Category Archives: Trivia

January 7, 2014

Fake News Stories of 2013: Answers

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trivia_quiz2TRUE or FALSE? Did you guess the fake news stories of 2013?

Last week, we posted a trivia quiz on the Fake News Stories of 2013. Did you guess which ones were true and which ones were made up out of the blue? Check out the answers below to see how you did.

  1. A frog was launched into space by NASA.frog_NASA
    ANSWER: TRUE. NASA’s LADEE space rocket was on the way to the moon, when apparently this research frog escaped. The official quote from NASA says, ”The photo team confirms the frog is real and was captured in a single frame by one of the remote cameras used to photograph the launch. The condition of the frog, however, is uncertain.” Take a look at this incredible picture from NASA’s website! Can you spot the poor little guy?
  2. A deer in Florida got its head stuck in a bag of Doritos.
    ANSWER: TRUE. In June, a police deputy discovered the poor animal while on patrol in the Florida Keys. Its entire head was stuck in the bag! The Monroe County Sheriff’s office reported the deer allowed the deputy to remove the bag without a struggle. So don’t forget to throw your trash away in a proper container!
  3. One Direction signed on for a new Disney Channel TV series in 2014.
    ANSWER: FALSE. But wouldn’t that be awesome?
  4. A California baby can only nap when his puppy naps with him.Beau&TheoANSWER: TRUE. In a series of pics that went viral, a California tot got used to sleeping with his puppy. The pup waits for him each day by his crib for naptime. Can you say adorable?
  5. Suzanne Collins announced she will write a Hunger Games prequel (for ages 12 and up).
    ANSWER: FALSE. If only…!!
  6. A boy in Florida was hit in the head by a meteorite.
    ANSWER: True. According to the Orlando Sentinal newspaper, a seven-year-old boy was playing outside when he was struck in the head by what looked like small pebbles. He was taken to the hospital, and tests showed that the stones were metallic, and most likely from space! There have only been two other reported meteorite incidents in American history – in 1954 an eight-pound fragment hit a woman in Alabama, and in 1992 a car was crushed in New York by a 27-pound piece.
  7. Penguins dressed as Santa waddled through a park in South Korea.penguinsANSWER: TRUE. And extremely cute.
  8. Studies showed people who eat high amounts of red meat developed animal-like characteristics, such as making “moo” noises and clucking like chickens.
    ANSWER: FALSE. C’mon, that would just be weird. Although it is important to eat a balanced diet.

What a year. Do you guys have predictions for wacky things that could happen in 2014? In the Chinese calendar it is the Year of the Horse, if that helps you out with any ideas. (Last year 2013 was the Year of the Snake). Let us know your predictions in the Comments below!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

NASA frog photo credit: NASA Wallops Flight Facility/Chris Perry
Toddler and puppy photo credit: Jessica Shyba
Penguin photo credit: AP

December 31, 2013

Fake News Stories of 2013

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trivia_quiz2TRUE or FALSE? Can you guess the fake news stories?

2013 brought a lot of crazy news stories: happy things, sad things, funny things, and just plain bizarre things. See how much you know about the wacky things that happened in 2013. Guess which stories below are TRUE and which ones are FALSE. Ready? Go!

  1. A frog was launched into space by NASA.
  2. A deer in Florida got its head stuck in a bag of Doritos.
  3. One Direction signed on for a new Disney Channel TV series in 2014.
  4. A California baby can only nap when his puppy naps with him.
  5. Suzanne Collins announced she will write a Hunger Games prequel (for ages 12 and up).
  6. A boy in Florida was hit in the head by a meteorite.
  7. Penguins dressed as Santa waddled through a park in South Korea.
  8. Studies showed that people who eat high amounts of red meat developed animal- like characteristics, such as making “moo” noises and clucking like chickens.

Yep, there’s some crazy stuff that went down in 2013, but not all of these 8 stories are true. Can you guess which ones are real and which ones are fake?

Leave your answers (TRUE or FALSE) in the Comments below, and check here for answers!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

December 24, 2013

Most Popular Names of 2013

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trivia_quiz1Top 10 Baby Names of 2013

BabyCenter announced the top 10 most popular baby names of 2013 for boys and girls. Sophia is number 1 for the girls, and Jackson is number 1 for the boys. Look at the lists below and see if YOUR name is among the most popular of 2013. And click here to find out the meanings of the most popular names.

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Leave a Comment and tell us YOUR favorite baby name for girls or boys.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

December 19, 2013

A Brief History of Gift Wrapping

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wrap130Did you know that half of the 85 million tons of paper products Americans use each year is packaging, wrapping, or decoration? Wrapping presents is serious business! But when did it start? And where?

Wrapping paper has its roots in Victorian England. Wealthy people would use fancy paper decorated with ribbons and lace to present gifts. This paper tore pretty easily, so Victorians began using plain brown paper or tissue paper instead. This was how people wrapped gifts until 1917, when an accidental discovery gave birth to the wrapping paper we are now so familiar with.

Two brothers—Joyce and Rollie Hall—ran out of tissue paper in their Kansas City, MO stationery store, so they started selling paper used to line envelopes instead. The paper was a huge hit, and with the invention of Scotch tape twenty years later, we’ve never looked back. Joyce and Rollie Hall expanded their store, Hallmark, into a company that sells greeting cards and, yes, lots and lots of wrapping paper!giftwrap5

But paper isn’t the only way to package gifts.Traditional Japanese wrapping cloth, known as furoshiki, is one gift wrapping that’s stayed popular in Japanese culture since nearly 700 C.E. Recently, the Japanese Environment Ministry has been encouraging more people to use furoshiki instead of wrapping paper because it’s reusable and better for the environment.

Other ways to be eco-friendly with gift wrap? Try using newspaper, paper bags, and old maps or calendars. They make for very unique and planet-friendly alternatives to traditional wrapping paper! Take a look at these awesome examples . . . .

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Get creative with your gift wrapping this season! Do you have any ideas for cool wrapping paper  options? Share in the Comments!

– En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

Flickr images courtesy of a_b_normal123, Cali4beach, LizMarie_AK, torbakhopper, and rvacapinta.

December 17, 2013

This Day in History: December 17

Posted by at 10:44 am in Trivia | Permalink

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!

Posted by at 1:33 am in Trivia | Permalink

halloweenHalloween Trivia Quiz

Boo! Did I scare you? It’s almost Halloween, so this week’s trivia 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

GB_Logo2013Goosebumps Tagline Trivia Challenge

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

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

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