Realm: Big Bad is Back!
Subrealm: Did you miss us?
Question: On TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," in a not-so-thinly veiled put-down of former evildoer Spike, Buffy Summers references a type of beings that is more pathetic than any other. What is it?
Answer: Neutered Vampires Who Cheat at Kitten Poker
Song: "Rest in Peace" by James Marsters/Spike [Marsters plays Spike in the show]
Subrealm: The things we do for science!
Question: The endangered giant panda has long had difficulty reproducing in captivity. What method did one Chinese research institute use to encourage impotent giant pandas to help propagate their species?
Answer: They showed them videos of other pandas mating.
Song: "Bad Touch" by the Bloodhound Gang
Subrealm: Nothing beats a Christmas question in May!
Question: What television show pulled a 3.1 Nielsen rating for the New York metropolitan area on December 25, 2001, winning that morning's ratings race?
Answer: The Yule Log [a camera trained on piece of wood set ablaze in a homey fireplace, accompanied by holiday music]
Song: "Christmas in Hollis" by Run DMC
Subrealm: Typical Hyperbolic Nonsense
Question: What famous newspaper boasts that it is "Always First With the News"
Answer: The Daily Planet
Song: "Dirty Laundry" by Don Henley
Realm: Rowlf would never do that
Subrealm: You got a problem with Muppet references?
Question: Hopefully you know that Lassie was a cross-dresser, but at least she never wore a fake beard in any of her work. However, Rin Tin Tin did. Why?
Answer: He was disguised as a wolf [in "Clash of the Wolves"]
Song: "Hungry Like the Wolf" by Reel Big Fish
Realm: Manifest Destiny
Subrealm: It's Ours, I tell you - OURS!!!
Question: As the crusty alums all know from a Trivia question many moons ago, Ronald Reagan doubled the U.S.'s territory by increasing the distance from shore that we claimed as U.S. territorial waters. Why was 3 miles originally the distance that our territorial waters extended from the shoreline?
Answer: It was the distance coastal cannons could fire a shot.
Song: "Borderline" by Buckcherry
Subrealm: Grease burns are your friend!
Question: What is the pattern on the inside of a McDonald's french fry box, and why ?
Answer: Yellow-and-white striped, it gives the illusion of more french fries
Song: "(I Am In Love With The) McDonald's Girl" by The Blenders
Realm: The inherent dignity of all humans
Subrealm: And PT Barnum's inalienable right to ignore it
Question: Charles Sherwood Stratton was a world-renowned singer, dancer, and mime, who met during his career with such dignitaries as Abraham Lincoln and sitting British royalty. What was his stage name?
Answer: Tom Thumb [because he was approx. 25" tall]
Song: "Big Willie Style" by Will Smith
Realm: Metes and bounds
Subrealm: Nothing is more fun than Geography at[_:__] in the morning!
Question: What is the largest country to have a single time zone?
Song: "In a Big Country" by Big Country
Realm: The King of Rock 'n' Roll
Subrealm: And his sleazy, hedonistic lifestyle
Question: What is the only product Elvis Presley ever promoted in a commercial during his lifetime
Song: "Riding with the King" by John Hiatt
Realm: International Men of Mystery
Subrealm: Lizard Kings
Question: Legendary sex offender Jim Morrison liked to refer to himself as "Mr. Mojo Risin'." Beyond the obvious flattering subtext, why did he pick this nickname?
Answer: "Mr. Mojo Risin" is an anagram of "Jim Morrison"
Song: "Bring Me the Head of David Geffen" by Mojo Nixon
Realm: The manly pursuit of fisticuffs!
Subrealm: But with guns, or at least long pointy swords
Question: In Paraguay, consensual dueling is legal, provided that both parties are of a certain age and meet what other criteria?
Answer: Both must be registered blood donors
Song: "(You've Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)" by The Beastie Boys
Realm: One of these things is not like the other
Subrealm: Oh no, wait - actually, they-re all alike
Question: What do Mary Anne Nichols, Martha Turner, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, and Catherine Eddowes all have in common?
Answer: They were Jack the Ripper's victims
Song: "Sexbomb" by Tom Jones
Realm: Important Philosophers
Subrealm: And their stuffed tigers
Question: Who is the only character in "Calvin and Hobbes" to be given a last name?
Answer: Susie Derkins
Song: "Peek-a-Boo" by Siouxsie and the Banshees
Subrealm: They say it's "Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance" for the new generation.
