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Sunday, Aug 21, 2016
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Only the Factfs
Evan

Man, you ever had a night where you just wish you could reset your brain so that it'd stop glitching? First, it wouldn't let me distinguish between Persian and Prussian. Then, I could not for the life of me recall that the # symbol is also known as a friggin' pound sign. And I'm pretty sure I offended a kid.   Long story.   But I mean, a POUND SIGN. I'm old enough that "pound" should be the first thing I think of when I see #. I don't even have a Twitter account! Why could I think of "hashtag" and
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Formerly a scientist, Evan is a treacherous, high-ranking Quizmaster who turns into a jet and is openly known to want to replace Megatron as the leader of the Decepticons.


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Austin, TX
78752
Sunday, Aug 14, 2016
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Asparagus Wins the Gold!
Evan

Judging from the cheers, it seemed like it was an exciting day for the Olympics! I glanced back at the TV enough to see at least a couple of people run past a line, or land on two feet after jumping in the air, and I'm guessing those people were American. Except for Usain Bolt. He seems to be the only person we can get worked up about who's not from our country. Then again, I'm not really following the Olympics. It was a pretty interesting endeavor, though, when I was trying to figure out the rules and mechanics of water polo strictly through observation of the sport yesterday. I think it was a lost cause from the word go, but I didn't have the strength
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Formerly a scientist, Evan is a treacherous, high-ranking Quizmaster who turns into a jet and is openly known to want to replace Megatron as the leader of the Decepticons.


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Black Star Co-Op Pub and Brewery
7020 Easy Wind Drive
Austin, TX
78752
Sunday, Aug 07, 2016
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A Quiz of Olympic Proportions
Evan

Rick Riordan's book Big Red Tequila got me remembering my old staple drink when I used to do quiz at a more basic venue. Because I guess I hated myself more than I was willing to admit, I used to drink Big Red and Fireball during quiz. Let's just say that, though it tasted pretty good for a glass of sugar and poison, pretty much every beer at Black Star is a step up from that.   Oh, and the Amazon synopsis for Big Red Tequila is pretty hilarious:   "Everything in Texas is bigger...even murder.
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Formerly a scientist, Evan is a treacherous, high-ranking Quizmaster who turns into a jet and is openly known to want to replace Megatron as the leader of the Decepticons.


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Black Star Co-Op Pub and Brewery
7020 Easy Wind Drive
Austin, TX
78752
Sunday, Jul 31, 2016
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Am I the Only One Who Thinks Time is Sexy?
Evan

Seriously.  It's all... wibbly wobbly and shit.   Y'all.  Tom Cruise and I are the same height, y'all. We're the same goddamn height. Five foot seven inches. He's not that short. He's just short by our severely unrepresentative Hollywood standards. 'Duur, how can we have a leading male who's shorter than his leading female love interest??' Simple: YOU JUST DO. Men date, hook up with, and marry women who are taller than them all the time. It happens. Get over yourself and your weird obsession with men's height, society!! My worth is not determined by my relative tallness to my female mate!  
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Formerly a scientist, Evan is a treacherous, high-ranking Quizmaster who turns into a jet and is openly known to want to replace Megatron as the leader of the Decepticons.


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Black Star Co-Op Pub and Brewery
7020 Easy Wind Drive
Austin, TX
78752
Sunday, Jul 24, 2016
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Half Wolf, Half Human... All Geek!
Evan

I kinda want to see a version of Predator in which Van Damme, all fishnet-clad and huge-helmeted, uses badass martial arts against Arnold. I mean, that version would probably have been pretty shitty, but while Predator is iconic, it isn't terribly brilliant in the first place. So in my opinion, it wouldn't have been too much of a loss.   Also, I kinda wanna hear Seagal's "Talk to my Ass," but I kinda don't want that knowledge bouncing around in my head. My brain doesn't need to be so specifically aware of another atrocity in this world. A man can only take so much.
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Formerly a scientist, Evan is a treacherous, high-ranking Quizmaster who turns into a jet and is openly known to want to replace Megatron as the leader of the Decepticons.


