October 31, 2007 question

Today, trivia is dressing up like a normal person.

Congratulations to Heather M (the M stands for Monster), Karen H (the H stands for Halloween), Diannalee, Stephen K (the K stands for Knocking On Doors), Neil, Karen M (the M stands for Macabre) who knew San Diego to be the second largest Californian city. Okay, now I’m putting on my disguise.

Boy, did you watch the democratic presidential debate last night? Wow, Obama and Edwards were really giving Hilary a hard time. That’s probably evidence that she is the favorite. I don’t know for whom I will vote, but there are some interesting candidates. It’s probably better that I don’t use this forum for my personal views. It’s all about the trivia, right?

I think I will do one more “second” question. I hope you enjoy it. This one might be a little more difficult, because not everyone will know what the most populous city is. Here is the question, forgive me if it doesn’t meet your approval:

What is the second largest city in Europe?

October 30, 2007 question

Manhunt 2–a video game where an insane asylum escapee tortures and murders people with pliers, a shovel, broken glass, and many other tools of sadism–is being released on Halloween. Spokesmen from Rockstar Games, the purveyor of the virtual bloodfest, say that the game is intended not for children but rather for responsible adults.

For the benefit of everyone at Rockstar Games, I’ve attached a Venn Diagram of the intersection of Manhunt 2 players (A) and responsible adults (B).

Umm . . . yeah. Okay, here’s today’s question:

What is the second largest city in California?

Oh, and trivial kudos to Reg, Cindy, Paul C (the C stands for Cities Are Big), Heidi, Charles, and Heather M (the M stands for Make Me Up An Order Of Them There Super Fire Hot Wings), who knew that Buffalo is the second most populous city in New York.

October 29, 2007 question

The second-largest city in Illinois is Aurora, and Reg and Steve J (the J stands for Just As Large As Chicago In My Heart) knew that.

Now, for two rants. First of all, I no longer love baseball. I should clarify . . . at the moment, at least, I don’t love professional baseball. I kind of hate it. I hate what it has become. I hate what the television networks, commissioner, owners, players, and fans have made it.

Truthfully, I don’t know how it happened. After the ’94 strike, fans were so disgruntled, they were throwing money onto the field in mock support of the baseball. But suddenly, we forgave the whole industry for making such a colossal mess of the sport we loved. Now the sport is just spoiled and stained with avarice and ugliness. The Red Sox just won it all, but it felt like the terrorists won . . . no, it felt like Microsoft won. I felt dirty watching it.

Secondly, I hate Microsoft. And Google. And computers. If you are getting multiple emails, let me know. If you ever fail to get the question, you can always find it at www.kelloggdailytrivia.blogspot.com. Okay, here’s today’s question:

What is the second largest city in New York state?

October 26, 2007 question

Believe it or not, Barney was created in 1987. A few of you guessed 1988, and I was on the verge of giving you credit until Reg flew in at the last minute hitting the dino right on the nose.

Okay, so here we are. It’s Friday. The moment of truth. Why is it the moment of truth? I don’t know, I just feel it coming. Why is it, you ask, that truth need last for but a moment? Because really, that’s usually as long as we can go without deceiving people.

Am I calling you a liar? No. See how easy that was? I did call you a liar, and denying it was a lie of my own. Some other common lies of which you probably tell at least one a day:
No, nothing’s bothering me.
Of course I didn’t mean it.
Sure, no problem.
Yes, I’m fine.
No, really, it looks good.
I don’t care.
Just kidding.
It’s not a big deal.
I just tell it like it is.
I don’t mean to be rude, but . . .
I’ll pray for you.
I’m full.
I’m sorry.
I don’t know what’s wrong with me.

I mean, come on . . . no one’s ever FULL, we do so love to be rude, we’re not fine, we are incessantly bothered by almost everything (because it is a problem), it is a big deal, and if we had it to do all over again, we’d do the exact same thing for which we all apologized to begin with.

Am I being mean today? I’m sorry, I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I was just kidding. Wait a second . . . I’m supposed to ask a question. Here’s a second question (I mean, it’s the first question, but it’s about secondary stuff):

What is the second largest city in Illinois?

