Friday, December 20, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  How much did Lucy charge for a psychiatric session in the classic Christmas TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas?

2)  What is the name of the rabbit in the magic hat in Frosty the Snowman?

3)  In The Polar Express movie, what is "The First Gift of Christmas"?


1)  Five cents

2)  Hocus Pocus!

3)  A bell from Santa's sleigh.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Composer/performer of the music for A Charlie Brown Christmas.

2)  In A Christmas Story, what gift did Ralphie's mom give his dad?

3)  In It's a Wonderful Life, though he has yet to "earn his wings," he is George's assigned angel.

4)  In A Christmas Story,  what was Ralphie's brother's name?


1)  Vince Guaraldi

2)  a bowling ball

3)  Clarence Oddbody

4)  Randy

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  In "Winter Wonderland," who do we pretend the snowman is?

2)  This Christmas song bears the wish that listeners will have a Christmas and New Year full of cheerfulness.

3)  The person singing this song is hoping for these two things to come in time for Christmas.

4)   Someone was a kissing Santa Claus underneath the mistletoe last night. Who was it?


1)  "Parson Brown"

2)  "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"

3)  "my two front teeth"

4)  It was Mommy.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  How many geese a-laying are there in "The Twelve Days of Christmas"?

2)  What were Frosty the Snowman's last words?

3)  Which carol has the lyric, "Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation"?

4)  In Chile, Santa is called __________________.


1) six

2)  "I'll be back again someday"

3) "O Come, All Ye Faithful"

4)  Viejo Pascuero ("Old Man Christmas")

Monday, December 16, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Which day is considered to be the peak sales day of the holiday season?

2)  What color is Santa's belt?

3)  In A Christmas Carol, which song does the caroler sing outside Scrooge's office?


1)  The last Saturday before Christmas.

2)  black

3)  "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen"

Friday, December 13, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) In the opening scene of A Charlie Brown Christmas, what are the Peanuts kids doing?

2)  The total number of gifts in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" is what?

3)  The song, "White Christmas" debuted in what film?

4)  What did Frosty the Snowman have for a nose?


1)  Ice skating

2)  364

3)  Holiday Inn

4)  a button

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Which two reindeer had names beginning with the letter "C"?

2)  In this Christmas song, the carolers demand "figgy pudding."

3)  This Emmy Award-winning television show was based on a newspaper editorial written in 1897. What was the name of the editorial?

4)  What did the Grinch use instead of reindeer to pull his sleigh?


1)  Comet and Cupid

2)  "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"

3)  "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus"

4)  The mean Grinch used his dog to pull his sleigh, which was laden down with all the presents stolen from the townspeople.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Using small candles for lighting the tree, he was the first person to be credited with decorating a fir tree for Christmas.

2)  In The Nutcracker story, who was the Nutcracker's enemy?

3)  The newly-reformed Scrooge invited Bob Cratchit to join him for some "smoking bishop." What was "smoking bishop"?

4)  What inspired the tradition of hanging Christmas stockings?


1)  Martin Luther

2)  The King of the Mice

3)  a hot spiced drink

4)  St. Nicholas was said to have provided dowries for three impoverished sisters by dropping gold coins down their chimney and into the stockings they had hung up to dry.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1953, the first issue of Playboy went on sale.  It featured the infamous calendar shot of Marilyn Monroe. What was unusual about that first issue?

2)  On this date in 1963, a six year-old Donny Osmond made his national television debut on this show.

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

4)  What is a group of snails called?


1)  The issue had no date.

2)  The Andy Williams Show. Andy Williams began his career by singing with his brothers and became a mentor to the Osmond Brothers.

3)  The Pentagon

4)  Rout

Monday, December 09, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Which reindeer is never mentioned in The Night Before Christmas?

2)  From what movie did we hear this line: "Teacher says, 'Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.'"?

3)  From what movie did we hear this line: "Uh, since the United States Government declares this man to be Santa Claus, this court will not dispute it.  Case dismissed."?

4)  What was the gift my true love sent on the sixth day of Christmas?


1) Rudolph

2.  It's A Wonderful Life

3)  Miracle on 34th Street

4)  Six geese a-laying

Friday, December 06, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What was Scrooge's first name?

2)  This president was the first to have his address to a joint session of Congress aired on radio.

3)  Dr. Seuss's Grinch had a particular condition that made him so mean. What was it?

4)  In It's a Wonderful Life, who lost $8,000?


1)  Ebeneezer

2)  Calvin Coolidge

3)  His heart was two sizes too small.

4)  Uncle Billy

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


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

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

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

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


1)   Turkey

2)  Montgomery Ward

3)  Pigpen

4)  Jamestown, VA

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Who is the only president to have had a child while in office?

2)  Which president is featured on a quarter?

3)  Which president had the most children?

4)  Who was the first president to travel abroad?


1)  Grover Cleveland had a daughter while in office.

2)  George Washington

3)  John Tyler had a total of 15 children - 8 by his first wife, Letitia and 7 by his second wife, Julia.

4)  Teddy Roosevelt. His trip to Panama was the first trip outside the United States by a president.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Where did the tradition of exchanging gifts at Christmas time begin?

2)  "Confidently Beautiful" is the motto for this contest.

3)  This U.S. president had more pets at the White House than any other before or since.

4)  Tennessee Williams' play, A Streetcar Named Desire opened on Broadway on this date in 1947. Who were the play's leads?


1)  Italy - the practice began with the Romans.

2)  The Miss Universe Pageant

3) Theodore Roosevelt

4)  Marlon Brando played Stanley Kowalski, Jessica Tandy played Blanche DuBois and Kim Hunter played Stella. In the award season, Streetcar won both the New York Drama Critics Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Britney Spears was born December 2, 1981. She competed in her home state of Louisiana at age nine as an athlete in what sport?

2)  Taylor Swift and Jon Bon Jovi performed "Livin' On a Prayer" with this unlikely person for charity recently.

3)  After the rose, this flower is the 2nd most frequently used for bouquets and flower arrangements.

4)  In the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, which one's the moose?


1)  gymnastics

2)  Prince William sang harmony

3)  the carnation

4)  Bullwinkle

Friday, November 29, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Who was President at the time of the first moon landing?

2)  The stone that, after the diamond, is the hardest is what?

3)  Salvador Dali was from what nation?

4)  This golfer's nickname was the "Golden Bear."


