Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1971, David R. Scott and James B. Irwin were the first to do this.

2)  Best known for having founded the American Red Cross, she had a number of other careers in her life. She taught school, was a clerk in the U.S. Patent Office, and during the Civil War she was known as the "Angel of the Battlefield."

3)  On this date in 1792, the cornerstone was laid for this building, the first to be designated as a U.S. government .building.


1)  They were the first astronauts to ride a vehicle on the moon. The "moon buggy" traveled five miles on the lunar surface.

2)  Clara H. Barton

3)  The U.S. Mint. Here's how it looked:

Monday, July 30, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This president signed the bill for Medicare. The program became effective a year later.

2)  This one-time teen idol wrote the theme for The Tonight Show and the song, "My Way."

3)  Hilary Swank, who turns 37 today, won Oscars for which two films?

4)  On July 27th, 2004, Mike Tyson was knocked out by this boxer in the first round.


1)  Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the legislation on this date in 1965.

2)  Paul Anka

3)  Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Baby.

4)  British heavyweight, Danny Williams. In his early years, Tyson had achieved 16 first round knockouts in 35 professional bouts.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Who was the first comic - in the movies - to get a pie in the face?

2)  This president signed legislation requiring cigarette packages and ads come with health warnings.

3)  It was revealed this week that North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un had quietly done this.

4)  Bruxism is more commonly known as what?


1)  Actress Mabel Normand chucked one at Fatty Arbuckle in the 1913 silent film,  A Noise from the Deep.

2)  Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the legislation on this date in 1965.

3)  Kim Jong-Un, son and successor of Kim Jong-Il, got married.

4)  grinding one's teeth

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)   This former U.S. territory once belonged to Russia.

2)   He was Time magazine's "Person of the 20th Century."

3)  On this date in 1984, this show became the first television show in the U.S. to be broadcast in stereo.

4)  Which state is home to Fort Knox?


1)  Alaska

2)  Albert Einstein

3)  The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

4)  Kentucky

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What  about Louise Joy Brown made her noteworthy?
2)   What item is used to commemorate a couple's first anniversary.

3)  This president was the only one to have also served as Chief Justice on the Supreme Court.

4)  Which of the world's deserts is the largest?


1)  Born on this date in 1978, Louise was the first test-tube baby.

2)  Paper

3)  William Howard Taft

4)  The Sahara desert is the largest, covering 3.5 million square miles.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What was Oscar de la Hoya's sport?

2)  Fishtail, French and Herringbone are types of these.

3)  Who wrote And Then There Were None?

4)  Of all the musical instruments Americans learn to play, which is the favorite?


1)  boxing

2)  braids

3)  Agatha Christie

4)  piano (guitar is # 2)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This detective novel author created private detective Philip Marlowe.

2)  On this date in 1999, Col. Eileen Collins achieved this milestone.

3)  He was the first person to be designated by the FBI as "Public Enemy #1."

4)  In South America,  he is known for having been "The Liberator."


1)  Raymond Chandler

2)  She was the first woman to command a space shuttle.

3)  John Dillinger

4)  Simon Bolivar

Friday, July 20, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1940, Billboard published its first "music popularity chart." What was the first song to be ranked as # 1?

2)  What type of gemstone is the Star of India?

3)  Which London venue will play host to the 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremonies?

4)   If you are a hedenophobe, what are you abnormally fearful of?


1)  The Tommy Dorsey Band's "I'll Never Smile Again" was the first # 1.  The song featured Frank Sinatra on vocals.

2)   sapphire

3)  The Olympic Stadium

4)  You're extremely queasy over the prospect of experiencing pleasure.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Which planet has the shortest day?

2)  Our Miss Brooks debuted on CBS Radio on this date in 1948. Who played Miss Brooks?

3)  On this date in 1957, American International Pictures released Michael Landon's first feature film.  What was it?


1)  Jupiter's days are a little under 10 hours. Its years are 12 times longer than Earth's.

2)  Eve Arden

  3) I Was a Teenage Werewolf

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This industry spends the most money on advertising, beating out the cereal industry.

2)  Cereal in the U.S. uses enough sugar every year to cover every American in this much sugar.

3)  What is an autodidact?

4)  Ford Motors bought this luxury car line in 1990.


1)  Automobile manufacturers

2)  3 pounds

3)  A person who is self-taught

4)  Jaguar

Monday, July 16, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1963, the U.S. Postal Service began using ZIP codes, which now total over 43000. "ZIP' is an acronym meaning what?

2)  On this date in 1945, a plutonium device equivalent to 15,000 tons of TNT became the the first atomic bomb. Where was it detonated?

3)  Mary Baker Eddy was born on this date in 1821.  She is regarded as this movement/organization's founder.

4)  This film was Stanley Kubrick's last. It opened on this date in 1999 and starred Tom Cruise and his then-wife, Nicole Kidman. What was the film's title?


1)  Zone Improvement Plan

2)  Visible for 180 miles, the blast went off in Alamagordo, NM.

3)  Church of Christian Science

4)  Eyes Wide Shut

Friday, July 13, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What country has the most doughnut shops per capita?

2)  Which of the Great Lakes is the only one that is entirely within U.S. territory?

3)  Which Constitutional Amendment provided women with the right to vote?

4)  Depressed at how his career was going in the early '70s, Harrison Ford (temporarily) gave up acting to work in what profession?


