Are you smarter than the average Annapolitan? Test your knowledge with Pub Quiz 465 at Galway Bay!
Without fail, there are certain events that occur every week during the summer in Annapolis: Galway Bay hosts a pub quiz on Tuesday, sailboats vie for first place in the Annapolis Yacht Club race on Wednesday and it's free Brats and German potato salad at Ram's Head Tavern on Thursday. This all-important schedule is firmly fixed in my mind. Yet, Stephane and I always manage to arrive at Spa Creek Bridge just in time to see thirsty sailors popping open cans of icy cold beer to celebrate the conclusion of another exciting race on Wednesday.
Fortunately, we had better luck on Tuesday night because we were already half way through our fish and chips when Finton Galway revealed the answers to Part I of the pub quiz. If you would like to match your wits against rowdy sailors, professors from St. John's College and the Naval Academy and local Annapolitans, here are 10 of the 30 questions included in Pub Quiz 465. Rules state that no life lines (text messaging, cell phones, etc.) are allowed. Two to six people are on a team.
- What is the actual title of Leonardo de Vinci's great painting, "Mona Lisa"? (An easy one for all of you who are frequent visitors to the Louvre or who have read The Da Vinci Code).
- Why did a Bible published in London in 1632 become known as the Wicked Bible?
- According to legend, who fired the arrow that hit Achilles in the heel, his only vulnerable spot?
- The capitals of which two South American countries are located on the mouth of the same river, the Rio de la Plata?
- In what country did the windmill originate?
- What was Juliet's last name in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"?
- After German flying ace Manfred von Richtofen was killed in action in World War I, which famous man became commander of his "Flying Circus" fighter squadron?
- Who designed the Statue of Liberty's iron skeleton for French sculptor Frederick Auguste Bartholdi?
- What major European country is not a member of the United Nations?
- If you flew due east from Cape Horn, where would you next pass over land?
Best of all, most of the money from the weekly pub quizzes goes to charity. [Update: When I returned to Galway Bay to pick up the answers for the pub quiz, I learned that they have raised approximately $100,000. The winning team donates the earnings to the organization of their choice, such as Box of Rain, a local charity that offers maritime programs to disadvantaged youths ages 9-14.
Here's a bit of Annapolitan trivia for you: which local Irish pub appears in the recently filmed, Better Living Through Chemistry? Galway Bay, of course!
- La Giocanda (La Joconde in French)
- Because the word "not" was missing from the 7th commandment, hence "thou shalt commit adultery)
- Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, and Uruguay's capital, Montevideo
- In Iran
- Hermann Goering
- Gustave Eiffel
- Switzerland (When Stephane and I passed by Galway Bay for a beer and to pick up the answers to this quiz on Friday, we mentioned that the answer is incorrect because Switzerland joined the UN in 2002. It was at this point that I was reminded of one of the rules of the Galway Pub Quiz: Finton's answers are always right! His brother also took the opportunity to make a couple of jokes about the Swiss, including "How do you make a Swiss Roll [sponge cake roll]?" Answer: You knock one down a hill."
- Cape Horn, there is no other land at the same latitude (Remember, Finton's answers are always correct!)
|Filming at Galway Bay in May, 2012.|