Posts Tagged ‘tuesday night trivia’

Winner: Artur, then Almond Joy, Oh, Donna and Nancy

The Academy Awards were criticized for lack of diversity. Not Tuesday Night Trivia. We welcome players of all races. Tonight a player flew up directly from Rio to join the game. Artur, a mulatto from the favella, played a surprisingly strong game and won a three-way playoff when only he knew the answer to this question: “What artist said he would eat his wife when she died?” Salvador Dali, of course.

Good Question!: Who invented Kodak cameras?

Choices: a. George Kodak   b. George Eastman   c. Thomas Edison   d. Elon Musk

Answer: George Eastman

“You press the button, we do the rest.”

With this slogan George Eastman promoted during the early 1890’s his revolutionary simple cameras for amateur photographers: the first series of Kodak boxcameras.

The very first Kodak came on the market in 1888. It was loaded with a film for 100 exposures and cost $ 25. ($680 in 2020).

Since the mid 1880’s George Eastman had tried to establish a system of photography based on flexible rollfilm:

His company had developed a rollable, non breakable, lightweight film, that could be used in rollholders. These holders were attached to the back of plate cameras.
He also introduced a film developing and printing service.

In 1888 Eastman constructed a new small and simple camera that was meant for amateur photographers who didn’t want to bother with chemicals and technical processes: the Kodak.

The camera was a great success and many people, among them a lot of women, started taking photographs. When the 100 pictures of the film were shot, the photographer could mail the camera to Eastman Kodak, where all the technical work would be done by skilled people. The Kodak camera was loaded with a new film and returned to the owner. As soon as the 100 prints (of 2.5 inch diameter) were finished, these were also sent.

The Kodak produced a round picture of 2.5 inch diameter. The photos were often mounted on cards with a purple border and gold edges.

Reloading the camera and printing the photos cost $10 ($270 in 2020). It wasn’t really cheap, but the easy to use camera and the developing and printing service made photography attractive for many people.

2020 Update: If every time you took a photo today with your smarty phone camera it cost you $2.70, I bet you would take many fewer photos. And if you had to mail the whole damn camera back to the company and then wait for them to develop the film before you could see your photo and how it came out, boy that would be a bummer. All hail the iPhone (and those Android cameras, too)

If you want to see how very difficult early photography was, in the years before the Kodak, try this:


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Winner: Ed, then Rosebud, and Carol St.Martin

Ed was no newbie as a player, but he was a first time winner tonight. As Gunther’s proprietor, Ed had a bit of an edge and no trouble when questions asked what color is the brandy liquor called chartreuse? (Green) and what is the Scottish drink made from whiskey and heather honey called (Drambuie.)

Good Question!: Who was the legendary king who was killed at the Battle of Camelford?

Choices: a. Arthur   b. Richard the Lion Hearted   c. Richard I   d. Henry VIII

Answer: Arthur

A definite Maybe.

Legend has it that King Arthur and his Knights are a part of North Cornwall history, and that Camelford was the Camelot, of legend. The truth will never be known, although there was a warrior king who died in a bloody battle at Slaughter Bridge, just outside Camelford. This real king’s name was never known, so could it have been Arthur?

On a stream bed at Slaughterbridge, lies a sixth century inscribed stone said to mark the spot where King Arthur met Mordred for the decisive battle of Camlann, which brought to an end the fellowship of the Round Table. The fierce battle is said to have turned the small river red with the blood of slain men, whilst Arthur and Mordred fought a hand-to-hand battle across the river bridge. Arthur slew Mordred but had already received a fatal wound from Mordred’s poisoned sword, which, in minutes, saw him stagger to his death. Mordred is portrayed as a figure representing evil and spoken of in some stories as the illegitimate son of Arthur and his half sister Morgan le Fay. Who Knew?

On the other hand, the river Camel in north Cornwall has interested Arthurian scholars thanks to its supposed links with Arthur’s last battle of Camlan. On this, a study of comment from the sixteenth century onwards reveals growing skepticism; many now conclude that, even if a battle was fought at Camlan in 537, gaining a permanent place in Welsh tradition, there are no historical grounds to associate it with Arthur.

Some people are more interested in King Arthur, but I have always been more fascinated by Lancelot and Guinevere.

Watch the tension build, see the lust in their eyes:


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Winner: Keith, then Tom Twin and Pluto

Close contest between Keith and Tom, was not decided until a playoff.

Here’s the question that decided tonight’s winner.

In order to buy a mousetrap in California you need a ?

Keith answered hunting license and he was declared the winner. Most of us thought this seemed pretty far-fetched, and turns out it was.

This is one of those urban legends that is only believable because it’s California, but it’s not true. You buy a mouse trap in California the same way you buy one here in Northport, and we buy a lot of them recently.

