|Who appears on the front of $50 Series EE U.S. Savings Bonds?|
|What is the English name of the main character of Perrault's story "Contes de ma mere l'oye" and Rossini's opera La Cenerentola?|
|In 1928, what drug did English physician Alexander Fleming rediscover, leading to a Nobel prize sixteen years later?|
|Who was the author of the autobiography The Enormous Room in 1922?|
|What is the most populous city in Canada?|
|What Green Bay Packers coach won five championships in the 1960s and has a New Jersey Turnpike rest stop named after him?|
Friday, August 31, 2007
Answer 1,033: Entertainment & Food -- Poke and Peekd) Mouse
The thundershocking, androgynous yellow rodent stands sixteen inches tall and weighs thirteen pounds.
Answer 1,034: History & Government -- Scholar Hollerd) William and Mary
Begun in 1776, the originally secret society's Greek initials stand for philosophia biou kubernetes ("love of wisdom, the guide of life").
Answer 1,035: Math & Science -- Moon Mana) Alexander Pope
Ariel, Umbriel, and Belinda appear in his 1712 poem "The Rape of the Lock".
Answer 1,036: Geography & Nature -- Can-, Gran-, and Stan-d) Vancouver, British Columbia
The harbor town is nicknamed Terminal City because it was selected as the western end of the transcontinental railway in 1885.
Answer 1,037: Literature & Arts -- Philosopher's Final Phrasec) Karl Marx
The political economist and social theorist remarked, "Philosophers have only interpreted the world, the point is to change it."
Answer 1,038: Sports & Games -- The Fame Gamec) Soccer
The forward was inducted in 1998, seven years after she captained the U.S. to the first Women's World Cup title.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Question 1,033: Entertainment & Food -- Poke and PeekWhat type of animal is Pokemon's Pikachu?
Question 1,034: History & Government -- Scholar HollerAt what U.S. university was the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society founded?
d) William and Mary
Question 1,035: Math & Science -- Moon ManBesides William Shakespeare, for what author's characters are the moons of Uranus named?
a) Alexander Pope
c) Leo Tolstoy
Question 1,036: Geography & Nature -- Can-, Gran-, and Stan-What Canadian provincial capital city, originally called Granville, is the home of Stanley Park?
a) Edmonton, Alberta
b) Halifax, Nova Scotia
c) St. John's, Newfoundland
d) Vancouver, British Columbia
Question 1,037: Literature & Arts -- Philosopher's Final PhraseWhat German philosopher's epitaph reads, "Workers of all lands unite"?
a) George Berkeley
b) John Stuart Mill
c) Karl Marx
d) Ludwig Wittgenstein
Question 1,038: Sports & Games -- The Fame GameInto what sport's U.S. Hall of Fame was April Heinrichs the first female elected?
b) Ice hockey
Answer 1,027: Entertainment & Food -- Secret Showsc) UNICEF
The 1979 show featured skits from Monty Python cast members and music by Eric Clapton and Sting.
Answer 1,028: History & Government -- Constraining the Kingd) Voting
The 1215 document limited the rights of the British king after King John had obtained unprecedented powers.
Answer 1,029: Math & Science -- Space: 1999a) China
The rocket, named Shenzhou ("Vessel of the Gods"), carried an astronaut into orbit four years later.
Answer 1,030: Geography & Nature -- The Letter 'I'd) New Delhi
The British built the city in 1931 to serve as the new capital sixteen years before granting India its independence.
Answer 1,031: Literature & Arts -- Hide and Seekc) A submarine
CIA analyst Jack Ryan methodically tracks the Russian sub in Clancy's 1984 debut novel.
Answer 1,032: Sports & Games -- Going, Going Gonec) Hank Aaron
The perennial All-Star hit 755 home runs despite never hitting more than 47 in a season. Barry Bonds passed the Hammer on August 7, 2007.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Question 1,027: Entertainment & Food -- Secret ShowsMonty Python's The Secret Policeman's Ball was a series of live performances to benefit what organization?
a) Amnesty International
b) International Red Cross
d) World Health Organization
Question 1,028: History & Government -- Constraining the KingWhich of the following rights did the Magna Carta not grant?
a) Freedom of the church
b) Habeas corpus
c) Trial by jury
Question 1,029: Math & Science -- Space: 1999What country launched its first unmanned spacecraft on November 20, 1999?
Question 1,030: Geography & Nature -- The Letter 'I'What is the current capital of India?
d) New Delhi
Question 1,031: Literature & Arts -- Hide and SeekWhat is Red October in Tom Clancy's The Hunt for Red October?
a) A satellite
b) A spy
c) A submarine
d) A sword
Question 1,032: Sports & Games -- Going, Going GoneWho was Major League Baseball's all-time leading home run hitter until 2007?
a) Babe Ruth
b) Barry Bonds
c) Hank Aaron
d) Mark McGwire
Answer 1,021: Entertainment & Food -- The Air Down Therec) The Seven Year Itch
Her character, simply called "The Girl", tempts her married, downstairs neighbor in the 1955 movie.
Answer 1,022: History & Government -- Femaild) Queen Isabella
The Spanish queen, who funded Christopher Columbus's voyages to the New World, appeared in 1893, nine years before the first First Lady did.
Answer 1,023: Math & Science -- Mach Shockb) 742 miles per hour
Austrian physicist Ernst Mach established the principles of supersonics in 1887.
Answer 1,024: Geography & Nature -- Top of the East at Leastc) North Carolina
Mount Mitchell is 6,684 feet high. Barbeau Peak, with an altitude of 8,582 feet in Nunavut, is the tallest on the eastern side of North America.
Answer 1,025: Literature & Arts -- Slave Savera) Henry David Thoreau
The abolitionist also lectured against the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law.
Answer 1,026: Sports & Games -- Masters and Disastersc) Greg Norman
The Australian led the 1996 tournament by six strokes after three rounds but carded a 78 to lose to Nick Faldo by five.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Question 1,021: Entertainment & Food -- The Air Down ThereIn what movie did Marilyn Monroe strike her classic pose, with air from a vent billowing up her dress?
a) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
b) How to Marry a Millionaire
c) The Seven Year Itch
d) Some Like It Hot
Question 1,022: History & Government -- FemailWho was the first woman to appear on a U.S. postage stamp?
a) Martha Washington
c) Queen Elizabeth
d) Queen Isabella
Question 1,023: Math & Science -- Mach ShockAt sea level, approximately how fast is Mach 1, also known as the sound barrier?
a) 531 miles per hour
b) 742 miles per hour
c) 953 miles per hour
d) 1,164 miles per hour
Question 1,024: Geography & Nature -- Top of the East at LeastWhich U.S. state has the highest point east of the Mississippi River?
a) New Hampshire
b) New York
c) North Carolina
Question 1,025: Literature & Arts -- Slave SaverWhat author was jailed for helping runaway slaves escape to Canada?
a) Henry David Thoreau
b) Ralph Waldo Emerson
c) Thomas Hardy
d) William Wordsworth
Question 1,026: Sports & Games -- Masters and DisastersWhat golfer finished second three times and third three times at the Masters but never won it?
a) Arnold Palmer
b) Gary Player
c) Greg Norman
d) Lee Trevino
Answer 1,015: Entertainment & Food -- Bonded to Bondd) On Her Majesty's Secret Service
The union ends tragically, returning Bond to his characteristic bachelorhood.
Answer 1,016: History & Government -- Pacific But More Specificd) Vasco Nunez de Balboa
The Spanish conquistador and his men crossed the isthmus of Panama in September 1513.
Answer 1,017: Math & Science -- Galvan Brined) Zinc
The coating helps prevent corrosion.