1)  Nixon

2)  sapphire

3)  Dali was from Spain

4)  Jack Nicklaus

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What year did Thanksgiving become a federal holiday?

2)  Which President was the first to "pardon" a turkey?

3)  FDR moved Thanksgiving from the last Thursday in November to the 4th Thursday -  for what reason?

4)  Who planned the first Thanksgiving Festival?


1)  1941

2)  George H.W. Bush

3)  to extend the Christmas shopping season

4)  Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Who once said, "history is written by the victors"?

2)  This Dickens character shares a name with a famous illusionist.

3)  The Suez Canal separates Asia from what other continent?

4)  Where in the United States is Death Valley?


1)  Winston Churchill

2)  David Copperfield

3)  Africa

4)   Death Valley National Park is a national park located in California and Nevada, east of the Sierra Nevada. It occupies an area between the arid Great Basin and Mojave deserts in the United States. College football fans know however that both LSU and Clemson nicknamed their stadiums "Death Valley."

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Who was the highest-earning deceased celebrity of 2012?

2)  The first "American" official holiday was declared when and by who?

3)  What is the most commonly found metal element in the earth's crust?

4)  What is the capital of Austria?


1)  Michael Jackson

2)  George Washington declared November 26, 1789 to be a national day of Thanksgiving.  In 1863, Abraham Lincoln designated the last Thursday of November to be Thanksgiving and Franklin Delano Roosevelt moved it to the 4th Thursday.

3)  aluminum

4)  Vienna

Monday, November 25, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Where is Denali National Park?

2)   A group of toads is called what?

3)  This song by the Glenn Miller Orchestra burned up the charts in February of 1942.  Released as a single, the song received a lot of attention as part of the soundtrack for the movie, Sun Valley Serenade. It became the band's first gold record.

4)  This ballroom dance mimics bullfighting.


1)  Alaska

2)  a "knot"

3)  "Chattanooga Choo-Choo"

4)  The Paso Doble

Friday, November 22, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  According to the experts at Butterball, how long should you allow for a frozen turkey to thaw?

2)  "On the 6th day of Christmas, my true love gave" - what - "to me"?

3)  What is a caper?

4)  In the U.S., what state consumes the most turkey?


1)  Thaw the turkey one day for every 4 pounds.

2)  "Six geese-a-laying"

3)  A caper is an unopened green flower bud of the Capparis Spinosa, a bush grown mainly in southern France, Italy, Algeria and California. The buds must be carefully picked each morning just as they reach the proper size.

4)  California

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Which U.S. president was the first to travel in a submerged submarine?

2)  How many chapters are there in the Book of Genesis?

3)  With which magazine would you most associate Alfred E. Neuman?

4)  In what year did the Titanic sink?


1)  Harry Truman, on November 21, 1946.

2)  Fifty

3)  Mad Magazine

4)  1912

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What is the Roman numeral for 300?

2) What is the average life expectancy of a camel?

3) What is the official language of the Central American country of Belize?

4) The flowering plant gypsophila is more commonly known as what?


1)  CCC

2)  40 - 50 years!

3)  English

4)  Baby's Breath

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Which is the only planet in our solar system that rotates clockwise?

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

3)  A bushel is almost equal to how many pecks?

4)  The United States Army is the country's largest employer of which harmonious group?


1)  Venus

2)  Seven

3)  Four

4)  Musicians

Monday, November 18, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What was the name of the newspaper where Clark Kent worked?

2)  How many hearts does an octopus have?

3)  In what year was a turkey first issued a presidential pardon?

4)  Marlon Brando patented two items for which musical instrument?


1)  The Daily Planet

2)  Three

3)  1947

4)  Drum

Friday, November 15, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia


1)  In which country were the first Winter Olympics held?

2)  Cats are one of only three 4-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)  The average dog can make about ten different vocal sounds.  How many different vocal sounds can the average cat make?

4)  Ranidaphobia is the fear of which animal?


1)  France

2)  Camels and giraffes walks similarly to cats.

3)  About 100

4)  Frogs

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Martin Scorsese's film Raging Bull opened in the U.S. on November 14, 1980.  Which boxer did actor Robert DeNiro portray?

2)  Who originally sang "Do You Know the Way to San Jose"?

3)  Where in the world is the La Scala Opera House?

4)  Pb is the atomic symbol for which metal?


1)  Jake LaMotta.

2)  Dionne Warwick

3)  Milan, Italy

4)  Lead

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What is the last word in the King James Bible?

2)  How many sides does a STOP sign have?

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

4)  What city was once known as Edo?


1)  "Amen."

2)  Eight

3)  Greg Maddox of the Atlanta Braves.

4)  Tokyo

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia


1)  Who was the oldest member of The Beatles?

2)  Who was the first NFL head coach to win 100 regular season games in 10 seasons?

3)  A baby dog is called a puppy; a baby cat is called a kitten.  What is a baby eel called?

4)  What does the "C" in UNESCO stand for?


1)  Ringo Starr

2)  Don Shula, head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

3)  An elver

4)  United Nations Educational, Scientific and CULTURAL Organization

Monday, November 11, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia


1)  What color is an amethyst stone?

2)  How many chambers are there in a human heart?

3)  Where are the famed Angel Falls?

4)   What are Bata Bullets?


1)  Purple

2)  Four

3)  Venezuela

4)  Shoes -  The Bata Shoe Organisation is the largest shoe retailer and manufacturer.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Barry Alan Pincus is better known by his stage name.  What is it?

2)  Master Qong Qiu is more famously remembered as who? 

3)  This actor played the character "Jack Ryan" in the 1992 film, Patriot Games.


1)  Barry Manilow

2)  Confucius

3)  Harrison Ford

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Who wrote the story of Hansel and Gretel?

2)  This person once said, "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."

3)  Where is the Andy Warhol Museum?

4)  Humans are most likely to contract toxoplasmosis after having been exposed to what?


1)  The Brothers Grimm

2)  Mae West

3)  Pittsburgh

4)  Cats. Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease caused by the protozoan toxoplasma gondii. The parasite can infect most warm-blooded creatures, including humans, but the primary host are felines.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia


1) "Z" and which other letter share the highest value in Scrabble?

2) Which airline has the largest fleet size?

3) What is bruxism?

4) What is the oldest weekly program on television?


1) Q

2) United Airlines, following its merger with Continental, ended 2012 as the world's biggest airline, followed by Delta.

3) Teeth clenching or grinding!

