|What is the 43rd U.S. state, nicknamed the Gem State, where you can find the Snake River and Yellowstone Park?|
|What golfer won $1 million dollars by defeating Tiger Woods in the finals of the 2000 Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship?|
|What is the scientific term for the study of plants?|
|What actress was Married to the Mob in 1988 and Up Close and Personal in 1996?|
|What country was Sukarno the first president of from 1949 to 1964?|
|What Scottish poet wrote "Auld Lang Syne" and "The Jolly Beggars"?|
Friday, November 30, 2007
Answer 1,423: Entertainment & Food -- Saratoga Sided) Potato chips
George Crum cooked up the snack in Saratoga Springs, New York in 1853 after Cornelius Vanderbilt kept complaining that his potatoes were too thick.
Answer 1,424: History & Government -- Court Countc) 9
There were only six justices until 1807, then the number bounced around and peaked at ten before finally settling at nine in 1869.
Answer 1,425: Math & Science -- Prefix Powerc) "Peta-"
"Mega-" is 10 to the 6th (one million), "giga-" 9th (one billion), and "tera-" 12th (one trillion). One petabyte equals one quadrillion bytes.
Answer 1,426: Geography & Nature -- Single-Syllable Statesb) 1
Maine is the only one. Six state names have two syllables: Georgia, Kansas, New York, Texas, Utah, and Vermont.
Answer 1,427: Literature & Arts -- Henrik's Homed) Norway
The Father of Modern Drama was born in Skien in 1828.
Answer 1,428: Sports & Games -- Constant Cup Contendersc) Montreal Canadiens
The New York Yankees of hockey have played for the Cup 32 times, winning a record 23 championships.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Question 1,423: Entertainment & Food -- Saratoga SideWhich side dish was originally called Saratoga potatoes?
a) French fries
b) Mashed potatoes
c) Onion rings
d) Potato chips
Question 1,424: History & Government -- Court CountHow many justices make up the U.S. Supreme Court?
Question 1,425: Math & Science -- Prefix PowerWhat prefix means 10 raised to the 15th power?
Question 1,426: Geography & Nature -- Single-Syllable StatesHow many U.S. states have common names with only one syllable?
Question 1,427: Literature & Arts -- Henrik's HomeWhat country was author Henrik Ibsen from?
Question 1,428: Sports & Games -- Constant Cup ContendersWhich NHL team has appeared in the most Stanley Cup finals?
a) Boston Bruins
b) Detroit Red Wings
c) Montreal Canadiens
d) Toronto Maple Leafs
Answer 1,417: Entertainment & Food -- Reading Rockb) Conjunction Junction
"I got 'and', 'but', and 'or', They'll get you pretty far."
Answer 1,418: History & Government -- One and Onlyd) Nebraska
The single-branch legislature is also uniquely nonpartisan, with no party affiliations listed on election ballots.
Answer 1,419: Math & Science -- Pasteurization Pointa) 145° Fahrenheit
Higher temperatures are usually used in practice to shorten the time needed.
Answer 1,420: Geography & Nature -- Gold Diggersc) Nevada
California and South Dakota mine the second and third most.
Answer 1,421: Literature & Arts -- Wizard Wordc) Mars
The good wizard's name stands for Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury.
Answer 1,422: Sports & Games -- Shogi Showdownb) 81
The playing field is 9 by 9.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Question 1,417: Entertainment & Food -- Reading RockWhat Schoolhouse Rock episode includes the lyrics "Out of the frying pan and into the fire"?
a) Busy Prepositions
b) Conjunction Junction
c) A Noun Is a Person, Place, or Thing
d) The Shot Heard 'Round the World
Question 1,418: History & Government -- One and OnlyWhich is the only U.S. state with a unicameral state legislature?
Question 1,419: Math & Science -- Pasteurization PointWhat is the ideal temperature at which to pasteurize milk for the best sterilization?
a) 145° Fahrenheit
b) 165° Fahrenheit
c) 185° Fahrenheit
d) 205° Fahrenheit
Question 1,420: Geography & Nature -- Gold DiggersWhich U.S. state produces the most gold?
d) South Dakota
Question 1,421: Literature & Arts -- Wizard WordWhat god's name below is not part of the acronym Shazam in "The Adventures of Captain Marvel"?
Question 1,422: Sports & Games -- Shogi ShowdownHow many squares does a Shogi board have?
Answer 1,411: Entertainment & Food -- Perfect Peachd) A singer
Nellie Melba was an Australian soprano.
Answer 1,412: History & Government -- Pueblo Peopleb) Hopi
The Hopitu, meaning "peaceful ones", lived in what is now Arizona.
Answer 1,413: Math & Science -- Major Moonc) Titania
With a 990-mile diameter, the satellite is a little bigger than Oberon.
Answer 1,414: Geography & Nature -- River Deepa) Amazon River
The South American river flows about 7.1 million cubic feet per second.
Answer 1,415: Literature & Arts -- Son 3b) Seth
Genealogically, however, the youngest son was the most important, since Noah was his direct descendant.
Answer 1,416: Sports & Games -- Lane Lengthd) 60 feet
The lane is 3½ feet wide.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Question 1,411: Entertainment & Food -- Perfect PeachWhat were Peach Melba and Melba toast both named for?
a) An actress
b) A dancer
c) A model
d) A singer
Question 1,412: History & Government -- Pueblo PeopleWhat American Indian tribe built adobe pueblos?
Question 1,413: Math & Science -- Major MoonWhat is the largest moon of Uranus?
Question 1,414: Geography & Nature -- River DeepWhat river has the largest volume of water?
a) Amazon River
b) Mississippi River
c) Nile River
d) Yellow River
Question 1,415: Literature & Arts -- Son 3Who was the third and least well-known son of Adam and Eve?
Question 1,416: Sports & Games -- Lane LengthHow long is a 10-pin bowling lane?
a) 30 feet
b) 40 feet
c) 50 feet
d) 60 feet
Answer 1,405: Entertainment & Food -- Show Non-Stopperd) The Price Is Right
The consumer goods pricing contest was first broadcast in 1956 with Bill Cullen hosting.
Answer 1,406: History & Government -- Jumbo Jeta) Boeing 747
The jet holds 498 passengers, over 100 more than any of the others.
Answer 1,407: Math & Science -- Comet Collisionb) Jupiter
By the time Carolyn Shoemaker and David Levy discovered the comet in 1993, it had already been "squashed" by Jupiter's gravitational pull on its previous pass.
Answer 1,408: Geography & Nature -- Country Conclusiona) 'A'
It is far ahead of 'N'.
Answer 1,409: Literature & Arts -- Dominant Denominationd) Roman Catholic
It is also the most popular in the U.S., accounting for almost three-eighths of American Christians.
Answer 1,410: Sports & Games -- Rose Racec) Louisville
The race has been held at Churchill Downs since 1875.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Question 1,405: Entertainment & Food -- Show Non-StopperWhat is the longest running TV game show?
a) Hollywood Squares
c) The Newlywed Game
d) The Price Is Right
Question 1,406: History & Government -- Jumbo JetWhich airplane has the highest maximum seating capacity of the following?
a) Boeing 747
b) Boeing 777
c) Lockheed L-1011 TriStar
d) McDonnell Douglas DC-10
Question 1,407: Math & Science -- Comet CollisionWhich planet did comet Shoemaker-Levy crash into on July 20, 1994 after being fragmented by it a year earlier?
