20 Question Trivia - Week of 8/26/2019
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1. Geography: Following Long Island and its nearly 8 million residents (far more than any other island in the United States), what island of 1,664,727 as of 2017 is the most populous in the country? (Do no include territories and outlying areas.)
2. Television: What long-running show got its start as a Christmas card, titled "The Spirit of Christmas", that went viral after it was commissioned by a Fox Network executive, passed around Hollywood, and became one of the first internet viral videos?
3. Current Events: On August 21st, what geologist, who was the 42nd governor of Colorado from 2011 to 2019, dropped out of the Democratic field for President in 2020 and announced his candidacy for the Senate against one-term incumbent Republican Cory Gardner?
4. Music: What artist has released five albums titled "Tha Carter"? The first was released in 2004, while "The Carter V", released in 2018, saw 22 of its singles enter the Billboard Hot 100 and featured XXXTentacion, Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, and others.
5. Movies: On May 16, 2019, it was reported that what actor, who first gained fame for his work in Harry Potter films, was in negotiations to play Batman in the DC Extended Universe, beginning with 2021's "The Batman"? He officially signed on for the role on May 31st.
6. History: What area of upstate New York, which became a dumpsite in the 1920s, was filled with nearly 20,000 tons of chemical byproducts before being purchased by the Niagara Falls School Board? Extensive construction on the land caused these chemicals to escape.
7. NFL: What team traces its history to 1898 when established as the Chicago-based amateur Morgan Athletic Club? They were renamed the Racine Normals shortly after, suspended play and relocated several times, and arrived at their current home in 1988.
8. Religion: Whit Monday, also known as Monday of the Holy Spirit, is celebrated following what day, which occurs fifty days after Easter, on the Christian calendar? In the Catholic Church, it is the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church.
9. Literature/Geography: What neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, occupied in 1797 by Spanish settlers and missionaries, which was the site of a ranch owned by author Edgar Rice Burroughs, takes its name from one of his characters?
10. Language: With approximately 66 million speakers, what national language of Pakistan, and one of the 22 official languages of India, is the 21st most common first language in the world? The spoken form of this language is mutually intelligible with Standard Hindi.
11. Entertainment: What comedian, who had minor roles in films including "So I Married An Axe Murderer", "The Hangover", and "Sharknado: The 4th Awakens", and who currently headlines a show at the Luxor in Las Vegas, was born Scott Thompson in Florida in 1965?
12. Physics/Advertising: The first derivative of position, with respect to time, is velocity. The second is acceleration (change in velocity), and the third is jerk. The names of what brand's mascots are often used for the fourth, fifth, and sixth derivatives of position?
13. Food: What traditional Indonesian soy product is made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process in which a special fungus is used that binds soybeans into a cake form? It is similar to tofu, but has different nutritional and textural characteristics.
14. Music: What American violinist, who has been posting both live performances and music videos on her eponymous YouTube channel since 2007, won the Top Dance/Electronic Album Billboard Music Award in 2015 for her second album "Shatter Me"?
15. Movies: What 1984 Jonathan Demme war drama, produced by and starring Goldie Hawn, which bombed, grossing $6.6 million against a budget of $15 million, had two positive outcomes - an Oscar nod for Christine Lahti and an introduction of Hawn to co-star Kurt Russell?
16. History: What Federal Act, passed by the US Congress in 1856, enables citizens of the United States to take possession, in the name of the United States, of unclaimed islands? Permission is allowed only if they contain a specific deposit, also the name of the Act.
17. Art: What Japanese-American experimental artist, who grew up in both Tokyo and New York City, created the 1964 performance "Cut Piece" in which audience members were invited to the stage to cut off pieces of the artist's clothing?
18. NBA: To date, no 8th seed playoff team has won the NBA Championship, but one has reached the finals. In 1999, what #8 seed knocked off the #1 seeded Miami Heat, #4 Atlanta Hawks, and #2 Indiana Pacers, before falling to the San Antonio Spurs in the finals?
19. Business: What manufacturer, based in Forest City, Iowa, expanded into motorboats in 2018 with its acquisition of Chris-Craft? The firm was founded in 1958 and is named for the county in which it is located, which in turn is named after a Native American Tribe.
20. Video Games: What game, released for Windows and OS X in May 2012, set a record for "fastest-selling PC game" by selling over 3.5 million copies in the first 24 hours of its release? It remains the fastest-selling computer game of all-time.
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20 Question Trivia - Week of 8/19/2019
1. Music: What new wave band from Orange County, California, which charted singles including "The Metro" and "No More Words", hit it big in 1986 when "Take My Breath Away (Love Theme from 'Top Gun')" hit #1 and won them an Academy Award for Best Original Song?
2. Movies/Television: "The Boyfriend", an episode of "Seinfeld" from 1992, contains a famous scene between Jerry, Kramer, Newman, and Keith Hernandez, parodying a courtroom scene from what film, released weeks earlier, which included one of the actors in the scene?
3. History: In 1957, following a Supreme Court ruling which deemed segregation of public schools unconstitutional, the Central High School in what state capital became a focal point in the civil rights movement when nine black students were denied entrance?
4. Geography: What 75-mile-wide Isthmus, sitting between the Mediterranean and Red Seas, is the boundary between the African and Asian continents? A rift of the same name runs below it, dividing mainland Egypt in Africa from the portion in Asia.
5. Music/Technology: The video for what song, winner of four MTV VMAs in 1995, including Best Alternative Video and Breakthrough Video, was included on the CD-ROM for Windows 95 to show off the multimedia capabilities of Microsoft's new OS?
6. Television: What game show, created by Merv Griffin in 1975, originally aired as a network series on NBC hosted by Chuck Woolery and Susan Stafford? The original version was canceled in 1991, but a syndicated version, introduced in 1983, is still on the air.
7. MLB: Considered one of the greatest catchers in history, what Brooklyn Dodger, who played in the Negro Leagues and Mexican Leagues before making his Major League debut in 1948, was paralyzed and forced to retire after a 1958 automobile accident?
8. Travel: What international airport, which had over 72 million passengers in 2018, has more passenger traffic than any other in mainland Europe? It was opened in 1974 and includes the Roissypôle complex which has offices, shopping, hotels, and an RER station.
9. Space: Doing so at the age of 32 on June 18, 1983, what astronaut, physicist, and engineer, who joined NASA in 1978 and flew on two space shuttle missions (STS-7 in 1983 and STS-41-G in 1984), remains the youngest American astronaut to have traveled to space?
10. Classical Music: What conductor, born in Parma in 1867, and one of the most acclaimed musicians of the late 19th and 20th centuries, was at various times the music director of La Scala in Milan, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and the New York Philharmonic?
11. Movies: What 1962 epic historical drama, directed by David Lean and starring Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Omar Sharif, and others, took home seven Oscars, including Best Picture, as well as the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture and the BAFTA for Best Film?
12. History: What future US President, then a Senator, gained national prominence in 1941 as chairman of a bipartisan special committee, organized in March 1941, to find and correct problems in US war production due to waste, inefficiency, and war profiteering?
13. Medicine: What medical term, first used in the 1800s as advancements in procedure were introduced into hospitals, derives from the Greek ὑπο- (under-) and δέρμα (skin), and is often associated with the introduction of subcutaneous medicines and drugs?
14. Geography: The Khyber Pass, an integral part of the ancient Silk Road named for Alexander the Great, a vital strategic military choke point for various states that came to control it, sits in the northwest of Pakistan on its border with what nation?
15. Music: Since its inception in 1959, only six artists have taken home the Grammy Award for Album of the Year more than once, and five of them were solo acts. What group, who won their two awards 18 years apart, is the only band with multiple wins?
16. Television: What prime-time soap, which ran from 1964 through 1969, airing three episodes a week at its peak, and based upon a novel of the same name by Grace Metalious, served as the springboard for stars including Mia Farrow, Ryan O'Neal, and Barbara Parkins?
17. Boxing: Who did Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) defeat in 7 rounds in Miami Beach, Florida 1964 to claim his first world title? His opponent, then World Heavyweight Champion, claimed the title when he defeated Floyd Patterson in September 1962.
18. Literature: What 1961 science fiction novel from author Robert Heinlein tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, a human who comes to Earth in early adulthood after being born on the planet Mars and raised by Martians? The title is an allusion to Exodus 2:22.
19. Business: What company, founded in South Bend, Indiana in 1852, originally produced wagons for farmers before entering the automotive business in 1902? It produced cars including the Commander, Champion, and Starlight, before merging with Packard in 1954.
20. Religion: Born Giovanni Montini in 1897, what Italian Pope, elected in 1963, took charge of the interpretation and implementation of the mandates of the Second Vatican Council, leading extensive reforms of the church including eased use of Latin in Catholic liturgies?
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20 Question Trivia - Week of 8/5/2019
1. Music: What song, released earlier this year, which debuted at #1 and spent 8 weeks atop the charts, sees 90 percent of its songwriting royalties going to Rodgers and Hammerstein because much of its melody is lifted from their 1959 classic "My Favorite Things"?
2. Movies: After being nominated for Best Actor for "The Defiant Ones" (1958), but failing to win, who became only the second black actor to win an Academy Award (for acting) when he took home the statuette for Best Actor for his role in "Lilies of the Field" (1963)?
3. Current Events: The 2019 Tour de France, its 106th edition, wrapped on July 28th with Egan Bernal of Team Ineos becoming the first Latin American winner of the race. What nation does the 22-year-old, who originally focused on mountain biking, represent?
4. Television: In 1980, what entertainer, who would become a household name, hosted his own short-lived morning talk show on NBC from June 23rd to October 24th? It was a critical success, but the edgy comedy did not go over well with morning television audiences.
5. Geography: At over 700 miles in total, which two states, which together occupy nearly 340,000 square miles, have the longest shared border in the US? The border includes at least one straight line section and at least one section defined by the flow of a river.
6. Literature: "Hard Times" (1854), "Our Mutual Friend" (1855), and "The Signal-Man" (1866) are some of the lesser-known works from what author who passed away in 1870, leaving his final work unfinished, with only six of a planned twelve installments published?
7. History/Biology: The throne of the Emperor of Japan, which can also be a figure of speech referring to the current head-of-state, takes its name from what flower, a member of the family Asteraceae, which is common to the region?
8. Sports: Following the departure of Frank Robinson in 2006, and despite multiple first-place finishes and playoff appearances, what is the only team in the four major North American professional sports leagues that has not had a manager last more than 3 seasons?
9. Tourism: The tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster in California, called the Mako, is scheduled to open in 2020 at what theme park? It will be the only floorless dive coaster in the state and will be placed next to the park's Journey to Atlantis attraction.
10. Business: On May 28th, 2014, although it had been revealed in a celebrity's bombastic Facebook post from earlier in the month, Apple issued a press release indicating that it had purchased what company for $3 billion? It is still Apple's most expensive acquisition.
11. Astronomy: What moon of Saturn, its sixth-largest, discovered by William Herschel in 1789, has been a focus of astrobiologists because it is mostly covered by fresh, clean ice, and evidence shows that it contains a large subsurface ocean of liquid water?
12. Music: What Oakland group, whose original lineup included Terry Ellis, Dawn Robinson, and Cindy Herron, rose to fame in 1990 when their debut "Hold On", from "Born to Sing", reached #2 in the US? It was followed by hits including "My Lovin'" and "Whatta Man".
13. Movies: Scheduled for release on March 6, 2020, what film, set in a suburban fantasy world where humans do not exist, and starring Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer, is the next picture to be released by Disney's Pixar?
14. Art: What abstract expressionist and Neo-Dada painter, born in Augusta, Georgia in 1930, who has produced works including "Numbers", "Maps", and "Stenciled Words", has at various times held the title for the highest sale price of a work from a living artist?