4) Meet The Press, which debuted on November 6, 1947.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  A cloven hoof has how many toes?

2)  This car company began as the Swallow Sidecar Company in 1922.

3)  This university became the first to offer athletic scholarships to women.

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


1)  two

2)  Jaguar

3)  University of Miami. It was May 5th, 1973 when the Hurricanes offered athletic scholarships to female athlete-students.

4)  Chuck Connors (later to star as TV's Rifleman)

Monday, November 04, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This Philadelphia native cut his teeth playingwith the likes of Stan Kenton, Benny Goodman and Jimmy Dorsey, and gained widespread recognition as part of Woody Herman's "Second Herd." He helped popularize the bossa nova craze in the 60s, along with Joao Gilberto and Jobim. Who was he?

2) Who is Nawas Sharif?

3)  The Great Gatsby was first published in 1925. Who wrote it?

4)  This jazz/funk saxophonist had a string of crossover hits on the pop chart in the 70s and 80s.


1)  Stan Getz

2)  He is the Prime Minister of Pakistan

3)  F. Scott Fitzgerald

4) Grover Washington, Jr.  Some of his popular songs were "Mister Magic," "Just the Two of Us" (with Bill Withers) and "The Best Is Yet to Come" (with Patti LaBelle).

Friday, November 01, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Set to the tune of a once-popular British drinking song, this tune was inspired by an 1814 poem, called "The Defense of Fort McHenry."

2)  What is the name of the current Secretary-General of the United Nations?

3)  This electronics company recently announced that it reduced its yearly profit forecast by 40%.

4)  Genghis Khan founded what empire?


1)   The popular drinking song, refitted with new lyrics, became our national anthem, the "Star-Spangled Banner."

2)  Ban Ki-Moon

3)  Sony

4)  Mongolian Empire

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) He was the only one of the Peanuts characters who believed in the Great Pumpkin.

2)  When trick-or-treating, he kept getting rocks instead of cand.

3)  Snoopy dressed as a WWI flying ace and imagined what as his airplane?

4)  Stories of vampires originated on what continent?


1) Linus

2)  Charlie Brown

3)  Snoopy imagined his doghouse was his plane

4)  Europe

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Who was the first woman to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda?

2)  On this date in 1974, Muhammad Ali regained his world title by knocking out this champion.

3)  On this date in 1984, Linda Ronstadt sang the lead role in a New York Shakespeare Festival's production of what opera?


1)  Rosa Parks

2)  George Foreman. Foreman won the title again 20 years later.

3)  Ronstadt sang Mimi in an unconventional staging of La Boheme. Critics were underwhelmed. Frank Rich of the New York Times wrote, "Fragile and almost expressionless from the start, Miss Ronstadt's Mimi might as well leap right from her first aria to the death-bed finale."

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  He was made an honorary veteran at the age of 94 on this date in 1997.

2)  What Italian city is thought to have been the original home of the pizza?

3)  Where would you find a quillon?

4)  A cleek, mashie and niblick are all kinds of what?


1)  Bob Hope

2)  Naples

3)  on a sword - it's the same thing as a crossguard

4)  golf clubs

Monday, October 28, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This vegetable is over 90% water and its cooling and healing properties are good for the skin.

2) These two states have the greatest number of lakes.

3)  The Greek goddess, Nike, personified what?

4)  Thomas Jefferson was the first to cultivate these in the U.S.


1)  cucumbers

2)  Minnesota and Wisconsin

3)  victory

4)  tomatoes

Friday, October 25, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  How many French hens were given in "The Twelve Days of Christmas"?

2)  He was the first to play jazz on the violin.

3)  U.S. states with French-influenced names are:

4)  She sang with Gene Krupa's band.


1)  3

2)  Stuff Smith

3) Louisiana (named for Louis XIV), Vermont (a variant of "green mountain" in French)

4)  Anita O'Day

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Kevin Kline won an Oscar for his role in what film?

2)  Bette Midler got her start in show business as an entertainer where?


1)  A Fish Called Wanda

2)  She performed at a bathhouse in New York. Her accompanist was none other than Barry Manilow.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Thomas Edison was born in what country?

2)  It was the year 1954 and he was the first to break the 4-minute mile.

3)  On average, what percentage of nitrogen do breathe in?

4)  This is the New Zealand's only native land mammal.


1)  United States

2)  Dr. Roger Bannister

3)  78%

4)  bats

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon Low. also called "Daisy," founded this organization.

2)  On this date in 1966, they became the first all-female musical performers to have a #1 album in the U.S.

3)  How many centimeters are in an inch?


1)  Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912 in Savannah, GA.

2)  The Supremes. The album: Supremes a Go-Go 

3) 2.54 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Who once said, "Two things are infinite; the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the universe."

2)  Founded by Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus in 1958, what organization has become one of the most powerful lobbying organizations in the world?

3)  What two teams will be facing each other for the World Series this year?

4)  The Pittsburgh Steelers take their name from Pittsburgh's steel industry.  There is however, only one other that has the resources to make iron and steel. Which state is it?


1)  Albert Einstein

2)  American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

3)  The American League's Boston Red Sox will play the National League champs, the St. Louis Cardinals.

4)  Alabama

Friday, October 18, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) October 18, 1747, the world's first public library opened in what city?

2)  Gordon Sumner is better known by this name?

3)  How many tiles does each player get at the start of a Scrabble game?


1)  Warsaw, Poland

2)  Sting

3)  7

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What is the name of the princess Disney's Aladdin falls in love with?

2) If you are practicing semaphore, what are you holding?

3)  In the dish "Toad in the Hole," what represents the toad?

4) Hitler's propaganda chief -


1)  Jasmine

2)  two flags

3)  sausage

4)  Goebbels

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Iron pyrite is also known as what?

2)  This actor played James Bond in Her Majesty's Secret Service.

3)  DJ Rick Dees and his "Cast of Idiots" recorded a novelty hit in the '70s  that went to #1.

4)  A person suffering from hypnophobia is afraid of what?


1)  "fool's gold"

2)  George Lazenby

3)  "Disco Duck"

4)  afraid to sleep

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1903, Gordon Nance was born in Pattonsburg, MO. He grew up to be famous as a movie cowboy star.

2)  Smolt is the name of this animal's young.

3)  Your pet possum is expecting babies. How long is the gestation period?

4)  This top-level tennis player was stabbed in the back during a match in 1993.


1)  His screen name was "Wild Bill" Elliot. He played REd Ryder in both serial and feature films.

