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The wife and I left our kids with a non-family-member babysitter for the first time ever last night so we could go out with her sister & mother for some dinner and live trivia at a local restaurant.  We didn't win the competition (not by a long shot), but we came close to getting 3rd place.  We didn't care because we had a lot of fun just hanging out and participating, and is definitely something we'll be doing again in the future.

Some of the questions were pretty easy, but others left us scratching our heads.  See what you think – I'll post the answers tomorrow to let you see how you did.

Oh, and if you feel like trying to answer these yourself, just be aware that some people may try to answer in the comments, so don't read ahead unless you want some of the answers spoiled for you.

Round 1
1. Category: Military History.  What major historical event happened on June 6th? For bonus points, name the year.
2. Category: Science.  Louis Pasteur invented the pasteurization process in 1862.  This process was used for milk, along with what else?
3. Category: World Events.  What event will take place August 8th through the 24th of this year?
4. Category: Space.  Dwarf planets like Pluto are no longer called "planets" by the IAU.  What is the new term for these astronomical bodies?
5. Category: Organizations. Joseph "Piney" Armone and Sammy "The Bull" Gravano belonged to this "organization". What was its name?

Round 2
6. Category: Musicians.  This musician was responsible for such tunes as "Beyond the Sea", "Splish Splash", and "Mack the Knife". (Name the musician)
7. Category: Literature.  Name the author whose works include Tender is the Night, The Beautiful and the Damned, This Side of Paradise, and most famously, The Great Gatsby.
8. Category: Human Anatomy.  Name the two locations on the human body where you'd find phalanges.
9. Category: Bugs.  The "Rocky Mountain Wood" and "Groundhog" are two nicknames for this critter.  Name the bug.
10. Category: Math.  Reduce 7/8 * 6/7 to its smallest form.

Halftime Bonus Question
B1. Which of the following two telecommunications companies announced last week that they will merge before the end of the year?

  • A. Sprint and AT&T
  • B. Verizon and US Cellular
  • C. T-Mobile and Alltel
  • D. Verizon and Alltel

Round 3
11. Category: Music Groups.  The Bee Gees were made up of three brothers.  Two of the brothers were Maurice and Barry.  Name the third brother.
12. Category: Sports.  Since 1993, Gary Bettman has been the commissioner of this professional sports league.  Name the league.
13. Category: Lakes and Rivers.  The Seneca and Cayuga lakes are part of the group known as the Finger Lakes in what US State?
14. Category: World Capitals.  Suva is the capital of what island nation?
15. Category: Chemistry.  What is the periodic table symbol for the element Titanium?

Round 4
16. Category: Movies.  This actress played Princess Vespa in Spaceballs, and also starred on Melrose Place.  Name the actress.
17. Category: U.S. Constitution.  The 15th amendment was ratified in 1870.  What was the purpose of this amendment?
18. Category: Native Americans.  The Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole indian tribes were known by what name to U.S. Settlers?
19. Category: TV.  Sean Astin and Mackenzie Astin were the children of Patty Duke and television actor John Astin, who appeared on what 1960s TV series?  Bonus points – name the character he played on the show.
20. Category: Cartoons.  The Refreshments play the theme song for which prime-time television cartoon?

Final Bonus Question
B2. Which U.S. President said, "It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world…."

  • A. George Washington
  • B. Harry S. Truman
  • C. Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • D. Thomas Jefferson

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