Friday, December 18, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1865, the 13th amendment to the Constitution was ratified, effectively doing what?

2) According to the Department of Agriculture, the leading U.S. crop between 1990 and 2007 was what?

3) What was Steven Spielberg's directorial debut?


1) It abolished slavery.

2) corn

3) Spielberg directed an episode of Rod Serling's Night Gallery titled "Eyes,", an episode which starred Joan Crawford as a rich but bitter and vindictive blind woman who pays a destitute man for his corneas so that she can have them transplanted in her eyes. The doctor has prepared her that she will only be able to see for about 8 hours. She is completely indifferent to the fact that in exchange for those eight hours of sight, the man whose corneas she takes will be blind forever. She has the operation, and the instant the bandages are removed, the city is plunged into a blackout. She spends those "sighted" 8 hours trying to get out of the apartment building in the dark stairwells, and finally makes it back to her apartment when the sun comes up. She finally sees the sun, but it's the last thing she does.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


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

2) What was the first song ever to reach #1 on the pop, country & western, and rhythm & blues music charts?

3) Who was the youngest man to become president?


1) Tommy Steele

2) "Blue Suede Shoes"

3) Theodore Roosevelt was only 42 when he succeeded slain president, William McKinley.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Beethoven was born on this date in 1770. He had an odd habit that he insisted was a great method for stimulating the brain. What did he do?

2) Who was the first running back in the NFL to rush 2000 yards in a single season?

3) In the book, The Wizard of Oz, what were Dorothy's shoes made of (hint: different stuff than the movie)?

4) On this date in 1971, Don McLean released "American Pie," which ran for a whopping 8.5 minutes. The lengthy song nonetheless got a lot of airplay, due to its popularity with deejays. Why so popular?


1) He frequently poured ice water over his head.

2) O.J. Simpson, and he did it on this date in 1973.

3) In the original book, Dorothy's shoes were made of silver.

4) Deejays were happy to play "American Pie" because the song provided enough time for a proper bathroom break!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Walt Disney died this date in 1966. He holds the record for most Academy Awards. How many Oscars has he won, including one posthumously?

2) TV's first miniseries premiered on ABC's "Disneyland" this date in 1954. What was the name of the series?


1) 26

2) Davy Crockett

Monday, December 14, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) The U.S. Table Tennis Association wanted to call its sport Ping-Pong, but were prevented from doing so. Why?

2) Richard Starkey was famous. You're sure to know him and his bandmates. What was his stage name?


1) The board game company, Parker Brothers, already owned the rights to the name "ping-pong."

2) Richard Starkey, aka "Ringo Starr," played drums for The Beatles.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Singer Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton was born this date in 1926. She recorded a song which became a big hit when Elvis covered it. What was it?

2) For what film did Teri Garr receive a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination?

3) How many islands make up the Bahamas?


1) "Hound Dog"

2) Tootsie

3) 700

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1931, this individual won the Nobel Peace Prize. She was the first American woman to do so. Who was she?

2) Who wrote the 1823 poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas"?

3) British Airways passengers consume approximately six tons of it yearly. What?


1) Jane Addams, an ardent feminist and ethicist, was a co-recipient that year for her work for peace, voting rights for women and housing for the poor.

2) Clement Clark Moore

3) Caviar

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1992, a famous couple announced their separation. Who were they?

2) In the Christmas classic, It's a Wonderful Life, which character lost the $8,000?


1) Charles and Diana

2) Uncle Billy

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Actor David Carradine was born on this date in 1936. Paying homage to both the Three Stooges and his own Kung Fu iconic role, he did a series of TV ads for which brand of iced tea?

2) Architect James Hoban died this date in 1831. He was famous for designing what building?

3) American Airlines cut their costs by $40,000 in 1987 by doing what?


1) Lipton ("this ain't no sippin' tea" was the tag line). Watch it here:

2) The White House

3) They stopped including olives in the passengers' salads.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!

1) Every episode of Seinfeld contains an image or reference to what superhero?

2) Who was the only regular cast member of TV's M*A*S*H to actually serve in the Army in Korea?

3) On November 27, 1952, this drama was released, based on the true story of the Tsavo man-eaters. It was written, directed, and produced by Arch Oboler, and is considered the first American color 3-D feature and was considered responsible for starting the brief (1952 - 1954) 3-D craze in U.S. film-making. It starred Robert Stack, Barbara Britton, and Nigel Bruce. The film's tagline was: "The Miracle of the Age!!! A LION in your lap! A LOVER in your arms!" Can you name that film?


1) Superman

2) Jamie Farr

3) Bwana Devil!

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What was the first U.S. holiday by presidential proclamation?

2) Which department store was the first to hold a Thanksgiving parade?

3) The word turkey comes from the Hebrew "tukki" which means what?

4) Captain John Smith founded what colony in Virginia?


1) President Washington declared November 26, 1789 to be Thanksgiving Day.

2) Gimbel's in 1920

3) Big bird or pheasant bird

4) Jamestown

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Over what attack did Admiral Nagano mastermind and execute?

2) Which United States river is the longest?

3) What was the celebrity nickname given to the short-term boxer known as Packy East?

4) There are 7 ways a baseball player-at-bat can get on base. Name them.


1) Admiral Nagano was responsible for plotting out and commanding the attack on Pearl Harbor.

2) 2,466 miles long, the Missouri River is the longest river in the U.S.

3) "Bob Hope"

4) a hit, a walk, fielder's error, fielder's choice, being hit by a pitch, catcher's interference and a dropped third strike

Friday, December 04, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) The first U.S. president to travel abroad made his journey on this date in ____. Who was it and when?

2) What is the nutritional value of coffee?


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

2) Trick question - there is none, per se, although many of us swear we're not fully functioning until we have some.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1967, Dr. Christiaan Barnard was the first to perform this. What procedure was it?

2) In the 1952 movie musical fantasy about Hans Christian Andersen, who played the lead?

3) Before he wrote the Sherlock Holmes series, Arthur Conan Doyle made his living doing what?


1) He performed the world's first successful heart transplant.

2) Danny Kaye played Hans Christian Andersen.

3) Arthur Conan Doyle.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Britney Spears was born on this date in 1981. Raised in Louisiana, at the age of nine, she competed at the state level as an athlete. What sport did she compete in?

2) Which sport has a "sin bin"?

3) On this date in 1927, Henry Ford unveiled his exciting new Model A, the first Ford available in a choice of colors. But beauty was expensive and the sporty new Model A roadster sold for how much?

4) In what battle was the quote, "We have the enemy, and they are ours."

1) Gymnastics

2) "sin bin" is a nickname

3) $385

4) It was uttered during the War of 1812's Battle of Lake Erie.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Where is the world's only museum dedicated to roller skating located?

2) The first telephone in the White House was installed on this date in 1878. Who was the president?

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


1) Lincoln, Nebraska

2) Rutherford B. Hayes

3) She was awarded the Emmy for her appearance on Johnny Carson's final night hosting The Tonight Show.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Who was the first European to land in America?

2) Which former president's son served as Secretary of War, then later as Minister to the Court of St. James in Great Britain?

3) What does anaerobic mean?

4) Which months have 30 days or less?


1) Leif Ericson, nearly 500 years prior to Christopher Columbus's fabled landing!

2) Robert Todd Lincoln

3) does not require oxygen for growth

4) Five months have 30 days or fewer. The old rhyme helps: "30 days hath September, April, June and November. All the rest have 31, excepting February alone, which hath twenty-eight days clear, and twenty-nine in each leap year."

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) According to the Butterball Corporation, they recommend that you thaw a wrapped turkey in the refrigerator how long per four pounds of bird?

2) Which president was the first to establish Thanksgiving as a legal national holiday to be held the fourth Thursday in November?

3) In Canada they celebrate Thanksgiving in what month?


1) One day.

2) Franklin D. Roosevelt.

3) October.

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Which famed movie star's real name was Archibald Leach?

2) What does GI stand for?

3) In what war did those in service first become tagged as GI's?

4) FDR signed Public Law #773 on November 23, 1942, creating the SPARS. What were they?


1) Cary Grant.

2) GI refers to government-issued supplies and equipment.

3) World War II.

4) SPARS was the U.S. Coast Guard Women's Reserve. The name is an acronym of the Coast Guard motto Semper Paratus and its English translation, Always Ready. The name also refers to a spar in nautical usage. Like the other women's reserves such as the WACS and the WAVES, it was created to free men from stateside service in order to fight overseas. Its first director was Captain Dorothy C. Stratton.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia


1) What is the only food that does not spoil?

2) Rosita Alverio won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1961, but accepted it with her stage and screen name. What was her stage name?

3) What musician patented a method for coordinating music in a large orchestra?


1) Honey

2) Rita Moreno

3) Harry Connick, Jr.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Which U.S. president was arrested - while he was still in office - for running over an elderly woman with his horse?

2) On this date in 1789, this state became the first to ratify the Bill of Rights. Which state was it?


1) Franklin Pierce

2) New Jersey

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty are these words: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses..." etc. Who was the author?

2) On this date in 1969, Apollo 12 astronauts made a second landing on the moon. Who were they?

3) What was Larry King's first radio job?


