Before we get started let me say a huge thank you to TWA Cpt. Phil Sanford for pulling these show notes together.
Episode TW50 was the first in our 2016 Listener Tournament. It was an extremely ambitious endeavor to run a multi-week 16 person trivia tournament and we're very proud of how it turned out. Enjoy!
Airplane - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Naked Gun 2 1/2 - OJ Simpson
Major League - Bob Uecker
The Dirty Dozen - Jim Brown
Police Academy - Bubba Smith
Blazing Saddles - Alex Karras
Failure to Launch - Terry Bradshaw
Goonies - John Matuszak
Kingpin - Roger Clemens
Dumb and Dumber - Cam Neely (Kick his ass Sea Bass!)
Conan the Destroyer - Wilt Chamberlain
ITS A CLIP FURY!
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On Seinfeld, what was Kramer's first name?
What city requested area code 865, spelling VOL, when it split off from area code 423?
Established in 2000 in Knoxville, the home of the University of Tennessee Volunteers. The Volunteers certainly have embraced the new area code. Check out this article about a local store taking advantage of the change.
What tube connects the larynx to the lungs?
In the movie Apocalypse Now, Robert Duvall says he loves the smell of napalm in the morning because it smells like what?
That quote is ranked 12th in AFI’s 100 Greatest Movie Quotes of All Time. As Chris said, the full content of that quote is never spoken, especially not in the AFI list, and that makes this an excellent trivia question.
Who was the father of Cleopatra's twins?
Mark Anthony - Not to be confused with this man.
What 13-year-olds 1963 hit Fingertips was the first live recording to ever top the pop charts?
Michael Jackson was only 5-years-old in 1963
Regarding Jonathan’s joke, the “Stevie Wonder isn’t blind” conspiracy theories don’t get the love that they should.
What flower is traditionally worn on Memorial Day
What is the official musical instrument of the United States of America?
What nation did the U.S. Men's hockey team beat to win the gold medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics?
There were two divisions in hockey and the top two teams from each division qualified for the medal round. The medals were determined by aggregate results, including the record against the other qualifying team from the division, so the U.S. went into the medal round 0-0-1 with a previous tie against Sweden. In the first game of the medal round, the U.S. beat the Soviet Union is arguably the biggest upset in sports history. In the third game of the medal round, the U.S. beat Finland, but Finland didn’t win any medals because Sweden had a better aggregate total. If the U.S. lost to Finland in the medal round and the rest of the medal round played out the same, the Soviet Union would have won gold, the U.S. silver, and Finland bronze. Without the win over Finland, the Miracle on Ice would not be remembered the same because the Soviets would have still won the gold, even after losing to the U.S.
What is the edible grain-like seed that is a species of goosefoot, a type of flowering plant?
Quinoa - The official seed food of the Food Network. I may or may not be making that up.
I want you to tell me four of the last five names that will appear on a list of of U.S. Presidents sorted by first name.
Zachary Taylor, Woodrow Wilson, William Taft, William McKinley, William Henry Harrison
Match 2 - Ramona Rice vs. Bob Oakes
What rock group released two albums on the same day in September 1991?
Guns N' Roses (Use Your Illusion 1 & 2)
Which star of the movie M*A*S*H played Monica and Ross' father in Friends?
What black stone is the most common volcanic rock on Earth?
At first I thought Ramona said, “Bath Salt,” which is much different. That was quite the pull and arguably the best educated guess in Trivial Warfare history.
What 42-1 underdog knocked out Mike Tyson in 1990?
James "Buster" Douglas
The fight in Tokyo was a defining moment in the careers of both men. Douglas became the heavyweight champion (which he would lose eight months later to Evander Holyfield) and Tyson was convicted of rape the next year.
Name the movie based on the following storyline: Set in the 1940s, a young banker's life changes when he is convicted and jailed for murdering his wife.
The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption is part of the travesty that was the 67th Academy Awards. The movie has won as many Oscars as I have (zero, in case you were curious). Forrest Gump, in all its lazy sappiness, took home Best Picture and even Speed (!) won TWO Oscars.
Thales, called the first Greek philosopher, taught that all matter is made up of what substance?
Cosmology: Water as a first principle
Who was the first U.S. President to hold a televised news conference?
John F. Kennedy (read note below)
The first rule of trivia is the host is always right. But since the host isn’t writing these notes, the match is complete, and this question didn’t factor into the result, I do have to ask, is the correct answer actually Eisenhower? (editors note: Doh!)
What animated character's battle cry was, "Puppy Power!"?
Scrappy Doo was introduced into the Scooby Doo franchise in 1979. He is Scooby’s nephew and was voiced for most of his cartoon life by Don Messick, the original voice of Scooby.
What latitude line was the boundary between North and South Korea after World War II?
38th North Parallel
The line is crossed by the Demilitarized Zone that was established after the Korean War and remains the border today. The 38th north crosses into the United States near Berkeley on the West Coast and it divides Maryland from Virginia on the Delmarva Peninsula on the East Coast. One of the popular discussions on Trivial Warfare during geography questions is trying to gain perspective with how the U.S. is situated geographically. After going through Virginia, the line clips the southern edge of Portugal and Spain before bisecting the Mediterranean Sea.
In what Edgar Allen Poe story does an old man's oddly clouded eye lead to murder?
The Tell-Tale Heart
This famous story has been referenced hundreds of times, from dioramas to Lifetime movies to an episode of Law & Order where the suspect is identified by his discolored glass eye.
Given the following fictional TV shows name at least four of the five actual TV shows they are a part of.
The Alan Brady Show
The Girly Show
Jesus and Pals
The Alan Brady Show – The Dick Van Dyke Show
FYI – Murphy Brown
Tool Time – Home Improvement
The Girly Show – 30 Rock
Jesus and Pals – South Park
Fictional shows on TV shows are always fun because it creates an environment where writers and showrunners can make fun of themselves and their network bosses. That was definitely the case with the creative talent behind the scenes in all of these shows. Both Ramona and Bob did an excellent job with this final question.