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And the Skies Opened, and the Earth Was Washed Away, and the Quizzo Was Ended

A storm of Biblical proportions hit the quiz at the Oval on Sunday, and no-one was spared its wrath. No seriously, it was nuts. It hit right after the final round ended, and it lasted for over an hour. It hit so hard and so fast that most of us didn’t have time to make it to cover, and huddled under the little shelter offered by the bar. (Sadly, it also destroyed several scoresheets, meaning we can’t declare a winner. First time it’s ever happened. I’m bummed.)

We had kicked off the quiz with a great crowd, and were having a fun, if fairly humid, afternoon.

Rainoval3Then, just as I asked the final question of Round 4, the skies opened up, and people went running for the scant cover offered by the bar.


Getting soaked at the bar? Might as well grab a cold one.


A few hardy souls saw the futility of standing under the minimal cover, and thought it would be a good time to play Jenga.


While others created makeshift shelters in an effort to stay moderately dry.


Several people who couldn’t find shelter under the bar or in the makeshift tents made use of what little protection they had from the elements.

ovalrain3As everyone was huddling together to try to stay dry, there was one rebel who didn’t seem to mind the rain at all.

IMG_8206All in all, a pretty memorable time for all involved. And since we didn’t have time to go over the answers for the final round, here they are:

1. What fruit flavor will you find in abundance in a crepe suzette?


2. What was the name of Anthony Bourdain’s first book?

Kitchen Confidential

3. Lake Champlain lies between what two states?

New York, Vermont

4. What actresses breakout role was as Tony Montana’s wife in Scarface?

Michelle Pfeiffer

5. What candy bar was named after the inventor’s family horse?


6. What is the Turkish word for fate?


7. What’s the capital of Oregon?


8. The inventors of Coke, Pepsi, and Dr. Pepper all had the same profession. What was it?


The Best Little Whorehouse in Philly…in 1849


Stumbled across something awesome recently: an 1849 guide to dens of ill repute in Philadelphia. It formed the basis of most of our podcast this past week (how much would you need to pay us to travel back in time and sleep with the toothless Ms. Hamilton?) You may also want to give it a read. The intro is great: snarky and completely disingenuous. The reviews are amazing: “Beware of this house, stranger, as you would the sting of a viper.”

I also found this interesting, and we discussed it in the podcast:

In the nineteenth century, a woman who owned property, made high wages, had sex outside of marriage, performed or received oral sex, used birth control, consorted with men of other races, danced, drank, or walked alone in public, wore makeup, perfume, or stylish clothes — and was not ashamed — was probably a whore.

Shoutout to Ben of Imaginary Goats for pointing this guidebook out to me. If anyone else has any weird or quirky historical stuff that you think would make good podcast fodder, please don’t hesitate to send it my way.

JGTs Latest Adventures in Podcasting


Here’s the latest episode, and it’s very funny. We discuss Hillary and Donald Trump undergoing a Trial by Fire, we use the word “defenestration” as much as humanly possible, and we get in a huge argument over whether it’s considered cheating if you make out with someone in a different decade after traveling through time. And if you haven’t listened yet, you may want to check out last week’s episode, where Marilyn Monroe sings “Happy Birthday” to Nat the Truth at Madison Square Garden, and Nat’s wife isn’t invited to the party.

And Sixers fans, should the Sixers draft Simmons or Brandon Ingram? Should they trade Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor? And which is a bigger violation at a baseball game: cowboy boots or flip flops? We discuss on the latest Jawnville podcast. 

Saturday is Didi Day at Shibe Sports


Ray Didinger has been such a great friend to the store in our first couple of years that we wanted to pay it back. So this Saturday is Didi Day at the store, with 40% of all in store proceeds going toward the production of Didi’s new play, Tommy and Me, a play he wrote about his lifelong friendship with Eagles great Tommy McDonald. I love it when a brilliant guy like Didinger decides to go out of his wheelhouse and tackle something new (In this case playwriting), and I’m really excited to see the final product.

