America’s First Opera Happened… Where?
August 29, 2001 was a big one for the South Carolina General Assembly. On that otherwise unassuming Wednesday, it formally named Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans) as the Official State Grass of South Carolina, and it designated “Porgy and Bess” as the Official Opera of the state. South Carolina has several centuries’ worth of connections to opera. […]
My Favorite Round: Girls on Film
Last week, in honor of their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we devoted one of our entire quizzes to the band Duran Duran. When we do that, it’s called a throughline. Every round has a common thread and, for this iteration, they were all Duran Duran song titles. There was a […]
Anybody Looking for Spam Swag?
If you’re planning a trip to Austin, Minnesota, TripAdvisor lists 21 Things to Do during your stay. There’s the red-and-white statue of Buffy the Cow, which recent reviews have described as a “huge cow,” as a “BIG cow,” and as a “very large cow statue.” A visitor to the city’s new YMCA wrote that “being […]
My Favorite Round: The Morel of the Story
Back on July 28th, Beatrix Potter celebrated her 156th birthday. Well, I mean, not above ground. But, you get the picture. In honor of Peter Rabbit’s creator, we obviously ran a round about her other love, mycology. One of the questions asked about “Magic Truffles” in Amsterdam. Let’s take a trip. Everyone knows about the […]
My Favorite Round: #SundaeFunday
Back on National Hot Fudge Sundae Day, we ran a round called “#SundaeFunday” where all the questions dealt with items that you use to build an ice cream sundae. We asked about a ballet called “Whipped Cream,” ice cream served at the White House, a singer named Cherry Vanilla, and, of course, a spoon. More […]
How a CGI Dog Cost Disney $50 Million
The Golden Raspberry Awards give out dubious ‘honors’ to the worst on-camera performers, worst directors, and all-around shittiest films every year, and occasionally — like when we’re involved in a once-in-a-generation global pandemic — they even hand out trophies to the “Worst Calendar Year Ever.” For last year’s awards, which looked back at the crappiest cinema on […]
Meet the Geeks: It’s Shane!
Last week might’ve started with the heartbreaking news that the Choco Taco is being discontinued, but we’re here to get this week started off strong with another installment of Meet the Geeks. This time, we’re chatting with Shane Fordyce, our Content Manager, about private events, some memorable Quizzes for a Cause and, uh, Disney onesies. […]
My Favorite Round: Alpha Mail
Recently, in honor of Happy Words with Friends Day, we ran a round called Alpha Mail, all about famous people corresponding by letter. It featured questions about topics like the time Bill Clinton wrote a condolence letter to Chris Webber and Sidney Poitier asking FDR for $100. But, we also covered Davie Bowie responding to […]
Talk About a Disaster Film
When it comes to big-budget disaster movies, screenwriter and director Roland Emmerich usually knows what he’s doing. The 66-year-old German wrote and directed Independence Day and its 2016 sequel; directed and co-wrote The Day After Tomorrow; and co-wrote and directed Hollywood’s first attempt at its own Godzilla movie (yes, the one that also allowed Puff […]
My Favorite Round: Please Do Not Feed This Round
On another stop of our “My Favorite Round” world tour, we dive into a round called “Please Do Not Feed This Round,” all about zoos and aquariums. It ran during Zookeeper Week AND Coral Reef Awareness Week so we got to ask all about aquarium firsts, apex predators, and, uh, animal dung. Wait a minute, […]
Spanking Plankton on The Magic School Bus
If you’re a nineties kid, you know all of the words to “The Magic School Bus” theme song as well as you know your parents’ phone number (and if you’re a nineties kid, that may be the only phone number you’ve ever bothered to memorize). But the singer who belted out those lines about navigating […]
The Almost-Tragedy of Big Bird’s Demise
If you grew up in the 1980s, one of the most unforgettable, indelible events of your — of our — childhood was the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion in January 1986. And as traumatic as it was to see that on live television, it could’ve been even more gut-wrenching for the elementary-aged kids who watched it happen: Big […]
Sex Advice from E.B. White
When you hear the name E.B. White, you may think of a sentient spider who could spell on a 4th grade level, or about a mouse-child named Stuart, or about a swan who couldn’t…swan, or whatever that book was about. (And if you’re asking “Who’s E.B. White?” then why are you even on this website?) […]
My Favorite Round: Shrekquiem for a Dream
Time for another version of “My Favorite Round!” Today, we dive into a question from a round called “Shrekquiem for a Dream” – all about about comedies and dramas. One of those questions asked about a Spielberg movie you may remember. Let’s dive a little deeper. If you enjoy terrible, emotionally manipulative movies, then you’re […]
Meet the Geeks: It’s Danielle!
