I’ve seen a lot of people on social media lately who are outraged at the NRA and frustrated by the lack of progress in gun control. And I suspect a lot of you are curious as to how you could help. Well here is a great opportunity to find out how and to have a lot of fun doing it. I will be hosting a quizzo on Sunday (Just a general quiz, not a gun theme or anything) and there will be reps from CeasefirePA to talk about what you can do to make an impact when it comes to gun control. I interviewed Ceasefire PA’s executive director Shira Goodman about the program and how people can get involved.
JGT: What exactly is Ceasefire PA’s mission?
SHIRA: We work — through education, policy advocacy and coalition-building — to reduce gun violence and gun tragedies in Pennsylvania. Our goal is to empower every Pennsylvanian with the tools, information, and confidence to take a stand against gun violence.
JGT: How did you get involved in the organization and what is your current role?
SHIRA: I joined as Executive Director in 2012, a position I still hold. I have been working in the nonprofit public policy world in PA since 2002. I am blessed not to have a personal tragedy related to gun violence, but I work every day to honor those lost and those families and survivors who are fighting so that others will not have to know their pain.
JGT: How can people who care deeply about gun violence in America get involved to help a) prevent mass shootings like we see now regularly nationally and b) stop making illegal weapons so accessible here in Philadelphia?
SHIRA: We need people to make this issue a voting issue. They need to talk to their elected officials — and those who want to be their elected officials — about gun violence and the particular issues they are concerned about. They can get involved by signing up for our email alerts about policy and legislation. We’ll let them know what issues are coming up for votes and how to contact their officials about those issues. They can donate to support the work we do.
JGT: Do you feel like there’s been any sort of shift in the national dialogue on this issue or has the NRA completely stifled political dissent?
SHIRA: The NRA is powerful, but ultimately, they represent only a small portion of gun owners, and even a smaller portion of Americans. Those of us who disagree with the NRA need to do what they do — speak up and keep speaking up, make this a voting issue, and don’t give anyone a pass for failing to work for a safer America.
JGT: Why should people attend on Sunday?
SHIRA: Sunday is going to be a great time. While people are playing your Quiz, they’ll also be supporting a great cause. We’ll have information available to show folks how to get involved, but this is really a fun event. And, the Eagles are off. So, it’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
A few years ago, some of you old schoolers might remember, we had video cameras following us each week at the Bards for a while. The result was this…believe it or not…a full length film about quizzo. And after watching it, I’ll think you’ll agree, Garbo is well on his way to Hollywood superstardom. Actually, this is a very fun film. I think you’ll dig it. If you do, please feel free to share it on facebook and twitter.
And here’s a fun piece in which I went to the library to see what they wrote about Wilt’s 100 point game the day after he did it. The political headline I found (posted at the bottom of the story) is going to blow your mind.
The Spring Invitational is now underway. Scores will be posted on Monday.
A few days ago, Santorum compared Obama to Hitler, but in fact it is Santorum who has a few political ideals shockingly similar to Hitler’s. Don’t believe me? Take this 50/50 round and see if you can figure out who said what.
I know how good you nerds are at answering questions. Let’s see how good you are at writing them. Here’s how it works: Send me a message on facebook or by sending me an email (email@example.com) with 1-3 trivia questions in it. I will take the best 10 questions I receive (no more than one per team) to make up the wild card round tomorrow night. They can be on any topic. Just send me a message with the questions and your team name. Let’s see what you got.
Barbie dolls were based on an “adult” gag gift in Germany known as a Bild Lilli doll. “Early fashions are noted for their particular seductive design. Originally this doll had been produced as an advertisement gag for adults.” In 1956, an American woman named Ruth Handler, whose husband was one half of the Mattel ownership team, went to Germany on vacation. She came across the Bild Lilli doll, purchased three, and gave one to her daughter, whose name was Barbie. Her daughter loved the toy, and Mattel decided to take a chance on the first adult doll for kids. Needless to say, it paid off handsomely.
Sex, Drugs, and Rock n Roll Week seemed to change everything. The Jams, Duane’s World, Steak Em Up, and L. Ron’s Diabetics all lost. (Thus confirming every stereotype you have about the relationship between nerds and sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll.) Two teams won while playing their very first quizzo (7 Boobs and My Grandfather was Scottish), while the Mister Lippers won their 2nd quizzo ever.
Meanwhile, things are nuts over on the Facebook Physical Challenge Board, as people seem to have lots of pictures with themselves next to statues for some reason. If you want to score some physical challenge points, I highly suggest a trip over to facebook. You have until Monday to get a photo up of you in front of a statue.
And as if things weren’t crazy enough, Mom and Her Sun finished last at the Rendezvous, meaning I was able to capture the photo above, believed to be the first photo in world history of two black guys holding a Michael Bolton CD. They told me they were going to be blasting him on their car stereo all summer long.
I do expect things to return to some semblance of normal next week. Rejoice nerds…it’s going to be Humanities and Science week.
The team above at City Tap House had the team name Johnny Depp Ain’t Got S*** on Michael Bolton. Incredibly, in the 4th round of this week’s quiz, there was a question, “In 1983, Laura Branigan had a hit with this song How Am I Supposed to Live W/o You? Who had a hit with that same song in 1989?” The correct answer was Michael Bolton. They got it wrong.
This is a rough schedule. We could go a little long, we could go a little short. Count on more or less 3 hours. Yeah, I know it’s longer than your normal quiz…but this ain’t your normal quiz. Relax, it’s Saturday night.
Also, very important: we are starting at 8 p.m. real time, not 8 p.m. JGT time. Teams of 4 or less, please be there no later than 7:30! We need to get smaller teams organized into larger teams, and the earlier we can get that done the better. That will be a great help in having us start on time. If you are a team of 6 or less, you will almost certainly
7 p.m. Doors
8 p.m. Opening Number (There will be no rapping or dancing during this portion of the program.)
8:10 Quizzo Bowl begins.
8:25 End of Round One, Haulin Oats takes the stage
8:40 Haulin Oats finishes, Round two begins
9:00 Round Two ends, Intermission
9:10 Angry Man Bing Supernova
9:15 Magician Norm Klar
9:35 Round 3 begins
9:50 Round 3 ends, Haulin Oats plays
10:05 p.m. Haulin Oats finishes, Round Four begins
10:20 Round Four ends, Haulin Oats begins
10:35 Haulin Oats ends, Scores announced
10:50 Show over.
11:15 Afterparty at City Tap House
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