Thursday, August 31, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: Richard Gere's first three major film roles were "Days of Heaven", "American Gigolo", and "An Officer and a Gentleman". They were all turned down by what actor?
A: John Travolta turned down the lead roles before they were offered to Gere.

Q: Remember the radio show "Fibber McGee and Molly"? In August 1941, a spinoff of "Fibber McGee and Molly" debuted on NBC Radio. Do you remember what it was called?
A: The Great Gildersleeve. In those days, the nuts on talk radio were actually funny.

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions, Wed August 30th

Q: On August 30, 30 BC, Queen Cleopatra of Egypt committed suicide. How?
A: By letting a snake bite her. I guess security at the pyramids was about as good as security at the airport where they let all those snakes on the plane in that stupid movie. The snake later died of a fang infection.

Q: What are the only animals born with horns?
A: Both male and female giraffes are born with bony knobs on their foreheads.

Q: You are half introvert and half extravert. What are you called?
A: An ambivert.

Q: What movie star debuted in a newspaper comic strip on August 30, 1936?
A: Donald Duck. Donald was already a movie star, so a comic strip was easy. Heck, he could do the comics with his head under his wing.

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions, Tuesday August 29th

Q: On this date in 1997, what movie -- starring Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn, and John Travolta -- premiered in the United States?
A: She's So Lovely.

Q: In the 1978 movie "The Wiz," what part did Michael Jackson play?
A: The Scarecrow.

Q: What does the Italian name "Pinocchio" mean?
A: Pine eyes.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: On this date in 1997, what movie -- starring Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn, and John Travolta -- premiered in the United States?
A: She's So Lovely.

Q: In the 1978 movie "The Wiz," what part did Michael Jackson play?
A: The Scarecrow.

Q: What does the Italian name "Pinocchio" mean?
A: Pine eyes.

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: On this date in 1997, what movie -- starring Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn, and John Travolta -- premiered in the United States?
A: She's So Lovely.

Q: In the 1978 movie "The Wiz," what part did Michael Jackson play?
A: The Scarecrow.

Q: What does the Italian name "Pinocchio" mean?
A: Pine eyes.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: On this date in 1963, In which city did civil rights leader Martin Luther King deliver his famous "I have a dream" speech?
A: Washington DC

Q: On August 28, 1837 pharmacists John Lea and William Perrins of Worcester, England, begin manufacurting what?
A: Thier Worcester Sauce.

Q: Which First Lady was called "Lemonade Lucy" because she wouldn't serve alcohol in the White House?
A: Lucy Hayes was born on August 28, 1831. She was the wife of U.S President Ruthford B. Hayes. Lemonade Lucy's White House rule against alcohol made it reallly tough on visiting diplomats and Congressional leaders who are never at their best sober.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: On August 24, 1995, Microsoft launched Windows 95. What song was featured in the TV commercials?
A: "Start Me Up" by the Rolling Stones (Microsoft paid $12 million to use the song).

Q: Italy's Mount Vesuvius erupted on August 24, 79 A.D. and buried what two cities?
A: Pompeii and Herculaneum. It happened so fast, the town merchants didn't even have time for a going-out-of-business sale.

Q: Who was the first woman to fly non-stop across the U.S., traveling from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey in just over 19 hours?
A: Amelia Earhart, on this day in 1932.

Q: What popular song came from the movie "Deliverance"?
A: "Dueling Banjos."

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: What percentage of drivers sing in the car?
A: 80%

Q: On radio in the 1940s, who was Captain Midnight's mechanic?
A: Ichabod "Icky" Mudd. Aristotle Jones was the Captain's scientific adviser.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: On August 22, 1984, which car rolled off the assembly line in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania for the last time?
A: The VW Rabbit. More than 11 million of the cars were produced.

Q: Actress Cindy Williams, born on August 22, 1947, starred in what TV show?
A: Laverne and Shirley. I can't remember -- was she the loud one, or the earsplitting one?

Q: Who was the first U.S. chief executive to ride in an automobile?
A: President Theodore Roosevelt, on August 22, 1902 in Hartford, Connecticut.

