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Editor Steve Dunleavy could’ve written something sober and tasteful — like his facetious suggestion DECAPITATED CEREBELLUM IN TAVERN OF ILL REPUTE. But that wouldn’t have sold papers.

Instead, what notorious five-word headline greeted New York Post readers on April 15, 1983?

You can answer in the comments for public glory (or perhaps humiliation), or email james at quizquizbangbang.com if you’re shy.


That question, again: What nineteenth-century technology is the subject of Tom Standage’s book The Victorian Internet?

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Let’s lower the brow a little:

In the movie version of The Shining, Jack Nicholson goes after his family (and Scatman Crothers) with an axe. But not in the book. What piece of sporting equipment is his weapon of choice in the Stephen King novel?


That question, again: What line from the poem “Sacred Emily” is ten words long, but contains just three different words used several times each?

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Trivia quiz: Arachnotrivia

Round 2 at the Old Pequliar on May 5, 2009

All about spiders!

1) According to Roman myth, Arachne was turned into a spider after Minerva challenged her to what kind of contest?

2) Who is “terrific,” “radiant,” and “humble,” but not “crunchy”?

3) When David Bowie was Ziggy Stardust, what did he call his backing band?

4) Who directed the 2002 film Spider, as well as a version of The Fly?

5) Who’s the mythological trickster spider from West Africa who’s starred in children’s books and a couple of Neil Gaiman novels?

6) In Dungeons & Dragons, Lolth, the Demon Queen of Spiders, is the main goddess worshipped by what race?

7) What TV lawyer played a rural veterinarian menaced by tarantulas in the 1977 film Kingdom of the Spiders?

8) To harvest silk proteins from its milk, Canadian company Nexia introduced spider genes into what kind of farm animal?

9) A sequence involving sailors being eaten by giant spiders was cut from what classic 1933 film?

10) According to legend, what Scottish hero was inspired by the perseverence of a spider trying and trying again to spin a web?


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Lyrics word clouds are back!

I’ve taken the lyrics to a popular song, removed the title if it appeared in them, and run the rest through Wordle to create a word cloud.

Do you recognize this song?



What famous French quotation was featured in the paintings known as The Treachery of Images?

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Trivia Quiz: Notes on Camp

Round 6 at the Old Pequliar on March 3, 2009
Average score:  6.57/10 (14 teams)

1) The Foo Fighters’ video for “Big Me” parodies commercials for what candy?

2) What flamboyant singer is the godfather to Sean Lennon, Elizabeth Hurley’s son, and two of David and Victoria Beckham’s kids?

3) Richard Simmons had a recurring role as himself on what soap opera, a favorite of Dr. House?

4) What Coors Light spokeswoman and spoof presidential candidate made her debut as the host of Movie Macabre in 1981?

5) What Razzie Award-winning biopic from 1981 does John Waters describe as “The first comedy about child abuse”?

6) A kitschy lawn ornament became an international celebrity when the “roaming gnome” became the mascot for what online company?

7) In the notorious final scene of Pink Flamingos, Divine eats fresh dogshit while what 1953 hit song by Patti Page plays on the soundtrack?

8) Pop quiz, Batman: Julie Newmar is to Eartha Kitt as Frank Gorshin is to what Addams Family star?

9) Scott Thorson, Liberace’s driver and bodyguard, sued the entertainer in 1982 for what?

10) According to Susan Sontag, the ultimate camp statement is “it’s good because it’s” what five-letter adjective?
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Back from two weeks in Paris and ready to churn out the trivia! Vaguely inspired by the trip is …


What famous French quotation was featured in the paintings known as “The Treachery of Images”?

(Oh, OK: Give yourself half credit if you only know the English translation.)


In the ’80s, Peter Gabriel, the Thompson Twins, and Bon Jovi each recorded otherwise unrelated songs that shared what title?

