Former greens keeper, about to become Masters’ Champion--no, wait, not that at all.
Katie O’s in a cult. I blame the years and years of subliminal suggestion by the melodious tune of the Russell Elementary Fight Song, i.e., a total rip off of the Notre Dame Fight Song with incredibly corny lyrics for grade school kids. She is part of the cult of the ND alumni. So she recruited a pack of us to help her at the Notre Dame Club of St. Louis’s Trivia Night Fundraiser.
But I have to say, good variety of categories, good spread of questions within the categories.ROUND 1:
History/Politics – Questions from as far back as Caesar all the way to Sister Wives & the “Appalachian Trail” 10/10
, awesomesauce, great way to start off. We were far from the only ones.ROUND 2:
Sports – blah blah blah 9/10
. Good job, boys. Did you know that the UK has won the 2nd most Olympic medals after the USA? Yeah, us neither. :)ROUND 3:
THE ARTS – Noble category, pissed off our artist in residence
by not having any questions about hang-on-the-wall art AT ALL. 8/10
, first mulligan.ROUND 4:
Assassinations – Yikes. 9/10
. Yeah, we’re dark. Bring it. We missed the question about the only president with two assassination attempts by women. I suggested the right answer (Gerald Ford) based on nothing more than Kate saying she remembered it being a television-era president, but having NO REASON AT ALL to make this choice, there was no reason for it to be our decision. I said Johnson, too. Mulligan.ROUND 5:
Spices – Little bags of spices to taste/smell & identify. 8/10
. Missed ginger & old bay, blame the fact that the proximity made every single one of them smell like cayenne.ROUND 6:
St. Louis Trivia – 8/10
, with a mulligan. Shame on us.ROUND 7:
Disney! Only 10/10
of the whole room. NO MULLIGANS. Yeah, we’re pretty awesome. I was the anchor for this round, but LOTS of good support from the rest of the team. The didn’t believe me that The Incredibles won the Oscar (identify 3 out of 5), but they did believe Toy Story didn’t, so it balances out. :)ROUND 8:
. Lots of successful BSing in this round. Southern hemisphere aurora: Aurora Australius. Lake between Bolivia & Peru: Titicaca (thanks, Animaniacs!). Third largest land animal, behind the Asian & African elephants: YOUR MOM! Strangely, nobody in the room laughed ridiculously loudly, as our table did upon Stephanie’s awesome automatic response. Actual submitted answer:
hippopotamus. The city of over 1,000,000 people the furthest from another city of over 1,000,000 people is Auckland, NZ. Which makes a lot of sense when you understand the question correctly.ROUND 9:
Famous last words – end lines from books or movies. 8/10
. Got totally befuddles by the fact that there is a character in Mallrats called LaFours, and was unable to remember what movie Kevin Smith was referencing.ROUND 10:
Potpourri – 8/10
. Kate was worried; potpourri can be a hit-or-miss kind of category, but we pulled out a solid score.
And in the end? Missed out on first place by just a couple of points. But this trivia night pays out to the top three, so we still finished up $5 a person! The winners were a team of “circuit” trivia pros, including a couple of former Jeopardy contestants! They had that level of trivia experience, and we still finished right on their tail.
So we got that going for us, which is nice.We are from Russell; we are the best.
We are the Cougars; we never rest.
We love our colors: red and white.
We think our school is dynamite.
We like our principal s/he is first rate.
All of our staff members are really great.
We think our teachers are really grand,
Giving a helping hand. RAH RAH RAH!