Thursday, April 24, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!

Questions:

1)  This was the first big band to play George Gershwin's music, bringing it to a mainstream audience.

Big Bands were famous for having signature or theme songs. Name the bands for these songs:

2)  "One O'clock Jump"

3)  "Lullaby of Birdland"

4)  "Take the 'A' Train"

Answers:

1)  Paul Whiteman

2)  Count Basie

3)  George Shearing

4)  Duke Ellington

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!

Questions:

1)  What country is Pope Francis from?

2)  In the case of an emergency, what can coconut water be used for?

3)  The Cisco Kid had a black and white horse named, "Diablo" and a sidekick named "Pancho." Who was the actor who played him?

4)  This is the second most abundant element in the universe.

Answers:

1)  Argentina

2)  blood plasma

3)  Roald Amundsen

4)  helium

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!

Questions:

1)  On this date 100 years ago, Babe Ruth made his major league baseball debut as a pitcher.  For what team did he first play?

2)  The unit of measurement known as the "furlong" is never really used nowadays; how many furlongs are in a mile?

3)  In an ad hominem attack, what "weapons" are used?

4)  During World War II, citizens were encouraged to create their own gardens at home to offset the food shortage. These gardens were popularly and patriotically referred to as what?

Answers:

1)  The Baltimore Orioles

2)  8

3)  The "weapons" employed in an ad hominem attack are words. An ad hominem attack is a rhetorical device employed in debates and often seen in political campaigns. It is a way to deflect attention away from an uncomfortable question by redirecting attention by denigrating his or her character, thereby appealing to the audience's emotions rather than their desire for information.

4) "victory gardens"

Monday, April 21, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!

Questions:

1)  Henry Winkler made "The Fonz" a 70s icon on Happy Days. What was the character's not-so-tough first name?

2)  Gene Roddenberry was the creator of what science fiction franchise?

3)  The quiz show Take It or Leave It debuted on CBS radio on this date in 1940. The title for the show's grand prize question became a catchphrase in the 40s.

4)  How many boroughs are there in New York City?

Answers:

1)  Arthur

2)  Roddenberry is responsible for having either directly written or inspired all things Star Trek.

3)  The show asked the "$64 Question, which later blossomed into the "$64,000 question." In the 40s, the "$64 question" became a catchphrase for a particularly vexing question or problem.

4)  There are five: Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!

Questions:

1)  He is credited for having said, "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life."

2)  On this date in 1902 this country became the first to adopt fingerprinting to identify criminals.

3)  How many incisor teeth do humans have?

4)  How many "deadly sins" are there?

Answers:

1)  Confucius

2)  Denmark

3)  8

4)  "The seven deadly sins, also known as the capital vices or cardinal sins, is a classification of vices (part of Christian ethics) that has been used since early Christian times to educate and instruct Christians concerning fallen humanity's tendency to sin. In the currently recognized version, the sins are usually given as wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony" (from Wikipedia).

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!

Questions:

1)  Which is the hottest planet in our solar system?

2)  Tanqueray is what kind of alcohol?

3)  What was unveiled at the New York World's Fair on this date in 1964 ?

4)  Who was the author of Fahrenheit 451?

Answers:

1)  Venus

2)  gin

3)  Ford Mustang

4)  Ray Bradbury

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!

Questions:

1)  Solid carbon dioxide is also known as what?

2)  Who was the star of the 80s TV show, Knight Rider?

3)  She was the first woman to be inducted into the National Comedy Hall of Fame.

4)  What material does craft quilling usually involve?

Answers:

1)  Dry ice

2)  David Hasselhoff

3)  Minnie Pearl

4)  paper