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Malden, MA
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Thursday, May 18, 2017
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Baruch, Tobit, and Sirach are NOT characters in The Hobbit
The Man They Call Spence

Wow. That certainly was a night. Let me tell you a story. About 2 years ago, I met with some friends for dinner at Hugh O'Neill's. We wanted to start up a non-profit to provide for the community needs of the local secular/humanist/atheist community. We had initially planned to meet on Friday, but at the last minute it got pushed up a day. Had we checked the bar's website and seen that there was a pub quiz scheduled, we probably would have pushed the meeting off to next week, but we didn't, and we ended up at the table right in front of the quizmaster. And that is how I met Thunderfunk. In the months that followed, I came to quiz more and more frequently.
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Spence is a Quincy, MA native who went from occasional quizzer, to regular quizzer, to realizing he had a problem when he played 4 nights in one week. So he decided to lean into it and became a quizmaster.


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Hugh O'Neill's
45 Pleasant St.
Malden, MA
02148
Thursday, May 11, 2017
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Brace Yourselves, A New QM is Coming
Jackie

Let me set the scene for you. Hugh O’Neill’s Pub, in the dystopian wasteland of Malden, MA. 7:30pm, or, as the denizens call it, “feeding time.” The door creaks as Our Hero, The QM enters, one hand resting on her laptop holster, the other on the Regular QM’s Spotify playlist. The room falls deadly silent. The quizzers can smell fear. They regard Our Hero momentarily before going back to their craft beers and their truffle poutine. For now. They would find out if she Passed The Test soon enough… Ok, so that isn’t quite how it happened, but a new QM freshly out of training can dream. In all honesty, I couldn’t have asked for a
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Hugh O'Neill's
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Malden, MA
02148
Thursday, May 04, 2017
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Drowned in Moonlight, Strangled by Her Own Bra
Lady Thunderfunk

I am one with the fourth and the fourth is with me. Tonight our home was NOT home to Boston's Star Wars theme quiz, but the force was strong with us all the same. Tonight's champions were Alderaan Restoration Preservation Society! And in the spirit of blending our own "in" jokes with the culture du jour, Jimmy Fallon made this video just for us. Because you are so important to me and the world; Preexisting Conditions or not.    This week is going to be a short blog (by my standards at least), because I already started crying
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The Lady Thunderfunk is based out of Malden, MA. She may or may not be a swarm of bees masquerading as a Quizmaster.


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Hugh O'Neill's
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Malden, MA
02148
Thursday, Apr 27, 2017
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Coming at'cha
Lady Thunderfunk

Champions! Tonight, without fanfare, we said goodbye to two very important pieces of tech in my life. First, my fitbit zip. Many a night I have jogged in place, aiming to hit my 10k mark by the end of the night. This week, I was forced to acknowledge that my zip is fully borked. It can no longer record, and for that I lament. How else will I know that I've taken 10k steps in a day? How else will I convince myself that it's fine to have mac and cheese for lunch as long as I get an above average step rating for the day? Tonight, champions, I was finally confronted with a thing I have neglected for far too long. There is only one truth. That truth is quiz. The truth is quiz. There is no other
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The Lady Thunderfunk is based out of Malden, MA. She may or may not be a swarm of bees masquerading as a Quizmaster.


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Hugh O'Neill's
45 Pleasant St.
Malden, MA
02148
Thursday, Apr 20, 2017
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The Women want rights, the gays want...not to be called "The Gays"
Lady Thunderfunk

Be careful, kids, or you too might catch "the gay." It's a terrible disease that leads to being attracted to "lifestyles" outside the typical megachurch ideology of True Love Waits... until engagement and then getting pregnant and then breaking off that engagement and then swearing abstinence, making a quarter million dollars in a year and then getting pregnant again just after breaking off another engagement....I'm sorry, I was confusing abstinence with mother-of-two Bristol Palin. Her mom had dinner at the White House this past Wednesday.  I'm not trying to say Bristol isn't fit to be a mother; I'm just putting it out there that she's a massive hypocrite with no grasp of personal
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The Lady Thunderfunk is based out of Malden, MA. She may or may not be a swarm of bees masquerading as a Quizmaster.


