Thursday, May 31, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  The first U.S. copyright law was signed by this president.

2)  This Disney film debuted on this date in 1937. It was the first full-length animated feature to appear on the big screen.

3)  This phrase was designated by Congress as the national motto in 1956.

4)  On this date in 1990, Seinfield premiered as a summer replacement. A pilot of the show aired in July of 1989 under another title. What was the sitcom originally called?


1)  On this date in 1790, President Washington signed the country's first copyright law.

2)  Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

3)  The national motto is "In God We Trust."

4)  Seinfield had premiered as The Seinfeld Chronicles on July, 5, 1989.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  If you add the numbers 1 - 10 (e.g., 1+2+3+4...) what is the total?

2)  Thomas Jefferson enjoyed gardening and was on of the first to cultivate this popular produce item in the U.S.

3)  What does it mean when an herb or plant is described as sanative?

4)  Margaret Roberts has a prominent place in British history?  Who is she?


1)  55

2)  Thomas Jefferson grew tomatoes, then known as "love apples."

3)  A sanative herb or plant has the power to cure.

4)  "Roberts" was Margaret Thatcher's maiden name. Margaret Thatcher, was the first and only female - and longest serving - Prime Minister of England.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This president was the first to have been born in a hospital.

2)  Bob Hope had unusual provisions in his television and movie contracts, entitling him to free automobiles, gasoline and what else?

3)  The slang expression, "trouble and strife" is a reference to what?

4)  This is the largest island in the Mediterranean.


1)  Jimmy Carter

2)  bubble gum

3)  It's Cockney rhyming slang for "wife." You're also liable to hear "me bag for life." This piece on NPR's Morning Edition explains more about this linguistic phenomenon, first begun by street sellers as a way of avoiding detection by the police.

4)  Sicily

Friday, May 25, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  How many U.S. military academies are there in the U.S. and what are their names?

2)  Bifocals were invented in 1785 by this man.

3)  This state is nicknamed "the Treasure State."

4)  This is the only bird capable of flying backwards.


1)  Five. U.S. Military Academy (West Point), U.S. Naval Academy,, U.s Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

2)  Benjamin Franklin

3)  Montana

4)  the hummingbird

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Upon finishing the race, what does the winner of the Indianapolis 500 traditionally drink?

2)  This spectator sporting facility has over than 250,000 seats and is the world's largest.

3)  This country is the world's smallest republic.

4)  He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of George M. Cohan.


1)  Milk

2)  The Indianapolis Motor Speedway

3)  The Republic of San Marino, in northeast Italy is the smallest at 24 square miles. It dates back to the era of sovereign city-states in Europe.

4)  James Cagney

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)   On this date in 1964, the first Beatles cover to making it to #34 on the UK singles chart. Who was the artist?

2)   How many thoracic vertebrae does a human have?

3)   How many thoracic vertebrae does a giraffe have?

4)   On what part of the body does a person wear a homburg?


1)  Ella Fitzgerald

2)  12

3)  Most likely 12, definitely 7 large cervical vertebrae

4)  on the head!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What was PBS's longest running children's program?

2)  What was the name of Glenn Close's character in Fatal Attraction?

3)  On this date in 1972 Ceylon became The Republic of ________________.


1)  Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. The series had its US network debut on February 19, 1968, and it aired on NET and its successor, PBS and ran until August 31, 2001.PBS aired reruns until August of 2008.

2)  Alexandra "Alex" Forrest

3)  Sri Lanka

Monday, May 21, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This American sports organization was formed on this date in 1881?

2)  This horse was called the "Wonder Horse" because he never whinnied while his cowboy partner was singing.

3)  Today is Lawrence Tero's birthday.  He is known by another name; what is it?

4)  Clara Barton founded this organization on this date in 1881.


1)  The U.S. Lawn Tennis Association

2)  Gene Autry was the cowboy and Champion was his faithful steed. There were several Champions over the years. Born May 20th, 1927, "Lindy Champion" was the second horse to partner with Autry .

3)  "Mr. T."

"Now enough of this jibber-jabber"

Friday, May 18, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Who is the oldest MLB pitcher in history to have pitched a perfect game, retiring all 27 batters?

2)  Perry Como had 14 #1 hits over the course of his career. Which song was his first to reach #1?

3)  What letters in the alphabet were the most recent to be included?

4)  He was famous for having said, "I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death."


1)  Randy Johnson in 2004, at the age of 40, pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks, pitched that perfect game against the Atlanta Braves.

2)  "Til the End of Time," which hit #1 in 1945.

3)  J and U were the last letters to be included in the alphabet.

4)  Patrick Henry uttered this memorable quote in a speech at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, in 1775.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Which part of your eye receives no blood at all?

2)  The 2012 Olympic Games opens on what date?

3)  According to the Summer Institute for Linguistics, what language is spoken by the most people?


1)  the cornea

2)  The 2012 Games get underway July 27th

3)  In terms of number of people speaking a native language, Mandarin Chinese wins by a great margin. That said, English is still likely to be the most widely used, even as a second language. Thanks to the need for computer programming, where English is the standard and for most business and commerce, English is predominant.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  A horse's hock is equivalent this body part on a human.

2)  How many players are on a polo team?

3)  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded the first Oscars on this date in 1929. Which film was the first to receive "Best Picture"?

