Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Fun

Greetings! Hello! Here is our weekly installment of Friday Fun. I pick a question and pretty much talk about whatever I want. You leave with more information than you may have wanted. I pick from Tuesday questions, because I'm at Dundee Gastropub at 8pm every Tuesday. Come say hello, answer questions incorrectly, and drink to your misery!

This week I pulled the first question from round five on the theme of video games.

Q:What famous wagon route has been turned into several variations of a video game, where players 
may read the phrase, “You have died of Dysentery”?

A: The Oregon Trail

Who doesn't love the Oregon Trail? Many of my childhood years were spent trekking across the country, death nibbling at the children's feet while I shoved candy down my throat. I wanted to find out more about the history of this much beloved game and I came across some depressing information.

The creators of the game, Bill Heinemann, Paul Dillenberger, and Don Rawitsch worked so hard to create this amazing adventure game we all cherish. However, they walked away from the game without making any real money from it. They got ripped off! The world is never fair. This sad fact made me wonder who else in the gaming world got ripped off..

Alexey Pajitnov invented Tetris in 1986 but didn't get any money off of it until 1996. This had something to do with Soviet Russia. Here is useless information: Pajitinov also had a hand in making Yoshi's Cookie (which was not as good as Yoshi at all not even close not at all).

Who created Monopoly? Charles Darrow! Just kidding he totally stole it from a woman (surprise!) by the name of Lizzie Magie. She built a game in 1903 called Landlord's Game which was meant to illustrate how terrible capitalism is. The history of Monopoly is terrible but still not as horrible as actually playing it.

Daisuke Inoue invented the Karaoke machine (not a game but a form of entertainment and embarrassment- so close enough) but never patented it and thus lost out on millions of dollars. However, he did invent and patent a pesticide for karaoke machines so there is that?

Want to relive your youth? Find Oregon Trail and others here. See you kids around!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Four Pegs Recap - July 27

It was another hot summer night at Four Pegs with a great, energetic crowd. Brandon was off celebrating his birthday, so we called in a sub. The game started a bit slow when the highest score in Round 1 was just 7 points. Folks did fairly well on the Geography round. Sadly, New Hampshire touches neither New York nor New Jersey. Teams who missed that one should definitely visit the northeast. Beautiful country up there.

Stupid Vermont!

We got a few teams with 9 points in the Picture Round, but no one knew Flea's real name. Speaking of names, the Guys Named Jeff Round was hit or miss. At least everyone knew Jeff Goldblum.

We present to you, The Goldblum!
Sports? My favorite response was "This ain't that kinda bar!" Speaks for itself. It was Round 5 and that was also the average score for that round. We moved quickly and carefully to our Final Round. most of you guys knew both of the three finger salutes we asked you about (and thanks for your PG answers). There was another sports question that threw most people off. Plant names were a bit difficult. But you guys redeemed yourselves with the final question, another shot at geography.

At the end of the game, even though We Know Jack! and Forever Alone and Friends put up some good fights throughout the night, Polar Bear With Me walked away the winners. (Sadly, I forgot to snap a winning photo, so that Jeff Goldblum pic will just have to do!)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Fun

Good day! Welcome aboard to this weekly edition of Friday Fun Trivia Breakdown. I take a question from the previous week, expand on the topic, and you learn valuable lessons. I'm now at Dundee Gastropub on Tuesdays at 8pm (come! drink! eat!) and so I'll be taking from Tuesday's questions.

This week we had some tough questions and I'm picking from the second round. This round was all about Human Anatomy (which I love! surprise!) and I selected question number three.

Q: According to reports, what part of her body has Tina Turner insured for $3.2 million?

A: Her legs

The weird world of body part insurance! Did you know this was a thing? I mean, it makes sense. It just seems pretty wild. How does it work and who else has insured some of their special parts? Lets find out.

First and foremost, the majority of the information we have on who has what insured is not certified true. A lot of it is coated in the language of reportedly and a lot of the sources I found directly conflict. Regardless it seems to be true which is honestly what news is anyways (nothing is real!).

