1. Identify these institutions of higher learning from The Simpsons, for ten points each.
- In the episode "Lisa the Vegetarian," a film by the Meat Council prompts Ralph to state that he will attend what institution?
Answer: Bovine University
- In the episode "Homer Goes to College," Homer must attend this institution in order to pass Nuclear Physics 101 and keep his job. While there, he helps to kidnap rival A&M's mascot.
Answer: Springfield University
- In the episode "Homer the Moe," Moe decides to return to this alma mater to revive his love of bartending.
Answer: Swigmore University
2. With no National Hockey League around, TRASH now must find other pro hockey leagues to pick on. Given teams in a minor professional hockey league, name the league, for the stated number of points.
- (5) Hershey Bears, Philadelphia Phantoms, Chicago Wolves, Edmonton
Answer: American Hockey League or AHL
- (5) Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies, Las Vegas Wranglers, Toledo Storm
Answer: East Coast Hockey League or ECHL
- (10) Memphis RiverKings, Amarillo Gorillas, Wichita Thunder
Answer: Central Hockey League or CHL
- (10) Fort Wayne Komets, Danbury Thrashers, Quad City Mallards,
Answer: United Hockey League or UHL
3. (AUDIO) What does this tournament need? Yes, even more cowbell. Given a clip of a song featuring cowbell, identify the title and artist, for five points each.
- Clip 7
Answer: Mississippi Queen by Mountain
- Clip 8
Answer: Working for the Weekend by Loverboy
- Clip 9
Answer: Hey Ladies by The Beastie Boys
4. Identify these incarnations of the same Sesame Street character, for ten points each.
- Retailing for about $30, it was the most popular toy of the 1996 holiday season, often selling for hundreds of dollars secondhand. It eventually sold over five million worldwide.
Answer: Tickle Me Elmo
- The online PBS store currently sell two different Elmo dolls that will perform a specific namesake dance on cue. Name either of them.
Answer: Limbo Elmo or Hokey-Pokey Elmo
- To help teach kids to be toilet trained, PBS also sells this Elmo that drinks from a bottle and then has to go, singing one song if he makes it to the toy toilet and another if he doesn't.
Answer: Singing Potty Elmo
5. Answer these questions about the one, the only, Fabio!
- In 1993, Fabio appeared in a sexual fantasy of the title character in this Lanford, Illinois-based sitcom.
- When Larissa Meek, the star of this show, told her chosen beau Gil that she had previously dated Fabio, he dumped her. Fabio's reaction: "If that guy is looking to date someone I haven't, he should start dating men."
Answer: Average Joe 2: Hawaii
- Fabio can currently be seen on this Oxygen Channel reality series where 12 men compete to appear on future Harlequin romance covers.
Answer: Mr. Romance
6. Who watches the world figure skating champioships? If the answer is "me
and my TRASHionals team while drinking heavily," this is the bonus for you.
Given clues, name the notable competitors from this year's worlds for ten points each.
- This Russian mainstay returned to competitive skating after a heart
ailment had her bedridden. Her flawless performance in the free skate won
her the gold, narrowly edging Carolina Kostner of Italy.
Answer: Irina Slutskaya (pr. Sloot-sky-uh)
- This U.S. Nationals winner placed fourth in the men's singles competition.
Answer: Johnny Weir
- This ice dancer, born in Kingston, Ontario, represented the U.S. along
with partner Benjamin Agosto. Despite winning a silver at worlds, her
problems obtaining U.S. citizenship may keep her out of the 2006 Olympics.
Answer: Tanith Belbin
7. Have you driven a Ford lately? If so, you're lucky to be alive. For the stated number of points, answer these questions on problems with Fords.
- (5) Ford took it on the chin when the Bridgestone tires on this popular SUV were found to have a penchant for blowing out.
- (1) A major recall of a variety of Ford vehicles built over the last 5 years is related to problems with the switch that operates this feature, which can spark and cause fires even when it's not being used.