2)  A young salmon - in its growth stage between the parr and the grilse as it becomes covered with silvery scales and migrates from fresh water to the sea.

3) 12 days

4)  Monica Seles

Monday, October 14, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  How many moons does Mercury have?

2)  Before he could be arrested for his part in a plot to assassinate Hitler, this SS Army general died of cyanide poisoning on this date in 1944.

3)  He was Time Magazine's Man of the Year in 1938.

4)  Roger Moore had a recurring role in the TV series, Maverick. Who was he?


1)   none

2)  Rommel

3)  Hitler

4)  He played Brett Maverick's cousin, Beauregard.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Where was the hottest temperature recorded? The coldest?

2)  The Beatles' first single was released October 5, 1962.  What was the name of the song?

3)  What is the 6th planet from the sun?

4)  The world'sonly roller skating museum is located in what city?


1)  The hottest temperature on record was at Greenland Ranch, Death Valley, California (134 F).  The coldest temperature was at Vostok Station, Anarctica (-128.6 F).

2)  "Love Me Do"

3)  Saturn

4)  Lincoln, NE

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  In filming Janet Leigh's famous shower scene in the Hitchcock thriller, Psycho, what was used for blood?

2)  In The Nutcracker, this fairy rules over the "Kingdom of Sweets."

3)  This president was famous for saying, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

4)  Where in the body is the "incus"?


1)  chocolate syrup

2)  The Sugar Plum Fairy

3) franklin Delano Roosevelt

4)  The incus is in the inner ear.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What position does Snoopy play on Charlie Brown's baseball team?

2)  Peanuts comic strip debuted on this date in 1950. Who were the original four characters?

3)  Who was Hollywood's original singing cowboy?

4)  What were Bonnie and Clyde's last names?


1)  shortstop

2)   The original Peanuts characters were Charlie, Snoopy, Patty and Shermy.

3)  Gene Autry

4)  Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What is the birthstone for October?  The flower?

2)  What is a baby oyster called?

3)  What breed of dog was Scooby-Doo?

4)  On TV's The Simpsons, what is Homer Simpson's brother's name?


1)  There are two birthstone choices for October: opal and tourmaline.  The flowers are the marigold (calendula) and cosmos.

2)  A baby oyster is a "spat."

3)  Scooby-Doo is a Great Dane.

4)  Homer's brother is a half-brother named Herb Powell. The character was introduced in the 15th show of the second season and was voiced by Danny DeVito.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What is Bill Gates' wife's name?

2)  He was the singer/songwriter of the song "I Don't Care Anymore."

3)  Name the three states that are connected to Yellowstone National Park.

4)  FDR offered the "New Deal" as his presidential program. That followed the program offered by President Theodore Roosevelt, which was called what?


1)  Melinda

2)  Phil Collins

3)  Yellowstone National Park touches the borders of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

4)  Theodore Roosevelt's program was the "Square Deal."

Friday, September 27, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Burger King recently introduced this new, lower-calorie item to entice customers.

2)  Nairobi is the capital of what country?

3)  This landmark is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy.

4)  This often overlooked male singer collaborated with John Coltrane on a particularly brilliant album in 1963.


1)  "Satisfries"

2)  Kenya

3)  The Statue of Liberty

4)  Johnny Hartman

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What is Florida's state flower?

2)  A Quinceanera party is a celebration of what?

3)  Pumpkins are made up of what percentage of water?

4)  The fastest growing tree grows at what rate monthly?


1)  the orange blossom

2)  It's a Mexican tradition, celebrating a young girl's 15th birthday, analogous to a "sweet sixteen" party.

3)  90 percent

4)  2.5'

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This popular novelist wrote seven novels under the pen name Richard Bachman.

2)  In the alpha-bravo-charlie alphabet, what word represents the letter "W"?

3)  The protein "ferretin" is named after what element?

4)  Who was the oldest baseball player to play in a major league game?


1)   Stephen King

2)  whisky

3)  iron

4)  Born July 7, 1906, Satchel Paige was 59 years, 2 months and 18 days old when he threw three shutout innings for what was then the Kansas City Athletics on this date in 1965. At the age of 42 Paige become the oldest rookie in major league history when he joined the Cleveland Indians during the 1948 pennant race.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1979 the first public computer-based information service wnt live. What was it called?

2)  What was the name of the B-29 bomber that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima?

3)  Harrisburg is the capital of which state?

4)  What decade was velcro invented?


1)  CompuServe

2)  the Enola Gay

3)  Pennsylvania

4)  Velcro was invented in the 1940s.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Many people are under the misconception that "God helps those who helps themselves" is a passage in the Bible. Who actually said this?

2)  BSE disease is more commonly known as what?

3)  Daniel Ortega is president of which Latin American country?

4)   Who was the youngest man to serve as president of the United States?


1)  Benjamin Franklin

2)  Mad Cow Disease

3)  Nicaragua

4)  Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest man to serve as president when he was sworn in at 42 (following the assassination of William F. McKinley). John F. Kennedy was the youngest, at 43, to have been elected president.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What year did Congress declared July 4th as a national holiday?

2)  How many baby teeth do children have?

3)  How many lines are there in a sonnet?

4)  Martha Stewart was sent to prison for doing what?


1)  1870

2)  20

3)  14

4)  insider trading

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Which country grows more bananas than any other?

2)  In the TV series Mork and Mindy, about an extraterrestrial who becomes friends with Mindy. What was Mork's home planet?

3)  Han Solo flew a fighter ship in Star Wars. What was its name?

4)  Edward Teach was more commonly known as what?


1)  India

2)  He was "Mork from [the planet] Ork."

3)  Solo flew the Millennium Falcon.

4)  Blackbeard

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) When he was a child star Robert Blake played sidekick to this Western movies character.

2) What was Frankie Avalon's first top ten hit?

 3)  From which Dr. Seuss book did this quote come?
"Unless someone like you cares a whole lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

4)  Who is the creator of the Garfield comic strip?


1)  He was Red Ryder's Indian buddy, Little Beaver. 

2) His first hit was "Dede Dinah."  That song reached #7 in 1958. Avalon's first #1 song, "Venus," came out in 1958.

3)  The Lorax

4)  Jim Davis

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  In September 1901, President McKinley died of bullet wounds inflicted by an assassin eight days earlier.  His vice-president took office.  Who was it?

2)  He was the first Chief Justice to resign his Supreme Court appointment in order to run for public office (governor of New York).

