January-February, 2003 Trivia & Cryptoquotes

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2/28/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:

Madonna was married to actor Sean Penn from 1985 to 1989. She has a daughter, Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon, by former companion Carlos Leon.

President Ronald Reagan has called 'Family Ties' one of his favorite shows back when it was on the air as the show follows along with the Reagan era, many times dealing with controversial issues, making it extremely popular.

Rwanda has Kigali is its capital city, the country is home to a population of 7,312,756 and the highest point in the country is Volcan Karisimbi at 4,519 meters. Its main form of government is considered to be a republic, presidential, multiparty system and its comparative size is slightly smaller than Maryland.

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Bqews Gtfpg Abmwqtc (1817 - 1862)

Cryptoquote Solution:

What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

2/27/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:

Alfred Hitchcock - Film director was born August 13, 1899, in London, England. The son of William Hitchcock, a grocer, and wife Emma, Hitchcock studied engineering at St. Ignatius College, a Jesuit school in London, and later took art courses at the University of London.

A wave breaks when its height is 3/4 of its depth.

Arshile Gorky the abstract expressionist painter had his studio destroyed by fire, was operated on for cancer and had his neck broken in a car accident, all within a two year period from 1946 to 1948. He committed suicide in 1948.

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Cryptoquote Solution:

Be who you are and say what you feel, cause those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.

Dr. Seuss

2/26/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:

Singer Aretha Franklin was born March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee. Aretha Franklin began her prodigious career as the embodiment of 1960s soul music and continued to top the charts into the 1990s. She is still going strong.

Tanzania has Dar es Salaam as it's capital city. The country is home to a population of 36,232,074 and the highest point in the country is Kilimanjaro at 5,895 meters. Its main form of government is considered to be a republic and its comparative size is slightly larger than twice the size of California.

The 1952 Academy Awards went to the following: Best Picture - 'The Greatest Show On Earth', Best Actor - Gary Cooper / 'High Noon', Best Actress - Shirley Booth / 'Come Back, Little Sheba'.

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Cryptoquote Solution:

"We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them."

-Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam

2/25/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:

The 1987 comedy movie 'Three O'Clock High', directed by Phil Joanou, had the following tagline in it's advertisements: 'Jerry Mitchell just bumped into Buddy Revell. Now Jerry isn't thinking about math or english. Because at three o'clock, he's history'. Appearing in the film was Jeffrey Tambor, Richard Tyson and Stacey Glick.

In 1927, PEZ candy was invented by Eduard Haas III.

Abe Vigoda, Fish on 'Barney Miller', won universal praise for his dramatic role as Sal Tessio in 'The Godfather' and 'The Godfather, Part II'.

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ijvrhfza bfhczjh svxdhfan fh."

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Cryptoquote Solution:

"It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it."

-Jeseph Joubert

2/24/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:

In 1898, the roller coaster was invented by Edwin Prescott.

From 1967, Elton John and Bernie Taupin began writing songs together such as 'Rocket Man' (1972), 'Honky Cat' (1972), and 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' (1973).

The Hindenburg blew up in 1937 trying to land in New Jersey. 35 people died when it exploded.

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psfitgqah bwoj gytkjoad. Qsra hyl W wfoafh dayhwfk wo.

Kdstpjs Rydv (1895-1977)

Cryptoquote Solution:

From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.

Groucho Marx (1895-1977)

2/21/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:

In the year of 1663, James Gregory invented the first reflecting telescope.

It takes sunlight about 8 minutes to reach the Earth.

Michael Jackson was a strict vegetarian for most of his life until it made him lose too much weight.

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Qyu vzhcq, yziufum, hd qz kyxctu hq."

- Pxmo Sxmj (1818-1883)

Cryptoquote Solution:

"The philosphers have only interpreted the world in various ways. The point, however, is to change it."

- Karl Marx (1818-1883)

2/20/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:

The 1987 science fiction movie 'RoboCop,' directed by Paul Verhoeven, had the following tagline in it's advertisements: 'Part man. Part machine. All cop. The future of law enforcement'. Appearing in the film was Ronny Cox, Miguel Ferrer and Nancy Allen.

The photocopier was invented in 1937 by Chester F. Carlson.

The USA has about 6% of the world's population, and generates 35% of the trash and consumes 35% of the earth's resources.

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Cryptoquote Solution:

It is useless to close the gates against ideas; they overlap them.

Klemens Von Metternich

2/19/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:

The Beverly Hillbillies starred Buddy Ebsen as Jed Clampett, Donna Douglas as Elly May Clampett, Irene Ryan as Granny and Max Baer, Jr. as Jethro.