The best news for you as a fan is that Didinger will be in the store on Saturday at 4 p.m. to discuss his play and his thoughts on last week’s draft. Wanna hear what one of the best sports writers in America thinks about Carson Wentz and the Eagles decision to trade that many draft picks? Be sure to come by the store on Saturday. For those of you who have come by to see him before, you know what a cool experience it is and what a terrific speaker he is. If you haven’t, and you’re a football fan, you really owe it to yourself to do so. Just a really neat and intimate experience. Hope to see you Saturday!


Updated JGTSpI Scores


Here you go. You’ve got one last week to score some points, so you better make it happen ASAP. Teams in yellow would make the cut if the season ended today. Teams in blue are right on the bubble. Teams in green might want to start making things happen. Also worth noting, last nights results at Sidecar are not included here.

Be sure to check the scores…some teams changed team names and there is a chance I missed a team somewhere, so want to make sure we get these right. I know I forgot to include Alla Spina a couple of times in scores but I did get those wins in the standings.

There is a new facebook challenge up…post a pic of yourself as a teenager and you earn your team a point. (These should be quite amusing).

As for the event itself, as stated earlier, it will be held outdoors at Lo Spiedo, which is at the Navy Yard. Very cool space. I’ll send out invites this weekend.

The Latest on the Podcast


We just released a new podcast yesterday, and it’s quite amusing, if I say so myself. Would you fight a dragon in exchange for eternal fame? What kind of gift would you get for Hitler’s 50th birthday party? And would you let Suge Knight babysit your kid?

We’ve had a few really good ones lately. We also had a pretty great discussion last week of how our wives would have reacted if we had demanded a Satanic wedding. And two weeks ago we talked about a urologist who gave a very unusual demonstration at a urology convention that’s pretty remarkable.

$300 Worth of Prizes Up for Grabs in the JGT Bracket-tacular, Brought to You by Shibe Sports

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One of my favorite traditions on the JGT calendar, it’s time to kick off the JGT Bracket-tacular Brought to You By Shibe Sports. (To help make it go viral, please use the hashtag #12thannualJGTbrackettacularbroughtotyoubyShibeSports).

You can fill out your brackets here. We’ve got some great prizes to give away this year, including:

1st Place: $100 gift certificate to Shibe Sports and a $50 gift cert to Milkboy. At Shibe, we will be having a “Shoot for Savings Sale”, where if you hit a 3-pointer, you get 30% off your purchase! You can also get our great Palestra shirt with free shipping by using the code “madness”.

As for Milkboy, it’s simply one of the best bars in the city. A terrific selection of beer, the gate doors open when it gets warm outside, and be sure to try the Korean BBQ Steak Sandwich. They are also opening a 2nd location soon on South Street.

2nd Place: $50 gift cert to O’Neals, which is where a bunch of us gather the first Friday afternoon of each tournament and watch the games. It’s a great tradition, and if any of you want to join us, please feel free. Great service, every single game  on their various TVs, and always good specials.

3rd Place: $25 gift certificate to Locust Rendezvous. The Vous’ status as one of the best places in Philadelphia to watch a game is pretty firmly established at this point.

25th Place: $25 Gift Certificate to Founding Fathers. No bar in town has a higher percentage of their wall covered with TVs, and at tournament time it is a great place to grab the Philadelphia Athletic Club Tacos (which are terrific, and which I came up with the name for) and a cold beer and watch the games.

50th Place: $50 gift certificates to City Tap House. Another great place to watch the games and drink some incredible beers, with over 60 different beers on tap at any given time.

Free to enter, and lots of great prizes on the line!


1960s Quizzo at the Art Museum!


Yep, you heard me correctly. Really excited about this one. Gonna be hosting a 1960s quiz at the Art Museum next Wednesday, the 24th. It’s one of their “Art After 5″ events, and I’d love to get a good crowd, since this should be a pretty incredible event. Event starts at 5, there’s a 1960s short film at 6, and the quizzo will start at 6:30 p.m. You can get more info here.