It’s been a minute since we did a “Meet the Geeks” profile, but we’re back with a chat with one of our members of the sales staff, Danielle Carr. How did you originally hear about Geeks Who Drink? For several years, [my husband] Bryan [Carr] has been a writer and editor for Geeks. Before the pandemic, […]
My Favorite Round: Charlotte’s Web
On this week’s version of “My Favorite Round,” we dive into a question from a round called “Charlotte’s Web” – all about the shady doings in North Carolina. One of those questions included the final resting place of Bernie Madoff. Let’s dive a little deeper. — After pleading guilty to the biggest Ponzi scheme in […]
A Brief Explainer on British Accents
“English accents on Frasier,” English comedian, television host and novelist Richard Osman once tweeted. “Has there ever been a show this consistently brilliant that did one thing so badly?” The accent that gets routinely criticized is the one falling out of Daphne Moon’s mouth. Actor Jane Leeves, who played Daphne, is originally from Essex, England, […]
How to Win a Watch for Swimming Halfway across a Channel
Earlier this year, a blue historical marker was placed outside a house in Brighton, England, denoting it as the birthplace of an early 20th century iron-woman, who inadvertently became one of the world’s first athletes-turned-influencers. Mercedes Gleitze was born in the house that was Blue Plaqued in January, two-plus decades before she became the first […]
The Way Cool Story Behind a Tony Hawk Pro Skater Edit
Skateboard legend Tony Hawk is, by all accounts, a decent guy. His Wikipedia page has a section dedicated to ‘Philanthropy’ as opposed to ‘Controversy,’ which is a pretty good sign. And Hawk has even used his eponymous video game series to demonstrate that he might be the most thoughtful person to ever pull off a […]
My Favorite Round: More Like Best Virginia
This month, we ran a round all about West Virginia. We covered New River Gorge, Marshall University, and, of course, John Denver. But, we also explored the spooooooky corners of the Mothman. Here’s a bit more on that… On November 15, 1966, the Point Pleasant Register in Point Pleasant, West Virginia ran an unusual story […]
This Post Really Blows
For those dear readers that live outside the confines of Denver, Tampa Bay, or basically all of Canada, we’re here to remind you that the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Finals are underway. After watching the Avs take a thrilling Game 1 win, we should have been spending time figuring out Andre Burakovsky’s Corsi rating. Instead, […]
Do You Stay Up Late at Night Wondering Where The Little Shop of Horrors Was Filmed?
The 1977 Roger Moore-as-James Bond flick The Spy Who Loved Me had the highest budget of any film that had been made at the time, and it’s not difficult to see why. Its filming locations included a Royal Navy submarine base near Glasgow; a supertanker in the Bay of Biscay; an island just north of […]
My Favorite Round: Neighs! Nays!
Last Thursday, we ran a whole quiz with round titles inspired by the word, “Nice.” Why, you ask? Well, it was 6/9 on the calendar and we’re all still perpetually 13 years old. Don’t act surprised. One of those rounds was titled, “Neighs! Nays!” and it included two-part questions about horses and famous “no”s. We […]
The Curious Connection Between Pete Rose and Paul Giamatti
If you’re scrolling through eBay looking for baseballs autographed by Pete Rose, you’ll realize that a lot of them are listed as “Pete Rose Bartlett Giamatti” baseballs. That’s because the former Cincinnati Reds slugger-turned-manager is connected to the Yale President-turned-MLB commissioner forever, and not in a way that either of them were psyched about. According […]
Juno Awards + Alanis Morissette + Merkin = Canada
If you think back to the 2004 Juno Awards — the annual ceremony that’s basically Canada’s Grammys — the most surprising thing isn’t that Nickelback somehow took home two of those molten glass statues, or that quadruple nominee Céline Dion didn’t win any of them. No, if people have even the vaguest memory of that year’s […]
My Favorite Round: The Twang Dynasty
Last week, we ran a round all about banjos and Chinese history called “The Twang Dynasty.” We covered all sorts of stuff that you always hear mentioned together like the Beverly Hillbillies theme and the Mongol empire. But, you can’t really write a solid round of trivia covering the banjo and not mention Kermit the […]
The Battle of ShowBiz Pizza and Chuck E. Cheese
Hey, remember ShowBiz Pizza, the combination children’s casino arcade, animatronic theater, and pizza restaurant that your coolest babysitter used to take you to? It has a tangled history with Chuck E. Cheese, that other arcade-slash-animatronic theatre-slash-pizza restaurant, and its backstory is more complicated than one of Dook LaRue’s drum solos. This all started in the […]
Bustin’ Makes Us Feel Good
“To this day, people ask me, ‘Are you tired of hearing people say, who you gonna call?’” Ray Parker, Jr. told Entertainment Weekly in 2016. “Well, no! It’s like, am I tired of holding the best lotto ticket or the best thing to ever happen? No.” Even if you don’t immediately know Ray Parker, Jr. […]
Do you know who invented Ray-Ban’s Aviator glasses?
