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4/30/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
TV - Robert Alda, Ned Beatty, Andrew Dice Clay, Laurence Fishburne, Mariette Hartley, Shelley Long, John Ritter, and Ron Howard all guested on 'MASH'.
General - Semper fidelis is the motto of the US Marines. It means 'Always Faithful'.
Movies - The 1994 drama movie 'Quiz Show', directed by Robert Redford, had the following tagline in its advertisements: 'Fifty million people watched, but no one saw a thing'. Appearing in the film was Rob Morrow, Hank Azaria and Mira Sorvino.
"The scientific theroy I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage."
4/29/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
General - George W. Bush served as managing partner of Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers.
History - 'I came, I saw, I conquered' the original Latin phrase being veni, vedi, vici, was supposedly said during Caesar's campaigns in Gaul (now France.)
Movies - The 1998 science fiction movie 'The Faculty', directed by Robert Rodriguez, had the following tagline in its advertisements: 'Six students are about to find out their teachers really are from another planet'. Appearing in the film was Shawn Hatosy, Josh Hartnett and Bebe Neuwirth.
"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit."
4/28/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Movies - The 2000 comedy movie 'Big Momma's House', directed by Raja Gosnell, had the following tagline in it's advertisements: 'This FBI agent is going undercover... and he's concealing more than a weapon'. Appearing in the film was Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence and Ella Mitchell.
Music - In 1972, Michael Jackson won two Billboard Awards for Singles Artist of the Year and Male Singles Artist of the Year and a Golden Globe Award for 'Ben'.
TV - In 2002, Barry Williams (Greg Brady from the 'Brady Bunch') appeared in a televised boxing match between himself and 'Partridge Family' star Danny Bonaduce. Williams donated his earnings to charity.
"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."
4/25/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Movies - The 1991 action movie 'Hudson Hawk', directed by Michael Lehmann, had the following tagline in its advertisements: 'Catch The Excitement. Catch The Adventure. Catch The Hawk'. Appearing in the film were Danny Aiello, Bruce Willis and Sandra Bernhard.
TV - Robert Reed was born John Robert Reitz on October 19, 1932, and spent most of his childhood on a farm in Muskogee, Oklahoma raising prize-winning show calves. Reed is best known as the dad on the 'Brady Bunch'.
History - In 1872, the metal windmill was invented by J. S. Risdon and the first mail-order catalog was published by A.M. Ward.
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"Men are like computers: I don't understand them, I just use them for my amusement."
- Holly Waits
4/24/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
TV - The 'Adventures of Superman' ran from 1953 to 1957, though the first episodes were shot in 1951.
Movies - 'The Shining' is shown on the movie screen of the Drive-In in the movie 'Twister'.
Sports - With 1910 strikeouts, Sandy Koufax with the Los Angeles Dodgers ranked 3rd for most strikeouts recorded by a pitcher in the Major Leagues in the 1960's.
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When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.
Hunter S. Thompson
4/23/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
TV - In addition to being admired for his role of Deputy Barney Fife on the 'Andy Griffith Show', 'The Incredible Mr. Limpet', 'The Ghost and Mr. Chicken' and 'How to Frame a Figg' are among Don Knott's comic film masterpieces.
Movies - Oscar winners for 1992: Best Picture went to 'Unforgiven', Emma Thompson won Best Actress for her role in 'Howards End' and Al Pacino won for Best Actor for his role in 'Scent Of A Woman'.
History - The grain elevator was invented in 1842 by Joseph Dart.
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"Some see the glass as half-empty, some see the glass as half-full. I see the glass as too big."
- George Carlin
4/22/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Movies - The 1995 movie thriller 'Just Cause', directed by Arne Glimcher, had the following tagline in its advertisements: 'Buried deep in the Florida Everglades is a secret that can save an innocent man or let a killer kill again'. Appearing in the film was Ned Beatty, Blair Underwood and Ruby Dee.
Music - The Beatles final concert was held on August 29, 1966, in San Francisco. The Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in January 1988. McCartney chose not to attend the ceremony due to differences with his band mates.
Arts - Arthur Miller wrote 'The Crucible' in response to the anti-Communist hearings held by Senator Joseph McCarthy.
