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02 November 2013

The final countdown at the Grafton Ale House... BROTHER!!

It was a spooktacularly bittersweet night of quizzing at the Ale House in Grafton this Thursday night. After five years and 200 quiz nights at the bar, it was the final evening of trivia this week as the management has decided to go in a different direction.

And about 45 queeps on 10 teams turned out for the final showing, and what an affair it was.

While they aren't always competitive when its come to the thinking, the lads from As groupies we will follow you anywhere, brother! PS We love you. PSS Rip that shirt off brought in the big guns on the night, and walked away as the final Ale House champion, forever etching their name into Quizmaster folklore with the win...

And speaking of big guns, Quizmaster Ryan was practically the only person dressed up for the holiday this Thursday night...

Of course, the winning team's request was for Hulk to tear-away that yellow vest.

It didn't happen.

Thanks to them for being great sports over the years.

And speaking of great sports, the Grafton trivia juggernaut that is Squad 666 converged for one last time also, taking second in the end after a three way tie for second place...

Their support over the last five years (literally) is appreciated by Quizmaster Ryan.

And finally, the last ever best team name prize went to the seasonably named Smasking Blumpkins, $10 better off...

Quizmaster Ryan wants to thank all those who came out for the final quiz, and anyone who ever stopped by the Ale House for trivia over the years.

Quizzing WILL CONTINUE (albeit elsewhere) so please check the schedule for a quiz near you. We will be quizzing at the Centennial Bar in Mequon soon, featuring 50 cent wings, $3 margaritas and $3 Coronas, so please check it out!!!

And finally, a thank you to the Ale House staff, management and ownership for being so great to work with for so long.


Thursday October 31st, 2013 scores:

  1. 43 As groupies we will follow you anywhere, brother! PS We love you PSS Rip that shirt off.
  2. 40 666 for the last time (Firefoxes)
  3. 40 Keith Mooned Miley Cyrus while Harry Houdini made his mongoose disappear into Nicki Minaj
  4. 40 The last night of trivia w/ Wickens.... nightmare on Lucky Street
  5. 37 Trick or Queef
  6. 37 Smasking Blumpkins
  7. 34 Are we human or are we twerker?
  8. 23 The Three Some
  9. 20 Family of five
  10. 18 We came as three old hags

31 October 2013

Article of the Week - Saw

Saw is a 2004 American independent horror film directed by James Wan. The screenplay, written by Leigh Whannell, is based on a story by Wan and Whannell. The film stars Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter, and Whannell. It is the debut of Wan and Whannell and the first installment of the seven-part Saw franchise.

The film's story revolves around Adam (Whannell) and Lawrence (Elwes), two men who are chained in a dilapidated subterranean bathroom and are each given instructions via a microcassette recorder explaining how to escape. Adam is told he must escape the bathroom, while Lawrence is told to kill Adam before a certain time, or Lawrence's family will die. Meanwhile, police detectives investigate and attempt to find the victims' location and apprehend the mastermind behind this "game" and several other similar incidents.

The screenplay was written in 2001, but after failed attempts to get the script produced in Wan and Whannell's home country, Australia, they were urged to travel to Los Angeles. In order to help attract producers they shot a low-budget short film of the same name from a scene out of the script. This proved successful in 2003 as producers from Evolution Entertainment were immediately attached and also formed a horror genre production label Twisted Pictures. The film was given a small budget and shot on a short schedule of 18 days.

Saw was first screened on January 19, 2004. Lionsgate picked up the rights and released the film in the United States and Canada on October 29, 2004. Critical responses were generally mixed and divided, but the film gained a cult following. Compared to its low budget, Saw performed very well at the box office, grossing more than $100 million worldwide and becoming, at the time, one of the most profitable horror films since 1996's Scream. The success of the film prompted a green-light of a sequel soon after Saw's opening weekend, which was released the following October.

17 October 2013

Article of the Week - Mojave Phone Booth

The Mojave phone booth was a lone telephone booth in what is now the Mojave National Preserve in California, which attracted online attention in 1997 due to its unusual location. Placed in the 1960s, the booth was eight miles (13 km) from the nearest paved road, fifteen miles (24 km) from the nearest numbered highway, and miles from any buildings. Its telephone number was originally (714) 733-9969, before the area code changed to 619 and then to 760.

The phone became a sensation on the Internet in 1997. A Los Angeles man spotted a telephone icon on a map of the Mojave and decided to visit it. He wrote a letter about his adventure to an underground magazine, and included the booth's number. Godfrey Daniels, a local computer entrepreneur, read the letter and started the first of several websites devoted to the Mojave telephone booth. Soon, fans called the booth attempting to get a reply, and a few took trips to the booth to answer, often camping out at the site. Several callers kept recordings of their conversations. Over time, the booth became covered in graffiti, as many travelers would leave messages on it.

 In 1999 Los Angeles Times writer John Glionna reported on meeting a man at the booth who claimed the Holy Spirit had instructed him to answer the phone. The man spent 32 days there, answering more than 500 phone calls including repeated calls from someone who identified himself as "Sergeant Zeno from the Pentagon"

The booth was removed by Pacific Bell on May 17, 2000, at the request of the National Park Service. Per Pacific Bell policy, the phone number was permanently retired. Officially, the removal was done to halt the environmental impact of visitors, though pressure from locals unhappy with the increased traffic may have contributed.

12 October 2013

A quiz to the death!!

The upstairs of the Ale House in Grafton returns to its old bustlin' self this Thursday night as ten teams engaged in the bar's weekly trivia showcase.

The quiz came down to the wire by the end, as two trivia juggernauts, Squad 666 and You call it the Ryder Cup, Tiger Woods calls it a foursome both notched up 49 points, and sudden death was needed to separate the two.

Having been asked the year that Mickey Mouse first appeared on screen (in Steamboat Willie), twas the latter team who answered spot on with 1928 and took the first place prize...

They had a special request for a team photo. It's been a while!

Elswhere, while this team didn't win anything, we wanted to capture Likes Hambugers on camera as they were in great spirits throughout the game...

We hope to see them back soon!

Back at it Thursday Grafton. See you then!

Until next time Grafton, drink while you think...

Thursday October 10th, 2013 scores:

  1. 49 You call it the Ryder Cup, Tiger Woods calls it a foursome
  2. 49 Squad 666
  3. 43 We should have let the confederacy keep Florida, y'all
  4. 40 Research shows 60% of the time Paul wins everytime
  5. 38 Likes Hambugers
  6. 37 Will Twerk for best team name... seriously
  7. 24 #TwerkTeam
  8. 23 Three Old Farts
  9. 20 Here for Beer
  10. 19 Four's Company

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