Monday, January 16, 2012

Pop Culture Gone Wild!

Thought we’d do something to kick-start those brain cells.

It’s time for some pop culture trivia!

Come on – it will be fun. Bet you know at least one answer. Everything focuses on the 80’s and 90’s.

Speaking of 80’s, Nicki Elson is hosting a blogfest on February 10 – I’ll Tumble 4 Ya – name your 80’s crush. (And I’ll tell you right now, it was NOT the Culture Club!!!!)

And we are looking for guest posts from past and coming participants over at the A to Z Challenge blog. Contact Lee or any of the co-hosts if you are interested.

Now, on to the trivia!


Quote – name the movie: “Three weeks, twenty papers, that’s two dollars.”

What now famous actor was killed in his bed in A Nightmare on Elm Street? (1984)

What actress appeared in Less Than Zero, Twister, and The Lost Boys?

In True Romance, who plays Christian Slater’s vision of Elvis?

Quote – name the movie: “You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?”


What famous guitarist for Ozzy was killed March 1982?

Where did the band White Zombie get its name?

Milton Berle was in two of Ratt’s music videos – what was the connection?

What album spent a record-setting 778 weeks on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart?

Who was the hot blonde in the video for the Grammy winning song, Rosanna, by Toto?


Before it was a hit series, The Simpsons debuted as a short skit on what FOX show?

Which actress replaced Shelly Long when she left Cheers?

What award-winning two hour show parodied other movies from 1988 to 1999?

Director Michael Mann produced what TV series? (He later directed the film version.)

What actor was on Saturday Night Live, hosted two TV shows, did Monday Night Football, and even hosted a game show?

Bonus Game question!

What is the best-selling game console ever?

Give me your best answers! Winner gets the right to strut his or her pop culture geekness for a week. Runner up gets… a warm, fuzzy feeling.


Sarah Tokeley said...

Oh man, I only knew a total of three answers. In my defence, I'm pretty sure some of them would be easier for your American readers to answer. That's my excuse, anyway :-)

Anonymous said...

I'm going with Sarah on this one. I should be all over the 80's/90's era. Could do real damage to the self confidence - so I'll go with a lack of information/experience versus the ignorance/poor memory option. Karma chameleonically yours.

Unknown said...

I'm rubbish. I only knew 2 answers.

Old Kitty said...

ERm.. TV:

1) Tracey Ullman Show
2) Oooh I know this one! Rebecca - Diane was replaced by Rebecca! LOL! I can't remember her name - KIRSTY ALLEY!! Phew!

and that's all folks!

LOL! hey it's MONDAY!! Brain (all one cell of it) is still lost in the weekend!

Take care

Nick Wilford said...

I only got two as well - the Simpsons and the last movie one. If it's any defence, I was born in England in 1980...

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

erm I know the answer to lots of these questions.. I do! I swear! I can picture their faces, but I just can't think of their names.

MOCK! said...

Being a fan of trivia and the 80s, I can get some of these...

The important question: name your 80s crush....

Winona Ryder and the girls in Bananarama.

Rhonda said...

I only knew one. LOL - I would love to use Sarah's excuse as I don't live in the US, but I did live there in the 80s and 90s.

MOCK! said...

Okay....real answers....

1. Better Off Dead (my wife just introduced our daughter to it this weekend)
2. Johnny Depp
3. Jamie Gertz
4. Val Kilmer
5. Pulp Fiction

1. Rhodes?
4. Dark Side of the Moon ?
5. Rosanna Arquette

1. Tracey Ullman
2. Alley
3. MST3K
4. Miami Vice
5. Dennis Miller

Cate Masters said...

I'm terrible with trivia. But it's Rosanna Arquette in Toto's music video, I think they were dating at the time. Well, not the whole band. :) (I don't think!)

Brinda said...

I should know these answers. I in awe of Mock if he got these off the top of his head.

Li said...

