Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Trivia Night with the boys

Well, after running the gauntlet of Anna Liffey's trivia night on 4 or 5 occasions last year, we decided it was time to test out the waters in the New York City scene. After a late start to the night, we ended up at The West End for their 9 pm trivia game. Using our on-again, off-again team name of Car Wash Change Thief Action Squad, we were ready to play the game. But oddly enough, there were only 7 other teams there. Anna Liffey's routinely had 25 or even 30 teams fighting it out for the trivia title, but apparently the Upper West Side is not exactly the trivia mecca that Whitney Avenue is.

There were only 13 questions in the entire game, yet it took almost two hours to complete (if any one is particularly interested in the scoring system, ask in a comment and I will answer). And despite our rigorous training, we only managed to finish in 4th place, so we had to pay for our bad beer, instead of getting a free $50 bar tab. The two major questions that we missed (which cost us a chance at winning) were:

1. What band released the 1978 album You can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish?

2. What female celebrity proposed to her boyfriend on June 26, 2005 during a motocross race?

You can easily find the answers to these on the internet, but if you don't want to, you can guess.


  1. Rich, what was the scoring system?

  2. ok, well:

    there were 4 rounds, each round with 3 questions each (and then one bonus question worth up to 10 points...we finished with 37 out of a possible 46 points). the most points you could get in one round was 9. each question was worth either 1, 3, or 5 points. it was up to you, but you could decide after you heard the question.

    so, if you were sure that you knew the answer to the first question in a round, you would make that one a 5-pointer. if not, either 1 or 3. and so on and so forth.

  3. The First answer is REO Speedwagon.

  4. second answer is Pink.

  5. you're both right. good work.