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Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Updated: August 21, 4:37 PM ET
The Armchair Decathlon: Questions

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If you need us to tell you what you need to compete in the following categories:

• 40-Ounce Sports Drink Dash
• "Guitar Hero: Aerosmith"
• Nintendo "Wii Sports"
• "Madden 09"
• Hot Dog Eating Race

Well, you can skip the Wonderlic, because you just got a zero.

If you figured those out on your own, congratulations, you may now move onto the questions for the following events:

• The Wonderlic
• Sports Movie Marathon
• NFL Fantasy Stat Line Quiz
• Name That Athlete
• World Series of Pop Culture

Quick note: Tthe Wonderlic exam taken by Patrick Hruby and Mike Philbrick was administered online and scored by the officials at Wonderlic, Inc. The version you will be taking is slightly different but the people over at Wonderlic assure us that it is indeed comprised of former questions given to athletes at the NFL combine.



You have four minutes to finish this. Go crazy.

1. Look at the row of numbers below. What number should come next?
8 4 2 1 ½ ¼ ?

2. Assume the first two statements are true. Is the final one:
1. true, 2. false, 3. not certain?

The boy plays baseball.
All baseball players wear hats.
The boy wears a hat.

3. Paper sells for 21 cents per pad. What will four pads cost?

4. How many of the five pairs of items listed below are exact duplicates?
Nieman, K.M. Neiman, K.M.
Thomas, G.K. Thomas, C.K.
Hoff, J.P. Hoff, J.P.
Pino, L.R. Pina, L.R.
Warner, T.S. Wanner, T.S.

5. RESENT | RESERVE • Do these words
1. have similar meanings, 2. have contradictory meanings, 3. mean neither the same nor opposite?

6. One of the numbered figures in the following drawing is most different from the others. What is the number in that figure?

7. A train travels 20 feet in 1/5 second. At this same speed, how many feet will it travel in three seconds?

8. When rope is selling at $.10 a foot, how many feet can you buy for sixty cents?

9. The ninth month of the year is
1. October, 2. January, 3. June, 4. September, 5 May.

10. Which number in the following group of numbers represents the smallest amount?
7 .8 31 .33 2

11. In printing an article of 48,000 words, a printer decides to use two sizes of type. Using the larger type, a printed page contains 1,800 words. Using smaller type, a page contains 2,400 words. The article is allotted 21 full pages in a magazine. How many pages must be in smaller type?

12. The hours of daylight and darkness in SEPTEMBER are nearest equal to the hours of daylight and darkness in:
1. June, 2. March, 3. May, 4. November.

13. Three individuals form a partnership and agree to divide the profits equally. X invests $9,000, Y invests $7,000, Z invests $4,000. If the profits are $4,800, how much less does X receive than if the profits were divided in proportion to the amount invested?

14. Assume the first two statements are true. Is the final one:
1. true, 2. false, 3. not certain?

Tom greeted Beth.
Beth greeted Dawn.
Tom did not greet Dawn.

15. A boy is 17 years old and his sister is twice as old. When the boy is 23 years old, what will be the age of his sister?


Here are the 11 we went with ... why 11? Why not?

• Bull Durham
• Caddyshack
• Rocky I-IV
• The Natural
• Rudy
• Slap Shot
• American Flyers
• Major League


A true couch potato sports fan should have the following statistical lines memorized. All are from the 2007 NFL season. Name the player! And don't cheat!

1. 264 comp, 404 att, 3154 yards, 32 TD, 11 INT

2. 238 comp, 382 att, 2546 yards, 9 TD, 17 INT

3. 167 att, 768 yards, 9 TD, 40 rec, 407 yards, 0 TD

4. 325 att, 1262 yards, 11 TD, 47 rec, 389 yards, 0 TD

5. 81 rec, 1355 yards, 15 TD

6. 93 rec, 1440 yards, 8 TD

7. 57 rec, 619 yards, 3 TD

8. 356 comp, 535 att, 4155 yards, 28 TD, 15 INT

9. 238 att, 1341 yards, 12 TD, 19 rec, 268 yards, 1 TD

10. 112 rec, 1175 yards, 8 TD


Athlete No. 1
2. Athlete No. 2
3. Athlete No. 3
4. Athlete No. 4
5. Athlete No. 5
6. Athlete No. 6
7. Athlete No. 7
8. Athlete No. 8
9. Athlete No. 9
10. Athlete No. 10


All Questions from Vh1's "World Series of Pop Culture"

1. In a David Caruso-like career move, what "American Idol" co-host left the show after season 1, allegedly to pursue an acting career?

2. In the 1991 thriller "The Silence of the Lambs," Hannibal Lecter calmly explains that he ate a census taker's liver with what food-and-beverage combination?

3. What "Seinfeld" actor made one of his first big-screen appearances in "Dirty Dancing," playing a portly resort employee named Stan?

4. Starring Bridget Fonda as a sexy government assassin, the 1993 movie "Point of No Return" is a remake of what 1990 French film?

5. What perfume's ad campaign featured a woman singing, "I can bring home the bacon / Fry it up in a pan / And never, never, never let you forget you're a man"?

6. According to the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" theme song, Will shouts what parting words to the cabbie who drops him off at his new upscale digs?

7. On a memorable episode of VH1's "Flavor of Love," the diva "New York" is spat on during the show's signature "clock ceremony" by a contestant with what nickname?

