Trivia Questions 10jun02, People's Pub
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Q. This artist has had an album in Billboard's Top 50 charts for five consecutive decades. He is also shorter than me.
A. Paul Anka, others members of the five decade club are are Hank Williams Junior, Loretta Lynn, Patti Page
Q. Who was the first actor to be nominated for an Oscar posthumously in 1956. He did not win and the award went to Yul Brynner instead. He was nominated again the next year.
A. James Dean
Q. The only person to ever win an acting Oscar posthumously is famous for the line "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore."
A. british actor Peter Finch
Q. what do these celebrities have in common: Sandy Duncan Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Falk
A. they all have glass eyes
Q. Which actress said she stopped believing in Santa Claus when "When my my mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph."
A. Shirley Temple
Q. What TV show -- America's top-rated TV show in 1971 -- was the first to feature a diaper-changin scene?
A. All in the Family
Q. Shazam was a magic word that changes Billy Batson into Captain Marvel. The letters in “Shazam” were acronyms for the characteristics Billy would get. Who were the six latters referencing?
A. The wisdom of Solomon; The strength of Hercules; The stamina of Atlas; The power of Zeus; The courage of Achilles; The speed of Mercury
Q. What did the words open sesame open?
A. opened the treasure cave in the "ali baba and the 40 theives" in Arabian book "The Thousand and One Nights."
Q. The word "presto" which is Italian for "quickly," has been used by conjurers for centuries to command the unseen demons. People think it began being used in magic as a shortening of this word meaning sleight of hand
A. prestidigitation
Q. This magic word got its start intext based adventure games such as Zork and Advent. It also became a cheat code in Minsweeper for the Windows OS where typing it + enter + right shift would let you know if a space had a bomb underneath it.
Q. Which magic word was the name of an album and number one hit single of the same name
A. abracadabra
Q. What was the magic phrase that was uttered by The Amazing Mumford
A. A la peanut butter sandwiches
Q. What movie featured the oscar nominated song with the magic phrase "bippity-boppity-boo!"
A. cinderella
Q. When you would say the secret word on this TV game show, what animal would descend from the ceiling with your cash? What was the name of the TV show?
A. a duck, You Bet Your Life
Q. in this children's folk tale, a man can turn straw into gold -- he extorts the family who uses this skill for all sorts of loot until the wife can guess his name, what is it?
A. rumplestiltskin
Q. On this day in 1980 a prisoner's words were smuggled out of prison "UNITE! MOBILISE! FIGHT ON! BETWEEN THE ANVIL OF UNITED MASS ACTION AND THE HAMMER OF THE ARMED STRUGGLE WE SHALL CRUSH ___________ " what?
A. apartheid
Q. Bridget Bishop is hanged in 1692 after being found guilty of what capital crime? Thirteen more women and five men from all stations of life followed her to the gallows, and one man, Giles Corey, was executed by crushing.
A. witchcraft, in 1692
Q. founding of this organization in 1935. The organization functions through local groups that have no formal rules besides anonymity, no officers, and no dues. Today, there are more than 80,000 local groups in the United States, with an estimated membership of almost two million people.
A. Alchoholics anonymous.
Q. 1889 birth of Hattie McDaniel, the 1st African-American to do what?
A. win an oscar, for GWTW
Q. birthdate of Chester Arthur Burnett in 1910 on a Mississippi plantation. Sam Phillips said about hearing him sing 'This is for me. This is where the soul of man never dies' who was he?
A. howling wolf
Q. Birthdate in 1928 of this children's book author whose dog is named Max just like the hero of one of his most popular books.
A. maurice Sendak
Q. Death of this man in 1940 to whom the quote is attributed "Look to Africa for the crowning of a Black King; He shall be the Redeemer." The "Look to Africa . . ." statement is customarily cited as the spark that galvanized his followers into founding the sect that came to be known as Rastafarianism
A. Marcus garvey
Q. top of the charts 1958
A. Take out the papers and the trash/or you donīt get no spending cash/if you donīt scrub that kitchen floor/you ainīt gonna rockīnīroll no more
Q. top of the charts 1966: A winter's day/In a deep and dark December/I am alone/Gazing from my window/To the streets below/On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow
A. I am a rock, Simon and Garfunkel
Q. How many fatalities in space have there been?
A. 11, the challenger crew and soyuz 1 parachute failure and soyuz 11 depressurization
Q. Two well known Russian space missions were the early Soyuz missions and the Mir space stations. What isthe meaning of the words Soyuz and Mir? [they are not acronyms]
A. union and peace/community
Q. Which country [not the US or russia] sent a cat named Felix into space?
A. the french
Q. Astronauts can vote in space but only those registered to vote in the state of _________ .
A. texas. In 1997, the Texas Legislature passed the first law enabling U.S. astronauts to receive and cast ballots in space through a secure electronic transmission program.
