- Cappuccino is named for its color—the same shade of brown as the habits of Capuchin monks.
- Hawaii is the only one of the 50 states that grows coffee.
- The Maxwell House brand is named for a hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.
- According to legend, coffee was discovered by when an Ethiopian
goat-herder named Kaldi noticed that his animals had more energy (and
wouldn't sleep) after eating certain beans. (More about this legend and
the history of joe is here, courtesy the National Coffee Association.)
1967 bestselling book, purporting to offer “the uninhibited
memoirs” or two rather promiscuous flight attendants, was cleverly
titled Coffee, Tea or Me? (You figure it out.)
- The coffeeshop on Frasier was wittily named Café Nervosa. The one on Friends was, of course, Central Perk.
- The MooLatté—a frozen coffee drink available at Dairy Queen—attracted much criticism when it was introduced in 2004, for a perceived similarity between the name and an archaic term for people of mixed race. But the DQ persevered, and the drink's name remains.
- "We are happy to serve you" is the exact message on the iconic New York City Greek hot-beverage cup, officially named the Anthora design. (We relayed the history of the cup on the actually-really-existed Big Quiz Thing TV show.)
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May 7, 2014
And that is how it's done: Our return to the fine, fine SubCulture (first time since February) was a spectacular night of quiz fun, as the Big Quiz Thing continues to offer the absolute best deluxe trivia experience in all of the City of New York. Dozens of teams gathered for five rounds of multimedia quiz action, as longtime dominators the Fantastic Fournicators attempted to stage a twopeat and hang on to the coveted BQT trophy—negative 10,000 points if that crew, of all people, had been unable to identify this "Recently Resting in Peace" famous person…
We also featured a new video puzzle concept, "Movies of the World Unite!," testing your ability to identify both movie clips, and the countries in which those films take place (the torture porn of Hostel was the toughest—it was Slovakia, not Slovenia, and no, the Slovakian tourist board was none too happy about that film). That round gave us the best Smart-Ass Point of the night (earning the quippers a big bag of Twizzlers): The movie set in France was not this, but rather Coneheads. (They come from France, after all.)
But perhaps the biggest joke of the night involved an odd coincidence. I asked the rather figureoutable question…
The odds are astronomical, my friends. What midnight memories we made!
Big, big prize night, as always when we're at SubCulture: $200 cash jackpot split among first, second, third, and tenth places, tix from The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 50 Shades! The Musical, Pogo Events, SubCulture itself, The New York City Fire Museum, and Drunk Shakespeare, and various other goodies. The team that got their hands on the David Cross bobblehead was particularly happy (send us a photo!).
As for the finale, I was hoping to see some new faces up there, since a few fresh teams were strong contenders halfway through, but the "Fuuuuuuck!!!" audio round thinned the herd, and we were left with three of our old favorites: champs the Fournicators, Incontinental Congress, and Cash Cab for Cutie. With a little luck and a little more knowledge of a sitcom he claims to hate, Fournicator Steve whipped out a twopeating victory by IDing the TV show set at the Shulman & Associates OB/GYN practice. Victory was theirs…
1. The Fantastic Fournicators: But will they tripeat?
2. Cash Cab for Cutie
3. Incontinental Congress
4. Hulk Hogan's Heroes/Sugah Titz (tie)
6. Oh Noah Springtime Edition
7. Strippers for Stephen Hawking
8. Biden Force
9. The Effed Train
10. 50 Shades of Cray
MORE! We're on the regular at SubCulture, once a month through the summer; Tuesday, June 17; Monday, July 14; Monday, August 18. Tickets at SubCultureNewYork.com. Plus, stay tuned for a very special evening of trivia coming up in June in Brooklyn, a huge event for the fall also in BK, and more in the works. Keep up on Facebook and Twitter, and inquire about booking your own corporate or private event, why don't you
Posted by The Big Quiz Thing at 10:43 PM
Yet another quiztacular night of trivia fun at Oberon in Harvard Square on Monday, as the Big Quiz Thing made its long-awaited (three months) return to our Boston-area home. Thanks to the massive and enthusiastic crowd that came out for "Movies of the World Unite," "Recently Resting in Peace," "You Really Call That a Sport?," and my last-minute audio-round idea, "Fuuuuuuck!!!!"