1) Poet Emma Lazarus was the author. The inscription on the Statue of Liberty is excerpted from her poem, "New Colossus."

2) Charles Conrad and Alan Bean

3) Larry King began his broadcasting career as a janitor at an AM station in Miami.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Marlon Brando patented four devices, all with the same name, for a particular musical instrument. Which instrument was it?

2) For what item did Harry Houdini receive a patent in 1921?

3) What countries signed on as members and participants in NAFTA in 1994?


1) Brando patented the "drumhead tensioning device and method," designed for the snare drum.

2) A diving suit

3) U.S., Canada and Mexico

Monday, November 16, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Who created the first known design of a robot?

2) What Hollywood actress patented a missile guidance system?

3) Which of the Marx Brothers invented a special watch for cardiac patients?

4) Who originally held the patent for stand-up advertising cards on restaurant tables?


1) Leonardo da Vinci

2) Hedy Lamar

3) Zeppo

4) Lawrence Welk

Friday, November 13, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What was Whoopi Goldberg's given name?

2) Whoopi won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1990 for what role in what movie?

3) What product was featured in the first television commercial?


1) Whoopi's birth name was Caryn Johnson.

2) She won for her part as Oda Mae Brown in Ghost.

3) The first commercial showed a Bulova watch with the famous ticking second hand.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Controversial figure skater Tonya Harding was born this date in 1970. In 2002 she appeared as a featured contender in a Fox Celebrity Boxing event. Who was her opponent?

2) Baby dogs are puppies, cats give birth to kittens. What are baby eels called?

3) Ralph Waldo Emerson was famous for saying that "for every minute you are angry, you lose..." what?


1) Former Clinton accuser, Paula Jones.

2) A baby eel is an elver.

3) sixty seconds of happiness

Alan Rock's Trivia! (for 11/11/09)


1) What cigarette maker sponsored The Flintstones?

2) "Lucky" Luciano was born November 11th, 1896. What was his real first name?

3) Dumbo was a derisive nickname for Disney's child elephant with over-sized ears. What had Dumbo's mother named him?

4) Born November 11, 1922, he wrote Slaughterhouse Five, Cat's Cradle, and Breakfast of Champions. Who was this beloved author?


1) Winston.

2) Charles

3) Jumbo, Jr.

4) Kurt Vonnegut

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Which branch of the military was created this date in 1775?

2) What does the acronym NAFTA stand for?

3) Name the capital of the Republic of Singapore.


1) The Marine Corps

2) North American Free Trade Agreement

3) Singapore is the capital of the Republic of Singapore.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) The three most populous cities are _______, _______, and _______.

2) The three most populous countries are _______, _______, and _______.

3) Six states established the CSA at a meeting in Montgomery, Alabama, February 4th, 1861.


1) Tokyo, New York and Mexico City

2) China, India and the United States.

3) Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!

1) What is the oldest weekly program on television?

2) Name the only U.S. state that doesn't have a cave?

3) What are the traditional gifts for 25th and 50th anniversaries?


1) Meet the Press

2) Delaware is without caves.

3) Silver and gold, respectively.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Roy Rogers was born this date in 1911. He had a famous horse, Trigger; what was his dog's name?

2) Randy Quaid voiced an animated version of this fast food icon for the restaurant chain's ad campaign back in the 90s. Who was it?

3) What percentage of households in Detroit do not have access to automobiles?


1) Bullet

2) Colonol Sanders (KFC was the chain)

3) 33%

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Can you name the 4 families of apes?

2) What was Veteran's Day originally called?


1) chimpanzees, gibbons, gorillas and orangutans

2) Armistice Day

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1847, the two first U.S. postage stamps were sold. Whose images did they bear?

2) On this date in 1964, the world's longest suspension bridge opened. Where is it and what was its name?

3) The first Super Bowl was held in 1967. Which teams played and which one won?


1) The five-cent stamp showed Ben Franklin; the ten-cent stamp had Jefferson.

2) The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in NYC.

3) Held in Los Angeles, it was a contest between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Packers won, 35 -10.

Alan Rock's Trivia!

(for Monday, November 2)

On this date in ....

1896: Britain issued the first motor car insurance policy, but damage caused by frightened horses was specifically excluded.

1948: President Harry S. Truman barely won re-election over Republican challenger Thomas E. Dewey

1958: Billboard magazine introduced a new chart that ranked the top 100 singles.

1959: In New York, Montreal Canadiens goalie Jacques Plante became the first NHL goalie to wear a mask on a permanent basis after getting hit by a shot from Rangers' Andy Bathgate.

1963: The Beach Boys released "Be True To Your School."

1966: Paul Revere & The Raiders appeared on TV's "Batman."

1976: Georgia peanut farmer Jimmy Carter was elected President of the U.S.

1980: A significant decline in television family values began when Edith Bunker died.

1988: A Cornell University graduate student unleashed a computer "worm" that began reproducing and clogging thousands of computers around the country.

1991: Some 100 members of the Tenafly High School class of 1956 finally held their senior prom in Tenafly, New Jersey. The original prom was cancelled after beer bottles were thrown from a bus in the Lincoln Tunnel during a class trip to New York City.

1996: Louisville, Kentucky, police released two Chicago men of Palestinian descent from jail when the white powder found in their car turned out to be dried yogurt, which is common in Middle East countries. The men had told police for two days that=s what it was.

1997: Ashlyn and Lacey McCleve, 4-year-old and 7-year-old sisters from Gilbert, Arizona, were chosen as the newest Oscar Mayer wieners in a nationwide contest to find children to sing the Balogna song. The girls also shared the top prize, a $20-thousand college scholarship.

2091: The computer-animated movie "Monsters, Inc." opened in the U.S., recording the best debut ever for an animated film.

2003: British intelligence finally identified a mysterious transmission that had baffled analysts for days. The nation's leading communications scientists determined strange high-frequency noises coming from Scarborough signal station in Yorkshire were caused by a goat rubbing its horns against an antenna mast.

2003: P. Diddy raised $2 million for childrens' charities by finishing in the New York City Marathon. His time was 4 hours 14 minutes 54 seconds.

2004: President Bush was elected to a second term and Republicans strengthened their majorities in Congress.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Actor Tim Robbins was born this day in 1958. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for this 2003 movie. What was its name?

2) If you suffer from hypnophobia, you fear what?

3) Which U.S. president used to swim in the Potomac against the current for exercise?


1) Mystic River

2) You are afraid to go to sleep.

3) John Quincy Adams

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1990, a former Soviet Republic leader was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Who was it?

2) On this date in 1903, Gordon Nance was born in Pattonsburg, MO. We knew him better as what silver screen cowboy?

3) Before Linda Lavin got the lead on TV's "Alice," she had a recurring role on another hit show of the 70s. Which show was it?


1) Mikhail Gorbachev

2) As "Wild Bill" Elliott, he starred in the Saturday serial, "The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickock" and he played Red Ryder in both serials and feature films.

3) Linda Lavin had a recurring role as Det. Janice Wentworth in "Barney Miller."

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1926, the first Winnie the Pooh book was published. Name the author.

2) In the TV series, Maverick, Roger Moore had a recurring role. What was it?


1) A.A. Milne

2) He played "Beauregard," Bret Maverick's cousin.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1957, two superstars hosted an hour-long TV special on ABC introducing the 1958 Edsel. The special was a ratings hit. Who were they?

2) On this date in 1958, Warren Covington and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra had the #7 hit on Billboard's Hot 100. It was the last "big band" hit song. Name it.

3) Which brand of coffee first appeared in sealed tin cans in 1879?

4) On this date in 1792, the cornerstone to the White House was laid. Who was the first presidential family to live in the White House?


1) Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra

2) "Tea-for-Two Cha-Cha"

3) Chase and Sanborn

4) John Adams

Monday, October 12, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Which mammal has the longest life expectancy?

2) Which flower was appointed by Congress to be the U.S. national flower?

3) Before dinner plates, what did people eat off of?


1) Humans have the longest life expectancy

2) the rose

3) people used thick slices of stale bread they called a "trencher"

Friday, October 09, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What did Columbus bring to the New World on his third trip that he missed bringing before?

2) What is the longest time a chicken remained in flight?

3) For which role did Charlton Heston receive the Oscar for best actor?

4) What film produced a Best Actor Oscar for Robert DeNiro?


1) Rather than what, it's who. Columbus brought women - 30, to be specific, on his third voyage.

2) 13 seconds

3) Judah Ben-Hur in Ben-Hur (1959)

4) Raging Bull

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1956, the only perfect game in a World Series was pitched in a matchup between the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers. Who was the pitcher?

2) How many eggs does an oyster lay?

3) On this date in 1919, Congress passed the Volstead Act, outlawing what?

4) Which U.S. general, who served in both the War of 1812 and the Civil War, was 6'5" and 300 lbs?


1) Don Larsen

2) A female American Oyster lays an average of 500 million eggs per year. Usually, only one survives.

3) The Volstead Act ushered in the era of Prohibition, prohibiting the sale and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages.

4) Winfield Scott

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Where does the art of bonsai come from?

2) The fastest growing trees grow at what rate per month?