Answer 1,018: Geography & Nature -- Triple Ripplec) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Three Rivers Stadium was the former home field of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Answer 1,019: Literature & Arts -- Not a Knota) Alexander the Great
The king of Phrygia had tied his oxcart with the knot over a century earlier, and all who had tried to untie it had failed. Alexander was also frustrated but came up with an alternative solution.
Answer 1,020: Sports & Games -- Net Profiteerc) Broadcast.com
The Pittsburgh-born technologist became a billionaire by selling the leading provider of Internet multimedia and streaming to Yahoo! in July 1999.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Question 1,015: Entertainment & Food -- Bonded to BondIn which James Bond movie does 007 get married?
a) Diamonds Are Forever
b) From Russia With Love
c) Live and Let Die
d) On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Question 1,016: History & Government -- Pacific But More SpecificWho was the first European to reach the eastern side of the Pacific Ocean?
a) Christopher Columbus
b) Ferdinand Magellan
c) Marco Polo
d) Vasco Nunez de Balboa
Question 1,017: Math & Science -- Galvan BrineWhat element is usually used to galvanize steel?
Question 1,018: Geography & Nature -- Triple RippleWhat city is at the junction of the Allegheny, Ohio, and Monongahela Rivers?
a) Cincinnati, Ohio
b) Louisville, Kentucky
c) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
d) Washington, D.C.
Question 1,019: Literature & Arts -- Not a KnotAccording to legend, who cut the Gordian knot?
a) Alexander the Great
c) Jason (and the Argonauts)
d) King Arthur
Question 1,020: Sports & Games -- Net ProfiteerWhat Internet company did Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban cofound?
b) Ask Jeeves
Answer 1,009: Entertainment & Food -- The Jackie Robinson of Televisionc) Nat "King" Cole
The Nat King Cole Show, a musical variety show, aired from 1956 to 1957.
Answer 1,010: History & Government -- Medal Makerc) George Washington
The award was born on August 7, 1782 but disappeared soon after the Revolutionary War ended. The medal was revived in 1932 to belatedly honor heroes of World War I.
Answer 1,011: Math & Science -- Too Hot or Too Colda) Mercury
The side away from the sun can cool to -328° Fahrenheit, while the sunniest section can heat up to a scorching 806° Fahrenheit.
Answer 1,012: Geography & Nature -- America's Apexa) Mount McKinley
The Alaska peak, known locally as Denali ("the great one"), is 20,320 feet high.
Answer 1,013: Literature & Arts -- Russian Writerc) Leo Tolstoy
The Russian had penned two novels before serving in the army during the Crimean War, and followed up some war stories by creating his two classics between 1865 and 1877.
Answer 1,014: Sports & Games -- You're Giving Me a Headachea) Charging
The offensive team loses possession of the ball.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Question 1,009: Entertainment & Food -- The Jackie Robinson of TelevisionWho was the first African-American to have his own television series?
a) Bill Cosby
b) Michael Jackson (with his brothers)
c) Nat "King" Cole
d) Redd Foxx
Question 1,010: History & Government -- Medal MakerWhich future U.S. President created the Order of the Purple Heart while he was a General?
a) Andrew Jackson
b) Dwight Eisenhower
c) George Washington
d) Ulysses Grant
Question 1,011: Math & Science -- Too Hot or Too ColdWhich planet experiences the greatest range of temperatures on its surface?
Question 1,012: Geography & Nature -- America's ApexWhat is the highest mountain in the United States?
a) Mount McKinley
b) Mount Shasta
c) Mount Whitney
d) Pikes Peak
Question 1,013: Literature & Arts -- Russian WriterWhat college dropout wrote War and Peace and Anna Karenina?
a) Anton Chekhov
b) Boris Pasternak
c) Leo Tolstoy
d) Vladimir Nabokov
Question 1,014: Sports & Games -- You're Giving Me a HeadacheWhat event has occurred if an NBA referee clasps one hand to the back of his head?
c) Intentional foul
d) 20-second timeout
- A1) Neptune. The gas giant was also the outermost planet for most of the last thirty years, as Pluto swung inside it between 1979 and 1999.
- A2) Mercury. The innermost planet is now the only one smaller than Ganymede and Titan. Pluto is also smaller than Callisto, Io, our moon, Europa, and Triton.
- A3) Mars. With an eccentricity of 0.206, the red planet is now the oddest by quite a bit (Mercury is less than half as eccentric at 0.093).
- A4) Eris. Formerly known as 2003 UB313 and nicknamed Xena (and Lila). With a radius about thirty miles greater than Pluto's, Eris, named for the Greek goddess of chaos and strife, probably sealed Pluto's fate. Eris's moon, unofficially dubbed Gabrielle, is now called Dysnomia (Eris's daughter, the spirit of lawlessness).
- A5) Ceres. The largest asteroid was originally considered to be a planet, but after several other relatively large asteroids were discovered it was downgraded. Although Ceres was upgraded to the status of dwarf planet, the next two largest asteroids, Vesta and Pallas, were not. Many more trans-Neptunian objects may join the list of dwarf planets in the future, so while you're mourning Pluto, be thankful that you don't have to learn the names of a hundred planets.
- A6) Pluto and Charon. Another major factor in Pluto's demotion is the fact that Pluto and Charon revolve around a center of mass that lies in the space between them (and not inside Pluto).
- A7) Claude Tombaugh. The astronomer found the white speck on photographic plates on February 18, 1930.
- A8) Percival Lowell. Tombaugh worked at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, which had been founded in 1894 by its namesake to search for "Planet X".
- A9) Three. Nix and Hydra were discovered through the Hubble Telescope on May 15, 2005 and officially joined Charon on June 21, 2006.
- A10) Nitrogen. Methane and carbon monoxide are also present in significant quantities.
- A11) 248 years. George Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis, the French and Indian War was near its midpoint, and Voltaire's Candide was published in 1759, one revolution ago for Pluto.
- A12) 6 days (and 9 hours and 17 minutes and 36 seconds). Pluto and Charon are tidally locked, with the sames sides permanently facing each other, so this is also the length of Charon's revolution around Pluto.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Pluto In Passing Questions
- Q1) What is the outermost planet?
- Q2) What is the smallest planet?
- Q3) Which planet's orbit is the least circular?
- Q4) What dwarf planet is larger than Pluto (either the scientific name or the common name is acceptable)?
- Q5) What is the innermost dwarf planet?
- Q6) What is the largest binary system in our solar system?
- Q7) Who discovered Pluto?
- Q8) What astronomer is Pluto partially named for?
- Q9) How many moons does Pluto have?
- Q10) What is the main component of Pluto's atmosphere?
- Q11) How long does it take Pluto to go around the sun?
- Q12) How long does it take Pluto to rotate once on its axis?
|EDBERG||Six-time major champion Stefan Edberg reached the French Open final in 1989 but lost to Michael Chang.|
|CROW||The black birds are among the most intelligent of all birds.|
|NOVA||A supernova is not a large nova. In a supernova, the star explodes and dies, while after becoming a nova, a star returns to its previous state albeit a little heavier.|
|MCVIE||The single from Christine McVie's self-titled album peaked at #10 on February 4.|
|ICAHN||Corporate raider Carl Icahn succeeded in his hostile takeover in 1985 after winning the labor union's support.|
|DANTES||The adventurous title character Edmond Dantes also assumes the identities of Abbe Busoni, Lord Wilmore, and Sinbad the Sailor.|
Quiz Quilt Answer: ACCORD (Second letters going up)
An accord is an agreement, and the Honda Accord is one of the best selling cars in the U.S.
Friday, August 24, 2007
|What Swedish tennis player was ranked #1 in 1990 and 1991 and won each of the Grand Slams in his career except the French Open?|
|What is the common name of the family of birds that includes ravens, rooks, magpies, and jays?|
|What astronomical term refers to a small, very hot star that suddenly increases thousands of times in luminosity?|
|What Fleetwood Mac star had the solo hit "Got a Hold On Me" in 1984?|
|What robber baron owner effected a leveraged buyout of TWA in the mid 1980s?|
|What was the given name of The Count of Monte Cristo?|
Answer 1,003: Entertainment & Food -- Drug Store Drinkb) Dr Pepper
Pharmacist Charles Alderton created the drink in 1885, and store-owner Wade Morrison named it for Dr. Charles Pepper, his friend and the father of his former girlfriend.
