50 Hours Later: Holy Broman Lonestar Republic and Cult of the Pink Shoe claim 2018 trivia contest crowns

The Holy Broman Lonestar Republic Presents: Cardboard Davy Crocket Remembers the Alamo won its second straight off-campus title while Cult of the Pink Shoe easily won the on-campus team title in Lawrence University’s 2018 Great Midwest Trivia Contest that ended on midnight Sunday, Jan. 28.

The 53rd edition of the 50-hour contest that is webcast on the campus radio station, WLFM, attracted an estimated 700 players, including some from Spain, France and the Netherlands.

Students answering phones during the trivia contest in the WLFM studios
Nearly 90 off-campus and on-campus teams kept the phone lines busy during Lawrence University’s 53rd annual Great Midwest Trivia contest.

The Minneapolis-based Holy Bromans racked up 1,305 points in successfully defending its title to edge Get A Load Of That Sandwich (Get A Load Of It!) Get A Load Of That Sandwich (That Sandwich!) Look At That Sandwich (Look At It!) Get A Load Of That Sandwich (Get A Load Of It!) Look At That Sandwich (Look At It!) Woo! (Woohoo!) Woo! (Yeah!) Woo! (Woohoohoo!), which finished with 1,285 points. Caillouigi placed third among 74 off-campus teams with 1,185 points.

WLFM: It’s Our Station So We Win (1,027 points) and Trivia Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Nips, The Nipples of Knowledge Return (980 points) placed second and third, respectively among a dozen on campus teams.

The Holy Bromans were awarded a cardboard bra for its winning effort, while Cult of the Pink received a troll doll for its first-place finish among on-campus teams.

2018 on-campus team trivia winners
Members of the Cult of the Pink Shoe team gathered for a photo in the wee hours of the night after winning the on-campus team title in the 2018 Great Midwest Trivia contest.

For the first time since 2014, no teams were able to answer any of the final hour “garruda” questions, including the contest finale “Super Garruda”: In the Tanzanian city whose name is an anagram for “A Salad Smear,” there is an intersection of two roads near the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco. One road shares the first name with the former Supreme Chief of the Gogo and the other road is named for a Tanzanian Sultan whose skull’s return is discussed in the 1919 Treaty of Versailles. On the wall in front of the intersection there are three large legibly scrawled words in English, what are they?  The answer was “The Jungle, Bob.”

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