Saturday, 18 April 2015

A Most Noble And Ancient Quiz

Are you a crazy for Cuneiform? Mad for Mithras? Loony for Lammasus? If any of that made sense to you, or even if it didn't, you may want to head down to Koerner's Pub on the University of British Columbia campus for a quiz night in support of From Stone To Screen. The event is being held by the UBC Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies, and I'm positive they'll put on an excellent quiz. It starts at 6 P.M. on April 22nd, costs $5 per person to enter, and promises fun, excitement, door prizes, and if you're lucky, some questions on Galen, Gibbons, and Gaius Valerius Flaccus — the original "GGG." But why take my word for it? From their facebook page:

Challenge your professors & TA's in a battle of wits and trivial knowledge! This is general knowledge trivia, not specifically Classics or Archaeology related. Invite your friends from other departments or outside of UBC! 

Door prizes, raffle and a 50/50 draw! There will also be a special prize for the best team name, as decided by our Trivia hosts.

Proceeds will go toward From Stone to Screen’s conference travel and digitization equipment, and help fund the 2015 CNERS Graduate Student Conference, Total Recall: The Manipulation of Memory in the Ancient World ( for details).

Monday, 13 April 2015

The Impending Madness

I didn't need to to do this last year, so I'm glad to announce it this year: THE CANUCKS, PEACE BE UPON THEM, ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS. THIS MAY FUCK UP YOUR FAVOURITE QUIZ NIGHT, SO CHECK AHEAD OF TIME.  Sometimes the quiz will be cancelled, sometimes it will be wedged in between periods. In any case, don't get caught off-guard.

In other news, East Side Craft House's quiz has been pushed up to 7:30 PM every Friday,and  it looks like there may be a quiz at Seven Dining Lounge in Mount Pleasant.

Go Canucks!

Monday, 6 April 2015

The Kings Head (cancelled)

Alas, the King is dead. Find IQ 2000 at various other quizzes about the town on their facebook page.

Where: The Kings Head, 1618 Yew Street in Kitsilano

When: 7:00 PM Sundays, Weekly

Web Presence:  You can follow IQ2000 on Facebook, and get yourself a few free answers every week

Team Info: Maximum team size of seven

Prizes: Prizes to be won include pitchers of beer, gift certificates for pizzas from Uncle Fatih's, and salsa party packs from Fresh is Best Salsa. Prizes aren't only for winning teams. It just wouldn't be an IQ 2000 quiz without the shrill howls of teams trying to win free drinks by making noise.

Format: 2 Halves of 20 questions, nominally divided into rounds

Food and Drink: Bar food. The nachos weren't very good the night we were there, but the beer specials were excellent. I think their priorities are in order.

The Kings Head is located in a quaint building, which dates back to 1897, which makes it ancient by Vancouver standards. This "Tudor-style" edifice was a fish market and beauty parlour before taking its current form as a purveyor of inebriants in 1973. As its aged exterior suggests, the interior is a confounding warren of tables, nooks, snugs, stairways, and almost certain fire code violations. Within these Borgesian corridors, however, you are likely to find some friendly faces, cheap drinks, and at least 6 TVs tuned to the same sporting event. The beer is cheap, the food average, and the staff friendly.

I don't have all that much to say about the quiz itself, as my enjoyment of IQ 2000 quizzes is well documented, and the quiz at the Kings Head is no exception. Unfortunately, the Kings Head lacks a proper audiovisual setup, and the most essential part of IQ2K's charm, the wonderful multimedia presentation, is not present. The questions are still excellent, but it lacks in comparison to previous nights.

An even shorter version: A fun quiz, although I missed the multimedia cavalcade I had grown used to. Probably the best pub sign in town.
Daedalus would be proud