The Time Travel with Kafka: The de Vere’s Irish Pub Quiz

The de Vere's Irish Pub Pub Quiz starts at 7 tonight and every Monday night. This week's newsletter reflects on Franz Kafka, Abraham Lincoln and productivity.

Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz,

I hope you can join us for tonight’s Quiz. I’ve had a fruitful and productive weekend, in that I spent the weekend listening to extraordinary public speakers and authors talking about creativity and productivity at the annual San Francisco Writers Conference, a gathering where I have been giving presentations about poetry and writing for the last eight Presidents Day weekends. I come home with such a full (I almost said “large”) head from such events, eager to share with my Technocultural Studies students about what I’ve learned about social media marketing, and eager to get to work on my next book project.

Currently my wife and I are working on a book on parenting, and my most recent poetry manuscript is in search of a publisher. Should I turn my recent published book chapter on teaching with Twitter into an entire book on instructional technology? If only I had one of those stopwatches that stopped everyone else for a few weeks, while I had time to write. As Franz Kafka says, “Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before,” and I think time travel may be my best option for getting everything done. I know that many of you are poets and authors, as well. I look forward to hearing more about your book projects.

Happy Presidents Day! Some Lincoln enthusiasts are upset that Lincoln has never been commemorated with a holiday of his own, while others point out that the Republican party would never consider Lincoln as a candidate today. For many of you, the holiday may just mean that you had a chance both to nap and to gather friends for tonight’s de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz. In addition to questions about US Presidents, expect to be asked about German companies that you didn’t know were German, file sharing, young mothers, Harrison Ford, funny TV shows, East Coast states, people who could go by the name of Luke, Bugs Bunny, country music (I feel obligated to ask at least one country music question a year), Jeremy Lin, space travel, nicknames, reproachfulness and other delightful words that start with the letter “R,” middle-aged adventures, indie rock bands and the songs that have made them famous, California cities, Dungeons and Dragons undead creatures with two hit dice, preachers, large boats, storied geographic areas with four syllables in their names, Milton, Oscar-winners, Marvel superheroes, Kings basketball, Irishmen whom you would recognize, odd-looking fish, authors named Jane, Shakespeare, and the book industry.

I hope you have enjoyed the holiday. See you tonight!

Your Quizmaster





Here are five questions from last week’s quiz:

6.  The California Flag. According to Snopes.com, the bear on the California flag was originally supposed to be which of the following? A California condor, a mountain lion, an orange, or a pear. 

7.  Pop Culture – Music. What one-word band won two Grammys last night for their song “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”? 

8. Sports.   The Pittsburgh Steelers has opted to cut the longest-tenured player on the team. What is his name?

9. Science.   Which of the following is closest to the age of the verified oldest individual tree, named Prometheus (a tree that was cut down in 1964)? 500 months, 500 years, 5,000 months, or 5,000 years?

10. Name the Great American.  Who was the 1st Governor of the American Zone of Occupied Germany and the first supreme commander of NATO? 

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Cody Kitaura (Editor) February 22, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Trivia like this is fun, but I'm so awful at it. The name of #10 was on the tip of my tongue for a few minutes, but I just couldn't get it. What were you just saying about productivity? :P While we're at it, did you happen to see the "more information about this article" link at the bottom of the Snopes page referenced in your California flag question...?


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