Question 1,408: Geography & Nature -- Country ConclusionWhich letter of the alphabet ends the common name of the most countries?
Question 1,409: Literature & Arts -- Dominant DenominationWhat is the largest Christian denomination in the world?
d) Roman Catholic
Question 1,410: Sports & Games -- Rose RaceIn what city is the Kentucky Derby run?
Answer 1,399: Entertainment & Food -- Berry, Berry Goodb) "My Ding-A-Ling"
The single about a little boy and his toy reached the top of the charts in 1972.
Answer 1,400: History & Government -- Suffragette Stated) Wyoming
At least part of the reason for allowing suffrage was to obtain enough voters to qualify for statehood.
Answer 1,401: Math & Science -- Derive the Derivativec) 2x
The derivative measures how quickly one variable changes with respect to another variable.
Answer 1,402: Geography & Nature -- Senegal Centerc) Dakar
The major port is also the country's most populous city, with over two million people.
Answer 1,403: Literature & Arts -- Scylla Questionc) A sea monster
Odysseus had to navigate his ship between Scylla and the equally dangerous Charybdis. Scylla was similar to a mermaid but with the heads and legs of six dogs growing out of her.
Answer 1,404: Sports & Games -- Not Because He Sucksa) Brooks Robinson
The 16-time Gold Glover, 1964 American League MVP, and Hall of Famer manned the hot corner for the Baltimore Orioles from 1955 to 1977.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Question 1,399: Entertainment & Food -- Berry, Berry GoodWhat was Chuck Berry's only #1 Billboard hit?
a) "Johnny B. Goode"
b) "My Ding-A-Ling"
c) "Rock & Roll Music"
d) "Sweet Little Sixteen"
Question 1,400: History & Government -- Suffragette StateWhich state became the first to allow women to vote when it joined the U.S. on July 10, 1890?
Question 1,401: Math & Science -- Derive the DerivativeMathematically, what is the derivative of x2?
a) x / 2
Question 1,402: Geography & Nature -- Senegal CenterWhat is the capital of Senegal?
Question 1,403: Literature & Arts -- Scylla QuestionIn Homer's Odyssey, what was Scylla?
a) A beautiful, dangerous witch
b) A nymph who loved Odysseus
c) A sea monster
d) A Theban prophet
Question 1,404: Sports & Games -- Not Because He SucksWhat Major League Baseball third baseman was known as the Human Vacuum Cleaner?
a) Brooks Robinson
b) George Brett
c) Ken Boyer
d) Mike Schmidt
- A1) Inch. An inch measures 2.54 centimeters.
- A2) Meter. A meter is 3.37 inches longer than a yard.
- A3) Mile. A mile is 1,609.3 meters and is the only Imperial distance that runners still race in the Olympics (the marathon is an odd distance in both systems: 42.195 kilometers or 26 miles and 385 yards).
- A4) Square meter. Each square foot equals 0.0929 square meters, so 10 square feet equals 0.929 square meters.
- A5) Hectare. A hectare is 10,000 square meters while an acre is 4,046.856 square meters.
- A6) Fluid ounce. One fluid ounce equals 29.574 cubic centimeters. 1,000 cubic centimeters is one liter, which weighs one kilogram.
- A7) Liter. A quart equals 0.946 liters. By selling two-liter bottles of soda instead of two-quart bottles, the beverage companies are actually giving you an extra 3.6 ounces of artificially colored, artificially flavored, carbonated corn syrup-water.
- A8) Ounce. An avoirdupois ounce weighs 28.350 grams. A pound weighs 453.592 grams.
- A9) 1,000 kilograms. A ton equals 907.184 kilograms (one kilogram is 2.2 pounds).
- A10) -40 degrees. Converting -40 degrees Fahrenheit minus 32, times 5/9 equals exactly -40 degrees Celsius.
- A11) BTU. A British thermal unit equals 1.0545 kilojoules (only a tiny bit more at room temperature).
- A12) Meter per second. One mile per hour equals 0.447 meters per second (m/s is the official SI unit of speed).
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Measure For Measure Questions
- Q1) Which is longer, an inch or 2 centimeters?
- Q2) Which is longer, a yard or a meter?
- Q3) Which is longer, a mile or 1,500 meters?
- Q4) Which is larger, 10 square feet or a square meter?
- Q5) Which is larger, an acre or a hectare?
- Q6) Which is larger, a fluid ounce or 25 cubic centimeters?
- Q7) Which is larger, a quart or a liter?
- Q8) Which is heavier, an ounce or 25 grams (at standard temperature and pressure)?
- Q9) Which is heavier, a ton or 1,000 kilograms (at standard temperature and pressure)?
- Q10) At what temperature do the Fahrenheit and Celsius scales agree?
- Q11) Which has more energy, a kilojoule or a British thermal unit (at standard temperature and pressure)?
- Q12) Which is faster, a meter per second or a mile per hour?
|MOORE||The Mary Tyler Moore Show, named for the actress rather than her character Mary Richards, ran from 1970 to 1977.|
|MEYERS||Hall of Famer Ann Meyers won the female half of the Superstars competition on television in 1980, 1981, and 1982.|
|TYPHOON||The story about Captain MacWhirr was published in 1902.|
|CALCIUM||The polypeptide is released by the parathyroid glands in the neck.|
|DASSLER||German businessman Adolph "Adi" Dassler first mass-marketed his sneakers in 1917.|
|CAYENNE||Cayenne chili peppers are ground up to create the hot spice of the same name.|
Quiz Quilt Answer: ESCHER (Fourth letters going up)
Douglas Hofstadter's 1979 Pulitzer Prize winner Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid features the Dutch artist and his infinite constructions.
Friday, November 23, 2007
|What actress's TV theme song asked, "Who can turn the world on with her smile?"|
|What women's basketball player was an All-American for UCLA four times between 1974 and 1978?|
|In what Joseph Conrad novel does an unimaginative sea captain encounter a deadly storm?|
|What chemical element's level does parathormone regulate in the human body?|
|Who founded the Adidas shoe company?|
|What is the capital of French Guiana, known for the variety of pepper grown there?|
Answer 1,393: Entertainment & Food -- Soap Opera Spawna) Another World
The show, set in the midwestern town of Bay City, lasted over 35 years and 8,891 episodes.
Answer 1,394: History & Government -- Flower Peddlesc) Geranium
The flowers of consolation have grown in England since they were imported from Paris in 1631.
Answer 1,395: Math & Science -- Sextant Extentb) 60 degrees
The measuring instrument is one-sixth of a circle.
Answer 1,396: Geography & Nature -- Jordan Rulesa) Amman
Archaeological discoveries have unearthed evidence of civilization there as far back as 6500 B.C.
Answer 1,397: Literature & Arts -- Winston's Worryb) Rats
The totalitarian government knew of his nightmares about the rodents chewing on his face.
Answer 1,398: Sports & Games -- Prize Parityc) U.S. Open
The New York event has given out matching prizes since 1973.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Question 1,393: Entertainment & Food -- Soap Opera SpawnWhat NBC soap opera debuted on May 4, 1964 and spun off the soaps Somerset and Texas?
a) Another World
b) Days of Our Lives
c) General Hospital
d) The Young and the Restless
Question 1,394: History & Government -- Flower PeddlesFor what flower does the Greater London Fund for the Blind sell stickers one day each April in England?