3)  In 1937, the Count Basie Band featured two vocalists: Jimmie Rushing and who else?

4)  On this date in 1985, The Golden Girls premiered on NBC.  Who were the four actresses in the lead roles?


1) Teddy Roosevelt

2)  John Jay

3)  Billie Holiday

4)  Rue McClanahan (Blanche), Estelle Getty (Sophia), Betty White (Rose), Bea Arthur (Dorothy)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1953 the first movie filmed in widescreen CinemaScope premiered at the Roxy Theater in New York. What was the name of the film?

2)  On this date in 1620, the Mayflower left Plymouth, England with how many pilgrims on board?

3)  On this date in 1630, Shawmut, Massachusetts changed its name to what?


1)  The Robe

2)  102 pilgrims were on board (not counting crew)

3)  Boston

Friday, September 13, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Each player gets how many pawns in chess?

2)  The side of the boat that's furthest from the wind is called what?

3)  It's the only state without a national park.

4) Trumpeter Harry Edison's nickname was what?


1)  8

2)  leeward

3) Delaware

4)  "Sweets"

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  The United States, United Kingdom, Russia and France are four of five permanent member countries of the United Nations Security Council. What is the fifth country?

2)  Outraged at the price of a Scrabble game, journalist Chris Haney decided to  create a board game and cash in. He and his friend, Scott Abbott came up with what game?

3)  The La Scala opera house is in what city?

4)  Agatha Christie wrote romance novels under what nom de plume?


1)  China

2)  Trivial Pursuit

3)  Milan

4) Mary Westmacott

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1954 Miss America was televised for the first time. Who was crowned that year?

2)  Who once said, "This American system of ours ... call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you like, gives to each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize with both hands and make the most of it"?

3)  In the film musical based on story of Von Trapp family, how many children were there?

4)  Pizza Hut originated in what country?


1)  Lee Meriweather. She was  17 at the time.

2)  The champion of free trade, Al Capone.

3)  There were 7 children in The Sound of Music, not including Baroness Von Schrader. She was a bit spoiled after all.

4)  Pizza Hut is an American-originated company.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What month will the next Superbowl be held?

2)  In the periodic table of elements, what is the symbol for lead?

3)  In the formula E = mc2, what does "C" stand for?

4)  On this date in 1953, the first frozen dinners were sold in grocery stores.  The dinners were sold under what brand name?


1)  February

2)  Pb

3)  "c" stands for the speed of light.

4)  Swanson

Monday, September 09, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  The color of the "black box" on a plane is typically what?

2)  The alveolar sacs are more commonly known as what?

3)  What is the capital of Colombia?

4)  Who wrote the book, Little Women?


1)  The black box is usually orange.

2)  lungs

3)  Bogota

4)  Louisa May Alcott

Friday, September 06, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia


1) What television game show, which premiered in 1983, is a variation of the hangman game?

2) Where does the Tour de France end?

3) What is the city that is known as the "Birthplace of the American Baseball League"?

4) From the late 1950s on, the dominant popular music in the United States (and, increasingly, Europe) was rock and roll.  Though much rock music was held in disdain by jazz purists, some accomplished jazz musicians began to explore integrating rock elements into their music in the late 1960s, occasionally reaching "crossover" popularity with new audiences.  What name is usually given to these jazz-rock efforts?


1) "Wheel of Fortune" is the longest-running syndicated game show in U.S. television history.

2) The Tour de France ends at the Champs Elysees.

3) The Republican House, a hotel in Milwaukee, became the birthplace of the American Baseball League on March 5, 1900.

4) Fusion!  Probably the best-known fusion band was Weather Report, anchored by veteran jazz musicians Joe Zawinul (keyboards) and Wayne Shorter (saxophones).  Though the music has produced its share of acknowledged masters, including Weather Report's bass guitar virtuoso Jaco Pastorius and guitarists John McLaughlin (of the Mahavishnu Orchestra), Pat Metheny, and Allan Holdsworth, it has also drawn criticism for diluting the core elements of both jazz and rock.  It has been further critiqued as a gateway to the styles of smooth jazz (including Kenny G) and new age music, which are both routinely derided by jazz and rock critics alike.  On the other hand, much of the best work done by jazz and rock legends Chick Corea and Jeff Beck, respectively, has been in the fusion idiom, and some of the more advanced fusion arrangements do rival those of Duke Ellington for aesthetic appeal.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia


1) Which nut comes from a hickory tree?

2) Where are the taste buds of a butterfly?

3) Where on your body would you wear chinos?

4) Assuming you're average, how much of your brain is water?

1) Pecan
2) In it's feet.
3) On the legs.
4) 80%

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What vitamin helps blood coagulate?

2)  This singer won the first American Idol competition on this date in 2002.

3)  This was the first car with a wrap-around windshield, electric door locks, cruise control and four headlights.

4)  He was the first athlete to win seven Olympic gold medals.


1)  Vitamin K

2)  Kelly Clarkson

3)  The Ford Edsel

4)  Mark Spitz

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Which U.S. president signed the bill designating the first Monday in September as Labor Day?

2)  Popcorn is a favorite snack for moviegoers in the U.S. What do Chinese film goers prefer to munch?

3)  On this date in 1967, the final episode of What's My Line aired.  Who was the show's host?

4)  This song proclaimed, "Rock -n- Roll is Here to Stay." Who sang this hit song?


1)  Grover Cleveland

2)  Chicken feet

3)  John Charles Daly

4)  Danny and the Juniors (1958)

Monday, September 02, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This president gave his inaugural address using the word "I" only once.

2)  On this date in 1923, The Hunchback of Notre Dame was released in movie theaters.  Who was the star?

3)  How many letters are in the Hebrew alphabet?

4)  It was on this date in 1963 that this famous broadcast journalist anchored the first network half-hour newscast.


1)  Theodore Roosevelt

2)  Lon Chaney

3)  22

4)  Walter Cronkite anchored the first half-hour news program. This first episode featured an interview with President Kennedy.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Who was the eldest child in the long-running show, The Waltons?

2)  By Greek law, feta cheese must be made from which animal?

3)  To which country do the Galapagos Islands belong?


1)  Played by Richard Thomas, the eldest child was "John-Boy."

2)  sheep

3)  Ecuador

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  In the periodic table, "K" is the symbol for what element?

