round score: 99th Precinct (Smoketown), YOLO Swaggins (Crooked Run), and Peter North Stars (Crooked Run).
With the Academy Awards on the horizon, Thursday’s halftime page depicted films that won the Oscar for Best Original Song, while the bottom half featured a matching section regarding Crayola colors. Falling on the easier side of the spectrum, this page yielded perfect scores to 23% of the field, while the overall average reached a healthy 18.8 points. Here is Thursday’s halftime leaderboard:
Thursday’s second half began with the most difficult wagering question of the night, as only 18% of our teams knew that in professional women’s tennis, the Fed Cup (or Federation Cup) tournament is considered to be the female equivalent of the Davis Cup. Other third round topics included the E. Coli bacteria, the comedy film “You, Me and Dupree”, and the genre of misery literature. With the three bonus questions in the third stanza yielded an average success rate of just 14%, none of our Thursday teams ran the table in the third round.
Final round topics from Thursday night included words which include the letters ‘SALT’, the career of Elvis Presley, the Anarchy of 12th century England, and Easter Island. The most difficult bonus question of the night was attached to a question about the 1980s TV series “Knight Rider”. Only five teams knew that the acronym FLAG (standing for Foundation for Law and Government) was the name of the public justice organization featured on the show. One of the five teams that earned bonus points here completed a perfect final round score: Mack Attack (Loudoun Kitchen). After four rounds of play, the Thursday leaderboard included these teams:
- Uranus Fly Trap (Smoketown): 160
- Grilled Cheese (Mark’s): 160
- 99th Precinct (Smoketown): 159
- YOLO Swaggins (Crooked Run): 159
- FOUR TEAMS TIED WITH 158 POINTS
THURSDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (17.3% success rate):
–> Native to Southeast Asia, the mammal known as a Binturong is alternately known by a name which serves as the athletic team nickname for what school in the American Athletic Conference?
About one in six teams gave us the correct answer of the University of Cincinnati Bearcats. Congratualtions to Cream Team (Mark’s) as the only team to post a Perfect 21 on Thursday night. Here is your final overall leaderboard at the close of Thursday’s game:
- 99th Precinct (Smoketown): 171
- Grilled Cheese (Mark’s): 169
- Rum Ham (Olde Mother): 169
- Mother Schmuckers (Fourscore): 168
- Power Vacuum (Champion): 168
- Dave Martinez School of Management (Quincy’s): 167
- Cream Team (Mark’s): 166
- Deck Chairs on the Titanic (The Derby): 165
- Uncreativity (Olde Mother): 165
- Ape Tits for $1,000 (Olde Mother): 164
Lost Rhino Brewing in Ashburn, VA: We Thought This Was Speed Dating (Next week’s first category: Arnold Schwarzenegger Films)
Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Dave Martinez School of Management (Next week’s first category: “The Goonies”)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum (Next week’s first category: “The Boys”)
Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: Cranius Maximus (Next week’s first category: 1980s Pop Music)
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: 99th Precinct (Next week’s first category: Famous Seconds)
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD: Punslingers (Next week’s first category: XFL Teams)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Rum Ham (Next week’s first category: Chris Jericho)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Scott’s Tots (Next week’s first category: Mel Brooks Films)
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Slapsgiving (Next week’s first category: Matthew McConaughey Romantic Comedy Films)
The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD: Big Brain (Next week’s first category: “Lord of the Rings” Films)
The Derby in New Market, MD: Deck Chairs on the Titanic (Next week’s first category: Las Vegas Casinos)
Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Semicircle of Trust (Next week’s first category: Valentine’s Day)
Jockey Bar and Grill in Boonsboro, MD: Hard Boiled Eggs and Nuts (Next week’s first category: “The Ren & Stimpy Show”)
Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, WV: Jones Springs Hooligans (Next week’s first category: “General Hospital”)
Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Five Heads, One Brain (Next week’s first category: Bruce Campbell Films)
St. Arnold’s in Bethesda, MD: Terps (Next week’s first category: Jimmy Stewart)
Crooked Run Brewing in Sterling, VA: YOLO Swaggins (Next week’s first category: “The Legend of Zelda”)
Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Mother Schmuckers (Next week’s first category: Lutheranism)
Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA: Morning Wood (Next week’s first category: Big 8 College Football)
Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: Grilled Cheese (Next week’s first category: Social Diseases)