3) What's the difference between regular boxing gloves and golden gloves?

4) Who was known as the "March King" and was a noted leader of the U.S. Marine Band?


1) China

2) The Quercus Virginiana (live oak) tree grows 2.5 ft. per month

3) So-called "golden gloves" weigh 10 0ounces, while regular gloves weigh 8 ounces.

4) John Philip Sousa

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) How many varieties of tomatoes are there (hint:L the answer may be on your ketchup bottle!)?

2) In 1893, this fruit was designated as a vegetable in a court decision pertaining to tariff laws. What was it?

3) Seven U.S. states were named after royalty. Which ones are they?

4) Where were streets first paved?


1) 57 (that was too easy!)

2) The TOMATO!

3) Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, North and South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia

4) Rome laid out the world's first paved streets 170 BC. The new streets were popular, as they functioned in all sorts of weather and were easier to keep clean, but they did tend to amplify the noise level.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What U.S. president had an autobiography entitled, Where's the Rest of Me?

2) Name the son of a slave family who was the first to receive an honorary degree from Harvard in 1896.

3) In 1781, this state was the first to officially designate the Fourth of July as a holiday. Which state was it?


1) This was Ronald Reagan's biography , published in 1965.

2) Booker T. Washington

3) Massachusetts

Friday, October 02, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1959, "The Twilight Zone" made its television debut. Who was its creator and host?

2) What city - the only one in the world - is located on two continents?


1) Rod Serling

2) Istanbul extends to both the European and Asian sides of the Bosphorous Strait.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) The long-running series, "Cheers," debuted September 30th, 1982. What was the name of the character played by actress Rhea Perlman?

2) Dennis Quaid's brother, Randy, was a regular on what weekly TV show?

3) On this date in 1962, Johnny Carson took over the reigns of "The Tonight Show." Who were his guests that night?


1) Carla Tortelli (later "marrying" hockey playing Eddie LeBeque, making her Carla Tortelli-LeBeque))

2) SNL in the mid '80s.

3) Tony Bennett, Joan Crawford, Rudy Vallee, Mel Brooks, and Groucho Marx.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) During the Civil War, what city was designated as the confederate capital?

2) Prior to FDR's "New Deal," Theodore Roosevelt introduced a program called _________.


1) Montgomery, AL

2) Teddy's program was called "The Square Deal"

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) He wrote "Riders in the Sky," "Back in the Saddle Again," and most famously, "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer." He also has no less than 5 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for radio, TV, movies, records, and live performances. Who was he?

2) How old was Bill Gates when he formed his first company and sold a computerized traffic counting system to cities?

3) According to the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture, for every dollar spent on produce at the market, how much does the farmer who grew the produce receive?

4) You suffer from misopedia. What do you have an inordinate aversion to?


1) Gene Autry - he died at the age of 91 in 1998.

2) He was 14. His company made $20,000 the first year, but business dropped off when customers found out how young he was.

3) About .05

4) children

Friday, September 25, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia


1) How many times can a bumblebee sting?

2) Who was the oldest man to ever play in a major-league baseball game?

3) In 1992, a 12 year old Floridian named Gregory Kingsley made legal history. What did he do?


1) The bumblebee does not die after it stings, rather it can sting again and again.

2) On this date in 1965, when baseball great Satchel Paige was 60 years old, he pitched for Kansas City in a game against the Boston Red Sox. In that game, he threw three shutout innings against the Red Sox.

3) He legally "divorced" himself from his biological parents.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Which war ended in 1783 with the signing of the Treaty of Paris?

2) Which art gallery is the world's largest?

3) Who originally said, "God helps those who helps themselves"?

4) Which of the nine planets in the solar system got demoted?


1) The Treaty of Paris officially ended the Revolutionary War between the American colonies and England.

2) The world's largest art gallery is the Winter Palace and Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. The 322 galleries contained therein house nearly 3 million works of art.

3) This saying, which is often mistaken for a biblical quote, was uttered by Benjamin Franklin.

4) Pluto was downgraded in 2006 to the category of "dwarf" planet.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Who was the only person to have been honored in the College Basketball Hall of Fame both as a player and a coach?

2) Which U.S. national park is the oldest?

3) How many federal service academies are there and what are their names?


1) John Wooden

2) Yellowstone National Park - it was founded in 1872.

3) There are five:
> U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY.
> U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD.
> U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO.
> U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, CT
> U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Two countries are less than one square mile in size. Name them.

2) Which continent is the largest in terms of size?

3) Name the U.S. Cabinet member who was shot and wounded in his home at the same time Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theater.


1) Vatican City and the principality of Monaco.

2) Asia is the largest, spanning 11,948,911 miles.

3) Famous for his so-called folly, it was William H. Seward.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What was Frankie Avalon's first top 10 hit?

2) On this date in 1931, RCA demonstrated the first 33 and 1/3 LP (long play) record. The RCA logo was the image of a dog listening to "his master's voice" coming out of an old Victrola. What was the dog's name?


1) "Dede Dinah." It reached #7 in early 1958. "Ginger Bread" peaked at #9 a few months later, and "Venus" became #1 in 1959.

2) "Nipper."

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1911, the first transcontinental flight across the U.S. was completed in 82 hours from New York to ____________, California.

2) What was the name of the Mayflower's companion ship?

3) Before "Three's Company," John Ritter played a recurring character on what series?

4) What former Secretary of State was elected president, but was defeated in his bid for re-election?


1) Pasadena

2) It was the Speedwell; it had to turn back because it wasn't considered seaworthy for so long a voyage.

3) Ritter played Reverend Matthew Fordwick on "The Waltons."

4) John Quincy Adams

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1953, the first movie filmed in Cinemascope premiered. What was the name of the film?

2) Where would you speak "Shelta"?

3) What was the name / location of the first battle fought in the American Revolutionary War?


1) The Robe.

2) "Shelta" is a dialect comprised of Irish and Gaelic still spoken by some older folks in parts of Ireland and England.

3) The first battle was The Battle of Lexington in Massachusetts.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Which human hair grows fastest?

2) Which language has the longest alphabet?


1) Men's beards grow the fastest. Left untrimmed, the average man's beard would grow to nearly 30 feet long.

2) The Cambodian alphabet contains 74 letters.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Water that freezes upon hitting the ground is called __________ _______.

2) A cloud shaped like a comma is usually a sign of a _____ pressure front.

3) The first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court resigned in order to seek political office as the governor of New York. Who was he?


1) freezing rain

2) low

3) John Jay

Friday, September 11, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What do the dark splotches on chicken bones indicate?

2) In ancient Rome, what was eating woodpecker meat considered to be?


1) In cooked poultry, bones with dark splotches indicate that the chicken was frozen.

2) Eating woodpecker flesh was considered a sin.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia


1) Today, Sept. 10, is Gunsmoke Day, marking the TV debut of Marshall Mall Dillon, Chester, Doc, and Miss Kitty on CBS. James Arness starred for 20 years. In 1964 Festus replaced Chester. Do you remember the last names of Chester or Festus?

2) Which country has he lowest crime rate?

3) Before it was called Camp David, what was the presidential hideaway near Thurmont, Maryland called?

4) Who was known as the first singing Western-movie star?


1) Chester Goode and Festus Haggen

2) The country of Togo has the lowest crime rate in the world, with an average of just 11 reported crimes annually for every 100,000 of the population.

3) Shangri-La, the presidential hideaway near Thurmond Maryland, was renamed Camp David in honor of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's father and grandson on May 22, 1953.

4) It was Gene Autry (1907-98)

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) How many bees dwell in an average hive?

2) Which feature makes the penny unique?

3) What are the odds of giving birth to twins?

4) British Airways passengers consume approximately 6 tons of _________ per year.


1) 30 - 60,000

2) The penny is the only coin with a right-facing profile. All other U.S. coins have profiles facing left.

3) 1 in 33

4) caviar

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Assuming you're average, what percent of your brain is water?

2) A retired schoolteacher in India holds the record for becoming the world's oldest mother. Not only did she become a mother again at the age of 70, she gave birth to twins. How old was she?

3) On September 8, 1565, the first permanent European settlement in what is now the continental United States was founded on the site of which U.S. city?

4) Which famous figure referred to his daughter as his "only son"?


1) 80%

2) Omkari Panwar was 70 years old when she gave birth to twins in 2008.

3) St. Augustine, FL

4) Sigmund Freud

Alan Rock's Trivia!

(for September 7)


1) In 1939, Lina Medina became the youngest mother on record. How old was she?

2) The Father of Marxism, Karl Marx, also fathered how many children?

3) Where are the most ripe olives produced?

4) Which country produces the most cork?


1) She was 5 years old

2) He fathered 7 children.

3) 70 - 80 percent of all ripe olives are grown in California. 80 - 160,000 tons of olives are produced in California each year.

4) Portugal is the world's largest producer of cork trees other than for essential thinning and removal of older non-producing trees.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What has the highest content of dietary fiber of any fruit, nut or vegetable?

2) Which actor turned down lead roles in Tootsie and An Officer and a Gentleman?

3) Which two animals are able to see behind themselves without having to turn their heads?

4) Which major North American city was founded on this date in 1769?


