Wednesday, February 28, 2007

General Trivia Questions #259-264

Question 259: Entertainment & Food -- Late Night Movie

What was the 1998 vampire movie starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff?

a) Blade
b) Nadja
c) Nosferatu
d) Tomb

Question 260: History & Government -- Pretty Plane Question

In which state is the U.S. Aviation Hall of Fame located?

a) New York
b) North Carolina
c) Ohio
d) Virginia

Question 261: Math & Science -- No Hypocrites

Who is the first god that physicians swear by when reciting the classical version of the Hippocratic Oath?

a) Apollo
b) Ceres
c) Vulcan
d) Zeus

Question 262: Geography & Nature -- Smart Simians

According to zoologist Edward O. Wilson, what are the smartest animals besides humans?

a) Baboons
b) Chimpanzees
c) Gorillas
d) Orangutans

Question 263: Literature & Arts -- Novel Football Film

Who is the author of North Dallas Forty?

a) Bob Lilly
b) Craig Morton
c) Don Meredith
d) Pete Gent

Question 264: Sports & Games -- Hardwood Hero

What Boston Celtic's fifty years with the team as a player, coach, and executive were celebrated in 1999?

a) Bill Russell
b) Bob Cousy
c) Red Auerbach
d) Walter Brown

General Trivia Answers #253-258

Answer 253: Entertainment & Food -- Gather 'Round the Telly

c) Survivor

51 million viewers tuned in to find out who had ultimately outwitted, outplayed, and outlasted the other contestants.

Answer 254: History & Government -- Prison Break

d) July 14

The French consider that date in 1789 to be the end of their monarchy and the beginning of the modern republic.

Answer 255: Math & Science -- Really Bugging Me

c) Malaria

The infectious disease kills two million people per year.

Answer 256: Geography & Nature -- Timeless Town

c) Rome

It was founded around 753 B.C., making it one of the oldest cities in the western world.

Answer 257: Literature & Arts -- Not the Cabbage Patch

b) Dogpatch

Al Capp drew the hillbilly comic strip from 1934 to 1977.

Answer 258: Sports & Games -- Can't Win 'Em All

a) Buffalo Sabres

Bowman won five times with the Canadiens, once with the Penguins, and three times with the Red Wings. He also came up empty with the St. Louis Blues.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

General Trivia Questions #253-258

Question 253: Entertainment & Food -- Gather 'Round the Telly

What was the second-highest rated television episode of 2000, trailing only the Super Bowl?

a) Big Brother
b) Friends
c) Survivor
d) Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

Question 254: History & Government -- Prison Break

What day is known as Bastille Day?

a) July 1
b) July 4
c) July 11
d) July 14

Question 255: Math & Science -- Really Bugging Me

According to the World Health Organization, what is the leading mosquito-borne disease in the world?

a) Dengue
b) Encephalitis
c) Malaria
d) Yellow fever

Question 256: Geography & Nature -- Timeless Town

What Italian city is known as the Eternal City?

a) Florence
b) Naples
c) Rome
d) Venice

Question 257: Literature & Arts -- Not the Cabbage Patch

What is Li'l Abner's home town?

a) Cowpatch
b) Dogpatch
c) Horsepatch
d) Pigpatch

Question 258: Sports & Games -- Can't Win 'Em All

What was the only team below that Scotty Bowman did not coach to a Stanley Cup championship?

a) Buffalo Sabres
b) Detroit Red Wings
c) Montreal Canadiens
d) Pittsburgh Penguins

General Trivia Answers #247-252

Answer 247: Entertainment & Food -- Kapow!

d) Riddler

Frank Gorshin played the puzzling criminal in the January 12, 1966 episode.

Answer 248: History & Government -- Inebriation Day

a) Andrew Johnson

The soon-to-be President was suffering from typhoid fever and had imbibed some whiskey to fortify himself during the April 15, 1865 ceremony.

Answer 249: Math & Science -- New Belt

c) Pioneer 3

The original plan was to go past the moon and into orbit around the Sun, but its propellant ran out too soon.

Answer 250: Geography & Nature -- Don't Touch

c) South Carolina

Tennessee also touches Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Missouri, the last of which also borders eight other states.

Answer 251: Literature & Arts -- Epic-center

a) Bloom

The Bloomsday holiday has been celebrated every June 16th since 1954 in Ireland, where James Joyce was born, and more recently in other countries.

Answer 252: Sports & Games -- Medal Collector

a) Felix Trinidad

The Puerto Rican boxer has held the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Council belts.

Monday, February 26, 2007

General Trivia Questions #247-252

Question 247: Entertainment & Food -- Kapow!

Who was the first villain Batman fought on the television show?

a) Egghead
b) Joker
c) Penguin
d) Riddler

Question 248: History & Government -- Inebriation Day

Which U.S. Vice President got drunk on Inauguration Day, berating the dignitaries of the nation?

a) Andrew Johnson
b) Hannibal Hamlin
c) Henry Wilson
d) Schuyler Colfax

Question 249: Math & Science -- New Belt

On December 6, 1958, what unmanned space probe discovered the outer Van Allen layer?

a) Luna 2
b) Luna 3
c) Pioneer 3
d) Ranger 7

Question 250: Geography & Nature -- Don't Touch

Which of the following U.S. states does not border Tennessee?

a) Arkansas
b) Mississippi
c) South Carolina
d) Virginia

Question 251: Literature & Arts -- Epic-center

What is the last name of the advertising canvasser who is the central character of the epic Ulysses?

a) Bloom
b) Blossom
c) Leaf
d) Petal

Question 252: Sports & Games -- Medal Collector

What boxer defeated three Olympic champions, Pernell Whitaker, Oscar De La Hoya, and David Reid, in 1999 and 2000?

a) Felix Trinidad
b) Fernando Vargas
c) Roy Jones, Jr.
d) Sugar Shane Mosley

U.S. Capitals vs. Most Populous Cities - Random Trivia Answers

  • A1) False. New York (8,143,197 people; New York). Albany (93,523 people).
  • A2) False. Baltimore (635,815 people; Maryland). Annapolis (36,300 people).
  • A3) True. Atlanta (470,688 people; Georgia).
  • A4) False. Portland (63,889 people; Maine). Augusta (18,626 people).
  • A5) False. Houston (2,016,582 people; Texas). Austin (690,252 people).
  • A6) False. New Orleans (454,863 people; Louisiana). Baton Rouge (222,064 people).
  • A7) False. Fargo (90,672 people; North Dakota). Bismarck (57,377 people).
  • A8) True. Boise (193,161 people; Idaho).
  • A9) True. Boston (559,034 people; Massachusetts).
  • A10) False. Las Vegas (545,147 people; Nevada). Carson City (56,062 people).
  • A11) True. Charleston (51,176 people; West Virginia).
  • A12) True. Cheyenne (55,731 people; Wyoming).
  • A13) True. Columbia (117,088 people; South Carolina).
  • A14) True. Columbus (730,657 people; Ohio).
  • A15) False. Manchester (109,691 people; New Hampshire). Concord's (42,336 people).
  • A16) True. Denver (557,917 people; Colorado).
  • A17) True. Des Moines (194,163 people; Iowa).
  • A18) False. Wilmington (72,876 people; Delaware). Dover (34,288 people).
  • A19) False. Louisville (556,429 people; Kentucky). Frankfort (27,210 people).
  • A20) False. Philadelphia (1,463,281 people; Pennsylvania). Harrisburg (47,472 people).
  • A21) False. Bridgeport (139,008 people; Connecticut). Hartford (124,397 people).
  • A22) False. Billings (98,721 people; Montana). Helena (27,383 people).
  • A23) True. Honolulu (377,379 people; Hawaii).
  • A24) True. Indianapolis (784,118 people; Indiana).
  • A25) True. Jackson (177,977 people; Mississippi).
  • A26) False. Kansas City (444,965 people; Missouri). Jefferson City (39,062 people).
  • A27) False. Anchorage (275,043 people; Alaska). Juneau (30,987 people).
  • A28) False. Detroit (886,671 people; Michigan). Lansing (115,518 people).
  • A29) False. Omaha (414,521 people; Nebraska). Lincoln (239,213 people).
  • A30) True. Little Rock (184,564 people; Arkansas).
  • A31) False. Milwaukee (578,887 people; Wisconsin). Madison (221,551 people).
  • A32) False. Birmingham (231,483 people; Alabama). Montgomery (200,127 people).
  • A33) False. Burlington (38,531 people; Vermont). Montpelier (8,003 people). Burlington is the least populous most populous city.
  • A34) False. Memphis (672,277 people; Tennessee).
  • A35) True. Oklahoma City (531,324 people; Oklahoma).
  • A36) False. Seattle (573,911 people; Washington). Olympia (44,114 people).
  • A37) True. Phoenix (1,461,575 people; Arizona).
  • A38) False. Sioux Falls (139,517 people; South Dakota). Pierre (14,052 people).
  • A39) True. Providence (176,862 people; Rhode Island).
  • A40) False. Charlotte (610,949 people; North Carolina). Raleigh (341,530 people).
  • A41) False. Virginia Beach (438,415 people; Virginia). Richmond (193,777 people).
  • A42) False. Los Angeles (3,844,829 people; California). Sacramento (456,441 people).
  • A43) False. Portland (533,427 people; Oregon). Salem (148,751 people).
  • A44) True. Salt Lake City (178,097 people; Utah).
  • A45) False. Albuquerque (494,236 people; New Mexico). Santa Fe (70,631 people).
  • A46) False. Chicago (2,842,518 people; Illinois). Springfield (115,668 people).
  • A47) False. Minneapolis (372,811 people; Minnesota). St. Paul (275,150 people).
  • A48) False. Jacksonville (782,623 people; Florida). Tallahassee (158,500 people)..
  • A49) False. Wichita (354,865 people; Kansas). Topeka (121,946 people).
  • A50) False. Newark (280,666 people; New Jersey). Trenton (84,639 people).

Overall, only seventeen of the fifty state capitals are their states most populous cities. Seven could grow ten times larger and still not be the most populous (Albany, Annapolis, Frankfort, Harrisburg, Jefferson City, Olympia, and Springfield), while another four would barely be (Carson City, Juneau, Pierre, and Sacramento). A few capitals are within striking distance of becoming #1 (Hartford had more people than Bridgeport a few decades ago) or losing the title (three C's: Charleston is only a few thousand above Huntington, Cheyenne is a few thousand above Casper, and Columbia is ten thousand ahead of another Charleston). Only one capital has over a million people (Phoenix), eight have over half a million, and 31 have over 100,000.

General Trivia Answers #241-246

Answer 241: Entertainment & Food -- Senior Sibling

a) David

Grant Goodeve played the number one son from 1977 to 1981.

Answer 242: History & Government -- Peace Planners

b) Franklin Roosevelt

Joseph Stalin was also there from the Soviet Union.

Answer 243: Math & Science -- Before the Dot-Com Bomb

a) "Commercial"

Though widely used, the suffix is lower in priority than ".edu", ".gov", and ".mil".

Answer 244: Geography & Nature -- Plain Name

a) Abilene

The name was originally given to a region in ancient Syria.

Answer 245: Literature & Arts -- More Musketeers

b) 20 years

Twenty Years After was printed in 1845, only a year after the original.

Answer 246: Sports & Games -- Winning Ways

b) Michigan

The Maize and Blue finished the 2005 season with 849 wins, 38 ahead of Notre Dame.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

General Trivia Questions #241-246

Question 241: Entertainment & Food -- Senior Sibling

Who was the oldest Bradford child on the Eight Is Enough television show?

a) David
b) Elizabeth
c) Mary
d) Nancy

Question 242: History & Government -- Peace Planners

Which of the following world leaders was not at the Potsdam Conference of 1945?

a) Clement R. Atlee
b) Franklin Roosevelt
c) Harry Truman
d) Winston Churchill

Question 243: Math & Science -- Before the Dot-Com Bomb

What did the "com" in ".com" originally stand for in Internet addresses?

a) "Commercial"
b) "Communication"
c) "Company"
d) "Computer"

Question 244: Geography & Nature -- Plain Name

What Texas town's name comes from the Hebrew for "grassy plain"?

a) Abilene
b) Lubbock
c) Plano
d) Waco

Question 245: Literature & Arts -- More Musketeers

How long after The Three Musketeers does Alexandre Dumas's sequel take place?

a) 10 years
b) 20 years
c) 30 years
d) 40 years

Question 246: Sports & Games -- Winning Ways

What team has won the most games in the history of college football?

a) Alabama
b) Michigan
c) Notre Dame
d) Yale

U.S. Capitals vs. Most Populous Cities - Random Trivia Questions

Bonus themed quiz this week! This was actually my original theme, but my research for extra information on each capital led to yesterday's more interesting questions.

How many U.S. state capitals do you think are also their state's most populous cities? Try this simple true/false test and find out. Give yourself an extra point for each most populous city you can name that isn't the capital.

