Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: What was history's only #1 instrumental featuring a zither?
A: On APR 29, 1950: "The Third Man Theme" by Anton Karas hit #1 in the U.S. and stayed there for 11 weeks.

Q: Gideon Sundback patented the "slide fastener" on APR 29, 1913. We know it better as what?
A: The Zipper. The fasteners were first used on galoshes, which could be pulled on and off in a zip and were called "zippers". Zipper is still a legally registered trademark for galoshes. So, legally your fly is a galosh.

Q: What was Jerry Seinfeld's original occupation?
A: He was a telephone/light bulb salesman.

Q: House dust is made up by 70% of what?
A: Skin cells, dead skin cells from humans, animals and insects

Monday, April 28, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: On April 28, 2001, a millionaire named Dennis Tito did something nobody else had done before. What?
A: He became the first private space tourist by paying a bundle to the Russians to visit the International Space Station.

Q: Jay Leno went ten years without having a guest host his "Tonight" show. Who was the first guest host?
A: Katie Couric.

Q: The war between Britain and Zanzibar in 1896 was the shortest war on record. How long did it last?
A: Thirty eight minutes.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: What Daniel Defoe novel was published on April 25, 1719?
A: Robinson Crusoe

Q: What is the fastest speed at which a dog has been timed?
A: 41.72 miles an hour, a record set by Australian greyhound on APR 25, 1968. The dog used a special training method to increase his speed. He was able to run at 41 miles an hour by chasing a fie hydrant moving at 42 miles per hour.

Q: The first automobile license plates were inscribed with the owners initials and cost $1.00. Which U.S. state was the first to require drivers to have license plates?
A: New York, on APR 25, 1901

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

April 24, 1990, was a big day for astronomers. Why? A: The Hubble Space Telescope was launched.

When was Barbara Streisand presented with a special Tony Award as "Actress of the Decade"? A: In 1970, after her '60s performances in "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" and "Funny Girl".

When the Barbie doll got her first car in 1962, what make was it? (a) Baby blue Ford Falcon; (b) Purple Corvette; or (c) Coral Austin Healy? A: A coral Austin Healy made by the Irwin Corporation for Mattel.

Who was the only U.S. president to have a PHd in political science? A: Woodrow Wilson.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: On APR 23, 1985, a large company announced a product change. The product change became one of the biggest flops in business history. What was the product?

A: Coca Cola announced the release of New Coke. (Response was overwhelmingly negative. Classic Coke was on the market within 3 months)

Q: Yesterday was Jack Nicholson's birthday, do you remember the name of his first film?
A: "Cry Baby Killers" in 1958.

Q: James Buchanan, the 15th U.S. president, was born on APR 23, 1791. What was his hobby?
A: Buchanan's hobby was crocheting, but he tried to keep it a secret. He figured if word got out that the President crocheted, everybody'd want an afghan.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Born on April 22, 1937. Actor Jack Nicholson. Can you name the 1975 movie for which he won the Best Actor Oscar? A: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Actor Jack Nicholson was reared believing his grandmother was his mother. How did he learn the truth? A: Time magazine uncovered the truth while researching a story on Jack. The woman he believed to be his older sister was actually his mother.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: Before landing a role on TV's Taxi in 1978, what was Tony Danza's profession?

A: Boxer.

Q: Of all US welfare recipients, 66% have one thin in common. What would you guess it is?

A: They're too young to vote.

Q: You suffer from rupophobia. What d you have an unnatural fear of?

A: Dirt.

Q: Who was the first vice president of the US?

A: On April 21, 1789: John Adams was sworn in as the first VP.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: APR 18, 1934 was a clean day in Fort Worth, Texas, why?
A: America's first laundromat was opened!

Q: On APR 18, 1956, what was worn by major league umpire for the first time during a game?
A: Eyeglasses.

