The Riverfront Times 2014 News Quiz!

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Lyft made news in St. Louis this year, but why? See question No. 2. - Dan Zettwoch
Dan Zettwoch
Lyft made news in St. Louis this year, but why? See question No. 2.

It's been a long year in St. Louis. A very serious year dominated by one main story. Yet even amid the most trying times of hashtag Ferguson, unintentionally humorous side stories developed. Remember, for example, Governor Jay Nixon's tortured response during a Ferguson press conference when questioned, "Does the buck ultimately stop with you?"

Moreover, as 2014 makes its slow crawl into extinction, it's arguable that if ever St. Louis needed to laugh at itself, it's this year. So it is that Riverfront Times has once again composed our annual News Challenge of the most regrettable, odd and funny occurrences of the year — Ferguson included.

Sharpen your pencils and see how much of the detestable 2014 you can recall by comparing your answers to the correct answers on Page 2 of this post.

Sorry, perennial News Challenge champion, Don Weber: There's no bucket of RFT swag to win this year. We're providing the answers in the current issue because everyone wants instant gratification. Also, we're all out of crap.

1. In January a man walked through Kirkwood High School without permission to expose security flaws there. He told school officials he was a KSDK (Channel 5) reporter, but the school went into lockdown because that couldn't be confirmed. Why not?

A. The reporter's superiors at KSDK were (literally) out to lunch

B. The reporter had identified himself as "Haywood Jablowme"

C. KSDK's phones were tied up because Art Holliday kept pranking Mike Bush

D. The man was actually KHS alum Scott Bakula drunkenly trying to relive his glory days

2. Several ride-sharing apps jockeyed for position in the St. Louis market this year. How is Lyft unique among its competitors?

A. It refuses to operate in neighborhoods with Schoemehl pots

B. Its drivers adorn their cars with fuzzy pink mustaches

C. It repeatedly gives the Dirt Cheap Chicken free rides to strip clubs

D. It proudly adheres to a "No pants, no problem!" policy

3. The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department hit upon a new strategy for fighting prostitution this year in the 1st District. What was it?

A. Busing the prostitutes to downtown Clayton where demand is higher

B. Shaming those charged with prostitution or solicitation by sending them bright yellow postcards to remind them that it's illegal

C. Airdropping giant crates of blowup dolls into Carondelet Park

D. Reminding johns that St. Louis leads the nation in STD infections

4. St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez made a splash on social media in February. How?

A. He "liked" the Facebook page of the Chicago Cubs

B. He listed his job title on LinkedIn as "Fredbird's understudy"

C. A New York art gallery exhibited his Instagram selfies

D. He favorited dozens of hardcore pornographic images on Twitter

The Riverfront Times 2014 News Quiz!
Dan Zettwoch

5. The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge opened in February. Which of the following alternative names were also considered for the bridge?

A. Jerry F. Costello-William Lacy "Bill" Clay Sr. Veterans Memorial Bridge

B. The Chuck Berry-Miles Davis Superstar Stretch

C. The Brooklyn (Illinois) Bridge

D. The Mark McGwire Steroid Span

6. Missouri State Representative Courtney Allen Curtis, a Democrat from Berkeley, introduced a bill to make what the official greeting of Missouri?

A. The high-five

B. The "Show Me Love!" handshake

C. The Ozark Yodel

D. The M-I-Z / Z-O-U chant

7. Advocates of LGBT rights in Missouri scored which major victory this year?

A. They convinced Governor Jay Nixon to sing "I Will Survive" at the St. Louis PrideFest parade

B. Three different Missouri courts ruled the state's gay-marriage ban unconstitutional

C. They got House Speaker Tim Jones to switch from frumpy to slim-fitting suits

D. Just John Nightclub in the Grove was finally listed on the Missouri Register of Very Gay Places

8. The ALS Association's social-media fundraiser, the Ice Bucket Challenge, went viral this year, but the Archdiocese of St. Louis asked Catholics not to support it. Why?

A. The ALSA destroyed the archdiocese in their last ultimate frisbee matchup

B. The ALSA was funding a study that used embryonic stem cells

C. The ALSA funds LGBT-rights advocacy groups

D. The archdiocese considers ice buckets a sacred tool for repressing sexual feelings

9. What did Sunset Hills mayor Mark Furrer allegedly yell at bicyclist Randy Murdick when he passed by him in his Mercedes convertible?

