After trivia I ordered some fries with mayo. This is the reaction I received.
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After trivia I ordered some fries with mayo. This is the reaction I received.
The theme was Famous Suicides, the question was: How did Kurt Cobain take his own life? The best/worst answer, shown on number 9.
After nearly 7 years of doing this thing I call “Quizmaster-ing” and hosting live trivia nights, I’ve seen just about all their is to see. I’ve been yelled at, argued with, seen people cry in defeat and victory at quizzes and I’ve seen my share of people who have had a few too many beers do silly things. However, last night at Sellwood Public House for the first time the mixture of video with scantily clad Germans drinking boots of beer, the heat and the beer led up to a first at trivia. SHIRTS OFF. From the back of the room I saw one of the members of team Air Bears rise up shirtless, with hands in air in a victory stance when I announced the scores. Then, as he walked around the bar, Team Rusty jumped in and BOOM Rusty was shirtless. So there, in the crowded full bar of beer drinking normally failry complacent trivia players were TWO shirtless men. .. I didn’t get pictures, but from where I was sitting on stage, it went something like this:
Trivia: It’s sexy. or something.
Wednesday night, Sellwood Public House. Full bar full of people playing trivia? Check and then some. Wednesday was exceptionally crowded and full, as we had, in addition to our usually packed house a group of find quizzers from a Portland Meetup group who join us to play once or twice a month (Sometimes they win!) I counted 77 people at the start, and that didn’t include the folks that were added to the stage with me, or the people at the bar. What a night! Of course I love it when I have a house full of quizzers to play with, and Sellwood never disappoints me, always rambunctious, fun and maybe just a little bit rowdy. Perfect, in other words.
It was the first week of our kick-off for what I’m calling (for lack of a better term) the 12 weeks Squirrel Hunt, which will result in some amazing prizes and a squirrel trophy, along with a much sought after reserved table for the next twelve weeks. Each week you play your scores go into a scoring grid, and at the end, the team with the most points WINS! Glory! PRIZES! Squirrel!
I grabbed a shot of my view from the stage, as the place filled up..and this filled up bar shot was early, once the place had darkened it was a little bit like a giant trivia tetris game, trying to navigate around the bar. I have to hand it to the staff at Sellwood Public House, they keep bringing in tables for us, we keep filling them up, and they keep rising to the challenge of taking care of everyone. Seriously a great place to play trivia and it shows.
A shot of the full bar on Wednesday and a shot of our winning team that took home $20 off their bar tab due to some serious Catholic schooling knowledge, and of course their knowledge of Oceans, our other theme. Congrats to team Twelve Week Itch for securing their righteous win!
Finally, a sampling of 10 random questions from this week (players pick themes, I apologize for all the Catholic questions), and a shot of the score board for this week, Week 1 of our Squirrel Hunt. I’ll update the blog each week with the standings so you can see where you sit. You’re off to a good start!
1. It’s called Clue here in the States, but what do you call that same game in England, where it started?
2. What name did the Ancient Greeks give to the worlds oceans, which they believed were a giant river that circled the world?
3. According to the Catholic doctrine, Bishops are the successors to the Apostles, and the Pope is a successor to whom?
4. Recently, President Obama got his full geek on when he appeared in an Oval Office photo flashing the Vulcan “Live Long and Prosper” sign with what “Star Trek” star? / A: Nichelle Nichols
5. The “Inside Loop,” “Pop the Clutch” and “The Butt Stopper” are all tricks performed using what?
6. What’s the name of Wil Wheaton’s new youtube series on the Geek and Sundry channel about board gaming?
7. The doctrine of the blood and body of Christ being translated into the bread and water consumed at mass is known as what?