U.S. Capitals vs. Most Populous Cities Questions

True or false: the given state capital is the most populous city in its state (according to July 2005 estimates).
  • Q1) Albany
  • Q2) Annapolis
  • Q3) Atlanta
  • Q4) Augusta
  • Q5) Austin
  • Q6) Baton Rouge
  • Q7) Bismarck
  • Q8) Boise
  • Q9) Boston
  • Q10) Carson City
  • Q11) Charleston
  • Q12) Cheyenne
  • Q13) Columbia
  • Q14) Columbus
  • Q15) Concord
  • Q16) Denver
  • Q17) Des Moines
  • Q18) Dover
  • Q19) Frankfort
  • Q20) Harrisburg
  • Q21) Hartford
  • Q22) Helena
  • Q23) Honolulu
  • Q24) Indianapolis
  • Q25) Jackson
  • Q26) Jefferson City
  • Q27) Juneau
  • Q28) Lansing
  • Q29) Lincoln
  • Q30) Little Rock
  • Q31) Madison
  • Q32) Montgomery
  • Q33) Montpelier
  • Q34) Nashville
  • Q35) Oklahoma City
  • Q36) Olympia
  • Q37) Phoenix
  • Q38) Pierre
  • Q39) Providence
  • Q40) Raleigh
  • Q41) Richmond
  • Q42) Sacramento
  • Q43) Salem
  • Q44) Salt Lake City
  • Q45) Santa Fe
  • Q46) Springfield
  • Q47) St. Paul
  • Q48) Tallahassee
  • Q49) Topeka
  • Q50) Trenton

U.S. State Capitals - Random Trivia Answers

  • A1) Boston, Massachusetts's Boston Common was established in 1634. The city had the public school (Boston Latin in 1635) and first college (Harvard in 1636) in the country.
  • A2) Charleston, West Virginia finished laying a section of Summers Street on October 23, 1870.
  • A3) Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's Rockville Bridge is 3,830 feet long.
  • A4) Annapolis, Maryland was the middle of five capitals of the United States under the Articles of Confederation.
  • A5) Trenton, New Jersey was capital of the U.S. under the Articles of Confederation from November 1 to December 24, 1784. Trenton is the last capital in alphabetical order.
  • A6) The Battle of Baton Rouge eliminated the British from the lower Mississippi Valley and kept then-capital New Orleans safe.
  • A7) Montgomery, Alabama led the Confederacy from February 4 to May 29, 1861.
  • A8) Richmond, Virginia was declared the capital of the Confederacy on May 6, 1861 and gave up the duties on April 3, 1865 when Ulysses S. Grant and the Union Army took control.
  • A9) Tallahassee, Florida came close to the action with the nearby Battle of Natural Bridge on March 6, 1865. Tallahassee is the only capital whose name has three sets of double letters.
  • A10) Columbia, South Carolina's Capitol dome displayed the Confederate flag until a 2000 compromise moved the controversial symbol to a Confederate monument on State House grounds.
  • A11) Concord, New Hampshire's state house was erected in 1808.
  • A12) In Frankfort, Kentucky on January 30, 1900, William Goebel was shot by an attacker sent by William S. Taylor, the man he defeated in the election.
  • A13) Little Rock, Arkansas has the Old State House, the State Capitol, and the Capitol Tower.
  • A14) Boise, Idaho has the only geothermally-heated capitol building and had the first geothermal system in the U.S.
  • A15) Madison, Wisconsin was founded on one and a half square miles of swamp and forest land.
  • A16) Indianapolis, Indiana took over capital duties from Corydon in 1825, but the White River proved to be too sand-clogged to be useful.
  • A17) Augusta, Maine is located at 69.28 degrees West.
  • A18) Austin, Texas is located at 30.30 degrees North.
  • A19) Olympia, Washington is located at 47.03 degrees North.
  • A20) Salem, Oregon is located at 123.03 degrees West.
  • A21) Santa Fe, New Mexico is both the highest capital city at 6,989 feet (922 feet above Cheyenne and 1,729 above Denver) and the oldest (founded in 1610, twenty years before Boston).
  • A22) Juneau, Alaska's 3,255 square miles puts it second among all cities only to neighboring Sitka since the latter incorporated in 2000.
  • A23) Phoenix, Arizona had 1,461,575 people in July 2005 and is the fastest-growing capital.
  • A24) Carson City, Nevada is the least populous Metropolitan Statistical Area, with the city being the entire area. Carson City and Trenton are the only capitals that border other states (Pennsylvania and California respectively).
  • A25) Jefferson City, Missouri ranks fifteenth behind lesser known cities such as Florissant, Joplin, and Chesterfield.
  • A26) Honolulu, Hawaii house's average only 3.4 rooms and is the only capital in the top 100 cities.
  • A27) Hartford, Connecticut is the only capital in the top 100 cities by percentage of renters at just under 80%.
  • A28) Helena, Montana literally struck gold in the 1860s.
  • A29) The Springfield, Illinois Race Riot of 1908 began when two African-American prisoners were released from jail.
  • A30) Jackson, Mississippi became capital in 1821, five years before Jefferson City, 27 before Madison, and 46 before Lincoln.
  • A31) St. Paul, Minnesota took its name from the St. Paul Church founded in 1841.
  • A32) Northern Pacific Railway tried to attract German immigrants to Edwinton by renaming it Bismarck, North Dakota for German chancellor Otto von Bismarck. Bismarck is the only capital whose name ends with three consonants.
  • A33) Providence is the capital of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.
  • A34) Lansing, Michigan defers Ingham County seat duties to Mason.
  • A35) Denver, Colorado lost its chance when state voters rejected the idea, and the Winter Games were moved to Montreal.
  • A36) Atlanta, Georgia hosted the Summer Olympics in 1996. Atlanta is the poorest and most dangerous capital city; Trenton and Jackson are the only other capitals among the top 100 cities on the Highest crime index.
  • A37) Salt Lake City, Utah hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics and is the only capital with three words in its name.
  • A38) The Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee provides 2,881 guest rooms and 600,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space.
  • A39) The National Museum of Roller Skating is located at 4730 South Street in Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • A40) Raleigh's North Carolina Museum of Art opened in 1983.
  • A41) Sacramento's California State Railroad Museum honors the transportation that connected the state to the rest of the country and features trains dating all the way back to 1862.
  • A42) Dave Thomas opened the first Wendy's in Columbus, Ohio on November 15, 1969.
  • A43) Montpelier, Vermont refuses to allow a McDonald's on principle and is the least populous capital.
  • A44) Topeka, Kansas was targeted by Carry Nation herself in January 1901, and with help from her followers, she smashed the Senate Saloon and other venues that were illegally serving liquor.
  • A45) Albany, New York's Seth Wheeler patented perforated toilet paper in 1871 and manufactured it in the city beginning in 1874. Albany is the first capital in alphabetical order.
  • A46) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma installed a parking meter on July 16, 1935. Five cents an hour was charged to deter people from monopolizing a prime parking space.
  • A47) Des Moines, Iowa ranked sixth overall in 2005 Allstate Insurance "America's Best Drivers Report" (#1 was Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and seventh in the 2006 publication (#1 was Sioux Falls, South Dakota). Both reports contain data from two years earlier.
  • A48) Pierre, South Dakota's commuters average only 10.1 minutes each way, sixteenth among U.S. cities. Pierre is the only capital whose name is pronounced as a single syllable ("peer").
  • A49) Dover, Delaware created its first water system in 1881 and is currently serviced by the Robbins Hose Company.
  • A50) Cheyenne, Wyoming's yellow telephone directory came out in 1883, only five years after New Haven created the first phone "book" (a single page of fifty listings). Cheyenne, Carson City, and St. Paul are the only three cities whose states have never had another capital, including when the state was still a colony, province, or territory.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

U.S. State Capitals - Random Trivia Questions

I'm going to make things easier for you this week by giving you all of the answers! The fifty U.S. state capitals are each the unique answer to exactly one of the following questions. Here are the capitals: Albany, Annapolis, Atlanta, Augusta, Austin, Baton Rouge, Bismarck, Boise, Boston, Carson City, Charleston, Cheyenne, Columbia, Columbus, Concord, Denver, Des Moines, Dover, Frankfort, Harrisburg, Hartford, Helena, Honolulu, Indianapolis, Jackson, Jefferson City, Juneau, Lansing, Lincoln, Little Rock, Madison, Montgomery, Montpelier, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Olympia, Phoenix, Pierre, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Salem, Salt Lake City, Santa Fe, Springfield, St. Paul, Tallahassee, Topeka, Trenton. Now go put them in the right order!

U.S. State Capitals Questions

Which capital...

  • Q1) ... had the first public park in the country?
  • Q2) ... had the world's first brick road?
  • Q3) ... has the world's longest stone arch bridge?
  • Q4) ... served as the capital of the United States under the Articles of Confederation from November 26, 1783 to August 19, 1784?
  • Q5) ... served the shortest time as the capital of the United States under the Articles of Confederation?
  • Q6) ... saw the only American Revolution battle fought outside of the thirteen colonies?
  • Q7) ... was the first capital of the Confederacy from February 4 to May 29, 1861?
  • Q8) ... was the capital of the Confederacy for most of the Civil War?
  • Q9) ... was the only capital in the Confederate Southeast that the Union did not occupy during the Civil War?
  • Q10) ... was the last to fly the Confederate flag atop its Capitol?
  • Q11) ... has the oldest state house whose chambers are still being used?
  • Q12) ... saw the only U.S. governor assassinated, outside its capitol building?
  • Q13) ... has three currently-standing capitol buildings?
  • Q14) ... has the only capitol building heated by geothermal energy?
  • Q15) ... has its capitol building on an isthmus?
  • Q16) ... was the first that was not located on a navigable river?
  • Q17) ... is the easternmost?
  • Q18) ... is the southernmost of the 48 contiguous states?
  • Q19) ... is the northernmost of the 48 contiguous states?
  • Q20) ... is the westernmost of the 48 contiguous states?
  • Q21) ... sits at the highest altitude?
  • Q22) ... is the largest by land area?
  • Q23) ... is the most populous?
  • Q24) ... is the least populous Metropolitan Statistical Area, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau?
  • Q25) ... isn't even one of the ten most populous cities in its state?
  • Q26) ... has the smallest average house size?
  • Q27) ... has the highest percentage of people who rent rather than own their housing?
  • Q28) ... was the richest U.S. city and had the most millionaires per capita of any city in the world in 1888?
  • Q29) ... endured a race riot that helped spur the creation of the NAACP six months later?
  • Q30) ... was the first to be named for a U.S. president?
  • Q31) ... was named for a Biblical figure?
  • Q32) ... was renamed to honor a German chancellor?
  • Q33) ... has its full name mentioned in its state's official name?
  • Q34) ... is not its county seat?
  • Q35) ... could have been the first capital to host the Olympics in 1976 but instead became the first U.S. city to decline the honor?
  • Q36) ... was the first state capital to host the Olympics?
  • Q37) ... hosted the Winter Olympics?
  • Q38) ... has the largest non-gaming resort in the U.S.?
  • Q39) ... has the world's only roller skating museum?
  • Q40) ... opened the first state-owned art museum?
  • Q41) ... has the largest railroad museum in North America?
  • Q42) ... saw the first Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers restaurant?
  • Q43) ... has no McDonald's fast food restaurants?
  • Q44) ... has no saloons or bars?
  • Q45) ... saw the invention of perforated toilet paper?
  • Q46) ... had the world's first parking meter?
  • Q47) ... has the fewest automobile accidents per capita of all capitals with at least 100,000 people?
  • Q48) ... has the shortest average commute?
  • Q49) ... has a volunteer fire department?
  • Q50) ... created the first "Yellow Pages" telephone directory when the printer ran out of white paper?

Breakfast Indecision -- Quiz Quilt 8 Solution

Category Answers:
GREENPlants and other objects look green when they do not absorb green light.
TELEFONRemick's character Barbara helps Bronson's KGB Agent Grigori Borzov in the U.S.
TAFTWilliam Howard Taft tossed the ball to Washington Senators pitcher Walter Johnson on Opening Day in 1910.
MAFIAThe acronym is short for Morte Alla Francia Italia Anela.
THAILANDThe gulf is part of the South China Sea, which itself is part of the Pacific Ocean.
LAWRENCED.H. Lawrence's scandalous 1928 novel was banned in some countries for its erotic content and profanity.

Quiz Quilt Answer: WAFFLE (3rd letters going up)

"Waffle" is both a noun referring to a breakfast item and a verb meaning to be indecisive.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Breakfast Indecision -- Quiz Quilt 8 Puzzle

Category Questions:
What color of light is the least effective for photosynthesis?
What was the 1977 Charles Bronson and Lee Remick movie about the KGB and a mad Stalinist bomber?
Who was the first U.S. President to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at a Major League Baseball game?
What is the Italian organization whose name translates to "Death to the French is Italy's Cry"?
On what gulf is Cambodia located?
Whose Lady Chatterley's Lover tested the bounds of censorship?

General Trivia Answers #235-240

Answer 235: Entertainment & Food -- Bird Dog

c) An ugly date competition

Phoenix plays 18-year-old Eddie Birdlace, who is about to leave the next day with his friends to fight in Vietnam.

Answer 236: History & Government -- Re-Fuse to Lose

b) Harry Truman

On January 31, 1950, Haberdasher Harry asserted that the U.S. had to "defend itself against any possible aggressor" and ordered the creation of a superbomb.

Answer 237: Math & Science -- Gee, I'm a Tree

c) Hypotenuse

The side lies opposite the right angle.

Answer 238: Geography & Nature -- Country Time

b) 4

They are the Eastern, Central, Mountain, and Pacific. Alaska's time zone is one hour behind the Pacific, and Hawaii's is two hours behind Alaska.

