Leafing through the pages of 10,000 Answers can really be a walk down memory lane. You'll recall that the Brady Bunch kids went to Fillmore Junior High and that Ziggy's pet duck is named Wack.
But a trivia expert must keep current. A 1978 book The Great 1960s Quiz asks the question, "Who the hell was Regis Philbin?"
"Of course, this was 11 years before Live with Regis and Kathie Lee and 21 years before Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," Newman says.
The answer to that question, back then, described Philbin's claim to fame as "Joey Bishop's sidekick on his [1967-69] late night show."
Shaq's Shoe Size … And More
If Newman is right — that the trivia you remember reflects who you are — maybe it's time to pick up 10,000 Answers for a little self-evaluation.
Here's the trivia that amazed or amused me:
24-EEE — Shaquille O'Neal's shoe size. (Popeye's girlfriend Olive Oyle slid her tootsies into a 14-AAAAAA shoe.)
24 hours, 18 minutes — The record length of Sen. Strom Thurmond's filibuster of Aug. 28-29, 1957, in opposition to the Civil Rights Act.
6 Sextillion Metric Tons — The estimated weight of the planet Earth.
Big — What the word "Bolshoi" means in Russian.
Pie — What the word "pizza" means in Italian.
Tiberius — The middle name of Capt. James T. Kirk on Star Trek.
H. — The entire first name of retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf. Explanation: He was named after his father, who didn't like to be called by his given name — Herbert.
Jumping Flea — What the word "ukulele" means in Hawaiian.
Toriano — The real first name of Tito Jackson.
Susan — The real first name of Sigourney Weaver.
Stedlendgehawn — The real last name of Goldie Hawn.
Wiley — the last name of Bill Muray's character in What About Bob.
Feminisim — How the word "feminism" was misspelled on the May/June 1996 cover of Ms. magazine.
Pensylvania — How the word "Pennsylvania" is misspelled on the Liberty Bell.
Strange Phobias — Arachibutyrophobia (fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of one's mouth); philemaphobia (fear of kissing) phobophobia (fear of one's own fear) sesquipedalophobia (fear of long words) and panophobia (fear of everything).
Hollywoodland — The original Hollywood sign, when first built in 1923 to promote a nearby housing development, read "Hollywoodland." It was remodeled in the 1940s.
Cantstandya — The high school nickname of George Costanza in Seinfeld, bestowed by his gym teacher.
Tomorrow Is Another Day — Original title of Gone With the Wind.
Fairy Floss — The original name for cotton candy.
"A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants." — The motto of Chuckles the Clown on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Dusty — What the word "khaki" means in Hindi.
This Can't Be Yogurt — The name of the first store opened by frozen dairy mogul Frank Dl Hickingbotham, founder of the This Can't Be Yogurt retail chain, which became TCBY.
Shlabotnik, Joe — Charlie Brown's favorite baseball player.
Pop Royalty — The Queen of Disco is Donna Summer. The Queen of Soul is Aretha Franklin. The Queen of the Blues is Dinah Washington. The Queen of the West is Dale Evans. The Queen of Crime is Dame Agatha Cristie. And The Queen of Country Music is Kitty Wells.
The Quasar of Rock is Little Richard.