Monday, March 31, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: This date, March 31, 1889, was a big day in Paris, France. Why?

A: The Eiffel Tower opened. It was named for its engineer-architect Alexandre Eiffel who attended France A&M and majored in advanced Tinker Toys.

Q: What would you think is Al Gore's favorite comic strip?
a) Peanuts
b) Doonesbury
c) Family Circus

A: Doonesbury

Q: What is the shortest complete sentence in the English language?

A: "I am."

Q: Forty albums ago in 1962 Herb Alpert took a $200 demo, dubbed bullfight crowd noises over it, renamed it "The Lonely Bull," and released his first gold record. What was the song's original title?

A: "Twinkle Star."

Friday, March 28, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: On MAR 28, 1979 a pump failure at a U.S. nuclear power generating station almost caused a disastrous meltdown. Where in Pennsylvania did this occur?
A: A Three Mile Island

Q: On MAR 28 1797, Nathanial Briggs was awarded a patent for something i would guess that everyone listening has or uses, what is it?
A: the washing machine.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

On March 27, 1995, which movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture? A: Forrest Gump.

If you have a pet that is 150 years old, what is it? A: If it's that old, it's a turtle.

On March 27, 1958, Nikita Khrushchev became the premier of the Soviet Union. Who did he replace? A: Nikolai Bulganin.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Born on MAR 26, 1944: Diana Ross. Can you name the other two original members of the Supremes?
A: Florence Ballard. Mary Wilson. (Ballard was later replaced by Cindy Birdsong)

Q: Today in 1886: Asa Yoelson was born in Srednick, Russia. We know him better by what name?
A: Al Jolson. His hits included "Raggin' the Baby to Sleep," "The Spaniard That Blighted My Life," "Sonny Boy" and "April Showers"

Q: MAR 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. Its still there.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

On March 25, 1943, Jimmy Durante along with a partner debuted on network radio, replacing the popular Abbott and Costello following Lou Costello's heart attack. Who was Jimmy Durante's partner? A: Garry Moore. Durante and Moore lasted four years, and later had their own individual television shows.

Which one of the U.S. presidents wrote the most books? A: Theodore Roosevelt. He wrote over three dozen.

Who was the first West Pointe graduate to become a U.S. president? A: Ulysses S. Grant.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Who said, "A boy's best friend is his mother"? Was it(a) Little Beaver, (b) Norman Bates, or (c) O.J. Simpson?
A: Anthony Perkins spoke the line as Norman Bates in the film "Psycho."

Q: Who was the first black actress to win an Oscar in a leading role?
A: Halle Berry won at the Oscar presentations on March 24, 2002 for her work in "Monster's Ball."

Q: This man was the only US president with a PhD, the first President officially to throw out the first ball at a World Series game, and also has his picture on the $100,000 bill. Who?
A: Woodrow Wilson.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: This date, Mar 21, 1980, was a sad day for U.S. Olympic athletes. Why?
A: A President Jimmy Carter announced a U.S. boycott of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, as a reaction to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan

Q: What does Rosie O'Donnell have a large collection of?
A: McDonald's Happy Meal figures

Q: It was on Mar 21 that the state of Mississippi ratify the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishing slavery. What year was it?
A: 1995

Q: Persia changed its name on Mar 21, 1935. What do we call it?
A: Iran. But remember, Persian cats did not change their names.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Originally a writer, what did director Spike Lee write? A: Advertising copy.

If you're healthy, where on your body will your temperature average 92 degrees? A: Inside your nose.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: She was born on Mar 19, 1936. She appeared in Dr.No, Casino Royale, and Whats New Pussycat. Who is she?
A: Ursula Andress

Q:Bruce Willis once quite an acting job without getting paid. What was he paying?
A: Oscar the Grouch at a New York department store. He just walked away.

Q: What is Bruce Willis' blues band called?

Q: In 1953, legendary filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille won the only Academy Award of his career. Can you name the film?
A: "The Greatest Show on Earth", a big budget extravaganza about circus life, was acclaimed best picture of the year. It was also the first televised Academy Awards.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

March 18, 1931 was a historic day for personal grooming for men. Why? A: Schick introduced the first electric shaver.

