We won at Trivia again last night. (Yawn) I'm really trying not to get all smug and cocky, because I feel a comeuppance coming on. Last night, though, we couldn't help ourselves. The category for the round was Islands. There were some easy ones: On what island can you find Guantanamo Bay Naval Base? Sardinia is located off the western coast of which country? But ol' question number five had us stumped but good.
The US purchased the Virgin Islands in 1917 from what country?
I know!! Okay, sure, there are probably a lot of you out there who know the answer. None of you were at our table. And apparently, none of you were at Barney's Beanery in Santa Monica last night. We debated. I thought France (based purely on conjecture and that one of the islands is St. Croix and that sounds French). Another teammate said Holland, based on dutch names of towns and such. None of us knew for sure and we tried to be deductive about it. "Martinique is nearby and they speak French there." "Bahamas are nearby and they speak English and use dollars" "There's a British Virgin Islands, too." In the end, we put Holland down but did not check the "Double or nothing" circle.
The answer is, of course, Denmark. And absolutely no one--NOT ONE TEAM--got it correct. Yet nearly everyone--all but two--doubled down. The quiz master was reading the scores and it went something like this: "(team name) Unsuccessful double down, zero points (team name) Unsuccessful double down, zero points. (team name) Unsuccessful double down, zero points....." until it just became ridiculous. We were cracking up. When he finally got to our team, one of the only two with scores, we couldn't help but rejoice. I've never been so happy to get five points.
Then some Opie Cunningham-looking dude gave us the eye and said, "that team has to go down." Sorry to disappoint you Opie Cunningham, but this was the third time we've placed First in a week. We are on fire (whispered because I don't want to tempt fate).