Many thanks to Amy Ningen for pulling together the show notes for this week's show!
This episode features the first of the Listener Tournament quarterfinal matches.
Chris opened the show dedicating it to his mother, Linda, who passed away soon after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She loved the show and Chris was buoyed by messages of support from the Warheads.
The first half featured the matchup between Kris Eve and Chris Hollister in the quarterfinals.
Who provided the voice of Rocky the Rooster in the animated movie Chicken Run?
The category of Best Animated Feature for the Academy Awards, starting in 2002 (for 2001 movie), was created because Chicken Run was popular among Academy members but didn’t manage to get a Best Picture nomination.
What World War II novel is Joseph Heller’s most famous work?
The term “Catch 22”, meaning a situation in which a desired outcome or solution is impossible to attain because of a set of inherently contradictory rules or conditions, came from this novel.
What country was known as Ceylon until 1972?
“Sail On” was the first single from the Commodores 7th studio album Midnight Magic, written by Lionel Ritchie.
Niacin, Thiamin, and Riboflavin: What do they all have in common
They are all B Vitamins
Processed cereals have all three, but some fear that we may be over-fortifying them. Here's an article discussing the potential risk in more detail.
What is the stock ticker symbol for Anheuser Busch InBev?
Until 1997, tickers were mandated as 3 letters or less for exchange traded stocks and 4 or 5 for stocks traded on NASDAQ. Though tickers remain short, as of 2008 short tickers can trade on NASDAQ and vice versa for longer tickers. Companies can use them as marketing tools. Molson Coors Brewing Company uses the ticker "TAP". As for single letter tickers, the only letters in the English alphabet not currently used: J (was Jackpot Enterprises) and U (formerly US Airways).
Who is the most recent player to steal over 100 bases in a single season?
Vince Coleman played for 6 different teams in his 12 year career, three National League teams and 3 American League teams: St. Louis Cardinals, NY Mets, Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds, and Detroit Tigers. He holds three of the top six stolen base seasons: #3 (110 in 1985), #4 (109 in 1987) and #6 (107 in 1986), all with the Cardinals. He still holds the distinction of having the most stolen bases by a rookie (1985). Lastly, he holds the MLB record for most consecutive stolen bases without being caught stealing (50, September 18, 188 through July 26, 1989)
What artist won the 2015 Grammy for Album of the Year?
You may recall, Beck was almost interrupted from giving the speech by Kanye West, reminiscent of his 2009 interruption of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for “You Belong with Me” at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. In both cases, Beyonce lost.
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Name the confederate prison in southwest Georgia that held over 33,000 Union Men
In March 2015, Andreas Lubitz, copilot of Flight 4U9525 deliberately crashed the airplane into the Alps, killing all aboard? What was the name of the airline?
Germanwings was the low cost subsidiary of Lufthansa until its merger with its sister brand Eurowings in October 2015, with the new company operating under the Eurowings brand. Prior to the crash, Germanwings offered something called Blind Bookings, which was something like the grab bag of airplane flights, the customer would select a category (i.e. Party or Gay-friendly or Culture) and through a random lottery, the person would purchase a ticket to an unknown destination. If selected, the customer would find out where they were going via email.
On what type of triangle would you find a hypotenuse?
The lyrics of “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General" from Gilbert and Sullivan's 1879 comic opera The Pirates of Penzance include:
I'm very well acquainted, too, with matters mathematical,
I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical,
About binomial theorem I'm teeming with a lot o' news,
With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse
Heading into the final, Kris Eve had 50 and Chris Hollister had 10.
I have a list of the top 10 websites in terms of visit per month from Alexa.com. I need you to name 4 of the top 5.
#9 Google India
Both missed the question. Final score 30 for Kris Eve, who moves on and 0 for Chris Hollister.
The second half featured the quarterfinal between Jeff Revilla and Amy Ningen.
The Warm It Up Chris in the second half of the episode, same question. Hermione was a name in the pop culture prior to Harry Potter. Hermione Gingold, an English stage and screen actress, played the Mayor’s wife, Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn, in the movie version of The Music Man.
Gidget was the title of a 1957 novel (and several sequels) by Frederick Kohner based on his daughter. The term is a portmanteau of the word “girl” and “midget”. It was adapted into a 1959 movie starring Sandra Dee (followed by a pair of sequels without her) and many TV adaptations, the most famous starring Sally Field in 1965. Yvonne Craig, best known for playing Batgirl/Barbara Gordon on the Batman series starring Adam West was also in the first Gidget movie. In 2000, Francis Ford Coppola staged a music adaptation of Gidget in anticipation of bringing it to film. It never came to be.
The Naked Cowboy played the guitar in Times Square, but wasn’t in fact naked, but in a WWE-type speedo. Apparently, he appeared on the Howard Stern show and also on Fox News’ Red Eye. Sadly, Amy and Jeff only tied the Chris/Kris combo at 5 correct answers.
