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Trivia Challenge

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  1. On Feb. 24, 1799, “midnight rider” William Dawes died; he rode to what town to alert residents that British troops would march into the countryside?
  2. According to Guinness World Records, what is unusual about the eyelashes of Coco, a “newfypoo” (Newfoundland/poodle cross)?
  3. In Alaska what is the special meaning of “sourdough”?
  4. Reportedly, many Civil War veterans were affected with Soldier’s Disease, which was what?
  5. On Feb. 25, 1870, Hiram Rhodes Revels became the first African American in the U.S. Senate; what state did he represent: Illinois, Massachusetts or Mississippi?
  6. Where did the first retail specialty pushcart program in the United States start in 1976?
  7. What American sports event has the most betting?
  8. On Feb. 26, 1616, the Roman Catholic Church banned Galileo Galilei from teaching what?
  9. In what country did the Giant Omelette Festival organized by the Knights of the Giant Omelette originate?
  10. Do bananas grow on trees?
  11. On Feb. 27, 1807, what author of “Tales of a Wayside Inn” was born?
  12. In what sport would you find professional teams named Avalanche and Lightning?
  13. How are “Shed A Little Light,” “Happy Birthday” and “Why (The King Of Love Is Dead)” similar?
  14. On Feb. 28, 2013, who became the first Pope to resign since 1415?
  15. Last year it was decided that Athens would become a “Sister City” to what city that was once called the “Athens of America”?
  16. What NBA player has the most all-time regular-season points?
  17. On March 1, 2021, Massachusetts eased some restrictions on what?
  18. What painter (of “Whistler’s Mother”) brought a libel suit that was to bankrupt himself and send his critic, John Ruskin, into a severe breakdown?
  19. What is the name of the sport in which teams slide stones on ice toward a target?
  20. On March 2, 1904, Dr. Seuss was born in what Massachusetts city?
  1. Lexington (Dawes is not famous for sounding the alarm due to the popular Longfellow poem “Paul Revere’s Ride.”)
  2. They are the longest eyelashes ever found on a dog (seven inches).
  3. Someone who has lived in Alaska for several winters
  4. Addiction related to amputation
  5. Mississippi
  6. Boston’s Faneuil Hall
  7. Super Bowl
  8. That the earth orbits the sun
  9. France (in Bessières; the first festival was in the 1970s, and the event has spread [no pun intended] to other cities)
  10. No; the banana plant is a giant herb.
  11. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  12. Hockey (teams in Colorado and Tampa, respectively)
  13. They are song tributes to Martin Luther King, Jr. (performed by James Taylor, Stevie Wonder and Nina Simone, respectively)
  14. Benedict XVI
  15. Boston
  16. LeBron James
  17. COVID-19
  18. James Abbott McNeill Whistler (born in Lowell, Mass.)
  19. Curling
  20. Springfield

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