Question: A couple of years ago, a guy named Randy Komisar wrote a book called "The Monk And The Riddle." In it, he envisioned a fictional new corporation. What was this corporation called?
Song: "Silicon Valley Rebel" by Allette Brooks.
Subrealm: Yes, sir!
Question: In what "military" organization do all members hold the rank of Captain?
Answer: The Mongolian Navy
Song: "Love Will Keep Us Together" by The Captain and Tenille
Realm: Highways and Byways
Subrealm: Tune in next week!
Question: What useful sign appeared in every episode of the original "Batman" TV series, right outside of the Batcave?
Answer: A mileage sign to Gotham [14 miles]
Song: "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers
AND NOW, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, CHILDREN OF ALL AGES... IT'S TIME FOR THE DES DEVLIN MEMORIAL (I'M NOT DEAD YET!) HORRIBLE SONG QUARTET!!!!
Realm: Professional Wrestling
Subrealm: That's right, REAL wrestling
Question: Bobby "The Brain" Heenan had the figure-four leg lock, The Undertaker has his Tombstone Piledriver, but Ming has the most terrifying "patented" move of them all. What is this move that Ming uses to crush his opponents?
Answer: The Tongan Death-Grip
Song: "The Crusher" by the Novas
Realm: Great Decisions in Cinema
Subrealm: Until the casting director ruined his vision
Question: In November 2001, Francis Ford Coppola admitted in a documentary that Al Pacino was not his first choice to play Michael Corleone in The Godfather movies. Who was Mr. Coppola's first choice?
Answer: R2D2 [as revealed in "R2D2: Beneath the Dome"]
Song: "R2D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas" by Brian Dewan
Realm: Epic Battles
Subrealm: The Unstoppable Evil of Barbra Streisand
Question: When the bucolic village of South Park is threatened by the terror of Mecha-Streisand, who is the only person that can ultimately be relied upon to save the town?
Answer: Robert Smith
Song: "Chocolate Salty Balls" by Chef [do not accept Isaac Hayes]
Realm: Still More Epic Battles
Subrealm: Freedom for All!
Question: The French chapter of a certain organization claims that, since 1996, it has liberated 6,000 creatures and relocated them to natural forest habitats. What is it that the group has sworn to liberate?
Answer: Garden Gnomes [The group is The Garden Nome Liberation Front - Le Front de Liberation des Nains de Jardin]
Song: "Looking for Freedom" by David Hasselhoff
CONGRATULATIONS ON SURVIVING THE HORRIBLE SONG QUARTET!!! FOR YOUR OFFICIAL "I SURVIVED THE HORRIBLE SONG QUARTET T-SHIRT, JUST SEND $29.95 AND A SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE TO NEUTERED VAMPIRES WHO CHEAT AT KITTEN POKER!
Subrealm: All mascots are hereby proclaimed fuzzy and cute
Question: For what were Powder the Hare, Copper the Coyote, and Coal the Bear mascots?
Answer: The 2002 Winter Olympics
Song: "Rings Around the World" by Super Furry Animals
Realm: YOU SUCK!!!
Subrealm: YOU GET $28,000,000!!!
Question: Last January, corporate giant EMI announced that it would take a 28 million dollar exceptional charge against earnings. What event caused this charge?
Answer: Their buyout of Mariah Carey's multi-album contract, signed in 2001, after the humongous flop of the album and movie "Glitter" [NOTE: accept anything like "buyout of Mariah Carey's contract]
Song: "She Works Hard for the Money" by Donna Summer
Subrealm: The Latest Fashions
Question: Everyone knows that the New York Yankees' trademark is the pinstripe uniform. However, they didn't always use the pinstripes. Why did they start?
Answer: Pinstripes would make Babe Ruth look thinner.
Song: "Finding It Harder to Be a Gentleman" by White Stripes
Realm: World Languages
Subrealm: Languages that hop, and have a pouch
Question: What does the word "Kangaroo" mean in the Aborigine language?
Answer: "I do not know"
Song: "Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport" by Rolf Harris
Subrealm: And other human flaws
Question: Reverend William Bantom, the first black mayor of Cape Town, South Africa, was not ousted by election. Nope, he resigned. Why?
Answer: He was caught watching porn in his office.
Song: "It Wasn't Me (Caught Red Handed)" by Shaggy
Subrealm: What's inflation?
Question: In 1898, this cost a whopping fifteen cents. As of January, 2002, it still costs fifteen cents. The most recent person to pay it intentionally did so with pennies. For what is this fee paid?
Answer: To become the mayor of New York City.
