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.