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1172 Cambridge St
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Thursday, May 18, 2017
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No, I Didn't Say Jay Z Ridley
Travis

Eight teams dropped into The Rising last night while I took over for Ben for this week's quiz. With yours truly being a fan of both baseball and celebrities embarrassing themselves, Round 7 was my favorite of the night. Eight famous people absolutely butchering "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" is a playlist that could cheer me up no matter what else may be going on. This may have been the weakest round of the night when it came to correct answers, but I think we all had fun listening to Ozzy Osbourne absolutely giving up on the actual lyrics and David Cross apologizing for his rendition a millisecond after finishing. Plus, one team thought Donald Trump's
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I'm a native of Maryland -- complete with Baltimore accent -- but I've called Boston home since the fall of 2010. Otherwise? I'm a sushi vacuum, some weird mix of Ron Swanson and Andy Dwyer, a ridiculously devoted baseball enthusiast, and fortunately never afraid to throw in a dad joke or ten. That's about it.


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The Rising
1172 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA
02139
Thursday, May 11, 2017
[Thursdays @ 8:00 pm]
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The person who tells the most lies wins the Trump board game
Ben

Been quite a week, huh? I mean, you could say that every week really, but this week? Whew it's been something. My working theory is that Trump fired Comey because Comey helped him get elected president, and the one thing I've learned about Trump since he took office is that the dude hates being president. Or I don't know maybe it was the Russia thing yeah okay it was probably that. Anyway, the nice thing about quiz night in these instable times is that it's a stable part of Thursday nights, despite how rough it gets out there. And last night at The Rising, our quiz topics ranged from songs sung by Swedish Chef, to well known portrayer of dead people in movies Sean Bean, to
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Ben is quizmaster every Thursday night at 8pm at The Rising, the best bar in the Boston area that shares its name with a Bruce Springsteen album. A Vermont native, Ben also lived in Philly, DC, and Indiana before moving home to New England last year. He also enjoys sports, improv, coffee, and traveling.


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The Rising
1172 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA
02139
Thursday, May 04, 2017
[Thursdays @ 8:00 pm]
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Sean Bean's Top 10 Greatest On-Screen Deaths
Ben

So quiz last night at The Rising took place during a Celtics game. The game itself kinda sucked - the C's got run out the gym in DC but still have the series lead on the Wizards. However, the story of this playoffs thus far has been Isaiah Thomas. Despite his sister tragically dying in a car accident right before the first game, Thomas has been playing out of his mind. And on Tuesday, he scored 53 points after being in the dentist's chair for over six hours the day before, after getting a tooth knocked out during last Sunday's game. Oh yeah, and he's 5-foot-9, which is shorter than me. Like Isaiah, we had a small but mighty crowd at The Rising last night. Inappropriately Harvested
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Ben is quizmaster every Thursday night at 8pm at The Rising, the best bar in the Boston area that shares its name with a Bruce Springsteen album. A Vermont native, Ben also lived in Philly, DC, and Indiana before moving home to New England last year. He also enjoys sports, improv, coffee, and traveling.


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The Rising
1172 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA
02139
Thursday, Apr 27, 2017
[Thursdays @ 8:00 pm]
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A Magician Named Gob
Ben

The Final Countdown has been a staple of my quiz playlists since I began hosting quizzes over two years ago. At one point, I even had a team request me NOT to play it during a final round, since they were sick of it every week. So I don't play it as often now, however, I was very excited to see it come up in the music round last night, which was all about songs about endings and finality. There's something perfect and stupid about the entire song, from the triumphant synth intro, to the overdone guitar solo, all the way to the schmaltzy actual lyrics. The song rules, and was used to great effect for one of the best moments in Arrested
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Ben is quizmaster every Thursday night at 8pm at The Rising, the best bar in the Boston area that shares its name with a Bruce Springsteen album. A Vermont native, Ben also lived in Philly, DC, and Indiana before moving home to New England last year. He also enjoys sports, improv, coffee, and traveling.


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The Rising
1172 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA
02139
Thursday, Apr 20, 2017
[Thursdays @ 8:00 pm]
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#4BOS smoked the competition with the highest score
Ben

Last night at The Rising, there was so much going on that it was hard to keep track! First, we had Ketel One goodies, such as the tank modeled by our of our quizzers in the photo. Also, we had some reps from the Boston Breakers, a women's pro soccer team, giving away tickets to their home opener on Sunday. Finally, we did a Quiz for a Cause to benefit Planned Parenthood. I'm proud to report that we raised FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS for Planned Parenthood last night, so I really appreciate the generosity of our quizzers who showed up and delivered for this great and important cause. In first place last night was #4BOS, who started out strong and never let up
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Ben is quizmaster every Thursday night at 8pm at The Rising, the best bar in the Boston area that shares its name with a Bruce Springsteen album. A Vermont native, Ben also lived in Philly, DC, and Indiana before moving home to New England last year. He also enjoys sports, improv, coffee, and traveling.


