Oct. 21 marks the 10th annual WorldQuest International Trivia Competition, offered by the
World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
, and "every year presents its own challenges in terms of asking questions that are relevant," says Dan Law, program officer for public policy programming for the Council. "It's not just, 'Name that official,' or 'Name that flag.'"
You'll have to get a team together and enter the contest, which raises funds for Council programs, to find out why South Koreans place signs near ceiling fans, warning its citizens not to sleep beneath a spinning one.
"We work very hard at bringing the world to Pittsburgh and bringing Pittsburgh to the world," he says; Council programs include seminars, video conferences and policy discussions for students, as well as breakfast briefings and weekly radio programs for adults in the community, featuring ambassadors, academics, journalists and other international figures.
WorldQuest has become "not just a trivia competition but an energetic show" at the Cabaret Theatre in the Cultural District downtown, attracting a cross-section of Pittsburgh teams of university students, law firms, financial institutions and nonprofits.
The five rounds of question categories include the year in review, where in the world, Pittsburgh and the world, international who's who and lost in translation, which Law describes as "interesting or even bizarre cultural quirks.
"This is one of the most challenging rounds but one of the funniest," he adds.
Each member of the winning team receives $150, while second- and third-prize winners get baskets of local show tickets, restaurant gift certificates and Pittsburgh memorabilia. Tops among the silent auction items is $2,000 worth of Delta Sky Miles.
The evening will be hosted by WTAE’s Sally Wiggin and 90.5 WESA’s Paul Guggenheimer, host of Essential Pittsburgh.
Writer: Marty Levine
Source: Dan Law, World Affairs Council