Song: "If I Didn't Have a Dime" by Gene Pitney [Rudy Giuliani]
Realm: Movie Titles
Subrealm: Thankfully, these things are never decided until later
Question: What movie had the working titles during filming of "Horror Beyond Imagination" and "Blue Harvest?"
Answer: Return of the Jedi
Song: "Youth Culture Killed My Dog" by They Might Be Giants
Subrealm: The Lower Common Denominator
Question: Until May 10, 2001, what tied New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Orlando, Birmingham, and Memphis together?
Answer: They all had XFL franchises.
Song: "Get Ready for This" by 2 Unlimited
Subrealm: Only in France
Question: Aside from awarding the winner his weight in Bordeaux wine, what sets France's Medoc Marathon apart from all other 26.2-mile marathons?
Answer: It's known as "the world's longest marathon" since the marathoners are served wine and food along the course, and they don't always run straight while drunk.[Accept: wine and food are served on the course, or a similar variant]
Song: "Running Down a Dream" by Tom Petty
Realm: Wait 'til they hear about zis in Argentina!
Subrealm: Ach, mein lieblings!
Question: THREE-POINT PLAY: In the Broadway smash hit The Producers, Bialystock and Bloom have ten certified hits after they are released from jail. Name any 3 for one point, name any 5 for two points.
Answer: Prisoners of Love, Katz, Maim, 47th Street, South Passaic, High Button Jews, A Streetcar Named Murray, She Schtupps to Conquer, Funny Boy 2, Death of a Salesman on Ice
Song: "JAP Rap" by 2 Live Jews
Realm: The United States Military
Subrealm: Killing People, Breaking Things, and Playing With Stuffed Toys Since 1775
Question: What fad stuffed toy was banned at several U.S. military bases in 1999, and why?
Answer: Furby, because its ability to record and replay speech made it a security risk.
Song: "Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah" by The Violent Femmes
Realm: Allocation of Resources
Subrealm: The Peter Principle in Action
Question: Now that the Astros have gotten out of their stadium naming rights deal with Enron, there are by our count 3 professional sports teams that are still stuck with long-term naming rights deals with bankrupt or disbanded corporations. Name two of the stadia.
Answer: CMGI Field, PSINet Stadium, Network Associates Stadium
Song: "Tank!" by Seat Belts
Realm: The Oscars
Subrealm: Don't even THINK about using the World Almanac for this one
Question: In 1928, this award was won by Joseph Farnum, for his work on "The Fair Co-ed" and "Laugh, Clown, Laugh." It was never awarded again. What was the unique category for this Oscar?
Answer: Best Title Writing
Song: "Enjoy the Silence" by Depeche Mode
Realm: Williams Alumni
Subrealm: With clubs named after them
Question: James Garfield, with only four months as President, managed to expose the Star Route Frauds and begin a friendlier policy toward Latin America. He even named his dog strategically. What was the dog's name?
Song: "One Hand in my Pocket" by Alanis Morissette
Realm: They're zany, they're crazy...
Subrealm: They're your Internal Revenue Service
Question: Known as their "Dinah Shore ruling," when does the IRS consider a dress a deductible business expense?
Answer: When it is too tight to sit down in.
Song: "Hurt Me Hurt Me (But the Pants Stay On)" by Samantha Fox
Subrealm: Theme song sing-along
Question: Gather your team around the telephone and sing the theme song to "Friends." (Just the part of the song used on-air for the show's intro)
Answer: So no one told you life was gonna be this way - clap clap clap clap clap/[Claps mandatory]Your job's a joke, you're broke, your lovelife's D.O.A./It's like you're always stuck in second gear/Oh well, it hasn't been your day, your week, your month, or even your year, but/I'll be there for you/When the rain starts to pour/I'll be there for you/Like I've been there before/I'll be there for you/'Cause you're there for me too
Song: "Friend of the Devil" by Lyle Lovett
Realm: Dead, British, or Both
Subrealm: Both, We Hope
Question: Ben Jonson is buried in the Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey. What distinguishes him from the other people buried there?
Answer: He is buried upright [because he died in debt and couldn't afford a normal gravesite]
Song: "Kill the Poor" by The Dead Kennedys
Realm: Island Nations
Subrealm: South Pacific Island Nations
Question: What country was the first to officially enter the new millennium, and how did it achieve this goal?
Answer: Kiribati; in 1999 it switched time zones for its easternmost islands, making it 1st instead of last to start a new day
Song: "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" by Chicago
Subrealm: Life and Death Campaigns
Question: Who was so aptly described as Terrific, Radiant, and Humble?