In the year of 1843, Alexander Bain invented the facsimile.

John F. Kennedy's official autopsy was done at National Naval Medical Center, in Bethesda Maryland. Two sets of doctors (Texas and Maryland) viewed the body and gave different descriptions of the wounds.

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- Svtv

Cryptoquote Solution:

My dog is very obedient
He does what he is bid.
A sign said 'wet paint'
And that's just what he did.
- Anon

2/18/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:

Quarterback Steve Young was originally scheduled to play the Brett Favre role in 'There's Something About Mary'.

Salvador Dali's famous painting 'The Persistence of Memory' was donated to The Museum of Modern Art, New York anonymously.

Six months after graduating from high school in 1981, John Stamos (Jessie from 'Full House') landed the role of Blackie Parrish, a street tough, on soap 'General Hospital'.

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bpnzomjo gsmjusvuoy hd jnrrpuuoo rooupmte."

- Tonato C. Xpzz

Cryptoquote Solution:

"Football combines the two worst features of American life. It is violence punctuated by committee meetings."

- George F. Will

2/14/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:

Burger King's first fast food restaurant opened in Miami in 1954.

Clarence 'Hap' Day coached the Toronto Maple Leafs to the NHL's Stanley Cup Championship in 1945 over the Detroit Red Wings coached by Jack Adams.

Thomas Edison built the world's first Film Studio.

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--Gd. Zsduis Owiibmct

Cryptoquote Solution:

A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway.

--Fr. Jerome Cummings

2/13/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:

Andorra has Andorra la Vella is it's capital city, the country is home to a population of 67,627 and the highest point in the country is Coma Pedrosa at 2,946 meters. It's main form of government is considered to be a parliamentary democracy and it's comparative size is 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC.

Barbara Feldon, born Barbara Hall, says she found companionship as a child in books and ballet. She appeared on the game show 'The $64,000 Question'. Later Barbara became Agent 99 on the TV spy spoof series 'Get Smart'.

Bob Marley began singing with his friends Bunny Livingston and Peter Mackintosh (later shortened to Tosh) when he was a teenager. Marley's first single, 'Judge Not,' was released in 1963, but made little impact commercially.

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- R. Emdtsvlz Bomngw, tsvhwv O.I. Aukw-Yvwiuewdl, Dsawhqwv 30, 1988

Cryptoquote Solution:

"Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things."

- J. Danforth Quayle, former U.S. Vice-President, November 30, 1988

2/12/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:

'The Simpsons' began its syndication run in September 1994, a little after it reached its 100th show. 'The Simpsons' is TV's longest running animated series.

After a four-year stint in the U.S. Air Force (1950-54), Johnny Cash settled in Memphis, TN., where he married Vivian Liberto and worked as an appliance salesman.

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qtuxhvq kuyw ecs msstsqe qylujs yk msqexhi.


Cryptoquote Solution:

There is no such thing as chance; and what seem to us merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny.


2/11/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:

The following came from Paul Cooijmans's GliaWeb Newsletter - http://www.gliaweb.net/

Butterflies taste with their feet.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than it's brain. (I know some people like that.)

Starfish don't have brains. (I know some people like that too)

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ptm Jlplhm.

Ksg Alsurm (1947 - )

Cryptoquote Solution:

I have made good judgements in the Past. I have made good judgements in the Future.

Dan Quayle (1947 - )

2/10/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:

The following came from Paul Cooijmans's GliaWeb Newsletter - http://www.gliaweb.net/

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour. (Who volunteers for this stuff?)

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

The ant can lift 50 times its own weight, can pull 30 times its own weight and always falls over on its right side when intoxicated. (From drinking little bottles of...? -- did the govt. pay for this research??)

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Pbfq Laxd (1875 - 1961)

Cryptoquote Solution:

The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown.

Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)

2/7/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:

In ancient times, Aztecs gave medicine for kidney problems with the left hand, and medicine for liver problems with the right hand.

When Joseph Gayetty invented toilet paper in 1857, he had his name printed on each sheet.

All the moons of the Solar System are named after Greek and Roman mythology, except the moons of Uranus, which are named after Shakespearean characters.

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- Kefsiy Weyvmp mp Mkeeg Ekmbis'k Aiopvehmip

Cryptoquote Solution:

Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.

- Salvor Hardin in Isaac Asimov's Foundation

2/6/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:

There are about 30 milligrams of caffeine in the average chocolate bar, while a cup of coffee contains around 100 to 150 milligrams.

