Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions for Tuesday, February 28th

Q: The first U.S. National Park was created on this date in 1871. Which one?
A: Yellowstone.

Q: On February 28, 1827, the first passenger railroad in America started operations. What was it called?
A: The B&O Railroad. "B&O" because most of the passengers had body odor.

Q: There was a basketball first on February 28, 1940; what was it?
A: The first basketball game was televised on this day in 1940. It was pretty boring though. Im 1940 TV screens were so small all you could see were the players' belly buttons or, when they went up for a slam dunk, their knees.

Q: According to Newsweek magazine, the average American child will see how many sexual references on television this year?
A: 14,000.

Q: On February 28, 1977, comedian Eddie Anderson died at age 71. He had appeared almost twenty years on radio and fifteen years on television. We all knew him as?
A: Rochester.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: The 15th Amendment was passed by Congress on this day in 1869. What did it do?

A: It guaranteed citizens the right to vote, although it didn't guarantee the political candidates would be worth voting for.

Q: The 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified on this day in 1950. What did it do?

A: It limited presidents to only two terms in office.

Q: What language was used successfully as a code by America in World War Two?

A: The native dialect of the Navajo Indian tribe was the basis for an extremely successful combat communications code used by the U.S. Marine Corps. Despite Japanese cryptological successes in the past, the code, transmitted only by Navajo Marines, defied them. The unwritten language was understood outside the tribe by fewer than 30 non-Navajos. The size and complexity of the Navajo language itself made the code extremely difficult to comprehend.

Q: If you just dropped your squidger, what game are you playing?

A: You are playing tiddlywinks. The squidger is the large disc used to snap or squidge the smaller discs into the cup.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Question

Q: Which popular candies were first introduced on this date in 1914?

A: Life Savers. Clarence Crane, of Cleveland, Ohio, called his invention "a hole encased in candy."

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: On February 23, 1992, residents of Auckland, New Zealand completed history's tallest tower made entirely of Lego blocks. How tall was it?

A: It stood 65 feet 2 inches tall. It was an impressive sight, and was directly responsible for the worldwide Lego block shortage of '92.

Q: How many muscles does a caterpillar have?

A: The caterpillar has more than 2,000 muscles. (Wonder who counted them?)

Q: In 1851 on this date, President Millard Fillmore had a White House first. What was it?

A: He had installed the first bathtub in the White House. Previously, all U.S. presidents had been dirty old men. Come to think of it...

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: Heinrich Hertz, born on this date in 1857, discovered what?

A: Kilohertz and megahertz. And if Heinrich had not invented kilohertz and megahertz, DJs would have to shout their shows out the radio station window.

Q: The 1971 title role of "Dirty Harry" was originally intended for whom?

A: Frank Sinatra. After he turned it down, the role was offered to John Wayne, then Paul Newman, and finally accepted by Clint Eastwood.

Q: Which state once made it illegal to give liquor to a fish?

A: Oklahoma.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: On this date 34 years ago, the U.S. president did something no other president had done before. What?

A: President Richard Nixon arrived in China for a visit.

Q: On February 21, 1986, the world's oldest man died in Japan. How old was he?

A: One hundred twenty! He was survived by his wife, and a 48-year-old plate of sushi. Amazingly, his friends said he didn't look a day over 110.

Q: When Bugs Bunny first appeared in 1935, what was he called?

A: Happy Rabbit.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: Forty-four years ago today -- a first for the United States in space. What, and who?

A: John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.

Q: What was established on February 20, 1792?

A: George Washington called into existence the federal post office. Two days later, the post office performed its first official act -- they closed for George's birthday. The United States needed a post office so the loss and delay of mail could be handled in a more efficient manner. In 1792 it cost six cents to mail a letter 30 miles, 12 cents for 150 miles. So, actually, 39 cents to mail a letter across the country today isn't so bad. It's only about a penny a day.

Q: Cindy Crawford received a full university scholarship to study what?

