Frequently Asked Questions


What is this, again?

Trivia for Cheaters: The Second Coming is a trivia tournament of wits, strategy, and cheating. Join Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute on Tuesday, March 20 at Hook and Ladder in South Minneapolis for a fundraiser event unlike any other in the Twin Cities. Grab 4 of your best (or most devious) friends for a trivia tournament of 5 rounds, and plenty of opportunities to cheat your way to the top.

All funds raised before and during the event will benefit Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute. Trivia for Cheaters is put on with Trivia Mafia.

What am I raising money for?

To cheat! And, more importantly, to support MOI's five free creative writing and tutoring programs, and our upcoming move to South Minneapolis.

We hate to admit it, but your wit, charm, and extensive knowledge of Game of Thrones trivia won't be able to help you get all the answers. What can help you win, though, is raising money to buy cheats that will answer questions for you and disable other teams. Each team must raise $1,000 to be eligible to play, but the more you raise, the more cheats you can buy, and who doesn't love cheating?

Wait a second…is this real trivia?

Is Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute a real oceanographic institute? Yes and no. We use our whimsical theme to connect to students, volunteers, and supporters, but you won't find the Crew on the ocean anytime soon. Trivia for Cheaters will have plenty of real trivia questions—5 rounds of them, in fact—but there will also be plenty of ways to cheat your way out of answering them.

What can I win?

The ultimate Trivia for Cheaters champions get a trophy, t-shirts, and bragging rights (until next year). In addition, during the silent auction portion of the event there will be prizes from Urban GrowlerGuthrie Theater, First Avenue, Somerset AmphitheaterMinnesota United, and Minnesota Science Museum—just to name a few This is one event you won't want to miss.

Cool! How do I register?

Each team must register on our fundraising portal in advance. Your team's page is used to track and receive all of your donations! Each team must raise $1,000 to be eligible to play.


To create a team:

  1. Access our Trivia for Cheaters portal here.
  2. Click “Become a Fundraiser” at the top of the page and choose “Create a team.” You will be prompted to type in your team’s name and a fundraising goal. Your team goal to play is $1,000, but if you surpass that, we won’t complain! (Plus that's more money for cheats later on.)
  3. Once you've created your team, go to your team page and, under the team picture, click "Join Team." This ensures you're a fundraising member of your team!

To join an existing team:

  1. Access our Trivia for Cheaters portal here.
  2. Click "Become a Fundraiser" at the top of the page and choose "Join a team." A list of existing team names will appear, and you can select your team or search for them by name.
  3. If will prompt you to create your individual fundraising page by filling out a fundraising goal and a headline (you can also upload a photo). Your personal goal to play is $200, but if you fundraise more than that, we won't stop you there!

To donate to a friend's team/page:

  1. Access our Trivia for Cheaters portal here.
  2. Click "Donate Now" button at the top of the page.
  3. Search for the individual or team you would like to donate to using the search bar at the top of the page. (Be patient—sometimes the search can take some time.)
  4. Select your donation amount and enter your personal information.
  5. Click "Give Now!"
  6. Pat yourself on the back! You just supported MOI, and your friend(s).

To share a page with friends, families, strangers, pets, etc.:

  1. Copy and paste the URL of your team or individual fundraising page and start sharing! You can include it in an email, a Facebook post, a Tweet, a blog post, or anywhere you want. (The link will be in the top URL bar, or you can click the social media icons at the top right corner of your pages.)
  2. Phew! That was easy.

I'm a student/ MOI volunteer/educator/
employee at a nonprofit, what can I do?

We're glad you asked! Our volunteers, students, employees at fellow nonprofits, and educators, we're only asking that your team raise $500. That's a 50% discount! Thanks for the great work you're doing, for us and for your communities. We're all better off for it.

Spectators are welcome! Come watch the trivia tournament for a $5 door charge. (Pssst...bring your wallet—spectators will be able to purchase cheats for and against all the teams playing, as well as raffle tickets for some awesome prizes.)

What if I just want to watch?

Who designed those outstanding octopi?

We're glad you asked—Taylor Baldry! He's one of our astoundingly awesome artists. Check him out here for all your octopus-related needs (and any non-octopus-related needs, too).

We want to make sure we have the most frequently asked questions for the biggest cheaters on either side of the Mississippi, so we want all your wildest questions. If you have a question, comment, or great joke, email Danielle at

Wait! I have more questions!