Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: March 31, 1889, was abig day in Paris. What happened?
A1: The Effiel Tower opened

Q2: Today's Al Gore's birthday. What do you think his favorite comic strip is?
A2: Doonesbury

Q3: What is the shortest complete senetence in the English sentence?
A3: "I am."

Monday, March 30, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: On March 30, 1867, Secretary of State William H. Seward purchased something for 7.2 million, a move refereed to by the media as "Seward's Folly." What was it?
A1: Alaska was purchased from Russia-- for only 2 cents an acre!

Q2: On March 30, 1964 , the TV game show "Jeopardy" debuted on NBC. Who was the host?
A: Art Flemming

What was Amerigo Vespucci, the man from whose name "America" came, known for?
A3: Map making

Q4: On March 30, 1842, Dr. Crawford Long became the first physician to do what?
A4: Use anesthetic (ether) in surgery.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia, March 11, 2009

Q: School teacher Patty Smith Hill wrote the lyrics to what song on March 27, 1868?
A: Happy Birthday to You!

Q: What kind of pet could you have that is 150 years old?
A: A turtle.

Q: This jazz singer, known as "The Divine One," was born on March 27, 1924. Her name?
A: Sarah Vaughan.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Today's Trivia Teaser

Q: How many web pages are there?
A: unknown

Q: Name the Choctaw word for "red man" and you'll have a state's name. What is it?
A: The state is Oklahoma

Q: Which state's name comes for the Latin or Spanish word "mountainous"
A: This is Montana

Q: According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, each year hospital emergency rooms treat 40,000 children for injuries suffered where?
A: Trampolines.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Today's Trivia Teaser

Q: Mar 25, 1970 was a supersonic day. What happened?
A: First supersonic flight of the Concorde jetliner.

Q: Other than being a sports commentator, what was Howard Cosell's other occupation?
A: A lawyer; a really scary combination

Q: Which state's name is an Algonquin term meaning "river of the big canoes"
A: This is the source of Missouri's name

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Today's Trivia Teasers

Q: On Mar 24, 1989, what happened to make this a bad day for Alaska?
A: The Exxon Valdez ran aground, spilling an estimated 11.2 million gallons of oil, polluting 500 miles of pristine coastline.

Q: From the movies, who said "A boy's best friend is his mother"?
A: Anthony Perkins, as Norman Bates, in the film "Psycho"

Q: Who was the first black actress to win an Oscar in the leading role for her work?
A: Halle Berry for "Monster's Ball"

Q: Which state's name is form the Mohican and the other Algonquin tribal words for "Long river place"?
A: Connecticut

Monday, March 23, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

1. On Mar 23, 1985 a famous singer married a famous model. Who -- and who?
A: Billy Joel married Christie Brinkley (Divorced 1994)

2. Actress Amanda Plummer's father is actor Christopher Plummer. Who is her actress mother?
A: Tammy Grimes

3. One state's name is the Spanish word for "snow-clad". What is it?
A: The Spanish word for "snow-clad" is "nevada".

Friday, March 20, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia, March 11, 2009

Q: Director Spike Lee started out as a writer. What did he write?
A: Advertising copy.

Q: Why was March 20, 1914 a big day for winter sports?
A: It marked the first international figure skating championship (New Haven, CT).

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Todays Trivia Teasers

Q: On Mar 19, 1931, in an effort to ease the hard times of the Great Depression, what did the Nevada Legislature do?
A: They voted to legalize gambling

Q: On Mar 19, 1953, what was so special about The Academy Awards ceremony?
A: It was televised for the first time with proceedings in Hollywood and New York. "The Greatest Show on Earth", named best picture of 1952; John Ford won as best director for "The Quiet Man"; Gary Cooper won best actor for "High Noon", while Shirley Booth received best actress for "Come Back, Little Sheba".

Q: She was born March 19, 1936. She appeared in Dr. No, Whats New Pussycat, and Clash of the Titans. Her name is?
A: Ursula Andress

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Today's Trivia Teasers

Q: Who was the only U.S. President to serve two NON-consecutive terms?
A: Grover Cleveland, her was born March 18, 1837. Between his two terms there was an intermission- during which refreshments were served.

Q: Howard Hughes paid $23 million for which major Los Angeles movie studio, on March 18, 1954?
A: RKO Pictures, today wouldn't even buy him a DVD recorder and Kobe Bryant.

