mighty fine trivia by James Callan

Tag: music videos


The easy version: Name the two Asian martial arts included as sports featuring medal events at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

The harder version: Name the six martial arts included as sports featuring medal events at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.


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Two years after his big break in a popular MTV video, what rapper released his debut album, backed up by the Stray Mob?


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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: Superman

1) As a wee baby, Kal-El (a.k.a. Superman) was adopted by Jonathan and Martha Kent. What was Martha’s maiden name?
2) Christopher Reeve broke two vertibrae in an accident while he was doing what?
3) In the video for the Genesis song “Land of Confusion,” what world leader dresses up as Superman?
4) What well-known alternative rock band covered The Clique’s song “Superman” on a 1986 album?
5) Who costarred with Superman in an American Express commercial that aired during the 1998 Super Bowl?
6) In the movie Stand by Me, Vern wonders if what cartoon character could beat up Superman?
7) What 1999 comedy involves a computer-based interest-skimming theft that was inspired, as one character says, by Superman III?
8) In the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, which of Calvin’s alter egos used his powers to spin the earth backwards and give Calvin an extra day off from school?
9) Author Larry Niven explored the rather messy problems involved if Superman had sex with a human woman in his essay “Man of Steel, Woman of” what?
10) When Superman died in 1992, what character killed him?

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