“Oh hey, I hope my eyeballs don’t get frozen today” is something that most of us don’t have to worry about before clocking in for work, but that was a real possibility for test pilots in the early 20th century. As pilots pushed their planes towards higher and higher altitudes — and towards colder and […]
Meet the Geeks. It’s Stefani!
It’s Friday, which means we’re back to profile another one of our brilliant staffers. This week, we talked to Geeks Who Drink’s Pub Quiz Operations Director, Stefani Thomas. The Colorado resident told us about her decade-plus as a Geeks player-turned-Quizmaster-turned-Corporate Superstar, about the “good feels” generated by Quiz for a Cause, and about what it’s […]
Hey You Guuuuuuuyyyyys!
We’re not sure the last time you pulled out your copy of The Goonies soundtrack, but it’s stacked with 10 absolute bangers from some early-1980s legends. Cyndi Lauper, who was still riding a wave of She’s So Unusual-powered popularity, kicks things off with “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough”; Earth, Wind, and Fire powerhouse Philip Bailey […]
Hey, what’s Watson been doing lately?
It has been over a decade since Jeopardy! superchampions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter had to politely applaud the inanimate object that beat them in three straight Jeop-isodes. Despite famously fumbling a Final Jeopardy answer, IBM’s Watson supercomputer left with the win, and started all kinds of speculation about what it might be capable of […]
Clap On! Clap Off!
If your Google search history includes things like “cost of Botox’ and “daily back pain,” then you’re old enough to remember The Clapper, that plug-in box of plastic that let you turn your lights, your VCR, or some other small electronic device on and off by clapping your hands. And of course you remember that […]
Power to the Weepuls
You’ve probably seen one stuck to a bank teller’s computer while you hold your breath and wait to hear your account balance. Your kid brought one home from school, its googly eyes unblinking at the bottom of her backpack. And you vaguely remember acquiring one when you were a kid, and debating what flat surface […]
The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) isn’t short on famous alums: the prestigious art school’s graduates include glass sculptor Dale Chihuly, street artist Shepard ‘I did those Obama HOPE posters’ Fairey, and every original member of the Talking Heads. What it doesn’t have is a super-strong athletics program, which is why its sports teams […]
Victoria Groce: From Geek Bowl Champion to The Chase
Just before another season of The Chase kicks off on ABC, the network announced that OG Chaser Mark ‘The Beast’ Labbett would not be returning. That wasn’t the game show’s only offseason shakeup, because three new Chasers were selected to join returning Chasers Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer. The newest cast members include Jeopardy! Tournament […]
Uke Gotta Check This Out
By the time Cliff Edwards was cast as a top hat-wearing cartoon cricket in Disney’s animated Pinocchio flick, he was already well-known on the vaudeville circuit, had appeared in dozens of movies, and had scored a No. 1 hit with his recording of “Singin’ in the Rain.” And well before he gave his voice to […]
All Hail Larry
The government of the United Kingdom has written a lengthy history of 10 Downing Street, the 330-plus year old building that serves as both the residence and office of the Prime Minister. The official gov-dot-uk website lists some of the notable figures that have lived in the historic building, including, well, a bunch of Prime […]
By Your Powers Combined
In mid-March, the Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) celebrated its 30th anniversary with a massive gala in Atlanta, and it gave actor Jane Fonda its Exemplar award; honored Bill Nye (yup, the Science Guy) with the Superhero for the Earth Award; and presented White House Advisor Jerome Foster II with the Young Hero for the Earth […]
Cue the John Williams, Dude
In early May 2019, the California State Legislature voted to officially declare May 4 as “Star Wars Day,” because apparently just typing “May the 4th Be With You” on Twitter every year wasn’t enough for them. Oh yeah, and it was also because Disney’s billion-dollar park, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was going to open at […]
Finally, a Reason to Play Golf
Golf’s scoring system seems simple enough, even if your experience is limited to playing Golden Tee in the back of a Pizza Hut, or trying to putt a neon orange ball through a fiberglass clown’s mouth. You know how it works: if you hit the ball, you count it as one stroke. If you swing […]
Let the Wookiee Win: A Star Wars Quiz at Dave & Busters
Geeks Who Drink & Dave & Buster’s Inc. have come together to collaborate on one hell of an amazing night of Star Wars theme quizzes. Obviously, they’re going down on May the 4th (be with you). So gather the crew, find a quiz near you & ENJOY! The Dave & Buster’s Inc. brand is all […]
Ya know, Zodiacal Dust Cloud would be an epic band name.
