Wednesday, September 29, 2010

September 29, 2010 question - Hump (back) Day

It's Wednesday. Hump day. The day everyone realizes the week is half over and they should probably get to work. Excuse me for interrupting. But before I leave you to the sweet relief that Friday is near and the shocking realization that the end of your to-do list is not, please take a moment to appreciate this bit of random knowledge that won't help you in the least.

Today's Question
The Animal Kingdom . . . no, wait, Movies

In what film do two humpback whales named George and Gracie travel into the future and save the world?

Previous Answer
And the People Who Knew It

Steve J ( the J stands for Joad Family) and Karen M (the M stands for Make My Salad A César) knew that César Chávez founded United Farm Workers of America. Their trivial reign may never end, because who knows when the next question will go out. Congrats!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

September 28, 2010 question - Mr. Snark Goes to Washington

A guy with a sense of humor, or any sense for that matter, has no place in Washington.
Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA
Stephen Colbert makes a pretty decent living making fun of politicians, but apparently they don't like it when he shows up at their workplace to do it. When the crown prince of Comedy Central appeared before the House Judiciary Committee on Friday, its chairman, Rep. John Conyers D-Mich, asked the comic to submit his written statement and leave so that people who actually knew what they were talking about could take the floor. "I don't have a problem with a little levity, but you have no expertise in the matters we're most concerned about," Conyers chided. "Your style of comedy draws attention only to yourself and away from the very serious topic of . . . um . . . whatever it is we're supposed to be talking about."

Today's Question
Labor Unions
Who founded the United Farm Workers of America?

Yesterday's Answer
And the People Who Knew It
Cap'n Crunch's first name is Horatio. It says so on the Limited Edition Collector Card on the back of my throwback cereal box. Eat that, America. Seriously, it stays crunchy in milk and is delicious.

Monday, September 27, 2010

September 27, 2010 question - Welcome Back

Ladies and gentlemen, this is not me.
I know what you're thinking: Adam stopped sending trivia because he doesn't like me. It's personal. He doesn't care. He's got more important things to worry about. He's also a slacker, an ingrate, a sociopath, a bad dancer, a heretic, an Elton John impersonator, one of the people who got confused by the butterfly ballot, the one who let the dogs out, stinky, selfish, and also not much good. 

Well I'm writing today to tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt that several of those things are debatable. But the real reason trivia has come to be more of a semiannual affair instead of a daily one is that you people know everything. In the infotainment age, it became almost impossible for me to come up with any questions you didn't know. So, like Willy Wonka withdrawing into his subterranean Oompa-Loompan sweatshop to perfect his ideas,  I have secluded myself in the bowels of the trivia monster to . . . wait, that's gross. I have sequestered myself in the nether regions of knowledge to create the . . . okay, also gross. I'm in my basement trying to do better, okay? Here's the question.

Today's Question
Breakfast Cereal
What is Cap'n Crunch's first name?

Previous Answer
And the People Who Knew It

The only Sesame Street muppet with five fingers is Cookie Monster. Nobody knew it. Wait, Adam, doesn't that make everything you said above just a horrendous lie? Also, I knew it! Okay, let's not analyze the situation to death. Let's just let trivia be trivia, you dig? And sure, you knew it, but I don't want to make the others feel bad. It will spoil the trivia renaissance.