Answer 239: Literature & Arts -- Alien, the Prequel

b) Athena

One legend states that Metis, the goddess of crafty thought, was prophesied to bear children more powerful than Zeus. He turned her into a fly and swallowed her, but she was already pregnant.

Answer 240: Sports & Games -- Tougher Than Leather

a) Bronze

Frank Eliscu sculpted the 13½-inch, 25-pound statuette using New York University football player Ed Smith as his model in 1934.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

General Trivia Questions #235-240

Question 235: Entertainment & Food -- Bird Dog

What does the title of River Phoenix's 1991 movie Dogfight refer to?

a) A brutal gang ritual
b) Illegal pit bull bouts
c) An ugly date competition
d) A World War I airplane battle

Question 236: History & Government -- Re-Fuse to Lose

Which U.S. President instructed the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission to develop a hydrogen bomb?

a) Dwight Eisenhower
b) Harry Truman
c) John F. Kennedy
d) Lyndon Johnson

Question 237: Math & Science -- Gee, I'm a Tree

What is the mathematical term for the longest side of a right triangle?

a) Altitude
b) Height
c) Hypotenuse
d) Perimeter

Question 238: Geography & Nature -- Country Time

How many time zones are there in the 48 contiguous U.S. states, ignoring daylight saving time?

a) 3
b) 4
c) 5
d) 6

Question 239: Literature & Arts -- Alien, the Prequel

What goddess was born fully clothed from Zeus's head?

a) Aphrodite
b) Athena
c) Hera
d) Hestia

Question 240: Sports & Games -- Tougher Than Leather

What material is the Heisman Trophy mostly made from?

a) Bronze
b) Gold
c) Silver
d) Wood

General Trivia Answers #229-234

Answer 229: Entertainment & Food -- Daytime Demi

b) General Hospital

The former Demetria Gene Guynes played Jackie Templeton from 1982 to 1983, a couple of years before breaking out as Jules Jacoby in the movie St. Elmo's Fire.

Answer 230: History & Government -- Snow Blow

d) Pierre Elliott Trudeau

Michel had been enjoying the slopes at Kootenay Mountains in British Columbia.

Answer 231: Math & Science -- Measure for Measure

a) Archimedes

The Greek lived in Syracuse, Italy in the 3rd century B.C.

Answer 232: Geography & Nature -- From Sea to Sea

c) Ionian Sea

The deepest branch of the Mediterranean, going down 16,000 feet, washes up onto the shores of Italy and Albania.

Answer 233: Literature & Arts -- Petite Play

a) The Comedy of Errors

The early play, featuring two sets of twins whose siblings were separated from each other for eighteen years, has only 1,787 lines and 14,369 words.

Answer 234: Sports & Games -- Double Back

a) Larry Centers

The Stephen F. Austin graduate passed Ronnie Harmon on November 18, 2001 and retired after the 2003-04 season with 6,797 receiving yards and only 2,188 rushing yards.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

General Trivia Questions #229-234

Question 229: Entertainment & Food -- Daytime Demi

In which soap opera did Demi Moore once have a role?

a) All My Children
b) General Hospital
c) The Guiding Light
d) The Young and the Restless

Question 230: History & Government -- Snow Blow

Which former Canadian prime minister's 23-year-old son Michel died in an avalanche while skiing in November 1988?

a) Charles Joseph Clark
b) John Turner
c) Lester B. Pearson
d) Pierre Elliott Trudeau

Question 231: Math & Science -- Measure for Measure

What mathematician wrote Measurement of the Circle and proved that the volume of a sphere is two-thirds of the circumscribed cylinder?

a) Archimedes
b) Euclid
c) Leonardo Fibonacci
d) Pythagoras

Question 232: Geography & Nature -- From Sea to Sea

What body of water is located between the Adriatic and Mediterranean Seas?

a) Aegean Sea
b) Black Sea
c) Ionian Sea
d) Tyrrhenian Sea

Question 233: Literature & Arts -- Petite Play

What was Shakespeare's shortest play?

a) The Comedy of Errors
b) Macbeth
c) A Midsummer Night's Dream
d) The Tempest

Question 234: Sports & Games -- Double Back

Which NFL running back had the most career receiving yards?

a) Larry Centers
b) Marshall Faulk
c) Ronnie Harmon
d) Walter Payton

General Trivia Answers #223-228

Answer 223: Entertainment & Food -- Go Pro

b) Leon

Jean Reno played the main character Leon, a professional assassin.

Answer 224: History & Government -- Exponential Decay

a) Albania

Almost half of the GDP, an astounding $1.2 billion, vanished.

Answer 225: Math & Science -- By Jove!

b) Galileo

The craft had been launched by the space shuttle Atlantis on October 18, 1989 and reached the giant gas planet on December 7, 1995.

Answer 226: Geography & Nature -- This Land Is Our Land

c) 1/15

The U.S. covers just under 1.9% of the Earth's surface and holds about 4.6% of its population.

Answer 227: Literature & Arts -- The Prez Says

d) Jimmy Carter

The book about his early years in Georgia was published in 2001.

Answer 228: Sports & Games -- Clay Day, Clay Day

d) Sergi Bruguera

The Spaniard beat Jim Courier in five sets in the 1993 final and Alberto Berasategui in four sets in the 1994 final. He also reached the 1997 final but was swept by Gustavo Kuerten.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

General Trivia Questions #223-228

Question 223: Entertainment & Food -- Go Pro

What was the original name under which the 1994 Luc Besson movie The Professional was released?

a) Devon
b) Leon
c) Manon
d) Stephon

Question 224: History & Government -- Exponential Decay

What country was hit by anarchy in 1997 after a third of the population lost its savings in pyramid schemes?

a) Albania
b) Bosnia
c) Bulgaria
d) Slovenia

Question 225: Math & Science -- By Jove!

What space probe entered Jupiter's atmosphere in 1996?

a) Clementine
b) Galileo
c) Giotto
d) Ulysses

Question 226: Geography & Nature -- This Land Is Our Land

Approximately what fraction of the world's land does the United States contain?

a) 1/5
b) 1/10
c) 1/15
d) 1/20

Question 227: Literature & Arts -- The Prez Says

Which U.S. President's autobiography was titled An Hour Before Daylight: Memoirs of a Rural Childhood?

a) Abraham Lincoln
b) Chester Arthur
c) George Bush
d) Jimmy Carter

Question 228: Sports & Games -- Clay Day, Clay Day

What male tennis player won the French Open in both 1993 and 1994?

a) Andre Agassi
b) Gustavo Kuerten
c) Jim Courier
d) Sergi Bruguera

General Trivia Answers #217-222

Answer 217: Entertainment & Food -- Marge's Mane

a) Blue

Homer is almost bald, and Bart and Lisa have what can be best described as orange, flesh-colored hair.

Answer 218: History & Government -- Venerable Volume

b) Census record

William the Conqueror commissioned the tabulation in A.D. 1085, nineteen years after he invaded England. The first draft of results was made public the following year.

Answer 219: Math & Science -- High as a Kite

c) Mars

Our solar system's tallest mountain reaches a towering 82,000 feet above the Red Planet's "sea level" and is believed to be an extinct volcano.

Answer 220: Geography & Nature -- Flag Dipoles

b) Cuba

Cuba uses blue stripes and a red field while Puerto Rico sports red stripes and a blue field. Both flags include a white star and white stripes.

Answer 221: Literature & Arts -- Absolute Author

a) David Baldacci

The novel debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list the previous year.

Answer 222: Sports & Games -- Comic Relief

c) Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillie Phanatic has amused fans with his antics since April 25, 1978 and was inducted into the new Mascot Hall of Fame in 2005.

Monday, February 19, 2007

General Trivia Questions #217-222

Question 217: Entertainment & Food -- Marge's Mane

What color is Marge Simpson's hair on The Simpsons cartoon?

a) Blue
b) Green
c) Orange
d) Yellow

Question 218: History & Government -- Venerable Volume

What was the Domesday Book?

a) Book of laws
b) Census record
c) Historical work
d) Religious tome

Question 219: Math & Science -- High as a Kite

On which planet can Olympus Mons be found?

a) Earth
b) Jupiter
c) Mars
d) Venus

Question 220: Geography & Nature -- Flag Dipoles

What country's flag is identical to Puerto Rico's except for the colors?

a) Costa Rica
b) Cuba
c) El Salvador
d) Panama

Question 221: Literature & Arts -- Absolute Author

What author's Absolute Power became a movie directed by Clint Eastwood in 1997?

a) David Baldacci
b) John Case
c) John Grisham
d) Tom Clancy

Question 222: Sports & Games -- Comic Relief

Which Major League Baseball team's mascot is the Phanatic?

a) Florida Marlins
b) Oakland A's
c) Philadelphia Phillies
d) San Diego Padres

General Trivia Answers #211-216

Answer 211: Entertainment & Food -- Drifting to the Top

b) "Save the Last Dance for Me"

The single reached #1 in 1960.

Answer 212: History & Government -- I've Got a Secret

d) "Mickey Mouse"

The Battle of Normandy began on June 6, 1944, involved the combined forces of a dozen Allied countries, and ended over two months later with the recapture of Paris.

Answer 213: Math & Science -- Night Light

d) Vega

The Falling Eagle will physically be the new North Star in about 12,000 years.

Answer 214: Geography & Nature -- Phat or Fat Flatfish?

b) Halibut

They can reach up to 600 pounds and eight feet long.

Answer 215: Literature & Arts -- Peanuts and Cracker Jacks

b) Right field

As the worst fielder on the team, Lucy plays where the fewest balls are likely to be hit.

Answer 216: Sports & Games -- Tennis Two-Timer

a) Lindsay Davenport

The Californian won the junior crown in 1992 and the women's crown in 1998.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

General Trivia Questions #211-216

Question 211: Entertainment & Food -- Drifting to the Top

What song did the Drifters hit the top of the Billboard charts with?

a) "On Broadway"
b) "Save the Last Dance for Me"
c) "Under the Boardwalk"
d) "Up on the Roof"

Question 212: History & Government -- I've Got a Secret

What password did the U.S. troops use during the D-Day invasion?

a) "Babe Ruth"
b) "Bugs Bunny"
c) "Henry Ford"
d) "Mickey Mouse"

Question 213: Math & Science -- Night Light

What is the brightest star in both the constellation Vega and the Summer Triangle?

a) Altair
b) Deneb
c) Mira
d) Vega

Question 214: Geography & Nature -- Phat or Fat Flatfish?

What is the largest species of flatfish?

a) Flounder
b) Halibut
c) Sole
d) Turbot

Question 215: Literature & Arts -- Peanuts and Cracker Jacks

Which position does Lucy usually play on Charlie Brown's Peanuts baseball team?

a) Catcher
b) Right field
c) Second base
d) Third base

Question 216: Sports & Games -- Tennis Two-Timer

Who is the only female tennis player to win both U.S. Open junior singles and U.S. Open singles titles?

a) Lindsay Davenport
b) Martina Hingis
c) Monica Seles
d) Tracy Austin

Matthews - Random Trivia Answers

  • A1) Kiki Dee. Her first big hit was "I Got The Music In Me" in 1974.
  • A2) Bruce Matthews. The career Houston/Tennessee Oiler/Texan was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility and will be inducted in August 2007.
  • A3) Julia Roberts. She chose to transform from Pretty Woman to "Dreamgirl" for her first video because she's a long-time fan of the group.
  • A4) Godspell. The original cast recording of the song "Day By Day" reached number thirteen on the pop charts the following year.
  • A5) Matthew Perry. After a decade with his Friends, he returned to television with his own first name, as Matt Albie in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip in 2006.
  • A6) Reach the North Pole. He was Robert Peary's assistant.
  • A7) Alan Ruck. Together, they plot to spring their best female friend Sloane, played by Mia Sara, from school.
  • A8) Louise Woodward. The British au pair was only 19 years old when she was convicted of second-degree murder, later reduced by the judge to involuntary manslaughter, for the 8-month-old baby's death.
  • A9) Matthew Fox. His played Charlie Salinger (1994-2000), Frank Taylor (2002), Dr. Jack Shepard (2004-07), and Red Dawson (2006) respectively.
  • A10) Eddie Matthews. The third baseman was at the plate on Sports Illustrated's debut cover (August 16, 1954), led the National League in home runs twice, and was an MVP runner-up twice.
  • A11) Matthew Modine. The California-born Utahn made his television debut in Amy & the Angel in 1982 and hit the big screen the next year in Baby It's You, Private School, and Streamers.
  • A12) True. The only M's have been Martin and Millard (first), Milhous (middle), and Madison, McKinley, and Monroe (last). There haven't been any vice presidents either.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Matthews - Random Trivia Questions

This week's themed quiz is in honor of Matthew, my nephew, and Matthew, the son of one of my best friends. Every question below is about someone whose first or last name is Matthew or Matthews.
  • Q1) By what name is singer Pauline Matthews better known?
  • Q2) What All-American offensive lineman at USC was selected to play in the Pro Bowl in fourteen of his nineteen NFL seasons.
  • Q3) What actress played the title role in the Dave Matthews Band's "Dreamgirl" video?
  • Q4) What 1971 play retells the gospel according to St. Matthew in a modern, urban setting?
  • Q5) What actor portrayed computer programmer Chandler Bing on television?
  • Q6) What was Matthew Henson the first African-American to do in 1909?
  • Q7) Who co-starred as Matthew Broderick's best male friend Cameron in Ferris Bueller's Day Off in 1986?
  • Q8) Who was charged with the manslaughter of Matthew Eappen?
  • Q9) What actor appeared in the television shows Party of Five, Haunted, and Lost and the movie We Are Marshall?
  • Q10) Who played for the Braves in Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta; appeared on a historical Sports Illustrated cover; and was Nolan Ryan's first major league strikeout victim?
  • Q11) What actor starred as Private Joker in the 1987 movie Full Metal Jacket?
  • Q12) True or false? There has never been a U.S. president whose first, middle, or last name was Matthew or Matthews.

