|Name the C used to describe whales, dolphins, and porpoises?|
|"Man, I could tell people who won Best Actor in 1952 academy awards?"|
The interesting thing with pub quizzes in Dunedin at least is the paltry prizes on offer. I acknowledge that the entry is free, but if you have 20 teams of about 5 each by the time they have eaten and drank for 3 hours, you will have taken in at least $2000. But the prizes on offer at some establishments are as low as $50 for first $30 for second and $20 for 3rd. That is a total prize pool of $100, around 5% of my conservative estimate. Thats a bigger profit margin than airport food. The other thing is quiz nights are frequently on early in the week, on nights you wouldn't expect a big bar take normally, so the quiz money is really a bonus anywho.
|"As you can see here by reducing the prizes our profits (green) increase.."|
The real kicker is if you have a team of 5 unless you win first place, you can't even get a drink each.
|"The Pretty Young" things got 3rd place, so could only afford 2 cocktails for the 5 of them, (note the disappointment in their faces)|
Personally I think 5 is around the perfect number, means you can have a Sports guy, a Geography/History guy, a Arts/Media guy, a odds and ends guy, and a guy to act as a tie breaker.
|Sheryl (in green) sometimes felt she wasn't treated as an equal|
The problem is once you have achieved this optimum mix, everyone enjoys it so much that they all invite a friend, who in turn invite friends, so you end up with an out of control team of 15 participants. The smart thing to do would be to split into 3 new teams, but how to split without offending anyone, there is no way so you are stuck with team that is too big.
|The original "Awesome foursome" team is the 4 in the middle front|
|Luckily for the "Huzzahs" all the questions at the quiz championships were about beards, and matching polos and shorts|
So here is a list of underthinking quiz personalities I have encountered. They could compete at the pub quiz. under the name "The Underthinkers"
The one answer wonder
This guy sits in the corner, not saying anything all night. If he does say something its something like I can't believe how stupid I feel, or how did you guys know that.
Then in one of the later rounds, when things are looking grim you have come across an obscure question about the ruling monarchy of a little known Asian country, the person will pipe up.
|Name the king of Bhutan|
|"Its not King Jigme Khesar Namgyel is it? He held me as a politcal prisoner for the last 3 years, I am not sure though"|
The guy that "knows" the answer but doesn't share it with anyone
Possibly the most annoying person on the face of the planet. They sit there saying nothing offering nothing, they look at the question but don't join the debate on the answer.
|Name the painter of this 17 th century artwork?|
|Not only a great painter also a hero in a half shell|
When the answers are read out, and the team has gotten it wrong, this person pipes up and says I knew that of course it is Rembrandt, thats the "The Storm on the Sea of Galilee", its a lesser known but still good painting of his. Really? That's fantastic, perhaps it would have been more pertinent to share that information with us during the question time?
The really annoying thing about this person is not only did they know the answer, the knew it beyond doubt. i.e they had read/heard/seen it that day.
|"YOUR DOCTORAL THESIS WAS IN 17th CENTURY PAINTINGS SPECIALIZING IN THE WORKS OF REMBRANDT?!"|
|Name this waterfall which is home to the Devils Pool?|
|"Easy Victoria Falls, BOOM!"|
|"Wait, Devils pool? Its not the Angel falls is it?"|
|"Oh gawd, why didn't i stick with Victoria Falls"|
The guy 4 questions behind
This delightful young fellow is at one of his first quiz nights, he knows stuff, but hasn't quite got the hang of how the format of a quiz works. You are a collective if one person gets the answer and the majority agree you move on.
This young chap gets the first question and spends the rest of the time working on that, despite the fact the rest of the team has moved on.
|"Okay, guys what is the Capital of Kazakhstan?"|
|I have got it, it is Cetaceans|
Well yes that is the answer to the first question in this post, however I and the rest of the readers got that several minutes ago. The answer to the last question is of course Astana, I am sure all the underthinkers reading this got that.