Question 1,395: Math & Science -- Sextant ExtentHow many degrees are in the arc of a sextant?
a) 45 degrees
b) 60 degrees
c) 90 degrees
d) 120 degrees
Question 1,396: Geography & Nature -- Jordan RulesWhat is the capital and most populous city of Jordan?
Question 1,397: Literature & Arts -- Winston's WorryIn George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, what was Winston Smith's greatest fear, which he was brought to Room 101 to face?
Question 1,398: Sports & Games -- Prize ParityWhat was the first Grand Slam tennis tournament to award equal prize money to women and men?
a) Australian Open
b) French Open
c) U.S. Open
Answer 1,387: Entertainment & Food -- Favorite Filmb) Driving Miss Daisy
80-year-old Jessica Tandy also won for Best Actress.
Answer 1,388: History & Government -- Smoke Smackb) Florida
The ruling was overturned on appeal in May 2003.
Answer 1,389: Math & Science -- pH Degreec) 7
The scale measures the concentration of hydrogen ions in a solution, with 0 being very acidic, 7 being neutral, and 14 being very basic.
Answer 1,390: Geography & Nature -- River Reservoira) Columbia River
The hydroelectric dam in Washington was the largest in the world when it was completed in 1941.
Answer 1,391: Literature & Arts -- Puerile Potterd) The Sorcerer's Stone
The enormously successful series opener was originally published in England as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 1997.
Answer 1,392: Sports & Games -- Court Confinesc) 30 feet
International rules specify a width and depth of exactly nine meters on each side of the net for the indoor game, while beach volleyball is played on a smaller, eight-meter court.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Question 1,387: Entertainment & Food -- Favorite FilmWhat movie captured the Oscar for Best Picture of 1989?
a) Born on the Fourth of July
b) Driving Miss Daisy
d) My Left Foot
Question 1,388: History & Government -- Smoke SmackWhich U.S. state won a record $145-billion judgment against leading tobacco companies in July 2000?
c) New York
Question 1,389: Math & Science -- pH DegreeWhat is the pH of pure water?
Question 1,390: Geography & Nature -- River ReservoirWhat river is the Grand Coulee Dam on?
a) Columbia River
b) Missouri River
c) Ohio River
d) Platte River
Question 1,391: Literature & Arts -- Puerile PotterWhat was J.K. Rowling's first Harry Potter book?
a) The Chamber of Secrets
b) The Goblet of Fire
c) The Prisoner of Azkaban
d) The Sorcerer's Stone
Question 1,392: Sports & Games -- Court ConfinesHow wide is an indoor volleyball court?
a) 18 feet
b) 24 feet
c) 30 feet
d) 36 feet
Answer 1,381: Entertainment & Food -- Alpert Achievementd) "This Guy's in Love With You"
The single made it big in 1968.
Answer 1,382: History & Government -- Change of Heartd) Maria
The president of the Philippines from 1986 to 1992 was born as Maria Corazon Sumulong Cojuangco in Manila on January 25, 1933.
Answer 1,383: Math & Science -- Double Demona) Algol
Because the two stars have different magnitudes, the apparent brightness seen from Earth regularly increases and decreases as they revolve around each other.
Answer 1,384: Geography & Nature -- Lobster Goob) Blue
Oxygen-carrying copper tints the crustacean's blood.
Answer 1,385: Literature & Arts -- Robert and Richarda) Cavalier Poets
The 17th-century authors of light, secular poetry also included Ben Jonson and Thomas Carew.
Answer 1,386: Sports & Games -- Arcade Achievementa) Golden Tee
The golf game debuted in 1995 and has spawned leagues, tournaments, and an entire trackball-spinning culture.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Question 1,381: Entertainment & Food -- Alpert AchievementWhat was the first Herb Alpert song to reach #1 on the Billboard charts?
c) "Route 101"
d) "This Guy's in Love With You"
Question 1,382: History & Government -- Change of HeartWhat was Corazon Aquino's given first name?
Question 1,383: Math & Science -- Double DemonWhat red double star in the constellation Perseus is known as the Winking Demon?
Question 1,384: Geography & Nature -- Lobster GooWhat color is lobster blood?
Question 1,385: Literature & Arts -- Robert and RichardWhat category of poets did Robert Herrick and Richard Lovelace belong to?
a) Cavalier Poets
b) Confessional Poets
c) Metaphysical Poets
d) Transcendental Poets
Question 1,386: Sports & Games -- Arcade AchievementWhat became the first arcade video game to reach $1 billion in sales in 2003?
a) Golden Tee
b) Grand Theft Auto
c) Mortal Kombat
d) NFL Blitz
Answer 1,375: Entertainment & Food -- Revampedb) Nadja
Dr. Van Helsing battled the blood suckers in New York City.
Answer 1,376: History & Government -- Corporate Presidentb) Calvin Coolidge
In a 1925 speech to the American Society of Newspaper Editors, his complete words were "The chief business of the American people is business".
Answer 1,377: Math & Science -- Albert's Ashesb) Delaware River
His remains floated away in Trenton, New Jersey.
Answer 1,378: Geography & Nature -- Largest Landlocked Landc) Kazakhstan
It is a little over one million square miles, roughly ten percent bigger than the Congo.
Answer 1,379: Literature & Arts -- Pocket Poserc) Ring
Bilbo Baggins posed this unfair "riddle" during a game with Gollum and soon discovered that "my precious" would turn its wearer invisible.
Answer 1,380: Sports & Games -- Medal Markingsb) Olive wreath
Medals also feature a horse-drawn chariot, a coliseum, the year, the number of the Olympiad, and the host city's name.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Question 1,375: Entertainment & Food -- RevampedWhat 1994 modern vampire movie starred Eina Lowensohn, Suzy Amis, and Galaxy Craze?
a) Burial of the Rats
Question 1,376: History & Government -- Corporate PresidentWhich U.S. President reportedly declared, "The business of America is business"?
a) Bill Clinton
b) Calvin Coolidge
c) George Bush
d) Herbert Hoover
Question 1,377: Math & Science -- Albert's AshesInto what river were Albert Einstein's ashes scattered?
a) Connecticut River
b) Delaware River
c) Hudson River
d) Ohio River
Question 1,378: Geography & Nature -- Largest Landlocked LandWhat is the largest landlocked country in the world?
Question 1,379: Literature & Arts -- Pocket Poser"What have I got in my pocket?" according to The Hobbit?
Question 1,380: Sports & Games -- Medal MarkingsWhich of the following has not appeared on Olympic gold medals since 1928?
a) Greek goddess
b) Olive wreath
c) Olympic rings
Answer 1,369: Entertainment & Food -- Pretty in Pin-Upa) Betty Grable
One particular photograph of her wearing a bathing suit was popular among American World War II soldiers.
Answer 1,370: History & Government -- You Sank My Battleshipc) U.S.S. Maine
The cause of the explosion that destroyed the ship in the harbor was never determined but was publicly labeled an act of sabotage.
Answer 1,371: Math & Science -- Belt Boundarya) Jupiter
Mars is on the inside of the belt.
Answer 1,372: Geography & Nature -- Oil's Well That Ends Wellc) Pennsylvania
The Drake Well was located in Titusville in the northwest part of the state.