2)  It was on this date in 1958 that the then 15 year-old George Harrison joined forces with John Lennon, Ken Brown and Paul McCartney to form this group.

3) This precious gem is considered to be an enduring symbol of prosperity.

4)  According to Forbes' list of top earners, Madonna earned this amount for the year ending June 2013.


1)  potassium

2) The Quarrymen

3) the emerald

4) $125,000,000

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What was the name of the 1969 space flight that first landed humans on the moon?

2)  How many degrees are each angle in an equilateral triangle?

3)  In which state is Cornell University?

4)  In Belgium, this language is spoken most widely.


1)  Apollo 11

2)  60

3)  New York

4)  Dutch

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Which two metals make up the alloy we call brass?

2)  78% of the earth's atmosphere is comprised of this gas.

3)  Who wrote the Beat Generation classic, On the Road?

4)  Before leaving on a long trip, the AAA recommends you use this coin to check the tread wear on your tires.


1)  Copper and zinc

2)  nitrogen

3)  Jack Kerouac

4)  Use a penny. Insert the penny into the tread with Lincoln's head upside-down and facing you. If you can see the top of his head, you need new tires.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Born this date in 1935, she was the first woman to run as Vice-President for a major political party. Who was she?

2)  From 1941 to 1943, she was the singer for Gene Krupa's band.

3)  Last week we learned that this actor is the latest to take on the role of Batman.


1)  Geraldine Ferraro

2)  Anita O'Day

3)  Benn Affleck

Friday, August 23, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  He was the first jazz musician to put together a jazz trio consisting of piano, guitar and bass.

2)  Wes Montgomery taught himself to play guitar when he was a teenager. Left on his own, he developed a unique playing style. What was unique about it?


1)  Nat King Cole

2)  Wes Montgomery played with his thumb.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  These two U.S. cities are renowned for producing some of the best thoroughbred horses in the world.

2)  Who was the first president to ride in an automobile?

3)  The talking clams in the comic strip B.C. serve what purpose?

4)  Which planet in our solar system is furthest from the sun?


1)  Lexington, KY and Ocala, FL

2)  It was on this date in 1902 that the adventurous Theodore Roosevelt became the president to ride in an automobile.

3)  the "clams" - naturally - represent money.

4)  Neptune

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) He introduced this new "big-band" style of music at the Palomar Ballroom in L.A. on this date in 1935.

2)  How many bees over the course of their lifespans does it take to make a tablespoon of honey?

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

4)  Ferris Bueller's Day Off was spent where?


1)  Benny Goodman

2)  12

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)  Chicago

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!

1) According to the American Kennel Club, this breed was the most popular of pedigreed dogs in the U.S. in 2011.

2)  It was on this date in 1960 that singer Connie Francis make her film acting debut. What was the movie?

3)  What was the Rolling Stone's first number one song in the U.S.?

4)  Which cola was so named in recognition of its energy-giving and digestion-aiding properties?


1)  Labrador was the number one choice, followed by, in order: Rottweiler, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Poodle, Beagle, Dachsund, Cocker Spaniel, Yorkie and Pomeranian.

2) Although the New Jersey native songstress provided vocal tracks for Rock Rock Rock! and The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (where she provided the singing voice for Jayne Mansfield) Where the Boys Are was her first acting role.

3)  "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" reached the number one spot on this date in 1965. Forty-seven years later, it still holds up.

4)  Pepsi Cola

Monday, August 19, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1929, a comedy program starring Freeman Gosden  and Charles Correllas debuted on NBC Radio.  What was the name of the program?

2)  To date, how many Terminator films are there?

3) London's Big Ben is located at what building?

4)  Les Miserables was written by who?


1)  Amos 'n' Andy.

2)  4

3)  Palace of Westminster

4)  Victor Hugo

Friday, August 16, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Which U.S. county occupies the smallest area?

2)  What was the name of Tarzan's chimpanzee companion?

3)  Where is the largest concentration of bones in the human body?


1)  New York County - which is the borough of Manhattan.

2)  Cheetah

3)  Of the 206 bones in the body, 106 are in the hands and feet.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This philosopher died after having been sentenced to death by drinking hemlock.

2)  In terms of land mass, which country is largest?

3) Which state's highways have the highest speed limit?


1)  Socrates

2)  Canada

3)  Texas

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  How many moons does Mercury have?

2)  What was Ernest Hemingway's first published novel?

3)  The first known encyclopedias are associated with this country.

4)  This sign is the first in the Zodiac.


1)  zero

2)  The Sun Also Rises

3)  Ancient Greece

4)  The Zodiac Calendar coincides with the vernal equinox. People born between March 21 and April 20 are born under the sign of the ram: Aries.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This basketball team is the world's most famous team.

2)  Born Ruth Lee Jones, this singer was equally at ease in jazz, soul and pop idioms. She performed with such jazz greats as Clifford Brown, Cannonball Adderley and Wynton Kelly. Her breakthrough crossover hit, "What a Difference a Day Makes" introduced her to the mainstream.  What was her stage name?

3)  What was odd about the Battle of New Orleans?

4)  The sociological term for the type of living arrangement where two people marry and establish their own residence?


1)  The Harlem Globetrotters

2)  Dinah Washington

3)  What was odd about it was the timing. The Battle of New Orleans was fought two weeks after the War of 1812 ended.

4)  "neolocal"

Monday, August 12, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  How many punctuation marks are in the English language?

2)  Where in the body are blood cells made?

3)  What does a chronometer measure?

4)  Today is Terry Jean Bollea's birthday. The public knows Terry as who?


1)  14

2)  bone marrow

3)   time

4)  Hulk Hogan

Friday, August 09, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia


1) In what year was Twitter launched?

2) Where was Interpol founded?

3) How many 'A's' are there in a standard Scrabble set?

4) What is the name of President Obama's dog?


1) 2006
Twitter is an online social networking service and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, known as "tweets". Twitter was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey and by July, the social networking site was launched. The service rapidly gained worldwide popularity, with over 500 million registered users as of 2012, generating over 340 million tweets daily and handling over 1.6 billion search queries per day.  Since its launch, Twitter has become one of the ten most visited websites on the Internet, and has been described as "the SMS of the Internet." Unregistered users can read tweets, while registered users can post tweets through the website interface, SMS, or a range of apps for mobile devices. Twitter Inc. is based in San Francisco, with additional servers and offices in New York City, Boston, and San Antonio.

