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2012-05-05 08:22:27 AM  
Who produced the world's stickiest booger?
 
2012-05-05 10:05:35 AM  

badscooter: Who produced the world's stickiest booger?


You're not allowed to be the answer to your own question.
 
TWX
2012-05-05 10:09:48 AM  
I was disappointed, I was expecting to read on the seedy underbelly of the competition, where teams have a member who seduces members of other teams, to harm team cohesiveness or to at least distract from keeping up with everyone...
 
2012-05-05 10:10:43 AM  
ACF? NAQT? Subby, you're making me relive my college years.

I mean I wasn't that good at it. I got random things like geography mostly. But I did it mostly because of the fact I liked hanging out with the people. But man oh man you could tell that this sort of thing consumed some guy's entire lives, for example:

Pageantry means little to today's elite quiz bowlers, who are focused on little else besides winning. I watched one player repeatedly sigh, slam his hand down, and shout "Yes!" every time an opponent answered a question correctly, as if to say, "I knew that, too." At one point, University of Minnesota wiz Andrew Hart casually told me he was the 22nd-ranked quiz bowler of all time. When I asked Ohio State's Jacob Durst why he plays the game, he smiled and said, "Humanities 3 doesn't cut it anymore."

I know those teams and I've played them before. Both of them are Super-competitive. And usually we got our ass handed to these guys (plus Illinois and UChicago) numerous, numerous times. But I still had a good time.

Wonders if there are any other former quiz bowl players on Fark?
 
2012-05-05 10:12:00 AM  

TWX: I was disappointed, I was expecting to read on the seedy underbelly of the competition, where teams have a member who seduces members of other teams, to harm team cohesiveness or to at least distract from keeping up with everyone...


Ironically our team had the a more balanced male/female ratio and we always joked that the females should tease the other team so we could distract them.
 
2012-05-05 10:17:47 AM  
In high school, the weekly matches were televised on the local PBS station. We won a bunch, lost a few, but we always had the worst possible outfits for television. Narrow stripes, paisley (which is bad for everything), neon pink, and check patterned shirts were always prepared a couple days in advance.
 
2012-05-05 10:24:55 AM  
I am stunned that this isn't a venture brothers thread. Or am I the only one who watched that? Naw....
 
2012-05-05 10:25:16 AM  
images.wikia.com

It's a rough life...
 
2012-05-05 10:26:32 AM  

Honest Bender: [images.wikia.com image 270x264]

It's a rough life...


Came here for Venture Brothers, leaving happily.
 
2012-05-05 10:33:35 AM  
"The Department of Agriculture stated last year that the people of the United States consumed more apples than any other country. Some of that consumption was in a liquid form. Can you give the phrase in slang for the central unfrozen portion in a container of frozen cider?"

"Applejack. Applejack, Chissum City Social Club 1-3-7-FEB-2-9"
 
2012-05-05 10:38:34 AM  

Honest Bender: [images.wikia.com image 270x264]

It's a rough life...


Took this long? For shame Farkers.
 
2012-05-05 10:54:18 AM  

Mrtraveler01: ACF? NAQT? Subby, you're making me relive my college years.

Wonders if there are any other former quiz bowl players on Fark?

Yup. Mizzou, 97-01. I wasn't that great at it, either, but it was a lot of fun.
 
2012-05-05 10:54:41 AM  

Mrtraveler01: TWX: I was disappointed, I was expecting to read on the seedy underbelly of the competition, where teams have a member who seduces members of other teams, to harm team cohesiveness or to at least distract from keeping up with everyone...

Ironically our team had the a more balanced male/female ratio and we always joked that the females should tease the other team so we could distract them.


We had one female on our team. An attractive busty blonde, I shiat you not, and a damned intelligent girl (she's about to get her PhD in Art History). She had a habit of wearing low-cut shirts and short skirts during tournaments :D
 
2012-05-05 10:56:11 AM  

saultydog: Mrtraveler01: ACF? NAQT? Subby, you're making me relive my college years.

Wonders if there are any other former quiz bowl players on Fark?
Yup. Mizzou, 97-01. I wasn't that great at it, either, but it was a lot of fun.


