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APRIL 16-18, 1999

The skunk was off to a flying start in the 2nd Trivia Blitz, but our competitors were not to be daunted. Congratulations to the top three scorers!

Voodoo Vibe


1. Which breed of dog has the best eyesight?

The greyhound

2. What organ that humans possess is missing in deer?

The gall bladder

3. Mouche is the name for beauty patches used in the 16th and 17th centuries. How were these transported, and what modern day product was derived from them?

Small jeweled boxes, which became holders for compacted powder

4. Name the three people whose faces were originally supposed to have been carved into Mt. Rushmore.

Kit Carson, Jim Bridger, and John Colter (Western legends)

5. What current day business began in Dallas, Texas as the Tote'n Serve Ice stations?

7-11 stores

6. According to Billboard's Top 40 Album charts, who was the #1 artist of the 1950's?

Harry Belafonte

7. What is the oldest, continuously occupied capital city in the world?


8. Who wrote the closing theme song "Remembering You" for the TV show All in the Family?

Carroll O'Conner and Roger Kellaway

9. In 1922, subscribers could tune in to 3 different music channels and one all news channel for only 11 cents per month thanks to the invention of what U.S. serviceman?

General George Squire

10. Susan Atkins, while under the tutelage of Charles Manson, gave birth to a son, now named Paul. What name was he given at birth?

Ze Zo Ze Cee Zadfrack

11. Nurtured and ecouraged by headmaster Roger Hills, what Todd School alum began his sterling career playing the Virgin Mary in a school play?

Orson Welles

12. What is the name of the plane that dropped the second A-Bomb on Japan?

Bock's Car

13. What movie's last line was "The horror, the horror?" Bonus point for the name of the actor who said it.

Apocalypse Now, Marlon Brando, in a voice-over

14. What year did the following image appear?

#14 Bewitched


15. Which came first, the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile or the Weinerwhistle?

The Weinermobile was 1936, the Weinerwhistle was 1952

16. What artist created such coveted prints as Day Dreaming, Temptation, and Enchanted Evening?

Alberto Vargas

17. By what name do we know the Boston Cooking School Cookbook today?

Fannie Farmer's Cookbook

18. Jack Norworth and Al Bon Tilzer are co-writers on what American favorite song?

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

19. There have been nearly 200 ceremonies to put celebrity prints in cement at Mann's Chinese Theater. Who was immortalized in ceremony #1 and who was lucky at ceremony #13?

Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, Ceremony #1, April 30, 1927, Marion Davies, Ceremony #13, May 13, 1929

20. In 1925, high school biology teacher John Scopes was convicted of violating Tennessee's new law banning the teaching of the theory of evolution. What was Scopes'penalty?

A fine of $100

21. Who was the first Latin American ever to serve as the United States' number one public health official?

Antonia Novella, former US Surgeon General

22. Who developed the Visible Speech Chart? Bonus point if you give the creator's age at the time of development.

Alexander Bell, 17, 4/1864

23. Who are Donna DeLory and Niki Harris?

Back-up singers for Madonna

24. The acquisition of a library card by what TV character set off a 500% increase in real life card issuance?

The Fonz

25. What was so popular at the 1893 World's Fair that over 1 million of them were distributed?

H. J. Heinz pickle pins

26. What car manufacturing icon commited suicide at the age of 60 after his brother's demise from heart failure?

Arthur Chevrolet

27. Who was the first woman in British Parliament, taking over her husband's seat in the House of Commons?

Lady Astor

28. What company was responsible for the chemical dumping in Love Canal? Bonus point if you can name their parent company.

Hooker Chemical, a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum

29. Husband and wife Melvin Kaminsky and Annemarie Italiano are better known by what names?

Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft

30. Tim Conway, Tony Orlando and Dawn, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Captain and Tennille, Donny and Marie, Melba Moore and Clifton Davis, Burns and Schreiber, The Brady Bunch, Ken Berry, Jim Stafford, Julie Andrews, Mac Davis, Glen Campbell, Barbara McNair, Ray Stevens, David Steinberg, Dick Clark, Dick Cavett, Leslie Uggams, Donna Fargo, Don Knotts, McLean Stevenson, Rich Little, Chuck Barris, Lola Falana, Mary Tyler Moore, Tom Jones, Carol Burnett, Liberace, Sonny and Cher, Dinah Shore, The Hudson Brothers, The Smothers Brothers, The Carpenters, Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters, Sheilds and Yarnell, The Manhattan Transfer, The Starland Vocal Band, Peter Marshall, Pat Paulsen, The Jacksons, John Byner, Johnny Cash, Jerry Reed, Helen Reddy, Andy Williams, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dinah Shore, Kelly Monteith, Sha Na Na, Bill Cosby, Ben Vereen, Bobby Darin, Bobby Goldsboro, Bobby Vinton, Dolly Parton, Richard Pryor, Howard Cosell and, of course, The Muppets. Aside from being famous, what did each and every one of these entertainers have in the 1970's?

