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Auld Lang Syne

How did "Auld Lang Syne" come to be associated with New Year's Eve?

Steely Dan

What is the band Steely Dan named after?

Crimson Tide

Why do they call Alabama the Crimson Tide?

Tiananmen Square

What was the name of the street in this photo of the man vs. tank standoff? 

Presidents from Texas

Name all the US presidents who where born in Texas?


How many active volcanoes are in the United States? (For the purposes of this question, count only volcanoes that are "historically active", i.e. volcanoes that have a written ...

Civil War

Why was Cherbourg, France named a historic (US) Civil War site?

Hoist with his own petard

What exactly is a "petard"?

Coat Hangers

Who invented the coat hanger?

The Gilligan Dilemma

This week we are going to try something a little different. This week's question is not a trivia question, but more of a philosophical question. There are no "right" answers, but ...

Once in a Blue Moon

How often does a "blue moon" occur?


Name three authors who have reached #1 on the New York Times best-seller list, for both fiction and non-fiction?


What country is the oldest republic still in existence today?

Batman and Robin

Who provided the voice of Robin on TV's "Superfriends"?


Who was the state of Maryland named for?

X Marks the Spot

Why do traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange sometimes wear an "X" made from duct tape on their clothing?

The Twist

How did Chubby Checker get his name?

The Topology of Hollywood

Who is the center of the Hollywood universe? (and no, it is not Kevin Bacon.) And just to make it interesting, and to keep random guessing to a minimum, this week your first ...

80-20 Rule

Who discovered the "80-20 Rule"?


Where does the name "tabby" come from?


What does the "WD" in WD-40 stand for?

Mount Vernon

What war established the military career of the man for whom Mount Vernon is named?

National Anthems

What was the first national anthem?


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