I was only 100% positive on 2 answers. I spent the 80s and early 90s under a rock suffering from amnesia.(And who could blame me? The awful hair, the shoulder pads and stirrup pants...*shudders*)

Marta Szemik said...

These are harder than I thought they would be! 80's - I don't think I watched tv (we only had 2 channels anyways where I was), 90's - I blame it on the long days and nights I spent studying :D

MOCK! said...

TV was my best friend growing up (I turned 10 in 1980) and movies my friends in college (obviously hitting 20 in1990).

Beyond Top 40 and the Beatles, music wasn't much of a, those questions were harded...

Annalisa Crawford said...

Pulp Fiction and Kirsty Allie. I feel knowledge-less :-(

Unknown said...

I read this (before I got to the questions, mind) and thought, "Oh, I am SO gonna OWN this!"

Yeah. I think I knew a total of 2? Maybe 3? By the time I got to, "Ooh! Rosanna Arquette! That's Rosanna Arquette!" I had already decided I needed a major brush-up on my 80's & 90's.

Great post, Alex! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sarah, I'll buy that excuse.

Accidental, too early in the morning?

Kitty, you knew two though!

Nick, that's a good excuse.

Rhonda, you just had to know one.

Mock, very good! And you just saw that movie this past weekend??? I could recite the whole movie to you I've seen it so many times.

Cate, now she's married to Richard Marx.

Lisa, now that's stuff I tried to forget.

AnnaLisa, you got two!

Rusty Carl said...

Ah geez.

Better off Dead... love the hamburger guitar solo
Pulp Fiction

Randy Rhodes
Yikes... um, I heard this recently and forgot. From Day of the Dead?
Uh oh.. I have no idea.
The Wall.
Phht... I have no idea.

The Tracy Ulman show. I was a fan.
Kirstie Alley.
Dennis Miller

Ugh. I don't feel so smart all of a sudden. I was stumped a bunch there.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

I'll give someone else the chance to win, since I know all he answers and it wouldn't be fair. Just kidding. I know three answers, so I'll pass. :)


Unknown said...

I feel rusty. Eek. And this is such a fun thing! I love trivia (but I'm TERRIBLE at it)!

Hmm, best-selling console, is it Playstation? (It's the one we own, lol).

Gail said...

You will have to go back another decade or two for me to know the answers...was too busy during that time to notice.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Now who doesn't remember Better Off Dead or Mystery Science Theater 3000?

Jeff Beesler said...

Dude, I failed most of those questions. I seriously doubt even Google could've saved my game at this point!

Ruth Schiffmann said...

I know the first one (Better Off Dead), but it's downhill from there.

Less Than Zero, Twister, and The Lost Boys? Arg. I can picture her face, but don't know her name.

Replacement for Shelly Long: Kirsty Ally.

Well, it's better than I expected from myself ;)


ask me about the late fifties and sixties and I'm well away. eighties and nineties unless it's to do with DANIEL I haven't got a clue,
Just taking a rest to sort my family out, one of my followers has ordered and recieved my book.


Suzie F. said...

This was a toughie but fun! And I usually pride myself on my 80s memories, lol. The only answer I knew for sure was Kirstie Ally replacing Shelly Long - Cheers was a must watch show during my college years. I'll guess Michael Jackson's, "Thriller," as album to stay on the charts for 778 weeks.

Jeremy [Retro] said...

I answered every one... I am a total nerd, cause I got them all correct. Either I have to get out more or go on a game show.... Thank you Alex... the Chuck Norris of Chuck Norris's...


Ian Anderson said...

Dude. I can't answer even one of those. I even think of myself as a movie buff. Guess not.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Rusty, you knew most - but not The Wall! Think older Floyd.

Teresa, that was three!

Jen, you are the first to get that right - and it was PS2.

Jeffrey, and you are such an 80's music buff!

InLuv, you got those right though!

Suzie, yes to the first, way off on the second.

Jeremy, I expected nothing less from you.

