Spring is Coming

Players, I hope you’ve all put on your best Cathy comics face and you’ve been practicing your “Ack!” voice, because I’ve looked at the questions this week and the only thing I can say is “League training starts next week. Groan.”

This is not trivia for the simps. To keep in the style of Cathy comics, you don’t break out the Malibu Beach Club tank top on the first day of summer-ish. Oh no no, players, you gotta pop off a few push-ups, maybe a pull-up or two and go through a two-week cleanse during which you only consume Tang with chopped garlic. 

And this week’s show, ooof. This week’s show is the equivalent of breaking out a real slight two-piece, or sliding into those cut-offs with the two-inch inseams (you know, the ones you made a few years ago as a weekend-long joke, but now sometimes wear to mow the lawn when you’re pretty sure the neighbors are gone), on the first day it gets above freezing. 

I mean, this week we’ve got a trivia category about trivia. Plus, Anjali of Ever Increasing Wisconsin Hardness wrote an entire category which clearly started with several uses of Illinois Legal Weed and someone mumbling “You ever think it’s funny that Dolly Parton’s fans weren’t called Juggalos?” On top of that we’ve got a last place request category from Drink Tickets which I can assume is Get to Know Prog Rock part 8, or Countries That Aren’t Copper

So yeah, you can safely say players tonight will get tossed right into the mucky-muck. If you’re someone who wants to roll around in it, or if you’re feeling beach bod ready, get your team together and get registered:

  1. The Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia entrance fee is $10/player, or $50/team of six players. Teams can still play with more than six players, but will be docked 10 points for each additional player. Drop your payments on paypal.me/SlashGreg.
  2. Once your team has registered, you’ll get the password to the Zoomiary. 
  3. Be sure your teammates know your team name before the game starts, this will allow us to put you on the right team.
  4. Finally, if you have any questions, drop an email on Nick@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com, Anjali@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com or Greg@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com and we’ll get you in the mix.   

The show starts tonight at 7pm central. See you then.  

 

The Thaw

Stretch it out players, word on the street is the thaw is upon us. I have mixed feelings on this. I mean, good god it feels nice to comfortably walk out of my house for the first time in 10 days (one metric week). On the flip side, we don’t need trivia players walking away from their screens.

Let’s talk about Portland for a minute. Sure, the Rip Citizens see flurries every so often, but this week the snow accumulated. The Rose City was blanketed in more whiteness than it’s seen since the cast of Portlandia left town. But now all that snow is melting. People are reemerging. Imagine people like Alphabet Mafioso K-KING-E taking to the streets, with last week’s winnings fresh in the pockets, ready to blow it all on a glorious Dwaraka spread, making a Wednesday in February look like Diwali. That’s no way to make it a two-week win streak.  

We can’t have that. You need to calm yourself KING. Get home, stay home, get your ass ready for Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia. League starts in a few weeks and y’all need to be practicing. 

So if you and your team want gain KING status, or even just second or third place all you need to do is get your crew together and get your team registered:

  1. The Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia entrance fee is $10/player, or $50/team of six players. Teams can still play with more than six players, but will be docked 10 points for each additional player. Drop your payments on paypal.me/SlashGreg.
  2. Once your team has registered, you’ll get the password to the Zoomiary. 
  3. Be sure your teammates know your team name before the game starts, this will allow us to put you on the right team.
  4. Finally, if you have any questions, drop an email on Nick@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com, Anjali@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com or Greg@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com and we’ll get you in the mix.   

The show starts tonight at 7pm central. See you then.  

 

The End of the Ease

 

After hearing the suggestion several times, we’ve changed the in-office sound here at Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia Global Headquarters Rap Emporium and COVID Quarantine Blind Tiger But For Fancy Ketchups. We’ve shifted from classic 1998 album Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star, to endless back to back playings of Feminazgul’s The Age of Men is Over and No Dawn For Man. I think we all knew this was coming, but the Super Bowl and that lasting image of a very sweaty, possibly COVID-positive Roger Goodell holding the Super Bowl trophy while Tom Brady gave it one hundred soft little kisses forced us to make the change immediately. 