In 2007, a student at London’s Imperial College submitted his doctoral thesis, a 35 chapter, 48.000 word behemoth called “A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud.” According to the introduction, he conducted his research into “the entire history of Zodiacal Light research” with “particular attention […] paid to the development of Doppler […]
Ever Heard of a Critter Supper?
According to the Arkansas Department of Tourism, Stuttgart (Pop. 8,720) is known as “the duck and rice capital of the world.” So it makes sense, I guess, that on the weekend after Thanksgiving, those two nouns are enthusiastically combined when the annual Duck Gumbo Cookoff is held in the parking lot of a rice mill […]
Meet the Geeks. It’s Diana!
Admit it, the main reason you look forward to Fridays is because that means you might get to read another profile of another person who’s part of the Geeks Who Drink team. Today does not disappoint, because we’re talking to Diana Tenery, our indispensable (and insanely busy) Production Manager.Admit it, the main reason you look forward to Fridays is because that means you might get to read another profile of another person who’s part of the Geeks Who Drink team.
Ya’ll Ready for This?
When Steve Knutson originally heard that Tommy Boy records was releasing an album filled with the amped up, high BPM songs that are played in stadiums and arenas, he wasn’t sold on it, not at all. “I thought it was the worst idea,” Knutson, who was then the director of sales at Tommy Boy, told […]
Happy National Scrabble Day!
In the early 1930s, the incredibly named Alfred Mosher Butts was a bored, out-of-work architect who decided that he’d use his endless amounts of free time to study the different kinds of board games. Butts (WE KNOW) wrote a lengthy analysis of these games, separating them into three categories: ‘men on a board’-style games, numbers […]
This Post is Certified Fresh
In the summer of 1998, Senh Duong was a twenty-something web designer who spent his free time trying to track down reviews of Jackie Chan movies that hadn’t been released in the United States yet. As a longtime Jackie Chan fanboy, Duong was amped when Rush Hour — Chan’s big American debut — was announced, and […]
Springfield v. Springfield v. Springfield v. Springfield…
During its unprecedented (and, at times, exhausting) 33-season run, The Simpsons has never specified exactly which Springfield its title family lives in. That’s why, when The Simpsons Movie was on the release calendar in 2007, its producers invited 14 different Springfields to compete to become that Springfield — THE Springfield — at least for one night. […]
All Hail the Sugar Golem
Last December, a representative from TikTok had to deny the existence of a so-called ‘Kool-Aid Man Challenge’ on the app, after news outlets in several states suggested that teens were running through people’s fences, and smashing them in the style of everyone’s favorite anthropomorphic drink pitcher. A spokesperson from TikTok undoubtedly sighed deeply before telling […]
Vincent Van Doh!
The Singer Laren Museum in Laren, in the tiny Dutch town of Laren, displays a well-curated collection that was donated by an art-loving American couple, Anna and William Singer. The Netherlands tourism board describes the museum as “a place to gather and celebrate the arts” — and one amateur thief decided that it was also […]
If you’re a half-decent songwriter and want a shot at adding an Oscar to your office shelf, then you need to nominate yourself to write the theme song for the next James Bond flick. The Academy seems to be really into 007 lately: the last three Bond themes have all won Best Original Song, including […]
Meet the Geeks! It’s Chelsea.
It’s Wednesday, which means you’re probably already dreaming about having a weekend lie-in, counting the minutes until Friday arrives, and learning some stuff about another one of our coworkers. This week, we’re chatting to Event Operations Manager Chelsea Wright.