1) Figs

2) John Travolta

3) Rabbits and parrots

4) Los Angeles

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Born this date in 1923, this cartoonist created "Beetle Bailey" and "Hi and Lois." What was his name?

2) Which president was the first to be born in the 20th century?

3) What is Louisiana's state bird?

4) Which river basin has evidence of the earliest human civilization in Europe?


1) Mort Walker

2) John F. Kennedy

3) the pelican

4) the Danube

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Which president delivered his inaugural address without once using the word, "I"?

2) On this date in 1923 "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" was released in movie theaters. Who was the star?


1) Theodore Roosevelt

2) Lon Chaney

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) According to USA Today, which brand of luxury cars is the favorite among U.S. CFOs?

2) According to USA Today, 45% of wives report their husbands snore. What percentage of husbands admit to snoring?

3) Misopedia is an unusually strong aversion to ______________ .


1) The #1 preferred brand is Lexus; #2 is Mercedes Benz, #3 is BMW.

2) Only 5%!

3) children

Monday, August 31, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Which branch of the U.S. military service, according to 2007 figures, had the highest percentage of women?

2) What is the average number of people who are airborne, per hour, in the U.S.?

3) What was the name of the world's first airline?


1) The Air Force, with 19.6%.

2) 60,000

3) "Delag"

Friday, August 28, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What does NATO's acronym stand for?

2) Which brand of cigarettes sponsored "The Flintstones"?

3) What was the name of Linus's brother in the comic strip, "Peanuts"?


1) North Atlantic Treaty Organization

2) Winston

3) Rerun

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1859, the first oil well in the U.S. struck oil. Where?

2) Which airport is the world's busiest?

3) How many islands are there in the Bahamas?


1) Titusville, PA

2) Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Intl Airport

3) 700

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Born this date in 1873, Dr. Lee DeForest invented the ______________, which made possible radio, television and radar detection.

2) Which color is most frequently found in hospital recovery rooms?

3) What's the difference between a zebu and a zebub?

4) Born this date in 1935, she was the first woman to run as Vice-President for a major political party. Who was she?


1) the 3-element vacuum tube

2) Mint green - a color supposedly believed to be calming and to minimize eye strain

3) Zebus are humped cattle found in India, China and northern Africa. Zebubs are tsetse-like flies found in Ethiopia.

4) Geraldine Ferraro

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Sean Connery was born this date in 1930. How many James Bond films did he do?

2) On this date in 1972, computerized axial tomography was introduced in Great Britain, more familiarly known as ________________?

3) In which state is the Dixie National Forest?

4) Which famous artist was thought to have been stillborn?


1) 7

2) CAT scan

3) Utah

4) Pablo Picasso was thought to have been born dead; the midwife was so convinced, she left him on a table. His uncle revived him by breathing cigar smoke into his lungs.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Prior to being the 41st president, George H.W. Bush served as the director of the CIA. Which president appointed him to that post?

2) What is the most popular vacation activity?

3) Which U.S. park and tourist destination is mostly water?

4) Chicago's O'Hare Airport is designated by the initials "ORD." How did that come about?


1) Gerald Ford

2) Shopping

3) Biscayne National Park

4) ORcharD Field

Friday, August 21, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) How many bees, working over the course of a lifetime, does it take to create one tablespoon of honey?

2) Who was the youngest man to chair the Joint Chiefs of Staff?

3) Which 19th century president ironically contended, "the ballot is stronger than the bullet"?


1) 12

2) Colin Powell

3) Abraham Lincoln

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Francis Scott Key is famous for composing the national anthem, but what was his day job?

2) Why is La Paz, Bolivia virtually fireproof?

3) On this date in 1918, the author of Valley of the Dolls and The Love Machine was born. Who was the author?


1) Key was a lawyer by profession.

2) At 12,000 feet above sea level, there is barely enough oxygen to sustain a fire.

3) Jacqueline Susann

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia


1) Which fish is the most widely eaten fish in the world?

2) On Aug. 19,1929, a radio sitcom starring actors Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll debuted on NBC Radio. One of radio's longest-running shows, it moved to television for two seasons in the early '50s. Reruns finally disappeared in Aug. 19, 1966. Can you name the show?

3) Actor John Stamos was born on this date in 1963. Can you name the band with which Stamos has occasionally appeared as drummer and backup vocalist?

4) In all, how many husbands did Calamity Jane have?


1) Herring - nutritionally, its fuel value is equal to that of a beefsteak.

2) Amos & Andy

3) The Beach Boys

4) Twelve

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia


1) In a deck of playing cards, which king does not have a mustache?

2) On this date in 1920, the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was ratified by Tennessee, giving it the two-thirds majority of state ratification necessary to make it the law of the land. What did it do?

3) What is tin's most common usage?


1) The King of Hearts

2) Guaranteed women the right to vote

3) Most tin is used to make containers for food and pastes. Over 100 billion such containers are manufactured each year.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What popular festival is the eve of All Saints' Day?

2) Who helped George Washington write his farewell address?



2)Alexander Hamilton

Friday, August 14, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia


1) Who invented the "Rocking Chair"?

2) Who was the president who brought in the government growth programs that were labeled the Great Society?


1) Benjamin Franklin

2) Lyndon Johnson, our 36th president

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia 8/13/09

Q1: What happens if you hold a piece of the rare metal Gallium in your hand?
A1: It melts at 86 degrees F.

Q2: What are palindromes? Can you give an example?
A2: They are words that are read the same from left to right or right to left. For example, racecar, kayak, madam, redivider, Hannah... etc

Q3: Whose commemorative U.S. Postage Stamp was the best-selling of all time?
A3: Elvis Presley, which was issued in 1993. There were 122.3 million stamps sold.

Q4: Who was the first African-American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court?
A4: Thurgood Marshall, in 1967

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia 8/12/09

Q1: What musical classic is the official U.S. march?
A1: "The Stars and Stripes Forever"

Q2: He was born on Aug. 12, 1939. He appeared in Evel Kneivel, Doc Hollywood and Zorro. Who is he?
A2: George Hamilton

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia 8/11/09

Q1: Today is the birthday of Terry Gene Bollea, we know him better as?
A1: Hulk Hogan

Q2: What is the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form except fresh?
A2: Lettuce

Q3: How many punctuation marks are there in English grammar? Can you name at least half of them?
A3: There are fourteen marks in the English grammar. They are Period, Comma, Colon, Semicolon, Dash, Hyphen, Apostrophe, Question Mark, and Exclamation Point, Quotation Marks, Brackets, Parenthesis, Braces, and Ellipses.

Q4: In 1934, how much did Babe Ruth pay a fan for the baseball he hit for his 700th carreer home run?
A4: $20

Monday, August 10, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia 8/10/09

Q1: Was the original title of the Beatles' hit "Eeanor Rigby:"?
A1: Daisy Hawkins

Q2: Who was the U.S. senator who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996?
A2: It was Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., who was a pitcher for several teams, including the Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers.

Q3: This 6-foot snake feeds other snakes using its immunity to the snake poison of others, such as rattlesnakes. It also feeds on mice, rats, and other mammals. Name this helpful creature.
A3: the Kingsnake

Q4: What popular festival is marked as the eve of All Saints' Day?
A4: Halloween is the eve.

Alan Rock's Trivia 8/7/09

Q1: Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two two perennial vegetables?
A1: Asparagus and Rhubarb

Q2: Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends.
A2: Boxing

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: On August 6, 1986, Timothy Dalton became the fourth actor to take over a famous movie role. Who?
A1: Bond... Jame Bond

Q2: What shape are raindrops?
A2: Perfectly round

Q3: By water content, how much snow is equal to one inch of rain?
A3: Ten inches.

Q4: What musical classic is the official U.S. march?
A4: "The Stars and Stripes Forever"

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia 8/5/09

Q1: Which U.S. President signed into law the first federal income tax on August 5th?
A1: President Abraham Lincoln. It was a three percent tax on annual incomes over $800, but the tax was so unpopular that it was rescinded 10 years later.

Q2: Which U.S. President signed the legislation officially designating Dr. Maritn Luther King Day as a federal holiday?
A2: President Ronald Reagan, on November 2, 1983

Q3: Which famous movie actress died--under mysterious circumsatces--on August 5, 1962?
A3: Marilyn Monroe

Alan Rock's Trivia 8/4/09

Q1: I missed the yesterday, Aug. 3, was the birthday of Jay North. What character did he play in a TV series?
A1: Dennis the Menace

Q2: What country on earth experienced the highest temperature ever recorded?
A2: The biggest scorcher ever noted was on September 13, 1922, in El Azizia, Libya, when the mercury hit 136 degrees Fahrenheit.

Q3: The lowest temperature recorded in the U.S. occured in what state?
A3: Alaska. It was -79.8 degrees Fahrenheit.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia 8/3/09

Q1: What is the longest river in Europe?
A1: the Volga River, in Russia

Q2: What is the common name for the headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police?
A2: Scotland Yard

Q3: What commission is awarded to graduates from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point?
A3: The graduates are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree and commissioned rank of second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Q4: Dino Crocetti and Joseph Levitch were a stage and screen duo of much fame under their adopted showbiz name. Name this popular team.
A4: Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis (Martin and Lewis)

Friday, July 31, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia 7/31/09

Q1: The cornerstone was laid for the first U.S. government building. Can you name it?
A1: The U.S. Mint, on July 31, 1792. And just think, this year it'll be paid off -- if we can borrow the money.