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The Rising
1172 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA
02139
Thursday, Apr 13, 2017
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Unlike Flying United, Quiz Night is Never a Drag
Ben

Last night at The Rising, a competitive and tense game broke out between the 11 competing teams. Eggplant Emoji waited until round 8 to joker, and their patience paid off, as they eked out a one-point victory over You Can't Quiz With Us. Rounding out the prize winners last night were Revenge of the Turds, who came in third. Special props to Pyongyanger Management, United is a Drag, and Quizteama Aguilera, who despite not winning, came up with terrific names for their teams. A lot of bad stuff has been going on in the
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Ben is quizmaster every Thursday night at 8pm at The Rising, the best bar in the Boston area that shares its name with a Bruce Springsteen album. A Vermont native, Ben also lived in Philly, DC, and Indiana before moving home to New England last year. He also enjoys sports, improv, coffee, and traveling.


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The Rising
1172 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA
02139
Thursday, Apr 06, 2017
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Next week on RuPaul's Drag Race: Thor takes on Deadpool
Ben

It was a dreary day yesterday in the greater Boston area. The Sox game was called off due to weather, it rained all day but never really got warm outside, and of course, America is once again involved with a terrible conflict overseas. But luckily, quiz night got to distract us from all of this crap. And last night at The Rising, we had songs sung in a fake Eddie Vedder voice, questions on Hot Topic and Gothic literature, and a series of questions about whether each name was a Marvel superhero or “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant. Our winners last night were The Sinking, who got 88 out of a possible 96 points to edge out Get Your Own Damn Taters
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Ben is quizmaster every Thursday night at 8pm at The Rising, the best bar in the Boston area that shares its name with a Bruce Springsteen album. A Vermont native, Ben also lived in Philly, DC, and Indiana before moving home to New England last year. He also enjoys sports, improv, coffee, and traveling.


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The Rising
1172 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA
02139
Thursday, Mar 30, 2017
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Hey now, you're a Fresh Prince
Ben

I am writing this blog post on my laptop. In the process of writing, I'm going to make a lot of spelling mistakes and other typos, all of which (hopefully) I'll go back and correct before pressing the submit button. If Geeks Who Drink had been around 50 years ago, however, I couldn't have done something like this. Instead, I would have had to send my recap via snail mail, and write the whole thing up on a typewriter, on which every mistake seems like it must have taken ages to correct. The typewriter was the theme to round 5 last night night, a visual round in which quizzers had to figure out what movie a photo of someone using a typewriter was from. All I'm saying is, the typewriter looks
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Ben is quizmaster every Thursday night at 8pm at The Rising, the best bar in the Boston area that shares its name with a Bruce Springsteen album. A Vermont native, Ben also lived in Philly, DC, and Indiana before moving home to New England last year. He also enjoys sports, improv, coffee, and traveling.


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The Rising
1172 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA
02139
Thursday, Mar 23, 2017
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A Three-Way Tie for Wookie of the Year
Ben

Last night at The Rising had it all: questions about TV shows, the brain, and songs where the lead singer needs some cheering up. But most of all, in a terrific bout of corporate synergy, we had a round of Disney songs in which none other than Chewbacca was doing the singing. However, the most exciting part of the night was at the end, when three teams tied at the top. This is the first-ever three-way tie we've had at The Rising, so it was an exciting competition. The result of the five-question tiebreaker was, of course, a tie - so we had to move onto YET ANOTHER tiebreaker question between two of the three teams. There, The Sinking took command, as they came closer
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Ben is quizmaster every Thursday night at 8pm at The Rising, the best bar in the Boston area that shares its name with a Bruce Springsteen album. A Vermont native, Ben also lived in Philly, DC, and Indiana before moving home to New England last year. He also enjoys sports, improv, coffee, and traveling.


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The Rising
1172 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA
02139
Thursday, Mar 16, 2017
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March Drunkenness
Ben

Last night was a rollicking one at The Rising. Since it was the night before St. Patrick's Day, the whiskey and Guinness was flowing and Irish music was playing. In addition, it was the start of March Madness, so all the basketball was on TV, and there was a round about team nicknames. Your QM, who has spent time in both Vermont and Indiana, was not happy when Purdue beat Vermont and made his displeasure known to the bar after a question about Purdue's nickname (the Boilermaker, which is a drink that combines a shot of whiskey and a beer). The quiz itself was yet again very competitive. But thanks to a perfect music round, Liquor? I Hardly Know Her came in first, with
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Ben is quizmaster every Thursday night at 8pm at The Rising, the best bar in the Boston area that shares its name with a Bruce Springsteen album. A Vermont native, Ben also lived in Philly, DC, and Indiana before moving home to New England last year. He also enjoys sports, improv, coffee, and traveling.


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The Rising
1172 Cambridge St
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Thursday, Mar 09, 2017
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Geek Bowl in the home of the Super Bowl champs
Ben

I'm back in action after a vacation to Mexico last week. I had a great trip, in which I got to see ruins, hang with iguanas, go ziplining and snorkeling, but mostly hanging out at the pool with 15 others on a combined bachelor/bachelorette party trip. While the trip was fun, it's always good to come home too - especially when quiz has 15 teams and one of them is named Ben's Back. This week at The Rising, we had questions about skulls and islands in honor of the new King Kong movie, a mystery theme visual round, and a mashup music round that every team got at least 11 points on, which was very impressive. Too Sexy for Our Beer took home the grand prize,
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Ben is quizmaster every Thursday night at 8pm at The Rising, the best bar in the Boston area that shares its name with a Bruce Springsteen album. A Vermont native, Ben also lived in Philly, DC, and Indiana before moving home to New England last year. He also enjoys sports, improv, coffee, and traveling.


