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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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Kids
Jesse Grabman

When I arrived at Firefly tonight the place was teeming with enough children to make Chuck E. Cheese leer with pizza creating envy. Six-year-old boys set records in skee ball, eight-year-old girls flashed Beyoncé waves to “Put a Ring on It”, and a two-year-old wandered in an aimless circle around the restaurant with his dad closely in tow. It’s a good thing the youth cleared out in time for the Round 3 author round, because there were some doozy titles in there. I will never look at Ian Fleming novels the same way again thanks to Dr. Loving’s *ahem* “activities”.   Tonight was a pretty cool trivia overall. 3 non-Blondes
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Jesse is an alum of the University of Virginia, and a quizmaster in Charlottesville, VA. He also occasionally writes about himself in the third person. As his side job, he conducts psychology research at UVA, and jets around the world to vigorously point at numbers on academic posters. Notable accomplishments include winning the Arlington Team Chess Championships in 4th Grade, and the ability to snap at least 3 fingers on both hands.


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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
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Sneeze the Day
Jesse Grabman

Colds are the worst (of the minor maladies you can have). There’s no quick and easy cure, you feel gross, and most importantly you can’t host quiz night. Last week I came down with one heck of a cold. The “marathon-seven-star-wars-movies-yes-even-the-bad-ones-in-bed” kind of cold. From what I hear, Adam did a good job of filling in, but it’s great to be back.   And boy howdy, what a quiz we had tonight. There were questions on TV shows, teachable songs, and my questionable French pronunciations on the round examining the Louvre. I had all kinds of fun trying to figure out how to allot points to the impossible to spell Visual round. We learned
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Jesse is an alum of the University of Virginia, and a quizmaster in Charlottesville, VA. He also occasionally writes about himself in the third person. As his side job, he conducts psychology research at UVA, and jets around the world to vigorously point at numbers on academic posters. Notable accomplishments include winning the Arlington Team Chess Championships in 4th Grade, and the ability to snap at least 3 fingers on both hands.


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Tuesday, May 09, 2017
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Why do I find it hard to write the next line, oh I want the truth to be said
Adam the Drummer

Jesse was sick tonight, so like the hero I am I made my debut at Firefly, and I gotta say—cool place!  Good food, good beer.  And, tonight at least, great Pub Quiz host!  J So, what did we learn?  Prince hosted Onanism Piles at his house in Minneapolis?  To be honest I didn’t know what that meant when I read it at quiz tonight, and now that I looked it up, I’m pretty glad for that.  That’s almost as disturbing as the quiz writers thinking the lack of Orgy Moment after Dr. King’s bus boycott success was disappointing.  Time to move on.  We had a lot of very solid original names tonight.  With a wince
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I was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago (Go Cubs!), but Charlottesville has been my home for the last 22 years. My credentials as both Geek and one Who Drinks run both far and wide. I won the Outstanding Advanced Chemistry Student award in high school and threw up due to alcohol for the first time at the tender age of 13. Hey, I’m the grandchild of Irish immigrants, drinking is in my DNA. My 14 year old daughter’s knowledge of music is indispensable in Round 2 and sometimes 7, and my 12 year old son can Geography you under the table. I do not like Pina Coladas, or getting caught in the rain. Nor did I let the dogs out. But I have seen the rain. And while I don’t know much about history, my wife does, so we’ve got that covered too.


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Tuesday, May 02, 2017
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It's Gonna Be May
Jesse Grabman

My grandmother bought me my first album: Backstreet Boys’ Millennium. I loved that CD so much. I performed my first act of (unknowing) copyright violation when I tape recorded “I Want It That Way” off my parent’s stereo so that I could listen on the go. I annoyed my sister by singing the first bars, “BOW BOW BOW OW BOW OW OW OW” in the car over and over again. I’m pretty sure I watched the whole Backstreet Boys documentary when it aired on TV. Yet…   One day a kid named Max brought in N*Sync’s “No Strings Attached” to school. As he put it on the school’s crappy JVC audio player, all I could think
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Jesse is an alum of the University of Virginia, and a quizmaster in Charlottesville, VA. He also occasionally writes about himself in the third person. As his side job, he conducts psychology research at UVA, and jets around the world to vigorously point at numbers on academic posters. Notable accomplishments include winning the Arlington Team Chess Championships in 4th Grade, and the ability to snap at least 3 fingers on both hands.


