West Bank of Kaukauna LU winner

The Appleton Post-Crescent, January 31, 2005.

APPLETON — West Bank of Kaukauna Concealing Weapons of Mass Deductions captured its fifth consecutive Lawrence University Midwest Trivia Contest title over the weekend in the 40th edition of the annual marathon of minutia. It was The Bank’s seventh team title in the past nine contests.

The Bank racked up 1,237 points out of a possible 2,040 in the 50-hour, 356-question contest that ended Sunday night at midnight.

Skull Squadron was the off-campus runner-up for the second year in a row with 1,132 points, while Iowans, Only Whack as Needed, Sir finished third with 1,062 points.

Bucky’s Banastitudinal Buccaneers repeated as the on-campus team champion with 1,115 points, while Nerds with Hooterphobia was second with 1,043 and Ali Babar and The Forty Thieves placed third with 1,015.

Bucky’s received a personalized letter of congratulations from deRosset for their winning effort, as well as a burned, urine-soaked junk piano.

Sixty-five off-campus teams and nine on-campus teams participated in this year’s contest. No team was able to answer the contest’s final “Super Garruda” question: On Dec. 11, 2004, Mushtariy Madrahimova from Uzbekistan visited the Capitol building in Madison and signed the guest book. What were her comments?

While no team knew she had written “It is the hugest building I’ve ever been,” one team came incredibly close.

The team “Gurgle Durr” had a member from Madison who returned home before the end of the contest.

When the question was asked, they called him and he dashed to the Capitol and found an unlocked door. The alloted time to answer the question — 20 minutes — expired moments before he was able to reach the information desk with the guest book. The man was on a cell phone with the trivia masters as he was running through the rotunda.