Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

December 19, 1871, was an important day in the history of packaging. Why? A: Corrugated cardboard was patented.

How deep is the great Salt Lake? A: Only 13 feet deep.

Your poinsettieas always turn yellow before Christmas. What should you do? A: Poinsettias thrive near natural or incandescent light, not fluorescent light. Also, keep them warm but away from heat vents or fireplaces (Orange County Register).

What was the highest grossing move ever? A: TItanic (1997) grossed $601 million, more than any other film in dollars not adjusted for inflation. It is followed by Star Wars ($461 million), Star Wars: The Phantom Menace ($431 million), ET ($400 million), and Jurassic Park ($330 million).

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Born on this date in 1963: Actor Brad Pitt. Early in his career he appeared in a long-running TV soap opera. Which one? A: Another World.

What is America's national flower? A: In 1986, Congress voted the Rose as America's national flower. Americans bought more than 1.2 BILLION fresh cut roses last year. That's 4.67 roses for every man, woman, and child nationwide.

The 13th Amendment to the Constitution came to be on December 18, 1865. What did it do? A: It abolished slavery in the United States.

On December 18, 1976, "Wonder Woman" debuted on ABC-TV. Who played Wonder Woman? A: Lynda Carter was Wonder Woman; Lyle Waggoner was Major Steve Trevor. Wonder Woman had appeared in comic books since 1941. She possessed "the beauty of Aphrodite, the wisdom of Athena, the strength of Hercules, the speed of Mercury".

Monday, December 17, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

On December 17, 1843, which great Christmas story was published for the first time? A: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Who runs through more red lights - men or women? A: Men. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Sacramento, two-thirds of the people who run red lights are men; over half of those men have college educations.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Who was the first rock artist to be invited to the White House? A: On December 13, 1974, U.S. President Gerald Ford had lunch at the White House with a famous musician. George Harrison of the Beatles.

On the day before important races, why do many Tour de France cyclists buy thick steaks? A: They stuff the steaks into their pants for seat cushions. Raw steak makes a great bicycle shock absorber.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Which tennis star was born on December 12th 1962? Hint: She was the youngest player to enter Wimbledon)
A: Tracy Austin

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

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

On December 11, 1981, it was a sad day for boxing fans. Muhammed Ali had his last fight. It was his 61st professional bout. Who did he lose to? A: Trevor Berbick

For what film was actress Teri Garr nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar role? A: "Tootsie," in 1982.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: What did Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel, who died on December 10, 1896, invent?
A: Dynamite! Then he created the Nobel Prize for human achievement, just in case humanity survived all the dynamite. Nobel prizes, often won by middle-aged scientists or politicians, were first awarded on December 10, 1901. So, needless to say, a swimsuit category would be a bad idea.

Q: Who was the first African-American to win the Nobel Peace Prize?
A: United States diplomat Ralph Joseph Bunche received the Nobel Peace Prize for his peace mediation during the first Arab-Israeli war on December 10, 1950.

Q: From what do more U.S. airline passengers die in flight?
A: Heart attacks (research reported by Reuters).

Friday, December 07, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Who was the first European to recieve a christmas gift in the new world?
A: Christopher Columbus. When he landed at Haiti on St. Nicholas Day, December 6th 1492, the island chief offered gifts and a feast of shrimp and bread.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

December 6, 1947 was a big day for nature lovers in Florida. Why? A: Everglades National Park was dedicated.

December 6, 1923, a presidential address was broadcast on the radio for the first time to a joint session of Congress. Who was the president? A: President Calvin Coolidge.

On December 6, 1973, Gerald Ford was sworn in as Vice President, succeeding Spiro Agnew. What was his position before being the Veep? A: House minority leader.

What husband and wife team recorded "Love Will Keep Us Together" in 1975? A: The Captain and Tennille.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: Born on December 5, 1932: Richard Penniman. The world knows him better as...?

A: Little Richard.

Q: What is America's first scholastic fraternity? It was founded at William and Mary College. December 5, 1776/

A: Phi Beta Kappa, Fraternity brothers are very close. In fact two guys in my fraternity were so close they never separated. And that's the last time we could use Super Glue during Hazing Week.

Q: On December 5, 1992, The Denver Post quoted a Department of Energy memo showing that a vital safety system at the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant required how many workers to change a light bulb?

A: 43.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

On December 4, 1998, the remake of Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller "Psycho" opened in U.S. theaters. Can you name the two stars in the remake? A: Vince Vaughn and Anne Heche

Who was the first American president to visit abroad? A: Woodrow Wilson sailed for France on December 4, 1918, becoming the first American president to visit abroad - except for the time George Washington sneaked into Dolly Madison's house

What is the nutritional value of coffee? A: Coffee has absolutely no nutritional value

Monday, December 03, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: On December 3rd 1967 Dr. Christian Barnard of South Africa made history. How?
A: The first sucessful heart transplant.

Q: On December 3rd 1947 The Tennessee Williams play, "A Streetcar Named Desire", opened on broadway starring Jessica Tandy as Blanche, and who as Stanley?
A: Marlon Brando.

Q: On December 3rd 1833 what college opened with an enrolment of 29 men and 15 women, the nation's first truly co-education college?
A: Oberlin College in Ohio.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teaser

Q: What did Dick Clark donate in 1982 to the Smithsonian from "American Bandstand?"

A: His Podium.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Comedian Garry Shandling was born November 29, 1949. Garry started in Hollywood as a scriptwriter. Can you name the sitcom that bought his first script? (Clue: It was 1975) A: Sanford and Son. (The episode where Ah Chew - Pat Morita - turned Fred Sanford's house into a Japanese retaurant).

What's the difference in a comedian and a comic? A: The oversimplified answer is: A comedian says funny things; a comic says things funny.

Why is a twit? A: A pregnant goldfish.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: November 28th, 1922 is a historic day in the skies of New York City. Why?
A: The first skywriting display. A small plane wrote "Hello USA".

Q: How wide is the Statue of Liberty's mouth?
A: Three feet.

Q: In which state is it illegal to ride a camel on a highway?
A: Nevada.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

She was born on November 27, 1964. She appeared in Boomerang, The Women of Brewster Place, Beverly Hills Madam and a long-running TV sitcom. Who is she? A: "Head of the Class" cast member - Robin Givens

According to Health magazine, who eats the most chocolate candy: (a) women ages 30 to 39; (b) boys ages 12 to 19; or (c) men ages 20 to 29? A: Boys ages 12 to 19. Thirtysomething women are a close second

Your baby pig needs to be house broken. On average, how long will it likely take? Probably closer to three days. Of course, your pig may vary

Monday, November 26, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: Did you know that each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history? Can you name them?

A: Spades: King David Hearts - Charlemagne Clubs - Alexander, the Great Diamonds, Julius Caesar.

Q: What was the first US holiday by presidential proclamation?

A: President George Washington declared November 26, 1789 to be Thanks Giving.

Q: The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%. What percentage of North America is wilderness?

A: 38%

Q: Who was the first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV?

A: Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

Q: What is the largest freshwater lake in the world?

A: Lake Superior in North America.

Q: He was born on November 23, 1887. He appeared in Bride of Frankenstein, House of Frankenstein, the Mummy and the Body Snatcher. He died in 1969. Who was he?

A: Boris Karloff

Q: On TV comedy "Barney Miller" what part did actor Steve Landesberg play?

A: He was Dietrich. Abe Vigoda was Fish; Maxwell Gail played Wojo.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: On November 21st, 1980, 82 million Americans watched TV to find out what?
A: They watched "Dallas" to find out- "Who shot JR?". JR was a nasty, mean, wicked, repulsive, evil guy, which is why we all loved him. It was Sue Ellen's sister, the jilted mistress Kristen Shepard.

Q: On November 21st, 1887, Thomas Edison announced his invention of what?
A: The phonograph- a machine that could record and play sound. Onne small step for music, one giant leap towards karoke.

Q: On November 21st, 1974, the U.S. Congress passed the Freedom of Information Act, overriding whose presidential veto?
A: President Gerald Ford

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

The Queen of England had a bad day on November 20, 1992. Why? A: Fire erupted at her home, Windsor Castle. Many art works were destroyed.

Which U.S. President was arrested while in office for running over an elderly woman with his horse? A: Franklin Pierce. The charge was dropped in 1853 due to insufficient evidence.

On November 20, 1789, which state became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights? A: New Jersey

Fact: The world population of chickens is about equal to the number of people.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: On November 19, 1959, a day that was overdue in the automobile industry. What happened - or to be more precise - what stopped happening?

A: Ford stopped production of the Edsel - its the biggest disaster (Only 110,000 sold).

Q: According to Reader's Digest Book of Facts, if left alone by man and predators, which has the longest maximum lifespan:
a) cow
b) ostrich
c) whale

A: A lucky, healthy whale mighty live into its 90s; an ostrich early 60s; a cow, late 40s.

Q: You can't wait to travel to a space station and you weigh 150 pounds. According to Family Circle Magazine what will your ticket cost?

A: $150,000, about $1,000 a pound. But you'll have to wait until about the year 2010.

Q: What is the top surname in the US?

A: Smith. New in the top ten are two Hispanic names: Garcia and Rodriguez, at No. 8 and No. 9.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: What would you get if you asked for a "pottle" of ice cream at the supermarket?

A: The term "pottle" is the legal measurement describing an amount equal to two quarts. Legally, there is no such term as "half-gallon." So if you asked for a pottle of ice cream at the supermarket, you'd probably get a dumb look from the stock clerk.

Q: How much money was mentioned in Roger Miller's 1964 Grammy-winning song "Dang Me?|

A: $14.27

Q: According to Martha Stewart, how often should you steam-clean your car's engine?

A: Once a year.

Q: How are doctors in India successfully treating varicose veins?

A: Leeches (New Scientist magazine).

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

November 15, 1956 was a historic day for movie fans and rock and roll fans. Why? A: The first Elvis Presley movie debuted in U.S. theaters. "Love Me Tender".

Who said, "They ought to elect the First Lady and then let her husband be President."? A: Nancy Reagan, in 1939. It was her only line in a high school play.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: Robert Fulton was born on November 14, 1765. Everybody knows Robert Fulton invented the steamboat. But he didn't. Who really did?

A: John Fitch invented the steamboat, but John didn't have enough money to build a steamboat. Fulton did. Moral: if you're poor, invent something cheap.

Q: The average dog can make about 10 different vocal sounds. How many different vocal sounds can the average cat make?

