You know I enjoy helping you do anything other than work on Friday afternoons. If you follow Gin and Tacos on Facebook you may recall that I used to post trivia questions regularly. However, now that I host a weekly trivia game in town I have to write about 20 questions per week and I don't have much left in reserve after that. But with all these damn questions (I think it's around 400 by now) it might be fun to share some of them here.

Last Wednesday's game was apparently difficult – or perhaps the players were drunker than usual – so why not start there. Honestly the games I write are much less difficult than the ones I played in Georgia, and I always feel like I want to ask harder questions. It's supposed to be fun, though, so I let up around 6 or 7 on a scale of 1-10. Oh, and I guess we have to skip the music rounds because I don't have any idea how to embed songs without the artist and song title being immediately apparent.

Of course you can cheat your ass off with Google if you want, but what the hell would be the point of that. You lose the strategic aspect of the game (it's a point system / bid game) but have at the questions anyway. Answers in the comments sometime on Friday.

1. Sports: Plus/- 18", what is Mike Powell's World Record in the long jump, held since '91?
2. Dr. Who: What does TARDIS stand for?
3. Anatomy: In what part of the body is the vitreous humor found?
4. Language: Which country has the largest number of official national languages?
5. Presidential Trivia: Only two men who have been president died before reaching 50. Name them.
6. Sports: What nation has won the most Winter Olympics medals all-time?
7. Name the Actor/ress: Hugo, Rules of Engagement, Schindler's List (Who appears in all three films)
8. Literature: Who is the primary antagonist in Treasure Island?
9. Geography: 40% of all Australians live in what two cities?
10. Food: According to UNICEF, rice, corn, and wheat are the three most consumed foods on Earth. What is fourth?
11. Sports: Three men have won the FIFA player of the year award / Ballon d'Or three times. Name two.
12. History: From what country did the United States purchase the Virgin Islands in 1917?
13. Science: After the chimpanzee, what animal is humans' closest living relative?
14. Acronyms: What does TIME (as in the magazine) stand for?
15. Cities: What is the northernmost city in the world with over 1 million inhabitants?
16. Sports: What two men first summitted Mount Everest? (No Mallory conspiracy theories please)
17. Language: In any order, what are the five least commonly used letters in the Oxford English Dictionary?
18. Units of Measure: Which is longer, a mile or a nautical mile?
19. TV: What was the name of the company George Jetson works for?
20: Final Trivia – Music: In 1996, Rolling Stone named this album the 3rd worst album of the year. Five years later in 2001, they named it the 16th greatest album of all time. What is it? (Hint: It was the band's 2nd album)

Have fun. Because I have fun coming up with these.

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50 Responses to “NPF: TRIVIAL PURSUITS”

  1. tas46064 Says:

    2. Time and Relative Dimension in Space
    4 India?
    5 William Henry Harrison and Buchanan?
    9 Sydney and Melbourne
    10 Barley
    12 Spain
    13 Orangutan
    15 St Petersburg
    17 zxqkj
    18 nautical mile
    19 Spacely Sprockets

  2. Brad Says:

    Ones not yet answered.

    1 Guess – 30'6"
    3 eye
    16 Hilary and Norgay
    20 It was Weezer, but I can't remember the name of the album.

  3. FMguru Says:

    3 Eye
    4 India (maybe Indonesia)
    5 JFK and some else who died in office. I guessed Harrison. Google says "wrong, but you're on the right track"
    6 Gonna guess Norway (all those Alpine and Cross Country medals going way back)
    8 Blind Pew?
    9 Sydney and Melbourne?
    11 Pele and Maradonna?
    12 I guessed Netherlands (Google says "nice try")
    13 Bonobo
    15 I guessed Copenhagen (Google says "nope")
    18 Nautical (2000 yards vs. 1760). A knot is faster than a mph, too.
    19 Spacely Sprockets (main competitor was Cogswell Cogs)
    20 I looked it up and y'know, I could still go either way with it. To be fair to RS (and what fun is that?), the "16th of all time" was awarded by reader poll, not the magazine's writers.

  4. Kevin Says:

    2. Time and Relative Dimension in Space
    4. India?
    6. Norway?
    9. Sydney and Melbourne
    12. Denmark
    15. St. Petersburg
    16. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay (sp?)
    18. Nautical Mile
    19. Spaceley Sprockets

  5. Kevin Says:

    Trivia: the northernmost permanent settlement in the world is Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway.

