Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Reynolds! Trivia tonight!


There are a ton of birthdays and anniversaries that happen today, May 3.


The only one that's going to be acknowledged in this week's blog post is the birthday of Saffron Yolanda Bridget Haymer-Reynolds herself, Christina Rene Hendricks.

Happy Birthday, Joan Holloway! 


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Tonight's question: 


One of Saffron's aliases on Firefly was "Yolanda".


What character from Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (or the filmed version, Willie Wonka & The Cholcolate Factory) has a name that is a variation of Yolanda?
 



Answer IN PERSON, after 7:50.


Remember, this is the NO-BOOZE WINNING quiz.
Check Frank's Facebook page for the shotworthy question!

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Excelsior!
-tpn!

Frank's Place is at 594 W. Market St. Akron OH 44303
Their Facebook Page.

Your weekly link roundup:
Last Call USA NEOhio - Facebook
Last Call Productions - Facebook
Last Call USA's Weekly HINTS (SERIOUSLY - Check the HINTS)
Last Call USA's Trivia League
check LEAGUE SCORES here.
ROB at Last Call
You are HERE.
Our company store.
I published a book!
Remember, this is the NO-BOOZE WINNING quiz.
Check Frank's Facebook page for the shotworthy question!


Excelsior!
-tpn!






Tuesday, April 26, 2016

30 Years of Pripyat Suntans!





I am *not* going to turn this into a weekly listing of eulogies for artists who have touched my life.

That said, I am sure you heard about Prince.

The Onion again nails it.

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In lighter news, it's been 30 years since the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl.

You can see some of what it looks like now in these links.




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Also, today is Alien Day!

The most bonkers thing about the original Alien film is that someone at the studio had the bright idea that the most horrific creature ever committed to film would make a good kid's toy.  

One friend of mine who got this made his mom take it back to the store.



I am still jealous.

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Tonight's question: 


The alien in Alien is never actually named.

The 1986 sequel, Aliens is the first time that the term xenomorph is used, but the DVD commentary and some other sources point out that Lt. Gorman used it to mean ANY alien life form.

The creature has been given several possible scientific names.

Tell me any of the Latinate scientific names for the creature.

Answer IN PERSON, after 7:50.



Remember, this is the NO-BOOZE WINNING quiz.
Check Frank's Facebook page for the shotworthy question!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Happy Bicycle Day! Trivia Tonight @ Franks!


Right before 4/20, I'd like to wish you a Happy Bicycle Day!

According to Scientific American, on this day in 1943, Sandoz chemist Albert Hofmann, discoverer of lysergic acid diethylamide took the world's first deliberate dose in his lab, and rode home on his bicycle.



Tonight's question:
The CIA and US military got in on the "bicycle" action, too.  
What was the official code name of the CIA/Army joint program that officially ran from 1953-1974 which tried to develop mind control and conducted experiments where mental patients, prisoners, CIA personnel and members of the public were dosed with LSD, often without their knowledge or consent?
Answer IN PERSON, after 7:50. 


Remember, this is the NO-BOOZE WINNING quiz.
Check Frank's Facebook page for the shotworthy question!

Excelsior!
-tpn! 
Frank's Place is at 594 W. Market St. Akron OH 44303 
Their Facebook Page. 

Your weekly link roundup:
Last Call USA NEOhio - Facebook
Last Call Productions - Facebook
Last Call USA's Weekly HINTS (SERIOUSLY - Check the HINTS)
Last Call USA's Trivia League
check LEAGUE SCORES here.
ROB at Last Call
You are HERE.
Our company store.
published a book!
Remember, this is the NO-BOOZE WINNING quiz.
Check Frank's Facebook page for the shotworthy question!

Excelsior!
-tpn! 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Yuri's Night 2016 - Celebrate 55 years of Humans IN SPAAAACE! - @ Frank's at 8pm


It's been 55 years since Yuri Gagarin flew the Vostok 1 into orbit on April 12, 1961.  It took 108 minutes to orbit the planet.  He was the first human to go into spaceHe died in 1968.

BBC on Yuri Gagarin
NASA's kids page from 1998
Biography


Tonight we will honor Yuri's legacy.
Or at least drink, and pretend to honor it.

Come on out to celebrate Yuri's Night at Frank's Place.

Tonight's question:

Two years after Yuri's flight, on June 16, 1963 the Soviets put the first woman into space - Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova. How long after that did it take for NASA and the US to do the same?

Answer IN PERSON, after 7:50. 


Remember, this is the NO-BOOZE WINNING quiz.
Check Frank's Facebook page for the shotworthy question!

Excelsior!
-tpn! 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Stupid Sexy Flanders - Trivia Tonight

Running late.

Tonight's question:
Belgium has three official languages - French, Dutch and German, and several regional dialects.
What territory of Belgium has over 55% of the countries area and a capital city of Namur?


Answer IN PERSON, after 7:50.

Remember, this is the NO-BOOZE WINNING quiz.
Check Frank's Facebook page for the shotworthy question!











