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Second Quarter 2014 Trivia Answers

Q: Can you name the following three businesses by the design of their buidlings (signage removed)?

1) Taco Bell
2) Pizza Hut
3) Jiffy Lube

First Quarter 2014 Trivia Answers

1) Can you put the following fast food restaurant chains in the correct order that they entered the world of franchising?

1930 – Kentucky Fried Chicken
1950 – Dunkin Donuts
1954 – Burger King
1955 – McDonald’s

December 2013 Trivia Answers

1) Who is the inventor of the modern frozen food industry?

A: Clarence Birdseye

2) In what year was the first frozen food sold to the American public?

A: 1930

For more information about what led Clarence Birdseye’s to the development of frozen food, visit the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association.

November 2013 Trivia Answers

1) What is the most typical scale for drawing a floorplan?

A: b) 1/4″ to 1′

2) And, do you know why?

A: Graph paper is usually found with 1/4″ squares, so using this scale is simple to do. You can also easily make four squares equal to 1′, giving you larger, easier to handle objects to “move” around the design if you cut out equally-scaled pieces of furniture for a room.

October 2013 Trivia Answers

One underdeveloped segment of the youth sports industry is participation by girls, and many are simply sidelined. Depending on the community where girls live has an impact on their access to organized sports. Do you know the answers to the questions below? They might surprise you.

1) What percent of high school girls from cities have never participated in organized sports?

A: 25%

2) High schools in 31 states have enough roster slots for 50% of the boys enrolled. How many states can accommodate 50% of the girls?

A: 18

For more information about youth sports statistics as well as the gender disparity, read this ESPN article, “Hey, data data — swing!” on the hidden demographics of youth sports.

September 2013 Trivia Answers

The first public school established in America is still operating today. Can you answer the following questions about this school? (Hint: It is not Harvard)

1) When was it founded?

A: The first public school in America was established April 23, 1635 

2) Where was it founded?

A: Boston. The first classes were held in the home of Schoolmaster Philemon Pormont

3) What is the name of the school?

A: Boston Latin School

For more information about this illustrious and historic school click here.

August 2013 Trivia Answers

1) Where is the “Ozone Hole” located?

A: The “Ozone Hole” is located in the stratosphere above Antarctica

2) What time of year is the “Ozone Hole” the largest?

A: The seasonal “Ozone Hole” appears at the beginning of the Southern Hemisphere sprint (August-October)

The “Ozone Hole” first appeared in 1979, however, scientific data has revealed that the Ozone Hole may actually be shrinking. For more information visit

July 2013 Trivia Answers

1) The Bible is the biggest bestseller in history, but do you know which book is the second highest bestseller?

A:  “Quotations from Chairman Mao” (The Little Red Book). The collection of quotations from Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong was put together by the People’s Liberation Army in 1964, and has sold over 800 million copies worldwide.

2) How many copies of the book have been sold worldwide?

A: Over 800 million

For the top 15 bestsellers, many of which may surprise you, visit the Huff Post Books blog.

June 2013 Trivia Answers

1) What is the origin of the word ‘golf’?

A:  It derives linguistically from the Dutch word ’kolf’ or ’kolve,’ meaning quite simply ’club.’

For this and the origin of many other golf terms visit the USGA Museum website

May 2013 Trivia Answers

1) What is the amount of the largest unclaimed lottery jackpot? (Note: not including the currently pending jackpot from May 2013)

A: $77.1 million

2) When and where was the unclaimed ticket sold?

A: June 29, 2011 – Georgia

For more information visit Powerball – Winner’s Stories.

April 2013 Trivia Answers

1) In what year was the first income tax imposed and how many years was it in place before being repealed?

A: In 1862, President Lincoln and Congress enacted an income tax to pay war expenses. It was repealed 10 years later.

2) In what year was the income tax revived for a second time before being ruled unconstitutional the following year?

A: 1894

For more information visit a Brief History of the IRS.

March 2013 Trivia Answers

1) Where is the world’s largest basket and what is it?

A: The largest basket can be found in Newark, Ohio. It is also the seven-story corporate headquarters of the Longaberger Basket Company.

For more information visit the  Roadside America website.

