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