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Monday, December 22, 2014

Article of the Week - Home Alone

Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a boy who is mistakenly left behind when his family flies to Paris for their Christmas vacation. Kevin initially relishes being home alone, but soon has to contend with two would-be burglars played by Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci. The film also features Catherine O'Hara and John Heard as Kevin's parents.

As of 2009, Home Alone was the highest-grossing comedy of all time. It spawned a successful franchise, with four sequels and three video games, and with the main cast reprising their roles for the sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

The film was followed by a commercially successful sequel in 1992, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, which brings back the first film's cast. The film within a film, Angels with Filthy Souls, had a sequel in Home Alone 2, Angels with Even Filthier Souls. Both Angels meta-films featured character actor Ralph Foody as stereotypical 1930s mobster Johnny.

Home Alone 3, released in 1997, has completely different actors, and a different storyline with John Hughes writing the screenplay. A fourth made-for-TV film followed in 2002, Home Alone 4. This film features some of the same characters who were in the first two films, but with a new cast and a storyline that does not fall into the same continuity. Hughes did not write the screenplay for the TV film.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Biggest Second Place Tie In All Of Trivia History, Maybe.

Another full house at Camp Bar on Monday night. Fourteen teams packed in to battle it out for some wonderful bar tabs. Tons of ties this week which ultimately led four teams to participate in the sudden death round. Fortunately, our first place winners snuck out ahead by one point. Let's see how the teams finished out.

First place winners tonight taking home a $30 bar tab is Francisco, That's Fun To Say

Well done team!

Second place victors and defeating three other teams competing in sudden death is What Do Gay Bears & The World Series Have In Common? No Cubs!.

Well said team, well said.

Last but not least, best team name goes to Olivia Munn Didn't Score Last Night And Neither Did The Packers. 

That is the sad truth but everyone got a good laugh!

Until next time Milwaukee, drink while you think…

Monday December 15th, 2014 scores:

  1. 42 Francisco, That's Fun To Say
  2. 41 What Do Gay Bears & The World Series Have In Common? No Cubs!
  3. 41 Is Liza Minnelli Hungarian? 
  4. 41 You Don't Need To Go To The U.K. To See My Stoneheads Erected
  5. 41 Al's Demise
  6. 39 He Who Vomited At The Company Christmas Party
  7. 38 Selling The Dream, Delivering The Nightmare
  8. 37 Kourtney Kardashian Just Had Another Baby
  9. 37 Olivia Munn Didn't Score Last Night And Neither Did The Packers
  10. 34 I Wasn't Cheating, I Was Looking Up Porn
  11. 34 Engaged & Confused
  12. 33 Breaking News: Brett Farve Comes Out Of Retirement To Defend His Record Against Jay Cutler
  13. 33 Santa! I Know Him!
  14. 31 The Only Brotherly Love I've Ever Experienced Is Illegal In Most States 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Article of the Week - The Christmas truce

The Christmas truce was a series of widespread but unofficial ceasefires along the Western Front around Christmas 1914.

In the week leading up to the holiday, German and British soldiers crossed trenches to exchange seasonal greetings and talk. In areas, men from both sides ventured into no man's land on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to mingle and exchange food and souvenirs. There were joint burial ceremonies and prisoner swaps, while several meetings ended in carol-singing. Men played games of football with one another, giving one of the most enduring images of the truce. However, the peaceful behaviour was not ubiquitous; fighting continued in some sectors, while in others the sides settled on little more than arrangements to recover bodies. The following year, a few units arranged ceasefires, but the truces were not nearly as widespread as in 1914; this was, in part, due to strongly worded orders from the high commands of both sides prohibiting fraternisation. Soldiers were no longer amenable to truce by 1916. The war had become increasingly bitter after devastating human losses suffered during the battles of the Somme and Verdun, and the incorporation of poison gas.

The truces were not unique to the Christmas period, and reflected a growing mood of "live and let live", where infantry in close proximity would stop overtly aggressive behaviour, and often engage in small-scale fraternisation, engaging in conversation or bartering for cigarettes. In some sectors, there would be occasional ceasefires to allow soldiers to go between the lines and recover wounded or dead comrades, while in others, there would be a tacit agreement not to shoot while men rested, exercised, or worked in full view of the enemy. The Christmas truces were particularly significant due to the number of men involved and the level of their participation – even in very peaceful sectors, dozens of men openly congregating in daylight was remarkable – and are often seen as a symbolic moment of peace and humanity amidst one of the most violent events of human history.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Tom Brady's Got 99 Problems, Including the Packers and a Potty Mouth

I think most people in the Shorewood area were trying to continue their holiday celebrations because Camp Bar was packed for trivia on Monday! There were 21 teams fighting for the first place. Double or nothing proved to be a game changer too! Not to mention I had some great laughs with our team names tonight. Let's see how everyone finished out:

Comin' back to hold the title! Give it up for I've got XCIX Problems, But Ben Lee's Disease Ain't One, repeating a first place win and going home with a $30 bar tab.

Great job trivia pals!

Second place and a $20 bar tab goes to Mallory, What Do You Say We Take A Trip To Beaverton? Hard pass, team. Hard pass.

A crowd favorite and easy choice, best team name goes to Denise Richards Is Not Famous

Just hilarious, and so true.

Friendly reminder that there will be no trivia on Monday, October 8th due to the Packers dominating their next victims. I heard Camp Bar is the place to be for games so come on out and cheer on the Pack!

See ya'll in two weeks! Cheers!

Until next time Milwaukee, drink while you think...

Monday December 1st, 2014 scores:

  1. 72 I've got XCIX Problems, But Ben Lee's Disease Ain't One
  2. 63 Mallory, What Do You Say We Take A Trip To Beaverton?
  3. 61 Google Determined Tom Brady's Most Common Keyboard Characters Are F, U, C, and K
  4. 59 We Finally Got A Sports Guy, Yay!
  5. 57 Quebec Nordiques Roadtrip to Laos
  6. 54 We'll Take Olivia Munn Over Gisele Bundschen. Happy Birthday Aaron! (#103)
  7. 52 The Couch Potatoes
  8. 51 Team BOD (Bored Obama Daughters)
  9. 51 Yeah, F**k The Back Room
  10. 44 Double Deez Nuts
  11. 41 I'm Concerned By How Much My Date Knows About The Hobbit (#107)
  12. 41 Denise Richards Is Not Famous!!!
  13. 41 Hey Who
  14. 40 I Got Catfished By An Animatronic Santa Claus
  15. 40 Drinking > Thinking
  16. 39 Possum Pendulum
  17. 34 London Neighbourhood
  18. 34 I Got 99 Problems & Nicholas Cage Is Every Single One Of Them
  19. 28 Udder Disappointment
  20. 27 Paying For My Drinks With Tom Brady's Swear Jar
  21. 27 That Moose Keeps Looking At Me

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