Hooray! I’m not the stupidest person at the 2015 Trivia Championships of North America

It’s day one of the 2015 Trivia Championships of North America (TCONA) and already there’s been an “incident.”

We’re oblivious to the unfolding disaster as we mill around the Havana Room of the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. Approximately half of the 200 or so registrants have just finished playing the First Quiz of TCONA, a 100-question written exam covering everything from Gwyneth Paltrow’s vagina cleaning regimen to French World War I flying aces.

But now we’re ready for 5x5, the Jeopardy style game that is a TCONA favorite. And there’s no 5x5 to be had.A couple of guys wearing sports caps and jerseys break unexpectedly into show tunes. The rest of us Monday morning quarterback the First Quiz.

We agree that the test’s biggest stumper was to name the most recent Mexican-born winner of an acting Oscar.

I had immediately thought of Anthony Quinn, who was born in Mexico and won two Oscars for Best Supporting Actor in the 1950s (for Viva Zapata! and Lust for Life). I eventually settled on the equally wrong Salma Hayek, who was nominated for Frida but didn’t win.

The correct answer was what we in the quizzing world call a YEKIOYD: you either know it or you don’t. As it turned out, almost no one knew that Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) was actually born in Mexico. For all the brain power in the room, there are still things even most of us don’t know.

Slowly the word gets around that during the night one of the event’s organizers quietly checked out of the hotel taking half of the game buzzers with her. Read the rest

The one thing a man should never say to a woman in bed

Actually, there are a lot of things men shouldn’t say to women in bed. But it’s this innocent-sounding statement that wounds us most:

“That’s never happened before.”

Sooner or later, “it” – erectile dysfunction – happens to pretty much every sexually active male on the planet. For one reason or another, you just aren’t feeling it.

If erectile dysfunction is long-term, it’s time to see a doctor. But short-term erectile dysfunction (short-term ED), while potentially embarrassing, isn’t serious. In fact, it is considered normal for a man to have trouble getting or maintaining an erection as much as 20 percent of the time.

Numerous factors can lead to short-term ED, including stress, anxiety, fatigue, alcohol or medications.

But still… you’re embarrassed. You don’t want your partner to think she’s chosen a lemon. So you say those four or five innocent-sounding little words: “That’s never happened before.”

Only here’s what we hear:

“I’ve been able to get it up for every other woman I’ve been with. You’re the first woman I haven’t been able to perform with.”

In other words, it’s us, not you.

Even if it is, however, we don’t need to hear it. Telling us just makes you a total dick.

So, how can you express to us what’s going on in way that lets us know it’s not something we did, or worse, who we are?

The key is to examine the situation honestly and try to determine what’s going on.

Are you tired, stressed or anxious? We understand that. Read the rest