Friday, December 19, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) How deep is Utah's Salt Lake?

2) On this date in 1973, Johnny Carson told a joke which accidentally created a panic. Fearing a certain item would be scarce (thanks to the joke), people started buying up this item in great amounts. What was it?


1) Only 13 feet deep

2) Toilet paper

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q:On Dec, 18, 1865 the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. What did it do?
A: It abolished slavery

Q: What was was Stephen Speilberg's first directing job?
A: The TV pilot: "Night Gallery" in 1969

Q: According to USA Today, what do more American moms say they need most of?
A: 32% say more time in the day; 27% say more patience; 15% say more money; 15% say more respect

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Born this date in 1936, he was hailed as England's answer to Elvis. Who was he?

2) What was the first song to reach #1 on Pop, Country and Western, and Rhythm and Blues charts?

3) On this date in 1969, an estimated 50 million viewers watched Herbert Buchingham Khaury marry Victoria Budinger on the Tonight Show. We know the couple better as:


1) Tommy Steele

2) "Blue Suede Shoes"

3) Tiny Tim and Miss Vicky

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: What were Dorothy's slippers made of in the original Wizard of Oz book?
A: Silver

Q: Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany, on this date in 1770. When composing, to excite his brain, what did Beethoven always do?
A: Poured ice water over his head

Q: Who was the first NFL back to rush 2,000 yards in a season?
Q: O.J. Simpson Dec 16, 1973

Monday, December 15, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Walt Disney died this date in 1966. He holds the record for having won the most Academy Awards. How many altogether, including the one awarded posthumously, did he win?

2) According to recent world travel statistics, which country attracts the most visitors?


1) 26

2) France

Friday, December 12, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Who has the distinction of being the most portrayed fictional character in film?
A: Sherlock Holmes

Q: According to the Mayo Health Clinic Letter, which Christmas tree has the strongest smell and might trigger allergy-like reactions inside a home?
A: Spruce

Q: Who was the first artist to record for Capitol Records?
A: Tex Ritter

Q: What country has made Space Tourism available to the upper classes?
A: Russia

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Born this date in 1926, Willie Mae - "Big Mama" - Thornton recorded a song that would later be a big hit for Elvis. What was it ?

2) In 1982, Teri Garr was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for what movie?

3) The Bahamas is made up of how many islands?

4) What is the most popular activity for vacationers?


1) "Hound Dog"

2) Tootsie

3) 700!

4) Shopping

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: On Dec 9, 1992, a famous couple announced their separation. Who -- and who?
A: Prince Charles and Lady Diana

Q: Who lost $8,000 in It's a Wonderful Life?
A: Uncle Billy

Q: What is the biggest selling Christmas single of all time?
A: "White Christmas"

Monday, December 08, 2008

Alan Rock's Triva

Q: How did American Airlines cut their costs by nearly $40,000 in 1987?
A: Eliminating an olive from each salad served in-flight

Q: Architect James Hoban died on December 8, 1831. What famous national treasure did Hoban design?
A: He designed the White House. His wife wanted it to be a trendy color, but he was afraid people might get tired of the Puce House.

Q: According to Vitality magazine, what percent of Americans always order vegetarian foods when dining out?
A: Only 6%

Friday, December 05, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Who was the first Vice-President?

2) On this date in 1658, Virginia outlawed this profession. What was it?


1) John Adams

2) It was illegal in Virginia to be a lawyer.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) According to Health magazine, Americans rely on television to provide them with ___ percent of information about nutrition?

2) Who was the first American president to visit abroad?


1) 48% rely on television (11% rely on doctors)

2) Woodrow Wilson. He sailed for France on this date in 1918.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Dr. Christian Barnard performed this groundbreaking procedure on this date in 1967. What was it?

2) From 1941 - 1950 M&M candies had violet as one of its coating colors. In 1950, violet was replaced by what color?

3) Arthur Conan Doyle was employed in this profession prior to his success as the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories. What was it?

4) Who played Hans Christian Andersen in the 1952 movie musical?


1) He famously performed the first successful heart transplant.

2) Tan

3) He was an optometrist

4) Danny Kaye

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Henry Ford unveiled the Model A this date in 1927. It was the first Ford to come in a variety of colors. Vanity was expensive - how much did the Model A sell for?

2) Which professional sport has a sin bin?

3) Born this date in 1981, this pop star was raised in Louisiana and once competed at the state level as an accomplished athlete. Who is she and in which sport did she participate?


1) $385

2) A "sin bin" is a nickname for hockey's penalty box.

3) Britney Spears competed at the age of 9 in gymnastics.

Holiday Bonus Trivia!

The Christmas classic, "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" has quite a history! The story of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer was written in 1939 by Robert L. May, a copywriter for the Chicago-based Montgomery Ward department stores, as a promotional gift for the store's customers. The stores had bought and distributed coloring books every Christmas and saw writing their own story as a way to save money. Montgomery Ward distributed 2.4 million copies of the Rudolph booklet in 1939. A total of 6 million copies had been given out by the end of 1946, even though wartime paper shortages restricted printing.

The story reflects May's own childhood difficulties as the smallest boy in his class. He was taunted for being a frail, scrawny misfit.

The reindeer was almost named Rollo or Reginald. May considered both these named before settling on Rudolph.

Rudolph's story was made into a song when May's brother-in-law, songwriter Johnny Marks, developed the lyrics and melody for it. Marks' musical version was first recorded by Gene Autry in 1949, selling 2 million copies that year.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Bette Midler was born this date in 1945. She won an Emmy for her appearance on a TV show - which show?

2) The first telephone was installed in the White House this date in 1878. The first incoming call was from a storm window salesman. Who was president?


1) The Divine Miss M won for her tender appearance on Johnny Carson's final appearance on The Tonight Show.. She sang "One for My Baby and One More for the Road."

2) Rutherford B. Hayes was in office. He used the telephone to solicit campaign contributions.

Alan Rock's Trivia, Nov 28

Q: On November 29, 1963, which famous place in Florida was re-named?
A: President Johnson renamed both the Launch Operations Center and the Cape Canaveral Auxiliary Air Force Station (involved in NASA's space flight activities) to the John F. Kennedy Space Center seven days after the president was assassinated. NASA Administrator James Webb officially issued a similar order changing the name of NASA's facility on Dec. 20, 1963. The U.S. Department of the Interior's Board of Geographical Names changed the name of the geographical cape from Cape Canaveral to Cape Kennedy the following year.

Q: How wide is the Statue of Liberty's mouth?
A: Three feet!

Alan Rock's Trivia, Nov 27

Q: Which former "First Daughter" was born on November 27, 1957?
A: Caroline Kennedy.

Q: A film was released on November 27, 1952 based on the true story of the Tsavo maneaters. This historically important film was written, directed, and produced by Arch Oboler What were the film's title, stars, and importance?
A: "Bwana Devil," starring Robert Stack, Barbara Britton, and Nigel Bruce, started the 3-D boom in the United States film industry.

FYI, The Tsavo maneaters were a pair of notorious maneless man-eating male lions responsible for the deaths of a number of construction workers on the Kenya-Uganda Railway, from March through December 1898 (est. 135 killed).