Trivia Night, 2018

May 15, 2018, was the third annual trivia night, hosted by the uOttawa chapter of the Canadian Society for Epidemiology & Biostatistics, to whom I am the faculty advisor.

The recap of the 2016 event is here, and heralds the triumph of the “HSS Bitches.”

In 2017, “RayPutYourPantsOn” took top honours.

This year, there were two teams, and the scores unfolded as follows:

Team Name Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Final
quizzdix 10 11 7 8 36
epic-demiology 7.5 5 8 8 28.5

Now, to be honest, I don’t really remember the scores for round 4, so I faked those. But Quizzdix (whom I prefer to call “Quiz Vaginas”) pulled it out.

Quizzdix get their shit together
Epic-demiology still arguing over their team name
The thrill of victory
The agony of defeat

And now the questions. How well would you have done?


No Question Answer
1 Who was the last inmate at Spandau prison?


Rudolph Hess


2 In what country would you find the prison called Devil’s Island? French Guiana
3 Off the coast of what city would you find Alcatraz Prison? San Francisco
4 In astronomy, what do the acronyms LEO and NEO stand for? Near Earth Object and Low Earth Orbit
5 When a sailor gets a tattoo of a golden dragon, what event does it usually signify Crossing the international dateline
6 Where did Napoleon die? St Helena
7 What is the formal anatomical name for the space between the genitals and the anus? Perineum
8 What is the only rodent that cannot make its own endogenous Vitamin C? Guinea pig
9 Who fought Muhammad Ali in The Thrilla in Manilla? Joe Frazier
10 Name a substance whose liquid form is denser than its solid form Water (though other answers are possible)
11 In computer science, what does “FTP” stand for? File transfer protocol
12 What French word is used in English to describe a word that is made up of two other words? Portmanteau
13 In business, what does “USP” stand for? Unique selling point
14 If a woman is blood type AB and her husband is blood type B, what blood type can their biological child NOT have? O
15 What city is the capital of Australia? Canberra


No Question Answer
1 In what ancient Greek town would you have found the Oracle? Delphi
2 When merchant marine sailors cross the equator, they get a tattoo of what animal? Turtle
3 Who was the King of Troy during the Trojan War? Priam
4 Who is the Hindu goddess of time, destruction, creation, and power? Kali
5 Who is the current President of Italy? Sergio Mattarella
6 What narrow strait separates Asia from Europe in the city of Istanbul? Bosphorus (also accept Dardanelles and Hellespont)
7 What river runs through Baghdad? Tigris
8 In what year did WWII end? 1945
9 What country has the most natural lakes in the world? Canada
10 In what country is Machu Picchu located? Peru
11 What African nation has the most pyramids? Sudan (over 200, Egypt has half that)
12 Who was the first African American woman to be crowned Miss America? Vanessa Williams
13 What is the largest bone in the human body? Femur
14 Which founding father is known for his large signature on the United States Declaration of Independence? John Hancock
15 What is the name for the Greek goddess of victory? Nike


No Question Answer
1 By what common name is the disease Herpes Zoster better known as? Shingles
2 Which one of John Steinbeck’s short novels was originally called “something that happened”? Of Mice and Men
3 What is the largest lake in South America? Lake Titticaca
4 What scientist wrote Mysterium Cosmographicum? Johannes Kepler (1596)
5 Who is the oldest of the Kardashian sisters? Kourtney
6 To the nearest minute, how long does it take for light to travel from the Sun’s surface to the Earth? 8 minutes
7 Captain America’s circular shield is sometimes described as being made up of two fictional metals. What are those metals? Adamantium & Vibranium
8 Which member of One Direction left the band in 2015? Zayn Malik
9 What is the largest moon in our solar system? Ganymede
10 What district of Tokyo is known for its electronics? Akihabara
11 During a Tornado, what happens to air pressure? A-vacillates wildly, B-rises, C-drops, D-doesn’t change C-drops
12 What is the capital city of Suriname? Paramaribo
13 What is the largest cell in the human body? Ovum
14 What colour is liquid oxygen? Blue
15 In what city were the 2016 summer Olympics held? Rio


No Question Answer
1 What kind of sugar is found in DNA? Deoxyribose
2 What is the name of the Icelandic currency? Krona
3 Dodoma is the capital of what African country? Tanzania
4 What country occupies the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula? Yemen
5 On which island nation did the dodo once live? Mauritius