4)  Herpetology studies what?


1)  ankle

2)  four

3)  Wings

4)  Amphibians and snakes

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1970, he appointed the first two female generals.

2)  The name of this Italian food translates as "pick me up."

3)   St. Cecilia is their patron saint.


1)  Richard Nixon

2)  tiramisu

3)  singers and musicians

Monday, May 14, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1936, Walden Cassotto was born. What was his name as a performer?

2)  Not a herd, not a gaggle, not a pride - what is a group of beavers called?

3)  West Side Story is based on this popular Shakespeare play.

4)  The first modern-era Olympic competition opened on this date in 1904, in what city?


1)  Bobby Darin

2)  A group of beavers is a colony.

3)  Romeo and Juliet

4)  St. Louis, MO

Friday, May 11, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1997, this computer achieved something no previous computer had.

2)  This country was the first to invent and produce the automobile.

3)  What was the first meal eaten in space?

4)  Actor Denver Pyle was a character actor who had regular roles on seven TV series.  In which series did he appear most frequently?


1) IBM's "Deep Blue" supercomputer beat world champion chess player, Gary Kasparov.

2)  France was the first to make the dream of the automobile a reality. The U.S. devised the assembly line method of manufacturing cars.

3)  Astronaut John Glenn ate the first meal, which was pureed applesauce squeezed from a tube while he was aboard the Friendship 7 in 1962.

4)  Pyle enjoyed the greatest longevity and exposure during his stint on The Dukes of Hazzard from 1979-1985.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This president once said 50 years would have to pass before historians could be written about him objectively.

2)  Many jazz aficionados thought he would be the next great be-bop musician, in part because he abstained from the excesses that caused many of his contemporaries to perish. Instead, he died an untimely death in a car accident.

3)  After leaving Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, this saxophonist composed and recorded a number of tracks with Miles Davis.

4)  Radio host and opening announcer for Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, Gary Owens appeared in this Academy Award-winning film.


1)  Nixon

2)  Clifford Brown

3)  Wayne Shorter

4)  Midnight Cowboy

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What was Louis Armstrong's first #1 hit?

2)  Mike Wallace once appeared in a TV commercial as a circus barker with a straw hat and cane. What product was he promoting?

3)  He was referred to as the "James Dean of Jazz."

4)  Actress Candice Bergen was born on this date in 1946. How many Emmys did she win for her portrayal of Murphy Brown?


1)  "Hello Dolly." I reached the top spot on this date in 1964.

2)  Peter Pan Peanut Butter

3)  Chet Baker

4)  Five

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1847 Robert Thompson patented rubber tires. What did he call them?

2) According to the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture, for every dollar you spend on produce at the supermarket, how much does the grower receive?

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

4)  According to research, which daily grooming habit may soon no longer be necessary?


1)  "air wheels"

2)  .05 cents

3)  Italy

4)  Brushing teeth - a new generation of anti-bacterial mouthwashes, if used twice a week, prevent bacteria from sticking to teeth.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Inventor Edwin H. Land was born on this date in 1909. What was his invention?

2)  This major-league pitcher once struck out five batters in one inning.

3)  Ergasiophobia is an abnormal fear of what?

4)  The first Presidential Inaugural Ball was held on this date in 1789. In what city was it held?


1)  the Polaroid camera

2)  Joe Niekro was pitching for the Houston Astros in this 1977 game.

3)  fear of any kind of work

4)  New York City

Friday, May 04, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Sean Penn received a Best Actor nomination for his role in Sweet and Lowdown, a story loosely based on what French jazz guitarist?

2)  The man known as the Father of Public Education was born on this day in 1796.

3)  Where was "Area 51" located?


1)  Django Reinhardt

2)  Horace Mann

3)  Nevada

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Bing Crosby was born on this day in 1903.  He sang four Academy Award-winning songs: "Sweet Leilani," "White Christmas," "Swinging on a Star," and "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening." He won one Oscar for Best Actor in the 1944 film, __________________________.

2) Who was the only athlete to win gold in both the pentathlon and decathlon Olympic events. What year was it?

3) This capital was incorporated on this date in 1802.

4)  What were the names of the three sisters who recorded more than 100 songs and sold more than 90 million records and were regular performers with the USO?


1) Going My Way

2) Jim Thorpe in 1912.

3) Washington, DC

4) Patty, Maxine and LaVerne: The Andrews Sisters

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Who wrote Gulliver's Travels?

2)  What is the dot over the "i" called?

3)  On this date in 1974, this blockbuster movie began filming in Martha's Vineyard.

4)  How many states have capitals with "City" in the name?


1)  Jonathan Swift

2)  a "tittle," as in the expression "every jot and tittle."

3)  Jaws

4)  There are four - Missouri: Jefferson City; Nevada: Carson City; Oklahoma: Oklahoma City; Utah: Salt Lake City

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1970 this woman became the first female jockey to ride in the Kentucky Derby.

2)  This "celebrity" retired on this date in 1975 and even has his own zip code.

3)  Who played the villain, Egghead in the 60's TV show, Batman?

4)  What is the birthstone and flower for May?


1)  Diane Crump

2)  Smokey the Bear

3)  Vincent Price was Egghead

4)  Birthstone: emerald; flower: lily of the valley or hawthorn