Monday, December 31, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This movie star/sex symbol was quoted as having said, "It's not true that I had nothing on. I had the radio on."

2)  What animal does mohair come from?

3)  This automaker once made a luxury line of cars called Crown that featured three models, one of which was the Crown Athlete.

4)  Arnold Schwarzenegger's recent autobiography shares a title with one of his movies. Which one?


1)  Marilyn Monroe

2)  Goats produce mohair

3)   Toyota. The other vehicles were the four-door Saloon and the Royal. The cars are primarily sold in Japan and Indonesia.

4)  Total Recall

Friday, December 28, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  The actor who played The Lone Ranger died on this date in 1999. What was his name?

2)  Who created the character of Norman Bates?

3)   Jesse Owens  won his four gold medals at that year's Summer Olympics.

4)  Who played the role of Batman  in Batman Returns?


1)  Clayton Moore

2)  Robert Bloch

3)  The Berlin Games, which were held the summer of 1936.

4)  Michael Keaton

Friday, December 14, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This cartoonist's rendering of St. Nicholas became the most popular, and the template for Santas that followed.

2)  In the movie, Miracle on 34th Street, a man is on trial for claiming to be Santa Claus. What convinces the judge to rule in his favor?

3)  Pope Benedict did this for the first time this week.


2)  German-born Thomas Nast is responsible for this popular image of Santa Claus.

3)  Pope Benedict took to Twitter for the first time.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  How many total gifts are there in the "Twelve Days of Christmas"?

2)  What did Frosty, the Snowman have for a nose?

3)  This rock star was invited to lunch at the White House.

4)   In the opening scene of Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown, what were the Peanuts characters all doing?


1)  364. Interesting fact:  USA Today estimates the current cost of the gifts as totaling over $107,000.

2)  a button

3)  On this day in 1974, Gerald Ford's son, Jack, extended a lunch invitation to George Harrison. Billy Preston and Ravi Shankar came along as well.

4) The kids were all ice-skating.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Which two of Santa's reindeer have names beginning with "C"?

2)  What did the Grinch use to pull his sleigh?

3)  This Emmy-winning cartoon was based on a newspaper editorial.

4)  The carolers singing this carol are all demanding figgy pudding.


1)  Comet and Cupid

2)  his dog

3)  "Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus."

4)  "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  The earth is situated between the orbiting paths of which two planets?

2)  How many cards are there in a deck of tarot cards?

3)  Today is actress Teri Garr's birthday.  She was nominated for best supporting actress in 1982 for her role in which movie?

4)  On this date in 1977 the Tampa Bay Bucs finally won an NFL game by defeating this team, 33-14.  The Bucs had lost their first 26 regular games; 11 of which were shutouts.


1)  Venus and Mars

2)  78

3)  Tootsie

4)  New Orleans Saints

Monday, December 10, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Chemist Alfred Nobel died on this date in 1896. He was responsible for having invented dynamite, and as a response to his own invention, he established the award for human achievement. Who was the first American woman to receive the prize?

2)  The first edition of Playboy hit the stands on this date in 1953. The issue featured the famous calendar shot of Marilyn Monroe. What was unusual about that particular issue?

3)  This federal building produces twice as much hazardous waste as the top three industrial waste producers.


1)  Jane Addams became a co-recipient of the award on this date in 1931.

2)  There was no date indicated on the cover.

3)  The Pentagon.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Instant replay was used for the first time on this date in 1963. What game was being telecast?

2)  Jack Russell terriers are not an AKC registered breed, ostensibly because there is no breed "standard." Most people are familiar with Jack Russell because one was featured on __________________________.

3)  The word "Kwanzaa" (starts December 26th) originates in what language?


1)  It debuted for the Army-Navy game.

2)  People know Jack Russells from TV's Frasier and prior to that, from the RCA logo.

3)  Swahili

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  After naming his son after himself, this famous individual later paid the son a weekly allowance to use another name.

2)  What is a paraprosdokian?

3)  What was the first name of the fictional "Scrooge"?

4) Bass player Ray Brown was once married to this vocalist.


1)  Thomas Alva Edison. The grown-up son was a drunk and involved in shady business deals. They went to court and Junior demanded and got a weekly payment of $50 to stop using his father's name.

