Friday, March 29, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What World War II fighter pilot was the first pilot to fly faster than the speed of sound on October 14, 1947?

2)  What was the first name of the man behind the Pritikin Diet?

3)  Which former movie star served as a member of the U.N. delegation and as ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia?

4)  What year was the polio vaccine created?


1)  Charles "Chuck" Elwood Yeager. Jackie Cochran was the first woman to break the speed of sound.

2)  Nathan

3)  Shirley Temple Black

4)  1955

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)   What does "sibilance" mean?

2)  He was the only president to enter and complete a full term as a bachelor.

3)  How many varieties of apples are there?


1)  Sibilance is when there is a pronounced hissing sound when pronouncing words with "hard" S sounds.

2)  James Buchanan

3) There are more than 7000 varieties of apples that are grown  in the world.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This river flows through the Grand Canyon.

2)  Who was the cartoonist and creator of Garfield?

3)  He was credited with having once said, "Some cause happiness wherever they go, others, whenever they go."

4)  Just this week, this auto manufacturer had to apologize for an ad campaign that depicted women bound and gagged, being forced into the trunk of a car.


1)  the Colorado River

2)  Jim Davis

3)  Oscar Wilde

4)  The company was Ford. At issue was an insensitive (to say the least) series of ads that began running in India where there is a widespread problem with sex trafficking.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Where were brothers Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm born?

2) What year was John Lennon shot?

3)   On this date in 1937 spinach growers in Crystal City, Texas unveiled a statue of a man who meant a great deal to them. Who was it?

4)  On this date in 1885, something momentous occurred for the motion picture industry. What was it?


1)  Hanau in Hasse-Kassel, Germany

2)  1980

3)  Popeye the Sailor (the statue remains today).

4)  The Eastman Dry Plate and Film Company of Rochester, New York manufactured the first commercial motion picture film.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  2011 marked the silver anniversary of the long-running series of Nintendo's Legend of what?

2) What car succeeded the Ford Model T?

3)  What actor provides the voices of Principal Skinner and Mr. Burns on The Simpsons?


1)  Zelda
Nintendo's E3 Announcements - Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess ...

2)  Model A

3)  Harry Shearer

Friday, March 22, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Tiger Woods, competing in town right now at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and his new girlfriend, Lindsey Vonn, have gone public with their romance this week. They deliberately released pictures to the press in order to devalue paparazzi photos. Lindsey is also an athlete. What is her sport?

2)  Oryza sativa is the botanical name for this food.

3)  Where are the parotid glands located?


1)  Lindsey is an accomplished skier. She has won four overall World Cup championships – one of only two female skiers to do so, along with Annemarie Moser-Pröll – with three consecutive titles in 2008, 2009, and 2010,plus another in 2012.Vonn also won the gold medal in downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics, the first ever in the event for an American woman. She has also won six consecutive World Cup season titles in the downhill discipline (2008-2013), four consecutive titles in Super G (2009-2012), and three consecutive titles in the combined (2010-2012).
Vonn is one of six women to have won World Cup races in all five disciplines of alpine skiing – downhill, super G, giant slalom, slalom, and super combined – and has won 59 World Cup races in her career through January 26, 2013. Only two ski racers have more World Cup victories in their careers, Annemarie Moser-Pröll of Austria with 62 and Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden with 86. With her Olympic gold and bronze medals, two World Championship gold medals in 2009 (plus three silver medals in 2007 / 2011), and four overall World Cup titles, Vonn has become the most successful American skier in history.
Vonn received the Laureus World Sports Awards Sportswoman of the Year for 2010. She was also honored again as the USOC's sportswoman of the year for 2010 (courtesy Wikipedia)

 2)  Oryza sativa is rice.

3)  The parotid glands are in your mouth.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  The FNMA was founded in 1938 as part of FDR's New Deal.  What does the acronym stand for and what is its popular nickname?

2)  On this date in 1989, Dick Clark announced he was leaving American Bandstand after having hosted the show 33 years.  Who was his replacement?

3)  Who was the author of the book, Lolita?


1)  The Federal National Mortgage Association - otherwise known as "Fannie Mae."

2)  American Bandstand's next host was David Hirsh.

3)  Vladimir Nabakov.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This actor won an Oscar for his role as "Randy the Ram" in The Wrestler.

2)  Radar was first used on this date in 1934.  Where?

3)  This physicist wrote the popular science book, A Brief History of Time.


1)  Mickey Rourke

2)  Radar was first used in Germany for military purposes in order to detect air, ground and sea targets.

 3)  Stephen Hawking

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  The show Honey West featured television's first female private eye. Who played her on the show?

2)  What is the second most populous city in the U.S.? In the world?

3)  A hippophile is someone who is fond of what?

4)  Actor and occasional musician Bruce Willis is celebrating his 58th birthday. What is the name of his blues band?