Those who know how to win are much more numerous than those who know how to make proper use of their victories.
Polybius (205 BC - 118 BC), History
4/21/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Music - The grandchild of Jewish-Russian immigrants, Bob Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman, on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota. The young Dylan left Hibbing for Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota in the fall of 1959.
Music - Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock November 26, 1939, in Brownsville, Tennessee, to Zelma and Richard Bullock. Her father was a deacon at the local Baptist Church.
Science - White Dwarfs are stars that run out of energy and shut down.
Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff.
Frank Zappa (1940 - 1993)
4/18/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Movies - The 1982 Academy Awards went to the following: Best Picture - 'Gandhi', Best Actor - Ben Kingsley / 'Gandhi', Best Actress - Meryl Streep / 'Sophie's Choice'.
Geography - The country of Ghana, with the capital city of Accra, has a total area of 238,540 square kilometers, which is slightly smaller than Oregon. Ghana has an estimated population of 19,894,014, and uses the cedi as its currency.
Arts - As part of the Dada Movement in art, Marcel Duchamp penciled in a lovely moustache on the Mona Lisa and caused enormous controversy in the art world.
"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."
4/17/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
TV - On August 11th 2002 Jason Priestley from 'Beverly Hills 90210' had a head-on crash into a wall during a practice run for the Kentucky 100.
Movies - Oscar winners for 1989: Best Picture went to 'Driving Miss Daisy', Jessica Tandy won Best Actress for her role in 'Driving Miss Daisy' and Daniel Day Lewis won for Best Actor for his role in 'My Left Foot'.
Arts - William S. Burroughs was trying to show off his marksmanship to friends by trying to shoot a glass off his wife's head but instead killed her with a single shot.
When a true genius appears in this world you may know him by the sign that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
4/16/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Sports - Super Bowl XX (20), played on January 26, 1986 was won by the Chicago Bears over the New England Patriots. The final score was 46 to 10. MVP of the Super Bowl that year was Richard Dent.
Music - Elvis Presley purchased Graceland, the house and its surrounding 13.7 acres for $102,500 from Mrs. Ruth Brown Moore. It was already called Graceland when he bought it. (BTW, the Puzz.com family was very recently at Graceland, folks).
TV - 'Ally McBeal' which starred Calista Flockhart as Ally is a David E. Kelley Production and premiered in September 1997 on the FOX network.
"There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from."
4/15/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Science - Alan Shepard was the only one of the original seven Mercury astronauts to make it to the moon.
TV - Arch enemy of Batman, the Riddler's maniacal laugh was based on a character played by Richard Widmark in the film 'Kiss of Death'.
Geography - Tonga has Nuku'alofa as its capital city, the country is home to a population of 104,227 and the highest point in the country is unnamed location on Kao Island at 1,033 meters. Tonga's main form of government is considered to be a hereditary constitutional monarchy and its comparative size is four times the size of Washington, DC.
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Might as well be frank, monsieur. It would take a miracle to get you out of Casablanca, and the Germans have outlawed miracles.
4/14/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
TV - Premiering on CBS in September 1955 and completing its network run September 1975, Gunsmoke is the longest running dramatic series in the history of television. Gunsmoke started out as a half-hour show, and expanded to an hour in its seventh season.
Movies - The 1985 Academy Awards went to the following: Best Picture - 'Out Of Africa', Best Actor - William Hurt / 'Kiss Of The Spider Woman', Best Actress - Geraldine Page / 'The Trip To Bountiful'.
Music - Whitney Houston's sophomore effort, 'Whitney', appeared in 1987 and debuted at the No. 1 position on the Billboard chart--the first album by a female artist to do so.
Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.
4/11/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Movies - The 1997 comedy movie 'Romy and Michele's High School Reunion', directed by David Mirkin, had the following tagline in its advertisements: 'The Blonde Leading The Blonde'. Appearing in the film was Vincent Ventresca, Jacob Vargas and Mira Sorvino.
TV - Originally intending to become a preacher, Andy Griffith switched over to acting in the 1940s and has made his mark on millions of TV viewers generation after generation through reruns of the 'Andy Griffith Show'.