Answer 1,004: History & Government -- Childless Prezc) Warren Harding
The President from 1921 to 1923 was rumored to have had affairs with Carrie Fulton Phillips and Nan Britton, and he may have conceived a daughter with the latter.
Answer 1,005: Math & Science -- Southern Shape's Southa) Altair
The "flying eagle" is the twelfth brightest star in the sky from seventeen light years away.
Answer 1,006: Geography & Nature -- Free From Franced) Gabon
Congo, the Central African Republic, and Chad were also liberated from French Equatorial Africa at the same time.
Answer 1,007: Literature & Arts -- Auto Biographyd) Wheels
The novel is loosely based on Lee Iacocca's development of the Ford Mustang.
Answer 1,008: Sports & Games -- New World Football in the Old Worldb) Fire
The league, which became NFL Europe and then NFL Europa, shut down in 2007.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Question 1,003: Entertainment & Food -- Drug Store DrinkWhat beverage was first sold at the Old Corner Drug Store in Waco, Texas?
b) Dr Pepper
Question 1,004: History & Government -- Childless PrezWho was the last U.S. President without any legitimate children?
a) Andrew Jackson
b) James Buchanan
c) Warren Harding
d) Woodrow Wilson
Question 1,005: Math & Science -- Southern Shape's SouthWhat star is the brightest in the constellation Aquila and the southernmost of the Summer Triangle?
Question 1,006: Geography & Nature -- Free From FranceWhich West Central African coastal country, whose capital is Libreville, gained independence from France in 1960?
Question 1,007: Literature & Arts -- Auto BiographyWhat was Arthur Hailey's 1971 bestseller about the auto industry?
Question 1,008: Sports & Games -- New World Football in the Old WorldWhat WLAF team used to play in Birmingham, England?
Answer 997: Entertainment & Food -- Gunsmoke Runc) 20 years
Television's longest-running Western aired 233 half-hour and 400 hour-long episodes from 1955 to 1975.
Answer 998: History & Government -- Cargo Carrierc) Memphis
The city has been the hub of FedEx since 1973.
Answer 999: Math & Science -- Stretched Seasonc) Summer
The period officially lasts just over 93½ days.
Answer 1,000: Geography & Nature -- Okapi Cousinc) Giraffe
The giraffe's closest living relative bears the trademark stripes, albeit in black-and-white, on its hindquarters and legs.
Answer 1,001: Literature & Arts -- Who's the Shrew?c) Katharina
Petruchio of Verona tames the impetuous oldest daughter of Baptista Minola.
Answer 1,002: Sports & Games -- Silver Serviceb) MaliVai Washington
It was the only Grand Slam final of a career during which he won four titles and ascended to a #11 ranking.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Question 997: Entertainment & Food -- Gunsmoke RunHow long was the TV show Gunsmoke on the air?
a) 10 years
b) 15 years
c) 20 years
d) 25 years
Question 998: History & Government -- Cargo CarrierWhich airport handles the most cargo by weight annually?
a) Hong Kong
b) Los Angeles
Question 999: Math & Science -- Stretched SeasonWhat is the longest season in the Northern Hemisphere?
Question 1,000: Geography & Nature -- Okapi CousinWhat animal does the okapi most closely resemble?
Question 1,001: Literature & Arts -- Who's the Shrew?What is the first name of the title character in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew?
Question 1,002: Sports & Games -- Silver ServiceWhat U.S. tennis player lost the Wimbledon men's final in 1996?
a) Andre Agassi
b) MaliVai Washington
c) Pete Sampras
d) Todd Martin
Answer 991: Entertainment & Food -- Baby Talka) Bruce Willis
Walter, who goes by his middle name, spoke for Mikey, while four different babies played the 1989 role.
Answer 992: History & Government -- Tree Troubled) Sonny Bono
Cher's former husband and singing partner crashed into a tree at Heavenly Ski Resort on the California-Nevada border.
Answer 993: Math & Science -- Close Encountersa) Air Force
The study was publicly announced in 1952.
Answer 994: Geography & Nature -- Americans Abroadc) Mexico
The most popular cities to visit include Acapulco, Cancun, Cozumel, Ensenada, Los Cabos, Mazatlan, Mexico City, and Tijuana.
Answer 995: Literature & Arts -- Peerless Literaturec) Play
Henrik Ibsen's five-act play was first published in Norwegian in 1867.
Answer 996: Sports & Games -- Decathlon Distancesd) 3,000 meters
The 110-meter hurdles rounds out the running events.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Question 991: Entertainment & Food -- Baby TalkWhat actor provided the voice for the baby in Look Who's Talking?
a) Bruce Willis
b) Damon Wayans
c) Danny DeVito
d) Mel Brooks
Question 992: History & Government -- Tree TroubleWho was the mayor of Palm Springs, California and former entertainer who died in a skiing accident in January 1998?
a) Buffalo Bob Smith
b) Robert Young
c) Roy Rogers
d) Sonny Bono
Question 993: Math & Science -- Close EncountersWhich military branch conducted the Project Blue Book UFO study?
a) Air Force
Question 994: Geography & Nature -- Americans AbroadWhat is the top foreign destination for tourists from the U.S.?
Question 995: Literature & Arts -- Peerless LiteratureWhat type of literature is Peer Gynt?
d) Short story
Question 996: Sports & Games -- Decathlon DistancesWhich distance below is not run in the decathlon?
a) 100 meters
b) 400 meters
c) 1,500 meters
d) 3,000 meters
Answer 985: Entertainment & Food -- TV Triviaa) Dick Enberg
The sportscaster also hosted Baffle and Three for the Money.
Answer 986: History & Government -- White House Wizardc) Martin Van Buren
He earned the derogatory nickname for his manipulation of the spoils system, the appointing of officials based on political connections rather than ability.
Answer 987: Math & Science -- Stable Tabled) Rhenium
German chemists Ida Tacke-Noddack, Walter Noddack, and Otto Carl Berg discovered the transition metal in 1925.
Answer 988: Geography & Nature -- Columbus's Cojob) Gorilla
The primate weighed a mere 3¼ pounds at birth.
Answer 989: Literature & Arts -- The Beginning of the Endc) Revelation
The name refers to both the location and the name of the battle between the kings of the Earth and God.
Answer 990: Sports & Games -- Family Businessc) Michelle Kwan
Her grandparents opened the Chinese restaurant in 1972, providing most of Michelle's meals for many years before selling it a quarter of a century later.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Question 985: Entertainment & Food -- TV TriviaWho was the host of the 1971 TV game show Sports Challenge?
a) Dick Enberg
b) Jim McKay
c) Joe Garagiola
d) Mel Allen
Question 986: History & Government -- White House WizardWhich U.S. President was known as the Little Magician?
a) Franklin Roosevelt
b) James Madison
c) Martin Van Buren
d) Ulysses Grant
Question 987: Math & Science -- Stable TableWhat was the last stable chemical element discovered?
Question 988: Geography & Nature -- Columbus's CojoOf what type of animal was Cojo the first born in captivity, at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio in 1956?
Question 989: Literature & Arts -- The Beginning of the EndIn what book of the New Testament is Armageddon first mentioned?
Question 990: Sports & Games -- Family BusinessWhat female figure skater's family owned a restaurant called the Golden Pheasant?
a) Kristi Yamaguchi
b) Kyoko Ina
c) Michelle Kwan
d) Tiffany Chin
Answer 979: Entertainment & Food -- Hawkeye, Popeye, and Other Guysb) Robert Altman
His 2000 movie Dr. T & the Women featured Richard Gere, Helen Hunt, Farrah Fawcett, and several other stars but was poorly received.