Q: Actress Barbara Hale built an entire career playing Perry Mason's secretary, Della Street. But another actress played Della with a complete new Perry Mason cast in 1973 and 1974. Who was it?
A: Canada's Sharon Acker

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

In Texas, it's still illegal to: (a) own an Encyclopedia Britannica, (b) milk another person's cow; or (c) operate a saloon without spittoons? A: Milk another person's cow. It was once illegal to own an Encyclopedia Britannica because it contained a recipe for making beer.

What is the only cat that cannot retract it's claws? A: The cheetah

On April 17, 1967, "The Joey Bishop Show" debuted on ABC-TV late night, opposite Johnny Carson. Who was Joey's announcer? A: Regis Philbin and Johnny Mann's music lasted just over 2 1/2 years, but couldn't beat Carson.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: APR 16, 1926 was a big day for avid readers. Why?
A: The "Book of the Month Club" started. Instead of joining the club, i saved my money by buying a dictionary. I have all the same words, thought not necessarily in the same order.

Q: Who was the second man in history to fly in an airplane?
A: Wilbur Wright. He would have been the first, but he volunteered to stay on the ground and frisk his brother Orville for concealed weapons and over-sized bottles of shampoo.

Q: Which has more caffeine: (a) a glass of iced tea; (b) two Excedrin tablets; or (c) 12 ounces of Coca-Cola?
A: Two Exedrin tablets, 130 milligrams; iced tea 70mg, Coke 47mg. A cup of truck stop coffee has 200mg.

Q: According to an 8-year study published in 1994 by the National Institute for Highway Safety in Canada, side and front two-car accidents were reduced by what simple act?
A: Driving with headlights on during the daytime.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Actor George C Scott did something very unusual on April 15,1971. What did he do? A: He refused to accept the Oscare for his Best Actor performance in "Patton".

Do babies look like their father or their mother? A: Babies look more like their father until age one, but that often changes over time (Research from the University of California at San Diego).

You're so angry your ears are read. What should you do? A: According to Helene Lerner's book "Stress Breakers", suck in your gut for five seconds, then release, and repeat it three or four times.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: According to emergency room records, what time of day are you most likely to crash into a glass door?
A: Late afternoon.

Q: What country drinks more coffee per capita?
A: Sweden.

Q: On April 14, 1910, William Howard Taft started the custom of a President doing what?
A: Throwing out the first ball of the baseball season.

Q: On April 14, 1775, the first society for the abolishment of slavery was organized. By whom?
A: Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: On APR 11, 1988, a surprise win in the Best Actress catergory at the Oscars. Who won?
A: Cher (for Moonstruck).

Q: Which fruit whitens teeth when you eat them?
A: Apples. Also oranges, celery, and carrots increase saliva production, which minimizes stain-producing bacteria on teeth (Vitality magazine)

Q: You are a 123lb person. In 20minutes will you burn more calories while: (a) cooking; (b) dusting, or (c) grocery shopping?
A: Twenty minutes of grocery shopping burns 84 calories; dusting 70 calories, cooking 48 calories


Q: The Academy Awards were on APR 9, 1984. Which movie won the Oscar for Best Picture?
A: Terms of Endearment

Q: In the film "The Right Stuff", who was test- pilot Chuck Yeager played by?
A: Sam Shephard.

Q: In what country are more redheads born?
A: In Scotland, 11 percent of the population has red hair.

Q: According to "The Book of Useless Information." statistically, what is the safest age of life?
A: 10 years old.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: Which vitally important piece of equipment, something every home cannot be without, was patented on April 10, 1849?

A: Safety pin, patented by Walter Hunt of New York.

Q: Your glue is dead, hardened in the bottle. What could you do?

A: According to Skinflint News, add a teaspoon of vinegar and shake the container. This will bring your glue back to LIFE.

Q: According to the Humane Society, you have decided not to spay your female cat or any of her offspring. In 7 years how many cats will you probably have?

A: 420,000 cats.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Actor John Schneider was born on April 8, 1960. Which brother did he play in "The Dukes of Hazard?" A: Bo Duke

You are suffering from peladophobia. What do you have an unnatural fear of? A: You're afraid of bald people. (No, the fear of becoming bald is called phalacrophobia).