15. Television: What former SNL cast member took home the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series at the 2018 Emmy Awards? His show, which to date has aired two full seasons, includes episodes titled "ronny/lily" and "berkman > block".
16. Geography: Córdoba, Rosario, and La Plata are, in order, the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th most populous cities in what Latin American nation? They trail only the capital and largest city, the 8th most populous in Latin America, which was established by Pedro de Mendoza in 1536.
17. History: What Vice-President, who served four years and later ran unsuccessfully for the Oval Office, has lived longer after his VP term than any other? At 38 years (and counting), he is well ahead of runners up Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
18. College Basketball: Before going on to a Hall of Fame NBA career with the Hawks, Jazz, and Celtics, what guard, who played for LSU from 1967 to 1970 and scored 3,667 points (44.2 PPG), tops the all-time NCAA Division I men's basketball career scoring leaders list?
19. Technology/Crime: In 1995, in a high profile event at his apartment in Raleigh, North Carolina, what hacker was arrested on federal offenses related to a two and half year period of computer hacking which included computer and wire fraud?
20. Universities: What Vermont liberal arts college, founded in 1932 in the town of the same name, which was a women's college until 1969, and an early innovator in visual and performing arts, was attended by Carol Channing, Peter Dinklage, and Betty Ford?
20 Question Trivia - Week of 6/17/2019
1. Music: According to Billboard, not including holiday songs, only two recordings have entered the Hot 100 in three separate decades. One is Prince's "1999". What is the other song to achieve this feat, charting in 1976, 1992, and again last year?
2. Entertainment: Born Laurence Tureaud in Chicago in 1952, what celebrity, who sports a distinctive hairstyle inspired by warriors of the Mandinka nation in West Africa, at one time tried out for the Green Bay Packers but failed to make the team due to a knee injury?
3. Current Events: What artist hosted an Instagram Live event last Thursday in which they announced that their seventh studio album, "Lover", would be released on Augsut 23rd, and that the record's second single, "You Need to Calm Down", would drop at midnight?
4. Movies: Try to identify the pattern, then fill in the missing actress in the following list: Janet Gaynor, Judy Garland, Barbara Streisand, ____________ ?
5. History: The War of the Pacific, also known as the Saltpeter War, fought between 1879 and 1884 over Chilean claims on the Pacific Coast and in the Atacama Desert, resulted in Chile taking the coastal region of what nation, leaving it landlocked?
6. College Football: With 34 total, a record of 25-9, and playing most recently in 2017, what team has made the most appearances in the Rose Bowl? Rose Bowl MVPs from this team include Mark Sanchez, Jack Del Rio, and Charles White (who won the award twice).
7. Geography: Madras, the official name of the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu until it was changed in 1996, is now what city that is the biggest cultural, economic, and educational center of south India? It has become an electronic manufacturing hub in South Asia hosting Dell, Motorola, Cisco, Samsung, and others.
8. Chemistry: What compound, NH3, the simplest pnictogen hydride, is a colorless gas that is commonly a waste product of aquatic organisms and serves as a precursor to food and fertilizers? It is also a building block for many synthetic pharmaceuticals.
9. Literature: What Irish playwright penned the 1902 work "Man and Superman", a four-act drama dealing with the death of a father whose will indicates his daughter should be left in the care of two separate men? He later won the 1925 Nobel Prize in Literature.
10. Music: What punk/rock band, which formed in Anaheim, California in 1986, has included members Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont, and Adrian Young? Their first two albums, a self-titled release in 1992 and "The Beacon Street Collection" in 1995, performed poorly.
11. Television/Music: The Reluctant Apostles, a band which traces its roots to "Sons of Anarchy" where, as The Forest Rangers, they acted as the musical muse throughout the show’s run, includes what Golden Globe winner on vocals, guitar, and percussion?
12. Math: If you are driving through the Southern Alps and you encounter a road sign warning you of a 5% decline for the following 20 kilometers, how many meters of altitude will you lose over the next 20 kilometers that you drive?
13. Movies: In 1996, what noted director, then 26, made his film debut with "Bottle Rocket", a low budget film which also included the film debuts of Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson? One of the brothers appeared in each of the director's first five theatrical releases.
14. History: In 1989, what nation became the first to recognize a legal relationship for same-sex couples when it established registered partnerships? In 2012, the Folketing approved same-sex marriage, which then received royal assent from Queen Margrethe II.
15. NBA: Karl Malone leads the all-time lists for both free throw attempts and free throws made. What two centers, who are both in the top ten in all-time points, are second and third in all-time free throw attempts, but are outside of the top ten in free throws made?
16. Economics: What 20th Century economist, who first gained prominence during the Reagan administration, is best known for developing the concept that there exists some tax rate between 0% and 100% that will collect the maximum tax revenue for a government?
17. Business: From 2006 through 2011, following an acquisition of a company he owned, what executive received 138 million shares of Walt Disney Company, making him the largest shareholder at the time with a stake of about 7.7% of the media conglomerate?
18. Food: Stracciatella, which means "little shred" in Italian, a common variety of gelato, includes shreds of what mixed into milk-based ice cream? It is added during the end of the churning process, then broken up and incorporated into the ice cream with a spatula.
19. Mythology: What Native American religion, often split into Classic (200–1000), Post-Classic (1000–1539) and Contact (1511–1697) periods, includes beings such as Huracan (a lightning god), Nacon (god of war), and Bahlam (jaguar god of the underworld)?
20. Geography: What region of France, which covers 2% of its area but contains 18% of its population and accounts for nearly 30% of its GDP, is the most populous of its administrative regions and is often called the Région Parisienne ("Paris Region")?
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20 Question Trivia - Week of 6/10/2019
1. Music: In a 1994 song, re-released in 1995 on the soundtrack to "Batman Forever", Seal asked "But did you know that when it snows, My eyes become large and the light that you shine can be seen?". What is the EXACT title this Billboard #1 hit?
2. Geography: What rectangular western state, originally defined using latitude and longitude, actually has a jagged western edge, entirely with Utah, that, due to survey errors, is now officially defined by the placement of non-linear boundary markers?
3. Current Events: What company headquartered in New Taipei, Taiwan, a major manufacturer for Apple, announced on June 6th that it will overhaul its management because its Chairman and Founder Terry Gou is seeking to run in Taiwan’s 2020 presidential election?
4. Broadway: What 1957 Broadway musical, inspired by "Romeo and Juliet", directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, explores the rivalry between street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds?
5. History: The Easter Rising, or Easter Rebellion, was an armed insurrection in what country during Easter Week, April 1916? The nation sought to gain its independence from Great Britain, causing the British Army to divert troops and artillery during World War I.
6. Movies: Mount Rushmore was used as the location of the climactic chase scene in what 1959 Alfred Hitchcock movie starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint? In the movie, the villain's house is located on a fictitious forested plateau above the monument.
7. Television: What television program, which aired roughly the same time as "Breaking Bad", featured Bryan Cranston (Walter White) and Bob Odenkirk (Saul Goodman) in recurring roles as lead characters' bosses at different times during the show?
8. Tennis: The International Tennis Hall of Fame, originally commissioned as an exclusive resort for wealthy summer residents, which hosted the US Open from 1881 through 1914 before it was moved to Forest Hills, Queens, can be found in what US city?
9. Biology: What arboreal animals, found in the tropical rainforests of South and Central America, come in two common varieties: the bradypus, known for its distinctive mask, and the choloepus, whose face has a more consistent brown or tan color?
10. Business: What company, headquartered in Pittsburgh and formed by J. P. Morgan and Elbert Gary in 1901, was capitalized with $1.4 billion, making it the world's first billion-dollar corporation? It returned to its original name after spinning off Marathon Oil in 2001.
11. Politics: What Leader of the Conservative Party, who served as British Prime Minister from 2010 to 2016, introduced the referendum on Brexit? Following the success of the "Leave" vote, he resigned to make way for a new Prime Minister.
12. Geography: While several European nations have islands located on the African continent, what nation is the only one with territory on mainland Africa? The cities of Ceuta and Melilla, and close to 5% of the nation's total population, are located on the continent.
13. Music: In 2017, what rapper, nominated for seven Grammy Awards, took home the Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance ("No Problem"), and Best Rap Album ("Coloring Book") Awards, becoming the first ever unsigned artist to win a Grammy?
14. History: The 2011 earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tōhoku, a magnitude 9.0–9.1 undersea quake, the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan, led to the level 7 meltdowns of three reactors at what Nuclear Power Plant complex?
15. Movies: In 1994, what actress, then just 9-years-old, made her film debut in "North". The film bombed, but she went on to success, receiving Golden Globe nods for "Girl with a Pearl Earring" (2003), "A Love Song for Bobby Long" (2004), and "Match Point" (2005).
16. Literature: What English novelist and poet, a Victorian realist, set many of his works in the semi-fictional region of Wessex, based on the medieval Anglo-Saxon kingdom? These include "Trumpet-Major" (1880), "A Laodicean" (1881), and "Jude the Obscure" (1895).
17. MLB: Achieving the feat in Game 3 of the 2015 World Series with the Kansas City Royals, what player, the son of a former Major Leaguer who was born while his dad played for the Dodgers, was the first player in modern history to make his debut in the World Series?
18. Television: What network, whose slogan is "We the bold", originally launched in 1977 as Madison Square Garden Sports Network before being relaunched under its current name in 1980? Along with TBS, TNT, and FX, it is one of the four major subscription-television networks.
19. Technology: USB OTG, or just OTG, first used in 2001, allows USB devices, such as tablets or smartphones, to act as a host, and other USB devices, such as USB flash drives, digital cameras, mice, or keyboards, to be attached to them. What does OTG stand for?
20. Jewelry: What is the name of the largest gem-quality diamond ever discovered? It was extracted weighing 3,106.75 carats from a South African mine in 1905 and presented to Edward VII. The largest stones cut from it reside in various pieces of the Crown Jewels.
20 Question Trivia - Week of 6/24/2019
1. Logistics: What independent agency has over 640,000 active employees and operates over 210,000 vehicles, making it the operator of the largest civilian vehicle fleet in the world? It traces its roots to 1775 and is currently led by Megan Brennan.
2. Television: What television star and winner of multiple NAACP Image Awards, born Tracee Joy Silberstein in 1972, is best known for her lead role as Joan Clayton in the "Girlfriends" (2000–2008) and Dr. Rainbow Johnson in the "Black-ish" (2014–present)?
3. Current Events: During its E3 press conference earlier this month, what company announced that its next gaming console, codenamed "Project Scarlett", is under development for a late-2020 release? It will feature AMD Radeon graphics capable of 8K resolution.
4. Music: What record producer, a 1989 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is famous for developing the "Wall of Sound"? During his career he worked with acts including the Ronettes, the Crystals, John Lennon, George Harrison, and the Righteous Brothers.
5. MLB: When he retired in September of 1968, what major leaguer was in third place on the All-Time home run list with a total of 536? He hit 374 home runs before turning 30 and was on pace to catch the Babe, but was cut short by injuries.
6. Geography: The São Francisco River, the Orinoco River, the Orange River, and the Ogowe River, which are all longer than 1,200 km and among the longest rivers on earth, all outflow into what large body of water?
7. History: The Nine Years' War, often called the War of the Grand Alliance or the War of the League of Augsburg, fought between 1688-97 in Europe, North America, and India, pitted a European coalition of multiple nations, led by Austria, against what country?
8. Statistics: If the odds of an event are 50% for each of two possible outcomes (ie. flipping a coin, with the outcome as either heads or tails), then, if you were to repeat this event four times, what are the odds that you will end up with four of the same outcomes (either four heads or four tails)?
