Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 marked the first CGE trivia night of the year and my first turn as the host for the event. Seven teams competed for the title of CGE Trivia Master, DeMaggio’s gift certificates, and bragging rights. While the questions I wrote were quite difficult (#sorrynotsorry?), it looked and sounded like everyone was having a really good time. I know I certainly was!


Also, I have to say that I am impressed with those of you who played; it never fails to amaze me what random things y’all know. I think my favorite answer of the night, though, came from one team, who thought that Kilimanjaro was a lake in Africa. Right continent; wrong geographical feature! While Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest lake (going by surface area), Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain on the African continent. Comprised of 3 dormant volcanic cones (named Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira) and covered in shrinking glaciers, the mountain has become the focus of many scientific studies on the impacts of climate change. Uhuru Peak is the highest summit on the Kibo crater rim. Kilimanjaro’s name is likely derived for the Kiswahili words for hill (kilima) and shining (njaro), and Uhuru Peak translates from the same language to mean “Freedom Peak.”


Uhuru is also the word from which Gene Roddenberry derived the surname of Star Trek’s translator and communications officer, Nyota Uhura. Only one team on Tuesday knew that Lieutenant Uhura was originally played by Nichelle Nichols, which actually surprised me. Also surprisingly, not a single team guessed Zoe Saldana. I had expected that we would have more Trekkies in the room, but it looks like next time I should include some Star Wars questions instead.


While Caught with Our Plants Down took home this term’s prize, there will be two more chances for you to show me how much trivial knowledge you know during the 2018-2019 academic year. In the meanwhile, let us know what you thought of the fall term trivia night—how’d you like the new venue, did you prefer the previous format, future round theme suggestions, did you have a good time, etc.? You can send your comments directly to me at cge.social.activities@gmail.com, or post them on any of our social media accounts!


Track List  – Work:

Welcome to the Working Week – Elvis CostelloIMG_6909

Taking Care of Business – Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Work – Jimmy Eat World

What Do You Do for Money Honey – AC/DC

Manic Monday – The Bangles

Working Girl – Train

Work Song – Hozier

Work This Body – WALK THE MOON

Work From Home – Fifth Harmony (ft Ty Dolla $ign)

Back on the Chain Gang – The PretendersIMG_6907

Workin for a Livin – Huey Lewis & the News

Bright Future in Sales – Fountains of Wayne

Working Man – Rush

Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) – Styx

9 to 5 – Dolly Parton

She Works Hard for the Money – Donna Summers

Working for the Weekend – Loverboy

Work – Rhianna (ft Drake)



The RundownIMG_6910

Round 1: Ridiculous History

High Score: 6 (achieved by Caught with Our Plants Down)

Average Score: 2.8/8

Low Score: 0


Round 2: Science

High Score: 6 (achieved by The Phallic Mallet and Wait, I thought this was laser tag!)

Average Score: 5.1/8

Low Score: 4


Round 3: EntertainmentIMG_6908

High Score: 7 (achieved by Wait, I thought this was laser tag!)

Average Score: 5.1/8

Low Score: 4


Round 4: Geography

High Score: 7 (achieved by The Phallic Mallet and Wait, I thought this was laser tag!)

Average Score: 5.3/8

Low Score: 2


Round 5: PotpourriIMG_6912

High Score: 7 (achieved by three teams!)

Average Score: 5.9/8

Low Score: 3