Man O Clay, sorry!

Talli Roland said...

Dear Lord, I need to brush up on my Pop Trivia! said...

Great quiz, Alex. That's why I only know the same two TV answers as Old Kitty. But I still like Boy George.
Happy Monday.

Karen Lange said...

Just when I thought I didn't know the answer to any of these...Weren't the Simpsons on the Tracy Ullman (sp?)show? Shelley Long was replaced by Kirstie Alley.

baygirl32 said...


#2 Johnny Depp
#3 Jami Gertz
#4 Val Kilmer
#5 Pulp Fiction

#2 after the film

#1 Tracey Ulman
#2 Kristie Allie

- atari?

Leovi said...

What album to record-setting Spent 778 weeks on Billboard's Top 200 Chart? I guess it was Michael Jackson's Thriller.

LynnRush said...

Yay!!! Movie quotes!!!

1. It's the movie with Jon Cusack...right? Oh. Drop Dead Summer? Gosh, I can't remember. Ahhhh
2. Johnny Debb
3. Jami Gertz
I don't know the rest. These were fun!!!

When it comes to music and TV, I totally suck.
I think I got the one for the Shelly Long, though, wasn't that Kirstie Alley?

PS. I tried to find a "contact me" space on the A-Z blog so I could reach a host per your message at the beginning of your post, but couldn't. I'm totally excited about this and would love to do a post. :) Just not sure how to reach anyone. :( Woot!!

Happy MONDAY!!! If you have the day off, I hope you enjoy it. :)

The Angry Lurker said...

I went with the movies.....

2. Johnny Depp
3. Jamie Gertz
4. Val Kilmer
5. Pulp Fiction

Misha Gerrick said...

Lol usually I know most people's trivia answers, but this quiz has me stumped and it feels unfair to google. :-D

Laura Eno said...

Oh, dear. I only know Kirstie Ally. Where have I been all my life?

Dafeenah said...

Since I don't know any of those answers I'm going to claim I was abducted by aliens during those years and experimented on so my memory was wiped clean and that's why I have no clue. It's totally not because I'm uncool. Nope it was the aliens.

Kelly Robinson said...

I'm going to be hearing "Twooo dollars!" in my head all day.

farawayeyes said...

Zero, Zip, Nada.

Luanne G. Smith said...

I think I got three right. Pretty sure that's an "F".

I must have dream-walked through the 80's, because I hardly remember anything. :(

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Karen, yes - you got two!

Baygirl, you got most. Not Atari though.

Leovi, no, wasn't MJ.

Lynn, I can help set you up with a post! And the movie you are thinking of was One Crazy Summer - but that's not the answer.

Lurker, and you scored!

Laura, but I knew you'd get one.

Dafeenah, I'll accept your alien abduction story.

Kelly, and I bet it makes you smile every time.

Charles Gramlich said...

About the only one I know, or think I know, is that JOhnny Depp was killed in Nightmare on Elm street.

Arlee Bird said...

I'm lousy at this trivia.

Movies: Only one I know is the last one--Pulp Fiction

Music --record-setting album? Dark Side of the Moon?

TV-- Tracy Ullman Show- I don't recall ever watching it, but I've heard that thing about the Simpsons many times.

Dennis Phillips is in my head for the last one, but I don't remember him being on SNL.

A cat's memoir?
Wrote By Rote

Anonymous said...

I know two of the answers: Randy Rhoads in a meaningless plane crash that never should have happened and the girl from Dirty Dancing ... ummm, what's her name. Well, at least I got the movie right.

Unknown said...

This is awesome! I love trivia games. Let's see...


1. Better Off Dead ?
2. Johnny Depp
3. Jami Gertz
4. Val Kilmer ?
5. Pulp Fiction


1. Randy Rhodes
2. Rob Zombie
3. Man, I do not remember. :)
4. Dark Side of The Moon: Pink Floyd
5. Roseanna Arquette?


1. The Tracy Ullman Show
2. Kirstie Alley
3. MST 3000
4. Miami Vice
5. Dennis Miller

You got me thinking this morning for sure!

