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Who was the American jazz musician that made this line famous?
"Don't play what's there, play what's not there."
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TRIVIA ARCHIVE
08/2014
What physical phenomenon is the thermocouple based on?
The Seebeck Effect describes a thermoelectric phenomenon by which temperature differences between two dissimilar metals in a circuit creates an electric current. This current can be measured to calculate temperature. (Also known as the thermoelectric effect).
07/2014
Which Rolling Stones album prevented The Beatles' Abbey Road enjoying an unbroken 17-week run at number one?
"Let It Bleed" is the eighth British and tenth American album by the English rock band the Rolling Stones, released in December 1969.
06/2014
Steve Winwood was only 17 when The Spencer Davis Group hit the top with Keep On Running. What instrument did he buy with the proceeds?
A Hammond B-3 organ.
05/2014
Which Beatles song contains lyrics that were suggested by a Beach Boy?
Beach Boy Mike Love made the suggestion that Paul add lyrics to "Back In The U.S.S.R." referencing girls from different parts of the U.S.S.R. This idea was lifted from the Beach Boys smash hit "California Girls".
04/2014
What was The Eagles claim to fame before they were The Eagles?
Founding members Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon toured for 2 months as the backing group for Linda Ronstadt before forming The Eagles.
03/2014
One of the first uses of the computer outside of office computational tasks involved a fruit. What was the application?
Testing oranges for sugar content, as growers are paid based on this and needed a quick test method.
02/2014
What is the most recorded song in history?
(Hint: It is by the Beatles)
Released in the U.S. in 1965, "Yesterday" has been covered more than 3000 times. Paul wrote the song, but the other 3 Beatles disliked it so much that they refused to release it in the U.K. It was eventually released there in March, 1966.
01/2014
At the inaugural induction dinner in 1986, Chuck Berry was the first inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Why was he first?
Chuck Berry was first because the selection was done in alphabetical order. James Brown was second.
12/2013
Who was the voice actor for the character of Sam the Snowman in Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer?
Burl Ives
11/2013
In the Robert Redford movie Havana, released in 1990, what famous actor played the role of Dr. Arturo Duran, but wasn't credited due to an alleged titling dispute?
Raul Julia
10/2013
This guitarist, originally named Johnny, was born in 1942 in Seattle, Washington. He would go on to be arguably the greatest guitarist of all time, though he only lived to be twenty-seven. If I told you what band he was in, it would be way too obvious.
Jimi Hendrix
09/2013
What famous singer used the term 'imbecilic reiteration' to describe Elvis' use of the hook – the phrase by which people would remember a song that had to be repeated over and over?
Frank Sinatra
08/2013
What was Mario's original name?
Jumpman
07/2013
What mega media company merged with AOL at the turn of the century?
Time Warner
06/2013
Which engineering firm designed and built the first arcade video game?
Syzygy Engineering was founded in 1971 by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney. That same year they designed and built Computer Space for Nutting Associates.
05/2013
What is the only rock regularly eaten by humans?
Salt
04/2013
Name the out-of-this-world scientific laboratory that was a joint venture between Marshall Space Flight Center and the European Space Agency.
Spacelab
03/2013
In addition to being a rock star, this voice actor holds the honor of being the only actor to play two characters in Transformers?
Jess Harnell
02/2013
Where in New York City did Thomas Edison locate his first commercial generator station?
Pearl Street
01/2013
What famous movie hand gesture is derived from an Orthodox Jewish ritual called the Blessing Hands, which is used to anoint congregations on holy days?
Vulcan Salute
12/2012
The Mayan calendar ends on December 21. Where were the stone tablets with doomsday theories found?
Tortuguero, Mexico
11/2012
Name the ship that carried supplies alongside the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria for the first 53 days of the historic voyage.
Isabella
10/2012
What US Highway cannot be traveled by car?
M-185 or Mackinac Island Highway
09/2012
What was the first product to include a bar code?
Wrigley's Gum
08/2012
In what year did the Olympic torch first travel to all five continents?
2004
07/2012
Godzilla’s Japanese name is actually a combination of what two words?
Gorira (Gorilla) and Kujira (Whale)
06/2012
After Bucky Barnes died, Captain America had a new superhero partner in the 70's. Who was it and what were his/her powers?
The Falcon - Sam Wilson - Grew up in New York Queens - Had a pet falcon and could fly with wings in his costume
05/2012
Name the land mammal that is known for entering a highly dangerous hormonal mental state when it has attacked villages and killed humans.
Male Elephants
04/2012
In PCB manufacturing, what is the bond between the component lead where the solder meets the substrate called?
Intermetallic layer
03/2012
An early version of what popular game was created in the 17th century while this inventor was experimenting with perpetual motion?
Roulette
02/2012
Mardi Gras may have originated with the French, but its official colors originated from what royal’s house colors?
Russian grand duke Alexis Romanoff
01/2012
What quarterback has never thrown an interception in the Super Bowl while also having the most pass attempts?
Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49er’s. Joe Montana has the highest QB rating of all time in the super bowl.
12/2011
In the Christmas song, "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas," what other two animals are mentioned?
Crocodile and rhinoceros
11/2011
What words kick-off the Macy’s Day Parade?
"Let's Have a Parade"
10/2011
In “The Doctor’s Wife”, Dr. Who’s TARDIS asked to be referred to by what word?
Sexy
09/2011
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Name the movie that included this inspirational quote.
Walt Disney's quote was used in the movie, Meet the Robinson's.
08/2011
Famous for his automobiles, Henry Ford was key in producing this outdoor cooking item. What is this item?
Charcoal briquettes
07/2011
Which character(s) spoke the lines, "I feel the need...the need for speed!" in a 1986 film?
Maverick and Goose
06/2011
What product inspired Tom O’Hanlan to start Sealevel Systems, Inc.?
Tom O'Hanlan designed the first RS-422/485 communication adapter for the IBM PC.
05/2011
What movie starred Val Kilmer as the leader of a band of prodigies recruited to create a superlaser?
Real Genius
04/2011
This popular song, made famous by a blues-rock guitarist when it reached #4 in the US in 1970, was actually written by another famous blues guitarist. Name the song and songwriter.
Black Magic Woman by Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac
03/2011
Who speaks the first line of dialogue in the original film, Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope?
C-3PO
02/2011
Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top had a guitar crafted from a plank of wood taken from which famous bluesman’s childhood home?
Muddy Waters
01/2011
The “golden spike” was driven into the final tie that joined 1,776 miles of Central Pacific and Union Pacific railways creating the first transcontinental railroad. Name the year and location of this historic event.
Promontory, Utah; May 10, 1869
12/2010
Name the bass player and drummer for the group whose self-titled debut album featured the Hindenburg disaster on the cover.
Led Zeppelin members John Paul Jones (bass) and John Bonham (drums)
11/2010
Besides the SeaI/O-530/540, what other Sealevel SeaI/O module offers open-collector outputs?
SeaI/O-470
10/2010
What year was the USA professional touchdown increased from five to six points?
1912
09/2010
Who was the guitarist that was replaced by Duane Allman in Derek and the Dominoes?
Dave Mason
08/2010
What pop vocal group in the early 70s had a hit on the US charts, but never performed it in the US due to multiple tours in Europe and the Far East? Hint: They wonder when they will see you again.
The Three Degrees
07/2010
In order to fly in space, an electronic device must perform in extended temperatures and withstand high levels of radiation. Introduced in 1976, what famous microprocessor was the first used on a space mission?
RCA CDP1802 COSMAC
06/2010
A new World Cup trophy will be used for the first time in what year?
2042
05/2010
Based on myth, what corner of a building is considered to be the safest during a tornado?
The SW corner.
04/2010
During WWII, who directed the development team of the first portable FM two-way radio for the US Army Signal Corps?
Daniel Noble
03/2010
Who was the first person to suggest the use of Daylight Saving Time in the 1700s?
Ben Franklin
02/2010
What Rolling Stones' song was allegedly written about another rock icon's wife?
Angie is allegedly written about David Bowie's wife Angela. Notice we said, "allegedly". There are a few rumors about the songs origin but the true answer is still unclear.
12/2009
Who is the un-credited singer of the song, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" in the Seuss classic, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"?
Thurl Ravenscroft, aka Tony the Tiger, sang, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch."
11/2009
How many songs in the movie, "The Commitments", are written by Dan Penn?
There are 2 songs written by Dan Penn in the movie, "The Commitments". These two songs are titled, "The Dark End of the Street" and "Do Right Man".
10/2009
Get out your Ray Bans. This 80's one hit wonder band's song was really about nuclear holocaust, not a positive future.
Timbuk3, "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades"
09/2009
When the audience was yelling for more, what band member suggested "Old Love" to Eric Clapton while filming and recording the famous Unplugged" videos for MTV?
Chuck Leavell, who then absolutely tore up his piano solo.
08/2009
What Sealevel Relio industrial computer boasts a fanless Intel Core 2 Duo processor?
R5000
07/2009
Memphis-based Ardent Recording Studios, recording home to ZZ Top, George Thorogood, REM, and countless others was formed by three tenth graders in the 1960s. One of the three dropped out of the record
Fred Smith; FedEx
06/2009
What unique method does Sealevel use to identify a RoHS compliant vs. non-RoHS compliant printed circuit board?
All new Sealevel circuit boards will have two gold-plated, etched-copper pads marked "RoHS" and "non-RoHS" in the silkscreen. The absence of these pads denotes a noncompliant product. During separate manufacturing processes, compliant boards will have a solder mark on the "RoHS" pad, while noncompliant boards will have a solder mark on the "non-RoHS" pad. Thus, the boards are clearly marked and can be visually identified.
05/2009
What 8080 instruction took the longest time to execute (clock cycles) and was often used in timing delay loops to basically "waste time"? What did this instruction do and why did it take so long?
