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Trivia Challenge

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  1. On Dec. 31, 1980, what author of the expressions “global village” and “the medium is the message” died?
  2. Which president and former TV host resigned from the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists?
  3. Alewives are members of what fish family?
  4. Hoppin’ John is a traditional Southern New Year’s Day dish that mainly includes what?
  5. What is a decennial?
  6. Effective Jan. 1, 1966, what U.S. item for sale had to include a health warning?
  7. In what country was the piano invented?
  8. What is the Cresta Run?
  9. What U.S. city had the first hotel with indoor plumbing and running water (1829)?
  10. Rosehips have lots of what vitamin?
  11. How are the Challenger Deep and the Mariana Trench related?
  12. On Jan. 2, 1975, what winter destination of migrating monarch butterflies was discovered by tagging their wings?
  13. What eight presidents were born in New England?
  14. On Jan. 3, 1888, Marvin Stone invented what tubular utensil that had been made of rye grass?
  15. Which has more coastline, Maine or California?
  16. January 4 is World Braille Day; Louis Braille was born on Jan. 4, 1809, in what country?
  17. What pie is not really a pie?
  18. On Jan. 5, 1943, African American George Washington Carver died, who urged planting of what two products to replenish soil in the South?
  19. What poet from the Middle East, who moved to Boston in 1895, said, “Kindness is like snow – it beautifies everything it covers”?
  20. On Jan. 6, 1878, in Illinois, who was born who wrote the poems “Fog,” “Grass” and “Chicago”?
  1. Marshall McLuhan
  2. Donald Trump
  3. Herring
  4. Black-eyed peas, rice and pork (sometimes also collard greens and cornbread)
  5. A 10-year anniversary
  6. Cigarettes
  7. Italy
  8. A toboggan run in St. Moritz, Switzerland, that has been built from snow annually since 1885
  9. Boston (the Tremont House at Beacon and Tremont Streets)
  10. C
  11. The Mariana Trench is the earth’s deepest ocean trench; the Challenger Deep is the deepest part of the Mariana Trench.
  12. Mexico
  13. John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John F. Kennedy, George H.W. Bush (Massachusetts); Franklin Pierce (New Hampshire); Chester Arthur, Calvin Coolidge (Vermont); George W. Bush (Connecticut)
  14. The paper straw
  15. Maine
  16. France
  17. Boston cream pie
  18. Peanuts and sweet potatoes
  19. Kahlil Gibran
  20. Carl Sandburg

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