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$135, and I get my own planet! [Jul. 22nd, 2005|12:58 am]
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Our team came in first at trivia tonight, winning $135 (up from last week's 2nd place prize of $50), which more than paid for dinner and beers. Yay us.

Question I was surprised no one on my team besides me knew the answer to: "What punk band had members named Klaus Floride, D.H. Peligroso, and East Bay Ray"? (table next to us guessed "Fugazi").

Tiebreaker question that won us the game: How many wives did Brigham Young have?

I thought the answer was 26 or 28 and settled on 26: turns out the answer the quizmaster had is 27*. As the other team guessed a paltry "11", we won. If I hadn't seen the indie ex-mormon sci-fi film "Plan 10 from Outer space" I'd have probably not known that Brig had over 20 wives (this is important to the plot of the film). I've seen Brig's grave in SLC and remembered (perhaps wrongly?) that he's got more than one wife buried next to him. So my spotty Gentile knowledge of LDS helped win us money, which we spent on beer. I thought that was appropriate, somehow.

*There is some dispute about the exact number due to the difficulty of defining "wife", since traditional marriage certificates don't generally exist for polygamists. Wikipedia entry on BY lists over 50 wives.
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[User Picture]From: holyoutlaw
2005-07-22 08:39 am (UTC)
I'd have gotten it wrong, too. I thought X Ray Spex for some reason. Oh well.
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[User Picture]From: lemur68
2005-07-22 01:04 pm (UTC)
Is this the NTN trivia with multiple-choice? Because otherwise, I would think that anyone aware there's a band called Fugazi also knows the Dead Kennedys.
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2005-07-22 10:19 pm (UTC)

nope

this is specific to this bar, and you fill in answer blanks on a paper as questions are called out. then you trade papers with another team to grade them (which is how I knew about the Fugazi guess).
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[User Picture]From: dougo
2005-07-22 02:35 pm (UTC)
Did you correct the spelling of Klaus Flouride's name?
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[User Picture]From: dougo
2005-07-22 07:14 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2005-07-22 10:30 pm (UTC)

whoops

that's my typo- the quiz questions are spoken and thus spelling isn't noticed.
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[User Picture]From: shoutingboy
2005-07-22 04:54 pm (UTC)

That's tricky...

...'cause on my 1979 single of "California Uber Alles", Ray is billed as "Ray Valium". When did he change his handle?
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2005-07-22 10:28 pm (UTC)

Re: That's tricky...

I'd never even heard of Ray Valium. East Bay Ray is the name used on the debut 1980 LP, and on all subsequent releases. It seems Ray Valium is to East Bay Ray as Nicholas Coppola is to Nicholas Cage: a name used so briefly as to barely merit attention.
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