The team Lawrence Undead, a group composed mostly of Lawrence alums who have been playing trivia for years, won the Great Midwest Trivia Contest XLV. The team of self-proclaimed “dedicated players” stayed up for about 39 hours during the two-day nonstop contest. During Trivia, players tune into the Lawrence’s WLFM to hear questions read by the trivia masters. Various teams then call in with the answers. This trivia contest includes unusual questions, as well as extra tasks players are asked to do, known as action questions. One team responded to an action question by staging a Bris, a Jewish circumcision, to the sound of Britney Spears’ “Hit Me Baby One More Time.” In Lawrence’s contest, the last question of the year before is always the first question for the following year. Part of the fun seemed to be in taking silly questions seriously, as members of the winning team Greg Griffin, the campus center director, and his daughter Marianne, Plantz Hall RHD, both alums, seemed to think. Greg Griffin discussed his formation of a “war room.” According to him a proper war room consists of “large conference tables with all players sitting around it, computers and phones ready, a couple of dry erase boards, box loads of crap for action questions … and an ample supply of caffeine, beer and food.” Another key to Trivia success was giving teammates a schedule, Greg Griffin said. According to Greg Griffin, this involved “getting people to alternate sleep schedules so you don’t have everyone playing at 1 a.m. and nobody playing at 5 a.m.” The way people answered their questions has changed considerably over the years, said Greg Griffin. He reminisced that the contest has evolved “from 1,000 books and rotary phones to a half-dozen laptops and cell phones.” He continued, “The current iteration is very different, but just as fun … a bunch of people sitting around trying to answer stupid questions that no sane person would ever care about.” When asked why she plays trivia, Marianne Griffin said that she played because she “got to hang out with all my friends … we had a few Trivia-virgins on our team, and its always fun to watch them switch from skepticism to addiction in the matter of a few hours. It’s the high of being the person who gets just one question right that keeps you coming back over and over.