The Return is Near

Trivia players, we are back full force this week. Much like the mighty Milwaukee Bucks or the Sir Damien Thorn VII of the Corporate Institutional Bank of Time, we came back. We were always coming back.

Typically, there is the tradition that when a trivia host travels somewhere that host is bound to write a category about it. But it’s not going to work that way this week. Certainly anyone who follows the trades knows Wisconsin’s Hardest Nick and I, along with fellow Mild Hangover Tuesday co-founder Klipsk, did a practice sprint for our upcoming Cannonball run, but what kind of questions are we going to build out of that?

Did you guys also expect Albuquerque to look worse?
Does this seem like too much rain for the southwest?
What does it cost to get a brake light kill switch installed?
Does Waffle House live up to the hype?

What was the worst part about stopping at the Uranus Fudge Factory in Missouri?  Any answer anyone would provide would probably be right.

These are all questions, but they aren’t Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia questions. Instead we’re coming at you with questions comparing albums and talking about fictional places based on real places. Like the way Oz, from The Wizard of and The Return to, not the HBO series, was based on Seattle. Or the way the Tarkus album cover was based on sketches Anjali of Ever Increasing Hardness kept in her childhood bedroom and had labelled “Cool RV Ideas”.

So if you want to get involved with this whole scene, which I highly recommend doing, you need to build your team and get your collective butts to Company Brewing in Riverwest tonight.

The show starts at 7pm. See you there.

 

July Times

Yawn and stretch and let out the last bits of the loooooong weekend out, players, because it’s time to take on your weekly dose of Wisconsin’s Hardest Online Trivia. 

I’m sure there are going to be some Milwaukee players tuning into this post, shouting, “Wisconsin’s Hardest Greggers, whereTF was our post? Why did we have to fly into the Monday show blind?”

And these are fair questions, to which I will provide an unfair answer.
“Holiday weekend, baby.”

You know the fifth of July is Michelada Monday. So you know I’m over here rolling in the Tajin Clasíco. I couldn’t be bothered dropping some damned missive to the Milwaukee players about how there’s a Bucks category. You know that should have been top of mind.

I mean, you take a look at any of the online players, check their brain work history and you’re going to find several references to the Milwaukee Bucks. In fact, for many of them it’s only going to Bucks references and something about a thirty-two point three three, repeating, of course, percent chance of survival. 

It’s honestly a great mix of players. 

If you want to play tonight’s online game, get your team ready.

  1. The Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia entrance fee is $5/player, or $25/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 Peloton

In case you missed it, the Company Brewing live shows kicked off again last week and good god was it a success. Players who haven’t been players since they were pre-covid players were playing. Teams were reunited, scores were argued and Das Tunnelsnakes came out on top. 

And here’s what great, this happens every week now. 

Imagine it, every seven days your opinion can be shouted down and ignored by other people on your team. Sure, I know the answer is Ethiopia, but by all means, Young Karen, make the rest of this busted team put Africa as the answer. I can’t think of like 200 better answers than “Africa” to the question “The food of what country is most closely associated with injera flatbread?” 

So maybe it’s time you put together a new team of trivia heavy hitters, refresh your Tour de France knowledge, grab your pint-holding gloves and get your rumps to Company Brewing tonight. The show starts at 7pm. See you there.

 

Long Time Comin’

Solstice, BABY!

There will be 18+ long hours of daylight today. Are you ready for that? And, this isn’t even a sacrificing holiday, this one is pure celebration. Brace yourselves, players.   

Now, to make it even more amazing, we’ve got Wisconsin’s Hardest Nick back at Company Brewing kicking off a vaxxed-to-the-max season of in-person trivia. Can you imagine it? Your main man WHNick back on the mic, tossing out trivia quizzes like a ninja does shuriken. Then you’ve got the CoBrewCrew slinging drinks. What’s it gonna be? A Poor Farm Pils? Or maybe you felt that chill in today’s air and you’ll opt to rip through one more Gang’s All Here DDH Hazy Double IPA before summer sets in with full force and the Milwaukee Style Lager becomes your only choice.  

And then there’s the friends. Holy crap. This is your chance to once again lock eyes with a random Scrambled Eggs Benedict Cumberbatch or Taints player, or ugh, a real-life Tunnel Snake. From across the trivia space, you see them, they see you. You both send looks that say, “We did it. We made it through the last 16 months of chaos and now we’re here, again. I respect you, but I’m also going to attempt to squish you and your whole ass team like a bug”.

I suspect it’s going to be amazing as hell. And if you want to get involved simply get a crew together, do a bit of research on the Obscure Museums Category and get yourselves to Company Brewing in Riverwest.

The show starts at 7pm. See you there.