2)  A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which a sentence or phrase ends in an unexpected manner, to the point where the reader or listener has to reinterpret the first part. Example: "Two guys walked into a bar - the third one ducked."

3)  Ebenezer

4)  Ella Fitzgerald

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer began as a promotion for this department store.

2)  Eggnog was first created and consumed in this city.

3) The original St. Nicholas in the country known today as what?

4) In A Charlie Brown Christmas, this character builds a gray snowman.


1)  Rudolph was created expressly as a promotional gimmick. In 1939, Montgomery Ward hired Robert L. May to write a Christmas story to give to shoppers May's brother-in-law liked the story well enough to write a song for it. The result was the popular song of the same name, but it wasn't recorded until ten years later. "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer was first sung by cowboy actor/singer, Gene Autry in 1949.

2)  Captain John Smith reported that eggnog was consumed in 1607 in Jamestown, Virginia.

‘Nog’ is an English word for strong ale, and eggnog was originally made with ale. Eggnog is descended from the English drink ‘posset’ or ‘sack posset’, which was a hot drink made with sweetened milk and ale or a Spanish wine called ‘sack.’

Americans adapted it but used American liquors, like rum, or even cider. Early American cookbooks listed eggnog recipes in sections for the sick and infirm (source:

3)  St. Nicholas is said to have been born around 280 A.D. in Patara, near the town of Myra (now Demre) in the Lycia province of what is now Turkey.

 4)  Pigpen. Pigpen was so dirty, he even turned his snowman into a gray snowman.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This president, while still in office, was first to travel outside of the United States.

2)  This president frequently went skinny-dipping in the Potomac.

3)  This president was the only one to have a child while in office.

4)  This president had the most children.


1)  Teddy Roosevelt traveled to the Panama Canal, November 9, 1906.

2)  John Quincy Adams was fond of swimming nude in the Potomac (there were no bathing suits in his day).

3)  Grover Cleveland. Tragically, Jacqueline Kennedy had child born prematurely while John was in office, but the infant perished after two days.

4)  Our tenth president, John Tyler, had 15 children, 8 children by his first wife, Letitia and seven by his second wife, Julia.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What country started the Christmas tradition of exchanging gifts?

2)  Which U.S. President had the most pets while in the White House?

3)  On this date in 1947, Tennessee Williams' play, A Streetcar Named Desire opened on Broadway. Who were the stars of the original Broadway production?

4)  From 1941 until 1950, violet was one of the colors of M&Ms candies. What color replaced violet?


1)  The custom began with the Romans in Italy.

2)  Theodore Roosevelt was responsible for the menagerie, which included cats, dogs, ponies, guinea pigs, lizards - and kangaroos! He even had a one-legged rooster as a pet.

3)  Jessica Tandy played Blanche and Marlon Brando was Stanley.

4)  In 1950 the violet-colored M&Ms were replaced by tan ones.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Where is The Hague located?

2)  In colonial America, people in this profession were called upon to make flags.

3)  On this date in 1913, Charlie Chaplin made his screen debut in a Mack Sennett short. What was the film's name?

4) Where is the Nubian Desert located?


1)  The Hague the capital city of the province of South Holland in the Netherlands. It is home to the Dutch government and parliament, the Supreme Court, and the Council of State, but the city is not the capital of the Netherlands which constitutionally is Amsterdam.[4] Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands lives at Huis ten Bosch and works at Noordeinde Palace in The Hague. Most foreign embassies in the Netherlands and 150 international organizations are located in the city, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court, which makes The Hague one of the major cities hosting the United Nations, along with New York, Vienna, Geneva, and Nairobi (Wikipedia).

2)  upholsterers

3)  Making a Living

4)  The Sudan

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Which Apollo mission was the first to land on the moon?

2)  Who was the president at the time of the moon landing?

3)  "Twit" is a popular slang term for moron or idiot, but its original meaning is something else entirely. What is the original meaning of "twit"?

4)  Where are the biceps femoris muscles located?


1)  Apollo 11

2)  Richard Nixon took office January 20, 1969 and the Apollo 11 landing was seven months later, touching down July 20.

3)  A "twit" is a pregnant goldfish.