Answer: cruise control
- (15) Ford is refusing to sell more of the Interceptor variant of this model to police departments involved in a class-action lawsuit against Ford. Turns out it may have had a Pinto-like tendency to explode when hit from behind.
Answer: Crown Victoria
8. Given a title of an HBO original movie, name the actress who would later earn either an Oscar or at least a nomination, for ten points each. If you need the movie in which she was honored by the Academy, youíll give five.
- (10) Gia
(5) Girl, Interrupted
Answer: Angelina Jolie [Do not accept Mercedes Ruehl or Faye Dunaway, who won Oscars before the HBO movie.]
- (10) Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
(5) Monsterís Ball
Answer: Halle Berry
- (10) Third Degree Burn
Answer: Virginia Madsen
9. Given an album that appeared on the Billboard Top 20 album chart the week of March 18, 2000, name the artist or group responsible.
- (5) Human Clay
- (10) Stiff Upper Lip
- (5) Millennium
Answer: Backstreet Boys
- (10) Unleash the Dragon
Answer: Sisqo or Mark Althavan Andrews
10. Name these films added to the National Film Registry in 2004, for ten points each.
- Clint Eastwood won a Best Director Oscar for helming this 1992 Western.
- Elvis Presley plays a former manslaughter inmate who becomes a singer disillusioned by the record business in this 1957 film.
Answer: Jailhouse Rock
- Remade in 1988 with Dennis Quaid in the title role, this 1950 film stars Edmund O'Brien as an accountant who must find out who poisoned him
before the poison takes his own life.
11. (VISUAL BONUS) Given pictures of the animated character, name the voice talent, 5-10-20-30. Note in photo A we're only looking for the human character.
Answer: A. Daveigh Chase or Rumi Hiiragi, B. Sarah Vowell, C. Willem Dafoe, D. Rupert Everett
12. Since the movie American Splendor came out, a lot of people have heard
of Harvey Pekar. Prove you knew Harv and name the artists who
illustrated different incarnations of American Splendor given titles, for ten points each.
- Our Cancer Year
Answer: Frank Stack
- Music Comics
Answer: Joe Sacco
- Unsung Hero #1
Answer: David Collier
13. Was their anything more funny for Republicans than watching Democrats eat their words after the 2004 election? For ten points each:
- Many fingers pointed at this Democratic National Committee head, who chose not to run for another term after being quoted early on election night as saying, "This is the best Election Night in history."
Answer: Terry McAullife
- According to Arianna Huffington, this Democratic strategist said right before the election that "if we can't win this one, then we can't win shit". He later called for the Democratic Party to be "born again."
Answer: James Carville
- This pollster declared in May 2004 that the election was "Kerry's to lose" and said in October 2004 that if Kerry loses it's because "he has blown an opportunity."
Answer: John Zogby
14. Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg were inducted into the Baseball Hall of
Fame in 2005. Others, however, failed to make the cut. Name these players
who lost their eligibility for the Hall in 2005, for ten points each.
- This University of Michigan standout and one-handed pitcher tossed
a no-hitter for the New York Yankees in 1993.
Answer: Jim Abbott
- This power-hitting outfielder was the National League Rookie of the
Year in 1983, and hit 335 homers in 17 seasons with the Mets, Dodgers,
Giants and Yankees. Plus he snorted half of Peru.
Answer: Darryl Strawberry
- This closer saved 304 games for the Kansas City Royals between
1988-1999, and won the American League Rolaids Relief Man award in 1993.
Answer: Jeff Montgomery
15. For ten points each, name these girl groups:
- They enjoyed eight Top 40 hits, including "Eternal Flame" and "Manic Monday."
Answer: The Bangles
- This Motown act sang "Heat Wave" and "Dancing in the Street."
Answer: Martha and the Vandellas
- This dance trio charted seven consecutive Top 10 hits, including "Point of No Return," "Let Me Be The One" and "Seasons Change."
Answer: Expose (pronounced "Ex-po-say")
16. For the stated number of points, answer these questions about bread from the developing world.
- For five points, this bread cooked on the side of a tandoor is most well known for its use in Indian cuisine, but describes the flour-based round flatbread of much of the upper subcontinent and Central Asia.