Final Scores from Quizzo Bowl XII


First of all congratulations to Cracked Pact, who defeated the Sofa Kingdom in overtime at Quizzo Bowl XII. I’ll have a full write up once we get our photos and video in. In the meantime, here’s how everyone finished:

  1. Cracked Pact 133
  2. Sofa Kingdom 133
  3. 50 Shades of Cray 126
  4. #1 Government Team Competitor 124
  5. Imaginary Pablo and the Goat 122
  6. Tempura House, a Shelter for Lightly Battered Women 120
  7. The CGA 120
  8. Invincible Ignorance 117
  9. Dr. Teeth and Electric Mayhem 116
  10. Honeybadgers 113
  11. Duane’s World 111
  12. Popesack 110
  13. Make QUizzo great Again 107
  14. Everybody’s Working for J-Weekend 106
  15. The Frederalists 106
  16. But My Mom Says I’m Cool 103
  17. Lambda Lambda Lambda 103
  18. Premature INquizilation 102
  19. Synchronized Trampoline 102
  20. In the Lead 101
  21. Island of Misfit Toys 100
  22. Jack’s Back 100
  23. Satan’s Minions 100
  24. At Least We Get to See Kweder 99
  25. Quizzes and Quills 99
  26. Trumpleforeskin 98
  27. Jitney Spears 95
  28. Show Me Your Caucus 88
  29. Hammered Dulcimers 87
  30. One if BY Pink, Two if by Stink 84
  31. Quizzo Bowl 13: A Subsidiary of Geek Bowl 11 84
  32. Cuts Dat Flo 82
  33. Mysterious Mr. Mapother 82
  34. Incontinental Congress 81
  35. Intoxication w/o Representation 81
  36. Slow Talkers of America 80
  37. A Jerk and a Squirt 79
  38. I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Reach My Beer 77
  39. A Structured Settlement Rules Everything Around Us 67
  40. Ardmore Assassins 53
  41. Vote for Pedro 47
  42. King Jake Jelly Jam 45




Everything You Need to Know About Quizzo Bowl


WHO: Anybody who wants to play. Teams of up to 8 players.

WHAT: Quizzo Bowl XII, the longest running quizzo event of it’s kind in the Universe. It is a celebration of nerd awesomeness, great music, and a vaudeville spirit. In the past we’ve had breakdancers, glam rock bands, Motown bands, human pretzels, Black Elvis, dancing, singing, Fastball Bob, . And this year we are bringing a true Philadelphia legend to the stage to rock. Kenn Kweder and the Hipster Mind Tricks are going to be taking you back to the 1970s (more on that later).

WHEN: Saturday, February 6th, 2016. Doors open at 7 p.m. Event starts at 8.

WHERE: World Cafe Live. 3025 Walnut Street.

WHY: Why not?

PRIZES: Yes, there will be $1500 worth of prizes for the winning teams (and new this year: a 14th place prize!). There will also be raffles and prizes given away throughout the evening. And Electric Mayhem will be gunning for their 4th straight last place prize.

IS THERE A THEME? Of course there is. The theme is “The Spirit of ’76″. We’re bringing the bicentennial to life at the World Cafe. Expect 1970s tunes, 1970s outfits, and a bicentennial twist on some of the questions, whatever the hell that means. Furthermore, the best dressed team will win a $100 gift card to a local establishment. So wear either 1776 gear or 1976 gear, and you’ve got a good shot of going home with a sweet prize.

IS THIS THING GOING TO BE ON A BOAT AGAIN THIS YEAR? No, this year’s event will not be on a boat. It will be at the World Cafe Live. There will be no more boat events.


WHERE DO I SIGN UP? You can currently purchase tickets online here. I will also be selling a few on consignment at my quizzes starting next week. Tickets are $25 a pop. If you haven’t been before, trust me, it will be well worth it. And do not wait until the last minute. This has sold out in 10 of the previous 11 years.

THE BOAT DIDN’T SELL OUT. No it did not.

NOT EVEN CLOSE. Will you knock it off?

WILL THERE BE AN AFTERPARTY? Yes, working on details now. Will let you know soon.

WHERE CAN I GET UPDATES AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE EVENT? The Quizzo Bowl Facebook page just went live. It will be filled with previous Quizzo Bowl performances, Kweder performances, practical ticket info, and all sorts of tomfoolery. So be sure to sign up there, and that’ll keep you informed.