Good times. I was part of the Truman State team in 2009 and 2010.
 
2012-05-05 10:59:01 AM  

saultydog: Mrtraveler01: ACF? NAQT? Subby, you're making me relive my college years.

Wonders if there are any other former quiz bowl players on Fark?
Yup. Mizzou, 97-01. I wasn't that great at it, either, but it was a lot of fun.


Mrtraveler01: saultydog: Mrtraveler01: ACF? NAQT? Subby, you're making me relive my college years.

Wonders if there are any other former quiz bowl players on Fark?
Yup. Mizzou, 97-01. I wasn't that great at it, either, but it was a lot of fun.

Good times. I was part of the Truman State team in 2009 and 2010.


LOL. Same circuit, different era. Wash U, 2003-2007. I've since returned to my high school in NJ, where I coach the team that I founded. saultydog, you have my sympathies if you (as I suspect) ever had to deal with Mueller.
 
2012-05-05 11:02:32 AM  

Honest Bender: It's a rough life...


Also came for Venture Brothers leaving happy.
 
2012-05-05 11:03:56 AM  

McManus_brothers: Mrtraveler01: TWX: I was disappointed, I was expecting to read on the seedy underbelly of the competition, where teams have a member who seduces members of other teams, to harm team cohesiveness or to at least distract from keeping up with everyone...

Ironically our team had the a more balanced male/female ratio and we always joked that the females should tease the other team so we could distract them.

We had one female on our team. An attractive busty blonde, I shiat you not, and a damned intelligent girl (she's about to get her PhD in Art History). She had a habit of wearing low-cut shirts and short skirts during tournaments :D


Smart woman. It's crazy how those guys get at the sight of a woman.
 
2012-05-05 11:14:15 AM  

Mrtraveler01: Good times. I was part of the Truman State team in 2009 and 2010.


I played against you both years! Although I don't want to relinquish my Internet anonymity by revealing for which school...
 
2012-05-05 11:15:36 AM  

Mrtraveler01: McManus_brothers: Mrtraveler01: TWX: I was disappointed, I was expecting to read on the seedy underbelly of the competition, where teams have a member who seduces members of other teams, to harm team cohesiveness or to at least distract from keeping up with everyone...

Ironically our team had the a more balanced male/female ratio and we always joked that the females should tease the other team so we could distract them.

We had one female on our team. An attractive busty blonde, I shiat you not, and a damned intelligent girl (she's about to get her PhD in Art History). She had a habit of wearing low-cut shirts and short skirts during tournaments :D

Smart woman. It's crazy how those guys get at the sight of a woman.


Yeah. It was bad enough for our team. Unfortunately this was on my high school NAQT team.


RminusQ: saultydog: Mrtraveler01: ACF? NAQT? Subby, you're making me relive my college years.

Wonders if there are any other former quiz bowl players on Fark?
Yup. Mizzou, 97-01. I wasn't that great at it, either, but it was a lot of fun.

Mrtraveler01: saultydog: Mrtraveler01: ACF? NAQT? Subby, you're making me relive my college years.

Wonders if there are any other former quiz bowl players on Fark?
Yup. Mizzou, 97-01. I wasn't that great at it, either, but it was a lot of fun.

Good times. I was part of the Truman State team in 2009 and 2010.

LOL. Same circuit, different era. Wash U, 2003-2007. I've since returned to my high school in NJ, where I coach the team that I founded. saultydog, you have my sympathies if you (as I suspect) ever had to deal with Mueller.


Indian River State College 05-06 (hooray for community college quiz bowl!)

/Oh, the stories I have
 
2012-05-05 11:17:37 AM  

Mrtraveler01: ACF? NAQT? Subby, you're making me relive my college years.

