Monday, July 31, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia questions

Q: This date in 1981 was a happy day for baseball fans. Why?
A: The seven week players strike ended.

Q: In which state is it illegal to wake up a bear to take its picture?
A: Alaska.

Q: On July 31, 1930. what famous actor starred as "The Shadow" in the show's radio debut?
A: Orson Welle. At first, the Shadow was the narrator for changing stories, but later became a character in his own adventures. He knew what evil lurked in the hearts of men.

Q: On July 31, 1845 what musical insrument was introduced into the military bands of the French Army?
A: The saxophone. It allowed the French to toot sweet. The saxophone was easy for the French to learn, it came with an illustrated manual--The Joy of Sax.
Q: Just who invented the saxophone anyway?
A: The saxophone was invented by a Belgian named Adolphe Sax. It was such a success, Mr. Sax moved to New York and opened his own store--Sax 5th Avenue.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia questions

Q: On this date in 1940, which cartoon character made his first appearance on movie screens.
A: Bugs Bunny (In the cartoon "Wild Hare")

Q: Who was the first movie comic to be hit in the face with a pie?
A: Fatty Arbuckle. Mabel Nomand flung it in "A Noise from the Deep," a 1913 silent film.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia questions

Q: On July 26, 1775, something special happened to the U.S. Postal Service. What was it?
A: It was established. They're celebrating with a party at the Post Office -- yesterday I received an invitation in the mail. (Pause) Hey, my mistake-- this is an invitation to LAST year's party.

Q: On July 26, 1984, what TV show became the first network program to be telecast in stereo?
A: The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia questions

Q: Born July 25, in England 1978 Louise Brown. Why is that of interest?
A: She was the world's first "test tube baby". She's planning a quiet birthday celebration. Just family and friends -- plus a representative from the Pyrex Glass Company.

Q: You are suffering from taresthesia. What is your problem?
A: Your foot is asleep.

Q: On July 25, 1979 President Jimmy Carter absolved Dr. Samuel Mudd, of any responsibility in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Mudd's name was no longer mud. What did he do?
A: He was the physician who had treated John Wilkes Booth's broken leg.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: On this day in 1929, at the Pact of Paris, better known as the Kellogg-Briand Treaty, 43 governments solemnly swore off "what" forever as an instrument of national policy?
A: War. Since that day, all 43 nations have been involved in at least three wars. Next time, maybe they should swear off lying. President Herbert Hoover declared the Kellogg-Briand Treaty in force on this day in 1929. Under that treaty, no one is allowed to eat Chateaubriand and Rice Krispies at the same meal.

Q: Alexandre Dumas was born on July 24, 1802. What did he create?
A: The Three Musketeers. Personally, I prefer Snickers.

Q: Actress Lynda Carter was born on July 24, 1951. What was her biggest role?
A: Wonder Woman on television. Did you ever wonder: if Wonder Woman went out to dinner with Superman, who would win the fight for the check?

Q: Name two things William Moulton Marston was credited with creating.
A: Both of them are very well known -- Wonder Woman and the lie detector.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: On this date in 1987, TV personality Mary Hart of "Entertainment Tonight" insured something with Lloyds of London for $2 million. What?
A: Her legs.

Q: Born July 21, 1952, Robin Williams became famous as Mork. Do you remember the planet Mork came from?
A: Ork. There really is a planet called Ork. And to give you an idea of what kind of place it is -- Mork is considered shy and boring.

Q: If you are hired to be part of a claque, what should you practice doing?
A: Applauding! A claque is a group hired to applaud an act or a performer.

Q: What was inventor Thomas Edison afraid of?
A: The dark.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: On this date in 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to land on the Moon. What did they name their base?
A: Tranquility Base.

Q: If you are a hedenophobic, of what do you have an abnormal fear?
A: Pleasure.

Q: What invention did humorist Mark Twain patent in 1871?
A: Suspenders.

Q: On July 20, 1949, the Hollywood Reporter said that American teenagers were calling their local drive-in movie theater what?
A: The passion pit.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: On this date in 1984, we saw the first nomination of a female presidential running mate by a major U.S. political party. Do you know her name?
A: Geraldine Ferraro.

Q: On July 19, 2003, an Austrian man became the first recipient of what kind of transplant?
A: A tongue. His new tongue works just fine, although he has to take it in for re-alignment every 30-thousand licks.

Q: On July 19, 1948, "Our Miss Brooks" debuted on CBS Radio. Who played Miss Brooks?
A: Eve Arden.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: What is the thickness of an ordinary potato chip?
A: 55/1000 of an inch. Ridged chips are about 4 times thicker, 210/1000 of an inch.

Q: In Montreal in 1976, a 14-year-old Romanian gymnast collected the first perfect "10" ever recorded at the Olympic Games. At the '76 games, she would get six more perfect scores, one bronze, a silver, and three gold medals. What is her name?
A: Nadia Comaneci.

Q: On July 18, 1998, 80-year-old South African President Nelson Mandela married Graca Machel in Johannesburg. He paid her family for the honor. What did he pay?
A: Reportedly 60 cows.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: Born on July 17, 1935, this actor's movies include The Dirty Dozen, MASH, and Klute. Can you name him?
A: Donald Sutherland.