8. Which famous pop singer was born and raised a catholic and has now converted to Kabbalah?
9. The William Shatner horror film “The Devil’s Rain” also starred what founder of the Church of Satan?
10. Bubble Man, Air Man and Quick Man are all bosses in what “Mega Man” video game?
It all started (for me) with a fb post by a colleague of mine, James Dixon. He needed help organizing Red Dress Party this year. I saw his post, and having been to Red Dress for the last 4 years and had a good time, I decided to jump on board and help. I had no idea what amazing group of friends I would meet, how many new friends I would make, and how insane the next (almost) 3 months would be, particularly those last two weeks of building, painting, cleaning and phone calls, emails and texts. And more texts. And then a few more phone calls…..
Flash forward to April 15th, 21012, the lights went up, the music came on, and we had a party. A big sea of red, happy people dancing and laughing for over 6 hours. Was it worth it? Every second (there were a lot of seconds) of it was worth it. Will I be back next year? You couldn’t stop me if you tried. A BIG thanks to everyone who volunteered this year, all were amazing!
So.. now what do I do with all this “Spare time?”
Why have I doubled my workload in the last few weeks? I needed a new outlet. I needed a new challenge. After nearly 6 years of writing trivia and asking questions I found myself in somewhat of a rut. Nothing that anyone but me noticed, but enough that I found myself fussing about sitting down to do what I usually enjoy, writing trivia. It was feeling more and more like work, and less like fun. I found myself thinking way to hard about the clarifications, double and triple checking sources, when the answer was clear. Frustrated in general at what felt like recycling loads of information week in and week out. Then I got this new gig at Scandals on Monday night. They had a projector. Boom. Inspiration.
So let’s do this. Not only am I now compiling video in place of the former printed graphics round at Scandals pdx, I’m also cutting video rounds for Sellwood Public House on Wednesday night (totally different rounds for each night). I’ll admit this much about the process: I’m frustrated. I’m working way to long on each of them, I’m over taxing my laptop to the point of frequent crashing even after a recent RAM upgrade. But you know what? I”m learning something new, I’ve sparked a new part of my brain to come up with this new content, new questions and new ways to make shit funny. So far, so good. The trivia players are rolling in, the veneus are packed, and everyone seems to be enjoying it as much as I am. So, what now? On we go into another year of quizzing. I never imagined what I do with this trivia would turn into what it’s become, or that I would stick at it so long. But honestly? That thrill of the moment when I get a room full of people laughing and scratching their heads? All the hard work is worth it.
So to recap, traditional bar trivia now at CC Slaughters on Monday at 7 and Jolly Roger John’s Landing at 7:30 on Thursdays. That’s pencil and paper, question and answer. If you want to try out the video rounds, those are happening at Scandals pdx on Monday nights at 9:30 and Sellwood Public House on Wednesday nights at 7:00. It feels new. It feels more fun, and in turn it’s making me really enjoy this all again, like it’s 6 years ago and I just picked up a microphone. It doesn’t so much feel like work, as a challenge. A challenge to put together things that will get 60 people laughing (or squirming, or yelling at the screen depending on the topic) in unison on a given night. I’m having fun. Even as I write this I’m cutting some new video for next week and giggling about it. My laptop not so much…
Last Monday night, I kicked off at a brand new venue, Scandals Pdx. it’s on the schedule now, with location so you can find it when you want to come out and play.
One team, formerly known as “The Fruity Island Types” played with me at CC Slaughters on the same night, then arrived at Scandals promptly at 9:30 to play AGAIN. This time disguised as “Cheap Plastic Disguises” See below.
And guess what? THEY WON! They took first place, winning $10 off their bar tab, and $15 off this week’s bar tab. Damn fine winnings. Second and third place won some bar swag as well, and last place? They won a set of shot glasses which will be filled by boughten shots ala Quizmaster Polly this week. I like to help numb the pain of last place one might say. We had about 10 teams on the first night, which is a great turnout. The folks playing pool came really close to winning the game, being only 5 points behind our winners.