A: About 100.

Q: Composer Johann Sebastian Bach was married twice and fathered how many children?

A: 20 children.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

In what film did Whoopi Goldberg win a Best Supporting Actress Oscar? A: For Oda Mae Brown in Ghost, 1990.

What was the first TV commercial for? A: A Bulova watch ticked onscreen for 60 seconds.

According to research published in Public Health Reports, what is the annual cost to treat U.S. smokers for medical problems? A: $73 billion.

Alan Rock's Trivia November 12, 2007

Do most engaged couples who split up do so between: (a) 6:00 and 9:00 p.m.; (b) 9:00 p.m. and midnight; or (c) midnight and 3:00 a.m.? A: Between 9:00 p.m. and midnight.

Who was the first NFL head coach to win 100 regular season games in 10 seasons? A: November 12, 1972, Don Shula, coach of the Miami Dolphins.

What is a baby eel called? A: An elver

Your boiled okra is so slippery it slides right off everyone's fork. What should you do? A: While cooking, add a teaspoon of vinegar per pint of boiling water.

If you lay eggs from your armpits, what are you? A: A starfish

Friday, November 09, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: In 1985 which state legislature voted down a resolution to make "Louie Louie" the state song?

A: Washington.

Q: On November 9, 1984, JR Ewing got a new mama. Who?

A: Donna Reed joined the cast of "Dallas" as JR's mom. She replaced Barbara Bel Geddes as Miss Ellie - who returned in 1985.

Q: November 9, what actress became the first person in 500 shows to walk off the TV set of "This is Your Life?"

A: Angie Dickinson. Angie said, "Not on your life!"

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

One-third of all the fresh water on Earth is in what country? A: Canada.

In the old western movies, what was the name of Hoot Gibson's horse? A: Mutt or Rusty. Tex Ritter rode White Flash; Red Ryder rode Thunder.

You suffer from ailurophobia. What do you have an unnatural fear of? A: Cats.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: Jeanette Rankin of Montana became the first woman to do what on November 7, 1916?

A: She was the first woman elected to the US Congress.

Q: Which US President established the Corporation for Public Broadcasting on November 7?

A: US President Lyndon Johnson. So, thanks to LBJ, now all Americans know how insects mate.

Q: What adventure serial debuted as a 15-minute daily adventure serial on CBS Radio November 7, 1932? It ran successfully for 14 years.

A: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

Q: One cord of wood can make 7.5 million what?

A: Toothpicks. It can make 4.5 million stamps.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

According to Impulse Research of CulverCity, CA, when Americans look back on their lives, what do more regret wasting time on? A: 67% regret wasting time worrying; 35% watching television; 27% commuting; 19% cleaning and doing chores; 18% gossiping.

What is the oldest weekly program on television? A: "Meet the Press." Today is the 59th anniversary for it's on very early Sunday morning, so it's also the most regularly missed weekly program on television. The news program made its TV debut on November 6, 1947. It had been on the radio from 1945.

James Naismith was born in Ontario on November 6, 1861. What did he invent? A: Basketball, but it didn't catch on at first. In fact, it was a very boring game until they finally put air in the ball.

For her role in The Flying Nun, how much was actress Sally Field paid? A: $4,000 a week.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: Who discovered corn in Cuba?

A: On November 5, 1492 Christopher Columbus. We might point out that at the time he was not listening to this program.

Q: The King of the Cowboys was born on November 5, 1912. Who was he?

A: Roy Rogers. I think he was King of the Cowboys because he was always so spiffy. Roy'd get his hat blocked, press his pants, shine his boots, and give Trigger a bath just to go catch rustler. It made the rustler feel real dirty and remorseful.

Q: On November 5, 1946, the first basteball player in history to shatter a glass backboard during an NBA game; who was he? (clue: he later starred as TV's "Rifleman").

A: Chuck Connors.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: Before "Charlie's Angels" and K-Mart, what did actress Jacquelyn Smith make her 1961 film debut in?

A: In "Go Naked in the World," starring Ernest Borgnine, Tony Franciosa, and Gina Lolobrigida, 14-year old Jacquelyn played a teenager.

Q: What would you estimate that every year kids in North America spend on chewing gum?

A: A half billion dollars.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Baseball history was made on October 25, 1987. How? A: The World Series begain in a dome for the first time.

Who invented the coat hanger? A: Many historians say Thomas Jefferson.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Kevin Klein won an oscar for his role in what film?
A: Otto in "A Fish Called Wanda".

Q: Which singer began her career as an entertainer in a Turkish bath?
A: Bette Midler.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Born on October 23, 1925: Late night TV legend Johnny Carson (died 2005). How many times did he marry? A: Four

Who was the first politician to campaign in an automobile? A: In Decatur, Illinois, on October 23, 1896, William Jennings Bryan became the first politician to campaign in an automobile. The use of automobiles began a new era in politics: now politicians were taken for a ride while they were taking voters for a ride.

According to Mother Jones magazine, in one year, how many pounds of new fat did Americans gain? A: 1.1 billion pounds of new fat.

According to research surveys, if you watch two or more prime-time TV comedies a week, are you also likely to: (a) take a daily pain medication; (b) drive a foreign car; or (c) have at least two children? A: Drive a foreign car.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: Before allowing actress Annette Funicello to appear in all those beach party movies, what did the Walt Disney company insist that she should never do?

A: She could not be involved in any "suggestive" scenes nor uncover her navel.

Q: According to the book Bizarre Plants, what will give a Venus Flytrap indigestion?
(a) cheese
(b) beef
(c) spider

A: Cheese. The flytrap loves spiders and beef.

Q: What is an epizootic?

A: An epidemic at the zoo.

Q: Which country makes Panama hats?

A: Ecuador.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Remember actress Pam Dawbe? Today is her birthday. What TV show was she on and where did it take place? A: She was Mindy in "Mork and Mindy and the show was set in Boulder, Colorado.

On October 18, 1887 Russia sold Alaska to the U.S. for how much money? A: $7.2 million. What a bargain! Today $7.2 million wouldn't even buy Jim Carrey.

Dancer Frank LoVecchio and Ruth Smith set a world record on October 18, 1932. They danced 45 minutes of every hour for 145 consecutive days. During the 5-month ordeal LoVecchio stayed awake by singing. Ruth said she enjoyed Frank's singing, but she hoped he never asked her to dance again. Note: LoVecchio later had 13 million-seller hit records using what name? A: Frankie Laine

October 18, 1747, the world's first public library opened in what city? A: Warsaw, Poland

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: Actor George Wendt's character, Norm, ran up a bar tab week after week on TV's Cheers. According to TV Guide, after 11 seasons, how much was Norm's bar tab?

A: $64,218

Q: On October 17, 1945, what famous bandleader married actress Ava Gardner?

A: Bandleader Artie Shaw.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: According to research published in Science journal, what did rats fed a low-calorie diet do 50% longer than other rats?

A: Rats fed low-cal diets lived 50% longer.

Q: Before actress Linda Lavin starred in the TV series "Alice," she was a regular on what show for one season?

A: She played Detective Janice Wentworth one season on "Barney Miller."

Q: October 15, 1903, Gordon Nance was born in Pattonsburg, Missouri. We knew him better as...?

A: "Wild Bill" Elliot. He was the first movie cowboy to wear his gun backwards. He starred in the Saturday series "The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickock" and played Red Ryder in both series and feature films. He died in 1965.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: On October 12, 1997, which singer/ songwriter died when his lightweight died when his lightweight airplane crashed into the ocean?

A: John Denver

Q: Who invented scissors?

A: Leonardo da Vinci.

Q: Assuming your skin is average, how often do you shed a complete layer of it?

A: Every 28 days.

Q: Who was the only pitcher to throw three shutouts in the same World Series?

A: On October 12, 1905 in New York City, Christy Mathewson. Today the Devil Ray's are the least likely to be shut out three times in a World Series - because they're the team least likely to play in a World Series.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

On October 11, 1984, the first American woman walked in space. What was her name? A: Kathryn Sullivan. She said it was almost as exciting as shopping.

October 11, 1975, "Saturday Night Live" debuted on NBC-TV. How many of the cast do you remember and who was the first host? A: Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, and Gilda Radner. The first host was George Carlin.

Did you know that rats can swim for a half a mile without resting? How long can rats tread water? A: Three days

In the Disney's film Fantasia, the Sorcerer's name is Yensid. Where did Disney get that name from? A: Yensid is Disney spelled backward.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: On October 10, 1973, who resigned from his job after being accused of income tax evasion?

A: US Vice President Spiro Agnew.

Q: According to Men's Health magazine, 69% of men consider themselves physically fit. How many actually are?

A: Only 13%.

Q: What was the Platter's biggest selling single?

A: "The Great Pretender" in 1955. Flipside was called "I'm Just a Dancing Partner."

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Born on October 9, 1940, Beatle John Lennon. He died in 1980. What was his middle name? A: Winston

How many of the 40,000 TV commercials the average American child sees each year are for junk food? A: 32,000 junk food commercials. The obesity rate has tripled among 6-12 year olds in the past 30 years (Society for Research in Child development, Ann Arbor, Michigan).

What is the longest recorded flight of a chicken? A: 13 seconds

Monday, October 08, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: Born on October 8, 1949, actress Sigourney Weaver. Can you name the movies in which she played a character called Dana Barrett?

A: Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2.

Q: In what novel did actress Susan Weaver find her stage name "Sigourney"?

A: The Great Gatsby.

Q: Assuming you are an average woman, how long will it take you to use up your height in lipstick?

A: Five years.

Q: Who was the pitcher to pitch the only perfect game in the World Series?

A: Don Larsen, October 8, 1956, as the New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dogders, 2-0.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teaser

Q: Who was the first US President to address the nation on live TV?

A: On October 5, 1947, broadcasting history was made at the White House in Washington when Harry Truman became the first US president to address the nation on LIVE TV.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

On October 4, 1957, people around the world were looking up. Why? A: The first Earth satellite was launched into orbit by the Soviet Union. (Sputnik One).

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

On October 4, 1931, Chester Gould's comic strip debuted in The Detroit Mirror. Can you name the comic strip? A: "Plain Clothes Tracy," Dick Tracy was a 34-year-old detective, whose sidekick was Sam Catchem. In 1949 he married Tess Trueheart and they adopted a son named Junior.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: This date in 1955 was a big day for American kids who could spell. Why? (Clue: TV).