May the Force Be With You -- Quiz Quilt 7 Solution

Category Answers:
JOHNThe British pop star Elton John legally changed his name in May 1972, the same month that he released his first #1 album, Honky Chateau, featuring "Rocket Man".
TYSONHaving squandered about $400 million in career earnings, Iron Mike returned to the ring in 2004 and 2005 because he was bankrupt.
SALTPETERThe compound is used mainly as a fertilizer and an explosive.
BLOWHOLEThe orifice opens at the back of the skull.
HOMERThe Greek poet lived around the 8th century B.C.
STANFORDThe National Merit Scholarship semifinalist earned a Bachelor's degree in History in 2001 and later obtained a Master's in International Relations from Oxford University.

Quiz Quilt Answer: NEWTON (4th letters upside down)

The newton is a unit of force that accelerates one kilogram at one meter per second squared.

Friday, February 16, 2007

May the Force Be With You -- Quiz Quilt 7 Puzzle

Category Questions:
By what name is singer Reginald Kenneth Dwight better known?
What heavyweight champion boxer lost unexpectedly to Buster Douglas, was convicted of rape, and bit Evander Holyfield's ear during a fight?
What is the common name for potassium nitrate?
Through what part of the body do whales breathe?
Who is traditionally considered to be the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey epics?
What university did First Daughter Chelsea Clinton attend as an undergraduate?

General Trivia Answers #205-210

Answer 205: Entertainment & Food -- '60s Small-Screen Sci-Fi

b) The Outer Limits

Each week's episode featured a different cast from 1963 to 1965.

Answer 206: History & Government -- Korean Conflict

a) 007

All 246 passengers and 23 crew members on board perished.

Answer 207: Math & Science -- Itty Bitty Bone

d) Stirrup

The ear bone, also called the stapes, transmits sound vibrations from the incus to the fenestra ovalis.

Answer 208: Geography & Nature -- The Lizard of Cid

a) Alligator

With the male article prepended, the Spanish is el lagarto.

Answer 209: Literature & Arts -- Magistrate Museum

a) Florence

The name means "offices" in Italian, as the palace originally served the local magistrates.

Answer 210: Sports & Games -- Shape Shifting

a) China

The seven-piece puzzle's origin has been traced back to the mid-1700s.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

General Trivia Questions #205-210

Question 205: Entertainment & Food -- '60s Small-Screen Sci-Fi

What ABC sci-fi anthology series did Leslie Stevens create?

a) Lost in Space
b) The Outer Limits
c) The Twilight Zone
d) Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

Question 206: History & Government -- Korean Conflict

What was the flight number of the KAL airplane shot down over Soviet airspace in 1983?

a) 007
b) 030
c) 053
d) 076

Question 207: Math & Science -- Itty Bitty Bone

What is the smallest bone in the human body?

a) Anvil
b) Hammer
c) Little toe
d) Stirrup

Question 208: Geography & Nature -- The Lizard of Cid

What animal was named after the Spanish word for lizard?

a) Alligator
b) Chameleon
c) Crocodile
d) Iguana

Question 209: Literature & Arts -- Magistrate Museum

In what Italian city did the Uffizi Gallery open in 1564?

a) Florence
b) Genoa
c) Naples
d) Torin

Question 210: Sports & Games -- Shape Shifting

In what country did the tangram puzzle originate?

a) China
b) India
c) Japan
d) Korea

General Trivia Answers #199-204

Answer 199: Entertainment & Food -- This Could Be Yummy

a) Can't

The store was originally This Can't Be Yogurt because its frozen treats competed as an ice cream substitute, but the full name is now This Country's Best Yogurt.

Answer 200: History & Government -- Perhaps a Parliament

b) Israel

The Knesset, which is Hebrew for "assembly", first met on February 14, 1949.

Answer 201: Math & Science -- SAT Logic

a) Chord

They both connect two points on the perimeter.

Answer 202: Geography & Nature -- Cheese Capital

b) Madison

It is the second most populous city in the state, behind Milwaukee.

Answer 203: Literature & Arts -- Playboy

c) Laertes

The scholar warns his sister not to fall in love with Hamlet, who later kills their father.

Answer 204: Sports & Games -- Water Hazard

a) Greg Norman

The great white shark inhabits the ocean around his native Australia.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

General Trivia Questions #199-204

Question 199: Entertainment & Food -- This Could Be Yummy

When Frank Hickingbottom founded TCBY in 1981, what did the 'C' stand for?

a) Can't
b) Country's
c) Cows'
d) Creamy

Question 200: History & Government -- Perhaps a Parliament

What country's version of the U.S. House of Representatives is called the Knesset?

a) Australia
b) Israel
c) Netherlands
d) Russia

Question 201: Math & Science -- SAT Logic

What is related to a circle in the same way that a diagonal is related to a polygon?

a) Chord
b) Circumference
c) Radius
d) Tangent

Question 202: Geography & Nature -- Cheese Capital

What is the capital of Wisconsin?

a) Green Bay
b) Madison
c) Milwaukee
d) Racine

Question 203: Literature & Arts -- Playboy

Who was Polonius's son and Ophelia's brother in Hamlet?

a) Claudius
b) Horatio
c) Laertes
d) Lucianus

Question 204: Sports & Games -- Water Hazard

What golfer is known as the Shark?

a) Greg Norman
b) Nick Price
c) Sergio Garcia
d) Seve Ballesteros

General Trivia Answers #193-198

Answer 193: Entertainment & Food -- Scooby Doo, WHO Are You?

b) Scoobert

CBS introduced the Great Dane and his teenage friends in 1969 in response to criticisms of excessive cartoon violence.

Answer 194: History & Government -- Reunited

b) Georgia

The southeastern state was readmitted on July 15, 1870, almost five years after the war ended.

Answer 195: Math & Science -- Featured Planet

d) Venus

Ishtar Terra, located near the planet's North Pole, is the size of the continental United States.

Answer 196: Geography & Nature -- Lake Location

d) Italy

Garda, also known as Benaco, is the country's largest lake at 143 square miles.

Answer 197: Literature & Arts -- Rough Stuff

c) Mark Twain

The 1891 book began as a humorous lecture about his adventures in the West.

Answer 198: Sports & Games -- Gnip Gnop, Too?

a) Hasbro

Parker Brothers obtained the original trademark, and Hasbro later bought the company. The sport is officially called table tennis.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

General Trivia Questions #193-198

Question 193: Entertainment & Food -- Scooby Doo, WHO Are You?

What is Scooby Doo's full first name?

a) Scoober
b) Scoobert
c) Scooboo
d) Scooby

Question 194: History & Government -- Reunited

What was the last Confederate state to rejoin the Union after the Civil War?

a) Alabama
b) Georgia
c) Mississippi
d) South Carolina

Question 195: Math & Science -- Featured Planet

On which planet can the Ishtar Terra plateau and the Atalanta Planitia basin be found?

a) Earth
b) Mars
c) Mercury
d) Venus

Question 196: Geography & Nature -- Lake Location

What country's lakes include Garda, Maggiore, and Como?

a) Australia
b) Brazil
c) Canada
d) Italy

Question 197: Literature & Arts -- Rough Stuff

Whose autobiography was titled Roughing It?

a) Bill Cosby
b) Joe Namath
c) Mark Twain
d) Richard Nixon

Question 198: Sports & Games -- Gnip Gnop, Too?

What company is Ping-Pong a registered trademark of?

a) Hasbro
b) Spalding
c) Sportcraft
d) Wilson

General Trivia Answers #187-192

Answer 187: Entertainment & Food -- Hot Wheels

c) Starsky and Hutch

Starsky's white-striped, red Gran Torino became famous in the 1970s, but Ford discontinued the model after 1976. A fake version of the Dukes of Hazzard's General Lee also appears.

Answer 188: History & Government -- Kidnapping Crisis

c) 444 days

They were freed on January 20, appropriately the day of Ronald Reagan's inauguration since the crisis had helped him defeat Jimmy Carter.

Answer 189: Math & Science -- Mixed Up Metals

b) Bronze

The metal was first manufactured around 3300 B.C.

Answer 190: Geography & Nature -- Cross Country

b) 3

You can travel through just California, Oregon, and Washington. A crossing from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean requires visiting at least seven states.

Answer 191: Literature & Arts -- Married to Mark

d) Octavia

The triumvir had married Octavius's sister to make up for carrying on with Cleopatra in Egypt while he was supposed to be ruling the eastern Roman Empire.

Answer 192: Sports & Games -- Frozen Fourtunes

b) Michigan

The Wolverines have won nine titles, most recently in 1998.

Monday, February 12, 2007

General Trivia Questions #187-192

Question 187: Entertainment & Food -- Hot Wheels

Which television show's car can be seen in the Barenaked Ladies "One Week" video?

a) Dukes of Hazzard
b) Speed Racer
c) Starsky and Hutch
d) Wacky Racers

Question 188: History & Government -- Kidnapping Crisis

How long were the U.S. hostages in Iran before being released in 1981?

a) 260 days
b) 352 days
c) 444 days
d) 536 days

Question 189: Math & Science -- Mixed Up Metals

What alloy is made from copper, phosphorus, tin, zinc, and, sometimes small amounts of other elements?

a) Amalgam
b) Bronze
c) Chrome
d) Pewter

Question 190: Geography & Nature -- Cross Country

What is the minimum number of U.S. states you need to pass through to drive from Mexico to Canada?

a) 2
b) 3
c) 4
d) 5

Question 191: Literature & Arts -- Married to Mark

Who was Antony's wife in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra?

a) Alexas
b) Cleopatra
c) Iras
d) Octavia

Question 192: Sports & Games -- Frozen Fourtunes

What team has won the most NCAA men's hockey championships?

a) Denver
b) Michigan
c) North Dakota
d) Wisconsin

General Trivia Answers #181-186

Answer 181: Entertainment & Food -- Dream Theme

d) Laverne and Shirley

The Happy Days spin-off ran from 1976 to 1983 on ABC.

Answer 182: History & Government -- Prime Time

d) Tony Blair

The longest-serving Labour prime minister soundly defeated incumbent John Major in the 1997 election.

Answer 183: Math & Science -- Nuclear Power

b) Gravitation

Its larger scale effect overwhelms the other forces because they tend to cancel themselves out (e.g., one positively charged proton for each negatively charged electron).

Answer 184: Geography & Nature -- Bigger Than the Batcave

c) New Mexico

The 73 square miles of caves are in Eddy County in the southeast corner of the state.

Answer 185: Literature & Arts -- Spicy Grapes

d) Ralph Waldo Emerson

The essayist bought a house in Concord, Massachusetts in 1835, a year before his first book was released.

Answer 186: Sports & Games -- Wired Gaming

c) Sega

The Sega Channel had been launched with Time Warner and TCI in December 1994.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

General Trivia Questions #181-186

Question 181: Entertainment & Food -- Dream Theme

What television show's theme song promised, "We're gonna make our dreams come true"?

a) The Greatest American Hero
b) Happy Days
c) The Jeffersons
d) Laverne and Shirley

Question 182: History & Government -- Prime Time

Who has been the British prime minister since 1997?

a) Harold Wilson
b) James Callaghan
c) John Major
d) Tony Blair

Question 183: Math & Science -- Nuclear Power

Which is the weakest of the four known forces?

a) Electromagnetic interaction
b) Gravitation
c) Strong interaction
d) Weak interaction

Question 184: Geography & Nature -- Bigger Than the Batcave

In which state are the Carlsbad Caverns located?

a) Colorado
b) Kentucky
c) New Mexico
d) North Dakota

Question 185: Literature & Arts -- Spicy Grapes

What author was known as the Sage of Concord?

a) Edgar Allan Poe
b) Henry David Thoreau
c) Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
d) Ralph Waldo Emerson

Question 186: Sports & Games -- Wired Gaming

What company created the first cable TV on-demand video game service, which folded on June 30, 1998?

a) Atari
b) Nintendo
c) Sega
d) Sony

Trivial Pursuit - Original Genus Edition Updates and Corrections

You've caused us to strain our brains, argue with our best friends,
And travel in circles so much we wanted Depends.

You've made us Roll again more than a hot craps shooter in a gambling den
And dance around the center hexagon wishing we could Roll again again.

You've frustrated us with twisted pie slices wedged inextricably
And totally guessable answers that we've missed inexplicably.

Yet for all the trials and tribulations you've put us through,
Happy 25th Anniversary, Trivial Pursuit®, we still love you!

[The Trivia Why's Guy, 2007]

Trivial Pursuit Genus Editions - Updates and Corrections to the Original Game

The following updates and corrections for the original Genus Edition of Trivial Pursuit® are intended for historical purposes only. If you are still playing this version, please join the 21st century by pointing your web browser over to Hasbro or visiting your favorite local toy store and buying a newer edition (Genus V, 20th Anniversary, Sixth, and 1990's editions are the currently available genus versions).

