ShanRock's Triviology: Portland's Best Quizzery Since 2005!

Trivia Jock ShanRock and her team host fun and unique trivia nights all over town, several times a week. It's free to play, and the team victorious walks away with cash or prizes . . . and perhaps more importantly, glory! Have you tried the rest? Now try the best! Willamette Week's Best of Portland, that is! Also, I am thrilled that my team has been selected by the people of Portland as their Favorite Trivia Night in the Portland Mercury Reader's Choice Survey many times! In addition, I have been honored as Best Entertainer In North Portland, have won BarFly's Town's Terrific-est TJ several times, and had my La Merde quiz night awarded the Portland Monthly title of Best Bar To Play! Triviology and Portland have been making beautiful trivia together for over twelve years; join us for the next dozen!

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Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica: The Office Trivia!
La Merde @ 301 SE Morrison
Thursday, May 4th @ 9:00



Out of paper? Out of stock? There's friendly faces around the block! The Office trivia is for people persons' paper people! Hire a team and join us in the conference room.

Upcoming Theme Quizzes at La Merde: Parks & Recreation, Game of Thrones!

Triviology Job Posting: Quiz Writer Needed!
Submissions due Thursday, April 27th @ 11 PM
Send to Shannon at shanrockstrivia@gmail.com


Do you love to play ShanRock’s Triviology, but want even more cash and glory than that
which you can earn from winning my trivia games? Then try your hand at the power of the pen, for I am hiring a new quiz writer! The first thing you should know about the position is that you may still play my trivia if you are hired; the only night you can’t play the game is on the weekly night that you write a pub quiz. And the person I hire will indeed be writing one game each week. No special equipment or qualifications are necessary; just a knack for crafting diverse, interesting questions from fields of science, film, literature, TV, history, sports, etc. Also, it is possible that the quiz writer will also eventually become a trivia jockey, but for now, we are focusing on writing.

If I like the mini-quiz you submit, I’ll provide you with more details about the position, and have you write a more elaborate game. If you’ve submitted a “test quiz” before, please feel free to do so again! With different queries of course, though. If you’ve played Triviology before, you know exactly how each of these rounds work. If you don’t know what these rounds entail, feel free to write me to ask, or better yet come see a game in action. All of my wonderful staff members started out as Triviology players, so if you know the game, you’ve already got a leg up! Here’s what I’d like for you to submit for consideration for the position…

Chotchkie’s/miscellaneous trivia: 3 questions - any topics.
Potato Power/TV & film: 3 questions - utilize different eras.
Book Learnin’: 4 questions - one literature, one science, one geography, one history.
Whammy: Just provide a good idea for this themed round; no need to actually write a whole round.
I Am A Walrus: Write one complete “walrus,” choosing any subject that you think would make a good one. Please make sure to write the answer under the clues so that I can guess who or what it is myself.
I Don’t Feel Tardy: Just list five different songs you think would comprise a great music round; no need to prepare clips, as I only want an idea of what you think are good selections.

To get you started, here’s a good hint for everyone who wants to write for Triviology. The rookie mistake that most people make, including me when I started, is making the queries too hard...so tamp it down! Also, you are not just relaying interesting facts, it’s crafting guessable questions. I’m so looking forward to seeing what you’ve got to offer! Good luck!

Brick Or Block Lego Tournament Creation!



15 Winnings of Fame!

February 15th, 2011
Next Sunday is the Clash of The Trivia Titans, and everyone is invited to play! It’s only $5 person, which gains you entry for the whole event . . . and a prize! Registration is at 5:00, and the Olympian Open (which is a regular Triviology quiz, minus the Physical and Whammy challenges) starts at 5:30. The Olympian champion becomes the wild card seed who goes on to compete in The Titan Invitational (same format as The Open), which will start about 8. The Titans are those teams that have won . . . 15 times or more since the last Clash of the Trivia Titans.That’s right, I have lowered the magic qualifying number to 15! Why? Because I endeavor each year to find the perfect number that doesn’t shut any teams out of Titanship by only one win. Every single team this year has won 15 times or more, OR 13 teams or less. And, for those intrepid teams that are still struggling to become Titans, it is possible for you to still qualify, right up until The Slammer quiz the day before the tournament! Here are your best bets for wins: Cruzroom on Tuesday @ 7, The WorkShop Pub on Wednesday @ 8:30, or Kenton Club on Thursday @ 9.

