Sunday, February 11, 2007

Trivial Pursuit 25th Anniversary - Random Trivia Answers

  • A1) Original Answer: Alaska. Current answer: Wyoming. As 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.
  • A2) Original Answer: Europe. Current answer: Asia. Asia is now number one by far, with 203 people per square mile to Europe's 134.
  • A3) Original Answer: Grease. Current answer: The Phantom of the Opera. Several plays have broken this record, most recently The Phantom of the Opera, which passed Cats with its 7,486th performance on January 9, 2006.
  • A4) Original Answer: Ben Hur. Current answer: Ben-Hur, Titanic, and The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. The 1997 movie Titanic (14 nominations, two more than Ben-Hur) and the 2003 movie The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (11 nominations) both tied the record.
  • A5) Original Answer: Princess Anne. Current answer: Sandy Pflueger. Mark Phillips and Princess Anne divorced in 1992. Princess Anne married Timothy Laurence later in the year, while Phillips married Sandy Pflueger in 1997.
  • A6) Original Answer: The Queen Elizabeth (probably intended to be the QE II). Current answer: Freedom of the Seas. Several ships have claimed this record, most recently Royal Caribbean International's Freedom of the Seas, launched in 2006.
  • A7) Original Answer: Peanuts. Current answer: Garfield. Charles Schulz suffered a stroke in November 1999, announced his retirement the following month, and passed away on February 12, 2000. According to in 2005, Garfield appears in over 2,500 newspapers worldwide.
  • A8) Original Answer: Reader's Digest. Current answer: AARP Bulletin. As of 2005, AARP the Magazine (formerly known as Modern Maturity) 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 (top monthly), and TV Guide is fourth at 8 million (top weekly).
  • A9) Original Answer: California. Current answer: Minnesota. As of 2005, the top six states in order were Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, Virginia, Missouri, and California.
  • A10) Original Answer: France. Current answer: Japan. Both Japan and China had overtaken France as of 2006, trailing only the U.S. and Russia.
  • A11) Original Answer: Babe Ruth. Current answer: Barry Bonds. Bonds 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.
  • A12) Original Answer: Craps. Current answer: Slot machines. Slot machine revenue makes up well over two-thirds of all game revenue. Craps also brings in less money than blackjack now.

The complete updates and corrections list will follow in my next post...

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