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Dr. Seuss's children's books, including 'The Cat in the Hat,' are most commonly written in what type of verse?
Anapestic tetrameter
The phrase "warts and all" comes from what British leader's directions on how to paint his portrait?
Oliver Cromwell
Who is the only U. S. astronaut to have flown on Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions?
Wally Schirra
What breed of dog has won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show a record 13 times?
Wire fox terrier
The world's first nuclear reactor was built in 1942 in what unusual location on the University of Chicago campus?
Squash court
In the movie, "The Wizard of Oz," what is the name of the Kansas farmhand who later becomes the Tin Man?
Hickory
Which of these pairs of actors were never costars on the silver screen?
Debbie Reynolds & Woody Harrelson
On his tendency to play bad guys, who explained "I'm the only actor who ever killed John Wayne"?
Bruce Dern
"The Oprah Winfrey Show" made its national debut on September 8, 1986 with an episode about what?
Marrying the right person
Which of these singers is known to have fathered at least one child in each of the decades from the 1950s to the 1990s?
Willie Nelson
Which of these stars is not among the select few who have won a Tony, Oscar, Emmy, and Grammy?
Julie Andrews
What was the real name of the Greek philosopher Plato?
Aristocles
In the 1950s, Teflon pioneer Marc Gregoire first made use of the nonstick substance on what?
Fishing tackle
Bluetooth, a wireless technology used to link mobile devices, is named for a former king of what country?
Denmark
What element, like water, has an unusual physical property that causes it to expand when it freezes?
Bismuth
What weather term was coined in a 1939 dissertation by Antarctic explorer Paul Siple?
Wind chill
A light nanosecond, the distance light travels in a billionth of a second, is about how long?
One foot
What sea creatures migrate for hundreds of miles to reach their spawning grounds in the Atlantic's Sargasso Sea?
Eels
Robert Beckwith, who died in Virginia at the age of 81, was the last direct descendant of what famous American?
Abraham Lincoln
The first transatlantic telegraph cable message was exchanged between Queen Victoria and what U.S. president?
James Buchanan
"Yankee Doodle" is the official song of what U.S. state?
Connecticut
The brownish grey color taupe gets its name from the Latin word for what animal?
Mole
What state capital's name is believed to come from a Native American phrase meaning "a good place to dig potatoes"?
Topeka
Upon his death, what singer was buried with a bottle of whiskey, cigarettes, a lighter and ten dimes?
Frank Sinatra
The Statue of Freedom, which sits atop the U.S. Capitol Building dome, depicts what?
Woman wearing helmet
What U.S. colony ratified the Constitution in 1790 only under the threat of being declared a foreign nation?
Rhode Island
What is the only U.S. state that requires employers by law to offer health insurance to full-time workers?
Hawaii
A series of five letters between Pierre de Fermat and Blaise Plascal is credited with establishing what branch of modern mathematics?
Probability
During her fateful trip around the world in 1937 Amelia Earhart was last seen taking off from what Pacific Island?
New Guinea
When founded in 1947 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was focused primarily on what disease?
Malaria
What country is named after a nearly-extinct tree that was once the source of a valuable red dye?
Brazil
To end the Cuban missile crisis, the U.S. agreed to remove its nuclear missiles from what country?
Turkey
Thought to be the world's largest single source of dust, the Bodele Depression is located in what country?
Chad
Starting with the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, what company is the longest continuously serving Olympics sponsor?
Coca-Cola
Nostradamus's reputation as a prophet comes from his 16th-century book of prophecies titled what?
Centuries
The nation's first "Adopt-a-Highway" program was launched in 1985 by what state's Department of Transportation?
Texas
Tatanka-lyotanka, the famous head chief of the Lakota nation, is better known by what name?
Sitting Bull
In 1951, the first UNIVAC computer was used to help what U.S. agency process information?
Census Bureau
The phrase "eating humble pie" originally referred to a dish made from the innards of what animal?
Deer
To prevent counterfeiting, security threads in new $20 bills glow what color when held up to ultraviolet light?
Green
According to tradition, what dish has been served daily at the restaurant of the U.S. Senate since the early 1900s?
Bean soup
What automobile's name is a word that means "modern" in its home country?
Hyundai
The 8-year-old recipient of the famous reply “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” had what last name?
O’Hanlon
The nursery rhyme "Jack and Jill" has a second verse in which Jack tries to mend his head with what?
Vinegar and brown paper
What US president's wife, Abigail, was once his schoolteacher?
Millard Fillmore
Which of these bodies of water lies above an enormous meteorite crater formed 35 million years ago?
Chesapeake Bay
The name of the notorious WWI spy Mata Hari is a Malay phrase that literally means what?
Eye of the day
The dog that played Toto in the classic movie "The Wizard of Oz" was what kind of terrier?
Cairn
Originally reading "Hollywoodland," the world-famous "Hollywood" sign was built as a giant advertisement for what?
Housing development
In 2005, scientists in Australia began harvesting what animal's blood after finding its strong immune system kills the HIV virus?
Crocodile
Originally practiced by Hindus, yoga takes its name from a Sanskrit word meaning what?
Union
In 1966, what U.S. state became the last to repeal its statewide Prohibition laws?
Mississippi
Contrary to his nickname, Thomas "Tennessee" Williams was born in what U.S. state?
Mississippi
DaVinciÕs Mona Lisa is painted on a 30-by-21 inch panel made from the wood of what tree?
Poplar
Of these famous children's book authors, who was the only one to have had children?
Roald Dahl
According to the famous Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem, Hiawatha belongs to what Native American tribe?
Chippewa
The original design of the White House was inspired by what country's current parliament building?
Ireland
In 2004, the fossils of Homo floresiensis, a "hobbit-sized" human species, were discovered in what country?
Indonesia
What Shakespeare play is famous for the unusual stage direction "Exit, pursued by a bear"?