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Hugh O'Neill's
45 Pleasant St.
Malden, MA
02148
Thursday, Apr 13, 2017
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'Jesus Christ' while important, is not the three-time president of the LDS Church
Lady Thunderfunk

What an exciting week! We were the accidental opening act for Independent Music Awards winners Air Traffic Controller (although I still think of them as Jeff's brother's band). We had fourteen fantastic teams. And we had a brand new electric pencil sharpener, so everybody's pencil had a nearly weaponized point. Thanks for Nick for giving it a test drive/sharpening two dozen pencils while I set up. The bar was packed, the servers were busy, and you, my champions, were absolutely wonderful.    I wish I could just
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The Lady Thunderfunk is based out of Malden, MA. She may or may not be a swarm of bees masquerading as a Quizmaster.


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Malden, MA
02148
Thursday, Apr 06, 2017
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tHIS Is tHE nEW jEFF
Lady Thunderfunk

Champions, there are always days when it feels like nothing is going right. And there are days when there are over a dozen strong contenders who show up for quiz. You open my eyes. You open the door to something I've never known before. And your love...is the music of my heart. Yes, of course, that was a joke referencing one of tonight's questions. But for realskis, y'all give me hope that while the world burns down around us, and our nation has sunk so low I have to make veggie jokes at the expense of the UK (possibly our last ally in the coming years), there is one good g-ddamned thing to love about 'Murica, and it's youz.   Tonight, the announcement that we'll
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The Lady Thunderfunk is based out of Malden, MA. She may or may not be a swarm of bees masquerading as a Quizmaster.


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Malden, MA
02148
Thursday, Mar 30, 2017
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For the hundredth time, Jeff, the title of the song is "Bring Me To Life"
Lady Thunderfunk

There are some weeks when I'm looking forward to seeing you all. And there are some weeks, champions, when mid-day Tuesday feels like I've already endured three weeks of nonsense. So by the time this Thursday rolled around, I was as pumped for 7:30pm twelve hours early as I would normally be at 7:15pm. I missed you and the magic we create together during quiz, is what I'm saying.    Tonight's quiz was super fun, AND ended in a first place tie. Is it terrible of me to say I wish the tie had involved any combination other than our winners Remembering Will Smith and But What About Second Brexit? It's not that I don't
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The Lady Thunderfunk is based out of Malden, MA. She may or may not be a swarm of bees masquerading as a Quizmaster.


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Malden, MA
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Thursday, Mar 23, 2017
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I've Benn Kissed by a Rose
Lady Thunderfunk

CHAMPIONS!!! This week's blog is inspired by our winning team's naname and the vote taking place in the House.   Do you wanna build a health plan? Or is that just something you say? Not all of us have iPhones we can sell When we're not feeling well and can't afford to pay We need a real solution -- which this is not. It's like you didn't even try Do you wanna build a health plan? An actual, functioning health plan ...or we'll die.   Oh, 45? You keep insulting all our allies. You'd better take Angela's calls You said with all the cash you have to spend You'd
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The Lady Thunderfunk is based out of Malden, MA. She may or may not be a swarm of bees masquerading as a Quizmaster.


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Malden, MA
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Thursday, Mar 16, 2017
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The Drums Echoing Tonight
Lady Thunderfunk

Hello again, champions! It was particularly lovely to see you today, as today was not a great day leading up to quiz. We had a painfully close game (for you, I'm assuming, I love a close game as I have nothing to lose) and ultimately second place came down to a tiebreaker question as neither team was up for a dance-off. We were winding up toward St Patrick's Day here at Hugh O'Neill's; one of the four days per year I actually won't come in to the bar...because it's a hell of a party and I am just not prepared for that kind of crowd. But if pub parties are your jam, you should definitely pop by Friday night, or some time this weekend, because I do know that Hugh's does St. Paddy's Day up well.
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The Lady Thunderfunk is based out of Malden, MA. She may or may not be a swarm of bees masquerading as a Quizmaster.


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Thursday, Mar 09, 2017
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Late December Back in '63
Lady Thunderfunk

There's a rumor going around that west coasters or folks in Hawai'i might be skimming east coast blogs for clues to the night's quiz...so tonight's blog title is inspired by you, but dedicated to them. OH WHAT A NIGHT!! I was a little worried when the bar was SO crowded that some of you had to wait for a seat, but I didn't recognize all the faces at tables. I worried for nothing, because we had ten strong teams showing off tonight!   Our worst scoring round was R7, but all that meant is that you kept the numbers close. After the first break, only two teams weren't tied up with someone else, and by the end of the night those two teams saw a
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The Lady Thunderfunk is based out of Malden, MA. She may or may not be a swarm of bees masquerading as a Quizmaster.