Jay Noel said...

I'm a writer/contributor to because I am a master of all things 80 and 90s Pop Culture. So this is hardly fair!

1.Better Off Dead ("plus tip").
2. Johnny Depp
3.The lovely Jami Gertz (loved her character on Seinfeld. She couldn't "spare a square").
4.Val Kilmer
5. Pulp Fiction

1. Randy Rhoads
2. Named after an old horror flick called White Zombie (the actor in it is mostly known for his iconic portrayal of Dracula)
3. Love RATT! I think Milton Berle had a family member (nephew maybe)that was the band's manager.
4. Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
5.Cynthia Rhodes (who played Penny in Dirty Dancing). She's married to Richard Marx, and she herself was a singer - she was in the reformed band Animotion. They had one hit "Room to Move"

1. The Tracy Ullman Show
2. Kirstie Alley
3. Mystery Science Theatre 3000
4. Miami Vice
5. Dennis Miller (still has a radio show too)

Robyn Campbell said...

*raises hand* Kirstie Alley! Randy Rhodes! Dennis Miller! Milton Berle was one of my favorite comedians. But I don't know. *rubs face* Argh!

Sheesh. I failed miserably. *slinks away, head down*

Tara Tyler said...

i only know about 3 answers...the rest i can picture but am too foggy to remember =|

movie, pulp fiction
music, white zombie drink? thriller?
tv, in living color, kirstie alley

fun fun!

Unknown said...

It's so sad that I don't know these. I lived through the eighties. However, I was young. That's my excuse.

Anonymous said...

Melissa, Better Off Dead was a classic. Love that show!

Lydia Kang said...

Oh, I know some of these but not all of them.

My friend John Sellers wrote a book called the PCAT--the Pop Culture Aptitude Test. It was hilarious!

Cassie Mae said...

I actually knew most of these! I didn't even cheat and look them up. :) *pats young self on the back*

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Charles, you are correct!

Lee, you got three - and figured you'd know the music one.

Stephen, Rhodes is right, Jennifer Grey is not!

Melissa, you tripped up on the music, but nailed the others.

Jay, you the man! Now what was the gaming console?

Robyn and Tara, you got a few of them.

Clarissa, sadly I wasn't!

Lydia, I need to read that.

Ciara said...

I should know all these answers, but I only know a few. I see your Karma/triber on the side bar. I'm there too. I'm not sure what to do with it. LOL You need to explain that in a future blog post. :)

Anonymous said...

LOL! Thanks for the chuckle: name your 80’s crush. (And I’ll tell you right now, it was NOT the Culture Club!!!!)

I loved 'The Love Cats' by The Cure and 'Gold' by Spandau Ballet, but I was primarily a Queen fan.
Have no idea about the other questions, so I feel quite the pop culture dunce!

Empty Nest Insider said...

I used to be pretty good at trivia, but you stomped me on most of them. This brings back memories of when the claws would come out during Trivial Pursuit! Julie

Tyrean Martinson said...

Sadly, I kept having that tip of brain feeling on all but three of these, that "oh, I know that one, but whats-his-name again?" feeling. For the answers I did get:Better Off Dead for the movie quote.
Johnny Depp was in Nightmare on Elm Street.
Kirsty Alley on Cheers.
The "I Want My Two Dollars" quote is something of a husband-wife joke around my household - our kids don't get it, and most of our family and friends don't but we laugh over that line together frequently.

Colene Murphy said...

Whoo hoo! I knew 4! =P I sucked at the music, but oh well. TWO DOLLARS! bahaha...I love much.

M.J. Fifield said...

I normally consider myself pretty well versed in the realm of pop culture but you have proven otherwise.


