Last night, York contested their first round of this year’s University Challenge against the University of Manchester.
Coupled with the excitement of finally watching your own university going up against Paxman and other swotty students from across the country, York Vision’s very own Editor-in-Chief, Barto Joly de Lotbiniere, was competing!
I waited with baited breath for the viewers of BBC2 to experience the wonder that is Barto’s surname(s). Joly. de. Lotbiniere. A quick search of #universitychallenge on Twitter, and I wasn’t disappointed.
For starters, his name only just fitted on the panel.
— Sara (@HighburyHeroine) August 3, 2015
There was a lot of love for the seven-syllable surname.
— Ellie Granata (@prettymuchellie) August 3, 2015
Some people simply refused to believe that it was his name at all.
Joly de Whatthefucknow?!?! #universitychallenge
— Woodo79 Reloaded (@RetroAperture) August 3, 2015
Barto’s class status was called into question at times – Twitter can be an awfully mean place.
Fucking hell that’s the poshest name I’ve ever heard #UniversityChallenge
— ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@SavageFletch) August 3, 2015
Posh student from York has more names than I’ve got rooms in my house #universitychallenge
— Laura Marcus (@MissLauraMarcus) August 3, 2015
Twitter is fully versed in sarcasm, who knew?
There was a geography round where you had to guess the country from the outline of the map.
OMG this picture round is the dream round for me! I love maps! #UniversityChallenge
— Tara Benson (@tarabluesky) August 3, 2015
When York got the answers right, people started getting suspicious…
Joly de Lotbiniere owns St Vincent and The Grenadines #universitychallenge
— Ronny Pudding (@RonnyPudding) August 3, 2015
…and questioning York’s tactics and Joly de Lotbiniere’s inclusion in the team.
Early advantage on thinking time for York with Joly de Lotbiniere on the team #universitychallenge
— John O’Shea (@politicalhackuk) August 3, 2015
28 points without any bonus tiles.
Joly de Lotbiniere!? His parent’s wanted to use all their Scrabble tiles for his name… #universitychallenge
— Alexander Newton (@AlexTheNewton) August 3, 2015
It wasn’t long before people started to feel sorry for the guy who announces the names before a question is answered…
…or until creative puns started appearing!
I imagine Smith has serious Name Envy sitting next to Jolly Lobotomy… #UniversityChallenge
— Ian (@ian262) August 3, 2015
This was the best one by a long way.
— Frederic Heath-Renn (@flahr) August 3, 2015
As the contest rolled on, certain viewers started seeing Barto beyond just his brains.
joly de lotbiniere is beautiful #universitychallenge
— yasmin (@yasminsykes__xo) August 3, 2015
Despite being Enfield’s alma mater, it’s too big a gap for Barto to be the inspiration for Tim.
Is Joly de etcetera a Harry Enfield character? #universitychallenge
— Chris Platt (@ChrisBradman) August 3, 2015
Even minor celebrities started getting in on the action.
The York team took a giant rubber duck along as their mascot.
— Jamie Shoesmith (@jamesfarrier) August 3, 2015
Some people weren’t too happy about it.
Under Barto’s intense gaze, it looked like it all got a bit too much for the poor thing.
— Emily Ward (@thisspecialkid) August 3, 2015
The surplus of penis on the York team angered quite a few twitterers. Do they not read Vision?!
I see my alma mater is still denying women exist on #universitychallenge You can do better, York.
— Clare McCluskey Dean (@librarygirl79) August 3, 2015
I see #UniversityChallenge is showing its diversity chops again. /sarcasm
— Graham Douglas (@greydogphoto) August 3, 2015
Even the UK editor of the Huffington Post weighed in.
York were more than a one funnily-named-man team though, with team captain David Cole answering lots of questions with sounds that I didn’t even know were words.
— Elise Wilkinson (@elisewilko) August 3, 2015
Cole is very good #universitychallenge
— GrumpyByName (@LessGrumpy) August 3, 2015
Manchester weren’t having the best of times.
Jeremy seems very confused when Manchester get a question right #universitychallenge
— Tamara Pommel-Horse (@mattPez) August 3, 2015
Surely this is one of the best bits of the programme, no?!
Every week I look out for the twat that has a sip of water when their team gets one right. Haughton & Cole have so far. #UniversityChallenge
— Nathan… (@NatWally2711) August 3, 2015
Actually, this was probably the best feature of the episode!
— Craig Davidson (@craiggdavidson) August 3, 2015
The contest was over…
— Martin Callaghan (@LuckyBicycle) August 3, 2015
…York were victorious!
265-90 impressive #UniversityChallenge
— Aliver (@Alivere) August 3, 2015
The tie was over, York were through to the next round! Social media man-of-the-hour Barto Joly de Lotbiniere had this to say:
“I think the reason we performed so well is down to long hours of practise in front of the pub quiz book.
“We made an effort to spread our knowledge effectively although there are chinks in the armour, most notably Literature and the experimental school of neuro-pyschology in the 1960s.”
When asked about his momentary new-found twitter fame:
“I’ll try not to let that 30mins of fame go to my head but from now on people must address me as #jolydelotbiniere!”
The hashtags have definitely gone to his head.
If you missed the episode, you can watch it on BBC iPlayer here.