Remember, this is the NO-BOOZE WINNING quiz.
Check Frank's Facebook page for the shotworthy question!

Excelsior!
-tpn! 
 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

When you see it. . . Trivia Tonight

 Trivia @ Frank's is tonight at 8pm.

Tonight's question is a visual:
What do the subjects of these photos all have in common?


Answer IN PERSON, after 7:50.

  
 
 
 

Remember, this is the NO-BOOZE WINNING quiz. 
Check Frank's Facebook page for the shotworthy question!

Excelsior!
-tpn!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Maximum Fun, Minimum Effort - Trivia and MaxFun Meetup!

I listen to a lot of podcasts.
Most of them are on the MaximumFun network.


I have three drafts of a heartfelt plea, explaining my favorite shows, why I listen, and why they make me smile.

I'm canning that.

Instead, at the end, I'm going to post links to some of their shows I enjoy, and links to some great interviews and info with the folks there.

I hope you check them out!

If you DO check out these shows, please know that they are almost entirely listener supported.
This is the second and last week of their annual fundraiser.
(They only ask once per year.)
If you get any enjoyment from these shows, please consider donating.

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MaximumFun is running a MaxFun Meetup.  Last year, the closest one was in Cleveland.
They scheduled this year's for tonight, so I volunteered to host in Akron.  (I figured it might be my only chance to get to one.)
It's tonight, at Franks at 7pm - just before trivia.  I figure it will give the MaxFun fans a chance to meet, and provide an organized activity.  This gives everyone something to do after the first few rounds of "Hi! I like Bunker Buddies and Baby Geniuses - which do you listen to?", and I hope it will be a way for the MaxFun folks a chance to meet all the amazing regular Triviators.  I suspect there's a lot of overlap in interests and general awesomeness.

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Trivia @ Frank's is tonight at 8pm.
Tonight's preshow question:
In addition to their podcast We Got This, Mark Gagliardi and Hal Lublin both do voicework on The Venture Brothers.  Name a character done by each.


Answer IN PERSON, after 7:50. 


Remember, this is the NO-BOOZE WINNING quiz. 

Check Frank's Facebook page for the shotworthy question!

Excelsior!
-tpn!








Jordan, Jesse, GO!
from an interview on Splitsider:
"With Jordan, Jesse GO!, I think first times listeners are sometimes confused by the tone of the show. They don’t understand how it could be simultaneously so sort of pleasant and also jokey and vulgar. They sort of see the world as a sort of binary between Jay Leno and Bill Maher, right? Those might not be perfect examples, but either there’s scathing truth-to-power or there’s genial grandpa humor. And so the idea that we have values but are also profane and vulgar is confusing a little bit to people, and sometimes people think it’s a trick. . . Like an act. Like a hipster ironic arch camp thing. So that confuses people, because people are used to just someone having a list of 10 stupid and crazy news stories and then making fun of them. Or making fun of Jay Leno or whatever. I know I just made fun of Jay Leno, but… And so our tone, it makes a really big impact on people when they get it. There are few people whose fans are as deeply committed as ours, and that’s the essential bedrock of our whole operations."
Another Splitsider article, from 2010
The Timbre
Everyview

The Adventure Zone
Hilarious D&D Podcast!  With Family!
Article from WOTC.
Article from Pitchfork
Review on Geekdad.


International Waters
"Transatlantic Panel Quiz Show to Determine The Best Nation In The World This Week"
Blurb in The Guardian.
Blurb in The Telegraph.
 
One Bad Mother 
A comedy podcast about parenting - "Because this shit is hard, and no one gives a ****"
Mutha Magazine.
Burlington Vermont roundup.
 

My Brother, My Brother and Me
"An advice show for the Modren Era."
PODBAY.FM
Daily Review
Their inspiration?
 
 

Judge John Hodgman
"The REAL People's Court!"
NPR
HuffPo
Rolling Stone
The AV Club


 Wham Bam Pow!
Reviews of Sci-Fi, Action, Horror & Shoot-em-ups.  You know - Dick Flicks!
Featuring Akron's own Rhea Butcher, her wife Cameron Esposito, and Ricky Carmona
Hugh O'Donnell
Splitsider


Bullseye, with Jesse Thorn
"A Show About Things That Are Awesome"
NPR
HuffPo
 

Throwing Shade
"Taking Lady and Gay issues and treating them with less respect than they deserve."
Rolling Stone
Bitch Media
 

Pop Rocket
4 Genuises talk about "The Pop Culture we all love to love"
Pubcast
The AV Club



Jesse again:
"Independent media is not a get-rich quick scheme. It’s really only worth doing if it’s something that you really believe in and that you would do for free. And then after that, I think you can and should try and figure out ways to make money. I am not against making money. But you know, I’m just not crazy about people who go into things to make money. I think that’s just fucked up values. I mean, I understand why some people do it, but I would rather make something that I really believe in and work as a secretary, which is what I did for a long time, than just make videos of cats smoking cigars. Actually now that I mention it, I would like to make a video of a cat smoking a cigar, but whatever the immoral equivalent of that is."