This information is to the best of my knowledge as of February 11, 2007. My major sources include In Further Pursuit of Trivial Pursuit (Joseph A. DeBartolo, 1984), Winning at Trivial Pursuit (Jeff Rovin, 1984), the Google Usenet News Archive, Wikipedia, and hundreds of random web sites found through Google. Additions and comments are most welcome at, or just post them in the comments section of this blog article. Please do not copy this list elsewhere without a link back to this blog as the data will be updated as necessary.

Definitions of the columns in the main table:

  • Original Status - Status of the question and answer in 1982 (see next table).
  • Current Status - Status of the question and answer now (see next table).
  • Original Answer - The answer printed on the original card in 1982.
  • Current Answer - The corrected answer. Empty quote marks indicate that the original answer is still correct.
  • Abbreviated Question - The trivia question in short.
  • Notes - Explanation of the update.

Definitions of the seven possible answer statuses:

Answer StatusCorrect Answer?Description
OkayYesAnswer was correct in 1982 and is still correct now (typos, spelling errors, and quote paraphrases ignored).
AdjustedYesAnswer is correct, but the question needs a tweak to be completely accurate. In some cases, even though the question is bad, the answer required is clear.
HistoricalYesAnswer isn't arguable but refers in the present tense to something that no longer exists.
PartialMaybeAnswer is one of two or more possible correct answers.
DebatableMaybeAnswer is arguable because it is difficult to determine or the question is vague.
IncorrectNoAnswer was already incorrect in 1982.
ChangedNoAnswer was correct in 1982 but is incorrect now.

Below are the updates and corrections, sorted by the original answers. Note that different versions have been released with corrections, which I would also like to track if possible. The box I have says © 1981 Horn Abbot Ltd. (which still owns the rights to Trivial Pursuit today) even though it was distributed by Selchow and Righter in 1983 or later (it also says "No. 7", which might be the update number).