Answer: Wilbur [accept: the pig in Charlotte's Web]
Song: "Spiderwebs" by No Doubt
Realm: Lots and lots of stuff
Subrealm: All in one place
Question: It contained 50 cases of toothpaste, eight dozen tennis balls, five grand pianos, one marmalade machine, and four cases of opium. What was it?
Answer: The Titanic
Song: "Sugar Coated Iceberg" by the Lightning Seeds
Realm: Carry-on baggage
Subrealm: And you thought it was tough to go without your nail clippers and pocket knives
Question: Each Pilgrim was allowed to bring three types of items aboard the Mayflower. Name at least two of them.
Answer: A bible, hand tools, and one change of clothes
Song: "The Bare Necessities" by Louis Armstrong
Realm: Jocks in the Military
Subrealm: Salute when you answer this, soldier!
Question: In what Olympic Event did future WWII general, George Patton, participate?
Song: "The Distance" by Cake
Subrealm: Compulsory Truth
Question: William Moulton Marston, inventor of the polygraph, also created something under the pseudonym Charles Mouton. What was it?
Answer: He created the Wonder Woman comic book character.
Song: "Cartoon Heroes" by Aqua
Realm: Bankrupt Companies Not Named Enron
Subrealm: Pride Cometh Before the Fall
Question: 2002 has been a big year for Kmart - they declared bankruptcy on January 21. What happened on January 20th?
Answer: They were named "Retailer of the Year" [by the Newspaper Association of America but just accept the award name]
Song: "Liar" by The Rollins Band
Realm: Crime never pays
Subrealm: But it can be pretty funny
Question: On April 3, 2002 Cleveland Indians Pitcher Chuck Finley was scratched from his scheduled start against the Anaheim Angels. Why?
Answer: His wife[Tawney Kitaen] had beaten him up in a domestic dispute that day.
Song: "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake
Subrealm: It Could Be Worse, It Could Be Jet Lag
Question: Psychologist Yair Bar-El says tourists to the Middle East are especially susceptible to a condition he calls "Jerusalem Syndrome". What is it?
Answer: The irrational belief that the apocalypse is nigh.
Song: "Jerusalem" by Suzi Pinns
Realm: The Classics
Subrealm: It's Your Funeral
Question: In his insurmountable grief, the Roman poet Virgil spent the ancient equivalent of $800,000 on a funeral for which of his dear companions?
Answer: His pet housefly
Song: "Roadkill" by the Horseflies
Realm: Pets of the Rich and Famous
Subrealm: Don't Touch My Monkey
Question: King Alexander of Greece had a pet monkey he loved very much until what event drove them apart?
Answer: The monkey bit him and he died[from blood poisoning]
Song: "Go Monkey Go" by Devo
Realm: Food and Drink
Subrealm: The Breakfast of Champions
Question: Frederick the Great was very finicky about how he liked his coffee made. What was unusual about it?
Answer: It was brewed with champagne instead of water.
Song: "Stress" by Jim's Big Ego
OH NO!!!! IT'S THE TRIBUTE TO DANGEROUS DOM GRILLO HORRIBLE SONG QUARTET!!! RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY!!!
Realm: Important Astronomy Facts
Subrealm: Yes, there is such a thing
Question: Asteroids and comets are named after all sorts of people. One specific asteroid, which has an orbit between Mars and Jupiter is named after a musician. What is the name of this asteroid?
Song: "Rocket Man" by Kate Bush
Realm: The Wide World of Sports Nicknames
Subrealm: Because there's no German equivalent for "Mookie"
Question: What is the nickname of German luge sensation Georg (George) Hackl?
Answer: "The Long White Sausage"
Song: "She Likes Kielbasa" by The Dynatones
Subrealm: The Princess of Pink
Question: Best-selling doll Barbie is so famous that, like Cher, Madonna or Fabio, we don't think of her as having a last name. But according to Mattel she has one. What is it?
Song: "Livin' La Vida Loca" by Toy Dolls
Subrealm: Musical Television
Question: Everyone recognizes the three chimes used in NBC promotional spots. But, what are the notes (in order), and their significance?
Answer: G, E, C. It stands for the General Electric Company. [Owner of NBC]
Song: "NBA on NBC" by John Tesh
YOU MADE IT THROUGH AGAIN! WOW! YOU'RE TOUGHER THAN WE THOUGHT!!
Subrealm: Built To Last
Question: Only one of the seven wonders of the Greco-Roman world has survived into the modern era. Which one?
