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.