Triviagra wins trivial title in annual LU competition


The Appleton Post-Crescent, February 1, 1999.

No teams are able to answer difficult 'Super Garruda' finale question

Triviagra won the off-campus team title over the weekend in Lawrence University's 34th annual Midwest Trivia Contest, unseating two-time defending champion Laughing All the Way to the Bank of Kaukauna, which settled for second place.

Iowa Sofa Kingdom finished third among the 60 off-campus teams that participated.

The Yuais finished first among eight on-campus teams, edging out Colman/Brokaw and Die Uber, which placed second and third, respectively.

Triviagra was awarded a white can of generic beer for its winning effort, while the Yauis received a foam rubber statue of the liberty torch as on-campus champs. A squirrel pelt and the St. Louis Herb Society Cook Book were among other prizes awarded.

A total of 335 questions were asked during the 50-hour contest, which was interrupted Saturday afternoon by a transmitter problem and a fire alarm that forced a brief evacuation of the WLFM studios.

Unlike last year, no team was able to answer this year's "Super Garruda" question, the contest's last and toughest question. It was: In a room of the Escuela de Musica Popular de Avellaneda in Avellaneda, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Rodolfo Mederos, bandoneon player and composer, holds a weekly rehearsal for the tango orchestra he directs. On the wall there is a piece of paper with the lyrics to a song. What is the song title and who composed the song?

The answer is "El Poeta" by Atahualpa Yupanqui.