Quiz about Wacky Nicknames Mainly American
Quiz about Wacky Nicknames Mainly American

Wacky Nicknames (Mainly American) Quiz


Throughout history certain notables have managed to pick up some very interesting nicknames. This quiz will test your knowledge of a few of the wackiest of the wacky.

A multiple-choice quiz by deputygary. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
deputygary
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
271,021
Updated
Dec 03 21
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10
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1. There was an American clergyman who was the father of the author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin." He not only had a daughter who was an author but his five other children were also accomplished in their fields. Who became known as "The Father of More Brains Than Any Other Man in America?" Hint

Chandler Harris
Lyman Beecher
Harold Moore Nation
Samuel B. Anthony

2. In 1938 Douglas Corrigan flew his single-engine Curtiss Robin from New York to Dublin, Ireland. The problem was, his flight plan said he was heading for California. What nickname did Corrigan pick up from this incident? Hint

Wrong Way
Mapless
Vagabond of the Air
"Who Needs a Compass" Kid

3. Gerald Baines Lambert was the son of Jordan Wheat Lambert, one of the men who invented Listerine mouthwash. Gerald used the Latin word for 'having bad breath'. The ensuing advertising campaign helped Gerald earn $25 million and retire at age 36. What nickname did he earn from this action? Hint

The Man Who Invented Halitosis
The Harbinger of Happy Homes
The Baron o' Bad Breath
Sir Smells So Sweet

4. Which famous Italian explorer was given the name "Admiral of the Mosquitoes" by his men? Hint

Christopher Columbus
Charles Darwin
Sir Henry M. Stanley
Eric the Red

5. Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln, served as Secretary of War from 1881-5 under Presidents Garfield and Arthur and as Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1889-93 under President Harrison. He garnered a very unique, albeit unwelcome, nickname. What nickname did Robert Todd Lincoln have? Hint

Toadie to All Presidents
The Assassination Witness
Chief Red Tape
Squiggy

6. Andrew and William Smith, from the Hudson River Valley of New York, are the guys on the Smith Brothers Cough Drops boxes. What interesting nickname did they have? Hint

Mumbles and Grumbles
Frick and Frack Who Can Stop Your Hack
The Beards That Made Poughkeepsie Famous
Los Dos Lozengers

7. Sean Connery has appeared in over sixty films in his career. He has won a Golden Globe, an Academy Award and even has an asteroid named after him. It was his portrayal as the womanizing secret agent in seven James Bond movies that earned him what wacky nickname? Hint

The Man Who Does One Accent
Double O Hotstuff
Twinkletoes Bosco
Mr. Kisskiss Bangbang

8. This blonde actress and singer of the late 1940's through the 1960's had a very wholesome persona from her work in movies like "Please Don't Eat the Daisies," "The Glass Bottom Boat," and "With Six You Get Eggroll." She also had her own TV show that had her song "Que Sera, Sera" for its theme song. Who was known as "The Three-Million Dollar Freckled Corporation?" Hint

Stella Stevens
Marge Simpson
Doris Day
Connie Stevens

9. This actor had the nickname "The Grand Old Man of the Aw Shucks School." He starred in such films as "Harvey," "Rear Window" and "You Can't Take it With You." He also starred in many westerns such as "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" and "Cheyenne Autumn." Who was this amazing actor? Hint

Jimmy Stewart
Ward Bond
Homer Simpson
Gary Cooper

10. Daniel Webster argued several cases before the US Supreme Court. Later he was elected to Congress from New Hampshire. He moved to Massachusetts and was elected to Congress as a representative of that state and later became a US Senator. President Harrison appointed him Secretary of State. Why was he called "Steam Engine in Pants?" Hint

It was a gag nickname--he was actually somewhat lazy
He worked for a railroad in his younger days
He was so active
Due to a rare medical condition his pants actually gave off steam when he walked


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. There was an American clergyman who was the father of the author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin." He not only had a daughter who was an author but his five other children were also accomplished in their fields. Who became known as "The Father of More Brains Than Any Other Man in America?"

Answer: Lyman Beecher

Harriet Beecher Stowe was the author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin." Another daughter, Isabella Beecher Hooker, was also an author and a leader in the women's suffrage movement. His third daughter, Catherine Beecher, was an educator and advocate of incorporating kindergartens into school systems. Lyman had three sons as well.

Henry Ward Beecher was a social reformer, Edward Beecher was a theologian, while Charles Beecher was a composer of religious hymns and an author.
2. In 1938 Douglas Corrigan flew his single-engine Curtiss Robin from New York to Dublin, Ireland. The problem was, his flight plan said he was heading for California. What nickname did Corrigan pick up from this incident?

Answer: Wrong Way

Corrigan had actually been applying for permission to make a solo flight to Ireland since 1935. The government turned him down, saying his plane was unsuitable for such an undertaking. In July 1938 he was in New York with his plane. On the 17th he took off to the east in thick fog. Before he left he told people he was returning to California. He never turned around. Twenty-eight hours, thirteen minutes later he landed in Dublin. When asked what happened, Corrigan told reporters that he could not see the ground due to the fog, then misread his compass. He thought he was going west and not east. He did not realize the error until the clouds finally broke and he saw an ocean beneath him--the Atlantic Ocean. At that point he checked his compass and realized he was not heading west. It was too late to turn around so he proceeded on his easterly heading until he made landfall. When reporters continued to badger him with questions, he responded: "That's my story."