A: M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E. The first Mickey Mouse Club was on TV.

Q: You suffer from lachanophobia. What do you have an abnormal fear of?

A: Vegetables.

Q: In the famous shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's film. "Psycho," what was used for blood?

A: Chocolate syrup.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

On a daily basis, what would you guess is the percentage of Americans that don't make their bed? A: some 21%

Today is Peanuts Day, celebrating this day in 1950 when Charles Schulz introduced us to his pals, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally, and Charlie's dog, Snoopy. What position does Snoopy play on Charlie Brown's baseball team? A: Shortstop.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: On October 1, 1971: Disney World opened in Florida. What was Walt Disney's middle name?

A: Elias.

Q: In 2000, what sports team was Pope John Paul II named on honorary member?

A: Honorary Harlem Globetrotter.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow was born on September 28, 1972. Can you name the 1998 movie for which she won a Best Actress Oscar?

A: Shakespeare in Love

Q: How often can most healthy people donate blood?

A: Two months.

Q: Who was the last major leaguer to hit .400?

A: September 28, 1941: Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox finished the season with a batiing average of .400. On September 28, 1960: in his last major-league at bat, he hit a 420-foot home run.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

What city was the TV show "Happy Days" set in? A: It was set in Milwaukee.

After 15 months on late-night local New York City TV, "The Tonight Show" debuted on September 27, 1954 on NBC. Can you name all the hosts of the show? A: Steve Allen, Ernie Kovacs, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, and Jay Leno.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: On September 26th, 1964 "Gilligan's Island" premiered. Can you name the character in the show played by actor Russell Johnson?
A: The Professor.

Q: According to research, what kind of music do termites eat wood twice as fast as normal when listening?
A: Heavy Metal.

Q: John Chapman was born on September 26th, 1774. We knew him better as?
A: Johnny Appleseed.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

"The Love Boat" first aired on U.S. TV in September 1977. The Love Boat theme song was sung by Jack Jones. Except for the last season, where it was sung by -- who? A: Dionne Warwick

Who was the first female justice to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court? A: Sandra Day O'Connor.

When the Cosby Show debuted on NBC who played Dr. Huxtable's son, Theo? A: Malcolm-Jamal Warner.

When a gorilla sticks his toungue out, what does it mean? A: Gorillas stick their tongues out when they are angry.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: Which famous English fashion model was born on September 19, 1945?

A: Twiggy

Q: Born on September 19, 1940, singer Bill Medley. He was half of what vocal group?

A: The Righteous Brothers. They had deep, DEEP voices. If you never heard Bill Medly sing, try to imagine Darth Vader with a rhythm section.

Q: Who said, "When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not Guilty?'

A: Teddy Roosevelt

Q: Assuming your elephant is normal, what is his favorite candy?

A: Licorice.

Q: Mickey Mouse was born on September 19, 1928. What was the name of the Disney cartoon he first appeared in?

A: "Steamboat Willie." Mickey has worked long and hard for over 70 years, and he's not about to retire. In fact, he seems to enjoy the rat race.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Which branch of our military was created on September 18, 1947? A: The U.S. Air Force and they've been going off into the wild blue yonder ever since. Before 1947 the Army Air Corps went off into the wild blue yonder -- but they didn't sing about it.

On September 18, 1931, RCA Victor demonstrated the first 33-and-a-third long-play record. We've all seen the RCA logo of the dog and the big speaker, the question is, what is the dog's name? A: Nipper the Dog was pictured on the label. And isn't it amazing that Nipper has spun around jillions of times since then and never once got sick?

What was Frankie Avalon's first Top Ten hit song? A: "Dede Dinah" reached #7 (Billboard) in early 1958. "Ginger Bread" peaked at #9 a few months later. "Venus" hit #1 in 1959.

As a child star, who did actor Robert Blake play a western movie sidekick to? A" He was Red Ryder's Indian buddy, Little Beaver. He also made 50 "Our Gang" comedies under the name Bobby Blake and his real name, Mickey Gubitosi.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: A new vegetable loaded with vitamins and minerals is the offspring of broccoli and Chinese cabbage. What is it called?

A: Broccolini

Q: Before "Three's Company," what show was actor John Ritter a regular on?

A: For five years he was Rev. Matthew Fordwick on "The Waltons."

Q: September 17, 1931 RCA Records introduced something in England for the recording industry; what was it?

A: the 33 1/3 long-play record

Q: Sep. 17, 1954, Jazz history was made. What was it?

A: Jazz Festival opened on the grass tennis courts of the Newport Casino in Newport, Rhode Island. The opening number: "Muscrat Ramble" by Eddie Condon and his band.

Q: Sep. 17, 1994, Heather Whitestone of Birmingham, Alabama, became the first contestant with a disability to be crowned Miss America. What was her disability?

A: Deafness

Friday, September 14, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: On September 14, 1978, the first episode of "Mork and Mindy" aired on ABC. Robin Williams played Mork and who played Mindy?

A: Pam Dawber

Q: Born September 14, 1914: Clayton Moore. On TV he was known as what?

A: The Lone Ranger. Being the Lone Ranger isn't really all that difficult. All you have to do is yell "Hi ho" then the name of your horse.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: On September 12, 1966, the first episode of "The Monkees" aired on NBC. Can you name all four Monkees?

A: Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz. They were America's answer to the Beatles. Obviously - America did not understand the question.

Q: You suffer from Lachanophobia. What do you have an abnormal fear of?

A: You're afraid of vegetables.

Q: According to TIME Magazine, when it comes to retirement finances, what do Americans worry more about?

A: 56% said they worry that Social Security will fail; 50% about a catastrophic illness; and 42% that they'll outlive their savings.

Q: Actor William Boyd died on September 12, 1972. We knew him better as...

A: Hopalong Cassidy in 66 feature movies and scores of TV shows. He was Hollywood's most successful non0singing cowboy. Which actually, the cows preferred because he didn't keep them awake at night with all that campfire foolishness. Roy Rogers' cows were always yawning. Gene Autry's cows were always chewing their Doublemint.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

In ancient Rome, what was woodpecker meat considered to be? A: Eating woodpecker flesh was a sin.

Who was the first African-American TV host? A: "The Nat "King" Cole Show" debuted on November 5, 1956, as a 15-minute variety series following NBC's evening news. The show got a half-hour prime-time slot the following summer, but was cancelled in December 1957.

On September 11, 1985, Cincinnati Red Pete Rose's 4,192nd hit broke whose career record? A: Ty Cobb's. President Ronald Reagan congratulated Rose by phone.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: For what film did Amy Irving receive a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination?

A: Hadass in Yentyl

Q: In what year was golfer Arnold Palmer named Athlete of the Decade?

A: The '60s. He won 29 tournaments in the 4-year streth from 1960 through 1963.

Q: You suffer from androphobia. What do you have an abnormal fear of?

A: You have an abnormal fear of men.

Q: The TV Western "Gunsmoke" premiered on September 10, 1955. For 20 years Marshall Matt Dillon kept law and order in Dodge by not talking much hanging around the saloon a lot. Matt was a REAL lawman. He would have run every cop on "Law and Order" out of Dodge for unmanly woosery. And if Matt was out of town, Kiss Kitty would have done it. Who was played Matt Dillon?

A: James Arness.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: What is Actor Sylvester Stallone's real first name?
A: Michael Sylvester Stallone

Q: In the German middle ages what did men get at the barber shop in addiction to a shave and a haircut?
A: A bath

Q: How many #1 U.S. songs did music legend Buddy Holly have?
A: None. "Peggy Sue" and "That'll be the Day" reached #3, "Oh Boy" made it to #10.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Actress Raquel Welch was born on September 5, 1942. Can you name the sitcom in which she made a 1997 appearance? A: Seinfield. (Episode titled: The Summer of George).

Assuming you're average, how much of your brain is water? A: 80%

Your sponge really stinks. According to "First For Women magazine what should you do? A: Soak it overnight submerged in a salt water solution?

Alan Rock's Trivia

On September 6, 1997, a high profile funeral occured. Whose? (Clue: London) A: Princess Diana funeral in Westminster Abbey.

You are suffering from sodokosis. What were you bitten by? A: A rat. Sodokosis is also called rat-bite fever.

In Idaho Falls, Idaho, if you're 88 or older, you can not legally do what? A: Sorry, you can't ride your motorcycle.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Which comic strip first appeared in newspapers on September 4, 1950? A: Beetle Bailey

You really need fiber. What has the highest dietary fiber content of any common fruit, nut, or vegetable? A: You should eat figs. Figs have the highest dietary fiber content of any common fruit, nut, or vegetable.

On average, how many food ads per hour are run during an average children's TV show? A: There are 10.

What was the first car with a wrap-around windshield, electric door locks, cruise control, and four headlights? A: It's infamous $350-million disaster car The Ford Edsel.

Alan Rock's Trivia 9/3/2007

Actor Charlie Sheen was born on September 3, 1965. Can you name the 1987 movie in which he appeared with his father, Martin Sheen? A: Wall Street

What film did actress Valerie Perrine receive a 1974 Oscar nomination for her role in? A: For her role as Honey Bruce in "Lenny".

What group first proclaimed that "Rock and Roll is Here to Stay?" A: Danny and the Juniors in February 1958.

On September 3, 1935, who drove the first automobile to exceed 300 miles an hour? A: Sir Malcolm Campbell polica cars chasing him telegraphed ahead with the message, "Pull over. Stop. Okay, Buddy. Stop. Where's the fire? Stop."

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

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

If you are half introvert and half extravert what are you called? A: An ambivert.

On August 30, 1990, who became the first father and son to play on the same major-league baseball team. Both singled in the first inning for the Seattle Mariners. A: Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr.

August 30, 1936, what movie star appeared in a comic strip? A: Donald Duck

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

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

Q: What is the name "Pinocchio" Italian for?
A: Pine eyes

Q: August 29th, 1967 72% percent of American TV viewers watched DR. Richard Kimbal catch up with the one-armed man on "The Fugitive". This record stood until November 21, 1980 when 76% found out who did what?
A: Who shot J.R.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

How many years does most landfilled trash retain its original weight, volume, and form for? A: 40 years.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: Before leaving on a long trip, which coin does the American Automobile Association recommend you use to check the tread on your tires?

A: Insert a penny into the tread with President Lincoln's head upside down and facing you. If you can see the top of Abe's head, you need new tires.

Q: Since you are an average American, this year you will eat how many gallon of popcorn?