9. Business/Technology: In March of this year, what online travel service, founded by Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk, and headquartered in San Francisco, in order to expand its portfolio, purchased HotelTonight for over $400 million?
10. Movies: "Icarus", the 2017 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Feature, released by Netflix, chronicles Bryan Fogel's exploration, along with the help of Russian Grigory Rodchenkov, into what international scandal?
11. Language: In Paris on April 15th, Notre-Dame Cathedral was engulfed in flames. It was touch and go that the structure could be saved at all, but the city owes a debt of gratitude to its pompiers for saving the majority of it. What are pompiers?
12. Television: In 1989, what show saw its ensemble cast nominated for nine different Emmy Awards for acting, including Susan Dey for Lead Actress, Michael Tucker for Lead Actor, Jimmy Smits for Supporting Actor, and Amanda Plummer for Supporting Actress?
13. Broadway: "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend", famously performed by Marilyn Monroe in "Gentleman Prefer Blondes" (1953), originated in the 1949 play of the same name when it was performed by what actress who passed away earlier this year?
14. Automotive: After years of rumor and development, Jeep unveiled its new midsize pickup truck at the 2018 LA Auto Show in November of last year, and it went on sale this spring. What is the name of this pickup? It is shared with a Jeep pickup sold from 1962-1988.
15. Music: What artist, who had solo Top 10 hits with "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)" in 1982 and "Sweet Freedom" in 1986, was a member of Steely Dan's backing band in the 1970s before joining the Doobie Brothers as lead vocalist from 1975 to 1982?
16. Literature: What comedy, considered by some to be Shakespeare's first play, which centers on Valentine and Proteus, and in which the servant Launce and his dog Crab are a highlight, is the first Shakespeare work in which a heroine dresses as a boy?
17. Psychology: What behaviorist, who worked at Harvard University from 1958 until his retirement in 1974, developed the concept of free will as an illusion? To study his theory, he developed the operant conditioning chamber, a device which commonly bears his name.
18. NHL: The three highest scoring players in history moved around a lot, playing for 13 different teams between them. What is the only team that all three played for? Two of them played together on this team in 1996-97, and a different two were together in 2003-04.
19. Geography: Primm, located along I-15 between California and Nevada, went by what name until 1996 when it was renamed after the original developer of the town, Ernest Jay Primm, in order to avoid confusion with a similarly named town in northern Nevada?
20. History: A 1962 to 1966 international conflict between Indonesia and the British Commonwealth, fought primarily on the island of Borneo, was initiated when what Indonesian President sought to prevent the creation of the new Federation of Malaysia?
20 Question Trivia - Week of 7/29/2019
1. NFL: According to the NFL, what Super Bowl, which was won by the Denver Broncos, is the only one officially designated with Arabic numerals instead of Roman numerals? The Arabic numerals were prominently featured in gold in marketing and logos for the game.
2. Television: In August 2018, what television network bought the house seen in "The Brady Bunch"? In November the network announced plans to restore it to its 1970's glory, and, since then, it has provided several "A Very Brady Renovation" updates.
3. Current Events: A series of protests against the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill are currently ongoing in what world city, whose government proposed the bill, as well as other cities around the world?
4. Broadway: "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead", the absurdist, existential tragicomedy, mainly set in Denmark, which expands upon the exploits of two minor characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet, was written by what British playwright and Tony winner?
5. Music/Video Games: What singer/songwriter, who was associated with the bands Option 30, The Urge, The Innocent, and Exotic Birds before becoming famous in the 1990s, composed the original soundtrack to the classic 1996 video game "Quake"?
6. Movies: A cartoon electric blanket, with its temperature control acting as an anthropomorphic face named "Blanky", was portrayed in what animated 1987 musical comedy, adapted from a 1980 novel, which was followed by two direct-to-video sequels?
7. History/Business: Before being appointed as John F. Kennedy's Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara, an Army Air Force veteran with an MBA from Harvard Business School, was a "Whiz Kid", and later a president, at what large American company?
8. Geography: What nation, the ninth-largest in the world, has a population of only 18.3 million and is the least populous of the ten largest nations by area? It first formed in 1465, joined the UN in 1992, and generates most of its GDP through its oil and gas industries.
9. Culture: Derived from an Old English word and popularized by Roald Dahl, what mischievous mythical creature gained prominence when early aviators blamed them for problems with their aircrafts and other forms of "modern" machinery?
10. Technology: Youtube lists 15 different videos as having held the "Most-Viewed" title during its history. What video, uploaded on April 6th, 2006, topped the list in three of Youtube's first four years, accomplishing non-consecutive streaks of 652, 124, and 176 days?
11. Economics/Business: Based on statistical data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and census estimates, what state, with a population of nearly 20 million, and home to Verizon, Pfizer, Alcoa, and Estee Lauder, has the highest GDP per capita in current dollars?
12. Television: Premiering on radio in 1945, moving to television on November 6, 1947, and still airing, what is the longest-running television show in history? It was originally hosted by Martha Rountree and, more recently, was hosted by Tim Russert for 17 years.
13. Geography: Recently upgraded to "mega-city" status, what capital, founded in 1881 and formerly known as Léopoldville, is the most populous French-speaking city in the world and is the capital of the largest French-speaking country in Africa (by area)?
14. Science: Because the earth is rotating on its axis as it moves around the sun, the time it takes for a point to rotate back and directly face the sun again (24 hours) is a rotation of more than 360 degrees. What is the name for an exact 360-degree rotation of the earth?
15. Comics/Movies: In most Batman origin stories, what movie are Thomas and Martha Wayne walking out of, with young Bruce, when they are murdered? There are discrepancies regarding which version they saw, the one with Tyrone Power or the Douglas Fairbanks original.
16. Music: The Beach Boys' "Surfin' U.S.A.", the number one song of 1963 according to "Billboard", lists 15 specific surf spots around the world, including breaks in Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, Hawai'i, and Australia. Which one is listed first?
17. Movies: The 1930 film "Anna Christie" was heavily marketed by MGM as the first talkie starring what reclusive Swedish-American actress whom the studio kept out of talking films for fear she would not succeed? She ended up with an Oscar nomination for her work.
18. History/Religion: The Battle of Agincourt, The Battle of Balaclava, and the Battle of Leyte Gulf were all fought on October 25th, what Christian feast day? Shakespeare mentions the feast multiple times during Henry's speech to inspire his troops in "Henry V".
19. Boxing: What WBC and WBO weight class, in which boxers can weigh up to 102 pounds, is the lightest weight class in boxing? It is called Light Minimumweight by the WBA, and was not one of the original eight boxing weight divisions, but was added in 2007.
20. Food/Biology: Cynara cardunculus, a species of thistle cultivated as a food, of which Italy produces more of than any other nation, can be found in your vegetable aisle under what name? The head is a cluster of many budding smaller flowers on an edible base.
20 Question Trivia - Week of 7/8/2019
1. Movies: Mountain Lake Lodge, located in Pembroke, Virginia, is a real-life setting which stood in for the fictional Kellerman's Resort, where Baby Houseman and Johnny Castle meet and fall for each other, in what 1987 film?
2. Business: What company, founded in Berlin in 1937 and headquartered in Wolfsburg, which reported €235.849 billion (US$278 billion) in revenue in 2018, is the largest company based in Germany and the 7th largest publicly traded company in the world?
3. Current Events: What Maroon 5 song, which first topped Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart on November 10, 2018, and is still holding at #1, recently passed 2003's "Drift Away", from Uncle Kracker feat. Dobie Gray, to become the longest #1 in the chart's history?
4. Music: Whose "Double Live" album, released on November 17, 1998, a two-disc compilation of live songs recorded during a 1996-98 World Tour, is, according to the RIAA, the best-selling album released in the 1990s and the 7th best-selling album of all-time?
5. History: On November 28, 1979, a regularly operating sightseeing flight crashed into Mt. Erebus Antarctica during white-out conditions. What nation's flag carrier airline ran this flight? The accident is the nation's deadliest peacetime disaster in its history.
6. Television: What show signed off on September 18, 2013 with an episode titled "Felina"? The title is inspired by the character Feleena from the song "El Paso" by Marty Robbins, and the episode's 9.9 rating on iMDB makes it the highest rated finale of all-time.
7. MLB: Earlier this season, what first baseman, now in his 19th season, passed Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Barry Bonds, taking over third place on the list of the players with the most RBIs in history? He now trails only Hank Aaron and Alex Rodriguez.
8. Literature: What English romance novelist, who wrote 32 novels, including the Lucky Santangelo series, the four-part "L.A. Connections", and "Hollywood Wives" (1983) - her most successful work, sold over 500 million copies during her career?
9. History/Mythology: The Colossus of Rhodes was an Ancient Wonder erected by Chares of Lindos in 280 BC to celebrate Rhodes' victory over the ruler of Cyprus. The statue was meant to give thanks to the Sun. What Greek god did the statue depict?
10. Geography: The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean that is home to the Sentinelese people, the only people currently known to not have reached further than a Paleolithic level of technology, are a territory of what nation?
11. Biology: Hansen's disease, which typically doesn't show symptoms until a person has been infected with it for 5 to 20 years, is more commonly known by what name? This name is derived from the Greek word for scale, and the disease often carries a social stigma.
12. Physics/Business/Universities: What single word applies to all of the following - an SI unit of magnetic flux defined in terms of Faraday's law, a privately held American manufacturer founded in 1893, a public NCAA Division I university located in Ogden, Utah?
13. Movies: Who are the only two siblings to both win an Oscar for acting in a Leading Role? One of the siblings was nominated three times, winning the Oscar for "Suspicion". The other was nominated five times, four in a lead role, winning twice.
14. Tourism: What nation, which had well over 6.2 million visitors in 2017, is the most popular tourist destination in the Caribbean? It is home to the Caribbean's tallest mountain peak, Pico Duarte, as well as the Caribbean's largest lake and its lowest elevation.
15. Music: What artist, along with his backing band the Delaware Destroyers, recorded the 1977 hit "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" for his debut album, before recording future hits "Bad to the Bone" and "I Drink Alone"?
16. Television: What stop-motion animated show, created by Eddie Murphy and Larry Willmore, with theme music by George Clinton and Quincy Jones III, and produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, aired for three seasons on Fox and WB from 1999-2001?
17. NBA: To what did the player born Brian Williams, who played for the Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, and Detroit Pistons during his nine year career, change his name in 1998 to honor his Native American and African ancestry?
18. History: The Colosseum began construction under Vespasian in AD 72, was completed in AD 80 under his son, Titus, and saw further modifications under another son, Domitian. These three emperors make up what dynasty, whose name is often associated with the amphitheater?
19. Broadway: What playwright and screenwriter, who gained fame on the stage in the 1930s writing works including "Waiting for Lefty" (1935) and "Golden Boy" (1937), later turned to film where he wrote "Deadline at Dawn" (1946) and "Sweet Smell of Success" (1957)?
20. Alcohol: In 2017 what Philippine brand, founded in 1854, sold 175.5 million liters, passing Bacardi to become the world's best-selling rum? In 2017 it reached a partnership with the Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors, an NBA first for a Philippine brand.
20 Question Trivia - Week of 5/20/2019
1. Television: Who shot Mr. Burns?
2. Movies: What classic 1959 romantic comedy, set in 1929, was banned in Kansas because cross-dressing was "too disturbing for Kansans"? The film's title is uttered in relation to a style of jazz played by Sugar, one of the lead characters.
3. Current Events: By a margin of 50.56% to 49.44%, what state capital recently passed measure 301, making it the first city in the country to decriminalized hallucinogenic psilocybin (magic mushrooms), a Schedule 1 controlled substance since 1970?
