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