A television variety show

31. Where will you find the longest bridge in the world? Bonus point if you give its name.

Louisiana, Pontchatrain Causeway

32. What three components make up the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial?

The Gateway Arch, The old St. Louis Courthouse, The Museum of Westward Expansion

33. What is the main ingredient of the Black Rock Creeper drink and the Snallygaster drink?

Mountain Dew

34. Candymaker Elmer Doolin from San Antonio, Texas spent $100 for a recipe that made him a fortune. What was that recipe for?

Fritos or corn chips

35. What revered doctor was at various times in his life an olympic medalist, a convict, and a presidential candidate?

Dr. Benjamin Spock

36. Who were the guests on the premier broadcast of The Cher Show in 1975?

Bette Midler, Flip Wilson, Elton John

37. What record did Marie-Louise Febronie Meilleur hold when she passed away in 1998?

Guinness Book of World Records, oldest living human, 117 years old

38. What do Olive Oyl, Winky Dink and Scott Towels' Aunt Bluebell have in common?

Mae Questel

39. In 1921, who was the first person to earn an International Pilot's License?

"Queen" Bessie Coleman

40. At what yearly event was the voice of Mary Fendrich Hulman made famous?

The Indy 500 with "Gentleman, start your engines"

41. Which river is known as the American Clyde?

The Delaware

42. In 1901, Nap Lajoie was the first major leaguer to get what, resulting in a run being scored?

Intentional walk with bases loaded

43. What is known as the "old lady of thread needle street"?

Bank of England

44. Filmmaker Preston Sturges created strong female characters in such classic films as The Lady Eve and Miracle of Morgan's Creek. What was his non-filmic contribution to the female world?

He invented "kiss-proof" lipstick

45. Which country will be the first to feel the wrath of Y2K? Bonus point if you can say why.

New Zealand. They are always the first country, in the first time zone, to cross into a new year.

46. The mob threatened to do bodily harm to Sammy Davis Jr. because of an interracial affair between the singer and which blonde starlet?

Kim Novak

47. What was the first Tupperware product manufactured and sold by Earl Tupper?

A bathroom drinking glass available in a rainbow of colors

48. Who are Linda Lee Danvers, Donna Troy, and Susan Richards?

These are the civilian names of Supergirl, Wonder Woman, and 'that lady with the invisible power"' from The Fantastic Four

49. Mick Jagger's massive lips have graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine 19 times, more than any one else's. Whose lips graced the very first cover? Bonus point if you name what the source of the first cover photo was.

John Lennon, the photo was a black and white publicity photo from his film 'How I Won The War.'

50. What does the G on Speed Racer's shirt stand for?

Go - Speed's Japanese name is Go Mifune

51. Which noted film director teamed with which famous actor to create the pop band The Monkees in the 1960's?

Bob Rafelson and Jack Nicholson

52. In what year did the Daytona 500 make its final run on the original half beach, half paved road track?


53. Which star made his national television debut on Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey's Stage Show on January 28, 1956?

Elvis Presley

54. What design is Paris engineer Louis Reard most famous for?

The bikini

55. After his breakthrough performance in The Petrified Forest, Humphrey Bogart was hired as a featured contract player by Warner Bros. What was his weekly salary?


56. Where would you have found the character "Silent E"?

The Electric Company television show

57. Who played a giant gherkin in the old Heinz pickle commercials?

Arte Johnson

58. William Moulton Marston invented the systolic blood pressure test. What other contribution did Marston make to the hearts of men all over the world?

He created Wonder Woman for DC comics

59. Whose lifelong heroes were jazz clarinetists Pee Wee Russel and Woody Herman?

Paul Reubens aka PeeWee Herman

60. Specifically, where would your find the "products" Grave Train, ViceJoy, Pure Hex and Gadzooka?

In the first series of Topp's Wacky Packages from 1973

61. What is the most common fungal infection in the United States?

Athlete's foot

62. Pennsylvania voters turned out in record numbers on November 7, 1933, to overturn blue laws and permit what on Sunday?


63. What device did Doug Englebart demonstrate at Stanford University in 1968?

A computer mouse

64. A San Antonio, Texas, office building that opened on January 1, 1928 was the first such building in the United States with what special feature?

