Sunday, December 27, 2009

12 Days of Christmas - Random Trivia Answers

  • A1) The Cowsills. The Newport, Rhode Island singing group began in 1965 with the four brothers Barry, Bill, Bob, and John and later added their sister Susan, their brother Paul, and their mother Barbara.
  • A2) The Netherlands. Unilever had bought a soap factory called De Duif and eventually began marketing Dove soap in the U.S. in 1957.
  • A3) Sadie (Cohen). Although Youngman frequently joked about his wife ("Take my wife... please!"), they were happily married for over sixty years.
  • A4) Magic Johnson. The huge rivalry, which included the 1979 NCAA Final Four Championship contest and three NBA Finals over a dozen seasons, earned them billing on the first double-sided Wheaties box.
  • A5) Mount Doom. The long history of the Ring included Sauron creating it, Isildur stealing it from him, Smeagol killing his friend Deagol for it, and Bilbo Baggins finding it after Smeagol, who had turned into Gollum, lost it.
  • A6) Richard. On August 6, 1988, the Hall of Famer became the second reliever, after Rollie Fingers, to record 300 career saves.
  • A7) Jerry Rice. The San Francisco 49er amassed 589 yards in four games, dropping Swann's 364 into second place. Rice also owns the record for most receiving yards in a single Super Bowl, with 215 in Super Bowl XXIII; Swann's 161 in Super Bowl X was a record at the time but now ranks fourth.
  • A8) Fitzwalter. Lady Marian Fitzwalter of Leaford was supposedly the daughter of the real-life Robert Fitzwalter, who had attempted to assassinate King John.
  • A9) Fred Astaire. The Nebraskan born as Frederick Austerlitz would ultimately appear in 31 musical movies over a 76-year entertainment career.
  • A10) Puck. The fairy had been causing trouble in the forest during Act III, Scene ii of A Midsummer Nights Dream.
  • A11) Germany. Frankie Gammyfoot used his music to lure the rats from the town of Hamelin into the Weser River in 1284.
  • A12) Stirrup (stapes). The hammer (malleus) and anvil (incus) also move, transferring the vibration to the cochlea, whose hairs generate nerve signals that are sent to the brain.

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