The Winter's Tale
What word, meaning "an embellishing musical note," was the winning word in the 2005 National Spelling Bee?
Appoggiatura
In the 1982 film "Diner," one supporting character compulsively quotes lines from what classic movie?
Sweet Smell of Success
In the 1997 movie "Titanic," Jack wins passage onto the doomed vessel with what poker hand?
Full House
In the 1941 movie "Citizen Kane," what is the name of the sled that replaces Kane's beloved sled Rosebud?
The Crusader
Which of these Motown classics is not featured on the original soundtrack to the 1983 movie "The Big Chill"?
I Can't Help Myself
What is the only movie from 1995 or later that made the AFI's "100 Greatest American Movies of All Time" list?
Fargo
Elvis Presley's last feature film was a 1969 movie titled what?
Change of Habit
Which of the following is an example of a literary device called "pathetic fallacy"?
Cruel wind
In 1939, what two teams played in the first baseball game broadcast on television?
Princeton and Columbia
By definition, eustatic change is a worldwide alteration in what?
Sea level
In the Edgar Rice Burroughs book "Tarzan of the Apes," the name "Tarzan" means what in ape language?
White skin
In 1974, what product became the first to be scanned by a retailer using the UPC bar code?
Wrigley's gum
What famous Romantic poet drowned in 1826 while sailing in Italy's Gulf of Spezia?
Percy Bysshe Shelley
On May 20, 1937, Amelia Earhart began her ill-fated attempt to fly around the world from what U.S. city?
Oakland
Now used to refer to a snooty person, the word "snob" originally referred to a person with what job?
Shoemaker
Rubies are red primarily because they contain trace amounts of what metal?
Chromium
What scientist's lesser-known achievements include developing a vaccine for rabies?
Louis Pasteur
In 1990, who appeared on the cover of the first issue of Entertainment Weekly?
k.d. lang
The TS Eliot poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," begins with a quote from what literary work?
The Divine Comedy
The phrase "slush fund" was once a nautical term that referred to what?
Animal fat
Outside of honorary awards, what famous singer's three Grammys were all in gospel music categories?
Elvis Presley
Before switching career paths, which of these prominent Americans studied clarinet performances at Juilliard?
Alan Greenspan
A self-professed "train nerd," what rocker became a part-owner of the Lionel toy train company in 1995?
Neil Young
The 1990 movie "Pretty Woman" prominently features what famous opera with a similar plot?
La Traviata
What historical figure died of appendicitis in 1926, days after being punched in the stomach by an overeager fan?
Harry Houdini
True to his word, General Douglas MacArthur returned to what country in 1944 to liberate it from the Japanese?
Philippines
Taking place in 1981, Muhammed Ali's final professional fight was nicknamed what?
Drama in the Bahamas
What explorer, who landed on the Australian coast in 1770, was the first to record the word "kangaroo"?
James Cook
What White House official's initials are also an abbreviation for his job title?
Alberto Gonzales
The word "nerd" first appeared in print as a character's name in a work by what author?
Dr. Suess
Which of the following is not a character in Madeleine L'Engle's classic childrens' book "A Wrinkle in Time"?
Mrs. Whynot
Which of these presidents was not born before President John F. Kennedy?
Jimmy Carter
What literary heroine, upon her death, is buried in three coffins, "one oak, one mahogany, one lead"?
Emma Bovary
What tradition is said to have begun in 1477 with the union of Archduke Maximillian of Austria and Mary of Burgundy?
Diamond engagement ring
Used to measure astronomical distances, a light-year is equal to approximately how many miles?
6 trillion
Which of these popular sayings is believed to come from the O. Henry story "Schools and Schools"?
Curiosity killed the cat
Due to its nutritional punch, what variety of orange does Sunkist market as "The Power Orange"?
Cara Cara
After arriving in the U.S. the famous conjoined twins Chang and Eng adopted what Western last name?
Bunker
The Dalai Lama's followers often refer to him as "Kundun," a Tibetan word meaning what?
The Presence
Calligrapher Jacob Shallus was paid $30 to pen what historic document?
U.S. Constitution
In the 1600s, philosopher Blaise Pascal devised a famous "wager" concerning what issue?
Belief in God
Once called the "gateway to the west," the historic Cumberland Gap passes through all but which of these states?
North Carolina
Before he became House majority leader, Tom DeLay had a successful career as a what?
Bug exterminator
According to the Bible, which of the following was made out of gopher wood?
Noah's Ark
Which of these classic novels begins and ends with the title character's name?
Lolita
In the 1926 book "Winnie-the-Pooh," what is the first thing that Pooh says to himself in the morning?
What's for breakfast?
David Letterman's sidekick, Paul Shaffer, co-wrote which of these disco hits?
It's Raining Men
Since 2004, over a million blue wristbands have been given out in the British government's campaign against what?
Bullying
In the popular folk song "Alouette," what type of bird is being prepared for a meal?
Lark
Who was the last U.S. President to not father any daughters?
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Which of these terms refers to the chirping sound a cricket makes when it rubs its wings together?
Stridulation
After separating from his first wife in the 1980's, John Kerry made the gossip pages by dating which of these actresses?
Morgan Fairchild
Measuring 7" X 3 5/8" X 1 3/4" a standard gold bar weighs approximately how many pounds?
27.5
With over 20% of the world's forests, what nation has more forest land than any other?
Russia
In 2000 the International Hydrographic Organization demarcated the limits of a fifth world ocean named what?
Southern Ocean
Borborygmi is the technical name for a bodily condition more commonly referred to as what?
Growling in the stomach
Which of these famous fictional characters is a habitual user of cocaine?
Sherlock Holmes
How is the "S.O.S" distress code expressed in Morse code?
3 dots, 3 dashes, 3 dots
A prominent insurgent leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is from what neighboring country?
Jordan
A religious group known for its woodwork, the Shakers have dwindled in number to one active community in what U.S. state?
