Friday, October 31, 2008

Next Drink'n'Think: November 13th @ Nate's

Well, it was a rowdy welcome to our temporary home at Nate's Place. Considering we were without a microphone, battling hecklers, and inhaling second-hand smoke at an alarming level, the night was a success. Congratulations to the NutCutters! This team remained in control each round to take home the pot.

Hopefully we will have a mic for our next trivia night. Thanks to everyone for supporting us at our new venue. Until Rikenjaks or 710 are back up and running Drink'n'Think is on tour.

Questions from last night:


[HISTORY] Which Viking came first, Erik the Red or Leif Eriksson?
(Leif was in fact Erik's son)

[RELIGION/SCIENCE] What prominent military saint is the patron saint of herpes, syphilis, sheep and the Portuguese navy among others?
(St. George of Lydda)

[SPORTS] In what year did the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Kansas City Royals to capture their only World Series title in franchise history?

[LITERATURE] In what Euripides' play does the main character enact revenge on her husband, Jason, by killing their children?

[POLITICS] During the presidential election, Barack Obama has been connected to Bill Ayers, co-founder of what radical left organization, which conducted a campaign of bombing public buildings during the 1960s and 1970s.
(The Weather Underground)

[MUSIC] Who wrote most of the lyrics for Elton John in the 70's?
(Bernie Taupin)

[CURRENT EVENTS] On October 10th, what state became the 3rd state to legalize gay marriage, behind Massachusetts and California?

[CINEMA/ TELEVISON] What academy award winning actresses’ mother and brother were fatally shot last week on Chicago’s south side?
(Jennifer Hudson)

[LOCAL KNOWLEDGE] Calcasieu residents could have participated in early voting at what location in Lake Charles?
(Second floor of the Calcasieu Courthouse at the Registrar of Voters Office)
[MISCELLANEOUS] According to Extreme Chocolate’s annual survey, What was the most popular Halloween candy in 2004?
A: Snickers, B: Candy Corn, C: M&Ms, D: Tootsie Rolls
(Candy Corn)


[HISTORY] On this day in 1938, this radio dramatist caused mass hysteria and frightened tens of thousands of listeners when the play War of the Worlds was aired on Radio?
(Orson Welles)

[RELIGION/SCIENCE] What planet is the brightest object in the sky, after the sun and moon?

[SPORTS] Name 1 of the 3 New Orleans Saints players reportedly among several players who have violated the NFL steroids policy last week?
(Deuce McAllister, Will Smith and Charles Grant)

[LITERATURE] Gustave Flaubert's tale of this born seductress trapped in a dull village with a dull husband defined the techniques of the modern novel.
(Madame Bovary)

[POLITICS] Last week it was reported that in the early 1980s John McCain served on the advisory board of what organization? A group that was involved in funding militant anti-communists, espoused some anti-Semitic views, and had its charitable organization tax exemption revoked by the IRS.
(U.S. Council on World Freedom)

[MUSIC] What rock and roll legend trained as a beautician at the Poro College of Cosmetology in St. Louis in 1952 before entering the music scene?
(Chuck Berry)

[CURRENT EVENTS] A new study released in the Oct. 24th issue of the journal Science suggests that this daily activity may control blood pressure.
(Farting - relaxes the blood vessels to prevent hypertension)

[CINEMA/TELEVISION] What horror movie features a serial killer wearing a mask inspired by an Edvard Munch painting?

[LOCAL KNOWLEDGE] The Lake Charles Police Department has seen an increase in incidents between officers and people under the influence of what drug since Hurricane Ike, according to Chief Don Dixon

[MISCELLANEOUS] According to legend, Jack-o-lanterns originated in Ireland to keep away spirits and ghosts. Originally, people placed candles in hollowed-out what?

A. Pumpkins B. Watermelons C. Turnips D. Potato



[HISTORY] Before the 984 foot high Eiffel Tower was built in 1889, what was the tallest building in the world at 555 feet?
(The Washington Monument)

[RELIGION/SCIENCE] How many men held the title of Pope during the 20th Century?
They were: Leo XIII (1878-1903), St. Pius X (1903-1914), Benedict XV (1914-1922), Pius XI (1922-1939), Pius XII (1939-1958), Blessed John XXIII (1958-1963), Paul VI (1963-1978), John Paul I (1978) and John Paul II (1978-2005). Leo XIII is included on this list because his papacy overlapped into the early 20th Century.

