The Exhausted Dad Substitutes Trivia for Insight
Happy Father's Day!
It’s Father’s Day today, so of course I am thinking about my dad. As I was composing thoughts about Davey Marlin-Jones for this newsletter, I came across Patton Oswalt’s thoughts about my dad. Meanwhile, my wife Kate pointed out that Saturday was the coolest day of the entire summer, so we spent the entire day refilling our garage (from the POD) and accidentally going through my “effects,” meaning the thousands of letters that friends and Kate sent me in the 1980s and 1990s, when people still wrote letters.
And then 16 hours went by. Mission accomplished. Thanks, Kate.
So as I do once a year or so, this week I am sharing the entire Pub Quiz that I’ve written as the newsletter! Paid Patreon subscribers get the answers, my thanks, as well as the print and audio of a two-page poem I’ve recently written from the point of view of my beleaguered running shoes.
But for right now, here is this week’s Pub Quiz:
Pub Quiz for June 18, 2022
Mottos and Slogans. The second highest-revenue athletic shoe brand taught us that “Impossible is Nothing.” Name the brand.
Internet Culture. Bill Gates jokes about the retirement of what Microsoft product when he said this week, “I guess we finally ran out of microchips”?
Newspaper Headlines. CNN reminded us yesterday that you can’t pump your own gas in two different U.S. states. Name one of them.
Four for Four. Which of the following products, if any, were invented in the 19th century: 7-Up, Coca Cola, Dr. Pepper, Pepsi?
European Explorers. Did Vasco Da Gama become the first European to reach India by sea during the lifetime of Charlemagne, Dante, Leonardo da Vinci, or William Shakespeare.
Cursive. A study of grade-school children in 2013 revealed what about the speed of their cursive writing when compared to their print writing, regardless of which handwriting the child had learned first? That the cursive was faster, that the print writing was faster, or that they were about the same.
Pop Culture – Music. What world-famous musician turns 80 this weekend?
Sports. The Detroit Lions play their home games in what alliterative stadium?
Science. Which of the following is likely the longest: a lion, a lion’s mane jellyfish, or a giraffe that is “lying” down for a nap?
The Short Round
Great Americans. Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale was the running mate of what unsuccessful candidate for President of the United States?
Unusual Words. Starting with the letter B and ending with the letter N, what verb am I thinking of that means “to begin to grow or increase rapidly; flourish”?
Swahili Words. Again with the lions. Starting with the letter S, what is the Swahili word for “lion”?
Pop Culture – Television. "Stewie" Griffin is a fictional character from what animated television series?
Another Music Question. What billionaire American rapper and record executive was born with the name Shawn Corey Carter?
End of The Short Round
Anagram. The name of the first woman to earn a medical degree in the United States is an anagram of the phrase Likeable Belch Waltz. Name her.
And now five questions on the same topic. This week’s topic is Celebrity Dads.
What EGOT-winner has two children with model Chrissy Teigen?
What Grammy award-winning Latin pop singer is raising four children with his husband Jwan Yosef?
Who is the father of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor?
Who is the father of Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa?
Born in 1947, who is the most famous of the two dads of Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John (10) and Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John (8)?
And thus end our round of questions on Celebrity Dads.
Books and Authors. The novel The Great Gatsby is set during what age?
Film. As an actor in a leading role, only two of Tom Cruise’s top ten highest internationally grossing films were not sequels, remakes, or part of a series, such as a Mission Impossible film. Name just one of these two films.
Jewish Culture. What is the Hebrew term for a good deed done out of a sense of religious duty?
Cities of the World That Start with the Letter J. Described in the Bible as the “city of palm trees,” what Palestinian city is claimed to be the oldest city in the world?
Card Games. What is the triple-digit number of cards in a complete deck of UNO?
Science. Do sponges have hearts?
Books and Authors. Born just over 200 years ago, how many of the Brontë siblings were there (all were writers)?
Current Events – Names in the News. Muhammad Ali International Airport hosts UPS's worldwide hub and is the main commercial airport for what American city?
Sports. Since Steve Kerr took over as the head coach of the Golden State Warriors in 2014, the Warriors have won how many of the 18 playoff games that they have played against Western Conference teams? It is 12, 15, or 18?
Shakespeare. With a population approaching one million people, larger even than London or Constantinople, what was the most populous city in the world in 1603, the year that Shakespeare wrote Hamlet?
Tie-breaker. According to a 2012 study published in The Lancet, what percentage of people get migraines?
I hope you enjoyed that. You can probably tell that a few of the questions are easier than usual. Special thanks to Patton Oswalt.
Happy Father’s Day, and happy Juneteenth. I get to meet a new bunch of UC Davis student journalists on Wednesday, and even though doing so will mark the end of my current mini-vacation, I can’t wait!