Maine
What famous story begins with the line "One dollar and eighty-seven cents"?
The Gift of the Magi
"Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio" is from an influential 1798 essay by whom?
Thomas Malthus
In 1977, what unlikely matchmaker introduced Arnold Schwarzenegger to future spouse Maria Shriver?
Tom Brokaw
Of the four most populous U.S. states, how may currently have Republican governors?
4
Which of these spices is made by grinding the red membrane that covers the nutmeg seed?
Mace
Founded by merchant Marshall Field, Chicago's Field Museum is a world-famous museum of what?
Natural history
The melody for the wedding song known as “Here Comes the Bride” is from what Wagner opera?
Lohengrin
In 1994, what TV show broke ground when it depicted a gay marriage between innkeepers Ron and Erick?
Northern Exposure
In what country is it customary for brides to place lumps of sugar in their gloves to ensure a "sweet" life?
Greece
In Pamplona's Running of the Bulls festival, how many bulls run the streets every day?
6
Which of these novelty items makes use of a technological process called microencapsulation?
Scratch and sniff sticker
Seventeen miles from Mount Rushmore lies a giant granite carved monument to what Native American?
Crazy Horse
According to the World Tourism Organization, what nation is the world's top tourist destination, with over 70 million visitors per year?
France
The Master Clock, which keeps the official time for the US is maintained by what branch of the military?
Navy
Overruled in 1954, the Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson upheld a state law imposing segregation where?
Passenger trains
A friendly "ghost-story" competition initiated by poet Lord Byron resulted in the creation of what fictional character?
Frankenstein's monster
Known for its ubiquitous signs and free ice water, Wall Drug is a famously kitschy tourist trap in what state?
South Dakota
The wheel used on the popular game show "Wheel of Fortune" consists of how many individual spaces?
24
A person who suffers from gamophobia has an exaggerated fear of what?
Marriage
What is the birthday of author J. K. Rowling as well as her most famous creation, Harry Potter?
July 31st
Discovered in Indonesia and measuring almost 33 feet, the longest snake ever recorded was what type of snake?
Python
In July 2004, over 1,000 radio stations simultaneously played what Elvis song to mark 50 years of rock and roll?
That's All Right
Which of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World was built first?
Pyramids at Giza
Often made out of two thermometers, a psychrometer is an instrument used to measure what?
Humidity
Ernest Hemingway's repeated efforts to join the army were rejected because of what physical malady?
Faulty eye
Because two states joined the union in 1912, there has never been an official U.S. flag with how many stars on it?
47
Due to his objections to awards in general, which of these writers declined to accept his Nobel prize for literature?
Jean-Paul Sartre
Featuring large floating eyes, the dream sequence in Hitchcock’s “Spellbound” was designed by whom?
Salvador Dali
In 1911, what explorer beat a rival by five weeks to become the first man to reach the South Pole?
Roald Amundsen
In November 2004, who became the first female singer to have an album certified 20 times platinum?
Shania Twain
What is the only type of fish fin that is featured on a Pepperidge Farm Goldfish cracker?
Caudal fin
What hit Carpenters song was originally written as background for a TV bank commercial?
We've Only Just Begun
In 1975, what daytime soap opera became the first to begin broadcasting hour long episodes?
Another World
In geology, which of these periods of time is the shortest in duration?
Epoch
Which of these politicians was the losing candidate in three different Presidential elections?
William Jennings Bryan
What country has the oldest written constitution that is still in effect?
United States
In 1974, T.G.I. Friday's became the first restaurant chain to serve what tasty appetizer?
Potato skins
Usually considered to be the world's southernmost city, Ushuaia is located in what country?
Argentina
The melody from which of these children's songs comes from the French song, "Ah! Vous Dirai-Je, Maman"?
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Referring to the plastic they are made from, recyclable soda and water bottles often have what acronym on their labels?
PETE
What landlocked state's official bird is the sea gull?
Utah
Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman elected to Congress, was a U.S. Representative from what state?
New York
What Dow Jones Industrial Average company traditionally issues its quarterly earning reports first?
Alcoa
In 2004, what former world leader's son was arrested for allegedly aiding a coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea?
Margaret Thatcher
Who is the longest consecutively-serving member of the U.S. Senate?
Robert Byrd
In the 1998 movie "Saving Private Ryan," what is the title character's first name?
James
In a famous 1951 cartoon called "Duck and Cover," what animal tells American kids what to do in case of a nuclear attack?
Bert the Turtle
According to the U.S. Census, what state had the highest turnout in the 2004 election, with 79% of eligible voters going to the polls?
Minnesota
Vonetta Flowers, the first African-American gold medalist at the Winter Olympics, competes in what sport?
Bobsled
How many different U.S. states have hosted either a summer or winter Olympics?
5
In the American version of the game Bingo, the numbers traditionally range from 1 to what?
75
When Jay Leno took over as host of The Tonight Show on May 25, 1992, who was his first guest?
Billy Crystal
Of the original members of the musical group The Jackson 5, which Jackson brother is the oldest?
Jackie
An 18-karat gold bracelet is what percent gold?
75%
In 1864, a Civil War sea battle between the CSS Alabama and the USS Kearsage occurred off the coast of what country?
France
The planet Venus is surrounded by a thick layer of clouds composed of what concentrated substance?
Sulfuric acid
Pearl Jam's 1991 album "Ten" was named after the uniform number of what NBA player?
Mookie Blaylock
In the racy French phrase “menage a trios,” the word “menage” literally means what?
Household
A National Hockey League puck is how many inches in diameter?
Three
What famous building was once used to store gunpowder, resulting in a 1687 explosion that destroyed its roof?
Parthenon
What literary wit is credited with observing "A true friend stabs you in the front"?
Oscar Wilde
What musical instrument around 1700 was a modification of a reed pipe called the chalumeau?