ANYTHING ELSE WE SHOULD KNOW? Just have fun. That’s the biggest thing about Quizzo Bowl. Kweder does a lot of back and forth with his crowds (which is why his live shows are legendary). This is gonna be an interactive event, from the trivia to the music. So be ready to be part of the show. Let’s do it to it!


Tonya Harding, Electrocuting Elephants, and Feral Children


Pretty amazing edition of the This Week in Worthless Knowledge podcast this week. We discuss the Tonya and Nancy drama that occurred 21 years ago this week, what kind of sicko would videotape an elephant getting electrocuted (ahem, Thomas Edison), and how adopting a feral child would affect our respective marriages.

Also, if you’re as big of an It’s a Wonderful Life fanatic as we are, you should probably listen to us talk about the greatest film of all time in this episode.

(If you don’t use iTunes, you can listen to them here.)

And be sure to like us on Facebook, where we occasionally post weird stuff that has to do with that week’s episode. If you like weird things in history, you’re going to dig our podcast.

Kenn Kweder to Perform at Quizzo Bowl XII!

You always remember the first time you hear something that sounds unlike anything you have ever heard before. I still remember as a 7-year old in 1982, listening in amazement at the Little League field as a couple of guys played Grandmaster Flash on their boombox. I had never heard anything like it, and it kicked off a love of hip-hop that persists to this day.

Fast forward about 25 or so years, when tuned in WXPN one day and heard a song unlike anything I had ever heard before. It was Heroin, a song that broke the longstanding rule in our society that art about dark topics needs to carry with it an appropriate gravitas. This song broke that rule, being an upbeat and peppy song about a relationship made stronger through heroin. It was ironic, weird, and really catchy. By the end of the song, I found myself singing along enthusiastically. I heard the DJ say that it was Kenn Kweder. When I got home, I rushed to the computer to see what the deal was with this guy, and ran into not only a great artist, but an amazing story. (I also contacted Chip, who said incredulously: “You’ve never heard of Kweder? Duuuuuuude!) I had stumbled onto a local icon, a Philly guy who had travelled the world playing rock music, who had had a chance to make it big but refused to sell out, and who was still rock ‘n’ rolling into his 60s, somehow maintaining rock n roll not as a hobby but as a profession. Who does that? (If you haven’t already, PLEASE read this interview with Kweder that I did a couple of years ago. Really fascinating.)

Kweder became the subject of a documentary that was recently released to rave reviews at a Tampa Film Festival and will be released in Philly at some point this year (see trailer above), so I thought it would be a really cool time to get Kweder on board for Quizzo Bowl. He’ll be bringing a full band along, and is prepared to rock the house down. Our last few music acts have been truly incredible, and this promises to be no different. And I’m expecting you guys, the nerd elite who will be attending, to get into the spirit too. A lot of Kweders stuff is sing-songy, back and forth with the crowd, so be ready to get involved. He and his group (the Hipster Mind Tricks) will also be playing a lot of sweet jams from the mid 70s, as our theme is “The Spirit of ’76″ (more on that later.) We have the last of the true rock stars performing at Quizzo Bowl XII, so get excited. The Bowl takes place on February 6th at World Cafe Live. Tickets can be purchased now online. I’ll have some on me at quizzo starting next week. Let’s get it!

Quizzo For the Cause Starts At Quizzo Tonight!


Every year at this time, we raise money for a worthy charity, and we’ve got a great one this year. The Poor People’s Economic Human Right’s Campaign does a remarkable job of not only campaigning for the rights of the poor, but of helping them in extremely meaningful ways. They house victims of domestic violence. They house every homeless person that comes their way. They help families in trouble keep their homes by helping with bills and utilities. You can learn more about who they are and what they do here. If you’d like to donate but cannot make it to quizzo this week, you can do so here.