A: Only 16 gallons (The Popcorn Institute, Chicago).

Q: What percentage of Americans believe they can always trust a minister, priest, or rabbi?

A: 60% (USA Today).

Q: Which US president was born on August 27, 1908?

A: Lyndon Johnson (Died 1973).

Friday, August 24, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: August 24, 2006 was an interesting day in outer space. Why?

A: Experts declared Pluto is not really a planet.

Q: Vesuvius erupted on August 24, 79 AD and destroyed Pompeoo and what other city?

A: Herculaneum. The Italian Volcano Service had issued a severe lava warning, but it was a windy day and nobody could read the smoke signals. It happened so fast the town merchants didn't even have time for a going-out-of-business sale.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

On August 23, 1965: The Beatles' second movie, "Help!" opened in U.S. theaters. What was the title of their FIRST movie? A: "A Hard Days Night".

Radio's first comedians went on the air on August 23, 1923. Ernie Hare and Billy Jones were better known as what? A: They called themselves "The Sunshine Boys". I'm still using their material.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: On August 22nd, 1902 President Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to do something. What was it?
A: Ride in an automobile.

Q: Elvis began filming his first movie on August 22nd, 1956. What was it's name?
A: 'Love Me Tender'.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

What might drinking coffe 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)

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

Fun Fact: The average person is about one-fourth of an inch taller at night.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teaser

Q: August 20, 1991 was an interesting day in Moscow. Why?

A: August 20, 1991 is recognized by historians as the day the Soviet Union collapsed.

Q: According to the American Kennel Club, what was the most popular pedigreed dog in the US last year?

A: The Lab. Next in order: rotweiler, shepherd, golden retriever, poodle, beagle, dachshund, cocker spaniel, Yorkie and Pomeranian.

Q: Where i the Phobia Institute located?

A: Asheville, North Carolina.

Q: When a moose kneels, what is he doing?

A: A moose's neck is too short and his legs too long for grazing. He has to kneel to eat (Poor Cedric's Almanac by Cedric Adams).

Friday, August 17, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

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

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Actor Ben Affleck was born on August 15, 1972. Can you name the game in which Affleck won the 2004 California State Championship? A: Poker

What do bulletproof vests, fire escape, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common? A: They were invented by women

According to zoologists, when deer play tag, how do they tag each other? A: Their hooves, and they play tag often

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: According to and 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 which country?
A: Greece

Q: On August 14th, 1911 the following were sweeping the country; Kangaroo Dip, the Crab, the Fish Walk, and the Turkey Trot. What were they?
A: Dances. The ragtime craze was sweeping the U.S. These new dances were designed for dancing feverishly in one spot on the dance floor, except the Trukey Trot.

Q: On this date in 1936 the American public watched something for the last time. What?
A: The last public execution in the U.S.; a hanging in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

On August 13, 2004, the summer Olympics opened in which city? A: Athens with 202 countries and 10,500 athletes taking part.

Who was the first U.S. president born west of the Mississippi River? A: Herbert Hoover

Friday, August 10, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Born August 10, 1874, he was the first U.S. president to have a telephone on his desk -- which sure was more convenient than having to run outside all the time to use the pay phone. What was his name?
A: Herbert Hoover, the 31st President.

Q: What was the national motto the United States adopted on August 10, 1776?
A: Pluribus Unum -- later changed to E Pluribus Unum when dissidents kept abbreviating it as "P.U." Seriously, "E Pluribus Unum" was suggested by the committee Congress appointed on July 4, 1776 to design "a seal for the United States of America." These words, inscribed on a sash carried by the American bald eagle, describe an action of many uniting into one, referring to the union between the states and federal government. An accurate translation of the motto is "Out of many, one."

Q: What was the original title of the Beatles' hit "Eleanor Rigby"?
A: Daisy Hawkins.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Who left their high profile job at noon on August 9, 1974? A: President Nixon's resignation became official as of noon.

How much fresh water can one 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)

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

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

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Which of the following words is a tautonym: (a) leotard, (b) tutu, or (c) tiara?
A: A tautonym is a word containing two identical parts, like "tutu."

Q: Who was the first U.S. president to be photographed while in office?
A: James Polk, in 1849.

Q: Who was the first presidential candidate to hire a speech writer?
A: Warren G. Harding.

Q: Who was the only U.S. president who didn't belong to a political party?
A: George Washington.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

When he got his first acting job in a beer commercial, what was David Duchovney working at? A: He was working on his Ph.D. dissertation, "Magic and Technology in Contemporary Fiction."

In the comic strip Popeye, what is Popeye's hometown? A: The seaport town of Sweetwater.

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

Monday, August 06, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Which President served the shortest term as United States president? He served 32 days. A: William Henry Harrison

Who was the first U.S. president to visit all 50 states while in office? A: Richard Nixon

On August 6, 1926, Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to do what? A: Swim the English Channel. And she did it in 14 hours, breaking the men's record by nearly two hours. Suddenly, male swimmers began shaving their legs.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Actor Ramon Estevez, his father was Spanish, and his mother was Irish. We know him better as?
A: Martin Sheen

Q: Actor Gordon Scott, who starred as Tarzan in the movies, was born on August 3rd, 1927. How many different actors played Tarzan?
A: 23;
Gordon Griffith 1918 (Young Tarzan),
Elmo Lincoln 1918, 1918, 1919(called the "first" Tarzan, but Gordon Griffith appears first in the film as his younger self),
Gene Pollar 1920,
P. Dempsey Tabler 1920,
James Pierce 1927,
Frank Merrill 1928, 1929,
Johnny Weissmuller 1932, 1934, 1936, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1943, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948,
Buster Crabbe 1933,
Herman Brix (later billed as Bruce Bennett) 1935, 1938,
Glenn Morris 1938,
Lex Barker 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953,
Clint Walker 1954(uncredited in "Jungle Gent's", a Bowery Boy's movie),
Gordon Scott 1955, 1957, 1958, 1958, 1959, 1960,
Denny Miller 1959,
John Mahoney 1962, 1963,
Ron Ely 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970,
Mike Henry 1966, 1967, 1968,
Miles O'Keeffe 1918,
Christopher Lambert 1984,
Casper Van Dien 1988,
Tony Goldwyn 1999(voice of animated Tarzan), and
Alex D. Linz 1999(voice of young animated Tarzan)

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

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' "Peanuts"

Pierre L'Enfant was born on August 2, 1754. He was the engineer who designed what city? A: Washington, D.C. If Pierre could see what's going on there now he'd roll over in his urn.

On August 2, 1820, with hundreds watching in horror, Robert Johnson of New Jersey stood on the Salem County courthouse steps and bravely ate a deadly poisonous "love apple". And to everyone's amazement, nothing happened. Pretty soon everybody was eating love apples, which had been grown in America for years as an ornamental shrub, but no one dared eat the deadly fruit. What do we call them? A: Today love apples are called "tomatoes". Makes you want to run right out and eat a horse apple, huh? Well, don't.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: August 1, 1981 was a big day for music videos. Why?

A: MTV made its debut. The first music video was "Video Killed the Radio STar" by the Buggles.

Q: Which war inspired Francis Scott Key to write the words to "The Star Spangled Banner," but what inspired the music?

A: The War of 1812. The music is an old English song entitled "anacreon in Heaven," inspired by the Greek poet Anacreon, who lived in Athens around 520 B.C. and who wrote exclusively about the joys of wine and women. In other words, the US National Anthem was inspired by a dirty old man. Which, I suppose, explains a lot of things.

Q: On August 1, 1790, the first US census was completed, showing a population of just under how many people?

A: 4 million people.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: On July 31, 1930, the radio show "The Shadow" debutted. At first, the Shadow was the narrator for changing stories, but later became a character in his own adventures. He had the ability to cloud men's minds so they could not see him and he knew what evil lurked in the hearts of men. Who played the Shadow?

A: Orson Welles.

Q: The cornerstone was laid for the first US government building on July 31, 1792. What building was it?

A: The US Mint. And just think, this year it'll be paid off - if we can borrow the money.

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: As a child, what soap did actor Lawrence Fishburne appear regularly?

A: "One Life to Live," for four years starting at age 9.

Q: According to research in both California and England, which is most likely to anticipate in advance when its owner will arrive home?
(a) a dog (b) a cat (c) a geribl

A: A dog.

Q: The US Table Tennis Association wanted t ocall its sport Ping-Pong. Why were they unable to do so?

A: Parker Brothers already owned the rights to the name.

Q: Who was the first left-handed US president?

A: James Garfield

Q: Who was the only US president who never went to school?

A: Andrew Johnson

Friday, July 27, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Who was the only United States President to give an inaugural address without using the word "I"?
A: Theodore Roosevelt.

Q: Who was the only person to serve as Speaker of the House and U.S. President?
A: James K. Polk.

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

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

The first U.S. Postmaster General was appointed on July 26, 1753. Who was it? A: Benjamin Franklin. Franklin believed the Post Office should provide fast, efficient service, and he was appointed Postmaster General anyway. But he didn't keep the job long. When he asked for a raise, Congress told him to go fly a kite.

Only July 26, 1984, the first network television program was telecast in stereo. What show was it? A: "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson"

In Iceland, what should you not do in a restaurant? A: You should not tip the waiter. In Iceland, tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult.

What is the national bird of India? A: The peacock

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

On July 25, 1978, a baby called Louise was born in England. It was a historic birth. Why? A: She was the world's first "test tube" baby (conceived outside her mother's womb).

If it closes its eyes when it swallows, you know its a: (a) frog; (b) rabbit; (c) turtle? A: Frog

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

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teaser

Q: On July 24, 1998, a movie opened in US theatres starring Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, and Tom Sizemore. Can you name it?

A: Saving Private Ryan

Q: William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman's creator, also invented something; what was it

A: The lie detector, so obviously everything he wrote about Wonder Woman was true.

Q: Which musical instrument do more Americans prefer to play?

A: Piano. Guitar is #2, organ #3, then flute, clarinet, drums, trumpet, violin, harmonica, and sax in that order.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: According to Christian History magazine, which US state was the last to dis-establish a state-sponsored church?

A: Massachusetts, in 1833.

Q: Who said, "Men occassionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened."?

A: Winston Churchill.

Q: What cowboy show debuted on CBS-TV on July 23, 1950? The show also starred comic sidekick Pat Buttram and Champion, the Wonder Horse.

