Every month, we host Trivia Night at Archestratus Books and Foods, in Greenpoint. After each Tournament, we'll post a few Trivia Questions so you can play along! Ready to claim the title of Trivia Champ? Join us at Archestratus!
CATEGORY: SECOND CITY
The Second City of France was founded as a Greek Colony in 600 BCE. It is officially the sunniest major city in France, the birthplace of the French National Anthem, and the home of Bouillabaisse.
CATEGORY: THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE
The first wine snob in the United States might have been this man, who served as third President, and second US Minister to France. Like any good politician, he was excellent at “combining public service with private gratification,” which is how he described his 1787 trip through French Wine Country. He also singlehandedly tried to start the American wine industry at his estate, but failed.
CATEGORY: OUT TO LUNCH
A lot of people think that the 1932 photo Lunch Atop a Skyscraper (the one with the guys eating lunch on the beam in midair) was taken during the construction of the Empire State Building. It wasn’t. Those guys were actually at work on the 69th floor of this skyscraper, which for decades was known as the RCA building, and is one of the most famous addresses in New York City. What building is it?
The Troubadour Tradition comes out of Southern France and Northern Spain. It flourished particularly in this region of France, situated between the Rhone, the Italian Border and the Mediterranean Sea. Today that region is home to the Cannes Film Festival, and the beaches of Marsailles. Which Region of France is this?
CATEGORY: PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY (FAMOUS PAIRINGS)
A dessert with Ice Cream on top is known as a la mode. In On The Road, Jack Kerouac reports that this classic desert and ice cream pairing is the perfect road food because it gives you all your food groups: Calcium, Fruit, Carbs etc. Which desert and ice cream pairing was he talking about?
CATEGORY: FARMERS MARKET
This fruit is the most popular in the United States. It was first cultivated in Papua New Guinea, and brought to Europe by Alexander the Great. It’s name comes from the Arabic meaning finger, and it has had such a large impact on world affairs, that it led to the CIA coup in Guatemala in 1954, and helped finance the Bay of Pigs Invasion. What fruit is that?
Horoscopic astrology emerged in Alexandria under the auspices of this Greco-Roman mathematician, geographer, astronomer and astrologer who called the city home.
CATEGORY: FEMALE FEUDS
This feud was so fiery one of the women actually set the other on fire. Both were fashion designers. One was synonymous with the silhouette that defined the 1920s, and the other was a surrealist genius who collaborated with Dali, Duchamp, and Man Ray, mastered the concept of wearable art, and pioneered ready-to-wear clothes. Who were they?
CATEGORY: THE BBC
This famous hotel in London’s Marylebone neighborhood has hosted everyone from Sherlock Holmes to Charles de Gaulle. During the war, The BBC broadcast from the roof of the hotel. The BBC occupied the building after the war, and owned it from 1965-1986. What hotel is this?
CATEGORY: TAROT DECK
Because playing cards in general first entered Europe from the Mamluk Sultanate in medieval Egypt, many occult writers have linked Tarot divination to ancient Egypt, and the writings of this Egyptian god of writing and knowledge.
The Lion might be the King of the Jungle, but one kick from these seemingly gentle herbivores is enough to kill a lion. Which vegetarian mammal can kill a lion with a single kick?
CATEGORY: TIMESMACHINE (THE NEWSPAPER INDUSTRY)
Margaret Bourke-White was the first female war photographer, flying on combat missions during WWII. She was also the first foreign photographer permitted to document the Soviet 5 year plan. Additionally, one of her photographs was used as the cover of the very first issue of this weekly magazine of photojournalism that ran from 1936-1972.
CATEGORY: I JUST CAN’T WAIT TO BE KING (ROYAL IMPOSTORS)
Three people claimed to be the youngest son of this formidable Russian ruler, who reigned from 1547-1584, and was the first to use the title of Czar of Russia. The imposter sons were known as False Dmitry I, False Dmitry II and False Dmitry III. In fact, False Dmitiri I was so successful in gaining support for his right to the throne that he actually became Czar of Russia for 11 months between 1605 and 1606. And, not only that, his wife then accepted False Dmitry II as her fallen husband. Which Czar did these men claim to be related to?
CATEGORY: COMING FULL ARCTIC CIRCLE
The word Arctic comes from the Greek “Arktikos,” meaning “of the great bear.” What bear are they referring to?
