Trivia Questions 29apr02, People's Pub
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Local Trivia
Q. If you lay the Space Needle down, would it fit inside Safeco Field? would it have fit inside the Kingdome?
A. YES. The Space Needle is 605 feet tall, while Safeco is 655 feet from one end to the other. The diameter of Dome, in feet: 660. (You could spin the Space Needle inside the Dome without touching the walls.)
Q. What is the seating capacity of the Kingdome?
A. 64,984
Q. Chronologically, what number state is Washington?
A: We became the 42nd State on Nov. 11, 1889.
Q. Which was the smallest city to host a World's Fair in 1974 ?
A. Spokane
Q. Seattle was built on seven hills, two of which were later removed, what are they?
A. (1) Queen Anne Hill, (2) Capitol Hill, (3) Denny Hill, (4) First Hill, (5) Jackson Street Hill, (6) Beacon Hill and (7) Mt. Baker.
Q. Seattleites Bill Boeing and Bill Gates both attended Ivy League universities but neither graduated. Which universities did they attend?
Boeing attended Yale, Gates attended Harvard.
Q. Who was the first president to have his photo taken (1843)?
A. John Quincy Adams
Q. Who was the first president in office to have his photo taken (1849)?
A. Polk
Q. Who was the first US president to appear in a film?
A. Grover Cleveland was the first U.S. president film star. In 1895, Alexander Black came to Washington, D.C., and asked the president to appear in A Capital Courtship. Cleveland agreed to be filmed while signing a bill into law. A Capital Courtship was a huge hit on the Lyceum circuit.
Q. Who was the first president to own a car?
A. William Howard Taft was the first President to own a car.
Q. The ancestry of all 43 presidents is limited to the following seven heritages, or some combination thereof....
A. Dutch, English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Swiss, or German.
Q. George Washington has scars on his face, from what?
A. smallpox
Poems about Spring
Q. "April is the cruelest month..."
A. T.S. Eliot (1888-1965), The Waste Land (1922)
Q. "In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love...."
A. Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892), Locksley Hall (1842)
Q. What is the geographical center of the US, both of the 48 states and of the 50 states?
A. The geographical center of the lower 48 states lies outside of Lebanon, Kansas, in the middle of a hog farm. The geographical center of all 50 states is located 17 miles west of Castle Rock, South Dakota
Q. what are the top five last names from 1990 census?
A. Smith, Johnson, Williams, Jones, Brown
Q. The first U.S.Postal zip code [numerically] in the US is where?
A. 01001 at Agawam
Q. Which US colleges are known as the Seven Sisters?
A. Barnard College Bryn Mawr College, Mount Holyoke College, Radcliffe College, Smith College, Vassar College, Wellesley College
Q. There aren't really fifty states in the United States, four are actually Commonwealths, which are they?
A. Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts
Q. Who was the US's first postmaster general?
A. ben franklin first postmaster general
Q. What was the first toy ever advertised on TV?
A. The first toy product ever advertised on television was Mr. Potato Head. Introduced in 1952,
Q. The four-h club was started by USDA to teach farming methods to young people, to improve these four things.....
A. head heart hands health.
Q. Pony Express was one of the most famous stories of American History, it lasted only 19 [days, weeks, months, years]
A. months
Q. In 1752, when the American colonies switched calendars from Julian to Gregorian, Ben Franklin wrote: 'It is pleasant for an old man to be able to go to bed on September 2, and not have to get up until September ________"
A. 14, there was a 12 day difference.
Q. What city in the US is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane?
A. Boston University Bridge
Q. Nobel Prize is given in six categories, what are they?
A. peace, chemistry, physics, medicine, literature, economics
Q. Only four people have won the Nobel Prize twice, who were they?
A. Marie Sklodowska Curie (for physics in 1903 and chemistry in 1911), Linus Pauling (for chemistry in 1954 and peace in 1962), John Bardeen (for physics in 1956 and 1972), Frederick Sanger (for chemistry in 1958 and 1980)
Q Many people think this tree was named for the country but it's the other way around....
