Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Which four words end in "_dous"?

2)  Besides "angry" and "hungry," what other words end in "_gry"?

3)  On this date in 1952, the first toy commercial appeared on television. What toy was it?

4)  What fairy tale was the first to be printed in English?


1)  stupendous, horrendous, tremendous, hazardous

2)  There are no stand-alone words besides angry and hungry that end in "_gry" - unless you
  • a) accept "gry," an obsolete unit of measurement invented by John Locke, or
  • b) you treat the question as a trick and offer the word "energy," which ends in _g-r-y, just not in that order.
3)  Mr. Potato Head

4)  "The History of Tom Thumb" was the first fairy tale to be published in English; it was published in 1621.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What iconic car was featured in Back to the Future?

2)  This nut is used in recipes to flavor macaroons.

3)  Rickets is a condition caused by a vitamin deficiency. Which vitamin?

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


1) Back to the Future featured a Delorean

2)  almonds

3)  Vitamin D

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

Monday, April 28, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  How many spark plugs are in a six-cylinder diesel engine?

2)  Pope Francis recently canonized two individuals as saints last week.  Who were they?

3)  Jay Leno went ten years before having a guest host on the Tonight Show. Who was his first sub?

4)  This famous actor inadvertently invented a mic boom by tying a microphone to a fishing pole.


1)  none

2)  Pope John XXIII (1958 - 1963) and Pope John Paul II (1978 - 2005).

3)  Katie Couric

4)   Lionel Barrymore

Friday, April 25, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Who was the first to be sworn in as Vice-President?

2)  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."

3)  How many Apollo missions to the moon have there been?

4)  What bodies of water are connected by the Panama Canal?


1)  John Adams

2)  Voltaire

3)  17

4)  The Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This was the first big band to play George Gershwin's music, bringing it to a mainstream audience.

Big Bands were famous for having signature or theme songs. Name the bands for these songs:

2)  "One O'clock Jump"

3)  "Lullaby of Birdland"

4)  "Take the 'A' Train"


1)  Paul Whiteman

2)  Count Basie

3)  George Shearing

4)  Duke Ellington

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What country is Pope Francis from?

2)  In the case of an emergency, what can coconut water be used for?

3)  The Cisco Kid had a black and white horse named, "Diablo" and a sidekick named "Pancho." Who was the actor who played him?

4)  This is the second most abundant element in the universe.


1)  Argentina

2)  blood plasma

3)  Roald Amundsen

4)  helium

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date 100 years ago, Babe Ruth made his major league baseball debut as a pitcher.  For what team did he first play?

2)  The unit of measurement known as the "furlong" is never really used nowadays; how many furlongs are in a mile?

3)  In an ad hominem attack, what "weapons" are used?

4)  During World War II, citizens were encouraged to create their own gardens at home to offset the food shortage. These gardens were popularly and patriotically referred to as what?


1)  The Baltimore Orioles

2)  8

3)  The "weapons" employed in an ad hominem attack are words. An ad hominem attack is a rhetorical device employed in debates and often seen in political campaigns. It is a way to deflect attention away from an uncomfortable question by redirecting attention by denigrating his or her character, thereby appealing to the audience's emotions rather than their desire for information.

4) "victory gardens"

Monday, April 21, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Henry Winkler made "The Fonz" a 70s icon on Happy Days. What was the character's not-so-tough first name?

2)  Gene Roddenberry was the creator of what science fiction franchise?

3)  The quiz show Take It or Leave It debuted on CBS radio on this date in 1940. The title for the show's grand prize question became a catchphrase in the 40s.

4)  How many boroughs are there in New York City?


1)  Arthur

2)  Roddenberry is responsible for having either directly written or inspired all things Star Trek.

3)  The show asked the "$64 Question, which later blossomed into the "$64,000 question." In the 40s, the "$64 question" became a catchphrase for a particularly vexing question or problem.

4)  There are five: Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Friday, April 18, 2014

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

3)  How many incisor teeth do humans have?

4)  How many "deadly sins" are there?


1)  Confucius

2)  Denmark

3)  8

4)  "The seven deadly sins, also known as the capital vices or cardinal sins, is a classification of vices (part of Christian ethics) that has been used since early Christian times to educate and instruct Christians concerning fallen humanity's tendency to sin. In the currently recognized version, the sins are usually given as wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony" (from Wikipedia).