February 2013 Trivia Answers

1) WHEN was the first ‘self-service’ grocery store opened?
A: September 6, 1916

2) WHERE was it opened?
A: 79 Jefferson Street, Memphis TN

3) WHAT was it named?
A: Piggly Wiggly

4) WHO was the founder?
A: Clarence Saunders (1851-1953)

For more information visit The Society of Entrepreneurs site for Memphis, TN

January 2013 Trivia Answers

1) Only 3 films have won all of the “Big 5” Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Writing. Can you name them?

A: It Happened One Night (1934); One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975); The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

For more award history visit the Academy Award database

December 2012 Trivia Answers

1) When did the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree tradition begin?

A: 1933

2) In 2007 the tree has been lit with HOW MANY energy-effiecient LED’s powered by solar panels?

A: 30,000

For this and many other fun Christmas Tree facts visit the University of Illinois Extension

November 2012 Trivia Answers

1) What is the most abundant species of wild turkey?

A: Eastern Wild Turkeys

2) How many states are home to this species?

A: 38 (and 4 Canadian Provinces)

For more facts about wild turkeys visit the National Wild Turkey Federation

October 2012 Trivia Answers

1) What is the average population per ZIP Code according to the 2010 Census?

A: 7,471 Visit the Census Bureau website for more ZIP Code Data

September 2012 Trivia Answers

1) In what year was the very first “bicycle” invented?

A: 1817, by Baron von Drais

2) What was this invention with two inline wheels actually called? (Hint: it was not called a bicycle)

A: The Walking Machine – The device was propelled by pushing your feet against the ground, thus rolling yourself and the device forward in a sort of gliding walk. For more information on the history of bicycles visit the Pedaling History Bicycle Museum website.

August 2012 Trivia Answers

1) How many gallons of blood does the average heart pump each day?

A: About 2000 gallons according to HowStuffWorks/Discovery Communications  Your body has about 5.6 liters (6 quarts) of blood. This 5.6 liters of blood circulates through the body three times every minute. In one day, the blood travels a total of 19,000 km (12,000 miles)—that’s four times the distance across the US from coast to coast.

Read more fascinating heart facts here:

July 2012 Trivia Answers

1) Where is the oldest subway in the world?

A: London, England

2) Where is the oldest subway tunnel in the world?

A: Brooklyn, NY

For a timeline of the milestones for London’s Tube, click here .
For more information on the more recent discover of the oldest subway tunnel visit the Brooklyn Historic Railway Association

June 2012 Trivia Answers

1) According to, what were the top three most visited American Tourist Attractions in 2009, in terms of number of visitors?

A: a) Times Square – New York City, NY: 37.6 million visitors

b) Las Vegas Strip – Las Vegas, NV: 29.1 million visitors

c) National Mall and Memorial Parks – Washington, DC: 25 million visitors

May 2012 Trivia Answers

1) What is the most popular sports-related activity among kids aged 7 to 17?

A: Swimming. Whether organized or just for fun, swimming is the most popular sports-related activity for children aged 7 to 17 years old, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. More than 8.7 million children 7 to 11 swam at least once during 2007, as did 7.8 million more in the 12 to 17 age group.

For more information about the most popular sports for children visit

April 2012 Trivia Answers

1) Is a TOMATO a vegetable or a fruit?

A: Both! Scientifically it’s a fruit. Legally it’s a vegetable.

2) TRUE or FALSE: In 1893, the Supreme Court ruled on the TOMATO’s status.

A: TRUE – the Supreme Court ruled the tomato was a vegetable within the meaning of the Tariff Act of 1883. It always comes down to taxes, doesn’t it?!!

For the official definition visit the Oxford Dictionary here For more about the Supreme Court and the Tomato read this fun blog entry

March 2012 Trivia Answers

1) True or False: There are more U.S. Residents who claim Irish ancenstry than the entire population of Ireland itself.


2) As of November 2011, how many breweries were operating in the U.S.? a) 1,142

B) 1,927 c) 2,011 d) 2,348

February 2012 Trivia Answer

1) In addition to the United States, can you name the five other countries that celebrate Valentine’s Day?

A:  Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France and Australia You can find the full story from here!

January 2012 Trivia Answers

1) Where was the first chairlift in the world installed?

A:  Sun Valley, Idaho Ski Resort

2) Which company designed and built this chairlift?

A: Union Pacific Railroad

3) What was the original purpose of the system that was adapted to become the chairlift?

A: A system designed to load bunches of bananas on boats!

You can find the full story from Union Pacific here!