4)  The thighs

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  John Lennon thought this song was the greatest rock 'n' roll record ever made.

2)  This nerve is the largest in the human body

3)  Singer Tom Jones hails from the village of Pontypridd in South Wales. What other famous individual comes from Pontypridd?


1)  Jerry Lee Lewis's "Whole Lotta Shakin'"

2) The sciatic nerve

3)  Richard Burton

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This film was the first American feature-length 3D film in color, sparking a short-lived 3D movie craze in theaters in the 50s.

2)  He once said, "history is written by the victors."

3)  This. UNICEF ambassador played the character Holly Go Lightly in this film, which was based on a book by Truman Capote.

4)  How many cardinals have been promoted in recent days?


1)  Bwana Devil

2)  Winston Churchill

3)  Audrey Hepburn

4)  six

Monday, November 26, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This deceased celebrity made more money in the past year than any other deceased celebrity.

2)  This metal is the most common one found in the composition of the earth's crust.

3)  What does the name "Puerto Rico" mean in English?

4)  This was the first U.S. holiday to be designated by presidential proclamation.

Bonus Question:  What is an orrery?


1)  Elizabeth Taylor

2)  aluminum

3)  Literally means "rich port"

4)  Thanksgiving Day was declared by George Washington on this day in 1789.

Bonus Answer:  An orrery is a mechanical model of the solar system. Here's one made of wood.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Alfred E. Neuman was the fictional mascot for what?

2)  This president was the first to travel in a submerged submarine.

3)  On this date in 1980, a plot twist happened on a popular television show that kept viewers in suspense over the show's holiday hiatus.

4) Which side of the turkey has more feathers?


1)  Mad Magazine

2) President Harry Truman

3)  After that evening's episode of Dallas aired, viewers were left wondering, "who shot JR?"

4) That was a joke question. The side with more feathers would be....(wait for it)....the outside.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  The common name for the flowering plant, Gypsophila, is what?

2)  The first state to ratify the Bill of Rights did so on this date in 1789. Which state was it?

3)  This seven-year old hosted SNL on this date in 1982.

4)  What is the official language of Belize?


1)  "Baby's Breath"

2)  New Jersey

3)  Drew Barrymore

4)  English

Monday, November 19, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  The U.S. Army is the nation's largest employer of folks with this skill.

2)  What word refers to an important part of both a computer and a piano.

3)  This planet is the only one in our solar system that rotates clockwise.

4)  What is the maximum number of folds one can fold a piece of paper in half?


1)  Musicians

2)  keyboard

3) Venus

4)  The answer is seven. They did this test on Mythbusters once. They got to eight - but it was a gigantic piece of paper to start with. Generally speaking, it's seven.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This Hollywood actress patented a missile guidance system.

2)  This president established the fourth Thursday in November as the Thanksgiving holiday.

3)  This cartoon character was the first balloon character in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.


1) Hedy Lamarr

2) Lincoln

3)  Felix the Cat

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Composed in the early 1980s by British songwriter Andrew Lloyd Weber, name this musical and the book that inspired it.

2) Cats are one of only three four-footed animals that walk by moving their front and hind legs, first on one side and then the other.  Name the other two animals with this trait.

3) In what year did President Lincoln make his historic Gettysberg address?


1) The musical is Cats, which is based on T.S. Eliot's book entitled Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.

2) Camels and giraffes walk similarly to cats.

3) 1863

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On November 14, 1954, Bill Haley's first hit record peaked at number 7.  What was the name of the song?

2) On November 14, 1980, Martin Scorsese's film Raging Bull opened in the U.S.  Actor Robert DeNiro played which boxer?

3) Who originally sang Do You Know The Way To San Jose?

4) What color is cerise?


1) Shake, Rattle & Roll

2) Jake LaMotta

3) Dionne Warwick

4) Reddish pink

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Who said in a letter to a friend, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes"?

2) On November 13, 1977, the comic strip Li'l Abner appeared in newspapers for the last time.  Who was the creator of that comic?

3) Who was the first major league pitcher to win four consecutive Cy Young Awards?

4) Which breed of dog is historically associated with the fire service?


1) Benjamin Franklin 

2) Al Capp

3) Greg Maddox of the Atlanta Braves

4) Dalmation


Monday, November 12, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Who was the first NFL coach to win 100 regular season games in ten seasons?