To accompany this musical change, Wisconsin’s Hardest Nick and Anjali of Ever Increasing Wisconsin Hardness have decided the era of Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia (said with a wink) is over. Nick is now saying Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia (punches fist into palm in a threatening manner) and Anjali is taking it one step further calling it Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia (pantomimes cutting one’s throat, waiting for the body to collapse and death to come, only to then search the body’s pocket and belongings, taking money and a watch, or possibly a bracelet before rolling the corpse into a ditch or just under a car) 

And they’re not joking around. I’ve looked at the questions. Sure, there is a Super Bowl question or two, and something about Copper Country, and an entire category about the most downloaded songs according to Apple Music, but it is not a gentle week. I guess one could say The Dawn of Trivia Success is over. Or, if you wanted to change the analogy but remain in the realm of North American East Coast/Appalacian Blackened Doom, Believe in No Coming Shore (for those who have taken to the sea aboard the tugging vessel, the SS Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia which ports at the Trunch Lake Marina and Waterfront Cafe)

To get in on what is certain to be a bloodbath tonight, register your team by following these steps.

  1. The Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia entrance fee is $10/player, or $50/team of six players. Teams can still play with more than six players, but will be docked 10 points for each additional player. Drop your payments on paypal.me/SlashGreg.

 

  1. Once your team has registered, you’ll get the password to the Zoomiary. 

 

  1. Be sure your teammates know your team name before the game starts, this will allow us to put you on the right team.

 

  1. Finally, if you have any questions, drop an email on Nick@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com, Anjali@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com or Greg@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com and we’ll get you in the mix.   

 

See you tonight.

 

Inauguration Day

A little over 4 years ago, I was at a friend’s place in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It was the day after the 2016 election, and the entire world seemed numb. I think it was how we all felt at the time. And I wrote this trivia post, which never went up, about how the presidency of Don Trump could be really bad because his entire campaign seemed to be about building a wall, and how pretty much everyone who wasn’t a white man was about to get hurt in some way. And I stated the intention to make trivia the best possible place we could. 

At the time, I didn’t know much about the Milwaukee teams, but that is no longer true. But four plus years ago, the people who were playing trivia at Glass Nickel in Madison were really the raddest crew from a wide spectrum and all I wanted was to see these people over and over and over and know that for a few hours each week we got to forget about politics.

The truth is, I had no clue how hard it was going to be. It reflects my privilege to say that I never knew the weight of waking up everyday wondering how it could get worse–and I’ve struggled through bouts of depression. At least with the ‘presh you can fool yourself into thinking “today I’ve got this,” once or twice each week. Sure that feeling was gone by noon, or by the time the bagel was toasted, or whenever, but at least there were moments of living. 

But this last four years, whoa dog. 

And things are still trash. A lot of us are broker than we were even a year ago. A lot of us have just been broken. We still can’t do these shows in person, and who knows when we will get to. We still don’t get to hug our friends or buy them drinks. It’s been so long since I’ve been sitting in a booth with players, after trivia, telling the dumbest stories and having a blast. Instead, now, trivia wraps up and I go clean the kitchen.

All that said, I’m still committed to making trivia a great space and time for people to stress a little less. I’m pretty sure, when I say that, I speak for Nick and Anjali as well. If not, we can fight. Let’s celebrate for one day. Let’s hope we’ve seen the gutter, and know that today feels like we’re now at least sitting upright on the curb. It’s not much, but it’s something. 

Anyway, come hang out with us tonight. To get your team in the mix:

    1. The Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia entrance fee is $10/player, or $50/team of six players. Teams can still play with       more than six players, but will be docked 10 points for each additional player. Drop your payments on            paypal.me/SlashGreg.

  1. Once your team has registered, you’ll get the password to the Zoomiary. 
  2. Be sure your teammates know your team name before the game starts, this will allow us to put you on the right team.
  3. Finally, if you have any questions, drop an email on Nick@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com, Anjali@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com or Greg@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com and we’ll get you in the mix.   

 

The show starts Wednesday night at 7pm central. See you there. 

 

Return to Normal-ish

Listen, players, I don’t want to say that this week is some sort of return to normal. But let’s just bask in this winter light for a moment. Gone are the crowd-sourced shows and entire teams getting very angry about arm wrestlers. Gone, for now, are the Wednesday nights when Wisconsin’s Hardest Nick and Wisconsin’s Hardest I simply click through a slide show pretending these categories we didn’t write make for the easiest shows, while we secretly feel the weight of seeing first-hand the kind of trivia monsters we’ve created.  

On top of that, the doubles are back. Take a moment. Let that soak in. Imagine whatever .gif you think best represents your level of approval or utter delight. And then think, will you be out there, doubling on a category about random awards? Or are you going to hold out, thinking, “Certainly the last category will be the best one for doubling”.