What did the US government tax at $1 a barrel to help finance the Civil War?
The term for a barrel maker is a cooper. Other professions that became common surnames: Foster, which is a scissor maker or woodworker; Gabler, someone who made or sold forks, from the German gabel, “fork”; and Chandler is candle maker.
With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it is suspected that he might not be innocent
In reference to cellphones, what does the acronym SIM stand for in the word SIM card?
Subscriber Identity (or Identification) Module
Amy tried to punt the question because she had no idea, trying to pull a quote about keeping your mouth shut to not seem like an idiot. There is some dispute to the origin of the quote paraphrased as “better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt”. According to the website Quote Investigator, Proverbs 17:28 expresses a similar sentiment. NIV translation: Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue; It further says there is no real evidence either Einstein nor Lincoln, who are both attributed with this quote, ever said it. The Yale Book of Quotations states it was attributed first to Lincoln in Golden Book magazine in November 1931 as “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt”, but Lincoln died well before that date (1865). Mark Twain was quoted by Ken Burns in a book accompanying a series about Twain, but listed in a section titled “what Twain Didn’t say” “Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt. So, your best bet on trivia if asked about it is to pick Lincoln since there is a direct attribution, however dubious, but both could be supported with a web search on BrainyQuote or Thinkquote or the like.
More on this can be found here: http://quoteinvestigator.com/2010/05/17/remain-silent/
What song hit #1 on the charts twice, once with Bill Withers and again with Club Nouveau?
Lean on Me
Bill Withers won a grammy for writing Lean on Me (Song of the Year), in 1987, only after Club Nouveau covered it. No cover song has won Song of the Year for the original and a cover version, though Kirk Franklin, a gospel singer was nominated in 1999 for Song of the Year for a song of the same name acknowledged to be an interpretation of the Bill Withers song.
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What is the longest river in the European Union region, and it drains into the Black Sea?
Blue Danube was the name of the first British nuclear weapon. It was designed in the ‘40s, proof tested in 1956, and retired in 1962.
What country did Alfa Romeo and Fiat cars originate?
Porsche is German, founded by Ferdinand Porsche as a consulting firm Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche GmbH, Konstruktionen und Beratungen für Motoren und Fahrzeugbau (designs and consulting services for engines and vehicles) in April of 1931. His son, Ferry, was one of the first employees. His daughter, not named Portia or Porsche, but named Louisa, imported Porsches and Volkswagens to Austria beginning in 1952, after the death of her husband.
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving, hysterical, naked
Howl by Allan Ginsberg
The words “black dog” do not appear in the Led Zeppelin song Black Dog. The song is listed as #300 on Rolling Stone’s 2010 list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
Within 3 years either way, what year the advertising was banned on radio and television
Inside story about the episode (Amy): I had just recently asked the question on the FB page (Trivial Warfare Army) – if you haven’t joined yet, you should, it’s great – so I knew it without a doubt. I offered to have the question thrown out, and Jonathan left it up to Jeff, and Jeff thought he had seen it and said that we should keep it…and then he got it wrong. That said, this is not the Quiz Show scandal. The 1994 film starring John Turturro, Rob Morrow and Ralph Fiennes chronicles the real-life scandal that happened in 1958 on the quiz show Twenty One, where a strong but homely competitor named Herb Stempel is enticed to throw the game in favor of a more TV-genic Charles Van Doren and the answer feeding that follows in subsequent games. This is largely responsible for the disclaimer at the end of game shows “portions of this program not affecting the outcome may have been edited” to assure the public that yes, there is editing, but anything affected the outcome is left in.
The commercial features Victoria Hamel, who went on to star in Hill Street Blues. https://archive.org/details/VirginiaSlimsCigarettesU.s.TelevisionCommercial161968-1971
What hip museum has drawn thousands of visitors to Cleveland since it opened in 1995?
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Name the current prime minister of Japan. His last name happens to be the short form of a 19th century US President’s First Name.
Abe Vigoda, who died in January of 2016 a month shy of his 94th birthday, was best known as Phil Fish from the TV show Barney Miller and spinoff show, Fish. He also played Salvatore Tessio in the Godfather. His fans, including Amy, were outraged that he was left off the In Memoriam montage at the Oscars, especially considering Alex Rocco, his costar in The Godfather (he played Moe Greene), who died in July of 2015, was included. He is included in the montage posted to the Oscar.com website.
Put the following wars, from earliest to most recent, by the end date
The Second Crusades, the Mongol Jin War (the Mongol conquest of the Jin dynasty), The War of the Roses, the Thirty Years War
Both Amy and Jeff got it wrong, but the final score was 50 for Amy, who moves on, and 20 for Jeff.
Check out Jeff’s Podcast “Stuff I Never Knew” available on iTunes and other places you can find podcasts.