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Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017
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E.L. James Could Write Better than This
Jesse Grabman

“Ulysses” is widely cited as one of the best novels of all time. The 50 Shades series is considered… writing? However, both have attracted considerable scrutiny. The harshest critics contend that there should be equal numbers of answers corresponding to the 50/50 questions in Round 3. Avant garde quiz makers brush off these complaints, and say that it’s part of a free-flowing narrative. Regardless of which side of the debate you fall on, most can agree that E.L. James’ pen engages in all kind of “f***ery” with the English language.   Tonight’s quiz made me feel like as much of a baller as the celebs on MTV’s Cribs,
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Jesse is an alum of the University of Virginia, and a quizmaster in Charlottesville, VA. He also occasionally writes about himself in the third person. As his side job, he conducts psychology research at UVA, and jets around the world to vigorously point at numbers on academic posters. Notable accomplishments include winning the Arlington Team Chess Championships in 4th Grade, and the ability to snap at least 3 fingers on both hands.


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Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017
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Once I was 7 Beers Old
Jesse Grabman

I saw Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden last Friday. Needless to say, the performance was awesome. The backup band was spectacular, Billy’s voice is still immaculate, and special guest Kevin Spacey performed “New York State of Mind”. Nothing can top this right? Well let me raise you one Nintendo-ized Lukas Graham. I kid (although one quiz participant was super pumped to get this question right). I loathe the song “7 Years”. Can’t stand it. My fiancée laughs at the speed at which I turn the dials as soon as I hear the first distinctive “plink” of a piano key. Oncoming traffic be darned, I’ll take the chance of not
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Jesse is an alum of the University of Virginia, and a quizmaster in Charlottesville, VA. He also occasionally writes about himself in the third person. As his side job, he conducts psychology research at UVA, and jets around the world to vigorously point at numbers on academic posters. Notable accomplishments include winning the Arlington Team Chess Championships in 4th Grade, and the ability to snap at least 3 fingers on both hands.


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Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017
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When Pepsi Unites
Jesse Grabman

So… Romans were gross. That entire round on the strange practices of those wacky Latins got me thinking – what weird customs do we have now that will look asinine in a few years? Then I remembered: misplaced corporate activism (or lack thereof)! Our visual round got in on the fun of the latest marketing fiasco. There’s no force that unites us faster than pointing to an idea that’s just plain bad. Kendall Jenner? Divisive. Protesters? Very divisive (otherwise why would they be protesting? No one takes to the streets to chant, “Better Call Saul is a good show! Tom Hanks is a national treasure!”). Incoherently combining the two to sell a soda? Now you’ve
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Jesse is an alum of the University of Virginia, and a quizmaster in Charlottesville, VA. He also occasionally writes about himself in the third person. As his side job, he conducts psychology research at UVA, and jets around the world to vigorously point at numbers on academic posters. Notable accomplishments include winning the Arlington Team Chess Championships in 4th Grade, and the ability to snap at least 3 fingers on both hands.


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Tuesday, Apr 04, 2017
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We're All Stars!
Jesse Grabman

So we all became minor celebrities tonight right? A nationally televised cooking show visited Firefly to get the scoop on some of its affordable dishes in the heart of Charlottesville. We can look forward to seeing ourselves gawking at Barackdubs in 6 months, while an affable host strolls around sampling the local fare (which is great by the way… save some dollars for dinner next week!). What I never realized is just how meticulously set up all of the shots need to be. The television crew (who couldn’t be nicer by the way) filmed the same shot of a game of pool for over 30 minutes. Every ball just needed to bounce in the perfect way in order to be ready to air.
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Jesse is an alum of the University of Virginia, and a quizmaster in Charlottesville, VA. He also occasionally writes about himself in the third person. As his side job, he conducts psychology research at UVA, and jets around the world to vigorously point at numbers on academic posters. Notable accomplishments include winning the Arlington Team Chess Championships in 4th Grade, and the ability to snap at least 3 fingers on both hands.