A: "The Gene Autry Show." Gene did alright for a cowboy who wore his pant legs inside his boots and chewed Doublemint gum. Both of whom were trained not to whinny while Gene was singing.

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. One small step for space exploration - one giant leap for those "one small step, one giant leap" jokes I like to tell. But who was the second man to walk on the moon?

A: Buzz Aldrin became the second man to walk on the moon. He didn't say anything about small steps or giant leaps. He just said, "Yeah, whatever."

Q: We all know that on July 20, 1969, astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. What were the first words transmitted from the moon?

A: "Houston, Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed."

Q: You are a hedenophobic. What do you have an abnormal fear of?

A: Pleasure.

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

A: Suspenders.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: A man who became an inventor who was important to cowboys in the "Old West" was born on July 19, 1814. Who was that?

A: Samuel Colt - inventor of the six-shooter. For the first time in history you could shoot yourself six times without reloading.

Q: In Atlanta, what is it illegal to tie to a telephone pole or street lamp?

A: A giraffe.

Q: According to Vitality magazine, how many pounds of trash will the average American inhale this year?

A: 81 pounds of pollution, pollen, and assorted debris will be filtered through your lungs this year.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: According to legend, it was July 18, AD 64 that Emperor Nero played his fiddle as Rome burned. That was not possible. Why?

A: The fiddle (violin) had not been invented yet. He may have played a lyre, an ancient string instrument - but certainly not a fiddle!

Q: Who was the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth?

A: John Glenn. He's a classy guy. He doesn't brag about his exploits in space. And most of all - he's classy because he doesn't talk about that astronaut diaper thing.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

July 17, 1955 was a big day for happy people. Why? A: Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California. "The Happiest Place on Earth". It's a make-believe world filled with goofy characters where dreams can come true -- sort of like Washington, D.C.

Why was July 17, 1954, a big day for jazz lovers? A: The first Newport Jazz Festival opened.

Originally, what did Phyllis Diller hope to become? A: A concert pianist. She attended Chicago's Sherwood Music Conservatory.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Which of United States is the only one-syllabled U.S. state? A: Maine.

On July 16, 1963 the U.S. Postal Service began using ZIP codes. There are 43,000 5-digit zip codes. What does ZIP mean? A: ZIP means zone improvement plan.

What happened on July 16, 1945 at Alamogordo, New Mexico? A: The detonation of the first nuclear bomb. The shock waves were so powerful, women at a lake resort 40 miles away had the tops blown off their swimsuits. These women were the first victims of fallout. And the whole world said, "What was that?" Which brings up the questions: If you're testing a nuclear bomb, and it doesn't explode, what do you do --kick it?

The first automatic parking meter was installed on July 16, 1935. In what city? A: In Oklahoma City. Today all cities use automatic parking meters. When your parking meter expires, the meter maid automatically gets to your car before you do.

Alan Rock's Trivia - 7/13/07

Depressed at how his career was going, in the ealy '70s Harrison Ford quit acting and became a what? A: A carpenter.

Which meat is the leanest and has the lowest percentage of calories from fat? A: Buffalo top sirloin is the leanest of all red meats.

You suffer from hypnophobia? What are you afraid of? A: Of going to sleep.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: Which popular toy first went on sale in the US on July 12, 1960?

A: The Etch a Sketch

Q: On July 12, 1933, Congress passed the first federal minimum wage law in the US. What was that minimum wage?

A: 33 cents per hour. One small step for labor - one giant leap towards flipping burgers.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: Who was the only person granted a patent who later became president of the United States?

A: Abraham Lincoln

Q: Who was the first United States president to send an e-mail message?

A: Bill Clinton in March of 1993.

Q: Who was the only US president who had been divorced?

A: Ronald Reagan

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

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

What was the highest temperature ever recorded in the U.S.? A: 134 degrees, occurred in Death Valley, California, on July 10, 1913. Now that's hot. For a cowboy to make it through Death Valley in those days, he needed an air conditioned horse. But most people forget July 16, 1945, when Alamogordo, New Mexico, recorded 5,813 degrees -- during an atomic bomb explosion.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Actor Tom Hanks was born on July 9, 1956. Can you name the TV sitcom in which he played Kip Wilson? A: Bosom Buddies. People say Tom Hanks is the "nicest guy in Hollywood". I'm not sure that's a compliment. It's kind of like saying someone is "the sanest person in the lunatic asylum".

From the 1940's what item does actor Tom Hanks collect? A: Typewriters.

On the sitcom "Family Ties" what part did actor Tom Hanks play? A: Michael J. Fox's alcoholic uncle.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia


Q: Famous twins were born on July 4th 1918. (Clue: Newspaper)
A: Anne Landers and Abigail Van Buren

Q: On July 4th, 1828, construction began on the first hotel to have indoor bathrooms. Before indoor plumbing, hotel guests had to call room service to carry up an outhouse. What was the name of the hotel and where was it located?
A: Tremont House in Boston.

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

Q: Who said, "Freedom is the most contagious virus known to man."?
A: U.S. Vice President Hubert Humphrey.


Q: The U.S. Secret Service was established July 5th, what year?
A: 1865.

Q: What is a dog trained to jump out of airplanes called?
A: A paradog.

Q: Smoking one pack of cigarettes a day puts the same strain on your heart as what?
A: Gaining 80 pounds, according to research from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Q: On July 5th, 1947, a baseball contract with the Cleveland Indians made this man the first black player in the American League. What was his name?
A: Larry Doby.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teaser

Q: Actor Tom Cruise was born on this date in 1962. Can you name the character played by Cruise in "Days of Thunder?"

A: Cole Trickle

Q: On July 3, 1965, Trigger died. Trigger was the famous horse owned by which cowboy movie star?

A: Roy Rogers. Trigger was stuffed and mounted and placed on display at Roy's house. You think that's weird? Our boss, Boffo Strauss, have five stuffed and mounted DJs in his living room.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: Although serving as President of the United States qualified one to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, only two former presidents are interred there; can you name them?

A: William Howard Taft and John F. Kennedy

Q: Which US President was known as "Old Rough and Ready?"

A: Zachary Taylor (November 24, 1784 - July, 1850). He was an American military leader and the 12th President of the United States.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: On June 29th 1995, the Space Shuttle Atlantis docked with the Russian Space Station. What was the stations name?
A: MIR (Pronounced 'Mere'. Mere was deliberately crashed out of orbit in 2001.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

June 28, 1985 was a sad day for people who liked to "get their kicks". Why? A: Route 66 ceased to be an official U.S. highway (Get your kicks on Route 66)

What world wide event started on June 28, 1914? World War One started. They called it "The War to End All Wars". We should sue for false advertising. Today not many people remember World War I, and that's understandable because it wasn't on television.

Who said, "I would never run for President -- no matter how bad the country needed a comedian?" A: Will Rogers. On June 28, 1931, after many urged him to run for President.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Mildred Hill composed the music to what song on June 27, 1859? A: "Happy Birthday". I'd suggest that we all sing "Happy Birthday" to "Happy Birthday," but the last time I tried to sing, I hit a high note and shattered the shower door. Schoolteacher Mildred Hill of Louisville, Kentucky, composed the melody to the song "Good Morning to You". Her sister Patty wrote the lyrics. The stanza "Happy Birthday to You" was added in 1924, eight years after Mildred's death.

Who is the oldest baseball player to hit a grand slam home run in the major leagues? A: Julio Franco of the Atlanta Braves hit his eighth grand slam on this date to help the Braves knock off the Florida Marlins. He was 46 years old, already the oldest player in major league history to have a two-homer game, and the oldest in the last 96 years to steal a base.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: At his heaviest, what did U.S. President James Madison weigh?

A: 98 pounds.

Q: Today is Bar Code Day. The first supermarket bar code was swiped on June 26, 1974, in Troy, Ohio. What was the product?

A: A pack of Wrigley's Doublemint Gum.

Q: How many hours did Albert Einstein sleep every night?

A: He slept ten hours every night.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teaser

Q: Today on June 25, 1876 was a very, very bad day for a man named George. Why?

A: At the Battle of the Little Big Horn in Montana, Chief Crazy Horse and his Sioux warriors wiped out the army of Col. George Custer.

Q: Who was the first US President to get married in office?

A: June 25, 1844: President John Tyler. He promised to love, honor, and veto.

Q: President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Wage and Hours Act on June 25, 1938, establishing a minimum wage. What was that minimum wage?

A: 25 cents an hour and a maximum work week of 44 hours. Thus, for the first time in history, American workers could earn at least $11 a week. Yes indeed, those were the good old days. And some people still haven't forgiven Roosevelt.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: The original "Bionic Woman", the woman who played Jamie Sommers on TV, was born on June 22nd, 1949. What is her name?
A: Lindsay Wagner. She had "girl power" decades before the Spice Girls. She had more reconstructive work done that the entire cast of Baywatch. In 1949 bionics hadn't been invented. In fact every morning for several years they had to wind her up.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

What do they call an animal that is half poodle and half wolf? A: A puwo

According to a study by the Department of Health & Human Services, how many of today's popular movies, by percent, have characters that use drugs, alcohol, or tobacco? A: 98%

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Who was America's most decorated hero in World War II? A: Audie Murphy. He was born in Farmersville, Texas, on June 20, 1924. His book about the war, "To Hell and Back," was a best seller in the 1950s. Yet he's probablly best known as the short, baby-faced hero in class-B western movies on late night television. Little Audie was the only guy in Hollywood history who was tougher in real life than he could ever fake in the movies.

What is the official animal of Canada? A: The beaver

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Which U.S. President played ping pong almost every day? A: Warren G. Harding

Which of our national monuments arrived on June 19, 1855? A: The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor. Unfortunately, the ship lost her luggage and she's had to wear the same dress ever since. The Statue of Liberty was made in France. Isn't that something? Even our national monuments are imported.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

June 18, 1983, was an important day for American women. Why? A: One June 18, 1983, Dr. Sally Ride because the first American woman in space.

To precent ear, nose, and throat infections, what age should a baby not be allowed to use a pacifier? A: 10 months (Research reported in Pediatrics Magazine).

Friday, June 15, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: On this date, 2004, Tim Berners-Lee recieved the $1.2 million Millenium Technology Prize in Helsinki, Finland for what?
A: The World Wide Web.