Q2: On July 31, 1971: David R. Scott and James B. Irwin did something nobody had ever done before. What?
A2: They became the first astronauts to ride a vehicle on the moon. The moon buggy traveled five miles on the lunar surface.

Q3: Best known as the founder of the American Red Cross, she had a number of other careers in her life. She taught shcool for eighteen years, then became the first full-time clerk in the U.S. Patent Office. During the Civil War, she became a legend as the "Angel of the Battlefield." Who is she?
A3: Clara Harlowe Barton

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia 7/30/09

Q1: Arnold Schwarzenegger was born on July 30, 1947. Can you name the SECOND movie in which he appeard -- in 1994-- with Danny De Vito?
A1: Junior (First was Twins)

Q2: Can you name the only predominantly Christian Asian country?
A2: The Philippines are 81 percent Roman Catholic and 9 percent Protestant.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia 7/29/09

Q1: On July 29, 1981 there was a very big wedding in London. Who got married?
A1: Prince Charles and Lady Di

Q2: Who was the first actress to win a second Best Actress Oscar?
A2: Luise Rainer won her first Best Actress Academy Award in 1936 for her appearance in "The Great Ziegfeld" and followed her victory in the next year for her acting in "The Good Earth."

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia 7/28/09

Q1: On July 28, 1866, she was born in England. In 1894, she wrote a letter to a critically ill child about four little rabbits: Flopsy, Mospy, Cottontail, and Peter. The story since then has been published in 17 languages. The story was inspired by her own pet rabbit, Benjamin H. Bouncer. She was a famous author of children's books. Who was she?
A1: Beatrix Potter

Q2: The first major international TV broadcast took place in 1953. What event was it?
A2: It was the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Q3: Who was the first film star to win a second Best Actor Oscar?
A3: Spencer Tracy won his first Best Actor Academy Award in 1937 for his performance in "Captains Courageous" then took home a second in 1938 for "Boys Town."

Q4: Do you remember Blackbeard the Pirate? What was Blackbeard's ship name? What is his real name?
A4: The Flagship also known as Queen Anne's Revenge. The ship sank in 1718. Blackbeard's real name is Edward Teach.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia 7/27/09

Q1: In the 1976 film "Ode to Billy Joe," inspired by Bobby Gentry's hit song, who played Billy Joe McAllister?
A1: Robby Benson

Q2: Who was the first movie comic to be hit in the face with a pie?
A2: Fatty Arbuckle. Mabel Normand flung it in "A Noise from the Deep," a 1913 silent film.

Q3: How many songs did Irving Berlin write?
A3: Irving Berlin was prolific, writing more than 900 songs, 19 musicals, and the scores of 18 movies. Some of his songs that have become beloved classics include, "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Easter Parade," and "White Christmas."

Friday, July 24, 2009

Alan Rock'sTrivia 7/24/09

Q1: She was born on July 24th 1898. She was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic. She disappeared in the Pacific during an attempted round the world flight. Who was she?
A1: Amelia Earhart

Q2: William Moulton Marston who created the comic character Wonder Woman, also invented something, what was it?
A2: William Moulton Marston, also invented the lie detector, so obviously everything he wrote about Wonder Woman was true.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia 7/23/09

Q1:On July 23rd 1961, actor Woody Harrelson was born. Can you name the 1996 movie for which he recieved a Best Actor Oscar nomination?
A1: The People vs. Larry Flynt

Q2: She was born in 1894 and died in 1937. She called herself the Empress of Blues - others called her the greatest female blues singer. Who is she?
A2: Bessie Smith

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia 7/22/09

Q1: What university was founded in 1746 as the College of New Jersey?
A1: The College of New Jersey is now Princeton University.

Q2: When she was nineteen she became the first woman to swim the English Channel. Who is she?
A2: Gertrude Ederle

Q3: On July 22nd 1934, which famous gangster was gunned down by FBI agents in Chicago?
A3: John Dillinger

Q4: Fluffy or lumpy clouds are called what?
A4: Cumulus Clouds

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia 7/21/09

Q1: On July 21, 1955 the last episode of a popular radio program airs. The show had been one of radio's most popular programs since its debut in 1944. The star of the show was Leonard Slye, we knew him as?
A1: Roy Rogers was the host of the Roy Rogers Show. He was born Leonard Slye in Cincinnati in 1911. He first came to Hollywood in the 1920's as a migrant fruit picker. In the early 1930's, he joined a singing group called Uncle Tom Murray's Holllywood Hillbillies, which first played on the radio in 1931. Rogers went on to sing with other similar groups, including the Sons of the Pioneers, which recorded hits like " Tumbling Tumbleweeds." The Sons of the Pioneers group was recruited for low-budget western films, and Rogers was soon playing bits and parts for Republic Pictures, the same studio where cowboy star Gene Autry worked. When Autry quit over a dispute with the studio in 1937, Rogers gained more exposure. Starring with his trick horse Trigger and his frequent co-star Dale Evans, Rogers soon became one of the top 10 moneymakers in Hollywood.

Q2: On July 21 1925, the "Trial of the Century" draws national attention. What was the trail about?
A2: School teacher John T. Scopes is convicted of violating Tennessee's law against teaching evolution in public schools. The case debated in the so-called "Trail of the Century" was never really in doubt; the jury only conferred for a few moments in the hallway before returning to the courtroom with a guilty verdict. Nevertheless, the supporters of evolution won the public relations battle that was really at stake.

Q3: In 1955 she swam the English Channel, England to France, in 13 hours 55 minutes, a record for women and men. Who is she"
A3: Florence May Chadwick

Q4: The first major land battle of the Civil War on July 21, 1861. What was the name of the battle?
A4: The First Battle of Bull Run, a large Union force under General Irvin McDowell is routed by a Confederate army under General Pierre G.T. Beauregard.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia 7/20/09

Q1: You are a hedenophobic. What do you have a abnormal fear of?
A1: Pleasure

Q2: How many women's football leagues are there currently in the United States?
A2: 4

Q3: Who scored the 1999 World Cup winning goal for the U.S. National soccer team?
A3: Brandy Chastain

Friday, July 17, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: Which famous music festival opened for the first time on July 17, 1954.
A1: The Newport Jazz Festival

Q2: How hot is lightning?
A2: 70,000 degrees F

Q3: In Pentagon's doublespeak, what is a "combat emplacement evacuator"?
A3: A shovel

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: On July 16, 1963, the U.S. Postal Service began using Zip Codes. What does ZIP mean?
A1: Zone Improvement Plan

Q2: Where does oil of wintergreen come from?
A2: From the bark of sweet birch

Q3: On Huly 16, 1945, the first atmoic bomb was tested in what state?
A3: Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Q4: How many of our Presidents served as Vice-Presidents?
A4: 14

Alan Rock's Trivia for 7/15/09

Q1: If you are disk jockey who sufferes from aphonia, what's your problem?
A1: You've lost your voice and it may not come back.

Q2: Where did Popeye live?
A2: The seaport hometown of Sweetwater.

Q3: What did Aristotle claim determined the sex of a baby?
A3: Wind direction

Q4: About how many times has the average American seen "Star Wars" since its 1977 release?
A4: 7

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia 7/14/09

Q1: What river forms the northern border of Kentucky?
A1: Ohio River

Q2: In what country did the "kilt" originate?
A2: France

Q3: What profession is credited with having the most extensive vocabulary?
A3: Journalists

Q4: What was dispensed from the first U.S. vending machines?
A4: Chewing Gum

Monday, July 13, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia 7/13/09

Q1: Which of the Great Lakes is the only one entirely inside US territory?
A1: Lake Michigan

Q2: Which four states make up what is commonly called The Four Corners?
A2: Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona

Q3: How many U.S. presidents have died on July 4th?
A3: 3 (Adams, Jefferson, and Monroe)

Q4: What country has the most doughnut shops per capita?
A4: Canada

Friday, July 10, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia 7/10/09

Q1: Emily Dickinson wrote more than 900 poems. How many were published during her lifetime?
A1: Four

Q2: Who was Lucy Hobbs Taylor? And what was she the first to do?
A2: The first woman to become a certified dentist in 1867.

Q3: Oscar the Grouch From TV's Sesame Street had a pet. Do you know what kind of pet it was and it's name?
A3: It was a pet worm named Slimey

Q4: What was John Quincy Adams nickname?
A4: During his heyday, John Quincy Adams was nicknamed "Old Man Eloquent."

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia 7/9/09

Q1: Only one U.S. state has a unicameral legislature. Can you name it?
A1: Nebraska is the only U.S. state with a unicameral legislature.

Q2: What is a vexillologist an expert on?
A2: Flags

Q3: What did singer Michael Jackson collect?
A3: Mannequins

Q4: According to a recent survey, what percent of people who play the car radio while driving also sing along with it?
A4: 75 percent

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia 7/8/09

Q1: What was Flipper's real name?
A1: Mitzi was the dolphin's name in the movie Flipper. For the TV series, she was replaced by Suzy and Cathy.

