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Q&A Podcast 103: A “Tuesdays With Morrie” Of Dolphins

This week: Questions on WESTERN AUSTRALIA, SURPRISES, and our NAME THREES ROUND.

Live from One Star Bar in Chelsea, Quizzing North America & TriviaNYC present Q&A, a live podcast that takes you to a packed house of quizzers every Saturday night for 31 questions of great trivia about stuff that matters, or doesn’t.

This week, Tony Hightower (@chicobangs) and John Chaneski (@Chaneski) take you on a well-lubricated trip through one of the most beautiful (and remote) places on Earth, Western Australia (in a round sponsored by our friends at STA Travel).

And while we have surprises every week, this week we have a whole ten questions on “surprises.” So, you know, keep your ears peeled & your head on a swivel.

We record this live, every Saturday, from One Star Bar in Chelsea. Come see us live to catch things that didn’t make the podcast, and perhaps win some prizes. Let us know how we can make this better!

Also, I know this is giving away an answer in the podcast, butt: if you wish to read up on the greatness that is Chuck Tingle, visit his amazing website, and make a point of checking out his back catalogue, which is startling in both its depth and its girth.

Thanks for listening, and if you dug it, tell whoever you can, however you can. (If you don’t, tell us. We want to be good for you, good for you, oh-oh…)

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Q&A Podcast: Ports, Storms, Bacne, Listicles & Smog

RSS linkMan, did we ever learn so much from last week’s episode. This week, we’re far closer to getting the hang of this.

Live from One Star Bar in Chelsea, Quizzing North America & TriviaNYC present Q&A, a live podcast that takes you to a jumping joint every Saturday night for 31 questions of great trivia about stuff that matters, or doesn’t.

This week, Tony Hightower (@chicobangs) and John Chaneski (@Chaneski) take you on a boozy, breezy trip through questions about Ports, Storms, our Name Threes round, plus plenty of banter about nicknames, listicles, hacktivism, smog, big brown mushrooms, and plenty more.

We record this live, every Saturday, from One Star Bar in Chelsea. Come see us live to catch things there wasn’t time for in the podcast, and let us know how we can make this better!

Thanks for listening, and if you dug it, tell whoever you can, however you can. (If you don’t, tell us. We want to be good for you, good for you, oh-oh…)

Subscribe to the Q&A Podcast! RSS/iTunes | direct MP3 download

“$100,000 Pyramid” Is Casting For Season Two

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It’s always good when a game show gets renewed. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is back for two more years, The Wall is — well, it’s a show that has a tiny bit of trivia in it, so that’s something, and it seems to be doing okay in the ratings, which can’t hurt, and now The $100,000 Pyramid is gearing up for their new season. It’s not a trivia game, but a good quizzer certainly has an edge on a show like this, and hey, they’re going to give away money to someone. Why not you?

They need contestants, and you should be in on this…

“The $100,000 Pyramid” is hosted by Michael Strahan and airs on ABC. We are currently searching for the nation’s most competitive, upbeat and dynamic personalities to play the classic game of Pyramid where you and a celebrity will team up in a quest to test your word association skills to win big money and prizes!

Think of the millions of people who aren’t going to try out for this show. Now think of yourself winning a few grand, or a few dozen grand, or a hundred grand, for sitting in a chair and playing verbal charades with, oh I don’t know, Kathy Griffin or Daveed Diggs or someone else cool and semi- (or super-)famous. Being on game shows is fun. And if you’re too shy, then pass this on to someone else who might want to. And then when they win, make sure they take you out for a real nice thank-you dinner. That way, hey, free dinner! That’s the worst case scenario here!

Apply to be on Pyramid at CastingPyramid.com. Tell them we sent you.

January 15: ChickTech Benefit at QED (Gallery)

This past Sunday, over a hundred people came out to QED in Astoria to play a very special quiz benefit for ChickTech, to help girls become proficient in programming, computer engineering, and The Cyber, and to help get women into jobs doing that work.

Tons of good news came out of the evening:

  • The quiz’s theme was “2016: What The Hell Just Happened?”, and yet we managed to not mention whassisface even once, which we consider to be a great accomplishment.
  • We gave away tons of prizes, from toques and comedy tickets to manga and many, many gallons of excellent beer, thanks to Sixpoint and Bronx Breweries.
  • You helped to raised hundreds of dollars to help ChickTech do their thing, at a time when they’re really going to need it.

Thanks to everyone who came & played. Doing good doesn’t have to feel like work. You rocked it.

We’ll be back at QED every Sunday in February, so come out and play with us!

  • February 5, we’re doing a Super Bowl Quiz. Come watch the game! We’ll be giving answers during gameplay, and heckling the commercials, as we do.
  • February 12 is Grammy Awards night! Come on out for a special all-music quiz!
  • February 19 is our second burlesque show, Show Us Your Wits, hosted by the great Rhoda Dendron. If you’ve never seen burlesque & trivia together, well, this is something really special.
  • and February 26 is our 3rd annual Oscar Night. We’ll have an entire evening of Oscar trivia, with a prize pool and lots of other toys. Come early for the red carpet, stay late to see how Sean Penn can ruin the broadcast again this year!

November 18: UNQLE-0X

(Note: The title is more than just gibberish.)

otd161118It seems silly now, but there were push-button telephones before rotary dials were invented. Maybe not; people have been pushing buttons and pulling levers for centuries, but if you ever used a rotary phone, looking back on it now, it seems like such a weird action to take to interface with a machine.

But they first tried buttons on the very earliest versions of telephones, in 1887, before phone numbers existed. The only person to reach would have been an operator to connect you to one of the handful of people with a phone line, but still. Almon Strowger, a civil war veteran and undertaker living in upstate New York, developed the rotary dialer as protection against a local telephone operator, who was supposedly funneling all funeral business to her husband and away from Strowger. Using a round collar box and some straight pins, he created the first direct-dialing system in 1891.

phones-compOperators continued to exist in various forms until the 1950s, when the last of them were phased out, and it was a decade of all rotary dialing, until November 18, 1963, when push-button dialing was officially offered as a pilot project to people in test markets outside Pittsburgh. Adoption was slow; it wasn’t until the 1980s that most people had push-button phones, and rotary phones still exist today, in an era when land lines as a whole are being phased out. (I’m guessing… mostly hipsters.)

The letters-over-the-numbers thing came along for two reasons: first, telephone numbers used to start with two letters, as a way of designating what neighborhood you were in, and secondly, as a way for advertisers to make their numbers more memorable. If you needed people to memorize a random seven- (or ten-)digit number, making a word out of it made it easier.

(Start at 2:04 to get a good example of how much we needed the letters over the numbers.)

Now, the alphabet doesn’t divide cleanly into sets of three, so the two least used letters, Q and Z, were often dropped so everything would fit on the buttons. These days, that doesn’t matter as much, what with design advancements, and so those letters have returned to the 7 and the 9 keys, respectively.

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