Good Question!: Name the worlds largest continent?

Choices: a. Asia   b. Africa   c. Antarctica   d. North America

Answer: Asia

By area, Asia is the largest continent at 44,391,162 square km. It is also the largest by population with more than 4 billion people.

There is quite a bit of debate as to how many continents there are. Some areas of the world combine Asia and Europe into one continent called Eurasia. In that case, the continent of Eurasia would be the biggest continent in both area and population.

The debate as to how many continents there are is based in the basic, yet confusing definition of what a continent is. A continent is understood to be large, continuous, discrete mass of land, ideally separated by an expanse of water. Many of the seven most commonly recognized continents identified by convention are not discrete landmasses separated by water.

The criteria of being large is used arbitrarily. Greenland has an area of 2,166,086 square km and is considered an island. Australia has an area of 7,617,930 square km, but it is called a continent. The distinct landmass separated by water criteria is sometimes ignored in the case of Europe and Asia. All of the criteria are a consensus, not a rule, so some countries teach a different number of continents.

What are the 7 continents from largest to smallest?
Generally identified by convention rather than any strict criteria, up to seven regions are commonly regarded as continents. Ordered from largest in area to smallest, they are: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia.

Interesting continental facts.

The United States is around the same size as Australia.
Australia is approximately 7,741,220 sq km, while United States is approximately 9,833,517 sq km.

Meanwhile, the population of Australia is only about 23.2 million people, while the United States has about 14 times more people.

The least populated continent is Antarctica which has only visitors. The permanent human population is zero. 90% of the planet’s ice is located on this continent, which also makes up 60% – 70% of the world’s freshwater supply.

The continent with the most countries is Africa, which has 54 sovereign nations. As the oldest human fossils such as skeletons and skulls have been discovered in Africa, the continent is also referred to as the ‘cradle of humankind’.

Many say that the continent with only one country is Australia. Not exactly. Oceania is the smallest continent of the planet. Oceania includes Australasia, Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia. This means Australia, New Zealand the many islands to the north and east of Australia in the Pacific Ocean are on this continent.

Asia has 29.5% of the world’s landmass and 60% of the world’s population.

South America is a continent of many natural superlatives:

  • the longest mountain range – the Andes
  • the highest waterfalls – the Angel Falls
  • and the driest place on earth – the Atacama Desert in Chile.

Europe houses the two smallest countries in the world:

  • Vatican City which is located inside Rome/Italy
  • Monaco which is bordered on three sides by France.

Actually, five European countries make it on the list of the ten smallest countries in the world which include also San Marino, Liechtenstein and Malta. All other tiny countries outside Europe are located on islands!

This has  got me thinking about movies that destroy the earth and all the continents.


“The 11 Greatest Ways That Disaster Movies Have Tried to Destroy the World”


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Winner: EricaS, then Judge Judy, Droppin’, Nancy, and Almond Joy

Erica played a quiet game in the back, then surprised us with the win. Always nice when we have a newbie as a winner.

Main Street Cafe is decorated for the holidays, getting ready for the big night of Christmas Carols on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Good Question: Which of these is toxic if eaten raw?

Choices: a. ugli fruit  b. yams   c. watercress   d. asparagus

Answer: ugli fruit

Most of us were sure that “ugli fruit” was a made-up name. Yet most of us had eaten yams, watercress, and asparagus raw without any ill affects so the answer had to be ugli fruit, right. Well, many of us still couldn’t go there for the answer.

Just what is an ugli fruit?

The Jamaican tangelo, also known by proprietary names ugli /ˈʌɡli/ fruit, uglifruit, and uniq fruit, is a citrus fruit that arose on the island of Jamaica through the natural hybridization of a tangerine or orange with a grapefruit (or pomelo), and is thus a tangelo.

This tangelo was a natural hybrid, having arisen spontaneously like the grapefruit, in Jamaica, where it is mainly grown today.[‘UGLI’ is a registered trademark of Cabel Hall Citrus Limited, under which it markets the fruit, the name being a variation of the word “ugly”, which refers to the fruit’s unsightly appearance, with rough, wrinkled, greenish-yellow rind, wrapped loosely around the orange pulpy citrus inside.

So be careful of those tangelos.

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Winner: Pluto, then Keith and Tom Twin, then TJ

Boys night tonight. Although TJ traveled all the way from Vegas to show his stuff, he couldn’t quite top the 3 old guys, falling one short of the playoff.

Pluto, Keith and Tom Twin went 3 rounds in a playoff before Pluto answered this one correctly: Which car company owns Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, and Porsche?

Volkswagen Group, of course.

Good Question!: Which mountains stretch from West Virginia to Georgia?