Q2: The shape of which national monument is called an "obelisk"?
A2: The Washington Monument

Q3: On July 8, 1958, the Recording Industry Association of America presented the first gold record album. Do you know who won? The first gold single had been presented four months earlier for who?
A3: The soundtrack "Oklahoma" had reached one million dollars in sales and it also was the album. Perry Como's "Catch a Falling Star," was the single, meaning the single had sold one million copies.

Q4: What was the early name of what later became the state of Rhode Island?
A4: Rhode Island was originally the Providence Plantations

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia 7/7/09

Q1: Who created the phrase "Iron Curtain" to describe the Soviet Union's blocking of freedom?
A1: The Soviet nickname was by Winston Churchill, in a speech in Fulton, Mo., in 1946

Q2: Which political official is the head of the American Red Cross?
A2: President

Q3: Name the man who wrote the famous song, "Over There"?
A3: George M. Cohan

Q4: Name the top three countries in the world in population.
A4: The top three in order by population are China, India, and the United States

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia 7/2/09

Q1: What is the camel's name?
A1: The name of the camel on the Camel cigarettes pack is Old Joe.

Q2: Which part of the U.S. flag is the "canton"?
A2: The blue square

Q3: How muscular is a caterpillar?
A3: The caterpillar has more than 2,000 muscles.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia 7/1/09

Q1: On July 1, 1941, NBC broadcast the first FCC-sanctioned TV commercial, a spot shown during a Dodgers-Phillies game. It cost $9. Who was it for?
A1: For Bulova watches

Q2: In which publication was the Pledge of Allegiance first published?
A2: The Youth's Companion

Q3: How many official federal holidays are observed in the United States?
A3: 10

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia 6/30/09

Q1: What Olympic Gold Medal winning gymnast went on to play Peter Pan on Broadway?
A1: Cathy Rigby

Q2: Who was the first woman to race in the Indianapolis 500?
A2: Janet Guthrie

Q3: In what instance is it acceptable to fly the American flag upside down?
A3: In times of distress

Q4: When was the Women's National Basketball Association's (WNBA) inaguaral season?
A4: 1996

Monday, June 29, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia 6/29/09

Q1: The founders of {Portland, Oregon, chose the name by flipping a coin. If the coin had come up on the other side, what would Portland be named?
A1: Boston

Q2: When asked if there was anything she didn't play, what female athlete replied, "Yeah, dolls."
A2: Babe Didrikson

Q3: What happened to London Bridge?
A3: The famed London Bridge which spanned the River Thames for almost 140 years from the 1830s until 1968, now connects Arizona's Lake Havasu City's mainland and island. The bridge survived a terrorist attack in 1884 and the bombing from the Germans in both World Wars. But it could not withstand the forces of nature, as it was sinking into the Thames River's clay bottom.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia 6/26/09

Q1: What was the original name of the Federal Bureau of Investigation?
A1: The FBI was the Bureau of Investigation when it was created, in 1908.

Q2: How long is a chameleon's tounge?
A2: The chameleon, a small lizard generally measuring 6 or 7 inches has a tounge longer than its body. With a thrust of this remarkable appendage, it can catch insects some 10 inches away.

Q3: If you get stung by a bee, how should you remove a bee stinger?
A3: Scrape it off sideways.

Alan Rock 's Trivia for 6/25/09

Q1: At his heaviest, how much did U.S. President James Madison weigh?
A1: 98 pounds

Q2: The human kidney consists of over 1 million little tubes. What is the total length of the tubes in both kidneys?
A2: About forty miles

Q3: Which language has the longest alphabet?
A3: The longest alphabet is Cambodian. It has 74 letters compared with the 26 in English.

Q4: Which dances are the best to lose weight with?
A4: Moderate dancing burns 250 to 300 calories an hour. Twenty minutes of moderate dancing will elevate heart rate up to aerobic levels. One study found polkas, swing dancing, and waltzes to be particularly effective for weight loss.

Alan Rock's Trivia for 6/24/2009

Q1: On June 4, 1949, NBC debuted the first network television western. What is the name of it?
A2: Hopalong Cassidy

Q2: How many of our presidents were born BRitish subjects?
A2: Eight (Washigton, J.Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, J.Q. Adams, Jackson, and W. Harrison)

Q3: Who was the oldest person ever elected U.S. president?
A3: Ronald W. Reagan, 40th president

Q4: One of the divisive figure in jazz masic was Gunther Schuller, whose work, begining in the 1950's, sought to combine some elements of classical music with the improvisational techniques of jazz, creating in Sculler used for this endeavor?
A4: Thrid Stream

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What was the former name of Vietnamese city, Ho Chi Minh City?

2) On this date in 1888, Frederick Douglass was the first African-American to _______.

3)Before the J.Edsgar Hoover building, where was the FBI located?

4) The first Earth satellite was launched by the Soviets in 1957. What was its name?


1) Saigon

2) Frederick Douglass was nominated for president of the United States.

3) The FBI worked out of the Department of Justice

4) Sputnik

Monday, June 22, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia! (for 6/19/09)


1) What sport Did President Harding play almost daily?

2) What's the difference between a zebu and a zebub?

3) Who was the first U.S. president to have appointed a Supreme Court justice?


1) Ping Pong

2) Zebus are a kind of cattle; zebubs are flies similar to tsetse flies.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) A singer was hired to dub Lauren Bacall's singing voice in To Have and Have Not. Who was it?

2)What part of the day is the coolest?

3)On the wall maps in Philadelphia's Independence Hall there is a different label for the Atlantic Ocean. What appears instead?

4) Who was the first head of a cabinet-level department who went on to become president?


1) A teen-aged Andy Williams

2)4 AM - 7 AM

3) "Western" Ocean

4) Thomas Jefferson had served as head of the State Department

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: June 17, 1955 was a historic day in Anaheim, California. What happened?
A1: Disneyland Opened.

Q2: Barry Manilow once worked as a pianist for what singer?
A2: Bette Midler

Q3: What do you call a bunch of bananas?
A3: A cluster or bunch is called a hand. Individual bananas are called fingers.

Q4: How many of our presidents never attended school?
A4: Nine presidents: Washigton, Jackson, Van Buren, Taylor, Fillmore, Lincoln, A Johnson, Cleveland and Truman.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)What was Sleeping Beauty's name?

2)What do most adults consider to be the most important product introduced during the last century?

3) On this date in 1995, Batman Forever opened in the U.S. In this movie, who played The Riddler?

4) Who was the first Rhodes scholar to be elected as a president of the U.S.?


1) Princess Aurora

2) According to Roper Starch Worldwide in New York, 83% answered "the computer" (9% for the telephone and 5%, television).

3) Jim Carrey

4) Bill Clinton

Monday, June 15, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: What was the screwdriver first used for?
A1: To help knights put on their armor on.

Q2: In hot weather, you should avoid eating food high in what?
A2: Protein

Q3: What color clothing is best for keeping the heat off?
A3: White

Q4: Who was the first speaker of the House to move on to be president?
A4: James K. Polk, the 11th president

Friday, June 12, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: Movie actor Gregory Peck died on June 12, 2003. Can you name the 1991 movie in which he appeared with Robert Mitchum, both men were also in the original 1962 version.
A1: Cape Fear

Q2: Who was Mighty Mouse's arch enemy and the name of his girlfriend?
A2: His arch enemy was an evil cat named Oil Can Harry. His girlfriend's name is Pearl Purheart (Mitzy in the comic strip).

Q3: Where can one visit the tomb of George and Martha Washigton?
A3: Mount Vernon

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: On June 11, 1979, movie actor Marion Morrison died at 72. He was better known as... who?
A1: John Wayne

Q2: Do people still play mintonette?
A2: Yes, today the game is called volleyball.

Q3: What does SCUBA stand for?
A3: Self Contained Underwater Breath Apparatus

Q4: Who plays the movie voice of E.T. in Steven Spielberg's classic science fiction film?
A4: Debra Winger

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: Which worldwide organization was founded by two friends (Dr. Robert Smith and William G. Wilson) on this date in 1935?
A1: Alcoholics Anonymous

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) According to the Fund-Raising Counsel Trust for philanthropy, in the U.S., who is the most philanthropic - corporations, individuals, or foundations?

2) Who invented the solid-body electric guitar?

3) Celebrating his birthday today (46), actor Johnny Depp once sat in on an Oasis recording session, What instrument did he play?

4) Which cartoon character made his "debut" in "Little Wise Hen"?

5) Who was the first U.S. president to appear on a coin?


1) Individuals give six times more than corporations and foundations combined.