Air conditioning

65. The Bureau of International Expositions did not sanction the 1964 World's Fair in New York. Why not?

The U.S. is only permitted one per decade, and Seattle was it in 1962

66. What product did Scott Paper offer in 1966 for the low, low price of $1.25?

Paper dresses

67. In what film did Peter Sellers dub the voices of 14 of the cast members, both male and female and in one scene, actually had 11 of his characters carry on a conversation together?

The Malaga

68. Who was the first female governor in the United States? Bonus point if you can name what federal department she headed after her stint in state office.

Nellie Taylor Ross, governor of Wyoming in 1925, head of the U.S. Mint

69. What was author Rachel Carson protesting in her 1963 book Silent Spring?

Use of pesticides

70. Because he was black, American surgeon Richard Charles Drew could not use what facility he designed?

The first blood bank

71. In 1936, Warner Brothers story man Ben Hardaway was the man responsible for what?

Naming Bugs Bunny

72. On March 3, 1939, Harvard University student Lothrop Withington, Jr., began what campus fad?

Swallowing live goldfish

73. Memorialized in a bas-relief in New York's Central Park and celebrated in dozens of Johnny Carson's skits, what is Balto the Wonder Dog famous for doing in 1925?

Delivering an antitoxin to save the residents of Nome, Alaska

74. When was the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list started? Bonus point if you know how many the Top 10 has been increased to.

1950, 16

75. In 1931, Hub Beardsley brought Alka-Seltzer to the public, a remedy developed by whom?

Maurice Treneer

76. What special place in history does the movie Wife Beware hold?

First film at a drive-in movie

77. Written in 1939, Gadsby was a full-length novel written without any words containing the letter "e". How many words were contained in this 267-page work?


78. What New Hampshire town is commonly considered the inspiration for Grace Metalious's steamy 1956 novel, Peyton Place?


79. What famous corporate name is associated with Walla Walla, Washington?


80. The last public execution in the U.S. was held in 1936 in what state? Bonus point if you can name the executed's crime.

Kentucky, Rainey Bethea for murder

81. This is Caroline Munro in a 1978 commercial for what product? Include the product maker or no point for this one.

#81 Caroline Munro

Noxema shave creme

82. Do you know your foods by sight? A favorite color of corporate logos is red. Which three company's products can be recognized by a red spoon, a red oval, and a red triangle?

Betty Crocker, Post, Nabisco...this question was tossed in the final scores

83. What type lamp reached its height of popularity in the late 1950s?

The pole lamp

84. What is the largest fountain in the world? Bonus point if you name who it is a memorial to.

Buckingham Fountain, Clarence Buckingham

85. What North Dakota born writer surpassed Zane Grey as the master of Western fiction?

Louis L'Amour

86. What common bond will you find in a Broadway show from the 1980's, a movie which made Ruby Keeler a star, and a George M. Cohan song?

42nd Street

87. Whose first program, 3 to Get Ready, was the first morning talk show of its kind, defining television as an audience-bound event?

Ernie Kovacs

88. Where did John Gruelle come up with the name for his cheery, red-headed Raggedy Ann doll?

From the poems Little Orphan Annie and The Raggedy Man by James Whitcombe Riley

89. What band made the very first jazz recording? Bonus point if you can give the year.

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band from New Orleans in 1917

90. Where in the U.S. will you find the first station to successfully produce electrical power from atomic energy? Bonus point if you can tell the year it occurred.

Arco, Idaho 1951

91. It took Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh 4 hours and 48 minutes to reach where in 1960?

The lowest point on earth, the bottom of the Marianas Trench

92. What current day religious organization was formerly known as "The International Bible Students' Association"?

Jehovah's Witness

93. What company first marketed the image of Aunt Jemima?

The Davis Milling Company in 1890

94. What did Annie Edson Taylor do for her 43rd birthday and live to tell about it?

Went over Niagara Falls in a barrel

95. What scientific first did Glenn Seaborg and his collagues accomplish in 1942?

Create the first man-made element, plutonium

96. Who referred to himself as the "Father of Radio", due to his invention of the electron tube.

Lee DeForest

97. The Bat Lizard, Star Child, Spaceman, and the Cat are collectively known as who?

The band KISS

98. Who is known as the "rhumba king"?

Xavier Cugat

99. Which subway came first; London, Paris or New York?

London (1860), Paris (1898), New York (1900)

100. Champion swimmer and diver, Annette Kellerman, was featured on several trading cards put out by what company?

Panhandle Scrap, a brand of chewing tobacco

101. Where will you find La Llarona lamenting the loss of her children?


102. Where is the world's highest spire located? Bonus point if you can name the cathedral that has this spire.

Germany, Ulm Cathedral

103. We all know where the name for the Baby Ruth candy bar came from, now, what company produced and sold it?

Curtiss Candy Company in 1920

104. What religion uses the Avesta?


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