The Ultimate Pop Culture Quiz – The Answers

Merry Christmas from The Kardashians:

I’m back with the answers to my husband’s and my trivia challenge.  We issued it to our respective audiences on Friday.  How’d you do, dear readers?  And more importantly, what questions and categories would you have added if you’d made one up?

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John Mayer’s Ex-Girlfriends

  1. When she ended up with John Mayer, she was rebounding from Russell Brand. (Katy Perry)
  2. When she broke up with John Mayer, she rebounded with Derek Jeter. (Minka Kelly)
  3. The song, “Your Body is a Wonderland,” is rumored to be about this ex. (Jennifer Love Hewitt)
  4. It’s rumored that Mayer’s relationship with this ex ended because he was tweeting too much. (Jennifer Aniston)
  5. In an interview with Playboy, Mayer referred to this ex as his, “sexual napalm.” (Jessica Simpson)

(In this category, the answers start with the letters O,S,C,A, and R; but not in that order)

  1. After 6 nominations for Best Director, he finally won for The Departed. (Martin Scorcese)
  2. She won Best Actress that year for her role in Erin Brockovich, but she’s remembered more for her stunning black and white dress. (Julia Roberts)
  3. His 1998 Best Picture winner gave us famous lines like, “I’m the king of the world!” and “I’ll never let go.” (James Cameron)
  4. This character, who gave Vivien Leigh her Best Actress nod, was a flighty Southern Belle, who was crafty enough to wear a dress made from her green drapes. (Scarlett O’Hara)
  5. This actor picked up his first Oscar for Best Original Screenplay as a kid, and won for Best Director in 2012. (Ben Affleck)

Is This Real Life?

  1. Name the first American Idol. (Kelly Clarkson)
  2. This was the first setting that began the Bravo Real Housewives Empire. (Orange County)
  3. Considered the first reality show, this series watched real people with real jobs living their real lives. (Real World)
  4. This reality show’s parting line is, “Please pack your knives and go.” (Top Chef)
  5. This Kardashian sibling is the one without a K-name. (Rob)


  1.  The song “Lose Yourself” won two Grammys and was featured in the soundtrack for this movie. (8 Mile)
  2. Which member of One Direction recently broke apart from the band to launch a solo career. (Zayn Malik)
  3. Ben and Jerrys named an ice cream flavor after this Grafeful Dead front man. (Jerry Garcia)
  4. Name 5 Taylor Swift Songs (Google it!)
  5. This rapper cut Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech short, and told the world he thought Beyonce should have won a VMA. (Kanye)

Wasn’t He in Harry Potter?
(In this category, I list a role from one movie, and you have to name the role that same actor played in Harry Potter)

  1.  Hans Gruber (Professor Severus Snape)
  2. Commissioner Gordon (in the Christopher Nolan series) (Sirius Black)
  3. Edward Cullen (Cedric Diggory)
  4. The Dowager Countess of Grantham (Professor Minerva McGonagall)
  5. Marla Singer (Bellatrix LeStrange)

B List Siblings of Famous People
(In this category, you get three things the A-lister is famous for, and you have to name the B-lister)

  1. Pearl Harbor, Gone Girl, Dazed and Confused (Casey Affleck)
  2. I’m a Slave 4 U, Baby One More Time, Womanizer (Jamie Lynn Spears)
  3. Boogie Nights, TED, The Fighter (Donnie Wahlberg)
  4. Bootylicious, Single Ladies, Crazy in Love
  5. 30 Rock, Hunt for Red October, Beetlejuice (Solange Knowles)

Hold On to your Jockstrap

  1. Al Michaels uttered these famous words when the US hockey team beat Russia in the 1980 Winter Olympics. (Do you believe in miracles?)
  2. Tiger Woods’ ex-wife held this job prior to meeting him. (nanny)
  3. This gymnast broke her ankle in the 1996 Summer Olympics, yet still helped Team USA win gold. (Kerri Strugg)
  4. Thanks to these two halftime performers, sporting events now run on a slight delay and the term,  “wardrobe malfunction” became part of our vernacular. (Justin Timberlake and Janet, Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty, Jackson)
  5. In his farewell address he told the crowd that he considered himself, “the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” (Lou Gherig)

Finish the TV Theme Song

  1. I want to be the very best, like no one ever was… (To catch them is my real test, to train them is my cause)
  2. And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there… (I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel Air)
  3. Sunny day, sweeping the clouds away… (On my way to where the air is sweet)
  4. Sometimes you want to go…(Where everybody knows your name)
  5. If nautical nonsense be something you wish…(Then drop on the deck and flop like a fish)

Spoiler Alert
(I’m giving you spoilers that are more than 10 years old here, so if you’ve stayed in the dark this long, you’re overdue.  Tell me what I’m spoiling.)

  1.  The screen cuts to black as Journey plays, “Don’t Stop Believing.” (The Sopranos)
  2. Joey picks Pacey. (Dawson’s Creek)
  3. Rosebud is the sled. (Citizen Kane)
  4. Darth Vader is Luke’s Father. (Star Wars)
  5. Gwyneth Paltrow’s head ends up in a box. (Se7en)

(I was pushing for Potent Potables to be a category, but there’s nothing innately pop-culture-y about that)

  1. These two feuding rappers were shot and killed within 6 months of each other. (Tupac and Biggie)
  2. Every week the TV Guide comes to Chandler and Joey’s apartment.  What name appears on the address label? (Miss Chanandler Bong)
  3. This is currently the longest running Broadway show. (Phantom of the Opera)
  4. Katniss Everdeen hails from this District. (District 12)
  5. OJ Simpson fled from the police in this vehicle. (White Ford Bronco)

Lightning Round
(In this round, the two contestants will go back and forth, each naming one answer, until the other is stumped.  Winner is the one who answers last.)

  1.  Name a movie in which Samuel L. Jackson’s character does not die.
  2. Name an EGOT winner.
  3. Name a Superman villain.
  4. Name someone who has played James Bond.
  5. Name members of the Simpsons’ family.

*all of the answers in this last category are easily Googled, dear readers.  🙂

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