[SPORTS] On this day in 1974, Muhammad Ali knocked out what fighter in the eighth round of a 15-round bout in Kinshasa, Zaire ("rumble in the jungle") to regain his world heavyweight title?
(George Foreman)

[LITERATURE] What fiction writer’s body of work is largely incomplete, published after his death, and includes such stories as The Trial and The Castle?
(Franz Kafka)

[POLITICS] Who is the current president of Mexico?
(Felipe Calderón)

[MUSIC] What Zanzibar-born British musician was born on September 5, 1946 with the name Farrokh Bulsara?
(Freddie Mercury)

[CURRENT EVENTS] On October 1st, the U.S. Senate voted 86 to 13 to end the ban on trading nuclear fuel with what country?
(India) The ban was imposed by the U.S. in 1974 after India tested a nuclear weapon.

[CINEMA/TELEVISION] What 80's Pro-Wrestler was turned into a G.I. Joe character?
(Sgt. Slaughter)

[LOCAL KNOWLEDGE] Last week, members of the Department of Environmental Quality Statewide Committee explained to city officials that Lake Charles is one point away from not complying with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s standards regarding what type of pollution?
(Smog – air standards for ozone/ Lake Charles has a 75 rating, with 76 being the level for "non-

[MISCELLANEOUS] According to secret files made public by the National Archives in London,
two U.S. fighter planes were ordered to shoot down what over the English countryside during the Cold War?
(A UFO/ One pilot, Milton Torres, now 77, said it spent periods motionless in the sky before
reaching estimated speeds of more than 7,600 mph)


[HISTORY] Name 1 of the 3 presidents who have died on July 4th?
(John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in 1826, and James Monroe in 1831)

[RELIGION/SCIENCE] What weather phenomenon is measured by the Beaufort scale?

[SPORTS] Oklahoma City will debut their new NBA basketball franchise this year under what name?
(Oklahoma City Thunder)

[LITERATURE] Although the poem consists of over 30 characters, the Illiad’s main character is who?

[POLITICS] Who is the current Secretary-General of the United Nations?
(Ban Ki-moon)

[MUSIC] Who was the only female solo artist to have a #1 hit single without releasing an album?
(Lisa Loeb. She had a #1 hit with the song Stay. Stay landed on her debut album "Tails" in 1995)

[CURRENT EVENTS] Last Friday it was announced that this person will retire as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the end of the year?
(Stephen Hawkings)

[CINEMA/TELEVISION] What famous horror series, beginning at Camp Crystal Lake, is being resurrected in 2009?
(Friday the 13th)

[LOCAL KNOWLEDGE] What is the official state dog of Louisiana?
(The Catahoula Leopard Dog, often called the Catahoula Hound)

[MISCELLANEOUS] A dime has how many ridges around the edge?

A.) 115 B.) 118 C.) 123


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Drink'n'Think: October 30th, 8:00 P.M. @ Nate's Place

We are back. Come on out and join us at our new venue: Nate's Place. We have a new night (Thursday) and a new time (trivia starts at 8:00 p.m.). Everything else remains the same.

See you Thursday!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

We are on hiatus...

until the downtown can keep a venue open for more than one year at at time. For those of you who don't know, 710 is changing owners and will be closed until further notice. In the meantime, we are exploring other options.

We will keep you posted through email and this blog.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Next Drink'n'Think: Monday, October 27th [AT 710]

We concluded our final Drink'n'Think at Rikenjaks. Although it was only 3 rounds, we ended the night in our first tie. Etc. and Sons of Son equaled each other through 10 tie breaker questions before it was called a tie. Thanks to everyone for playing.

We will be trying out our new venue 710! We will keep our loyal participants updated through this blog and our email list.

Here are the questions from last night:


[HISTORY] What plant's 1986 meltdown was dubbed "Russian Roulette" by nuclear power critics?