Answer: The Great Pyramid of Cheops
Song: "Rubble" by Velocity Girl
Subrealm: Heads of State and Other Body Parts
Question: When the embalmed heart of Louis XIV came into the possession of Reverend William Buckland, what did the right reverend do with it?
Answer: He ate it!
Song: "I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Any More" by the diVinyls
Subrealm: The Library of Dreams
Question: One of the most unusual items in Charles Dickens' library was the 19-volume Hansard's Guide to Refreshing Sleep. What was so unusual about these books?
Answer: They were only printed spines designed to fill wall space. [Accept: They were blank, etc]
Song: "My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors" by Moxy Fruvous
Subrealm: But Would They Play It On the Radio?
Question: American television once bleeped two words out of a Monty Python sketch. Which ones?
Answer: "Naughty bits."
Song: "Naughty Naughty" by John Parr
Subrealm: Icons You Know and Love Better Than Your Own Family
Question: THREE-POINT PLAY!!! Around the turn of the millennium, Advertising Age magazine came out with a list that included the Top 5 advertising icons of the 20th century. Name 3 for one point, and all 5 for two points!
Answer: The Marlboro Man, Ronald McDonald, The Jolly Green Giant, Betty Crocker, The Energizer Bunny
Song: "Supermodel" by Jill Sobule
Realm: Funny-Sounding Words
Subrealm: All words from foreign languages are funny sounding!
Question: From what language do we get the word TABOO?
Song: "Mistress of Taboo" by The Plasmatics
Realm: Have we had enough Tonga questions yet?
Subrealm: Okay then, how about other South Pacific Island Nations?
Question: Annually, the people of the Duke of York Islands send a canoe out into the ocean loaded with money and decorated with green leaves. Why do they partake in this bizarre custom?
Answer: They are paying the fish for their relatives who were caught during the previous year.
Song: "Lyin' Ass Bitch" by Fishbone
Realm: Important Film Festivals
Subrealm: It must be important, because they hold it in France
Question: The first Cannes Film Festival was held in 1946, though the Palme d'Or didn't get awarded for the first time until 1949. Which movie was the first to win that coveted award?
Answer: The Third Man
Song: "Semi-Charmed Life" by Third Eye Blind
Subrealm: Things They Don't Put in the Guidebooks
Question: There's a statue of Pocahantas's father in Cuzco, Peru. Why?
Answer: The foundry sent them the wrong statue and they couldn't afford to ship it back.[They'd actually requested the last king of the Incas.]
Song: "Return to Sender" by Elvis Presley
Subrealm: Chairs, Comfy and Otherwise
Question: What was unique about the throne of Ethiopian emperor Menelik II?
Answer: It was a renovated electric chair.
Song: "Sittin' on Top of the World" by LeAnn Rimes
Realm: Master Thespians
Subrealm: Magnificently Dirty Master Thespians
Question: Only one man has displayed the staggering cinematic range and breadth required to portray both one of the Dirty Dozen and one of the Magnificent Seven. Who is he?
Answer: Charles Bronson
Song: "Smooth Criminal" by Alien Ant Farm
Realm: Countries of Origin
Subrealm: So sorry, not Tonga
Question: Where does Paddington Bear come from, according to the bear himself?
Answer: Darkest Peru
Song: "Jungle Love" by Morris Day and the Time
Realm: Always Read the Warning Label
Subrealm: Neutered Vampires Who Cheat at Kitten Poker Are Not Liable for Unauthorized Use
Question: What product was advertised with the warning line: "May cause abdominal distention. Consult a physician."
Answer: Colon Blow cereal
Song: "Warning" by Green Day
Subrealm: Extremely important dates in history
Question: According to several noted scholars, what happened on October 23, 4004 B.C. at 9:00 am?
Answer: The world was created [according to Archbishop James Ussher and other 17th and 18th Century biblical scholars]
Song: "History Repeating" by Shirley Bassey and the Propellerheads
Realm: Annoying Advertising Jingles
Subrealm: As if there is any other kind
Question: If you've watched any TV at all over the last ten years or so, you're familiar with the little melody which goes with the words, "And Like A Good Neighbor, State Farm Is There." You may not be aware that it was written by somebody whose name you know. Who?
Answer: Barry Manilow
Song: "I Write the Songs" by Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies
Subrealm: Baseball History Everyone Should Know - Because We Say So
Question: Who pitched Major League Baseball's first perfect game?
