Oh, the weather outside was frightful -- which made it the perfect subject for questions at the recent Althoff Catholic High School Performance Arts Department Trivia Night.
While snow and sleet coated their cars, contestants were asked to chill out and identify such aptly named performers as Edgar Winter and Hank Snow along with such appropriate songs as Foreigner's "Cold as Ice" and Frank Zappa's "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow."
Also sending chills down a few spines were questions on the Winter Olympics, F-words in mathematics, Shakespeare and Valentine's Day, among others. If you didn't know that "Godfather II" is the only sequel to earn a best-picture Oscar or that "Let's kill all the lawyers" comes from "Henry VI," you were left out in the cold.
Proceeds fund the school's Drama Club, Show Choir, speech team and music program; to help, send a check to the department in care of Althoff High School, 5401 W. Main St., Belleville, IL 62226. Now see if you can warm up to these questions:
1. Who is the only coach to win two Super Bowls back-to-back -- twice?
2. What state is known as the Equality State because women there were the first in the nation to vote, serve on juries and hold public office?
3. Name the two men who earned Academy Award acting nominations five decades in a row?
4. What Hall of Famer and former U.S. Senator pitched a perfect game on Father's Day 1964 when Philadelphia beat the New York Mets.
5. In Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart," what part of the victim's anatomy drove the murderer to kill him?
6. What mathematician is known for a sequence of numbers in which each term is the sum of the previous two terms?
7. From which Shakespeare play does this come: "What's past is prologue."
8. What one-time Belleville resident sang "Riding the Storm Out" -- and remains the only original member of REO Speedwagon?
9. True or false: The St. Louis football Cardinals once lost a playoff game to the Rams.
10. The name Pelican State is a tribute to its official state bird, the brown pelican.
11. Name the only TV series that, 30 years later, earned an Oscar nomination as best picture.
12. In the TV special "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown," what girl finally gave our favorite blockhead a Valentine?
13. From what Shakespeare play does this line come: "All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players."
14. What classical composer wrote a tribute to winter as well as the other three seasons in a composition?
15. What legendary quarterback holds Super Bowl records for best career passer rating (127.8) and best touchdown-to-interception ratio (11-0)?
16. Can you name the former TV star and recording artist who is the only man to win three best supporting actor Oscars -- all before 1945.
17. This musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker" debuted on Broadway on Jan. 16, 1964, starring Carol Channing and winning 10 Tony awards.
18. What was the last National League team to win back-to-back World Series?
19. If you've cooed to your sweetheart, "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways," whose famous lines were you stealing?
20. What current TV star was the first woman to win a best supporting actress Oscar for playing a male?
1. Pittsburgh's Chuck Noll in 1975-76 and 1979-80
2. Wyoming (Nellie Tayloe Ross was the first woman elected governor)
3. Michael Caine and Jack Nicholson
4. Kentucky's Jim Bunning
5. "I think it was his eye. Yes, it was this. He had the eye of a vulture."
7. "The Tempest"
8. Neal Doughty, 1964 BTHS grad
9. While in St. Louis, the Cardinals played and lost three playoff games, including a 35-23 decision to L.A. in 1975.
10. Louisiana (think John Grisham's "The Pelican Brief")
11. "The Fugitive"
12. Violet Gray
13. "As You Like It"
14. Vivaldi "The Four Seasons"
15. Joe Montana
16. Walter Brennan
17. "Hello, Dolly!"
18. Cincinnati Reds 1975-76
19. Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
20. Linda Hunt ("The Year of Living Dangerously")