Answer 980: History & Government -- The Bus Businessb) Greyhound
The company began in Hibbing, Minnesota and now services over 2,200 stops.
Answer 981: Math & Science -- Inside the Atomd) Niels Bohr
The physicist pictured the atom as sets of electrons revolving at fixed distances around a positively charged nucleus.
Answer 982: Geography & Nature -- Earth Ringsb) 23½°
The imaginary lines are named for the zodiac constellations that were directly overhead at the solstices 2,000 years ago.
Answer 983: Literature & Arts -- Terrace, Francea) Claude Monet
The seaside painting was from the early part of his career when he specialized in landscapes.
Answer 984: Sports & Games -- Old World Goldd) Sweden
After tying Canada 2-2, Sweden won the shootout 3-2 to take the gold.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Question 979: Entertainment & Food -- Hawkeye, Popeye, and Other GuysWho directed M*A*S*H in 1970, Popeye in 1980, and Vincent & Theo in 1990?
a) Robert Aldrich
b) Robert Altman
c) Robert Alton
d) Robert Anderson
Question 980: History & Government -- The Bus BusinessWhat was the first U.S. bus line, founded on August 13, 1914?
c) Peter Pan
Question 981: Math & Science -- Inside the AtomWhat scientist developed the first quantum model of the atom in 1915?
a) Ernest Rutherford
b) James Chadwick
c) Joseph John Thomson
d) Niels Bohr
Question 982: Geography & Nature -- Earth RingsAt what approximate latitude are the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn?
Question 983: Literature & Arts -- Terrace, FranceWho was the French painter and founder of impressionism whose works include Terrace at Le Havre?
a) Claude Monet
b) Edgar Degas
c) Edouard Manet
d) Paul Gauguin
Question 984: Sports & Games -- Old World GoldWhat European country won the 1994 Olympic men's hockey gold medal?
- A1) Pickle. The total carnage consists of several fruits (apple, pear, plum, strawberry, orange, and watermelon), a few desserts (chocolate cake, ice cream cone, lollipop, cherry pie, and cupcake), and assorted other items (Swiss cheese, salami, and sausage).
- A2) Aphids. The grouchy ladybug refuses to share, is too scared to fight, and has an amazing 12-hour adventure.
- A3) Purple. A red bird, yellow duck, blue horse, green frog, white dog, black sheep, and a goldfish also visit the classroom. The sequel Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? takes place at the zoo.
- A4) Mouse. The little gray rodent attempts to befriend a horse, an alligator, a lion, a hippo, a seal, a monkey, a peacock, a fox, a kangaroo, and a snake before finding another mouse to play with.
- A5) He took off his shell. Unfortunately, his desire for speed leaves him unprotected from predators, the sun, the rain, and the cold. Richard Buckley cowrote the story.
- A6) Turkey. The fowl fouls up by standing in a hat, wearing a shirt as pants, putting pants on upside down, donning a jacket backwards, using socks as gloves, and placing shoes on his head.
- A7) Rabbit. His bed is in a huge room where his mom sits knitting in a rocking chair, a fire is burning in the fireplace, and a bowl of mush is still out on the table.
- A8) Hopping. The female kangaroo tried to climb with the koalas, swim with the seals, and waltz with the wallabies.
- A9) Olive. The dog was convinced by a mondegreen from the song "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer", mishearing "all of the other reindeer" as "Olive, the other reindeer".
- A10) Mice. Lucy Cousins created Maisy (Maisy's ABC in 1994), and Leo Lionni introduced Frederick in 1967.
- A11) Wolf. Maurice Sendak's imaginative boy is banished to his bedroom for chasing his pet dog with a fork.
- A12) Boston. The duck family lives in a pond in the Boston Public Garden. Bronze statues of the mother and her eight ducklings were installed in the northeast corner of the real garden in 1987, and the book is now the official children's book of Massachusetts.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
The following questions are about illustrated children's books. Some may have been read to you as a child, and some you may have read to your own children.
Children's Picture Books Questions
- Q1) What is the only vegetable that The Very Hungry Caterpillar eats besides the leaf?
- Q2) In Eric Carle's The Grouchy Ladybug, what are the friendly and grouchy main characters eating?
- Q3) What color is the cat in Carle's Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
- Q4) What lonely animal asks, "Do You Want to Be My Friend?" in Carle's book?
- Q5) What did Carle's The Foolish Tortoise do that was so unwise?
- Q6) In Sandra Boynton's Blue Hat, Green Hat what animal can't wear his clothes properly?
- Q7) In Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd's Goodnight Moon, what animal is going to sleep?
- Q8) What was John Lithgow's Marsupial Sue trying to avoid doing?
- Q9) According to J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh, what dog wanted to join Santa's reindeer?
- Q10) What type of animal are Maisy and Frederick, who were separately featured on Favorite Children's Book Animals U.S. postage stamps in 2006?
- Q11) What does Max dress up as in Where the Wild Things Are?
- Q12) In what city is Robert McCloskey's Make Way for Ducklings set?
* Bush's aides claimed that he misunderstood the question, excusing his memory and blaming his reading comprehension skills instead.
|TRUMAN||Harry Truman's quote appeared in the April 3, 1956 edition of Look magazine.|
|SMITH||Dean Smith's career record was 879-254, including two NCAA Final Four Championships. Pat Summitt holds the women's record and posted her 880th victory in 2005, while Bobby Knight won his 880th game on January 1, 2007.|
|HAITI||The 10,700-square-mile former French colony, declared its independence on January 1, 1804, although France did not recognize it until 1825.|
|ICON||The word for a graphical representation of a file comes from eikenai or eikon.|
|RING||Bilbo Baggins posed this unfair "riddle" during a game with Gollum and soon discovered that "my precious" would turn its wearer invisible.|
|TOMMY||The British band also produced Quadrophenia five years later.|
Quiz Quilt Answer: TSHIRT (First letters)
The t-shirt was named for its likeness to the letter 'T'.
Friday, August 17, 2007
|Which U.S. President declared, "I never give them hell. I just tell the truth, and they think it is hell"?|
|What coach has won more NCAA Division I men's basketball games than anyone else before 2007?|
|What is the only French-speaking country in the Americas besides Canada?|
|What computer term originally meant "to be like, resemble, look alike" in Greek?|
|"What have I got in my pocket?" according to The Hobbit?|
|What was the 1969 rock opera by the Who?|
Answer 973: Entertainment & Food -- Friday Frightc) Jason
The young boy had drowned at Camp Crystal Lake in 1957.
Answer 974: History & Government -- Will Powerc) Executor
He or she is appointed by the testator who created the will.
Answer 975: Math & Science -- Placid Acidb) Vitamin C
Walter Haworth shared the 1937 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for determining the structure of the compound, whose name means "against scurvy".
Answer 976: Geography & Nature -- Most Popularb) India
They anticipate that 1.6 billion people, about one sixth of the world's population, will live there.
Answer 977: Literature & Arts -- Old and Obsoleteb) Dr. Seuss
He also advised, "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
Answer 978: Sports & Games -- Arsenio Announcementc) Magic Johnson
The point guard did not play in the regular season but was voted to the All-Star team, where he not only suited up but earned MVP honors.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Question 973: Entertainment & Food -- Friday FrightWho was the man behind the hockey mask in the Friday the 13th series?
Question 974: History & Government -- Will PowerWhat is the legal term for the person responsible for carrying out the provisions of a will?
Question 975: Math & Science -- Placid AcidWhich vitamin is also known as ascorbic acid?
a) Vitamin A
b) Vitamin C
c) Vitamin D
d) Vitamin E
Question 976: Geography & Nature -- Most PopularIn 2001, what country did the United Nations estimate would be the most populous in the world in 2050?