The organization was founded by Cheri Honkala, who was once a homeless mother herself (and who I interviewed a few years ago for Philly Mag when she was the VP candidate for the Green Party in the 2012 election). In talking with her earlier today, she told me that a lot of people stepped forward when she was in a really tough situation, and she wanted to do that for others. She also told me that what was unique about her organization was that the people that PPEHRC helps are expected to pay it forward when they get back on their feet, and to also take leadership in their communities and to fight for the poor.

Cheri told me of several things that our fundraising could help with, including  a victim of domestic violence from Texas who they were trying to find an apartment for and a disabled woman who was recently foreclosed on in Mt. Airy, and who would be back on the streets if she doesn’t find an apartment soon. I can hardly think of a better organization to raise money for in the spirit of the season. Every dollar helps, and 100% of all donations will be given to the PPEHRC. She has also given me a list of toys for 23 children who are looking for gifts this Christmas. If anyone wants to donate a toy for one of these children, please contact me at johnny at and I will shoot you one of the toys on the wish list. Thanks in advance for everyone’s generosity. One of my favorite things about this little community we’ve got here is what a generous crew you guys are.

Donations can be made at the following quizzes:


  • Industry 6:30 p.m.
  • Bards 9 p.m.


  • Sidecar 9:30 p.m.


  • O’Neals 8 p.m.


  • Locust Rendezvous 6:15 p.m.
  • Founding Fathers 8:30 p.m.


Why You Should Shop at Shibe This Holiday Season


Two years ago, three Philadelphia natives and I bought a sports clothing store on 13th and Walnut called Pro League Authentics. We had no clue what we were doing, but we had a lot of fun doing it. Now, two years later, we’re getting a lot better at it (while still having fun). While a lot of articles lately have talked about local sports stores getting crushed by the wretchedness of the local teams, we’ve managed to largely avoid that by getting ahead of the curve and doing a lot of unique, one of a kind pieces, and we have in fact expanded in some ways outside of sports (for example, the Divine Lorraine shirt above.) Necessity is the mother of invention. The awfulness of the local teams has forced us to get creative, and the results have been tremendous, thanks in large part to the incredible local artists we have working for us.

Also cool is that the quizzo world has had a lot to do with our success. Our primary screenprinter is Alex Ciambriello, who used to be a member of the storied Sidecardigan crew. He mentioned to me soon after we opened that after working in printing for years, and he was starting his own business. We started throwing some shirts his way. The result has been awesome for both of us, as we each helped the other get their business off the ground. His work is terrific, and we’re proud to carry so many Philly-made shirts in the store.

Quizzo expats from the North Star of course remember the bartender Steph. Well, a few weeks before they closed, I discovered that she did a lot of artwork with soaps. We thought it might be fun to expand our offerings at the store, and just this past week we brought in some brand new soaps that you have to see to believe. My personal favorite is the “Dallas Sucks” Fight Club soap.

The list of local artists doesn’t stop there. Jon Billet did a poster for quizzo at the Sidecar a few years ago. I liked it so much that I hunted him down and encouraged to do some artwork for us. The results have been excellent. Our best selling shirts at the store are his stadium series shirts. He also did the Divine Lorraine shirt you see above. Jon subsequently recommended another Philly artist, Keni Thomas. Keni has done incredible work for us, including the Sir Charles, Rocky vs Apollo, and McGillin’s shirts.

Not all of our artwork is on shirts, however. We also carry prints by Philly word artist Dan Duffy. On the walls hang unique collages from a guy named Jason Whitcraft. We met Jason at a local craft fair and loved his one-of-a-kind stuff, so we asked if we could put it on the walls.

Shibe isn’t a collection of generic sports shirts that you can find at Modell’s. It’s a celebration of Philly art, unique talent, and local business. If those are the kinds of things you want to support this holiday season, then I encourage you to check out the store. Whether you’re a sports fan or not, you’re gonna like the stuff we have. And today only, we’re offering 30% off everything online. Just go to the website, use the code “Save30″ at checkout and you can save a fortune. It’s the best deal we will offer all season, so take advantage. Check out the website today, be sure to like us on Facebook, and swing by the store this coming month. My three fellow owners and I have put a hell of a lot of work into it in the past 2 years, we’re proud of the direction it’s heading, and we think you’ll dig it too.