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45 Pleasant St.
Malden, MA
02148
Thursday, Mar 02, 2017
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And I Have to Close My Eyes Aaaaaand Cry
Lady Thunderfunk

Thursday is the best day. I'm not hearing any argument on this; even a bad Thursday during an interminably long week comes with a quiz to give us the strength to live through Friday. And quiz, as you know, is magic.    We had yet another week with double-digits of teams! I LOVE IT!!! Occasionally I add an extra rule to the quiz, in the spirit of The IT Crowd and say, "The first rule of the pub quiz is...you really must tell all your friends about it. It's great fun, and the more people play, the better!" Apparently you're all taking the secret first rule of quiz to heart, because we've been growing and it's fantastic. I love you and your team names and when you do
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The Lady Thunderfunk is based out of Malden, MA. She may or may not be a swarm of bees masquerading as a Quizmaster.


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Malden, MA
02148
Thursday, Feb 23, 2017
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Cinderella Doesn't Want to Be With You
Lady Thunderfunk

Wooo! What a quiz!! I don't think I've ever had to finish off a quiz at Hugh's with two Sudden Death rounds and still have to go on to a tiebreaker question. Ultimately Our Answers Will Not Be Questioned edged out Betsey DeVos' School for Kids Who Can't Read Good on a question where both teams had to make a guess! Sharpest Cookies in the Shed were only three points behind but kept out of the money by that radical tie.   All told, we had thirteen teams battle it out tonight, and the scores were close all the way down the board. We had ties not just in first place, but also fifth and tenth! And I dug the energy
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The Lady Thunderfunk is based out of Malden, MA. She may or may not be a swarm of bees masquerading as a Quizmaster.


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Thursday, Feb 16, 2017
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It's all just sparkly butts
Lady Thunderfunk

Hello my Valentines! It's been two weeks since we've all gotten together and I have to say that after a two week period, you've probably missed me desperately. It's okay, I missed you too. And tonight's return was all that I hoped for. ...Okay, Abandoned for an Infant reminded me that it was 98% what I hoped for. I got used to seeing adorable babies at quiz, but it's cold and the babies (and their parents, of course) stayed home. Abandoned also felt it, since QRob is apparently their best hope at identifying movies.   The Big Knock-Out Surprise of the night was The Dalai Mamas securing a clean
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The Lady Thunderfunk is based out of Malden, MA. She may or may not be a swarm of bees masquerading as a Quizmaster.


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Malden, MA
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Thursday, Feb 02, 2017
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Feliz Cumpleanos, Mi Favorita
Lady Thunderfunk

CHAMPIONS!!!! Tonight was a quiz for the ages. Thank you, thank you, a thousand times thank you, for everything. For your enthusiasm. For your patience. For singing along to Round 2 and DANCING ALONG to the post-quiz song. The world is a big scary place, and seeing you every Thursday reminds me of all the wonderful things in the world and gets me by.   It was a great quiz though, wasn't it? We had some great themes tonight, and some great TEAMS. I love that Celebrity Chain names are back in the mix. I loved Yates Avengers for recognizing an American G-d damned Hero. I love Crusading Feminists for being crusading feminists (will I see you
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The Lady Thunderfunk is based out of Malden, MA. She may or may not be a swarm of bees masquerading as a Quizmaster.


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45 Pleasant St.
Malden, MA
02148
Thursday, Jan 26, 2017
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If You Believe There's Nothing Up His Sleeve, Then Nothing is Cool
Lady Thunderfunk

Hello again, champions! With another week down, another list of reasons to call your senator or representative, and another Nazi punched, I'm as grateful to have you here as I've ever been. I'm making a conscious effort now to keep political talk out of the quiz as much as possible, or at least stick to praising what's going right instead of railing against the many terrifying things that are going wrong. It's not because we shouldn't pay attention to
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The Lady Thunderfunk is based out of Malden, MA. She may or may not be a swarm of bees masquerading as a Quizmaster.