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5/30/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Movies - 'A Goofy Movie' marked the first time Disney made a feature length movie featuring the Goofy character.
Sports - Ben Chapman while playing for 15 years in Major League Baseball accumulated the following career stats: 1717 games played, 6478 at bats, 1958 hits, 1144 runs scored, 407 doubles, 107 triples, 90 home runs, 977 runs batted in and had a .302 lifetime batting average.
Music - While the punk-rock band the Ramones never received significant radio airplay, they maintained their popularity by touring heavily. Their movie, 'Rock and Roll High School' has become a cult classic.
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Once the game is over, the King and the pawn go back in the same box.
- Italian Proverb
5/29/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Movies - The 2001 comedy movie 'Saving Silverman', directed by Dennis Dugan, had the following tagline in its advertisements: 'They swore nothing could come between them. Then she came along'. Appearing in the film was Steve Zahn, Jason Biggs and Amanda Peet.
TV - Jim Nabors, better known to the world as Gomer Pyle released more than 28 music albums, five of which went gold and one platinum.
Sports - Ken Hitchcock coached the Dallas Stars to the NHL's Stanley Cup Championship in 1999 over the Buffalo Sabres coached by Lindy Ruff.
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- John Andrew Holmes, "Wisdom in Small Doses"
5/28/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Arts - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was named the official State author of New York in 2001.
Movies - The 1994 comedy movie 'Reality Bites', directed by Ben Stiller, had the following tagline in its advertisements: 'A comedy about love in the '90s'. Appearing in the film was John Mahoney, Steve Zahn and Swoosie Kurtz.
History - Even though air attacks lasted for quite some time during the Persian Gulf War (1990-91), the ground war itself only lasted 72 hours.
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"It matters not whether you win or lose; what matters is whether I win or lose."
- Darrin Weinberg
5/27/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Sports - The Heisman Trophy winner for the most outstanding college football player in 1948 was Southern Methodist half back, Doak Walker.
History - The principles of fiber optics were discovered in 1854 by John Tyndall.
General - Bill Clinton was the first sitting President to attend a professional hockey game. Clinton attended a Washington Capitals game with Vice-President Gore.
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"Madam, there's no such thing as a tough child - if you parboil them first for seven hours, they always come out tender."
- W.C. Fields (NOT a good babysitter)
5/23/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Movies - The 1994 comedy movie 'Clerks', directed by Kevin Smith, had the following tagline in its advertisements: 'Just because they serve you doesn't mean they Like you'. Appearing in the film were Kevin Smith, Brian O'Halloran and Marilyn Ghigliotti.
Music - In 1984, Bruce Springsteen made some changes in his band, hiring an old acquaintance from New Jersey, Patti Scialfa, to sing background vocals. Springsteen's 1984 album 'Born in the USA' was a phenomenal success, selling over 20 million copies and staying in the Top 10 for over two years.
History - In 1936, the voice recognition machine was invented by Bell Labs.
"We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them."
-Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam
5/22/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Music - Eric Clapton returned to the charts with 1977's 'Slowhand', which went platinum thanks to hits like 'Cocaine' and 'Wonderful Tonight'.
General - Four people held the office of Vice President between October 9 1973 and January 22 1977. Agnew would resign, Ford would take his job, Ford would appoint Rockefeller when he became President. Ford would lose the election and Mondale would become the new VP.
Movies - Gwyneth Paltrow has been friends with Maya Rudolph (of Saturday Night Live) since she was seven.
The problem isn't easy access to guns, but easy access to oxygen. Certain people shouldn't be breathing.
- Don Feder, Boston Herald, 3/30/98
5/21/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Science - On the Space Shuttle Columbia's first mission it lost sixteen tiles and had 148 damaged.
TV - Matt Stone mumbles the voice of Kenny and Stan, and Mr. Garrison the teacher is voiced by Trey Parker. These two not only originated the show 'South Park' but are vital to each and every show.