 

Our Crowd Sourced Cup Runneth Over

OOOOOOO players, we are at it again with that crowd-sourced overflow. And this week we’re coming in hot with submitted categories from OG Neal of Fortune, Raven (to some extent) and the Drink Tickets variant. Plus, any last minute submissions from teams like Good Enough or Clever Girl

Even if Good Enough doesn’t submit anything maybe we’ll bang down a Copper Country submission and make one of those players read it. Better yet, we just post up a pic of Good Enough Dave and I do an imitation of him. And, players, you know my Good Enough Dave imitation sounds exactly like my Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire

And because it’s crowd sourced, it’s a pay-what-you-want show with all the registration fees going to Take Action–Stop Line 3, the direct-action network led by Tribal nations and community and environmental groups in Minnesota working to prevent an Enbridge oil pipeline from being built from the Canadian Tar Sands to Lake Superior.  

To get registered:

  1. Drop your donation on paypal.me/SlashGreg or just email Greg@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com. 
  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. If you have any questions, let us know at 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.

 

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[Wisconsin’s Hardest Greg checks his watch. His eyes widen, but barely, he is tired from a combination of anti-seizure meds and sitting up all night watching season three of True Blood, convinced that the complete series is not only better, but truly hits home on the tenth viewing. He grabs his phone]

Siri, call Wisconsin’s Hardest Nick and Anjali of Ever Increasing Wisconsin Hardness. Call them both at the same time, like a three-way call that rich kids could make in the 1990s. But not like the really rich rich kids who just had their own phone lines. Do you remember how Chris and his brothers had the fucking Teen Line? Do you remember that, Siri? Like you could be flipping through the physical phone book and find his parents number and right below it was the Hieke Teen Line? I spent my entire childhood calling his family’s number never knowing who was going to answer. His mom? His dad? An answering machine? Then again, I don’t know if that was a flex by his parents, or them saying ‘Sure, you can have your own phone line, we’ll even cover the additional eight dollars each month, but we’re calling it the Teen Line. You nerd.’ But it was fine. Payback came during winter break our second year of college when EVERYONE went to Chris’s parents house for a NYE party and Nick got all sorts of drunk and peed on pretty much all the plants and half the furniture in the Edwardian Conservatory that Chris’s mother would never even let us enter. Siri, dog, that was a funny night.”

Siri replies, “Calling Wisconsin’s Hardest Nick and Anjali of Ever Increasing Wisconsin Hardness. Call them both at the same time, like a three-way call that rich kids could make in the 1990s. But not like the really rich rich kids who just had their own phone lines. Do you remember how Chris and his brothers had the fucking Teen Line? Do you remember that, Siri? Like you could be flipping through the physical phone book and find his parents number and right below it was the Hieke Teen Line? I spent my entire childhood calling his family’s number never knowing who was going to answer. His mom? His dad? An answering machine? Then again, I don’t know if that was a flex by his parents, or them saying ‘Sure, you can have your own phone line, we’ll even cover the additional eight dollars each month, but we’re calling it the Teen Line. You nerd.’ But it was fine. Payback came during winter break our second year of college when EVERYONE went to Chris’s parents house for a NYE party and Nick got all sorts of drunk and peed on pretty much all the plants and half the furniture in the Edwardian Conservatory that Chris’s mother would never even let us enter. Siri, dog, that was a funny night.”

[Both calls are sent to voicemail after two rings. Wisconsin’s Hardest Greg begins typing into the trivia group text]

“We got a MFing crowd-sourced show tonight and so far we only have categories from four teams. So get ready to drop some sort of filler categories if a couple of these teams don’t submit their knowledge tithes.” 

Because tonight’s show is crowd sourced, whatever amount teams pay to play will be donated to Rainforest Flying Squad and Last Stand for Trees, a direct action organization fighting for and protecting the last stands of globally significant ancient temperate rainforest on Vancouver Island.

Registration works like this:

  1. Drop your donation on paypal.me/SlashGreg or just email Greg@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com. 
  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. If you have any questions, let us know at 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.

 

Copper–The Spice of Life

Players, have we got a show for you tonight. Fresh off Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia’s questionable performance on Never Not Funny: Isolation Files and the announcement that June 21 in-person trivia is returning to Company Brewing, we’re bringing a hot one in the form of the Spring League finale. 

I would like to say it’s all on the line right now, but any league-long players know that is not true. The collective known as Alphabet Mafia, AKA Taylor and the Dead Weight, is going to be walking away with the top spot. And the second and third spots are also already pretty much locked in. In fact, the only real contest will be to see if the streamlined Sippin’ Syrup can outwit Laura Dern’s High Waisted Shorts

There is also the possibility Tunnelsnakes Take Chicago might slip past Milwaukee Tunnel Snakes. I would say the chances are slim, but we’ve also seen MKETS drop 50 points for an 11 person team. AND on a separate occasion they were not even listed as one of the teams playing until round five and no one noticed. So Milwaukee Tunnel Snakes come with no guarantees.

