Trivia Night With the Pop Health PhD Students

It’s another installment of the rolling Raywat Deonandan trivia competition! This time the competitors were a small selection of PhD students in Population Health. I had just given them a presentation on how to write an op-ed, and we retired to Cafe Nostalgica for beer and trivia.

There was only enough time for two rounds, plus the lighting round. The team names were The Opeds and Russian Poutine. Now, Russian Poutine was at a stark disadvantage, since all but one of them were international students, not privy to the cultural tropes that tend to dominate my quizzes. But they held their own, only losing to the Opeds by a mere 5 points.

The questions and answers are below. Click on the trivia category link to see the previous competitions.


Num Question Answer
1 What is Lyme Disease named for? Lyme, CT
2 Name all of the oceans that physically touch Canadian land Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic
3 What is the official plural of the Toyota Prius? Prii
4 The “Cavendish” is the most popular variety of what fruit? Banana
5 What condition does the medical term “Bromodosis” describe? Smelly feet
6 In what year was the territory of Nunavut formed? 1999
7 What common household product gets its name from the phrase, “Water displacement on the 40th attempt” WD40
8 The Emperor Claudius legalized what at banquets? (For public health reasons) Farting
9 Krusty the Klown and Chandler from Friends have something unusual in common, with respect to their physical bodies. What is it? Extra nipple
10 Which continent gets the least amount of yearly precipitation? Antarctica
11 What did Babe Ruth keep under his hat, to keep himself cool? Cabbage leaf
12 How many noses does a slug have? Four
13 Which sex of crickets can chirp? Male or female. Male
14 On Good Friday in 1930, BBC Radio News consisted only of four words. What were they? “There is no news”
15 Shel Silverstein wrote a funny song that was made famous by Johnny Cash. What was that song? “A Boy Named Sue”


Num Question Answer
1 What is the only US state whose name can be typed out on only ONE row of keyboard keys? Alaska
2 Why was the Unabomber called the Unabomber? (2 points) Because his early mail bombs were sent to universities (UN) & airlines (A)
3 What do “M&Ms” stand for? (2 points) Mars & Murries (the founders)
4 When the mummy of Ramses II was sent to France in the mid-1970s, it was issued a passport. What was the occupation listed on the passport? (2 points) King (deceased)
5 Whose nephew wrote an article titled “Why I Hate My Uncle” in 1939? Adolf Hitler
6 At Fatburger, you can order a veggie burger topped with strips of bacon. What is the name of this burger? The Hypocrite
7 What popular sweet beverage was originally marketed as “Fruit Smack.” Kool-Aid
8 What is the official name of the dot over the i? Tittle
9 What names is Paul David Hewson better known as? Bono
10 What is Rhinotillexomania Excessive nose picking
11 What does the “Q” in “Q-tips” stand for? Quality
12 How many Grammys did Elvis win over his entire career? 3
13 What was originally called “the X-Y Position Indicator for a Display System.” Computer mouse
14 What does the German word “kummerspeck” mean? (2 points) excess weight gained from emotional overeating. Literally, grief bacon
15 If you add up all the numbers on a roulette wheel, what do you get? 666



Num Question Answer
1 Edward Jenner created the first effective vaccine for what disease? Small pox
2 Scottish doctor James Lind discovered the cause and cure for what common naval disease? Scurvy
3 Jonas Salk developed the first successful vaccine against what disease? Polio
4 In 1528, Henry VII and all the noblemen of England evacuated London because of an outbreak of this disease Sweating Sickness (possible hantavirus)
5 Who is the current Director General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom