Trivia!

Update from my Sunday, I went to buy tea, ended up spending way more than I intended.  Going to a teashop (or tea city as it ere) here generally entails you sitting down and chatting with the propiretor while he (in this case) pours you tea.  We sat there drinking for four hours before buying so I allowed myself to be talked into spending twice what I intended, and I consider it worth it.  Anyway, on to trivia!

1. What is the name of shortstop in Abbot and Costello’s ‘Who’s on 1st?’ sketch?

2. Besides Harbin, which Chinese city is known for its Jewish population?

3. What province was the founder of Harbin’s famous Laodingfeng bakery from?

4. Name two Qiulin/Churin (local Harbin food company) products whose names are transliterations of Russian words. 1/2 point for each

5. Harbin has nicknames based on which two European capitals?

6. What was Xi’an’s name when it was the capitol of the Tang dynasty?

7. What substance did Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of a united China, drink in pursuit of immortality?

8. The first person to export soya beans to Europe was a resident of which Chinese city? (Hint: it’s in the northeast)

9. What is Vladivostok’s Chinese name?

10. Which is the only Chinese minority without its own language?

11. According to the Shaanxi-Gansu-Ningxia Agreement, how many meters need to be between any two given 牛肉拉面 restaurants?  Closest guess gets it.

12. Matching! The Tang, Song, Yuan, and Ming Dynasties are considered the pinnacle of four different types of literature: poetry, novels, prose, and plays. Match the medium with it’s dynasty.  (1/2 point for each correct pair)
13. What was the first place in Asia to take steps towards legalizing same-sex marriage?

14. The name Australia is derived from the Latin australis, which means what in English?

15. What was Australian outlaw Ned Kelly’s ‘occupation’? I.e. he was known as a blank…

16. Name the four main members of the Kelly gang. (1/2 point each)

17. Apartheid means what in what language. Have to get both.

18. Kind of Blue and Bitches’ Brew are albums by which Jazz legend?

19. Which jazz legend was known by the name ‘Bird’?

20. The famous Blue Note Jazz Club has four locations around the world, name the cities. (1/2 point each). (Hint: they’re in three different countries)

21.” A name is a name, but it is not the eternal name.” Name the famous work of Chinese philosophy this sentence comes from or its author.

22. According to Greek mythology, who was the first woman on Earth?

23. In Norse mythology/religion Valkyries perform what function?

24. Name 4 of the 7 confirmed US orchestrated or supported coups. (1/2 point each) One bonus point if you get all the years.

25. Which two countries not in the western hemisphere supported the Salvadorian military government during the Salvadorian civil war from 1979 to 1992?

26.  How many new states were born of what was formerly Yugoslavia.

27. Excluding the Muslim world, the blood libel against the Jews, wherein Jews would be accused of killing Christian children to use their blood for magic or ceremonies, found its last institutional pull in which country? (European country)

28. Chinese film: The great Chinese director Zhang Yimou came out with a new film recently. It was criticized (mostly) in the US for whitewashing because Zhang casted Matt Damon. There was another non-Asian actor who did not get much mention in the criticisms. Name this person or his appellation in the role he is most famous for.

29. The movies Xiao Wu, Platform, and Unknown Pleasures by Chinese director Jia Zhangke are collectively known as the blank trilogy.

30. Name that trilogy: Which three movies make up what is known as Lars van Trier’s Golden Heart trilogy?
Bonus point: Which one is dogme 95 certified?

31. The San Francisco Bay Area has two designated China towns, name the two cities that house them.

32. Upon initial completion, the trans pacific railroad ran from Omaha, Nebraska to which Californian city?

33. What kind of shop did Harvey Milk run in San Francisco’s Castro district before becoming mayor?

34. Where is the supposedly real “Hotel California” of the Eagles hit song, and when did the Eagles bring legal action alleging copyright infringement on the hotel?

35. Also known as “beast mode” this American footballer recently came out of retirement to play for the Oakland Raiders. Give his name for a half a point, and any of the four previous teams he’s played for for a bonus point (including high school and college)
Bonus point: How is beast mode doing today? (name the food/dish)

36. Emanuel Macron recently won the presidential election in France. He got some shifty eyes for is ongoing marriage to a former high school teacher who taught what subject?
Drama

37. Taking excessive amounts of mescaline caused French philosopher Jean Paul Sartre to hallucinate (for an extended period of time) which animal?

38. This famous philosopher and cultural critic was a member of the Hitler Youth.

39. The practice of interpreting dreams is unique to which western psycho-therapeutic practice?

40. In what language did Franz Kafka write his novels?

All answered?  Keep scrolling down for the answers!

 

 

 

 

1. What is the name of shortstop in Abbot and Costello’s ‘Who’s on 1st?’ sketch?
A: I don’t give a damn/darn

2. Besides Harbin, which Chinese city is known for its Jewish population?
A: Kaifeng in Henan province, these Jews are believed to be a “lost tribe” that settled there over 1,000 years ago.  They’re also  being pressured by the government as Judaism is not one of the five approved state religions.

3. What province was the founder of Harbin’s famous Laodingfeng bakery from?
A: Zhejiang.  No one at trivia got this, and I’d be stunned if you did, so no worries!

4. Name two Qiulin/Churin (local Harbin food company) products whose names are transliterations of Russian words. 1/2 point for each
A: Bread and Kvas which in Chinese are called 大列巴(dalieba, da lie(stress on the e)bah from Russian khleb which means bread) and  格瓦斯(gewasi, guh wa suh, a kind of bread soda from Russia.  Better than it sounds, but still not amazing IMO)

5. Harbin has nicknames based on which two European capitals?
A: Paris and Moscow

6. What was Xi’an’s name when it was the capitol of the Tang dynasty?
A: Chang’an, longtime readers of this blog should have gotten that.

7. What substance did Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of a united China, drink in pursuit of immortality?
A: Mercury, it didn’t work out as planned.

8. The first person to export soya beans to Europe was a resident of which Chinese city? (Hint: it’s in the northeast)
A: Harbin!  It was one of the Harbin Jews who did it actually.

9. What is Vladivostok’s Chinese name?
A: 海参崴(haishenwai, haishunwai).  Vladivostok used to be part of the Qing Empire before Russia took it after one of the Opium Wars. A lot of Chinese people still use this name today, partly because it’s less cumbersome to say, but also out of resentment and still viewing it as Chinese territory.

10. Which is the only Chinese minority without its own language?
A: The Hui.

11. According to the Shaanxi-Gansu-Ningxia Agreement, how many meters need to be between any two given Lanzhou beef noodle restaurants?  Closest guess gets it.
A: 400m.  This is an unofficial treaty amongst the Hui, but apparently some bad shit happens to it if you break, as a guy in Shanghai learned last year.  The Hui community led a massive boycott and the city government had to get involved to clear it up. For context, Lanzhou beef noodles are kind of the signature dish of the Hui, and the treaty was written to avoid too much competition.  It”s also the progenitor of Japanese ramen.

12. Matching! The Tang, Song, Yuan, and Ming Dynasties are considered the pinnacle of four different types of literature: poetry, novels, prose, and plays. Match the medium with it’s dynasty.  (1/2 point for each correct pair)
A: Tang poems, Song prose, Yuan plays, and Ming novels.

13. What was the first place in Asia to take official steps towards legalizing same-sex marriage?
A: Taiwan!  (We were politic and used “place” instead of “country” due to location)

14. The name Australia is derived from the Latin australis, which means what in English?
A: Southern land!

15. What was Australian outlaw Ned Kelly’s ‘occupation’? I.e. he was known as a blank…
A: Bushranger

16. Name the four main members of the Kelly gang. (1/2 point each)
Ned Kelly, Dan Kelly (little bro), Joe Byrne and Steve Hart.

17. Apartheid means what in what language. Have to get both.
A: “Segregation” or “separateness” in Afrikaans.

18. Kind of Blue and Bitches’ Brew are albums by which Jazz legend?
A: Miles Davis!

19. Which jazz legend was known by the name ‘Bird’?
A: Charlie Parker

20. The famous Blue Note Jazz Club has four locations around the world, name the cities. (1/2 point each). (Hint: they’re in three different countries)
A: New York, Milan, Tokyo, and Oosaka.

21.” A name is a name, but it is not the eternal name.” Name the famous work of Chinese philosophy this sentence comes from or its author.
A: The Daodejing (Tao Te Ching) by Laozi (Lao Tzu), base text of Daoism (Taoism).

22. According to Greek mythology, who was the first woman on Earth?
A: Pandora

23. In Norse mythology/religion Valkyries perform what function?
A: They decide who dies in battle and gets to go to Valhalla.

24. Name 4 of the 7 confirmed US orchestrated or supported coups. (1/2 point each) One bonus point if you get all the years.
A: Iran in 1953, Guatemala in 1954, Congo in 1960, Dominican Republic in 1961, Vienam in 1963, Brazil in 1964, and Chile 1973.

25. Which two countries not in the western hemisphere supported the Salvadorian military government during the Salvadorian civil war from 1979 to 1992?
A: Israel and Taiwan (we were not as politic on this one).

26.  How many new states were born of what was formerly Yugoslavia.
A: 7

27. Excluding the Muslim world, the blood libel against the Jews, wherein Jews would be accused of killing Christian children to use their blood for magic or ceremonies, found its last institutional pull in which country? (European country)
A: Poland

28. Chinese film: The great Chinese director Zhang Yimou came out with a new film recently. It was criticized (mostly) in the US for whitewashing because Zhang casted Matt Damon. There was another non-Asian actor who did not get much mention in the criticisms. Name this person or his appellation in the role he is most famous for.
A: Pedro Pascal/Oberyn Martell/The Red Viper of Dorne.  Willam Defoe is apparently also an acceptable answer.

29. The movies Xiao Wu, Platform, and Unknown Pleasures by Chinese director Jia Zhangke are collectively known as the blank trilogy.
A: The Hometown Trilogy

30. Name that trilogy: Which three movies make up what is known as Lars van Trier’s Golden Heart trilogy?
Bonus point: Which one is dogme 95 certified?
A: Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dar, and The Idiots (certified one).

31. The San Francisco Bay Area has two designated China towns, name the two cities that house them.
A: SF and Oakland

32. Upon initial completion, the trans pacific railroad ran from Omaha, Nebraska to which Californian city?
A: Sacramento

33. What kind of shop did Harvey Milk run in San Francisco’s Castro district before becoming mayor?
A: A camera shop.

34. Where is the supposedly real “Hotel California” of the Eagles hit song, and when did the Eagles bring legal action alleging copyright infringement on the hotel?
A: Mexico, 2017

35. Also known as “beast mode” this American footballer recently came out of retirement to play for the Oakland Raiders. Give his name for a half a point, and any of the four previous teams he’s played for for a bonus point (including high school and college)
Bonus point: How is beast mode doing today? (name the food/dish)
A: Marshawn Lynch.  Oakland Tech, Cal Berkeley, Buffalo Bills.
Bonus: Salad (“solid” with an accent).  Don’t ask me, I didn’t write the question.

36. Emanuel Macron recently won the presidential election in France. He got some shifty eyes for is ongoing marriage to a former high school teacher who taught what subject?
A: Drama

37. Taking excessive amounts of mescaline caused French philosopher Jean Paul Sartre to hallucinate (for an extended period of time) which animal?
A: Lobsters and crabs both acceptable.

38. This famous philosopher and cultural critic was a member of the Hitler Youth.
A: Hans Georg Gadamer

39. The practice of interpreting dreams is unique to which western psycho-therapeutic practice?
A: Psychoanalysis

40. In what language did Franz Kafka write his novels?
A: German

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