According to old English tradition, which part of a chicken is called the "parson's nose"? A: The rump. No one seems to know why.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Alan's Trivia for St. Patty's Day!!

Today's Trivia Teaser

(Answers below)

1) Can you name Ireland's national airline?

2) How did St. Patrick get to Ireland in the first place?

3) Who starred in the first western? A) Buffalo Bill Cody, B) Annie Oakley, or C) Rudolph Valentino

4) The first St. Patrick's Day parade in New York city was designed to honor the Roman Catholic feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. In what year did New York stage the first St. Patrick's Day parade?

Today is:

St. Patrick's Day, a national holiday in Ireland. The "World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade" is held in Maryville, Missouri. The parade route gets shorter every year, now down to about 86 feet.

National Green Beer Day in Ireland

Green River Day in Chicago

Campfire USA Day, marking the founding of the Campfire Girls. The young girls organization began on this date in 1910.

Freedom of Information Day. The nation's libraries celebrate citizens' right to know (marking James Madison's birthday, March 16).

Save the Panther Day (Florida)

Evacuation Day - celebrated in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, this day celebrates the evacuation of British troops from Boston on this date in 1776.

"Wellderly" Week begins today, celebrating seniors who never act their age.

"Act Happy Week" and "Spring Fever Week" both begin today.

Answers to Trivia Questions:

1) Aer Lingus

2) At age 16, St. Patrick was kidnapped by pirates and taken to Ireland. Six years later he escaped to France. When he was 47, the church sent Bishop Patrick back to Ireland.

3) The answer is A, Buffalo Bill Cody.

4) 1762

Friday, March 14, 2008

Today's Trivia Teaser for Mar. 14, 2008

(answers below)

1) On March 14, 1958, the first gold record was awarded for sales over 1 million copies. Can you name the singer and the song?

2) On what kind of scholarship did Billy Crystal attend college?

3) Billy Crystal didn't make it in his first network TV job. What was his first failure on?

4) What is the only bird that can fly backward?

5) "You betchum, Red Ryder!"was a trendy quote in the '40s. Who started the craze?

Trivia tidbits:

Today is "Burt Bare Day," marking publication on this date in 1972 of the April issue of Cosmopolitan, revealing Burt Reynolds as the magazine's first nude centerfold.

Today is "International Ask-a-Question Day," promoting critical thinking and collaborative conversation.

Today is Today is "Pi Day," a day to celebrate pi: the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter.

Today is "National Children's Craft Day," a day devoted to encouraging children's creativity.

Today is "National Potato Chip Day"

Today is "Ten Most Wanted Day." On this day in 1950 the FBI began its "Ten Most Wanted" fugitives list as a way to get the public's help in finding the nation's most dangerous criminals.

Today is "Mother Day, a day to honor moth collectors, sponsored by Bob Birch of Falls Church, Virginia.


1) Perry Como for "Catch a Falling Star"

2) Baseball

3) Crystal was part of the original Saturday Night Live cast in 1976, but his skit was cut from the first show. He became a regular on SNL eight years later.

4) The hummingbird

5) The character's name was "Little Beaver," played by Robert Blake.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Scientist Joseph Priestley was born on March 13, 1733. He's the guy who discovered something really important -- do you know what?
A: Oxygen. Before that, people just breathed whatever happened to be in the neighborhood. Aaaaaah, oxygen! I tell ya, it's quite a gas! Once you start breathing that stuff, it's hard to quit. Priestley also discovered carbon monoxide, ammonia, hydrogen, chloride, sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxide, and chlorine. If Priestley had never been born, I might have passed chemistry.

Q: What corporation owns Kool-Aid?
A: Phillip Morris. They also own Cheez Whiz, Jell-O, Miller Beer, Marlboro, Oscar Mayer, Post Cereals, Velveeta, Tombstone Pizza, and Maxwell House.

Q: How does a giraffe clean its ears?
A: With its 21-inch tongue.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon of Savannah, Georgia organized the first troop of Girl Guides. We know them better as what?
A: Girl Scouts! And so began one of the most interesting debates of modern times: chocolate mint vs. peanut butter-filled cookies. Unfortunately, she had to change the name to Girl Scouts to prevent the Boy Scouts from scouting out the Girl Guides to guide the Boy Scouts.

