We like to have fun at the office and this “Question of the Day”, which was the brainchild of Joe from customer service, is a fun way to challenge each other with a rotating schedule of questions. We thought it would be a fun way to share this with both our current customer base as well as random people hitting our site. Answer the questions to yourself, or feel free to email them to us. We’d love to hear from you! Answers@aurorasoftware.com.
Q). Grass, hard court, or clay: On what kind of court are each of these tennis tournaments played? (a) Wimbledon, (b) U.S. Open, (c) French Open, (d) Australian Open
Q). What are the 4 Houses of Hogwarts School of Witches and Wizardry (Harry Potter)?
Q). What is the deepest part of the Earth’s surface? (a) Tonya trench, (b) Mariana trench, (c) Philippine trench, (d) Japan trench, (e) Peru-Chile trench
Q). Name at least three different types of pasta noodles.
Q). On the television show Game of Thrones, what did King Joffre name his sword? I. Light bringer, II. Lion’s Claws, III. Widow’s Wail, IV. Hearts bane
Q). At only 0.2 square miles, it is the smallest country in the world.
Q). Which one of the Deadly Sins is associated with the color “Green”?
Q). The Amazon River is connected to one of the four Oceans: Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Or Arctic?
Q). Who was the longest-serving Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives?
Q). Ad Slogans (name the Company/Product): I. Don’t leave home without it, II. Betcha Can’t Eat Just One, III. Fly the friendly skies, IV. Good to the last drop, V. I can’t believe I ate the whole thing, VI. Reach out and touch someone
Q). What is the only continent with land in all 4 Hemispheres? (a) Antartica, (b) Australia, (c) Asia, (d) Africa
Q). The U.S. State with the largest area is Alaska. What are the next three?
Q). Every December Time magazine attempts to capture the Zeitgeist of an entire year in a single magazine issue. What does Zeitgeist mean?
Q). What is the meaning and origin of Pumpernickel Bread?
Q). The World’s First Parking Meter appeared in the mid-1930s as local governments need for cash. The first meter was called the “Park-O-Meter No. 1”. What city was the first to install the Park-O-Meter in 1935? (a) Boston, Mass., (b) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, (c) New York, New York, (d) Newark, New Jersey, (e) Chicago, Illinois
Q). Who was the longest-standing U.S. President?
Q). A father and mother have four daughters, and each daughter has one brother. How many family members are there?
Q). What mathematician and physicist discovered Gravity?
Q). What was Mickey Mouse originally called? “___” Mouse had been Walt Disney’s original name for the character before his wife, Lillian, convinced him to change it, and ultimately Mickey Mouse came to be.
Q). Hilary and Jason both have 100 marbles on Jan. 1st. By the end of the year, Jason’s marbles increased by 25%, while Hilary’s decreased by 75%. On Dec. 31st, the number of marbles Hilary owned was what % of the marbles Jason owned?
Q). According to NASA, you are officially an astronaut once you’ve gone how far into space?
Q). How often are the Winter Olympics held?
Q). According to Aristotle, which of the following is not needed for happiness or blessedness? (a) Friends, (b) wealth, (c) good children, (d) being honored by the many
Q). What does the “zip” in Zip Code stand for? (a) Zone Improvement Plan, (b) Zone Identification Point, (c) Zoning Intelligence Project, (d) Zone Identity Place
Q). U.S. Route 30 is the 3rd longest route in the United States. Where does it start and end (cities)?
Q). In 2013, the Oxford dictionary announced their Word of the Year was “Selfie”. Who took the first one? (a) Robert Cornelius, (b) Paris Hilton, (c) Britney Spears, (d) The Kolb Brothers
Q). In the 1976 movie “The Bad News Bears”, who was the Bears’ team sponsor (name written on the back of their jerseys)?
Q). What is the Eastern Roman Empire Capital Constantinople known today as? (a) Athens, (b) Istanbul, (c) Rome, (d) Venice
Q). What heavy metal element was once known as Quicksilver?
Q). What is the only shark that can live in freshwater & saltwater? (a) Saw, (b) Sand, (c) Ground, (d) Bull, (e) Thresher
Q). Bubble Wrap, the most common packaging material was invented in what state?
Q). The false god known as Janus is celebrated on January 1st. On Janus’ feast day we say goodbye to the old and we look forward to a new year with Resolutions hoping for change. Janus is known as what? (a) Two-faced god, (b) Beginning & Ending god, (c) Twelve Deities god
Q). Name of the Treaty that ended the First World War.
Q). Who was the first U.S. President to appear on television? (a) Ronald Regan, (b) Franklin D. Roosevelt, (c) Richard Nixon, (d) Harry Truman, (e) John F. Kennedy
Q). Which shark has been found in the deepest water (up to 8920 feet)? (a) Goblin shark, (b) Portuguese Dogfish shark, (c) Dwarf Lantern Shark, (d) Woebegone shark
Q). “Once upon a time” is not the only way to begin a children’s book. Which famous children’s books were these opening lines taken? 1. “The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play, so we sat in the house all that cold, cold wet day.” 2. “‘Where’s Papa going with that ax?’ said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.” 3. “Dorothy lived in the midst of the great Kansas prairies.”
Q). The “27 Club” is a list of musicians, actors, and artists who died at the age of 27. Name some of them.
Q). “Night Skies” is the title of a Steven Spielberg movie that ended up never being produced, about a suburban family that is terrorized by an alien invasion. Instead, he split the idea up into 2 movies, which were then produced and released at nearly the same time in the early 80’s. What are those two movies?
Q). Name all the planets in our solar system?