Music - Soul singer and songwriter Al Green was born in Forrest City, Arkansas in 1946. Returning to his gospel roots, in the late-1970s Al Green became a church pastor and thereafter recorded and performed only religious music.
"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures."
-Henry Ward Beecher
5/20/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Movies - The 2001 action movie 'Exit Wounds', directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak, had the following tagline in its advertisements: 'What Can Two Men Do Against A Gang Of Crooked Cops? Whatever It Takes'. Appearing in the film was Anthony Anderson, Isaiah Washington and Jill Hennessy.
History - In 1829, the typewriter was invented by W.A. Burt and Braille printing was invented by Louis Braille.
Science - An amazing 97,000 kilometers of blood veins and vessels are in the average adult's body.
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When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion.
- C. P. Snow (1905 - 1980)
5/19/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Music - Besides the sultry Diana Ross, the Supremes included Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard, who was later replaced by Cindy Birdsong. In 1967, Motown Records president Berry Gordy Jr., changed the groups name from Supremes to Diana Ross and the Supremes.
Sports - Billy Williams was 4th in hitting the most home runs in the decade of the 1960's. He hit 249 homers and played for the Chicago Cubs.
TV - Jerry Seinfeld won the American Comedy Award as Funniest Male Performer in a Television Series/Lead in 1992 and 1993 but Jerry never won a Best Actor Emmy for his role in 'Seinfeld'.
"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
5/16/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Movies - The 2000 movie thriller 'Rules of Engagement', directed by William Friedkin, had the following tagline in its advertisements: 'A hero should never have to stand alone'. Appearing in the film was Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Kingsley and Anne Archer.
Music - Celine Dion was born on March 30, 1968, in Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada. The youngest of 14 children of Adhemar and Therese Dion. By the age of 18, Celine Dion had recorded nine French albums and won numerous Felix and Juno awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy.
TV - Dave Coulier, who played Joey on 'Full House', was born on September 21, 1959, in Detroit, Michigan, and was raised in the nearby suburb of St. Claire Shores. As a teenager, Dave was a star of his high school hockey team. He was talented enough to dream of a pro hockey career.
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Jails and prisons are the complement of schools; so many less as you have of the latter, so many more must you have of the former.
- Horace Mann (1796 - 1859)
5/15/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Sports - With 2071 strikeouts, Bob Gibson with the St. Louis Cardinals ranked 1st for most strikeouts recorded by a pitcher in the Major Leagues in the 1960's.
Movies - Actor John Candy passed away during the filming of the movie 'Wagon's East'.
TV - Although Natalie Schafer had the grace of a grande dame, she was known in Hollywood for her fabulous sense of humor. Natalie accepted the role of Lovey in the 'Gilligan's Island' pilot as a means of getting a free trip to Hawaii.
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Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
- Mark Twain
5/14/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Movies - Oscar winners for 1941: Best Picture went to 'How Green Was My Valley', Joan Fontaine won Best Actress for her role in 'Suspicion' and Gary Cooper won for Best Actor for his role in 'Sergeant York'.
Music - Peter Frampton was born April 22, 1950, in Beckenham, England and raised in a conventional middle-class family. Peter was a musical prodigy, teaching himself to play the guitar at age seven. Within the next few years, he mastered complex jazz, blues, and rock riffs.
History - New York City subway opened the same year, 1904, as the phone answering machine was invented and the first comic book was published.
"In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman."
- Margaret Thatcher
5/12/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Music - Rolling Stones Roster: Mick Jagger born 1943, Keith Richards born 1943, Bill Wyman born 1936, Charlie Watts born 1941, Ron Wood born 1947 and former member Brian Jones 1942--1969.
Arts - Shakespeare invented the sayings 'a tower of strength', 'pomp and circumstance' and 'bated breath'.
TV - Valerie Harper was born in Suffern, New York on August 22, 1940 and began her show-business career as a dancer at Radio City Music Hall. Valerie Harper took Rhoda to her own spinoff series in 1974 and won Harper her fourth Emmy.
