Monday, March 31, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  She was the first American actress to appear on a U.S. postage stamp.

2)  He wrote the poem, "Kubla Khan."

3)  He was one of the so-called Singing Cowboys of movie fame, but in WWII, he served as a pilot and flew "the hump," a treacherous area of the Himalayas.

4)  Ranidaphobia is the fear of what?


1)  Grace Kelly was so honored in 1993.

2)  Samuel Taylor Coleridge

3)  Gene Autry

4)  frogs (see also batrachophobia)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Who played Jeannie in I Dream of Jeannie?

2)  Born Steven Demetre Georgiou in 1948, in 1977 he converted to Islam and took the name Yusuf Islam. He was taken off a London-to-Washington United Airlines flight on September 21, 2004, because his name had appeared on the government "no-fly" list.  However, in the early 70s, he was famous and went by what name?

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

4)  This generic name for dogs is derived from the Latin word for "faithful."


1)  Barbara Eden

2)  singer Cat Stevens

3)  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?

4)  Fido

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  How many days does it take for the planet Mercury to orbit the sun?

2)  On this date in 1512 Ponce de Leon landed in Florida. What was Ponce de Leon's first name?

3)  What river flows through the Grand Canyon?

4)  In Scrabble, how many points is the letter "Q" worth?


1)  88

2)  Juan

3)  The Colorado River

4)  10

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What is the traditional gift for a 30th wedding anniversary?

2)  The celebrated Route 66 runs between what two destinations?

3)  What is the capital of Afghanistan?

4)  On this date in 1937 spinach growers in Crystal City, Texas unveiled a statue of a man of special significance to them. Who was it?


1)  pearls 

2)  Chicago and Los Angeles

3)  Kabul

4)  Popeye the Sailorman

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Acorns grow on what kind of tree?

2)  What is the world's second largest country in terms of area?

3)  A ganache is made using cream and what?

4)  What is a maharajah?


1)  oak

2)  Canada (1-Russia, 3-U.S., 4-China, 5-Brazil)

3)  cream and chocolate

4)  an Indian prince

Monday, March 24, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What is a craftsman who works with stone called?

2)  In dental terms, what does an amalgam refer to?

3)  Which four gemstones belong to the "precious" category?

4)  Astigmatism is a condition that affects which of the senses?


1)  stone mason

2)  The dentist creates an alloy of mercury (50%), silver (22 - 32%), tin (14%) and other trace metals to be used for fillings. That alloy is referred to as "amalgam." There is some controversy over the use of mercury in the amalgam due to its toxicity and harm to the environment and its use is being phased out in many places.  Mercury use has been discontinued in Scandinavian countries since 2008.

3)  diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires

4)  sight

Friday, March 21, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What was Rambo's first name?

2)  What is the Taj Mahal made of?

3)  What was the name of the Beatles' UK debut album?

4)  What substance is present in several parts of the body, including the stomach walls?


1)  John

2) marble

3)  "Please Please Me"

4)  mucous

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Where is the "Sea of Tranquility"?

2)  This cocktail is comprised of vodka and Kahlua.

3)  A turophile is fond of what?

4)  He is considered to be the father of modern medicine.


1)  the moon

2)  Black Russian

3)  cheese

4)  Hippocrates

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


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

2)   Which U.S. city has the second highest population?

3)  On this date in 1953, the Academy Awards ceremony did this for the first time.

4)  How many Harry Potter movies are there?


1)  Anne Francis

2)  Los Angeles is the second-most populous city in the U.S.

3)  The Oscars were televised for the first time.

4)  8

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This mammal has the longest gestation period.

2)  What are the two main ingredients in a Bloody Mary?

3)  When do "Baily's Beads" appear?

4)  Henry Mancini's immortal ballad, "Moon River" was first sung by whom?


1)  With an average 22 months, elephants have the longest gestation period.

2)  Vodka and tomato juice

3)  During a solar eclipse, as the moon "grazes" by the sun, the rugged lunar limb topography allows beads of sunlight to shine through. The phenomenon is named after Francis Baily, who was the first to provide a correct explanation.

4)  Audrey Hepburn sang the song in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Leprechauns do this as their vocation.

2)  According to legend, the snakes in Ireland were driven out by what?

3)  To gain the gift of eloquence, you must do what?

4)  Which two rivers in the U.S. are dyed green each year to commemorate St. Patrick's Day?


1)  Cobbler/shoemaker

2)  pounding drums

3)  Kiss the blarney stone.

4)  The Chicago and the San Antonio Rivers are dyed green for St. Patrick's Day.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This fictional island was the home of King Kong.

2)  What is the difference between spirits and liqueurs?

3)  This state is home to these two national monuments: the Hangman Fossil Beds and Craters of the Moon.

