Ben Affleck Bar Trivia Picture Quiz

With all the whatever surrounding the recent Batman announcement, I thought it was perfect timing for a Ben Affleck movie face quiz (ala the Arnold quiz I did two years ago).

The toughest part about making it was there’s actually a crap-ton of Ben Affleck movies to choose from. So I tried to find a balance of his awesome movies and his horrendous ones, his early years and the more recent, and his easily identifiable roles and more obscure characters.

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Are you Smarter than the Average Bar Trivia Team?

Unfortunately for team Bottle of Wine & Dudes, "Mark Gable" was not born Marion Morrison.

Unfortunately for team Bottle of Wine & Dudes, “Mark Gable” was not born Marion Morrison.

This week was Pop-Culture Trivia Night at Ventnor Sports Cafe. And despite all the movie buffs and Netflix junkies in the house, the quiz was actually kind of tough (which I knew going into, but I rolled with it anyways). #ToughLove #TriviaStrong

Here’s some insight on how the teams fared for some of the questions. Look at the results and see if you’re smarter than the average team.

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17 Venture Bros. Inspired Trivia Questions

Venture fans rejoice! The Adult Swim original series The Venture Bros. returns tonight for its 5th season.

You want to tell people it’s a show about the misadventures of a former Johnny Quest-type boy-adventurer turned shallow and lonely-hearts super scientist, his well-intentioned but misguided titular twin teenage boys, and their “super kill guy” body guard. But you know it’s so much more than that. Unfortunately it’s too hard to explain because the Venture Bros. mythos runs so deep… and you’re probably too stoned. You should probably just let Henchman 21 explain it for you anyways.

The show is also not without the occasional pop-culture nod or obscure historical reference, due to the robust writing and research skills of co-creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer. So whenever I’m in need of a question or two to fill out my weekly bar trivia quiz, I turn to an old episode of the Venture Bros.

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10 Pop Culture References to Amelia Earhart

Today’s Google Doodle tells us that Amelia Earhart’s zombie corpse turns 115 today.

In 1932, she became the first woman to fly solo over the Atlantic Ocean. Five years later she disappeared over the Pacific, a mystery that has etched itself in popular culture.

So to celebrate the birthday of an inspiration to women around the globe, here’s the best of Amelia Earhart in movies, music, television and books.

The list:

1. The one that started it all: “Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight” was a song by Red River Dave McEnery (“The Yodelling Cowboy”), who first performed it on a live TV broadcast from the 1939 World’s Fair.

2. Singer Joni Mitchell performed her song “Amelia” for her 1980 live album Shadows and Light and included video footage of Earhart.

3. Fans of PBS’s American Experience know that The Price of Courage was the title of the 1993 documentary of Amelia.

Star Trek Voyager episode “The 37s”

4. According to the Star Trek universe, Earhart was abducted by aliens in 1937 and taken to their home planet where she was put into cryo-stasis before being discovered by fellow female aviator, Captain Janeway, and her crew in the year 2374.

5. I Was Amelia Earhart (1996) by Jane Mendelsohn takes the Earhart story and pumps up the love juices.

6. Oscar winner Hilary Swank slipped under my radar back in 2009 and made Amelia. That’s probably because it was the same year the lovely (7) Amy Adams portrayed Earhart in Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian.

You go girls.

8. Pam Munoz Ryan wrote a children’s picture book called Amelia And Eleanor Go For A Ride (1999), where Amelia and, you guessed it, Eleanor Roosevelt ditch a White House dinner to go on a glorious adventure.

9. Someone on Yahoo! Answers thinks his neighbor is Amelia Earhart and she lives in upstate New York next to the Jell-O factory because she knew the guy who owned it.

10. The following exchange happened in the Friends episode “The One with the Lottery”:

Phoebe: You don’t wanna win the lottery?
Ross: (sarcastically) Uh…sure I do, and I also wanna be King of my own country and find out what happened to Amelia Earhart.
Chandler: Still on Amelia Earhart?
Ross: The woman just vanished!

11. And finally, I bet you didn’t know that Amelia’s flight instructor was the original Snookie.

Doin’ Time: 10 Trivia Questions about Summer

Summer. The season for baseball, beaches and blockbusters… and pop-culture references. How well do you know these “summer” movies, books, music and TV shows?

You can find the answers in Part II, Name that Summer Movie.

  1. (Literature/Sports) The title of Roger Rhan’s acclaimed sports novel The Boys of Summer, referred to this baseball team, who played their home game at Ebbets Field.
  2. (Shakespeare) What was the name of the Queen of the Fairies in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream?
  3. (Comic Books) Scott Summers is the real name of what Marvel super hero?
  4. (Commercials) During the late 1980’s and 90s, actress Suzanne Somers was the spokesperson for this piece of exercise equipment.
  5. (Movies) What 1997 movie had a pivotal scene where the four main characters overhear Donna Summer’s “Hot Stuff” while waiting in line at the unemployment office?
  6. (Music) The 1997 Sublime hit, “Doin’ Time”, was a loose cover of the song “Summertime” from the opera Porgy and Bess by this composer.
  7. (Lyrically Speaking) In Don Henley’s 1984 hit, “The Boys of Summer”, what type of sticker does he see on a Cadillac?
  8. (Movies) In the 1966 film The Endless Summer, what were the main characters in search of?
  9. (Television) TV character Jamie Sommers, a tennis pro who was nearly killed in a skydiving accident, was better known as whom?
  10. (Kids Television) Former Olympic Gold Medal swimmer Summer Sanders was named “commissioner” for the Nickelodieon Games and Sports channel in 1998, after being the first ever female host of a Nickelodeon game show. What was the name of the game show?

“Stick this.” – Don Henley

ANSWERS to Part II

 

 

a) Stand by Me
b) Vacation
c) The Sandlot
d) Dirty Dancing
e) Wet Hot American Summer
f) Dazed and Confused
g) Heavyweights
h) Now & Then
i) Adventureland
j) Meatballs
k) The Graduate
l) Dog Day Afternoon

 

15 Songs to Beat the Heat

Damn it’s hot out today! Here are the 15 best songs that have “hot” or “heat” in the title. So actually, the title of this post is sort of misleading. I guess technically songs that “beat the heat” would be something like “Cold as Ice” by Foreigner or……. “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio?

Whatevs. It also fits nicely with my Thunder Trivia and my desire to see the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Miami Heat tonight and stay alive in the NBA finals.

Did I miss any? Drop it like it’s hot in the comments.

  1. Heat is On by Glenn Frey (1985)
  2. This is why I’m Hot by Mims (2007)
  3. Drop it like it’s Hot by Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell (2004)
  4. Heat of the Moment by Asia (1982)
  5. Hot for Teacher by Van Halen (1984)
  6. Here Comes the Hotstepper by Ini Kimozi (1994)
  7. White Light, White Heat by the Velvet Underground (1968)
  8. (Love Is Like a) Heat Wave by Martha and the Vandellas (1963)
  9. Hot Stuff by Donna Summer (1979)
  10. Hot Fun in the Summertime by Sly and The Family Stone (1969)
  11. Hot in Herre by Nelly (2002)
  12. Hot n Cold by Katy Perry (2008)
  13. Hot Child in the City by Nick Gilder (1978)
  14. Hotter Than Hell by KISS (1974)
  15. Canned Heat by Jamiroquai (1999)

Yes, that last song was on the soundtrack to Center Stage.