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Hong Kong Restaurant (Harvard Square)
1238 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tuesdays: 8:00 PM
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8:54 AM, August 27, 2014
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Nobody Died This Week :( 84

Wyld Stallyns 77

Newton Street Brawlers 70

Eskimos, Eskimos 67

Pork DiCaprio 66

The C U Next Tuesdays 66

RPF140403 Guardians of the Galaxy 66

Ceasefire or Gaza Strip Tease? 65

An Army of One (Or Two) 62

Credible Hulk 57

Team #18 50

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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

First let me get this out of the way, I fully understand that there is a significant drop off in writing talent from George R. R. Martin to R.L. Stine, but I think the former could learn a thing or two from the latter. Back in his heyday, Stine was pumping out his Goosebumps books at a rate of one per month. Yes, I know they were kindergarten reading level. Yes, I know you could read a Goosebumps book cover-to-cover while on the shitter. But that shouldn’t diminish the fact that this guy could come up with a plot, write a story, get it edited, and have it on bookstore shelves in just four weeks. Meanwhile Martin has been working on Winds of Winter for five years, and his publisher said it won’t be ready until sometime between 2015 and 2017. Talk about being non-committal, there’s about as much information about that book as there is on a New England Patriots injury report. And if you are one of the 10% of my readers who gets that, then good for you.

Truth be told, I’ve stopped caring about when the next book comes out. When I finished Dance with Dragons, I was scouring the Internets for information about book six’s release date, but after few rounds of Civilization V, I’ve lost interest. It’ll be out when it’s out. In the meantime, if someone can recommend a good Civ V Mod of Ice and Fire, can you please tell me about it? I’d pay almost any price for it.

Last night’s Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz was another excellent night. Nobody Died This Week :( finished in first place and seemed unmoved when I pointed out that in fact Richard Attenborough had kicked it earlier in the week. Apparently the old man in Jurassic Park is a nobody to them, and that’s disappointing. Taking second was Wyld Stallyns who returned from a brief hiatus to claim one of the two prizes.

Thanks to all who came out. We hit the double-digit team count for the fifth straight week. You guys rock and help make the quiz awesome. Come back next time for another edition of the Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz.

“When one Geek drinks, all Geeks drink!”

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1238 Massachusetts Ave
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9:09 AM, August 20, 2014
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Gone Pardo 87

The C U Next Tuesdays 81

RPF140403 Guardians of the Galaxy 75

The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Live From Ferguson 75

RPF140624 Cumulonimbutts 74

Oh Boy! 73

The ISIS Bucket Challenge 69

Still Thinking 69

The Scorpion Bowlers 66

Eskimos, Eskimos! 65

Paige's 51

Bob Loblaw's Law Bloggers 46

Goof Troop 12

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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

I’m still trying to make sense of that headline. Castanets are a musical instrument, specifically one of the percussion instruments highlighted in last night’s round seven. But there is no singular version of the word castanets. So should I be saying “only prescription are more castanets?” If there’s only one single prescription, then I think I have to use the singular “is.” Do you have any suggestions? I’m usually solid with my grammar, but maybe my brain just isn’t working right now.

For the fourth straight week we had 12 or more teams at the Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz. That’s awesome, keep on coming. I appreciate each and every one of you who comes out to the quiz. In addition to random percussion instruments, you matched wits on questions about pizza, sea creatures, literary devices, and male actors dressed as ladies. In the end, Gone Pardo was seven points shy of a perfect quiz, while The C U Next Tuesdays, who normally would have won any other week with a score of 81, took second place.

The first round was a mystery round, where every answer could have the word hole added to it to make a compound word. It made me wonder, do you guys usually use the term “cake hole” or “pie hole” to describe a mouth? I’ve always gone with pie hole, as in “shut your pie hole!” But maybe cake hole is more common?

Many of you thought that Dean Martin’s last words were “I should have never switched from Scotch to Martinis.” False. Those were spoken by Humphrey Bogart. Nobody guessed Iggy Azalea for either the third or fourth visual round question, though now that I’ve mentioned it, I’m sure you all can see Iggy’s resemblance to either Shawn or Marlon Wayans in the film White Chicks.