4. History/Chemistry: When the Hindenburg airship went up in flames over Lakehurst, New Jersey in May of 1937, what lighter than air gas, which could be cheaply produced by any industrialized nation, was the fuel for the fireball that erupted?
5. Geography: The Mississippi–Missouri River, at 3,902 miles in length, is by far the longest in North America. What river, which flows through the Canadian Northwest Territories before emptying into the Beaufort Sea, is the second longest on the continent?
6. Literature: What book, released in 2003 and the second in a series, has sold over 80 million copies, making it the best-selling book of the 21st Century? It uses ideas derived from Clive Prince's "The Templar Revelation" (1997) and was turned into a 2006 film.
7. Music: What American pop rock band, featuring Susanna Hoffs, Annette Zilinskas, and sisters Debbi & Vicki Peterson, formed in Lost Angeles in 1981 and scored eight Top 40 hits during their career, including "Be with You", "In Your Room", and "Hazy Shade of Winter"?
8. History/Religion: What religion, the fourth-largest in the world with over 520 million followers, originated in ancient India as a Sramana tradition sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE and is based on the teachings of monk Siddhārtha Gautama?
9. Drinks: What Italian white wine, the main ingredient in a Bellini, which can come in sparking, semi-sparkling, or still varieties, and made from Glera grapes, derives its name from a village near the city of Trieste where the grape and wine are said to have originated?
10. NHL: What forward, who played his entire 21-year career with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise, led them to Stanley Cup titles in 1996 and 2001, winning the league MVP honors in 2001? He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012.
11. Television: "Fondue for Two", the internet talk show starring Brittany Pierce with her cat Lord Tubbington, regularly appeared on what Emmy winning show which ran for six seasons earlier this decade? In later seasons Lord Tubbington was replaced by Lady Tubbington.
12. Biology: Also known as zoster or herpes zoster, what viral disease is characterized by a painful skin rash with blisters in a localized area, typically in a single, wide strip on either the left or right side of the body or face?
13. Movies: What actor, then known for his roles in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and the upcoming film "Mask", portrayed Marty McFly for the first few weeks of filming on "Back to the Future" before it was determined he was too dramatic and was replaced?
14. Technology: What technology brand, introduced in February 2013 in an edition of Google's Chromebook, currently includes the 3 smartphone, C and Slate tablets, and Buds, Pen, and Stand accessories? A midrange 3a smartphone was announced on May 7th.
15. Geography: What country, situated on the ancient Silk Road and ruled as parliamentary democracy with the "Dragon King" as its head of state, and guided by the philosophy of Gross National Happiness, is the least populous nation in mainland Asia?
16. Mythology: The most elaborate and influential story in Egyptian mythology concerns the murder of what god, a primeval king of Egypt, and its consequences which include his brother Set taking the throne and his wife Isis posthumously bearing their son Horus?
17. Music: Woodwind instruments are primarily divided into two groups, reed instruments (which are also called reed pipes), and what other grouping of reedless wind instruments (or aerophones) that produce sound from the flow of air across an opening?
18. History: The House of Braganza, descended from Afonso I and also known as the Brigantine Dynasty, which came to power in 1640 when John II deposed the House of Habsburg and ruled until the demise of the monarchy in 1910, led what European nation?
19. Business: What Japanese multinational conglomerate, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and founded and led by Masayoshi Son, runs Vision Fund, the world's largest technology fund? It owns Fortress Investment Group, Boston Dynamics, ARM, and 85% of Sprint.
20. Horse Racing: According to Equibase.com, what horse, who never raced in a Triple Crown event, but who won the 2016 Breeder's Cup Classic, the 2016 Travers Stakes, and the 2017 Dubai World Cup, tops the All-Time Thoroughbred money winners list?
20 Question Trivia - Week of 5/13/2019
1. Television: Airing on CBS since 1995, the "The Late Late Show" has produced nearly 5,000 episodes. What comedian, who helmed the show for ten seasons, hosted more episodes than any other host? He has also hosted "Celebrity Name Game" and "Couple Thinkers".
2. Movies: Since their introduction in 1929 to the present only three animated films have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. This includes "Up" (2009), "Toy Story 3" (2010), and what 1991 release that is the only hand-drawn film ever nominated?
3. Current Events: In late April President Joko Widodo, leader of what nation of over 250 million, announced that he has decided to relocate its capital in the future? The city, formerly named Batavia, struggles with gridlock, pollution, and is sinking at a rapid rate.
4. Business: When first published in 1955 the "Fortune 500" list was topped by what company, originally founded as a holding company by William C. Durant on September 16, 1908, whose $9.8 billion in revenue nearly doubled that of the runner up?
5. History: What politician, who served in the US House and the Senate, is the only American to be elected Governor of two different states? He was the 6th Governor of Tennessee from 1823-1827, and later was elected the 7th Governor of Texas from 1859-1861.
6. Music: Released in April 2018, the album "44/876" is a collaboration between Sting and what artist born Orville Richard Burrell in 1968, who served in the Marine Corps during the Persian Gulf War, and has multiple Billboard #1s including "Angel" and "It Wasn't Me"?
7. Geography: The generally accepted highest summit in Europe is Mount Elbrus, located in the Caucasus, though this is not universally agreed upon. If the Kuma-Manych Depression is used as the Europe-Asia border, then what Alpine mount would be the tallest in Europe?
8. MLB: In 1915 in Daytona Beach, aviatrix Ruth Law flew above Dodgers manager Wilbert Robinson as he attempted to catch a ball dropped from her plane. Law forgot the ball and instead dropped what object? Legend has it that this inspired the name of a baseball league.
9. Politics: In the 1956 election incumbent President Eisenhower, along with VP Nixon, ran against what Democratic challenger and former Illinois governor? It was the same challenger who lost to Eisenhower in 1952, though he had a different running mate in 1956.
10. Biology: The intercostal muscles, several groups of muscles arranged into three principal layers - external, internal, and innermost, are located between, and assist in the elevation and bending of, what bones?
11. Television: "Steampipe Alley", a children's television program which aired from 1988 to 1993, with announcing duties handled by Dan Pardo, was hosted by what comedian who may be best known for portraying Anthony Marentino on "Sex and the City"?
12. Movies: What 2016 comedy, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Channing Tatum, centered on the Hollywood film industry in 1951?
13. Historic Geography: What city, also known as Yasodharapura, was the capital of the Khmer Empire from the 9th to the 15th centuries when it was one of the world's largest cities? Its remains contain what is considered the world's largest single religious monument.
14. Literature: What 1992 work by Cormac McCarthy, adapted into a 2000 film starring Matt Damon and Penélope Cruz, tells of John Grady Cole, his flight to Mexico where he falls in love with Alejandra, and his time in a Mexican prison until freed by Alejandra's aunt?
15. Technology: What programming language, designed and developed in the mid-1990s by Yukihiro "Matz" Matsumoto in Japan, and influenced by Smalltalk, Eiffel, Ada, and Lisp, had its name chosen because it was the birthstone of one of Matsumoto's colleagues?
16. Folklore: What fictional cowboy, introduced in 1917 by Edward "Tex" O'Reilly for "The Century Magazine", and raised by coyotes, is featured in stories set during American westward expansion into the Texas, New Mexico, Southern California, and Arizona?
17. Music: What 1971 song, written by Van Morrison and the opening track on his album "Tupelo Honey", reached #28 on the Billboard Hot 100? A cover version by John Mellencamp and Meshell Ndegeocello performed better, peaking at #3 in the summer of 1994.
18. Geography: What state, which, according to 2017 estimates, has a city among the 10 largest in the US by population, is the only one without any other cities in the Top 100? It's next largest city, #115 with a population of just over 200k, is a suburb of the larger city.
19. Surfing: What American surfer, born in Florida in 1972, has won an unprecedented 11 world surfing championships, first in 1994 and as recently as 2011? He also played Jimmy Slade on 24 episodes of "Baywatch" and voiced a character in "Surf's Up" (2007).
20. Broadway: What play, concerning a mystery surrounding a death investigated by young Christopher Boone, who has an autism spectrum condition, as well as his relationships with his parents and school mentor, won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2015?
20 Question Trivia - Week of 5/6/2019
1. Television: What show, popular in the 1980s and into the 90s, received 19 nominations for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Emmy split among six different actors, including Harvey Fierstein, and Nicholas Colasanto who received a posthumous nod in 1985?
2. Geography: The "Kentucky Bend", a 26.9 square mile exclave of Kentucky that is four miles away from the rest of the state and contains a population of 18 as of the 2010 census, is connected to, and can only be reached (on land) from, what neighboring state?
3. Current Events: On April 30th the Emporer of what nation, the 125th in its history, who had been in power since 1989, abdicated? He succeeded to the throne upon the death of his father (who had been in power since 1926), and is succeeded by his son.
4. Music: What artist, born Faheem Rasheed Najm in 1985, absolutely killed it in 2007 when he charted 7 different songs that reached the Billboard Top 10, including four at the same time in early December? He made news in 2019 when he won a TV reality show.
5. History: What Scottish economist and moral philosopher, a key figure during the Scottish Enlightenment, laid the foundations of classical free market economic theory? His first of two classic works, "Theory of Moral Sentiments", was published in 1759.
6. Pop Culture/Environment: Plastic novelty phones featuring what character, created by Jim Davis, are a symbol of pollution on beaches in northwestern France? A shipping container of them fell overboard in the 1980s. They have been washing up on shore ever since.
7. Sports: The Binghamton Devils, Toronto Marlies, Milwaukee Admirals, and San Diego Gulls are all professional teams that play what sport? They play in a league founded in 1936 and, following their annual playoffs, see the league champion awarded with the Calder Cup.
8. Art: The work "Salvator Mundi", dated to c. 1500, which shows Jesus in Renaissance dress, making the sign of the cross with his right hand and holding a rock crystal orb, and which was sold in 2017 for $450 million, was created by what Renaissance master?
9. Movies: Accomplishing the feat in 1937 and 2018, "A Star Is Born" is one of just seven titles to receive two Oscar nods for Best Picture. Accomplishing the feat in a 1935, then again in 2012, what is the most recent title before "A Star is Born" to accomplish this feat?
10. Literature: What literary character, whose birth name was Robinson Kreutznaer, and whose story is thought to be based on the life of Scottish privateer Alexander Selkirk, was the subject of a famous 1719 work and four lesser-known sequels?
11. Television: "The Land of Gorch", a recurring skit from "Saturday Night Live" that featured characters frequently referencing drug abuse, sexual activity, and consumption of alcohol, featured what characters who would soon get their own show?
12. Geography: Located 92 feet below sea level, what city of 2.3 million, a large petroleum processor, nicknamed "City of Winds" and located on the Absheron Peninsula, is the lowest lying national capital in the world and the most populous city located below sea level?
13. Chemistry: Bauxite, a sedimentary rock discovered in 1821 by geologist Pierre Berthier, is the world's main source of what element which, by mass, makes up about 8% of the earth's crust? After oxygen and silicon, it is the most abundant element in the crust.
14. Music: Prior signing with a label and becoming a superstar, what 17-year-old reached out Disney and, after proving that she could hit High E above Middle C, was given the opportunity to record "Reflection", the most popular song from "Mulan" (1998)?
15. History: First flown in December 2005, and operational as of 2015, the Lockheed Martin F-35 is arguably the most advanced fighter jet on the planet. Developed from the X-35, what meteorological name is assigned to this aircraft? (ie. F-14 Tomcat, F/A-18 Hornet)
16. Entertainment: What former child star of "All That" suffered through a tumultuous period during which she was charged with a DUI in West Hollywood (2012) and reckless endangerment after throwing a bong out of her 36th-floor New York City apartment (2013)?