Q: What famous painting was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris on this date in 1911, and returned two years later?
A: The Mona Lisa. No one knows what happened to Mona during those two years, but she was smiling when she returned.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: On this date in 1959, Hawaii became the 50th U.S. state. Hawaii consists of more than 120 islands. How many are permanently inhabitated?
A: 7

Q: What might drinking coffee with ice cream after dinner cause?
A: Hairline cracks in teeth because they contract and expand with the cold and hot (Academy of General Dentistry, Chicago).

Q: How many bees does it take working their entire lifetime to make a tablespoon of honey?
A: 12

Q: In "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," what city did Mathew Broderick and his friends go for a fun-filled day downtown?
A: Chicago.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: Who was the first English child born in America?
A: Virginia Dare. She arrived on Roanoke Island on this day in 1587. The Indians thought she was cute, but they didn't want her going to school with their kids.

Q: What was the name of the gentleman, born on this date in 1834, who founded the modern department store?
A: Marshall Field. I suppose it was his idea to hide the restrooms.

Q: In a deck of playing cards, which king does not have a moustache?
A: The King of Hearts.

Q: On August 18, 1959, what territory became our 50th state?
A: Hawaii.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: The movie "The Wizard of Oz" premiered on this date in 1939. Judy Garland played Dorothy. What was Dorothy's last name?
A: Gale

Q: On AUG 17, 1790, the U.S. Government moved from New York to
what city?
A: Philadelphia. The government later moved to York, Lancaster, Trenton, Princeton, Baltimore, and then Washington DC. (TRUE)
And every time it moved -- it lost its damage deposit. Apparently, it was cheaper to move than to pay rent.

Q: How many different animal shapes are in the Animal Crackers cookie zoo?
A: 18.

Q: Actress Amanda Blake died August 17, 1988. We knew her as?
A: Miss Kitty on TV's "Gunsmoke" for 22 years. So they framed her body and hung it above the bar at the Long Branch.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: Recycling one glass jar saves enough energy to watch TV for how long?
A: Three hours!

Q: Approximately how much would you say Americans spend on beer each year?
A: $25 billion.

Q: What is the most popular crossword subject?
A: The Bible.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: Thomas Lawrence, a British soldier was born August 15, 1888. We know him as? A: "Lawrence of Arabia, "Lawrence led the Arabs during World War I. I saw the movie about him and I have to admit, he did look good in a sheet.

Q: On August 15, 1939, what film premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood?
A: The Wizard of Oz

Q: On August 15,1970, right here in Orlando, Patricia Palinkas became the first woman to be paid for doing what?
A: Playing football during a semi-pro game. The Team: The Orlando Panthers.

Q: How much does the biggest tomato on record weigh?
A: 7 1/2 pounds.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: According to an old law, in which U.S. state is it illegal to kiss on a train?
A: Wisconsin

Q: The first known encyclopedias date back to what country?
A: Ancient Greece

Q: This is National Scuba Diving Week. The highlight is usually a big underwater film festival. I suppose fish are admitted free. The worst thing about underwater movies is the popcorn. Here's today's exciting scuba trivia question. What does the word "scuba" mean since there is no such word as "scuba?"
A: The letters s-c-u-b-a stand for self-contained underwater breathing apparatus--as of course, do the letters g-i-l-l.

Q: On this date in 1935, which president signed the Social Security Act into law?
A: Franklin Roosevelt. Thus guaranteeing that every elderly American could retire with enough income to buy lottery tickets.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: August 11, 1992 was an important day in the history of American shopping. Why? A: America's biggest shopping mall, the Mall of America, opened in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Q: In 1934, how much did Babe Ruth pay a fan for the baseball he hit for his 700th career home run?
A: $20.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: Born on this date in 1940, Bobby Hatfield. He went on to fame as a singer with which duo?
A: The Righteous Brothers. (Hatfield died in 2003)

Q: Who was the first U.S. President to have a telephone on his desk?
A: Born AUG 10, 1874: Herbert Hoover. And he was easy to call. All you had to do was look up his number in Yellow Pages -- under "Presidents".

