How many phone numbers were in the world’s first telephone book?
The Connecticut District Telephone Company issued its phone book just 11 months after its founding. Along with advertisements and business listings in the back of the book, the directory included the names and addresses of its 391 subscribers. There were no phone numbers. The service cost subscribers $22 per year and allowed calls up to three minutes. More than two calls per hour required specific permission from the central office. Source: HistoryofInformation.com
Before Barbara Bush, what First Lady’s husband and son both served as U.S. president?
– Eleanor Roosevelt
– Dolley Madison
– Abigail Adams
– Eliza McCardle Johnson
Abigail Adams (November 22 [O.S. November 11] 1744 – October 28, 1818) was the closest advisor and wife of John Adams, as well as the mother of John Quincy Adams. She is sometimes considered to have been a Founder of the United States, and is now designated as the first Second Lady and second First Lady of the United States, although these titles were not in use at the time.
Answer: Abigail Adams was the wife of President John Adams and the mother of John Quincy Adams, who became the sixth president of the United States. Throughout President John Adams’ career, his wife, Abigail Adams, served as an unofficial adviser and their letters show him seeking her counsel on many issues, including his presidential aspirations. Adams remained a supportive spouse and confidante after her husband became the president in 1797, and her eldest son, John Quincy, would become president 7 years after her death in 1825.
What was Google’s original name?
– Net- Miner
Google’s co-founders have a knack for goofy yet memorable company names.
In 1996, before Google existed, Page and Brin thought up quirky names for a search engine and settled on ‘Backrub.’ They settled on this name for the precursor of Google because it was a program that analyzed the ‘back links’ of the web. Using this information, it could determine how important a website was. A year later, they hit on the name ‘Google’ and registered the domain name. The rest is history. Source: BusinessInsider.com
Which TV show is associated with the catchphrase “Let’s be careful out there”?
– Hill Street Blues
– NYPD Blue
– Hawaii Five-0
Answer: “Let’s be careful out there.” Those five words were a staple on the classic television police drama Hill Street Blues which aired from 1981 to 1987. The show chronicled the lives of the staff of a police station located on the fictional Hill Street, in an unnamed American city. Sgt. Esterhaus (played by Michael Conrad), would perform his roll call each episode, and conclude with his signature line: “Let’s be careful out there.” The phrase “let’s be careful out there” became part of everyday conversations, a sign that “Hill Street” had an effect on popular culture.
Which state in America is the largest producer of turkeys?
– North Carolina
Minnesota claims bragging rights as the top producer of turkeys in the U.S., accounting for 18 percent of all turkey production. It is the home of Jennie-O, the nation’s second-largest producer of turkeys and turkey products. The largest producer of turkeys, Butterball, is in North Carolina and produces 14 percent of all turkeys. The whole turkey is the most popular turkey product, accounting for about one-quarter of all sales. Source: EatTurkey.com
Minnesota is a midwestern U.S. state bordering Canada and Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes. The state contains more than 10,000 other lakes, including Lake Itasca, the Mississippi River’s primary source. The “Twin Cities” of Minneapolis and state capital Saint Paul are dense with cultural landmarks like the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Walker Art Center, a modern art museum.
What was the name of the first U.S. Space Shuttle to orbit the earth?
Answer: On April 12, 1981, the space shuttle orbiter Columbia became the first shuttle to orbit the Earth. Space Shuttle Columbia returned to Earth on April 14, having orbited the Earth 37 times during its 54.5-hour mission. The shuttle program was officially referred to as the Space Transportation System (STS), so this flight was STS-1. The mission had a two-person crew: the commander, John Young, a veteran of Gemini and Apollo, and the pilot, Bob Crippen. The launch occurred on the 20th anniversary of the first-ever human spaceflight.
Sauerkraut is made from what finely cut vegetable?
Answer: Sauerkraut is finely cut cabbage that has been fermented by various lactic acid bacteria. The cabbage is finely shredded, layered with salt, and left to ferment. It’s especially appreciated in Germany, where its name comes from. The word “Kraut”, derived from this food, is a derogatory term for the German people. During World War I, due to concerns the American public would reject a product with a German name, American sauerkraut makers relabeled their product as “Liberty cabbage” for the duration of the war.
Sauerkraut (/ˈsaʊərkraʊt/; German pronunciation: [ˈzaʊ.ɐˌkʁaʊt] (About this sound listen)) is finely cut cabbage that has been fermented by various lactic acid bacteria. It has a long shelf life and a distinctive sour flavor, both of which result from the lactic acid that forms when the bacteria ferment the sugars in the cabbage.
Where is the SPAM museum located?
Daytona Beach, Florida
What Japanese delicacy can be deadly if not prepared correctly?
– Putter fish
Answer: Pufferfish contain tetrodotoxin, a deadly toxin that is up to 1,200 times more poisonous than cyanide. There is enough toxin in one pufferfish to kill 30 humans. Yet, many people eat it. Called fugu in Japan, it is extremely expensive and only prepared by trained, licensed chefs who know that one bad cut means almost certain death for a customer. The restaurant preparation of fugu is strictly controlled by law in Japan, and only chefs who have qualified after three or more years of rigorous training are allowed to prepare the fish.
Who was the first and only person to play golf on the moon?
– Alan Shepard
– Neil Armstrong
– Buzz Aldrin
– John Glenn
History happened on Feb. 6, 1971, when astronaut Alan Shepard pulled out a custom-made six iron. He dropped two golf balls on the moon, then, with cameras rolling, shanked the first ball. He would later estimate the second ball traveled more than 200 yards. Shepard would eventually donate the club to the USGA Museum. A replica of the club is on display at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Alan Shepard died in 1998. Source: PGA.com