A: Chemical engineering.

Q: If you suffer from scotophobia, what do you have an abnormal fear of?

A: You're afraid of the dark.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: This date in 1876 was a big day in the food business. It was also a small day in the food business. Why?

A: The first sardines were canned (by Julius Wolff of Maine). To put 14 of the little guys into one tiny can, and get the lid on, they had to pack 'em in like sardines.

Q: On February 17, 2000, Microsoft released Windows 2000. What did it cost to develop?

A: $1 billion, which works out to approximately $1 per crash.

Q: Frenchman Renee Lannec was born February 17, 1781. He invented something. What was it?

A: The Stethoscope. Doctors didn't use it a lot until they discovered how to make it very cold. It was a useful item, because now a doctor could listen to your insides without cutting a hole or making you swallow a microphone.

Q: Who was the inventor of the mail-order catalog?

A: Montgomery Ward, who was born on this date in 1844. He'll always be remembered for giving millions of young men their first chance to see women in their underwear. Now, of course, we have "Desperate Housewives."

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions for Thursday, February 16th

Q: This day in 1937 was a big day for women's legs. Why?
A: Nylon was patented.

Q: On this date in 1968 the first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system in the U.S. started. What city and/or state was it started in?
A: In Haleyville, Alabama. By the way, if you live in Nebraska you know the flooding is bad if you dial 9-1-1, and the coastguard answers.

Q: According to an old Kentucky state law, how often are the residents required to take a bath?
A: Once a year.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: Whose picture is on a U.S. dollar coin?

A: Feminist Susan B. Anthony, who was born on this date in 1820. If women really wanted her to be remembered, they should have put her picture on something men see every day, like the Susan B. Anthony TV remote.

Q: On this day in 1879, an act of Congress gave women attorneys the right to do what?

A: Argue cases before the Supreme Court. Apparently, Congress finally realized that there's just no stopping a woman who wants to argue.

Q: The first movie version of what horror creature was released on this date in 1931?

A: Dracula. Some people actually believe there are "undead" creatures that live on the blood of the living. In Transylvania these creatures are called vampires. In the U.S. they're called IRS agents.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions for Tuesday, February 14th

Q: The St. Valentine's Day Massacre occurred on this date when members of Bugs Moran's mob were killed by Al Capone. In which year was that?
A: 1929.

Q: What invention was patented on February 14, 1876 (mostly everyone listening today has one)?
A: Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone. But he didn't make the really big money until he patented the wiretap.

Q: According to ancient folklore, which creatures choose their mates on this date?
A: Birds.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: On this date in 1933, millions of newspapers covered a very famous wedding. Who got married?

A: Blondie and Dagwood Bumstead.

Q: What is the most ever paid for a bottle of wine?

A: In London a collector bought a 1787 bottle of wine for 100,000 US dollars. "Hey, I don't mind paying extra for superior wine. I will pay top dollar if the wine is excellent -- if it has a great taste -- and if it comes in a box made from quality cardboard."

Friday, February 10, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions for Friday, 2/10/2006

Q: On this date in 1996, the World Chess Champion lost his match with an IBM computer. What was the name of the computer?

A: Deep Blue.

Q: Who received history's first gold record in 1942?

A: It was awarded to the Glenn Miller Orchestra for "Chattanooga Choo Choo." RCA presented a gold-sprayed disc to Miller during a radio broadcast.

Q: Circus star Tom Thumb married Lavinia Warren on this day in 1863. How tall were they?

A: He was 2-feet-11, she was 2-feet-8. If they were alive today, they'd probably wear designer originals by Barbie and Ken. They saved money at the reception by standing on the cake themselves.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions for Thursday, February 9th

Q: She was born on this date in 1945. She appeared in Peyton Place, and Hannah and Her Sisters . Who is she?
A: Mia Farrow.