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: On August 9, 1944, the U.S. Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council created what character to plead for Americans to prevent forest fires?
A: Smokey the Bear

Q: Who became the first non-elected President of the U.S?
A: Gerald Ford on Aug. 9, 1974 after Richard Nixon resigned.

Q: How much fresh water can a quart of used motor oil ruin?
A: One quart of oil can pollute 250,000 gallons of fresh water. Please dispose of used oil properly. (EPA)

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: On August 8, 1876 who patented the Mimeograph machine?
A: Thomas Edison. The Mimeograph was a very messy--and I do mean MESSY--hand-cranked copy machine. They were widely used in schools. If you used one in school back in the 1960s--you're probably still trying to get the ink off your hands.

Q: A.T. Marshall patented his invention on August 8, 1899. It's something I'll bet we all have in our homes. What was it?
A: The Household Refrigerating Machine. He invented the refrigerator to give people a handy place to keep their magnets.

Q: On August 8, 1923 what famous bandleader got his first professional job as a band leader on a Chicago excursion boat?
A: Clarinetist Benny Goodman, he was 14 years old.

Q: Who can give me an example of a tautonym?
A: A tautonym is a word containing two identical parts, like "tutu."

Monday, August 07, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: Who created the Order of the Purple Heart, a decoration to recognize merit in millitary enlisted men and noncommissioned offiers?
A: George Washington, on August 7, 1782.

Q: Which U.S. President never voted in a presidential election before taking office in 1849?
A: Zachary Taylor

Q: On August 7, 1963, the first beach movie opened nationwide. The name of the film was "Beach Party". Who were the leading actors?
A: Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. It also starred Morey Amsterdam, Bob Cummings, and Dick Dale and the Del Tones. Ten other films in the beach series followed in the next three years.

Q: What is the comic strip hero, Popeye's hometown?
A: The seaport town of Sweetwater.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: On Aug. 4, 1693 Dom Perignon invented what?
A: Champagne. What would champagne be like without bubbles? It would be like prunes without the wrinkles. Thank goodness. Otherwise, Lawrence Welk would have had to play beer music.

Q: Congress enacted something special for corporations on this day in 1909. What was it?
A: The Corporate Income Tax. That wasn't half as exciting as the next day--when they enacted the corporate loophole.

Q: What branch of our armed forces was founded on Aug. 4, 1790?
A: The U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard is the only branch of the armed forces with a perfect record. In over 200 years we haven't lost a coast.

Q: Every night, how many beds did Benjamin Franklin sleep in?
A: Four beds. Ben believed a warm bed would sap his strength, so when a bed became too warm, he'd switch to a cold one.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: On August 3, 1958 the first nuclear submarine passed under the North Pole. Do you remember the name of that sub?
A: The U.S.S. Nautilus. For a couple weeks afterward Rudolph had a green nose. Having a nuclear submarine capable of passing under the North Pole was important; if Santa Claus ever snapped, he could be contained.

Q: Actor Ramon Estevez was born August 3, 1946. We know him as?
A: Martin Sheen, since no one named Estevez could possibly make it in show business.

Q: The man who made Akron, Ohio, the rubber capital of the world died August 3, 1888. But B.F. Goodrich may be even more natable for another reason, he went into the rubber business because he couldn't make a living doing what?
A: As a surgeon. Those were the good old days when even doctors went broke.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: What does the Native American word "Kalamazoo" mean?
A: "Place where the water boils."

Q: According to Vitality Magazine what is the quickest way to relax?
A: A yawn. It sends a blast of oxygen into your system and stimulates blood flow to the brain.

Q: On August 2, 1984 what comic strip was added to the Portsmouth Daily Times, making it the first comic strip to appear in 2,000 newspapers?
A: Charles Schultz' comic strip "Peanuts".

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia questions

Q: What's the difference between a nook and a cranny?
A: A nook is a corner and a cranny is a crack.

Q: On Aug. 1, 1790, The first U.S. census was completed. What was our population then?
A: Just under 4 million people.

Q: On Aug. 1, 1964, Hasbro Toys introduced GI Joe, an 11 1/2-inch "action figure" that sold for $4.00. What was the inspiration for this doll?
A: The 1945 Robert Mitchum movie, "The Story of GI Joe."