I mean I wasn't that good at it. I got random things like geography mostly. But I did it mostly because of the fact I liked hanging out with the people. But man oh man you could tell that this sort of thing consumed some guy's entire lives, for example:

Pageantry means little to today's elite quiz bowlers, who are focused on little else besides winning. I watched one player repeatedly sigh, slam his hand down, and shout "Yes!" every time an opponent answered a question correctly, as if to say, "I knew that, too." At one point, University of Minnesota wiz Andrew Hart casually told me he was the 22nd-ranked quiz bowler of all time. When I asked Ohio State's Jacob Durst why he plays the game, he smiled and said, "Humanities 3 doesn't cut it anymore."

I know those teams and I've played them before. Both of them are Super-competitive. And usually we got our ass handed to these guys (plus Illinois and UChicago) numerous, numerous times. But I still had a good time.

Wonders if there are any other former quiz bowl players on Fark?


*Ding*

Uh, yes.
 
2012-05-05 11:19:25 AM  

Captain Dan: Mrtraveler01: Good times. I was part of the Truman State team in 2009 and 2010.

I played against you both years! Although I don't want to relinquish my Internet anonymity by revealing for which school...


Understandable. It doesn't really matter to me since I was a nobody on our team who only got the random questions that no one else knew.

/Remembers ACF at U of I
//Brutal...brutal times
 
2012-05-05 11:20:10 AM  

Fano: Mrtraveler01: ACF? NAQT? Subby, you're making me relive my college years.

I mean I wasn't that good at it. I got random things like geography mostly. But I did it mostly because of the fact I liked hanging out with the people. But man oh man you could tell that this sort of thing consumed some guy's entire lives, for example:

Pageantry means little to today's elite quiz bowlers, who are focused on little else besides winning. I watched one player repeatedly sigh, slam his hand down, and shout "Yes!" every time an opponent answered a question correctly, as if to say, "I knew that, too." At one point, University of Minnesota wiz Andrew Hart casually told me he was the 22nd-ranked quiz bowler of all time. When I asked Ohio State's Jacob Durst why he plays the game, he smiled and said, "Humanities 3 doesn't cut it anymore."

I know those teams and I've played them before. Both of them are Super-competitive. And usually we got our ass handed to these guys (plus Illinois and UChicago) numerous, numerous times. But I still had a good time.

Wonders if there are any other former quiz bowl players on Fark?

*Ding*

Uh, yes.


You just missed power.
 
2012-05-05 11:34:43 AM  
In my first game of Quizbowl ever, my team (the "C" squad) beat Illinois A, which largely consisted of M*** S*****. I remember thinking "not so tough." The next time around, M.S. single-handedly beat our team by 200 points.
 
2012-05-05 11:37:20 AM  

Captain Dan: In my first game of Quizbowl ever, my team (the "C" squad) beat Illinois A, which largely consisted of M*** S*****. I remember thinking "not so tough." The next time around, M.S. single-handedly beat our team by 200 points.


If M.S is who I think it is...I think I know who you're talking about.

That guy is a freak of nature when it comes to Quiz Bowl.
 
2012-05-05 11:49:51 AM  

Mrtraveler01: If M.S is who I think it is...I think I know who you're talking about.


His name rhymes with 'Bike for CDs'. The other freak of nature, not including two on my own team, was Mizzou's C.D. (rhymes with 'Snarly Cheese'). Those two always gave us fits.
 
2012-05-05 11:52:30 AM  
I played for Delaware in college.

Quizbowl is fun and challenging. And I wish I had time to still attend tournaments.
 
2012-05-05 11:53:41 AM  

Mrtraveler01: McManus_brothers: Mrtraveler01: TWX: I was disappointed, I was expecting to read on the seedy underbelly of the competition, where teams have a member who seduces members of other teams, to harm team cohesiveness or to at least distract from keeping up with everyone...

Ironically our team had the a more balanced male/female ratio and we always joked that the females should tease the other team so we could distract them.

We had one female on our team. An attractive busty blonde, I shiat you not, and a damned intelligent girl (she's about to get her PhD in Art History). She had a habit of wearing low-cut shirts and short skirts during tournaments :D

Smart woman. It's crazy how those guys get at the sight of a woman.


Heh, I was the resident lit nerd on our college quiz bowl team, and I was totally not above wearing a low-cut shirt on game days.
 
