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.