- For ten points, the traditional form of this - also called Armenian cracker bread - is traditionally thin and includes poppy or sesame seeds. In the US, you've probably seen a square, thicker alternative used for wraps.
- For fifteen points, injera, the bread used in eating Ethiopian food, is traditionally made with a fermented dough made of this native grain.
17. Answer these questions about the career of Tim Daly, for ten points each.
- Dalyís breakout TV role was this co-owner of Sandpiper Air on Wings.
Answer: Joe Hackett
- Daly is the star of this new ABC series about a San Francisco detective agency. Some critics have called the show a cross between Alias and Fletch.
- Between Wings and Eyes, Daly starred in this failed CBS revival of a classic 1960s drama and successful 1993 movie.
Answer: The Fugitive
18. For ten points each, answer these trash math equations. For example, if I said "Johnny Depp cop show divided by WB show about a minister's family," you'd answer 3 - 21 Jump Street divided by 7th Heaven. All operations should be done in clue order. You'll have 15 seconds per part.
- UNC-Charlotte nickname minus San Francisco NFL franchise times most retired number in Major League Baseball.
Answer: 0 (49ers minus 49ers times 42, not that the last part matters)
- Proclaimers titular hike times first Chicago greatest hits album divided by the number shared by Tops and Seasons.
Answer: 1125 (500 Miles times Chicago IX divided by 4)
- Bernie Mac baseball flick divided by Truffault's blows minus Dave Chappelle stoner movie.
Answer: 7 (Mr. 3000 divided by 400 Blows minus Half-Baked)
19. Surfin' on a sound wave, then you're swingin' through the stars! Identify these questions about a PBS series, for ten points each.
- This series was based on the books written by Joanna Cole. In each story the students of Walkerville Elementary learn about a new science concept by going on a field trip.
Answer: The Magic School Bus
- This is the eccentric, red haired teacher of the Magic School Bus. Her outfit always matches the subject of their field trip.
Answer: Ms. Valerie Felicity Frizzle or The Frizz
- This is Ms. Frizzle's animal companion who normally perches on her shoulder. She can do amazing things like driving the bus and pointing out important information.
20. Name these movies set in Pittsburgh not involving fish or George Romero, for ten points each.
- Jean-Claude Van Damme killing the Penguins mascot is a highlight of this
Answer: Sudden Death
- Anne Parillaud plays a vampire preying on mob figures in this 1992 John
Answer: Innocent Blood
- In this 1993 film, Bruce Willis plays a Pittsburgh river-patrol cop trying
to catch a serial killer and avenge his dad's death. John Mahoney and Sarah
Jessica Parker costar.
Answer: Striking Distance
21. For fifteen points, name the guitarist from his 2005 solo album, or from another clue for five points.
- (15) His Curtains has an acoustic focus.
(5) Although he walked away in 1992, he later returned to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Answer: John Frusciante
- (15) He has released an eponymous solo album. This guitarist had a namesake project that he formed after walking out of the recording session for Night in the Ruts.
(5) He was able to patch up his differences with Steven Tyler and reunite with Aerosmith.
Answer: Joe Perry
22. Blogs have become all the rage at political magazines. For ten points
- Matthew Yglesias and Nick Confessore are among the more frequent
contributors to "TAPPED," the blog for this magazine founded by Robert
Kuttner, Paul Starr, and Robert Reich in 1990.
Answer: The American Prospect
- In March 2004, Kevin Drum, better known as CalPundit, moved over to
"Political Animal," the new blog of this magazine where Michael Kinsley,
Jonathan Alter, and Gregg Easterbrook all got their start.
Answer: Washington Monthly
- Speaking of Gregg Easterbrook, he is a senior editor at this magazine,
whose website hosts his "Easterblogg." It is also home to Noam Scheiber's
daily journal of politics, "." [et cetera], but not the "Daily Dish" of
everyone's favorite HIV-positive gay Republican and editor, Andrew Sullivan..
Answer: The New Republic