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Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017
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Double DQ
Jesse Grabman

DQ always has held a positive connotation to me. I associate it with obtaining a Blizzard from Dairy Queen on long car trips to the beach or some other family destination. However, DQ takes on quite an unhappier meaning when it stands for “Disqualified”. The craziest case of a double disqualification that I can remember was in a 2012 Olympics women’s badminton match between a Chinese and South Korean team. Due to the seeding format, whoever won would end up having to play the strongest team in the tournament; therefore, both teams played to lose. The players feigned missing easily winnable shots, hit the birdie out of bounds, and just in general didn’t
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Jesse is an alum of the University of Virginia, and a quizmaster in Charlottesville, VA. He also occasionally writes about himself in the third person. As his side job, he conducts psychology research at UVA, and jets around the world to vigorously point at numbers on academic posters. Notable accomplishments include winning the Arlington Team Chess Championships in 4th Grade, and the ability to snap at least 3 fingers on both hands.


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Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017
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I'm Feeling 22
Jesse Grabman

You know what Taylor Swift and I have in common? It’s not an immaculate voice, model-like looks (unless you ask my fiancée), or a proclivity to star in Target commercials. It’s tons of screaming fans. In my case, the fans scream when I mispronounce Russian (In T-Swift Lingo: Red) composers’ names three times in a row, or enter the wrong number of points into the spreadsheet. Other than that, very similar. Twenty-two freaking teams tonight! TWENTY-TWO! That’s a whole lot of people who know their minimalist movie posters, Oscar winners, and Smash Mouth mashups. However, very few people remembered the past three losers of the Stanley Cup. They say that Kings
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Jesse is an alum of the University of Virginia, and a quizmaster in Charlottesville, VA. He also occasionally writes about himself in the third person. As his side job, he conducts psychology research at UVA, and jets around the world to vigorously point at numbers on academic posters. Notable accomplishments include winning the Arlington Team Chess Championships in 4th Grade, and the ability to snap at least 3 fingers on both hands.


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Tuesday, Mar 07, 2017
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19
Jesse Grabman

19 is a weird number. It’s prime. Nobody picks it as their favorite. Sports Illustrated lists Johnny Unitas as the best sportsperson to wear the number on a jersey, followed by a name that few could confidently identify as a hockey player vs. the friendly line cook at the neighborhood diner. If you asked me what I was doing on any given day at age 19, all I could say with assurance is that it probably involved a PlayStation and some pizza. There’s nothing cool or noteworthy about 19, except… Amendment 19. Tomorrow is international women’s day, and it’s great to remember when suffragettes stuck it to idiotic men who thought ladies’ “frail temperament”
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Jesse is an alum of the University of Virginia, and a quizmaster in Charlottesville, VA. He also occasionally writes about himself in the third person. As his side job, he conducts psychology research at UVA, and jets around the world to vigorously point at numbers on academic posters. Notable accomplishments include winning the Arlington Team Chess Championships in 4th Grade, and the ability to snap at least 3 fingers on both hands.


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Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017
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Let Me Ash You a Question
Jesse Grabman

The Fat Tuesdays are rolling in, and I need to be lent a hand. I keep announcing it wrong… and forgetting who actually won. After attending the UVA game yesterday, I knew that Tomorrow is Going to Kick my Ash, and proceeded to Oscar up the situation and announce the wrong second place team! Doh! After a brief struggle, I managed to get back my Mojo. Unlike a Kurosawa film, winners don’t come in sevens, and instead Kitten Mittens clawed their way into second place. The relief was palpable from the second and third place that we didn’t go into a pants-off-dance-off (How many beads
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Jesse is an alum of the University of Virginia, and a quizmaster in Charlottesville, VA. He also occasionally writes about himself in the third person. As his side job, he conducts psychology research at UVA, and jets around the world to vigorously point at numbers on academic posters. Notable accomplishments include winning the Arlington Team Chess Championships in 4th Grade, and the ability to snap at least 3 fingers on both hands.


