Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia, Friday, December 22, 2006

Q: On December 22, 1958, the Chipmunks first hit the #1 slot with "The Chipmunk Christmas Song." Can you name all three Chipmunks?
A: Alvin, Simon, and Theodore.

Q: On December 22, 1882, Thomas Edison created something that has come to be very handy at this time of year. What?
A: The first string of Christmas tree lights. Unfortunately, it was New Year's Eve before he got 'em untangled.

Q: What show -- TV's first children's educational series -- debuted on December 22, 1952?
A: Ding Dong School. The host was Miss Frances -- Dr. Frances Horwich of Chicago's Roosevelt College.

Q: At night, what color does an alligator's eyes shine?
A: Red.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: On this date in 1991, which country disappeared from the map?
A: The Soviet Union formally ceased to exist.

Q: On December 21, 1937, Walt Disney's first full-length animated movie debuted. What was the title?
A: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Can you name the Dwarfs? They are Doc, Grumpy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, Dopey, and Happy. I'm not allowed to tell you why Happy had that name.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: On December 20, 1860, which was the first state to secede from the Union?
A: South Carolina.

Q: Thomas Edison demonstrated his latest invention on December 20, 1879. What was it?
A: The light bulb. Then, able to see at night and work longer hours, he started on his next invention -- the Clapper. But he never quite got that one to work.

Q: The U.S. bought a million square miles of territory from France for $20 million on December 20, 1803. What did they buy?
A: The Louisiana Purchase. Oddly enough, after Christmas they tried to return it but they'd lost the sales slip.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: On this date in 1973, Johnny Carson made a joke on his late night TV show that caused a nationwide shortage of what?
A: Johnny joked that there was a toilet paper shortage -- which caused panic buying -- which caused a nationwide shortage.

Q: How deep is the great Salt Lake: (a) 3 feet, (b) 13 feet, or (c) 23 feet?
A. Only 13 feet deep.

Q: On December 19, 1949, what was the #1 song in the U.S.?
A: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Gene Autry. Gene was a singing cowboy who was at his best singing to a herd of cows, which made for some pretty messy sessions in the recording studio.

Q: Dolly Parton's first movie opened on December 19, 1980. What was it?
A: "9 to 5." She won two awards for the movie -- one for each wig, I suppose.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia, Friday, December 15th

Q: Which artist have more people seen perform live: (a) Michael Jackson, (b) David Copperfield, or (c) Garth Brooks?
A: David Copperfield.

Q: America's first law school was founded on December 15, 1791. They did a good job training lawyers. Too good, in fact. The first graduates sued the school and got their tuition back. Where was it?
A: The University of Pennsylvania.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Can you name the leader of the first expedition to reach the South Pole on December 14, 1911?
A: Roald Amundsen.

Q: What did comic W.C. Fields do in almost every city he visited?
A: He opened savings accounts in some 700 different banks, amounting to over a million dollars. He forgot where most of them were.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: In the early 1970s, what was actor Dick Van Dyke treated for?
A: Alcoholism. He was one of the first major TV stars to admit the disease publicly and seek treatment.

Q: You have a condition doctors call chirospasm. Might you have trouble (a) addressing Christmas cards, (b) baking Christmas cookies, or (c) untangling Christmas lights?
A: Christmas cards might be slow since you have writer's cramp.

Q: Who was the first rock artist invited to the White House to have lunch with President Ford?
A: Singer George Harrison, on December 13, 1974.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Who was the first artist to record for Capitol Records?
A: Tex Ritter.

Q: On December 12, 1899, the U.S. Patent Office issued patent #638,920 to George F. Grant of Boston for his invention of something that all golfers use. What?
A: The golf tee. Before that, golfers placed the ball on a small mound of dirt called a "tee."

Monday, December 11, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Boxer Mohammad Ali lost his final professional fight to Trevor Berbick on this date in 1981. How many pro fights did Ali have?
A: 61

Q: On December 11, 1946, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund was established. We know it as?

Q: On December 11, 1951, Joe DiMaggio announced his retirement from baseball. Having played 13 years for only the New York Yankees, Joltin' Joe's lifetime batting average was .325. His 56-game hitting streak still stands as a record. Joe's two brothers were also major-league players. What were their names?
A: Vince and Dom.

Q: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally won an NFL game on December 11, 1977 by defeating New Orleans 33-14. How many games had the Bucs lost before this first win?
A: Twenty-six regular season games, 11 by shutout.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: On this date in 1980, John Lennon was shot and killed outside his appartment building in New York City. Do you remember the name of the apartment building?
A: The Dakota

Q: Architect James Hoban died on December 8, 1831. What was his most famous design?
A: The White House. His wife wanted it to be a trendy color, but he was afraid people might get tired of the Puce House.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: On this date in 1941, Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, bringing the U.S. into World War 2. In 1961, a performer staged an important benefit concert in Hawaii to start a fund for the construction of the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. Can you name that performer?
A: Elvis Presley.

Q: Who said,"I have a new philosophy. I'm only going to dread one day at a time."?
A: Charles Schulz

Q: 56 years ago today December 7th, the #1 song "The Thing". Who sung it.
A: Phil Harris

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: On December 6th, the first U.S. president to be heard on radio was who?
A: President Coolidge. The first president broadcast went OK. Everybody liked the part where the 15th caller won their choice of either a pot bellied stove or a wringer washing machine.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: America's first fraternity was founded at William & Mary College on December 5th, 1776. What was the name of that fraternity?
A: Phi Beta Kappa. Fraternity brothers are very close. In fact, two guys in my fraternity were so close they were never separated. Unfortunately, that was the last time we could use Super Glue during Hazing Week.

Q: On December 5th, 1908, which university became the first football team to wear numbers on their uniforms?
A: The University of Pittsburgh, which made it much easier to identify players being carried off the field. This also allowed players to receive full credit for a math course. What I always wanted was to see numbers on the cheerleaders- you know, telephone numbers, addresses, measurements.

Q: Who was the only president who dipped snuff and became famous for missing his spittoon? Today, December 5th, is his birthday.
A: Martin Van Buren. He was also the only president whose hobby was rooster fighting. Between the snuff and the roosters, you really had to watch your step around Van Buren.

Q: On December 5th, 1992, The Denver Post quoted a Department of Energy Memo showing that a vital safety system at the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant required a number of workers to change a light bulb. How many workers to change a light bulb?
A: 43 workers.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: Who was the first U.S. President to visit abroad?
A: Woodrow Wilson. He sailed for France on December 4th, 1918, becoming the first President to do so- except for the time George Washington sneaked into Dolly Madison's house.

Q: On December 4th, 1956 the U.S. Army announced it would no longer use what to deliver messages?
A: Carrier Pigeons. Instead, it would use Express Mail at the Post Office. Mailmen might not be quite as fast as pigeons, but they weren't quite as messy either.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: The first telephone in the White House was installed on December 1, 1878 during the administration of which President?
A: Ruthford B. Hayes. President Hayes used the telephone to solicit campaign contributions. He was the first telephone caller to reach out and touch someone. The first call was from a storm window salesman.

Q: Where is the world's only roller skating museum?
A: Lincoln, Nebraska.