Come out to Scandals and play, it’s a lot of fun, and we are working on getting video going for the Monday night Pop Quiz as soon as I can figure out why my damn Mac isn’t talking to the projector…until then, find us playing a great game, that’s a tad easier and more on the Pop Quiz side of the game. Tonight in fact, we’re covering GLEE and Disney. Starts at 9:30. Until then, you might see my face starring at you from the bathroom via a Pop Quiz poster. That’s right bitches: I’m watching you pee!
There are times, that as a Quizmaster, I sit and write about all kinds of random crap that I could care less about. Kardashians, the Bible, the Republican primaries, someones favorite stupid movie… all things that really make me want to gag. This week however, I found myself going down the wikipedia rabbit hole of that very titillating (and hairy) topic: 70′s Adult Films. While I wasn’t gagging about it, I certainly had a good bout of the giggles as I researched the topics. We learned about highest paying scenes for both male and female actors, and how little they earn to do them. I was appalled! I thought for sure that some of those girls were making MILLIONS to do some of *those* scenes. Alas, no. We learned the nickname for 70′s porn was the “Golden Age of Porn” due to the fact that it was widely accepted, and shown in regular theaters. I learned a lot more about Ron Jeremy than I thought possible. 9.75 inches worth in fact. And then, of course, was John Holmes. Oh my… “wet loofa” so..um.. Yeah, go look some of that stuff up (or visit your preferred bookmarks, as you do) there’s NO WAY I’m going to link to anything in this post…. for now, let’s concentrate on some wrong answers. Always a favorite part of trivia for me, and this week, you certainly didn’t disappoint. See examples below.
Q: Due to it’s popularity, and being shown in theaters as well as being widely accepted by a large audience, the 70′s were referred to as the what “age of porn”? A: “Sticky” A: Pre-Aids A: Golden “Showers”
Q: According to the Guinness book of World Records, who holds the record for most appearances in adult films? A: Skeezy McClap A: Mr. Herp Es?
Q: What is the name of Jenna Jameson’s autobiography? A: Two in the pink one in the stink A: Where the Rubbers Hit the Road A: Undressed A: Doing IT A: How my braces came off (QM note: I see what you did there)
Q: What’s the highest rate of pay for men in adult films? A: Banging Grannies A: Gay foot fetish A: DVDA (a Double Rainbow chaser)
A startling number of people did actually get ALL these questions correct..as well as other questions. In fact, most folks were able to correctly identify the pictures of adult film stars for the Graphic Content round. So, obviously you were in fact paying attention to something while you watched… And with that, I leave you with a picture of the winning team: Sassy Does Sellwood. Note the embarrassed one in the back left of the picture vs the very proud men “representing”. I would like to note that this team had, until this week, been in a “3rd place slump” where they just couldn’t break third place. WEEKS AND WEEKS of third place. Then, along came Ron Jeremy and Linda Lovelace to ..um.. thrust them into a win. Congrats team, you are the “Porniest” in Sellwood. The rest of you will have to study. Harder.
Oh, and I can’t WAIT to see my site traffic after this post.
This is for all the people that have been asking for the week in questions to be posted. Some of you play along with parents far away, some of you use them during carpool, some of you just like seeing questions you might have missed from other nights of the week…whatever the reason, you asked for them (many many times) and so..here they are, in no particular order, a random selection of last week’s questions…
What coach from Penn State has been fired from Penn State this week?
What state from the United States was once part of Russia?
How many lines are in a Lymerick?
Gangster Charles Arthur Floyd was better known by what nickname?
Which group of primates is found only in Madagascar?
What is the number of squares on a chess board?
The flag of which country has the Star of David?
George Washington Carver, who passed away in 1943 is best remembered for creating over 300 products that could be manufactured from which plant?
If you took a trip to the capital of Romania, which city would you be visiting?
Name all the U.S. states whose names begin with the word “New” for 5 points each.
How much was Judas given to betray Jesus?
Edward Jenner who is known as the “father of immunology” was known for creating the first what?
How many laps are there in the Daytona 500?