Q: Which U.S. President holds the record for the shortest Presidency? (Today is his birthday?)
A: William Harrison (the 9th U.S. President) born Feb. 9,1773. In 1841 he was elected President. He caught a cold at his inauguration and died one month later. That couldn't happen today though. On Inauguration Day, the U.S. Air Force flies over Washington and blankets the entire city with Vicks Vaporub. Of all the U.S. Presidents, he made the fewest mistakes. His opponents didn't even have time to attack his policies, so they censured him for dying.

Q: You are suffering from a chirospasm. What should you do?
A: Stop writing. You have a writer's cramp.

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions for Wednesday, February 8th

Q: This day in 1922 was a huge day at the White House. Why?
A: President Warren G. Harding installed the first radio in the White House on this date in 1922.

Q: Remember the Confederate States of America? What did they do on Feb. 8,1861?
A: They proclaimed their independence on this day in 1861, selecting Jefferson Davis as president and issuing their first currency. Of course, the Confederate dollar later became worthless, but the Confederacy had the last laugh. Today the Yankee dollar is worthless too.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions for Tuesday, February 7th

Q: This date in 1964 was a noisy day at JFK Airport in New York. Why?
A: Ten thousand screaming fans met the Beatles at they began their first American tour.

Q: What Walt Disney's cartoon movie premiered at the Center Theatre in New York City on February 7, 1940?
A: "Pinocchio."

Q: What magazine went on sale for the first time on February 7, 1922?
A: Reader's Digest. They are trying to update their image. Instead of articles like "Your Spleen is your Friend" and "How I Taught My Goldfish To Smile"-- they now have articles like "101 Other Things You Can Do With An iPod" and "How I Taught My Goldfish To Rap."

Monday, February 06, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions for Monday, Feb.6

Q. This date in 1971 was a space out day in the history of golf. How?
A. Astronaut Alan Shepard became the first person to hit a golf ball on the Moon.

Q. What unusual feat did former U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower do on this day in 1968?
A. He shot a hole-in-one.

Q. "your Hit Parade" had a vocalist debut on this date in 1943; who was it?
A. Frank Sinatra

Friday, February 03, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions for Friday February 3

Q. What Amendment to the U.S. Constitution became law on this date 93 years ago?

A. The 16th Amendment, creating the income tax, became law on this date in 1913.

Q. We all work for money and today is a very important day in the history of money. What happened on this date in 1690?

A. The first paper money in America was issued on this date in 1690. Collecting money as a hobby is called "numistmatism." Unless you're a divorcee, then it's called "alimony."

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Alan Rock's Triva Questions for Thursday, Feb. 2

Q. How many years is it that Phil the Groundhog in Punxutawney has come out of his hole to look for his shadow?

A. This is the 118th year.

Q. When Farrah Fawcett was at the University of Texas, what was she studying?

A. She studied art, but decided there was more money in posing that in painting.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions for Wednesday, Feb.1

Q-1. Who opened the first film studio?

A-1. Thomas Edison, on this date in 1893, in West Orange, New Jersey - at a cost of $637.37. Or roughly, what it costs today to buy the whole family movie tickets, big drinks, Milk Duds, and a large tub of popcorn.

Q-2. Frank Sinatra sang "Too Romantic" and "The Sky Fell Down" in his first recording session with the Tommy Dorsey Band. Who did Sinatra replace as the band's lead singer?

A-2. Jack Leonard

Q-3. Millions of people get them every month, but Ida May Fuller of Ludlow Vermont was the first person in the U.S. to ever receive one. What was it, and when?

A-3. A Social Security check. The received the first one on January 31, 1940.

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions for Tuesday, Jan. 31

Q. On this date in 1990, Moscow got a taste of the West. What? and, How?

A. Moscow's first McDonald's opened.

Q. On today's date in 1949 the first TV daytime soap opera was telecast from NBC in Chicago. What was it called?

A. "These Are My Children," and that show's creator (Irna Phillips) would later produce "As The World Turns," and "The Guiding Light."