Winter trivia event benefits summer reading program

News-DemocratFebruary 23, 2014 

What's the Latin word for queen? (Regina)

What president lived at Sagamore Hill? (Teddy Roosevelt)

What did Dr. Seuss collect? (Hats)

When the Friends of the Belleville Public Library throw a trivia night, you can always expect the unexpected -- and this year proved no exception.

With such a wealth of information to draw on, organizers drilled contestants on everything from the two newest members of the Big Ten Conference (Rutgers and Maryland) to the stock symbol of Harley Davidson (HOG).

It's the group's annual benefit to raise money for the library's summer reading program for children. If you'd like to help area kids stay in the know, send a check to the Friends in care of the Belleville Public Library, 121 E. Washington St., Belleville, IL 62220.

Now, check out these questions from the devious mind of Gary Lawrence:

1. In 2000, what man and woman received Golden Raspberry awards for being the worst actor and actress of the 20th century?

2. Translate "Carpe Noctem" into English.

3. Three sports films have won best-picture Oscars -- 1976, 1981, 2004. What two sports were portrayed?

4. Which 20th century U.S. president left a will that was 23 words long?

5. What South American country's flag is so similar in design that it once was mistakenly printed on a Texas absentee ballot?

6. What were the "them" in the 1954 sci-fi cult flick "Them"?

7. In 1962, Chatham County, Ga., gave what name to a body of water flowing past Johnny Mercer's childhood home?

8. What soft drink was named for a digestive enzyme and a native African plant?

9. Of the eight countries that border mainline France, what country has the smallest border -- just 2.7 miles?

10. The odds of this occurring on "Jeopardy" is figured at 1 in 25 million. It has happened once. What was it?

11. Graduates refer to their school as their "alma mater." What is the literal translation?

12. Name the only father-son duo to hit back-to-back home runs in a Major League Baseball game.

13. What president had a home at Montpelier?

14. What National League team has to travel the farthest to play the Cardinals at Busch Stadium?

15. What country is the largest by population that does not have nuclear weapons?

16. Only two best-actor Oscar winners have shared the same last name. Who were they? (1979, 1988 and 2005)

17. In 1960, who became the first child born to a reigning monarch in England in 103 years?

18. What 1985 movie was the first Hollywood movie based on a board game?

19. What name is bellowed in the annual shouting contest at the Tennessee Williams-New Orleans Literary Festival?

20. On July 23, 2013, the British tabloid The Sun purposely misspelled its name because of what news event?

1. Sylvester Stallone and Madonna

2. As Dracula would say, "Seize the night."

3. Boxing ("Rocky" and "Million Dollar Baby") and track ("Chariots of Fire")

4. Who else? "Silent" Cal Coolidge

5. Chile. (Both flags have one large white star and blocks of red, white and blue.)

6. Atomic testing created jumbo-size ants.

7. Moon River, which earned Mercer and Henry Mancini an Oscar for best original song in the 1961 film "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

8. Pepsi-Cola (pepsin and the kola nut)

9. Monaco, the most densely populated country on Earth

10. On March 6, 2007, all three contestants wound up in a tie.

11. Nourishing (or kind) mother.

12. On Sept. 14, 1990, Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr. hit back-to-back homers in the first inning during Seattle's 7-5 loss to California.

13. James Madison. (It's near Orange, Va.)

14. San Francisco, 2,061 miles.

15. Indonesia, the fourth most populated country after China, India and the U.S.

16. Dustin Hoffman ("Kramer vs. Kramer" and "Rain Man") and Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote")

17. Prince Andrew

18. "Clue"

19. Stella! (or Stanley!)

20. For the birth of The Son of Prince William and Kate

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