2012-05-05 11:54:11 AM  

Mrtraveler01: That guy is a freak of nature when it comes to Quiz Bowl.


Sort of a Quizatz Haderach?
 
2012-05-05 12:00:15 PM  

Captain Dan: Mrtraveler01: If M.S is who I think it is...I think I know who you're talking about.

His name rhymes with 'Bike for CDs'. The other freak of nature, not including two on my own team, was Mizzou's C.D. (rhymes with 'Snarly Cheese'). Those two always gave us fits.


Heh, I know exactly who you're talking about. And they are two very unique individuals to say the least, and man do they both get mad easily when it comes to Quiz Bowl

/Nice job with the rhymes btw
 
2012-05-05 12:06:26 PM  

Mayor Bee: "The Department of Agriculture stated last year that the people of the United States consumed more apples than any other country. Some of that consumption was in a liquid form. Can you give the phrase in slang for the central unfrozen portion in a container of frozen cider?"

"Applejack. Applejack, Chissum City Social Club 1-3-7-FEB-2-9"


Applejack is the state liquor of New Jersey. It's a delicious adult beverage usually served straight on the rocks.

/came here to make snark
//now i feel like a dork for knowing about Applejack
 
2012-05-05 12:10:19 PM  
I'm a little creeped out at the number of Missouri-based College Bowl Farkers.

/was apparently a couple years ahead of saultydog
//also not particularly great at it, but had a good time
 
2012-05-05 12:14:28 PM  

web250: I played for Delaware in college.

Quizbowl is fun and challenging. And I wish I had time to still attend tournaments.


That doesn't stop some people. I've seen guys in their 40's play Quiz Bowl.
 
2012-05-05 12:15:56 PM  

schief2: I'm a little creeped out at the number of Missouri-based College Bowl Farkers.

/was apparently a couple years ahead of saultydog
//also not particularly great at it, but had a good time


Yeah, this is very weird in a coincidental way. But it's cool as well.
 
2012-05-05 12:22:11 PM  

Mrtraveler01: web250: I played for Delaware in college.

Quizbowl is fun and challenging. And I wish I had time to still attend tournaments.

That doesn't stop some people. I've seen guys in their 40's play Quiz Bowl.


Our team's best finish in the local tourney was when we lost to the eventual winners, a team that consisted of a neckbearded savant who looked like he was pushing 50 and a couple of warm bodies so that he had enough people for a "team". (I'm not sure they answered a single question all game.)

/saw him win six figures on Who Wants to be a Millionaire a few years later
//CSB
 
2012-05-05 12:31:00 PM  

RminusQ: saultydog, you have my sympathies if you (as I suspect) ever had to deal with Mueller.


The name doesn't ring a bell. There are quite a few faces I remember but not too many names.
 
2012-05-05 01:26:09 PM  

schief2: Mrtraveler01: web250: I played for Delaware in college.

Quizbowl is fun and challenging. And I wish I had time to still attend tournaments.

That doesn't stop some people. I've seen guys in their 40's play Quiz Bowl.

Our team's best finish in the local tourney was when we lost to the eventual winners, a team that consisted of a neckbearded savant who looked like he was pushing 50 and a couple of warm bodies so that he had enough people for a "team". (I'm not sure they answered a single question all game.)

/saw him win six figures on Who Wants to be a Millionaire a few years later
//CSB


I blame that Quiz Bowl gang for ruining that show. Not exactly sure how they did it - maybe persistence, practice using their little homebrew simulators, maybe some cooperative method of gaming the selection system, I dunno - but at some point a LOT of quiz bowl people got on the show. They all knew each other.

Every. Single. One. of these guys was the exact opposite of charismatic, like your neckbeard guy. Ratings fell. ABC responded by selecting photogenic younger people as contestants, but they were kind of dumb, and there was no longer any point to the show.
 
2012-05-05 02:06:11 PM  
I wasn't ever on the travel team, but I was on a couple of teams for the local folk. IIRC, the University of Wisconsin annual competition was officially called the Elvis Aaron Presley Memorial. Can anyone confirm?
 