2) Where would you wear a snood?

3) On what peninsula is Portugal situated?


1) Don Shula

2) On your head.  A snood is historically a type of European female headgear or, in modern times, a tubular neck scarf.  In the most common form, the headgear resembles a close-fitting hood worn over the back of the head.  A tighter mesh band may cover the forehead or crown, then run behind the ears and under the nape of the neck.

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3) Iberian

Friday, November 09, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What are the world's three most populous cities?

2)  What are the three most populous countries?

3)  On this date in 1997, this running back became the first player in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards in nine straight seasons.


1)  Tokyo's population is 32,450,000; Seoul's is 20,550,000 and Mexico City's population is 20,450,000.

2)  The three most populous countries are 1) China - 1.3 billion, 2) India - 1.2 billion and 3) The U.S. - 312 million

3)  Barry Sanders 

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  She once said, "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."

2)  He was the vibraphonist in the Modern Jazz Quartet.

3)  This song was and still is the theme song of the Glenn Miller Orchestra.


1)  Miss Mae West.

Mae West also said, "Those who are easily shocked, should be shocked more often."

2)  Milt Jackson

3)  "Moonlight Serenade"

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  In Paul Simon's song, how many ways are there to leave your lover?

2)  Who played the lead character, Jack Ryan, in the 1992 film, Patriot Games?

3)  Kenny Rogers' song "The Gambler" expresses the philosophy that the best you can hope for is this.

4)  This author once said of Huckleberry Finn that "all American writing comes from that. There was nothing before."


1) "there must be 50"

2)  Harrison Ford

3) "The best you can hope for is to die in your sleep."

4)  Hemingway

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What is the oldest weekly television program?

2)  What did television news anchor Catherine Crier do before becoming a news presenter?

3) What does "bruxism" mean?

4)  The first organized football game was played on this date in 1869.  What two teams played?


1)  Meet the Press is the oldest program; it was first broadcast on this date in 1947.

2) As a teenager Crier worked on her family's farm near Dallas. There she hauled hay, cleaned stalls, and competed in Arabian horse shows across the Southwest. In 1984, she was elected to the 162nd District Court in Dallas County as a State District Judge, becoming the youngest elected state judge in Texas history. During her tenure on the bench, Crier also served as Administrative Judge for the Civil District Courts and worked extensively with the ABA, National Judicial College, and Texas Legislature on legal issues.She has also authored 5 books: her first book, the NY Times bestseller, The Case Against Lawyers in October, 2002. Her second book, A Deadly Game: The Untold Story of the Scott Peterson Investigation became a #1 NY Times bestseller and was followed by Contempt—How the Right is Wronging American Justice, and Final Analysis: The Untold Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case. Her fifth book, Patriot Acts — What Americans Must Do to Save the Republic, was published on November 1, 2011. Fun fact: when Crier got married, she was escorted down the aisle by her favorite dog.

3) It means to grind one's teeth.

4) The game was between Rutgers and Princeton. Loosely based on Rugby and modified rules of the London Football Association, Princeton won with 6 goals to Rutgers' 4.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This university was the first to award athletic scholarships to women.

2)  On this date in 1946, this Boston Celtic player became the first to shatter a glass backboard.

3)  How many sovereign nations are there in the European Union?

4)  This automaker was founded as the Swallow Sidecar Company in 1922.


1)  The University of Miami was the first to awards athletic scholarships to women and started doing so on May 5, 1973.

2)  It was TV's Rifleman star, Chuck Connors. Connors also played pro baseball for the Los Angeles Angels, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs.

3)  27

4)  Jaguar

Friday, November 02, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  The first U.S. postage stamps were sold in 1847. Whose images were on the 5-cent stamp and the 10-cent stamp?

2)  This letter is the oldest in the Phoenician alphabet.

3)  What's the difference between a nook and a cranny?

4)  How many letters are in the Greek alphabet?


1)  Ben Franklin was on the 5-cent stamp and George Washington was on the 10-cent stamp.

2)  The letter "O" is the oldest, remaining unchanged from 1300, BCE.

3)  A nook is a corner and a cranny is a crack.

4)  24