Question 977: Literature & Arts -- Old and ObsoleteWho sneered, "Adults are just obsolete children"?
a) Charles Schulz
b) Dr. Seuss
c) Jim Henning
d) Walt Disney
Question 978: Sports & Games -- Arsenio AnnouncementWhat Los Angeles Laker announced on The Arsenio Hall Show on November 7, 1991 that he was retiring because of AIDS?
a) James Worthy
b) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
c) Magic Johnson
d) Michael Cooper
Answer 967: Entertainment & Food -- Without a Wordb) Kenny G
Born as Kenneth Gorelick on June 5, 1956, he abbreviated his last name when he joined Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra at the age of seventeen.
Answer 968: History & Government -- Foreign Invadec) Mexico City
General Winfield Scott and his army captured the capital in 1847 during the Mexican-American War.
Answer 969: Math & Science -- Massteroidsc) The moon
Asteroids themselves can have tiny moons.
Answer 970: Geography & Nature -- Sioux Southa) Kansas
The music group Kansas recorded a song with that name in 1977.
Answer 971: Literature & Arts -- Poirot Premierec) The Mysterious Affair at Styles
The sleuth made his first appearance in 1920.
Answer 972: Sports & Games -- Soccer Sequenceb) Play continues
Players can also touch the ball from out of bounds as long as the ball stays in the field.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Question 967: Entertainment & Food -- Without a WordWho is the best selling instrumentalist of all time?
a) John Tesh
b) Kenny G
d) Miles Davis
Question 968: History & Government -- Foreign InvadeWhat was the first foreign national capital city that U.S. troops occupied?
c) Mexico City
Question 969: Math & Science -- MassteroidsWhat is the total mass of all the asteroids in the solar system closest to the mass of?
a) The Earth
c) The moon
Question 970: Geography & Nature -- Sioux SouthWhich U.S. state's name is Sioux for "people of the south wind"?
Question 971: Literature & Arts -- Poirot PremiereIn what Agatha Christie novel did Hercule Poirot debut?
a) The ABC Murders
b) Cards on the Table
c) The Mysterious Affair at Styles
d) Thirteen at Dinner
Question 972: Sports & Games -- Soccer SequenceIn soccer, what results if a ball goes off a defender then hits the flag pole in the corner and back into the field?
a) A corner kick
b) Play continues
c) A throw-in for defense
d) A throw-in for offense
Answer 961: Entertainment & Food -- Bakers and Music Makersc) Two pianos
In the 1989 movie, Frank and Jack decide that they need a female singer to join their club act.
Answer 962: History & Government -- Late Stated) Oklahoma
The Sooner State joined the country on November 16, 1907.
Answer 963: Math & Science -- Pure Pasteurd) Wine
Earlier, the founder of microbiology discovered that tartaric acid from wine, but not synthesized tartaric acid, rotated the polarity of light, demonstrating chirality (molecular handedness).
Answer 964: Geography & Nature -- A Little Biggerb) Australia
They are ranked #8, #6, #7, and #9 in the world respectively.
Answer 965: Literature & Arts -- Beloved Bellinisb) Edgar Degas
Jacopo Bellini and his sons Giovanni and Gentile were famous Italian artists in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Answer 966: Sports & Games -- Saving the Soxc) 57
The Chicago White Sox closer also blew eight saves on his way to shattering Dave Righetti's four-year-old record by 11.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Question 961: Entertainment & Food -- Bakers and Music MakersWhat pair of musical instruments do The Fabulous Baker Boys play?
a) A banjo and a harmonica
b) Two guitars
c) Two pianos
d) Two violins
Question 962: History & Government -- Late StateWhat was the first state admitted to the U.S. in the 20th century?
c) New Mexico
Question 963: Math & Science -- Pure PasteurIn 1864, what was the first beverage that Louis Pasteur pasteurized?
a) Apple cider
c) Orange juice
Question 964: Geography & Nature -- A Little BiggerWhich is the largest of the following countries?
Question 965: Literature & Arts -- Beloved BellinisWho is the French painter and sculptor who united classic art with Impressionism and whose The Bellini Family is in the Louvre?
a) Claude Monet
b) Edgar Degas
c) Edouard Manet
d) Paul Gauguin
Question 966: Sports & Games -- Saving the SoxHow many games did relief pitcher Bobby Thigpen save in 1990 to set a Major League Baseball record?
Answer 955: Entertainment & Food -- Cartoon Castb) Tom and Jerry
Her character Katie Higgins swims with the cat and mouse in a dream sequence.
Answer 956: History & Government -- Party Timeb) Tuesday
The religious festival's name means "Fat Tuesday".
Answer 957: Math & Science -- Polar Equationc) Meter
The competing proposed standard was the length of a pendulum with a half-period of one second, but that varies with changes in gravity.
Answer 958: Geography & Nature -- King of the Coloniesd) Virginia
New York, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania are all bigger now, but when the U.S. was founded Virginia contained land that became part of Kentucky and West Virginia.
Answer 959: Literature & Arts -- Opera Buffa) Comic
The form was developed in Naples in the mid-18th century.
Answer 960: Sports & Games -- Peach Sporta) Gymnastics
The moves are skills on the men's parallel bars.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Question 955: Entertainment & Food -- Cartoon CastWhich cartoon characters frolic with Esther Williams in the 1953 movie Dangerous When Wet?
a) Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck
b) Tom and Jerry
c) Tweety and Sylvester
d) Yogi Bear and Boo Boo
Question 956: History & Government -- Party TimeOn which day of the week does Mardi Gras take place?
Question 957: Math & Science -- Polar EquationWhat length was originally defined as one ten-millionth of the distance from the equator to the North Pole?
Question 958: Geography & Nature -- King of the ColoniesWhen the United States of America declared its independence, what was the largest state in area?
a) New York
b) North Carolina
Question 959: Literature & Arts -- Opera BuffWhat kind of Italian opera was opera buffa?
b) Especially elaborate
c) Performed in the nude
Question 960: Sports & Games -- Peach SportIn what sport might you see peach baskets, kips, and elephant lifts?
b) Synchronized swimming
Answer 949: Entertainment & Food -- Russian Guessingd) Vladimir Nabokov
The lyrics refer to Lolita: "He starts to shake he starts to cough; Just like the old man in that famous book by Nabokov."
Answer 950: History & Government -- Air Attackd) U.S.
The U.S. Army took to the air on July 1, 1907. The U.S. Air Force was created forty years later.
Answer 951: Math & Science -- Grown Bonesa) 206
Infants have an additional seven to ten vertebrae that later fuse and three bones that become the pelvic girdle.
Answer 952: Geography & Nature -- Country Countb) 12
French Guiana is sometimes listed as the thirteenth, but it is governed by France.
Answer 953: Literature & Arts -- Coffin Controversyb) Antigone
The play dates from around 440 B.C.
Answer 954: Sports & Games -- Sharpshootersc) Rifle shooting
In the Winter Olympics, male athletes have aimed their .22-caliber rifles at five targets since 1960 and females since 1992.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Question 949: Entertainment & Food -- Russian GuessingWhat author is mentioned in the Police song "Don't Stand So Close to Me"?
a) Anton Chekhov
b) Feodor Dostoyevsky
c) Leo Tolstoy
d) Vladimir Nabokov
Question 950: History & Government -- Air AttackWhat was the first country to have an air force?
Question 951: Math & Science -- Grown BonesApproximately how many bones are in an adult human body?
Question 952: Geography & Nature -- Country CountHow many independent countries are in South America?
