Archive for the ‘Trivia’ Category

August 12, 2015 Trivia Rankings

August 13, 2015

Wow. What a great night! 36 big teams started playing Tomato Jake’s trivia but only 33 finished. (So, no matter what your score, you at least did better than three teams that couldn’t stand the heat!)

Among the things we learned is that A-Rod did not play for Cleveland, silver is a transition metal and a back tattoo is neither accurate nor to scale.

Here are the rankings for the trivia action:

Not Ashamed Of What We Did For A Klondike Bar 69
Lego Prisoners 68
Ray Rice’s Wife Has A Stronger Jaw 67
Just A Topless Fat Guy Washing His Truck 66
Look Like Another Normal Season For The Jets 66
SIMP: Squirrels In My Pants 65
Jets Geno Gets Jawjacked 65 (tie)
Trump This 65 (tie)
Blame Bob 64
Never Let A 6-Year-Old Do Your Make-Up 64
Better Than Ezra 63
Bleeding From Wherever 62
Sparky’s Like Megyn Kelly … Good Host 61
Colorado River: Still Cleaner Than Brazil’s Olympic Lakes 61
Mike’s Ballers 61
The Master Debaters 60
Bombs Over Tianjan 59
Ezra 58
Vanilla’s Angels 56
Trivia Coming Out Of Our Wherever 56 (tie)
We Still Can’t Win, Half Our Team Is Gone Praying For Us 56 (tie)
Winnie The Pooch 56
On Wednesdays, We Don’t Wear Pink 54
Trumpax Pearl 54
The Jets Finally Learned How To Hit 52
Jon Snow 51
There’s Pizza Sauce Coming Out Of My Wherever 51
Get Off My Lawn! 48
You’re A Quizzard, Harry 47
Trump Card 47
Brainiacs Not … 45
Brownies For The Children 39
Peanut Butter And Jealous 32

July 29 Trivia Rankings

July 29, 2015

I scream! You scream! We all scream for trivia!

Or something like that.

So summer songs and bad customer service were key if you wanted to win the big prize. (And for the record, Time Warner Cable does have crappy customer service, I don’t care what any poll says.)

Now here are the rankings for the evening (tiebreakers factored in)…

Baby Cora’s First Trivia Night 70
Where In The World Is Mullah Omar? 68
I’m Back! 67
Seven And Counting 67
If You Cheat, Tom Brady Will Destroy Your Cell Phone 64
Bathtubs: 2, Bobbi Brown: 0 63
Don’t Float The Mainstream 62
The Cowardly Lion Killers 60
Rip Cecil #LionLivesMatter 59
Thing One 59
Banana Hammocks Everywhere 57
Full Code 57
I Still Use Napster 57
Scar Didn’t Have To Pay 50 Grand 56
I Came All The Way From New York For A Brownie 56
How Can You Be Bankrupt If Your Name Is 50cent? 56
Taylor Gang 56
Too Hot For A Clever Name 56
Thing Two 55
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader (Because We Brought One) 55
The Never Nudes 55
Hot Dogs Or Legs 53
Wet Hot Albanian Summer 52
The Dentist Hunters 52
Zed’s dead, Baby 52
Team Stauffer 44
Free Windows Upgrade? I Want Stained Glass 42
The Healers 41
Peanut Butter And Jealous 30

April 3, 2015



Woo hoo! It’s that time of year again! What time? Time to VOTE in Indy Week’s Best of the Triangle for 2015.

Okay, yeah – you’ve got important things to do but if you don’t mind and you’re so inclined I would certainly appreciate it. Here’s the skinny:

Go to and vote for as many Triangle-area businesses, people and things as your heart desires. You’ll have to register but that’s relatively painless. PLEASE NOTE: You must vote for at least 25  to have your ballot count. You can come back to your ballot and finish it any time until polls close on April 26.

Ulterior motive? You got me. I’d love your vote for Best Blog and certainly think  Tomato Jake’s Pizzeria deserves Best Trivia Night in Durham County. But the voting is up to you. Just spread the word. The more people who vote, the more accurate results should be. Voters do not necessarily have to live in the Triangle – just have an opinion about the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill vicinity.

Best of the Triangle at Please VOTE early and often. Thanks so much.

[It is now after April 26, so too late to vote this year. I hope you did already vote and I hope I win. If I do win, I promise to use the immense wealth and power the honor brings to end world hunger and create a new understanding between all peoples.] 

Hard To Believe

April 1, 2015
Check out these amazing facts. Some are incredible and some are strange but all are true.

Gilbert Gottfried was the original voice of Spongebob SquarePants.

More people play World of Warcraft on a weekly basis than voted in all of the US presidential elections.

A dog’s nose has more nerve cells than the number of stars in our galaxy.

One of the most iconic images of the 20th century is V-J Day in Times Square, which depicts a sailor kissing a nurse in celebration of the end of World War II. Although the kissers had never met before they were photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt, investigations by the New York Times later revealed the duo were second cousins.

Josh Groban is afraid of the dark.

If you toss a penny into the deepest part of the ocean, it will take three months to hit the bottom.

Ventriloquists were considered sorcerers in 15th century Bavaria.

Soccer hooligans cause more damage per capita than earthquakes.

In the 1930s, the US Postal Service issued a Leaders of the World set which included an Adolph Hitler stamp.

Broccoli is poisonous to cows.

The world’s largest ruby was discovered during the excavation of a mass Civil War-era grave in Stony Point, Alexander County, North Carolina.

Author Hermann Hesse is the first person to use the phrase “sink or swim”.

The rock band Heart derived its name from a brand of ladies’ underwear.

The title of the film Wayne’s World in Portugal translates into Funny Unemployed Teenagers Ride In A Car.

A ballet dancer can spin with the equivalent torque of an Indy 500 winner.

Due to legislation preserving the native fauna, no cars are allowed on Swedish National Road Number 11. However, without fail, the road is repaved every year by the Swedish government.

Thanks to a miscommunication by his manager, Jackie Haley was never paid for his role as the Tin Man in the film The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

The frozen food mascot Mrs. Paul was first depicted as a large flounder in a bonnet.

Senator Dick Armey played Froggy in the old Our Gang shorts.

The world’s largest regularly-occurring flea market can be found in Amarillo, Texas.

At the height of the Cold War, Richard Nixon and Leonid Brezhnev played chess by mail. Their one game was never finished.

The germiest part of the average home is the pillow.

A Pop Quiz Totals

October 18, 2014

Thanks to everyone who came out to play a good game of trivia at the Durham Armory last night. The Achievement Academy of Durham put together a great fundraiser and I was proud to be a part of it. Congrats to the winners but congrats to everyone for being good sports and having a great time.

If you enjoyed the Sparky Mac trivia experience, join me every week at Tomato Jake’s for Wednesday Night Trivia.

Now here are the totals, tiebreakers factored in.

#WINNING 43 points
TRITE & TRUE (Formerly OC Invaders) 38 points
BURCH AVE 37 points
ACHIEVEMENT 2014 37 points
STONE / WALKER 34 points
ALISA MUELLECK & CREWE (Spoonflower) 34 points
TEAM T-REX 33 points
WORKSMART 32 points
ABBY PARCEL 30 points
BOOTS 29 points
TRABKA / DIAS 29 points
JET PIGS 27 points