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.