Question 953: Literature & Arts -- Coffin ControversyWhat Sophocles tragedy tells of a woman who wants to bury her brother against the king's wishes?
c) Oedipus at Clonus
d) Oedipus Tyrannus
Question 954: Sports & Games -- SharpshootersWhat sport is combined with cross-country skiing in the biathlon?
b) Pistol shooting
c) Rifle shooting
d) Skeet shooting
- A1) Byron "Whizzer" White. The Rhodes Scholar served on the U.S. Supreme Court for 31 years after John F. Kennedy appointed him in 1962.
- A2) Al Green. Born as Albert Greene, the gospel and soul singer first cracked the Top 40 with "Tired of Being Alone", which peaked at #11 in 1971, and the top of the charts with "Let's Stay Together" the following year.
- A3) Zane Grey. Until the Zanesville, Ohio-born writer became more successful, he worked as a dentist to support his family.
- A4) Silver. Tonto's horse was Scout.
- A5) Joey Chestnut. A month later the Californian upended his own record and the Tsunami himself at the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest. Kobayashi's 63 would have regained the record, but Chestnut swallowed three more.
- A6) John Brown. The Connecticut-born "misguided fanatic" (in Abraham Lincoln's opinion) was immortalized in the Union marching song "John Brown's Body" after his fatal raid on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry three years later.
- A7) Jamie Gold. The Californian outlasted a record field of 8,773 Hold 'Em players to capture a first prize of twelve million dollars in 2006. With a new ban on Internet poker, significantly fewer people entered the 2007 tournament.
- A8) George Lemon. Among the Clown Prince's most famous gags were the bucket chase (presumably filled with water that turns out to be confetti), the arm bandage (it's placed on the wrong arm), and the doctored basketballs (one on an elastic, one that's lopsided, and one that doesn't bounce).
- A9) Matthias Rust. The 19-year-old German served 432 days in Moscow's Lefortovo jail before being released on parole. Gorbachev also used the incident as an excuse to remove the defense minister, the anti-air defense commander, and over 2,000 officers.
- A10) Violet. The early character survived in increasingly minor roles for over three decades, while her best friend Patty (not to be confused with Peppermint Patty) quickly disappeared.
- A11) Vida Blue. The lefty was the winning pitcher for the American League in 1971 and for the National League a decade later. The requirements for a starting pitcher to earn a win in the All-Star Game are laxer than other games. Blue allowed three runs in only three innings in 1971, but got the 'W' when his team crossed the plate four times in the bottom of the third.
- A12) Sirius Black. The Prisoner of Azkaban had been Harry's father's best friend at Hogwarts.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Color Wheel Questions
- Q1) What NCAA and NFL rushing leader later became a Supreme Court Justice?
- Q2) What R&B singer's solo hits included "I'm Still In Love With You", "Let's Stay Together", and "You Ought to Be With Me"?
- Q3) What author's first novel was Betty Zane in 1904?
- Q4) What was the name of the Lone Ranger's horse?
- Q5) Who broke Takeru Kobayashi's record by eating 59 hot dogs in 12 minutes on June 2, 2007?
- Q6) What abolitionist killed five slavery advocates at the Pottawatomie Massacre in May 1856?
- Q7) What television producer won the largest World Series of Poker Main Event ever?
- Q8) What Harlem Globetrotter was best known by the nickname Meadowlark?
- Q9) Who took off in a Cessna 172B from Helsinki's Malmi airport and landed in Moscow's Red Square on May 28, 1987?
- Q10) Which kid in the Peanuts comic strip has the last name Gray?
- Q11) Who is the only Major League Baseball pitcher to win an All-Star game for each league?
- Q12) What Harry Potter character has been portrayed by James Walters and Gary Oldman in the movies?
|ALLIGATOR||With the male article prepended, the Spanish is el lagarto.|
|GYPSUM||Plaster was first made in the 15th century from gypsum deposits in Montmartre in Paris.|
|JACKSON||Samuel L. Jackson's character was the nephew of the detective from the 1971 movie.|
|LANDRY||Former New York Giants All-Pro defensive back Tom Landry led America's Team from their inception in 1960.|
|ARISTOTLE||Besides his many writings, the teacher is known for the Lyceum, the gymnasium where he lectured about philosophy.|
|RODNEY||Continental Congress delegate Caesar Rodney cast the state's tie-breaking vote for independence and later became the state's president.|
Quiz Quilt Answer: YOYOMA (Sixth letters going up)
Yo Yo Ma is one of the world's finest cellists.
Friday, August 10, 2007
|What animal was named after the Spanish word for lizard?|
|What sulfate mineral is Plaster of Paris made from?|
|What actor played the title role in the remake of the movie Shaft in 2000?|
|Who was the only head coach the Dallas Cowboys had until 1988?|
|What Greek philosopher wrote Physics and Politics and was called "the master of those who know" by Dante?|
|Who is portrayed on the commemorative Delaware U.S. quarter?|
Answer 943: Entertainment & Food -- Filly Freedoma) Billie Jean King
The anthem was #1 on the U.S. pop charts in April 1975. King played for and coached the Philadelphia Freedom to the World Team Tennis final in 1974.
Answer 944: History & Government -- President Precedentb) Harry Truman
He appeared on October 5, 1947 to discuss the international food crisis and propose meatless Tuesdays. Dwight Eisenhower was the first President to be broadcast in color in 1955.
Answer 945: Math & Science -- Powder Poof!b) Magnesium
Potassium nitrate is the main ingredient, making up three-quarters of the mass, with charcoal accounting for a little over half of the rest.
Answer 946: Geography & Nature -- Calm Countrya) Korea
The nation was first known as Go-Joseon in 2333 B.C.
Answer 947: Literature & Arts -- Novel Enterprised) William Shatner
The 1989 and 1997 sci-fi stories bookended a nine-title series outlined by Shatner but ghostwritten by Ron Goulart.
Answer 948: Sports & Games -- She-Shootersa) Houston Comets
They dominated the league by capturing the first four titles from 1997 to 2000.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Question 943: Entertainment & Food -- Filly FreedomFor what athlete did Elton John compose the song "Philadelphia Freedom"?
a) Billie Jean King
b) Chris Evert
c) Martina Navratilova
d) Tracy Austin
Question 944: History & Government -- President PrecedentWho was the first U.S. President to have his White House address televised?
a) Dwight Eisenhower
b) Harry Truman
c) Lyndon Johnson
d) Richard Nixon
Question 945: Math & Science -- Powder Poof!Which of the following is not one of the ingredients in black gunpowder?
c) Potassium nitrate
Question 946: Geography & Nature -- Calm CountryWhat country's name means "land of the morning calm"?
Question 947: Literature & Arts -- Novel EnterpriseWhat actor put his name on the novels TekWar and TekNet?
a) DeForest Kelley
b) George Takei
c) Leonard Nimoy
d) William Shatner
Question 948: Sports & Games -- She-ShootersWhich team won the first WNBA championship?
a) Houston Comets
b) Los Angeles Sparks
c) New York Liberty
d) Phoenix Mercury
Answer 937: Entertainment & Food -- Drama Queenc) Dr. Who
The series aired for 26 years, from 1963 to 1989 with seven different actors playing the title character.
Answer 938: History & Government -- Money Moversd) Washington, D.C.
The bank was created by the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference and opened on December 27, 1945.
Answer 939: Math & Science -- Needle Pointd) Heel
Common tests check for phenylketonuria (PKU), congenital hypothyroidism, galactosemia, sickle cell disease, homocystinuria, biotinidase deficiency, tyrosinemia, and jaundice.
Answer 940: Geography & Nature -- Scand-Landa) Denmark
It is 16,639 square miles, less than one seventh the size of Norway.
Answer 941: Literature & Arts -- Another Hamletd) William Faulkner
The Mississippi-born writer also won a posthumous National Book Award for his Collected Stories.
