Friday, April 1, 2011

Pop Culture Trivia: The "Please Stand By" Edition

The next 15 questions deal with commercials of the past and present.  If you are a Pop Culture Trivia virgin and are about to be touched for the very first time, please read all the rules before taking the quiz:

* Along with the Internet, the use of books, magazines, notes, data stored on a computer, etc. to help you come up with the answers is not allowed.

* Please read the questions carefully. For example, if you mistakenly give a performer's name instead of the movie/TV show, the answer will be marked as incorrect.

* If you give a final answer along the lines of "If it isn't McDonald's, it's Burger King", it will be marked as incorrect.

* Unless I ask for the correct spelling, you won't lose points for any misspellings as long as I can decipher your answer. If I have no idea what you mean, I'll email you for verification. If I don't hear from you, your answer will be marked as incorrect.

* It's best to provide the full name/title of an answer if you know it. However, for TV series, movies, people, etc. that are often referred to by a shortened name/abbreviation, that shortened name/abbreviation is acceptable (unless I specifically ask for the complete name/title). For example:

Coke is acceptable for Coca-Cola

* If you are the only player to get a particular question correct, you earn 5 bonus points. The first player to submit their final answers to me will earn 2 bonus points. 

* Please do not post your answers in the comments section. Instead, send them to no later than Friday, April 15th, at 11:59 PM EST.

* To make it easier for me to add up your score, please cut and paste the game into the body of an email and type your answers after the point value of each question. Although I will email the answers only to those who take the quiz, I will still post the names of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers here.

Have fun, bonne chance and don't let the smooth taste fool you!

1. While sitting down for breakfast, two siblings engage in a back and forth over which one of them will sample a nutritional cereal before getting their younger brother (who hates everything) to try it in an iconic early 1970s spot for what brand name product? 2 pts

2.  81-year old Clara Peller became a star during the 1980s after appearing in a series of commercials for Wendy's in which she asked what 3-word question?  2 pts

3. Originally created for a 1986 commercial on behalf of CALRAB, what highly successful marketing campaign spawned two TV specials, a Saturday morning cartoon series, four studio albums, and a Billboard Hot 100 single (a remake of a Motown standard)? 2 pts

4. In 2010, which one of the following Oscar-nominated actors became the voice for "Mr. Peanut" in commercials for Planters? 6 pts

a. Jude Law
b. Will Smith
c. James Franco
d. Robert Downey, Jr.

5. The woman in the photo is best known as the spokesperson for what line of household cleaning products? 5 pts

6. What are the names of the three monster-themed cereals which General Mills introduced in the early 1970s and are still produced to this day? 2 pts each

7. The screenshot below is from a State Farm commercial which features an appearance by what former game show host? 6 pts (the multiple choice options are below the screenshot)

a. Bob Barker
b. Wink Martindale
c. Monty Hall
d. Richard Dawson

8. What are the names of the six celebrities who appeared in the three "You're Not You When You're Hungry" commercials for Snickers (which first aired in 2010 and 2011)? 3 pts each

Just to be clear, the six celebs do not appear in all three commercials. The three commercials feature 2 celebs each. 

9. For 3 pts each:

a. What is the name of the advertising character in the photo below?
b. He was the advertising character for what product?

10. In 1987, "Revolution 1" became the first Beatles recording to be licensed for a television commercial when it was used by what company? 6 pts

a. Nike
b. Apple
c. Sony
d. Adidas

11. Below are sample lyrics from 5 popular advertising jingles.  You have to correctly identify the brand name product associated with them.  2 pts each

a. Plop, plop, fizz fizz, oh what a relief it is
b. Gimme a break, gimme a break, break me off a piece of that...
c. What walks downstairs, alone or in pairs...
d. If you think it's butter, but it's not...
e. I'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony...

12. Correctly solve the "Wheel of Fortune" puzzle below. 6 pts


13. The screenshot below is from a commercial for what product? 6 pts (the multiple choice options are below the screenshot).  For 1 pt each, what are the names of the two actresses in the screenshot?

a. Head & Shoulders
b. Pepsodent
c. Nice 'n Easy
d. Noxzema

14. "Piff! Paff! Poff!", "Knap! Knaetter! Knak!" and "Pim! Pum! Pam!" are the names used in various international markets for what trio of cereal mascots, who were originally designed as elderly gnomes with large noses and ears? 2 pts

15. The actors below are three of the men who've appeared in a long-running series of commercials for what company? 15 pts


Candy Minx said...

hello hello! Good to see your blog we have been on a massive road trip...I've been blogging from my phone or internet cafes...its good to be able to visit your blog and catch up with you....I am using a family's computer and can relax and catch up. Big hi from me and Stagg!

Malcolm said...

Hi Candy... it's great to hear from you again! I hope you and Stagg had an enjoyable road trip.

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