Moving on: it seems a lot of companies and corporations will insurance you/your parts when you are under contract with them. For example, America Ferrara got her teeth insured for $10 million during her Aquafresh contact. If you want to insure your parts yourself, you'll have to shell out the big bucks for a "surplus line" to most likely a company over seas. Apparently Lloyd's of London has facilitated some of these weird celebrity insurance policies. 

Anyways here is what some people insure:

Jennifer Lopez - Butt - $300 Million (This has been denied? sorta?)
Mariah Carey - Legs - $1 Billion
David Beckham - Legs - $70 Million
Michael Flatley -Legs - $40 Million
Keith Richards - Hands - 1.6 Million
Bruce Springsteen - Vocal Chords - $6 Million

What would you get insured? Are our normal body parts worth anything at all? Questions to contemplate as we stare longingly into the terrible Kentucky sun, waiting for the humidity to swallow us whole. See ya next week!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Dundee Gastropub Recap 7/21/15

Tonight was our first night at Dundee Gastropub! It was a wonderful time all around. Everyone did great at naming bands and everyone did terrible at remembering much of anything about comic books. Alas, fun was had, drinks were sipped, and food was digested. It was a close game with the winners snatching the title with only two points. Our winners were Family Affair, pictured below with their proud server (far left).

See y'all next week for more trivia that you may hopefully kinda know.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Four Pegs Recap 7/19/15

We had another exciting game at Four Pegs this week. The good news is that Brandon read all of the questions as written so there was no ambiguity. Round one started off great for most everyone. The scores dipped in rounds two and three. The picture round was rough with the dueling pictures. Round four saw better scores for our acronyms. Leading into the last round we had a very close game. Our game ended up being decided by only one point. This week's winner was Bearcula. Or as I like to call them, the Beary Creative Team.

Bearcula - aka - the Beary Creative Team

Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Fun

Hello friends! Here is another installment of Friday Fun Trivia Breakdown. This is the place where you get all the wild trivia information and back stories you never even asked for! This week I am pulling from the trivia tournament because I was there and witnessed the heated debates and battles. Just a fun note, I'll be at the same place (aka the Dundee Gastropub) this coming Tuesday to yell trivia questions at you. Anyways:

I picked question number eight from round four, the "But I Wasn't Even Born Yet!" round. Hopefully y'all knew some history from a long, long time ago.

Q: What name was given to the murders committed in or near the impoverished district in the East End of London between 3 April 1888 and 13 February 1891, mostly attributed to Jack the Ripper? A: A: Whitechapel Murders (took place in or near Whitechapel district) 

Jack the Ripper! Aren't we all familiar with the terror of Jack the Ripper? I sadly don't know enough about the guy. If only I was an expert, I could call myself a Ripperologist.

Yes, this is a thing! Ripperology is the study of Jack the Ripper and all the mystery that comes with it. In fact, there are well over a hundred different theories about who Jack the Ripper was and some people really are into the study of it. There are endless theories concerning a shawl, a diary, some letters, and on and on.

There's a timeline for the history of Ripperology, a magazine, and even a conference for Ripperologists to gather at. I for one, will not be attending this year. 

Ripperology is not alone, there are lots of other weird -ologies:

Campanology- the study of bells
Vexillology- the scientific study of flags
Eschatology- the study of the end, death, and the final destination of the soul!
Tartarology- the study of hell

Man, there is a lot to do in the world! See y'all on the other side. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Four Pegs 7/12/15

Four Pegs was the place to be this Sunday! We had a packed house. We had returning teams and a lot of new faces as well. Round 1 went well for most teams. When we got into round 2 and ran into a snag with our first couple of questions about movies with colons. Apparently, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise all us colons in their titles so there were several correct answers. Even with this ambiguity the scores were kinda of average. With the number of teams we had this week we actually ran out of picture forms for our picture round and had to get creative so that everybody could play. We did discover that Robert Guillaume looks a lot like Don Cornelius, at least according to several of our teams. Our Ladies Night audio round was hit and miss, some teams loved it, some didn't. We had a close game going into our last round. Our game was decided by one question. With our winner Bear!Bear!Bear! pulling out a victory.


