Category Archives: Daily Trivia (Formerly Trivia Tuesday)

Trivia Tuesday – 8/10/10

Question: What does ALF stand for?
Bonus Question: What animal would best be advised to stay away from ALF?


Last Week’s Question: On Three’s Company, what was the name of the restaurant that Jack Tripper worked at before he owned his own restaurant? What was the name of Jack’s restaurant?

Answer: Jack worked at Angelino’s, and the name of Jack’s restaurant was Jack’s Bistro

Before Jack opened his own restaurant, he worked for Frank Angelino (played by Jordan Charney). He had a huge rivalry with the hilarious high-strung Felipe (played by Gino Conforti).

Trivia Tuesday – 8/3/10

Question: On Three’s Company, what was the name of the restaurant that Jack Tripper worked at before he owned his own restaurant? What was the name of Jack’s restaurant?


Last Week’s Question: What rock band agreed to bleach their hair blonde in order to do a chewing gum commercial?

Answer: The Police


Before they hit it big, all 3 members dyed their hair blond for a Wrigley’s Gum commercial in 1978.

I cannot find any images or video from this commercial anywhere. If a anybody can find any more information, please let us know.

Trivia Tuesday – 7/27/10

Question: What rock band agreed to bleach their hair blonde in order to do a chewing gum commercial? (Hint: The band was a trio)


Last Week’s Question: What brother and sister both appeared (before either was famous) in bit parts in 1984’s Sixteen Candles?

Answer: John and Joan Cusack

Before Better Off Dead, and Say Anything…, John Cusak played the nerd Bryce in Sixteen Candles. He must really have had no self esteem if Anthony Michael Hall’s “The Geek” was his leader.
And Joan was hilarious as an even bigger geek with a neck brace:

Trivia Tuesday – 7/20/10

Question: What brother and sister both appeared (before either was famous) in bit parts in 1984’s Sixteen Candles?


Last Week’s Question: What 80s pop star got her start on Star Search, but did not win, but came in second?


Answer: Tiffany

The ’80s pop star lost to Melissa Moultrie on Star Search in 1985. But, she did pretty well for herself with the smash hit remake “I Think We’re Alone Now”.
Here are the show’s performances:

Trivia Tuesday – 7/13/10

Question: What 80s pop star got her start on Star Search, but did not win, but came in second?


Last Week’s Question: What 1983 big-screen smash was hyped with the line: “Take your passion and make it happen”?


Answer: Flashdance

Flashdance was released in 1983, and was the 3rd highest grossing film of the year (behind Return of the Jedi and Terms of Endearment) by taking in almost $93 million.
Jennifer Beals starred as Alex Owens – a welder at a steel mill in Pittsburgh by day, and a dancer at a tavern by night. She wanted to become accepted by a prestigious dance school, the Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance and Repertory. During one of her performances at Mawby’s, the bar where she works, she attracts the attention of Nick Hurley (Michael Nouri), who is her boss at the steel mill, and he soon learns that Alex is one of his employees.

Alex’s best friends also work at Mawby’s, and they have their own aspirations to fame. Jeanie Szabo (Sunny Johnson) is a waitress who aspires to be a professional ice skater, and Jeanie’s boyfriend Richie Blazik (Kyle T. Heffner) is a cook who wants to be a professional stand-up comedian.

Alex needs professional dance instruction, so she gets a dance teacher and mentor who is a retired ballet dancer – Hanna Long (Lilia Skala), who encourages Alex to pursue her dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer. After Jeanie falls twice while auditioning for an ice show, she loses confidence in herself and becomes a dancer at a strip club, where she performs in the nude, and Alex goes there to rescue Jeanie.

Alex and Nick become lovers, but she later learns that he has an ex-wife named Katie (Belinda Bauer), and they have a hostile encounter in a local restaurant. Nick uses his contacts at the Conservatory to secure an audition for Alex, and just before the audition she goes to Hanna’s house and learns that Hanna died the previous night.