Clarinet
On the television series "Gilligan's Island," what is Mrs. "Lovey" Howell's first name?
Eunice
Which of these nutritional supplements is not a type of Vitamin B?
Lysine
Invented in the 18th century, an orrery is a mechanical model that demonstrates what phenomenon?
Orbit of the planets
The century-old march “Entry of the Gladiators” is traditionally heard in what setting?
Circus
In reference to its famous chile peppers, what state has adopted as its official question “Red or green?”
New Mexico
Charlotte Cooper, the first woman to win an individual Olympic gold medal, won in 1900 in what sport?
Tennis
What is the age difference between Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, who tied the knot in a private ceremony in 2005?
15 years
The reflective surface of a CD usually consists of an extremely thin layer of what metal?
Aluminum
The first thirteen games of the ancient Olympics featured what sole event?
Footrace
Bitterballen, deep-fried meatballs served with mustard, are a tasty traditional treat of what European nation?
The Netherlands
In the popcorn industry, what term is used to refer to kernels that fail to pop?
Old maids
At the time he was "discovered" by music executives in 1954, Elvis Presley was working as a what?
Truck driver
The highest vehicular tunnel in the world, the Eisenhower Tunnel crosses the Continental Divide in what U.S. state?
Colorado
The Montgomery Bus Boycott, which started the day Rosa Parks was put on trial, lasted approximately how long?
One year
When first introduced to the public in 1908, Ford's Model T car was offered at what retail price?
$850
What gem, named for a Greek word meaning "not intoxicating," was once thought to prevent drunkenness?
Amethyst
Often viewed as the fifth taste detected by the human tongue, "umami" is usually associated with food made with what?
MSG
The Taliban, a fundamentalist Islamic regime, gets its name from an Arabic word meaning what?
Student
According to his birth certificate, what is Martin Luther King Jr.'s first name?
Michael
On the TV series "Mister Ed," what is the name of the horse who played Mister Ed?
Bamboo Harvester
Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon church, believed that the Garden of Eden was located in what state?
Missouri
A landmark 1843 case in England held Daniel M'Naghten not guilty of murder thanks to what defense?
Insanity
In Akira Kurosawa's classic 1950 film "Rashomon," Rashomon is the name of a what?
Gate
In "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure," which of these is not one of the historical "dudes" encountered by Bill and Ted?
Galileo
Bill Paxton plays a character who is either injured or killed in all of the following movie series except what?
Jurassic Park
An overlook at what national park provides the name and a setting for Michelangelo Antonioni's 1970 movie Zabriskie Point?
Death Valley
In "Silence of the Lambs," Hannibal Lecter recounts a meal of fava beans, chianti, and the liver of what unfortunate visitor?
Census taker
Home to Bank of America and Wachovia, what city is considered the U.S.'s second largest banking center?
Charlotte, NC
Inventor Elisha Gray lost the race to secure a patent for what invention by a matter of hours?
Telephone
What starring television role did Bing Crosby turn down, reportedly because it would interfere with his golf?
Columbo
According to legend, what Russian built a series of fake villages to impress his touring lover, Catherine the Great?
Grigori Potemkin
In 2004, what athlete became the first person besides Colonel Sanders to appear on a KFC bucket?
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Because its orbit is highly elliptical, what planet's distance from the sun can range from 2.8 to 4.5 billion miles?
Pluto
The U.S. Postal Service still uses mules to deliver mail to a remote Indian reservation in what state?
Arizona
Which of these words is never used in the U.S. Constitution or any of its amendments?
Privacy
At school, what country's children regularly recite, "Seremos como el Che," meaning, "We will be like Che."
Cuba
The bikini takes its name from Bikini Atoll, a coral formation located in what Pacific island group?
Marshall Islands
Named for a British scientist who suffered from it, "Daltonism" is another word for what condition?
Color blindness
Which of these world landmarks is the tallest?
Washington Monument
Takraw, a volleyball-like game that is played with the head and feet, is a traditional sport in what part of the world?
Southeast Asia
In 2004, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that Americans have an average one-way commute time of what?
24.4 minutes
What country is the world's largest producer of wool?
Australia
Martin Luther King's historic march on Washington took place during what month of 1963?
August
Philip Pirrip is the full name of the hero in what Charles Dickens novel?
Great Expectations
During the Civil War, what was the last U.S. state to secede from the Union and the first to rejoin it?
Tennessee
Hemingway's classic novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls" takes its title from a sermon by what poet?
John Donne
Approximately how long is each side of a square plot of land that measures one acre in area?
209 feet
Which of these countries does not have an element on the periodic table named after it?
Italy
Located on the plains of New Mexico, the Very Large Array is what type of government-run technical facility?
Radio observatory
Official rules of conduct forbid US senators from accepting gifts from lobbyists that exceed what value?
$50
Who was the only U.S. president to appear on a U.S. Mint-issued coin while in office?
Calvin Coolidge
What Las Vegas Strip casino was built by famed mobster Bugsy Siegel in the 1940s?
Flamingo
In a 2005 poll conducted by AOL and Discovery Channel, what president was voted the "Greatest American" of all time?
Ronald Reagan
What futuristic novel takes place in London, a city in the nightmarish "superstate" Oceania?
1984
Whose offices are located in the East Wing of the White House?
First Lady
A 2005 U.S. census study concluded that what state has the lowest median age for first time married couples?
Utah
To stem illegal immigration, the U.S. border patrol was established in 1924 under what U.S. Department?
Labor
In a traditional military flag folding ceremony, the U.S. flag is folded a total of how many times until it becomes a triangle?
12
What U.S. state capital was originally known as Pig's Eye after an early settler named Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant?
St. Paul, MN
Enacted in 1714, the English Riot Act required groups that were read the Riot Act to do what?
Disperse within an hour
After the Wright Brothers' historic first flight, how long did it take for man to walk on the moon?