As of today, here are your Trivia Titans for 2011:

Carpool Lane Prostitutes
Drunken Regrets
Especially In The Mornings
Kathleen Turner Overdrive
Odie & The Dirt Legs
Publick Edumakatorz
Team Evil Jesus
Olympian Open Champion: Your Name Here!
If you think your name should be on this list, but it’s not . . . please let me know (and check out the Hall of Fame)! And if you’d like more details about the event, including prizes, full schedule, etc., explore the COTT page. And even if you don’t win any awards for trivia prowess at the tournament, there are still lots of ways to score a trophy! For example, there’s The Spirit Bunny Award! At The Half-Time Show, after my trivia jockeys perform for us, it will be your team’s turn to show off! Your presentation may be as simple or as elaborate as you wish, and the team who receives the loudest applause will win this glorious trophy:


Also, whether you know it or not, you’ve been competing for other awards all year long: Best Shit-Talkers, Favorite Foes, and The Underdog Award (for that tenacious team that keeps on playing, even though they never seem to win). YOU will determine these categories (and Best Bartender & Favorite Venue) by voting, either at a venue during trivia (as many of you have already done), or by taking this short survey. One vote per person please! Guess which trophy this is:

How about these bad boys?



OK, back to knitting that final champion scarf! And remember that I now have a ShanRock’s Triviology “Like” page on FaceBook, as well as a Clash of the Trivia Titans Event Page, if you’d like to start the smack-talk early.


Upcoming special events:

Clash of the Trivia Titans!
Sun, Feb 20th @ 5:00
The Spare Room @ 4830 NE 42nd
Hosted by ShanRock
$5 per person
*Everyone is welcome to play, and receives a prize just for participating! Compete for engraved trophies, and tons of prizes!

Oscar Quiz Night!
Sun, Feb 27th @ 3:30
East Burn @ 1800 E. Burnside
Hosted by ShanRock
*Stick around after the quiz to watch the Academy Awards on the big screen! The Peter O’Toole trophy goes to the team with the greatest Oscar knowledge; The Swan trophy goes to the individual with the most excellent outfit.

Triviology champions for the week of 1/29/11 – 2/4/11:

Breakfast of Champions!
Saturday @ 2 PM
500 SE 8th
ESPECIALLY IN THE MORNINGS

Sunday @ 6:00
1800 East Burnside
PUBLEKK EZHIMAQUATORZE

Monday @ 7:00
714 SW 20th Place
MOTHERS OF RETENTION


Monday @ 9:00
4111 SE Hawthorne
JUST THE TIP

Tuesday @ 7:00

Cruzroom (w/Michele)

2338 NE Alberta
TEAM CELLAR DOOR

Tuesday @ 7:00 *Final Quiz
111 SW Ash
BLUE MOOSE

Tuesday @ 7:30
Sewickly’s (w/ShanRock … & cash prizes!)
4901 SE Hawthorne
STABBITY STAB STAB

Tuesday @ 8:00
609 & 1/2 SE Taylor
Wednesday @ 8:00
4606 NE Glisan
PREMARITAL SEX PISTOLS

Wednesday @ 8:00
4515 SE 41st
PUBLIQUE EDJIMAKATERSS

Wednesday @ 8:30
3416 N. Lombard
ESPECIALLY IN THE MORNINGS

Wednesday @ 8:30
2524 SE Clinton
CARPOOL LANE PROSTITUTES

Thursday @ 9:00
2025 N. Kilpatrick
KARL HUNGUS

Thursday @ 9:00
301 SE Morrision
DIRTY DRIFTERS

Triviology champions for the week of 2/5/11 – 2/11/11:

Breakfast of Champions!
Saturday @ 2 PM
500 SE 8th
DRUNKEN REGRETS # 5: BECOMING A PAGEANT MOM

Sunday @ 6:00
1800 East Burnside

Monday @ 7:00 *I Heart Oregon Quiz
714 SW 20th Place
THE WICKED WAPATOS

Monday @ 9:00
4111 SE Hawthorne

PUBLECK IDGIMICATERS


Tuesday @ 7:00

Cruzroom (w/Michele)

2338 NE Alberta
MAMMY JOES

Tuesday @ 7:30
Sewickly’s (w/ShanRock … & cash prizes!)
4901 SE Hawthorne

Tuesday @ 8:00
609 & 1/2 SE Taylor
DRUNKEN REGRETS #1: DAWNEESHYA R.I.P.
Wednesday @ 8:00
4606 NE Glisan
HURLIN’ PEARLS

Wednesday @ 8:00
4515 SE 41st
VICTORY OR DISHES

Wednesday @ 8:30
3416 N. Lombard
ESPECIALLY IN THE MORNINGS

Wednesday @ 8:30
2524 SE Clinton
TEAM WHISKEY TANGO

Thursday @ 9:00
2025 N. Kilpatrick
KARL HUNGUS

Thursday @ 9:00
301 SE Morrision
DIRTY DRIFTERS

Thanks for making the trivia with me, people!