1)  Canada

2)  Lake Michigan

3)  The Nineteenth Amendment, also known as the Women's Suffrage Amendment.

4)  Ford worked as a carpenter, then got his big break in American Grafitti (1973) - the same film that launched the careers of Richard Dreyfuss, Suzanne Somers, Rick Moranis, Cindy Williams and others - and introduced Ron Howard in his first adult role, leading to the TV hit, Happy Days.
Harrison Ford in American Grafitti

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Which Bond girls were voiced by Ms. Nikki van der Zyl?

2)  Where would you find a gnomon?

3)  What is the English translation of the French word, "beaucoup"?

4)  When and where was it fashionable for a bride to wear red?


1)  Ursula Andress, Shirley Eaton, Eunice Gayson and Claudine Auger all had voices that were less attractive than their visual presentations, so Nikki was the voice for these bombshells.

2)  On a sundial

3)  "Beaucoup" indicates "much" or "a lot."

4)  American brides wore red during the American Revolution as a sign of solidarity with the revolutionary soldiers.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  How many novels are in the entire Harry Potter series?

2)  Whose portrait is on the $20 bill?

3)  The adenoids are found in this part of the body.


1)  7

2)  Andrew Jackson

3)  the throat

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Who or what is Esperanto?

2)  The Thirty Year War was fought on this continent.

3)  Which bird lays its eggs in a nother bird's nest?

4)  Marie Antioinette was born in this country.


1)  Esperanto is a constructed language, created with the intent of having a language that could be used universally.
From Wikipedia: "As a constructed language, Esperanto is not genealogically related to any ethnic language. It has been described as 'a language lexically predominantly Romance, morphologically intensively agglutinative, and to a certain degree isolating in character.'  The phonology, grammar, vocabulary, and semantics are based on the western Indo-European languages. The phonemic inventory is essentially Slavic, as is much of the semantics, while the vocabulary derives primarily from the Romance languages, with a lesser contribution from the Germanic languages and minor contributions from Slavic languages and Greek." 

2)  Europe

3)  The cuckoo

4)  Austria

Monday, July 09, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia


1)  On July 9, 1955 the first Rock and Roll song hit number one.  Song and artist?

2)  Many people collect things like stamps and coins.  What does actor Tom Hanks collect?

3)  Speaking of Tom Hanks, what part did he play on the sitcom Family Ties?

4)  What entertainer is best known for singing "Alice's Restaurant" and "City of New Orleans"?


1)  "Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets.

2)  Typewriters.

3)  He was Alex's (Michael J. Fox) alcoholic uncle.

4)  Arlo Guthrie.

Friday, July 06, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  In addition to Thomas Jefferson, how many other presidents signed the Declaration of Independence?

2)  Scientists at this research center think they've found the Higgs Boson particle.

3)  Who wrote the lyric, "you gotta have a dream, if you don't have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?"


1)  just one: John Adams

2)  CERN

3)  The lyric comes from "Happy Talk" (South Pacific), and was written by Oscar Hammerstein.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1947 the first African-American Major League baseball player signed with the Cleveland Indians. Who was he?

2)  On this date in 1975 Arthur Ashe defeated this player, thus becoming the first African-American to win the Men's Singles at Wimbledon.

3)  He was the first president to have been voted out of office after one term. Who was he and who defeated him?

4)  The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution guarantees this.


1)  Larry Doby

2)  Ashe defeated Jimmy Connors

3)  John Adams was voted out after one term; he was defeated by Thomas Jefferson

4)  The 2nd Amendment guarantees citizens the right to keep and bear arms and to form militias

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia


1)  The Declaration of Independence begins with what words?

2)  Who said, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal"?

3)  Which two patriots died on July 4, 1826?

4)  How many people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776?  Kuddos if you can name them!


1)  "When in the course of human events..."

2)  Thomas Jefferson.

3)  John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

4)  Two -- Charles Thomson as Secretary and John Hancock as President of the Continental Congress.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia


1)  On July 3, 1922, Fruit Garden and Home magazine published its first issue.  Two years later the publication became known as what?

2)  Ambrosia, Smitten, and Lemonade are varieties of what?

3)  What was the name of the forerunner to Scientology?


1)  Better Homes and Gardens.

2)  Apples

3)  Dianetics.

Monday, July 02, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia


1)  What did President Lyndon Johnson sign into law on July 2, 1964?

2)  On July 2, 1881, which U.S. president was shot and fatally wounded by an assassin?

3)  On July 2, 1776, the delegates from the twelve North American colonies signed the Declaration of Independence to declare themselves the United States of America.  On July 3 and 4, the delegates made a few changes to the document and approved it again on July 4th, the day the United States now celebrates as Independence Day.  However, one of the delegates thought that July 2nd would be remembered in history as Independence Day.  Which founding father stated this belief in a letter to his wife?


1)  The Civil Rights Act of 1964.  In the speech he gave prior to signing this act into law, President Johnson said, "We believe that all men are created equal, yet many are denied equal treatment... let us close the springs of racial poison."

2)  President James Garfield was shot by embittered attorney Charles Guiteau in a Washington railroad station.  The President struggled with his health over the next few months, and he ultimately died on September 19, 1881 from an infection and internal hemorrhage.  Garfield served as U.S. President for less than one year.

3)  John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail, "The second day of July 1776 will be the most memorable epochs in the history of America... It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more."