mighty fine trivia by James Callan

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When uninformed spellcheckers take an uncommon but perfectly spelled word and replace it with a word in their dictionary, that’s known as the Cupertino effect.

Example: Spellcheckers unfamiliar with Obama would suggest Osama as a replacement. Hitting “replace all” without looking could accidentally make you look like a McCain supporter. Whoops.

Question: The Cupertino effect got its name a couple of years ago when spellcheckers would suggest replacing what word with “Cupertino”?


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Quiz: Zombies

Round 5 at the Old Pequliar on August 12, 2008
Average score: 6.55/10 (11 teams)

1) According to a chatty zombie in Return of the Living Dead, what’s the only thing that gets rid of the pain of being dead?
2) The classic 1943 film I Walked With a Zombie was partly inspired by what classic 1847 Gothic novel?
3) What 2006 comic book by Robert Kirkman features brain-craving undead versions of Hulk, Spider-Man, Captain America, Wolverine, and more?
4) There are many recipes for the zombie cocktail, but they all involve what liquor?
5) In 1994, what Irish band asked “What’s in your head?” in their international hit song “Zombie”?
6) George Romero’s Land of the Dead features cameos by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, the creators of what zombie spoof released the year before?
7) British pop group The Zombies landed three singles in the US Billboard top 40 between 1964 and 1969. Name any one of them for one point.
8) What music video begins with this disclaimer from the artist: “Due to my strong personal convictions, I wish to stress that this film in no way endorses a belief in theoccult”?
9) The phrase “klaatu barada nikto” turned off Gort in The Day the Earth Stood Still. In what 1992 horror sequel does a mangled version of the phrase raise a legion of hostile zombies?
10) The hilariously gory 1985 film Re-Animator, which brought a whole new meaning to the term “giving head,” was based on the story “Herbert West: Reanimator” by what American horror author?

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Quiz: The Loyal Opposition

Revenge of the antagonists! I’ll name a well-known antagonist; you tell me the hero this villain usually antagonizes. For example: Lex Luthor = Superman.

1) Jafar, Grand Vizier of Agrabah
2) The Red Skull
3) Glorificus, goddess from a hell dimension
4) Simon Bar Sinister
5) Biff Tannen
6) The Once-Ler
7) the Cavity Creeps
8) Arvin Sloane
9) The Sorcerer, The Pharaoh, Glitter Rock, and Spider Lady
10) Rosalyn
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Quiz: Marvel Comics

1) Marvel Comics had its first major success in 1961 with an issue detailing the origin of what super group?
2) What scrappy X-Man first appeared October, 1974, brawling with the Hulk?
3) The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were created in the same accident that created what Marvel superhero?
4) What word, also the state motto of New York, did Stan Lee end most of his Bullpen Bulletins with?
5) What iconic superhero was recently shot to death in front of a federal courthouse?
6) Which of these Marvel characters was not co-created by artist Jack Kirby: The Black Panther, The Hulk, Spider-Man, or Thor?
7) Name two of the five founding members of the Avengers.
8) If a Marvel comics fan pointed out a mistake in an issue and came up with a plausible explanation for it, what did he win?
9) What occupation do the secret identies of She-Hulk and Daredevil have in common?
10) Which mystical Marvel character is most likely to say “By the hoary hosts of Hoggoth”?
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