66 years
What U.S. department is nicknamed "Foggy Bottom," after vapors that once rose from the swamp on which its offices sit?
State
What natural phenomenon is usually not visible when the sun is more than 43 degrees above the Earth's horizon?
Rainbow
The Hotel des Milles Collines, featured in a 2004 movie starring Don Cheadle, is located in what country?
Rwanda
In the U.S. Senate, how many members are necessary to achieve a quorum?
51
In NASCAR racing, how many cars traditionally start in each race?
43
Which of the following is the more formal name for "baby teeth"?
Deciduous teeth
On the TV series "My Name is Earl," Earl learns about the concept of karma from what TV personality?
Carson Daly
In physics, which of the following is normally measured as 32 feet per second per second?
Acceleration of gravity
In the 1986 movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," Ferris performs at a parade honoring what historical figure?
Friedrich von Steuben
What breed of dog was bred by Hubert, a 7th-century monk who later became the patron saint of hunters?
Bloodhound
Until he retired in 1834, John Jacob Astor was America's most successful businessman in what industry?
Fur
Dalmatia, the namesake of a popular dog breed, is a historic coastal region in which of these countries?
Croatia
Western Sahara is a disputed African region that is claimed by what neighboring country?
Morocco
Speaking for over 24 hours against a famous civil rights bill, who holds the record for the longest speech in Senate history?
Strom Thurmond
With a handicap of 1.1, who did Golf Digest list as Hollywood's top celebrity golfer in 2005?
Dennis Quaid
The word "gossip" comes from an Old English word meaning what?
Godparent
Snuppy, the dog that what successfully produced by cloning in 2005, is what breed?
Afghan hound
Dating back to the 11th century, "The Tale of Genji" is widely recognized as the world's first what?
Novel
In 2005, fears of a disease called brucellosis prompted Montana officials to issue licenses to hunt what animal?
Bison
On their historic 1964 "Ed Sullivan Show" debut, the Beatles performed a song from what musical?
The Music Man
A distinctive grasshopper-shaped weathervane sits atop what historic American building?
Faneuil Hall
Solo, Sunrise and Maradol are three popular varieties of what fruit?
Papaya
Ferdinand Magellan's famous trip around the world ended prematurely when he was killed by natives of what present-day country?
Philippines
Kurdistan is an Asian region that extends into all of these countries except what?
Afghanistan
Which of these presidential appointees does not require confirmation by the U.S. Senate?
National Security Advisor
If Prince Charles becomes King of England, what will his new royal name be?
King Charles III
The only national flag that features a single color is the solid flag of what country?
Libya
In the epic poem "Beowulf," Grendel terrorizes the countryside of what land?
Denmark
A gelotologist is a person who studies the effects of what on the human body?
Laughter
Bill Clinton's presidential library, which opened in 2004, was designed to resemble what type of structure?
Bridge
The word "tabloid" was originally trademarked in 1884 as the brand name for a new type of what?
Pill
In 1947, what designer debuted an extravagantly feminine style of women's clothing called the New Look?
Christian Dior
Originally made in Canada, canola is a vegetable oil made from what crop?
Rapeseed
The lambada is a spirited ballroom dance that originated in what country?
Brazil
The "O" in Irish names such as "O'Neill" and "O'Casey comes from "ua," an Irish word meaning what?
Grandson
What singer's clothing line has been pulled from Denmark because its logo resembles the royal family's monogram?
Missy Elliott
In 1964, the British protectorate Northern Rhodesia gained its independence to become what country?
Zambia
Which of these countries' people usually eat with fork and spoon, only using chopsticks for noodles?
Thailand
In an attempt to get support form unions, what president declared Labor Day a federal holiday?
Grover Cleveland
Confirmed in 2005, Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez is the former CEO of what food giant?
Kellogg
The first "Dear Abby" column appeared in 1956 in what newspaper?
San Francisco Chronicle
Since 1997, what actor has provided the voice for MasterCard's well-known "Priceless" ad campaign?
Billy Crudup
On a classic "Seinfeld" episode, what future "desperate housewife" declared "They're real, and they're spectacular"?
Teri Hatcher
Which of the following is not one of the twelve years represented in the Chinese calendar?
Year of the Swan
The Secret Service uses what code names to refer to First Daughters Jenna and Barbara Bush?
Twinkie and Turquoise
How many U.S. states were admitted into the Union in the 20th century?
5
Now referring to a tactic used to delay legislation, the word "filibuster" was originally used to refer to what outlaws?
Pirates
On TV's "The Muppet Show," what is the name of the character who is fond of throwing boomerang fish?
Lew Zealand
What state's name was a code name for one of the beaches stormed by U.S. forces during the D-Day invasion?
Utah
The Federation Internationale de Natation is the governing body for what sport?
Swimming
After abolishing its army in 1958, what nation became known as the "Switzerland of Central America"?
Costa Rica
Brewer Anheuser-Busch is the nation's largest purchaser of which of these crops?
Rice
Due to its immense popularity with the Chinese, what U.S. state opened its own tourism office in China in 2004?
Nevada
Children normally develop a total of how many baby teeth?
20
Because it is produced by the body, which of these vitamins is classified as a hormone?
Vitamin D
Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade mysteries are set in the seamy underside of what U.S. City?
San Francisco
In the 2004 election, who was the leading vote-getter among all U.S. Senate candidates?
Barbara Boxer
Featured in the expression "the whole shebang," the word "shebang" originally referred to a what?
Small hut
In the night sky, the constellation Orion appears to be fighting against what other familiar constellation?
Taurus
Brought back to Europe by explorers, tomatoes were originally native to what continent?
South America
Besides John McCain and John Kerry, who is the only other current U.S. Senator who served in the Vietnam war?
Chuck Hagel
Giacomo, the surprise 2005 Kentucky Derby winner, was named after the son of what rock star?
Sting
On Sept 2, 1945 Japan formally surrendered to the US on the deck of what battleship?