Answer 942: Sports & Games -- Bounced From the Topa) Adolph Rupp
The Kentucky coach won 876 games over 41 seasons, including the 1948 national championship.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Question 937: Entertainment & Food -- Drama QueenWhat was the longest running dramatic show in television history?
b) Death Valley Days
c) Dr. Who
Question 938: History & Government -- Money MoversWhat city is home to the headquarters of the World Bank?
c) New York
d) Washington, D.C.
Question 939: Math & Science -- Needle PointWhere are blood tests on newborn babies usually drawn from?
Question 940: Geography & Nature -- Scand-LandWhich is the smallest Scandinavian country?
Question 941: Literature & Arts -- Another HamletWhat American novelist wrote The Hamlet and The Sound and the Fury and won a Pulitzer for A Fable?
a) Ernest Hemingway
b) John Steinbeck
c) Saul Bellow
d) William Faulkner
Question 942: Sports & Games -- Bounced From the TopWho was the all-time winningest NCAA basketball coach until Dean Smith passed him on March 15, 1997?
a) Adolph Rupp
b) Clair Bee
c) Hank Iba
d) Phog Allen
Answer 931: Entertainment & Food -- Sitcom Circlea) Bewitched
Samantha and Darrin Stephens live in Westport, Connecticut, a suburb of New York City.
Answer 932: History & Government -- Swearing Seniora) Calvin Coolidge
After Warren Harding's death, Coolidge's notary public father administered the oath of office at 2:47 a.m. on August 2, 1923.
Answer 933: Math & Science -- Ants in the Pants?c) Everything
Sufferers have a vague but persistent fear of some unknown evil. In A Charlie Brown Christmas, Lucy helps Charlie Brown identify this as his problem.
Answer 934: Geography & Nature -- Chris's Sisb) Genoa
Christopher Columbus was born there in 1451.
Answer 935: Literature & Arts -- Cartoon Balloonc) Little Bill
The imaginative 5-year-old from the 2004 Emmy-award winner by the same name first floated in the sky in 2003. The parade began in 1920.
Answer 936: Sports & Games -- Alpine Apexc) Marc Girardelli
The Austrian was ranked number one five times between 1984-85 and 1992-93.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Question 931: Entertainment & Food -- Sitcom CircleWhat TV show's main family lives at 1164 Morning Glory Circle?
b) The Brady Bunch
c) I Dream of Jeannie
d) Married With Children
Question 932: History & Government -- Swearing SeniorWho was the only U.S. President sworn in by his father?
a) Calvin Coolidge
b) Franklin Roosevelt
c) John Quincy Adams
d) Woodrow Wilson
Question 933: Math & Science -- Ants in the Pants?What does a person with pantophobia fear?
Question 934: Geography & Nature -- Chris's SisWhat is Columbus, Ohio's sister city in Italy?
Question 935: Literature & Arts -- Cartoon BalloonWho was the first black cartoon character to have a balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?
a) Fat Albert
b) Franklin (Peanuts)
c) Little Bill
d) Nipper (Wee Pals)
Question 936: Sports & Games -- Alpine ApexWho has won the most men's Alpine Skiing World Cup titles?
a) Gustavo Thoeni
b) Ingemar Stenmark
c) Marc Girardelli
d) Pirmin Zurbriggen
Answer 925: Entertainment & Food -- Not Earl the Pearl Monroec) Mookie Blaylock
Blaylock had been a star high school basketball player in Seattle, Washington where the band was formed in 1988.
Answer 926: History & Government -- Cool Coacha) B&O Railroad
The railroad existed under that name from 1827 until 1986.
Answer 927: Math & Science -- Ravaged by Ricketsc) Vitamin D
Without it, the bones cannot absorb calcium and weaken until they can no longer support the body.
Answer 928: Geography & Nature -- Southern Empirea) Georgia
The nickname compares the state to New York in both industrial capacity and size.
Answer 929: Literature & Arts -- Marlowe's Makerb) Raymond Chandler
The sleuth debuted in The Big Sleep in 1939.
Answer 930: Sports & Games -- Pegging Perfectiond) 29
With a 5 as the starter card, three 5's plus the Jack of the starter suit score 12 points for the 4-of-a-kind, 16 points for eight 15's, and 1 point for the Jack of Nobs.
Monday, August 6, 2007
Question 925: Entertainment & Food -- Not Earl the Pearl MonroeWhich NBA star was the band Pearl Jam previously named for?
a) Dikembe Mutombo
b) Dominique Wilkins
c) Mookie Blaylock
d) Spud Webb
Question 926: History & Government -- Cool CoachWhat railroad had the first air-conditioned train, on May 24, 1931?
a) B&O Railroad
b) Pennsylvania Railroad
c) Reading Railroad
d) Short Line Railroad
Question 927: Math & Science -- Ravaged by RicketsWhich vitamin's deficiency causes rickets?
a) Vitamin A
b) Vitamin C
c) Vitamin D
d) Vitamin E
Question 928: Geography & Nature -- Southern EmpireWhich U.S. state is known as the Empire State of the South?
c) North Carolina
d) South Carolina
Question 929: Literature & Arts -- Marlowe's MakerWho created the fictional detective Philip Marlowe?
a) P.D. James
b) Raymond Chandler
c) Rex Stout
d) Ross Macdonald
Question 930: Sports & Games -- Pegging PerfectionHow many points are pegged when melding the highest scoring Cribbage crib?
Answer 919: Entertainment & Food -- Laugh All the Way to the Banka) Forrest Gump
The film had earned almost $680 million worldwide through July 2005. [Note: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest has since crossed the billion dollar mark.]
Answer 920: History & Government -- Cross Out the Crossb) Crescent
The Ottoman Empire refused to use the symbol of the International Red Cross in the 1870s and chose the Red Crescent instead.
Answer 921: Math & Science -- Whassup, Wassermann?d) Syphilis
German bacteriologist August von Wassermann developed the antibody test in 1906.
Answer 922: Geography & Nature -- Sound Cityd) Seattle, Washington
The Emerald City had about 570,000 people in 2003.
Answer 923: Literature & Arts -- Holmes Homea) 221B Baker Street
A very real house exists there now as a tourist attraction.
Answer 924: Sports & Games -- Play Timec) 48 minutes
The game is split into four 12-minute quarters, with a halftime break between the second and third quarters.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Question 919: Entertainment & Food -- Laugh All the Way to the BankWhat was the top-grossing comedy movie of all time?
a) Forrest Gump
c) Home Alone
d) Pretty Woman
Question 920: History & Government -- Cross Out the CrossWhat symbol appears on the flags of Muslim countries instead of the red cross?
Question 921: Math & Science -- Whassup, Wassermann?What disease is the Wassermann test used to detect?
Question 922: Geography & Nature -- Sound CityWhat is the most populous city on the Puget Sound?
a) Chicago, Illinois
b) New Orleans, Louisiana
c) New York, New York
d) Seattle, Washington
Question 923: Literature & Arts -- Holmes HomeAt what address did fictional detective Sherlock Holmes live with Dr. Watson?
a) 221B Baker Street
b) 221B Beech Street
c) 221B Billingsford Street
d) 221B Broad Street
Question 924: Sports & Games -- Play TimeHow long is the playing time of a regulation NBA basketball game?
a) 36 minutes
b) 40 minutes
c) 48 minutes
d) 60 minutes
- Nevada: d) Wyoming. Utah and the Great Salt Lake separate the two states. In 1960, Nevada and Wyoming ranked next to each other in population (49th and 48th), but since then, Nevada has risen to 35th while Wyoming has dropped to last.
- Vermont: a) Maine. Here's how you can remember whether Vermont or New Hampshire is the one on the left: VermoNt (since "New Hampshire" has no 'V' in it, the trick doesn't work the other way around).
- Colorado: a) Arizona. Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah are the Four Corners States, but Arizona and Colorado only meet at a corner (ditto for New Mexico and Utah).
- Michigan: a) Illinois. Lake Michigan separates the two states. Michigan also borders the province of Ontario.
