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Questions From May 31 04
48001. How did "Oh my darling Clementine" die?
48002. What was unusual about P.T. Barnum's obituary?
48003. What make of car took its name from the Latin for "I roll"?
48005. Does Dakota Fanning play Holly in "Swordfish"? If not, who does, and what else has she been in?
48008. Which actor was killed when a civilian flight from Lisbon to London was shot down by the Germans in World War II?
48009. Which classic poet's works have been translated by Mary Barnard?
48010. Who was the first African to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?
48011. What colours are on the flag of Serbia-Montenegro?
48012. In what year was the tenor Joseph Schmidt born?
48017. One of three brothers in Jazz, Elvin Ray Jones, died recently. What are the Christian names of the other two brothers and what instrument did each play?
48018. What does AAPT stand for in the AAPT Championships, a tennis tournament staged from January 11-15th?
48019. Which two countries contested the first ever international cricket match?
48020. In the film "The Lord of the Rings" what is Aragorn's full speech to the army outside the Black Gates?
48021. What does S.O.S. stand for?
48022. How many miles separate the United States from Russia?
48023. Do all the Mexican states Chihuahua, Nuevo Leon, and Sonora border the United States?
48024. Which Louis reigned as king of France for a record 72 years?
48025. What popular sport is "Tiny" Archibald known for?
48026. What melody has 24 notes, lasts 60 seconds, is emotionally powerful, and known around the world?
48027. Why do they call D-Day (Doom Day) 'D-Day'?
48028. How many five-star generals have there been in United States history?
48029. What event took place at the weekend of May 30th, 2004 in Toronto, Canada that is claiming a place in the Guinness Book of World Records?
48032. The wife of which US president was said to have beat him with broomsticks, thrown coffee over him and generally made his life a misery with her rages and tantrums?
48033. Which writers of a notorious manual performed one of their most shocking pranks after their original plan was thwarted by vegetarians and then announced their break-up? What did the name of their group stand for and what musical genre were they credited with inventing?
48034. Where is Wrottin-Powys?
48035. Which is the only country in the world to boast a national flag with two different sides?
48036. Who was served the first 'Chicken Marengo' and where?
48038. What are the spellings of the term that describes a spare or additional tyre of an automobile?
48039. What are the national animal and flower of Japan?
48043. Mike Gatting's was Shane Warne's first wicket in the First Ashes Test in 1993, but who was his second victim?
48045. Who was the inspiration for Mozart's "The Magic Flute"?
48047. If I am holding my Shakuhachi, what is it that I have in my hand?
48048. Where did the expression "Fiddlesticks!" originate?
48052. Who was the leader of the Transformers?
48054. What newsy "Baby" graduated from a Midland Texas High School this past weekend?
48058. How was Marie of Guise significant in history and how long was her reign?
48062. On what beach in Sydney, Australia, is the soap "Home and Away" filmed?
48066. What is the only nation's name that begins with the letter A but does not end in A?
48070. What is the only real football team to be mentioned in the "Harry Potter" books?
48071. In June 2003, a chest containing remains said to be those of Columbus, was exhumed in Seville. What were the results of DNA tests conducted on those remains?
48072. What is the link between Bach, Tchaikovsky, Dukas, Stravinsky, Beethoven, Ponchielle, Moussorgsky, and Schubert?
48073. Whose silhouette is used in the NBA logo?
48075. There is a restaurant in Massachusetts that claims a connection to the poet Longfellow. It was restored by another famous American. It is located very near one of the most often photographed, but not famous, buildings in America. What is the name of the restaurant, the town it is in, the restorer, the building nearby, and Longfellow's poem?
48079. Why don't cats like water?
48081. Who was the batsman to score the first run in the Test Cricket history?
48084. Where is Joan of Arc buried?
48085. Who is the man on the moon in the TV show "The Honeymooners"?
48090. Why did the obelisk on the Place de la Concorde in Paris look a little different on the first of December, 1993?
48092. What creation connects a Japanese heartbeat to a company called Earth in Kirkcaldy, Scotland and the science of facial attractiveness and gender recognition?
48093. Who was the creator of Coca-Cola?
48094. What commodity was advertised using the song "I Can't Let Maggie Go"?
48095. Which non-Indo-European language derives its spelling system in the Latin alphabet from Welsh?
48096. What was the line in the play that John Wilkes Booth waited for the audience to laugh at before firing at Lincoln?
