Lawrence trivia contest spotlights the obscure

The Appleton Post-Crescent, January 27, 2000.

APPLETON - Starting at 10 p.m. Friday and running until midnight Sunday, Lawrence University will host its 35th annual tribute to the obscure and inconsequential, the country's oldest ongoing salute to matters of minutia.

On-campus and off-campus teams vie for meaningless prizes by phoning in answers to questions with varying point values. The entire contest is broadcast on WLFM, 91.1 FM, Lawrence's student-run campus radio station.

The contest typically goes through about 350 questions collected by the trivia masters during the previous year. The final hour is devoted to the difficult 100-point "garruda" question - the virtually unanswerable Super Garruda - becomes the first question asked the following year.

Registration and a primer on the contest rules begins at 7 p.m. Friday. At 10 p.m. the contest opens wit this question: "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?"

If "El Poeta" by Atahualpa Yupanqui is your answer, you win 100 points.