Q: What country made its final war debt to the U.S. on June 15th, 1934? By the way it was the only nation that honored it's debt.
A: Finland.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

On June 14, 1992: A U.S. President was heard on the radio for the first time. What was his name? A: Warren G. Harding

The first commercial computer was unvieled in Philadelphia on June 14, 1951. It had less computing power than today's pocket calculator and was way too big to fit on your lap. On a sumo wrestler's lap maybe, but not yours. What was it called? A: The Univac

Which U.S. President signed an order adding the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance. A: Dwight Eisenhower

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

This date, June 13, 1789, was an important date in the history of dessert. Why? A: Ice cream was first served at the White House.

On June 13, 1884, the world's first roller coaster opened. Where did it open? A: At Coney Island in New York. One small step for amusement park rides -- one giant leap for throwing up.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teaser

Q: To predict a child's adult height, what should you do according to Dr. Franklin Esposito, a member of the genetics committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics?

A: Add the parents' height in inches, divide by two, and add two inches for a boy or subtract two inches for a girl.

Q: Mighty Mouse originally was a fly, Superfly, created as a parody of Superman. Then he became Super Mouse, then in 1942 Mighty Mouse. Who was his girlfriend in the cartoons? And who was his girlfriend in the comic strip? Who was his arch enemy?

A: Pearl Pureheart in the cartoons, Mitzy in the comic strip. His arch enemy was an evil cat named Oil Can Harry.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Who did the movie voice of E.T. in the film? A: Debra Winger

On June 11, 1982 "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" opened in U.S. theaters. In the movie, what was the name of the little boy who befriended E.T.? A: Elliott

Who was the first U.S. president to be photographed while in office? A: James Polk, in 1849

Who was the first U.S. president to be heard on the radio? A: Warren G. Harding in June of 1922

Friday, June 08, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

What is the most popular U.S. pizza topping? A: Pepperoni. What is the least favorite? A: Anchovy.

Milton Berle's TV show was the first telecast on June 8, 1949. What was the show called? A: Texaco Star Theater. That was the golden age of television, when the only commercials that discussed absorbency were for paper towels.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

On June 7, 1996, a movie starring Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage opened in U.S. theaters. Can you name the movie? A: The Rock

What film did actor Liam Neeson receive a Best Actor Oscar nomination for? A: "Schindler's List," 1993.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

June 6, 1933 was a big day in the history of the automobile and the movies. Why? A: The world's first "drive-in" movie theater opened in Camden, New Jersey. It was a complete failure. Then somebody suggested trying it at night.

In the 1954 movie "Rear Window," as Jimmy Stewart sits in a wheelchair with his leg in a cast while arguing with Grace Kelly, does: (a) his cast switch legs; (b) his wheelchair change colors; or (c) her earrings switch stones? A: His cast switches from the left leg to the right leg.

From L.M. Boyd's Book of Odd Facts, if you want your frog to be happy, what color should you paint his box? A: Blue. Frogs love blue.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

On this date in 2004, former President Ronald Reagan died at age 93. In what year did he become president? A: 1980

June 5, 1895, actor William Boyd was born. We know him better as? A: He played Hopalong Cassidy in 66 movies and almost a hundred TV episodes

If you're prone to motion sickness when flying, is it better to sit: (a) up front; (b) over the wing; or (c) in the rear? A: Over the wing (Better Homes and Gardens)

According to Sammy Davis Jr., what did "The Candy Man" mix with his candy to make the world taste good? A: Love

Did you know that giraffes and mice have the same number of neck bones: seven.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Angelina Jolie was born on June 4, 1975. Can you name the actor who is her father? A: Jon Voight

Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz, and Mike Nesmith won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series on TV. Can you name that show? A: "The Monkees."

June 4, 1937, when grocery chain owner Sylvan Goldman installed wheels and a basket on a folding chair, what did he introduce? A: He introduced the shopping cart at his Humpty Dumpty store in Oklahoma City.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: On June 1st, 1957, athlete Don Bowden did something no other American had done before? What was it?
A: He was the first U.S. track athlete to break the four minute mile(First achieved by a British athlete).

Q: According to the National Climatic Data Center, what city is the windiest U.S. city?
A: Dodge City, Kansas. Chicago, the "Windy City" is 53rd.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Brooke Shields was born on May 31, 1965. Her eyebrows had already been born one week earlier. In 1980, at age 15, she appeared in a series of controversial magazine and TV ads. For what product? A: Calvin Klein Jeans. ("Nothing comes between me and my Calvin Klein Jeans")

Actor Clint Eastwood was born on May 31, 1930. What was his first movie? A: Revenge of the Creature, followed by Francis Joins the Navy.

On May 31, 1943, a comic strip debuted on the Mutual radio network. The entire gang of Archie, Veronica, Betty, and Jughead were all there and it lasted on the radio about five years. What was the name of the show? A: "Archie Andrews"

Who said, "You can't write the blues from the back of a Cadillac?" A: Willie Nelson

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

May 30, 1981 was an important day in the history of the music industry. What happened? A: The first CDs (compact discs) went on sale.

Born on May 30, 1908 -- Mel Blanc. He was the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, and all those other cartoon characters. Mel Blanc died in 1989. What words did he request to be written on his tombstone? A: He requested the words -- "That's All Folks". On my tombstone I want the words -- "I'll be right back after these important messages".

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

In addition to money, comedian Bob Hope arranged for free lifetime supplies of automobilies and gasoline in his movie and television contracts. What else did he arrange for? A: Bubble gum

Friday, May 25, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Who was the first U.S. President to have been born in a hospital?
A: Jimmy Carter.

Q: Who was the only U.S. president who never went to school?
A: Andrew Johnson.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

On May 24, 1983, there was a huge fireworks display in New York City to celebrate a 100th birthday. What was the reason for the celebration? A: The 100th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Mrs. Christina Samane of South Africa gave birth to history's largest newborn baby on May 24, 1982. What did he weigh? A: 22 pounds 8 ounces. Mrs. Samane recently started walking again.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Comedian/actor Drew Carey was born May 23, 1958. In 1991 he appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson -- and Drew got to do something that no other young comedian had ever done before on The Tonight Show. What? A: Johnny Carson was so impressed with his act, he invited Carey to sit on the couch next to his desk for the rest of the show.

What is the only bird that can fly backwards? A: The hummingbird

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

May 22, 1992 was a memorable day in the history of television. Why? A: Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show for the last time.

In ancient Egypt women not only shaved their heads, they also did what to their scalps? A: Polished their scalps to a mirror-like finish.

To improve her memory, what did Eleanor Roosevelt eat every day of her adult life? A: Three chocolate covered garlic balls.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

On May 21, 1996, an actor known as "King of the Bullwhip" died in Toluca Lake, California, at age 78. In the 1940s he was in 18 feature western movies. What was his name? A: Lash LaRue

May 21, 1819, what was imported from England, and appeared on the streets of New York City and within a month, the city banned the new-fangled machines as being hazardous to public safety. What were they? A: The first bicycles.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: On May 18th, 1953 she became the first woman to pilot a plane faster than the speed of sound. What was her name?
A: Jacquelin Cochran. She piloted an F-87 Sabrejet over California at an average speed of 652.3 mph.

Q: Perry Como was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania on May 18th, 1913. In the highly competitive recording industry, Perry's career defied tradition. He combined a good voice with pleasant songs and became a sucess anyway. What was Perry Como's first of 14 #1 songs?
A: "Till the End of Time" in 1945. The other two followed in 1946. Perry charted 147 songs between 1943 and 1975.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Which group is three times more likely to contract pneumonia: (a) smokers; (b) drinkers; or (c) people who don't exercise? A: Smokers (American College of Chest Physicians, Northbrook, Illinois).

What was the first product to have a bar code? A: Wrigley's gum.

A math quiz to take in your head: Take 1000 and add 40 to it. Now add another 1000. Now add 30. Add another 1000. Now add 20. Now add another 1000. Now add 10. What is the total? A: 4100

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Teaser

Q: In his teens, actor pierce Brosnan ran away with the circus to become what?

A: A fire eater.

Q: What was the title of the play President Abraham Lincoln was watching the night he was shot?

A: Our American Cousin.

Q: Who was the first US president to travel outside of the country while in office?

A: Woodrow Wilson. In 1918, he went to the Versailles Peace Conference in France.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

How old does an oak tree have to be before it produces acorns? A: 50 years old or older

In a deck of cards, which is the ONLY king without a moustache? A: The King of Hearts

American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one what from each salad served in first class? A: 1 olive

Friday, May 11, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

In what country was the car invented and first became a reality? A: France. The U.S. created the "assembly line" method of producing cars.

On May 11, 1949, what country changed its name to Thailand? A: Siam. It's spelled "Thighland," but it's pronounced "Tieland". An easy way to remember it is, "Tieland" is in the Orient, and "Thighland" is where weight watchers meet.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Retailers all across the United States are thankful to Anna Jarvis. Why?

A: Mother's Day! After her mother died, Anna Jarvis spent nine years and her fortune of $700,000 promoting the idea of honoring mothers. Congress finally passed the Mother's Day Proclamation in 1914. If it took that long for Congress to approve mothers, you can imagine how long it took for apple pie and baseball. The first Mother's Day observance took place during a church service in Grafton, West Virginia on May 10, 1908.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: In 28 Blondie movies in the 1930's, '40s and '50s, what actor played Dagwood Bumstead?
A: Arthur Lake.

Q: Mike Wallace once appeared in a TV commercial as a circus barker with a straw hat and cane. What was the product?
A: Peter Pan Peanut Butter.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

On May 8, 1984, during the final season of a popular ABC-TV show, an episode aired in which two characters got married. Who -- and who? A: Joanie and Chachi got married on "Happy Days".

May 8, 1886, at Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta, John Pemberton made the first batch of a new health tonic flavored with coca leaves. The mixture flopped as a tonic, but did pretty well as a soft drink. What do we call it? A: Coca-Cola.

Fun Fact: In Louisiana it's against the law to gargle in public.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Quesions

Q: One of the all-time great cowboy movie sidekicks was born on May 7th, 1885. He starred with Hopalong Cassidy and Roy Roger in many western movies. Who was he?
A: Gabby Hayes

Q: You are suffering from ergasiophobia. What do you have an abnormal fear of?
A: You're afraid of any kind of work.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Which age group spends the most time reading? (a) Those ages 65 and up; (b) those under 25; (c) those ages 25 to 65? A: Those 65 and older read an average of 77 minutes a day. Those under 25 read the least, only 24 minutes a day.

