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.