USS Missouri
Before a symphony concert, the orchestra traditionally tunes itself to a note played by what instrument?
Oboe
As of 2005, what is the approximate population of planet Earth?
6.5 billion
Scientists believe that bubbles collapsing in synovial fluid result in the sound that occurs when you do what?
Crack your knuckles
What African nation's name comes from the Portuguese word for "shrimp"?
Cameroon
In 2005, newly released transcripts of Marilyn Monroe’s therapy sessions revealed that she once had a tryst with what actress?
Joan Crawford
"Annulary" is a fancy word for what body part?
Ring finger
A June 2005 Time magazine report revealed that Guantanamo Bay officials had whose music as an interrogation aid?
Christina Aguilera
According to the U.S. Postal Service, approximately what percentage of Americans move each year?
17
What city's main airport is named for Antonio Carlos Jobim, a famous bossa nova musician?
Rio de Janeiro
What type of bakeware skyrocketed in popularity when the "Tunnel of Fudge" recipe won 2nd at the 1966 Pillsbury Bake-Off?
Bundt pan
What two dance names are represented in the international radio alphabet that begins "Alpha, Bravo, Charlie"?
Foxtrot and Tango
Making a comeback in the U.S., the blood-sucking "Cimex lectularius" is an insect better known by what name?
Bedbug
After reading the 2004 memoirs of his mom, Gloira Vanderbilt, what TV newsman lamented that her sex life was more interesting that his?
Anderson Cooper
Methane in Neptune’s atmosphere makes the plant appear what color when viewed through a telescope?
Blue
The famous Woodstock music festival was staged in 1969 in what small New York town?
Bethel
In 1981, President Reagan was shot minutes after delivering an address to members of what well-known organization?
AFL-CIO
Known for their comfy sandals, the Birkenstock family started making footwear in 1774 in what country?
Germany
What TV personality's interviews end with questions borrowed from French talk show host Bernard Pivot?
James Lipton
Written in 1877 the children’s piano piece Chopsticks usually classified as what type of dance?
Waltz
What was the outcome of the historic 1804 duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton?
Hamilton was killed
Endurance athletes load up on carbs before a race primarily so their muscles can store up what?
Glycogen
Which of these countries borders a total of five seas: the Adriatic, Ionian, Ligurian, Tyrrhenian and Mediterranean?
Italy
Developed by Dr. Richard Ferber, "Ferberizing" is a popular albeit controversial method for teaching babies to do what?
Go to sleep
With United flight 869, US commercial flights resumed to what country in 2004 after a break of 29 years?
Vietnam
In the movie "Steel Magnolias," what are the two official colors of Shelby's very pink wedding?
Blush and bashful
The island of Elba, where Napoleon Bonaparte went into exile, has belonged to what nation since 1861?
Italy
Once known as the "Tears of St. Lawrence," the Perseid meteor shower is visible from Earth during which of these months?
August
Who was emperor of Rome when the year turned from 1 BC to 1 AD?
Augustus
Saying it would be "the biggest flop" in history, Gary Cooper turned down a lead role in what movie?
Gone With The Wind
The seam-like joints between the bones of the skull are called what?
Sutures
Identified in 2005 as "Deep Throat," W. Mark Felt was formerly the second-in-command at what U.S. agency?
FBI
Which of the following is not the name of an island nation located in the Caribbean Sea?
Suriname and Guyana
In 2003, what U.S. state allowed a couple to marry by video link because the groom, an astronaut, was in space?
Texas
What famous novel takes place over the course of a single day, June 16,1904?
Ulysses
According to her website which of these novels is Oprah’s favorite of all time?
To Kill a Mockingbird
In 2005, Martha Stewart’s house arrest was extended after reports of her participation in what taboo activity?
Attending yoga class
The alamo, which lends its name to the famous San Antonio battle site, is what type of tree?
Cottonwood
The vestibular system, which sends impulses to the brain, primarily controls a human's sense of what?
Balance
What southern capital, once known as "Terminus," was built on one end of the Western and Atlantic Railroad?
Atlanta
In 2005, Britain's Prince William graduated from prestigious St. Andrews University with a degree in what subject?
Geography
On a kitchen knife, what is the term for the point at which the blade meets the handle?
Bolster
Which of these states has only one member in the House of Representatives?
Delaware
Due to a 1992 federal law, new toilets in U.S. homes may use a maximum of how much water per flush?
1.6 gallons
In 1935, Erwin Schrödinger devised a famous physics problem involving radioactivity, cyanide and what unlucky animal?
Cat
The classic TV series "Welcome Back, Kotter" is set in a New York high school named after what U.S. president?
James Buchanan
Which of these chemical compounds consists of more than two different elements?
Sucrose
On April 5, 1987, what became the first prime-time show to air on the Fox TV network?
Married...With Children
In the 1914 story "The World Set Free," what author coined the term "atomic bomb" decades before its invention?
H. G. Wells
An entrée prepared "vol-au-vent" is served in what distinctive manner?
In a pastry shell
What is the world's second smallest country, measuring under 2 square kilometers in area?
Monaco
The prominent White House balcony overlooking the South Lawn was built for and unofficially named after, what U.S. president?
Harry S. Truman
Which of these organizations was established in 1897 as the National Congress of Mothers?
PTA
Script that means, "God is Great" is repeated 22 times on what country's national flag?
Iran
In 1891, impressionist Claude Monet completed a famous series of paintings featuring what motif?
Haystacks
Before it was made from bits of paper, confetti traditionally consisted of what?
Sweets
On February 17, 1998, what space probe became the most distant man-made object from Earth?
Voyager I
Before the switch was made to helium, what gas was originally used to inflate blimps?
Hydrogen
What does the word "Milo" refer to in the name of the famous "Venus de Milo" sculpture?
Place of discovery
One of Jelly Belly's most popular jelly beans is flavored with the "secret syrup" of what drink?
