The Final Quizdown

Tomorrow (Saturday, June 6th) is a big day for trivia fans worldwide – quizzers in Kolkata, Ottawa, Budapest, Kuala Lumpur, Geneva, Manila, Monrovia, and tons of other cities will simultaneously (more or less) compete in the 2009 World Quiz Championship! Apparently, Russia heard that I challenged them in last week’s newsletter, because they have decided to throw their hat in the ring, too! Way to invoke some cold war nostalgia, Mother Russia . . . but Drago’s going down! Oregon has never participated in the WQC (in fact this is only the third year any city in the US has played), so please come out and make us look good! The Portland quiz starts at noon, and The Spare Room has nice greasy-spoon breakfast so that you can fuel up for the task at hand.

I honestly think that you people, my Triviologists, have a great chance of doing well on this world-class quiz, and here’s why (aside from the wicked smart factor): in short, the quiz is similar in format to mine. It lasts a couple of hours, and the questions are about half pop culture and half book learnin’, divided into 8 categories (Entertainment, Culture, Lifestyles, World, Sports, Sciences, Media). If you tank a round, fear not – your worst category will NOT be factored into your total score! Also, not only are some of WQC’s questions easier than mine, some of them are the same. For example, here’s one from the Sports category that I happened to ask recently that lots of you got correct: “In 10-pen bowling, how many consecutive strikes does a player need for a ‘perfect game’ that will earn them a maximum score of 300 points?” And here’s one from Sciences that I probably wouldn’t ask, because I deem it too easy for you guys: “Which is the brightest planet, when viewed from Earth?” (Explore their website for more question samples.) If you want to play as a team just for fun, you are welcome to do so, but if you want to officially join the ranks, you must fly solo! Oh, and this is a free event, of course.

If one quiz a day just isn’t enough for you, or you’d rather just save your trivia energy for solely pop cultural pursuits, join Trivia Jock Scott and I at 7PM (also on Saturday) at Peter’s 19th Hole for I Don’t Feel Tardy 2, the second annual music trivia quiz (little did I know when Scott’s team won last year that he would be working for me today!). Scott will challenge your knowledge of all kinds of music, with trivia questions, a couple of audio clip rounds, and probably a video clip round as well. The champion crew wins gift certificates to the bar, and I’ve also got some fun, silly, music themed prizes for the couple of highest scoring teams. 

Folks, I simply must share this wonderful treat with you. Team Midas Touch My Balls are tearing up the quiz scene at Hawthorne Hideaway, and have also proven that their talents aren’t limited to the trivial – check out their graphics skills:

If that picture didn’t make you lose your appetite . . . be advised that our friends at The Montage are now serving brunch! They officially open for morning meals this weekend, 10 – 1:30. I recommend Le Hash.

Here are your champions for the week of 5/31/09 – 6/4/09:

Sunday @ 6:00
East Burn
1800 E. Burnside

Sunday @ 9:00
Ladd’s Inn
1204 SE Clay

Monday @ 6:00
Ella Street Social Club (w/Kyle)
714 SW 20th Place

Monday @ 8:00
Hawthorne Hideaway
2221 SE Hawthorne

Tuesday @ 7:30
Sewickly’s (cash prizes!)
4901 SE Hawthorne

Wednesday @ 8:00
Peter’s 19th Hole
5701 NE Fremont

Wednesday @ 8:00
The Hutch  (w/Scott)
4606 NE Glisan

Thursday @ 9:00
La Merde
301 SE Morrison

Thursday @ 9:00
Kenton Club (w/Kyle)
2025 N. Kilpatrick

Thanks for playing with me, everybody!

Your trivia jockey,

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

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

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