November 2017 Trivia:

Thanksgiving, a time for Family, Friends, Traditions, Food, Shopping and Football. The origin of the holiday dates back to the Pilgrims and Indians, but Thanksgiving was not officially declared a national holiday until many years later. Do you know which president formally proclaimed Thanksgiving a National Holiday?

 Answer: 

In 1863, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens," to be celebrated in November.

October 2017 Trivia:

Fall is in the air and the baseball postseason is well on its way to crowning the next World Series Champion. Many already know the Yankees have won the most World Series with 27 all-time. Does anyone happen to know who holds the second place spot with 11?

For extra credit, do you know which 2 CURRENT teams have never even made a World Series appearance?

 Answer: 

The St. Louis Cardinals hold the second place spot with 11 World Series wins all-time.

Extra Credit: The Seattle Mariners and the Washington Nationals are the only two current franchises that have never made a world series appearance.

September 2017 Trivia:

Constitution Day is a lesser known holiday that falls on September 17th each year. Originally called Citizenship Day in 1952 and then changed in 2004 to honor the signing of the Constitution. The man who wrote most of the Constitution is also known as the "Father of the Constitution - Do you know who it was?

 Answer: 

President James Madison (1751-1836) wrote most of and lobbied heavily writing the Federalist Papers to gain enough support to pass the Constitution and the foundation for the US Federal Government. For this work, he was nicknamed the Father of the Constitution.

August 2017 Trivia:

As August draws to a close, we find ourselves nearing the end of summer and for many, enter the start of a new school year. This transition inspires our latest trivia question. Do you know which college claims to be the eldest in America founded in 1636 under the name "New College"?  The name used today is much more recognizable…

 Answer: 

Harvard University was founded in 1636 by the Massachusetts legislature and was originally called by two names: New College & The College at New Towne.

July 2017 Trivia:

Have you ever wondered how the month of July came to be named July? It actually dates back to ancient roman times. In fact, most months we use today originated in respect for key figures, numerals or events of that era. Any idea how July came to be? Or August? March?

 Answer: 

March

In ancient Rome, March was the first month of the new year and it was insisted that all wars cease during the time of new year celebrations. Given this, it is widely believed that March was named after Mars, the Roman god of war.

April

Many claim that April got its name “aperire," a Latin word meaning “to open," because it represents the opening of buds and flowers in spring. Other believe in a more divine inspiration,  naming after the beautiful goddess Aphrodite.

May

May was named after Maia, an earth goddess of growing plants.

June

Apparently, June has always been a popular month for weddings! The Romans named June after Juno, the queen of the gods and patroness of marriage and weddings.

July

July was named after Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. Previously, July was called “Quintilis," which is Latin for “fifth."

August

August was named after Augustus Caesar in 8 B.C. Previously, August was called “Sextillia," which was Latin for “sixth."

Though we think of September, October, November, and December as months 9, 10, 11 and 12, these months were 7, 8, 9, and 10 on the ancient Roman calendar. A little less interesting and simplistic in their origination.

September

September's name comes from septem, Latin for “seven."

October

October's name comes from octo, Latin for “eight."

November

November's name comes from novem, Latin for “nine."

December

December's name come from decem, Latin for “ten."

February

Around 690 B.C., Numa Pompilius turned a period of celebration at the end of the year into a month of its own, named after the festival Februa. This is how February got its name.

January

Later, Pompilius added another month to the beginning of the year and named it January after Janus, the God of beginnings and endings.

June 2017 Trivia:

July 4th is just a week away which means Picnics, Fireworks & Relaxation for most of the country. We honor and celebrate our Declaration of Independence, signed by 56 ranking colonists across 13 colonies. Did you know that of the 56 signors, ONLY ONE actually signed on July 4th. Do you know which signor it was?

 Answer: 

John Hancock signed on July 4, 1776. All of the other signed later.

A few other interesting facts about the signors…..

Their average age was 45. The youngest was Thomas Lynch, Jr (27) of South Carolina and the oldest Benjamin Franklin (70) of Pennsylvania.

The lead author of The Declaration, Thomas Jefferson, was 33.

7 of the signors attended Harvard.

2 went on to become future Presidents of the United States.