A. "Eat my exhaust, spandex boy!"

B. "Race ya to the stoplight!"

C. "Glad to see you enjoying the public roadways of our fine city!"

D. "Get off my fucking roads!"

10. In June construction of the new IKEA in St. Louis halted when crews struck what?

A. Human bones

B. Oil

C. Toxic waste

D. China

11. In early 2014 travel analysts noticed a significant spike in flights from St. Louis to Denver, Colorado, and hypothesized that the big draw was:

A. Great snow conditions at ski resorts

B. Legalized marijuana

C. Cheaper Southwest Airlines fares

D. Peyton Manning mania

12. AB-InBev's Superbowl commercial for Budweiser, which quickly went viral, featured a Clydesdale horse that befriended whom?

A. Full House funnyman Dave Coulier

B. Mr. Ed

C. A puppy

D. Spuds MacKenzie

13. What happened when Washington University brought a petting-zoo bear to campus to serve as a stress reliever for students during spring finals?

A. The Wash. U. chapter of PETA demanded that the petting zoo release the animal into the wild

B. Petting the bear proved to be so relaxing that several students slept through their final exams

C. Members of the Sigma Chi house kidnapped the animal for their "Bearly Legal" kegger

D. The bear bit fourteen students, creating a campus-wide rabies panic

14. How did Mizzou students respond when the Westboro Baptist Church came to Columbia to demonstrate against gay football player Michael Sam?

A. They posted personal information about the church's leaders online

B. They tweeted the hashtag "#WBC=WackyBigotedCretins"

C. They formed a half-mile-long human "wall of love" to support Sam

D. They surrounded the protesters and sang "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga

15. Conservative Christian lobbyist Jack Burkman tried to mount a national boycott against the St. Louis Rams this year. Why?

A. He doesn't want the team to move to Los Angeles

B. He views ram horns as sinister pagan symbolism

C. Rams players pray too softly after games

D. The team drafted an openly gay player

The Riverfront Times 2014 News Quiz!
Dan Zettwoch

16. When Ballpark Village opened, all eight of the bars there instituted a strict dress code. Which of the following were always and explicitly prohibited?

A. Sagging pants

B. Assless chaps

C. Flip-flops

D. Jorts

Once again the St. Louis area received several accolades and a few rotten tomatoes in quasi-scientific city rankings. Match the survey below with St. Louis' overall finish in 2014.

17. Cities most in need of a superhero (per, a real estate blog)

18. Best cities for writers (per the social aggregation site

19. Most smoke-free cities (per Men's Health magazine)

20. Cities with the worst potholes (per, a pothole-news website)

A. Within the top five (but not No. 1)

B. Top Honors!

C. No. 8

D. Dead last

21. This year St. Louis celebrated its 250th birthday! What is that officially called?

A. Sesquicentennial

B. Bicentury Cinquennial

C. Sestercentennial

D. Sasquatchserntarnial

The Riverfront Times 2014 News Quiz!
Dan Zettwoch

22. The St. Louis flag turned 50 years old this year. What do its squiggly lines represent?

A. The merging of Budweiser and Bud Light into Bud Select

B. The meeting of River Des Peres with city sewage runoff

C. The confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers

D. The path blazed by impaired drivers returning from Sauget

23. In April, Miley Cyrus had to cancel her much-anticipated show at the Scottrade Center. Why?

A. She hit traffic on Highway 40

B. She was hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics

C. She was hospitalized after eating "The Heartstopper BLT" at Crown Candy Kitchen

D. The board of aldermen passed an emergency bill banning twerking within city limits

24. Our city's professional soccer team, which will begin playing in 2015, was given a name in June. What is it?

A. Rams Fútbol

B. River City FC

C. The St. Louis (Cleveland) Steamers

D. St. Louis Football Club

25. Former Sixth Ward alderwoman Kacie Starr Triplett admitted to the Missouri Ethics Commission that she had misused campaign funds. On which of these items did she spend more than $1,000?

A. Spa and salon services

B. Clothes, shoes and jewelry

C. A brutal three-day losing streak at a Casino Queen craps table

D. A tray of four beers at Busch Stadium

26. During the MLB playoffs, Mayor Francis Slay issued a faux apology for St. Louis' many assets and accomplishments. Which of the following did he faux-apologize for?