2) Les Paul

3) guitar

4) Donald Duck

5) Lincoln

Monday, June 08, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: Pepperoni is the most popular U.S. pizza topping. What is the least favorite?
A1: Anchovy

Q2: By water content, how much snow is equal to one inch of rain?
A2: Ten inches

Q3: What was the first country to give women the right to vote?
A3: New Zealand, 1893

Q4: What weather-related experience has been proven to literally "knock your socks off"
A4: Being struck by lightning.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: According to "Better Homes and Garden" magazine, if you're prone to motion sickness when flying, where is it better to sit?
A1: Over the wing

Q2: How many neck bones does a giraffe have?
A2: 7

Q3: He played Hopalong Cassidy in 66 movies and almost a hundred TV episodes, what was his name?
A3: William Boyd

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: In the 1970's TV series "McCloud", Dennis Weaver played a law officer on assignment in New York -- from which state?
A1: New Mexico

Q2: What northern city was the birthplace of jazz in the 1920's?
A2: Chicago

Q3: What was the term most commmonly applied to the mainstream jazz of the 1930's and early 40's?
A3: The Swing Era

Q4: Who was the first U.S. president that was not born in the orginal 13 colonies or in a British colony?
A4: Abraham Lincoln, born in Hodgenville, Kentucky

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Born this date in 1925, He starred in such films as Houdini and Some Like It Hot. Who was he?

2) Who played alto saxophone on Billy Joel's 1977 hit, "Just the Way You Are"?

3) Who was the original host of "The Gong Show"?

4) What legendary tenor saxophonist was a founding member of Weather Report?


1) Tony Curtis

2) Phil Woods

3) For the first year of the show Gary Owens hosted. Producer and creator, Chuck Barris assumed hosting duties after that.

4) Wayne Shorter

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On June 2, 1924, Congress granted citizenship to what group of people?

2) On this date in 1886, a U.S. president did something no other president had done before or since. What was it?

3) Who is the only author to have authored a book for every category in the Dewey decimal system?

1) Native Americans!

2) Grover CLeveland got married.

3) Isaac Asimov

Monday, June 01, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: What is the name and height of the highest point in U.S.?
A1: Mount McKinley, Alaska

Q2: How many nations are members of the United Nations?
A2: 192

Q3: According to the NAtional Climatic Data Center, what is the windiest U.S. city?
A3: Dodge City, Kansas. Chicago, the Windy City, is 53rd!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: On May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary became the first human to stand atop Mt. Everest. Do you know Hillary's nationality?
A1: He was a New Zealander

Q2: Who was the first U.S. President to be born in a hospital?
A2: Jimmy Carter

Q3: Who was the first president to fly in a plane?
A3: Franklin D. Roosevelt

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: What is the capital of the Kingdom of Morocco?
A1: Rabat

Q2: Which of the Grimm's fairy tales is believed to have some basis in historical fact?
A2: The Pied Pipper

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: To make a tablespoon of honey, how many flowers would bees have to go to?
A1: 2000 flowers

Q2: In the 1992 presidential election between Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush each finished third in one state. Can you name the two states?
A2: Clinton finished third in Utah and Bush finished third in Maine.

Q3: What motor vehicle was invented by German inventor Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler in 1885?
A3: Motorcycle

Q4: A Visa Global ATM Network survey of international travelers revealed that the best restaurants in the world are in what countries?
A4: The best restaurants were voted to be in Paris, Rome and Hong Kong.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) James Arness played Matt Dillon on TV's Gunsmoke. Originally the part was offered to a movie actor. Who was he?

2) What is the alternate name for Memorial Day?

3) Who was the first U.S. president to have died in office?

4) According to Nielsen Media Research, what was the all-time most watched television episode?


1) John Wayne was originally offered the role. He turned it down and recommended Arness for the part. (bonus trivia: Arness was the older brother of Peter Graves of Airplane! and Mission Impossible fame.)

2) Decoration Day

3) William Henry Harrison caught a cold at his inauguration. In cold and wet weather he gave a two hour speech. The cold worsened to pleurisy and pneumonia and Harrison died a month later.

4) The most-watched television episode (as of May 2007) was the final episode of M.A.S.H.

Alan Rock's Trivia!

(for May 25, 2009)


1) What is the only bird that can fly backwards?

2) Who invented bifocal lenses?

3) Which state is nicknamed the "Treasure State"?

4) How many military academies are there in the U.S.?


1) The hummingbird

2) Benjamin Franklin

3) Montana

4) There are five military academies: West Point, Naval, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: May 22,1992 was a memorable day in the history of television. Why?
A1: Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show for the last time.

Q2: Who was the first U.S. president to visit Moscow?
A2: On May 22, 1972, Richard Nixon became the first U.S. president to visit Moscow.

Q3: To improve her memory, what did Eleanor Roosevelt eat every day of her adult life?
A3: Three chocolate-covered garlic balls.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: Actor Lawrence Tureaud was born on May 21, 1952. We know him better as... Who?
A1: Mr. T from the "A Team" television series

Q2: On May 21, 1966, an actor known as "King of the Bullwhip" died in Toluca Lake, California, at the age of 78. In the 1940's he was in 18 feature western films. What was his name?
A2: Lash LaRue

Q3: Originally imported from Engalnd, these new machinces became a common site in New York City starting on May 21, 1819. Within a month of its public introduction, the city banned them as being hazadous to public safety. What were they?
A3: The first bicycles

Q4: Who established the first Red Cross on May 21st, 1881?
A4: Clara Barton

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: What kind of music do termites prefer?
A: They could care less -- termites can't hear!

Q: How old do some folks estimate the earth to be?
A: 4.5 billion years.

Q: Cher, born on May 20, 1946, had a daughter with Sonny Bono? Her name?
A: Chastity.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia Teasers

Q: Who was the first United States President born in the United States, rather than the Colonies ruled by Britain.
A: Martin Van Buren, b.1782

Q:What nationality was the original Cinderella?
A: Egyptian, she wore fur slippers

Q: Who was the first Democrat running for U.S. President to use a donkey on his campaign posters?
A: Andrew Jackson, in 1828

Q: Who was the first American to receive the Nobel Peace Prize?
A: President Theodore Roosevelt, 1906

Monday, May 18, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Mao Tse Tung never brushed his teeth. Why?

2) What two letters were the last to be accepted into the English alphabet?

3) How many wives did Brigham Young have?


1) Many Chinese of Mao's generation didn't brush their teeth. He argued, "Why brush? Does a tiger brush his teeth?"

2) "j" and "u."

3) Brigham Young had 27 wives.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) At which university do art school graduates get their diplomas then promptly leap into a fountain?

2) What do the earth's continents have in common?


1) NYU

2) The first letter of every continent's name is the same as the last letter: e.g., America, Antarctica, Europe,
Asia, Australia, Africa

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: Whats the life span of a red blood cell?
A: Each red blood cell lives an average of 4 months and travels between the lungs and other tissues 75,000 times before returning to the bone marrow to die.

Q: On May 14, 1904, the Olympic Games opened for the first time ever in the U.S. in which city?
A: St. Louis MO

Q: May 14, 1936, Walden Cassotto was born in the Bronx. As singer we knew him as?
A: Bobby Darin. His hits were "Splish Splash," "Dream Lover," and "Mack the Knife." His first recording, "Early in the Morning," was release twice, using the group names the Ding Dongs and the Rinky Dinks.

Q: What was the first product to have a bar code?
A: Wrigley's gum.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: What's the total of the numbers on a roulette wheel?
A: If you add the numbers on a roulette wheel (1 to 36), the total is the mystical number 666, often associated with the Devil

Q: How many varieties of apples are there?
A: There are more than 7,000 varieties of apples grown in the world. The apples from one trill can fill 20 boxes ever year.

Q: He died on May 13, 1961. He starred in High Noon, Vera Cruz, and Love in the Afternoon . Who was he?
A: Gary Cooper

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q: How many Best Actress Oscars did Katherine Hepburn win?
A: Four; Morning Glory, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Lion in Winter, and On Golden Pond

Q: Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, was born on May 12, 1820. Why did they call her "Lady with the Lamp?"
A: Florence carried a pet owl everywhere she went.

Q: Henry Ford sued the Chicago Tribune for $1 million for calling him an "anarchist" on May 12, 1919. Ford won the suit and was awarded how much for damages?
A: Six cents

Q: On May 12, 1932, a new character, Dippy Dawg, appeared in the cartoon "Mickey's Revue" by Walt Disney. Later, Disney changed this characters name to what?
A: Goofy

Monday, May 11, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

1. On May 11, 1997, a computer did something it had never done before. What?
A: IBM's Deep Blue super computer beat world champion chess player Gary Kasparov. The first chess computer to beat a world chapion player.

2. In what country was the car invented and first became a reality?
A: France. The U.S. created the "assembly line" method of producing cars.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

1. May 8, 1996, At Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta, John Pemberton made the first batch of a new health tonic flavored with coca leaves. The mixture flopped as a tonic, but did pretty well as a soft drink. What do we call it?
A: Coca-Cola

2. In May 8, 1984, during the final season of a popular ABC-TV show, an wpisode aired in which two characters got married. Who -- and who?
A Joanie and Chachi got married on "Happy Days".