October 25, 2007 question

The Visa logo is blue, white, and gold. Here’s who knew:

Heather M (the M stands for My Birthday Is So Gonna Rock)
Heather K (the K stands for Keep Spending To A Minimum)
Paul C (the C stands for Cash Only)
H. E. (the H E stands for Holographic Eagle)
Steve T (the T stands for Takes American Express)

Man, y’all weren’t driven crazy at all! I’ll have to try harder this time. Let’s see . . . what’s a question that will drive people crazy? I know! Here it is:

In what year was Barney the dinosaur created? (Note to evolutionists: Save me your scientific sarcasm, and just answer the question.)

October 24, 2007 question

The first entry in Wikipedia, when listed alphabetically, is 0 (zero). I know, I know, it’s more alphanumerically, but any good Blockbuster employee knows that numbers come first, even though they’re not really in the alphabet. And don’t you dare let people get away with filing 12 Monkeys DVDs or 10,000 Maniacs CDs under “T,” because it’s an outrage. An outrage, I say!

Well, I think it’s time for one of those obvious trivia questions that just might drive you crazy. You know, the ones you think you know, you know you should know, but when it really comes down to it, you don’t really know if you know . . . you know? Here it is:

What are the colors in the Visa credit card logo? (No peeking!)

October 23, 2007 question

I believe the curse of the Red Sox has not been broken. It has instead rebounded upon us all. We are now forced to endure Red Sox fans (who are giving Yankee fans a run for there money in the most-hated category) and a seemingly endless stream of Red Sox banter, discussion, hype, and (occasionally) games.

And I think it may have infected trivia as well.

A quick update: the world is lost. Chaos reigns. Google is not the savior from Microsoft that I thought it might be. And that’s okay. If you joined the group, great. If you didn’t, so be it. If you want to strangle me, remember that the word throttle would also suffice.

Before I pass on, I should mention that Laurie knew Freud’s middle name (Schlomo) . . . I wonder what that tells us about her? Oh, yeah, she’s wicked smart. Let’s see who knows today’s question. Here it is:

In alphabetical order, what is the first entry in Wikipedia?

the switch

Hopefully this will be the last bit of housekeeping for our trivia fun. You are now (as you were before) enrolled in daily trivia. It just goes to different electronic places before it gets to you. Everything is private, or as private as I could make it. The only real difference is convenience. So, as my comedic friend, Mitch Hedberg, would say about broken-down escalators that suddenly become stairs, “Sorry for the convenience.”
If you want to opt out, it’s easy. If you want to read it online and post comments, you can go to www.kelloggdailytrivia.blogspot.com. If you want to pretend that you invented the Internet and the environment, you can dress up like Al Gore for Halloween. That has nothing to do with trivia . . . yet it has everything to do with trivia. If you’re wondering what today’s question is . . . here:

What was Sigmund Freud’s middle name? (Hint: it was also the name of one of Hanukkah Harry’s donkeys.)

October 22, 2007 question

Welcome to e-based trivia!
Wait . . . it was e-based before. It’s always been e-based. And e-based sounds too much like debased, which, you could argue, it always has been as well.
So . . . welcome to trivia. First off, let’s clean up the last of the business Microsoft Outlook tried to undo: credit for Friday’s experts, who knew that Charles was looking for Psalm 117 as the answer supreme:
Frank and Gabriel. Y’all are phenomenal. Okay, on to today’s question:
What was Sigmund Freud’s middle name? (Hint: it was also the name of one of Hanukkah Harry’s donkeys.)

Escape from Outlook

I’ve been pondering doing this for some time now. A total conversion to trivia blog mode. One part of me hates to do it, because blogs represent everything that’s wrong with the world, people operating under the delusion that the universe wants nothing more than to read their rambling thoughts. But then the other part of me said, “Hey, that’s my favorite delusion!”

I just couldn’t take one more error message from Outlook. Half of you weren’t getting the questions anymore, and it should be your own level of disinterest that decides such thing, not some piece of incompetently wrought software.

So now, our little trivia game is online. I don’t know if I can make it work so that things don’t change for you at all. I’ve tried to set it up using a Google group so that all you have to do is check your email and reply when you know the answer. If that doesn’t work . . . then you probably don’t know about this page.

The answer to today’s question was Psalm 117. I’ll have to update you later on who actually got the question right, but for now, let’s rejoice together in the knowledge that Outlook has no control over us any longer. Ding, dong, Bill Gates is dead.