Daniel Craig is set to play the villainous pirate Red Rackham in the movie adaptation of which comic book series?
The red triangle logo of which brand of beer was the first registered trademark in British history?
In physics, which unit of measurement is used to express an amount of energy or work? It can be officially defined as the amount of work required to produce one watt of power for one second.
In international volleyball competitions, how many members are allowed per team, not including substitutes?
Do crocodiles or Alligators show more exposed teeth?
Which Civil War general whose name appears on a street in Portland, was known for his distinctive facial hairstyle? It featured whiskers extending down from his hairline to join his thick mustache, worn without a beard.
What domestic animal has a penis shaped like a corkscrew?
In the word play rounds, here’s what we covered:
2 words, one definition: Name the word from the dictionary definition and the animal group it describes.. EX: A group of geese in the air, or a wound ball of yarn with a center pull string? SKEIN
1. To think or worry persistently or moodily about, to ponder/ (or) a group of chickens?
2. A group of people linked in a common purpose/ (or) A group (herd) of cattle:
3. The infusion of something with holiness, spiritual redemption, divine will, or one’s hope or approval/ (or) a group of Unicorns?
4. An alliance, especially a temporary one, of people, factions, parties, or nations/ (or) a group of Cheetahs
5. To move stealthily so as to avoid notice/ a group of foxes?
Next week’s word play? It’s time to spell it out…
I’ve been getting requests to post the week’s trivia questions here in my blog, as well as some requests for photos and more blogging, a request for a list of my top 100 movies (I don’t think I have a hundred)… So I guess what I’m getting is people want to read the crap I usually spew in here. Today I’m going to tell a little story, then tomorrow I will post a “Week’s best in trivia questions” with you via this blog…So stay tuned for that.
Until I post the questions, let me tell you about this
fucker man at my Wednesday night venue. He first showed up on Halloween week dressed in a masquerade mask and a Reed College t-shirt with sparkly pants. He was obviously a little buzzed, or perhaps just a little annoying, honestly I can’t really tell sometimes, and he started yapping at me DURING the quiz while I was on the mic. Many of you might know how much I simply ADORE that quality in people at my quizzes. Let’s say I’m grading papers, head down in a pile of stuff to get through in 3 minutes, on a stage, then chances are good that I don’t have time to talk to you directly. If I DO have time for a chat, it’s likely to be a quick one if we are in the midst of a live game with a bar packed full of people. Not a 10-15 moinute ongoing conversation about how I should change my trivia to suit YOU that one single person that has shown up only once and not actually played the game EVER. But it gets worse….
So, this guy, he keeps interrupting me by shouting out things about the quiz, how great I am and how much fun he’s having, starts cackling to himself, and saying how he’s got these GREAT ideas for questions. He tells me how he wishes he had money to tip me, I’m so funny, but he didn’t bring cash. Occasionally he even shouts out answers… THEN this guy walks away, and I think it’s over. But he comes back, and he starts throwing money at me. THROWING MONEY AT ME. As he is giggling and saying “Oh Honey, you’re so funny” he’s tossing dollar bills on the stage. Two dollars, then three, then four…I think he hit about 7 before I yelled at him to STOP THROWING MONEY AT ME. Not that I don’t appreciate tips, I do, but not when you’re tossing money on stage like you’re at a stip show. End of the night comes, the man comes up and tells me he will be back, with fives next time, cause he really likes me, and wants to toss more money at me. What the???
This week sure enough, he returned, and he tossed money on my table, not on the floor. A couple of ones, and a five. But after repeatedly telling me that my questions were “too hard” and trying to yell out things that only he thought were funny, he went away again. So, here’s hoping that he’s gone for good, and we won’t see him again on Wednesday nights. Or at least that he won’t throw money at me again. It’s all in the life of a Quizmaster I guess.
Questions coming tomorrow, a collection of the week’s best and worst-just for you! Thanks for reading everyone! And seriously? Don’t be a smart-ass next week and throw money at me. Just don’t.
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