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2007 in Review

1) What world leader was selected as Time magazine’s person of the year in 2007?
2) What word popularized by the housing bubble did the American Dialect Society select as their 2007 word of the year?
3) What basketball team did Don Imus’ infamous “nappy headed hos” play for?
4) Who was the main financial backer for Bad Newz Kennels?
5) On June 27, what Brit got a new job as the Middle East envoy working on behalf of the US, the UN, Russia, and the European Union?
6) Hong Kong, England, Slovenia, and New South Wales and Victoria in Australia all passed laws restricting what activity?
7) In November, Georgia governor Sonny Perdue led a prayer on the steps of the state capitol, asking God to send what?
8) What four-word plea, popularized by appearances on YouTube and t-shirts, did the author of the Yale Book of Quotations select as the year’s top quotation?
9) According to Joe Biden, Rudy Giuliani includes three things in a sentence: a noun, a verb, and what?
10) Which Democratic presidential candidate has the Secret Service codename “renegade”?
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Quiz: Filthy Stinking Rich

1) John D. Rockefeller, by most measures the richest man in American history, earned his money in what industry?
2) What slang term based on sound effects from dental commercials was popularized in the late 1990s by hip-hop artists like the Cash Money Millionaires, Lil Wayne, and B.G.?
3) Who’s been the only African American listed on the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans every year since 1995?
4) According to Forbes magazine, who is the wealthiest: the richest person in Canada, Japan, Mexico, or Russia?
5) What fictional character’s wealth was once calculated as “one multiplujillion, nine obsquatumatillion, six hundred twenty-three dollars and sixty-two cents”?
6) What 1987 movie paraphrases a speech made by Ivan Boesky before he was jailed for insider trading?
7) At the end of every episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Robin Leach wished the viewer “champagne wishes” and what kind of dreams?
8) In 2004, Bill Rancic became the first person to win what television show?
9) Republican pollster Fred Luntz popularized what alternate name for the estate tax?
10) According to Forbes magazine, what British archaeologist is the wealthiest fictional woman in the world?

Average score: 8.4

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Quiz: Rules of the Game

Each of these clues is a quote from the rules of a reasonably well known game. Identify the game. Note: these are all commercially produced games — no generics like chess or checkers.

1) The “Qu” cube counts as two letters.
2) Creative answers can be acceptable. For example, you could answer Knuckle as a kind of Sandwich.
3) A player landing on this place does not receive any money, property or reward of any kind. This is just a “free” resting-place.
4) There are 2 shortcuts on the path — the Rainbow Trail and the Gumdrop Pass.
5) You can roll anything and be able to put it in the Chance category. You score the total of the die faces.
6) Should you get nine cards all alike and also hold the Bull Card in addition, you have a “Double Bull Corner” which doubles the score of the article cornered.
7) At the beginning of each turn, players meet together one-on-one or in small groups to discuss their plans and suggest strategies. Alliances between players are openly or secretly made, and orders are (hopefully) coordinated.
8) If on your turn you cannot outflank and flip at least one opposing disc, your turn is forfeited and your opponent moves again.
9) There can never be more than one hand or foot on any one circle. If two or more players reach for the same circle, the referee must decide which player got there first.
10) To remove a block, use one hand at a time. You can switch hands whenever you wish.

Round 3 at the Old Pequilar on August 7, 2007. Average score (18 teams): 8.50
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Quiz: Familiar Quotations

1) From 1944 to 2001, Smokey Bear said “Only you can prevent forest fires.” Since April, 2001, Smokey says “only you can prevent” what?
2) If you dial 443-4567 in Seattle, you’ll hear Russ Leatherman say what five words?
3) “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars,” urged Casey Kasem at the end of what radio show?
4) According to Simone de Beauvoir, “housework, with its endless repetition: the clean becomes soiled, the soiled is made clean, over and over, day after day” closely resembles the torment of what mythological figure?
5) What American actress remembered in 1984, “I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.”
6) Steve Allen coined the question “Is it bigger than a breadbox?” in 1953 as a panelist on what long-running game show?
7) “In space, no one can hear you scream” was introduced as the advertising slogan for what movie?
8) According to New Yorker cartoonist Peter Steiner, “on the Internet, nobody knows” what?
9) Gloria Steinem said “a woman reading” what “feels a little like a Jew reading a Nazi manual”?
10) Dirty Harry first says “Go ahead, make my day” in what sequel?
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