2) Vienna, 1923
INTERPOL is the world’s largest international police organization, with 190 member countries.  At INTERPOL, we aim to facilitate international police cooperation even where diplomatic relations do not exist between particular countries. Action is taken within the limits of existing laws in different countries and in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Our Constitution prohibits ‘any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character'.

3) Nine

4) Bo

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  A 19th-century entrepreneur started his empire at the age of 16 with a ferry service from Staten Island to Manhattan. Who was he?

2)  The name of this soft drink is a nickname for the illegal alcohol, moonshine. It was originally intended to be used as a whiskey mixer.

3)  Chicago's Wrigley Field experienced this first back on this date in 1988.

4)  Vexillology is the study of what?


1)  Cornelius Vanderbilt Sr.

2)  Mountain Dew

3)  39,012 fans came out to see the first baseball game to be held at night.

4)  flags

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What famous North American landmark is eroding by 2.5 feet every year?

2)  According to U.S. flag codes, no flag is permitted to fly higher than the U.S. flag, with one notable exception. What is the exception?

3)  This sport is one where neither the participants nor the spectators know who's ahead or what the score is until the contest ends.

4)  Manuel Noriega was the military governor of what country?


1)  Niagara Falls

2)  The United Nations building

3)  boxing

4)  Panama

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  When did the first income tax law become effective?

2)  The Treaty of Versailles was signed in what year?

3)  In 1924, Harold Gray introduced this long-running comic strip.

4)  This track star won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics.


1)  Abraham Lincoln signed into law a 3% tax on incomes exceeding $800, which became effective January 1, 1861. It was rescinded in 1872. 

2)  The Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919. bringing World War I to an end.

3)  Little Orphan Annie

4)  Jesse Owens won the four gold medals, greatly upsetting Hitler, who was hoping to prove his theory of a "superior" Aryan race.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Which U.S. president signed the legislation designating that Martin Luther King be honored with a federal holiday?

2)  The trophy awarded to the team winning the NBA finals has a name. What is the name of the trophy?

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

4)  Which famous movie actress died under mysterious circumstances on August 5, 1962?


1)  Ronald Reagan

2)  The Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy

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

4)  Marilyn Monroe

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This president signed Medicare into law on this date in 1965.

2)  This fighter knocked out Mike Tyson in the 4th round on this date in 2004.

3)  What film roles got Hilary Swank her two Best Actress Oscars?

4)  This composer has garnered over 40 Academy Award nominations for his musical scores. You will recognize his music from Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Star Wars.


1)  President Lyndon Baines Johnson

2)  Danny Williams

3)  She won for breakthrough portrayals in Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Baby.

4)  John Williams

Monday, July 29, 2013

Alan Rock's trivia!


1)  "Fax" is the abbreviated term for what word?

2)  Jack Paar debuted as The Tonight Show host on this date in 1957. Who were the two hosts to precede him?

3)  This former NFL player was later appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

4)  This actress was the first to have won the Best Actress Academy Award twice.


1)  facsimile

2)  Steve Allen and Ernie Kovaks

3) Byron "Whizzer" White

4)  Luise Rainer won two Best Actress awards two consecutive  years: in 1936 for her role in The Great Ziegfeld and in 1936 for the lead in The Good Earth.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1984, this nightly program became the first U.S. television show to broadcast in stereo.

2)  What was Pierce Brosnan's last film as James Bond?

3)  How many hearts does an earthworm have?


1)  The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

2)  Die Another Day

3)  An earthworm has five hearts.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Louise Joy Brown set a precedent for being what?

2)  Who was the first American officer to reach the rank of general?

3)  How many English Kings named George have there been?

4)  He was the first actor to win three Oscars.


1)  Born on this day in 1978, Louise Joy Brown was the first test tube baby.

2)  Ulysses S. Grant

3)  6

4)  Walter Brennan

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  How many official languages are there in the U.S.?

2)  What time of day (London, GMT) was the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son born?  The new baby is third in line to the throne.

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

4)  What is the #1 favorite musical instrument Americans like to play?


1)  Trick question: there are no languages designated as "official."

2)  4:24 PM

3)  boxing

4)  piano

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  She was the first woman to pilot a space shuttle.

2)  In South America, this country's leader is remembered as "The Liberator."

3)  This crime story author created the popular detective Phillip Marlowe in a series of books which included The Big Sleep, Farewell, My Lovely and The Long Goodbye.

4)  He was the first criminal to have been designated by the FBI as "Public Enemy Number One."


1)  In February 1995, after several years of training with NASA, Eileen Collins became the first female astronaut to pilot a space shuttle mission when she served as second-in-command of the shuttle Discovery during its unprecedented rendezvous with the Russian space station Mir. In May 1997, Collins piloted her second mission, on the shuttle Atlantis, during its delivery of 7,000 pounds of equipment to Mir.
Collins had logged 419 hours in space by the time she was chosen by NASA to become its first female shuttle commander. The shuttle Columbia, under Collin's command, made history on July 23, 1999, when it blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on its way to the deployment of a $1.5 billion telescope into earth's orbit. (source:

2)  Simon Bolivar

3)  Raymond Chandler

4)  John Dillinger

Monday, July 22, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What was the original title of Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind?

2)  On this date in 1934, this famous gangster was gunned down by FBI
 agents in Chicago.

3)  She was 19 when she became the first woman to swim the English Channel.

4)  This university began as the "College of New Jersey."


1)  Tomorrow Is Another Day was Mitchell's original choice for the title.

2)  John Dillinger

3)  The year was 1926 when Gertrude Ederle made her historic swim across the Channel.

4)  The "College of New Jersey"  is now Princeton University.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Prior to her success as a comedienne, Phyllis Diller had aspirations of becoming what?

2)   What major league baseball team was the first to have two triple plays in one game?

3)  Joe DiMaggio got hits in how many consecutive games?

4)  What is the name of Neptune's largest moon?


1)  A concert pianist. She attended Chicago's Sherwood Music Conservatory. Here she plays a duet with Liberace.

2)  It was on this date in 1990 that the Minnesota Twins had two triple plays in one game.

3)  56

4)  Triton

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1963 the U.S. Postal Service began using zip codes. "ZIP" is an acronym that stands for 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)  This television series holds the record for longest running Western.

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


1)  "Zone Improvement Plan"

2) Alamogordo, NM. The blast was visible from as far as 180 miles away.

3)  Gunsmoke

4)  the Church of Christian Science

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Which monarch was the first to reside at Buckingham Palace?