Johnny Depp was in Nightmare on Elm Street. Is the actress Jami Gertz? The quarter pounder with cheese quotes comes from Pulp Fiction.


Yeah. I've got nothing.


Kirstie Alley replaced Shelly Long.

I think Michael Mann might have produced Miami Vice.

Bonus question:

I'm going to guess Nintendo?

Southpaw said...

I only knew three off the top of my head.

PS there is a link problem to the A-Z Blog.

Bish Denham said...

Oh GAK! I was busy working with emotionally disturbed kids during the '80s. No TV, very little of anything else. The only one I think I know is...wasn't it Kristie Alley who took over when Shelly Long left?

Johanna Garth said...

I'm achingly bad at pop culture trivia. The only one I knew was the Pulp Fiction reference.

Nicki Elson said...

1. Better off Dead
2. Uh...
3. Jamie Gertz?
4. Dang I don't remember anything about that movie.
5. Pulp Fiction. :) "Royale with cheese"
6. I'll take a pass
7. From zombies that were white.
8. He's someone's grandpa?
9. Wham! (haha)
10. Kim Cattral?

Oh boy, I did really bad, didn't I? Ah well, it was fun anyhow. THANK YOU for mentioning my blogfest - you are amazingly thoughtful and kind. :)

Luna said...

This was fun, Alex!

2-Johnny Depp
3-Jamie Gertz
5-Pulp Fiction
No clue on any of them...:(
1-In Living Color???
2-Kirsty Ally
Bonuse Question:

Had to guess on some and others I was stumped. Can't wait to find out the answers!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ciara, I have no idea what to do!!

Madeleine, I don't think you're a dunce.

Tyrean, we joke about that line as well. My wife and I both spout movie lines at each other on a regular basis.

MJ, you got all but the last one.

Southpaw, thanks for pointing that out. That link always messes up.

Bish, you got one!

Nicki, you should've had all of them. Turn in your 80's badge.

Jamie, you got a couple right!

Mason Canyon said...

Well, I'm terrible at pop culture. I only know a few answers: Johnny Depp was on Nightmare on Elm Street, Kristie Alley replaced Shelly Long, and Michael Mann produced Miami vice. Boy that worked the brain cells.

Thoughts in Progress

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Samuel L. did the quote for Tarrentino's Pulp Fiction.

mmm...the two dollars thing is from a John Cusack movie where he skis. I just can't remember the name. Oh "Better off dead" that's it.

Actor that was killed...Johnny Depp I believe?

I thought White Zombie was named after Rob Zombie.

The actress that replaced Shelly Long was the one that did Fat Actress and is John Travolta's friend. Kirstie Alley? That might be her name.

Dennis Miller is the guy from SNL

Going with Nintendo for the best game console thing.

That's all I could get.

Christopher Hudson said...

Couldn't you make this multiple choice?

Emily R. King said...

I know one! Shelly Long was replaced by Kirstie Alley. Yay! I was beginning to feel like a total looser.

Heather said...

I know about 80% of these answers, but since I'm in the dentists chair getting my tooth drilled while I read my favorite blogs - I will leave it at that!

Matthew MacNish said...

True Romance is one of my all time favorite movies.

"What's a Drexel?"

Not So Simply Single said...

Okay, I have no clue.

This is where I can say I am having a "blonde moment" and get away with it!


Arlee Bird said...

Oh, I meant to say Dennis Miller--I listen to him on the radio sometimes. Dennis Phillips is the name of a magician whom I know.

Tossing It Out

Andrew Leon said...

I'm in a state of disbelief that Better Off Dead is not more well known. My best friend from high school and I spent about a year watching that -every- weekend.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Mason, you got three!

Michael, not Nintendo. And you would think White Zombie was named after Rob, but it wasn't.

Christopher, that would be too easy!

Heather, I believe you. And sucks you're at the dentist.

Single, I'll take that answer!

No you got it, Lee.

Andrew, Better Off Dead is a classic. An accurate representation of being a teen in the 80's.