Original AnswerCurrent AnswerAbbreviated QuestionNotes
PartialPartialAce, two, three, four, sixAce, two, three, four, six or ace, two, three, four, fiveLowest possible five-card poker hand with aces lowBoth six-low and five-low are played. In two of the popular poker variations, Omaha Hi-Lo and Razz, five-low is standard.
OkayChangedAdams, Harrison, Johnson, RooseveltAdams, Harrison, Johnson, Roosevelt, and BushFour surnames shared by multiple U.S. presidentsGeorge H.W. Bush was the 41st President, and George W. Bush was the 43rd President.
PartialPartialAdvantageAdvantage, 40-30, or 30-40Point scored immediately before deuce in tennisThe question really should have asked about the point after deuce.
OkayChangedAeroflotAmerican AirlinesLargest airline in the worldRussia's Aeroflot was the largest beginning in the late 1930s, but American Airlines is now the largest.
OkayChangedAgatePearl, alexandrite, or moonstoneJune's birthstoneAgate is no longer commonly considered to be the birthstone.
OkayChangedAlaskaWyomingU.S. state with the smallest populationAs of the 2000 U.S. Census, Wyoming is the least populous state with 494,000 people. Alaska also passed Vermont and North Dakota and sits at 47th with 627,000 people.
OkayDebatableAlbania, Andorra, AustriaAlbania, Andorra, Austria, [and Azerbaijan]Three European countries beginning with the letter AAzerbaijan is sometimes considered part of Europe now.
IncorrectIncorrectAlbert Blake DickThomas EdisonInventor of the mimeograph machineEdison received patents in 1876 and 1880 for his process. Dick coined the term "mimeograph" in 1887.
IncorrectIncorrectAldous HuxleyWilliam ShakespeareAuthor whose Miranda exclaimed, "Oh brave new world that has such people in it"Shakespeare's character Miranda first spoke the line in The Tempest. Aldous Huxley borrowed from it to name his novel Brave New World and his Savage quotes her twice. [FIXED] My version says Shakespeare.
IncorrectIncorrectAnchors Aweigh"Eternal Father, Strong to Save"U.S. Navy hymn"Eternal Father, Strong to Save" is the official hymn, while "Anchors Aweigh" is the official song.
OkayChangedAnimal, vegetable, mineralAnimalia, plantae, fungi, protista, archaebacteria, eubacteriaThe three kingdoms of natureCarolus Linnaeus created the three ancient divisions in 1735, and more were added to reach six. Another system uses three domains instead: eukarya, archaea, and bacteria.
OkayHistoricalApartheid""South Africa's racial policyThe country ended its racist policy in 1994.
OkayAdjustedThe Arabian""Sea that Bombay is onBombay was renamed Mumbai in 1995.
OkayDebatableArchie MooreArchie Moore or George ForemanOldest man to hold a world boxing title, at 44Moore actually held the Light Heavyweight title until he was 45 or 48 years old (his birth year is either 1913 or 1916). If the latter, then Foreman edged him, holding the heavyweight title just shy of his 46th birthday.
OkayHistoricalArkansas""Only Southwest Conference football team not based in TexasArkansas left the conference in 1991 before the SWC disbanded in May 1996.
OkayAdjustedAsia""Continent that's home to half the world's peopleAsia has over 60% of the world's population (3.9 billion out of 6.4 billion) as of 2004, so while the question is still correct, it could be phrased more precisely.
AdjustedAdjustedThe Atlantic Ocean""Body of water Ridgway and Blyth were the first to row acrossGeorge Harpo and Frank Samuelson accomplished the feat in 55 days beginning on June 7, 1896, beating John Ridgway and Chay Blyth by 70 years.
OkayChangedThe Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, ArcticThe Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic, and SouthernThe world's four oceansFive oceans are recognized now, including the Southern Ocean, which was officially named by the International Hydrographic Organization in 2000.
AdjustedAdjustedAustralia""Country originally known as Terra Australis IncognitaThe Dutch called it New Holland earlier, in the late 1600s. Terra Australis was really meant to refer to Antarctica, but it hadn't been discovered yet when Matthew Flinders gave the name to Australia.
OkayPartialAustralia, Britain, CanadaAustralia, Britain, Canada, Italy, New Zealand, Switzerland, etc.Only three countries to have challenged the U.S. for yachting's America's CupNew Zealand joined the fray in 1983 and won in 1995 and 2000, Italy reached the final in 1992 and 2000, and Switzerland won in 2003.
OkayHistoricalAustria""Only European country that uses schillingsAustria officially switched from the Austrian schilling to the euro in 1999 and stopped using schillings altogether in 2002.
OkayChangedBabe RuthBarry BondsBaseball player who walked the most timesBonds finished the 2006 season with 2,426 career walks, 364 more than Ruth. Bonds also broke Ruth's season record (170 in 1923) with 177 in 2000 and 198 in 2002.
IncorrectIncorrectA baseballA softballHeavier of the two: a baseball or a softballA standard 12-inch softball weighs about 7 ounces, while a baseball weighs only 5.25 ounces. A 16-inch softball is even heavier, at a minimum of 9 ounces.
PartialPartialBaseball and bridgeBaseball, bridge, table tennis, tennis, etc.Two games that have a rubber and a grand slamThe surface of table tennis paddles is called a rubber, and Davis Cup matches are called rubbers. Both sports have Grand Slams.
OkayHistoricalBelgrade""Capital of YugoslaviaYugoslavia split into Serbia and Montenegro in 2003.
OkayPartialBen HoganBen Hogan or Bobby JonesOnly golfer whose life story was made the subject of a movieBobby Jones: Stroke of Genius hit the big screen in 2004 to go along with Follow the Sun in 1951.
OkayPartialBen HurBen-Hur, Titanic, and The Lord of the Rings: Return of the KingFilm that won the most Academy Awards, 11The 1997 movie Titanic and the 2003 movie The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King both tied the record.
AdjustedAdjustedBig Mac""Item described as "Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions and a sesame seed bun"The phrase ended, "on a sesame seed bun", not "and a sesame seed bun".
OkayChangedBillie Jean KingMartina NavratilovaWoman who won the most Wimbledon tennis championshipsKing won six singles crowns. Navratilova tied the mark in 1985, passed it in 1986, and finished with a ninth in 1990. If you include doubles and mixed doubles, they tied with 20 each (King: 6, 10, and 4; Navratilova: 9, 7, and 4).
AdjustedAdjustedBilly the Kid""Infamous pseudonym of William BonneyWilliam Bonney was also a pseudonym for the outlaw born as Henry McCarty.
IncorrectIncorrectBjorn BorgWilliam RenshawFirst player to win five straight Wimbledon singles tennis titlesRenshaw capture the title every year from 1881 to 1886. Lawrence Doherty also won five straight, from 1902 to 1906, before Borg's 1976 to 1980 run.
OkayChangedBlackAny that doesn't match the ballColor of the shirts table tennis players must wear in official competitionCurrent International Table Tennis Federation rules allow clothing to be any color that does not match the ball's color.
OkayHistoricalBlack, red, gold""The three colors on the West German flagThis is still correct but now historical since West Germany and East Germany reunited on October 3, 1990.
AdjustedAdjustedBlindman's buffBlindman's bluffGame known in various countries as blind fly, blind cow and blind buckThe given answer is the U.K. spelling, while the corrected answer is the standard U.S. spelling.
OkayPartialBob MathiasBob Mathias and Daley ThompsonOnly man to have won the Olympic decathlon twiceGreat Britain's Daley Thompson captured the decathlon gold in both 1980 and 1984.
OkayAdjustedBombay""Largest city in IndiaBombay was renamed Mumbai in 1995.
OkayHistoricalBonn""Capital of West GermanyThis was correct from 1949 to 1990.
AdjustedAdjustedThe brassiere""Otto Titzling's inventionThe 1971 book Bust-Up: The uplifting tale of Otto Titzling and the development of the bra fabricated this story.
PartialPartialBret and BartBret, Bart, and BrentFirst names of the Maverick brothersRobert Colbert played brother Brent on the Maverick television series.
OkayChangedBridgePokerMost popular card game in the English-speaking worldPoker, with Texas Hold 'Em being the most-played variation, and possibly solitaire have surpassed bridge in popularity.
OkayChangedBritain, China, France, the USSR and U.S.Britain (United Kingdom), China, France, Russia and U.S.The five permanent members of the United Nations Security CouncilThe USSR was replaced by Russia.
OkayHistoricalBritish Airways and Air France""The two airlines that fly the ConcordeOperation of the Concorde ceased in 2003 after 34 years.
OkayChangedCaliforniaMinnesotaU.S. state that raises the most turkeysAs of 2005, the top six states in order were Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, Virginia, Missouri, and California.
AdjustedAdjustedCamels""Animals crucial to Lawrence of Arabia's campaigns in the 1924-1928 warThe war was World War I, so the years should be 1914-1918.
OkayOkayCanadaCanada or Russia and its predecessorsCountry with the most Olympic hockey gold medalsThe Soviet Union and Unified Team have won 8 gold medals in men's hockey, while Canada has won 7. However, Canada's women have also won 2 gold medals to bring their total to 9.
PartialPartialCaptain James T. KirkCaptain Jonathan Archer, Christopher Pike, James T. Kirk, Willard Decker, Spock, John Harriman, Rachel Garrett, and Jean-Luc PicardCommander of the Starship EnterpriseKirk was the captain in the original Star Trek television show, while others have served as captain of one of the seven Enterprises in spinoffs and movies.
OkayHistoricalCaspian Sea""Lake between the Soviet Union and IranThe Caspian Sea lies between Russia and Iran since the Soviet Union split in 1991.
DebatableDebatableChangChang or MohammadMost common surname in the worldSome sources say Mohammad, but it's debatable.
HistoricalHistoricalChicago""Location of the Union StockyardsThe stockyards have been gone since 1971, and the area now holds the Stockyards Industrial Park.
OkayDebatableChicago'sunknownCity whose bus terminal boasts the world's busiest pay phone, at 270 calls a dayThe number of calls is certainly way down since cell phones became popular.
AdjustedAdjustedChile""Country where Magallanes, the world's southernmost city, isMagallanes is a region, not a city.
OkayChangedChina, India, the Soviet Union, and the U.S.China, India, the U.S., Indonesia, [Brazil and Pakistan]Four countries with half the world's populationThe U.S. is now the third most populous country, and Indonesia is fourth. The top four account for 45.3% of the world's population as of 2004 (add in Brazil and Pakistan to get over half).
PartialPartialCleveland""City whose newspaper is called The Plain DealerAlthough it is Ohio's largest newspaper, other newspapers across the country share the name.
OkayChangedCoca-ColaUnited Postal ServiceCompany with the world's second-largest truck fleetWal-Mart is now number one. Number two may be the United Parcel Service or the U.S. Postal Service.
OkayChangedCoin collectingGardeningMost popular hobby in AmericaGardening, genealogy, coin collecting, and even PC use now stake claims to the title.
AdjustedAdjustedCollege football bowl games""What the Liberty, Gator, Hula, Pecan, and Bluebonnet areThe Liberty, Gator, and Hula bowls still exist, but the Pecan existed only from 1964 to 1970 and the Bluebonnet lasted from 1959 to 1987.
OkayHistoricalCraig Claiborne""Food editor of the New York TimesClaiborne passed away in 2000, and the New York Times no longer has a food editor.
OkayChangedCrapsSlot machinesBiggest money-making game for Las Vegas casinosSlot machine revenue makes up well over two-thirds of all game revenue. Craps also brings in less money than blackjack now.
IncorrectIncorrectCrapsBlackjackLas Vegas casino game with the best oddsIf you count cards in blackjack, you can get favorable odds in the long run, although the casino may also throw you out.
OkayChangedCzechoslovakiaCzech RepublicCountry where a true Bohemian livesOn January 1, 1993, Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
OkayHistoricalCzechoslovakia""Country abbreviated as C.S.S.R.This is historical now since Czechoslovakia split up.
OkayChangedCzechoslovakiaCzech RepublicCountry that forms all of Hungary's northern borderOn January 1, 1993, Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Austria and the Ukraine also touch Hungary in the north.
PartialPartialThe DeerslayerThe Deerslayer, Pathfinder, Hawkeye, or LeatherstockingWhat James Fenimore Cooper character Natty Bumppo is also known asThe colonists called him Leatherstocking, while the Native Americans called him Deerslayer, Pathfinder, or Hawkeye.
IncorrectIncorrectDelawareFloridaU.S. state with the lowest highest elevation, at 60 feetDelaware has the lowest mean elevation (60 feet), but Florida has the lowest peak (Britton Hill is 345 feet above sea level).
OkayHistoricalDenver""Location of Mile High StadiumThe former home of the Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies closed in 2001 and was demolished the following January.
OkayPartialDiamondDiamond or quartzApril's birthstoneQuartz, or rock crystal, is a cheaper alternative.
OkayAdjustedDinar""Unit of currency used in Iraq, Jordan, Tunisia, and YugoslaviaYugoslavia split into Serbia and Montenegro in 2003.
DebatableDebatableDolphinDolphin, Chimpanzee, etc.Most intelligent creature on earth after manThis is basically an unanswerable question since there are so many ways to define "intelligent".
AdjustedAdjustedDouble Doody""Howdy Doody's twin brotherDouble Doody was actually just the nickname given to Howdy Doody's backup and "stunt double" puppet.
OkayAdjustedDungarees""Overalls named for Dungri, a suburb of BombayBombay was renamed Mumbai in 1995.
OkayChangedDuPontBASFWorld's largest chemical companyBASF ranks first in both revenue and market capitalization. DuPont is third in revenue, also behind Dow Chemical, and second in market cap.
OkayHistoricalEast Berlin""Capital of East GermanyThis was true from 1961 to 1990.
OkayChangedEast GermanyGermanyLocation of Leipzig, Dresden and MagdeburgThe country has been called Germany since reunification in 1990.
AdjustedAdjustedEddie Arcaro""Five-time winner of the Kentucky Derby who lost his first 250 racesThe two-time Triple Crown winner only lost his first 45 mounts.
OkayAdjustedEggs""What the typical American eats 263 of each yearDespite cholesterol concerns, this number hasn't dropped much. United Egg says the number of eggs produced divided by the population equaled 255 in 2005. Even taking into account breakage, non-food uses, and so on, the number is still probably over 200.
PartialPartialEightEight or nineNumber of reindeer that pull Santa's sleighClement Moore's 1823 poem, "A Visit From St. Nicholas" has eight, and Robert May added Rudolph in 1937.
PartialPartialEight minutesEight minutes and eighteen secondsAmount of time it takes sunlight to reach EarthSince the granularity of the answer wasn't specified, the given answer is correct enough.
IncorrectIncorrectElizabeth ISt. Ursula and her 11,000 virginsQueen whom the Virgin Islands were named for in 1627Christopher Columbus named them in 1493 for St. Ursula and her 11,000 virgins (not a queen, so the question as stated has no correct answer).
OkayPartialEmeraldEmerald or chrysopraseMay's birthstoneChrysoprase, a variety of chalcedony containing nickel, is an alternative.
OkayChangedEnglish, French, Spanish, ItalianEnglish, French, Spanish, and ChineseThe four most widely-used languages in North AmericaChinese is now the third most popular language in both the U.S., where Italian has dropped all the way to eighth, and Canada.
OkayChangedEuropeAsiaContinent with the most people per square mileAsia is now number one by far, with 203 people per square mile to Europe's 134.
AdjustedAdjustedThe eyes""What it's impossible to keep open while sneezingIt's possible but not recommended.
OkayAdjustedThe F.A. Cup soccer final""Event played at Wembley Stadium, London, every MayThe original Wembley Stadium was built in 1924 and demolished in 2002. A new Wembley is set to open in June 2007, so Millennium Stadium in Cardiff has been the site since 2001.
OkayChangedThe Federation CupThe Fed CupWomen's tennis equivalent to the Davis CupThe name was officially truncated in 1996.
OkayPartialThe fifteenthThe fifteenth or thirdCrystal AnniversaryCrystal is the fifteenth on the traditional anniversary gift list and third on the modern list.
OkayPartialThe fifthThe fifth or sixthWood AnniversaryWood is the fifth on the traditional anniversary gift list and sixth on the modern list.
PartialPartialThe final outThe final out or it's overWhen a baseball game is never over untilThe original answer isn't true when the home team wins in its final at-bat. Yogi Berra said, "It ain't over 'til it's over."
PartialPartialFiveFive or four and a half if the home team is winningNumber of innings needed for an official baseball gameIf the home team has the lead, four and a half innings are sufficient if rain or other conditions end the game.
PartialPartialFiveFive or threeNumber of sets in a full-length men's championship tennis matchGrand Slam tournament finals and some Masters series finals are best-of-five sets, while most other tournaments are best-of-three.
IncorrectIncorrectFlorida and HawaiiFlorida and AlaskaTwo states with the farthest-separated points in the U.S.Florida and Alaska have more distant points, but not by much.
AdjustedAdjustedThe flush toilet""Great and proud claim to fame of Thomas CrapperCrapper neither invented the flush toilet nor originated the verb that sounds like his name. He was a plumber who helped popularize the toilet however.
IncorrectIncorrectFortyAlmost sixtyNumber of times more than the brain that the human body typically weighsAlthough the average adult human brain still weighs around three pounds, the average human body continues to get heavier (153 pounds in 1960 to 178 pounds in 2002).
PartialPartialForty-eightForty-six or forty-eightNumber of stars on the U.S. flag in 1912Arizona and New Mexico joined the union that year, so there were 46 stars until July 4, 1912 and 48 stars after.
AdjustedAdjustedThe fountain pen""Lewis E. Waterman inventionWaterman only improved the fountain pen, which had been invented somewhere between two and eight centuries earlier.
PartialPartialFourFour or fiveMen's par on a 455-yard golf holeThere is a maximum yardage for each par level, but the ranges overlap.
OkayDebatableFourthThird or fourthU.S. rank among world countries in areaThe U.S. is third if you subtract some disputed regions from China's total. India also claims Aksai Chin and the Trans-Karakoram Tract.
OkayChangedFranceUkraineLargest country in Europe after the Soviet UnionThe Ukraine is now considered the largest European country. The Russia, Turkey, and Greenland are larger than France but none are truly in Europe.
OkayChangedFranceJapanCountry with the third-most satellites in orbitBoth Japan and China had overtaken France as of 2006, trailing only the U.S. and Russia.
IncorrectIncorrectFred PerryWilliam RenshawFirst man to win three consecutive Wimbledon singles tennis titlesRenshaw capture the title every year from 1881 to 1886. Reginald Doherty, Lawrence Doherty, and Anthony Wilding also won at least three straight before Perry.
IncorrectIncorrectFrenchDutch or FlemishMost commonly-spoken language in BelgiumDutch, also called Flemish, is the number one language (59%, to 40% for French).
OkayAdjustedThe French Foreign Legion""Fighting unit headquartered in CorsicaAlthough the military unit is still mostly located on the island, the headquarters are now in Aubagne, France.
OkayPartialGarnetGarnet or rose quartzJanuary's birthstoneRose quartz, symbolizing friendship, is a less expensive alternative.
OkayHistoricalGene Autry""Cowboy star who is part-owner of the California Angels baseball teamThe California Angels became the Anaheim Angels in 1997, a year before Autry passed away.
PartialPartialGentlemen, start your engines[Lady or Ladies and] Gentlemen, start your enginesWords that signal the start of the Indianapolis 500The variation spoken depends on the number of female drivers in the race.
AdjustedAdjustedGeorge S. Patton Jr.""U.S. general who died Dec. 10, 1945, when his jeep collided with a truckThe general's accident occurred on December 9 and his death on December 21.
PartialPartialGoldGold or silverMetal that Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe's nose was made ofAs a 20-year-old, Brahe got the worse of a sword fight with a classmate and had to wear artificial bridges for the rest of his life.
PartialPartialGold and silverGold and silver or nickel or palladium or platinum or zincTwo metals in the alloy white goldWhite gold can be made with gold and a number of other metals.
PartialPartialGolf and tennisGolf, tennis, squash, racketball, table tennis, volleyball, etc.Two ball sports that use the term aceMany sports that involve serving have aces.
AdjustedAdjustedA golf ball""Object with 336 dimplesThere is no standard number of dimples on a golf ball anymore. Most balls now have more.
AdjustedAdjustedThe Good Ship Lollipop""Plane that Shirley Temple sang about in the 1934 film Bright EyesThe "Lollipop" was not an airplane. Temple was singing about the pillow on her bed while flying in an airplane.
OkayChangedGordie HoweWayne GretzkyNHL's all-time leading goal scorerThe Great One finished his career with 894 goals, 108 more than Howe.
AdjustedAdjustedGorgeous George""Person who had Chanel No. 5 sprayed in the ring before he wrestledThe perfume was Chanel No. 10.
OkayChangedGreaseThe Phantom of the OperaPlay with the longest run on BroadwaySeveral plays have broken this record, most recently The Phantom of the Opera, which passed Cats with its 7,486th performance on January 9, 2006.
IncorrectIncorrectThe Great Wall of China""Only manmade structure visible from spaceDepending on how you define "manmade structure" and where in "space" you are, some other answers are possible. None are visible from the moon or even more than a few thousand miles away.
AdjustedAdjustedThe GreatestThe Greatest: My Own StoryMuhammad Ali's autobiographyRichard Durham helped Ali write the 1975 book.
OkayChangedGreeceBulgaria and RomaniaLast country to join the European Economic CommunitySpain and Portugal joined in 1986; Austria, Finland, and Sweden in 1995; Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia in 2004; and Bulgaria and Romania in 2007. Now called the European Union.
PartialPartialHank KetchamHank Ketcham (U.S.) or David Law (U.K.)Creator of Dennis the MenaceAmazingly, an unrelated U.K. strip also named Dennis the Menace debuted just three days after the U.S. comic in March 1951.
OkayChangedHawaiiThailandPlace where three quarters of the world's pineapples are grownAs of 2001, Thailand led the world in pineapple production, with 13.9% of the total 14.22 million tons. Hawaii managed only 300,000 tons (which had slipped to 200,000 by 2005). Dole shut down its canning operation in 1991.
AdjustedAdjustedHenry Kissinger""Person who knelt in prayer with Richard Nixon in the final hours of WatergateKissenger claims he didn't.
OkayHistoricalHong Kong""Britain's possession on the Chinese mainlandChina took back control on July 1, 1997, when its 99-year lease ended.
OkayAdjustedHong Kong""British colony with a famed jade market on Canton RoadHong Kong is no longer a colony, and the market moved to the corner of Kansu and Battery streets in 1984.
OkayChangedHorse racingMajor League BaseballMost attended sport in the U.S.According to Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal, over 31 million people attended horse racing events in 2004, while Major League Baseball drew 73 million fans in 2004.
PartialPartialHypoxemia, or lack of blood to the brain""The cause of every human deathThe question really should say "almost every", since exceptions like death by atomic bomb certainly exist.
PartialPartial"I see nothing, I know nothing""I see nothing, I know nothing" or "I know nothing"Sergeant Schultz's standard cop-outThe German spoke the shorter phrase more often.
OkayPartialImpossible Missions ForceImpossible Missions Force or International Music FeedWhat TV's IMF stood forMission: Impossible probably had more fans, but AT&T created its International Music Feed in 2005.
OkayAdjustedImpotence""Sexual problem that's grounds for divorce in 24 U.S. statesAlmost all states now either allow divorce because of impotence or permit no-fault divorces.
OkayPartialIndia rubberRubberWhat a lacrosse ball is made ofNone of the official rules state what type of rubber the balls must be made from.
OkayChangedIngemar JohanssonWladimir KlitschkoLast white man to hold the world heavyweight boxing championshipWladimir Klitschko defeated Chris Byrd on October 14, 2000 to become WBO World Heavyweight Champion, and he added the IBF and IBO titles in 2006.
OkayHistoricalIntourist""The Soviet Union's state-run travel agencyThe Russian agency was privatized in 1992, a year after the Soviet Union was split up.
PartialPartialThe Irish WolfhoundThe Irish Wolfhound or Great Dane (tallest) or St. Bernard (heaviest)World's largest dogThe Irish Wolfhound is the tallest breed on average, a Great Dane holds the individual height record, and the St. Bernard is the heaviest.
OkayChangedItalyLuxembourgCountry that consumes the most wine per capitaAs of 2003, the leader was Luxembourg at 66.1 liters per drinking-age person, ahead of France's 48.5 and Italy's 47.5. Luxembourg has been number one since about 1997.
OkayChangedItalyU.S.Country with the most Contract Bridge world championshipsThe United States currently leads Italy 17 to 14, including a North American victory with Canada in 1970.