CATEGORY: GRIN AND WEAR IT
After Napoleon banned high-heeled shoes, fashion came back to bite him. His soldiers were over-exposed to extreme cold during the 1812 Russia Campaign because this part of their uniforms disintegrated from the frigid temperatures.
CATEGORY: CITIZEN CANDY CANE
Michael Curtiz directed both Casablanca and White Christmas. In 1955, he essentially cross-bred those two films, producing a Christmas movie staring Humphrey Bogart. Name that movie.
CATEGORY: CULINARY BATTLE FIELD
During the Civil War, Union soldiers loved this drink so much that it appears more frequently in their diaries than the words “rifle,” “cannon,” or “bullet.” Best of all, it made William McKinley a hero. In September 1862, at the Battle of Antietam, 19-year-old McKinley ran under heavy fire, hauling vats of it to his grateful comrades. One officer recalled that once the boys got the beverage, “it was like putting a new regiment in the fight.” What drink made William McKinley a hero?
CATEGORY: LEADING LADIES
Frances Perkins was the first woman to serve in the US Presidential Cabinet. She held her post during the FDR administration. Holding this cabinet position from 1933-1945, she was the principle architect of the New Deal. What Cabinet position did she hold?
CATEGORY: QUACK REMEDIES
Dr Pepper was once marketed as “Liquid Sunshine,” an energy drink that promised to restore “vim, vigor and vitality.” Perhaps that’s because the original recipe may have included the root of this plant, also used as a restorative in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. What plant was used in both Harry Potter and Dr Pepper?
CATEGORY: THEOREM THEFT
This man, known as “the father of observational astronomy” did not invent the telescope. That honor goes to Hans Lippershey, who tried to patent his invention in 1608. Astronomy’s dad began improving on Lippershey’s invention a year later and gets all the credit. Who didn’t invent the telescope?
CATEGORY: CHRISTMAS AND CYANIDE
This sharpshooting showman and cowboy symbol of the American West sued his wife, Lulu Cody, for poisoning him with “Dragon’s Blood” on Christmas 1900. She countersued for adultery, alleging that he was having an affair with Queen Victoria. Who was involved in this wild court case?
CATEGORY: ROYAL PURSE
Many people say swimming with these brilliant aquatic animals is Majestic. That’s definitely true in the UK, since Queen Elizabeth technically owns all the ones found in the waters around the UK.
CATEGORY: GRAVESITES NYC
In the 19th century, when the city had few public parks and little public sculpture, cemeteries were major tourist attractions. In the 1860s, a trip to this cemetery in Brooklyn was as popular as one to Niagara Falls, when half a million people visited every year. In 1866, the New York Times even declared that this cemetery “is as permanently associated with the fame of our city as the Fifth Avenue or the Central Park.” Name the Cemetery.
CATEGORY: FLYING FOOD
During operations Manna and Chowhound in April and May of 1945, allied bomber squadrons dropped 11,000 tons of food on this Nazi-occupied nation in the last days of the war in Europe. To show their appreciation, the hungry residents spelled “Many thanks” on the ground in Tulips. Name that Tulip-loving nation.
CATEGORY: HISTORICAL FEASTS
On New Year’s Eve 1870, the mayor of Paris’s 3rd Arrondissement arranged a dinner party for 20 of his closest Friends. But, Paris was under siege because of the Franco-Prussian war, so the mayor sourced the food for his Feast of Beasts from this place.
CATEGORY: FICTIONAL GEOGRAPHY
Residents of this Stone Age town get their news from The Daily Granite, not to be confused with The Daily Planet, which serves this City. Name the Town and the City.
CATEGORY: SCAVENGER HUNT NYC
If you wanted to go to the top of the tallest brick building in the world, which New York City building would you have to ascend?
CATEGORY: ARTISTS' FAVORITE FOODS
In 1973, this artist wrote and illustrated his own erotic surrealist cookbook, based on the dinner parties he used to throw in the 1940s. Clearly ahead of his time, he even had a recipe for this current brunch staple, but calls for some unexpected flourishes including lamb brains, minced almonds and tequila. Name the Artist and the Food.
CATEGORY: THAT'S VERY ROCK AND ROLL
One of the pioneers of Rock and Roll died earlier this year. He was so synonymous with the genre that John Lennon once said, “If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it, ‘this man’s name.’ My question is, what about his cousin Marvin? Name the man Lennon is referring to.
CATEGORY: SUMMER MOVIES
In Mexico and Venezuela, the one musical that everybody wants was released under the title “Vaselina.” Name the Movie.