Weekly Trivia Recap: September 05-09, 2016

Sep 9, 2016

Did you miss the trivia question on the air at 5:30? Or do you want to know more? Take a deep dive.

FRIDAY, Sept. 9

Q: What is the iconic Kellogg's Corn Flakes rooster named?

A: Cornelius! (Get it? CORNelius?? He's "Corny" for short, and boy is it ever...)

And look, Cornelius sings opera before breakfast! Don't we all?

THURSDAY, Sept. 8 

Q: Today in 1565, the oldest continuously settled city in North America was officially founded. What is the city?

Hint: It's on the East Coast, and it's south of the Mason-Dixon line.

A: No, not Jamestown, VA (founded 1607), or Plymouth, MA (founded, 1620), but St. Augustine, FL

St. Augustine was actually settled in 1513 by explorer Juan Ponce de Leon on his quest to discover the Fountain of Youth. More about St. Augustine here and here

St. Augustine, FL - the oldest continuously settled city in North America

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 7

Q: Today in 1927, the first successful television transmission was achieved. Who was the inventor?

A: Philo T. Farnsworth. As TV shows go, it was not very glamorous - just a line transmitted via a device called an "image dissector". Nevertheless, the image dissector eventually made this computer and the phone in your pocket possible, so, glamor or not, here's to Mr. Farnsworth! More about him here.

TUESDAY, Sept. 6

Q: This one was from my dad. He asked in an email: "Driving in today I heard the National Weather Service report visibility at 1-3 nautical miles, and I realized I had no idea what a nautical mile was. Bonus: what is a knot?"

A: 1 nautical mile = 1.1508 land (statute) mile.

Bonus A: 1 knot = 1 nautical mile / hr = 1.1508 mph

I'm not going to attempt to explain why. The experts at NOAA and "How Stuff Works: Science" do a much better job.

MONDAY, Sept. 5 - LABOR DAY

On this day, the illustrious Daily Trivia Question, like many of you, took the day off... However, here's a bonus trivia question:

Q: Which U.S. president declared Labor Day a national holiday?

A: President Grover Cleveland. He made it national holiday in 1894, not necessarily as celebration of Labor rights and unions, which he had been battling for some years, but as of appeasement of those groups. More via the PBS NewsHour.

The Daily Trivia Question airs every weekday at 5:30. If you would like to submit a trivia question, do so by sending me a message via Twitter.

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