A. Doing the worm (and totally killing it) at the last Mayor's Ball

B. Having the most impressive "guns" (biceps) of all Midwest mayors

C. Eating his weight in hummus at St. Raymond's Wednesday lunch buffet

D. Presiding over a city where Energizer produces one of the world's best-selling batteries

The Riverfront Times 2014 News Quiz!
Dan Zettwoch

27. Pleased by the passage of Amendment 5 in Missouri, dozens of activists marched from CityGarden to the Gateway Arch carrying what?

A. Battery cages stuffed tight with chickens to celebrate the "Right to Farm"

B. Semiautomatic weapons to celebrate the "Right to Bear Arms"

C. Loud boomboxes blasting the Beastie Boys to celebrate the "Right to Party"

D. Rainbow flags to celebrate the "Right to Marry"

28. The U. City Loop Trolley project hit a snag and had to delay construction this fall. Why?

A. Washington University blocked the trolley's path with a low-hanging skywalk over Delmar Boulevard

B. U. City police put a "boot" on all the bulldozers for unpaid parking tickets

C. The project bids came in at $11 million over budget

D. Joe Edwards' short shorts left too many construction workers distracted and sexually confused

Match the Missouri offender to his/her fifteen minutes of fame in 2014:

29. Jevon Brown

30. Bud Weisser

31. Andrew Steven Jung

32. Matthew Rouch

A. The self-described "ice cream junkie" sentenced to six years for drunkenly breaking into a St. Charles church and gobbling down frozen treats

B. The veteran from St. Louis who mailed cat feces to companies that didn't offer him a job

C. The Northwest Missouri State University professor who made a joke online about shooting people on campus, which led to a police search that uncovered his pot-growing operation

D. The improbably named seventeen-year-old from south St. Louis charged with breaking into a Lemay convenience store

33. The St. Louis Police Officers Association condemned five St. Louis Rams players for doing what during the pregame ceremony of their November contest against the Oakland Raiders?

A. Holding hands and skipping onto the field to Body Count's "Cop Killer"

B. Openly selling illegal bootleg DVDs of their last winning season (2003)

C. Taunting an off-duty police officer working private security

D. Assuming the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" posture in solidarity with Ferguson protesters

34. According to Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, Michael Brown had superhuman strength akin to that of whom?

A. Hulk Hogan

B. The Incredible Hulk

C. Patrick Swayze in Roadhouse

D. The unholy child of Superman and Batman

35. In August someone defaced a chalkboard sign outside a St. Charles bar. The result made waves on social media. What was the sign's message?

A. "Mike Brown Special: Six Shots of Something"

B. "Darren Wilson Happy Hour: Limitless White Whine"

C. "Bob McCulloch Buffet: You Choose! (So I Don't Have To)"

D. "Police Chief Jon Belmar's Tear-Gassy Appeteazers"

36. After Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in Ferguson, he was asked in a conference call with the international media, "Does the buck ultimately stop with you?" What were his first words in response?

A. "I cannot recall at this time."

B. "Is this thing on?"

C. "We're, um, you know, it uh, it uh, you know..."

D. "I did not have sex with that woman."

37. According to a journal entry submitted into evidence in the grand-jury investigation of police officer Darren Wilson, what compelled Sandra McElroy (a.k.a. "Witness 40") to visit Ferguson on the day Michael Brown was shot to death?

A. "[T]o understand the black race better so I stop calling blacks niggers and start calling them people"

B. The voices in her head ordered her there

C. She had heard that "Ferguson is beautiful this time of year"

D. She was told that the taquitos at the Ferguson QuikTrip were superior to those offered at the gas station's other locations

38. What prompted FOX 2's Tim Ezell to finally hang it up after sixteen years as a morning-show host?

A. He'd "run out of zaniness"

B. John Pertzborn's morning breath

C. He decided his real calling was to become a pastor

D. He was offered a better gig annoying morning viewers in a larger TV market

39. Justin Timberlake was spotted in St. Louis on December 4. What was he up to?

A. Singing backup for Chuck Berry on "My Ding-a-Ling" at Blueberry Hill

B. Giddily enjoying a Garth Brooks show at the Scottrade Center

C. Trying to join the Ferguson Commission

D. Soliciting advice from Post-Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan on how to really "bring sexy back"

40. Late in the year the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared St. Louis had the nation's No. 1 and No. 2 per capita occurrences of what, respectively?

A. Lead poisoning/diabetes

B. Warm beer/cold women

C. Chlamydia/gonorrhea

D. Shits/giggles

Continue to the next page for the questions with the answers!

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