17. NFL: From 1941 until the conclusion of the 1969 season, and starting again in 2006, what is the nickname of the official NFL game ball? It is named in honor of Wellington Mara, whose family owns the New York Giants, and who passed away in 2005.
18. Business: What businessman, based in Chicago, founded one of the largest dry goods mail-order businesses in the country in 1872? The company, which took his name, filed for Chapter 11 in 1997 and, following poor holiday sales in 2000, ceased operation in 2001.
19. Fashion/Geography: What London street in Mayfair, known principally for men's tailoring, was also the location for the Beatles' final live performance? The term "bespoke" as applied to fine tailoring is understood to have originated on this street.
20. Energy: Cushing, Oklahoma, sets the benchmark price for what grade of crude oil? It is described as Medium because of its relatively low density, and sweet because of its low sulfur content, and is the underlying commodity of oil futures contracts on the NYMEX.
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1. "Inception" - The film received eight Academy Awards nods, including Best Picture, and won four. Numerous pop and hip-hop songs reference it, including Common's "Blue Sky", The Black Eyed Peas' "Just Can't Get Enough", and Jennifer Lopez's "On the Floor". It is one of seven Christopher Nolan movies in IMDb's Top 250.
2. Alaska - Members of congress from Alaska helped push through federal funding for the bridge, but this was removed in 2005 and the project was officially cancelled in 2015. Sarah Palin ran for Governor on a pro-bridge campaign, but cancelled the bridge after being elected, an action that she used to highlight her fiscal responsibility during the 2008 Presidential election.
3. Blackpink - Blackpink, a quartet of four women, debuted in 2016. It has always mixed Korean and English in its lyrics, but “Kill This Love” is more multilingual than the group’s previous tracks, broadening its appeal. It is also YouTube’s most viewed music video debut, racking up 56.7 million in the first 24 hours after it was posted.
4. Dallas Cowboys - The Cowboys have played in two more games than the Steelers (61), followed by the Patriots (57), Packers (56), and 49ers (50). Their .556 winning percentage is 7th all-time, behind the five teams listed as well as the Ravens and Raiders. At .649, the Patriots own the best winning percentage, the Bengals own the worst (.263), and the Texans have played in the fewest post-season games (8).
5. "House" - Other similarities include a reliance on deductive reasoning and psychology, even where it might not seem obviously applicable, and a reluctance to accept cases he finds uninteresting. Dr. Gregory House also plays an instrument and has a drug issue, similar to Holmes. According to ratings agency Eurodata TV Worldwide, it was the most watched show on earth in 2008.
6. Petrarch - In the 16th century, Pietro Bembo created the model for the modern Italian language based on Petrarch's works, as well as those of Giovanni Boccaccio, and, to a lesser extent, Dante Alighieri. His sonnets became a model for lyrical poetry, and he was the first to develop the concept of the "Dark Ages."
7. Tony Bennett - His signature song, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco", topped out at #19 in 1962. His career and personal life experienced a downturn during the rock music era, charting his last Top 100 hit in 1967, before an extended gap. He has seen success recently and has charted songs with Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, and Michael Bublé.
8. pancreas - It regulate blood sugar levels by secreting the hormones insulin, glucagon, somatostatin, and pancreatic polypeptide. The organ's hormone producing endocrine cells are known as the islets of Langerhans. It also secretes digestive enzymes to the duodenum which break down carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
9. Long Island City - Many long-time residents of Long Island City were concerned that the new HQ2 would greatly increase the cost of living in the area without providing any jobs or extra income to locals. Extended criticism of the decision, and pressure from newly elected politicians, led Amazon to cancel its planned NY HQ2 earlier this year.
10. Ariadne - Through her mother, Pasiphaë, she was also the half-sister of the Minotaur. In Hesiod and most accounts, Theseus abandoned Ariadne sleeping on Naxos where Dionysus, god of wine, discovered and wedded her. Their children include Oenopion, the personification of wine, and Staphylus, a god of grapes.
11. "Take My Breath Away" - Despite its success at the Oscars and Golden Globes, the Berlin song was not nominated for any Grammy Awards, though Harold Faltermeyer and Steve Stevens won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for "Top Gun Anthem". A sequel, titled "Top Gun: Maverick" is scheduled for release on June 26, 2020.
12. Bangkok - The city's official name is Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit. Thai school children are taught the full name, although few can explain its meaning as many of the words are archaic and known to few.
13. David Baldacci - Nine years into his career practicing law in Washington D.C. he turned to writing, taking three years to pen "Absolute Power". Baldacci's novels have been published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 130 million worldwide sales as of 2018. He has also written six novels for younger readers.
14. Tonga - During the opening ceremony of the 2016 Games he wore just a taʻovala (a Tongan mat wrapped around the waist). Later that year he began training in cross-country skiing, initially learning from YouTube videos, and qualified for the 2018 Games on the last day of eligibility. He is just the second Tongan to compete at the Winter Games.
15. "The Tick" - The animated series aired for three seasons from 1994 to 1996 on Fox and was later syndicated, creating a cult following. With the aid of Die Fledermaus, American Maid, Sewer Urchin, and other superheroes, the Tick and Arthur protect The City from bad guys like Chairface Chippendale, Breadmaster, El Seed, The Terror, and others.
16. Battle of the Somme - More than three million men fought in the battle and one million were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history. The Battle was the first fought with tanks, though they were still in the early stages of development and many broke down.
17. For King & Country - The duo is composed of Australian brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, both born in Sydney, and is described as "Australia's answer to Coldplay". They moved to Nashville in the 1990s and are both dual citizens of Australia and the United States.
18. "Aeneid" - It comprises 9,896 lines, the first half telling of Aeneas' wanderings from Troy to Italy and the second half telling of the Trojans' victory over the Latins. It is written in dactylic hexameter, the same epic meter of Homer’s "Odyssey" and "Iliad", and of Ovid's "Metamorphoses".
19. Mick Mulvaney - Prior to joining the White House, Mulvaney was a U.S. House Representative from South Carolina. He was known as a fiscal conservative, but as OMB Director he supported ideas which he had previously rejected. Despite its dramatic increase during his tenure, he has been quoted as saying that "nobody cares" about the deficit.
20. Thunderbolt - The interface was originally intended to run on optical cables and was marketed under the name Light Peak. It was then discovered that copper wiring could provide the needed data rates at lower cost. Apple initially registered the Thunderbolt trademark, but later transferred it to Intel which held most of the patents on the interface.
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20 Question Trivia - Week of 4/15/2019 - Questions in Comments
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1. Television/Literature: The Hulu miniseries "11.22.63", produced by J. J. Abrams, James Franco, and others, and starring Franco, is based on what prolific author's 2011 book of the same name, his 49th novel, and 42nd published under his own name?
2. Movies: "Million Dollar Baby", 2004's Best Picture winner was directed by Oscar winner Clint Eastwood, starred Oscar winner Hilary Swank, and was narrated by what Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actor? It is his only Oscar win.
3. Current Events: On Thursday, April 11th, what nation's Beresheet robotic lander, the first privately-funded mission to the moon which launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 in February, suffered a main engine failure and crashed on the surface of the moon?
4. History: What present-day nation, first visited by Dutch explorer Abel Tasman in 1642 when four of his crew were killed during a hostile encounter, was not visited by Europeans again until James Cook mapped its coast in 1769?
5. Geography/Film/Tech: The 2018 Oscar winner for Best Documentary, "Free Solo", features Alex Honnold's quest to climb the face of what monolith on the north side of Yosemite Valley? It was featured on a quarter in 2010 and is also the name of a version of Mac OS.
6. Music: With 27 wins, what bluegrass-country singer has the third most Grammy wins ever, and the most by a singer? The only names ahead of her are a conductor and a producer, and when she won her first in 1991 at age 19 she was the second-youngest winner ever.
7. MLB: What team, which averaged just 14,258 fans per home game in 2018, which ranked 29th out of 30 teams, announced that they will eliminate all upper-deck seats in 2019 and reduce their stadium's capacity to just 25,000, more than 10k less than any other?
8. Literature: What reclusive author, who published his final work in 1965 and gave his final interview in 1980, counts "Nine Stories" (1953) and "Franny and Zooey" (1961) among his notable works? His most notable work was published in 1951 and he passed in 2010.
9. Business: What airline, formed in 1924, which purchased Pan Am's East coast and European routes in the 90s and merged with Northwest Airlines in 2008, and is based at the world's busiest airport, is the world's second largest carrier by both revenue and passengers?
10. Chemistry: What chemical element, number 18 on the periodic table and the third most abundant gas in Earth's atmosphere at almost 1% (more than 20x as abundant as carbon dioxide), takes its name from the Greek word ἀργόν meaning "lazy" or "inactive"?
11. Television: What network, launched in 1989 and headquartered in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, airs "Jay Leno's Garage", "Restaurant Startup", and "American Greed" as part of its Primetime lineup? On-air personalities include Sue Herera, Sara Eisen, and Bill Griffeth.
12. Law Enforcement: What federal agency, under the DOJ, merged the existing BNDD and ODALE with 600 agents from customs and other federal offices when formed in 1973? The current head of the agency is Uttam Dhillon.
13. Movies: In the 2014 Disney film "Maleficent", as well as its 2019 sequel "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil", what former child actress, model, and member of an acting family, plays Princess Aurora? She has also appeared in "Super 8" (2011) and "We Bought a Zoo" (2011).
14. History: Following the death of his first Vice President, George Clinton, who was the first President to serve part of his term without a VP? He was re-elected for a second term with Elbridge Gerry as his running mate.
15. Geography: What third most populous city of Ukraine, founded by decree of Catherine the Great in 1794 and located on the northwestern shore of the Black Sea, was the most important port of trade in the former Soviet Union?
16. Music: What pianist and second-most-recorded jazz composer ever, known for his distinct look of suits, hats, and sunglasses, contributed "Round Midnight", "Straight, No Chaser", and "Ruby, My Dear" to the standard jazz repertoire?
17. NBA: James Harden finished the 2018-2019 NBA season averaging 36.1 points per game, becoming just the fifth player ever, and first since 2006, to average more than 35 points per game in a season. Who was the last to accomplish this feat?
18. Art: "Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1", one of the most famous works from an American artist, which was created in 1871 and currently hangs in the Louvre Abu Dhabi, was created by what Massachusetts born painter while he was living in London?
19. Technology: What company, founded in 1917 as Japan Optical Industries and a member of the Mitsubishi group, is known for its digital cameras and optical gear including its Coolpix line? It introduced its new full-frame mirrorless Z series cameras in late 2018.
20. Science: What astronomical unit of length is defined as the distance from the Sun to another astronomical object that has a parallax angle of one arcsecond? The nearest star, Proxima Centauri, is roughly 1.3 units away, and most stars in the sky are within 500 units.
Answers will be posted on 4/17/2019.
20 Question Trivia - Week of 4/1/2019 - Questions in Comments
1. History: In early 2019 North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump met in Hanoi, Vietnam in an attempt to reach an agreement on multiple issues. This was a follow up to a 2018 summit held at the Capella Hotel of what city?
2. Tourism: At over 1,815 feet, the world's tallest free-standing structure from 1976-2007, and still the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, can be found in what city? In 1995 it was declared one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World.
3. Current Events: What actor married 34-year-old makeup artist Erika Koike in Las Vegas on Saturday March 23rd, his fourth wedding, but was seen arguing with her just hours later and filed for an annulment last Wednesday stating the union was a "mistake"?
4. Movies/Business: Michael Moore's first major film, "Roger & Me", focuses on the economic impact of General Motors' CEO Roger Smith's closing of several auto plants in what city, the town in which Moore was born and raised?
5. Television: What show, based on a Venezuelan telenovela, which premiered in 2014 and will air its final season this year, saw its lead take home the Golden Globe for Best Actress - Comedy in its first season? It parodies common plot devices in Latin telenovelas.