48098. What is it about a manatee's anatomy that distinguishes it from other mammals?
48099. Where would I go to visit the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaelogy?
48101. What does a zelatrix do?
48107. What did Somerset Maugham say should be eaten three times a day when in England?
48108. Which was the first country to elect a female prime minister?
48109. What is Japanese Arita created from?
48110. Who used her gun in 1968 to put some holes in Andy Warhol?
48114. What do you call an eating disorder that is characterized by a craving to eat non-food items such as rust, chalk and dirt?
48116. What was the most important naval engagement won by the French?
48120. In 1979 Spectacular Bid came in third in the Belmont Stakes dashing hopes for a Triple Crown. What supposedly happened to the horse in the stable that may have caused this defeat?
48121. In Major League Baseball, what team won the 1998 National League Championship?
48123. The symbol for Gay Pride is the triangle. Why was this shape chosen as the symbol?
48126. Spiders have claws, flies have claws and inflatable cushions and suction, and geckos have hair and electricity that allows them to walk on plastic or upside down. What do roaches have?
48127. Dawe was cross-examined and 40 years later French claimed responsibility. What were the eight words involved in this famous incident?
48130. Which film includes a pet pig with a Thai name?
48131. Which breed of dog is most intelligent?
48133. Who were the musical guests on the last Ed Sullivan show?
48134. What was the name given to the operation devised to make the Germans think that the Allied Invasion Force were going to launch their attack in the area around Calais rather than Normandy?
48135. On what date in 2004 will Bilbo Baggins celebrate his birthday and how old will he be?
48136. Who said, "Well, if we can't capture a port then we must take one with us," and what was the significance of him saying it?
48138. Which war museum is built on the former site of a US brewery and how did Andrew Higgins inspire its creation?
48143. Is it true that all Icelandic surnames end with -sson or -sen?
48144. What 1970 hit was about an incident of cannibalism?
48145. What 1960's rock band was named for a piece of earth moving equipment?
48147. What is the only snake in the world that builds a nest?
48148. Are dogs more intelligent than cats?
48149. What is the biggest caterpillar known to man?
48150. Who were the D-Day Dodgers and where were they during the Normandy landings?
48151. Are gynandromorphs fertile and always laterally divided?
48154. How come when someone goes missing it is referred to as a "milk carton" case?
48156. Which company made a 300% profit on its purchase of PLUTO?
48157. Excluding Egypt, through which other three countries does the river Nile flow?
48158. What are the names of Donald Duck's nephews?
48159. What is the collective noun for a group of magistrates?
48160. Do all Italian surnames end in a vowel, and what is the most common Italian surname?
48169. How many times has Jennifer Lopez been married?
48170. On December 25, 1776 George Washington led a surprise attack that soundly defeated the Hessians in Trenton, New Jersey. How many American soldiers died in that victorious battle?
48172. What is the secret formula to the Krabby Patty in 'SpongeBob SquarePants'?
48174. What does 'scattered thunderstorms' mean?
48175. What are the names of all of the American Ivy League universities?
48177. What is the highest title attainable by an English nobleman not born of royal blood?
48178. Which BBC children's programme, at one time, had the son of a US president as a regular reporter from the United States?
48179. Which TV show was a US Secret Service codename for Ronald Reagan until it became widely known?
48180. On what date was George Bush officially the acting US president for almost 8 hours and why?
48181. What is the biggest city in the United States in terms of area?
48182. What country declared war on both Germany and the Allies in World War II?
48183. What son of a cobbler robbed banks in order to finance the Russian Revolution?
48185. At noon GMT I was planning on calling a friend at the South Pole. What time will it be there?
48189. Which film starring Brittany Murphy also stars a pet pig with a Thai name, and what is the pig's name?
48193. In what year did Gregorio Allegri write his famous "Miserere"?
48194. Who is the youngest assistant coach signed to date for the NBA and how old is he?
48197. What is the literal meaning of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"?
48198. What was the name of the movie where the story of a painting of a woman in a blue dress looking out a window is followed through the centuries and over continents?
48199. When Billy Joel sings about "Captain Jack" what is he specifically referring to?
48200. On a date 235 years ago this event helped to give mankind the scale of his surroundings. In 2004 the same event may help us find similar worlds. Can someone explain?