Inspiring Licorice Pizza
Director Paul Thomas Anderson told Variety that it took him “many months” to come up with the title for his recent coming-of-age dramedy. The film, which was set in the San Fernando Valley during those eternally sepia-toned days of the early 1970s, was almost called Soggy Bottom, as a reference to the waterbed company featured […]
Simpering Goody Two-Shoes
The musical Oliver!, a stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ orphan-lit classic Oliver Twist, opened in London in 1960. When the show jumped from its original theatre to the city’s famed West End, it started a successful — and then unprecedented — run of 2,618 shows that stretched across ten years.
On the Fringe
In the summer of 2013, when Phoebe Waller-Bridge, a then-mostly unknown actor and playwright, presented her one-woman show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, it was met with a round of mehs from the critics. The Telegraph gave it three stars and called Fleabag “wearisome,” and The Guardian’s three-star review harrumphed that “Waller-Bridge hasn’t produced a […]
Let Me Welcome Everybody
“In the fashion business, you live in the future for the next collection,” fashion designer turned screenwriter and director Tom Ford told the Wall Street Journal in the fall of 2009. “But when I spend time on my ranch in New Mexico — with the sun above me and the rattlesnakes growing under the bush […]
A Shitty Investment
As of this writing, 286 episodes of Shark Tank have been scattered across the show’s 13 seasons, and there’s no shortage of amateur entrepreneurs who hope that one of the title Sharks will bite on their ideas. Last week, Leslie Hsu and Greg Besner became one of the show’s could-be successes, when Kevin “Mr. Wonderful” […]
Talk About a Hit & Run
For the past 20-plus years, Major League Baseball’s Milwaukee Brewers have hosted a between-inning sausage race during their home games, which requires five people to encase themselves in oversized sausage costumes so they can compete against each other in a foot race. The Brewers keep track of which of the five sausages wins — last season, […]
Meet the Geeks! It’s Meghan.
It’s Friday, which means it’s time to (virtually) meet another one of our Geeks Who Drink coworkers. This week, we’re chatting to our recently hired Digital Marketing Strategist, Meghan Hewlitt.
Come On Pretty Mama
It’s March Madness and our latest Duh! video asks about Bermuda shorts. That inspired our 13-year old Marketing Director to put Bermuda shorts on some NCAA tournament teams’ mascots. Enjoy!
Oh, No! It’s Devo
To Gen X-ers, musician Mark Mothersbaugh will forever be the Devo frontman who yelped out the lyrics to new-wave classics like “Whip It” and “Freedom of Choice.” For millennials, he’s the soundtrack superstar who wrote the theme and score for all 172 original episodes of Rugrats, for last year’s Rugrats revival, and for the three […]
The Origins of DayGlo
It’s hard to improve on the lede the New York Times used for Robert Switzer’s 1997 obituary: “Because Bob Switzer fell off a loading dock as a teen-ager six decades ago, Allied troops were not accidentally bombed by their own planes during World War II, boxes of Tide detergent glow on supermarket shelves and black […]
Ernest Rides Again
In January 1954, some newspapers selected their biggest, boldest typefaces, and ran headlines like “[Ernest] Hemingway, Wife Killed in Africa.” The journos’ story was that the famed novelist and his fourth wife had died on a sightseeing trip in Uganda. The real story was even crazier. Hemingway and his missus, Mary Welsh, had taken off […]
Because You Loved Moi
When Celine Dion took the stage during the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony to sing “Smile” while the audience saw pics of everybody who’d died in the past year, she set an unofficial record for the most Oscar night performances. Some of her other five appearances included dueting on the Beauty and the Beast theme song […]
This is it, I’ve found it. I’m in hell.
If you’re the kind of person who owns an “I Slapped Ouiser Boudreaux” t-shirt and can work a Truvy Jones quote into any situation, then you need to book a trip to Natchitoches, Louisiana immediately. That’s the home of the Steel Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast and, as the name implies, it’s the actual house […]
Putting the Goth in Gotham City
For the seventh time since 2005, a new movie about Batman premiered in theaters this week. The Batman, which features Robert Pattinson as the cape-wearing orphan, will undoubtedly make a bazillion dollars at the box office. Despite the fact that cinema workers haven’t finished cleaning up the spilled Raisinets from the first screenings, its producers […]
Get a Whiff of This
In September 2011, Canadian rapper Drake announced on Twitter that he was changing his username from @Drakkardnoir to just @Drake. “Feeling super official,” he wrote, after dropping the reference to Drakkar Noir, a brand of cologne you can buy at even the least discerning Walgreens. But the @-update didn’t mean that Drake’s relationship with Drakkar […]
Meet the Geeks! It’s Eric.
