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Trivia Challenge

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  1. On May 12, 1820, what English nurse (“Lady with the Lamp”) was born in Florence, Italy?
  2. How many bridges does the Amazon River have: 0, 22 or 236?
  3. The first credit card was for what company?
  4. On May 13, 1941, Chicano rock music pioneer “Ritchie” Valens was born; what is the name of his Mexican folk song cover hit?
  5. Until 1951, U.S. coin-operated telephone calls cost how many cents: three, five or 10?
  6. May 14 is Mother’s Day; what is the official Mother’s Day flower?
  7. What game that was originally called Criss-Cross Words only sold 532 in its first year?
  8. In what year was the 1st “Oldies But Goodies” collection of rock and roll hits released: 1959, 1964 or 1971?
  9. In 1861, what “Fireside Poet,” who died in Cambridge, Mass., wrote in a journal, “The word May is a perfumed word… It means youth, love, song; and all that is beautiful in life”?
  10. May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Day; in 1937 in what state did Ruth Graves Wakefield cut up a chocolate bar to invent chocolate chip cookies?
  11. What is considered the “Greatest Show on Earth” (having 2 million attendees per day): Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Carnival in Venice or Mardi Gras in New Orleans?
  12. In the 1932 short “The Music Box” who delivered a piano?
  13. In Amsterdam, what method of transport is most commonly stolen?
  14. On May 16, 1957, what road in Massachusetts opened?
  15. What is cos lettuce also called?
  16. What global writing system has 63 characters?
  17. On May 17, 1875, what oldest consecutively held thoroughbred horse race in the United States was first run?
  18. How many days of rain were there when Noah was on the Ark: 30, 40 or 80?
  19. What kind of entertainment involves the cascade, shower and fountain?
  20. On May 18, 1980, what mountain in Washington state erupted?
  1. Florence Nightingale
  2. 0 (The riverbanks are thought too unstable for bridges.)
  3. Diner’s Club (in 1950)
  4. “La Bamba”
  5. Five
  6. Carnations
  7. Scrabble
  8. 1959
  9. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  10. Massachusetts (at the Toll House Inn in Whitman)
  11. Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
  12. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy
  13. Bicycle
  14. The Massachusetts Turnpike
  15. Romaine
  16. Braille
  17. The Kentucky Derby
  18. 40
  19. Juggling (basic patterns)
  20. Mount St. Helens

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