Answer 1,373: Literature & Arts -- Bloom County Computera) Banana
Oliver receives a Banana Junior for Christmas. The 6000 Series computer has a 32-bit processor, 450 kilobytes of memory, and a mind of its own.
Answer 1,374: Sports & Games -- '90s NFLd) San Francisco 49ers
They won over 70% of their games with 113 victories and only 47 losses.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Question 1,369: Entertainment & Food -- Pretty in Pin-UpWhat actress was The Pin-Up Girl in the 1944 movie as well as in real life?
a) Betty Grable
b) Jane Russell
c) Mae West
d) Marilyn Monroe
Question 1,370: History & Government -- You Sank My BattleshipWhat battleship was sunk in Havana, Cuba to start the Spanish-American War in 1898?
a) U.S.S. Arizona
b) U.S.S. Delaware
c) U.S.S. Maine
d) U.S.S. Missouri
Question 1,371: Math & Science -- Belt BoundaryWhich planet orbits just outside the asteroid belt?
Question 1,372: Geography & Nature -- Oil's Well That Ends WellIn which state was the first oil well in the U.S. erected on August 28, 1859?
Question 1,373: Literature & Arts -- Bloom County ComputerWhat computer in the comic strip Bloom County parodied Apple?
Question 1,374: Sports & Games -- '90s NFLWhich NFL team had the best overall regular season record in the 1990s?
a) Dallas Cowboys
b) Denver Broncos
c) Green Bay Packers
d) San Francisco 49ers
- A1) 1621. Although wild fowl was served, it is unknown but unlikely that turkey was eaten. There was no cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, or pumpkin pie either.
- A2) Abraham Lincoln. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Sarah Josepha Hale, we have our only non-Monday, non-Friday holiday.
- A3) Franklin Roosevelt. During the unofficial intermediate stage, the holiday was dubbed "Franksgiving", and Texas chose to celebrate on both the old and new dates.
- A4) James Pierpont. The tune is better known as "Jingle Bells" now.
- A5) Columbus Day (the second Monday in October). The holiday originally celebrated a bountiful harvest.
- A6) Felix the Cat. In 1927, the then-silent, black-and-white feline was also the first large balloon in the event.
- A7) Turkey. Charles Schulz thought a little cannibirdism wasn't enough to overturn tradition.
- A8) Dallas and Detroit. In addition, the Atlanta Falcons will host the Indianapolis Colts this year, the Kansas City Chiefs hosted the Denver Broncos in 2006, and the St. Louis Cardinals, who moved to Phoenix in 1988, hosted and lost to the Buffalo Bills in 1975 and the Miami Dolphins in 1977.
- A9) George Winston. The 1982 album helped establish the Windham Hill record label.
- A10) Judge Reinhold. The made-for-TV movie erred, I mean aired, in 2003.
- A11) Benjamin Franklin. The inventive founding father documented his preference in a letter to his daughter.
- A12) Four days. The bird should be kept in the back of the refrigerator where it is the coldest.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
- Q1) In what year did the Pilgrims celebrate the first Thanksgiving?
- Q2) Which U.S. President made Thanksgiving a national holiday?
- Q3) Which U.S. President moved Thanksgiving from the last Thursday in November to the second to last Thursday and then to the fourth Thursday?
- Q4) Who wrote the song "One Horse Open Sleigh" for Thanksgiving in 1857?
- Q5) On what U.S. holiday do Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving?
- Q6) Who was the first cartoon character to appear in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?
- Q7) In A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, what main course do Snoopy and Woodstock eat?
- Q8) Since 1970, what two cities have hosted NFL games on almost every Thanksgiving?
- Q9) What New Age musician's December album begins with a song titled "Thanksgiving"?
- Q10) What actor starred as Dr. Mitch Snider in National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Family Reunion?
- Q11) In 1784, what American statesman recommended that the turkey be the U.S. national bird?
- Q12) According to Martha Stewart, how many days before Thanksgiving should you begin to thaw a frozen, 20-pound turkey?
|NOLL||Chuck Noll's team won the championship all four times: 1975, 1976, 1979, and 1980.|
|UTAH||The state of Deseret was almost created in 1847, nearly half a century before the area finally joined as the 45th state on January 4, 1896.|
|TORT||The word comes directly from the French for "a wrong".|
|MURPHY||Saturday Night Live veteran Eddie Murphy had just reached the peak of his popularity after starring in Beverly Hills Cop.|
|ERASMUS||Dutch theologist Desiderius Erasmus, born as Geert Geertsen in 1466, dedicated the satirical essay to his friend Sir Thomas More. Folly was the son of Inebriation and Ignorance.|
|GUM||The astronaut actually was not going that far, just a few times around the Earth.|
Quiz Quilt Answer: NUTMEG (First letters)
Connecticut was known as the Nutmeg State before dropping the possibly insulting name for the Constitution State.
Friday, November 16, 2007
|What legendary NFL coach led the Pittsburgh Steelers to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances twice?|
|Which U.S. state was settled by the Mormons and originally denied statehood because of their polygamy?|
|What legal term refers to a civil wrong against a person or property for which damages may be claimed as compensation?|
|What comedian reached #2 on the pop charts with "Party All the Time" in December 1985?|
|What humanist from Rotterdam wrote The Praise of Folly in 1509?|
|In 1962, what did John Glenn say he was "just going down to the corner store to get" when he called his wife from the launch pad?|
Answer 1,363: Entertainment & Food -- Desilu Introductionsc) Too Many Girls
She played Pottawatomie College student Consuelo Casey, and he played Manuelito Lynch, a football player and bodyguard in the comedy.
Answer 1,364: History & Government -- Break From Brazild) Uruguay
The treaty ended a war between Argentina and Brazil over possession of the Banda Oriental ("east bank").
Answer 1,365: Math & Science -- Commonest Cancerd) Skin cancer
The National Cancer Institute estimated one million new cases in 2004.
Answer 1,366: Geography & Nature -- Fox Flocksa) Bat
The sixteen-inch-long fruit bat has a wingspan of almost five feet.
Answer 1,367: Literature & Arts -- Fantastic Four Fakeb) Incredible Hulk
The Thing is the fourth.
Answer 1,368: Sports & Games -- Glove Lovec) Rawlings
A panel of sportswriters chose the first major league winners. Players voted on awards in each league from 1958 to 1964. Managers and coaches have picked the winners since then.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Question 1,363: Entertainment & Food -- Desilu IntroductionsWhat was the 1940 movie where Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz first met?
a) Dance, Girl, Dance
b) A Girl, A Guy, and a Cab
c) Too Many Girls
d) You Can't Fool Your Wife
Question 1,364: History & Government -- Break From BrazilWhat country became an independent republic by splitting from Brazil after the Treaty of Rio de Janeiro in 1828?
Question 1,365: Math & Science -- Commonest CancerWhat is the most common type of cancer in the U.S.?
a) Breast cancer
b) Colon/rectum cancer
c) Prostate cancer
d) Skin cancer
Question 1,366: Geography & Nature -- Fox FlocksWhat is a flying fox actually a type of?
Question 1,367: Literature & Arts -- Fantastic Four FakeWhich of the following was not one of the original members of the Fantastic Four?
a) Human Torch
b) Incredible Hulk
c) Invisible Girl
d) Mr. Fantastic
Question 1,368: Sports & Games -- Glove LoveWho was the original sponsor of Major League Baseball's Gold Glove Awards in 1957?
a) Burma Shave
Answer 1,357: Entertainment & Food -- Kia's Corporationb) Hyundai
The South Korean auto manufacturer completed the purchase in 1998.