Q: This date, March 18, 1850, was an important day for travelers. Why?
A: American Express travelers checks were first issued.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: What is the population of Ireland?
A1: Just under 6 million

Q2: How did St. Patrick go to Ireland in the first place?
A2: At the age of 16, he was kidnapped by pirates and taken to Ireland. Six years later he escaped to France. When he was 47 the church dent Bishop Patrick back to Ireland.

Q3: Who starred in the first Western Movie?
A3: Buffalo Bill Cody

Monday, March 16, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: What was Peter, Paul and Mary's only #1 song?
A1: "Leavin' On a Jet Plane"

Q2: The "Freedom Journal" was first published on March 16th, 1827 in New York. What was special about the newspaper?
A2: It was the first black newspaper in America

Q3: What U.S. Military Academy first opened on March 16th, 1802?
A3: West Point

Friday, March 13, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 2002, Fox aired a show called "Celebrity Boxing." Tonya Harding defeated her opponent. Who was she?

2) Scientist, Joseph Priestly, was born this date in 1733. He was notable for identifying what element?

3) How does the giraffe clean his/her ears?


1) Paula Jones

2) Oxygen

3) Giraffes use their 21-inch long tongues to clean their hard-to-reach ears.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts this date in 1912. What were the Girl Scouts originally called?

2) Name the Five Great Lakes.

3) The Republic of Zimbabwe was previously known as _______ ?


1) The "Girl Guides"

2) Surely you were taught the handy mnemonic device: H.O.M.E.S.: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior.

3) Rhodesia

Alan Rock's Trivia, March 11, 2009

Q: Born on March 11, 1885, he was the first man to drive a car faster than 300 mph. Who was he?
A: Sir Malcolm Campbell.

Q: Who originally held the patent for stand-up advertising cards on restaurant tables?
A: Lawrence Welk.

Q: What famed jazz songstress was known as the "First Lady of Song"?
A: Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996).

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Harry Houdini received a patent for this in 1921. What was it?

2) Who was famous for saying, "Mr. Watson, come here. I want you."?

3) The USS Constitution was launched in Boston in 1797. A famed poet gave the ship a popular nickname. What was it?

4) Sharon Stone was born on this date in 1958. What was the 1995 movie that earned here a Golden Globe award for Best Actress?


1) A diving suit

2) Alexander Graham Bell to his assistant, in the very first telephone conversation.

3) "Old Ironsides"

4) Casino

Monday, March 09, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Where can you visit the largest, most comprehensive art museum in the world?

2) On this date in 1969, CBS cancelled "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour," concerned that while the irreverent and sometimes controversial show enjoyed high ratings, the network essentially bowed to corporate pressure. It was replaced by another comedy/variety show. What was it?

3) If you are an "eriff," how old are you?


1) That would be the Metroploitan Museum of Art in New York. It was founded in 1870.

2) The Smothers Brothers' show was replaced by "Hee Haw."

3) That would mean you are a two year old canary.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: On MAR 6th, 1948, Florence Hubbard of Chicage won $22,000 in prizes for identifying "The Walking Man". Who was the "Walking Man"?
A1: Jack Benny

Q2: On MAR 6, 1925, the first packaged frozen food appeared in Springfield, MA. Who invented the "deep-feeze"process?
A2: Clarence Birdseye

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: Alexander Graham Bell was on born on MAR 3, 1847. Where was he born?
A1: Edinburgh, Scotland

Q2: What was the first jazz recording to sell a million copies?
A2: Cab Calloway, "Minnie the Moocher"

Q3: On MAR 3, 1879, Belva Ann Lockwood became the first woman to do what?
A3: Argue a case before the Supreme Court and she was also the first female presidential candidate.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia

Q1: Which state first ratified the U.S. Bill of Rights on MAR 2, 1939?
A1: Massachusetts in 1939. Most states ratified it on 1789, but Massachusetts waited 150 years to let the controversy die down.

Q2: Who was the only person ever elected governor of two states?
A2: Sam Houston. He was elected governor of both Tennessee and Texas.

Q3: Which Weekly magazine appeared for the first time on MAR 2, 1923.
A3: Time Magazine.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Alan Rock's Trivia! (for Feb. 27)


1) Elizabeth Taylor was born February 27th, 1932. How many husbands has she had?

2) WHat did the fifteenth amendment to the U.S. constitution guarantee?

3) What American Indian language was employed as code during World War 2?


1) Though she was married eight times, Ms Taylor has had only seven husbands. She married Richard Burton twice.

2) It guaranteed citizens the right to vote.

3) Navajo.