Category Archives: Trivia

December 17, 2013

This Day in History: December 17

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trivia_quiz2December 17

On this day in 1903, the Wright brothers became the first to build and successfully fly an engine-driven airplane. Piloted by Orville Wright, the flight lasted less than one minute, but it was enough to get them into the history books. Crazy to think that only 66 years after this first flight, humankind was able to send a person to the moon. Wonder what we’ll be able to do 66 years from now!

And. . . .as you probably know, tomorrow is National Wear a Plunger on Your Head Day. So you’d better run to the hardware store and buy a plunger before they’re all sold out. You don’t want to be the only one without a plunger on your head at school, right? Talk about embarrassing.

October 31, 2013

Halloween Trivia Quiz Answers

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halloweenHappy Halloween, everyone! I hope you are having an awesome day, and are getting ready for an even more awesome night of trick-or-treating. Last week’s Halloween Trivia Quiz was filled with ghosts, goblins, and things that go bump in the night. Are you an expert on Halloween spooks? Here are the answers . . .

  1. Jack-o’-lanterns originated in Ireland where people put candles in which hollowed-out food?  Answer: B) Turnips
  2. Which of the following is an alternate name for Halloween? Answer:  B) All Hallow’s Eve 
  3. What was the top-selling Halloween costume in 2011? Answer: A) Princess
  4. Legend says that people can become vampires by . . .  Answer: A) being bitten by a vampire.
  5. What animal do some people believe vampires can become? Answer: C) Bat
  6. What is the name of the doctor’s assistant who helped create Frankenstein’s monster? Answer: B) Igor
  7. What city is considered the most haunted in America? Answer: B) New Orleans, Louisiana
  8. According to J. K. Rowling, why do witches fly on brooms? Answer: C) They are easy to hide from Muggles.

Have a safe and spooky Halloween!

image from kids.scholastic.comBrian, STACKS Writer (a.k.a. BlackBird268)

October 29, 2013

Trivia Tuesday: Halloween!

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halloweenBoo! Did I scare you? I hope not, because it’s time for Trivia Tuesday! It’s almost Halloween, so this week’s quiz is littered with ghosts, goblins, and things that go bump in the night. But beware! This quiz is all about the spookiest parts of Halloween!

  1. Jack-o’-lanterns originated in Ireland where people put candles in which hollowed-out food? A) Apples B) Turnips C) Oranges
  2. Which of the following is an alternate name for Halloween? A) Night of the Walking Zombies B) All Hallow’s Eve C) Snap-Apple Night
  3. What was the top-selling Halloween costume in 2011? A) Princess B) Spiderman C) Witch
  4. Legend says that people can become vampires by . . . A) being bitten by a vampire. B) practicing sorcery. C) grave digging.
  5. What animal do some people believe vampires can become? A) Cat B) Owl C) Bat
  6. What is the name of the doctor’s assistant who helped create Frankenstein’s monster? A) Frank B) Igor C) Harry
  7. What city is considered the most haunted in America? A) San Francisco, California  B) New Orleans, Louisiana C) New York, New York
  8. According to J. K. Rowling, why do witches fly on brooms? A) They are easy to hide from Muggles. B) They are most comfortable to ride. C) They are the fastest to ride.

Post your answers in the Comments below and click here for the answers!

image from kids.scholastic.comBrian, STACKS Writer (a.k.a. BlackBird268)

October 29, 2013

Goosebumps Tagline Trivia Challenge Answers

Posted by at 1:17 am in Goosebumps, Trivia | Permalink

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How well do you know the frightful tales of Goosebumps? Did you guess all the Goosebumps titles from last week’s Goosebumps Tagline Trivia Challenge? Here are the answers. . .

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1. One picture is worth a thousand screams. Say Cheese and Die
2. It’s gonna be a L-O-N-G night! A Night in Terror Tower
3. Open wide and say . . . mouthwash! Vampire Breath
4. It’s a field of screams. The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight
5. If looks could kill . . . The Haunted Mask
6. Something’s waiting in the dark . . . Stay Out of the Basement
7. No swimming. No surfing. No haunting. Ghost Beach
8. Who’s afraid of the big, bad wolf? The Werewolf of Fever Swamp
9. Enter if you dare . . . One Day at HorrorLand
10. He walks. He stalks . . . Night of the Living Dummy

Which one is YOUR favorite? Let us know in the Comments!

October 22, 2013

Goosebumps Tagline Trivia Challenge

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GB_Logo2013Goosebumps Tagline Trivia Challenge

How well do you know the frightful tales of Goosebumps? The taglines for Goosebumps books can be just as spooky as the stories. Can you guess the Goosebumps book titles for the taglines below? HINT: All the taglines are from the Goosebumps Classic series. 
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  1. One picture is worth a thousand screams.
  2. It’s gonna be a L-O-N-G night!
  3. Open wide and say . . . mouthwash!
  4. It’s a field of screams.
  5. If looks could kill . . .
  6. Something’s waiting in the dark . . .
  7. No swimming. No surfing. No haunting.
  8. Who’s afraid of the big, bad wolf?
  9. Enter if you dare . . .
  10. He walks. He stalks . . .

Post your guesses in the Comments below and check your answers!

September 17, 2013

Fall Preview Guess the Book Answers

Posted by at 1:19 am in Reads, Trivia | Permalink

guessthebookFall Preview Guess the Book Answers

Did you guess the titles of these exciting books being published this fall? Read on for the answers and to find out the dates these books will be appearing in bookstores. Here are the answers to last week’s Fall Preview Guess the Book Quiz.

1) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney
November 5, 2013. In book #8 of the DWK series, Greg Heffley’s on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Is Greg’s life destined to be just another hard-luck story?

2) Heroes of Olympus: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
October 8, 2013
. At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape? Read a sample chapter.

3) Spirit Animals: The Hunted by Maggie Stiefvater
January 7, 2014 (okay, it’s not exactly fall).
Four children have discovered that they have spirit animals, a rare bond between human and animal that has launched them on a quest to save their world. The team heads to the forests of Eura, where another Great Beast is hidden. At first, Conor is excited to return to his old home, but when the four young heroes are betrayed by a familiar face, the hunt for the Great Beast becomes a race for their lives.

4) Willow Falls: The Last Present by Wendy Mass
September 24, 2013. Grace has fallen into a strange frozen state on her birthday, and Amanda and Leo must travel in time to fix whatever’s wrong. As they journey back to each of Grace’s birthdays, they start seeing all sorts of patterns . . . which raise all sorts of questions. Luckily, a little birthday magic always helps in Willow Falls where everything is possible and there are no coincidences.

Tell us what you think of these books in the Comments!

— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

September 3, 2013

September Holidays

Posted by at 1:46 am in Trivia, Writing Prompt | Permalink

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Yes! It’s finally Be Kind to Editors Month!

With the Labor Day holiday marking the unofficial end of summer, I’m feeling a little sad, so I thought I would give you happy news of fun holidays to celebrate in September. I know some of you will be celebrating the Jewish holidays this week, but the holidays on today’s list are . . . well. . . lesser known. While you might not have heard of these, I hope this list gives you a few reasons to celebrate this month, even though the carefree days of summer are but a memory.

September is . . .

  • Library Card Signup Month
  • Read a New Book Month
  • Chicken Month
  • Honey Month
  • Rice Month
  • Sewing Month
  • Be Kind to Editors Month
  • Better Breakfast Month
  • Classical Music Month
  • Piano Month
  • Good Manners Month

You might have to get a bit creative to come up with ways to celebrate these, but as you can see, the possibilities for silly party themes are endless! I’m going to throw a Read a New Book Party where everyone has to show their library card to get in. I’ll serve chicken and rice and uh, honey. And everyone will have good manners and be kind to me because I’m an editor! Yay! You’re all invited!

Leave a Comment to tell us what holidays YOU will be celebrating in September.
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

August 27, 2013

Tuesday Trivia

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trivia_quiz2Did You Know . . .

Today in 1883, Planet Earth suffered the greatest explosion in recorded history when Krakatoa, a volcano in present-day Indonesia, blew up several times in a row. Wonder what that would have looked like from space!

Speaking of space, on this day in 1962, Mariner 2 was launched on its voyage to Venus; it would become the first spacecraft to visit a planet. Which brings up an interesting question. Are there volcanoes on other planets? Yes, there are even some on Venus!

August 13, 2013

Record-Breaking Trivia Quiz Answers

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Biggest, smallest, tallest, fastest! Last week, we posted a Record-Breaking Trivia Quiz. Tallest building, oldest living man, longest river . . . you get the picture!  How many did you get correct? Check out the answers below.

  1. The tallest building in the world is the Burj Khalifa. What country is it in?
    ANSWER: United Arab Emirates. Dubai is the U.A.E. city that boasts the tallest habitable building in the world. It climbed to the top of the charts when it was completed in 2010. It has 160 stories, is 2716.5 ft., and includes a hotel, apartments, restaurants, office space, and a viewing deck.
  2. The world’s oldest living man is how old?
    ANSWER: 112 years old.  According to Guinness World Records, Salustiano Sanchez Blazquez was born in 1901, and currently lives in Grand Island, New York. His hobbies include vegetable gardening and crossword puzzles. Incidentally, he is not the world’s oldest living person. SHE is 115-year-old Misao Okawa of Japan.
  3. What’s the fastest someone has ever run 1 mile?
    ANSWER: 3 minutes and 43 seconds! The record was set in 1999 by Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco.  Yikes, I run a mile in 11 minutes. He’d run laps around me!
  4. Which is the longest river in the world?
    ANSWER: The Nile. Running through Africa, the Nile is over 4,000 miles long. #2 is the Amazon, #3 is the Yangtze in China, and #4 the Mississippi.
  5. The world’s shortest person is about how tall?
    ANSWER: 54.6 cm. According to Guinness World Records, the world’s shortest man (72-year-old Chandra Bahadur who is 54.6 cm) and world’s shortest woman (18-year-old Iyoti Amage who is 62.8 cm) met for the first time for the production of the 2013 Guinness Book of World Records
  6. Where is the world’s largest swimming pool?
    ANSWER: Chile. It’s called The San Alfonso del Mar sea water pool. Lying beside the Pacific Ocean, special machines draw sea water from the Pacific Ocean in at one end of the pool, filter and treat it, and pump it back out the other end!
  7. Where is the world’s tallest roller coaster?
    ANSWER: Six Flags, NJ. According to the Scholastic Book of World Records, “Kingda Ka” has been the world’s tallest coaster since opening in 2005 at 456 feet high. It reaches a top speed of 128 scream-filled miles per hour!
  8. Which city has the most skyscrapers?
    ANSWER: New York City. The Big Apple has 210 buildings over 500 feet tall. The newest and tallest skyscraper in New York is One World Trade Center, a.k.a. the Freedom Tower.

If you’re in the mood for more, check out The 2013 Guinness Book of World Records. I could get lost in there for hours! See you next Trivia Tuesday.

—Ratha, STACKS Writer