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Trivia Challenge

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  1. On Dec. 2, 1867, at Boston’s Tremont Temple, what British author gave his first public reading in the USA?
  2. Which U.S. state has the longest coastline: Alaska, Florida or Maine?
  3. What is Massachusetts’s official state muffin: bran, corn or coffeecake?
  4. What was a dead language for almost 2,000 years?
  5. On Dec. 3, 1800, the Electoral College voted for president and vice president, resulting in a tie between Aaron Burr and whom?
  6. Mace is the outside of what fruit?
  7. Was Dr. Scholl a real doctor?
  8. According to Guinness World Records, the hottest pepper in the world is grown in what U.S. state (part of the name of the state is part of the pepper’s name)?
  9. December 4 is National Cookie Day; the chocolate chip cookie originated at the Toll House Inn in what state?
  10. What is jaggery?
  11. What kind of animal is on the cover of Carole King’s album “Tapestry”?
  12. How are pro athletes Tom Brady, Mickey Mantle and Bill Russell similar?
  13. On Dec. 5, 1955, what two large labor organizations merged?
  14. What color had no name in English until the 16th century, when a food became more widely available?
  15. On Dec. 6, 1864, what silent film star was born who rode a pony named Fritz, the forerunner of famous movie/TV horses?
  16. Reportedly, what animal can sleep the longest: bear, giraffe or koala?
  17. On Dec. 7, 1963, what broadcasting technique debuted at the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia?
  18. In what sport would you find “Marta,” who has scored at five well-known international competitions?
  19. What have been mascots at the Olympic Games?
  20. On Dec. 8, 1952, on what TV series was a pregnancy acknowledged for the first time in a TV show – “Me and my husband are about to have a blessed event.”?
  1. Charles Dickens
  2. Alaska
  3. Corn
  4. Hebrew
  5. Thomas Jefferson
  6. Nutmeg
  7. Yes, of medicine
  8. Carolina reaper
  9. Massachusetts (Whitman)
  10. A type of sugar in Asia and Africa made from cane sugar and sometimes date or palm sap
  11. A cat
  12. They are considered GOATs (Greatest of All Time).
  13. The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
  14. Orange
  15. William S. Hart
  16. Koala
  17. Instant replay
  18. Soccer (scored at five World Cups)
  19. Several kinds of animals, robots and imaginary creatures
  20. “I Love Lucy”

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