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Hong Kong Restaurant (Harvard Square)
1238 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tuesdays: 8:00 PM
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9:09 AM, July 23, 2014
Scores
Wyld Stallyns 82

All Hands On Dick! 81

Kool & the Gang-Related Violence 78

Our Farts Cure World Hunger 75

The C U Next Tuesdays 71

Game, Blouses 68

YMCA's Illegal Immigrants Summer Camp 64

Sterling Cooper 55

Fletch F. Fletch 43

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Ryan (Extra Terresticle)

Let's play a game. Two of the three statements in each category are true. One is false. Guess which ones are which.

1. Growing up

a) Ryan grew up in Brockton, Massachusetts.
b) Ryan had spinal surgery when he was three years old.
c) Ryan is the youngest of four.

2. Celebrity crushes

a) Jennifer Connelly
b) Jennifer Lopez
c) Ginnifer Goodwin

3. Physical features

a) Ryan is flat-footed
b) Ryan is left-handed
c) Ryan is a polyorchid

4. Where he's been

a) Hawaii
b) Canada
c) Dallas

5. Where he's worked

a) Boston Celtics
b) Boston Bruins
c) Boston Red Sox

Answers

1. a-T, b-T, c-F; 2. a-T, b-F, c-T; 3. a-T, b-F, c-T; 4. a-T, b-T, c-F; 5. a-F, b-T, c-T

My latest travels took me to New York City last weekend where I did an assortment of activities, including running a total of about 11 miles, drinking Malort in Central Park, and making my first ever trip to Coney Island. I knew going into Coney Island that I’d be having a Nathan’s Hot Dog from the original stand over there, which I was pretty excited about. I also recalled that it was the place where a bunch of folks got together once a year to see who could shove the most wieners in their mouths in a certain time span. Anyways, there’s a sign there that says how many days, hours, minutes, and seconds there are to the next contest, and I was taken back when I saw the number of days counted in the 300s. Egads, I thought, I just missed the last contest! When was it? How did I miss it? And then I realized that it was on July 4th, which was just two weeks prior. So then I thought, “Ohhhh, that’s right,” followed by, “I’m an idiot.”

But the Duh! round question on the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest couldn’t fool any of you guys. Nine teams, nine right answers. But what did fool everyone was the question on who occupies the East Wing of the White House. All of you answered with the Vice President, when the answer was the First Lady. I guess keeping the President and his spouse on opposite ends of the building is the key to maintaining a harmonious marriage.

The quiz turned out to be a close one. Wyld Stallyns triumphed over All Hands on Dick! by one single point. In fact, if Dick hadn’t swapped the birth places of Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek, they would have prevailed. And if they knew that the Black Eyed Peas song was titled Pump It and not Push It, we’d have gone to a tiebreaker. So close there.

Everyone’s lesson of the day: horology is a science concerned with the measurement of time. This amused me greatly and is a sign that I am still not a grown up, and probably never will be one. Thanks to all for coming to the quiz. Make sure to like this page here and check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/geekshongkong.

“When one Geek drinks, all Geeks drink!”

Hong Kong Restaurant (Harvard Square)
1238 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tuesdays: 8:00 PM
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10:29 AM, July 16, 2014
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Comcast Customer Service 87

Mark it 8, Dude 84

The C U Next Tuesdays 66

Don't Cry For Me Argentina 62

Cold Ass Honkies 60

Crying Brazilians 53

Turnip For What 52

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Tuesdays, 8, Hong Kong, Harvard Square
Ryan (Extra Terresticle)

Let's play a game. Two of the three statements in each category are true. One is false. Guess which ones are which.

1. Growing up

a) Ryan grew up in Brockton, Massachusetts.
b) Ryan had spinal surgery when he was three years old.
c) Ryan is the youngest of four.

2. Celebrity crushes

a) Jennifer Connelly
b) Jennifer Lopez
c) Ginnifer Goodwin

3. Physical features

a) Ryan is flat-footed
b) Ryan is left-handed
c) Ryan is a polyorchid

4. Where he's been

a) Hawaii
b) Canada
c) Dallas

5. Where he's worked

a) Boston Celtics
b) Boston Bruins
c) Boston Red Sox

Answers

1. a-T, b-T, c-F; 2. a-T, b-F, c-T; 3. a-T, b-F, c-T; 4. a-T, b-T, c-F; 5. a-F, b-T, c-T

We had a Doctor Who question at last night’s Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz. Well, we actually had two, but one was a bonus question. The question asked who is playing the 12th Doctor, and the answer was, of course, Peter Capaldi. (I know, I make it sound like everybody should know the answer.) But disappointingly, I had a team guess Benedict Cumberbatch, who has about as much of a chance of ever playing The Doctor as John Oliver—nil.