Your trivia jockey,

Shannon Donaldson
ShanRock’s Triviology
(503) 957-7806


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Beauteous Pints!

February 1st, 2011
Did you know that beverages taste more delicious when consumed out of an object you won? It’s true! And tomorrow night, your team has a chance to win a whole set of ShanRock’s Triviology pint glasses, only at Beauty Bar:
Sadly, this will be our final night making the trivia at this venue, so this will be your last chance to make your mark here! And don’t despair, John Gordon fans – he will continue on as trivia jockey at Kenton Club. He had a blast with the crowd there last Thursday, and wants you to come play with him!
Here’s the lastest on the Clash of the Trivia Titans (which must be fast approaching since the 6th anniversary of Triviology was last Wednesday!) . . . although absolutely everyone is welcome to participate in the game, it is the teams who won 18 times or more in 2010 that will qualify to officially participate in the Titan Invitational portion of the evening. Check out the details here, and feel free to call or Email me with any questions. If you haven’t been keeping a tally of your wins, fear not – I have! All the champions for the “trivia season” (the whole year since the last Clash of the Trivia Titans) are listed in my Hall of Fame. If you think you’re close, it is a good idea to contact me, and make sure that I have the same win tally as you do.  If you want more wins (you can play to qualify right up to the very day before the tournament), I highly recommend playing at either Da’ Hui on Mondays or Cruzroom on Tuesdays – we happen to have lower attendance at these venues right now, so the odds are in your favor!

And here’s something for everybody to think about – you will soon be called upon to vote. Yes, I hand out several engraved trophies for high scores in the trivia competition, but YOU will decided these categories: Best Bartender, Favorite Venue, Favorite Foes, Best Shit-Talkers, and, to a certain degree, The Underdog Award. I will take suggestions for The Underdog Award, but I will bestow it upon the tenacious team who continues playing trivia even though they never seem to win much. I am of course in a unique position to observe the performances of all teams, so I will cast a heavily weighted vote on this one. The rest is up to you, so be thinking about what teams you love to hate, or hate to love, and where you most enjoy gettin’ your quiz on! I actually ordered the trophies today, so your trivia jockeys should be bringing them around and showing them off at venues by next week. Take a peak at some of the trophies & champion scarves from a couple of years ago (I have several more ordered for this year):


The kids have been telling me I need a ShanRock’s Triviology “Like” page on FaceBook . . . so now we’ve got one! I invite you to show me some love by clicking on the infamous “Like” button. Of course, I will still totally be your friend on my profile page, (which will still probably be at least 50% Triviology related!), and there’s always still the ShanRock’s Triviology Group, as well.

On a final note, East Burn trivia will go on as normal this Sunday at 6:00, despite the Super Bowl – the show must go on!

Upcoming special events:

I Heart Oregon Quiz!
Mon, Feb 7th @ 7:00
Ella Street Social Club @ 714 SW 20th Place
Hosted by Margaret
*Celebrating Oregon’s 152nd birthday!

Clash of the Trivia Titans!
Sun, Feb 20th @ 5:00
The Spare Room @ 4830 NE 42nd
Hosted by ShanRock

$5 per person
*Everyone is welcome to play! Compete for engraved trophies, and tons of prizes!

Oscar Quiz Night!
Sun, Feb 27th @ 3:30
East Burn @ 1800 E. Burnside
Hosted by ShanRock
*Stick around after the quiz to watch the Academy Awards on the big screen! The Peter O’Toole trophy goes to the team with the greatest Oscar knowledge; The Swan trophy goes to the individual with the most excellent outfit.

Triviology champions for the week of 1/8/11 – 1/14/11:

Breakfast of Champions!
Saturday @ 2 PM
500 SE 8th
PUBLIC EDJIMIKATERS

Sunday @ 6:00
1800 East Burnside

Monday @ 7:00
714 SW 20th Place
MOTHERS OF RETENTION

Monday @ 8:00
6504 SE Foster
*no quiz tonight (Ducks game)

Monday @ 9:00 *Debut!
4111 SE Hawthorne
JUST THE TIP

Tuesday @ 7:00

Cruzroom (w/Michele)

2338 NE Alberta
DETRITUS

Tuesday @ 7:00 
111 SW Ash
STILL, WHERE DID THE TRIVIA COME FROM?

