Friday, April 25, 2008


I know I just did a trivia post two weeks ago, but these are some of my personal favorite trivia questions. Now I have it out of my system. Answers below.

1. How many states have a point further north than the southernmost point of Canada?

2. Not counting islands, which two states are physically split into two parts?

3. It is common knowledge that Greenland is the largest island (not counting the continent Australia). What are numbers two and three?

4) What is the easternmost state?

5) What is the most popular religion in South Korea?

6) Who is the only president with the first name Stephen?

7) Which vice president of the United States was also a member of the Confederate cabinet and rebel general?

8) How far is the nearest star from us?

9) The highest rated single television episode is still . . . .?

10) By far, the country with the highest per capita GNP in the world is . . . ?

11) Which states (there are three) touch the most other states?

12) When did the Supreme Court of the United States determine that it was illegal for a state to forbid racial intermarriage?

13) How many of our presidents went to school at either Harvard or Yale (or both)?

14) Which was the last president and vice president team of which neither was elected?

15) Two tiny independent states are found within the boundaries of the country of Italy. What are they?

16) Which of our presidents survived assassination attempts?

17) Leaving aside the Adamses and Bushes (father/son) and the Harrisons (grandfather/grandson), the Roosevelts are usually reported as the next closest relations among presidents, but they were only fifth cousins. Which two were second cousins?

18) How many states have less people than New York City?

19) What was Clarence’s last name in It’s a Wonderful Life?

20) Jackie Gleason’s real first name was?

21) How do you get to Neverland?

22) When was the Declaration of Independence not signed?

23) Which planet has a moon bigger than two planets?

24) A flock of crows is called a . . . ?

25) At least proverbially, Wild Bill Hickock was killed while holding what poker hand?

26) During WWII UFOs were known to the Allies as . . . ?

27) What was the name of the little girl who was Magilla Gorilla’s friend?

28) John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4th, 1826, considered an extraordinary coincidence. But another president died on the Fourth of July too, in another year. Who was it?

29) Who served the longest as either president, vice president or both?

30) Indians who lived in Tallahassee (“Old Town”), Florida were relocated west and gave their new residence a corrupted form of the same name, which we know as what present day city?

31) Joe Louis lost only three times, twice at the end of his career when he was in his late thirties, and once, famously, in his prime, to Max Schmeling, which he revenged. But he was also knocked out of the ring in his prime by the brother of a more famous fighter. Who was it?

32) Who was the five time presidential candidate who won 3.4% of the popular vote from prison?

33) If Barack Hussein Obama becomes president, he will be the second, not the first, to have to have a middle eastern name. Who was the first?

1) Twenty-six. Believe it. I personally counted them.
2) Michigan and Virginia.
3) New Guinea and Borneo.
4) Alaska. The Aleutian Islands stretch to the westernmost part and over into the easternmost part. Near the poles, longitude lines are close together. It is also the westernmost, and, of course, northernmost state.
5) Neither Buddhism or Shinto. It’s Christianity and it arrived there in the late 1700s.
6) Stephen Grover Cleveland.
7) John C. Breckenridge (Buchanan’s VP) was Jefferson Davis’ Secretary of War.
8) About 4.3 light years or 25,260,787,199,705,600 miles (don’t check my math please). Actually, Alpha Centauri is three stars in a system, but who cares?
9) The final episode of M.A.S.H. (1983).
10) Itsy bitsy Luxembourg.
11) Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri, all which touch each other.
12) Hard to believe, but not until 1967.
13) Ten of them – almost 1 in 4.
14) Gerald Ford and Nelson Rockefeller from 1973-1977.
15) One is pretty easy, Vatican City, but the second, is the oldest surviving constitutional republic in the world – San Marino – and under 40 square miles.
16) Jackson, T. Roosevelt, FDR, Truman, Ford, Reagan.
17) James Madison and Zachary Taylor.
18) 39 of 50 of them.
19) Oddbody.
20) Herbert.
21) Second (star) to the right and straight on till morning.
22) It is arguable when it was signed, and it was on different days by different signers (some not even there when it passed), but definitely not on July 4th. It wasn’t ready to be signed yet.
23) Jupiter. The moon is Ganymede. And don’t tell me Pluto isn’t a planet.
24) A “murder”.
25) A pair of aces and a pair of 8s – a dead man’s hand.
26) Foo fighters. It was thought they were Japanese secret weapons. We still don’t know what they were.
27) Oh Gee.
28) James Monroe in 1831, five years after the other two.
29) Surprisingly, Richard M. Nixon, who resigned about 2 ½ years into his second term as president, and two earlier terms as VP has the most time in. FDR was elected four times but died in his fourth month after inaugurated the last time. No one else has been elected four times.
30) Tulsa (originally “Tulsey Town”), Oklahoma.
31) Max Baer’s huge brother, Buddy (6’ 6” 230-250), was also an excellent fighter who fought Louis for the championship twice. Although Louis beat him both times, the first time the big man knocked him right out of the ring.
32) Socialist candidate Eugene V. Debs was imprisoned for making speeches during WWI which were found to have encouraged resistance to the draft. Warren Harding, who won the election, commuted the sentence after more than 2 ½ years served.
33) Warren Gamaliel Harding. Gamaliel means benefit (or reward or recompense) of God.


  1. Anonymous3:03 PM

    Fun. Uug like. Do more.

  2. Bear is clearly in a good mood lately. Must be something in the water.


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