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Who is the author of "Paradise Lost"?
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
All work produces a byproduct- and it isn't a paycheck. In physics terms, what is the byproduct of all work?
Which Roman emperor was the only pre-Christian emperor to be placed in Paradise by Dante in his epic poem "The Divine Comedy"?
2. Marcus Aurelius
What is the largest living flightless bird?
2. Emperor penguin
Muhammed Ali was born Cassius Clay in 1942. In what state was he born?
In "Scrooged" (1988), what did Frank Cross (Bill Murray) tell his secretary to send to his brother James for Christmas?
1. bath towel
3. coffee maker
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?
On November 10, 1970, this Frenchman, former head of state, died at the age of 79. Who was he?
2. Charles DeGaulle
3. Golda Meir
4. Indira Gandhi
Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. He and his colleagues were part of which NASA space program?
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
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
Which movie actor was Elizabeth Taylor's third husband?
1. Eddie Fisher
2. Michael Wilding
3. Conrad Hilton
4. Mike Todd
Which department store created "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"?
3. JC Penny's
What is the capital of Christmas Island:
2. St. John
3. The Settlement
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
What did Frosty The Snowman have for a nose?
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
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
What is the best selling Christmas song ever?
1. Here Comes Santa Claus
2. Silent Night
3. Jingle Bells
4. White Christmas
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
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
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"
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
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
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
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
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
What calendar determines the date of the Chinese New Year?
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
The first New Year's Eve ball drop in Times Square happened in?
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