2)  Whose picture is on the American twenty dollar bill?

3)  What was the name of the U.S. vice president who shot Alexander Hamilton to death in a duel on July 11, 1804?

4)  How many novels are in the Harry Potter series?


1) Queen Victoria

2) Andrew Jackson

3) Aaron Burr. 

4) seven

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Andy Murray is the first Brit to win the Wimbledon Tournament singles title in how many years?

2)  How many U.S. presidents have been assassinated?

3)  After China and India, which country is the most populous?

4)  Which of the canonical New Testament gospels is the briefest?


1)  Many of the headlines around the world have heralded the Murray victory with sentiments such as, "Andy Murray wins Wimbledon, ends 77-year British drought" and "Inspired Murray ends 77 years of British hurt."  However, if you count women as people, it has actually been only 36 years. Murray is the first male to win in 77 years. Virginia Wade won at Wimbledon in 1977.

2)  Four: Garfield, McKinley, Lincoln and Kennedy.

3)  The U.S.

4)  The Gospel of St. Mark

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This architect designed his iconic geodesic dome for residential use.

2)  What language is spoken in the Canary Islands?

3)  Tom Hanks is a big collector of these.

4)  What gemstone signifies a 40th wedding anniversary?


1)  Buckminster Fuller

2)  Spanish

3)  Tom Hanks collects typewriters

4)  The ruby

Monday, July 08, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What elected official heads the American Red Cross?

2)  He was the youngest tennis player to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon.

3)  How long was the Statue of Liberty closed in the aftermath of super storm Sandy?

4)  Beginning in 1904, he wrote, composed, produced, and appeared in more than three dozen Broadway musicals. One of his most popular songs, "Over There," was a favorite for soldiers serving in WWI. Who was this composer?


1)  the President

2)  Boris Becker was 17 when he won the title in 1985.

3)  8 months - the landmark reopened in time for the Fourth of July.

4)  George M. Cohan

Friday, July 05, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1947,  this African-American baseball player became the first to sign with an American League team (Cleveland Indians).

2)  On this date in 1865, William Booth founded this "religious regiment" in London.

3)  The Peabody Award recognizes achievement in what field?


1)  Larry Doby

2)  The Salvation Army

3)  The Peabody is awarded to recognize achievements in broadcasting, both for journalism and entertainment.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)   a) How many individuals signed the Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776? b) Who was the first to sign the document?

2)  Both of these famous patriots died on this date in 1826.

3)  The first ten amendments to the Constituion are known as what?

4)  Will Smith starred in this 4th of July-themed movie.


1)  Two. John Hancock was the first, signing on behalf of Congress. Charles Thomson, Secretary, was the the witnessing signature.

2)  John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

3)  The Bill of Rights

4)  Independence Day

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Varieties of this fruit include "Ambrosia," "Smitten" and "Lemonade."

2)  This plant's lesser known names are "sunroot" and "sunchoke."

3)  This book represented the beginnings of Scientology.

4)  Who was the composer of the opera, Il Barbiere di Seviglia (The Barber of Seville)?


1)  apple

2)  the artichoke

3)  Dianetics

4)  Rossini

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1776, delegates from the 12 colonies signed the Declaration of independence. On July 3rd and 4th, the delegates did some tweaking to the Declaration then signed it again on the Fourth.  One of the Founding Fathers thought Independence Day should be celebrated on the 2nd, the date when the delegates convened and originally signed the document.

2)  Thurgood Marshall was born on this date in 1908. He was the first African-American to be appointed to this position.

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

4)  In U.S. history: A U.S. president was assassinated on this date - which one?


1)  John Adams thought the 2nd was the better choice to commemorate the occasion. He 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."

2)  Thurgood Marshall was the first African-American to serve as a United States Supreme Court Justice.

3)  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."

4)  James Garfield was shot and killed July 2, 1881 by embittered attorney, Charles Guiteau.

Monday, July 01, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1941 the first FCC-sanctionedTV commercial aired during a Dodgers-Phillies baseball game. What product did the commercial feature?

2)  In which decade was the first Coca-Cola served?

3)  How many official federal holidays are observed in the U.S.?

4)  In the flag, the "canton" refers to which part?


1)  Bulova watches

2)  1880s

3)  There are 11 observed holidays: New Years Day, MLK, Inauguration Day (every 4 years), Persidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas.

4)  The blue field is the canton.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This president declared Labor Day a federal holiday.

2)  What is genuphobia?

3)  Among other inventions, he designed the first mechanical ventilating fan.

4)  On this date in 1919 the Treaty of Versailles was signed. What did that document represent?


1)  On this date in 1894, President Grover Cleveland established Labor Day as a federal holiday.

2)  fear of knees and/or kneeling

3)  Leonardo da Vinci

4)  The Treaty of Versailles was a peace treaty that in its signing, ended World War I.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What did Kim and Kanye name their baby?

2)  What are the primary ingredients of tabouleh?

3)  Hypotension refers to what condition?

4)  How many megabytes are in a gigabyte?


1)  They named the child, born June 15th, "North."

2)  Bulgar wheat and parsley

3)  low blood pressure

4)  1024

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  An octopus has eight arms/legs, but it also has more than one heart. How many hearts does an octopus have?

2)  Disney's Goofy started out with a different name. What was it?

3)  Which literary detective solves the case in A Study in Scarlet?

4)  Who was the longest serving member of Congress?


1)  According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an octopus has three hearts, nine brains and blue blood.

An octopus has three hearts, nine brains, and blue blood. Two hearts pump blood to the gills, while a third circulates it to the rest of the body. The nervous system includes a central brain and a large ganglion at the base of each arm which controls movement. Octopus blood contains the copper-rich protein hemocyanin, which is more efficient than hemoglobin for oxygen transport at very low temperatures and low oxygen concentrations. - See more at:
An octopus has three hearts, nine brains, and blue blood. Two hearts pump blood to the gills, while a third circulates it to the rest of the body. The nervous system includes a central brain and a large ganglion at the base of each arm which controls movement. Octopus blood contains the copper-rich protein hemocyanin, which is more efficient than hemoglobin for oxygen transport at very low temperatures and low oxygen concentrations - See more at:
2)  Dippy Dog

3)  Sherlock Holmes

4)  The answer used to be Senator Robert Byrd from West Virginia until his length of service was recently surpassed by 86 year-old John Dingell of Michigan who has so far served 57 years and 6 months.