Are You a Geek? Like to Drink? Think You Know More Than Us?

​Then you'll want to join us on Thursday, January 14, at 8 p.m. at the Maple Leaf Pub for a very special edition of Geeks Who Drink. I'll be serving as the guest trivia master (or maven, as it were) at the Thursday edition of the weekly pub quiz series and am issuing a challenge to all of you food connoisseurs to come show us what you're made of.

For those not in the know, Geeks Who Drink is based out of Denver and hosts weekly pub trivia tournaments across the country. In Houston, GWD hosts pub trivia at Little Woodrow's in Rice Village on Tuesdays at 8 p.m., at Little Woodrow's in Midtown on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and at the Maple Leaf Pub on Thursdays. Unlike those impersonal NTN handheld devices, however, Geeks Who Drink features a real, live trivia master asking the questions and interacting with the crowd.

To get you geared up for the tournament, here are a few sample questions as a warmup. Think these are easy? Then drag your butt out from behind Google and come play for real on January 14. (Yes, there will be prizes.)

  1. People go to war for many things: religion, land, natural resources. Food (and famine) has been one of the main causes of wrath and wars throughout human history. In fact, most anthropologists now believe that the population of what mysterious island was wiped out after a civil war over food (or, rather, a lack thereof)?
  2. Scholars predominantly agree that the idea of the apple as the Forbidden Fruit in the Garden of Eden was a Roman Catholic creation, intended to subdue and cast aspersions upon a certain group of people. Who were these people?
  3. Chicory is well-known as a coffee substitute. What common nut was also used throughout American history to make coffee when no coffee beans were available?
  4. According to Greek legend, eating or even smelling too much of what herb will cause scorpions to breed inside your brain?
  5. There is a dark side to whole-grain bread! During World War II, the city of Dublin could eat only whole-grain breads due to restricted access to refined flour, resulting in a city-wide epidemic of what disabling disease?

Leave your answers in the comments section below.

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