Friday, February 29, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Whose idea was Leap Year anyway?
A: The plan came from Egyptian astronomer Sosigenes. Julius Ceasar adopted the plan.

Q: What was the first live football mascot?
A: A billygoat named Bill, a mascot of the U.S. Naval Academy in 1890

Q: Who is Hattie McDaniel?
A: The first African-American actor honored with an Oscar. On Feb 29, 1940, the legendary Southern epic "Gone With The Wind" won eight Academy Awards, including best picture. But most momentous award for the night went to the movie's Best Supporting Actress, Hattie McDaniel

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

He was born on February 28, 1824. He was the first man to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. Who was he? A: Charles Blondin. Why did the acrobat cross the falls? To get to the other side, silly.

You are suffering from opsialgia, so obviously you have what going on? A: It's a neuralgic pain of the face (Taber's Medical Dictionary.)

It takes 20 seconds for food to reach your stomach. How long does it take your brain to realize it's there? A: 20 minutes. In other words, since you can be full 20 minutes before you realize it, it's wise to eat slowly.

February 28, 1977, comedian Eddie Anderson died at age 71. He had appeared almost 20 years on radio and 15 years on television. We knew him better as? A: Jack Benny's personal valet, Rochester.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Born today in 1940, actor Howard Hesseman, played which famous DJ?
A: Dr. Johnny Fever on WKRP in Cincinnati

Q: If you just dropped your squidger, what are you most likely doing?
A: Playing tiddlywinks. The squidger is the large disc used to snap or squidge the smaller disc into the cup.

Q: What Indian language was used successfully as a code by America in World War Two?
A: The Navajo

Q: The 15th Amendment was passed by Congress on today in 1869. What did it do?
A: Guaranteed citizen the right to vote, Although citizens are guaranteed the right to vote there is no guarantee the political candidates are worth voting for.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: On February 26, 1868, Alfred Ely Beach and a team of workers sworn to secrecy began constructing something in lower Manhattan, working only at night. It took two years and $350 thousand of Beach's own money. What were they doing?

A: Digging a tunnel and building a railroad car for the world's first subway station. Beach had proposed a subway for New York City 21 years earlier, but everybody laughed. When he unveiled his "secret" subway in 1870, everyone realized it was a great idea -- everyone except Boss Tweed, who controlled New York and the public's money. Son Fred operated Beach's mini-subway as a 25-cent tourist attraction, but it took politicians 34 years to plan build a real subway. The New York subway opened in 1904, eight years after it's inventor died. Moral: Most good ideas never get past the first politician.

Q: On February 26, 1951, the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. What did it ratify?

A: Limiting a president to two terms of office.

Q; What purpose is served by the clapstick snapped shut in front of the camera at the start of every film scene?

A: The clapstick lets editors synchronize the sound with the action.

Q: A co-worker says he just blew his buffer. What happened?

A: He lost his train of thought.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: On February 25, 1986, the president of the Philippines fled his country after 20 years of rule. Can you name him?
A: Ferdinand Marcos.

Q: Over 4 million vehicles in Brazil run on ethanol derived from what source?
A: Sugar cane.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: During the American Revolution, where was George Washington shot in?
A: The hat, also through the coat, but never the skin

Q: Today in 1997, scientist in Scotland annouced the birth of Dolly, what was Dolly famous for?
A: THe first cloned sheep

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Lucy Hobbs became the first American woman to do something very special. Can you name it? A: Graduate from a dental school. Some people prefer lady dentists. They always smile sweetly just before they hurt you. It was tough back then for women dentists. Just getting accepted into a dental school was like pulling teeth.

On February 21, 1804, the world's first steam locomotive made it's first journey in what country? A: Wales. Some people think steam cars could replace gasoline-powered cars. Maybe. I know I get steamed every time I see the price of gas.

When Bugs Bunny first appeared in 1935, what was he called? A: Happy Rabbit.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: In 1992 today, a billionaire made an announcement on Larry King Live. Who, and what was his announcement?
A: Texas billionaire Ross Perot announced he would run for president (he didnt win)

Q: Who was the first American to orbit the earth today in 1962?
A: John Glenn, aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule. Then in 1998 ath the age of 77, Glenn became the oldest perosn to fly in space.

Q: If you suffer from scotophobia, what are you afraid of?
A: You Are Afraid of the Dark

Q: Who was the youngest person to win an Olympic gold medal, 10 years ago today?
A: 1998, U.S. figure skater, Tara Lipinski, age 15.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

On February 19, 1986, the Soviet Union launched its original space station into orbit. What was it's name? A: The Mir. It eventually fell out of orbit and burned up after several years circling the Earth.

On February 19, 1977, President Ford pardoned Iva Toguri D'Aquino. We knew her better by her nickname - do you remember it? A: Tokyo Rose.

You have "gamophobia" - what is it that you fear? A: Marriage.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Among U.S. Presidents, who was the tallest and the shortest?
A: Lincoln was the tallest at 6-4, and James Madison the shortest at 5-4.

Q: Which one of our Presidents started the tradition of the presidential "first pitch" of baseball season?
A: Taft threw the first ball on April 4, 1910 during an opening day game between the Washington Senators and the Philadelphia Athletics.

Q: Who was the first Boy Scout to become U.S. President?
A: John F. Kennedy.