It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for another installment of ‘Meet the Geeks!’ This week, we’re talking to Eric Keihl, Geeks Who Drink’s long-time Managing Editor. Eric, who currently lives in Pittsburgh, talked to us about his impressive trivia background and shared the secret to writing a good trivia question — and we also learned where […]
For Real, this Shit is B-A-N-A-N-A-S
In one of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan’s first shows in the early 1990s, he hung a crystal chandelier from the ceiling of a gallery in SoHo, and brought a live donkey in to wander around the room underneath it. The chandelier, he said, represented the world, while the donkey represented the artist. Regardless of the […]
Bamm-Bamm Rubble vs. Hulk Hogan
If you saw the decade-old Cocoa Pebbles commercial called “Cocoa Smashdown,” you’d probably shrug it off as 30 seconds of animated silliness. Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble get thrown around by a cartoon wrestler in Spandex underpants, Bamm-Bamm Rubble launches the wrestler skyward, and then everyone eats Cocoa Pebbles in the ring, despite the fact […]
The Lions of Teranga
After a hard-fought 90 minutes, Senegal and Cameroon were still locked in a scoreless draw at the end of regulation in the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Final. It was still 0-0 after two exhausting halves of extra time, so the match went to penalties, the most nerve-fraying match deciders in sports.
Meet the Geeks! It’s AJ.
In our ongoing “Meet the Geeks!” series, it’s time to introduce you to our Albuquerque-based Client Manager, AJ Brown! Let’s get to it.
Attila the Huh?
Trying to find Attila the Hun’s gravesite isn’t as easy as clicking on Find–A-Grave dot com. Although the self-described “best place on the internet to look for final disposition information” does have an entry for Attila, the burial location is listed as “Body Buried in Secret.”
Pants-Shitting Shark Attacks
Composer John Williams’ unmistakable combination of basses, cellos, trombones, and a single tuba that accompanied all of Amity Island’s shark sightings in 1975 has been called the second most terrifying horror film score ever (right behind the stabby violins that sountracked Psycho). Williams has described the unforgettable instrumentals he wrote for Steven Spielberg’s Jaws as […]
Want a quick history of the Whiskey Rebellion? Here you go:
In 1791, the United States wanted people to pay taxes on whiskey. People didn’t want to pay those taxes. There was almost a war, but then there wasn’t. The end!
You’re Telling Me a Plant Laid that Egg?
You’re not fooling Instagram when you put that eggplant emoji in your photo captions, and they know you’re not talking about your mom’s moussaka recipe. In 2015, when the photo-sharing site launched its’ “search-by-emoji” feature, the eggplant was noticeably absent — largely because of all the thirst-traps and straight up dirty pics that people kept tagging […]
My Name is Edson
When Edson Arantes do Nascimento was born in October 1940 in southeastern Brazil, his parents decided to pay tribute to an American who’d died almost exactly nine years earlier. Because electricity had only recently been introduced to their city, Três Corações, João Ramos do Nascimento and Celeste Arantes named their first son after Thomas Edison. […]
Meet the Geeks! It’s Aldo
In our ongoing “Meet the Geeks!” series, it’s time to introduce you to our resident expert of Payroll and Compliance, Aldo Monterrey! Let’s get to it.
Paddington Stans Unite Against Marmite
You’d never expect to find Paddington Bear at the center of a nationwide controversy, but in 2007, that actually happened to the duffle coat-wearing, suitcase carrying, eternally polite bear. If you’ve spent more than three minutes watching Paddington, you know that he’s way into marmalade sandwiches, but a British ad agency decided that maybe the […]
A Super-Serious Valentine’s Day Movies List
It’s a little-known fact that our Marketing Director is actually 13 years old. He kept telling us that he has the definitive list of “Heart” movies to watch on Valentine’s Day so we let him release it to the public. Sigh.
