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April 2003 Questions & Answers


April 1, 2003:

What everyday item did Charles Moncke invent?

The monkey wrench, which has nothing to do with monkeys. The name of the tool is a corrupted version of his name, sometimes spelled Charles Moncky.


April 2, 2003:

We were introduced to a different type of American family when what show premeired on this date 25 years ago?

"Dallas" was seen for the first time, and America met the super-rich Ewing family.


April 3, 2003:

What is the longest river in the world?

At 4,145 miles, the Nile River is the longest in the world. I have been told that some sources consider the Amazon longer, but that is because they add the main river and its longest tributary. I am sticking with the Nile as the answer.


April 4, 2003:

What was Elm Farm Ollie the first cow to do, back in 1930?

She was the first cow to fly in an airplane, on February 18, 1930. While watched by reporters, Elm Farm Ollie produced milk that was put into containers and parachuted over St. Louis, Missouri.


April 7, 2003:

What is the highest point of the earth?

With an elevation of 29,035 feet, it is the top of Mt. Everest in Tibet. Some people also pointed out that Mount Chimborazo, Ecuador is farther from the center of the earth than the summit of Everest due to the earth's "bulging" at the equator. I am just accepting Mt. Everest, as it is the most commonly recognized highest point.


April 8, 2003:

April 8, 1969 had what was called the "first international baseball game" in the major leagues. The New York Mets played against what team?

The Montreal Expos and the New York Mets played in Shea Stadium in New York. Expos won, 11-10.


April 9, 2003:

"Fortnight" is a contraction for what amount of time?

"Fortnight" is a contraction for "fourteen nights." In the US "two weeks" is more commonly used.


April 10, 2003:

Now usually falling on the last Friday in April, what holiday was first celebrated on this day in 1872?

Arbor Day, a holiday for planting trees, was celebrated for the first time in Nebraska on April 10, 1872.


April 11, 2003:

Born in Brooklyn, I went to college on a basketball scholarship, but would make my mark in sports as a champion left-handed pitcher. I played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and followed the team to Los Angeles, where I was named World Series MVP in 1963 and 1965. I pitched no-hitters in four consecutive seasons, but arthritis in my elbow ended my career in 1966. Six years later I became the youngest player ever inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Who am I?

Sandy Koufax.


April 14, 2003:

What was the first product to have a bar code?

(A) Wonder Bread
(B) Marlboro cigarettes
(C) Wrigley's gum
(D) Hershey's chocolate bar

Ans: (C) Wrigley's gum was the first product to have a bar code.


April 15, 2003:

Who was the first to put their footprints in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater (now Mann's Chinese Theater)?

Silent screen actress Norma Talmadge, in 1927. She "accidentally" stepped in the wet cement. The first "official" footprints were by Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks in a ceremony, and Grauman himself put his footprints in the cement, but Norma was the first.


April 16, 2003:

What was the name of the first living creature to orbit the earth?

Laika the dog, in 1957 aboard the Soviet satellite, Sputnik 2.


April 17, 2003:

We know that Johnny Carson's last guest was Bette Midler. Who was his first guest on "The Tonight Show"?

I THOUGHT there was one answer to this question. Apparently it isn't so clear. My original answer was actress Joan Crawford, who appeared on Carson's first episode on October 1, 1962. But, at the beginning of the show, Groucho Marx introduced Carson before he came on stage. And Groucho is, according to many sources, the first guest. In fairness, I am accepting both answers.


April 18, 2003:

What was the first CD (compact disc) pressed in the United States?

Okay. At first, I thought I had a problem with the answer for this question. Then I did some research. It appears that two CDs were pressed first as very limited tests. These CDs are "The Edison CD Sampler," which included a collection of rare Edison recordings dating from 1877 to 1929, including "Mary Had a Little Lamb," and Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA." Different sources claim on was before the other, but for all intents and purposes they were simultaneous. So both answers are correct. And if you ever see a "Born in the USA" CD with red ink on the label (not black), it is one of these extremely rare CDs.


April 21, 2003:

What fictional character fought against the criminal group known as the "FIENDISH ORGANIZATION OF WORLD LARCENY"?

Darkwing Duck, aka Drake Mallard, battled this group, also known as F.O.W.L., in the cartoon series from Disney.


April 22, 2003:

What kind of powder is inside an Etch-a-Sketch?

(A) Aluminum
(B) Magnesium
(C) Iron
(D) Steel

Ans: (A) Aluminum, ground extremely fine. Ohio Arts, manufacturer of the Etch-a-Sketch says the stuff's not dangerous.


April 23, 2003:

What actor and World War II airman had a $5,000 bounty put on his head by Hermann Goering?

Clark Gable.


April 24, 2003:

On January 15, 1919 in Boston, 21 people, a dozen horses, and a cat met sudden and untimely ends, due to what?

The Great Molasses Flood of 1919. It sounds like something somebody made up, but it's actually true. On that day, they were all caught up in a gooey flood of hot molasses traveling about 35 miles per hour. Of course, the explosion of molasses was violent, and the molasses was hot, so the coroner probably would not have ruled the deaths "drownings."


April 25, 2003:

On "The Dick Van Dyke Show," Laura was once given a brooch by her in-laws that was a Petrie family heirloom. What was the brooch shaped like?

A map of the United States of America, with little gems in the states where male Petries were born. Her mother-in-law later told her she would get the earrings, as well. They were Alaska and Hawaii.


April 28, 2003:

What playing card is considered the symbol of love?

The Nine of Hearts.


April 29, 2003:

What soda was originally called "Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda"?

(A) Sprite
(B) 7-Up
(C) Mountain Dew
(D) Sierra Mist

Ans: (B) 7-Up. It did contain lithium, a strong antidepressant. The soda was touted as a cure for grouchiness, upset stomachs, and hangovers.


April 30, 2003:

What sport was standardized under the Queensbury Rules?

Boxing.