Answer 1,358: History & Government -- Cell Phone Statutec) New York
The law went into effect in July 2001.
Answer 1,359: Math & Science -- Queen of Paina) Chloroform
The Queen greatly influenced the Catholic Church to remove its prohibition on anesthesia during delivery.
Answer 1,360: Geography & Nature -- Sea Scavengerb) Lobster
They consume mollusks and decaying ocean creatures but also eat live animals.
Answer 1,361: Literature & Arts -- Nerd Neologya) Dr. Seuss
The term referred to one of the inhabitants of Ka-Troo in "If I Ran the Zoo" in 1950.
Answer 1,362: Sports & Games -- Race Routea) East
The race begins in the town of Hopkinton and ends on Boylston Street between Exeter and Dartmouth in Boston.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Question 1,357: Entertainment & Food -- Kia's CorporationWhat car company is formerly independent Kia Motors now a subsidiary of?
Question 1,358: History & Government -- Cell Phone StatuteWhich was the first U.S. state to outlaw talking on a cell phone without a speakerphone while driving a car?
c) New York
d) Rhode Island
Question 1,359: Math & Science -- Queen of PainWhich anesthesia did Queen Victoria use in 1853 while giving birth to her eighth child?
c) Nitrous oxide
Question 1,360: Geography & Nature -- Sea ScavengerWhat is the only sea creature below that is a scavenger?
Question 1,361: Literature & Arts -- Nerd NeologyWhat author coined the word "nerd"?
a) Dr. Seuss
b) Isaac Asimov
c) Jules Verne
d) Kurt Vonnegut
Question 1,362: Sports & Games -- Race RouteIn what general direction is the Boston Marathon run?
Answer 1,351: Entertainment & Food -- Ghost Fightersd) Stay-Puft marshmallow man
Gozer's main weapon, marshmallow goo, was actually shaving cream.
Answer 1,352: History & Government -- Disabilities Responsibilitiesa) George Bush
Passed on July 26, 1990, United States Public Law 101-336 supplements the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by extending protection against discrimination to the disabled.
Answer 1,353: Math & Science -- Cell Countd) 50 trillion
They are split among over 200 major cell types.
Answer 1,354: Geography & Nature -- South Centrald) Panama
The country had been a region of Colombia until the U.S. helped the locals secede in 1903 in exchange for rights to the future canal zone.
Answer 1,355: Literature & Arts -- Leg of Limb?d) A whale's jawbone
A previous encounter with the great white whale had cost him the leg.
Answer 1,356: Sports & Games -- Airless Forceb) Houston Rockets
They defeated the New York Knicks in the finals in 1994 and swept the Orlando Magic in 1995 while Jordan batted .202 for the Birmingham Barons.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Question 1,351: Entertainment & Food -- Ghost FightersWho was the main monster in the 1984 movie Ghostbusters?
b) Michelin man
c) Pillsbury doughboy
d) Stay-Puft marshmallow man
Question 1,352: History & Government -- Disabilities ResponsibilitiesWhich U.S. President signed the Americans with Disabilities Act?
a) George Bush
b) Jimmy Carter
c) Richard Nixon
d) Ronald Reagan
Question 1,353: Math & Science -- Cell CountApproximately how many cells are in the human body?
a) 50 thousand
b) 50 million
c) 50 billion
d) 50 trillion
Question 1,354: Geography & Nature -- South CentralWhat is the southernmost Central American country?
a) Costa Rica
Question 1,355: Literature & Arts -- Leg of Limb?In Moby Dick, what was Captain Ahab's artificial leg made from?
a) An ivory tusk
b) A ship's mast
c) A tree limb
d) A whale's jawbone
Question 1,356: Sports & Games -- Airless ForceWhich team won back-to-back NBA championships while Michael Jordan was playing minor league baseball?
a) Detroit Pistons
b) Houston Rockets
c) Los Angeles Lakers
d) Orlando Magic
Answer 1,345: Entertainment & Food -- Pez Peoplec) Elvis Presley
A Pez dispenser with the singer's likeness appeared as a prop in the 1994 movie The Client, however.
Answer 1,346: History & Government -- Trenchant Tractorc) Jacques Chirac
The politician, known for his ambitious nature, was elected president in 1995.
Answer 1,347: Math & Science -- Forbidden Foldingc) IBM
The words were printed on Hollerith punch cards.
Answer 1,348: Geography & Nature -- Eminent Edificed) Taipei, Taiwan
Taipei 101 reached a record 1,671 feet when its 101 stories were completed in 2003.
Answer 1,349: Literature & Arts -- Miss Princec) Major
Wonder Woman debuted in "All Star Comics #8" in 1941.
Answer 1,350: Sports & Games -- Nintendo Nascencec) Playing cards
The future video game company produced handmade cards for a game called hanafuda.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Question 1,345: Entertainment & Food -- Pez PeopleWho is the only real person below who was not honored by an official Pez dispenser?
a) Betsy Ross
b) Daniel Boone
c) Elvis Presley
d) Paul Revere
Question 1,346: History & Government -- Trenchant TractorWhich French president was nicknamed the Bulldozer?
a) Francois Mitterrand
b) Georges Pompidou
c) Jacques Chirac
d) Valery Giscard d'Estaing
Question 1,347: Math & Science -- Forbidden FoldingWhat company originated the phrase "Do not fold, spindle, or mutilate"?
b) Hewlett Packard
Question 1,348: Geography & Nature -- Eminent EdificeWhat city is home to the tallest building in the world?
a) Jakarta, Indonesia
b) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
c) Shanghai, China
d) Taipei, Taiwan
Question 1,349: Literature & Arts -- Miss PrinceWhat is comic strip heroine Diana Prince's rank in the U.S. Army?
Question 1,350: Sports & Games -- Nintendo NascenceWhat did Nintendo first make when it was founded in 1889?
c) Playing cards
d) Shogi sets
Answer 1,339: Entertainment & Food -- Sci-Fi Singleb) 2525
Their song "In the Year 2525" time travels all the way to 8510.
Answer 1,340: History & Government -- Ahead Counta) Berlin, Germany
The capital had about 4½ million people then, one-third more than it does now.
Answer 1,341: Math & Science -- Section Selectiond) Parabola
A circle has an eccentricity of 0.
Answer 1,342: Geography & Nature -- Central Sumc) 7
Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama cover just over 200,000 square miles between them.
Answer 1,343: Literature & Arts -- Shekel Checkb) ½ ounce
The unit was originally the weight of a kernel of corn.
Answer 1,344: Sports & Games -- Double Tripled) Ted Williams
Teddy Ballgame led the league in homers, RBIs, and batting average in both 1942 and 1947.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Question 1,339: Entertainment & Food -- Sci-Fi SingleIn what year does Zager and Evans's 1969 pop single start?
Question 1,340: History & Government -- Ahead CountWhat was the most populous continental European city before World War II?
a) Berlin, Germany
b) Brussels, Belgium
c) Paris, France
d) Rome, Italy
Question 1,341: Math & Science -- Section SelectionWhat is the most accurate mathematical term for a conic section whose eccentricity is equal to 1?
Question 1,342: Geography & Nature -- Central SumHow many countries are in Central America?