- Nebraska: b) Minnesota. Nebraska's other northern neighbor is South Dakota, which, along with Iowa, separates the the Cornhuskers from the Gophers.
- Alabama: c) Louisiana. Mississippi and some water separate the two states, which have mirror-image postal abbreviations (AL and LA). *Bonus trivia question: what's the only other mirrored pair of states?
- Montana: c) Washington. Idaho separates the two and is Montana's only other U.S. neighbor. The Big Sky State also borders British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.
- Maryland: b) New Jersey. As tiny as Delaware is, it keeps New Jersey and Maryland apart. Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia are also the four states whose borders are defined by the Mason-Dixon line.
- Tennessee: d) West Virginia. Tennessee and its northern neighbor Kentucky each touch eight other states, with Missouri and Virginia being adjacent to both.
- Minnesota: b) Michigan. Lake Superior and Wisconsin are between Michigan and Minnesota.
- Texas: b) Kansas. Oklahoma separates the two states, but not by much. The Sooner state's panhandle is only 34 miles from north to south and could have been part of Texas if the state had not rejected it in 1845 because slavery was illegal there.
- Ohio: c) New York. The northwest corner of Pennsylvania keeps the two states apart. Lake Erie washes up on the shores of all three states (as well as on Michigan).
* Bonus trivia answer: Minnesota (MN) and New Mexico (NM).
Saturday, August 4, 2007
U.S. State Mates Questions
c) New Hampshire
d) New York
b) New Mexico
a) North Dakota
b) South Dakota
b) New Jersey
d) West Virginia
c) North Carolina
d) West Virginia
c) South Dakota
d) New Mexico
c) New York
d) West Virginia
|PANGAEA||The name comes from the Greek for "all lands". Gaea was the goddess of the Earth.|
|INDONESIA||The movie, which delves into the country's politics, was finally shown at a film festival there after an eighteen-year ban.|
|DEVON||The third largest county has both north and south coasts because Cornwall separates it from the southwest corner of the island.|
|SHOGI||At the beginning of the game, the men are symmetrically arranged on the first three rows of a nine-by-nine board.|
|SEALE||Bobby Seale helped start the organization in October 1966 in Oakland, California.|
|LIMERICK||The first edition of two illustrated volumes contained 72 children's limericks, each beginning with "There was an <adjective> <type of person> from <location>."|
Quiz Quilt Answer: GOOGLE (Fourth letters)
Who Wants To Be a Millionaire contestants occasionally use their Phone-a-Friend lifeline to call someone to run a Google search for them.
Friday, August 3, 2007
|What do scientists call the single land mass that existed when the dinosaurs roamed the Earth?|
|In what country does the 1982 movie The Year of Living Dangerously take place?|
|What is the only county in Great Britain with two coasts?|
|What Japanese variant of chess pits twenty-piece armies against each other?|
|Who founded the Black Panthers with Huey Newton?|
|What poetic form did Edward Lear popularize in his Book of Nonsense in 1846?|
Answer 913: Entertainment & Food -- Everything Niced) Touch
Michelle Stephenson was an original member of the group in 1993 but left for school and was replaced by Emma Bunton before the 1996 name change.
Answer 914: History & Government -- Silver Celebrationb) Bhutan
Jigme Singye Wangchuk inherited the throne from his father at the age of seventeen but was not officially crowned until two years later.
Answer 915: Math & Science -- Powder Stuffa) Black
Tin also trades its original color for black when turned into powder.
Answer 916: Geography & Nature -- Low-Man's Landb) Mongolia
The mountainous and desert-filled Asian country had only 4.4 people per square mile as of 2002.
Answer 917: Literature & Arts -- Early Marchd) Meg
The siblings were born in reverse alphabetical order.
Answer 918: Sports & Games -- Round and Roundc) Newport, Rhode Island
The New York Roller Skating Association leased the Atlantic House resort hotel and converted the dining room into a skating area.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Question 913: Entertainment & Food -- Everything NiceBy what name were the Spice Girls known before they heard a song called "Sugar & Spice" and took their eventual name?
b) Lass Kickers
Question 914: History & Government -- Silver CelebrationWhat country's first TV broadcast was the 25th anniversary celebration of its king's coronation on June 2, 1999?
Question 915: Math & Science -- Powder StuffWhat color is finely ground copper powder?
Question 916: Geography & Nature -- Low-Man's LandWhat is the least densely populated country in the world?
Question 917: Literature & Arts -- Early MarchWho was the oldest of the March sisters in Little Women?
Question 918: Sports & Games -- Round and RoundIn what city did the first roller skating rink open on August 11, 1866?
a) Coney Island, New York
b) Miami Beach, Florida
c) Newport, Rhode Island
d) San Diego, California
Answer 907: Entertainment & Food -- Floss Before, During, or After Dinner?b) Cotton candy
An earlier form called spun sugar was popular as far back as 15th-century Italy.
Answer 908: History & Government -- Fixin' Nixond) Illinois
Its 27 electoral votes would not have been enough to sway the election his way.
Answer 909: Math & Science -- Muscle Measurea) 17
43 are needed to frown.
Answer 910: Geography & Nature -- Abu Dhabi Dood) United Arab Emirates
The seven emirates, or provinces, are Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Qaiwain.
Answer 911: Literature & Arts -- Swiss Missc) Johanna Spyri
Her homeland honored her with both a stamp in 1951 and a coin in 2001 to mark the 50th and 100th anniversaries of her death.
Answer 912: Sports & Games -- Women's Basketball Pro-Amd) Teresa Edwards
The Georgian is the only female basketball player to participate in five Olympics, and is both the youngest (20 in 1984) and oldest (36 in 2000) to win a gold medal.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Question 907: Entertainment & Food -- Floss Before, During, or After Dinner?What is the current name for Fairy Floss, which William Morrison and John Wharton dreamed up in 1897?
a) Angel hair pasta
b) Cotton candy
d) String cheese
Question 908: History & Government -- Fixin' NixonIn which state was voter fraud alleged in 1960, although loser Richard Nixon declined to challenge the results?
Question 909: Math & Science -- Muscle MeasureHow many muscles does a human use to smile?
Question 910: Geography & Nature -- Abu Dhabi DooWhat country's capital is Abu Dhabi?
d) United Arab Emirates
Question 911: Literature & Arts -- Swiss MissWhat Swiss author wrote Heidi in 1880?
a) Anna Sewell
b) Astrid Lindgren
c) Johanna Spyri
d) Louisa May Alcott
Question 912: Sports & Games -- Women's Basketball Pro-AmWho was the only WNBA player on the 2000 U.S. women's Olympic basketball team?
a) Cynthia Cooper
b) Rebecca Lobo
c) Sheryl Swoopes
d) Teresa Edwards
Answer 901: Entertainment & Food -- Look Sharpd) Sweden
Former Abba manager Thomas Johannson teamed Marie Fredriksson up with Per Hakan Gessle in 1985.
Answer 902: History & Government -- Import/Export Businessa) China
The deficit with China grew to $83 billion in 2001 and a pace of $120 billion in 2004, while the deficit with Japan peaked at $81 billion in 2000 and has declined since.
Answer 903: Math & Science -- Crust Chemicalc) Oxygen
The nonmetal accounts for almost half of the crust, mostly in silicon dioxide, commonly called sand.
Answer 904: Geography & Nature -- Coining a Continentd) Terra australis
Matthew Flinders referred to the big island simply as the "southern land" in an 1814 publication.
Answer 905: Literature & Arts -- Sing a Songd) Walt Whitman
The poems all graced the pages of Leaves of Grass in 1855 and were joined in later editions by "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd".
Answer 906: Sports & Games -- Basketball's Besta) Bill Russell
The Boston Celtics won the NBA championship in eleven of his thirteen seasons with the team.