Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  The first toy commercial on television was aired on this date in 1952.  What was the toy?

2)  Approximately, what is the world's population?

3)  On this date in 1993 a woman in Vancouver delivered the first of her triplets. How soon was it before the other two were born?

4)  What is the official language of Argentina?


1)  Mr. Potato Head
(not the original ad, but this is an early one where children were still using potatoes).

2)   7.1 billion

3)  The other two came 45 days later, creating a record for the longest time to elapse between births of triplets.

4)  Spanish

Monday, April 29, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This chain of mountains form the Continental Divide.

2)  This was the only #1 hit to feature a zither.

3)  On this date in 1986, Red Sox pitcher, Roger Clemens set an MLB record by striking out 20 batters in a regular 9-inning game against Seattle.  He broke the previous record of 19 strikeouts. Who held that earlier record?

4)  On the Canadian flag, what color is the maple leaf?


1)  The Rocky Mountains

2)  The song, "The Third Man Theme" by Anton Karas reached #1 on this date in 1950 and stayed there for 11 weeks.

3)  Nolan Ryan was the previous record holder.

4)  red

Friday, April 26, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  According to dramatist Christopher Marlowe her face was beautiful enough to launch a thousand ships.

2)  In the Stephen King book, Cujo, what breed of dog was the rabid pet?

3)  On April 26, 1856, John Wilkes Booth was shot in a barn in Virginia by whom?

4)  Who composed the jazz standard "Misty"?


1)  Helen of Troy

2)  St. Bernard

3)  Boston Corbett

4)  Erroll Garner

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  How many Apollo missions to the moon were there?

2)  On April 25, 1950, in the NBA draft, the Boston Celtics used their second-round pick to select the first African-American to play in the NBA.  What was his name?

3)  This quote is usually attributed to whom? -- "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

4)  How many sides does a heptagon have?


1)  17

2)  Chuck Cooper of Duquesne University

3)  Voltaire

4)  7

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Whose theme song was "Moonlight Serenade"?

2)  Whose theme song was "Sunrise Serenade"?

3)  Whose theme song was "Sentimental Journey"?

4)  Whose theme song was "Lullaby of Birdland"?


1)  Glenn Miller

2)  Frankie Carle

3)  Les Brown

4)  George Shearing

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Who was the only U.S. president to have never married?

2)  On April 23, 1952, in his first major-league at-bat, a New York Giants relief pitcher hit his first and last home run.  He pitched in 1,070 games in 21 years, but never hit another home run.  Who is he?

3)  On April 23, 1975, B.J. Thomas scored with the longest song title to hit #1 on Billboard's pop music chart.  What was the name of the song?

4)  He had a black and white horse named Diablo and a sidekick named Pancho.  Who played "The Cisco Kid" on TV and in movies?


1)  James Buchanan, the 15th U.S. President, was born on April 23, 1791.  Buchanan's hobby was crocheting, but he tried to keep it a secret.  He figured if word got out that the President crocheted, everybody'd want an afghan.  So, with no wife in the White House, who do you suppose ran the country?


2)  Hoyt Wilhelm

3)  "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody-Done-Somebody-Wrong-Song"

4)  Duncan Renaldo (April 23, 1904 - September 3, 1980) played Cisco in many movies and the TV show of the same name.  The Cisco Kid ran from 1950 until 1956.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On April 22, 1976, who became network television's first news anchorwoman when she accepted an offer to co-anchor the evening news?  Who was her co-anchor?

2)  On April 22, 1914, Babe Ruth made his professional baseball debut as a pticher for what team?

3)  During World War II, home gardening was encouraged as a means of freeing up the food supply that was being sent to the U.S. troops.  What was the popular name for these suburban gardens?

4)  Carrying electrical signals that control the body, these cells come from the brain and the spinal cord.  What are they called?


1)  Barbara Walters with Harry Reasoner

2)  The Baltimore Orioles

3)  Victory Gardens

4)  Neurons carry electrical signals that control the body.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Which state is the Grand Canyon in?

2)  This city is the first to have recorded having a population of 1 million people.

3)  Which country presently has the second largest population?


1)  Arizona

2)  Rome

3)  India is 2nd, with a population of 1.2 billion. China is the most populous with 1.3 billion. The U.S. is 3rd, with 314 million.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  He is credited for having said, "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life."

2)  Journalism is known as which "estate"?

3)  Who was the first African-American coach in the NBA?

4)  On this date in 1902 this country became the first to adopt fingerprinting to identify criminals.


1)  Confucius

2)  the 4th estate

3)  Bill Russell was named player-coach of the Celtics on this date in 1966. Under his leadership, the Celtics won 11 championships in 13 seasons.