Question 1,343: Literature & Arts -- Shekel CheckIn the Bible, approximately what does a shekel weigh?
a) ½ gram
b) ½ ounce
c) ½ pound
d) ½ ton
Question 1,344: Sports & Games -- Double TripleWho was the only batter to win two American League Triple Crowns?
a) Carl Yastrzemski
b) Frank Robinson
c) Mickey Mantle
d) Ted Williams
- A1) Seattle, Washington. Seattle, on the Duwamish River, is north of 47° North, while Boston, on the Charles River, is south of 43° North.
- A2) Springfield, Illinois. The Illinois city (40° North) is almost an equal distance to the east of the Missouri city (37° North).
- A3) Portland, Oregon. The western city is south of 46° North, and its eastern namesake is south of 44° North.
- A4) Greenville, South Carolina. Over half of South Carolina (including Greenville at 35° North) is located north of the southernmost parts of North Carolina (including Wilmington at 34° North).
- A5) Washington, D.C.. The U.S. capital lies at 39° North, while San Francisco, California is south of 38° North.
- A6) Rome, Georgia. Rome is near the northwest corner (85° West) of the state, while Athens (83° West) lies over 100 miles to the east.
- A7) Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis is in the southwest corner (90° West) of the state, while Knoxville is far to the east (84° West).
- A8) Reno, Nevada. Reno (120° West) is also west of Los Angeles, California (118° West; San Diego is at 117° West).
- A9) Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas City (95° West) is on the western edge of the state, along the Missouri and Kansas Rivers, while St. Louis (90° West) is on the eastern edge, along the Mississippi River.
- A10) Miami, Florida. The entire state of Florida lies west of New York. Miami is at 80° West, and Buffalo is at 79° West.
- A11) El Paso, Texas. El Paso is in the westernmost corner of the state at 106° West, while Waco is in eastern third of the state at 97° West.
- A12) Nome, Alaska. Although parts of Alaska and Hawaii overlap, Nome is at 165° West, while Honolulu is 158° West.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
U.S. Orientation Questions
- Q1) Which city is farther north: Boston, Massachusetts or Seattle, Washington?
- Q2) Which city is farther north: Springfield, Illinois or Springfield, Missouri?
- Q3) Which city is farther north: Portland, Maine or Portland, Oregon?
- Q4) Which city is farther north: Wilmington, North Carolina or Greenville, South Carolina?
- Q5) Which city is farther north: San Francisco, California or Washington, D.C.?
- Q6) Which city is farther west: Athens, Georgia or Rome, Georgia?
- Q7) Which city is farther west: Memphis or Knoxville, Tennessee?
- Q8) Which city is farther west: Reno, Nevada or San Diego, California?
- Q9) Which city is farther west: Kansas City or St. Louis, Missouri?
- Q10) Which city is farther west: Buffalo, New York or Miami, Florida?
- Q11) Which city is farther west: El Paso or Waco, Texas?
- Q12) Which city is farther west: Nome, Alaska or Honolulu, Hawaii?
|COOLIO||The former firefighter was born in Compton on August 1, 1963.|
|ANTIGONE||The play was written around 440 B.C.|
|NAMIBIA||The country gained its independence from South Africa on March 21, 1990.|
|GORE||Democrat Albert Gore, Jr. ran for President in 2000, losing a disputed election to George W. Bush.|
|FIJI||The Florida resident was the 1993 PGA Rookie of the Year and later won the PGA Championship twice and the Masters once.|
|DISCOVERY||Sergei Krikalev was aboard on February 3, 1994.|
Quiz Quilt Answer: DIRIGO (Diagonally going up from the bottom left)
The motto of the state of Maine is "Dirigo" (Latin for "I lead").
Friday, November 9, 2007
|What California rapper was born as Artis Ivey?|
|What Sophocles tragedy is about a woman who wants to bury her brother against the king's wishes?|
|What country, formerly known as South West Africa, has Windhoek as its capital?|
|Which U.S. Vice President was formerly a representative and senator from Tennessee and was the son of a senator?|
|In what country was golfer Vijay Singh born?|
|What was the first U.S. space shuttle to carry a Russian cosmonaut?|
Answer 1,333: Entertainment & Food -- Llosa and Lopeza) Anaconda
The film's tagline was "You can't scream if you can't breathe." The giant snakes, which can exceed 30 feet and 500 pounds, suffocate their prey by squeezing.
Answer 1,334: History & Government -- Original Sinnb) Ireland
The group is now a political arm of the IRA.
Answer 1,335: Math & Science -- Aberrant Angled) 90 degrees
It is a right angle; an acute angle measures greater than 0 degrees and less than 90.
Answer 1,336: Geography & Nature -- Longitude Limitb) 180°
Longitude ranges from 0° to 180° East and West.
Answer 1,337: Literature & Arts -- Copied Charactersa) Hamlet
The title character's former classmates were sent to spy on him.
Answer 1,338: Sports & Games -- Golden Golferc) Jack Nicklaus
The Ohio State University graduate accumulated eighteen grand slam victories in the quarter century from the 1962 U.S. Open to the 1986 Masters.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Question 1,333: Entertainment & Food -- Llosa and LopezWhat was the 1997 Luis Llosa movie starring Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Jon Voigt, and Eric Stoltz?
Question 1,334: History & Government -- Original SinnIn what country was Sinn Fein originally a nationalistic movement?
Question 1,335: Math & Science -- Aberrant AngleWhat angle below is not an acute angle?
a) 30 degrees
b) 45 degrees
c) 60 degrees
d) 90 degrees
Question 1,336: Geography & Nature -- Longitude LimitWhat is the highest possible longitude?
Question 1,337: Literature & Arts -- Copied CharactersTom Stoppard's 1967 play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead follows two characters from which Shakespeare play?
b) King Lear
d) The Taming of the Shrew
Question 1,338: Sports & Games -- Golden GolferWhat golfer, known as the Golden Bear, won more major championships than any other man?
a) Ben Hogan
b) Bobby Jones
c) Jack Nicklaus
d) Sam Snead
Answer 1,327: Entertainment & Food -- Foremost Fifties Filmb) Lady and the Tramp
The 1955 movie has now brought in over $93 million.
Answer 1,328: History & Government -- River Realmsb) Niger River
The main river of Western Africa flows for over 2,500 miles.
Answer 1,329: Math & Science -- Polymer Patentb) DuPont
Employee Wallace Carothers synthesized the polymer on February 28, 1935. The company patented it in 1937 and introduced a toothbrush the next year.
Answer 1,330: Geography & Nature -- Canary Creaturesc) Dogs
The islands were named for its wild dogs, and the canary bird was later named for the islands.
Answer 1,331: Literature & Arts -- Prior Artc) Art nouveau
The style developed in 1880, more than sixty years before any of the others.
Answer 1,332: Sports & Games -- Skating Skipa) Axel
No other jump takes off from a forward edge.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Question 1,327: Entertainment & Food -- Foremost Fifties FilmWhat was the top-grossing movie of the 1950s?
b) Lady and the Tramp
c) Peter Pan
d) The Ten Commandments
Question 1,328: History & Government -- River RealmsAround what river did the Ghana, Mali, and Songhai empires grow?
a) Congo River
b) Niger River
c) Nile River
d) Senegal River
Question 1,329: Math & Science -- Polymer PatentWhat company patented nylon in 1937?
Question 1,330: Geography & Nature -- Canary CreaturesWhat type of animal were the Canary Islands named after?