6. Education/Geography: The General Grant National Memorial, completed in 1897 and modeled after the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, which includes the remains of the 18th President and his wife, is steps away from the main campus of what Ivy League University?
7. Literature: What 2001 novel, adapted for television in 2017, is a blend of Americana, fantasy, and strands of mythology, all centering on the mysterious ex-con Shadow Moon? Other characters include his wife Mr. Wednesday, Samantha Black Crow, and Mad Sweeney.
8. MLB: What first basemen, who never led the league in batting average or hits, and who never finished higher than 13th in MVP voting, finished the 1990s with 1,754 hits, more than any other player in baseball? He finished his career with the Diamondbacks in 2003.
9. Technology: What technology company, founded in 1891 and based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, developed the cassette tape in 1962 and followed that by developing the compact disc, along with Sony, in 1982? It is currently the world's largest lighting manufacturer.
10. Music: In 2013, what major hit, which discusses the deterioration of a relationship and is the artist's only #1, topped the charts in September, then slipped for nine weeks before topping them again in December? It is the largest gap ever between #1s during a single chart run.
11. Historic Geography: What UNESCO heritage site, located 40 miles north of the city of Shiraz in the Fars Province of Iran, has remains dating back to 515 BCE and was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire? Its name is Greek for "the city of the Persians".
12. Video Games: "All your base are belong to us" was a popular Internet meme based on a broken English translation found in the opening cutscene of the 1992 Mega Drive port of what 1989 side-scrolling shoot 'em up arcade game published by Taito?
13. Entertainment: Tracy Pollan, who appeared in "A Stranger Among Us", "The Kennedys of Massachusetts", and "Bright Lights, Big City", has been married to what actor since 1988? They met when she played his girlfriend in a 13-episode arc of his show from 1985-1987.
14. Movies: What 1995 film, directed by Larry Clark with a screenplay by Harmony Korine, and filmed in and around the Lower East Side neighborhoods of New York City, features the film debuts of both Rosario Dawson, then 15, and Chloë Sevigny, then 19?
15. Television/Music: "How Do You Talk to an Angel", sung by cast member Jamie Walters, went to #1 in 1992 when it was the theme song for what Fox television show? The song was more successful than the show which was canceled after 13 episodes.
16. Geography: The majority of the world's deepest oceanic trenches are located in the Pacific, including the 36,197 foot Challenger Deep. At 28,232 feet, the deepest feature outside the Pacific can be found just north of what island which lends its name to the trench?
17. Astronomy: What Greco-Roman mathematician and astronomer, who lived in Alexandria circa 100-170 AD, wrote "Almagest", the only surviving comprehensive ancient treatise on astronomy? It included the forty-eight constellations he could see in the sky.
18. Sports: According to a 2009 list from its governing tour body, what sport lists Earl Anthony, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Dick Weber, Pete Weber, and Mark Roth as its Top 5 greatest players ever? Earl Anthony, who passed away in 2001, was its first career millionaire.
19. Business: Jaguar and Land Rover, which formed in the 1930s and 1940s respectively, and which came together in 1968 under British Leyland, are a subsidiary of what international company? This automotive nameplate purchased them from Ford in 2008.
20. Opera: What opera from Giuseppe Verdi, Italian for "The Troubadour", and set in the Kingdom of Aragon around 1412, weaves together three separate plots across four acts - "The Duel", "The Gypsy Woman", "The Son of the Gypsy Woman", and "The Punishment"?
20 Question Trivia - Week of 2/4/2019 - Questions in Comments
1. Movies: What 1988 Academy Award Winner for Best Picture was the highest-grossing film of the year, earning over $350 million worldwide on a budget of $25 million? Writer Barry Morrow based one of the lead characters on savant Kim Peek and good friend Bill Sackter.
2. Music: What 1989 song, co-written by Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney, and featuring McCartney on bass, focuses on an older woman who has experienced severe memory loss? Reaching #19 on the Billboard Hot 100, it is the best performing song of Costello's career.
3. Current Events: On January 23rd, the President of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, was declared interim President of Venezuela, replacing what politician who has led since replacing Hugo Chávez in 2013? The move was recognized by many nations including the United States.
4. Television: "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" is currently hosted by what Texas born entertainer who is probably best known for hosting a family of ABC reality shows, a job he has had since 2002? He has also anchored red carpet coverage for multiple awards shows.
5. Geography: At 8,891 kilometers (5,525 miles), what border, which sees over 100 million crossings per year, is the world's longest shared international boundary? The border includes 119 bridges, 13 ferry crossings, 39 railroad crossings, and 6 unstaffed road crossings.
6. Technology: What game, whose first version was released on June 6, 1984 while its designer was working for the Dorodnitsyn Computing Centre of the Academy of Science of the Soviet Union, has shipped 170 million units making it the best-selling game of all time?
7. History: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who served as mayor of his nation's largest city from 1994-1998, and as Prime Minister from 2003-2014, is currently the President of what nation? He has held the position since 2014 during which the country has experienced democratic backsliding.
8. MLB: What player, who has three Cy Young Awards, an MVP, and seven All-Star appearances in his first 11 seasons in the league, has the lowest ERA and the lowest WHIP for a pitcher with 1,000 or more innings for anyone who has played since 1927 (the live-ball era)?
9. Literature: What modernist novel, first serialized in parts in the American journal "The Little Review" from 1918 to 1920, which chronicles an ordinary day in the life of Leopold Bloom, was ranked #1 on Modern Library's list of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century?
10. Business: Apple Inc. has spent the better part of the last decade with the highest market cap of any publicly traded company. On December 12, 1980, Apple went public at $22 per share and is traded on the NASDAQ under what ticker symbol?
11. Movies: What film star, only 24, has already received three Academy Award nominations, one for a supporting role in 2008 and two for Best Actress in recent years, as well as three Golden Globe nods and a win at last year's awards?
12. Food: Limburger, a cheese from the Herve area of the historic Duchy of Limburg, now in the province of Liège, and which is known for its especially strong smell, originated in what country? Herve is the modern European protected name for the cheese.
13. Music: What song, with a British lead singer and featuring a well-known American artist, spent 14 weeks at #1 in early 2015 and was Billboard's #1 song of the year? It features multiple American bands performing horn parts, including the Dap-Kings and Antibalas.
14. Art: "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte", a leading example of the pointillist technique, which depicts a number of Parisians at a park on the banks of the River Seine, was painted in 1884, and is the most famous work by, what post-Impressionist?
15. Television: Luke Spencer and Laura Webber are the signature supercouple of daytime soap operas. They first got together in 1979 and married at the end of the hour-long episode of what soap on November 16, 1981, an event that was watched by 30 million viewers?
16. Geography/Art: In what state capital can you see WaterFire, an award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans created in 1994 to celebrate First Night? It is a free installation set up on the rivers of the city's downtown, including the Woonasquatucket and Moshassuck Rivers.
17. Astronomy: Triton, first discovered on October 10, 1846, by English astronomer William Lassell, is the largest moon orbiting what planet? It is the only large moon in the Solar System with a retrograde orbit, an orbit in the direction opposite to its planet's rotation.
18. Automotive: At the 2019 Barrett-Jackson auctions a 1993 SVT Cobra R, one of just 107 units made, sold for $132,000. Featuring a 5.0 V-8 engine, five-speed manual transmission, and just 500 miles on the odometer, it is the highest price ever paid for a Fox body version of what car?
19. NHL: With 34 total, including 24 wins, the Montreal Canadiens have made more Stanley Cup Finals appearances than any other franchise. What team, which has made 24 appearances total, including 2002, 2008, and 2009, has made the second most appearances?
20. History/Literature: The Bhagavad Gita, a 700-verse scripture, is part of what Hindu epic of 200,000 verses that tells the story of the Kurukshetra War and the fates of the Kaurava and the Pāṇḍava princes? It is the longest epic poem known at nearly 10x the "Illiad" and "Odyssey" combined.
Answers will be posted on 2/6/2019.
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1. Andy Garcia - The crew, in order of recruitment, was: George Clooney as Danny Ocean, Bernie Mac as Frank Catton, Brad Pitt as Rusty Ryan, Elliott Gould as Reuben Tishkoff, Casey Affleck and Scott Caan as Virgil and Turk Malloy, Eddie Jemison as Livingston Dell, Don Cheadle as Basher Tarr, Shaobo Qin as Yen, Carl Reiner as Saul Bloom, and Matt Damon as Linus Caldwell.
2. Alexander Hamilton - Alexander Hamilton, born in Nevis in 1755 and one of the Founding Fathers who signed the Constitution, was the first Cabinet member to be born outside of the United States. He was appointed by President George Washington as the country's first Secretary of Treasury in 1789.
3. Ashton Kutcher - A few hours after the post Kutcher deleted the tweet, explaining that he was bombarded with messages and "I will repost soon… sms is a fragile beast." He can currently be seen on the web series "The Ranch" which released its third season in December 2018.
4. India - The newly completed Umling La, or Umlingla Pass, connecting the villages of Chisumle and Demchok in Ladakh, India, replaced Bolivia's Road to Uturuncu Potisi as the world's highest mountain road. On a list of the ten highest roads in the world, seven are in India and the two remaining are in Tibet.
5. "How Do I Live" - Despite failing to reach #1, LeAnne Rimes' song was ranked #5 on a 2018 Billboard All-Time Hot 100, trailing only "The Twist" by Chubby Checker, "Smooth" by Santana, "Mack the Knife" by Bobby Darin, and "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson. At 69 weeks, it held the record for the longest Hot 100 run until being passed in 2008 by Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours".
6. Anthony Michael Hall - Hall was one of six cast members, including Joan Cusack, Robert Downey, Jr., and Randy Quaid, who were dismissed at the end of the 1985-1986 season. To avoid being typecast, He turned down teenage roles John Hughes wrote for him, including Cam in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and Duckie "Pretty in Pink".
7. Cleveland Browns - A first down pass was reversed after another play had occurred, but multiple reviews showed that the challenge was received before the next play and that the pass was incomplete. After the ref ended the game the commissioner overrode the call, sending players back onto the field where the visiting Jaguars ran out the clock under a hail of debris.
8. Rabbits - There are about eighty-seven species of lagomorph, nearly evenly split across different species pikas, rabbits, and hares. Their incisors grow continuously, necessitating constant chewing on fibrous food to wear them down. Though taxonomically different, they share a common ancestor with rodents.
9. L. Frank Baum - L. Frank Baum, author of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", wrote his first book in 1886 about breeding Hamburg chickens after establishing the "The Poultry Record" trade journal in 1880. He produced his most famous work about the Land of Oz in 1900. The first movie version was released in 1910.
10. Octavia Spencer - Spencer made her film debut in the 1996 adaptation of John Grisham's "A Time to Kill", but had mostly brief TV and movie roles until her Oscar winning turn in 2011's "The Help". She is set to star in two streaming shows in 2019/2020, Apple's "Are You Sleeping" and Netflix's "Madam C. J. Walker".
11. "O Fortuna" - In 1935-36, "O Fortuna" was set to music by the German composer Carl Orff for his twenty-five-movement cantata "Carmina Burana". It is used to portray the torment of Jim Morrison's drug addiction in the film "The Doors" and has been called "the most overused piece of music in film history".
12. Knights Templar - The Knights Templar were a powerful military order during the Middle Ages. They were closely aligned with the Catholic church and participated in the Crusades. Pope Clement V disbanded the order in 1312, though their name still exists to this day on many locations including Temple Church in London.
13. Miitomo - Miitomo was a conversational app where users could communicate with friends by answering questions on various topics, such as favorite foods or current interests. Performing actions in the app would earn Miitomo Coins which could then be spent on clothing to customize the user's Mii avatar.
