February 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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On November 17, 1968, the U.S. network NBC broke away from a sporting event so that 'Heidi' could be televised at exactly 7:00 P.M. Which type of American sporting event was interrupted in favor of that film?

1. Basketball
2. Tennis
3. Hockey
4. Football


In 1882 this African elephant was sold to Barnum and Bailey Circus. He became the focal point for the circus, until he was struck by a freight train in 1885 in Canada and killed. What famous elephant is this?

1. Jumbo
2. Peanuts
3. Mumbo
4. Dumbo


It's enough to make you sick...what species of domestic poultry contributed the virus that gives us the "flu"?

1. The turkey
2. The duck
3. The goose
4. The chicken


Are Christopher Columbus' remains resting in?

1. Seville, Spain
2. Columbus, Ohio
3. Bangor, Maine
4. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic


Who was the MVP of the first Super Bowl?

1. Len Dawson
2. Joe Namath
3. Johnny Unitas
4. Bart Starr


In 1683, the Ottoman forces of the Sultan Mohammed IV laid siege to Vienna, capital of the Austrian Hapsburg family empire and the last bastion against the advancing tide of Islam. Which Polish king led the relieving force that raised the siege and saved the city?

1. John II Casimir
2. Augustus II
3. John III Sobieski
4. Sigismund III


At which Olympics was synchronized swimming admitted as a full medal sport?

1. Montreal, 1976
2. Seoul, 1988
3. Sydney, 2000
4. Los Angeles, 1984


A primitive group of hoofed mammals, the Mesonychids, gave rise to a present-day group of marine mammals. What modern-day animals did the Mesonychids evolve into?

1. Whales
2. Polar bears
3. Seals
4. Otters


Sir Edmund Hillary is generally credited with being the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Another expedition - 30 years earlier - may have reached the summit first. Who led that earlier expedition?

1. Ernest Shackleton
2. George Mallory
3. Robert Scott
4. Richard Peary


In the long-running American sit-com 'M*A*S*H', actor Gary Burghoff portrayed the character Radar O'Reilly for eight seasons. What was the home town of Corporal O'Reilly?

1. Duluth, Minnesota
2. Toledo, Ohio
3. Bloomington, Illinois
4. Ottumwa, Iowa


What movie actor started his life with the name Archibald Leach?

1. Alan Alda
2. Michael Caine
3. Cary Grant
4. Tony Curtis


Floating along a canal in a boat built for two is certainly the fantasy of many a romantic. Which of these European cities is not one in which a canal cruise would be available?

1. Venice
2. Amsterdam
3. Barcelona
4. St. Petersburg


When were the first Valentine's Day cards made?

1. after 1200
2. after 1300
3. after 1400
4. after 1900


Which unofficial holiday is used by people who are single to counter Valentine's Day?

1. Singles' Day
2. Girlfriend Day
3. Friendship Day
4. Singles Awareness Day


What was the name of the "secret police" created by the Tsar Ivan IV of Russia?

1. KGB
2. Stazi
3. Oprichniki
4. Kolechniki


Who was the only U.S. President to be elected to four terms?

1. Franklin D. Roosevelt
2. William H. Taft
3. William J. Clinton
4. Warren G. Harding


How many tons did the first all-purpose electronic digital computer weigh?

1. 1 ton
2. 30 tons
3. 5 tons
4. 10 tons


A novelty race is held each year in Finland, where a husband has to carry his wife over a 250 meter obstacle course. What is the prize for winning this race?

1. $5000
2. The wife's weight in beer
3. Just the glory and a small trophy
4. A free trip to the next year's race


If you are afraid of going up to the top of the Eiffel Tower or the Empire State Building, what phobia are you suffering from?

1. Acrophobia
2. Agoraphobia
3. Ailurophobia
4. Astraphobia


You could call this artery-clogging substance "the cow's revenge," as it's found only in animal products.

1. Oil
2. Triglycerides
3. Saturated fat
4. Cholesterol


Joanne, an active church member, had a habit of singing songs the rest of the congregation was not singing, so the priest filed a lawsuit. Did the court rule:

1. This never happened
2. The court has no jurisdiction in church music matters
3. Church members have a constitutional right to sing whatever they want
4. Joanne would be ruled in contempt of court unless she sang what everyone


There are more volcanoes and earthquakes in the Pacific Rim region than anywhere else on earth. By what descriptive name is this disaster-prone area known?

1. Ring of Fire
2. The Hot Zone
3. Earthquake Alley
4. The Bermuda Triangle


What English word can be spelled phonetically with the following sequence of Greek letters: phi, iota, lambda, omicron, sigma, omicron, phi, iota, alpha?

1. Philadelphia
2. Physiology
3. Philosophy
4. Physical


Frank Sinatra died in 1998. For which movie did he obtain a Best Actor Academy Award?

1. On the Town
2. High Society
3. Anchors Aweigh
4. From Here to Eternity


The wonderful tales of 'The Arabian Nights' have been entertaining young people for a couple of centuries now in the West. Who was the first European translator of 'The Arabian Nights'?

1. Antoine Galland
2. T. H. Lawrence
3. Arthur Waley
4. Richard Burton


Assenisipia, Metropotamia and Miochigania were all names proposed for which of the following?

1. Newly formed South American countries
2. Cities in Canada
3. Caribbean islands
4. New U.S. states


In the 1902 a dam, that was a miracle of engineering of the time, was built on the Nile River in Egypt. It took its name from a nearby town, which also gave its name to a later dam.

1. Aswan
2. Luxor
3. Thebes
4. El Karnak


Which of these popular American movie actors played the role of 'Easy Reader' on the children's' television show 'The Electric Company'?

1. John Voigt
2. Morgan Freeman
3. Edward James Olmos
4. Billy Crystal


Using some rudimentary knowledge of Latin and Greek, the name of an imaginary beast has been cobbled together. This beast, the 'Rubernaris sophoselaphus', has never walked the Earth. However, for purposes of fun, let's say it had. How would this Latin/Greek name translate into English?

1. Hairy-knuckled jumping hippo
2. Gigantic-toed messy elephant
3. Narrow-brained happy ant
4. Red-nostriled wise deer

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