Trivia NYC

Jun 25, 2014

QNA Trivia Podcast 04 - The World Cup Of Everything Else

This week’s podcast is all about helping sports fans and people who hate sports to come together, even if only in their hatred for the most spoiled people on the planet. Plus: Desmond Tutu comes by to endorse TCONA4, and we ask questions about Axe Body Spray, Fathers in Film and more.

We also give away more tickets to the Trivia Championships of North America this August in Las Vegas. Listen and enter! You could be next!

Questions by Leslie Gilbert Elman and Tony Hightower.
Intro & Outro music by Luis Bacalov.
Question theme sounds by Sternklang.

Nov 30, 2012

Just FYI

The plan was originally to use this as my primary blog, for spillover from all the trivia stuff. That’s not really how it’s worked out.

For actual trivia stuff, including TCONA, Drunken Smartass Olympics, podcasts, and the like, go to TriviaNYC.net.

For personal stuff, TonyHightower.com is your new booty call.

Sep 3, 2012

The Hays Code, in one photograph.

The Hays Code, in one photograph.

(Source: enjoythemonologue, via greatgrottu)

Apr 1, 2011

April Fool’s Day? Don’t Believe The Jape

April Fools Day is for amateur wits the way that St. Patrick’s Day is for amateur drunks.
- Chris Stuart, @pomodrunkard

That's Ludacris.The problem with April Fool’s is that real life keeps creeping up on it. How can a prank be funny if it’s close enough to something realer and, often, uglier? It’s not like this is a new problem, but it does keep getting worse, especially if you live in a country where people are fast losing the need, let alone the incentive, to talk to each other and share experiences from outside their little cliques. Everything outside their experience starts to seem completely ludicrous. (I’m not just talking about the United States, either. Everywhere, people are losing the ability to discern between what could be a joke and what could be real.)

It’s a real problem, and not just for the satiremongers among us. How often has Stephen Colbert or The Onion mentioned some completely insane and hilarious concept, only to have some Tea Party buffoon read it and try to one-up them in the actual world? Sure, it’s funny the first time, but then Louie Gohmert or Michelle Bachman or someone says it for real, and baby Jesus weeps.

No, it’s best to avoid the hoaxes completely. The bar is so high for those that unless you have a real killer idea, and you execute it completely and perfectly, you’re pretty much bound to be overtaken by the future in ways you didn’t expect. Like Jon Stewart often says to serious people who come on his show and try to be funny, Comedy Is Hard. Millions will continue to do it, of course. All the world loves a clown[1]. Just be careful out there. You can expect, as every year, to step through your First of April like it’s a dog park full of little turds. The best you can do is save face. Just stay cool, and enjoy the better-executed jokey bits, and you’ll get through to the end of the day in one piece. Tomorrow (and tomorrow, and tomorrow) is when the real hoaxery can begin again.

[1] Not actual clowns, though. Does anyone still like clowns? I’ve asked this before, and I’ve yet to find someone who thinks clowns are cool, funny, or otherwise worth following anymore. Did John Wayne Gacy kill that industry for all but the biggest circuses?

Mar 3, 2010

The first public hockey match was played on March 3, 1875 at the Victoria Skating Rink, as advertised by The Gazette the same day, and described by the same newspaper the next day … The Victoria Rink was the first public building in Canada to be electrified. http://www.hockeyheritage.org/hockeyhistory.php
The first public hockey match was played on March 3, 1875 at the Victoria Skating Rink, as advertised by The Gazette the same day, and described by the same newspaper the next day … The Victoria Rink was the first public building in Canada to be electrified.

Mar 3, 2010

From last night’s questions: Bad Manners, featuring the talents of one Buster Bloodvessel, doing one of their very earliest singles, “Ne-Ne Na-Na Na-Na Nu-Nu,” a song that predates LANGUAGE ITSELF.

Feb 22, 2010

laughingsquid:

Google Before You Tweet
http://laughingsquid.com/google-before-you-tweet-is-the-new-think-before-you-speak/

laughingsquid:

Google Before You Tweet

Feb 22, 2010

The First Corned Beef Sandwich In Space

"My thought is that after you spend a great deal of money and time, to have one of the astronauts slip a sandwich aboard this vehicle, frankly, is just a little disgusting."

Jan 26, 2009

Try Trivia: Video Podcast (!) for 1/26

Jan 21, 2009

I love this picture.

Jan 16, 2009

How The Book Publishing Industry Really Works

Dec 29, 2008

Dec 22, 2008

Tell Me Something Good

Dec 7, 2008

He had the good sense to nudge the magic penny away from the seated women with his toe before furtively bending down to pick it up.

Dec 5, 2008

I hate when there’s a Jeopardy round no one knows a thing about and that I’d have completely run, like the all-Steely Dan board last Friday.