48203. Being half Scottish I feel I should probably know this but what is a "wee doch n' dorris"?
48204. Which 90s UK number one hit names a song by Sting in the lyrics?
48206. What is the hobby of collecting labels of matchboxes called?
48208. Why are you told not to look at an eclipse? Does the sun cause more damage to your eyes during an eclipse, or is it just that people are more likely to be looking at the sun?
48209. In which movie did Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy first appear together?
48210. Which two countries were signatories to the Treaty of Tordesillas?
48211. Who was the first Muslim woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?
48213. One especially tailored for gtho4 and his search engines: Who pulled off the first National League triple play of the 1931 season?
48214. Where in England would I go in June if I wanted to buy a traditional Roma caravan or a horse to pull it?
48215. Who threw the first game pitch in the Inaugural Game at Safeco Field?
48217. Who killed Davey Moore in 1963?
48218. What types of monkeys are considered 'Great Apes'?
48225. What is a morganatic marriage?
48227. What Greek god gets mentioned in the first line of the Hippocratic oath?
48228. Do Americans use any other words for the period 1837 to 1901 besides Victorian? Do they also refer to eras in their country as Jacobean, Georgian, Edwardian and so on?
48229. In every nursery rhyme book I have seen, Humpty Dumpty is pictured as an egg. Nowhere in that poem does it mention what kind of creature this poor fellow that was sitting on a wall is, so why is it assumed that he would have been an egg?
48230. From what country does the disease known in the United States as Huntington's Chorea originate?
48234. His first novel sold in 1912. He then wrote over 70 books and many short stories until his death in 1950. His range went from adventures to romance, in the past and in the future. He is best remembered for one specific character which has been seen in print, movies and television, becoming one of the most popular characters in fiction. Who is this author?
48238. President Reagan's coffin will spend some time in Washington, DC, resting on a simple catafalque. What is historically significant about this catafalque?
48240. "When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years." What Mark Twain book did that quote come from?
48241. What kind of creature is Sebastian in "The Little Mermaid"?
48242. What is the name of Barbie's younger sister?
48243. Which is the only Commonwealth country to have an Atlantic and Pacific coastline?
48244. In what year did the IRS start to require your dependents' social security numbers on your income tax return?
48254. In the English comedy series "The Two Ronnies" what were the names of the folk singers Barker and Corbett portrayed?
48257. How long have the Lakers existed?
48260. What is the alternative name for the chemin de fer?
48262. I've heard of the Boeing 707, 727, 737, 747, 757, 767 and the newer 777's. Why do we hear so little about the Boeing 717?
48263. How do they lay the foundations for oil rigs?
48266. What makes Hatters mad, as in "Mad as a Hatter"?
48267. When President Reagan's coffin was carried into the Presidential Library they played some music that sounded just like the National Anthem of England. However, the BBC said that it was something else. What was it and how is it different from the National Anthem?
48269. The most common Father's Day gift is the necktie. What year does the necktie date back to?
48270. What is the "hat city," the "chair city" and the "brass city"?
48272. Why do silkworm moths no longer occur in the wild?
48273. Does anyone know who created Father's Day?
48274. In a Christmas carol what did Nellie want for Christmas?
48278. Sadly, music genius Ray Charles just passed away. What was his original name and why did he change it?
48279. What happens in the United States after you change your name legally? Do you become a new "identity" with a new Social Security number and everything, or does everything remain the same except your name?
48280. What is the difference between birch beer and root beer?
48285. What was so amazing about the hole-in-one Jack Ackerman played at the Bay of Quinte Golf Club in Bellville, Ontario in 1934?
48286. Which city chose to outlaw samba dancing in tunnels?
48289. In the 1987 TV series "A Different World" what was Dwayne Wayne's middle name?
48291. What was the significance of giving 39 lashes?
48292. What took six years before the first chinchilla farm could be set up?
48295. In "All in the Family" what was the name and author of the poem read by Gloria when Al and Trudy were married on New Year's Eve?
48296. On average, how much chocolate is sold in the United States per year and what holiday prompts consumers to buy the most?
48297. What is the official name of the military base in California from where President Reagan's jet took off and will return to upon his return for burial? Careful, the media isn't reporting it correctly.
