Pub Quiz

Staring into the fog outside my window, I'm made aware of the fog inside my head. Perhaps you, like me, are having trouble remembering just how amazing last night's pub quiz was. (Hint: It was quite amazing.) Luckily, I took excellent notes throughout the evening so I could record the events in the annals of trivia history that is this website. Unluckily, I must have thrown them away so I'm just going to make stuff up. Just remember that what you are about to read does not even come close to the level of awesome that we achieved last night.

After we cleared away the debris from the unicycling grizzly bear and OJ's flaming hula hoop trick, we got right into a round on original company names. Did you know that Pepsi was once known as Brad's Drink? After that was place names in songs, wherein Kokomo was the place where you wanted to go. And then, what round about famous guitarists would be complete without a question about Keith Richards snorting his father's ashes with his cocaine.

Oh, and did I mention that there was a lot of beer chugging mixed in with all those questions?*

Smoking Boy With Chicken

After the smoke break we had some pretty good scores, and as much as OJ and I wanted to just award a prize and go home we pressed on. The second half was defined by the rising tension of rounds 4 (Disney Trivia) and 5 (World's Fairs) as we progressed toward the ever-present common bond round. OJ went all elitist on you with his common bond all about colleges with basketball teams in the NCAA tournament. I believe the Ice Road Truckers Cumming Across Seaman Lake** aced this one, which brought them up to a tie for first place with Inwood Nation.

For the tiebreaker, the two teams had to demonstrate their knowledge of Silly Putty, Main Streets, and Spaghetti Os. Inwood Nation proved that they knew more and, for the first time in their long and storied time at the IRCPQ, they walked away with a gift certificate to the Indian Road Café. Congratulations, guys.

Also, I was happy to see some semblance of a Bunny Slippers team last night, kind of a Franken-bunny team if you will***, but a more complete team will be with us soon I hope. Original Recipe Jordan**** was in attendance last night, and though he tried to drink as much as possible, it didn't help Ides of Trivialis get a win for the night. The bar area did seem rather empty last night, though. I wonder where Random Chaos was - I hope they were out taking a picture of themselves with the Quizmaster's Cup.

Thanks to everyone for filling the house yet again, and I hope this recap helped clear away the fog. Take care, and see you next week.

* - I didn't need to? Oh.

** - Trucker elitists!

*** - Will you?

**** - Is OJ Extra Crispy?

Evil Mr. Phil
1 Inwood Nation 52*
Ice Road Truckers Cumming Across Seaman Lake 52
2 Cake or Death 50
The Blockheaded Bracegirdles 50
3 Slab Bacon 48
Episcobum and a Jew 47
T-Birds 45
Inwood Space Cowboys 43
Polé Polé 40
Woman and Husband 38
Ides of Trivialis 37
Bunny in La Pan 32
Random Chaos 28
Greta, El Gato Morado 27
The Quadratics 19
Evil Mr. Phil

Excuse me, Waiter, there's a girl in my soup.

OJ the Imposter

It's the day after. Time to take last night's quiz and rewind it back (because the IRC Pub Quiz got the trivia that make your booty go smack*). I'd like to say that we were dropping serious knowledge last night, but alas, we the quizmasters had serious knowledge dropped upon us by you the quizzers.** I guess it makes sense, we're the ones that show up with pages of questions, and you're the ones that show up with heads full of answers.

The first bit of knowledge to earn someone free beer last night was that Sir William Herschel, who first observed the seventh planet from our sun, considered naming it George. This made me wonder, if you were given the chance, what would you name Uranus? The first round of the night was gold... comedy gold! Actually, the first round was just regular gold. This was followed by a round on cartoon cats that tragically left out MC Skat Kat - what a missed opportunity. Dr. Jordan finished off the half with a (most-of-the-)audience-favorite round of Name That 80s TV Theme Song. I can't believe he didn't let the Little House on the Prairie theme song play long enough to get to the guitar solo, though.

The second half was a literary bonanza. Round four was all about literary subtitles. I'd like to clarify that the subtitle of Slaughterhouse-Five mentions a "Duty-Dance" rather than a "Dooty-Dance" - see the difference? After that we tested your knowledge of Shakespeare and your ability to shout yes and no. As the bard said, "He that hath a beard is a quizmaster, and he that lacks a beard wishes he was a quizmaster." Finally we got to the common bond round, and we all learned that communists, herring, and Miranda Rights are all things that are red/read.

It was indeed a very close night, as all the teams were punished equally by our poor questions. But, just when we thought we were getting out of there, two teams ended up tied for the night. After a quick round of tie breaker questions that also ended in a tie (both teams overestimated the population of NYC by 24,867 when they guessed 8.2 million people), the nightly prize went to IMSA who brought their tie-breaker sheet to the front a moment before the Blockheaded Bracegirdles.

Also, as the night was wrapping up I did indeed follow through with OJ's promise of magic tricks and attempted a few mind-bending illusions. Despite the bent minds, I learned that it's really difficult to perform card tricks while holding a microphone in your hand.

Show up to next week's pub quiz for the lyrical stylings of MC OJ the Imposter.

* - And the trivia don't stop, until the panties drop?

** - For those of you who forgot to pick up your dropped knowledge at the end of the night, we've left it in a bag at the coffee bar.

Evil Mr. Phil
1 The Blockheaded Bracegirdles 49
IMSA 49*
2 Ice Road Truckers Cumming Across Seaman Lake 47
3 The Simpletons 46
Rockafire Explosion 43
Inwood Nation 41.5
Cake or Death 41
Camina Piranha 41
Ides of Trivialis 41
Bervis Kaufman Fan Club 40.5
Random Chaos 40
T-Birds 40
The Manifesto 39
Razzle 37
Going Rouge 34
The Park Terrace Terrors 30
Woman and Husband 30
Evil Mr. Phil

I've spent all morning looking at Google Maps trying to get directions to Murgatroyd. No luck so far, but I'm sure I'll figure it out before the pub quiz tonight.