Choices: a. Appalachian   b. Blue Ridge   c. Smoky   d. Rocky

Answer: Blue Ridge

The choice for most of us was between Blue Ridge and Smoky mountains, and that’s because they are so darn close to each other. Actually, the Great Smoky Mountains are part of, a subset of the much larger Blue Ridge mountain range which does stretch from West Virginia to Georgia.

Before we get into details, let’s get into the Great Smoky Mountain mood by taking a listen to Dolly, a local girl who made good:

Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains are a mountain range rising along the Tennessee–North Carolina border in the southeastern United States. They are a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains, and form part of the Blue Ridge Physiographic Province. The Great Smokies are best known as the home of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which protects most of the range. The park was established in 1934, and, with over 11 million visits per year, it is the most visited national park in the United States.

Anyone who has visited the Great Smoky Mountains can confirm that the Smokies certainly live up to their name! The mountains of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina are blanketed with a smoky haze that gives the region an almost magical quality. Indeed, the Cherokee considered the mountains to be a sacred place and referred to the area as “Shaconage” (Sha-Kon-O-Hey): land of the blue smoke. When European settlers arrived in the early 1800s, they took inspiration from the Cherokee language when they named the Great Smoky Mountains and the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains.

Where Does the Smoke Come From?

The short answer to the question is that the “smoke” from the Smoky Mountains is actually fog that comes from the area’s vegetation. We all know that plants take in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. What we hear less about is how plants also exhale something called “volatile organic compounds”, or VOCs.

VOCs may sound scary, but when they are released from plants, they are completely natural. Have you ever enjoyed the piney smell that wafts from a Christmas tree? That scent comes from the tree giving off VOCs as it breathes. In addition to causing various scents and odors, a high concentration of VOCs can also cause fog. The millions of trees, bushes, and other plants in the Great Smoky Mountains all give off vapor, which comes together to create the fog that gives the mountains their signature smoky look.


Great Smoky Mountain NP – National Park Service.

Everything to know about Great Smoky Mountains National Park – National Geographic

10 Best Things to Do on a Great Smoky Mountains Vacation


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Winner: Pluto, then Rosebud and Almond Joy

It was a quiet night with a small group of players. The best part of this election evening was that the Driver was away managing one of the polling locations, so we didn’t have to fight him for those delicious brownies that Darin served up.

Good Question!: Who did Time magazine name as man of the year in 1982?

Choices: a. Michael Jackson   b. the computer   c. Microsoft   d. Ronald Reagan


Not Exactly

Answer: the computer (technically, it was named machine of the year)

The announcement of Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” has been a year-end tradition since 1927, when Charles Lindbergh was named “Man of the Year” following his solo flight across the Atlantic.

On Dec. 26, 1982, Time took a risk and placed not a person, but a “Machine of the Year” on the cover of its Jan. 3, 1983, issue: the computer. The cover featured a papier-mâché man sitting at a red table with a PC. Admittedly, this wasn’t Time’s riskiest pick — Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler had both been named “Man of the Year” in years prior. But it was a surprise. It is said that Steve Jobs, who had received signals that he would be named man of the year, cried when he saw the issue.

The “Machine of the Year” designation came at a time when PC sales were doubling each year: going from 724,000 in 1980 to 1.4 million in 1981 to almost 3 million in 1982. As publisher John A. Meyers presciently wrote: “Several human candidates might have represented 1982, but none symbolized the past year more richly, or will be viewed by history as more significant, than a machine: the computer.” Time referenced the PC revolution, which was bringing computers “down to scale” so “people could hold, prod, and play with them.”

When TIME put together the 21-page Machine of the Year cover package, the PC revolution was still young. The vast majority of homes didn’t yet have one and the IBM PC did not ship until 1981.

But it wasn’t that young: The MITS Altair 8800, the first PC that mattered, came out in 1975. In 1977, it was followed by the Apple II, Commodore’s PET 2001 and Radio Shack’s TRS-80, the first truly consumery, ready-to-use machines. And another half-decade of evolution occurred before TIME commemorated the PC’s arrival so memorably.

Interestingly, the journalists who worked on the “Machine of the Year” article used typewriters to write their stories. The Time newsroom did not upgrade to word processors until1983.

Now if it had been Michael Jackson named man of the year we would’ve watch this video:


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Winner (10/29): Rinn (finally), then Carole St. Martin, Uncle Creepy, and Taylor with Mistress Daphne (aka Dale Evans)

Rinn wins! Rinn wins! Been waiting to say that for a while, must have been that Halloween costume that made her a winner.

Those are three blind mice by the way.


Winner (10/22): the Driver, then Aly, and Brittany

the Driver overcame his abysmal lack of knowledge of pop culture to just sneak in with the win.


Good Question!: In which Harry Potter movie does Sirius Black die?