Answer: Cy Young
Song: "Perfect 10" by The Beautiful South
Realm: More Baseball
Subrealm: Filling our entire sports quota with the only sport we care about
Question: On May 18, 1963, New York Met Jimmy Piersall was the first and only player in baseball history to do this without breaking the rules - because the very next day, Major League Baseball outlawed it. What was it?
Answer: Running the bases backwards after hitting a home run.
Song: "You Spin Me 'Round (Like a Record)" by Dope
Realm: Good Reads
Subrealm: The Funny Papers
Question: What was Popeye's hometown newspaper?
Answer: Sweethaven Daily Poop
Song: "Headline News" by Weird Al Yankovic
Subrealm: Mental Giants of Classical Music
Question: Tchaikovsky was a fantastic composer, but he had a few issues: he had various nervous disorders and hallucinations, and he suffered from a rather bizarre and morbid fear. What was it?
Answer: That his head would roll off his shoulders [while conducting the orchestra]
Song: "Frontier Psychiatrist" by The Avalanches
Realm: 4-F Rejects
Subrealm: We probably could've used him anyway
Question: Why was Clark Kent classified as ineligible for military service during World War II?
Answer: He failed the eye test portion of the Army physical. [Because of his X-ray vision, he inadvertently read an eye chart in another room.]
Song: "Jimmy Olsen's Blues" by The Spin Doctors
Realm: Military History
Subrealm: Military History Finally Exposed
Question: Edgar Allen Poe was a genius writer. However, as a cadet at West Point in 1831, obviously his genius failed him, for he was expelled from that illustrious military institution. Why was Poe expelled from West Point?
Answer: He appeared at a parade stark naked.
Song: "(What U See Is) What U Get" by Britney Spears
Realm: Modern Inventions...
Subrealm: That we wish we could un-invent
Question: Before Gordon Matthews died on February 24, 2002, what horror did he unleash on the world?
Answer: Voice Mail
Song: "Talk Talk" by Talk Talk
Realm: Diamonds are Forever
Subrealm: This is not my beautiful De Beers ad
Question: According to Ethiopian tradition, how does a bride remember the jewelry she wore at her wedding?
Answer: After the ceremony she gets a matching set of tattoos.
Song: "Sparkling Diamonds" by Nicole Kidman
Realm: Great moments in marketing cross-promotion
Subrealm: Are you going to eat that?
Question: Who was the first TV character to have their image on a lunch box?
Answer: Hopalong Cassidy
Song: "Cowboy" by Kid Rock
Subrealm: Okay, maybe "literature" is stretching it
Question: What famous horror novelist was born Howard A. O'Brien?
Answer: Anne Rice
Song: "Paperback Writer" by The Beatles
Realm: Voice-over actors are people too!
Subrealm: Marni Nixon, eat your heart out
Question: Her voice has been heard for a long time, though you didn't necessarily know it. Mercedes McCambridge's most well-known contribution was to provide a certain voice in the movies. Whose voice did Mercedes dub in film history?
Answer: Linda Blair, while possessed, in "The Exorcist"
Song: "Scream" by Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
WE HAVE NO MERCY! IT'S TIME FOR THE THIRD HORRIBLE SONG QUARTET!!! MWAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!!!
Realm: We have higher SAT's
Subrealm: Nyahhhh nyahhh
Question: Quite often, the loquacious undergraduates at prestigious institutions of advanced scholarship such as Williams College are characterized as "sesquipedalian." Of what are these erudite individuals being adjudicated?
Answer: Being in the habit of using long (or unnecessarily complex) words
Song: "The Real Roxanne" by UTFO
Subrealm: In all their glorious diversity
Question: Crayola introduced "chestnut" in its color line-up in 1999. What prompted this move?
Answer: "Indian Red" was seen as offensive to Native Americans, so the name was changed to "Chestnut."
Song: "Color of the Wind" by The Chipmunks
Realm: Another Geography Question!
Subrealm: Because we love you so very, very much
Question: What country is the most urban, judging by percentage of land mass?
Answer: Vatican City
Song: "O Fortuna" by Apotheosis
Realm: Pop culture
Subrealm: Coffins of the rich and famous
Question: In accordance with his instructions, Frank Sinatra had an unusual assortment of things buried alongside him. Name two of the items that Old Blue Eyes asked to be put in the coffin.
Answer: A bottle of Jack Daniels, a pack of[Camel] cigarettes, a[Zippo] lighter, and 10 dimes.