[RELIGION/SCIENCE] What religion claims to have been founded in the 1950s by the world's greatest salesman J. R. "Bob" Dobbs?

(The Church of the SubGenius)

[SPORTS] What basketball team was the first in major league sports to be named for an insect?
(The Charlotte Hornets)

[LITERATURE] What is the name of the the family in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath?

(The Joads)

[POLITICS] Two weeks ago, the vice presidential debate was held at what university?

(Washington University in St. Louis)

[MUSIC] What band will be playing the halftime show at Superbowl XLII in February?

(Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band)

[CURRENT EVENTS] Recently, search and rescue workers found the wreckage of this millionaire’s airplane, but no sign of the adventurer-aviator body.

(Steven Fossett)

[CINEMA/ TELEVISON] What director of “House of a 1000 Corpses” was also a production assistant on Pee-Wee’s Play House?

(Rob Zombie)

[LOCAL KNOWLEDGE] On October 3rd, Louisiana recorded its first death this year from what virus?

(West Nile virus)

[MISCELLANEOUS] What's short for "light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation"?


[HISTORY] What optical aids was nearsighted model Grace Robin the first to show off in 1930?

(contact lenses)

[RELIGION/SCIENCE] What planet is named after the Greek god who personified the sky?


[SPORTS] What homerun hitter, who currently plays for the Oakland Athletics, is known as "The Big Hurt"?
(Frank Thomas)

[LITERATURE] Blindness is a 2008 dramatic thriller film that is an adaptation of the 1995 novel of the same name by what author?

(José Saramago)

[POLITICS] What Irish political movement is named after a phrase meaning "we ourselves"?
(Sinn Fein)

[MUSIC] This band will reunite next year when they invade the Hampton Coliseum in Virginia for a trio of shows on March 6-8th, 2009.


[CURRENT EVENTS] Last month, professor George Kakoma, the composer of what country’s National Anthem, sued his government for the violation of his copyright for over 40 years.


[CINEMA/TELEVISION] In the 2003 movie Coffee and Cigarettes, name 1 of the 2 rappers who sip herbal tea and have a conversation with Bull Murray about the dangers of nicotine.

(GZA or RZA)

[LOCAL KNOWLEDGE] Name any 1 of the 4 candidates who ran for Calcasieu Parish District Judge, Division H

(Cynthia Clay Guillory – Lands

Lydia Guillory Lee

Ron Ware

Assistant District Attorney Sharon Wilson)

[MISCELLANEOUS] What's the University of Paris more commonly called?

(The Sorbonne)


[HISTORY] What type of vessel was powered by a hand-cranked propeller when first used in combat in 1176?
(A submarine)

[RELIGION/SCIENCE] What religious movement accepts both Jesus Christ and Haile Selassie as incarnations of God, considers Marcus Garvey a prophet, and celebrates the spiritual use of marijuana?

(The Rastafari movement)

[SPORTS] What football league had expansion teams in Baltimore, Las Vegas and Shreveport for the 1994 season?
(The Canadian Football League)

[LITERATURE] What is the name of Tom Sawyer's love interest?

(Becky Thatcher)

[POLITICS] Who is the current Secretary of Defense?

(Robert M. Gates)

[MUSIC] With the Red Hot Chili Peppers on a hiatus, bassist Flea has enrolled in what university’s music program hoping to better understand the “math and academics” of musical structure.

(University of Southern California)

[CURRENT EVENTS] Two decades after his single hit the top spot in 16 countries, this singer

has become a surprise contender for best act ever at this year's MTV Europe Music Awards.

(Rick Astley)

[CINEMA/TELEVISION] What actress portrayed Jen Lindley on the television show “Dawson’s Creek”?

(Michelle Williams)

[LOCAL KNOWLEDGE] What fashon designer, who was born in 1927 in Haynesville, Louisiana, became one of New York’s top designers and designed the wedding gown worn by Lynda Bird Johnson, daughter of former President Lyndon B. Johnson?
(Geoffrey Beene)

[MISCELLANEOUS] This month, news went around that this Wild Wild West actor is in talks with Marvel to direct the first-ever feature film starring Thor

(Kenneth Branagh)

Tie-Breaker Questions

[HISTORY] What suntan lotion was developed by Dr. Ben Green in 1944 to protect pilots who bailed out over the Pacific? It is still sold today.