Not only did Corrigan pick up a great nickname for what some believe was a deliberate attempt to cross the Atlantic solo but he may have been the originator of a line I use all the time: "That's my story and I'm sticking to it."
3. Gerald Baines Lambert was the son of Jordan Wheat Lambert, one of the men who invented Listerine mouthwash. Gerald used the Latin word for 'having bad breath'. The ensuing advertising campaign helped Gerald earn $25 million and retire at age 36. What nickname did he earn from this action?

Answer: The Man Who Invented Halitosis

Listerine was named for Dr. Joseph Lister, an English physician known as "The Father of Modern Antiseptics."

Halitosis was a made-up word but Listerine's advertising made it sound like a medical condition--a condition that could be treated with Listerine.
4. Which famous Italian explorer was given the name "Admiral of the Mosquitoes" by his men?

Answer: Christopher Columbus

Columbus promised his men gold and riches if they would sail with him in his search for a new trade route to the Indies. Of course they did not make it to Asia. Instead they found Cuba and Santo Domingo where there was a preponderance of mosquitoes and a paucity of gold.
5. Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln, served as Secretary of War from 1881-5 under Presidents Garfield and Arthur and as Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1889-93 under President Harrison. He garnered a very unique, albeit unwelcome, nickname. What nickname did Robert Todd Lincoln have?

Answer: The Assassination Witness

Robert Todd had been invited to attend the play at the Ford's Theater with his parents the night Abraham Lincoln was shot but opted to stay home instead. On July 2, 1881 he was at the Sixth Street Station in Washington DC at the invitation of President James Garfield and was an eyewitness when Garfield was shot. On September 6, 1901 he was at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo at the invitation of President William McKinley when McKinley was assassinated.
6. Andrew and William Smith, from the Hudson River Valley of New York, are the guys on the Smith Brothers Cough Drops boxes. What interesting nickname did they have?

Answer: The Beards That Made Poughkeepsie Famous

Their father, James Smith, opened a small restaurant in Poughkeepsie. One day a peddler came by and James bought a cough drop recipe from him. He made a batch and sold them for coughs, colds and croakiness. They became a hit and the Smith Brothers Company was born.

In an effort to distinguish their product the Smith brothers, Andrew and William, came up with a special trademarked packaging. The cough drop box had their pictures, one in the top right corner and the other in the top left, with the words "Trade" under one and "Mark" under the other to signify that the design was trademarked. People who saw the box misunderstood and thought the brothers names were Trade and Mark.
7. Sean Connery has appeared in over sixty films in his career. He has won a Golden Globe, an Academy Award and even has an asteroid named after him. It was his portrayal as the womanizing secret agent in seven James Bond movies that earned him what wacky nickname?

Answer: Mr. Kisskiss Bangbang

In his early life, Sean Connery worked as a milkman, coffin polisher and Navy seaman. He even competed in the Mr. Universe competition one year, taking third place in the Tall Men's Division.
8. This blonde actress and singer of the late 1940's through the 1960's had a very wholesome persona from her work in movies like "Please Don't Eat the Daisies," "The Glass Bottom Boat," and "With Six You Get Eggroll." She also had her own TV show that had her song "Que Sera, Sera" for its theme song. Who was known as "The Three-Million Dollar Freckled Corporation?"

Answer: Doris Day

Doris Day, Annette Funicello, Sandra Dee, Rock Hudson, Elvis Presley and Troy Donahue are all mentioned in the song "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee" as featured in the movie "Grease." Doris and Annette are the only ones mentioned in that song who are still alive.

Doris Day is also mentioned in "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel, "Dig It" by The Beatles, "Wrap Her Up" by Elton John, "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham, "Mirror Door" by The Who and "What Do We Do? We Fly" from the Rodgers and Sondheim musical "Do I Hear a Waltz?"
9. This actor had the nickname "The Grand Old Man of the Aw Shucks School." He starred in such films as "Harvey," "Rear Window" and "You Can't Take it With You." He also starred in many westerns such as "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" and "Cheyenne Autumn." Who was this amazing actor?

Answer: Jimmy Stewart

Jimmy Stewart was the first actor to join the armed forces in World War II, joining the Army Air Corps a year before Pearl Harbor. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, seven battle stars, the Croix de Guerre and the Air Medal. After the war he stayed in the reserves, eventually retiring as a Brigadier General.
10. Daniel Webster argued several cases before the US Supreme Court. Later he was elected to Congress from New Hampshire. He moved to Massachusetts and was elected to Congress as a representative of that state and later became a US Senator. President Harrison appointed him Secretary of State. Why was he called "Steam Engine in Pants?"

Answer: He was so active

"Steam Engine in Pants" used to be a fairly common nickname for someone who was very active. Teddy Roosevelt's daughter referred to him in that way. Milton Winternitz at Yale, William Harper of the University of Chicago and Gutzon Borglum the creator of Mount Rushmore were all given that nickname.

In sports, Pud Galvin, who pitched from 1875-1892 and was Major League Baseball's first 300-game winner, was known simply as "Steam Engine."
Source: Author deputygary

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