Professors’ Trivia Night, 2018

Trivia Master Wat with Jason, Jeff and Pascal

May 16, 2018, saw the second annual installment of our department’s trivia contest, held in a dank pub basement, and featuring solely the professors in our School…. and the daughter of one of said professors.

Last year’s event is archived here.

Previous installments of public trivia night which I have hosted are archived in these links: 2016, 2017, and 2018.  And, to be blunt, this year’s Professors’ game was a watered down rehash of the 2018 public game. But, for the sake of completion, I’m blogging about it anyway.

Teams were separated along gender lines, because we’re progressive like that. The men’s team was creatively named “The Boys”. And the women discovered that they were all alumni of Queen’s University, so called themselves The Queens. I exercised editorial licence and renamed them The Estrogen Queens, since we badly needed some health sciences content in our team names, and “The Boys” clearly weren’t pulling their creative weight.

The uncreatively titled “boys” team

One half of the “Estrogen Queens”

The other half of the “Estrogen Queens”

It was a dramatic event, with the teams tied until the very last question, upon which The Estrogen Queens pulled out a narrow victory. Here are the final scores:

Team Name Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Final
estrogen queens 4 7 7 1 19
boys 4 9 5 0 18

And here are the actual questions…


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 What city is the capital of Australia? Canberra
4 If a woman is blood type AB and her husband is blood type B, what blood type can their biological child NOT have? O
5 When a sailor gets a tattoo of a golden dragon, what event does it usually signify Crossing the international dateline
6 Quel est le nom de l’île où Napoléon est mort? St Helena
7 What is the formal anatomical name for the space between the genitals and the anus? Perineum
8 What French word is used in English to describe a word that is made up of two other words? Portmanteau
9 Who fought Muhammad Ali in The Thrilla in Manilla? Joe Frazier
10 During a Tornado, what happens to air pressure? A-vacillates wildly, B-rises, C-drops, D-doesn’t change C-drops


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 Which founding father is known for his large signature on the United States Declaration of Independence? John Hancock
5 What is the name for the Greek goddess of victory? Nike
6 What is the largest bone in the human body? Femur
7 Quelle rivière traverse la ville de Bagdad? Tigris
8 Who was the first African American woman to be crowned Miss America? Vanessa Williams
9 Dans quel pays trouveriez-vous le plus grand nombre de lacs naturels au monde? Canada
10 Dans quel pays se trouve Machu Picchu? Peru


No Question Answer
1 By what common name is the disease Herpes Zoster better known as? Shingles
2 In what city were the 2016 summer Olympics held? Rio
3 Quel est le plus grand lac d’Amérique du Sud? Lake Titticaca
4 What narrow strait separates Asia from Europe in the city of Istanbul? Bosphorus
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 What colour is liquid oxygen? Blue
8 Which member of One Direction left the band in 2015? Zayn Malik
9 What is the only rodent that cannot make its own endogenous Vitamin C? Guinea pig
10 What is the largest cell in the human body? Ovum


No Question Answer
1 What African nation has the most pyramids? Sudan
2 What is the name of the Icelandic currency? Krona
3 Dodoma est la capitale de quel pays africain? Tanzania
4 What district of Tokyo is known for its electronics? Akihabara
5 On which island nation did the dodo once live? Mauritius