But it got me thinking, could BC have a chance at becoming the next James Bond? Well with the help of the Googles, I learned that this has apparently been a floating rumor for some time now, though there is a parallel rumor that he will play the villain in Bond 24. He’d rock either role, villain or hero, but he wouldn’t be my personal favorite to be the next James Bond. That would be Idris Elba. I think Heimdall would be a great pick for the role, but if it’s going to happen, it’ll have to happen soon. Daniel Craig is already locked in for Bond 25, meaning Elba will be nearly 50 the next time the role could even potentially open up. Is that too old? I don’t know. But I’m sure the next Bond actor will sign on for a few films and I can’t imagine Bond 28 or 29 being played by a 60-year-old.

Anyways, know your British actors, and you’ll be well on your way to at least two points in the GWD quiz. (Cumberbatch appeared on a visual round question.) Knowing all but eight of last night’s questions was Comcast Customer Service, who finished with 87 points. Trailing them by just three points was Mark it 8, Dude, before a big drop off in scores for third-place The C U Next Tuesdays. The other four teams all had their chances—some smarter jokering, as well as better listening to the directions, could have really changed up the standings there. Let me remind you that you should always be jokering one of the 16-point rounds to max out on your potential scores.

Thanks for coming and playing the quiz. Have great weeks and come back next Tuesday for another edition of the Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz. Oh, and don't forget, Harry Potter quiz on Saturday.

“When one Geek drinks, all Geeks drink!”

Hong Kong Restaurant (Harvard Square)
1238 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tuesdays: 8:00 PM
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9:06 AM, July 09, 2014
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Wyld Stallyns 76

The C U Next Tuesdays 65

Hannah & Sam 59

Cephalapods 57

I Need To Find A New Job 57

Brazil's World Cup Dreams 57

Not Last! 48

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Quiz Schedule
Tuesdays, 8, Hong Kong, Harvard Square
Ryan (Extra Terresticle)

Let's play a game. Two of the three statements in each category are true. One is false. Guess which ones are which.

1. Growing up

a) Ryan grew up in Brockton, Massachusetts.
b) Ryan had spinal surgery when he was three years old.
c) Ryan is the youngest of four.

2. Celebrity crushes

a) Jennifer Connelly
b) Jennifer Lopez
c) Ginnifer Goodwin

3. Physical features

a) Ryan is flat-footed
b) Ryan is left-handed
c) Ryan is a polyorchid

4. Where he's been

a) Hawaii
b) Canada
c) Dallas

5. Where he's worked

a) Boston Celtics
b) Boston Bruins
c) Boston Red Sox

Answers

1. a-T, b-T, c-F; 2. a-T, b-F, c-T; 3. a-T, b-F, c-T; 4. a-T, b-T, c-F; 5. a-F, b-T, c-T

Wow, did you see that soccer game yesterday? Yeah, I didn’t either. I was too busy calculating alumni giving rate variables for use in a binomial logistic regression model at my other job. The dataset is up to 250 variables and I’m only about three-fourths of the way through the prep work. Why is this important you say? It’s mainly to point out that I can predict with some significant accuracy who is going to win the Geeks Who Drink quiz after just two rounds. Sometimes there are surprises, but my prediction model is pretty solid.

Now don’t think I play any favorites. I usually don’t even know which team is which until I come around and take your pictures before round eight—unless, of course, you use the same team name week in week out.

Okay, so I’m making most of that up. But if you pick up 15 points on round two and joker it, then yes, you will have a very good chance of winning the quiz. Otherwise it’s usually a toss-up until the final round. However, with months and months of team performance data on my computer, I could potentially take the time to go all Nate Silver on you guys and predict who’s going to win on any given night. So I wonder, if I predict that your team will win based on your past performances, will that make you more likely to come to the quiz? And if I predict that you will lose, will you be more likely to attend to prove me wrong? These are just thoughts I have.

In last night’s World Cup game, many of the models were predicting a win for Brazil, yet it was Germany who emerged victorious. In the end, no matter what math and stats predict about performance outcomes, you still have to play the game (or quiz).

Winning the quiz last night (with the aforementioned 15-point round two that they jokered) was Wyld Stallyns. They were trailed by The C U Next Tuesdays and Hannah & Sam who took second and third respectively. Some other teams tied for fourth and Not Last! finished in, well, last place.

About this blog’s headline, well, we had a trainee from Western Mass in to learn the ropes and he accidentally referred to the Hadron Supercollider as the Hadron Supercolander, as if it was a giant bowl made for draining pasta. I tried to trick him into calling it the Hard On Supercolander, but he didn’t take the bait. Northampton, you’re getting a solid recruit to lead our westward expansion.

Thanks for coming to the quiz. Have great weeks, make good life choices, and come back next Tuesday for another GWD pub quiz!

“When one Geek drinks, all Geeks drink!”

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