Carol Kilgore said...

Pulp Fiction
Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
Kirstie Alley
You guess the questions :)

Happy Monday!

RaShelle Workman said...

ROFL - Great fun. Thanks for letting relive the 80's. "I want my two dollars." (my added quote) Say anthing.

LD Masterson said...

Um, got any question for us old folks? 60's would be good, but I could probably handle 50's and 70's, too.

I did know Kirstie Alley replaced Shelly Long, but I think everyone had that one..

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Carol, very good!

RaShelle, close, but wrong Cusack movie.

LD, you still got one!

Helen Ginger said...

Good gracious. I'm dead in the water. I can picture Shelly's replacement in Cheers, but can't think of her name. And that was the only one I came even close to naming!

cleemckenzie said...

I got TWO! Ozzy Osbourn and Kristie Alley. Do I win a major prize? A pat on the back? A go directly to jail; do not pass go card? Something? I'll settle for a small degree of self-satisfaction.

Abby Minard said...

Oh m an, those are hard! The Cheers one is Kirsty Ally (or however you spell her name). Gosh I don't think I know any others! I thought the tv show that parodied other movies was Mystery Science Theatre, but I think that may have been later than 88-99...good questions, Alex!! I want to say Nintendo is the best selling game console but honestly I have no idea...I only say that because your questions are about 80s/90's stuff ;p

Jamie Gibbs said...

Damn, those are some hard questions. I'll throw in the towel right now :( Though (I think) I know that White Zombie was named after a 1930s horror movie about traditional, Voodoo induced zombies that were used as slaves.

I'd be up for doing an A-Z guest post if you guys need an extra pair of hands on board.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

This is why I'm so bad at this kind of thing. Entertainment history, news and the names of artists never stick in my head.

Anonymous said...

Oh I don't know most of these.. I'm pretty sure it was Johnny Depp for the first question:)

M Pax said...

I don't know any of the movies. How terrible.

The music--the second last one I'll guess Michael Jackson.

The last one I acutally know-Rosanna Arquette.

TV-The Simpsons originally aired on the Tracy Ullman show. Shelly Long was replaced by Kirsten Alley.

For the bonus I'll guess Nintendo.

Nicole Zoltack said...

Wow, I really need to brush up on my pop culture.

Donna K. Weaver said...

You going to post the answers at some future date? I'm clueless but curious. =D

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lee, you may have the warm fuzzy feeling!

Abby, you got the MST3K one right - so few have.

Jamie, awesome!

Mary, she was the inspiration for the song, but not the one who danced in the video.

Donna, I will post the answers on Wednesday!

Heather Day Gilbert said...

Oh, my word, the only thing I might possibly know is the Nightmare on Elm Street question (which I regret EVER WATCHING, EVER!!!), and I don't know the answer anyway, but I'll randomly guess Robert Downey Jr. And the best-selling game console EVER? Shoot. I'm guessing ATARI?

Helena said...

I only had two answers in the TV category. Pretty bad, huh?

Tonja said...

Seven. I watched too much MTV in the 80's.

Golden Eagle said...

Um . . . I have no idea. :P LOL.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I ran on empty on those questions, Alex. My mind is filled with trivia that no one knows or cares about. Sherlock Holmes would say my not knowing means that with the absence of those facts there is more room for me to keep the facts that amuse and are needful. He, for example, did not know how many planets revolved around the sun.

Have a great new week, Roland

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Heather, no, but I will post the answers on Wednesday.

Helena, better than none!

Tonja, you and me both!

Roland, and I'm just a storehouse for a plethora of useless pop culture knowledge!

Jemi Fraser said...

I stink at pop culture. Seriously! I only know 2 answers for sure.. so sad!

And we don't even own a game console ... although my son once had a PS2 for a while. Does that count? :)

DL Hammons said...

I don't know if it's a good thing or bad thing that I knew way too many of those answers! :)

Anonymous said...

