Toronto Is Giving Me an IQ Test

Comments 20 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Okay so it’s not really an IQ test, it’s more like trivia… and I LIVE for trivia. The CBC has had two editions of “Test the Nation” thus far and they’ve been pretty successful. I’ve played along from home and online and learned a bit about myself each time. This installment will be, “Test the Nation: Trivia”, focusing on the 21st Century World.

In early December my fellow Metroblogging author Ryan announced that he’d be going to Toronto for the next installment of Test the Nation. Very cool, I knew he’d do bloggers proud. This morning through the magic of Twitter I also found out that local blogger and radio personality, Buzz is also on the bloggers team.

Well in my inbox this morning was a lovely note from someone at the CBC asking me to apply, which I did, and now I’ve been accepted and will be flown to Toronto in a few weeks. I’m going to Toronto for a weekend to play a big huge nationally televised trivia game on a team with other bloggers Awesome.

The show will be LIVE on January 20, 2008. The teams set to compete in studio are Bloggers vs Flight Crew vs Backpackers vs Cab Drivers vs Celebrity Lookalikes vs Chefs. I know they’re secretly bringing me in as a celebrity lookalike… jk.

The only REALLY bad thing about this is that it’s the same day as the Skate for a Cure that I’ve been raising funds for and we also have a Vancouver Blogger team. I’m wondering if I can transfer my account to John so he can be the skater? I don’t regret raising money for childhood cancer research, not one bit – but missing out on skating at GM Place is pretty heartbreaking. Who knows, they will probably do the fundraiser again next year so I’ll be sure to try again.

At any rate, wish us luck and also leave me a comment if you’re another blogger who will be on the team. I’ll of course be blogging the journey across the country and as much as I can about the experience.

To prepare, I encourage my teammates to try out the “Mental Gym” which has question in the same category that we’ll be given. So far I’ll only share my “Mental Gym Test #4” results that were 90%… as for the others… I need a little more work.

Update: There’s a Facebook Group that has some neat photos up of the set and what the actual broadcast will look like.

UPDATE: Here’s a list of all those on the Bloggers Team

  • Dan Arnold
  • Jon Arnold (blog)
  • Christopher Bird (blog)
  • Buzz Bishop (blog)
  • Ryan Couldrey (blog)
  • Ryan Cousineau (blog)
  • Katharine Hay (blog)
  • Jesse Hirsch (blog)
  • David Jones (blog)
  • Allyson Kenning (blog)
  • John Klein
  • Andree Lau (blog)
  • Lainey Liu
  • Amber Macarthur (blog)
  • Tod Maffin (blog)
  • John Martz
  • Hugh McGuire (blog)
  • Mark McIntyre (blog)
  • Patrick Metzger
  • Andy Nulman (blog)
  • Ryan Porter (blog)
  • Adam Schwabe
  • Craig Silverman (blog)
  • Julien Smith
  • Allan Sorenson (blog)
  • Rick Spence (blog)
  • Graeme Stewart (blog)
  • David Topping (blog)
  • Kate Trgovac (blog)
  • Rannie Turingan (blog)
  • James Viloria (blog)
  • Karen Whaley (blog)
  • Frank Yang
  • Kerry-Anne
  • 20 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

    1. MegThursday, January 3rd, 2008 — 3:23pm PST

      I am so happy you decided to go. 😀 You’ll make us look awesome.

    2. bzThursday, January 3rd, 2008 — 3:25pm PST

      Glad they took me on up the suggestion and brought you on board! Too bad Meg won’t be there. 🙁

    3. The Blog According to Buzz » Blog Archive » Blogging Killed the Radio StarThursday, January 3rd, 2008 — 3:27pm PST

      […] Miss604 got an invite and will be on the team, as will Ryan from […]

    4. Miss604Thursday, January 3rd, 2008 — 3:29pm PST

      Megless in Toronto 🙁

    5. RaulThursday, January 3rd, 2008 — 4:37pm PST


      I would probably do it (had I gotten an invitation 🙂 – now, given that I’m not technically a national of this country, although I’m a legal resident, would they still invite me?)

    6. fotoeinsThursday, January 3rd, 2008 — 4:45pm PST

      Good luck to everyone!

      Awesome question, as I’m a big sucker for placenames and their etymologies, especially here on the West Coast and in the rest of the country. My favourite is “tsawwassen”, the multiple w’s and s’ notwithstanding …

    7. JerroldThursday, January 3rd, 2008 — 8:33pm PST

      Good luck! Do bloggers proud! 🙂

    8. Duane StoreyThursday, January 3rd, 2008 — 9:49pm PST

      How does it work, with all those people?

    9. Kate TrgovacThursday, January 3rd, 2008 — 10:45pm PST

      Thanks for posting this! I hadn’t realised they had put our blog links in. Looking forward to meeting you! We are SO going to stick it to those flight attendants! 😉

    10. DanFriday, January 4th, 2008 — 9:14am PST

      This is very cool! Congratulations! and good luck to your team!!

    11. saskboyFriday, January 4th, 2008 — 9:27am PST

      See you in TO, I’m on the team too.

    12. GuinFriday, January 4th, 2008 — 10:28am PST

      I’ve added your name & blog link to the list now:

      Good luck!

    13. ArianeFriday, January 4th, 2008 — 7:19pm PST

      How cool! I will totally be rooting for you–bloggers represent! 🙂

    14. JenniferFriday, January 4th, 2008 — 9:37pm PST

      Good for you! That’s so cool! You’re going to be awesome, plus it will be lots of fun! 🙂

    15. KeithFriday, January 4th, 2008 — 11:36pm PST

      Congrats! We’ll all be watching. I know you’ll do Surrey proud! 🙂

    16. Sean MoffittSaturday, January 5th, 2008 — 1:39am PST

      Damn, I loved this show….I guess I’m not as connected as I thought I was! 🙂 Enjoy the show, hope the bloggers come out on top but i fear those cab drivers are a resourceful bunch.

    17. David JonesMonday, January 7th, 2008 — 10:37am PST

      Who’s starting the requisite Facebook group i.e. Bloggers will Kick ASS on CBC’s Test the Nation?

      Looking forward to meeting you. It should be fun.

    18. MegMonday, January 7th, 2008 — 11:01am PST

      I don’t really think my blog digs too far into the trivia/factual/applicable knowledge parts of my intellect. :)My parents keep wondering where I put my degree. Heh.

    19. AllanTuesday, January 8th, 2008 — 7:31am PST

      Happy to say hello.
      To be fair, I think I made it for my blog involvement in general rather than just one site.
      It was my friend’s blog
      The Tea Makers
      that got me hooked.

    20. Miss604’s Vancouver Blog » Blog Archive » Test the Nation: More Info and BC BloggersMonday, January 14th, 2008 — 8:11am PST

      […] Saturday I fly out to Toronto for a trivia quiz along with about a hundred other contestants from various careers and walks of […]

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