At the audition, Alex falls at the beginning of her routine, but starts over and completes the routine successfully. In the final scene, Alex runs out of the Conservatory building with a smile on her face and is hugged by Nick, who gives her a bouquet of red roses.

The Music

“Flashdance… What a Feeling” was performed by Irene Cara, who also sang the title song for the similar 1980 film Fame. The song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song, as well as a Golden Globe and numerous other awards. It also reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1983. Despite the song’s title, the word “Flashdance” is not used in the lyrics. The song is used in the opening title sequence of the film, and is the music used by Alex in her dance audition routine at the end of the film.

Another song used in the film, “Maniac”, was also nominated for an Academy Award. It made Michael Sembello a one-hit wonder.

Here is Irene Cara’s video for “Flashdance… What a Feeling”:

While that was a great song, and she had great success with “Fame”, here is my favorite song by Irene Cara – “The Dream (Hold On To Your Dream)”. This is from the movie D.C. Cab:

Trivia Tuesday – 7/6/10

Question: What 1983 big-screen smash was hyped with the line: “Take your passion and make it happen”?


Last Week’s Question: Which Facts of Life girl was the first to lose her virginity on the show, simply because the actress playing her volunteered?

Answer: Natalie

The episode was titled “The First Time”, and aired on February 06, 1988. Originally, Blair was suppose to lose her virginity, but Lisa Whelchel refused to do it because of her strong religious beliefs. The episode was rewritten with Natalie (Mindy Cohn) losing her virginity instead. It also was the only episode in the series history that Whelchel did not appear in.

Snake was played by Mike Damone, the one who knocked up Jennifer Jason Leigh’s character in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Here is the episode:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Trivia Tuesday – 6/29/10

Question: Which Facts of Life girl was the first to lose her virginity on the show, simply because the actress playing her volunteered?


Last Week’s Question: Who told Rolling Stone that U2’s album title, The Joshua Tree, sounded like it “would sell about three copies”?

Answer: Bono

In the interview, Bono said, “The thought of the world waiting for The Joshua Tree is a bit ridiculous. It sounds as if it will sell about three copies.”
However, The Joshua Tree was the band’s first number one album in the US and within 48 hours after it was released on March 9, 1987, it went platinum in Britain becoming the fastest selling album of all time.

The album is dedicated to lead singer Bono’s assistant, Greg Carroll, who was killed in a motorcycle accident during the album’s recording.

The album contained the hits “Where the Streets Have No Name”, “With or Without You”, and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”. The album won Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1988.

The Joshua Tree is the band’s best-selling album, having sold 25 million copies worldwide. That’s a lot more than three!!

In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked the album at number 26 on their list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Trivia Challenge Tuesday – 6/22/10

Last week’s question:

What 1982 top 10 hit contained the lines: “Like ohmigod! Like Totally! There’s like the Galleria. And, like, all these, like really great shoe stores”?

And, the second part of the question – Who performed the song?

Answer: The song was “Valley Girl”. It was performed by Frank Zappa and his 14 year-old daughter, Moon Unit Zappa. Moon Unit was the one who said those lines, although it would have been funny to hear Frank say them.

Frank wanted to lampoon the “Valley Girl” image, but the song like ended up like totally popularizing the image nationwide, and omigod, everybody like totally got sucked into the “Valley Girl” language, whether they were making fun of it or not or something. Adults at the time, must have been like, this is the worst thing ever! Gag me with a spoon! But, the teenagers were like what-ever!

OK, I’m done. here is the song:


Here is this week’s question:


Who told Rolling Stone that U2’s album title, The Joshua Tree, sounded like it “would sell about three copies”?

Trivia Challenge Tuesday – 6/15/10

I am going to try a new segment: Trivia Challenge Tuesday. I will post the question, and the following Tuesday, I will post the answer, and submit a new question. Feel free to enter answers and/or comments.

Here is the inaugural question:

What 1982 top 10 hit contained the lines: “Like ohmigod! Like Totally! There’s like the Galleria. And, like, all these, like really great shoe stores”?

And, the second part of the question – Who performed the song?