The XTHL instruction took the longest time to execute and was often used in timing delay loops. This instruction exchanged top of stack with HL registers. It had to read two memory bytes from external memory and swap them with two bytes in the internal HL register, thus requiring 18 clock cycles to complete.
04/2009
The word "Ramo" was once included in the name of what aerospace company?
Thompson Ramo Wooldridge (TRW), Ramo-Wooldridge, or Bunker Ramo
03/2009
In the "The Blues Brothers," the band consists of Steve Cropper and Donald Dunn from Booker T and the MG's. Two members from another popular 70's group also appeared in a scene alluding to their 1973
The scene in which the band appears in a sauna, clad only in towels, is an allusion to the cover photo on the 1973 Blood Sweat & Tears music album "No Sweat", in which the BST band appears in a sauna in identical pose. Lou Marini and Tom Malone, two of the Blues Brothers Band members, were also in BST and appear in both sauna scenes.
02/2009
Who is the speaker at the beginning of, "Somewhere in Heaven" on Santana's Milagro album?
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
01/2009
Who was the first pop/rock singer invited to the White House to have lunch with The President?
Singer George Harrison, on December 13, 1974
12/2008
Why did Hammond Electric Organs that were made for the US sound flat when played in England?
The 60Hz tone generators in US models, when plugged into the 50Hz AC power in England, would sound flat because of the difference in the AC frequency.
11/2008
Who was the Cook County Assessor's office clerk in "The Blues Brothers?"
Steven Spielburg
10/2008
What soon to be famous Guitarist backed Boz Scaggs in the studio back in 1968?
Duane Allman, with the aid of Rolling Stone magazine publisher Jann Wenner, Scaggs secured a contract with Atlantic. Sporting a cameo from Duane Allman, 1968's soulful Boz Scaggs failed to find an audience despite winning critical favor; the track "Loan Me a Dime" later became the subject of a court battle when bluesman Fenton Robinson sued (successfully) for composer credit. After signing to Columbia, Scaggs teamed with producer Glyn Johns to record 1971's Moments, a skillful blend of rock and R&B which, like its predecessor, failed to make much of an impression on the charts.
09/2008
What job did Chubby Checker hold before he had a hit record?
Chicken Plucker
08/2008
Eagles' founding member Bernie Leadon suggested the band's name based on a book of the Hopi Indians authored by?
Carlos Castenada
07/2008
Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant was actually the band's second choice. Their first choice turned the job down for a solo career and recommended Plant instead. Who was the singer?
Terry Reid
06/2008
The Rolling Stones' name was inspired by a song from what band?
Muddy Waters
05/2008
In the 70's, a singer - just into their own early days of fame - climbed over the fence at Graceland in hopes of meeting Elvis. Elvis wasn't home and security politely escorted this singer off the gro
Bruce Springsteen
04/2008
What product was Intel actually developing when it created the 4004 microprocessor?
Programmable calculator
03/2008
The first music video played on MTV was "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles. What was the second video played on MTV?
You'd Better Run, Pat Benatar
02/2008
Billboard's Hot 100 Chart debuted in 1958. What was the first recording to go #1?
Poor Little Fool, Ricky Nelson
01/2008
Neil Young is the owner of the Martin D-28 guitar that belonged to Hank Williams. How did Neil happen upon this guitar?
The guitar came into Young's possession after Hank Williams, Jr. had traded it to another owner for some shotguns and it went through a succession of other owners until it was located by Young's longtime friend Grant Boatwright. The guitar was purchased by Young from Tut Taylor.
12/2007
How did Gordon Sumner get the nickname "Sting"?
From an interview with Sting in Oct. 2006 "I used to wear this black and yellow striped sweater. I looked like a bee or a wasp," Sting said. "And the trombone player, who thought this was terribly amusing, called me sting one day and everybody laughed. And they kept calling me 'sting' and the name stuck to me like glue."
11/2007
In 1994, the Rolling Stones released their Voodoo Lounge album. How did the album get its name?
The album was named after a rejected runt-of-the-litter kitten Keith picked up in a rain storm in Barbados and named Voodoo.....the Lounge was Keith's corner of the studio where the cat lived during the Barbados sessions that produced the album.
10/2007
What John Lennon song was placed on the inappropriate "graylist" by a radio media company after 9/11, but became a popular song of hope as it circulated the web choreographed with 9/11 images?
Imagine
09/2007
What female artist sang backup with Hoyt Axton's band, then gained solo fame covering a Neil Young song?
Nicolette Larson
07/2007
What artist designed the album cover for "Cheap Thrills" by Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin as well as the "Mr. Natural" character?
Robert Crumb
05/2007
Duane Allman was ranked #2 greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone. How did he get the nickname "skydog"?
His nickname, "Skydog," was a portmanteau of two nicknames, "Skyman", given to him by soul singer Wilson Pickett and "Dog", given to him by friends due to his perceived resemblance as such.
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