How much do you know about famous Bettys? The Seattle drag queen Betty Wetter (above) wrote questions about Bettie Page, Betty Grable, Betty Rubble, Betty Crocker, and Nurse Betty for last night's trivia night at Solo Bar.
How much do you know about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade? Do you know the longest-ever balloon in the parade (by size), and the entertainment that used to be in the parade before they started using balloons (but was deemed too scary for children), and how they used to dispose of the balloons until it became a threat to public safety? If you answered Superman, wild animals, and just letting the balloons go, congratulations, you would have done well last night. Betty's questions are timely, intriguing, historical, horrifying, and hilarious.
She looked amazing in brown velvet and brown wool, with indigo scarf and belt. (Also boots. You can't see them in this photograph.)
One of the rounds of questions was simply a grid of cartoon characters printed on it, and we had to identify each character by name. (Thank god it was a team effort.) Other questions involved calling people who were not in the bar on cell phones, with extra points for whoever could get someone to actually answer their phone first.
In between the second and third rounds, Betty performed a lip sync: a monologue from Tennessee Williams's Suddenly Last Summer about egg-laying turtles in the Galapagos and the flesh-eating birds that attack the freshly hatched babies as they make their way to the sea.
To answer the questions you probably have:
• You can have up to six people on your team.
• The first-place team wins a $40 bar tab.
• The second-place team wins a $25 bar tab.
• The team with the best name wins shots.
• It's fun.
• It's free.
• Yes, every Sunday night. She will even be doing it on Christmas Eve.
Betty Wetter's Body of Knowledge happens at 6 pm at Solo Bar each Sunday. To beat the crowd, get there early and enjoy happy hour from 4 pm to 6 pm (they have a full menu) and then you'll have a good spot when the game starts. My team (whose name was too offensive to repeat here—props to my teammate Jordan) came in second. Gah! That shall not stand. I will be going back.