  6. Andrew Farrell Says:

    2. Time and Relative Dimensions in Space
    3. The Eye
    4. Belgium
    5. JFK & ???
    6. Russia
    8. Long John Silver
    9. Sydney and Melbourne
    15. Helsinki?

    I cheated and found out #20 too – FMGuru, it's worth pointing out that (according to Wikipedia) the "3rd worst" was by readers polls as well.

  7. Talisker Says:

    No Googling, I promise. I'm not sure on some of these, * denotes a particularly wild-ass guess.

    1. 12 feet *
    2. Time And Relative Dimensions In Space
    3. It's the fluid inside the eyeball
    4. South Africa
    5. John F Kennedy and William McKinley (* for McKinley)
    6. USSR/Russia
    7. Liam Neeson *
    8. Long John Silver
    9. Sydney and Melbourne
    10. Potatoes
    11. David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane *
    12. Netherlands *
    13. Bonobo (or gorilla, if the bonobo counts as a type of chimp)
    14. No idea
    15. Irkutsk, Russia *
    16. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay
    17. Q Z X J Y
    18. Nautical mile
    19. Dunno
    20. What's The Story Morning Glory by Oasis *

  8. geoff Says:

    I guessed (correctly though) James Garfield (along with the obvious JFK) for #5. Thanks Sarah Vowell!! Northernmost large city seems obvious in retrospect, though on the map it seems barely north of St. Petersburg?

    PS, I thought these were kinda hard!

  9. Major Kong Says:

    2. Time And Relative Dimensions In Space
    8. Jim Hawkins narrates Treasure Island.
    Long John Silver the most memorable character but Hawkins is the protagonist.
    10. Potato
    13. Bonobo
    16. Hillary and a Sherpa who I should be able to name but can't
    18. Nautical Mile = 6000 feet Statue Mile = 5280 feet
    19. Spacely Sprockets

  10. Talisker Says:

    @Major Kong: Reading comprehension alert: Ed asked us for the main *antagonist*, not protagonist. :-)

  11. Major Kong Says:

    That's what I get for trying to think before my first cup of coffee.

  12. sluggo Says:

    I have been watching Doctor Who since 1981 and could not recall what TARDIS stood for. I stopped at that point. I think it would be best for all involved if I found something mindless to work on today.

  13. Totoro Says:

    10: I'm guessing Taro. They eat a lot of it in Nigeria and China/Indonesia

  14. Elle Says:

    4. South Africa
    11. Ronaldo and Ronaldinho?
    13. Helsinki, surely?

    [I know nothing useful, clearly.]

  15. uila Says:

    7. Ben Kingsley

    I see why your players drink so much. Also, TIME magazine is an Acronym? How about "Thought Is My Enemy".

  16. Skipper Says:

    Looks like your criticism of the Bill Nye – Creationist nustcase "debate" was justified.

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Christian ministry's long-stalled plans to build Noah's Ark in the hills of Kentucky have been revived.

    Creation Museum founder Ken Ham announced Thursday that a municipal bond offering has raised enough money to begin construction on the Ark Encounter project, estimated to cost about $73 million. Groundbreaking is planned for May and the ark is expected to be finished by the summer of 2016.

    Ham said a high-profile evolution debate he had with "Science Guy" Bill Nye earlier this month helped boost support for the project.

    Nye said he was "heartbroken and sickened for the Commonwealth of Kentucky" after learning that the project would move forward.

  17. c u n d gulag Says:

    Djeez, ah din no ah wuz dis ignant!!!!!!!!!!

  18. J.D. Says:

    Without looking at the other comments, since y'all are smart and wake up earlier than me:

    1. 29 feet
    3. the eye
    4. India
    5. Kennedy and Buchanan
    6. Austria
    9. Sydney and Melbourne
    10. Barley
    11. Pele and Maradona
    12. France
    13. Gorilla
    15. St. Petersburg
    16. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay
    17. Q Z W X V
    18. nautical mile

  19. Leo Artunian Says:

    Number 8 is a poser. Certainly Long John Silver is an "antagonist" in the sense that his purposes are opposed to those of the protagonist, young Jim Hawkins (or "'Awrkins" as Robert Newton so memorably pronounced it), but he also defends the boy against some of the more ruthless ("I wonder where Ruth is?") mutineers like Israel Hands. Certainly Jim himself has mixed feelings about Silver. Or am I over-thinking this to avoid facing the reality that I can't answer most of the other questions?