Music - Paul Simon at age 15 together with Art Garfunkel, a school friend, formed the doo-wop band Tom and Jerry. Simon reunited with Garfunkel again in 1978 on a cover of Sam Cooke's 'Wonderful World', the song appeared on Garfunkel's album 'Watermark'.
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Uhtaiz Oijhrc (1894 - 1963)
The author of the Iliad is either Homer or, if not Homer, somebody else of the same name.
Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)
4/10/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
History - The mechanical television was invented in 1925 by John Logie Baird.
Science - The poppy plant yields five drugs: opium, morphine, heroin, codeine, and papaverine.
TV - The turning point of 'Batman's' Adam West's career was his portrayal of a secret agent in a Nestle's Quik commercial as the spot caught the eye of ABC executives.
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I would rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.
4/9/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Sports - Fernando Valenzuela won the National League Rookie of The Year Award in 1981 playing for Baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers.
Movies - The 1992 action movie 'The Lawnmower Man' was directed by Brett Leonard. It had the following tagline in its advertisements: 'God made him simple. Science made him a god'. Appearing in the film was Jeff Fahey, Pierce Brosnan and Jenny Wright.
Geography - The country of Slovakia, with the capital city of Bratislava, has a total area of 48,845 square kilometers, which is about twice the size of New Hampshire. Slovakia has an estimated population of 5,414,937, and uses the koruna as its currency.
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"Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing."
- Robert Benchley
4/8/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Music - Whitney was born August 8th, 1963 in East Orange, NJ, the daughter of John R. Houston--who would one day manage her production company--and gospel singer Cissy Houston. Houston first sang publicly at the age of eight, performing 'Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah' for a spellbound congregation at the New Hope Baptist Church.
Science - Benjamin Franklin was the first to suggest the use of Daylight Savings Time.
Geography - The country of Thailand, with the capital city of Bangkok has a total area of 514,000 square kilometers, which is slightly more than twice the size of Wyoming. Thailand has an estimated population of 61,797,751, and uses the baht as its currency.
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Life is like a sewer. What you get out of it depends on what you put into it.
- Tom Lehrer
4/7/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Movies - Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, and Dustin Hoffman were all offered the part of Michael Corleone, son of the Don in the 'Godfather' movies. They all refused. The part was eventually played by Al Pacino.
General - George Burns, Rose Kennedy and Irving Berlin all lived to at least 100 years old.
Science - Human fingernails grow about four times faster than toenails.
Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.
Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), Eudemian Ethics
4/4/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Geography - The country of Lebanon, with the capital city of Beirut has a total area of 10,400 square kilometers which is about 0.7 times the size of Connecticut. It has an estimated population of 3,627,774, and uses the pound as its currency.
Music - The Rolling Stones tried to capitalize on the psychedelic sound popularized by their contemporaries with the 1967 release 'Their Satanic Majesties Request'.
Science - The word dinosaur means Terrible Lizard.
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"The loss of life will be irreplaceable."
- Dan Quayle, former U.S. Vice-President on the San Francisco earthquake
4/2/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
General - ZIP in ZIP Code stands for Zoning Improvement Plan.
General - 200 dimes are equal to one pound in weight, 80 quarters equal one pound in weight.
Music - After graduating college in 1951, Dick Clark worked for several radio and television stations in central New York, and even briefly adopted the on-air name 'Dick Clay'.
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"Scientists say there are over 3,000 spiders for every human being on earth. Does anybody want mine? I certainly don't."
- Chuck Bonner
4/1/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Movies - The 1997 comedy movie 'Fools Rush In', directed by Andy Tennant, had the following tagline in its advertisements: 'What if finding the love of your life meant changing the life that you loved?'. Appearing in the film was Carlos Gómez, Jon Tenney and Siobhan Fallon.
Arts - Shakespeare had 7 siblings. He died April 23, 1616, one month after revising his last will and testament.
Geography - The country of Macedonia, with the capital city of Skopje has a total area of 25,333 square kilometers, which is slightly larger than Vermont. Macedonia has an estimated population of 2,046,209, and uses the denar as its currency.
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The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too.