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Bad Answer – Nobel Prizes

bad quiz answer - nobel prizes
Nah. Not really.

Here’s a fairly shit attempt to answer a list question. I asked quizzers to name any five out of the six Nobel Prizes.

I know you know this already but the real answers are:

  1. Physics
  2. Chemistry
  3. Literature
  4. Economics
  5. Medicine
  6. Peace

Well done to Laura’s team whose answers are better and who may well one day win the Nobel Prize for Lovely.

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Quiz: How Old Are The World’s Earliest Playable Sound Recordings?

I thought that sound recording began round about the start of the 20th century but then I read this on Wikipedia the other night. It’s class:

The phonautograph, patented by Léon Scott in 1857, used a vibrating diaphragm and stylus to graphically record sound waves as tracings on sheets of paper, purely for visual analysis and without any intent of playing them back. In the 2000s, these tracings were first scanned by audio engineers and digitally converted into audible sound. Phonautograms of singing and speech made by Scott in 1860 were played back as sound for the first time in 2008. Along with a tuning fork tone and unintelligible snippets recorded as early as 1857, these are the earliest known recordings of sound.

Further reading shows that clips exist from as early as 1853. So the answer to the title of this article is 1853.

That’ll be in the quiz sooner or later.

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Quarter of a Grand – Tonight!

We’re hitting big numbers again at the Brass Monkey LEith. £250 jackpot tonight. That’s a “wow”.

7pm – Brass Monkey Leith. Jackpot: £250. Cheat: The incredible Black Lace are in the music round. Sadly not their greatest work “Gang Bang” but still a party favourite. Check the video to the 1980s birthday party shcool disco action and hear the song.

9pm – The Safari Lounge. Jackpot £60. Cheat: The picture round this week includes the answer “Macbeth“.

Black Lace were one of the cultural motifs that defined the working class experience of the 1980s.

They are from the same bargain bucket as Findus crispy pancakes, Ford Fiestas, Bullseye with Jim Bowen on Sundays, Bruno Brookes doing the charts on Tuesdays, holidays at Butlins and stonewash jeans.

What a load of shite, a beautiful load of old shite.

Feeling nostalgic!

Tell you what though, if you win £250 tonight at the quiz and then travel through time to 1984 (the time of the Conga), you’ll be the king of all humans.

Having £250 in those days made you GOD. Fact!

Mind you, that’s from the perspective of a 12 year old. Maybe it wasn’t that much if you were working.

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Here’s Some Superheroic Pub Quiz Advice On The Worst Pub Quiz Names of All Time

Here’s a brilliant method which you can use to stop people thinking that you and your pals are arseholes.

STEP 1: choose a team name for the quiz.

No one likes you, Robin.

STEP 2: Check if it’s on this list of shite team names. If it is, then choose something else. Everyone has heard these fifty million times:


There are loads more and you can tell me them here or with #dpquiz. I’ll add them as I get them to leave this blog page as a lasting monument to awful pub quiz team names.

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Team Names of The Month (April)

This month it took me a while to get round to fixing up Aril’s best efforts. Here they are in my humble, unworthy, shitty little opinion.

If yours’ isn’t there it’s because I’m thick as mince and missed your obvious genius. Fight me.

Best pub quiz team names of April 2017
Best pub quiz team names of April 2017

Nice to see the dark side of town (Corstorphine) getting a shout-out. I never do quizzes out there, mainly because I never want to go there.Going to Corstorphine is how I imagine death. I’m in no hurry to experience it.

Apart from the zoo.

Mind you, the older I get, the worse I feel about the internment of animals, so even the zoo is shit. Not to mention the price, and the fact they’ve thinned out the animals for ‘welfare’, meaning that there’s only about six different animals in there now.

When I was a kid the animals crammed onto that hillside cheek-by-jowel like raisins in a fruit cake. And they had EVERYTHING. Like Noah’s Ark. It was awesome. And it was about ONE POUND to get in.

And if you couldn’t be bothered even paying a pound, you could easily climb over the fence/gate at the top of Corstorphine Hill.

Not only did this make the zoo free, it also meant that your progress through the animals was all downhill instead of the usual hike upwards.

Totez amazeballz, as none of us ever used to say.

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Your Lives Are So Glamourous And Worthy Of Respect

Sometimes I have a brag-off at the quiz.

Teams are asked to write down “the greatest thing they have ever done” and then they are judged. Winner gets a coconut or some such.

Here’s a few samples from a recent brag-off:

Rescued by The Prince of Jordan
Rescued by The Prince of Jordan
Won Cluedo in One Guess
Won Cluedo in One Guess
Eleven coppers up the mule's lip
Eleven coppers up the mule’s lip
Kicked a Pissing Bloke In The Arse
Kicked a Pissing Bloke In The Arse
Electrocuted Own Cock
Electrocuted Own Cock
Shagged an olympian
Shagged an Olympian

You are all heroes.

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Monday Means Sweet Pain. And Prizes.

Pain is getting up and going to work when you just don’t want to.

Prizes is what I have for you later tonight.

7pm – Brass Monkey Leith. Jackpot: £100. Cheat: The picture round includes the answer Newcastle United.

9pm – Safari Lounge. Jackpot: £30. Cheat: The music round includes the French Elvis himself, mister Johnny Hallyday. Check out the video below.

The French? Are THEY rock and roll?

Here’s my attempt to put all of the nationalities of Europe into rock and roll order. Most rocking at the top, most JLS at the bottom. (You know I like pop music but JLS were genuinely shite).

  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Germany
  • Holland
  • Portugal
  • Italy
  • Belarus
  • Poland
  • Switzerland
  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Spain
  • Luxembourg
  • Austria
  • France

I’m sure you can fit in the ones I’ve missed out.

Anyway, here’s that Johnny Hallyday song. It’s totally great.

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