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Black Star Co-Op Pub and Brewery
7020 Easy Wind Drive
Austin, TX
78752
Sunday, Jul 17, 2016
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Repeatedly and Incessantly Touched by an Angel
Evan

Some people questioned that Mad Dog 20/20 is a wine. But The Wine Group describes it as "the ultimate wine-based flavored refreshment". True story. Of all the refreshments which are based on wine, MD 20/20 is the ultimate.   And the mission of the Mad Dog 20/20 Facebook page reads as such: "A page for anyone growing up who drank this superb wine."   Let's break that down real quick:   First of all, get your laughs out now for them purposefully
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Formerly a scientist, Evan is a treacherous, high-ranking Quizmaster who turns into a jet and is openly known to want to replace Megatron as the leader of the Decepticons.


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Black Star Co-Op Pub and Brewery
7020 Easy Wind Drive
Austin, TX
78752
Sunday, Jul 10, 2016
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Titty Teeth
Evan

When I first learned that mastodons are basically named “nipple tooth,” I immediately imagined a big ol' hairy pachyderm with incisors on its teet. But actually, they are named thus because of a nipple-like protrusion which can be found on each of their molars. Crazy, huh? Because that means, when they were naming this extinct beast, one scientist said, “That tooth looks like a tit. We should name it 'tit-tooth'.” And THEY DID.   Awesome moment in science.   Sorry for being strict about the artist for “Nothing Compares 2 U.” The song WAS originally recorded by The Family, which was basically an outlet for
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Formerly a scientist, Evan is a treacherous, high-ranking Quizmaster who turns into a jet and is openly known to want to replace Megatron as the leader of the Decepticons.


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Black Star Co-Op Pub and Brewery
7020 Easy Wind Drive
Austin, TX
78752
Sunday, Jul 03, 2016
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The Impellent Force of Quiz
Evan

For those of you who were wondering why Frida Kahlo was included in a round of stuff that happened in the first week of July, she was born on July 6th. And, interestingly enough, she died in the second week of July, on the 13th.  Busy month for her!   Also, our very own QM and ofttimes quizzer Alyssa wrote one of the rounds tonight! But don't worry-- I sat right in front of her the whole time and made sure she was too busy proving that she wasn't sharing answers for her to give away any answers.   Did that make sense? Point is, no shenanigans took place during quiz. I guarantee it.   Oh,
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Formerly a scientist, Evan is a treacherous, high-ranking Quizmaster who turns into a jet and is openly known to want to replace Megatron as the leader of the Decepticons.


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Black Star Co-Op Pub and Brewery
7020 Easy Wind Drive
Austin, TX
78752
Sunday, Jun 26, 2016
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...And Yet it Quizzes
Evan

STOP! Before you read the rest of this blog, grab a drink, because here's our Black Star Blog Drinking Game! DRINK whenever: I use italics The subject matter changes without a segue The subject matter changes with an awkwardly tenuous segue You read the word “shit” Whenever. Just, drink whenever.   Now, do I have a story for YOU! I did a little digging into why the quahog clam's genus is Mercenaria, and it's... actually, it's pretty much what you might assume. See, the name itself comes from the Latin root
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Formerly a scientist, Evan is a treacherous, high-ranking Quizmaster who turns into a jet and is openly known to want to replace Megatron as the leader of the Decepticons.


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Black Star Co-Op Pub and Brewery
7020 Easy Wind Drive
Austin, TX
78752
Sunday, Jun 19, 2016
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Those Are the Rules (...That I Just Made Up)
Evan

So, apparently there was some sort of a sportsball thing going on tonight. One of the reasons I know this is because of a certain Game of Thrones meme. The other reason is because I noticed that people were staring in my direction a little more intently than usual. It took me a moment to realize most people were staring at the game on the TV behind me. So, you tell me:   How did it go? Did the Warriors win? They were one of the teams, right? Did they defeat the Boltons and take back Winterfe--   Damnit!
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Formerly a scientist, Evan is a treacherous, high-ranking Quizmaster who turns into a jet and is openly known to want to replace Megatron as the leader of the Decepticons.


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Black Star Co-Op Pub and Brewery
7020 Easy Wind Drive
Austin, TX
78752
Sunday, Jun 12, 2016
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How Do Ya Like THEM Boyz II Men??
Evan

We had a crazy-ass quiz, with four crazy-ass 16 point rounds! That's like half the quiz! Wait, scratch that... that IS half the quiz! No wonder our first place team broke 100 points!   And now, instead of outlining in disturbing detail what the Kit Fisto porn page would look like, here is some clarification for Round Three, our round on dead characters from movie franchises:   Okay, so Scott Summers, Jean Grey, and Professor Xavier all died in the original X-Men movies. But if you follow the Days of Future Past
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Formerly a scientist, Evan is a treacherous, high-ranking Quizmaster who turns into a jet and is openly known to want to replace Megatron as the leader of the Decepticons.