The "father of public education in America" was born on May 4, 1796. What was his name? A: Horace Mann. At one time he was the most influential person in public schools, but that title now belongs to the inventor of the odor-free gym locker.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: This date, May 3rd, is very memorable to British women. Why?
A: 1979, Margret Thatcher became Britian's first female Prime Minister.

Q: On May 3rd, 1948, CBS Evening News debuted. Who was the news anchor?
A: Douglas Edwards. Walter Cronkite replaced Edwards in 1962, Dan Rather came in 1981, Bob Shiefer in 2005, and Katie Couric in 2006.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

According to research at the University of California at Davis, what may be as good for your heart as red wine without the bad alcohol side-effects: (a) cranberry juice; (b) apple juice; (c) grapefruit juice? A: Apple juice, because of its antioxidants. Unsweetened, 100% apple juice is best.

According to research at Georgia State University, are you likely to eat less when: (a) dining alone; (b) dining with one other person; or (c) dining with two other people? A: Dining alone. In fact, the larger the group, the more you're likely to eat.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: On May 1, 1970, Diane Crump became the first woman to do what?
A: Ride in the Kentucky Derby. Women jockey's win a lot of races- because they're not embarrassed to stop and ask for directions.

Q: On the Batman television show of the 1960's, who played the villian Egghead?
A: Vincent Price. Burgess Meredith was The Penguin, Vistor Buono was King Tut.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

The largest real estate deal in history occured on April 30, 1803. What was it? A: The Louisiana Purchase. The U.S. paid Napoleon $25 million for French territory west of the Mississippi -- that's 13 states at four cents an acre. And if you think Napoleon was dumb, what about all the congressmen he had to bribe to make the deal?

What was the first toy advertised on television? A: Mr. Potato Head. It happened on April 30, 1952.

At three minutes and four seconds after 2 AM on the sixth of May this year, the time and date will be 02:03:04 05/06/07/. This will never happen again.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Why are women more likely to die of a heart attack? A: Because women suffer milder symptoms that cause them to delay going to the hospital (Time magazine)

Your thermos smells like a cow died in it. According to Health Magazine what should you do? A: Fill it with hot water, add a teaspoon of salt, shake it, and let it set for at least an hour. That will take away both the old milk and coffee odors from a thermos.

Who is the only heavyweight champ who retired undefeated, with a perfect record, unbeaten in 49 pro fights? A: April 27, 1956: At age 32, heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: What song had the longest song title to to hit #1 on Billboard's pop music chart?
A: "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song." It stayed #1 for one week.

Q: Who was the first U.S. president to ride in a car?
A: Theodore Roosevelt.

Q: Who was the only U.S. president to get married at the White House?
A: Grover Cleveland.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Actor Al Pacino was born on April 25, 1940. For which movie did he win a Best Actor Oscar in 1992? A: Scent of a Woman

What is the top ranked, most-recognized brand? A: It’s Google. It is no longer Microsoft or Coca-Cola. Google now beats all others, including GE, Wal-Mart and Starbucks

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: The barbie doll got her first car in 1962. What make was it?
A: A coral Austin Healy made by the Irwin Corporation for Mattel.

Q: Who was the only U.S. president to have a PH.D in political science?
A: Woodrow Wilson.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

On April 23, 1789 President-elect and Mrs. George Washington moved into American’s first Executive Mansion. Where was it and what was it called? A: The Franklin House in New York. That’s great. Everybody needs a home. Even the Father of Our Country needs a place to hang his teeth.

Who was the only U.S. president who never married? A: President James Buchanan was born in Pennsylvania on April 23, 1791. So, with no wife in the White House, who do you suppose ran the country?

Which U.S. President’s hobby was crocheting? A: President James Buchanan but he tried to keep it a secret. He figured if word got out that the President crocheted, everybody’d want an afghan.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Who was the first U.S. president to use a telephone? A: James Garfield

Who was the only person to serve as both Chief Justice and President of the United States? A: William Howard Taft

Who was the only U.S. president who never went to school? A: Andrew Johnson

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: What was the first city to reach a poulation of one million?
A: Rome in 133 B.C.

Q: Who was the first American author to submit a typed manuscript to a publisher?
A: Mark Twain. Tom Sawyer was submitted in 1875, and published the next year.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Actress Barbara Hale built an entire career playing a secretary for a lawyer. Who was the lawyer? A: Perry Mason. But another actress played Della with a completely new Perry Mason cast in 1973 and 1974. Was it: (a) Sharon Acker; (b) Bettye Ackerman; or (c) Leslie Ackerman? A: Canada’s Sharon Acker. Bettye Ackerman played Dr. Maggie Graham on “Ben Casey.” Leslie Ackerman played Karl Malden’s daughter in 1980 on “Skag”.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Monday, April 16, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Who was the first woman to be inducted into the National Comedy Hall of Fame? A: Minnie Pearl. The 50 year old veteran of the Grand Ole Opry died in 1996.

April 16, 1929, was a happy day for avid readers. Why? A: The “Book of the Month Club” was founded.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

You nicked your wood coffee table. According to Tightwad Living Magazine, to coat the nick, what should you do? A: Use a small amount of granular instant coffee and warm water.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: Actor Michael Moriarty has won a Tony and an Emmy in his vast career. Besides making over 30 films, he's also a playwright, a composer, and he does something else. Do you know what it is?
A: He's a jazz pianist.

Q: In a study by the Honolulu Heart Program, people reduced their risk of premature death by 50% by doing what?
A: Walking two miles a day.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

On April 4, 1964, the Beatles had more than one song in the Top Ten of the Billboard record sales chart. How many? A: They had the top FIVE songs. Yes, all five of them. “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Twist and Shout,” “She Loves You,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” and “Please Please Me.”

April 4, 1915: McKinley Morganfield was born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi. He became one of the great blues rockers. We know him as? A: Muddy Waters, known for “Got My Mojo Working” and “Rolling Stone.” He discovered Chuck Berry.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: On April 3rd, 1960, The Paul Winchell Show aired on ABC-TV. The ventriloquits's dummy was named Jerry Mahoney. Later, Winchell invented something very special, what was it?
A: History's first artificial heart.

Q: On April 3rd, 1776, George Washington recieved a law degree from what University?
A: Harvard University. To commemorate the occasion, plaques were placed in all of George's classrooms, reading "George Washington Slept Here".

Q: Assuming you are an average person and tonight is an average unromantic night, after going to bed tonight, how many minutes will it take you to fall asleep?
A: Seven minutes.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

On April 2, 1792, the first U.S. mint was established to make coins and paper money. In which city did this happen? A: Philadelphia, PA.

One hundred years ago what would you guess were the five leading causes of death in the U.S. were? A: 1. Pneumonia and influenza; 2. Tuberculosis; 3. Diarrhea; 4. Heart Disease; 5. Stroke

One hundred years ago what would you guess was the average wage in the U.S.? A: 22 cents per hour. The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year. A competent accountant could expect to earn $2,000 per year, a dentist made $2,500 per year, a veterinarian made $1,500 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

One hundred years ago what would you guess were the number of reported murders in the ENITRE U.S.A.?! A: About 230

Friday, March 30, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: On March 30, 1867, the U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia. How much per acre was paid?
A: Two cents. Total price - $7.2 million. Today, you couldn't get a good baseball player for that. So basically you'd have to settle for anyone on the Florida Marlins.

Q: March 30, 1964, the TV game show "Jeopardy" debuted on NBC. Who was the first host?
A: Art Fleming hosted 2,500 consecutive daytime shows. The later syndicated version was hosted from 1984 by Alex Trebeck.

Q: March 30, 1993, in "Peanuts," something very special happened to Charlie Brown. What was it?
A: He hit his first home run- and managed somehow not to complain about it.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: What was the original color of Coca-Cola?
A: Green. The Jolly Green Giant denies any involvement.

Q: The word "tip," meaning a gratuity, was originally an acronym standing for what?
A: To Insure Promptness.

Q: Which U.S. President was born March 29th, 1790?
A: John Tyler, the 10th U.S. President. He allegedly died in 1862- however nobody knows where he is buried! So it is possible he's still alive, possibly writing a column for the National Enquirer.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

On March 28, 1986, more than 6,000 radio stations around the world played the same song simultaneously. What song? A: We Are The World. (To create awareness of African famine relief)

On March 28, 1797, Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire patented something that most of us use today. What is it? A: The first washing machine. It wasn’t very effective. But it didn’t have to be – back then the dirt was cleaner.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: On March 27th, 1952, "Singing in the Rain" premiered at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Can you name four movie stars who appeared in it?
A: Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor and Jean Hagen.

Q: On this date, 1986, I ate a bagel. The cream cheese had chives. How delicious was it?
A: Somewhat.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Providence, Rhode Island, was the hottest city in America on March 26, 1676. Why? A: The Indians burned it. Insurance premiums skyrocketed.

March 26, 1886: Asa Yoelson was born in Srednick, Russia. We know him better by the name of? A: Al Jolson. His hits included “Raggin’ the Baby to Sleep,” “The Spaniard That Blighted My Life,” “Swanee,” “Sonny Boy,” “My Mammy,” and “April Showers.”

March 26, 1937: Spinach growers in Crystal City, Texas, unveiled a statue of their hero. Can you name him? A: Popeye the Sailor. It was erected on the town square. It’s still there.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

If you got sick in ancient Babylon, what did you have to do? A: You would go to the city square, where you waited until someone who had suffered the same illness could share his or her cure. It was illegal to pass a sick person without asking about his illness and offering advice if you could.

Who made his famous call for American independence from Britain on March 23, 1775, telling the Virginia Provincial Convention, "Give me liberty, or give me death!"? A: Patrick Henry

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Alan Rocks Trivia Questions

Q: Actress Reese Witherspoonwas born on March 22nd, 1976. In six seasons of friends, whose sister did she play?
A: Rachel Green's sister, Jill

Q: What is actress Reese Witherspoons real name?
A: Laura Jean Reese Witherspoon. February is Black History Month.

Q: Which is more poisonous:
a.) a wasp b.) a bee c.) a fireant
A: A fireant. Frequently, reactions to it's venom can be severe. Each year, approximately 250,000 American husbands are physically attacked and beaten by their wives.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

What does Rosie O'Donnell have a large collection of? A: McDonald's Happy Meal figurines.