Our trivia host, Brandon, also learned an important lesson about fulling reading the questions. The question was supposed to read, "Name the FIRST 5 countries with a McDonald's franchise besides the US." The question asked was, "Name a country with a McDonald's franchise." Our last question went from having 7 possible answers to a possible 118, HUGE difference. Which makes it a little easier than we had originally planned. Sorry about that.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday Fun

Hello friends! Welcome back to the weekly installment of Friday Fun Trivia Breakdown. Here we give you weird information and wild back stories from the past week's trivia questions! This week I am pulling from Thursday's game. Next week I will probably pull from our Trivia Tournament. Are you going? Join us on July 14th (next tuesday) at Dundee Gastropub at 8pm. I will be there! Yell at me about sports or your feelings!

Anyways, lets go. This week the fourth round was all about detective fiction. Instead of pulling from one question, I wanted to selfishly focus in on my own favorite detectives. I love murder mysteries (even more than sports!). I love building them, watching them, playing them. Here are some fun facts:

Did you ever watch Diagnosis Murder (1992-2001)? It was on CBS and then it was on PAX (which became Ion? who cares) and then it was on Hallmark and now it lives on in terrible quality on YouTube. The show followed Dick Van Dyke (a doctor) and his real life son Barry Van Dyke (a cop) as they solved crime in their insanely crime ridden town somewhere on a beach.  Apparently Barry's son Shane was on the show at one point which really that is just too much. There were eight seasons, some movies, and hundreds of guest stars. I was watching it the other day and Melora Hardin (Jan from the Office) definitely killed somebody.

None of that is important, what is important is that Dick Van Dyke's life was saved by a pod of porpoises. Apparently one time he was surfing and somehow fell asleep on his board (???how????) and awoke so far away he couldn't see the shore. A swarm of fins surrounded him and instead of death he got a team of porpoises that pushed him back to shore. Dick Van Dyke is so important that even the ocean life knows his immense value!

More mysteries: Have you played Her Story yet? (I joy cried the whole way through!) Have you heard of the Mysterious Package Company? I didn't tell you about it! I didn't!

See you at the tournament! And until next time please remember: you will never be as cool as Dick Van Dyke.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Granville Update 7/7/15

Last night proved that you don't need a large crowd to have fun with trivia. Our game started with another patron of the bar offering to buy a beer if anyone could answer his sports question. After several rounds of open guessing the teams threw in the towel and our host earned the free beer. We only have 3 teams playing last night and for awhile we had the whole bar to ourselves. The first couple of rounds went really well for everyone with the scores being extremely close. Unfortunately, we lost steam in the music round. Our contestants had trouble with our midnight round, even when giving the chance for extra points. Coincidentally enough all of our teams had similar troubles so our scores were still very tight going into the last round. Our game was decided by one question. Our second place team got the question correct and then marked it out for the wrong one opening the door for our winner, Better Late Than Pregnant.  Next week is our Tournament, but we will still be having trivia at Granville for those who are interested.

Better Late Than Pregnant

Tuesday Night Recap - Molly Malone's

It was another busy night at Molly's and a great start to the new season. The team names, while fairly great, were somewhat predictable given the state of current events. Jared from Subway and Bill Cosby were the butt of many jokes.

The first round went well with some fairly high scores throughout. Not enough people knew about Nancy Drew's hometown, though. Round Two gave the group a little R&R, the night's second mention of Robert Redford, and some info about the Hood to Coast Relay Race. Round Three was all about Extreme Sports and a little Vanilla Ice, because why not? At the halfway point, The Revenge of Butt Mustache had risen above the competition and stood alone in the lead.

Next up was the Audio Round, titled "In the Middle of the Night," a title taken from Billy Joel's "River of Dreams," a highly underrated song in my book. The crowd was split (as is usually the case with audio rounds), but there was some common ground with hits like Patsy Cline's "Walkin' After Midnight" and CCR's "Midnight Special." The one that stumped the most teams was Coldplay's "Midnight," a rather haunting auto-tuned song from the band's album "Ghost Stories."

