Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Trivia Tuesday

How long has it been since I've posted one of these?  Yes, it's been a while.  I suppose that trivia is plentiful, but finding interesting enough material that won't bore Sarge's audience to tears?  That's a little tougher to come by.   So today there's a little something for everyone.  We'll start with some stuff that has a little broad appeal- cars and movies, then I'll toss in some tougher trivia questions after each.  For the cars, just name the movie or TV show that they were featured in.

1. This is a 1975 Pontiac Firebird Esprit, but I don't know if you'll remember who drove it.   I'd bet some of you will, but I'm not much of a gambler.

2. A generation ago, everyone did this. Today, 1/3 of adults say they have never done this. Can you guess what it is?

3. The 1939 Buick Roadmaster was an excellent car, especially for an excellent driver.  

4. Between 1900 and 1920, this picnic game was an Olympic event.  What was it?

5. This one is probably a little tougher.  This is a 1971 McClaren M6GT Coyote, a pretty obscure car from a fairly short lived series featuring an ex-con racecar driver and a judge.

6. What substance sold for babies in 19th Century Britain was marketed under the name "Quietness."

7.  Ford Falcon Interceptor.  'Nuff said.

8.  Name the famous world leader who had an American mother named Jeanette Jerome. 
Jeanette Jerome        (Pinterest)
She was one of many American women who left the US in search of status elsewhere, becoming engaged a mere three days after meeting her husband, and giving birth less than 8 months after marriage, most likely at full term.

9.  This is a 1979 Porsche 928 which looks completely dried out to me.

10.  In 1999, the US Government paid $16 million for a film you've probably seen a hundred times.  What film was it?

11.  I'm sure this car, a 1967 Chevy Camaro RS/SS 350 costs significantly more than 2 dollars.  

12.  Which car sold more than 1 million units in the US in 1965.

a. Ford Falcon
b. Chevy Impala
c. VW Beetle
d. Ford Mustang

13. These are from a semi-buono remake in 2003 of a 1969 film of the same name. 

14.  What is the most shoplifted item in the US?  How about in Europe?

15.  This is a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California.  Fortunately, the one that was wrecked in a 1986 film was one of 3 replicas built for it.

16. Name this candy bar which was originally split into 3 separately flavored pieces- chocolate, strawberry and vanilla.  When the other flavors became harder to come by during WWII, Mars decided to go with chocolate only.

17. This one is almost too easy.  It's from a 1968 film that was the same name as the lead character, and featured one of the most famous car chase scenes in movie history.  Extra credit if you can name the year, make and model.

 18. True or False.  Hydrox Cookies are a knock-off of the Oreo Cookie.

19.  A 1984 Porsche 944 like this was in a film during that same year that featured a geek driving a Rolls Royce, even though he wasn't the age required to get a license.

20.  The name of this state can be typed using only one row of keys. 

21.  I swear, there's not a single original thought in Hollywood- one remake after another. This is a 1970 Dodge Challenger RT which was in a 1971 movie about a Medal of Honor Viet Nam vet and ex-racecar driver who is hired to transport this car across the country.  The film was remade for Fox TV in 1997 updated with a Gulf War vet played by Viggo Mortensen.


So how'd you do?  I expect that many of the movies were easy to name since a lot of those cars are fairly iconic.  The other questions are probably a little tougher, although the hints make it easier.

1. The Rockford Files
2. Written a check
3. Rain Man
4. Tug O' War
5. Hardcastle and McCormick
6. Opium
7. Mad Max
8. Sir Winston Churchill
9. Risky Business
10. The Zapruder Film (JFK assassination)
11. Better Off Dead
12. b. Chevy Impala, a record which still stands today.
13. The Italian Job
14. Candy and Cheese
15. Ferris Bueller
16. Three Musketeers Bar
17. Bullitt starring Steve McQueen
18. False. While many people think Hydrox are an Oreo knock-off, they actually came first in 1908, 4 years before the Oreo.
19. Sixteen Candles
20. Alaska
21. Vanishing Point


  1. One! And I've seen most the movies. I guess I'm not a car guy.

  2. Rockford Files, Mad Max and Bullitt. Hydrox, Opium, Three Musketeers and Winston's mum. Had no idea on the others. Tug o' War? That's pretty cool and I wonder why it's still not an event?

  3. I'm definitely NOT a car guy, I drive them, I don't drool over them. But that being said, I should have done better. I knew who Sir Winston's mum was, I knew the Italian job thing (dead give away with the mini-Coopers and the "buono" in the question).

    Hydrox really amazed me. Mom always bought those when we were kids, we thought only the rich ate Oreos. (Perhaps they did.)

    Oh I did get "Alaska" - took me a minute of staring at my keyboard, but I got it eventually.

    Not a big trivia guy, though I DO love these posts.

    Well done Tuna!

  4. Rockford Files, Bullitt, Ferris and Winston. Tough start to the day. But interesting.

  5. I was either dead on or hadn't a clue - about 50-50. So Oreo is the knock off? That McClaren - always thought that that Coyota was a kit car. That was a good show BTW. You are right about Hollywood bereft of originality

    BTW James Garner had a wonderful autobiography - The Garner Files - where he explains the business and his life. He went though about 5 Esprits. He did some of his own stunt driving and one move is still done today - the industry named it the "Rockford Turn".


  6. Nice ones, and I missed a few today... sigh

  7. The original 1969 Italian Job film w. Michael Caine was by FAR the better film. (Viewed it in London when it came out, btw)

  8. My wife had a 1971 Challenger RT when I met her in grad school. It was their special red-orange paint job (NO stripes) with creme vinyl roof and creme & white leather int. (Dynamite look)

  9. My first car was a Nightmist Blue 1967 Mustang Fastback, with a 289 HiPo.


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