48298. The late great Ray Charles lost his sight at what age due to Glaucoma?
48299. What former airline used the phrase "Top banana in the west"?
48303. What is the name of a popular writer of the 1940's through 80's who died in the early nineties. He sold mass paperbacks, hardbacks, book club editions and some of his books were made into movies. This writer was actually black, but that was not known at the time?
48306. As hardened trivia enthusiasts I'm sure you know what NCC-1701-D is. But do you know what the letters NCC stood for in this context or what the number 1701 represented?
48307. Who was the only major league baseball player born in Czechoslovakia?
48308. What is the name of the US president who won a Nobel Prize and who had a son who won the Congressional Medal of Honor?
48310. What are the names of two Americans buried inside the Kremlin after the 1917 Revolution?
48313. How do butterflies taste?
48315. What part of the body stays the same from child birth?
48316. John Wayne supposedly died in only five of his movies; The Sands of Iwo Jima, The Alamo, The Fighting Seabees, The Cowboys, and The Shootist. Did he die in any others?
48317. What is the time change between Nova Scotia and Tasmania?
48318. Is it true that we close our eyes when we sneeze so that they don't pop out of our head?
48321. How did "Star Wars" character C-3PO get his name?
48323. There is only one place in the world where four countries meet at one point. What are the four countries and how did this situation come about?
48325. What was the capital of The Panama Canal Zone while under US rule?
48326. How did the restaurant 'Fuddruckers' get its name?
48335. Why do most mammals produce black or brown dung while most birds produce white dung? Are there exceptions to this?
48338. In what country did World War I begin for the United States combat forces?
48339. In the Alfred Hitchcock movie "Lifeboat" what is the name of the actress who has a baby in the movie?
48343. Who was the last US Supreme Court Justice that did not graduate from college and law school?
48344. Who was the baseball player whose life story furnished the major plot of Bernard Malamud's novel "The Natural"?
48345. Who was the original FDR brain truster who was born in Berea, Ohio?
48346. What was unique about the fellow that played the butler in the movie "Sunset Boulevard"?
48349. In which comic did the character Billy Whiz appear?
48351. In "The Lord of the Rings" what is King Theoden's speech to the army before they attack the orcs in Pellenor Fields?
48355. Who is Billy Whiz' little brother?
48356. What was invented by a hypnotist and tested by British airmen? The first ones were sold in Argentina in the 1940s.
48357. I was always told that 'good living' caused gout. What really causes it?
48358. Who is the richest person in the world and how rich is he or she?
48359. In what state is the Great Sand Dunes National Monument located?
48360. Who or what is Judas?
48361. Who said, "The life of the law is experience"?
48362. Like J.F. Kerry's granddad, what Cincinnati Red ballplayer killed himself in the Copley Plaza in Boston?
48363. What player came to Atlanta in the trade with Philadelphia for Kevin Millwood?
48364. What Broadway star's father was Speaker of the House of Representatives?
48365. What Secretary of State had two former relatives that were also Secretary of State?
48366. What is currently the world's highest unclimbed mountain and what makes it so difficult to climb?
48367. Have any group of people ever tried to play a ball-game, even one as simple as catch, whilst sky-diving?
48368. From where comes the distress term "Mayday"?
48369. Why do baked beans cause much intestinal gas?
48370. Did Ronald Reagan's ex-wife attend any of his funeral ceremonies?
48371. How many times has the actress Jane Wyman been married?
48373. Why do pigeons nod their heads back and forth as they walk?
48374. Does the person who is the voice of Lisa Simpson on "The Simpsons" also play Lisa's saxophone?
48375. What is the last name of the character played by Bette Midler in "The Stepford Wives"?
48376. In the movie "The Stepford Wives" Nicole Kidman is introduced as the "hardest working person" in what field?
48377. Can anyone tell me of the origin of the word "Blighty" and why the English use it sometimes to refer to England?
48380. Why does the same volume of wet sand weigh less than dry sand?
48382. How does one translate "ch" as in chocolate into the Greek alphabet?
48385. Can any animal digest cellulose (fiber) by itself without bacterial help?
48386. When was the first US coast-to-coast highway built?
48389. How come Premier League soccer player Owen Hargreaves has played for both Canada and England?
48393. The proper way to dispose of a US flag is to respectfully burn it. What is the proper way to dispose of a British flag?
