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What is brass made of?

Copper and Zinc

What mountain range marks the boarder of France and Spain?

The Pyrenees

Who was called "The Hero of San Juan Hill"?

Teddy Roosevelt

What mythological Greek figure gave fire to man?

Prometheus

What's the hardest substance in the human body?

Enamel

What country suffers from the most earthquakes?

Japan

What number did Hitler believe possessed supernatural power?

Seven

What two US public officials aren't allowed to travel together?

The President and VP

Who was the star of WJM-TV's The Happy Homemaker?

Sue Ann Nivens

How many points does it take to win a Cribbage game?

121

Who commanded the French forces at the Battle of Orleans?

Joan of Arc

What US state contains the geographical center of North America?

North Dakota

Who stopped Bjorn Borg's string of Wimbledon singles titles at five?

John McEnroe

What was Elvis Presley's first movie in 1956?

Love Me Tender

Who shot Lee Harvey Oswald?

Jack Ruby

What is the longest bone in the human body?

Femur

What city has the world's longest subway system?

London

What US state records the least rainfall?

Nevada

Who was Don Quixote's sidekick?

Sancho Panza

What does A.F. stand for after the date in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World?

After Ford

What insect transmits yellow fever?

Mosquito

What Italian landmark has 296 steps?

Leaning Tower of Piza

What is headquartered on New York's East River between 42nd and 48th streets?

The United Nations

What did Otto Titzling invent?

The brassiere

Whose sons founded the 12 Hebrew tribes?

Jacob's

From what mountain did Moses see all of the promised land?

Mount Nebo

What is the pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson?

Lewis Carroll

What happened to the Archbishop of Krakow in 1978?

He became Pope John Paul II

Who was the first US President to appear on Meet the Press?

Gerald Ford

What's the largest train station in the world?

Grand Central Station

What's the warmest continent?

Africa

What's the world's largest sea?

The Mediterranean

Where were the first Winter Olympics held?

Chamonix, France

What does DNA stand for?

Deoxyribonucleic acid

What is Chevy Chase's real first name?

Cornelius

Who proposed the quantum theory of energy in 1900?

Max Plank

What is the largest island in the world?

Greenland

Who invented the transistor in 1948?

Bell Labs

What organization was the forerunner of the National PTA?

The National Congress of Mothers

Who invented the incandescent light?

Thomas Edison

TV's I Love Lucy began as what radio show?

My Favorite Husband

How old was Dolly Parton when her first record Puppy Love was released?

13 years old

Who was the first US athlete to win the same event in 3 consecutive Olympics?

Bonnie Blair

What baseball team became known as the Black Sox?

The 1919 White Sox team

In The Muppet Movie, who was originally to perform Miss Piggy's song Never Before Never Again?

Johnny Mathis

What civil rights organization did Martin Luther King found in 1957?

Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Do north-south routes in the US Interstate Highway system have odd or even numbers?

Odd numbers

What college did Helen Keller graduate from in 1904?

Radcliffe College

Who won the 1921 Nobel Prize in physics?

Albert Einstein

The National Woman Suffrage Association was reorganized into what group?

The League of Women Voters

What are the world's four main oceans?

Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Arctic Oceans

Who ordered the construction of the first king-sized bed?

King Henry VIII

What flooring of linseed oil, fillers, and cork shavings did Frederick Walton invent?

Linoleum

What does carpe diem mean?

Seize the day

How long is the solar year?

365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes

When was the first Atlantic cable laid?

1858

Which was the first American rock group to tour the USSR?

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Which basketball player scored 100 points in a game against the NY Knicks?

Wilt Chamberlain

When was the Hubble Space Telescope launched?

1990

In which state was the Red Delicious apple developed?

Iowa

In what war was air combat first used?

World War I

What company was Mobil Corp's predecessor?

Magnolia Petroleum Corp

Which king built the Hanging Gardens of Babylon in 540 BC?

Nebuchadnezzar II

Which golfer was the Masters' first black champion?

Tiger Woods in 1997

Who holds the record for winning the most Academy Awards

Walt Disney with 32 Oscars

What baseball player broke Babe Ruth's single-season home-run record?

Roger Maris

What landscape tool did Edwin Beard Budding invent in 1830?

The lawnmower

Where does cashmere come from?

Small white goats

Which football player was known as the galloping ghost?

Reg Grange

The American Rose Society labels as old rose any kind started before what year?

1867

What was the name of the first space shuttle?

Columbia

Without the Panama Canal, around the tip of South America, what is the mileage sailing from San Francisco to NYC?

13,000 miles

What was the first mass-produced home computer?

MITS Altair 8800

What does Auld Lang Syne mean?

old long since

When was the US Weather Bureau establish?

1870

When did Great Britain formally recognize American independence?

1783

Who was the first black governor in American history?

P.B.S. Pinchback of Louisiana

Which American made the winning goal in 1980 Olympic hockey against the USSR?