The Queen of Frozen Pizza
Pizza is so quintessentially American, so tightly bound to our most cherished institutions (Home Alone, the Ninja Turtles, Papa John Schnatter’s greasy racism) that it’s tough to imagine it being considered a fringe “ethnic” food. But that was very much the case in most of the country until the ’60s, and it’s a Minnesota nonna […]
That Time Eddie Izzard Ran 838.4 Miles in 31 Days
If you’re scrolling through the articles in an average issue of Runner’s World, you expect to see stuff about the best shoes for trail runners, how to properly fuel up for your next 5K, and how to get past the point in a long run when you’re actively praying for death. You don’t expect to […]
A Deep Dive Into Perfume Madness
For over 25 years, the Demeter Fragrance Library has made their bones in the hardscrabble market space of perfumes. They simply want to find out “what kind of smells you like” and then make those smells. It’s easy! The beauty in their product names is in their simplicity. Like the smell of a freshly-cut lawn? […]
Meet the Geeks! It’s Bryan
In our ongoing “Meet the Geeks!” series, it’s time to introduce you to our Marketing Director, Bryan Carr! Let’s get to it.
Punxsutawney Phil Ain’t Got Shit on Wiarton Willie
Although their holiday started several decades after ours did, Canada celebrates Groundhog Day too, with the same annual tradition of dragging a couple of reluctant rodents out in front of a crowd of cold and…whelmed observers. This year, Canada’s most famous marmots disagreed in their weather predictions: Nova Scotia’s Subenacadie Sam and Quebec’s Fred la […]
That Time Kenny Rogers Totally Killed a Muppet
Kenny Rogers didn’t write the lyrics to “The Gambler,” and he wasn’t even the first — or the second — singer to record a version of it. But when Rogers’ released his album, The Gambler, in November 1978, the title track quickly became the eternally bearded country legend’s signature song. “That was a career-building song,” Rogers […]
How Peppa Pig Got Banned Down Under
Of all of the cartoons that exist, you wouldn’t expect Peppa Pig to be the one who caused a minor controversy in Australia. It’s not like Peppa, a preschool-aged anthropomorphic pig, runs an underground fight club, not-quite-accidentally shanked Suzy Sheep, or stole Mr. Elephant’s savings with a shady crypto scam. So what gives? Spiders, that’s […]
Sinead O’ Connor’s Historic Refusal
Irish singer Sinead O’Connor was barely 20 years old when she wrote, recorded, and co-produced her stunning debut record, The Lion and the Cobra. And, because she’s a Hall of Fame multitasker, she was also pregnant with her first child at the time. The record received glowing reviews from even the fussiest critics — we see […]
The Sadness of Pixar: Geeks Who Drink’s Duh! is Back.
Before she voiced Sadness in “Inside Out,” Phyllis Smith was busy getting famous on “The Office.” Before that breakthrough, she did a little bit of acting and worked in casting. Way before all of that, she was an NFL cheerleader for the St. Louis Cardinals. And after that, she worked as a burlesque dancer. We […]
Meet the Geeks! It’s Jonpaul.
In our ongoing “Meet the Geeks!” series, it’s time to introduce you to our Quizmaster Recruiter Jonpaul Guinn! Alongside getting to know him a bit better, you’ll also learn about how he successfully convinces people to take on the microphone by becoming a Quizmaster. Let’s get to it. If you’d like a guaranteed conversation-starter, you […]
Sunshine Cinema: Video Rewind
According to TripAdvisor, the sixth-best thing to do in Sarasota, Florida isn’t the Cat Depot (that’s 26th) or the cemetery (18th), but a sprawling Italianate mansion that was built on Sarasota Bay. The almost century-old Ca’ d’Zan fills its 36,000 square feet with embellished tile, ornate ceilings, and other elaborate design elements that John Ringling […]
A Royal Pain: Mystery Video Fun Club
A decade ago, screenwriter Philippa Langley, a member of England’s Richard III Society, approached the Leicester (Eng.) City Council to ask them if she could have permission to, uh, dig up a parking lot that was currently being used by one of the city’s social services offices. Langley, an avid Richard III stan, had been […]
Shine a Light: How Billie Jean King’s friendship with Elton John gave us a bangin’ tennis anthem.
Billie Jean King was absolutely bossing it in the early seventies. In 1972, she completed her career Grand Slam by winning the French Open, and followed that up with her fourth win at Wimbledon and her third U.S. Open title. A year later, she beat the polyester shorts off of Bobby Riggs in the so-called […]
Recently in Stuff! Episode 4, 2022
ditor-in-chief Aaron Retka is playing God in the latest episode of #RecentlyInStuff! This week, he takes on the #NFL, #MarkCuban, #DamonAlbarn, and more!
