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A Trivia Quiz

By Staff | Apr 8, 2009

Trivia seems to a hot item almost everywhere. It has been a favorite of mine for years.

The last time I ran a trivia column I had lots of comments on it. I wish I could hide the answers, but I know none of you looked last time. This time the questions will be all T or F.

1. The cap at the southern tip of Africa is called Cape Horn?

2. Tom Brokaw was the only U.S. network news anchor to be physically present at the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989?

3. Russia and China are the only two countries covering a larger geographic area than the U.S.?

4. In table tennis, according to the official rules. The server must toss the ball up at least six inches from the flat of the hand before serving?

5. President Warren G. Harding died at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, Calif.?

6. The U.S. military used Hopsi smoke signals as an unbreakable code during World War II?

7. The first James Bond novel that Ian Fleming wrote was Dr. No?

8. The first paperback book appeared in New York in 1938?

9. Elephants have the largest eyes of any land mammal?

10. In every major U.S.war, the Marines have sustained the most causalities?

11. One pound of honey equals the lift work of approximately 300 bees and a flight distance of two or three times around the world?

12. Alexander Hamilton is the only non-President who appears on U.S. paper money worth less than $50?

13. Chinatown is the story of how water was brought to San Francisco, Calif.?

14. Thomas Jefferson co-authored The Federalist Papers and is known as the “father of the Constitution”?

15. Sam Huston was born in Texas?

16. Irving Berlin wrote the song, “God Bless America”, yet he was born in Russia?

17. Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper is the world’s most expensive painting?

18. Zsa Zsa Gabor co-stared with Eddie Albert in 1960s TV hit Green Acres?

* I found these questions and many more in a trivia book, “Can You Bet Ken?” at a local thrift store.

Answers: 1, F, Cape of Good Hope; 2, T; 3, F, Canada; 4, T; 5, T; 6, F, They used the Navajo language; 7, F, Casino Royal; 8, F, It appeared in England; 9, F, giraffes have the largest; 10, F, Army; 11, T; 12, T; 13, F, Los Angeles, Calif.; 14, F, James Madison; 15, F, Virginia; 16, T; 17, F, Mona Lisa, estimated at $1 million; 18, F, Sister Eva.