Mike Eruzione

Where is the tallest lighthouse in the US?

Cape Hatteras, NC

What is Whoopi Goldberg's given name?

Caryn Johnson

Forest cover about 90 percent of what state?

Maine

What is the most visited National Park in the US?

Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Who wrote the book Up From Slavery?

Booker T. Washington

What was the profession of Wilbur and Orville Wright's father?

Milton Wright was a United Brethren Church bishop

The Comanche code talkers of WWII used what phrase to refer to Hitler?

Posah-tai-vo or crazy white man

In 1949, Indonesia was granted sovereignty from what country?

The Netherlands

How long is the Appalachian Trail?

2,160 miles

How many years did Rip Van Winkle sleep?

Twenty

Who founded Microsoft Corp in 1975?

Bill Gates and Paul Allen

Who was the first Olympic gymnast to receive a perfect score of 10?

Nadia Comaneci of Romania

What was Rocky Marciano's boxing record when he retired?

49-0

In area, what is the world's second largest nation?

Canada

Who patented the first vacuum cleaner?

H. Cecil Booth in 1901

Which years are leap years?

Every year divisible by 4 but not by 100

Which President signed the act establishing Yellowstone National Park?

Ulysses S. Grant

How old was Judy Garland when she played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz?

17

What do the initials E.B. stand for in the name of author E.B. White?

Elwyn Brooks

Who invented the disposable razor blade in 1895?

King Gillette

On what date did the Titanic sink?

April 15, 1912

Who threw the first pitch in the first World Series?

Cy Young

Which European discovered and annexed Virginia?

Sir Walter Raleigh in 15844

Who founded the Yellow Cab Company?

John Hertz

Who succeeded William IV to the English throne in 1837?

Queen Victoria

Which state was admitted as the 45th state in 1896?

Utah

Who became the first tennis player to win the Grand Slam in 1938?

Don Budge the California Comet

What are the five most widely spoken languages?

Chinese Mandarin, English, Spanish, Arabic, and Bengali

Which hockey player was known as Mr. Hockey?

Gordie Howe

In what year did Enrico Caruso make his first gramophone recordings?

1902

What does Keanu Reeve's first name mean in Hawaiian?

Cool breeze over the mountains

Where is the hottest place on earth?

Dallol, Ethiopia averaging 92F in the shade

Who wrote War and Peace?

Leo Tolstoy

What stadium is the first domed stadium and the first to use artificial turf?

Houston Astrodome

Which state held presidential elections 2 months before the other states until 1958?

Maine

In what year was France declared a Republic?

1792

Who discovered nuclear fission in 1938?

Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann

Who perfected the steam engine in 1775?

James Watt

What was Elvis's first single for RCA?

Heartbreak Hotel

How long did the Wright brothers' famous December 17, 1903 flight last?

12 seconds

What is a carcajou?

A wolverine

Which city was the fastest growing city in the US during the 20th century?

Houston, Texas

What was the first public park in America?

Central Park

How many years did Nelson Mandela spend in prison before his release in 1990?

27 years

When was plastic invented?

1909

What year was the Union Pacific Railway completed in the US?

1869

Which American colony was the first to issue paper money?

Massachusetts in 1690

What is lanolin?

Grease from sheep wool

Who is Sam Spade's trusty secretary in Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon?

Effie Perrine

What was Constantinople renamed?

Istanbul

Which landscape architect designed Central Park in 1857?

Frederick Law Olmsted

Who was the first prima ballerina to dance on her toes?

Marie Taglioni

How many nations signed the agreement to form the World Bank in 1945?

28 nations

What is the deepest point on earth?

The Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench

What nickname does Austin Powers give his car?

The Shaguar

Who became leader of the American forces of WWI in the year 1917?

General John Pershing

In what year did Star Wars and Saturday Night Fever premiere?

1977

Who discovered penicillin in 1928?

Alexander Fleming

When was the electric garage door opener first used?

1929

Who wrote the words and music to This Land is Your Land?

Woody Guthrie

Who was the 2nd man to walk on the moon?

Buzz Aldrin

Where did America's first 911 emergency phone system begin?

Haleyville, Alabama in 1968

Which Constitutional Amendment guarantees women the right to vote?

The 19th Amendment

In what year did Fidel Castro become premier of Cuba?

1959

Bobby Fischer became an International Grandmaster in chess at what age?

Fifteen

When did female attorneys get the right to argue cases before the Supreme Court?

1879

At which universities did Bear Bryant coach football?

Maryland, Kentucky, Texas A&M, and Alabama

Who played Daisy Duke in the TV series The Dukes of Hazard?

Catherine Bach

Who wrote The Canterbury Tales?

Geoffrey Chaucer

What was the world's first computer?

ENIAC

Which Dutchman invented the telescope in 1608?

Johann Lippershey

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