A. Brazil
Q. The only Axis nation the U.S. did not declare war on was ____________ which was also the only country to repay its war reparations after World War I .....
A. Finland
Q. Who is the only major airline in the world to have never lost a passenger, also from the country where the "black box" was invented...
A. Australia
Q. Name the three countries in the world with geysters
A. iceland, new zealand and the US
Q. Longest palindromic word in the english language?
A. redivider
Q. You can write approximately how many words with one pencil [5,000, 50,000, 500,000, 5,000,000]?
A. 50,000
Q. What is the longest word in English that can be spelled using the top row of the keyboard?
A. typewriter
Q. Who is the first cartoonist to use the word 'booger' in his cartoon?
A. Bill Watterson, cartoonist for Calvin and Hobbes
Q. What is the longest word in the English language that has only one vowel?
A. strengths
This Day in History [29apr]
Q. What was patented by Swedish engineer Gideon Sundback as a "separable fastener." on this day in 1931?
A. improved version of the zipper
Q. Today in 1863 was the birthday of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, what was the name of his estate?
A. san Simeon
Q. In 1965, the music jury of the Pulitzer Prize Committee unanimously recommended **** for a special award, but the Advisory Board declined the jury's recommendation. While the rejection sparked accusations of racism, the 66-year-old simply responded that "Fate doesn't want me to be too famous too young." [his birthday today]
A. Duke Ellington
Q. In 1997 ______________ sued Microsoft for offering a link from Microsoft Sidewalk to this company's web site, calling Microsoft's link "electronic piracy" and saying Microsoft should have negotiated for the link......
A. Ticketmaster
Movies and TV
Q. On this day in 1980 this filmmaker died, he was respobsible for the first time movie audiences were treated to a flushing toilet......
A. Alfred Hitchcock
Q. The first toilet ever to be seen on television was on ___________ ?
A. 'Leave it to Beaver'.
Q. ____________'s great skill as a silent film actor came about as a result of his upbringing. Both of his parents were deaf-mutes, so he learned to communicate by expressive pantomime.
A. Lon Chaney.
Q. One of the most talanted actresses got her start on the Mary Tyler Moore Show playing Murray Slaughter's daughter on the show........
A. Helen Hunt
Q. Who were the only two actors who played James Bond only once?
A. David Niven and George Lazenby
Q. Spell Apu's last name....
A. Apu Nahassapeemapetalan
Q. The average lifespan of a major league baseball is 3, 7, 15, 25 pitches?
A. 7 pitches
Q. How much blood is in the human body?
A. 6 qts or 5.6 liters
Q. Marsh gas is more commonly known as what?
A. methane
Q. What car was the original batmobile based on? One point for year, one point for make.
A. The original Batmobile was based on the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car
Q. Where is the greatest snowfall in the world in one winter season
A. The greatest snowfall in the world belongs to Mount Rainer in Washington, for the 1971-1972 season. During that time it accumulated 1,224 inches of snow.
Q. The species name (Latin name) of what animal means "river horse that leads a double life"?
A. the hippopotamus. [Hippopotamus amphibius]
Q. How many steps are in the eiffel tower?
A. There are 1792 steps to the Eiffel Tower
Q. Study of flags is called what?
A. vexillology
Q. What is the most popular color for national flags?
A. Red is the most popular colour being found on 74% of all the national flags of the world today, followed by white on 71% of flags and blue on 50%.
Q. First CD pressed [burnt?] in the USA?
A. Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the USA'
Q. If a bibliophile loves books, what do you call someone who loves cheese?
A. Turophiles love cheese
Bonus Questions
Q. Who coined the word nerd?
A. Dr. Seuss coined the word "nerd" in his book If I Ran the Zoo "And then, just to show them, I'll sail to Ka-Troo And Bring Back an It-Kutch a Preep and a Proo a Nerkle a Nerd and a Seersucker, too!"
Q. The bread slots in a toaster are called what?
A. toast wells.
Q. The fourth most used language in the U.S. is _______ ?
A. Sign language
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