Choices: a. Order of the Phoenix b. Goblet of Fire C. Sorcerer’s Stone                D. Chamber of Secrets

Answer: Order of the Phoenix

If you were wondering, poor Sirius Black was done in at the hands of Lord Voldemort and his followers, the Death Eaters in this 5th of eight Harry Potter movies. It’s a pretty complicated story line (aren’t they all) so better to just watch the trailer:


Wonder what Harry Potter and his friends look like these days?

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Winner: Pluto, then the Driver, and Carol St. Martin

We celebrated Oktoberfest and all things beer this evening, so of course, Pluto won.

It was a rousing celebration, with the finest food and beer served by our favorite Hoffbrau girls – Darin, Tiffany and Daphne, helped by Mike, that guy from the Italian alps.


Good Question!: Each year the second weekend of Oktoberfest is known as?

Choices: a. mid fest   b. gay weekend   c. italian weekend  d. ladies choice

MUNICH, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 22: Visitors celebrate in a beer tent on the opening day of the 2018 Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2018 in Munich, Germany. The Oktoberfest lasts until October 7 and is the world’s largest beer festival. The beer festival typically draws over six million visitors. (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Getty Images)

Answer: Italian weekend

so that’s why Mike is all dressed up – he was so cute in his lederhosen.

Benvenuti a Oktoberfest!

Traditionally, on the second, middle weekend of the Oktoberfest, the Italians take over the festival tents on the Theresienwiese.

Wave of visitors from Italy for the “Festa d’ottobre”

Italians love the Munich Oktoberfest – or the “Festa d’ottobre”, as they call it. Traditionally, the second weekend of the Wiesn has become established as the “Italian weekend”. Italians arrive from all over Italy and often travel the length of the country to experience the thrill of the Wiesn. Many travel in camper vans, so don’t be surprised if you see Italian campers parked all over the city on Italian weekend. The travel rush often causes traffic jams, to the extent that local radio stations also make traffic announcements in Italian during the second week of Oktoberfest. Many local newspapers welcome Italian guests with a bilingual title page on Italian weekend. According to statistics from the Munich Department of Tourism, Italians make up the majority of foreign visitors to the Wiesn, at almost 20 percent.

Some scenes from Oktoberfest:

MUNICH, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 22: Waitresses carry beer steins in a beer tent on the opening day of the 2018 Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2018 in Munich, Germany. The Oktoberfest lasts until October 7 and is the world’s largest beer festival. The beer festival typically draws over six million visitors. (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Getty Images)

Young people celebrate the opening of the 185th ‘Oktoberfest’ beer festival in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. The world’s largest beer festival will be held from Sept. 22 until Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

MUNICH, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 22: A visitor in traditional Bavarian outfit is pictured at the opening day of the 2018 Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2018 in Munich, Germany. The Oktoberfest lasts until October 7 and is the world’s largest beer festival. The beer festival typically draws over six million visitors. (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Getty Images)


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Winner (09/10/19): Madly, then Big Red, Nancy and the Driver

It’s been a while since Madly and Big Red found themselves on the winners podium, but that’s where they ended up this evening. They went head-to-head in a playoff before Madly won because she knew the largest lake in the world is Lake Superior. Of course, if you ranked by water volume rather then by area, than Lake Baikal is easily the largest, with twice as much water as Lake Superior.

Winner (09/03/19): Rosebud, then Droppin’, Mike, and Frank (the sports guy)

Quite a strong performance tonight by Rosebud. If only she knew that Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, she would’ve had a clean sheet. She needed to be that good to beat Droppin’ and Frank who only missed two questions themselves.


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Winner: young Dave (aka SchaeferMan)
then Pluto and Carol St. Martin

It has been a long time since young Dave won a game. Much longer and he wouldn’t be young Dave anymore.

Dave had the game in hand, then blew the last question to fall into a 3 way tie. The playoff didn’t last long.

What color did the Rolling Stones use in their famous Tuesday song? You would think this one would be easy for the 2 boomers, but you would be wrong. Only Dave knew it was Ruby Tuesday.

Good Question!: A little less than half the size of Great Britain, what is Europe’s second largest island?

Choices: a. Ireland   b. Scotland   c. Wales   d. Iceland

Answer: Iceland

A number of players have been to both Ireland and Iceland with Main Street Café sponsored trips, so this should have been an easy question. Surprisingly, many players thought Ireland was larger. At 103,000 square km Iceland is about 50% larger than Ireland and close to the size of New York State. We must’ve been fooled by the difference in population, where Ireland is 15 times larger than Iceland.

Iceland is filled with natural wonders. One of the famous spots is The Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa in southwestern Iceland.

Creatures from the Blue Lagoon.


In this land of Fire and Ice there are more waterfalls than you could imagine, with one more beautiful than the next.

But don’t just take my word for it, check out this wonderful scenic video:


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