December Trivia
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Trivia: The dictionary defines "trivia" as: Insignificant or inessential matters; trifles. I like to call them, small facts that don't make or break your day. A new trivia question posted daily. See below....

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1st

Who is the author of "Paradise Lost"?

1. Montesquieu
2. Swift
3. Milton
4. Voltaire
Solution


2nd

In 1989, the demolition of this structure marked the end of the Cold War.

1. The wall surrounding the Kremlin
2. Brandenburg Gate
3. Lenin Mausoleum
4. Berlin Wall
Solution


3rd

All work produces a byproduct- and it isn't a paycheck. In physics terms, what is the byproduct of all work?

1. Electricity
2. Magnetism
3. Heat
4. Light
Solution


4th

Which Roman emperor was the only pre-Christian emperor to be placed in Paradise by Dante in his epic poem "The Divine Comedy"?

1. Trajan
2. Marcus Aurelius
3. Augustus
4. Diocletian
Solution


5th

What is the largest living flightless bird?

1. Emu
2. Emperor penguin
3. Rhea
4. Ostrich
Solution


6th

Muhammed Ali was born Cassius Clay in 1942. In what state was he born?

1. Alaska
2. Mississippi
3. Kentucky
4. Alabama
Solution


7th

In "Scrooged" (1988), what did Frank Cross (Bill Murray) tell his secretary to send to his brother James for Christmas?

1. bath towel
2. mug
3. coffee maker
4. tee-shirt
Solution


8th

What is the word for the type of land that lies between the tree line and the Arctic ice cap in North America, Europe and Asia?

1. llano
2. steppe
3. pampas
4. tundra
Solution


9th

On November 10, 1970, this Frenchman, former head of state, died at the age of 79. Who was he?

1. Nasser
2. Charles DeGaulle
3. Golda Meir
4. Indira Gandhi
Solution


10th

Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. He and his colleagues were part of which NASA space program?

1. Gemini
2. Apollo
3. Jupiter
4. Mercury
Solution


11th

Let's do physics on the playground! What kind of simple machine is a seesaw?

1. A lever
2. A screw
3. A pulley
4. An inclined plane
Solution


12th

Ice dancing duo Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean won Olympic gold in 1984. What classical piece of music did they dance to?

1. William Tell Overture
2. Moonlight Sonata
3. Peer Gynt Suite
4. Bolero
Solution


13th

Which movie actor was Elizabeth Taylor's third husband?

1. Eddie Fisher
2. Michael Wilding
3. Conrad Hilton
4. Mike Todd
Solution


14th

Which department store created "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"?

1. Macy's
2. Dillards
3. JC Penny's
4. Montgomery-Ward
Solution


15th

What is the capital of Christmas Island:

1. Jackson
2. St. John
3. The Settlement
4. Boothville
Solution


16th

Which Christmas cartoon was based on a New York Sun editorial?

1. The Grinch
2. White Christmas
3. Frosty the Snowman
4. Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus
Solution


17th

What did Frosty The Snowman have for a nose?

1. carrot
2. buttons
3. plum
4. stone
Solution


18th

Where does the tradition of kissing under mistletoe come from?

1. Most believe it originated from Norse Mythology
2. It was first mentioned in "Twas the Night Before Christmas"
3. It started at the turn of the 20th Century when mistletoe became plentiful in the United States
4. In medieval Romania, when Christmas trees were unavailable, people started using mistletoe instead
Solution


19th

After Scrooge has reformed his life at the end of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", he proposes getting together with Bob Cratchit for some "smoking bishop", which was?

1. A hot spiced drink
2. A premium pipe tobacco
3. A fast variation of chess popular in Victorian London
4. A Christmas pudding, soaked in brandy and set alight
Solution


20th

What is the best selling Christmas song ever?

1. Here Comes Santa Claus
2. Silent Night
3. Jingle Bells
4. White Christmas
Solution


21st

Where and when did the custom of having and decorating Christmas trees originate?

1. Riga, Latvia 1510
2. In Rockefeller Plaza
3. Bremen, Germany circa 1570
4. Oslo, Norway 1525
Solution


22nd

In the animated TV special, Twas the Night Before Christmas, the townsfolk create a song to attract Santa back. According to the song, what is calling Santa?

1. Chimneys asunder
2. Calling birds
3. Comet and Cupid
4. Christmas bells
Solution


23rd

A modern Christmas custom borrowed from ancient Rome's New Year's celebrations is?

1. Hanging stockings by the fireplace
2. Displaying a wreath on the front door of one's house
3. Decorating a tree
4. Putting up mistletoe to make a "kissing bough"
Solution


24th

The first instrument on which the carol "Silent Night" was played was?

1. A guitar
2. A harp
3. A pipe organ
4. A kazoo
Solution


25th

Which of these is NOT a Christmas carol?

1. O Christmas Tree
2. O Little Town of Glory
3. Oh Holy Night
4. O Little Town of Bethlehem
Solution


26th

On October 23, 1956 a revolution broke out against the Communist oppressors in one of the Soviet Union's satellite states. Where did it happen?

1. Prague, Czechoslovakia
2. Gdansk, Poland
3. Budapest, Hungary
4. Berlin, East-Germany
Solution


27th

In ancient Egypt what event dictated the timing of New Year's celebrations?

1. Exact alignment of stars with Great Pyramid
2. Flooding of Nile
3. Solar eclipse
4. Pharaoh's birthday
Solution


28th

Under which calendar is New Year's Day Jan. 1?

1. Jewish Calendar
2. Julian Calendar
3. Chinese Calendar
4. Gregorian Calendar
5. All of the above
Solution


29th

What calendar determines the date of the Chinese New Year?

1. Zen
2. Chinese
3. Lunar
4. Solar
Solution


30th

The name January is derived from the Roman god Janus. What is he the god of?

1. Gates and doors
2. Wine and grapes
3. Clocks and calendars
4. Babies and childbirth
Solution


31st

The first New Year's Eve ball drop in Times Square happened in?

1. 1899
2. 1907
3. 1923
4. 1936
Solution

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