Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Next Drink'n'Think: September 30th

It was a small gathering on Tuesday as Lake Charles recovered from Hurricane Ike. Team Etc. walked with an eye-popping $27. Hopefully Drink'n'Think will be back to Category 3 strength at the next show.



[HISTORY] Though she let this slip in a 2002 autobiography, last month the U.S. national archives confirmed her participation as a spy during the Second World War.
(Julia Childs)

[RELIGION/SCIENCE] Born in Holland on April 18th, 1380, Saint Lydwina of Schiedam is the patron saint of what activity?
(ice skating or roller Skating)

[SPORTS] During the 2008 Olympics, the 12-years old record of Michael Johnson in 200m run was broken by who?
(Usain Bolt)

[LITERATURE] What MIT professor won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his debut novel, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”?
(Junot Diaz)

[POLITICS] Joe Biden, announced as Obama’s vice presidential choice last month, is a senator from what state?

[MUSIC] “Souled Out” is the single off of the new solo album from this Bright Eyes lead singer?
(Conor Oberst)

[CURRENT EVENTS] Microsoft is paying what comedian 10 million dollars to appear in their advertisements with Bill Gates?
(Jerry Seinfeld)

[CINEMA/ TELEVISON] Before directing Starship Troopers in 1997, Paul Verhoeven directed what move starring both Arnold Schwarzenneger and Sharon Stone?
(Total Recall)

[LOCAL KNOWLEDGE] Pinnacle Entertainment's top man says work will begin in "a few weeks" on the first phase of this $350 million project in Lake Charles.
(Sugar Cane Bay Resort)

[MISCELLANEOUS] Starring Bill Boyd, this show was the first western series on television.
(Hopalong Cassidy/ aired on November 28, 1948)


[HISTORY] On this day in 1969, what was installed at Chemical Bank in New York City for the first time in America.
(The first ATM)

[RELIGION/SCIENCE] A new survey of this city's seismic history going back to the late 17th century revealed that an earthquake seems to be overdue, putting into question the future of the Tappan Zee Bridge.
(New York City)

[SPORTS] Who won the men's singles tennis competition at the Olympic Games in 2008?
(Rafael Nadal)

[LITERATURE] Although he was married for 64 years, this author - who penned “The Heart of the Matter” and “The Quiet American” - slept with numerous prostitutes and conducted a sequence of brief affairs in addition to keeping four long-term mistresses.
(Graham Greene)

[POLITICS] Who the Libertarian Party's presidential nominee for the upcoming election?
(Bob Barr)

[MUSIC] What singer, who turned 50 last month, recently opened the "Sticky & Sweet" tour at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales?

[CURRENT EVENTS] What technological product is expected to sell 3.5 million units in Russia over the next two years, according to market sources familiar with new deals being struck by Russian manufacturers?

[CINEMA/TELEVISION] What actor played Luke Brower in Growing Pain for 22 episodes between 1991-1992?
(Leonardo Di Caprio)

[LOCAL KNOWLEDGE] According to the newly released 2007 Census statistics for Louisiana, what parish is the most populated parish in Louisiana?
(East Baton Rouge Parish – 430, 317)

[MISCELLANEOUS] What is the most widely traded spice in the world, making up close to 1/5 of all spice imports? [Warning: salt is not considered a spice]
(Black Pepper/ Peppercorns)


[HISTORY] What company name was created by Alice Stead Binney, who took the French words for chalk and oily and combined them?
(craie + oleaginous = Crayola)

[RELIGION/SCIENCE] This religion is the native religion of Japan and was once its state religion.

[SPORTS] The U.S. basketball team beat Spain to claim the gold medal, but who won the bronze medal?

[LITERATURE] What horror author made his feature film acting debut in Creepshow, playing Jordy Verrill, a backwoods redneck who, after touching a fallen meteor in hopes of selling it, grows moss all over his body?
(Stephen King)

[POLITICS] Who is the current prime minister of Spain?
(José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero)

[MUSIC] Recently, while filming a movie in Louisiana, this musician’s Long Island residence, housing his ex-girlfriend and son, suspiciously burned down?
(50 Cent)

[CURRENT EVENTS] Last month, Flight 5022 crashed immediately after takeoff from Barajas Airport in what country, killing approximately 150 people on board.

[CINEMA/TELEVISION] Vin Diesel recently reported that he will be directing a 20 minute prequel to what film, co-starring Paul Walker and the fourth film in the Universal franchise.
(Fast and the Furious)

[LOCAL KNOWLEDGE] What former Louisiana state representative, who regularly carried baskets of peaches to other legislators during his 16 years at the State Capitol, died last month at the age of 82.
(Rep. Julius A. Blount)

[MISCELLANEOUS] The Goodyear Blimp is the collective name for a fleet of blimps operated by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Today there are three blimps in the fleet. Name one.
(Spirit of America, based in Carson, California)
(Spirit of Goodyear, based in Suffield Township, Ohio)
(Spirit of Innovation, based in Pompano Beach, Florida)


[HISTORY] Modeled on intelligence tests administered by the U.S. Army in World War I, the College Board first administered the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in what decade?
(The 1920s - June 1926)

[RELIGION/SCIENCE] The type of mirror that resembles the inner surface of a spoon is called what?

[SPORTS] In 1993, what NFL team made off-season trades for Joe Montana and Marcus Allen?
(Kansas City Chiefs)

[LITERATURE] This children’s author who penned “A Light in the Attic” also wrote a rap version of Shakespeare's Hamlet that was published in Playboy magazine in 1998.
(Shel Silverstein)

[POLITICS] The symbol of the donkey for the democratic party is historically linked to what president who ran for president in 1828, and was labeled a "jackass" for his populist views and his slogan, "Let the people rule."
(Andrew Jackson)

[MUSIC] In 1961, this musician was the first artist to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
(Hank Williams)

[CURRENT EVENTS] This team held on for a 4-3 win over Lake Charles, Louisiana in the consolation game of the Little League World Series

[CINEMA/TELEVISION] Actor Matthew Modine said the following line in what 1987 film: “I wanted to meet interesting and stimulating people of an ancient culture, and kill them."?
(Private Joker/ Full Metal Jacket)

[LOCAL KNOWLEDGE] This comedian, whose most famous movie role was Javier in “Born in East L.A.,” is performing at the Isle of Capri on September 13th.
(Paul Rodriguez)

[MISCELLANEOUS] 31.1 million viewers watched Phelp’s break the record. However, NBC said it still was not as large an audience as on Saturday, Feb. 24, 1990, when 31.4 million viewers watched what television show?
(The Golden Girls spin-off Empty Nest starring Richard Mulligan)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Next Drink'n'Think: September 16th

Hurricane Gustav knocked us off our game a few weeks ago. However, we will return September 16th to rain down trivia goodness on Lake Charles.