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1172 Cambridge St
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02139
Thursday, Mar 02, 2017
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It's 11:30pm...I'm packing for Geek Bowl XI...
UrbanStatue

But I still have to do this blog!! Hi friends!  Ginny here, subbing in for Ben who is living it up and drinking margaritas in Mexico.  I had a blast hosting tonight, thanks! Recap: We had drinks from Tullamore Dew Irish whisky for bonuses tonight...our bartender Ian, an Irishman himself, kept saying the name and I was missing it...what was that?  "Tulla-more-jews"??  Shots were had by many including myself! Jumpy Robot  lead the quiz all night, however on their round 8 answer sheet they were honest enough to admit they had a 7th team member.  Unfortunately it meant disqualification for them, but left both Tater teams
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Ginny loves random knowledge, especially that of the useless kind. She has a tendency to spout out strange facts at inappropriate times. She's a lover of cider, Whedon, kittens, and Disney.


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1172 Cambridge St
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Thursday, Feb 23, 2017
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Bork Bork Bork
Ben

I was overjoyed that last night's first round was all about the country Sweden, because I lived in Stockholm for four months. I loved the country and am sad that I haven't been back there ever since. Regardless, the round was a nice trip down memory lane about the country filled with IKEAs, Volvos, and hot blonde people. Despite all the recent fake news about Sweden stemming from Donald Trump's Fox News-infested brain, it is a great country and I highly recommend visiting if you get the chance. As for the quiz itself, we had 17 teams and a tie for first last night! However, it was It's Miller Time who snuck by over The Sinking with more points
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Ben is quizmaster every Thursday night at 8pm at The Rising, the best bar in the Boston area that shares its name with a Bruce Springsteen album. A Vermont native, Ben also lived in Philly, DC, and Indiana before moving home to New England last year. He also enjoys sports, improv, coffee, and traveling.


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The Rising
1172 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA
02139
Thursday, Feb 16, 2017
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I Would Quiz 4 U
Ben

With Prince's music now available on Spotify, I decided that the only appropriate thing to do for quiz this week was to play Prince songs in between questions and rounds. It was such a good decision that might do that exclusively at every quiz from now on. (Probably not.) Other than being a Prince DJ, I also had a quiz to run last night at the Rising, and it was a particularly fun one that featured a 16 POINT VISUAL ROUND, which most teams did very well on. I guess people are well-versed at figuring out famous people giving handshakes! In addition, we had an entire round on Franz Schubert, as well as a question in which you had to identify if I was naming the title of a Taylor Swift song or
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Ben is quizmaster every Thursday night at 8pm at The Rising, the best bar in the Boston area that shares its name with a Bruce Springsteen album. A Vermont native, Ben also lived in Philly, DC, and Indiana before moving home to New England last year. He also enjoys sports, improv, coffee, and traveling.


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The Rising
1172 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA
02139
Thursday, Feb 09, 2017
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No Days Off
Ben

During the Pats' Super Bowl victory parade, Bill Belichick said to a bunch of people who had taken the day off of work that his team took "no days off." This mantra applied at the Rising last night, where despite a foot of snow in the Boston area, quiz still went on as usual. And despite the blizzard conditions, we still had 10 teams show up.  Questions raised the gamut from current events, to Bible stories about a vengeful ass-kicking God, to songs that were incredibly slooooowwwwwed doooowwwwwn. We also had teams try to figure out whether a quote was from the Dalai Lama, or Winnie the Pooh. Ultimately, Adolphus's Buschhhhhh were the wire-to-wire winners,
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Ben is quizmaster every Thursday night at 8pm at The Rising, the best bar in the Boston area that shares its name with a Bruce Springsteen album. A Vermont native, Ben also lived in Philly, DC, and Indiana before moving home to New England last year. He also enjoys sports, improv, coffee, and traveling.


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The Rising
1172 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA
02139
Thursday, Feb 02, 2017
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Trump vs. Goodell
Ben

So it's the Super B- err, "Big Game," this weekend (don't want to get sued for copyright infringement!), so everyone here is pumped about the Patriots. It's somewhat strange to see all of liberal New England root for a team that features a star quarterback, coach, and owner who have all expressed their support for a certain game show host masquerading as President. But then again, if the Pats were to win this and stick it to Roger Goodell once and for all, then it will be worth it for their fans to overlook personal politics just this once. It's a strange storyline, but after living in an area where the closest team tried to tattle on the Patriots after their 45-7 victory a few years ago,
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Ben is quizmaster every Thursday night at 8pm at The Rising, the best bar in the Boston area that shares its name with a Bruce Springsteen album. A Vermont native, Ben also lived in Philly, DC, and Indiana before moving home to New England last year. He also enjoys sports, improv, coffee, and traveling.