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The Bottom Line

  • The Wrist Coozies* were in first place by a tenth of a point at halftime, but managed to garf things up and lose to Team 11 by 7.6 points.
  • We did receive some lovely t-shirts and glassware as a second-place prize, though.
  • I guess we need to study up on our gossip, movies, and sports, since we didn't do so hot in those categories.

The Blow-by-Blow


  • My favorite LCD Soundsystem song was playing when I came in: "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House." Full disclosure: This is the only LCD Soundsystem song I like. Added bonus: The video is super-awesome.
  • No leper colony again! What up, people? We almost didn't have a team to trade with, until Hookers & Blow rolled in right at 7.
  • There was lots of tattoo talk at my table, but the rest of the place seemed oddly quiet. Cathy thought maybe Mike D's mom wasn't there that week; another theory was that perhaps people were celebrating Fat Tuesday elsewhere. There was a periodic buzzing noise that Christine said sounded like the buzzer on Family Feud, but we couldn't figure out where it was coming from.

Round 1: Wear It, Eat It, Use It — 7.1 points

  • We were totally stumped by references to skelly and African wine. Cathy said something along the lines of how there aren't any grapes in Africa, so the wine must be made from the tears of Ethiopian children.
  • A few minutes were lost to intense giggling when Mike D asked a question about chocolate-covered cream logs . . . Maybe it's not as funny the morning after, but at the time we about lost it.
  • Christine mocked me for the excited dance I did when I knew the answer to the question about Peeps. I tried to explain that I had just been looking up Peeps pictures yesterday morning, and told her about the cake that uses Peeps as sunflower petals. That didn't stop her from telling me that my new dance move should be a YouTube clip. On the upside, we got a bonus tenth of a point for writing marshmallow in addition to Peeps.

Round 2: TV Land — 8 points

  • I almost choked on my mouthful of adult beverage when Christine said that "I'm about to come" was the answer to "What lucky phrase earned someone on Nickelodeon's You Can't Do That on Television a shower of green slime?"
  • Christine and I momentarily confused Jane Krakowski with Jane Kaczmarek, but we eventually came up with the right answer (30 Rock).

Round 3: What's the Buzz? — 6 points

  • We all laughed again when he announced the category title: "What's the Buzz? What's that Buzzing?" Mike D wanted to know what was so funny back there in the giggle factory. I said that there actually was a mysterious buzzing noise, and then Cathy made a joke about vibrators. Classy!


  • Our bonus tenth of a point allowed us to pull ahead of Team 11 and a dozen other teams for first place. There were several calls for recounts, but Mike D claimed that he already recounted several times, because he couldn't believe it either.

Round 4: Music — 7 points

  • I am, of course, compelled to point out that if we had gone with my first instinct (Madonna) in response to the question about who had four of the top-selling albums of the 1980s, we would have been right, but . . . I had no clue about The Fantasticks or the title of Garbage's third album, so . . .

Round 5: Moving Pictures/Talkies — 6 points

  • Cathy: "Is this how he asks girls out? 'Do you want to go to the moving picture show?'"
  • I haven't actually seen any of the movies that we were asked about: Do the Right Thing, Falling Down, Cry Baby, Pecker, Cecil B. DeMented, Saved, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Waiting for Guffman, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Rainman, License to Drive, Dream a Little Dream, Fahrenheit 9/11.
  • Cathy drew some hearts around Corey Haim and Corey Feldman's names, but we didn't get any bonus points for that.

Round 6: Sports and Games — 6 points

  • Christine left to go watch House, but she probably wouldn't have been that much help anyways. Unless she would have known that Civilization was the computer game that starts with the words "In the beginning, the world was without form and void."
  • I had some lucky guesses (Baltimore Colts memorabilia is in the Babe Ruth museum; Randy Johnson is the oldest major leaguer to throw a perfect game.) and Cathy had a few spot-on answers (LeBron James was the first Cavs to win Rookie of the Year; The Arena Football League reprimanded the Orlando Predators for running a contest that awarded a keg of beer to the fan who showed up with the best blow-up doll.), but my hatred for Reggie Miller made me forget that he's got the record for most three-point shots, so there went another point.

Final Thoughts

  • Bonjour Kitty came in last again, but won a pretty sweet prize. Mike D autographed and framed the answer sheet from last week — the one with the sketch of Mike D skipping along under a rainbow.
  • In the tie-breaker for third place, neither the Piddly Winks nor Stick in a Box knew that Nashville is the church-filled city known as the buckle on the Bible Belt. Stick in a Box finally came through with Bangladesh as the country affected by multiple weather-related disasters in 1970, so they won some t-shirts and a cookbook (The Art of the Skewer).
  • Cathy and I were chatting to Mike D about wrist coozies on our way out. Apparently he seemed to think that it would involve cutting out the bottom of a beer coozie in order to wear said coozie as a sleeve. After I mistakenly attributed the phrase to Christine, Cathy explained that it was her invented term for the wristbands he was giving away as raffle prizes with the coozies. Mike D came back at her with a nicely played Seinfeld reference (Costanza wanting everyone to know that he bought the salad), and we laughed and left.

* We reused the team name because Christine couldn't be there last week to enjoy it.


  1. 2nd, huh? You've had quite a solid run of late. Now you just need to beat Team 11--just once!

  2. I know! We don't even really care about entering the drawing for a trip to Ireland! (Well, it would be nice, but . . .)

    Anyhow: Team 11 is totally going to win the trip, simply because they're going to have so many entries in the drawing. Unless they restrict it to one entry per team . . . Hmm.

  3. No, I wouldn't have known the "Civilization" answer, and you know me and sports aren't exactly bosom buddies, so pretty much me=useless.

    The members of Team 11 should totally square off in a caged deathmatch to see who gets to board that plane to Ireland ... there can be only two!

    And House was excellent, thanks for asking.

  4. In RE: House and Its Supposed Excellence

    Another installment of Yahoo! Mail Theatre

    ----- Original Message ----
    From: CHUCK
    To: AMY
    Sent: February 6, 2008 10:25:33 AM
    Subject: hey

    Hey Amy
    how you doing?
    whats new?

    >>> AMY 2/6/2008 10:50 AM >>>
    I am writing up a recap of Pub Quiz instead of working:

    ----- Next Message ----
    From: CHUCK
    To: AMY
    Sent: February 6, 2008 11:19:49 AM
    Subject: Re: hey

    are you sure you don't work for the county?

    earlier i was looking up info on episodes i missed of House MD

    actually i just left my boss's office. i had to negotiate a half day off to sit with Kara because she has the flu

    >>> AMY 2/6/2008 11:25 AM >>>
    Yikes -- a sick kid doesn't sound good!

    At least it's not lupus.

    (I don't watch House, but I did watch a video on yesterday afternoon that made it seem as though references to lupus are some kind of running gag on the show. Yes? No?)

    ----- Next Message ----
    From: CHUCK
    To: AMY
    Sent: February 6, 2008 11:32:46 AM
    Subject: Re: hey

    honestly i didn't start to watch it until the writers strike.

    i like it, but the show is crazily formulaic. someone goes to the hospital with a mystery disease. in the process of diagnosing the disease there are several failed attempts to diagnose and treat until an "AH HA" moment.

    but the show entertains me enough. the thing is that they were rerunning the first and second season and then jumped to the fourth in which there is a whole bunch of different characters so i was on wikipedia trying to bring myself up to speed.

    so to be honest i don't know about lupus (it was mentioned in the
    episode i just watched) but porphyria seems to pop up a crazy amount of times compared to how many people have it in the real world