2012-05-05 03:22:04 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: In high school, the weekly matches were televised on the local PBS station. We won a bunch, lost a few, but we always had the worst possible outfits for television. Narrow stripes, paisley (which is bad for everything), neon pink, and check patterned shirts were always prepared a couple days in advance.


We had one here in Houston called "the Texaco Star Academic Challenge." I was on the team-we had to win the first two rounds to get on TV. I did well, but I chewed the hell out of some gum while on the stage due to nerves. That was the only thing anyone noticed. Too bad it's not recorded somewhere.
 
2012-05-05 03:54:24 PM  
I don't think our college had a quiz team, but I did the high school thing, including the live-on-TV version. I was on the last one my local station ever aired; they canceled it the following year. (We lost the finals, alas).

Our team was mainly male; for that final match, we seriously considered wearing suits and boxers (as the lower half was invisible behind the seating).
 
2012-05-05 05:27:02 PM  

Mrtraveler01: ACF? NAQT? Subby, you're making me relive my college years.

I mean I wasn't that good at it. I got random things like geography mostly. But I did it mostly because of the fact I liked hanging out with the people. But man oh man you could tell that this sort of thing consumed some guy's entire lives, for example:

Pageantry means little to today's elite quiz bowlers, who are focused on little else besides winning. I watched one player repeatedly sigh, slam his hand down, and shout "Yes!" every time an opponent answered a question correctly, as if to say, "I knew that, too." At one point, University of Minnesota wiz Andrew Hart casually told me he was the 22nd-ranked quiz bowler of all time. When I asked Ohio State's Jacob Durst why he plays the game, he smiled and said, "Humanities 3 doesn't cut it anymore."

I know those teams and I've played them before. Both of them are Super-competitive. And usually we got our ass handed to these guys (plus Illinois and UChicago) numerous, numerous times. But I still had a good time.

Wonders if there are any other former quiz bowl players on Fark?


High school. 2007-2009. SE Michigan. Only 2 white kids on the team out of 30. Rest were all Indians.

/Nothing like getting whacked 500-50 by Catholic Central, then checking the scoreboard and realizing you scored more points than their other 6 opponents up to that point combined.
//Also, Detroit Country Day.
 
2012-05-05 05:48:51 PM  

saultydog: The name doesn't ring a bell. There are quite a few faces I remember but not too many names.


Oh, you'd know this insane moron if you were in quiz bowl with him for any considerable length of time.

Captain Dan: His name rhymes with 'Bike for CDs'. The other freak of nature, not including two on my own team, was Mizzou's C.D. (rhymes with 'Snarly Cheese'). Those two always gave us fits.


Oh man, both of those guys... Farking C.D. is such a strident advocate for good quiz bowl at the high school level, and so absolutely terrible at having a human conversation.

meyerkev: /Nothing like getting whacked 500-50 by Catholic Central, then checking the scoreboard and realizing you scored more points than their other 6 opponents up to that point combined.


Man, my high school's current team has that problem with Hunter College High School. These farking kids have been demolishing all local opposition including us for a few years now, and the core of the team is FINALLY graduating this year. One tournament last year, we were unbeaten until the finals, when we went up against them. 765-0.
 
2012-05-05 06:03:32 PM  

RminusQ: meyerkev: /Nothing like getting whacked 500-50 by Catholic Central, then checking the scoreboard and realizing you scored more points than their other 6 opponents up to that point combined.

Man, my high school's current team has that problem with Hunter College High School. These farking kids have been demolishing all local opposition including us for a few years now, and the core of the team is FINALLY graduating this year. One tournament last year, we were unbeaten until the finals, when we went up against them. 765-0.


Wow. You must have a different scoring system. Ours maxes out at 675 points (10 + 5 power + 30 bonus * 15 questions).
 
2012-05-07 05:25:23 PM  

meyerkev: Wow. You must have a different scoring system. Ours maxes out at 675 points (10 + 5 power + 30 bonus * 15 questions).


Twenty tossups, of which they got 13 for power and 7 for not-power. My students said that by halftime they were just too stunned to buzz.
 
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