OkayChangedJai AlaiGolfSport featuring the fastest-moving ballGolf technology has advanced so far that drives can come off the tee up to 170 miles per hour, faster than the 150 mph a jai alai ball can travel.
AdjustedAdjustedJames Earl Ray's""Person whose life is depicted in George McMillan's The Portrait of an AssassinThe correct title of the 1976 book is The Making of an Assassin: The Life of James Earl Ray.
OkayChangedJapan'sEuro?Country whose currency is considered the most difficult to counterfeitPolymer banknotes with extra security were first used in Australia in 1988. The euro was supposed to be very difficult to counterfeit, but the bad guys only needed four years to crack it (2002 to 2006).
OkayChangedJersey Joe WalcottEvander HolyfieldBoxer who lost the most heavyweight title fightsEvander Holyfield failed to defend his heavyweight crown six times, two times more than Walcott. Holyfield lost to Riddick Bowe, Michael Moorer twice, Lennox Lewis twice, and John Ruiz.
OkayChangedJersey Joe WalcottGeorge ForemanOldest man to have held the world heavyweight boxing titleOn November 5, 1994, Foreman knocked out Michael Moorer in the tenth round to win the heavyweight crown at the age of 45 years and 9 months.
AdjustedAdjustedJohn F. Kennedy's""Person whose last words were, "My God, I'm hit"Special agent Roy H. Kellerman claimed this, but other possible last words were "Is it bad? Please don't. Don't lift me" or something before he was shot by the first bullet, which struck his larynx.
PartialPartialJose FerrerJose Ferrer (movie) or Henry Fonda ( play)Actor who defended the Caine mutineersHenry Fonda played Lt. Barney Greenwald in the play in 1954, the same year the movie was released. More recently, David Schwimmer has played the role on stage.
AdjustedAdjustedKhrushchev's shoe-pounding""Cause of an adjournment of the 25th anniversary session of the United Nations General AssemblyThe date was September 29, 1960, only fifteen years after the United Nations was formed.
OkayDebatableKodakunknownCompany that's the world's largest user of silverKodak may still lead the way, but the company discontinued making film cameras in 2004 and produces less film every year.
DebatableDebatableLake OntarioLake Ontario or Lake ErieSmallest of the Great LakesLake Ontario is the smallest in area, while Lake Erie is the smallest in volume.
OkayHistoricalThe Leaning Tower of Pisa""Object predicted to topple over between 2010 and 2020Work in 2001 stabilized the landmark for at least the next 300 years.
OkayChangedLeningradSaint PetersburgRussian city with the Hermitage MuseumThe city reverted to its original name in 1991 after going by Petrograd from 1914 to 1924 and Leningrad since then.
DebatableDebatableLightningVolcanoesNatural phenomenon that kills more people than any otherLightning kills about 2,000 people around the world each year, while the Toba eruption claimed an estimated five to six million lives. Floods, earthquakes, cyclones, and tsunamis probably also rank above lightning.
PartialPartialThe llamaThe llama or alpacaBranch of the camel family found only in the AndesAlpacas are smaller than llamas and, like sheep with long necks, are raised for their wool.
PartialPartialLondonKew or London or EnglandLocation of Kew GardensSince the question doesn't specify what level of detail is desired, the answer is correct, but the town is called Kew, the county Greater London, and the region London.
OkayChangedLos Angeles, Mexico City, Montreal, St. LouisLos Angeles, Mexico City, Montreal, St. Louis, AtlantaFour North American cities that have hosted the Summer OlympicsLos Angeles hosted a second time in 1984, and Atlanta joined the ranks in 1996.
OkayPartialManuel Benitez Perez, or El CordobesManuel Benitez Perez (El Cordobes) or Julian Lopez Escobar (El Juli)Bullfighter who earned more than $3 million a year at the height of his careerJulian Lopez Escobar, El Juli, appears to be the currently highest-paid bullfighter, at around $200,000 per fight.
OkayChangedThe martiniThe margaritaMost popular cocktail in the U.S.The margarita stakes its claim partly thanks to Jimmy Buffett, and number two is probably the cosmopolitan, thanks to Sex and the City.
IncorrectIncorrectThe MediterraneanThe South China Sea or Caribbean SeaWorld's largest seaThe South China Sea, a marginal sea, is usually considered the biggest, and the Caribbean Sea is also larger.
OkayPartialMelbourneMelbourne and SydneyOnly Australian city to have hosted the Olympic GamesSydney hosted the 2000 Summer Olympics, 44 years after Melbourne had the honors.
OkayPartialThe Minnesota VikingsThe Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, and Denver BroncosTeam that lost the most Super BowlsThe Vikings and Bills are both 0-4, while the Broncos are 2-4 in NFL's grand finale.
DebatableDebatableThe MississippiThe Mississippi or MissouriLongest river in the U.S.Depending on where you measure from, the Missouri River is sometimes considered longer. Hydrologically, the Red Rock/Missouri/Mississippi system is the longest and is referred to as the Mississippi.
OkayHistoricalMonopoly®""Board game banned in the Soviet UnionMonopoly® is no longer banned in Russia.
OkayPartialMonty HallMonty Hall or Billy BushHost of "Let's Make a Deal"A short-lived incarnation in 2003 with Billy Bush bombed.
OkayAdjustedMorocco""African kingdom ruled by Hassan IIHassan ruled until his death on July 23, 1999. Mohammed VI is the current king.
IncorrectIncorrectMosesJoshuaProphet who led the children of Israel into the Promised LandAlthough Joshua wasn't a prophet, he completed the mission after Moses was killed.
PartialPartialThe MousetrapThe Mousetrap or MacbethPlay with more performances than any other in British theaterThe given answer assumes consecutive performances, but the question doesn't state that.
OkayHistoricalMuhammad AliunknownPerson who claims to be the most recognized person in the worldNobody claims this right now, as far as I can tell.
PartialPartialNepalNepal and ChinaCountry where Mount Everest isThe mountain borders Nepal and Tibet.
OkayChangedThe New York Daily NewsThe New York TimesNewspaper with the largest Sunday circulation in North AmericaThe Times has 1.6 million Sunday subscribers, easily besting The Los Angeles Times. Neither USA Today nor the Wall Street Journal publishes on weekends. (In Further Pursuit shows the correct answer. Was this broken?)
OkayDebatableNevadaNevada, Arizona, or New MexicoU.S. state with the least rainfallThis varies from year to year, with Arizona and New Mexico also vying for the honors.
OkayOkayNine""Number of Oscars won by Gone with the WindThe omitted award was probably the Technical Achievement Award "for pioneering in the use of coordinated equipment".
DebatableDebatableNineNine, Eight, Seven, etc.Number considered to be the luckiest number worldwideEight is the luckiest number in Chinese culture, seven in American, and so on.
PartialPartialThe nine of heartsmanyPlaying card that's the symbol of loveThe nine, queen, & king of hearts, and several of the clubs (cups in a Tarot deck) all symbolize love.
OkayChangedNorth DakotaVermontMost rural state in the U.S.According to the 2000 U.S. Census, 61.8% of Vermont's population is rural, ahead of Maine at 59.8%, West Virginia at 53.9%, and Mississippi at 51.2%. North Dakota was only 44.2%.
OkayOkayThe North Pole""Pole that gets more sunlight: the North Pole or the South PoleSpring and summer (when the North Pole is tilted toward the sun) are about five days shorter than fall and winter (when the South Pole is) in the Northern Hemisphere.
OkayChangedNorway, Sweden, the Soviet UnionNorway, Sweden, Russia, and Estonia (water border)Three countries that border FinlandEstonia and Russia now border Finland instead of the Soviet Union. Norway, Sweden, and Russia are the only countries with land borders.
IncorrectIncorrectThe nose and pawsThe pawsOnly two places where dogs have sweat glandsMoisture comes from the nose, but there are no sweat glands there.
OkayChangedO.J. SimpsonLaDainian TomlinsonPlayer who holds the NFL record for most touchdowns in a seasonSimpson's record of 23 in 1975 was initially broken by John Riggins with 24 in 1983. Tomlinson set the current records with 28 rushing touchdowns and 31 combined touchdowns in 2006.
OkayOkayOct. 29, 1929""Date known as Black TuesdayThe original answer is significantly more commonly used than September 11, 2001, which was dubbed Black Tuesday by some but is mostly known as 9/11 now.
OkayChangedOklahomaNew MexicoU.S. state with the largest Indian populationNew Mexico is now number one, followed by South Dakota and Oklahoma. And the question should specify American Indians, or preferably Native Americans.
PartialPartialOne and seventeenOne and seventeen or negative one and negative seventeenOnly two numbers that divide into 17 evenlyNegative numbers work too. The question should specify "positive integers".
OkayOkayOne day""What you gain by crossing the international date line to the eastBecause the line zig zags around various islands, the difference can sway by an hour or two, but the given answer is accurate enough.
AdjustedAdjustedOne jack and four fivesThe jack of nobs and four fivesThe five cards in a perfect Cribbage handThe jack of the starter suit and all four fives gives you 12 points in pairs, 16 points in fifteens, and 1 point for nobs for a total of 29 points.
PartialPartialPaper, stone, and scissorsPaper, stone, and scissors; or rock, paper, scissors; or Rochambeau; etc.Game where the winner strikes the loser's wrist with two extended fingersThe given answer is the usual British name, sometimes in stone-paper-scissors order.
IncorrectIncorrectA par fiveA par five or a par fourOnly kind of golf hole you can shoot a double eagle onA hole-in-one is a double eagle on a par four, while holing out in two strokes nets you a double eagle on a par five.
OkayAdjustedParis""Location of the famed Crazy Horse Saloon, telephone number 255-6969The saloon's current phone number is 01-47-23-32-32.
OkayChangedParkMainMost common street in AmericaAs of 2002, the number one street was Main, well ahead of Washington, Park, and Broadway.
OkayChangedPeanutsGarfieldWorld's most-read comic stripCharles Schulz passed away on February 12, 2000, and only reruns have been printed in papers since shortly thereafter, greatly lowering circulation. According to in 2005, Garfield appears in over 2,500 newspapers worldwide.
PartialPartialThe penguinThe penguin, cassowary, or emuBird that can swim but can't flyCassowaries are good swimmers, while emus can swim if necessary.
OkayChangedPeruBoliviaCountry with the world's highest golf courseThe 14,335-high Tuctu Golf Club in Morococha, Peru has been closed. The current 18-hole leader appears to be the La Paz Golf Club, 10,800 feet up in Bolivia.
IncorrectIncorrectPhilipFrankColumbo's first nameThis question helped get Trivial Pursuit's distributors sued for $300 million (unsuccessfully), as Fred L. Worth planted this misinformation in his The Trivia Encyclopedia. Columbo's first name was debatably revealed on the first DVD release.
IncorrectIncorrectPinkCreamColor of yak's milkA female yak is called a nak, and its milk is not pink.
OkayHistoricalPittsburgh""Location of Three Rivers StadiumThe Pittsburgh Pirates stopped using the stadium in 2000, and it was demolished on February 11, 2001.
OkayAdjustedPluto""Planet that travels around the sun every 248 yearsThe International Astronomical Union demoted Pluto from full-fledged planet to dwarf planet or minor planet status on August 24, 2006.
AdjustedAdjustedPluto""Planet that Percival Lowell discoveredLowell (incorrectly spelled "Lovell" on the card) didn't find Pluto. Clyde Tombaugh did.
OkayChangedPoodleLabrador RetrieverMost popular registered dog in AmericaLabs have been number one every year from 1992 to 2006.
OkayChangedPrice-WaterhousePricewaterhouseCoopersCompany that tabulates the ballots in voting for the Academy AwardsPrice Waterhouse merged with Coopers & Lybrand in 1998.
OkayChangedPrincess AnneSandy PfluegerWho Captain Mark Phillips is married toMark Phillips and Princess Anne divorced in 1992. Princess Anne married Timothy Laurence later in the year, while Phillips married Sandy Pflueger in 1997.
IncorrectIncorrectThe Queen ElizabethFreedom of the SeasLargest passenger liner ever builtSeveral ships have claimed this record, most recently Royal Caribbean International's Freedom of the Seas, launched in 2006. The QE2 was probably the intended answer.
OkayChangedReader's DigestAARP BulletinSecond-biggest selling magazine in AmericaAs of 2005, AARP the Magazine and the AARP Bulletin held the top two spots, each going out biweekly to over 22 million subscribers. Reader's Digest is third at 10 million (monthly), and TV Guide is fourth at 8 million (weekly).
DebatableDebatableRhode Island and Providence PlantationsRhode Island or North/South CarolinaU.S. state with the longest nameIf we're talking about common names, then the Carolinas are 14 letters each. The question should have specified that it was referring to the official names.
PartialPartialRhubarb and asparagusRhubarb, asparagus, Jerusalem artichoke, cassava, sweet potato, taro, yam, etc.The only two perennial vegetablesAt least forty different vegetables are perennial.
AdjustedAdjustedRobert Fulton""Person who called his steamboat the ClermontFulton registered his boat as the North River Steam Boat. Only later was it nicknamed for its sailing port in New York.
PartialPartialRuffRuff (U.S.) or Gnasher (U.K.)Name of Dennis the Menace's dogAmazingly, an unrelated U.K. strip also named Dennis the Menace debuted just three days after the U.S. comic in March 1951.
OkayChangedSeveriano BallesterosTiger WoodsYoungest golfer to have won the MastersSeve won at age 22 in 1979, while Tiger was 21 in 1997.
IncorrectIncorrectShirley TempleLord MenuhinYoungest person listed in Who's WhoViolinist Yehudi Menuhin was the youngest at age 15, and he was born in 1916, a dozen years before Temple, so she never held the record.
OkayAdjustedSirhan Sirhan""Assassin due for release on Feb. 28, 1986Parole for Robert F. Kennedy's assassin has been denied 13 times through 2006.
OkayChangedThe Soviet UnionRussiaCountry that owns October Revolution IslandThe Arctic island is now part of Russia.
OkayChangedThe Soviet UnionRussia and ChinaCountry that borders the most othersRussia and China both now border 14 countries, while the Soviet Union had bordered 12.
OkayChangedThe Soviet UnionRussiaCountry with the most movie theatresRussia has the most now.
OkayChangedThe Soviet UnionRussiaCountry saddled with the 10 coldest major citiesMost of the cold, northern parts of the Soviet Union were in Siberia, now part of Russia. The actual number in the top ten is arguable, with Ulan-Bator in Mongolia challenging for a spot.
OkayChangedThe Soviet UnionRussiaCountry with the most time zones, 11Despite the breakup, Russia still has 11 time zones.
OkayChangedThe Soviet UnionCubaCommunist country closest to the U.S.The corner of the former Soviet Union near Alaska is now in Russia, which is now a semi-presidential federal republic.
IncorrectIncorrectSt. Peter's, Vatican CityCathedral Church of St. John the DivineWorld's largest cathedralTechnically, St. Peter's isn't just a cathedral. The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City is probably the largest actual cathedral.
PartialPartialStalemateStalemate (draw) or checkmate (loss)Chess outcome when a player has no legal moveIt's stalemate and a draw if the player isn't in check and checkmate and a loss if the player is.
IncorrectIncorrect"The Star of India""Abraham Lincoln" sapphireWorld's largest sapphireThe Star of India is the world's largest star sapphire, but other shapes have been larger, including a 2,302-carat Australian gem that was carved into a bust of Abraham Lincoln.
AdjustedAdjustedStraw""What Rumpelstiltskin's daughter spun into goldRumpelstiltskin was a dwarf who helped a miller's daughter perform the task in exchange for her first-born child.
OkayPartialStudents for a Democratic Society""What SDS stood forThere are many other expansions of this TLA, but the given answer is still probably the common even though the organization dissolved in 1969.
PartialPartialSurfersSurfers, skateboarders, snowboarders, wakeboarders, etc.Type of sportsmen divided into naturals and goofy-footsAlmost all boardsports use the terms.
OkayPartialSweet, sour, salt, bitterSweet, sour, salt, bitter, umamiFour tastes a human can distinguishUmami was first identified in 1908 in Tokyo by Kikunae Ikeda.
PartialPartialThe Taj MahalThe Taj Mahal or various military sitesWhat you are forbidden to fly an airplane over in IndiaThe Taj Mahal is the best specific answer, but it isn't the only answer.
PartialPartialTenTen or twoNumber of tentacles a squid hasA squid has two tentacles and eight arms, which are also sometimes referred to as tentacles.
PartialPartialTennisTennis, squash, racquetball, etc.Sport a player can double-fault inSeveral racquet sports allow the server two attempts to start a rally.
AdjustedAdjustedA Tequila SunriseA Freddie Fuddpucker or Cactus BangerDrink formed of tequila, orange juice, and GallianoA Tequila Sunrise uses grenadine instead of Galliano. [FIXED] My version of Trivia Pursuit says grenadine.
OkayPartialThe thirdThe third or ninthLeather anniversaryLeather is the gift of choice for the third wedding anniversary on the traditional gift list and for the ninth on the modern list.
OkayChangedThe thirty-fiveThe thirtyYard line NFL teams kick off fromThe line was moved back in 1994 to aid the offense.
DebatableDebatableThirty-sevenThirty-eightNumber of known plays William Shakespeare wroteThe Bard is usually credited with 17 comedies, 10 histories, and 11 tragedies, although many conspiracy theories abound.
IncorrectIncorrectThomas EdisonEdward A. CalahanInventor of the stock ticker in 1870Calahan invented the device in 1867, and Edison developed an improved version.
PartialPartialThreeAt least fourteenNumber of children Adam and Eve had togetherCain, Abel, and Seth are the only three mentioned by name in Genesis, but Jubilees talks about daughters Azura and Awan and nine other sons.
OkayOkayThree""Number of stars in Orion's beltThe middle star is actually a multiple star consisting of a double star and two other stars, but this is just counted as one star.
PartialPartialThreeThree or fourPar on a 245-yard golf holePar on a golf course is determined by more than just the distance from the tee to the hole.
OkayHistoricalTime""Weekly magazine with a column called "The Presidency"Hugh Sidey wrote the column from 1966 to 1996.
OkayPartialTopazTopaz, citrine, or turquoise November's birthstoneTopaz is the traditional birthstone, while citrine and turquoise are modern alternatives.
IncorrectIncorrectTorontoTaipei 101City with the tallest building outside the U.S.Taipei 101, completed in 2004, has the highest roof. Toronto's CN Tower does have a 335-foot antenna that makes it stick up higher, but even then the Petronius Platform in the Gulf of Mexico reaches higher.
AdjustedAdjustedThe Trapp familyThe Von Trapp familyFamily that Julie Andrews was governess to in The Sound of Music"Von" just means "of" in German, but it was part of the family name nevertheless.
PartialPartialTriviaTrivia or seedsWhat a spermologer collectsThe original dictionary definition was seeds, which morphed into gossip, and from there into trivia, although possibly by Trivial Pursuit's creators (or more likely, one of their sources).
AdjustedAdjustedTwenty""Number of times larger than life that the Statue of Liberty isLiberty is about twenty times taller than an average woman but thousands of times heavier and more voluminous. The question should say "taller than", but that's probably the reasonable interpretation anyway.
AdjustedAdjustedTwenty-oneTwenty-one or twenty-threeNumber of Johns who have been PopeIf you count John Paul I and John Paul II, the number is higher. Otherwise, there were twenty-one from John I to John XXIII, with John XVI called an antipope and John XX skipped erroneously.
OkayChangedTwoTenTons of gem diamonds mined every yearAbout twenty tons of diamonds are mined each year, half of which are gem-quality.
PartialPartialVenusVenus, Mars, and/or MercuryPlanet the Mariner spacecraft exploredMariners 2 and 5 visited Venus; Mariners 6, 7, and 9 visited Mars; and Mariner 10 visited both Venus and Mercury. Mars is the correct answer if "explore" means "orbit around".
IncorrectIncorrectVerrazano-Narrows BridgeAkashi-Kaikyo BridgeWorld's longest suspension bridgeThe Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge in Japan now has the world's longest main span at 6,529 feet. The Verrazano was the longest until 1981, when it was passed by Humber Bridge, but is now only seventh at 4,260 feet.
OkayPartialVida BlueVida Blue, Randy Johnson, and Roger ClemensOnly pitcher to start for both leagues in baseball's all-star gameRandy Johnson was the American League starter in both 1995 and 1997 and matched Blue's feat with a National League start in 2000. Clemens joined them in 2004.
OkayPartialVideo Display Terminal""What VDT stands forThere are many other expansions of this TLA, but the given answer is probably the most common, even though its use is dropping.
OkayAdjustedThe Volga's""River whose basin constitutes one-third of the European Soviet UnionThe Volga now runs through western Russia.
DebatableDebatableWaterunknownDrink that's the best thirst-quencherSports drink manufacturers will argue otherwise. Replacing the salt in the body is important, and drinking too much plain water can cause water intoxication and death.
OkayHistoricalWest Berlin""Location of Checkpoint CharlieThe booth was moved to a museum in October 1990.
OkayHistoricalWest Berlin""Free World city behind the Iron CurtainWest Berlin has been free, and known as Berlin again, since 1990.
OkayChangedWest GermanyGermanyCountry that borders Denmark to the southEast and West Germany reunited in 1990.
OkayChangedWest GermanyCzech Republic or IrelandCountry that's the largest per capita consumer of beerAs of 2003, the new leader was either the Czech Republic at 157.0 liters per person or Ireland at only 141.2 liters but more accurately measured. Germany ranked third and Austria fourth.
OkayChangedWest GermanyGermanyCountry that's home to the Dresdner BankEast and West Germany reunited in 1990.
OkayChangedWest GermanyGermanyLocation of the Black ForestEast and West Germany reunited in 1990.
PartialPartialWill RogersLeon Trotsky or Will RogersPerson credited with saying, "I never met a man I didn't like"Trotsky said it earlier, but he's not in the Entertainment field.
AdjustedAdjustedThe windshield wiper""Glass-cleaning device Mary Anderson invented in 1902Although Anderson obtained a U.S. patent in 1905 (not 1902) for the swinging-arm version, J. H. Apjohn had invented an up-and-down device two years earlier.
PartialPartialThe winners of the first and second raceThe winners of two specific races on the same dayWhat you have to pick to win a daily double at the trackThe more general definition is commonly accepted now.
IncorrectIncorrectWolfgang MozartJane Taylor (words) or Bouin (melody)Composer of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star at the age of fiveMozart wrote neither the original tune nor the words. What he did was compose a dozen variations on the tune. There is no definitive answer to who first put Taylor's words together with Bouin's melody.
OkayHistoricalThe World Trade Center""New York City complex with 208 elevators and 43,600 windowsThe World Trade Center towers collapsed after being struck by terrorist-hijacked airplanes on September 11, 2001.
OkayPartialThe world's largest slot machineA slot machineWhat "Super Bertha", found in the Four Queens Casino in Las Vegas, isSeveral other machines now claim to be the world's largest, but "Super Bertha" once held the crown.
OkayHistoricalXaviera Hollander""Former New York madam who writes a column in PenthouseThe Happy Hooker began the column in 1972 and continued it for almost 35 years.
PartialPartialA yo-yoA yo-yo, top, or various electronic toysToy you can make sleepTops can also go to sleep, but it's not a common trick. Many electronic pets, beginning with the Tomagotchi in 1996, can also sleep.
PartialPartialYou ain't heard nothin' yet, folksWait a minute, wait a minute, you ain't heard nothin' yet, folksFirst words spoken on a film sound trackAl Jolson prefaced the given answer with "Wait a minute" in The Jazz Singer in 1927.
OkayChangedYugoslaviaSerbia, Croatia, Slovenia, and MacedoniaCountry that Serbs, Croats, Slovenians, and Macedonians call homeThe Yugoslavian melting pot split apart from 1991 (Croatia and Slovenia) to 2003 (Serbia) to 2006 (Macedonia).
OkayChangedYugoslaviaCroatiaCountry with the medieval seaport of DubrovnikCroatia declared its independence on June 25, 1991.
IncorrectIncorrect115 years116 yearsLength of the Hundred Years' WarThe war is considered to have begun on May 24, 1337, when Philip VI of France seized Gascony, and ended on July 17, 1453, when the French won the Battle of Castillon.
OkayChanged132137Number of rooms in the White HouseLynne Cheney, the wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, counted 137 in 2003.
OkayPartial212212, 347, 646, 718, and 917Telephone area code for New York CityNew York City is now split into five area codes.
OkayOkay213""Telephone area code for Los AngelesThe Greater Los Angeles area has been split into multiple area codes beginning in 1998, but the city itself still only uses 213.
OkayPartial312312 and 773Telephone area code for ChicagoChicago was split into two area codes in 1996 and 1997.
AdjustedAdjusted2001: A Space Odyssey""Film based on Arthur C. Clarke's novel Sentinel"The Sentinel" was a short story written in 1948 and published in 1951.