There is a town named Santa Claus in Indiana.

More than a third of all adults hit their alarm clock's "snooze" button each morning---an average of three times before they finally get up.

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--Jpysdcay Ilcsscjvo

Cryptoquote Solution:

My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right.

--Ashleigh Brilliant

2/5/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:

King Louis XIX ruled France for only 15 minutes.

Babe Ruth had 714 career home runs

A "roleo" is a logrolling tournament

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fcprfzm ni lnzoclprfc nrp ni mrlq t pfaigazx azbcmpsczp ni itlp.

Stfv Pktaz (1835 - 1910)

Cryptoquote Solution:

There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

2/4/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:

Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system

Former actress Shirley Temple became a US Ambassador to Ghana in the 1970's

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

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-- Pgtoxjx Ulwaxlm

Cryptoquote Solution:

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

-- Chinese Proverb

2/3/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:

Milk is the official state beverage of North Dakota

In Hartford, Connecticut you may not, under any circumstances, cross the street walking on your hands!

A ball of twine in Cawker City, Kansas measures over 38 feet in circumference and weighs more than 16,750 pounds and is still growing.

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cyihnq fnh mhiujl yih yush.

--Sfnyif Anfifs

Cryptoquote Solution:

No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time. It is just that the others are behind the time.

--Martha Graham

1/31/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:

The following quiz came from Paul Cooijmans's GliaWeb Newsletter -

EASY QUIZ (Passing requires 4 correct answers)

1) How long did the Hundred Years War last?
2) Which country makes Panamahats?
3) From which animal do we get catgut?
4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?
5) What is a camel's hair brush made of?
6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?
7) What was King George VI's first name?
8) What color is a purple finch?
9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from?

All done? Check your answers below!


1) How long did the Hundred Years War last?
*116 years
2) Which country makes Panamahats?
3) From which animal do we get cat gut?
*Sheep and Horses
4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?
5) What is a camel's hair brush made of?
*Squirrel fur
6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?
7) What was King George VI's first name?
8) What color is a purple finch?
9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from?
*New Zealand
What do you mean you failed? ;-)

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qfx vnynjg xm xkns xknav mew.

--Qnwhjsaw Iabvjnga

Cryptoquote Solution:

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.

--Benjamin Disraeli

1/30/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:

It takes 110 domestic silkworm cocoons to make a man's tie and 630 to make a blouse.

The Greek astronomer Aristarchus (310-230 B.C.) is credited with the concept that the Earth revolves around the sun.

Whistler's Mother is not what Whistler called his famous painting. His name for it was Arrangement in Gray and Black.

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ia gn ykygc."

- Hisycc Oiuakyck lic Kipnsp

Cryptoquote Solution:

"Everything has been thought of before, but the difficulty is to think of it again."

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

1/29/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:

Paper was made from cotton rags until the mid 1800s.

Comedian Milton Berle earned the nickname "The Thief of Bad Gags" because of his common use of other comedians' material.

Poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) composed over a thousand poems in her lifetime, but only published a few, including Poems and The Single Hound

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ypimdkkepi pm zrdel yrblbyzdl.

Lbuwr Fbugp Dvdlkpi (1803 - 1882)

Cryptoquote Solution:

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

1/28/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:

In French, "Baton Rouge" means "red stick." The name for the city comes from a red post that identified a boundary between Indian tribes.

Pitcher W.A. Cummings introduced the curve ball to baseball, back in 1866.

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vubkh'q toxb qu qolb qtb gwxwa kbjxwgb bfonwhoqwuh."

- Juhoav Jboeoh

Cryptoquote Solution:

"The taxpayer, that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination."

- Ronald Reagan

1/22/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:

It is illegal to chain an alligator to a fire hydrant in Michigan

In the 1980's fantasy film Excalibur, a red bus can be clearly seen in the background of a battle scene

A recent survey showed that 30% of dog and cat owners carried a picture of their pet in their wallets.

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mwtcd jz toeylupd.

Alwbdupd M. Vdydb (1919 - 1988)

Cryptoquote Solution:

The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway is usually a poor judge of distance.

Laurence J. Peter (1919 - 1988)

1/21/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

Scarlett O' Hara, Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind lead character, was originally given the name Pansy.

In case of a crash, Prince Charles and Prince William never travel on the same airplane as a precaution.

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- Xhciyq Ehht Jmgvsq (1893 - 1970)

Cryptoquote Solution:

"When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man we call him a vandal. When he destroys one of the works of god we call him a sportsman."

- Joseph Wood Krutch (1893 - 1970)

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