 

May 2017 Trivia:

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for everyone who paid the ultimate sacrifice and died serving in the American Armed Forces. This holiday dates back to the end of the Civil War but back then, it was not called Memorial Day. Do you know what the original name was for the holiday before it was renamed in 1967?

 Answer: 

Decoration Day

The history of the holiday is full of debate, whether it be the birthplace of the holiday, the date it falls on each year or even which states chose to recognize the holiday when the wounds of the Civil War were still fresh between the Northern and Southern states. Ultimately, in 1967,  the name became Memorial Day and Waterloo, NY was designated the birthplace of the holiday.

 

April 2017 Trivia:

Easter is second to Halloween in holiday candy consumption each year. Did you know that firms have actually studied which part of the popular chocolate bunny treat consumers eat first? One part leads by an overwhelming majority. Do you think it is the tail, or the ears, maybe the feet? Which is the most popular first bite?

 Answer: 

76% Always eat the Bunny Ears first

5%   Prefer the Feet

4%   Go for the Tail

The rest simply dig into which part they can eat first.

 

March 2017 Trivia:

The NCAA March Madness Tournament is here. One of the most popular gaming events of the year, probably more for the brackets than the actual games being played. In History, ONLY ONE school has fielded both Men's and Women's NCAA Basketball Championship teams in the same year, and they did it twice. Can you guess which school it was?

 Answer: 

UCONN

The Huskies accomplished this feat in 2004, and then again in 2014.

 

  

February 2017 Trivia:

Washington's Birthday, better known as Presidents Day, became a national holiday in 1879 and is celebrated on the third Monday in February each year. Three others presidents share the same birth month, one many already associate with Presidents Day. Do you know who the other 3 are?

 Answer: 

Abraham Lincoln

William Henry Harrison Sr.

Ronald Reagan

  

January 2017 Trivia:

New Year....Same Resolutions

Every year, millions of Americans are inspired to better themselves and set goals for the upcoming year. Alas, within the first week, that inspiration loses its luster for more than 75% of folks that set New Year’s Resolutions. According to a History Channel poll, there are 5 resolutions that top the list of most common New Year resolutions. Can you guess which ones they are?

 Answer: 

5. Lose Weight

4. Get Organized

3. Spend Less or Save More

2. Stay Fit & Healthy

1. Quit Smoking

 

 

 

December 2016 Trivia:

Reindeer Games

Everyone knows Rudolph is the lead reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh with his nose so bright, but few people are aware that he was not one of Santa’s original  reindeer.

Can you name the other 8 ?

For extra credit, can you guess which 2 names derived from Thunder & Lighting?

 

 Answer: 

Dasher

Dancer

Prancer

Vixen

Comet

Cupid

Donner (AKA Dunder: meaning Thunder)

Blitzen (AKA Blixen: meaning Lightning)

 

 

 

November 2016 Trivia:

Thanksgiving is a time for Family, Friends, Football and of course, Turkey.  

Do you know which one of our Founding Fathers allegedly wanted to replace the Bald Eagle with a Turkey as the representative symbol of America?

 

 Answer: 

Benjamin Franklin

 

While technically he never formally proposed this idea to his co-founders, he did suggest the change in a famous letter he wrote to his daughter supporting the claim…

“For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labor of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him. With all this injustice, he is never in good case but like those among men who live by sharping & robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the district. He is therefore by no means a proper emblem for the brave and honest Cincinnati of America who have driven all the King birds from our country… I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America… He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.”

October 2016 Trivia:

Over 2 Billion Dollars will be spent on Halloween candy this year. According to USA Today & The Daily Meal, what are the 5 most popular candies in America?

HINT: They all have a chocolate component.

 Answer: 

#5 Kit Kat

#4 Hershey Chocolate Bar

#3 Snickers

#2 M&Ms

#1 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

September 2016 Trivia:

Four presidents have received the Nobel Peace Prize. How Many Can You Name?

Answer:  Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama.

 - Roosevelt received his in 1906 for his many efforts toward international peace, including his role in formulating the 1905 peace treaty between Russia and Japan.

 - Wilson was awarded the Nobel in 1919 for founding the League of Nations after World War I.

 - Carter was long retired from the presidency when he won the prize in 2002 for his efforts to advance human rights and advance peaceful solutions to international conflicts.

 - Obama was honored with a Nobel in 2009 for his work toward strengthening international diplomacy and cooperation.