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