Q: Who are the only Presidents buried at Arlington National Cemetery?
A: William Taft and John Kennedy.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Melissa Manchester, studied songwriter at New York University. Who was her teacher?
A: Paul Simon

Q: On Feb 15. 1842 in New York City the Post Office introduced something new, what would you guess it was?
A: The first adhesive postage stamp was introduced. Before that, postal customers had to put their own glue on the stamp.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

On February 14, 1849, a photographer took a picture of something that had never been photographed before. What was it? A: A U.S. President. James Polk became the first U.S. President to have his picture taken.

Which fruit has the fewest calories per serving? A: Cantaloupe - 58 calories per serving. Papayas and bananas are highest at 110 calories per serving.

Why is a wedding ring work on the fourth finger of the left hand? A: It dates to ancient Egypt, where it was believed the "vein of love" ran from this finger directly to the heart.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Which TV talkshow host was born on FEB 13, 1944. (Clue: bornb in London, England -- but is a star in the U.S.)
A: Jerry Springer

Q: Today, is the birhday of the pilot to break the sound barrier. Do you remember his name?
A: Chuck Yeager. Born, Feb 13, 1923. Ive always wondered: If your traveling faster than the speed of sound -- and you turn on the radio -- do you hear the next song BEFORE it gets played on the air?

Q: The first state university in the U.S., opened on the Feb 13, 1795. Just in time for spring break. Name the Univeristy.
A: The University of North Carolina

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

In what language was the book Bambi originally published in? A: In German, in 1929.

How many years in a 'score'? A: 20

February 12, 1924, Paul Whiteman and his orchestra premiered in "Rhapsody in Blue" in Carnegie Hall. Who was the soloist? A: George Gershwin.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Who was the first female U.S. Attorney General?
A: Miami prosecutor Janet Reno, announced by President Bill Clinton on February 11, 1993.

Q: Today is the birthday of Thomas Alva Edison. How many patents did he hold?
A: 1,093. One concept that never took off was Edison's interest in using cement to build things. He formed the Edison Portland Cement Company in 1899, and made everything from cabinets (for phonographs) to pianos and houses. Unfortunately, conceret was too expensive at the time, and the idea was never accepted. Cement wasn't a total failure, though. His company was hired to build Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. It was Edison who said, "Alexander Graham Bell would have invented twice as much stuff if you could just get him off the phone."

Q: On February 11, 1966, Willie Mays became the highest paid baseball player, signing a two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants. What was the amount of compensation?
A: About $130,000 a year.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Feb 8, which U.S. President had the first radio installed in the White House?
A: President Warren Harding

Q: On Feb 8, 1969, the film "Planet of the Apes," opened through the U.S. can you remember who starred in it?
A: Charleton Heston, Roddy McDowell, and Kim Hunter

Q: On Feb 8, 1989, a redited version of the movie "Lawrence of Arabia" opened in New York City. What was the reason according to Director David Lean?
A: He revealed that due to an earlier editing mistake, for 20 years the camels had been moving in the wrong direction and nobody noticed.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

The last bare-knuckle boxing championship was held on February 7, 1882. Who won? A: John L. Sullivan won. If he were alive today, he'd be almost as old as George Foreman.

For fast, temporary relief of an itchy omphalos, where would you start scratching? A: Your middle. In fact, omphalos means "center". It's your belly button.

Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to find a snood. Where should you look for it? A: A turkey. The snood is the fleshy projection just above the bird's bill.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q:If alive today, Feb 6, which U.S. President would be celebrating his birthday?
A: Ronald Regan (died 2004)

Q: Which U.S. airport was officially re-named Feb 6, 1998?
A: Washington National Airport became Ronald Regan National Airport

Q: To overcome his fear of flying, what did Ronald Regan always do aboard the plane?
A: For good luck, he would roll an orange down the aisle

Q: On Feb 6 1971, Astronaut Alan Shepard became the first person to do what on the moon?
A: He hit a golf ball. Shepard said golfing on the Moon was OK, but golf courses on Earth have more atmosphere.

Q: The third U.S. vice president was born on Feb 6, 1756. What was his name?
A: Aaron Burr

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

On February 5, 1988, which former dictator was indicted on drug smuggling and money laundering charges in the U.S.? A: Manuel Noriega (of Panama).

Who was the first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV? A: Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

Who was the first U.S. president to be buried in Washington D.C.? A: Woodrow Wilson. Today's intriguing presidential burial trivia question: On February 5, 1924, why was Woodrow Wilson the first president to be buried in Washington D.C.? Details are very sketchy, but probably because he was dead.

On February 5, 1919, what did Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith start? A: United Artists.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: Who was the first person to fly across the Atlantic Ocean alone?

A: Charles Lindbergh was born on February 4, 1902. Lindbergh had intended to become the first person to ride a whale across the Atlantic alone. But then along came Prohibition and he sobered up.

Q: Who was elected President of the United States unanimously on this date, February 4?

A: George Washington. It's the first and last time Americans agreed on anything.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: On Feb. 1, 1893, who opened the first filmd studio?
A: Thomas Edison, in West Orange, New Jersey. The first movie studio. It cost $637.37, our by today's standards, the average price to buy a whole family movie tickets, big drinks, Milk Duds, and a large tub of popcoarn.

Q: On Feb. 1, 1940, Frank Sinatra sang "Too Romantic" and "The Sky Fell Down" in his first recording session with the Tommy Dorsey Band. Who did Frank replace as the band's lead singer?
A: Sinatra replaced Jack Lenonard as the bands lead singer.