Given the (inter)national fame of Discovery Channel's Shark Week, Round Five was all about the ocean's greatest predators. Being a Round Five category, the questions were a bit tougher, including the question about Back to the Future II (see below) and the one about Damien Hirst's The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living.

At the end of Round Five, The Revenge of Butt Mustache was still in the lead, but only by one point. Round Six, as it is designed to be, was a difficult one. Teams struggled to come up with Hillary and Bill Clinton's granddaughter's name (some said Bart or Joe), the nursery rhyme characters taking a ride in a pea green boat, and the Three Principles of Planetary Motion.

In the end, Butt Mustache failed to achieve the first win of the season. That honor went to In Dog Beers, We've Had Just One, a team that had a strong start, a meager journey through the middle rounds, and a strong finish. The high score was 77.

In Dog Beers, We've Had Just One

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Four Pegs Recap 7/5/15

Obviously a lot of people are still recuperating from celebrating America's birthday or cheering on America's Women Soccer team because we had a small game tonight at Four Pegs. We had a small crowd overall so our bartenders were able to get in on the action. With only three teams it was a very close game from start to finish. There were four points separating 1st and 3rd going into the last round. Tonight's winners, Malnourished Reindeer, put away the competion in the last round scoring 41 points.
Malnourished Reindeer with our bartenders

Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Fun

Welcome back to another round of Friday Fun Trivia Breakdown. In this weekly post I pick a question from a round of trivia this past week (join me on Thursdays at Goodwood! 7:30!) and do my own research. I pull out random facts, wild back stories, and just plain weird information. It's a fun way to learn and expand your ever growing trivia knowledge!

Once again I'm interested in sports (surprise!). This is question number eight from round five:

Q: What is the only NFL team to never use a logo on their helmets?
A: Cleveland Browns

Helmets! Mascots! Oh me oh my! This of course makes sense, as their mascot is some dog named "Chomps" which honestly just begs the question why? I guess Chomps makes more sense than a mascot that is literally just the color brown.

Although the Cleveland Browns will not be becoming the Cleveland Chomps any time soon, they did just make a radical change in their uniforms and helmets. Are you ready? I don't think any of us were prepared for this complete 180. Prepare your eyes for this unbelievable change:

I have truly been shook to my core! I must ask, what brought on such an intense change? According to their site: "The orange is brighter and richer and matches the passion of our fans and city. The brown is unchanged." What a truly wild ride. Glad they got that passion.

While Cleveland is pulling out all the stops, some teams drag their feet when it comes to changing any thing about their team. Lets talk about the Washington Redskins. Now they are not the only team with a terribly outdated (when was it ever a good idea?) and racist mascot, but they are most likely the most hated. There is an entire campaign against them. Etsy has banned sales of any items with the name or mascot. Going even further, the Obama administration will likely block the team's ability to build a new stadium because of the name. If even the president is calling you out, maybe you need to rethink some things.

In other sports news, why did no one tell me about Diddy? He swung a kettle ball at one of the UCLA football coaches! What in the world is going on!

Til next week, try not to fall asleep watching baseball or golf. Maybe I won't talk about sports next week, maybe I will. See ya soon!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Summer Tournament Eligibility

Are you eligible to play in the Summer Tournament? Find out here. All scores for the Summer Tournament are final. If you find your team number below, be sure to join us at Dundee Gastropub on July 14 at 8 p.m.

Sunday Scores
Tuesday Scores

Wednesday Scores

Thursday Scores

Granville Recap 6/30

We had a late start to trivia this Tuesday. We waited to watch the USA Women's team pull out a thrilling victory against Germany first. After the "USA" chats died down we were able to get started. We had a small but dedicated crowd stay for trivia. We had a couple of returning teams, a new team, and a visiting team from Molly Malone's. We did run into some snags with our Last Line Round. Apparently, most of the movies came out before the bulk of our contestants were born which led to some funny answers that can't be repeated.

We Don't Know
Our visiting team, We Don't Know, took the lead early and never let it go.  The rest of our teams put up a fighting pulling close to our leader several times, but ultimately the winning team pulled it out by one correct answer in the final round.