Well, I managed to get two right. Then I asked my wife to play along. Silly me. She puts me to shame every time we play a trivia game.

Fun post, Alex! (Can we get multiple-choice answers next time, please?) :)

Angela Brown said...

I think I knew one answer...and I might be wrong. Kirsty Ally replaced Shelley long on Cheers. That's about it.

Such a wipeout!

Heather Day Gilbert said...

CRUD, not Atari? Must be Nintendo? Now I'm going to cheat and look it up.

Christine Rains said...

I'm guilty of not knowing the answers to even half of those questions. I hang my head in shame. I want to tag in my husband who is much better at trivia than me, but he's in the other room tapping away on his laptop!

I watched Cowboys & Aliens on the weekend. Good flick!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jemi, it does when that's the answer!

DL, we'll say it's a good thing.

Bryce, it would be too easy!

Angela, at least you knew one!

Heather, neither.

Christine, it's just a fun movie.

Will said...

I got 4 for sure, but was the last TV one Dinnis Miller? I just can't imagine him hosting a game show, though he's got bills to pay, just like the rest of us.

Lisa said...

My mind is slow. I can't even remember the name of the actress that replaced Shelly Long and I know her. Crush of the 80s, Michael Jackson :) But this is fun, you should do more of this :)

Pat Tillett said...

You know that stuff is right up my alley, right? I know crap little else, but I do know my trivia...

I can't resist doing at least one though... Royale with Cheese.

msmariah said...

Great trivia questions. The first movie question stumped me. I knew the others. It's no small feat to stump my movie trivia knowledge (w/o the aid of google, which I'm sure some folks used :).

Mark Murata said...

Oh, but what was Christian Slater's first movie? It was Star Trek VI.

Melissa Sugar said...

Oh god, I knew far too many answers. I guess it is okay, i was an 80's teenager. I cannot think of the girls name from Less Thank Zero, Twister etc., but I can hear her voice as clear as day right now in my head. She has a very distinct voice. Oh, and for the game console. It has to be Atari. Am I right?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Will, he did indeed host a game show!

Oceangirl, I think I will.

MsMariah, the first one is a classic.

Mark, very good.

Melissa, not Atari.

Mary@GigglesandGuns said...

LOL Did you get a trivia book as a holiday gift? I know none of these. Guess I'm a different kind of nerd.

Susan Fields said...

Let's see...

Johnny Depp was killed in Nightmare on Elm Street. Jami Gertz appeared in Twister, etc., Quarter Pounder quote is from Pulp Fiction.

I'm gonna guess Rosanna Arquette was the hot blond in Rosanna, but I'm sure that's wrong. Kirstie Ally replace Shelly Long.

Those are all my guesses - pretty sad when I was a teenager in the 80s and should know all of these!

Anonymous said...

1 - "Better Off Dead" - Classic Cusack.
2 - Johnny Depp
3 - Jami Gertz (also from "Still Standing" with the amazingly under-appreciated Mark Addy)
4 - Val Kilmer?
5 - Pulp Fiction

I don't have a clue on any of these, unless I cheat.

1 - The Tracey Ullman Show
2 - I'll assume it was Kirstie Alley, unless there was someone else that came in as a replacement between the two.
3 - MST3K is the only thing I can think of.
4 - MIAMI VICE...ahem...sorry about that.
5 - ??? At least two of those I don't ever pay attention to. I'll let you figure out which.

Bonus - That would be the glorious PS2. The Xbox360 might be the fastest to reach certain benchmarks, but the PS2 has it be by more than 2 times (and I only know those because of the research I did for my tech post on December 27).

Nate Wilson said...

Movies - 5/5
Music - 0/5
TV - 5/5

Typical. I love music, but only pay attention to the melodies and the lyrics, not the trivia. (And rarely the lyrics.) But I loves me some movie trivia.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Tough one. I can only answer three of the questions without google.
* Simpsons? The underrated "The Tracy Ullman show"
* Cheers? A much thinner Kirstie Alley
* I'll guess at the Nintendo 64.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Mary, no, but I do play a lot of trivia games.