Song: "My Favorite Things" by The Gay Men's Chorus of Atlanta
THUS ENDETH THE HORRIBLE SONG QUARTETS! WE CERTAINLY HOPE YOU'VE LEARNED YOUR LESSON!
Realm: Comic Books
Subrealm: Big Hands of Justice
Question: What was so peculiar about the Golden Age costumed crime-fighter Madam Fatal?
Answer: Although she looked like an ordinary old lady, she was actually a man in drag, making him/her the first transvestite superhero.
Song: "That's Really Super, Supergirl" by XTC
Realm: Fine Works of Art
Subrealm: Used to Support Crass Consumerism
Question: In 1972, Carolyn Davidson came up with a new work of art. While she was only paid $35 for it, it's recognition now sparks billions in revenue. What is it?
Answer: The boomerang symbol[accept swoosh] that Nike uses.
Song: "Point of No Return" by Nu Shooz
Realm: Boy Band Trivia!!![all women in booth squeal]
Subrealm: Startling Creativity and Innovation
Question: How did they come up with the name for the group "N*Sync"?
Answer: It is the last letter from the first name of each group member. [Note: Lance Bass's given first name is "Lansten" for one of the "n"'s, with Chris, Joey, Justin, and JC]
Song: "Backdoor Lover" by DuJour
Subrealm: And you thought Cats lasted a long time
Question: This ended on February 5, 1985, over 2,131 years (yes, years) after it began? What was this event?
Answer: The 3rd Punic War [between Rome and Carthage]
Song: "Fight the Power" by Barenaked Ladies
Realm: Bang Your Head!
Subrealm: But in a Socially-Responsible Manner, Please
Question: In 2001, the Stone Temple Pilots, Linkin Park, and various heavy metal acts banded together to form the latest multi-act tour package. They picked a somewhat unexpected name for the tour - what was it?
Answer: The Family Values Tour
Song: "Pantera Fans in Love" by Nerf Herder
Realm: Culinary Treats
Subrealm: The focus groups would've got to them eventually anyway
Question: Why did Twinkies change their formula to stop using the original banana cream filling?
Answer: The banana shortage/rationing during World War II forced a change to vanilla creme
Song: "Banana Chips" by Shonen Knife
Realm: How to get ahead in business
Subrealm: Without really trying
Question: According to Elizabeth Norris: "This is an opportunity for them to do something fun in the midst of the turmoil that's going on in their lives. These are women who are out of a job; we are offering what you could view as a part-time job, or what might turn into a new career." What is this opportunity, and to whom is Norris' employer extending the offer?
Answer: The opportunity to pose nude in Playboy; the women of Enron
Song: "Do You Want Me On My Knees?" by The Nuns
Subrealm: Let's do the Late Night Talk Show shuffle!
Question: ABC has been receiving pitches from all corners of the earth (and beyond) to replace the lame duck "Nightline". What once-popular fictional character has pitched his own talk show to ABC for that slot?
Song: "Kill Your Television" by Ned's Atomic Dustbin
Subrealm: The Exciting World of Coding
Question: How did one Mr. M. Farelli, landlord and warehouse operator, have an impact on the video game industry?
Answer: Landlord of Nintendo's original U.S. warehouse space. The "Mario" of Super Mario Brothers was named for and modeled after him [Accept anything like "he was the model for Mario"]
Song: "My Console" by Eiffel 65
Realm: FOX Sports!
Subrealm: Lowering the Common Denominator
Question: As we all know, Amy Fisher was originally going to face Tonya Harding in FOX's Celebrity Boxing special. Why did Fisher bow out only weeks before the event, leaving Harding to pummel Paula Jones?
Answer: Fisher's parole board forbid her from participating, deeming the event not conducive to her rehabilitation [Accept anything like "her parole board wouldn't let her"]
Song: "Girl Fight Tonight" by Julie Brown
Realm: Famous Doctors
Subrealm: He's a doctor, he's a rock star... but he's still not as cool as Buckaroo Bonzai
Question: The guitar work on Elton John's seminal cover of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" was performed by one Dr. Winston O'Boogie. For what is Dr. O'Boogie more famous?
Answer: He's actually John Lennon - it was a fake name
Song: "Dr. Feelgood" by Motley Crue
Realm: Marketing 101
Subrealm: Luckily, they took the advanced class later on
Question: What name was the original brand name of Dr. Pepper?
Answer: Shoot a Waco
Song: "Wrapped Up in You" by Garth Brooks
Subrealm: Not the Austin Powers Film Formerly And Now Again Known as Goldmember
Question: Although many consider Goldfinger the best of the James Bond films, it was briefly banned in Israel. Why?
