For lovers of obscure facts, St. Clair Associated Vocational Enterprises (SAVE) served up a perfect 10 at its recent trivia night at the Fairview Heights Knights of Columbus Hall.
Mainly because that was one of the categories that challenged nearly two dozen tables of competitors. What 1999 romcom was based on Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew”? (“Ten Things I Hate About You”) What Oakland A’s World Series MVP catcher once played for the St. Louis Cardinals? (Gene Tenace) What English poet wrote “The Charge of the Light Brigade” and “Idylls of the King”? (Alfred, Lord Tennyson).
Of course, there were plenty more intriguing posers in categories ranging from movie presidents and trusty sidekicks to double D’s (names that start with D) and a zoo of musical animals.
Since 1972, SAVE has been working hard to earn a 10 from their clients as it helps those with intellectual disabilities and other developmental challenges enjoy a more productive life. If you’d like to help, send a donation to SAVE, 3001 Save Road, Belleville, IL 62221 or go to www.saveorg.org.
Now see if you can score a 100 on these questions:
1. On April 25, 1976, a Chicago Cubs outfielder received a standing ovation in Los Angeles when he saved an American flag from being burned. Who was this Marine veteran?
2. What group of islands shares the name of a common crocodile. (It’s also a popular place for rich folks to shelter their bank accounts.)
3. When Agatha Christie’s classic mystery “And Then There Were None” was turned into three movies over the years, what was their title?
4. What is Robyn Fenty’s middle name?
5. This is probably as good as it gets: Who is the only actress who has ever won an Emmy, Golden Globe and Oscar in the same year (1998)?
6. What musical group took “Hungry Like the Wolf” to No. 3 on the Billboard charts?
7. Who is the only actor to earn an Academy Award for playing a president?
8. In 1952, this female anesthesiologist developed a checklist to quickly assess the health of a newborn infant? Who is she?
9. Who is the young sidekick of Marvel Comics’ Captain America?
10. On April 25, 1953, Francis Crick and James Watson published a paper that famously described human DNA as existing in what shape?
11. There are 18 countries that border only one other country. Which of those countries shares the longest border with its neighbor?
12.What 1981 Oscar winner is based on the life of John Reed, author of “10 Days That Shook the World”?
13. Name the two still-active women’s pro tennis players who already have won a career grand slam.
14. Through her vigorous lobbying effort starting in the 1840s, who helped established the first generation of mental asylums in the United States?
15. Name the actors who earned Oscar nominations for playing Richard Nixon in “Nixon” and “Frost/Nixon.”
16. Even though he died before it became widely used, what Swiss psychiatrist has had people telling what they see in inkblots for nearly a century?
17. In the Peanuts comic strip, who is Snoopy’s avian sidekick?
18. In Oscar history, only two movies have had their entire cast nominated for Oscars. One was “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.” What president was the subject of the other?
19. Once a trusted shipmate, who wound up leading the mutiny against Capt. William Bligh on the HMS Bounty on April 28, 1789?
20. Who scored a No. 1 hit with “Disco Duck” in 1976?
1. Rick Monday
2. Cayman Islands
3. “Ten Little Indians”
4. The Barbadian singer now entertains the world as Rihanna.
5. Helen Hunt won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for “As Good As It Gets,” and earned Emmys for “Mad About You” from 1996 to 1999.
6. Duran Duran
7. Daniel Day-Lewis for the 2012 movie “Lincoln.”
8. Dr. Virginia Apgar for developing the Apgar score, a 0-10 evaluation based on appearance, pulse, grimace (emotional response), activity, respiration.
9. Bucky Barnes debuted in March 1941 in Captain America #1.
10. A double helix.
11. Canada. (Portugal is a distant second.)
13. Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams
14. Dorothea Dix
15. Anthony Hopkins (“Nixon”) and Frank Langella (“Frost/Nixon”)
16. Dr. Hermann Rorschach
18. James Whitmore played President Harry Truman in the one-man 1975 movie “Give ’em Hell, Harry!”
19. Fletcher Christian
20. Rick Dees (and his Cast of Idiots)