Suggest 2000's-themed Trivial Pursuit style questions.

For my sister’s NYE party tomorrow we’re gonna have a game of Trivial Pursuit. The game I have is from the 1990s and consequently a lot of the questions are out of date. I’m compiling a newer set for people to use, related to events in the 2000s.
Any TP-type question will do but bear in mind we’re in Ireland so stuff like obscure US sports questions won’t help lol. Anyway shoot away and thanks in advance!
To make the thread more fun, maybe people should just post the questions.

  1. What American Nobel Laureate, and father of the Green Revolution died in 2009?

  2. This problem, which threatened to disrupt computers worldwide, was due to the practice of abbreviating four-digit years as two digits?

  3. Name the international project, completed in the year 2000, that resolved to identify and map the approximately 20,000–25,000 genes of the human beings?

  4. What is the common name of the strain of the flu began to spread globally in 2006 after initially appearing in Asia?

  5. In 2008, which 2 countries fought in the South Ossetia War?

  6. Name the two American, unmanned exploration rovers that landed on Mars in 2004?

  7. In 2005, Pope Benedict XIV became 265th Pope. What is his birth name?

  8. Where did the 2002 Winter Olympics take place?

  9. This Swedish diplomat was head of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission that searched Iraq for weapons of mass destruction in 2002?

  10. In 2008, this Indian company unveiled the $2500(US) car called the “Nano”?

  11. In what country have 12-year-old twins Luther and Johnny Htoo formed God’s Army of the Holy Mountain, a guerilla group who have killed soldiers and captured a hospital?

  12. In 2005, women from this oil-rich, middle-eastern country were granted the right to vote?

  13. In 2006, this man donated over $30 billion (US) to the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation?

  14. This Russian space station fell to Earth in 2001, after having been in operation for 15 years.

  15. In 2006, Alexander Litvinenko, dissident and former KGB officer, was fatally poisoned by what substance?

ANSWERS: 1. Norman Borlaug; 2. Y2K bug; 3. The Human Genome Project; 4. Bird Flu; 5. Russia & Georgia; 6. Spirit & Opportunity; 7. Joseph Ratzinger; 8. Salt Lake City, Utah, United States; 9. Hans Blix; 10. Tata; 11. Thailand; 12. Kuwait; 13. Warren Buffet; 14. Mir; 15. Polonium

Thanks, great selection there, brickbacon! :slight_smile:

  1. What small African nation-state has been claimed to be the birthplace of President Barack Obama?

  2. At the 2009 Athletics World Championships, Usain Bolt set a new world record for the 100 metre sprint, with a time of 9.58 seconds. Whose record did he break?

  3. What is the only album/record released since 2000 to have sold more than 30,000,000 copies worldwide?

  4. Two people appeared in the #1 spot on Forbes’ list of the world’s richest people between 2000 and 2009. One was Bill Gates. Who was the other?

  5. The Bugatti Veyron ended the reign of the McLaren F1 as the world’s fastest production car in 2005. What is its claimed top speed?

Kenya, his own, The Beatles -* 1*, Warren Buffet, 253 miles per hour

Too late, but maybe you could use these next time:

  1. Those who challenge President Obama’s citizenship status are called _______________.

  2. Pope Benedict XVI’s nickname when he served as a top Vatican official for Pope John Paul II was _______________.

  3. These two people served as U.S. Secretary of State for President George W. Bush.

  4. Sarah Palin’s youngest son is named ____________.

  5. Joe Biden is noted for his appreciation and long use of this government program.

  6. How many hijacked planes crashed on 9-11?

  7. What book was President George W. Bush reading with a class of Florida schoolchildren when he was notified of the 9-11 attacks?

  8. Who was “Turd Blossom”?

  9. She starred in the much-praised 2005 remake of Pride and Prejudice.

  10. This Russian leader changed jobs from president to prime minister but retained much of his power.


  1. Birthers
  2. Das Panzerkardinal
  3. Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice
  4. Trig Palin
  5. Amtrak
  6. Four
  7. My Pet Goat
  8. Karl Rove (the nickname was given to him by President Bush)
  9. Keira Knightley
  10. Vladimir Putin

I doubt anyone in Ireland knows what the US passenger rail system is called, let alone who uses it…

Well, it was in the campaign coverage quite a bit in 2008. But whatever.

Ah, it’s a tricky question but most people I know have been in the US before, have been on Amtrak, and/or know quite a bit about US politics. Thanks for the questions folks!

Wow. I’ve lived here for 13 years and I’ve never even seen an Amtrak train.

Ignorance fought, and my apologies to you, EH.

Strictly speaking, the story was called The Pet Goat, and it was from a textbook titled Reading Mastery II: Storybook 1.

Ah, thank you. I’d misremembered the title.