In this world, there are more horse's asses than there are horses.
5/9/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Music - Carole King is best known for her spectacular success early in her singing career when she won three Grammy Awards for her album 'Tapestry'. Tapestry swept the Grammys, winning Album and Record of the Year for 'It's Too Late', Song of the Year for 'You've Got a Friend,' and Best Pop Female Vocalist.
TV - In the mid 1960s, while working as postman in Philadelphia, a young Sherman Hemsley began taking acting lessons. 'The Jeffersons' debuted in September 1975, and ran in prime time for ten years and made Sherman a big star.
History - In the year of 1913, Mary Phelps Jacob invented the bra.
If pregnancy were a book they would cut the last two chapters.
- Nora Ephron
5/8/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
History - In 1918 an influenza epidemic killed 20 million people worldwide.
Movies - As part of research for her role as an obese woman in 'Shallow Hal' Gwyneth Paltrow wore the 200 pound "fat" suit she used for the film to a bar where she discovered people treated her rudely.
General - Bill Clinton was the first left-handed president to serve two terms.
He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.
Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)
5/7/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Movies - The 1997 Academy Awards went to the following: Best Picture - 'Titanic', Best Actor - Jack Nicholson / 'As Good As It Gets', Best Actress - Helen Hunt / 'As Good As It Gets'.
TV - Julia Louis-Dreyfus studied theater at Northwestern University and worked extensively as a member of 'The Practical Theater Company'. She won the coveted Emmy Award in 1996 for her 'Seinfeld' role.
Science - Next to our sun, Alpha-Centauri is the star nearest to the planet Earth.
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"The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax."
- Albert Einstein
5/6/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Music - Singer and songwriter Neil Diamond was born January 24, 1941, in Brooklyn, New York. Diamond first tasted success in 1966 when he released three singles: 'Solitary Man,' 'Cherry, Cherry,' and 'I Got a Feelin'.
Geography - Uruguay has Montevideo as its capital city, the country is home to a population of 3,360,105, and the highest point in the country is Cerro Catedral at 514 meters. Uruguay's main form of government is considered to be a constitutional republic and its comparative size is slightly smaller than the state of Washington.
History - Theodore Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906.
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Silence is a message,
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- Leonard Peltier
5/5/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Geography - The country of Australia, with the capital city of Canberra, has a total area of 7,686,850 square kilometers, which is slightly smaller than the contiguous 48 states of the US. Australia has an estimated population of 19,357,594, and uses the dollar as its currency.
General - The word khaki comes from the Hindu word meaning "dusty", which applied to the light brown cotton of the Indian army uniforms. Troops in 1850's India found their white uniforms would be dusty within hours and began soaking them in mud to turn the same khaki color.
TV - TV's Caped Crusader, Adam West, was born in Walla Walla, Washington and was a fan of Batman comics from a very early age.
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Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.
- Calvin (Bill Watterson)
5/2/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
History - The internal pacemaker was invented in 1959 by Wilson Greatbatch.
Movies - The Academy Award winner for Best Movie of 1957 went to 'The Bridge On The River Kwai', the Best Actress Oscar went to Joanne Woodward for her role in 'The Three Faces Of Eve'. The Oscar for Best Actor for that year went to Alec Guinness for his job in 'The Bridge On The River Kwai'.
Music - Britney Spears lost the Best New Artist award to fellow ex-Mickey Mouse Clubber and teen pop sensation Christina Aguilera in 2000.
"Progress might have been all right once but it has gone on too long."
- Ogden Nash
5/1/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
History - In 1919 the pop-up toaster was invented by Charles Strite.
Arts - 'Kritios Boy' was the first sculpture to stand in the contrapposto stance, which was copied by artists throughout the centuries.
Music - Since Elvis Presley's death on Aug. 16, 1977, an army of biographies has been released - even one chronicling almost every day of his life. Police foiled a bizarre and ill-planned attempt to kidnap Elvis' body from the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, where he was buried next to his mother. They are now buried at Graceland.