8. Fear does not exist in what psychotic karate dojo, attended by Johnny Lawrence and his well-heeled band of bullies?

9. After being caught naked on a classic episode of "Seinfeld," a fresh-from-the-pool George famously uses what term to refer to his male "shortcomings"?

10. Due to a legal settlement, what medical drama is officially considered a spinoff of the film "M*A*S*H," but not of the TV series?

11. In the dance scene at the end of the 1996 comedy "Swingers," Jon Favreau and Heather Graham cut a rug to the sounds of what real-life retro swing band?

12. Disgruntled convenience store employee Dante Hicks mans the register at a New Jersey Quick Stop in what 1994 Kevin Smith film?

13. A Navy SEAL reportedly taught Jim Carrey torture resistance techniques to help him cope with his painful prosthetic makeup in what 2000 holiday movie?

14. In 2003, what reality show made headlines when one of its co-stars spent part of the series premiere pondering whether tuna was chicken or fish?

15. In "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery," Austin defeats the Fem-Bots by working his mojo to "I Touch Myself," a song by what band?

16. In the movie "American Pie," Alyson Hannigan's character tells a racy band camp story involving the unconventional use of what musical instrument?

17. In the comedy classic "Animal House," frat goon Doug Neidermeyer is furious when he finds Kent "Flounder" Dorfman wearing what item on his ROTC uniform?

18. In the 2006 comedy "Talladega Nights," Sacha Baron Cohen plays Jean Girard, a despicable French driver whose primary sponsor is what beverage company?

19. In the TV sitcom, Friends, anal-retentive Monica uses eleven categories -- including Everyday Use, Fancy, Guest, and Fancy Guest  to classify what household items?

20. As part of a McDonald's ad campaign, what pop star wrote and recorded an original song based on the company's "I'm lovin' it" jingle?

21. In the midst of a public feud in December 2006, who did the everclassy Donald Trump describe as "a big fat pig"?

22. What rapper's 2006 "Touch the Sky" video sparked a lawsuit by Evel Knievel, who called it "the most worthless piece of crap I've ever seen in my life"?

23. John Stamos' character Jesse Katsopolis fronted the band Jesse and the Rippers on what popular TV sitcom?

24. Charlie Pace, a recovering smack addict and former bassist for the UK band Drive Shaft, is a character on what hit TV series?

25. Linda Hamilton reportedly trained three hours a day to develop the mannish, robot-crushing biceps she displayed in what 1991 sequel?

26. Christian Bale bulked up to nearly 220 pounds for "Batman Begins," immediately after slimming down to about 120 pounds for his role in what 2004 film?

27. For what film was Parker Posey so involved in her role as Meg Swan that she had real orthodontic braces affixed to her teeth?

28. In the "Kill Bill" films, Uma Thurman plays The Bride, a highly trained assassin formerly known by what serpentine code name?

29. In "Napoleon Dynamite," what is the name of the Mexican student whom Napoleon befriends and helps become Student Body President?

30. In the 1999 movie "Fight Club," Brad Pitt plays Tyler Durden, a smooth talker who sells what type of product for a living?

31. After having his chest waxed in "The 40 Year-Old Virgin," Steve Carell's character shouts what pop star's name among a barrage of obscenities?

32. In the 2000 movie "Meet the Parents," Jack Byrnes accuses Greg Focker of being a pothead after they discuss the meaning of what song?

33. On the premiere season of MTV's "Laguna Beach," what mean girl butted heads with castmate Lauren Conrad over the affections of pretty boy Stephen Colletti?

34. In the 2004 movie "Mean Girls," the snooty title clique is known to its fellow students by what nickname?

35. As part of her plan to corrupt the innocent, Sarah Michelle Gellar's evil character in "Cruel Intentions" shares an infamous girl-on-girl kiss with a naive virgin played by whom?

36. "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" host Robin Leach typically ended the show with a trademark sign-off that referenced "champagne wishes and" what?

37. In "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," how many times has Ferris been absent from school, according to Ed Rooney, Dean of Students?

38. In the 1977 movie "Star Wars," Luke Skywalker destroys the Galactic Empire's planet-sized battle station, which is called what?

39. According to the lyrics of a popular Guns N' Roses song, "the grass is green and the girls are pretty" in what desirable location?

40. On the sitcom "Perfect Strangers," Balki hails from what fictional Mediterranean island?

41. What is the name of the bar where Daisy Duke waitresses on the classic TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard"?

42. In "Boyz N the Hood," Ice Cube plays a hardened youth from South Central L.A. with what not-so-hardened nickname?

43. What Aaron Spelling-produced show debuted in 1998 with an episode titled "Something Wicca This Way Comes"?

44. On the classic series "Charlie's Angels," what actor supplied the voice of detective Charlie Townsend, whose face was never shown?

45. In 2006, what aging guitarist caused his band to postpone a world tour when he suffered a concussion after falling out of a coconut tree?

46. Which cast member of "Jackass: Number Two" celebrated the movie's 2006 premiere by urinating on the red carpet in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater?

47. In 2004, what actor received his Golden Raspberry trophy for "Gigli" and "Daredevil" while being interviewed on "The Larry King Show"

48. In a popular "SNL" digital short starring Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg, what instruction comes between "Cut a hole in a box" and "Make her open the box"?

49. On what popular TV show do the title character and her family habitually watch Spanish-language soap operas titled "Vidas de Fuego" and "Muchas Muchachas"?

50. In the 1999 "South Park" movie, what flatulent comedy duo's film "Asses of Fire" sparks a chain of events that leads to the U.S. declaring war on Canada.