Is that really how you’re going to play it? Is it, Drink Tickets? Chodes? Is it?

On top of that, we’re also back to our normal prize structure. We’re talking about $100 gift cards to Company Brewing or Glass Nickel Pizza for first place and $50 for second. Third place players…you know you’re playing for free next week. And if you’re part of the Scrambled Eggs Benedict Cumberbatches and Cookies squad, you’ve got a free entry hanging out from a few weeks ago. 

Newcomers and all other teams need to register for this week’s show, like this: 

  1. The Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia entrance fee is $10/player, or $50/team of six players. Teams can still play with more than six players, but will be docked 10 points for each additional player. Drop your payments on paypal.me/SlashGreg.
  2. Once your team has registered, you’ll get the password to the Zoomiary. 
  3. Be sure your teammates know your team name before the game starts, this will allow us to put you on the right team.
  4. Finally, if you have any questions, drop an email on Nick@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com, Anjali@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com or Greg@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com and we’ll get you in the mix.   

The show starts Wednesday night at 7pm central. See you there.

 

C’mon Ride That Crowd-Sourced Train

Players, somebody take my arm. My knees are weak. I might be going down. You see, I’ve seen what you have yet to see. I have lain mine eyes upon this week’s Wisconsin Hardest Trivia show, and I don’t know if I will ever recover. 

Five of the six categories tonight are coming from the alternate dimensions of crowd-sourced sorcery. Time and space mean nothing. Up is now down. Left is now right and right is like 8 different directions, none of which are able to be understood by someone who only accepts the world in which we live. 

Of course, the show tonight is free for anyone to play. By all means, please, bring in some new players. But, can you imagine someone playing tonight for the first time and question one–that question that is supposed to hook new players is “Six ways Rosé is Black Pink’s true connection to Neo-prog, but honestly Coheed and Cambria were dull as hell.”

That’s not even a question. And 40% of the teams will still get it right. And then after that it all falls apart. For pretty much every team. I assure you of that.

I actually felt so bad when putting together tonight’s show that I tossed in one question about the ABT, just so some teams could score a few points. 

So gather your friends and loved ones. Gather ‘round the wi-fi connection tonight. The show starts at 7pm central. If you want to get in the mix drop an email on me, greg@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com

See you soon.

 

Crowd-Sourced II:

Here we are again, players, on the verge of another crowd-sourced show. Each team’s opportunity to show the world what they are made of. Or, in the case of some teams, their opportunity to not deliver anything and simply let their scores wallow in the mid-to-lower 20s. 

This week we’ve got room for two more teams. Sure, we’ve got categories from Scrambled Eggs, OG Neal of Fortune, Good Enough and The Drink Tickets Variant. But you know how these teams bring it. These are the teams that brought Jazz Records and Weed Shops in Copper Country, Prog Rock Deep Cuts with a 45+ Minute Run Time, Bamboo Harvester of Sorrow But it’s all Based on Mothman or Some Shit. 

I can’t even reference Scrambled Eggs’ history with crowd-sourced shows, but I can tell you this, “I’ve seen what they are presenting tomorrow, and no one is going to be happy about this”. 

So yeah, we’ve got space for two more teams. And I’m really hoping for an amuse-bouche and a palate-pleasing dessert, otherwise there are going to be a lot of sour MFs at the Zoomiary buffet tomorrow night.

If you want to get in the mix, just drop me a line at greg@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com and I’ll get you the password. This week’s show is free for all players and starts at 7pm Central Time on Wednesday night. Hopefully we’ll see you there.

Crowd-Sourced!

Brace yourselves players because this week is coming through WITH WEIGHT.

Anjali of Ever Increasing Wisconsin Hardness will be out again for story writing class, so all the pressure is on Wisconsin’s Hardest Nick and Wisconsin’s Hardest Me

Listen players, between you and Wisconsin’s Hardest me, I’m a bit concerned about Anjali’s class. She told me the last one was three hours of someone saying, “Write what you know and then at the end of the story add, ‘And then I found $50!” 

I should also address my earlier statement about all the pressure being on Nick and Me. It’s a crowd-sourced show and as of now we have three categories submitted so we’re doing just fine. Sure we’ve got to handle the regular categories, but have you lived through this last week? We could write 17 Currents Events categories and each one would have at least one reminder that Kelly Loeffler, is trash, did lose so hard last night and is married to a Madison native who is so scummy he was able to get WARF, an establishment of already questionable ethics, sued for like $32 million dollars.  

