Students try their hand at UF’s version of ‘Cash Cab’

Published: Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 10:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 10:45 p.m.

“Cash Cab,” a popular television trivia program, made its way to the University of Florida campus this week.

Cash Cab, as seen on the Discovery Channel, is about unassuming people who enter cabs and are confronted by Ben Bailey, the host and driver of Cash Cab. He offers to drive them to their destination and ask general knowledge questions along the way.

The Reitz Union Board, or RUB, brought its version to a stage at the Reitz Union’s Orange and Brew.

The stage featured a cardboard-painted contraption that somewhat resembled a taxi cab, which held seats inside for the contestants and the host.

Participants answered questions in categories of easy, medium and hard. Just like the TV show, there were opportunities for shoutouts, mobile phone shoutouts and red-light challenges.

The questions were based on general knowledge about Gainesville and the university.

“We researched online and looked through the UF website as well as the university’s F Book (a book that contains traditions and general information about UF) and other sites,” Jenna Dufficy, media relations coordinator for RUB Entertainment, said. “We tried to use questions people would generally know and some things that would be challenging.”

Students and adults were there to participate and hopefully win some prizes. Among the prizes were a Snuggie (a blanket with sleeves) and a backscratcher for first place, a stuffed UF mascot Albert for second, a Gator hat for third, T-shirts and stickers from Satchel’s Pizza, as well as other various prizes for all the places.

Dufficy said she wanted a unique trivia game for people to enjoy.

“We were going to do ‘Deal or No Deal,’ but that was taken recently by another organization, and as much as we all love ‘Jeopardy,’ it is overdone,” she said. “ ‘Cash Cab’ is newer and different.”

There was no lack for participation; students were volunteering to go on stage.

Logan Farrelly, a senior psychology major, was one. She said she was ready to try something new that RUB had to offer.

“I usually come to bingo and I saw this online and I like trivia, so I decided to come,” she said. “”I think it’s a good idea. It is unique, it mixes it up and I like that.”

Many of the questions were on subjects specific to UF. For instance, what’s the number of football championships UF has obtained? (Three) Or, can you name some of the popular rock bands from the Gainesville area? (Sister Hazel, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Less Than Jake)

Gainesville residents were welcome to attend as well, but they could lack in some of the UF part of the trivia, said “A lot of people don’t know a whole lot about the place they live in, but when it comes to the campus, UF students probably have a little more of an advantage because they are more related to it,” said Amy Marty, director of promotions for RUB. “We try to bring in common-knowledge questions for people, but then we dig a little deeper.”

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