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.