48395. What does the heart shaped Betty Sue tattoo on Johnny Depp's upper-left arm stands for?
48399. Who earned a Nobel prize for peace for his role in defusing the Russo-Japanese War?
48400. Who slept with a poodle called "Rufus Two"?
48401. What was 11th century military man Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar better known as?
48402. What famous American had his BBQ steaks carved into the shape of Texas?
48403. Who is the guy who wrote "The Untimely Death of Warren Harding" with some help, and later was imprisoned for his life for a scam related to the Lindbergh kidnapping?
48404. Who is the fellow that Ernest Hemingway used for the character that was the Princeton boxing champ in "The Sun Also Rises"?
48405. Before we got so politically correct, a Cincinnati Reds pitcher was hanged for killing his wife in the late 1800's. Who was he?
48410. What are sun spots?
48411. Had Wendell Willkie been elected or appointed to any public office before running for US president in 1940?
48416. Who was the CIA analyst, the Senate investigation of whom, caused Ike to invoke 'executive privilege'?
48418. What are you called if you study the moon?
48421. In the 13th century, England officially adopted St. George as its patron saint, and therefore the cross of St. George became England's national flag. So what was England's national flag before St. George was adopted?
48423. In which country was Carlsberg originally brewed?
48424. What is the origin of the phrase "resting on one's laurels"?
48425. Which warfare innovations were introduced during the American Civil War?
48427. Was Nathan Hale, the guy who said "I regret that I have but one life to give for my country," also the traitor who turned Brit?
48428. How old is the Dutch football player Jaap Stam?
48430. I know the Bible is the number one best selling book, but what is number two?
48436. If www stands for World Wide Web, what does http or com stand for?
48437. What was the first group of people to fashion and use swords in battle and what were the weapons like?
48440. Why did they change directors for 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban'?
48444. What are the karate belt colors in order and what do they mean?
48445. How did Eleanor find out about FDR's messing around with Lucy Mercer?
48446. About 100 years ago Lytton Strachey wrote a book about 'Eminent Victorians.' Who were they?
48448. What was the name of the microcomputer introduced by Apple in the early 1980s?
48451. Who was the first captain of Star Trek's USS Enterprise NCC-1701?
48453. In the radio program 'Baby Snooks' what was the name of Baby Snooks' brother?
48454. What is the crime of 'doctor shopping'?
48455. As most of us know, Jerry West is the logo for the NBA, but whose silhouette is it for the WNBA?
48457. Name the first act to appear on "Top of the Pops" back in 1964?
48458. Why are albinos so often connected with witchcraft and sorcery?
48459. How rich is the Royal family?
48460. What is the record for the highest skydive?
48466. When and where was the first railroad wreck?
48468. What are the chances that a person might undergo spontaneous combustion, and what increases this chance?
48469. According to the US Census Bureau what is the number of fathers who are part of married-couple families with their own children under 18?
48471. What is the difference between a weasel and a stoat?
48472. Why was June 16th a day to re-Joyce?
48473. Do well-endowed lady astronauts require special bras in space?
48474. What is the "Pause/Break" button on my Windows keyboard at work meant to do? It doesn't seem to pause or break anything.
48477. What radio show featured Mayor LaTrivia, Doc Gamble, Abigail Uppington, Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, and the Bickersons?
48479. Where did Fibber McGee and Molly live?
48480. What is the name of the spirit medium who 'lives' inside the crystal ball in Disney's "The Haunted Mansion"?
48481. How many steps does the Capitol building in Washington, DC have?
48483. How long after the sell-by date can you drink milk, presuming no nasty smell or lumps?
48484. What is the darkest color out of all of the colors and what is the lightest?
48485. How heavy is or was the biggest man on Earth?
48486. What radio show was Digger O'Dell on and what was his big line?
48490. In the movie "Dances With Wolves" Lt. John Dunbar meets a wolf. What does he name the wolf?
48492. According to CNN, an earthquake centered in Baja California shook downtown San Diego on Tuesday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injury. What was the magnitude of the earthquake?
48495. What is the highest grossing movie of all time?
48496. How many episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" are there?
48497. Who created the Game Boy?
48498. I have just seen Armand Leroi present a programme on UK TV. He said he was Dutch but has no foreign accent, but a totally unlocatable British one. Does anyone know its true origin?