The Williams Trivia Contest is a semi-annual event which began in 1966. Since then it has caused thousands of Williams students, alumni, and friends to commit their souls to the gods of Trivia for a night.
The next Williams Trivia contest will be:
Follow this link if you would like to join the Williams Trivia mailing list. The list is the best way to keep informed about the upcoming contest, and also to give feedback on a contest just past.
Here you'll find most of the trivia from most of the contests, going back to 1966.
Since 2003, winter contests have taken place in January, since Winter Study needs more Trivia!
|2015||Polar Vortex||Freaky and the Fridays|
|2014||Requiem for the Blue Civic||ANUSTART ("A New Start")|
|2013||Must Capture Moose and Squirrel||Noumenal Yodelling|
|2012||Second Place Stars||BOMO|
|2011||Return of the Large Hardon Collider: Harder Better Faster Stronger||The Ohio Players|
|2010||Minnesota Pigpen||La Esponja Grande|
|2009||Stink, Stank, Stunk!||Silence in the Hub|
|2008||The Ubernebulous Space Otters of Alpha Centauri||I'm Oxford (dot com) and Friends|
|2007||Suite, Suite Lovin'||Lay Men: JC Superstars: Take Me, Caiaphas|
|2006||Gratuitous Use of the Word "Belgium"||Awesome Sauce: Grammar For *** Like You|
|2005||Worker and Parasite||Deine Mutter ist Geekenvermachtstaffle|
|2004||Click Here to Get Huge||Mortal Wombat|
|2003||Joanie Loves Trotsky||Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil Mutant Hellbound Zombified Flesh-Eating Subhumanoid Living Dead Part IV|
Before 2003, contests took place in May and December, on the night of the last day of classes.
|2002||Neutered Vampires Who Cheat at Kitten Poker|
|2001||Holy Sack and the Resident Vomit Specialists||I Say It's Duck Season and I Say Fire!|
|2000||Make Way For Ducklings, Mother***||The Funk of 40,000 Years|
|1999||I've Got Ives In My Pants||Pokemon Labolatories|
|1998||A Dead Postman Doesn't Deliver Much Mail||At 200 Miles Per Hour, There is No Diplomatic Immunity|
|1997||Gentle Tongue-Tongue, He Weeps For He Has But One Small Tongue With Which to Taste the World||Cthulhu Matata|
|1996||A Bunch of Mindless Jerks who'll be First up Against the Wall When the Revolution Comes||We Make Holes in Teeth|
|1995||Can't... Do... Plaid! (thud)||Elvis Needs Boats|
|1994||Oh No! Bette Midler||How Dare They Challenge Us with their Primitive Skills|
|1993||Your Plastic Pal Who's Fun to be With||The Purpose of the Military is to Kill People and Break Things|
|1992||Not Everyone Keeps Their Genitals in the Same Place||Phasers on Stun: The Next Generation
This contest took place in January, 1993, due to a huge snowstorm.
|1991||Five is Right Out||Phasers on Stun: The Next Generation|
|1990||Son, You've Got a Panty on Your Head||Oxygen is for Losers|
|1989||Leave the Gun, Take the Cannolis||Harry 'Snapper' Organs|
|1988||A Judo, A Chop-Chop-Chop||Silly Me, That's Not the Talking End|
|1987||We Begin Bombing in Five Minutes||I Don't Have to Answer that Question|
|1986||My Second Favorite Organ||Giant Pygmies of Beckles|
|1985||Nasty Big Pointed Teeth||Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius|
|1984||Rule 6||Chicago 60609|
|1983||Smedley Terrace||Phasers On Stun|
|1982||Singleman Party||Local 12|
|1981||Grape Nehi||Phasers On Stun|
|1980||Pros from Dover||Cunning Linguists|
|1979||Maximus Drott||Alphabet Soup|
|1977||Buda Bear||General Morgasm|
|1975||House of Gee
Longtime force Carter House won the Winter 1974 contest as-- surprise!-- "Carter House." However, in honor of influential Carter resident "Gee" Williams (and Carter life in general), they changed their name to "House of Gee" BEFORE running the contest, becoming the first and only team ever to do so.
|Son of Whamo
One of two "sequel" teams to win the championship, the other being "Phasers on Stun: The Next Generation." (Unless you count the two Generals, Bumble and Morgasm.)
The rise of team Bomo was forestalled one semester by an 8th-hour rally by the victorious Great Impostor. At this time, Hour Bonuses were worth 5 points for totally correct answers, and anything less earned 0. It was therefore possible for an opposing team to score unanswered points, the most terrifying scourge any team in the lead had to fear. Sliding scales for bonus scores would not arrive until the 1980s, when Hours were increased to 10 points apiece.
|The Great Imposter|
This is the earliest contest that we can verify as one played by the Manhattan Skyliners. (They may have gotten their start slightly before.) Always a mysterious presence, the Skyliners continue to play to the present day, giving them by far the lengthiest resume in Trivia annals. The head Skyliner got his start when he tuned in WCFM to hear one of the regular music shows. Much to his surprise, it had been preempted by a certain eight-hour substitute. To say that the alternate program captured his attention would be accurate. Manhattan Skyliners gave up December contests some time ago, but have not missed even one Spring Trivia contest in a quarter-century.
|1971||Grand Duchy of Fenwick
Question #1: What is the name of the mythical country in "The Mouse That Roared"?
|1970||NO CONTEST--STUDENT STRIKE
The student body called a general strike to protest the bombing of Cambodia, wiping out the contest along the way. The Gladden seniors were unable to return that December following their graduation to host the Fall 1970 contest. If you need to know how Trivia has changed, look no further than that fact.
|Agard Memorial Tube Team|
|1969||Carter (featuring Frank Ferry)
This was the first contest to include "Challenge Trivia." Points were awarded on a 0-5 scale for teams who themselves created a trivia question that would challenge the winning team. The innate quality of the question was as important as stumping the hosting team. Challenge Trivia survived into the early 1980's.
|1968||Frank Ferry & WCFM
Morgan was the first freshman team to win the contest. They were also the first winning team to win the privilege of creating the next contest.)
|1967||Frank Ferry & WCFM
Cliff Low, Vince Salvato and Fred Ball had started a name-the-oldie contest over WCFM sometime after the second Trivia contest. In Spring 1967, the two contests merged to become the "Trivia and OBG (Oldies But Goodies) Contest," thus inaugurating the double-whammy format which has survived ever since.
Owing to the early format of Williams Trivia, in which the host remained constant, Carter House set an unbreakable record by winning three consecutive contests. (Individual players have since matched Team Carter's achievement by switching teams rather than stay on a winner to help run, then switching again.)
Originally, the format of Trivia was simple as could be. WCFM hosted an eight-hour contest from midnight to 8 AM, same as today. Organizer Frank Ferry read a trivia question on the radio, then fielded calls from teams who gave their answers over the air. The first team to correctly answer got the point. In this first contest, Ferry ran out of trivia after seven hours. He called a "time-out," then returned at noon with two additional hours of questions. Williams D, who had been leading at 7:00 AM, fell asleep before Ferry's return, and lost their ultimate crown to Garfield.
Massachusetts' Edward Brooke had just been elected as the first black U.S. Senator in 85 years. The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" was #1. Top-rated TV shows included "The Red Skelton Hour," "The Lucy Show," and "Daktari." Did we mention that we don't have too much information about this contest?
|Statistics and Summaries||
Essays and Randomness
Audio Boni: The Next Generation
Friday On My Mind
Cosmic Trivia Awareness
Des Devlin's Trivia Funnies
Let All Who Are Hungry, Come and Play
A Trivial Photo Album