Weekday mornings at 7:30
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to answer a trivia question and win a prize. Have fun and good luck!!
Thursday November 29
Question: New in theaters...ROBIN HOOD! I'll stick with the old Errol Flynn version, thank you. Robin and his Merry Men including Will Scarlett, Friar Tuck and, of course, LITTLE JOHN who it turns out had a real last name. Any idea?
Answer: Would you believe...JOHN LITTLE! A play on words, eh?
Wednesday November 28
Question: This man of science passed on this day at just 53. He accomplished much in those 53 years - architect of nuclear age, creator and controller of a nuclear chain reaction for the first time, a prominent part of The Manhattan Project, and if you call DeKalb County and The Fox Valley home...you should know his name! Name him?
Answer: Look to the East and there sits the FERMI LAB. His name is ENRICO FERMI!
Tuesday November 27
Question: "Ralph Breaks the Internet" was box office champ over the Thanksgiving holiday totaling nearly $85 million in ticket sales. There's only been one motion picture to do bigger business over that traditionally huge box office weekend. It was animated and released in 2013...can you name it?
Answer: Disney's "FROZEN" grossing 93.5 million
Friday November 23
Question: Roald Dahl is the author of the classic childhood tale "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." We all remember Charlie, of course, but do you remeber Charlie's last name?
Answer: CHARLIE BUCKET
Wednesday November 21
Question: Who was the 1st President of the United States to issue an official presidential pardon to The Turkey?
Answer: President Ronald Reagan
Tuesday November 20
Question: Garrett Morgan patented the 3 position traffic signal today in 1923. The 1st traffic signal was installed in what major city?
Answer: Way back in 1868...it was London, England
Monday November 19
Question: This movie was made all the more memorable after winning all 5 of the major award categories at the 1975 Academy Awards (Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture). What was that movie?
Answer: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Friday November 16
Question: There's an airport that has been ranked as the most punctual airport in the world for three years in a row. It's not located anywhere near the USA. Can you just give me THE COUNTRY that has the world's most punctual airport?
Answer: JAPAN! The Tokyo Haneda Airport has been named the most punctual mega airport, getting passengers to their destinations on time 86.75% of the time. The most punctual airline is Latvian owned airline airBaltic with a punctuality rate of 90.01%.
Thursday November 15
Question: Actress Shailene Woodley celebrates her 27th birthday today! In 2014, she co-starred in the movie adaption of the YA romance drama novel "The Fault in Our Stars." The story follows two teenage cancer patients who fall in love while going on a Make A Wish-esque trip to visit her favorite author in Amsterdam. Can you name the author of "The Fault in Our Stars?"
Answer: John Green! He's also the author behind the best-selling books: Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherines, and Looking for Alaska.
Wednesday November 14
Question: It's National Pickle Day! While the national day is highlighting the food, I'm going to focus on the phrase: "in a pickle." It was first used by Shakespeare in his play about Prospero - an exiled ruler who uses magic to restore his daughter Miranda to power. What is the title of that play?
Answer: The Tempest! The quotes read, “How cam’st thou in this pickle?” and “I have been in such a pickle”
Tuesday November 13
Question: In honor of the late, great, and legendary Stan Lee can you give me his catchphrase?
Answer: “Excelsior!” It's what he would write at the end of his comic book columns. He said he started using it because it was an expression that the competition wouldn't imitate because they wouldn't know what it meant or wouldn't know how to spell it! It worked and it became his unofficial life motto.
Monday November 12
Question: Veteran's Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress would pass a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11th became a national holiday beginning in 1938. In 1954, the President officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. Who was that president?
Answer: Dwight D. Eisenhower
Friday November 9
Question: His name is STIEG LARSSON. He is the Swedish author of the international best selling Millenium Trilogy featuring the characters Mikael Blomkvist -a middle aged journalist- and Lisbeth Salander -a computer hacker. They make it to theaters this weekend in what film?
Answer: "The Girl in the Spider's Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story"
Thursday November 8
Question: WILHELM CONRAD RONTGEN's famous first discovery paved the way in a variety of fields, most especially MEDICINE. What was it he discovered?
Wednesday November 7
Question: On this day in 1980, we lost "The King of Cool" at just 50 years old - STEVE MCQUEEN! Early in his career, Steve was on the small screen on this hit CBS Western. Can you name it
Answer: He played the bounty hunter Josh Randall in WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE
Tuesday November 6
Question: Her name is Shirley Allen and she "iced" her husband today in 1982. He was one of Shirley's SIX husbands! Ah, the old "let's collect life insurance routine." She was turned in BY HER DAUGHTER...but how did she "ice" him?
Answer: Why...with ANTI-FREEZE of course!
Monday November 5
Question: He was the 1st American to win the Nobel prize for Literature. What was his name?
Answer: SINCLAIR LEWIS! He wrote Main Street (1920), Babbit (1922), Elmer Gantry (1927) amongst others!
Friday November 2
Question: Happy Birthday to David Schwimmer! Ross on Friends, of course, but what character did he voice in the animated classic "MADAGASCAR"?
Answer: He was MELMAN THE GIRAFFE!
Thursday November 1
Question: Jacques Plante was goaltender for the NHL's Montreal Canadians. He changed the game forever when he returned from an in-game injury wearing this "innovation." A first! What was it?
Answer: Jacques finally had enough and donned a full FACE MASK - the 1st NHL goaltender to do so!