Thursday, May 7, 2009

Trivia #3

1. Which city hosted the coldest Super Bowl football game on record?

New Orleans, in 1972. The temperature at kickoff time in Tulane Stadium was 39 degrees. The game, Super Bowl VI, saw the Dallas Cowboys trounce the Miami Dolphins, 24-3. The Louisiana Superdome opened three years later.

2. A group of lions is called a pride; a group of locusts, a plague—but what is a group of rattlesnakes called?

A rhumba.

3. Which is the only state in the United States bordered by two navigable rivers? Clue: The rivers are the Missouri and the Mississippi.

Iowa. The Mississippi is on its eastern border; the Missouri, on its western border.

4. What famous author makes an uncredited cameo appearance—dressed in a white three-piece suit—in the 1977 Woody Allen film Annie Hall?

Truman Capote. When Capote appears, Allen (as character Alvy Singer) is making fun of people in Central Park and remarks, “Here comes the winner of the Truman Capote look-alike contest.”

5. What country has a young princess who was named after the fictional Princess Leia of Star Wars fame?

Norway. In 2005, Norway’s Princess Martha Louise, noting that she was a big Star Wars fan, named her second child Leah. She didn’t explain why she opted for a different spelling of the name Leia.

6. When it comes to animals, what are the nyala, the bongo, the tsessebe, and the sitatunga?

Antelopes—all native to Africa.

7. What is now located on the site of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968?

The National Civil Rights Museum, which was established to tell the story of the American civil rights movement.

8. What do the different colored twist ties and tags on packaged loaves of bread indicate?

The day the bread is delivered to local stores. Fresh bread is usually delivered five days a week. Although colors may vary according to region or manufacturer, most bakeries start with blue on Monday, and continue through the week alphabetically with green on Tuesday, red on Thursday, white on Friday, and yellow on Saturday.

9. What is the highest price ever paid by the United States for a territorial acquisition?

$25 million—for the Virgin Islands, which were purchased from Denmark in 1917 at the outset of World War I, when U.S. control of the Panama Canal and the Caribbean Basin was considered crucial.

10. How did the tiny town of Why, Arizona, get its name?

From the Y-shaped intersection of two interstate highways that passed through it.

(from Page-A-Day Calendars)


Scott said...

Regarding #3: I believe Illinois is bordered by two navigable rivers as well - the Mississippi and the Ohio.

Maybe it doesn't count because the Ohio makes up a rather small portion of the overall border...

Chuck said...

Yo are correct! But I imagine they meant to say, "bordered nearly completely on 2 sides."