EXTRA Trivia Fun

5)   On March 19, 1988, Michael Jackson bought a ranch near Santa Ynez, California, and built his own personal zoo and amusement park. What did he call it?

6)  On March 19, 1953, the Academy Awards ceremony did this for the first time. Did what?


1)  Anne Francis. It lasted only one season, from 1965-66.

2)  Los Angeles is the second-most populous city in the U.S. Guangzhou, China (formerly known as Canton) is the second-most populous in the world.

Guangzhou, China

3)  A hippophile is fond of horses.

4)  Bruno

Extra Trivia Fun answers

5)  Neverland

6)  The Academy Awards ceremony was televised for the first time from Hollywood and New York. That year The Greatest Show on Earth was named best picture of 1952; John Ford won as best director for The Quiet Man; Gary Cooper won best actor for "High Noon," while Shirley Booth received best actress for Come Back, Little Sheba.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)   What part of the chicken is called "the parson's nose"?

2)  This alto saxophonist was behind the landmark 1959 release, The Shape of Jazz to Come.

3)  This virus' official name is varicella. By what name is it more commonly known?

4)  This pianist/keyboardist is best known for his fusion group, Return to Forever.


1) It's the fatty, fleshy, somewhat nose-shaped flap that's attached to the chicken's anus. Some people say it's their favorite part of the chicken!

2)   Ornette Coleman

3)  Chicken Pox

4)  Chick Corea

Friday, March 15, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1968, Life magazine proclaimed him to be the "most spectacular guitarist in the world."

2)  On this date in 1869, the first American professional baseball team was formed who were they?

3) This be-bop musician died tragically, not of substance-related issues, but from a car accident in June, 1956. WHo was he?

4)  This major-league team had two players that hit more than 50 home runs within the same season. What team was it and who were the hitters?


1)  Jimi Hendrix

2)  The Cincinnati Red Stockings.

3)  Clifford Brown

4)  It was the 1961 season; the team was the Yankees and the hitters were Roger Maris, who had 61 home runs and Mickey Mantle who had 54 homers.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This fictional island was home to King Kong.

2)  What is the difference between spirits and liqueurs?

3)  This state is home to the Hagerman Fossil Beds and Craters of the Moon.

Craters of the Moon - Pahoehoe "Ropy" Lava

4)  Billy Crystal went to college on an athletic scholarship. What kind of athlete was he?


1)  Skull Island

2)  A liqueur is a sweet distilled spirit with sugar contents starting at 2.5 percent. Spirits do not have the added sugar.

3)  Idaho

4)  Baseball 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What is the speed of sound in dry air?

2)  How old is Tina Turner?

3) What group had the hit, "Summer in the City" in 1966?

4) What years were the second Boer War fought?


1)  768 mph

2)  The seemingly ageless Ms. Turner, seen here performing the John Waite hit, "Missing You," where her legs almost steal the show.

3)  The Lovin' Spoonful. Watch here.

4)  1899 - 1902

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Wonder Woman, the TV series starring Lynda Carter, premiered on this date in 1974. The original Wonder Woman comic book character was created by Charles Moulton. Moulton was also notable for having invented what device?

2)   He was the only astronaut to fly in the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions.

3)  Yogi Berra's real first name wasn't Yogi - what was it?

4)  Liza Minnelli won an Oscar for her role in this film.


1)  Charles Moulton invented the polygraph.

2)  Wally Schirra

3)  "Lawrence" - Lawrence Peter Berra! Here is a page devoted to some of his famous sayings:

4)  Minnelli won for her role as Sally Bowles in Cabaret.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Those of us with computers have seen the initials DHTML.  What does the "D" stand for?

2)  In Greek mythology, who flew too close to the sun and melted the wax from his wings?

3)  In what year did Disneyland in Anaheim open?

4)  Born on this date in 1885, he was the first man to drive a car faster than 300 mph -- who was he?


1) D stands for Dynamic.  HTML is an acronym for hypertext markup language. It is a language that is used to produce documents for the World Wide Web.  HTML pages contain information about the fonts, text, text colors, justification, background colors, paragraphs, images, hyperlinks and other elements of a web page. Many tags can take attributes, which provide more information about how the page should be displayed. Web browsers can interpret this information to display the page in a manner which is both appealing and useful.

2)  Icarus. Read the story of Icarus here.

3) 1955

4) Sir Malcolm Campbell, who broke the world land speed record on nine occasions between 1924 and 1935.
Sir Malcolm at Brooklands for one of the Campbell Trophy races in the late 1930's.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This animal can go for longer periods without water than can a camel.

2)  This serialized radio program was the first successful spinoff of a nationally broadcast show. Name the  spinoff.and the original show.