Eating In a Jiffy: Geeks Who Drink Virtual Pub Quiz: Episode 4, 2022
Quick question for you: how much peanut butter do you think you could eat in a minute? We’re talking under optimum conditions, if you’re given an open jar of the planet’s smoothest PB, an oversized spoon, and a 60-second clock. Despite the fact that our mouths are big enough to double as seasonal storage facilities, […]
Meet the Geeks! It’s Lex Simpson!
In our ongoing “Meet the Geeks!” series, it’s time to introduce you to our West Coast Client Manager, Lex Simpson! He’s the bestest in the westest! Alongside getting to know Lex a bit better, you’ll also learn about how easy it is for our pub clients to work with us due to our dedicated client […]
Ever Been to Ottumwa? Geeks Who Drink’s Duh! is Back
A guy named Donald Hayes holds the top ranking for points scored in both the arcade games Centipede and its follow-up Millipede. We know this because of an Ottumwa, Iowa-based organization called Twin Galaxies, which sets out to be “the world’s most preeminent professional organization, community and social platform that is solely dedicated to the […]
Walken in Space: Video Rewind
Either time doesn’t make sense anymore, or we’re just getting old as hell, ‘cause it’s hard to believe that it’s been 20-plus years since Christopher Walken, director Spike Jonze, and British DJ Fatboy Slim collaborated on one of the most iconic music videos of the early aughts.
Join Us on a Wonka Death Tour – Mystery Video Fun Club!
It’s been a minute since we read Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory so we can’t quite remember what the moral of the story is; maybe something about Googling an industrial facility’s safety record before taking your kid there? We didn’t forget that everybody except Charlie Bucket ends up having some kind of potentially fatal mishap though.
Introducing the Geeks Who Drink News Feed!
You’ve come to the right place to keep up to speed with all that’s happening in the state of Geekdom. Drum roll…it’s our NEWS FEED!
Recently in Stuff! Episode 3, 2022
Editor-in-chief Aaron Retka gets saucy in an all-new episode of #RecentlyInStuff! This week, he takes on #Drake, #GlenYoungkin, #NovakDjokovic, and more!
Geeks Who Drink Virtual Pub Quiz: Episode 3, 2022
QM Micah’s back from Vegas in time to host this week’s #VirtualPubQuiz! Topics include songs that sampled other songs, a round on the Civil Rights movement, and TV shows starring the late #BettyWhite.
Meet the Geeks! It’s Lea Popielinski!
Meet the Geeks! It’s Lea!
In our ongoing “Meet the Geeks!” series, it’s time to introduce you to a member of our Editorial team, Lea Popielinski!
GWD Presents: Duh!
This week, Jenna hits up randos with obvious questions about #StarWars, Sherwin Williams, and the board game Mouse Trap!
Video Rewind: Are you the StairMaster? Prove it!
Prove you’re a StairMaster by stepping up to our movie quiz!
Mystery Video Fun Club!
What do the eighth season of #AmericanHorrorStory, the star of the game “Wario’s Woods,” and a Steve McQueen B-movie have in common? Figure it out, and you could win a free swag box from this week’s Mystery Video Fun Club!
Recently in Stuff! Episode 2, 2022
Editor-in-chief Aaron Retka invites you to warm up with a nice hot cup of #RecentlyInStuff! This week, he takes on Pepsi, the #GoldenGlobes, Christopher Key, and more!
Geeks Who Drink Virtual Pub Quiz: Episode 2, 2022
Back when the world shut down in 2020, we weren’t about to let that stop us from bringing you the best trivia in the business. Thus, the Geeks Who Drink Twitch Pub Quiz was born!
Meet the Geeks! It’s Lindsay King Mears!
As part of our ongoing “Meet the Geeks!” series, it’s time to introduce you to our Private Events Coordinator, Lindsay King Mears.
GWD Presents: Duh!
Join Jenna Riedi for another round of #Duh! This week, she probes pedestrians with obvious questions about San Antonio, Jacks Black and White, and the Ivory Coast.
Video Rewind: Can You Name All These Taxiing TV Shows?
Get nostalgic for the pre-Uber days by taking our TV taxi quiz! How many can you name?
Mystery Video Fun Club!
What do a teen girl magazine, a Christmas song, and a ’90s sci-fi show have in common? Figure it out, and you could win a free swag box from this week’s Mystery Video Fun Club!