Q: On March 12, 1974, "Wonder Woman" premiered on television. Who played the title character?
A: Lynda Carter.
Q: Who was Wonder Woman's alter ego?
A: Diana Prince.
Q: The original comic book character was created by Charles Moulton, who also invented something that is used today. What?
A: The lie detector.

Q: On March 12, 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered something for the first time. What?
A: The first of his Fireside Chats.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Why was March 11, 1997 a big day for former Beatle Paul McCartney?
A: He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth, and became SIR Paul.

Q: Who invented the wrist watch?
A: Louis Cartier, in 1904.

Q: How many seconds are there in a year?
A: 31,557,600

Q: A jiffy is an actual measurement of time. What is its value?
A: 1/100th of a second

Monday, March 10, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Actress Sharon Stone, who was born on March 10, 1958, starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger in a 1990 film. Title?
A: Total Recall.

Q: Some 45 percent of wives say their husbands snore. What percent of husbands will admit it?
A: Only 5 percent.

Q: Which US president had more pets at the White House than any other, including cats, dogs, ponies, guinea pigs, lizards, and kangaroos?
A: Theodore Roosevelt.

Q: On March 10, 1862, the US Treasury did what for the first time?
A: Issued the first American paper money, in denominations from $5 to $1000.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: On MAR 7, 1999, movie director Stanley Kubrick died. Can you name the 1964 movie he directed in which Peter Sellers played three roles?
A: Dr. Strangelove

Q: Federal Express founder Fred Smith first proposed his idea for overnight package delivery in a 1965 paper he wrote for an economics course. What grade did the paper get?
A: The paper got a C.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

On March 6, 1981, what newscaster left CBS news? He was known as "the most trusted man in America". So the network had no choice. They had to get rid of him. A: Walter Cronkite.

In studies reported in the Johns Hopkins Health Insider, what percentage of the ground beef sold at supermarkets was contaminated with salmonella or other bacteria? A: 66%. Cooking until the juices run clear destroys the bacteria.

On March 6, 1925, the first packaged frozen food appeared in Springfield, Massachusetts. Who invented the "deep freeze" process? A: It was Clarence Birdseye. In 1929, Birdseye sold out to the Postum Company for $22 million in, you should excuse the expression, cold cash.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: In the 15th Century, what color was believed to be a fever reducer?
A: Red. The sick would wear red underwear, and surround themeselves with red objects.

Q: Who was the first President to host a radio talk show?
A: Jimmy Carter, in March 5, 1977, he became the first president to host a radio talk show when he took questions from 42 listeners from 26 states on Ask President Carter.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

What was the original color of Coca Cola? A: Green.

Did you know that today is Old Inauguration Day? The first U.S. President, George Washington, was inaugurated on March 4, 1789. When did that change to January 20? A: Until the Twentieth Amendemnt, ratified in 1933, changed the of the Presidential Inauguration to January 20th, every American president was inaugurated on this date.

Who was the first president of the United States to be inaugurated in Washington, D.C.? A: On March 4, 1801, Thomas Jefferson.

Alan Rock's Trivia 03/03/08

March 3, 1931 was a big day for patriotic Americans who like to sing. Why? A: The Star Spangled Banner officially became the national anthem of the United States. The song by Francis Scott Key was originally a poem known as "Defense of Fort McHenry".

Who was the first U.S. President to live in the White House with his mother? A: On March 3, 1881, James Garfield became the first U.S. President to live in the White House with his mother. It worked okay for a while -- until Mama Garfield got mad at the President and grounded him for two weeks.

March 3, 1845 was a big day for Florida. Why? A: Florida became the 27th U.S. state. It had to happen. Statehood was inevitable ever since the white man landed in Florida searching for Epcot Center -- and the Indians tuaght him how to squeeze oranges, thus guaranteeing every American's minimum daily requirement of orange juice and alligator boots.

What was the first jazz recording to sell a million copies? A: On March 3, 1931, Cab Calloway recorded "Minnie the Moocher". It became the first jazz recording to sell a million copies.

Who was American's first woman presidential candidate? A: Belva Ann Lockwood. By the way, she opposed Grover Cleveland and lost. The state of Indiana voted for her although she couldn't vote for herself. Also, on March 3, 1879, she became the first woman to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.