Dr Pepper
According to his last wishes, the ashes of author Hunter S. Thompson were disposed of in 2005 in what unusual manner?
Shot out of a cannon
Delivered on August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech begins with what phrase?
Five score years ago
What band became a trio in 1997 with the departure of Bill Berry, who had played drums with the group for 17 years?
R.E.M.
Indigenous to the Kalahari desert, what plant is the main ingredient of Trimspa and many other diet supplements?
Hoodia
Introduced in the 1950s, Lismore is the name of what luxury brand's most popular pattern?
Waterford Crystal
How many years elapsed between the time the Berlin Wall was erected and the time of its historic "fall"?
28 years
Introduced in the 1950s, the "food-exchange system" was developed to help people with what condition plan their diets?
Diabetes
Now used to refer to successful movies, blockbuster was once WWII slang for a type of what?
Bomb
As a center of the high-tech boom, what California valley is commonly known as "Silicon Valley"?
Santa Clara Valley
Pepsi-Cola was invented by a young pharmacist who originally claimed that it could help soothe what malady?
Indigestion
Funded in part by a pet food company, a study released in 2005 found that cats are genetically unable to taste what flavors?
Sweet
According to NASA, what is the only planet in the solar system that would be able to float in water?
Saturn
The largest known depository of gold in the world is a Federal Reserve Bank located in what U.S. City?
New York City
The game show "Family Feud" was inspired by a segment featured in what other popular game show?
Match Game
Of these U.S. dollar bills, which one features a portrait of the American president who served most recently?
$50
The November 2005 issue of Esquire magazine named what former WB star "the sexiest woman alive"?
Jessica Biel
Before he became A-list, what actor starred in a James Dean-inspired video for the Paula Abdul song "Rush Rush"?
Keanu Reeves
According to FBI statistics, which of these U.S. cities had the fewest per-capita incidents of violent crime in 2004?
San Diego
What entertainer was once a Rhodes scholar who spent his time at Oxford studying poet William Blake?
Kris Kristofferson
What U.S. real estate franchise claims to own the largest hot-air balloon fleet in the world?
RE/MAX
A 175-year-old gal named Harriet, believed to be the world's oldest living creature, is what type of animal?
Tortoise
In 2005, what country threatened to sue Yale to recover artifacts taken from the Machu Picchu ruins almost a century ago?
Peru
Which of these nations is located on a peninsula attached to the Asian mainland?
South Korea
The city of High Point is at the center of what U.S. state's furniture industry, which makes over 60% of our nation's furniture?
North Carolina
What magazine's cover often features the familiar image of a foppish sophisticate named Eustace Tilley?
The New Yorker
Featuring the word "yogasm," a 2004 ad for reruns of what show prompted Yogi Berra to file a $10 million lawsuit?
Sex and the City
Autistic "mega-savant" Kim Peek was the main inspiration for what popular movie?
Rain Man
To protect an unpopular tax, what state's residents staged a famous 1794 uprising called the "Whiskey Rebellion"?
Pennsylvania
According to a 2005 Census Bureau study, what is the median age of first-time brides in the U.S.?
25 years old
With more that $436 million in domestic box office receipts, what was the highest-grossing movie of 2004?
Shrek 2
The aptly named Great Sandy Desert occupies over 150,000 square miles of what country?
Australia
Trying to garner public support, what authoritarian ruler famously claimed that he made the trains run on time?
Benito Mussolini
In a famous scene from "Pulp Fiction," John Travolta and Uma Thurman cut a rug at a '50s-themed restaurant named what?
Jack Rabbit Slim's
At the end of "The Deer Hunter," Meryl Streep's character leads the other mourners in a rendition of what song?
God Bless America
Ron O'Neal stars as Youngblood Priest, a criminal who "sticks it to the man," in which of these blaxploitation era films?
Superfly
Which of these pop songs does not make an anachronistic appearance in the 2001 movie musical "Moulin Rouge"?
Let's Go Crazy
What breed of dog, known for its thick white coat, is named for the nomadic people of Siberia who once raised it?
Samoyed
The historic region of Palestine lies on the eastern shore of what body of water?
Mediterranean Sea
Before Alaska and Hawaii were admitted in 1959, what was the last state to enter the union?
Arizona
Which of these international breads is not usually flat in shape?
Brioche
In 2005, televangelist Pat Robertson sparked controversy when he called for the assassination of what country's president?
Venezuela
What is the term for the Senate procedure in which a three-fifths majority votes to end a filibuster?
Cloture
Featured on a nickel newly issued in 2005, "Ocean in view! O! The joy!" is a quote from what explorer's journal?
William Clark
What island nation lies less than 100 miles away from India across the treacherous Palk Strait?
Sri Lanka
Washington's famous crossing of the Delaware occurred on the eve of what Revolutionary War conflict?
Battle of Trenton
Before its country suffered through a 15-year Civil War, what city was known as "the Paris of the Middle East"?
Beirut
The expression "there's a method to his madness" is based on a line from what Shakespeare play?
Hamlet
What painter shot himself in a field of wheat shortly after completing the painting "Wheatfield With Crows"?
Vincent Van Gogh
A tourist-friendly promenade called the "Fremont Street Experience" aims to revitalize what city's downtown?
Las Vegas
In 2004, President Bush released payroll records of his service in what state's National Guard?
Alabama
Revived on Broadway in 2003, the Tony-winning musical "Nine" was based on what numerically-titled film?
8 1/2
Sugar magnate Henry Tate is the founder and namesake of a famous art gallery located in what city?
London
The Jewish celebration of Hanukkah takes its name from a Hebrew word meaning what?
Dedication
Which of these vegetables are commonly processed to make the food additive MSG?
Beets
Since the Bill of Rights was passed in 1791, the U.S. Constitution has been amended how often on average?
