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.