Question 1,331: Literature & Arts -- Prior ArtWhich is the oldest of the following types of art?
a) Art brut
b) Art informel
c) Art nouveau
d) Arte povera
Question 1,332: Sports & Games -- Skating SkipWhat figure skating jump takes off from the forward outside edge and lands on the back outside edge of the opposite foot?
d) Toe loop
Answer 1,321: Entertainment & Food -- Kumquat Cousina) Grapefruit
Both are citrus fruits.
Answer 1,322: History & Government -- Census Inceptionb) 4 million
Census-takers tallied the count by visiting households.
Answer 1,323: Math & Science -- Atmosphere Frontierd) Troposphere
The region reaches up to about eleven miles over the equator and six miles over the poles.
Answer 1,324: Geography & Nature -- Tunnel Townb) Brussels
The Eurostar passenger train stops at the Midi/Zuid station in Brussels.
Answer 1,325: Literature & Arts -- Liber Matea) Bacchus
They are the gods of wine and revelry.
Answer 1,326: Sports & Games -- Running Back Recorda) Barry Sanders
The Detroit Lions running back made history from 1994 to 1996, added a fourth in 1997, and missed by only nine yards in 1998 before unexpectedly retiring.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Question 1,321: Entertainment & Food -- Kumquat CousinWhich fruit below is the kumquat most closely related to?
Question 1,322: History & Government -- Census InceptionApproximately how many people did the U.S. have when the first census was taken in 1790?
a) 1 million
b) 4 million
c) 7 million
d) 10 million
Question 1,323: Math & Science -- Atmosphere FrontierWhat is the lowest level of the Earth's atmosphere?
Question 1,324: Geography & Nature -- Tunnel TownWhat major Belgian city does the Chunnel serve?
Question 1,325: Literature & Arts -- Liber MateWho is the Greek counterpart of the Latin god Liber?
Question 1,326: Sports & Games -- Running Back RecordWho was the first NFL player to rush for 1,500 yards in three straight seasons?
a) Barry Sanders
b) Emmitt Smith
c) Eric Dickerson
d) O.J. Simpson
Answer 1,315: Entertainment & Food -- Show Toppera) Family Feud
The Richard Dawson version had held the top spot since 1978.
Answer 1,316: History & Government -- Household Headsc) An unmarried person
There were more unmarried heads of household than the others combined.
Answer 1,317: Math & Science -- Bon Voyagersb) Jimmy Carter
Both rockets were launched in 1977.
Answer 1,318: Geography & Nature -- English Empired) Philippines
Its population was estimated at 86 million in 2004.
Answer 1,319: Literature & Arts -- Badge Battleb) U.S. Civil War
The short, 1895 novel follows a young soldier, Henry Fleming, as he faces conflicting emotions during battle.
Answer 1,320: Sports & Games -- Wayne's Worldd) Phoenix Coyotes
Number 99 purchased about a sixth of the franchise and became its Alternate Governor and Managing Partner in 2000 then took over as coach in 2005.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Question 1,315: Entertainment & Food -- Show TopperWhat was the number one syndicated game show before Wheel of Fortune took over in 1984?
a) Family Feud
b) Hollywood Squares
c) The Joker's Wild
d) Let's Make a Deal
Question 1,316: History & Government -- Household HeadsAccording to the 2000 U.S. Census, who headed the second most households, after married couples?
a) A divorced person
b) A separated person
c) An unmarried person
d) A widowed person
Question 1,317: Math & Science -- Bon VoyagersWhich U.S. President's greetings were recorded for the message sent into space on Voyagers 1 and 2?
a) Gerald Ford
b) Jimmy Carter
c) Lyndon Johnson
d) Richard Nixon
Question 1,318: Geography & Nature -- English EmpireWhat is the most populous English-speaking republic after the United States and United Kingdom?
c) New Zealand
Question 1,319: Literature & Arts -- Badge BattleWhat war does Steven Crane's The Red Badge of Courage take place during?
a) Spanish American War
b) U.S. Civil War
c) War of 1812
d) World War I
Question 1,320: Sports & Games -- Wayne's WorldWhich NHL team did Wayne Gretzky become part-owner of after retiring?
a) Atlanta Thrashers
b) Los Angeles Kings
c) New York Rangers
d) Phoenix Coyotes
Answer 1,309: Entertainment & Food -- Space Gazetteb) Mystery Science Theater 3000
The 1988 to 1999 TV show focuses on Joel the janitor and his two robots, forced by Dr. Clayton Forrester to serve as guinea pigs for bad movies while orbiting in the Satellite of Love.
Answer 1,310: History & Government -- Renaissance Restrictionb) Kissing
The idea was to stop germs from spreading.
Answer 1,311: Math & Science -- Breath Breezec) 15 miles per hour
A fast raindrop falls at about the same speed.
Answer 1,312: Geography & Nature -- Battle Bannerc) Mississippi
The state voted on April 17, 2001 to keep its flag despite a large controversy.
Answer 1,313: Literature & Arts -- Badverbb) "Every"
The adjective comes from the Old English aefre aelc ("ever each").
Answer 1,314: Sports & Games -- Figure Greaterd) Sonja Henie
The Norwegian skater won every year from 1927 to 1936 and collected all three Olympic gold medals during the span.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Question 1,309: Entertainment & Food -- Space GazetteWhat television show's official newsletter is called "The Satellite News"?
a) Lost in Space
b) Mystery Science Theater 3000
c) Star Trek
d) The X-Files
Question 1,310: History & Government -- Renaissance RestrictionFor health reasons, what was banned in England on July 16, 1439?
a) Dumping garbage on the street
c) Open air markets
Question 1,311: Math & Science -- Breath BreezeApproximately how fast does exhaled air travel?
a) 5 miles per hour
b) 10 miles per hour
c) 15 miles per hour
d) 20 miles per hour
Question 1,312: Geography & Nature -- Battle BannerWhat was the last U.S. state to have a Confederate emblem on its flag?
d) South Carolina
Question 1,313: Literature & Arts -- BadverbWhat is the only word below that is not an adverb?
Question 1,314: Sports & Games -- Figure GreaterWhat female figure skater won the most world championships?
a) Carol Heiss
b) Maribel Vinson
c) Michelle Kwan
d) Sonja Henie
- A1) Robert Jordan. The Vietnam vet also posed as Reagan O'Neal and was in the middle of writing A Memory of Light when he passed away less than two months ago.
- A2) Robert L. Johnson. The first black billionaire who didn't inherit his fortune owns the Charlotte Bobcats.
- A3) Rick James. Born in Buffalo as James Ambrose Johnson, Jr., the King of Punk-Funk held the top spot on the Dance Charts for three weeks during the summer of 1981. MC Hammer used a sample of "Super Freak" almost a decade later in his Grammy-winning "U Can't Touch This".
- A4) Robert Joffrey. The Afghani-American stayed in the Big Apple while the Joffrey Ballet moved to Los Angeles in 1982 and Chicago in 1995.
- A5) Raul Julia. The Puerto Rican immigrant starred in The Addams Family and its sequel Addams Family Values and won an Emmy as Chico Mendes in the 1994 miniseries The Burning Season.
- A6) Randy Johnson. Not only did the Big Unit punch out 13.41 batters per nine innings in 2001, but he has notched seven of the top ten seasons ever. Pedro Martinez (13.21 in 1999 and 11.78 in 2000) and Kerry Wood (12.58 in 1998) hold the remaining places.
