Saturday, April 17, 2010

Double Trouble - Random Trivia Questions

As a follow-up to last week's mystery quiz, can you name the following people who are best known by two initials? Take a bonus point for each initial that you can expand correctly.

Double Trouble Questions

  • Q1) What musician named his guitar Lucille in 1949 after rescuing it from a kerosene fire started by two men fighting over a woman named Lucille?
  • Q2) What criminal hijacked a Boeing 727 on the day before Thanksgiving in 1971 and parachuted out somewhere over southwest Washington with $200,000 in ransom money that he was given after landing once?
  • Q3) What illegitimate son of Thomas Chapman and Sarah Junner survived the Battles of Aqaba and Maysaloun and helped capture Damascus in 1918 but was killed in a motorcycle accident shortly after leaving the service?
  • Q4) What comedian remarked, "A woman drove me to drink and I didn't even have the decency to thank her", "I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food", and "I drink therefore I am"?
  • Q5) With his brother Franklyn in San Francisco in 1904, what Wall Street trader founded a brokerage firm that would eventually be acquired by Shearson Lehman Brothers 84 years later for a billion dollars?
  • Q6) What showman created the first public aquarium in the U.S. as part of his American Museum three years after the London Zoo opened?
  • Q7) What architect's public projects began with East Garden City, New York's Roosevelt Field Mall in 1951 and include Boston's Christian Science Center, JFK Airport's Sundrome, New York City's Javits Convention Center, Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Charlotte's NASCAR Hall of Fame?
  • Q8) What artist's reality-bending works include Tower of Babel, Metamorphosis I, Reptiles, Ascending and Descending, and Snakes?
  • Q9) What blues musician's songs included "Ole Miss Rag", "Yellow Dog Blues", and "Beale Street Blues"?
  • Q10) What Harvard psychology professor's name was given to a character on the Simpsons television show?
  • Q11) What director helped usher in the era of feature films with "The Birth of a Nation" in 1915 and "Intolerance" in 1916?
  • Q12) Who founded a mail order company in 1912, originally selling waterproof boots to hunters?

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