We also had a question about bitcoin and I keep wondering, if there’s an item I want to buy that costs five bitcoins, and I only have three bitcoins in my account, can I buy the item, then have two bitcoins be taken from my bank account just like with PayPal? No? Then I’m sticking with PayPal. In this world of instant gratification, I don’t want to wait 10 minutes for some random person to approve my purchase of the two extra bitcoins. There is only one person out there who can convince me of the usefulness of bitcoins and make me a supporter of them, and that’s John Oliver.

Thanks again for coming. Have good weeks and make smart choices and see you all next Tuesday for another Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz.

“When one Geek drinks, all Geeks drink!”

P.S. BLLB, your team name wasn't in the Rumble directory. Is that your Rumble name? Comment here.

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10:06 AM, August 13, 2014
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Robin Williams: Dead on Broadway 85

Good Night Vietnam 82

Eskimos, Eskimos 70

RPF140403 Guardians of the Galaxy 69

Frank Hartman is My Hero 66

RPF140135 The Annexation of Puerto Rico 64

Hodoorr! 60

Winning! 57

I Dream of Genie 54

Crusading Feminists 54

Puppies & Kittens 46

Quiz in My Pants 35

Jan (Pronounced Han) 29

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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

I’m a contrarian. When everyone does one thing, I do the opposite. Dumping buckets of ice water on your heads? Well I’ll go ahead and submerge myself in a bathtub of ice water. I’ll take it to that level. Why? Because, well first off, fuck you. Second, because there’s something deeply rooted inside of me that likes to show you that you have a choice. A choice to act. A choice to do nothing. A choice to be different from everyone else. (There might be other reasons, but I’m really only thinking hard about this for the first time right now and I’m under a deadline.)

At my old job I was required to wear a tie. So what did I do? I tied it in a trinity knot. It was my way of saying fuck you for telling me what to do. When everyone in my running group plans runs in Somerville or Cambridge, I plan a run in Quincy. Because you all don’t have to do the same thing as everyone else. I remember being a freshman in high school and sitting in a 500-person auditorium at a Junior Classical League convention. When it was announced that nobody was running for one of the e-board positions, I stood up in my seat and walked to the stage where I gave a speech on the spot.

So here I sit, watching person after person give their thoughts on Robin Williams and on suicide and on depression, and it stirs up the contrarian in me; but in this instance, I can’t give in to my nature. I have to add my thoughts to the noise that is surrounding this issue. Why? Because of the thoughts I had Monday morning, and how scared I felt when I heard the news later that afternoon. I’m not an expert, and I won’t pretend to be, but I can tell my own story and you can take from that what you want.

I won’t deny it, I have demons of my own, but what I know is that I lack the capacity to do any physical harm to myself. It’s just not there. Throw in the love I have for life, for my friends, for you guys, as well as the difference I’m making in my job, in the world, in the people around me, and well you’re all stuck with me for a long time. But damn it those demons exist and they were certainly present Monday morning. I’m not feeling internal pain really, this has more to do with, I guess control is the right word. There are things in my life I have control over and things in my life I don’t have control over. And most of the time I’m okay with that, but every now and then I get swept up in it and it gets hard to accept what I can’t change.

For a little while earlier this week, what I couldn’t control was eating me up. I thought about whether there was anything I could do to alter what I had no control of, and the answer of course was nothing. You don’t need to know the details, just know that I’m back to being at peace with what I can and cannot control in my life these days. I had to take a step back and clear my head, and everything is going to be fine. Everything is going to be great. I have a systematic way of dealing with it that works for me and helps me release the bad thoughts. But that was a shitty feeling I had Monday, and the news of the afternoon was all the more frightening because of it.

As for a lesson, or some takeaway, I don’t know. I’m not an expert on this issue. And if you’re not an expert either then don’t pretend to be. Seriously. If you’re going through a rough patch, talk to someone. Or not. Whatever works for you. But keep in mind that you’re not alone, you’re never alone. Lastly, if someone’s trying to talk to you, you better be listening. Because you have no idea what’s really going on in that person’s head.

So there was a quiz last night. 13 teams. Winning it was Robin Williams: Dead on Broadway, followed by Good Night Vietnam. Yup. Can’t say I didn’t see that coming. You guys never disappoint. Thanks for coming out to the quiz. Don’t forget to like our Facebook page and come back next week for another round of the Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz.

“When one Geek drinks, all Geeks drink!”

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