Q. Besides just the title, what separates the inner four planets fom the outer five planets?
A. the Asteroid Belt
Q. In America astronauts get their title as soon as they are finished with training. How is this different from cosmanauts?
A. a person may only be called a cosmonaut until he or she finishes their first space flight
Q. Everyone likes to call them the mars Cars, but what was the actual names of the surface rover that we sent to explore mars?
A. sojourner
Q. How many Apollo missions were there?
A seventeen
Q. what do these things have in common: constellations in the sky, piano keyboards, a song by the nails
A. they all have 88 parts.
Q. What's the highest level of education attained by Mike Tyson?
A. ninth grade, he droppedoutinthe tenth grade and failed ot passhis GED.
Q. Q: Who had 48 freckles, one for each state in the Union at that time?
A. Howdy Doody had 48 freckles.
Q. in 1988, the Puyallup Indians of Washington State were given $162 million in exchange for _____________.
A. dropping their claim to the city of Tacoma
Q. ValuJet airlines renamed themselves in 1997 complete with a new logo and a new slogan ("It's something else")
A. AirTran Airlines
Q. There are two poisonous mammals, name them.
A. shrews and platypuses. Some shrews have slightly poisonous bites and male platypuses have poisonous spurs on their hind legs.
Q: There is only only one painting by an American hanging in the Louvre, which is it?
A: Whistler's Mother - or "Arrangement in Grey and Black: No.1, the Artist's Mother" by Massachusetts-born James Abbot McNeill Whistler
Q. What was the name of Camp David before it was called Camp David
Q. When challenged by political humorist Art Buchwald as to why he never wrote "political" books, Dr. Seuss showed the political nature of the book by crossing out "Marvin K. Mooney will you please go now?" and replacing it with __________ The book was veiled commentary on this man's presidency
A. "Richard M. Nixon."
Q. The oldest business in the United States of America is was founded in Constantinople in 1623 what is it?
A. the cymbal company Zildjian
Q. SOS pads were originally named for the acronym Save Our Saucepans, but when it's spelled out, it lacks a trailing period, why?
A. because S.O. S. as a distress signal cannot be copywrited, without the period, it can be.
Q. You've seen the safety stickers, but still seven people a year get killed by this thing falling on them?
A. vending machines.
Q. What temperature is the same in Farenheit and Celcius?
A. -40
Q. The largest stained-glass window in the world is not in a church. Whereis it?
A. at Kennedy International Airport in New York City. It can be seen on the American Airlines terminal building and measures 300 feet long by 23 feet high
Q. At the time of it's construction in 1884 it was the tallest man made structure in the world. Name it and tell me what broke it's record.
A. Washington Monument, 555, Eiffel Tower, 986
Q "...when he, in one of his queer humours, would sit in an arm chair with his hair trigger and a hundred Boxer cartridges and proceed to adorn the opposite wall with a patriotic VR done in bullet-pocks, I felt that neither the atmosphere nor the appearance of our room was improved by it" who is being discussed?
A. Sherlock Holmes
Q. Which bank owns the only ATM on Antarctica?
A. wells fargo
Q. What percent of the world's population, live within reach of active volcanoes? 3,5,10,15
A. 10
Q. When Gregory became pope in 1572, he decided he wanted to fix the Julian Calendar because it put Easter on the same day every year, he wanted easter to fall closer to what?
A. Passover, which follows the jewish lunar calendar Eastern Orthodox churches and others continue to use the Julian Calendar to this day.
Q. Towards the end of his life Rudyard Kipling wrote exclusively about his topic?
A. dogs
Q. The cities of Detroit, Skokie, Illinois, and St. Paul, Minnesota have designated this instrument as their official instrument.
A. the accordion
Q. A half gallon milk jug holds about how many dollars in pennies?
A. 50
Q. "Fortnight" is a British term of time measurement. How long is a "fortnight?"
A. fourteen days, or two weeks
Q. Hibernation is when animals go dowrmant to avoid cold winters, what is it called whenthey do this to avoid hot dry summers?
A. estivation
Q. We know that 12 inches equal a foot and 3 feet equal a yard. But what is the next unit of measure, equivalent to 5.5 yard called?
A. a rod
Q. During World War 2, what was the national speed limit?
A. 35 mph
Q. Our English Bible is a translation of three languages. Can you name the three languages?
A. Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek
Q. you know about the twelve days of Christmas and the eight daysof hannukah, how long is Kwanzaa?
A. seven days , It is focused around the Nguzo Saba, or seven principles
Q. What is the nameof the currency of Souther Ireland?
A. the punt
Q. What mammals have been sent into space?
A. dogs, cats, mice, rats, monkeys/chimps
Q. name the five italian crime families in NYC
A. bonanno, columbo, gambino, genovese, lucchese
Q. Name the seven seas
A. Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic, Mediterranean sea, North sea, Black seas [agean, arabian, baltic]
Q. name the eight kids on eight is enough.
A. Mary, Joanie, Nncy, Elizabeth, Susan, David, Tommy, Nicholas
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