January 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

Which body of water has the distinction of being the world's largest lake by surface area?

1. Lake Victoria
2. Aral Sea
3. Lake Superior
4. Caspian Sea
Solution


2nd

You might be surprised, but there are dinosaur relatives still alive today. What group of present-day animals is most closely related to the dinosaurs?

1. Birds
2. Lizards
3. Crocodiles
4. Platypuses
Solution


3rd

The Iditarod dog-sled race starts in Wasilla, Alaska, but in which city is the finish line?

1. Fairbanks
2. Juneau
3. Nome
4. Iditarod
Solution


4th

On what TV game show did Jimmy Carter appear in 1973, two years before he became President of the United States?

1. Hollywood Squares
2. Match Game
3. The Price Is Right
4. What's My Line
Solution


5th

This question is a gas! To what chemical family, named for their chemical makeup, do gasoline, propane, methane and natural gas belong?

1. Hydrocarbons
2. Carbohydrates
3. Esters
4. Lipids
Solution


6th

The first eight flavors of Jelly Belly jellybeans included two soda pop flavors. What were they?

1. Cola and Ginger Ale
2. Cream Soda and Root Beer
3. Cream Soda and Ginger Ale
4. Root Beer and Cola
Solution


7th

They were advertised as wonderful, trainable, fascinating pets, but in reality they were brine shrimp. What were they called?

1. Sea dragons
2. Sea horses
3. Sea monkeys
4. Sea bears
Solution


8th

Dolly Parton grew up in a family of 14 in the Great Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. How many rooms were in Dolly's girlhood home?

1. 1
2. 2
3. 4
4. 8
Solution


9th

In "Jurassic Park," they were man-sized dinosaurs with brains and attitude. In reality, they were dog-sized carnivores. Who were these bad guys?

1. Velociraptors
2. Ornithomimus
3. Tyrannosaurs
4. Allosaurs
Solution


10th

On what river is the capital of the Republic of Ireland located?

1. Severn
2. Bann
3. Shannon
4. Liffey
Solution


11th

In 1276 Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf I took over possession of the Duchy of Austria. It would remain in his dynasty's possession till 1918. Which dynasty was it?

1. Hohenzollern
2. Hohenstaufen
3. Hapsburg (Habsburg)
4. Saxe-Coburg
Solution


12th

What is the geographical name of a long, narrow strip of land, with water each side, such as those crossed by the Suez and Panama canals?

1. an isthmus
2. a peninsula
3. an inlet
4. an atoll
Solution


13th

Which U.S. war gave the world flame throwers, machine guns, electrically exploded bombs, aircraft carriers, and submarines?

1. World War I
2. the Civil War
3. World War II
4. the Spanish-American War
Solution


14th

What is the most abundant element in the Earth's crust?

1. Iron
2. Silicon
3. Carbon
4. Oxygen
Solution


15th

What do the names Sgt. Snorkel, General Halftrack, Plato, and Zero have in common?

1. Characters from the 'Peanuts' comic strip
2. Characters from the show 'Hogan's Heroes'
3. Names of characters from the show 'M.A.S.H.'
4. Names of characters from the 'Beetle Bailey' comic strip
Solution


16th

The 'Paul is Dead' hoax which was encouraged by the Beatles sent streams of Beatles fans looking for clues to Paul's supposed death. Much of this was precipitated by a supposed backwards message claiming Paul's death on which Beatles song?

1. I'm So Tired
2. For No One
3. Hello Goodbye
4. Fixing a Hole
Solution


17th

Many fossil collectors own unusual specimens called coprolites. What is fossilized to make a coprolite?

1. Dinosaur teeth
2. Dinosaur stomach contents
3. Dinosaur dung
4. Dinosaur footprints
Solution


18th

Fidel Castro was a Cuban revolutionary who took power in 1959. Whom did he overthrow to gain his position?

1. Fulgencio Batista
2. Mirta Diaz-Balart
3. Carlos Prio Socarras
4. Laredo Bru
Solution


19th

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


20th

How many planets in our solar system have rings?

1. 1
2. 2
3. 3
4. 4
Solution


21st

Which game of Chinese origin, using tiles built into walls, became very popular in the U.S. in the twenties and is still played today?

1. Chess
2. Go
3. Mahjong
4. Chinese Checkers
Solution


22nd

Among his other extraordinary accomplishments, what ancient historical figure is said to have cut the Gordian Knot?

1. Buddha
2. Jesus Christ
3. Julius Caesar
4. Alexander the Great
Solution


23rd

Charles Darwin is certainly more remembered for his writings on evolution than on earthworms. By what mechanism did he propose evolution occurred?

1. Directed evolution
2. Natural selection
3. Convergent evolution
4. Punctuated equilibria
Solution


24th

Which U.S. president let his pet cow, Pauline, graze on the White House lawn?

1. Millard Fillmore
2. Herbert Hoover
3. Teddy Roosevelt
4. William Howard Taft
Solution


25th

If you journeyed to the very center of the earth, what two main elements would you find?

1. Iron and copper
2. Iron and nickel
3. Aluminum and iron
4. Carbon and hydrogen
Solution


26th

Who was brought to Rome from Carthage as a slave but impressed his master so much that not only was he emancipated, but also given a classic Roman education and became a celebrated playwright?

1. Ovid
2. Seneca
3. Tertullian
4. Terence
Solution


27th

Perhaps the most famous address in literary history, 221B Baker Street, London, England was the home of which of these noted characters?

1. Elizabeth Bennett
2. Sherlock Holmes
3. Samuel Pickwick
4. Oliver Twist
Solution


28th

What do scientists regard as the most intelligent of livestock?

1. The horse
2. The mule
3. The cow
4. The pig
Solution


29th

The college draft was created in 1936 to break the dominance of the Chicago Bears and New York Giants. Who was the first #1 draft pick?

1. Ki Aldrich
2. Corbett Davis
3. Sam Francis
4. Jay Berwanger
Solution


30th

What number is between 7 and 8 on a dartboard?

1. 3
2. 9
3. 10
4. 16
Solution


31st

Which Shakespeare play was referenced by 1983's "Strange Brew"?

1. Macbeth
2. Julius Caesar
3. Hamlet
4. The Merchant of Venice
Solution

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