  20. Erin Says:

    11. Is kind of impossible to answer with the criteria given as the FIFA World Player of the Year Award was merged with Ballon d'Or in 2010.

    Ronaldo (the real one) and Zindane won three FIFAs, Messi won four Ballon d'Or and some French guy (whose name is escaping me) won three in the '80s.

  21. sallys dad Says:

    I put trivia into my technical presentations at work but these questions made me feel like a complete moron – so thanks for that. Here's my two part question that I used earlier this week:
    In 1908 William C. Durant sold stock in a venture he called General Motors and then used the proceeds to buy 4 existing car manufactures, name them?

    What became of W. C. Durant?

    Answers: Oldsmobile, Cadillac, Oakland, (became Pontiac) Buick

    He ended his working life managing a bowling alley in Flint, MI

  22. matt Says:

    3. eye
    4. switzerland? (india's languages are by state I think?)

    6. Norway?

    8. Jim Hawkins
    9. Sydney, Melbourne
    10. Banana
    11. pele… and uhh, david beckham?
    12. denmark!
    13. bonobo

    15. helsinki?

    17. q,z,v,j,k
    18. nautical mile
    19. spacely.. enterprises, or something
    20: pinkerton?

  23. Paul Says:

    5. Garfield & Kennedy
    6. Norway
    8. Long John Silver
    9. Melbourne and Sydney
    10. Potatoes
    13. Gorilla
    15. St Petersburg
    16. Sports: Sir Edmund Hillary & some guy
    17. Z, Q, J, K, and X
    18. Nautical
    20: The Bends?

  24. Elle Says:

    some French guy (whose name is escaping me) won three in the '80s

    Michel Platini. Who also isn't a terrible president of UEFA, even if we don't see eye-to-eye on goal line technology.

  25. Alan Says:

    You should turn this into an interactive that tells us which "Twilight" character we are.

  26. planb247 Says:

    Those are way more difficult than the ones I usually hear at trivia nights in St. Louis. But those tend to be way heavy on pop culture, and not actual facts.

  27. bill Says:

    20 – PINKERTON

  28. Khaled Says:

    4) Switzerland
    6) USA (USSR is not Russia)
    9) Sydney and Melbourne
    10) soy
    11) messi and platini
    12) uk
    15) Edmonton?

  29. j Says:

    No cheating guesses. I breathe through my nose!

    1) 28 feet
    2)Thyme And Rosemary Disguise Inept Sauces
    3) Eye
    4) India
    5) JFK, Harding
    6) Norway
    7) Jude Law
    8) Blackbeard
    9) Sydney, Melbourne
    10) Potato
    11) Pele, Ronaldho
    12) UK
    13) Orangutan
    14) Tender Inculcating Mellifluous Emetics
    15) Oslo
    16) Tenzig and Hillary
    17) Z X Q K Y
    18) Knot ~6200 ft, mile =5280 ft
    19) Spacely Industries
    20) Bush, The one with the weird haystack buffalo on the front.

  30. fledermaus Says:

    Tricky questions

    1 23 feet 6 in
    2 time and relative dimension in space
    3 kidney
    4 Switzerland
    5 James Madison and John Kennedy
    6 USA
    7 ?
    8 Long John Silver
    9 Perth and Sydney
    10 Sugar
    11 Renaldo and Messi
    12 England/UK
    13 bonobo
    14 ?
    15 Lenningrad (or whatever they are calling it now)
    16 ?
    17 j x z q v
    18 mile
    19 ?
    20 ?

  31. mothra Says:

    My answer to all of them except number 3 is "mayonnaise." The answer to number 3 is eye.

    I used to have room in my head for trivia, but now I need that space for other things. Probably shouldn't be killing all my brain cells with alcohol, but something's gotta dull the pain of daily life.

  32. Jon Says:

    4. Singapore

  33. MS Says:

    Time Magazine is not an acronym.

    "Time magazine was created in 1923 by Briton Hadden and Henry Luce, making it the first weekly news magazine in the United States.[5] The two had previously worked together as chairman and managing editor respectively of the Yale Daily News. They first called the proposed magazine Facts. They wanted to emphasize brevity, so that a busy man could read it in an hour. They changed the name to Time and used the slogan "Take Time—It's Brief.""

    Henry Luce started Time, Life, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated – covering news, culture, business and sports respectively. None of them are acronym titles. Sorry.