Summarized by answer status and category:

Geography918 (91.8%)11 (1.1%)15 (1.5%)7 (0.7%)8 (0.8%)8 (0.8%)33 (3.3%)
Entertainment983 (98.3%)3 (0.3%)0 (0.0%)10 (1.0%)0 (0.0%)2 (0.2%)2 (0.2%)
History980 (98.0%)9 (0.9%)2 (0.2%)2 (0.2%)0 (0.0%)4 (0.4%)3 (0.3%)
Art & Literature983 (98.3%)3 (0.3%)3 (0.3%)5 (0.5%)1 (0.1%)2 (0.2%)3 (0.3%)
Science & Nature949 (94.9%)12 (1.2%)0 (0.0%)20 (2.0%)5 (0.5%)7 (0.7%)7 (0.7%)
Sports & Leisure933 (93.3%)9 (0.9%)5 (0.5%)27 (2.7%)1 (0.1%)5 (0.5%)20 (2.0%)
TOTAL5746 (95.77%)47 (0.78%)25 (0.42%)71 (1.18%)15 (0.25%)28 (0.47%)68 (1.13%)

That final percentage in the lower-left corner of this table tells the amazing story... over 95% of Trivial Pursuit's original questions are still accurate 25 years later! Impressive. Almost 97% of the answers are still correct today (over 98% if you include the Maybes).

Happy Silver Anniversary, Trivial Pursuit, your legacy is golden! And a hearty thanks from the Trivia Why's Guy for inspiring me to write two Palm OS trivia games (Triv and QuizQuilt), four trivia books, and this trivia blog.