August 18, 2009

Phenomenon? Object?

The fucked-up question of the night at last evening's Big Quiz Thing: "What natural phenomenon is believed to be the most photographed object of all time?" Well, is the moon a phenomenon or an object? Both? Neither? Who knows? All that matters is that one of my favorite teams, Robin Hood and His Merry Meningitis, got it right. We move on…

Last night was an especially high-scoring BQT. Out of 78 possible points, victorious squad Strippers for Stephen Hawking—or "Death Panel for Stephen Hawking," as they were known for one night only—scored 76. The runners-up were not far behind: All five of the teams (!) that were tied for the lead halfway through scored at least 73 points. Too easy last night (0ther than that moon question)? Perhaps. You all did better at "Ice in Us (That's 'Cuisine' Anagramized)" than I anticipated, and the 40th-anniversary Woodstock audio round was a piece of cake for pop-culture enthusiasts like you. And of course, you live, eat, and breath John Hughes. It's back to super-obscure vice presidential-trivia from now on.

S0 much success for episode 199 of the Big Quiz Thing. Next time: The big show, No. 200. We're taking it up to the Village, to (Le) Poisson Rouge, for the big 200th spectacular. Bipolar Movie Challenge, "Slooow Songs," and a whole lot more. Can you feel the electricity?

Last night's standings:
1. Death Panel for Stephen Hawking
2. Gerard Depardouche
3. Sugah Titz
4. The Fantastic Fourincators
5. Jefferson Davis Starship

We're back at Crash in four weeks, September 14. See you on the 31st, o wise ones…

14 comments:

Honky275 said...

Regarding the "most photographed object" debate - I maintain that the sun would be more photographed than the moon.

The reason being - the moon always looks pretty much the same, so why take its photo? And it's so small in the sky, it probably appears in more photos accidentally than intentionally. (the sole exception being a lunar eclipse...)

However, many people like to take pictures of beautiful sunsets, especially when on vacation, a cruise, or even from their own backyard. A glorious sunset might make me run for my camera, but not that plain old moon.

Even considering the photographic difficulty of taking a pic of the sun, I still think that it would show up in more (sunset) pictures than the moon ever would.

But really, how would you prove something like this? You can't look at every picture ever taken, and count the number of times each object (phenomena?) appears - so why is this even part of a trivia contest?

Trivia questions should be based on hard, cold (but fun) facts, rather than on something that can't be proven, only guessed at.

Bailey Building & Loan Association said...

For the "big 200" how about enforcing the team size rule - the team that won last time was huge!!! - 6+

FACEBONE said...

Have to agree with last poster. If 4 or 5 teams are going to have so many people (10+), they will undoubtedly win.

Anonymous said...

I had a feeling the team size issue was going to be revisited at some point. One might say, "well, you can get 10 people on your team next time!". The point is, no one needs that many people on a team. I think from a historical point of view, the bigger the teams, the bigger advantage they have to win. Not to mention they take up a lot of space so you can't get through to get to the bar, bathroom, etc. Maybe the 6-8 person max rule should be reinstated. It might give other teams, who normally don't stand a chance in hell of winning, to actually have a shot.

Honky275 said...

The team size limit was created specifically to combat the size of the Fantastic Fournicators team, which in the past has numbered close to 20 people. And yes, they used to win more frequently with a larger team.

But the team limit has never been applied to any other team - Noah stated at the time he made the rule that it was only designed to be enforced against the Fournicators.

Our team is usually 8-9 people, but occasionally 10. One downside of having more people on your team (at least for us) - more opinions! So it's really a double-edged sword...

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