Tuesday @ 7:30
Sewickly’s (w/ShanRock … & cash prizes!)
4901 SE Hawthorne

Tuesday @ 8:00
609 & 1/2 SE Taylor
STILL, WHERE DID THE TRIVIA COME FROM
Wednesday @ 8:00
4606 NE Glisan
EL CID’S FAX MACHINE

Wednesday @ 8:00
4515 SE 41st
ESPECIALLY IN THE MORNINGS

Wednesday @ 8:30
3416 N. Lombard
STILL, WHERE DID THE TRIVIA COME FROM?

Wednesday @ 8:30
2524 SE Clinton
CARPOOL LANE PROSTITUTES

Thursday @ 9:00
2025 N. Kilpatrick
ODIE & THE DIRT LEGS

Thursday @ 9:00
301 SE Morrision
DIRTY DRIFTERS

Triviology champions for the week of 1/15/11 – 1/21/11:

Breakfast of Champions!
Saturday @ 2 PM
500 SE 8th
CARPOOL LANE PROSTITUTES

Sunday @ 6:00
1800 East Burnside
YOUR SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS: THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS!

Monday @ 7:00
714 SW 20th Place
MOTHERS OF RETENTION

Monday @ 8:00
6504 SE Foster

Monday @ 9:00
4111 SE Hawthorne

JUST THE TIP


Tuesday @ 7:00

Cruzroom (w/Michele)

2338 NE Alberta
SHAME SPIRALS

Tuesday @ 7:00 
111 SW Ash
ESPECIALLY IN THE MORNINGS

Tuesday @ 7:30
Sewickly’s (w/ShanRock … & cash prizes!)
4901 SE Hawthorne

Tuesday @ 8:00
609 & 1/2 SE Taylor
SEMICOLONOSCOPY
Wednesday @ 8:00
4606 NE Glisan
EL CID’S FAX MACHINE

Wednesday @ 8:00
4515 SE 41st
HAWTHORNE PLUMBING

Wednesday @ 8:30
3416 N. Lombard
ESPECIALLY IN THE MORNINGS

Wednesday @ 8:30
2524 SE Clinton
CARPOOL LANE PROSTITUTES

Thursday @ 9:00
2025 N. Kilpatrick
DECEMBER TO REMEMBER SALES EVENT

Thursday @ 9:00
301 SE Morrision
DR. BAGELMAN’S HOUR OF HATE

Triviology champions for the week of 1/22/11 – 1/28/11:

Breakfast of Champions!
Saturday @ 2 PM
DRUNKEN REGRETS #417: NO SCISSORING

Sunday @ 6:00
1800 East Burnside

Monday @ 7:00
714 SW 20th Place
MOTHERS OF RETENTION

Monday @ 8:00
6504 SE Foster
ESPECIALLY IN THE MORNINGS

Monday @ 9:00
4111 SE Hawthorne

W00T! W00T!


Tuesday @ 7:00

Cruzroom (w/Michele)

2338 NE Alberta
THE 13th SIGN

Tuesday @ 7:00 
111 SW Ash
STILL, WHERE DID THE TRIVIA COME FROM?

Tuesday @ 7:30
Sewickly’s (w/ShanRock … & cash prizes!)
4901 SE Hawthorne
THERE’S NO “I” IN “MEAT”

Tuesday @ 8:00
609 & 1/2 SE Taylor
SOCKS ON COCKS
Wednesday @ 8:00
4606 NE Glisan
LINDA IS A WHORE

Wednesday @ 8:00
4515 SE 41st
PUBLICK EDUMACATORZZ

Wednesday @ 8:30
3416 N. Lombard
THE AXES

Wednesday @ 8:30
2524 SE Clinton
CARPOOL LANE PROSTITUTES

Thursday @ 9:00
2025 N. Kilpatrick
KARL HUNGUS

Thursday @ 9:00
301 SE Morrision

Thanks for making the trivia with me, people!

Your trivia jockey,

Shannon Donaldson
ShanRock’s Triviology
(503) 957-7806


“Materialism is a disease of the mind starved for ideas.” -Jacob Needleman