APPLETON, WIS. — It took a pair of Sunday rallies for the off-campus and on-campus teams to defend their titles in the 44th annual Lawrence University Great Midwest Trivia Contest.
In one of the closest finishes in years, The Bank of Kaukauna came from behind over the weekend to capture its ninth straight off-campus title, racking up 1,465 points to edge the Trivia Pirates Aargh, who finished with 1,435 points. Six Feet Under Inter-Office Memoranda was third among 67 off-campus teams with 1,415 points.
Bucky’s also rallied to win its seventh straight title among 12 on-campus student teams. Bucky’s tallied 1,393 points, while Super Mega Soviet Gang Bang Dream Team Party finished second with 1,332 points and Brokman O’Hiett was third with 1,248.
The Bank of Kaukauna was awarded a stuffed chicken with broken springy legs inside of a black cardboard coffin, signed by all the trivia masters for its first-place finish, while Bucky’s received a gigantic black cardboard armadillo, signed by all the trivia masters for wining the on-campus title.
A total of 346 questions were asked during the 50-hour contest that ended at midnight Sunday, Jan. 25. A server crash during the contest, which is Internet broadcast on Lawrence’s student radio station WLFM, suspended the questions and answers for about an hour.
No team was able to answer this year’s “Super Garruda,” the contest’s final question, which asked: “Who was going to be married next to what was the “world’s largest cedar bucket” in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in June, 2005, before it mysteriously burned down the week before the wedding date?” The disappointed couple was James Walters and Jaki Neubauer.