- A7) Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. The German-born writer also garnered a MacArthur Foundation Award in 1984, and Writer's Guild of America Screen Laurel Award in 1994, and an O. Henry Prize in 1995.
- A8) Rickie Lee Jones. The Chicago-born singer and songwriter was named Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards ceremony in January 1980 and earned a second Grammy in the Best Jazz Duet category a decade later.
- A9) Roy Jones, Jr.. As a light-middleweight, the Pensacolan took home a silver medal from the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.
- A10) Richard Mentor Johnson. Johnson is the only last name shared by more than one U.S. Vice President, and there are actually two more: Andrew Johnson and Lyndon Johnson.
- A11) Rafer Johnson. The Texas-born, California-raised multi-sport star had won the silver medal in 1956 and proceeded to capture the gold in 1960, holding off UCLA classmate Yang Chuan-Kwang of Taiwan in the 1500 meters.
- A12) Robert Trent Jones. Although the English-born New Yorker worked with legendary golfer Bobby Jones, the two were not related.
Every answer owns the initials R.J., as does my real name (there wasn't much hope of creating a quiz from the monogram TWG!).
Saturday, November 3, 2007
This week, the answers will be shorter and the hidden theme shorter still.
Short Mystery Questions
- Q1) What sci-fi author was born as James Oliver Rigney, Jr. and is best known for The Wheel of Time series?
- Q2) Who founded the Black Entertainment Television network in 1980?
- Q3) What singer had the hit "Super Freak" in 1981 and suffered a stroke in 1998 caused by "rock 'n' roll neck"?
- Q4) What American founded a ballet dance company with Gerald Arpino in New York City in 1956?
- Q5) What actor played Gomez Addams in movies in both 1991 and 1993?
- Q6) What Major League Baseball starting pitcher struck out the most batters per nine innings in a season?
- Q7) What author won a Booker Prize in 1975 for Heat and Dust and Academy Awards for the screenplays of A Room with a View and Howards End?
- Q8) What singer hit it big with her self-titled 1979 album, reaching #4 on the Billboard 100 with the single "Chuck E.'s in Love"?
- Q9) What boxer captured a unanimous decision over John Ruiz to claim the WBA heavyweight title on March 1, 2003?
- Q10) What Kentucky Representative and Senator was Martin Van Buren's Vice President?
- Q11) What decathlete became the first African-American athlete to carry the U.S. flag at the Olympic opening ceremonies in 1960?
- Q12) What golf course architect designed or reworked almost 500 courses, including Spyglass Hill at Pebble Beach and Hazeltine National?
|SCHWA||The syllable is pronounced like the 'a' in "abut", the 'e' in "synthesis", the 'i' in "mobile", the 'o' in "collide", and the 'u' in "medium".|
|SMELT||The half-foot long fish are part of the diet of salmon and lake trout.|
|HAYES||Tilden was prematurely announced as the winner when he was still one vote shy of victory. Three Republican-controlled states then gave their votes and the election to Rutherford Birchard Hayes.|
|KELVIN||Lord Kelvin was born as William Thomson on June 26, 1824.|
|STING||His nickname came from a yellow and black striped sweater that made him look like a bee.|
|GREENE||Kansan Maurice Greene ran the race in Athens, Greece in 9.79 seconds. Asafa Powell lowered the world record to 9.77 on June 15, 2005 and 9.74 on September 9, 2007.|
Quiz Quilt Answer: ATSIGN (Fifth letters)
The at sign (@) is used to indicate an e-mail address.
Friday, November 2, 2007
|What is the upside down lower case 'e' that represents an unstressed vowel in dictionary pronunciations?|
|What is the name of a small, slender fish that also means to melt or fuse metal?|
|Who became the 19th President of the U.S. by defeating Samuel J. Tilden in a disputed election in 1876?|
|What temperature scale was created by a British mathematician and scientist and uses absolute zero as its zero value?|
|Who is singer Gordon Sumner better known as?|
|What U.S. sprinter set a record in the 100-meter dash on June 16, 1999?|
Answer 1,303: Entertainment & Food -- Cult Lured) Ringo's ruby ring
The ring belonged to the cult's intended human sacrifice.
Answer 1,304: History & Government -- Bonaparte Alone, Apartd) St. Helena
Elba was his first exile, in 1814. His nickname, Le petit caporal, was an affectionate phrase, as he was a slightly above average 5'6½" tall.
Answer 1,305: Math & Science -- Clot Contributord) Vitamin K
It helps modify proteins needed to coagulate blood.
Answer 1,306: Geography & Nature -- Continent Countb) Europe
About 25% of the world lived there compared to 57% in Asia.
Answer 1,307: Literature & Arts -- Mystery Prizeb) Edgar Award
The prize honors Edgar Allan Poe.
Answer 1,308: Sports & Games -- Lottery Lootd) Orlando Magic
The ping pong balls had landed them Shaquille O'Neal a year earlier.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Question 1,303: Entertainment & Food -- Cult LureIn the 1965 Beatles movie Help!, what is the Arab cult trying to get?
a) George's gold goblet
b) John's jade jewelry
c) Paul's pink pearls
d) Ringo's ruby ring
Question 1,304: History & Government -- Bonaparte Alone, ApartTo what island was Napoleon Bonaparte exiled from 1821 until his death?
c) Isles d' Hyeres
d) St. Helena
Question 1,305: Math & Science -- Clot ContributorWhich vitamin is essential for production of the factors used to clot blood?
a) Vitamin A
b) Vitamin D
c) Vitamin E
d) Vitamin K
Question 1,306: Geography & Nature -- Continent CountIn 1900, what was the second most populous continent after Asia?
c) North America
d) South America
Question 1,307: Literature & Arts -- Mystery PrizeWhat annual award do the Mystery Writers of America give for the best mystery?
a) Doyle Award
b) Edgar Award
c) Gumshoe Award
d) Holmes Award
Question 1,308: Sports & Games -- Lottery LootWhich NBA team drafted Chris Webber with the number one pick in 1993?
a) Charlotte Hornets
b) Los Angeles Clippers
c) Milwaukee Bucks
d) Orlando Magic
Answer 1,297: Entertainment & Food -- Fish Trailb) Barney Miller
The ABC series, starring Abe Vigoda as Detective Phil Fish, survived only from 1977 to 1978.
Answer 1,298: History & Government -- Buck Pluckb) Harry Truman
The Missourian also admonished, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen" and "If you can't convince 'em, confuse 'em."
Answer 1,299: Math & Science -- Be Afraid. Be Very Afraidc) Public speaking
This factoid dates back to an October 7, 1973 London Sunday Times article referencing a survey of 3,000 Americans.
Answer 1,300: Geography & Nature -- The 39+99 Stepsd) Rome, Italy
Alessandro Specchi designed the Piazza di Spagna, which was built from 1721 to 1725. The steps connect the Spanish embassy to the Holy See.
Answer 1,301: Literature & Arts -- Pair of Eyes Lostb) John Milton
The ten books of blank verse were published in 1667, seven years before he passed away.
Answer 1,302: Sports & Games -- Ancient Athleticsd) Wrestling
Cave drawings from over 15,000 years ago show men wrestling. Wrestling was part of the ancient Greek Olympics starting in 776 B.C.