4)  Who was the first Western explorer to visit China?


1)  Skull Island (not to be confused with Captain Hook's Skull Rock).

2)  Liqueurs have added sugar

3)  Idaho

4)  Marco Polo

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  How many moons does Mercury have?

2)  How many bones are in the typical human body?

3)  They had a hit with the 1966 song, "Summer in the City."

4)  This state models its civil law after French and Spanish legal systems rather than British legal practices.


1)  none

2)  206

3)  The Lovin' Spoonful

4)  Louisiana

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Vitamin K is important in helping the body to do what?

2)  In TV's Get Smart, Maxwell Smart was often referred to by his spy designation. What was it?

3)  Which Beatle was the youngest?

4)  On this date in 1974, Wonder Woman, starring Lynda Carter, made its television debut. Charles Moulton was the original creator of the DC Comics character. What else was he notable for doing?


1)  Vitamin K is important for blood clotting

2)  "Agent 86"

3)  George Harrison

4)  Moulton also was the inventor of the lie detector.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


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

2)  Who is the main character in the film 12 Years a Slave?

3)  What is the name of the boat in the cult thriller Jaws?

4)  Born on March 11, 1885, he was the first man to drive a car faster than 300 mph.  Who was he?


1)  Dynamic HTML.

2)  Solomon Northup.

3)  Orca

4)  Sir Malcolm Campbell

Monday, March 10, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  In the Peanuts comic strip, whose brother was Linus?

2)  What did Harry Houdini receive a patent for in 1921?

3)  What does a numismatist study?

4)  How old was Tutankhamun (King Tut) when he died?


1)  Lucy

2)  A diving suit.

3)  Coins

4)  Eighteen

Friday, March 07, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  The Federal Communications Commission regulates cell phones, but another federal agency regulates cell phones as well. Which agency is it?

2)  This government program was modeled after the British Poor Law of 1601.

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

4)  What does the Kelvin scale measure?


1)  The FDA monitors the health effects related to cell phone use.

2)  Social Security

3)  the Eiffel Tower

4)  temperature

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Which countries were involved in the Falklands War?

2)  On this date in 1982, Willie Nelson's cover of "Always On My Mind" entered the Pop chart at #88, topped at #5 and won a Grammy that year for best Country song. The song originally was recorded 10 years earlier by who?

3)  It is the largest artery in the human body.

4)  The television series In the Heat of the Night was based on the movie of the same name. It debuted on this date in 1988, with Carroll O'Connor as the Chief and Howard Rollins as Detective Tibbs ("They call me Mister Tibbs!"). Who played those roles in the movie?


1)  The brief conflict between Argentina and Great Britain was never officially declared a war. The conflict was started when Argentine forces occupied the Falkland islands.

2)  Gwen McRae was first to record the song (as "You Were Always On My Mind") in 1972. That same year Brenda Lee recorded it and so did Elvis Presley. The song has been covered over 300 times, including the hit version by the Pet Shop Boys in 1987.

3)  The aorta

4) Rod Steiger and Sidney Poitier

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This film won the Academy Award for Best Picture this year.

2)  Who is considered to be the world's richest individual?

3)  In chemistry, how many "noble" metals (resistant to corrosion and oxidation in moist air) are there?

4)  Why add pectin when making jam?


1)  12 Years a Slave

2)  According to Forbes, that would be Bill Gates, whose net worth is 76 billion.

3)  There are 8:
  • ruthenium
  • rhodium
  • palladium
  • silver
  • osmium
  • iridium 
4)  To help the jam set

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


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

2)  What was notable about the 1896 Anglo-Zanzibar War?

3)  Where is the River Kwai?

4)  Malacology is the study of what?


1)  Thomas Jefferson was the first, having been inaugurated in Washington, D.C. on this date in 1801.

2)  It lasted 38 minutes.

3)  Thailand

4)  Mollusks

Monday, March 03, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  The piccolo is a smaller version of what instrument?

2)  In golf, four strokes under par is referred to as what?

3)   This is the most frequently-portrayed fictional character in films.

4)   Anna Pavlova was a __________ by vocation.


1)  Also a member of the woodwind family of instruments, the piccolo is the smaller sibling of the flute.

2)  According to Wikipedia, 4 strokes under par is known as a "Condor."

Numeric term Name Definition
−4 Condor 4 strokes under par
−3 Albatross or Double Eagle 3 strokes under par
−2 Eagle 2 strokes under par
−1 Birdie 1 stroke under par
E Par equal to par
+1 Bogey 1 stroke over par
+2 Double bogey 2 strokes over par
+3 Triple bogey 3 strokes over par

3)  Sherlock Holmes

4)  Pavlova was a ballerina. She was most famous as "The Dying Swan."