3. On May 8, 1945 was a special day in history, what happened?
A: World War 2 ended in Europe. Technicians at the History Channel immediately began editing the war for TV.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Alan Rock;s Trivia Teaser

Q: Packy West was the name adopted for this star's short term as a boxer. He became famous for a different stage name. Who was it?
A: He was adored as Bob Hope

Q: Which major-league pitcher once struck out five batters in one inning?
A: Joe Niekro in a 1977 Houston Astros exhibition game. Hard-to-catch knuckle ball third strikes got by his catcher twice, allowing two runners to reach bade and five strike outs.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Today's Trivia Teasers

Q: On May 6, 1954, an Englishman named Roger Bannister did something no one had ever done before. What did he do?
A: He ran a mile under 4 minutes (3:59:4)

Q: When he was 21, George Clooney took a shot at acting after blowing a try-out doing what?
A: He tried out for a center field slot on the Cincinnati Reds

Q:England's Famous "One Penny Black", was issued on May 6, 1840. What was it?
A: The worlds first postage stamp.

Q: On May 6, 1889, what world renown landmark was officially opened to the public?
A: Eiffel Tower

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Todays Trivia Teasers

Q: He was born on May 5, 1943; he appeared in Life of Brian, A Fish Called Wanda, and American Friends. Who is he?
A: Monty Python star- Michael Palin

Q: What University became the first college to award athletic scholarships to women?
A: University of Miami (May 5, 1973)

Q: Who was the First American in outer space?
A: Alan Shepard (May 5, 1961), the entire flight was only 15minutes; no time for Tang.

Q: How many times have the average middle age person walked around the world in steps?
A: Three Times, about 75000 miles, just doing regular duties.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

1. Which age group spends the most time reading: (a) those ages 65 up; (b) those under 25; or (c) those ages 25 to 65?
A: Those 65 and older read an average of 77 minutes a day. Those under 25 read the least, only 24 minutes a day.

2. Who was known as The "father of public education in America"?
A: Horace Mann, was born May 4, 1796. At one time he was the most influential person in public schools, but that title now belongs to the inventor of the odor-free gym locker.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: On May 1, 1884, construction began on the world's first skyscraper--the 100-story Home Insurance Complany Building. In what city was it located in?
A1: Chicago

Q2: On the Batman television show of the 1960's, who was the villian Egghead played by?
A2: Vincent Price

Q3: What is the birthstone and flower for May?
A3: The emerald and Lily

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

1. On Apr. 30, 1947, the Hoover Dam became the Hoover Dam again. For a while it was known as--?
A: The Boulder Dam

2. On Apr. 30, 1952, "Queen For A Day", debuted on Mutual Radio where each day the woman with the saddest hard-luck story was crowned queen. The first Queen for a Day was Mrs. Evelyn Lane. Who was the show's host?
A: Jack Bailey

3. Apr. 30, 1952, the first toy was advertised on television, wahat was it?
A: Mr. Potato Head

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

1. A U.S. lieutenant barely missed winning a gold medal in the 1912 Olympic decathlon and advanced to become a U.S. general. Name him:
A: The Olympic close-comer was George S. Patton (1885-1945)

2. Who was the first U.S. president to be awarded a Noble Peace Prize?
A: Theodore Roosevelt, out 26th president, was awarded the prize in 1906 for mediating in the Russo-Japanese War.

3. A noted North Carolina school bore the title of Trinity College until 1925. What is its current name?
A: Trinity College is not Duke University

4. Who was the only U.S. president to enter and complete his term as a bachelor?
A: Our only full-term bachelor was James Buchanan our 15th president.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

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

2. What was the shortest war on record?
A: Between Britain and Zanzibar in 1896, lasted 38 minutes

3. What is Little Red Riding Hood's given name?
A: Blanchette

4. Packy West was the name adopted for this star's short term as a boxer. He became a famed stage and screen star. What was his stage name?
A: He was adored as Bob Hope.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: In the original Olympics, not all Greek runners were totally naked. What did some of them wear?
A1: Shoes

Q2: Who is the only heavyweight champion who retired undefeated, with a perfect record, unbeated in 49 pro fight?
A2: Rocky Marciano

Q3: On April 27, 1981, former Beatle Ringo Starr married an actress. Do you remember her name?
A3: Barbara Bach

Friday, April 24, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

1. April 24, 1990 was a big day in space. What happened?
A: The Hubble Telescope was launched.

2. The Barbie doll got her first car in 1962? What kind was it?
A: A coral Austin Healy made by the Irwin Corporation for Mattel.

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

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: On April 23, 2007, the first president of the Russian Federation died. What was his name?
A1: Boris Yeltsin

Q2: On April 23, 1789, President-elect and Mrs. George Washington moved into America's first Executive Mansion. Can you name it?
A2: the Franklin House in New York

Q3: James Buchanan, the 15th U.S. President, was born on April 23, 1791. What was his hobby?
A3: Crocheting

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Today's Trivia Teasers

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

Q: How many stars of the movie "Rebel Without A Case" died from unnatural causes?
A: Four: Natalie Wood drowned, James Dean, auto accident; Nick Adams, drug overdose; Sal Mineo; murdered

Q:What was Aaron Spelling's first TV series as a writer-producers?
A: "Johnny Ringo" in 1959

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: Before landing a role on T.V. in 1978, what was Tony Danza's profession?
A1: Boxer

Q2: Actor Tony Danza was born in April 21, 1951. In which T.V. show did he play Tony Micelli?
A2: "Who's the Boss"

Q3: On April 21, 1962, the world's first revolving restaurant opened in what U.S. city?
A3: Seattle

Q4: Of all the U.S. "welfare" recipients, 66% have one thing in common, what is it?
A4: They're too young to vote.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

1. On April 20, 2008 Danica Patrick became the first female driver to win an Indy car race. Which race did she win?
A: The Indy Japan 300

2. Who was the first world leader to send an e-mail?
A: Queen Elezabeth II

3. What modern-day assignment has the Cathoril Church given the Virgin Mary?
A: Patron saint of aircraft

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: Danica Patrick became the first female driver to win an Indy car race. What race did she win?
A1: The Indy Japan 300

Q2: Who was the first world leader to send an e-mail?
A2: Queen Elizabeth II

Q3: What modern-day assignment has the Catholic Church given the Virgin Mary?
A3: Patron Saint of aircraft

Friday, April 10, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

1. Actor Larry Linville died on April 10, 2000. What was the name of the character he played on the TV series MASH?
A: Frank Burns

2. What annexation of foreign land was signed by President William McKinley on July 7,1898?
A: On that date, Hawaii was annexed.

3. How large is the Taylor-Burton diamond?
A: The Taylor-Burton diamond is a dazzling 69.42-carat pear-shaped diamond. Cartier bought the diamond at auction. Screen actor Richard Burton bought the rare stone the very next day for his wife, Elizabeth Taylor, an avid collector of diamond jewelry.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: What was the name of the famed plane Charles Lindbergh flew during his solo flight from New York to Paris in 1927?
A1: Spirit of St. Louis

Q2: Who did the U.S. make an honorary citizen on April 9, 1963?
A2: Sir Winston Churchill

Q3: In the film, "The Right Stuff", who was test-pilet Chuck Yeager played by?
A3: Sam Shepard

Q4: Who did Prince Charles of England marry on April 9, 2005?
A4: Camilla Parker-Bowles

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

1. Which food product was patented on April 8, in 1873?
A: Margarine

2. What actress, who was born April 8, 1893. Was known as "America's Sweetheart"?
A: Mary Pickford

3. Which of the Grimm's fairy tales is believed to have some basis in historical fact?
A: The Pied Piper

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

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: On April 7, 1970, John Wayne won his first and only one of these on this day.
A1: He won his only Oscar

Q2: On April 7, 1952, what show became America's #1 T.V. show?
A2: "I Love Lucy"

Q3: What was James Garner's first film?
A3: "Joan of Arc", playing a peasant. It would be six years before his next role

Q4: What famous singer was born, Eleanora Fagan on April 7, 1915?
A4: Billie Holiday

Monday, April 06, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: The first version of a Cinderella story appeared in what country?
A1: China

Q2: What do grunt, slump and pandowdy have in common?
A2: Grunt, slump, pandowdy, and cobbler are all desserts made with stewed fruit or fresh fruit, topped with dumplings or biscuits.

Q3: The first U.S. Congress met on March 4, 1789, declaring the COnstitution as being in effect. In what city did this historic event take take place?
A3: Federal Hall in New York City

Q4: On April 6, 1909, the first man stood at the north pole. What was his name?
A4: Robert Peary

Friday, April 03, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

1. On April 3, 1953, something happened that TV viewers appreciated. What?
A: The first issue of TV Guide was published.

2. For which of her films did actress Doris Day also write the music and lyrics?
A: "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" in 1960

3. 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; what was it?
A: History's first artificial heart.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Today's Trivia Teaser

Q: He was called the world greatest lover. He was born April 2, 1725. His name was...?
A: Casanova

Q: What animal did Lewis and Clark find during their exploration and send back to Jefferson as a pet?
A: Prairie dog

Q: Where was Christopher Columbus originally from?
A: Italy

Q: Who wrote the original draft of the Declaration of Independence?
A: Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

1. Actress Ali McGraw was born on April 1, 1938. Can you name the movie actor she married in 1973 and divorced in 1978?
A: Steve McQueen

2. What film was actress Ali MacGraw nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her role?
A: "Love Story," 1970

3. Which computer company first reached $1-billion in annual sales?
A: Apple, 1982