  34. anon Says:

    I suspect our host has fallen for a hoax — or possibly some latter-day back-formation ad copy? — in coming up with the question/answer pair for #14. Can you find any reputable source claiming TIME is an acronym at all?

  35. jazzbumpa Says:

    3 eye
    4 guessing Indonesia
    8 gotta go with the Long Johns
    18 a nautical mile is not only naughty, it's longer

    Beyond that, other than the obvious Kennedy, I got nothin'


  36. jazzbumpa Says:

    Oh –

    16 Hillary Clinton and Nietherbi Norgay.

    JzB [exit stage left]

  37. Ed Says:

    1. 29' 4.25". Stand on the 10 yard line of a football field and look at the goal line. That. Unfuckingbelievable.
    2. Time and Relative Dimension in Space
    3. Eye
    4. South Africa (11 languages)
    5. Kennedy and Garfield
    6. Norway
    7. Ben Kingsley
    8. Long John Silver
    9. Sydney and Melbourne
    10. Potatoes
    11. Ronaldo, Platini, Zidane, Messi
    12. Denmark
    13. Bonobo
    14. The International Magazine of Events
    15. St. Petersburg, Russia
    16. Edmund Hillary and Tenzig
    17. ZXQJV
    18. Nautical Mile
    19. Spacely Sprockets
    20. Weezer, "Pinkerton"

  38. jharp Says:

    1. 30 feet
    3. forearm
    5. Kennedy and Garfield
    6. USSR
    10. Soy beans
    12. France
    15. Ulan Bator
    16. Hillary and Kenzig
    17. Z, X, V, Q, W
    18. mile
    19. Spacely Sprockets

    I am sure I got one right.

  39. jharp Says:

    Fuck. I missed J.

  40. jazzbumpa Says:

    Shouldn't that be "Phuque?"

  41. Pat Says:

    Oh, I realize I'm late to this, but I want to participate anyway! Great questions, btw.

    1. No clue. 12 feet.
    2. Travel Across Random Dimensions In Space
    3. The eye
    4. India
    5. JFK and… Polk?
    6. Norway.
    7. Rachel Wiecz?
    8. Blackbeard?
    9. Sydney and Adelaide?
    10. Gonna go with a left-field guess: Goat?
    11. Lionel Messi and Ronaldo? The tricky part of this is knowing how long it's been in existence.
    12. Shoot, this was just on Archer…. Denmark?
    13. Pygmy chimp, or bonobo.
    14. "This Is Middling Education." Never heard of this.
    15. Archangelsk / Arkangel.
    16. Tenzing and Hillary.
    17. E, T, S, A, R.
    18. Nautical mile (by about 10%, I think).
    19. Snidely Sprockets?
    20. The Bends.

    Whee, that was fun. Now to Google the right answers and start kicking myself!

  42. Pat Says:

    … obviously I misread 17. Z, X, Q… V, and J.

  43. geoff Says:

    Hey Ed, re #15, Helsinki is just slightly north of St. Petersburg. Not nearly as big, of course, but still over 1m in population?

  44. Jak Says:

    So sad I couldn't check the site yesterday! I would have rocked questions 2 and 3 SO HARD! The rest, no damn clue.

  45. Xynzee Says:

    Is #4 South Africa. Whilst India has a number of languages, I believe Hindi is the "official" language. But unless you're from that state no one speaks it other than English.

    The RSA has as "official" languages: English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa that I can name off the top of my head, but I'm pretty sure there's 7-8 more.

  46. Xynzee Says:

    Oh! D'oh! Hadn't realised I was a day late and a dollar short. :(

    But I was correct on 4 :)

  47. Erin Says:

    @Elle- thank you. I didn't want to mess his name up and thought it sounded too similar to the UEFA President (same person). The more you know!

  48. Eric Titus Says:

    I was nearly on for 20. with Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Panned by Rolling Stone in '95, now considered a classic.

  49. eponymous Says:

    A little late, but I'll give it a whirl…

    1. 29' 8"
    2. ?
    3. ?
    4. India
    5. Kennedy and Garfield
    6. Norway
    7. ?
    8. ?
    9. Sydney and Melbourne
    10. Fish
    11. Pele and Messi.
    12. ?
    13. Bonobo
    14. ?
    15. St. Petersburg
    16. Edmund Hillary and Tenzig Norkay
    17. z,x,q,j,v
    18. Nautical mile
    19. Cogswell Cogs
    20: ?

  50. Johnny Nemo Says:

    So what are the actual answers to all these?