Every 12 years
In 2005, scientists determined that what landmark is 29,017 feet high, 12 feet shorter than when it was measured in 1975?
Mount Everest
Established in 1949, East Germany was officially called the "German" what?
Democratic Republic
What is the singular form for the Italian word "spaghetti"?
Spaghetto
Awarded annually since 1962, the Golden Horse Awards are the Oscars for films in what language?
Chinese
Named the most powerful woman in business by Fortune Magazine, Meg Whitman is the CEO of what company?
eBay
In 2004, the top three best-selling vehicles in the U.S. were what type of automobile?
Pickup trucks
The 2004 movie "The Terminal" is based on a real person who has lived in an airport in what city since 1988?
Paris
After his 2005 trial, Michael Jackson reportedly spent weeks in what kingdom as a guest of his royal highness Sheik Abdullah?
Bahrain
Thought to be our solar system’s tenth planet, the celestial body identified as 2003 UB313 has what TV-inspired nickname?
Xena
In the ubiquitous series of TV ads, who provides the voice for the pesky duck who shouts "AFLAC"?
Gilbert Gottfried
What newspaper columnist popularized the expression "wake up and smell the coffee"?
Ann Landers
"To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee was close childhood friends with what other acclaimed writer?
Truman Capote
Nitrates are a type of medication commonly prescribed to treat what ailment?
Angina
Introduced in the late 1800s, what sport's earlier names included mushball, kittenball, and pumpkin ball?
Softball
In 2005, what beauty resumed her role as a cover girl model, now pitching makeup for the over-35 set?
Christie Brinkley
On TV's "Desperate Housewives," Teri Hatcher's Susan is a klutzy mom with what work-from-home job?
Children's book illustrator
The registration number NCC-1701 is displayed on the exterior of what fictional vehicle?
USS Enterprise
Citing the "twinkle in he eye," who did People magazine choose as the Sexiest Man Alive in 2005?
Matthew McConaughey
Due to the gray hairs that they get with age, what animal's adult males are called "silverbacks"?
Gorilla
Food Network TV personality Rachael Ray is known for posing what rhetorical question throughout her shows?
How cool is that?
The first United States Presidential votes are traditionally cast in Hart's Location and Dixville Notch, tiny towns in what state?
New Hampshire
Naproxen is sold over the counter under what brand name?
Aleve
Which of the following is the name of a team in the WNBA and not the NBA?
Houston Comets
What U.S. state is bordered by Iowa to the north and Arkansas to the south?
Missouri
In "Lazy Sunday," a 2005 "SNL" video spoof that became an Internet sensation, two rapping pals go to what movie?
The Chronicles of Narnia
What recyclables are commonly labeled with the numbers 1 through 7 to indicate the exact materials they are made from?
Plastic containers
According to the U.S. Constitution, a member of the House of Representatives must be at least how old?
25 years old
The 2005 song "Come Together Now," an all-star collaboration for Hurricane Katrina victims, was co-written by what actress?
Sharon Stone
Amid widespread political squabbling, what country's president sacked his entire 7-month-old cabinet in 2005?
Ukraine
Known for his powdered hair and ever-present fan, eccentric designer Karl Lagerfeld has helmed what fashion house since 1983?
Chanel
"If a son strikes his father, his hands shall be hewn off" is a harsh decree from what ancient leader’s famous code of laws?
Hammurabi
What astronomer introduced his famous "heliocentric" theory of planetary motion in a manuscript titled "Commentariolus"?
Copernicus
What internal organ is considered the largest gland in the human body?
Liver
In an unusual marketing move, what group debuted its video "Streets of Love" on a 2005 episode of "Days of Our Lives"?
The Rolling Stones
In June 2005, what organization tapped former Verizon executive Bruce Gordon to be its next president?
NAACP
What actor and ardent lemur supporter had a new species of the animal named in his honor in 2005?
John Cleese
The author of which of these classic novels never had another novel published during his or her lifetime?
Gone With the Wind
Famous for his guerrilla activities in Latin America, 20th-century revolutionary "Che" Guevara had what first name?
Ernesto
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is a concert-level performer on what instrument?
Piano
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the son of a blacksmith, was the surprise victor in what country's 2005 presidential election?
Iran
The Latin abbreviation "cf." is typically used to mean what?
Compare
Winning numerous titles in the 1950s, Althea Gibson was groundbreaking African-American athlete in what sport?
Tennis
Which of these popular "Peanuts" characters has rarely seen little brother named "Rerun"?
Linus
Commissioned by Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV in 1357, the Charles Bridge is a popular tourist spot in what European city?
Prague
What dog breed gets its name from a German word meaning "to splash around in water"?
Poodle
Name "Uluru" by local inhabitants, Ayers Rock is a distinctive geological formation located in what country?
Australia
What element makes up about 70 percent of the mass of the sun?
Hydrogen
"Hectopascals" and "millibars" are the units commonly used to measure what weather-related property?
Air pressure
Which of these Balkan nations was not once part of the former nation of Yugoslavia?
Bulgaria
Which of these U.S. agencies is not part of the Department of Homeland Security?
FBI
What Broadway musical's director-choreographer, Gower Champion, passed away on its opening night?
42nd Street
In a 2005 broadcast via satellite, Paul McCartney treated two orbiting astronauts to a performance of what Beatles tune?
Good Day Sunshine
In 2004, who became the first Senate party leader to fail to get reelected in 52 years?
Tom Daschle
Tablature is a system of notation commonly used to teach someone to do which of the following?
Play a guitar
Which of these recent bestsellers is best described as a "roman a clef"?
The Devil Wears Prada
Marcel Duchamp's famous 1917 sculpture "Fountain" consists of what solitary object?
Urinal
Immortalized by presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth, "Sic semper tyrannis" is what state's motto?
Virginia
NASA's 1998 discovery of what mineral on Mars supports the theory that water once existed on the planet?
Hematite