Category Archives: Trivia

February 28, 2014

Winter Reading Games Event 5

Posted by at 1:43 am in Reads, Trivia | Permalink

olympicsbanner130STACKS Winter Reading Games: Guess the Book

Although the ice has settled from the Winter Olympics, we’re keeping the torch alive with the STACKS Winter Reading Games. Every day, it’s a different event! Today’s main event is Guess the Book! We’ll describe a book in 1 sentence, and you have to guess the title.

Ready to go for the gold? Begin!

  1. The name of this book is so heavily guarded that even the author’s name is a mystery: Pseudonymous Bosch!
  2. Fone, Phoney, Smiley, and Gran’ma are some of the characters in this epic comic book series.
  3. In this deathly final book, Harry, Ron, and Hermione finally bring the battle with Voldemort to a conclusion.
  4. Percy first discovers he is the son of a mortal woman and the Greek god Poseidon in this book.
  5. This goth-girl-mad-scientist has a lab assistant named Igor, desires to take over the world, and once tried to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to “fit in” with her normal friends. (Hint: It’s a Jim Benton series!)
  6. After Greg and Rowley get into a fight, and Rowley ditches him, Greg tries to train Fregley to become his best friend.
  7. She’s a baby . . . she’s a mouse . . . and she has her own comic book series.

Do you have what it takes to be a STACKS Reading Olympian? Then leave your answers in the Comments below! We will reveal the answers tomorrow right before the Readathon!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

January 25, 2014

Super Bowl

Posted by at 1:54 am in Games, Trivia | Permalink

SuperbowlGet ready for the biggest football game of the year!

The Super Bowl is almost here. The big game will be played on Sunday, February 2, so I thought we could round up some of the best football facts and fun from the STACKS. Here are a few things for you to do to get ready for the big game next week.

  • Take this Super Bowl quiz.
  • Play the Game Changers football game.
  • Get the latest football books from Scholastic.
  • Leave a Comment telling us which team you are rooting for in Super Bowl XLVIII!
  • Or if you prefer animal sports, will you be watching the Kitten Bowl on Hallmark Channel, or Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet?

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Photos courtesy of Hallmark Channel and Animal Planet

January 7, 2014

Fake News Stories of 2013: Answers

Posted by at 1:00 am in Trivia | Permalink

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

Posted by at 1:08 am in Trivia | Permalink

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

Posted by at 1:01 pm in Trivia | Permalink

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

Gift Wrapping Ideas

Posted by at 1:50 am in Trivia | Permalink

wrap130Holiday Gift Wrapping

Wrapping paper has its roots in Victorian England. Wealthy people would use fancy tissue paper decorated with ribbons and lace to present gifts.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 Joyce and Rollie Hall expanded their store, Hallmark, into a company that sells greeting cards and lots and lots of wrapping paper!giftwrap5

Paper isn’t the only way to wrap gifts.Traditional Japanese cloth, known as furoshiki, is one gift wrap 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 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

Posted by at 1:04 am in Trivia | Permalink

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)