Were five teenage conterfeiters arrested in Oswego, New York, because (a) their funny money was printed in black-and-white; (b) their $5 bills were chartreuse; or (c) their $10 bills were $20 bills on the flipside. A: Their bills had $10 faces and $20 backs.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: On April 7, 2000 what movie opened in US theaters starring Tommy Lee Jones,Samuel L. Jackson, and Blair Underwood?
A: Rules of Engagement.

Q: What Swedish statesman was elected secretary-general of the United Nations on April 7, 1953? He served until his death in a 1961 plane crash.
A: Dag Hammarskjold.

Q: James Garner was born on April 7, 1928. He starred in "The Rockford Files." That show had great stories, interesting characters, first-rate entertainment. So, of course, it eventually got canceled. What was his first film?
A: "Joan of Arc," a 1948 film starring Ingrid Bergman. He played a peasant. It was six years before his next film role.

Q: You tripped over your Chihuahua and knocked out a tooth. To keep the tooth alive until you can get to a dentist or emergency room, should you put it in (a) a can of beer, (b) a glass of milk, or (c) a cup of ketchup?
A: A glass of milk, preferably skim or low-fat (Vitality Magazine).

Q: How do butterflies taste?
A: With their feet.

Q: On April 7, 1927 an audience in New York saw an image of Herbert Hoover in the first successful long-distance demonstration of television. What political position did he hold?
A: U.S. Commerce Secretary.

Today is "No Housework Day," no bed-making, no dishes, no trash, no guilt -- sponsored by the Wellness Permission League of Lebanon, Pennsylvania (717-279-0184). Some call today "Let-Someone-Else-Clean Day."

Today is "National Coffee Cake and Caramel Popcorn Day."

Today is "Women's Day" in Mozambique.

Today is "World Health Day," marking creation of the UN's World Health Organization on this date in 1948.

This is "Families Laughing Through Stories Week," time to tell funny family stories.

"National Networking Week" and "National Public Health Week" begin today.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: He was born on APR 4, 1946. He appeared in Turner and Hooch, Stir Crazy, Call to Glory, Troop Beverly Hills, Washington D.C.'s police chief on the District and was head coach Hayden Fox on TV's "Coach", who is he?
A: Craig T. Nelson

Q: Who was the first U.S. president to die in office?
A: William Henry Harrison died (APR 4, 1841) of pneumonia after serving one month. He was the 9th president and the first to die in office. He was succeeded by Vice President John Tyler, first person to occupy the office without being elected to it.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

On April 3, 1860, the famous "Pony Express" mail service started between two U.S. cities. Can you name either or both of the cities? A: St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California. Back then it took brave men riding through rough terrain and hostile territory over a week to deliver the mail. Today, with all the high-tech postal equipment, they can do it in about ten days.

On April 3, 1960, The Paul Winchell Show last aired on ABC-TV. The ventriloquist's dummy partner's name was Jerry Mahoney. Later, Winchell invented something, do you know what it is? A: History's first artificial heart.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: On APR 2, 1792 Congress authorized the use of the words "E Pluribus Unum" on U.S. dollars. What does E Pluribus Unum mean?
A: "One out of many" and is espcially applicable to the income tax. Of all the dollars we make, we keep one out of many.

Q: On APR 2, 1513, who was the first known European to ser foot on Florida?
A: Ponce de Leon

Q: French sculptor Frederic Bartholdi, born APR 2, 1834 is famous for?
A: creator of the Stature of Liberty

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Alan Rock's Trivia

April 1, 1891, was a historic day for gum chewers. Why? (Clue: Chicago). A: The Wrigley Chewing Gum Company was founded.

Which computer company first reached $1 billion in annual sales? (a) IBM; (b) Apple; or (c) Radio Shack? A: Apple, 1982.

According to Newsweek, the CIA spent $20 million on (a) Girl Scout cookies; (b) psychics; or (c) 1-900 telephone calls? A: On psychics, before deciding it was a waste of money.