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Black Star Co-Op Pub and Brewery
7020 Easy Wind Drive
Austin, TX
78752
Sunday, Jun 05, 2016
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I'm Such a Great Artist, I Drew a Blank
Evan

  I hope you had fun with the Take it to the Blank round, because it is probably my new favorite round format. Not that it paid off in the point department-- it seemed like an equal gamble to joker any of the three 16-point rounds. But that's because y'all nailed the music round and the final random knowledge round. And if your team in particular didn't nail it, well... I still love you. Good job all around!   I got the worst audience reaction of my Quizmaster career when I made a David Foster Wallace joke. Lots of DFW fans in the audience? Or was the
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Formerly a scientist, Evan is a treacherous, high-ranking Quizmaster who turns into a jet and is openly known to want to replace Megatron as the leader of the Decepticons.


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Black Star Co-Op Pub and Brewery
7020 Easy Wind Drive
Austin, TX
78752
Sunday, May 29, 2016
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I'm Planning my Trip to Smadagascar!
Evan

Benjamin Franklin as Hannibal Lecter. He'd use human skin for a kite. Use the electricity to stun his victims. You know, be a general asshole like that.   It's kinda funny that we had a team named Sticky Bandits, and a whole three-point question about Kevin and the Wet Bandits from Home Alone. Who, as we know, went on to become the Sticky Bandits. At least according to Marv.   After a slip of the tongue on my part, we all got to wondering what exactly a "semen mixer" would be. The most innocent
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Formerly a scientist, Evan is a treacherous, high-ranking Quizmaster who turns into a jet and is openly known to want to replace Megatron as the leader of the Decepticons.


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Black Star Co-Op Pub and Brewery
7020 Easy Wind Drive
Austin, TX
78752
Sunday, May 22, 2016
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Death by Horseshoe
Evan

As we were reflecting upon the questionable Volkswagen model names Rabbit and Golf, we started brainstorming some alternate VW car names.  I think the Volkswagen Beth should be one.  I mean, what exactly would a Beth look like?  Would it be a mid-sized sedan, or maybe a jeep of some kind?  Would people be embarrassed to admit to driving or owning a Beth?  Or would it become a status symbol?  Would you have street cred for having an older-model Beth?   Or maybe it should be the VW Julio.  Think they'd be more likely to go for that one?   I know that I qualified
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Formerly a scientist, Evan is a treacherous, high-ranking Quizmaster who turns into a jet and is openly known to want to replace Megatron as the leader of the Decepticons.


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Black Star Co-Op Pub and Brewery
7020 Easy Wind Drive
Austin, TX
78752
Sunday, May 15, 2016
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Pole-Dancing Children...?
Evan

If anyone caught the Eurovision showing on Saturday, you might have seen the montage of Swedish musical artists which included the Cardigans.  For those not familiar, Eurovision is a song contest they hold every year, in which each country picks the most cheesy, flamboyant musical act and sends it to compete against all the other countries in Europe.  This year, it was held in Sweden; so, of course, they had to brag a bunch.  Mostly about ABBA.   And for those who are curious, Ukraine won, with a song about how awful Russia has treated them.  (I'm paraphrasing a bit there.)   And I don't mean to pisse dans un
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Formerly a scientist, Evan is a treacherous, high-ranking Quizmaster who turns into a jet and is openly known to want to replace Megatron as the leader of the Decepticons.


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Black Star Co-Op Pub and Brewery
7020 Easy Wind Drive
Austin, TX
78752
Sunday, May 08, 2016
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Lb It Out!
Evan

I still wanna see Billy Dee Williams play Batman's butler Alfred.  I think it'd be a fun take on the character if he was suave and smooth-talking, instead of stuffy and proper.  I mean, Alfred was always a cool character, especially when you delve into his oft-ignored past, but especially since Michael Caine and Jeremy Irons, I think the role could use a bit of spicing-up.   Speaking of spicing up, we had a great night, and a great quiz!  The round on Monsters! was fun, and we had a special Mother's Day Card round!  Plus, a bonus Mother's Day movie audio round which was written by regular quizzer and regular Quizmaster Alyssa!  I promise she
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Formerly a scientist, Evan is a treacherous, high-ranking Quizmaster who turns into a jet and is openly known to want to replace Megatron as the leader of the Decepticons.