14. Darién Gap - Several reasons exist for leaving this section on the Colombia/Panama border unfinished, including construction difficulty through swamps, danger due to disease and crime, security concerns due to drug cartels, and disease prevention by limiting the flow of traffic and livestock from South America into Central America.
15. 3 - Gilligan and pals spent 98 episodes across three seasons, and three movie sequels in the late 70s and early 80s, trying to get off the island. Common trivia tidbits: The Skipper's full name was Captain Jonas Grumby, the Professor's was Roy Hinkley, Ph.D., and Mrs. Howell's first name was Wentworth.
16. Maverick - Its name was combined from the names of three of the founders - MAdonna, VEronica "Ronnie" Dashev, and FredeRICK DeMann. It also included film and TV production companies, book publishing, and a Latin record division. Maverick was beset by mismanagement in the early 2000's which led to its decline.
17. Moses Malone - He won the 1979 and 1982 MVP awards while playing for the Houston Rockets, then took his final MVP in 1983 while playing for the Philadelphia 76ers. Of Malone's nine teams, three were in the ABA. He is the all-time leader in career offensive rebounds, well ahead of #2 Robert Parish.
18. Los Angeles Times - With a weekly circulation of over one million and an approximate daily reach of seven million readers, USA Today has the widest circulation of any newspaper in the United States, followed by The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
19. Tintagel Castle - The Castle's association with Arthurian legend began with the book "History of the Kings of Britain", written in the mid-12th century. The castle currently standing on the site was built in the 13th Century, though archeological digs have found evidence of much earlier settlements at the site.
20. Microsoft and Johnson & Johnson - Two weeks after the August 2011 S&P downgrade, the SEC and the Department of Justice announced that S&P was under investigation. In January 2019, other agencies have stated that extended federal government shutdowns might lead to additional downgrades to the nation's credit rating.
20 Question Trivia - Week of 2/25/2019 - Questions in Comments
1. History: Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, born in La Tuna, Sinaloa, Mexico on April 4th, 1956, and with an estimated net worth north of $4 billion, is more commonly known by what name? Forbes magazine regularly ranks him on their list of the world's most powerful people.
2. NBA: A former Rookie of the Year, what player, who earned his first championship in 2016, is nicknamed "Uncle Drew"? He originated the character in Pepsi Max commercials and was the star of a movie of the same name released in 2018.
3. Current Events: On February 25th Coca-Cola will introduce its first new flavor of Coke in more than a decade, following an update which added new flavors of Diet Coke in 2018. What new flavor of Coca Cola is being added to the lineup?
4. Geography: The Three Gorges Dam, with 22.5 gigawatts of generation capacity, has more capacity than any other power plant in the world. It also reduces the potential for floods downstream. In what country will you find this hydroelectric power plant?
5. Movies: What actor, currently aged 39 and the owner of multiple nominations for his role as David Foster Wallace in 2015's "The End of the Tour", appears in "This is the End" (2013), "This is 40" (2012), and "Can't Hardly Wait" (1998)?
6. Technology: What company partnered with Apple to create the ROKR, a series of mobile phones whose first release, 2005's E1, was the first phone to include support for Apple's iTunes? It featured a music player with an interface similar to that of Apple's iPod.
7. Politics: What is the political science term associated with Latin American countries where there is a tight relationship between the ruler (often a dictator) and local businesses (typically plantations)?
8. Television: Kermit the Frog was introduced on the "Sam and Friends" show in 1955, along with lesser known Muppets Sam, Yorick, and Harry the Hooper. Which Muppet, who debuted in a 1962 commercial, was introduced next?
9. Literature: "Apocalypse Now" follows Captain Willard on his hunt for Colonel Kurtz during the Vietnam War. It is based on 1899's "Heart of Darkness", which also featured Kurtz, but had a different main character. Who was searching for Kurtz in the original work?
10. Music: Before becoming famous, what legendary musician, one of the pioneers of rock and roll, served three years in prison (1944-1947) for armed robbery and later an additional 20 months for violation of the White-Slave Traffic Act?
11. Physics: What scientific phenomena, proposed by Henri Poincaré in 1905 and predicted in 1916 by Albert Einstein, was not directly observed until September 2015 when detected by both LIGO and the Virgo interferometer, the result of a merger of black holes.
12. History: Other than Grover Cleveland who was re-elected President after leaving office, only two former Presidents have been elected to federal government positions after leading the nation. One is John Quincy Adams; who is the other?
13. College Football: According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame website, which NCAA football program has produced the most Hall of Famers? Its total of 13, which includes players such as Jerome Bettis, Paul Hornung, and John (Blood) McNally, also includes coaches.
14. Movies/Tourism/Business: Grauman's Chinese Theatre, known for the footprints and handprints of famous actors and actresses in its front court, was renamed to what in 2013 after its naming rights were purchased by a Chinese electronics manufacturer?
15. Geography: What bridge, which started construction in 1896 as the East River Bridge with Leffert Buck as engineer and Henry Hornbostel as architect, was the second bridge to cross New York City's East River? It was completed in 1903.
16. Art: What abstract expressionist, who was born in Rotterdam in 1904 and moved to the US in 1926, and who became famous while living in New York in the mid-20th century, is known for works including "Woman I", "Easter Monday", "Attic", and "Excavation"?
17. Television: On "Friends", the six title characters appeared in every episode, and Gunther appeared in more than half of the episodes. What character, who appeared in 21 episodes across nearly every season, is next in line for the most credited appearances?
18. Comics: Harley Quinn, the scene stealer played by Margot Robbie in the 2016 movie "Suicide Squad", did not originate from the comics. Created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, she first appeared in what television series?
19. Music: The 2004 Bowling for Soup song "1985", a cover of an earlier song written and recorded by SR-71, tells the story of Debbie, a middle-aged woman who fondly remembers her youth in the 1980s. How many musical acts are name dropped in the song's lyrics?
20. Business: In the early 2000s Buy.com was one of Amazon's major competitors, placing second in total online sales for many years. It was purchased in 2010 and soon relaunched under a new brand. What is its current name?
Answers will be posted on 2/27/2019.
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1. Greenland - The park includes many polar bears, hares, foxes, caribou, and walruses, as well as almost half the world’s population of musk oxen. A mid-1980s census counted 40 people in the park, all living at the coastal military outpost, but they pulled out after cleaning up their mining operations.
2. "We Belong Together" - The song includes lyrics from Bobby Womack's "If You Think You're Lonely Now" (1981) and the Deele's "Two Occasions" (1987). Billboard lists it as the #1 song of the 2000s and #14 on a 2018 list of the All-Time Top 100. In 2005 only 8 songs topped the charts, tied with 2002 for the fewest in a calendar year.
3. "The Wandering Earth" - The film is based on the novella of the same name by Locus and Hugo Award-winning author Liu Cixin. It is also the world's highest-grossing film of 2019 so far. It is currently the second highest grossing movie in Chinese history, trailing "Wolf Warrior 2" (2017). The top-grossing US movie is "The Fate of the Furious" whose 2.671 billion yuan place it 7th all-time.
4. "All in the Family" - The finale, "Too Good Edith", featured Archie's wife getting sick while preparing for a St. Patrick’s Day party. "Archie Bunker’s Place" continued the story in the fall of 1979. Edith Bunker appeared in season one, but after Jean Stapleton decided to leave the show her character was written off. In the season two premiere it was explained that she died of a stroke.
5. Los Angeles Angels - The Angels played their first season at Los Angeles' Wrigley Field, a minor league park built in 1925 and designed by the same person as Wrigley in Chicago which, at the time, was called Cubs Park. They made their lone World Series appearance in 2002 when the team, featuring Darin Erstad, David Eckstein, and Jarrod Washburn, defeated the San Francisco Giants in 7.
6. Alien and Sedition Acts - Federalists argued they strengthened national security during the Quasi-War, an undeclared naval war with France from 1798 to 1800. While three of the four expired or were repealed by Thomas Jefferson, the Alien Enemies Act is still in effect and was used to imprison Germans, Japanese, and Italians during WWII.
7. Tippi Hedren - Hedren was a successful fashion model from her twenties, appearing on the covers of "Life" and "Glamour" magazines among others, before becoming an actress. In addition to "The Birds" (1963), she also appeared in Hitchcock's "Marnie" (1964).
8. "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" - During his career Albee won three Pulitzer Prizes for Drama and two Tony Awards for Best Drama, his first in 1963 for "…Virginia Woolf?" and his second in 2002 for "The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?". Mike Nichols' directorial debut was for the 1966 film version of the play starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
9. SS Venture - The T. rex the ship was transporting went into arrest during transport to San Diego. The crew administered an amphetamine to save him, but did not know the correct dose and gave it the energy to break free of its harness and eventually rampage through San Diego. The SS Venture was also used in 2005's "King Kong", but not the 1976 remake.
10. Walmart - With 2018 revenue of half a trillion dollars, Walmart more than doubles its nearest competitor Exxon Mobil's $244 billion. McMillon led Sam's Club (2005-2009) and Walmart International (2009-2013). He replaced Mike Duke as Walmart CEO effective on February 1, 2014, becoming the company's fifth chief executive.
11. Andy Roddick - Roddick became world No. 1 shortly after he won the 2003 Open and finished with the World No. 1 ranking for the year, but he failed to claim victory in any of the four additional Grand Slam finals in which he competed. He has been married model Brooklyn Decker since 2009.
12. Colorado - It was surpassed by the Liuguanghe Bridge in China which opened in 2001, and has been passed by many other bridges since; it is still the highest in the United States but is now the 21st highest in the world. The highest is the Duge Bridge in China, opened in 2016, which sits 1,854 feet above the Beipan River.
13. Sojourner - The rover from the Mars Pathfinder mission explored the planet for around three months (83 sols), after which it was still functioning, but the lander stopped transmitting communications. It was followed by Spirit and Opportunity (both January 2004) and Curiosity (2012).
14. Ida Tarbell - She also wrote several biographies over the course of her 64-year career, including works on Napoleon Bonaparte and Abraham Lincoln. After her exposé on Standard Oil she wrote biographies on businessmen Elbert Gary, chairman of U. S. Steel, and Owen Young, president of General Electric.
15. "Krazy Kat" - The characters were introduced in a side strip of Herriman's earlier creation, "The Dingbat Family". His visual and verbal creativity made "Krazy Kat" one of the first comics to be widely praised by intellectuals and treated as "serious" art. Many modern cartoonists cite the strip as a major influence.
16. "Everybody Loves Raymond" - Every time Ray came home he would call Debra (Patricia Heaton) by a different name, all improvised by Ray Romano. During its run the show was nominated for 69 Emmy Awards, winning 15, including Outstanding Comedy Series in its 7th and 9th seasons. It is the only show since "Barney Miller" (1982) to win the award in its final season.
17. 100 - The size of the grid in the historical Snakes and Ladders varies, but the Milton Bradley version has always been played on a 10x10 board. The game has roots in morality lessons, where a player's progression up the board represents a life journey complicated by virtues (ladders) and vices (snakes).
18. Waymo - A Toyota Prius modified with Google's experimental driverless technology was licensed by the Nevada DMV in May 2012 - the first license issued in the United States for a self-driven car. The name Waymo is derived from its mission, "a new way forward in mobility".
19. "Zelig" - Set in the 1920s and 30s, Allen plays Leonard Zelig who makes his first appearance at a party thrown by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The director used newsreel footage and inserted actors using bluescreens. "Zelig" has an approval rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, one of four films from Allen to earn a perfect score.