See you then!

Evil Mr. Phil

Last night was an excellent night at the pub quiz. It was by far the best trivia night of March 2012.

We had sponsorship from Brooklyn Republic vodka and we thank them for raffling off a bottle. Congrats to the Tenoritis for winning the bottle. Foolishly, they left before the half time drawing and forfeited their prize. The second name out of the hat* was the T-Birds. They took home the bottle.

The night started off as a packed room. Several regular teams were resigned to standing room and one saw the competition, felt the heat, and walked right out the door. We missed you gentlemen of The Manifesto.

A lot was revealed last night, an insight into the trivia writing process,

Mr. Davidson we did 5 questions, can we go to recess now?

that girl from In School Suspenders sure can chug, and an odd list of mountable things.

The night started off with a pint on us about Calamity Jane who was famous in Deadwood, South Dakota—a state that borders Minnesota. Naturally, round one was about Minnesota. Players who read the hint knew that United Health Group is the largest company in Minnesota.

Round two was about something Minnesota lacks—mountains. They’re tall, full of crags, and killed it on Mississippi Queen. Amazingly, if you wrote down Go Tell It on the Mountain for every answer, you would have gone 0 for 10.

Round Three was about super and not so super Tuesdays. A lot has happened on Tuesdays, including Elvis suffering a heart attack on the toilet.

The second pint on us, for which the winner received a Random Chaos punch, was about Beaver Cleaver’s enemies.

Round Four was all about Dr. Jordan’s favorite subject. I’ll give you a hint, it starts with B, ends with R and has a double vowel in the middle.

Round Five proved that you all would do just fine in a fifth grade science class as all the questions came from a fifth grade science textbook.

Then there was the common bond…oh, that vexing common bond. I remember Dr. Jordan once doing a common bond on conquistadors that nobody nailed. Well, the same happened last night when he asked nine questions about things that can be mounted, including Wolverine before he was Wolverine. It’s rare for nobody to get the common bond. It makes us feel bad about ourselves. That’s why we fill our mugs with Ten-Fifty.

Congrats to the Ides of Trivialis for a close win last night. We look forward to seeing you all next week when the Evil Mr. Phil will perform six different magic tricks.

* - Thanks to the U of I Dep’t of Mudhen Husbandry for use of the hat.

OJ the Imposter
1 Ides of Trivialis 52
2 Cake or Death 51
3 Ice Road Truckers Cumming Across Seaman Lake 50.7
The Blockheaded Bracegirdles 48
University of Inwood Department of Mudhen Husbandry 47.7
Random Chaos 45.7
In School Suspenders 44
T-Birds 44
Inwood Nation 43.8
Episcobum and a Jew 41.5
Woman and Husband 34
Some of Best Friends Own NASCAR 33
ThunderGun Express 25.7
OJ the Imposter

Who else did Cuomo name in his suit against Ingenix? What's his problem with America's highest paid chief executive?

OJ the Imposter

It's mornings like this that I remember the old adage, "Pub trivia is a marathon, not a sprint."

Actually, not everyone is into sports, so let's try, "Pub trivia is an epic novel, not a short story."

Still not doing it for you? Unless someone printed this recap out for you, then you're reading this via the Internet. So how about, "Pub trivia is a blog post, not a tweet."

And I mean a substantial blog post, not the kind that would just stop right here. I'm talking about the kind that has to go on, no matter how tired the author is or how much beer he had the night before.

But, you're not here for blog posts.*

You're here for the recap.**

Maybe pub trivia is more like a septuagenarian tricycle race?

Septuagenarian Tricycle Race

Last night we cut right to the chase, as they say in the movies, and did a round on movies - movies that were overlooked at the recent Academy Awards. If there had been a category on Dating Advice for Kevin James, surely Zookeeper would have won the gold medal. I was joined last night by perennial guest quizmaster Jon "The Wonder" Wunder, who got the place rocking like a hurricane with an audio round called "Where'd That Sound Come From?", that asked you to name the country of origin for the bands you were hearing. Dr. Jordan was also in the house to show off his new coiffing, so we did a round all about hair in his honor. Did you know that the crew cut was named for Yale's rowing team?

The best part of the evening, for me anyway, was the halftime break. But, all good things must come to an end, and so, we reluctantly proceeded with the pub quiz. Jon "The Wonder" Wunder had a round on nicknames that asked you to remember that Turd Blossom had nothing to do with bad 90s sitcoms, but was a nickname that "W" had for Karl Rove. Next was a round on leap year/leap day. Did you know that motivational speaker Tony Robbins celebrated his 13th birthday yesterday? Finally, for the last round of the evening, Jon did something nobody could have ever expected. He did a so-called Common Bond Round, where the audience was led to believe that none of the questions had anything to do with each other, until question 10 when they were asked, "What is the common bond?" Several teams were able to see the list of answers as more than a simple set of colors and realized the connection was Reservoir Dogs: The Movie.

With all that trivial nonsense out of the way, it was time to award the prizes. Top score of the night and the IRC gift certificate belonged to Random Chaos, who also amassed enough points to leapfrog their way into first place for the month! As monthly winners they were awarded theater/concert/sporting event tickets courtesy of All Shows, they will have a cocktail created and named in their honor courtesy of Rachel, and they get possession of the coveted Quizmasters' Cup until we ask for it back at the end of the month.

So, congratulations to Random Chaos, and thank you as always to everyone who showed up to make our pub quiz the greatest pub quiz there has ever been, ever! See you next week - when it might get even better.

* - Why are you here?

** - Oh.

Evil Mr. Phil