Weekday mornings at 7:30
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to answer a trivia question and win a prize. Have fun and good luck!!
Wednesday November 14
Question: It's National Pickle Day! While the national day is highlighting the food, I'm going to focus on the phrase: "in a pickle." It was first used by Shakespeare in his play about Prospero - an exiled ruler who uses magic to restore his daughter Miranda to power. What is the title of that play?
Answer: The Tempest! The quotes read, “How cam’st thou in this pickle?” and “I have been in such a pickle”
Tuesday November 13
Question: In honor of the late, great, and legendary Stan Lee can you give me his catchphrase?
Answer: “Excelsior!” It's what he would write at the end of his comic book columns. He said he started using it because it was an expression that the competition wouldn't imitate because they wouldn't know what it meant or wouldn't know how to spell it! It worked and it became his unofficial life motto.
Monday November 12
Question: Veteran's Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress would pass a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11th became a national holiday beginning in 1938. In 1954, the President officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. Who was that president?
Answer: Dwight D. Eisenhower
Friday November 9
Question: His name is STIEG LARSSON. He is the Swedish author of the international best selling Millenium Trilogy featuring the characters Mikael Blomkvist -a middle aged journalist- and Lisbeth Salander -a computer hacker. They make it to theaters this weekend in what film?
Answer: "The Girl in the Spider's Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story"
Thursday November 8
Question: WILHELM CONRAD RONTGEN's famous first discovery paved the way in a variety of fields, most especially MEDICINE. What was it he discovered?
Wednesday November 7
Question: On this day in 1980, we lost "The King of Cool" at just 50 years old - STEVE MCQUEEN! Early in his career, Steve was on the small screen on this hit CBS Western. Can you name it
Answer: He played the bounty hunter Josh Randall in WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE
Tuesday November 6
Question: Her name is Shirley Allen and she "iced" her husband today in 1982. He was one of Shirley's SIX husbands! Ah, the old "let's collect life insurance routine." She was turned in BY HER DAUGHTER...but how did she "ice" him?
Answer: Why...with ANTI-FREEZE of course!
Monday November 5
Question: He was the 1st American to win the Nobel prize for Literature. What was his name?
Answer: SINCLAIR LEWIS! He wrote Main Street (1920), Babbit (1922), Elmer Gantry (1927) amongst others!
Friday November 2
Question: Happy Birthday to David Schwimmer! Ross on Friends, of course, but what character did he voice in the animated classic "MADAGASCAR"?
Answer: He was MELMAN THE GIRAFFE!
Thursday November 1
Question: Jacques Plante was goaltender for the NHL's Montreal Canadians. He changed the game forever when he returned from an in-game injury wearing this "innovation." A first! What was it?
Answer: Jacques finally had enough and donned a full FACE MASK - the 1st NHL goaltender to do so!
Wednesday October 31
Question: HAPPY ALL HALLOW'S EVE! Do you know what were the original JACK O'LANTERNS made of?
Answer: Tradition comes to us from THE IRISH! No...not potatoes...it was TURNIPS!
Tuesday October 30
Question: Tonight in 1974, Muhammad Ali won "The Rumble In The Jungle" defeating whom?
Answer: The then 25 years old heavyweight champ GEORGE FOREMAN!
Monday October 29
Question: Today in 1966, this band charted #1 with the pop classic "96 Tears" with a lead singer who was truly enigmatic and changed his name, legitimately, to a puctuation mark. Name that "proto punk" band?
Answer: ? and the Mysterians
Friday October 26
Question: Happy Pumpkin Fest Weekend! Can you, in homage to The Pumpkin, tell me the state that produces THE MOST PUMPKINS?
Answer: That would be our very own state of ILLINOIS!
Thursday October 25
Question: With trick-or-treating and cake cutting in downtown Sycamore last night, this year's edition of Pumpkin Fest is officially underway. Do you know how many years of Pumpkin Fests have taken place in Sycamore?
Answer: It's THE 57TH ANNUAL PUMPKIN FEST!
Wednesday October 24
Question: WELCOME TO SYCAMORE PUMPKINFEST 2018! What is the theme for this year's Pumpkin Fest?
Answer: A PUMPKIN'S CARNIVAL
Tuesday October 23
Question: "HERE'S JOHNNY!!!" Born today in 1925, The Tonight Show host made us all laugh late night for so many years with characters like "Carnac the Magnificent" and this gossipy ol' biddy who knew everything about everything...or so she thought. Do you remember her name?
Answer: AUNT BLABBY!
Monday October 22
Question: The weather event of this past Saturday was really something but, what exactly was it? Not rain...nor snow....nor sleet even! It was?
Answer: A GRAUPEL! That's when soft hail or snow pellets freeze on falling snowflakes.
Friday October 19
Question: A "FAMOUS FIRST" today! It made it's debut today in Dallas Texas in 1985...video rental would never the same. "Let's make it a _____________".
Answer: It was BLOCKBUSTER!
Wednesday October 17
Question: As we were reminded frequently during the Kavanaugh hearings, this individual's move to The Supreme Court in 1991 was equally as contentious. Can you name him?
Answer: Clarence Thomas
Tuesday October 16
Question: John Mayer birthday's today! Name his hit song that won him the Best Pop Male Vocal Performance Grammy in 2002?
Answer: YOUR BODY IS A WONDERLAND