On March 21, 1935 Persia changed its name. What do we call Persia today? A: Iran. It's hard to trust a country that changes its name. Somebody should check -- I'll bet there's a used camel dealer somewhere who's still looking for Persia so he can collect the money he's owed.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: Originally a writer, what did director Spike Lee first write?
a.) greeting cards b.) advertising copy c.) fortune cookies

b: Advertizing copy

Q: If you're healthy, where on your body will your temperature average 92 degrees?
A: Inside your nose

Monday, March 19, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

March 19, 1977 was a sad day at WJM Television. Why? A: The final episode of the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" was aired. It was set in the newsroom at fictional WJM-TV in Minneapolis.

Today, March 19th, is Honey West Day. Who was Honey West? A: Was she TV's first female private eye? The ABC-TV series, starring Anne Francis, lasted one season in 1965-66.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia 3/14/2007

Billy Crystal was born on March 14, 1948. Name the 1995 movie Billy Crystal wrote, directed and starred in.


On what scholarship did Billy Crystal attend college?

Answer: Baseball

Friday, March 09, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Born March 9, 1934, the first man to travel in space. Do you remember his name?

A: Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. Which was an amazing amazing achievement because Russian spacesuits are uncomfortable -- and Russian astronaut diapers are itchy. To be totally correct, in Russia, a man who goes around in circles is called a "cosmonaut." In the U.S, he's called a "congressman."

Q: You are an eriff. How old are you?

A: You are a 2-year-old canary.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

What animal can go without water longer than a camel? A: A rat.

On March 8, 1894 what state became the first state to require that dogs be licensed? A: New York. And to this day, the license tags are made by inmates at the dog pound. My dog once had his license suspended. He couldn't bark for 30 days.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

The board game Monopoly first went on sale on March 7, 1933. On the original Monopoly board, what are the four corner squares? A: Go, Free Parking, Jail, and "Go to Jail".

The BBC did a worldwide image survey about countries. They asked thousands of people in hundreds of countries, "Which nation has the most positive influence in the world?" The nation rated #1 for best image and the most positive contribution in the world? A: Canada. Experts say this is remarkable -- especially if you consider what they call -- "The Celine Dion factor."

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Alan Rocks Trivia Questions

Q: Actor/director Rob Reiner was born today, March 6th, in 1947. In the hit TV show "All in the Family", what was his characters nickname?
A: Meathead.

Q: On March 6th, 1925, the first packaged frozen food appeared in Springfield, Massachusetts. Who invented the "deep freeze" process?
A: Clarence Birdseye. In 1929 Birdseye soldout to the Postum Company for 22-million in, should you excuse the expression, cold cash.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Actor Jay Silverheels died on March 5, 1980. Under what name did we know him? A: He played Tonto in "The Lone Ranger" series. I always felt sorry for Tonto. Every week the Lone Ranger sent him into town to get hit on the head. Tonto held the Old West record for taking aspirin. Tonto always called the Lone Ranger "Kemosabe," which means "friend". And because Tonto always willingly went into town to get clobbered, the Lone Ranger had a pet name for Tonto, too -- "Kemosucker."

In 15th century England, what color was believed to be a fever reducer? A: Red. The sick wore red underwear and pajamas and surrounded themselves with red objects.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

On February 28, 1983: The final original episode of “MASH” aired. What character did Gary Burghoff play in the series? A: Radar O’Reilly.

February 28, 1977, comedian Eddie Anderson died at age 71. He had appeared almost 20 years on the radio and 15 years on television. Who did we know him as? A: Jack Benny’s personal valet, Rochester.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

February 26, 1951: The 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified; what did it do? A: It limited a president to two terms of office.

A co-worker says he just blew his buffer. What does that mean? A: He lost his train of thought.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Who was the only person to serve as both Chief Justice and President of the United States? A: William Howard Taft

Who was the first U.S. president to have been born in a hospital? A: Jimmy Carter

Alan Rock's Trivia (02-22-2007)

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

What actors were offered the title role of “Dirty Harry” before it was given to Clint Eastwood? A: It was originally intended for Frank Sinatra. After he refused, it was offered to John Wayne, and then Paul Newman, and finally accepted by Clint Eastwood.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

On February 21, 1878, the first U.S. telephone directories were issued in New Haven, CT. What is your best guess as to how many subscribers were listed in that first phone book? A: 50

When Bugs Bunny first appeared in 1935, what was he called? A: Happy Rabbit

What percent of American babies are named after close relatives? A: About 60%

Animal Truths: Camels can close their noses. Alligators can close their ears.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Alan Rocks Trivia Questions

Q: Robert Adler, who won an Emmy Award along with fellow engineer Eugene Polley for a device that made the couch potato possible. What did he invent?
A: Space Command remote control.

Q: Model Cindy Crawford recieved a full university scholarship to study what subject?
A: Chemical engineering. She would later drop out, after her experimental cure for creepy college guys, body oil, terribly backfired.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Which U.S. President never referred to the national capital by name? He always called it Federal City. A: George Washington

Before leaving Illinois for the White House, Abraham Lincoln sold two possessions – what were they? A: His horse and his cow

Which U.S. President, while President, was arrested and fined $20 for speeding – on his horse? A: Ulysses Grant

Who was the tallest president and who was the shortest? A: Abe Lincoln (6’4”) and James Madison (5’4”)

Who was the only grandchild of a president who became President? A: Benjamin Harrison

Which U.S. President started the tradition of the Presidential “first pitch” of baseball season? A: William Howard Taft

Which U.S. President once said, “We have but one police force – the American woman”? A: Herbert Hoover

Which U.S. President was the first Boy Scout to become President? A: John F. Kennedy

Other than President Nixon, President Ford pardoned Iva Toguri D’Aquino. Who did we know her as? A: “Tokyo Rose.”

George W. Bush is the 43rd U.S. President. There have been only 42 presidents. How is that possible? A: Grover Cleveland was elected to two nonconsecutive terms and is counted twice as the 22nd and 24th president

Who are the only two presidents buried at Arlington National Cemetery? A: John Kennedy and William Taft

Friday, February 16, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Born on February 16, 1935 – Sonny Bono. He was half of Sonny and Cher. He was killed in a 1998 skiing accident. He was once mayor of which city? A: Palm Springs, CA.

According to an old state law, how often is every resident of Kentucky required to take a bath? A: At least once a year.

On February 16, 1968, the first 911 emergency telephone system in the U.S. was operational in what city? A: Haleyville, Alabama.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: This was a big day in 1842 for the post office, why?
A: Adhesive stamps were used for the first time. (Before then, glue had to be spread on the back of a postage stamp.)

Q: Melissa Manchester studied songwriting at New York University. Who was her teacher?
A: Paul Simon.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

The St. Valentine’s Day massacre was when Al Capone’s gang shot seven members of the Bugs Moran gang in Chicago. In which year did that happen? A: 1929

According to ancient folklore, which creatures chose their mates on this date February 14? A: Birds

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: TV talkshow host Jerry Springer was born on February 13th, 1944. He once served as a mayor for which U.S. city?
A: Cincinnati.

Q: Who was TV personality Jerry Springer once a presidential campaign worker for?
A: Robert Kennedy.

Q: What is the fastest flying bug on earth?
A: The Austrailian dragonfly can hit up to 36 miles an hour.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

What’s the germiest thing the average person touches all week? Researchers say it’s the handle of a supermarket shopping cart. They suggest using an anti-bacterial spray on the handle. You might also want to spray the kid who bags your groceries.

This date in 2000 was a sad day for Charlie Brown and Snoopy. Why? A: Peanuts creator Charles Schulz died at age 77.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Born on February 9, 1773 – Who was the man who served the shortest term of any U.S. president – only 30 days? A: William Henry Harrison. In 1841, he caught a cold at his inauguration and died 30 days later.

You are suffering a chirospasm. What should you stop doing? A: Stop writing. You’re got writer’s cramp.

Who was Alexander H. Stephens? A: On February 9, 1861, the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America elected Jefferson Davis president and Alexander H. Stephens vice president.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

On this date in 1998, the Winter Olympics opened in what city? A: Nagano, Japan

Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to find a snood. Where should you look for it? A: A turkey. The snood is the fleshy projection just above the bird's bill.

For fast, temporary relief of an itchy omphalos (AHM'-fah-luhs), where would you start scratching? A: Your middle. In fact, omphalos means "center." It's your belly button.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh's father was killed in a helicopter crash. Who was he? A: Actor Vic Morrow died in a helicopter accident while filming Twilight Zone: The Movie.

Who is the only former United States president buried in Washington, DC? He is buried in the National Cathedral. A: Woodrow Wilson. Why was Woodrow Wilson the first U.S. president to be buried in Washington DC on February 5, 1924? Details are very sketchy, but probably because he was dead.

Who was the first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV? A: Fred and Wilma Flinstone.

Alan Rock's Trivia (02/02/2007)

On February 2, 1653, New Amsterdam was incorporated. What is it called today? A: New York City

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: Your vet says your pet deer needs gall bladder surgery. What should you do?
A: Get a new vet. Deer don't have gall bladders.

Q: The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was sent to the states for ratification on Feb. 1, 1865. What did it do?
A: Abolish Slavery. Although slavery has been abolished, the practice of buying and selling human beings continues, but under another name; Politics.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia Questions

Q: American actor, Gene Hackman was born this day, 1930. Can you name the 1971 movie for which he won his first "Best Actor" Oscar?
A: A French Connection.

Q: On January 30th, 1933, "The Lone Ranger" debuted live on WXYZ Radio in what city?
A: Detroit. That was back before disc jockeys- so I guess they had to hire somebody else to clean up after the horses. On that first program, Tonto's horse was named White Feller. The program ran for 2,956 episodes, and ended in 1955.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Born on January 29, 1945 - Tom Selleck. Tom attended the University of Southern California on a sports scholarship. Which sport? A: Basketball

Which American President was born in Niles, Ohio, on January 29, 1843? A: President William McKinley (the 25th President of the U.S.). He was the last of the U.S. conquerors. He grabbed Guam, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico in the Spanish-American War, and took over Hawaii just for the fun of it. McKinley was assassinated in 1901.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Movie actor Paul Newman, born on January 26, 1925, shuns Hollywood, preferring to live in another state. Where?
A: Westport, Connecticut.

Q: Why was Paul Newman disqualified from Navy pilot school during World War II?
A: He was color blind.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Which entertainment industry awards were first presented on this date in 1949?

A: The Emmy's (for television)

Q: On January 25, 1940, the government mailed out something for the first time; what was it?

A: The first Social Security checks. And with luck, most of those checks should arrive any day now. Boy, I bet Denny's was packed that night.