Goddamn it’s a wild week. Anyway, it’s crowd-sourced, so there will be no clues dropped. The struggle will be extra real this week. The show starts at 7pm Central Time. To get access to the Zoomiary drop me an email, greg@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com and I’ll get you the link probably at like 6:55pm tonight.

Finals Week!

Welcome to the interyulian days. These days that see us lumber from the Solstice to New Year’s Day. Heavy in the belly with feast after feast, and in the heart with the weight of long nights and another year passing during which the words to Auld Lang Syne have not been learned nor considered. 

Each year we do this. We look back. Celebrating what was new and remembering what was lost. I think about how hard that must be for a team like OG Neal of Fortune. Certainly Alex has a version of Auld Lang Syne by King Crimson or some other band that existed long before she did, and she had to think about that one line, she knows, the only line any of us know, “Should old acquaintance be forgot, I only drink boxed wine. I use cocaine in crack rock form. It’s cute that you do lines”. 

But in this case the old acquaintance is trivia wins. The rest is just proof that Robert Burns was basically an 18th century Keith Richards.

On the flip side, we’ve got We Didn’t Start the Fires and Bienvenidos 2 Blockbuster celebrating the good times and how they dominated the year in trivia 2020. Imagine it, 50 years from now. some kid rolls up on a legit floating skateboard, “Hey Sarina, tell me about the year 2020.”

And Sarina leans back in a throne made of gift cards, “Ahhhh yes. The year we topped all those fools over and over and over playing trivia. We brought in a couple ringers from the t.A.T.u. message boards and smoked the rest of teams the way Robert Burns did with crack in the 1780s. Also Donald Trump was on some wild rants. I didn’t step outside for 16 months and like a half a million Americans died of SARS-2. But the new Land Rover Defender was released in the US market and that thing was a beast.”

What I’m saying is that the trivia finals are this week, it’s pretty much between Welcome to Blockbuster and We Didn’t Start the Fires. And WDStF, I really need you guys to pull this off, because I can’t handle another season of Wisconsin’s Hardest Nick suggesting all the Madison teams start playing Wisconsin’s Second, Maybe Even Third, Hardest Trivia.

To see how it all shakes out, get in line for some prizes and see how it all shakes out, be sure you’re ready to play Wednesday night at 7pm central time. Registration works like this: 

  1. The Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia entrance fee is $10/player, or $50/team of six players. Teams can still play with more than six players, but will be docked 10 points for each additional player. Drop your payments on paypal.me/SlashGreg.
  2. Once your team has registered, you’ll get the password to the Zoomiary.
  3. Be sure your teammates know your team name before the game starts, this will allow us to put you on the right team.
  4. Finally, if you have any questions, drop an email on Nick@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com, Anjali@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com or Greg@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com and we’ll get you in the mix.   

 

Holiday Show TIme!

 

Players, we are in the final weeks–the throes of the 2020 Solstice League. And for most of you teams I’ve got bad news about nabbing that top spot. It’s not happening.

The good news is that we get to spend the holiday with a pretty solid crew of people, even if it is just online. Now, just because it’s a holiday show does that mean we’re going to have a very special christmas themed show? Are we going to be talmbout Krampus? No player, this ain’t 2019. 

Are we going to be talking about that time Sufjan played Silent Night? First off, Silent Night sucks. Sufjan is fine, but that song is worse than Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmastime. That said, I can’t control what Neil and the rest of you players get up to in the chats. 

What about a Copper Country Christmas? 

Dog, I wish it was going to be like that.This is 2020. You know we’re going to be talking about coronavirus and $600 Pelosi checks. We’ll probably also talk about The Nutcracker because we’ve been sliding in ballet bits all year. Why stop now?

To get in the mix tonight, you probably know the drill: 

  1. The Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia entrance fee is $10/player, or $50/team of six players. Teams can still play with more than six players, but will be docked 10 points for each additional player. Drop your payments on paypal.me/SlashGreg.
  2. Once your team has registered, you’ll get the password to the Zoomiary.
  3. Be sure your teammates know your team name before the game starts, this will allow us to put you on the right team.
  4. Finally, if you have any questions, drop an email on Nick@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com, Anjali@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com or Greg@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com and we’ll get you in the mix.  

 

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