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Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017
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Bring in the Closer
Jesse Grabman

The Late Show, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, etc. All of these shows wouldn’t be anything without their opening performer. An opener warms up the crowd – gets them into a state of mirth and ebullience before the primetime host comes on. Without the opener there are no laughs. Without Jay Leno, there are now more laughs. Audrey did a fantastic job as the opener tonight. The questions rang out at a steady clip. There was banter. She handled the random shouts of answers with the aplomb of an elder stateswoman. I’ve never seen a finer performance of quizmastering a round on ‘90s TV shows. With that being said… bring on the closer.
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Jesse is an alum of the University of Virginia, and a quizmaster in Charlottesville, VA. He also occasionally writes about himself in the third person. As his side job, he conducts psychology research at UVA, and jets around the world to vigorously point at numbers on academic posters. Notable accomplishments include winning the Arlington Team Chess Championships in 4th Grade, and the ability to snap at least 3 fingers on both hands.


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Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017
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Be Mine
Jesse Grabman

The best things on Valentine’s Day come in dozens. Roses. Chocolates. Cookie platters. Quiz teams. So… about tonight. Was it ok for you? I certainly enjoyed it! This was by far the raunchiest pub quiz I’ve hosted so far. We learned about everything from sex gods to sex toys. I’m not sure I ever want to describe a pleasurable act from “Road Trip” with perfect IN-TONE-ATION over a microphone again. If you went to a school that promoted abstinence only education…. Well you would have received a full tutorial by the end of Round Eight. With that being said, let’s not only talk about sex… baby. Instead, let’s talk about
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Jesse is an alum of the University of Virginia, and a quizmaster in Charlottesville, VA. He also occasionally writes about himself in the third person. As his side job, he conducts psychology research at UVA, and jets around the world to vigorously point at numbers on academic posters. Notable accomplishments include winning the Arlington Team Chess Championships in 4th Grade, and the ability to snap at least 3 fingers on both hands.


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Tuesday, Feb 07, 2017
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Last Night I Met a Former Packers Fan
Pierce

His wife made him give up his fandom. I'm not sure how that happens - and he still had the Tshirt! Anyway. Lovely quiz at Firefly last night - had a lot of fun - and a lot of competitive and enthusiastic teams. It was a pleasure to sub in for Jesse and see everyone's disappointment from his absence. Understandably so.  We learned a lot about samurai, the planet Earth in the Star Trek universe, and Mel Gibson movies! As far as the results go: Limp Dicks (We're hard to beat), Too Many Cooks, and NOISE were making up the bottom of the standings. Geeks in Sneak's, Secret Cropdusters, Local Oscillators, and Sometimes When I'm Nervous I Fart were the next batch.
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Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017
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Pants Off Dance Off
Jesse Grabman

Let me tell you something smart. When 3 of the top teams all have more than 6 people there’s a strong chance that we’re in store for something awesome. And in this case I. Can. Feel. The. Beat. The end of the night resulted in an epic dance off between the Saytens and MMM Butts. Or in this case a dance concession with a sick rave to celebrate second place. I dare say it, but the steppin’ made an Oscar contender look like Blah Blah Land. Speaking of raving, I think we can all agree that first time QM in training Spencer did a laudatory job tonight. He spoke with perfect IN-TONE-ATION. There were some
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Jesse is an alum of the University of Virginia, and a quizmaster in Charlottesville, VA. He also occasionally writes about himself in the third person. As his side job, he conducts psychology research at UVA, and jets around the world to vigorously point at numbers on academic posters. Notable accomplishments include winning the Arlington Team Chess Championships in 4th Grade, and the ability to snap at least 3 fingers on both hands.