Q: On July 17, 1821, Spain gave what (now) state to the U.S.?
A: Florida, which was especially nice of Spain since Florida belonged to the Seminoles. In 1970 the U.S. finally paid the Seminoles $12 million for Florida. And rumor has it that today seven Seminole divisions are training in the Everglades after using the 12-mil to develop a nuclear tomahawk.

Q: Today is Wrong Way Day, honoring Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan, who left Brooklyn for Los Angeles in a single-engine plane on this day in 1938. Where did he land 28 hours later?
A: In Ireland. He said he read the wrong end of the compass needle. So, he became an American hero and got a job loading airline luggage.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: On this date in 1985, Live Aid, a televised rock concert to raise money for starving Africans, was simulcast from four cities. Can you name them?
A: London, Sydney, Moscow, and Philadelphia.

Q: In an editorial printed in the New York Tribune on this day in 1865, who wrote "Go west, young man, go west"?
A: Horace Greeley. So, all the young men went west and Greeley stayed east and made a fortune. He also had more dates than ever.

Q: On July 13, 1939, Frank Sinatra recorded "From the Bottom of My Heart" and "Melancholy Mood." It was Sinatra's first record. Who was the band?
A: Harry James Orchestra.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: Bill Cosby was born on this date in 1937. Can you name the 1960s TV show he co-starred in with Robert Culp?
A: "I Spy."

Q: The Father of Modern Medicine was born in Ontario July 12, 1849. What was his name?
A: Sir William Osler, who gave us two things modern medicine couldn't do without: "The Principles and Practice of Medicine" and the window envelope.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions for Tuesday, July 11th

Q: On July 11, 1804, which U.S. vice president shot a guy to death in a duel?
A: Aaron Burr. Is it any wonder Dick Cheney calls 1804 "the good old days"?

Q: The U.S. has more tornadoes than any other nation. Which nation comes in second?
A: Australia, which has some 200-300 tornadoes a year. The U.S. can have a thousand.

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions for Monday, July 10th

Q: What territory became the 44th state on July 10, 1890?
A: Wyoming, which has plenty of nothing. In fact, Wyoming has more nothing than any other state except Texas. Texas has more nothing, but Wyoming's nothing is prettier. To mark the occasion, Miss Wyoming, wearing a bikini, will shear a sheep at high noon in Cheyenne.

Q: On this date in 1975, Cher filed for divorce from rocker Greg Allman. How long had they been married?
A: Ten days.

Q: The highest temperature ever recorded in the U.S. occurred in Death Valley, California on this date in 1913. How hot was it?
A: 134 degrees. Now, that's hot! For a cowboy to make it through Death Valley in those days, he needed an air conditioned horse.

Q: Emily Dickinson wrote more than 900 poems. How many were published during her lifetime?
A: Four.

Friday, July 07, 2006


Q: On this date in 1985 a 17 year old became the youngest to win the men's Wimbledon single tennis title. Can you name him?

A: Boris Becker

Q: On July 7, 1754, Kings College opened in New York City with eight students and one faculty member, Dr. Samuel Johnson, who also served as college president. We now know the school as?

A: Columbia University

Q: On July 7, 1949, a new type radio show premiered on NBC dramatic cases form actual police files. Each show began "The story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent." Dum-de-dum-dum! Name that show and who was the star?

A: Dragnet, starring Jack Webb. The shows first sponsor was Fatima cigarettes.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: How long did it take for Sylvester Stallone to write the script for the film "Rocky"?
A: Three days.

Q: On July 6, 1957, who was the first black tennis player to win a Wimbledon singles title?
A: Althea Gibson, defeating Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2.

Q: On July 6, 1964, the Beatles' first film had its royal premier at the London Pavilion. What was the title of this film?
A: "A Hard Day's Night."

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions for Wednesday, July 5th

Q: Born on July 5, 1810, he created the first circus and was the guy who said "There's a sucker born every minute." Who was he?
A: P.T. Barnum. In 2006, having evolved from being suckers, we're now called chumps and dweebs. Yes, it was P.T. Barnum who said, "There's a sucker born every minute." If he were alive today, I'm not sure what he'd be doing -- but it would be somehow connected to the internet. Today he's regarded as the Father of Late-Night TV.

Q: We all know that Jackie Robinson was the first black baseball player in the major league and he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The question is, on July 5, 1947, who signed a contract with baseball's Cleveland Indians, becoming the first black player in the American League?
A: Larry Doby.

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions for Tuesday, July 4th

Q: On this date in 1828, construction began on the Tremont House in Boston. What was so special about that hotel?
A: It was the first hotel to have indoor bathrooms. Before indoor plumbing, hotel guests had to call room service, and a bellhop would come up to your room carrying an outhouse.

Q: In the late 1980s, after promising a high school junior class that he would pay for their college education, how much did Geraldo Rivera's promise cost him?
A: $180,000 for nine students.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: On July 3, 1922, "Fruit Garden and Home" magazine published its first issue. Two years later, the publication became known as what?
A: Better Homes and Gardens.

Q: What legendary comedy team replaced Fred Allen for the summer on July 3, 1940?
A: Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.