First, another plug for my ace sidekick, comedian Wes Hazard, who killed with his opening set, in preparation for his forthcoming appearance at the (seriously) Women in Comedy Festival. Two team names pledged their allegiance to the man: Hazard Is Our Middle Name and the Wes Hazard Fan Club. Comedy! Speaking of which, big, big night for Smart-Ass Points (credit for wrong but funny answers). Some of the best…
Q: Of the eight teams left in the NHL playoffs, name one of the three named for an animal—besides the Bruins. A: The Canucks
Q: Which recently dead celebrity is this an obscured picture/audio clip of? A: Miley Cyrus's career
Q: What "fuck"-heavy song clip is this? A: Beethoven's 9th Symphony by Mozart
But the winner for best of the night…
Q: With his Oscar victory in March, 39-year-old songwriter Robert Lopez became the 12th person, and the youngest ever, to earn a what? A: Living as an artist
And extra props to last-place team D&M—not only did they earn candy, they scooped up a huge round of applause for not even writing down a single entry in the audio round…yet still correctly guessing the total number of "fucks" heard in the round. Stunning.
Tight competition, as a lot of teams scored impressively well, but the finale came down to three teams: returning champs La Brea Mosh Pit (f.k.a. Maxwell's Silver Hummer), sometime contenders 12 Years a Clipper (classy), and spankin'-new team International Endearing Pornographers. Alas, it didn't take LBMP long to twopeat. And thus, victory remains theirs.
1. La Brea Mosh Pit: Should be fun making the returning-champs graphic for them
2. International Endearing Photographers
3. 12 Years a Clipper
4. The Monstrous Humanoids: Featuring Jason, who recently won—damn!—$100k on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?!
5. Gabriel Garcia Marquez Kicks Ass!!
6. Ice Cream Antisocial
7. Demonic Stolen Cakes
8. Does Boko Haram Accept Oberon Gift Cards?
9 Potent Portables
10. Jack Bauer's Bathroom Break
Thanks to Oberon, plus regular sponsors On Location Tours. The prizes don't stop!
NEXT: First Monday of every month through the summer: June 2, July 7, August 4. The party continues. In the meantime, we're booking private and corporate events for the summer (fronted by me and/or Mr. Hazard). Read more and register for a personal consultation today, appreciators of quality entertainment.
May 6, 2014
This evening, friends: The BQT returns to the East Village's palatial SubCulture, for another night of NYC's only deluxe trivia game show that you get to play (and win). A panoply of multimedia quiz excitement—featuring "Movies of the World Unite," "Recently Resting in Peace," "You Really Call That Sport?," and much more—with the best trivia prizes anywhere: the $200 cash jackpot (split among four teams), tickets to The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 50 Shades! The Musical, Pogo Events, SubCulture itself, The New York City Fire Museum, and Drunk Shakespeare, books, DVDs, you name it. Hosted by the city's No. 1 quizmaster, if I do say so myself.
And because we love you that much more, here's a little something extra: The Not-So-Secret Secret Clue. Use it when I give the word to bank that extra point. And it is…
Theodor Geisel, as his mama called him (or perhaps in this case, "Theodor Freakin' Geisel"). Ah, but what about him? Don't you wish you knew? You will know, tonight, 7:30pm at SubCulture. Don't dawdle, friends.
May 5, 2014
Fina-freakin'-ly, we return to Oberon in Harvard Square, the monthliness of our residency there having been seriously put lie to by various unfortunate forces. But now it's for real: Tonight (and every first Monday, at least through the summer), we bring Boston's absolutely finest live trivia experience to this glorious and capacious showroom at 2 Arrow Street. Big-time multimedia quiz fun, big-time prizes—$200 jackpot (split among four teams), DVDs and books, tickets to Oberon's own The Donkey Show and passes from our regular sponsor On Location Tours—and mystically free admission.
And fear not the competition. Why? Because it's all in good fun. Besides, you're reading this, so you're going to receive our Not-So-Secret Secret Clue. Use the hint below when the word is given, and it'll make a tricky question not-so-tricky. And it is…
Hopefully not pouring from the sky, of course. 8pm, 2 Arrow Street in Harvard Square, come on in. See you there.