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Which is the hottest planet in our solar system?

2)  Tanqueray is what kind of alcohol?

3)  What was unveiled at the New York World's Fair on this date in 1964 ?

4)  Who was the author of Fahrenheit 451?


1)  Venus

2)  gin

3)  Ford Mustang

4)  Ray Bradbury

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Solid carbon dioxide is also known as what?

2)  Who was the star of the 80s TV show, Knight Rider?

3)  She was the first woman to be inducted into the National Comedy Hall of Fame.

4)  What material does craft quilling usually involve?


1)  Dry ice

2)  David Hasselhoff

3)  Minnie Pearl

4)  paper

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  According to U.S. government estimates, what percentage of tax payers cheat when filing their income tax?

2)  Why was the first U.S. income tax implemented?

3)  The Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution passed in 1913. What did it establish?

4) The first President to implement an income tax in the U.S. was ______________.

5)  This President was responsible for the largest federal income tax cut in the 20th century.

6)  In the U.S., the income tax laws are written by which branch of the government.

7) As of 2000, the U.S. Internal Revenue code was how many pages long?

8)  Which country has the highest income tax percentage rate?


1)  17%

2)  to fund the escalating costs of the Civil War

3)  The Sixteenth Amendment made the collection of an income tax permanent.

4)  Lincoln

5)  Reagan

6) the legislative branch - laws are written and passed by Congress

7)  4,500+ pages

8)  Belgium at 56%

Monday, April 14, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia


1) Which planet has the most moons?

2) Where did coffee originate?

3) Which planet did Mork from the sitcom Mork & Mindy come from?

4) Snap, snow, and pigeon are varieties of which foodstuff?


1) Jupiter

2) Ethiopia (according to the National Coffee Association)

3) Ork

4) Peas

Friday, April 11, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Joseph Yule, Jr. died this week. The world knew him by what name?

2)  Who was known for saying, "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."?


1)  Actor Mickey Rooney passed away this week at the age of 93.

2)  Mae West

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Who was President following Abraham Lincoln?

2)  The Connecticut Huskies and the Kentucky Wildcats recently faced off in what sport?

3)  What song was the first father-daughter duet to hit #1 on the Billboard Pop chart?


1)  Andrew Johnson

2)  NCAA Mens' Basketball

3)  Frank and Nancy Sinatra's "Somethin' Stupid" reached #1 on this date in 1967.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) The 1947 Roswell, NM incident concerned what?

2) According to the Washington Irving story, how many years did Rip Van Winkle sleep?


1) A UFO

2) Twenty

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What color does acid turn litmus paper?

2)  What was the name of Angela Lansbury's character in the long-running TV show, Murder, She Wrote?


1)  pink

2)  Jessica Fletcher

Monday, April 07, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  How many countries border Mexico?

2)  What is Prince George's mother's title?

3)  What color is the star on Captain America's chest?


1)  three: United States, Guatemala and Belize

2)  The former Kate Middleton's is  properly referred to as the Duchess of Cambridge.

3)  white

Friday, April 04, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Usually associated with Country music, he had a pop hit with "To All the Girls I've Loved Before," the duet he sang with Julio Iglesias.

2)  This U.S. President was a Quaker.

3)  The Punic Cathaginian military commander, Hannibal, was famous for having led these animals over the Alps and into Italy to be used in war.

4) Under siege even this week, this country recorded the largest earthquake in 1960.


1)  Willie Nelson

2)  Richard Nixon

3)  elephants

4)  Chile

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What color is gazpacho soup?

2)  Cobalt is a shade of what color?

3)  The Itchy & Scratchy Show is actually a show-within-a-show, featured on what television program?

4)  On this date in 1960, The Paul Winchell Show last aired on ABC-TV. Winchell was a  ventriloquist and his dummy's name was Jerry Mahoney. Later, Winchell invented something; what was it?


1)  Gazpacho is tomato-based and typically ranges in color from red to orange.

2)  blue

3)  The Simpsons

4)  With the assistance of Dr. Henry Heimlich, Winchell designed the first artificial heart.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What is the capital of Brazil?

2)  Where is the "Sea of Showers"?

3)  What helps the "medicine go down"?

4)  Who wrote the children's classic, The Jungle Book?


1)  Brasilia

2)  the moon

3)  According to Mary Poppins, one should have "a spoonful of sugar."

4)  Rudyard Kipling

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

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