Susan, the song was about Arquette, but she wasn't the dancer. You got the others though.

Joshua, correct on all guesses! No one is getting the gaming one right.

Nate, we should play some time!

Maurice, not the Nintendo 64.

Anonymous said... I'm really confused, unless I'm misunderstanding your response (which is highly probable because I'm exhausted and brain-fried right now). I know the DS is set to surpass the PS2 later this year, but the PS2 has over 153 million units sold.

Heather Day Gilbert said...

I'm shocked on the console answer! I looked it up. WOAH, just shocked. Although I do have one of those illustrious consoles myself.

Budd said...

darn it. late to the game. I know the tv ones, but some of the others are really hard without looking up.

Mark said...

Greta trivia..wish I knew the answers. I was born in the 80's and everyone I knew who grew up with me always fondly described the 80's with the same word..."confusing." ;)

Sangu Mandanna said...

I think I knew a whole two answers! it was so hard resisting the temptation to Google them :-)

Unknown said...

Pop culture is not my strong point. It might be my weakest. Do I get points for being the least knowledgeable person when it comes to pop culture? I should!

Leovi said...

The console may be the best-selling Nintendo DS.

Laura said...

Hi Alex - okay - here's the thing... I don't know any of the answers... I'm officially rubbish!
still wanted to say hi :)

Patricia Stoltey said...

I knew the Shelly Long/Kirstie Alley answer...but that's all. I'm so depressed...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

No, you got it, Joshua. Just so few have gotten that one right.

Heather, as do I!

Budd, no cheating.

Mark, I would call the 80's 'cheesy' myself.

Sangu, answers tomorrow!

Nisa, do you mind a tie for that title?

Hi Laura!

Patricia, don't be depressed.

Copyboy said...

Johnnny Depp! For all of 'em! oh wait Kristie Allie for all of 'em.

Susan Kane said...

I knew only two answers, and I am too embarrassed to list the answers for fear I would be wrong.
I am not old.

Nancy Thompson said...

I'm amazed at how many of these I knew. Man, that really makes me feel old, Alex. Thanks! I was such a headbanger back in the 80's. Big hair and all. Not good with the video game stuff though. I never was into them. But music, TV, (books,) and movies, oh yeah!

That was fun!!

SpacerGuy said...

Pulp fiction. Its funny but for some reason I remember Vincent? and 'Le Big Mac'

Patsy said...

You lose your bet - I don't know any of this stuff.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Copyboy, which is it man????

Nancy, you rocker chick!

Patsy, I'm sorry.

alexia said...

Okay, so I suck at this pop culture even though I was born in the 80s. The only answer I knew was the Pulp Fiction one... but I get extra points because Q.T. movies are awesome, right??

LynNerdKelley said...

I suck at all things trivia. My mind draws a blank. Now, my hubby is really good at this stuff. He should have gone on a game show and won us some moola! This is fun even though I'm clueless!

Author A.O. Peart said...

I'm so bad at this. Even if I know a movie or song, I can't remember the titles, or names etc. Argh. :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Alexia, yes you do!

Lynn, I usually beat my wife at trivia games as well.

Angela, sorry!!

Elizabeth Mueller said...

<--totally clueless. :P

erica and christy said...

oh my gosh, i only know the cheers answer: kirstie alley. right? christy

Jay Noel said...

Dang. Forgot about the Bonus Question!

I think it's either going to be the Playstation2 or Nintendo DS. I will go with Nintendo DS with all the Christmas sales racking up!

That's my best guess.

k said...

Bonus question...Atari 7800! My crush was George Michael :-) Just saying. I think I got about 4 of the answers. And it was Randy Rhodes, I've been to his grave about 3 times, met his mom, brother and sister. Wonderful people.