[RELIGION/SCIENCE] What do leukemia sufferers have too many of?
(White blood cells, or leukocyte).

[SPORTS] What NHL team plays in an arena called The Pond?
(The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim)

[LITERATURE] In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, why is the Earth destroyed?

(To make way for an intergalactic expressway)

[POLITICS] McCain graduated from what college in 1958?

(U.S. Naval Academy/ Navy’s undergraduate college)

[MUSIC] Whose pop parody career includes the hits Addicted to Spuds and White and Nerdy?
(Weird Al Yankovic).

[CURRENT EVENTS] Earlier this month, it was reported that this pop singer’s is suing her ex-boyfriend for trying to sell a sex tape the couple made together for $9 million.

(Brittney Spears – Louisiana’s own)

[CINEMA/TELEVISION] What 1987 movie’s tagline read: She thought babysitting was easy money - until she started hanging out with the Andersons?

(Adventure’s in babysitting)

[LOCAL KNOWLEDGE] Name 1 of Louisiana’s 5 most popular baby names for a girl in 2005.

[MISCELLANEOUS] Awarded by the editors of the Annals of Improbable Research, Deborah Anderson received a chemistry prize for a 1985 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that found this beverage is an effective spermicide .


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Next Drink'n'Think: October 14th

What a night! With the financial bailout plan in limbo, the good people of Lake Charles spent their money freely last night. We almost eclipsed our highest pot ever as the winner walked with $102. Speaking of the winner, Etc. barely escaped with a victory Karma Is A Bitch. A big thank you to everyone for coming out and supporting Drink'n'Think. We expect to see all of you back on October 14th!

However, I can make no guarantees that Road House will be playing on the television over the bar in closed captioning.

Here are the questions from last night:


[HISTORY] Who is credited with “discovering” Cuba in the 15th century?
Cristóbal Colón (aka Christopher Columbus) claimed Cuba for Spain on
October 29th, 1492

[RELIGION/SCIENCE] A new University of Georgia study suggests that online social networking sites such as Facebook might be useful tools for detecting what psychological disorder?

[SPORTS] What major league baseball team recently clinched the franchise’s very first playoff berth?
(Tampa Bay Rays)

[LITERATURE] This author, who penned Infinite Jest, hung himself on September 12th at the age of 46.
(David Foster Wallace)

[POLITICS] What private group is suing Dick Cheney and the Executive Office of the President in an effort to ensure that no presidential records are destroyed at the end of the Bush Administration?
(Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington)

[MUSIC] What former American Idol winner [runner-up] recently came out of the closet?
(Clay Aiken)

[CURRENT EVENTS] In two days, 34 skydivers from 14 countries will attempt to parachute jump from an aircraft flying 465 feet above the summit of what mountain? The first attempt in the history of the world.
(Mount Everest)

[CINEMA/ TELEVISON] After multiple delays, Mel Brooks' cartooned sequel to his Star Wars spoof film finally aired in the United States. What is the name of the spoof?

[LOCAL KNOWLEDGE] A recent audit shows that that THIS Parish should repay FEMA 3.4 million dollars it received to shelter victims of Hurricane Katrina three years ago.

[MISCELLANEOUS] People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals recently sent a letter to Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, cofounders of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., urging them to replace cow's milk they use in their ice cream products with this substitute?
(Human breast milk - PETA believes it would lessen the suffering of dairy cows and their babies on factory farms and benefit human health)


[HISTORY] On this day in 1452 the very first book was published on a printing press. What was it?
Johann Guttenberg's Bible

[RELIGION/SCIENCE] Who is the founder and president of Focus on the Family, a group dedicated to defending the God-ordained institution of the family and promoting biblical truths worldwide?
(James Dobson)

[SPORTS] This unpopular Detroit Lions president and GM was fired recently, after compiling a 31-84 record and never reaching the playoffs.
(Matt Millen)

[LITERATURE] A library in Western France recently discovered an undocumented music fragment among their collection that has been verified as the work of this composer?