Answer: They found out that the actor[Gert Frobe] who played Goldfinger, had once been a member of the Nazi Party.
Song: "99 Red Balloons" by Goldfinger[from The Producers, obviously]
Subrealm: We just can't get enough of it!
Question: In 1997, Reebok, Int'l, Inc. apologized for the name of a shoe they just came out with? What was the name of the shoe, and why did they feel they needed to apologize for it?
Answer: Incubus. They didn't realize it was the name of an evil spirit[that has sex with sleeping women]
Song: "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes" by Elvis Costello
Subrealm: Sometimes We Choose Them, Sometimes They Choose Us
Question: What is unique about the permanent place of residence of Merhan Nasseri?
Answer: He lives in the airport [Charles de Gaulle Airport] in Paris
Song: "Playing House" by Voice of the Beehive
Realm: Things That Are Relevant To Your Life
Subrealm: Like Fashion of the 1700s
Question: In the late 18th Century, it became quite the fashion for ladies to wear immense wigs with obvious slits throughout them. What practical purpose did the slits have?
Answer: They allowed the head lice, which were quite prevalent at the time, to crawl out from under the wig[Accept: to let out lice, etc]
Song: "Got a Lot on My Head" by The Cars
Subrealm: World-Shaping History
Question: You may not realize it, but the way that world history is remembered was greatly influenced by Martin Waldseemuller. What did he do that was so noteworthy?
Answer: He thought that the New World was discovered by Amerigo Vespucci , and so he named America, the land of the New World, in his honor. [NOTE: Accept anything like "named America"]
Song: "Nations of the World" by Yakko Warner
Subrealm: Right Proper British Towns, of course
Question: Why are Royal Tunbridge Wells and Royal Leamington Spa the only two towns in England allowed to use the prefix "Royal" in their names?
Answer: It commemorates a known visit by Queen Victoria.
Song: "Flash's Theme" by Queen
Subrealm: Teenage Mutant Ninja Zeppos
Question: The sadly short-lived 1997 live-action TV series "TMNT: The Next Mutation" introduced a new character to fight alongside the four original characters. What was the name of this fifth ninja turtle?
Answer: Venus De Milo[the first (and thus far only) female ninja turtle]
Song: "Destination Venus" by Man....Or Astroman
Realm: The Awesome Might of American Jurisprudence
Subrealm: As interpreted by those hicks in Kentucky
Question: The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that the prosecution in a criminal case must completely open its files and share all evidence with the accused in what circumstance?
Answer: If the accused has amnesia
Song: "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Billy Idol
Subrealm: Rave Reviews
Question: F. Scott Fitzgerald really, really liked James Joyce's book Ulysses. He offered to do something... eccentric... to show how much. What did he offer to do?
Answer: Jump out a window.
Song: "Tales of Brave Ulysses" by Cream
Subrealm: Only in America
Question: With the exception of three concerts given while he was in the armed services, all of Elvis Presley's concerts were within the United States. Why?
Answer: His manager, Colonel Tom Parker, couldn't leave the country[since he was an illegal immigrant from the Netherlands and couldn't get a passport].
Song: "Stuck in the Middle with You" by Stealers Wheel[No passport needed.]
Subrealm: Sit On It
Question: We all know the real name of TV's "The Fonz" is "Arthur Fonzarelli," but what first name is on "Potsie's" birth certificate?
Song: "Happy Days" by the Barbarellas
Subrealm: It's the best way to feel good about your job
Question: Carl Thompson, who worked on the set of a Vancouver-based TV series, was arrested for allegedly pilfering 72 items from the show. What kind of items did he allegedly steal?
Song: "Take Stuff From Work" by King Missile
Realm: Olympic Hype
Subrealm: When the flame has to cross the ocean, do people jog in place on the boat?
Question: When the Olympic flame came to Melbourne for the 1956 Olympics, Mayor Pat Hills was meant to carry the flame through the city, but he didn't. Courtesy of a homegrown hoax, he carried something else. What was he handed instead of the torch?
Answer: Burning underpants[kerosene-soaked and attached to a sawed off broom handle]
Song: "Burning Love" by Melissa Etheridge
Realm: Missions from God
Subrealm: Why do the police never understand?
Question: When the police pull over the BluesMobile, Elwood is worried because the police have SCMODS. What does SCMODS stand for?
Answer: State, County, Municipal Offender Data System
Song: "Theme from Rawhide" by The Blues Brothers