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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?
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?
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?
What element, like water, has an unusual physical property that causes it to expand when it freezes?
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?
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?
The brownish grey color taupe gets its name from the Latin word for what animal?
What state capital's name is believed to come from a Native American phrase meaning "a good place to dig potatoes"?
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?
A series of five letters between Pierre de Fermat and Blaise Plascal is credited with establishing what branch of modern mathematics?
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?
What country is named after a nearly-extinct tree that was once the source of a valuable red dye?
To end the Cuban missile crisis, the U.S. agreed to remove its nuclear missiles from what country?
Thought to be the world's largest single source of dust, the Bodele Depression is located in what country?
Starting with the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, what company is the longest continuously serving Olympics sponsor?
Nostradamus's reputation as a prophet comes from his 16th-century book of prophecies titled what?
The nation's first "Adopt-a-Highway" program was launched in 1985 by what state's Department of Transportation?
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?
To prevent counterfeiting, security threads in new $20 bills glow what color when held up to ultraviolet light?
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?
The 8-year-old recipient of the famous reply “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” had what last name?
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?
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?
Originally practiced by Hindus, yoga takes its name from a Sanskrit word meaning what?
In 1966, what U.S. state became the last to repeal its statewide Prohibition laws?
Contrary to his nickname, Thomas "Tennessee" Williams was born in what U.S. state?
DaVinciÕs Mona Lisa is painted on a 30-by-21 inch panel made from the wood of what tree?
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?
The original design of the White House was inspired by what country's current parliament building?
In 2004, the fossils of Homo floresiensis, a "hobbit-sized" human species, were discovered in what country?
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?
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?
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?
Now used to refer to a snooty person, the word "snob" originally referred to a person with what job?
Rubies are red primarily because they contain trace amounts of what metal?
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?
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?

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