3)  Only two presidents ever won their election races with the intervention of voting by members of the House of Representatives.  Who were they?

4)  Hugo Chavez died this week. How old was he?


1)  Kangaroo rats never drink water and can go without water longer than camels.  They live in arid environments, such as the Sonora Desert of the American Southwest, and are able to metabolize water from their food, which consists of primarily seeds. Giraffes are also able to endure longer periods without water than camels.

2)  The Great Gildersleeve was a spinoff of Fibber McGee and Molly.

Harold Peary as Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve

3)  Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy Adams

4)  Chavez was 58 years old at the time of his death.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  In 1925, Victor Lustig famously twice conned people into buying this landmark for scrap metal.

2)  This car manufacturer unveiled a two-seat, three-wheeled concept car this week.

3)  This rock group had a heavily jazz-influenced horn section and had a breakout hit with their 1969 cover of this Billie Holiday song. What was the name of the song? What was the name of the band? Extra credit: Who was the lead singer?

4)  Stalin died from this condition that is still a leading cause of death in the U.S.


1)  The Eiffel Tower

2)  Toyota

3)  The song was "God Bless the Child," which has been covered by many artists, but none as popularly as the hit version by Blood Sweat and Tears. In addition to that great horn section, there were the powerful and soulful vocals by David Clayton Thomas.

4)  Stalin perished from having had a stroke.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Which countries were involved in the Falklands War?

2)  This artery is the largest in the human body.

3)  Willie Nelson had a big hit and ultimately won a Grammy with "You Were Always on My Mind" in 1982. Ten years earlier another artist (or artists) recorded the song but didn't quite have the success with it that Willie did.  Who recorded the song in 1972?

4)  Which countries border Germany?


1)   The Falklands War (Spanish: Guerra de las Malvinas or Guerra del Atlántico Sur), also known as the Falklands Conflict or Falklands Crisis, was a 1982 war between Argentina and the United Kingdom. The conflict resulted from the long-standing dispute over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, which lie in the South Atlantic, east of Argentina. (Wikipedia)

2)  The largest artery is the aorta.

3)  Brenda Lee and Elvis Presley made their own recordings in 1972. Brenda's peaked at # 45 on the Country charts and Elvis's version was released as a double-sided hit with "Separate Ways," coinciding with his separation from wife, Priscilla.

Here's Brenda Lee's version.
Here's Elvis's
And let's not forget how crowded dance floors got when the DJ played the Pet Shop Boys 1987 cover !

4)  There are nine countries in all that border Germany: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)   Elvis left active duty at Fort Dix, New Jersey, on March 5, 1960, and received his discharge from the Army Reserve on March 23, 1964. What rank was he when he was discharged from duty?

2)  The sun consists of which elements?

3)  Who said, "An Iron Curtain has descended..."

4)  How many recognized moons are in the Solar System?


1)  Elvis was a sergeant when he completed his tour of duty with the Army.

2)  The Sun is made of hydrogen (74%) and helium (about 24%).

3)  While the term "Iron Curtain" in reference to Communist Russia appeared as early as 1918, Allen Dulles was responsible for the familiar quote in a December 1945 speech: "[a]n iron curtain has descended over the fate of these people and very likely conditions are truly terrible. The promises at Yalta to the contrary, probably 8 to 10 million people are being enslaved."
The first recorded occasion on which Churchill used the term "iron curtain" was in a 12 May 1945 telegram he sent to U.S. President Harry S. Truman regarding his concern about Soviet actions, stating "[a]n iron curtain is drawn down upon their front. We do not know what is going on behind." He was further concerned about "another immense flight of the German population westward as this enormous Muscovite advance towards the centre of Europe." Churchill concluded "then the curtain will descend again to a very large extent, if not entirely. Thus a broad land of many hundreds of miles of Russian-occupied territory will isolate us from Poland." (from Wikipedia)

4)  Counting only those moons orbiting what are considered to be accepted planets, there are 166 natural satellite moons in the solar system.

Mercury and Venus-0.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Which president was the first to be inaugurated in Washington D.C.?

2) Who was the first female member of Congress?
3) Jazz musician nicknames:

     a) Roland Berrigan was known as ______________
     b) William Cole ______________
     c) Joseph Oliver ______________
     d) Julian Adderly ______________

4)  Who was the first female Cabinet member?


1)  Thomas Jefferson

2)  Jeanette Rankin. She was sworn in on this date in 1917.

3)  a) Bunny
     b) Cozy
     c) King
     d) Cannonball

4)  Frances Perkins. She was sworn in on this date in 1933 and served as Secretary of the Department of Labor..

Friday, March 01, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What was Superman's father's name?

2)  On this date in 1780, this state became the first to abolish slavery.

3)  How many degrees are there in each internal angle of a pentagon?


1)  Jor-El

2)  Pennsylvania

3)  108