4)  Denmark

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What does a tachometer measure?

2)  On this date in 1964, this woman was the first  to successfully circumnavigate the earth flying solo.

3)  What year did the Berlin Wall get torn down?

4)  What is the name of the new strain of bird flu from China?


1)  rotation speed

2)  Geraldine "Jerrie" Mock.  The flight took 291 days, 21 stopovers and covered about 50, 300 km. Born in nearby Newark, Ohio in 1925, she called her aircraft the Spirit of Columbus.

3)  1989

4) H7N9

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Cervical vertebrae on humans are labeled C1 - C?

2)  What does a phlebotomist do?

3)  On this date in 1962, Walter Cronkite began his stint as anchor of the CBS Evening News.  What was the name of the anchorman he replaced?


1)  C1 - C7

2)  The phlebotomist is the medical technician that "vants to draw your blood."

3)  Cronkite replaced Douglas Edwards

Monday, April 15, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Competitive golfers know the 11th, 12th and 13th holes of the Augusta National golf course as what?

2)  Someone with a BMI of 32 would be considered what?

3)  By water content, how much snow is equivalent to one inch of rain?

4)  This seaboard state has the shortest ocean coastline.


1)  "The Amen Corner" was a term coined by Herbert Warren Wind in his 1958 Sports Illustrated article chronicling that year's tournament. It's the stretch of play on Augusta's famed back nine that starts with the second shot on the 11th hole and continues through the tee shot on the 13th hole.

 2)  obese

3)  Ten inches of snow is equal to one inch of rain.

4)  New Hampshire

Friday, April 12, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This animal has a body part called a "plastron."

2)  They are credited with having been the first racially-integrated group of jazz musicians.

3)  How many events are in a decathlon?

4)  This TV series was the first to feature two inter-racial leads.


1)  A plastron is the segmented underside of a turtle.

2)  The Benny Goodman Quartet - Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, Lionel Hampton and Gene Krupa.

3)  The decathlon is a 10-event competition spread over two days:
  • First Day: 100 meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 meter run 
  • Second Day: 110 meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, 1500 meter run
4)  I Spy, which debuted in 1965, starred Robert Culp and Bill Cosby.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This jazz trumpeter gained the nickname, "Prince of Darkness" due to his reticent and even surly demeanor with the media.

2)  Located on the U.S. Eastern seaboard, this state has registered 16 earthquakes since 1974.

3)  When naming aircrafts, what do the letters, "T," "F" and "B" stand for?

4)  The ancient Romans called this symbol the "king of birds" and used its likeness to precede each marching legion. 


1)  Miles Davis

2)  Maine

3)  Trainer, Fighter and Bomber

4)  The Golden Eagle

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  In the story by Washington Irving, how many years did Rip van Winkle sleep?

2)  This album, commonly referred to as the "White Album," was officially titled what?

3)  On this date in 2005, Prince Charles married his longtime sweetheart, Camilla Bowles. Upon marrying Charles, she took on this title...

4) The Golf Hall of Fame opened on this date in 1974, in what city?


1)   20

2)  The Beatles

3) Camilla's official tile is Duchess of Cornwall

4)  The Golf Hall of Fame is in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Monday, April 08, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  According to the story of the Knights of the Round Table, which knight found the Holy Grail?

2)  The wheelbarrow was invented in what country?

3)  She was the first African-American to sing with New York's Metropolitan Opera company died on this date in 1993.

4)  This country produces the most olive oil.


1)   Sir Galahad - shown here with Monty Python's Michael Palin as the incorruptible knight.

2)  China

3)  Marian Anderson. She also famously sung on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at the request of First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt - to the chagrin of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

4)  Spain

Friday, April 05, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What color is the cross in the Swedish flag?


1)  Yellow

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  In Les Miserables, what color is the "world about to dawn"?

2)  Where is your pineal gland located?


1)  red

2) in the brain

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  It's Doris Day's 89st birthday today! Who wrote the lyrics to the song, "Please Don't  Eat the Daisies"?


1)  Jay Lubin

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What animal did Lewis and Clark find during their expedition? They decided to send it back to Jefferson as a pet?

2)  Who wrote the original draft of the Declaration of Independence?


1)  The explorers sent Jefferson a prairie dog.

2)  It was Jefferson who wrote the draft of the Declaration of Independence.

Monday, April 01, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This computer company was the first to reach $1 billion in annual sales.

2)  What is the most traded currency in terms of value?


1)  Apple hit the $1 billion mark in sales in 1982.

2)  The U.S. dollar