Right about now is when I’m supposed to be revealing a hint to help tonight’s players, but tonight’s show is so good I’m going to give you two half clues. First off, there is going to be some Gitche Gumee. We should have seen this coming after Good Enough nabbed the category request last week. And, players, you know there is going to be a touch of Copper Country knowledge dropped on there. 

Just imagine the crew Good Enough gathering around the table where you eat your trivia feast. And of course, Good Enough Erik has his hair down. Good Enough Other Eric, Good Enough Dave and Good Enough Joel are there, restrained, biceps out–and you know them ‘ceps is popped–sprinkling a little bit of Copper Country on every show we do. Like a collective Copper Country Bae. God damn. 

There’s also a What’s Missing category. 

Now go 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 Spring League’s Penultimate Show

Players, this is it. We are in that final push to the league finale and we’ve got big things coming at you tonight.

Wisconsin’s Hardest Nick would say, the biggest thing we got is Good Enough’s contribution which may or may not be about Copper Country. Wisconsin’s Hardest me would say it’s that hard hitting Public Arts category. I’m not really ready to say what’s what, but I can tell you to get your collective rumps into the zoomiary tonight. 

Do it 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 tonight at 7pm central. See you then.

 

May is Lizard Month!

Players, tonight I’m going to need you to cosplay your way into a supporting cast member of Jurassic Park. Obviously, a few roles are already taken. 

We’ve got Laura Dern and whatever trend she is crushing this week. And the Velociraptor Hunter, while he is still available, the crew member who was summoned when the hunter character points his gun only to realize HE is the one being hunted, but then froze having forgotten what to say he yells “Line!” and a lowly, but union nonetheless, script assistant runs up and says ‘“Clever girl”–that script assistant role is taken as well. 

You see, we have a Dinosaur-ish category tonight that was already in the works when Bridgerton Fembots dropped in with their last place request that is of a herpetological vein. It’s a real lizard-friendly show tonight. I’m not suggesting anyone shows up in Alan Grant garb, though a shirt wide open Ian Malcolm is always welcome. Maybe a Dr. Henry Wu or John Hammond is the right path to take. It’s like you either really know your thunder lizards or you’re quite wealthy and rather into them. 

Of course, I should also give a pre-emptive nod to OGNOF KennOF who will show up as Ariana Richards who was Alex Murphy, but actually as the character she portrayed in the Ben Folds Five video for Brick. And Zachkt will 100% be the dude who got the KennOF-as-Richards pregnant and does nothing to help out but write a drab song that will probably be the highlight of his mildly successful career. 

That’s the kind of bleak deep cut I like. 

So get your team in order, get your costumes picked out and get ready for real lizard-heavy week of Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia. To register, get with this program:

  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. See you then.

 

Birth of a Legend

Oh, hello, players. Come in, come in. 

You look like someone who has come here to gain some insight into this week’s trivia show. What do you want me to tell you? Do you want me to tell you that I’m proud of this week’s show as a whole, but if you look at any questions individually, the work we’ve done here is an assault on the well being of society? Do you want me to say that Wisconsin’s Hardest Anjali is currently camped out in an undisclosed North Carolina bunker and therefore we’re probably looking at a category on the Great State of North Carolina? Is that what you want to hear? 

And what of Wisconsin’s Hardest Nick? What are they gonna say about him, when he’s gone, huh? What are they gonna say? Are they gonna say “he was a kind man”? “He was a wise man”? “He had plans”; “He had wisdom”? Bullshit, man! What are they gonna do when he’s gone? What are they gonna turn to me? I mean come on, look at me! Am I gonna set them straight? 

No, you, players, you’re the ones who need to tell the story of Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia. You’re the ones who need to make sure the world knows the story of the fighters. How a ragtag group of trivia players like Good Enough, or even Tunnelsnakes Take Chicago, took on Alphabet Mafia

And don’t wait for time to create the legend, do it now. Make it one team, call them Good Enough, Chicago. Tell the story of how this crew of bad players, good people, and just purely fucking dog shit trivia players, stepped up and took on the super power. 

Will they win the Spring 2021 league? Of course not. We’re going to have to rely on Scrambled Eggs or That’s A Considerable Amount of Raven, or maybe even OGNOF, to take down the champs. But it’s a legend, so what does it matter? I mean, what could go wrong with a few thousand years of people telling a story from only their point of view? 

Side note: the current events category is about 80 percent a downer this week. Yay!

To secure your spot in history–to be able to tell your friends and family, 50 years in the future, that you were there–get your team registered for this week’s show. 

  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. See you then. 

 

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