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The Annual Great Midwest Trivia Contest

The Midwest Trivia Contest, broadcast over Lawrence University's radio station, WLFM (91.1 MHz), was founded in 1966 by J. B. deRosset, '66, and each January offers 50 consecutive hours of questions such as "What is the Minnesota state muffin?" and "What was the name of the first American hotel with indoor plumbing? (answers: blueberry and the Tremont House in Boston, respectively).

Known by some as the "World's Longest Running Trivia Contest" (because of its custom of asking the last question from one year as the first question of the next) the Lawrence trivia fest has been written about in Playboy, USA Today, American Airlines' in-flight magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, and most of the newspapers in Wisconsin. The 1984 Trivia Master, John Landis, '84, appeared on ABC's "Good Morning, America."

The endeavor is governed by the Trivia Credo: "Trivia is meant to be entertainment and should be perceived solely in that light." Nevertheless, competitive fervor runs high. The contest begins at 10:00:37 p.m. on the Friday of Trivia Weekend; at midnight Sunday, teams with the highest scores are declared the winners in on-campus and off-campus categories, receiving prizes such as pink plastic flamingos and stainless-steel bedpans. As the Credo says, the idea is to have fun.


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