[POLITICS] This Liberal Democratic Party candidate was recently elected the new Prime Minister of Japan.
(Taro Aso)

[MUSIC] What 1980s rap act, along with Metallica and the Stooges, are among the nine nominees for next year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class?
(Run D.M.C.)

[CURRENT EVENTS] Which 1 of the 3 richest men in the world came to the rescue of Goldman Sachs with a $5 billion cash infusion last week?
(Warren Buffet)

[CINEMA/TELEVISION] What show recently won the Emmy for “outstanding drama series”?
(Mad Men)

[LOCAL KNOWLEDGE] Worried that welfare costs are rising as the number of taxpayers declines, Louisiana state representative John LaBruzzo (R-Metairie) announced he is studying a plan to pay poor women $1,000 to do what?
(Have their fallopian tubes tied/ Sterilization)

[MISCELLANEOUS] Cadillac recently announced the world premiere of this vehicle, the world's first fuel-saving hybrid applied to a large luxury SUV.
(Escalade Hybrid)


[HISTORY] What does the D in D-Day stand for?
(Designated) It stands for the Designated Day for Operation Overlord,
the code name for the Allied invasion of Northern France, during World War II.

[RELIGION/SCIENCE] The average whale shark has how many rows of teeth?
A.) 200
B.) 300
C.) 400


[SPORTS] The welterweight showdown between Manny Pacquiao and this boxer, scheduled for December, has sold $17 million dollars worth of tickets. The total makes this fight the second-biggest gate in boxing history.
(Oscar De La Hoya).

[LITERATURE] Today this author, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 and authored “Night”, turns 80 years old.
(Elie Wiesel)

[POLITICS] Earlier this month, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart sent a cease and desist notice to the McCain-Palin campaign over their use of what song?

[MUSIC] What Pop singer was recently arrested in a public toilet in London for alleged drug possession?
(George Michael)

[CURRENT EVENTS] Recently, a nuclear-powered flagship set off for Venezuela with a submarine destroyer and two support vessels in this country’s first naval mission in Latin America since the end of the Cold War.

[CINEMA/TELEVISION] George Takei recently married his partner of 21 years, Brad Altman, in Los Angeles. What character on Star Trek did George Takei play?
(Mr. Sulu/ Captain Hikaru Sulu)

[LOCAL KNOWLEDGE] What company recently pleaded guilty in federal court for violating environmental laws in connection with the massive 2006 oil spill that closed down 20 miles of the Calcasieu River and three area lakes for weeks?

[MISCELLANEOUS] Big Brother, a 4-year-old elephant, recently completed rehab in China, after illegal poachers fed him bananas spiked with what drug in order to control him?


[HISTORY] What city was the first capital?
(New York City) In 1789, New York City was selected as the first capital of the United States, but just a year later the capital was moved to Philadelphia.

[RELIGION/SCIENCE] What religious group believes that in 1914 the time of the Gentiles ended and Jesus became King of God's heavenly Kingdom?
(Jehovah’s Witnesses)

[SPORTS] David Kalb, a warehouse worker from California, used some trick shots and benefiting from some lucky misses, recently defeated this NBA star in a game of H-O-R-S-E.
(LeBron James)

[LITERATURE] Choke comes out in theaters this weekend and is based on the novel by what author?
(Chuck Palahniuk)

[POLITICS] Sarah Palin received her Bachelor of Science degree in communications-journalism from what university in 1987?
(University of Idaho)

[MUSIC] This former Blink – 182 drummer received second and third degree burns last week when his Learjet crashed in South Carolina.
(Travis Barker)

[CURRENT EVENTS] The number of babies in this country hospitalized due to adulterated milk products and infant formula reaches 13,000 last week.

[CINEMA/TELEVISION] What was the Saved By The Bell television series with Hayley Mills originally called?
(Good Morning, Miss Bliss)

[LOCAL KNOWLEDGE] Name 1 of Louisiana’s 2 state songs.
(Give Me Louisiana and You Are My Sunshine)

[MISCELLANEOUS] Next year, this specific U.S currency will be getting a new look, the first changes to this monetary unit in 50 years.
(The penny)