20. Zane Grey - Grey was born in Zanesville, Ohio and is a distant relative of the town's namesake. "Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre", or simply the "Zane Grey Theatre", was a Western anthology series that ran on CBS from 1956 to 1961. "Riders of the Purple Sage" played a significant role in shaping the Western genre and has been called "the most popular western novel of all time."
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1. Drake - Born Aubrey Drake Graham in Toronto in 1986, Drake first gained recognition on the teen drama "Degrassi: The Next Generation" in the early 2000s. In addition to music, he voiced Ethan, a mammoth that Peaches has a crush on in "Ice Age: Continental Drift", and made a cameo in "Anchorman 2" as a fan of Run Burgundy.
2. Havana, Cuba - Santo Domingo's metro region of well over 3 million is the largest in the region, followed by Port-au-Prince and San Juan. Havana has no official metro area, so it may be the largest, but only official city populations are available. King Philip II of Spain granted Havana the title of City in 1592.
3. "Desperate Housewives" - Oddly enough, Huffman is accused of paying the same amount in the college admissions scandal revealed last week. The $15k was "donated" to a company in exchange for its help to fraudulently boost her daughter’s SAT scores, according to the indictment. Her husband William H. Macy is not included on the indictment.
4. "Despicable Me 2" - The film grossed $368 million domestic, just edging out "Deadpool" as the highest grossing "D" film. It was nominated for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song ("Happy"), but lost both to "Frozen". "Despicable Me" and "Despicable Me 3" are #4 and #6 all-time for films beginning with "D", with the two "Deadpool" and "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch" (2018) ahead of them. "Minions" is the second highest grossing film to begin with "M", following "Marvel's The Avengers".
5. Wally Pipp - He showed up at Yankee Stadium with a severe headache and asked the team's trainer for two aspirin. The manager noticed this and gave him the day off. Pipp later said "I took the two most expensive aspirin in history." Gehrig pinch hit on June 1st, then started the next 2,129 games of his historic streak before taking himself out of the lineup on May 2, 1939; he never played again.
6. Attila - Attila's history is a challenge since the only works that describe him are in Greek and Latin and were written by his enemies. The Huns were a group of Eurasian nomads, appearing from east of the Volga, who migrated into Western Europe in the late 4th century and built up an empire.
7. "Lilyhammer" - The Norwegian-American series starred Steven Van Zandt as a former New York gangster named Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano, whose dog Lily that was killed during an attempt on his life, trying to start anew in Lillehammer, Norway. The series produced three seasons, ending in December 2014.
8. Anthony Burgess - In addition to writing, he worked as a literary critic for several publications, including "The Observer" and "The Guardian". To avoid the 90% tax his family would have incurred because of their high income, he spent the latter part of his life outside of Britain, living throughout Europe and the United States.
9. University of Pennsylvania - Established in 1881 through a donation from industrialist Joseph Wharton, co-founder of Bethlehem Steel and also Swarthmore College, it is the world's oldest business school. According to US News, MBA grads of Wharton earn an average of $159,815 in their first year, not including bonuses. This is the highest first year salary at leading schools.
10. Germany - Along with Switzerland (2), it borders Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, and Belgium (in 6 unique locations due to exclaves). Russia has 16 unique borders with 14 different nations, but 3 of those borders are entirely within Asia. Worldwide China borders the most nations - 16 across 19 unique borders.
11. "A Thousand Miles" - The song was nominated for three Grammy Awards including Song and Record of the Year, but it was also both the first and last big hit for Carlton. In December 2013 Carlton married John McCauley, lead singer of Deer Tick, in a ceremony officiated by Stevie Nicks.
12. "Born on the Fourth of July" - The movie was the second part of Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy, between "Platoon" (1986) and "Heaven & Earth" (1993). It took home the award for Best Director and Best Film Editing. Cruise has received a Best Actor nod for "Jerry Maguire" (1997) and a Best Supporting Actor nod for "Magnolia" (1999).
13. Qualcomm Stadium - The 1998 World Series saw the New York Yankees sweep the San Diego Padres in four games, winning the final two games at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium. The Padres moved out in 2004 and the Chargers in 2017. In the 2018 election voters approved a plan to transfer the property to SDSU which will develop the property as an extension campus.
14. potassium - When Humphry Davy first isolated the pure element using electrolysis in 1807, he named it potassium. This was derived from the word potash, an early method of extracting various potassium salts - placing in a pot the ash of burnt wood or tree leaves, adding water, heating, and evaporating the solution.
15. Christopher Wren - It took three and a half decades to complete St. Paul's, which Wren (1632-1723) described as his “greatest work”. Other famous works of English architecture include Charles Barry's Houses of Parliament, John Nash's Regent Street, Renzo Piano's Shard, and Norman Foster's Gherkin.
16. "Upstairs, Downstairs" - Set in a large townhouse in Belgravia in central London, the series depicts the servants ("downstairs") and their masters ("upstairs") between 1903 and 1930 and shows the slow decline of the British aristocracy. Major historical events featured in the show include the Edwardian period, women's suffrage, the First World War, the Roaring Twenties, and the Wall Street Crash.
17. hippocampus - The mythic hippocampus has been used as a heraldic charge, particularly since the Renaissance, most often in the armorial bearings of people and places with maritime associations. Closely related to the hippocampus is the "sea goat", represented by Capricorn. Other fish-tailed mythical creatures include leokampoi (fish-tailed lions), taurokampoi (fish-tailed bulls), and pardalokampoi (fish-tailed leopards).
18. angle brackets < > - They are used pointing outwards («like this») to indicate speech in French, Italian, Spanish, Greek, and even Chinese. Pointing inward they indicate speech in German, Serbian, and Swedish. They are also called angle quotes, carrots, and French quotes.
19. WorldCom - Prior to bankruptcy WorldCom had total assets $104 billion, well above #2 Enron's $63 billion at the time, though these would both be surpassed by the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers (>$600b) and Washington Mutual ($307b) in 2008. In 2003 WorldCom changed its name to MCI; it was acquired by Verizon for $7.6 billion in 2005.
20. Hayabusa - The spacecraft also carried a detachable mini-lander, MINERVA, which failed to reach the surface. Hayabusa2 fired a 5-gram bullet made of tantalum into the surface of Ryugu to begin collecting samples on February 21st. It will depart the asteroid in December, leaving behind multiple rovers.
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1. Sylvester Stallone - He was nominated for Best Actor and for Best Writing in 1977 for his role in "Rocky". He did not receive another nomination until his 2016 nod for "Creed". To date these are his only Oscar nominations. "Rocky" was nominated for 10 Oscars, winning three, including Best Picture.
2. Juice Newton - During her career, Judy Kay "Juice" Newton received five Grammy Award nominations in the Pop and Country Best Female Vocalist categories (winning once in 1983). During the 1980s, she charted 14 Billboard Top 10 Hits on different charts.
3. Kylie Jenner - Kylie Cosmetics, which Jenner started in 2015, has just seven full-time and five part-time employees, outsources all manufacturing and packaging, and marketing accomplished mostly by Jenner reaching out to her 175 million social media followers, so most of the company's profits go straight into her pocket.
4. Double Black Diamond - A piste, from the French for "trail" or "track", is a marked ski run or path down a mountain for snow skiing, snowboarding, or other mountain sports. Piste grading is done by resorts - there is no independent standard. Australia and New Zealand share the same rating system with North America; Europe uses a color-coded system.
5. Count Olaf - Lemony Snicket' is the pen name of American novelist Daniel Handler who has been portrayed at various times by Jude Law, Patrick Warburton, and Tim Curry. The series, which contains 13 books, began with 1999's "The Bad Beginning" and wrapped with 2006's "The End".
6. David Attenborough - Attenborough is a Knight Bachelor, the basic and lowest rank of a man who has been knighted. His brother Richard, who produced and directed "Gandhi" (1982) and played John Hammond in "Jurassic Park" (1993), is a member of the higher ranking Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
7. Nintendo Entertainment System - The NES, launched in North America in 1985, is a remodeled version of the Japanese Family Computer, also known as the Famicom, which first launched in 1983. With the NES, Nintendo introduced a now-standard business model of licensing third-party developers, authorizing them to produce and distribute games for their hardware.
8. Argentina - Ushuaia is the capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego region. Though smaller settlements exist to the south, with a population of 57,000, Ushuaia is considered the southernmost "city". It is also the terminus for the Train of the End of the World, considered the world's southernmost railroad.
9. DEW Line - Operational starting in 1957, the task of the Distant Early Warning, or DEW, Line was to detect Soviet bombers coming across the Arctic towards North America, later upgraded to also detect incoming ICBMs. By the end of the Cold War most stations were deactivated, with those remaining integrated into the new North Warning System.
10. Carbon Dioxide and Water - The process begins when light energy is absorbed by chlorophyll, which is then typically used to break apart H<sub>2</sub>O water molecules, releasing the oxygen. The hydrogen molecules are then used, along with carbon dioxide and/or other outputs from the first step, to create sugars which are stored for energy.
11. Roald Dahl - Though lesser known than Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "James and the Giant Peach", and "Matilda", "The BFG" has sold well, averaging more than 1 million copies per year in the UK. Dahl disowned 1971's "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" film because "he thought it placed too much emphasis on Willy Wonka and not enough on Charlie".
12. Gale Sayers - His friendship with Bears teammate Brian Piccolo, who died of cancer in 1970, inspired his autobiography which was the basis for the 1971 TV movie "Brian's Song". In 1994 he was named to the NFL's 75th Anniversary Team as a halfback and kick returner, the only player to occupy two positions on the team.
13. U.S. Route 9 - Released off the 1975 album of the same name, "Born to Run" reached #23 on the Billboard Charts. Despite his success, Springsteen has failed to top the Hot 100, getting closest in 1984 when "Dancing in the Dark" reached #2. US 9 is the longest U.S. highway in New Jersey.
14. John o' Groats - It is not the most northern point on the island, falling slightly south of nearby Dunnet Head, but, at ~603 miles, it is the furthest point from Land's End in southwestern Cornwall. The phrase "Land's End to John o' Groats" is a common British metaphor to represent something all encompassing, akin to "coast-to-coast" in the US.
15. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Written in 1839, the poem tells the story of a prideful ship captain who ignored the advice of an old Sailor and, taking his daughter aboard for company, sailed off into the sea. It is based on two different real-life events, a shipwreck on Norman's Woe after which a woman was found tied to the mast, and the real wreck of the Hesperus near Boston.
16. 3 - The episode featured Hall of Famers Wade Boggs, Ken Griffey, Jr., and Ozzie Smith, along with Roger Clemens, Steve Sax, José Canseco, Don Mattingly, Darryl Strawberry, and Mike Scioscia all guest starring as themselves. It was the show's first episode to beat "The Cosby Show" in the ratings.
17. RMS Carpathia - At 58 miles, the Carpathia was not the closest ship to the scene of the Titanic disaster, but the closet to receive the distress signal. It steamed full speed ahead, avoiding icebergs and its own potential disaster, to Titanic's last known location and began pulling passengers from lifeboats. The ship was later sunk by a German U-boat during World War I.
18. monopsony - In such a market the buyer has complete power and control over the sellers. An example is a labor market where everyone works for a single company, such as a small town built around a factory. In such a market the company would be the only "buyer" of labor and can wield strong influence on pricing (wages).
19. Yuengling - According to Brewers Association, Pottsville, PA based Yuengling (officially D. G. Yuengling & Son) is the largest craft brewer in the country despite serving only 14 states, and is the fourth largest overall, edging out Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams) and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. It is also the largest fully American-owned brewery.
20. TWA - The TWA Flight Center, also known as the Trans World Flight Center, originally opened in 1962. In 2016, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates JFK Airport, started converting the original head house into the TWA Hotel. It now taking reservations and is slated to open in May.