Q). Name the parallel separating the two Koreas.
Q). Which one of the moral virtues is also considered a deadly sin?
Q). Name the Denomination of U.S. Currency featuring the following Presidents? (Some have been discontinued) I. Ulysses S. Grant, II. Thomas Jefferson, III. William McKinley, IV. James Madison
Q). In 410 A.D. what king led the Visigoth Army to sack Rome for the first time. This same king was later buried in the city of Cosenza, Italy. Who was the King? (a) King Richard, (b) King Alaric, (c) King Augusta
Q). Where did America get its name from? (a) Vespucci, (b) Columbus, (c) Magellan
Q). Movie Monster: Id the Movie. Pennywise, Freddie Krueger, Chucky, Pinhead, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, Ghost face
Q). What was Iran known as prior to 1934?
Q). Within a few miles of a black hole there is the ‘boundary of no return’. What is another name of this boundary? (a) Singularity, (b) event horizon, (c) ergo sphere, (d) accretion disk
Q). George W. Bush was the second person to follow in his father’s footsteps as President of the United States. Who was the first son of a President to become President? (a) John Quincy Adams, (b) Benjamin Harrison, (c) Franklin D. Roosevelt, (d) Andrew Jackson
Q). When was the first time the ball dropped in Times Square? (a) 1902, (b) 1907, (c) 1918, (d) 1927
Q). If you draw one card from a normal deck of cards, what is the probability of drawing a jack, queen, or king? Answer as a simple fraction.
Q). When was the first Ronald McDonald House opened? 1968, 1970, 1972, 1974
Q). What was rock group AC/DC’s first U.S. Top 40 hit? (a) Touch Too Much, (b) Back In Black, (c) You Shook Me All Night Long, (d) Money talks
Q). If you were to list all the countries in the United Nations in alphabetical order, which country would be first on the list, and which would be last?
Q). Who wrote the 3 Laws of Robotics?
Q). How many state names are carved into The Lincoln Memorial?
Q). The Mariana Trench is the deepest known part of the ocean and the lowest spot on earth. Mt. Everest would fit inside it with a few miles to spare. More people have been to the moon than explored its depths and the pressure at the bottom is 8 tons per square inch. How deep is it? (a) 3.5 miles, (b) 4.5 miles, (c) 6 miles, (d) 7 miles
Q). What is the Carrington effect? (a) study of Food Groups and their Effect on Weight, (b) a term used in Physics to describe the effect of Gravity on Celestial bodies, (c) severe Geothermal Solar Storm
Q). What is the oldest surviving musical instrument? (a) lyre, (b) flute, (c) trumpet, (d) drum
Q). What famous philosopher said the following famous quote: “True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing”?
Q). ____ and 21 other prominent women from the Parents’ Music Resource Center, which calls for labeling offensive music content. Congress holds hearings; the record industry creates a universal warning sticker – which then becomes a badge of honor for edgy artists. (a) Barbara Bush, (b) Tipper Gore, (c) Marilyn Quall, (d) Joan Mondale, (e) Jill Biden
Q). What is the difference between prudence and morality?
Q). Who was the first man on the moon?
Q). What insect provides food for humans?
Q). The Pony Express was (at the time) the fastest way to send a letter across the Continental U.S. Composed of 400 horses and 180 riders (at its peak), it covered a distance of 1800 miles and could deliver a parcel from one end to the other in 10 days (from Missouri to California) instead of the several weeks it normally took. It lasted a total of 18 months before closing down in 1861. What major historical event caused it to shut down?
Q). What are the 12 signs of the Zodiac?
Q). What species of penguin live exclusively around the equator?
Q). Name the movie. I. Stupid Is As Stupid Does, II. It was Beauty Killed The Beast, III. Go ahead, Make My Day, IV. I Could’ve Been A Contender, V. You Complete Me, VI. I See Dead People, VII. Keep Your Friends Close but Your Enemies Closer
Q). Hunger Stones are now exposed with dire warnings in Europe. The low level of water is in the Elbe River. Where is the Elbe River? (a) Hungary, (b) France, (c) Germany, (d) the Czech Republic
Q). What motto is engraved on the Liberty Bell? (a) Give me liberty or give me death, (b) Proclaim liberty all through the land, (c) This be the Liberty Bell, (d) The tree of liberty must be refreshed with the blood of patriots and tyrants
Q). What is the name of the scale used to determine the spicy heat of peppers?
Q). What leaf is featured on the Canadian flag?
Q). Where was the hottest temperature in the world recorded?
Q). Mary Decker was heavily favored to win Gold in the 1984 Summer Olympics for the 3,000-meter run. Who was the runner she collided with and fell? Bonus: What Country did this runner represent?
Q). What are the 3 rules for Gremlins?
Q). What is the only fan-owned team in the NFL Team? It is the only franchise owned by shareholders.
Q). What is the only horror movie to win an Academy Award for Best Picture? Hint: It was released in 1991.
Q). What is the Resolute Desk? Hint: National Treasure movie
Q). How many Zip codes does the Pentagon have?
Q). Name 2 of the 3 different elements that cause the colors in the Aurora Borealis?
Q). Finish the titles of these famous Sci-Fi Novels: The Hitchhiker’s Guide ____, Stranger In ____, Do Androids Dream Of ____, The Left Hand ____.
Q). Year that the first electronic message was sent from one computer to another? 1932, 1954, 1969, 1976
Q). Walt Disney Theme Park E.P.C.O.T. is an acronym for what?
Q). I am the beginning of the end, the end of every place. I am the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space. What am I?
Q). What state produces the most blueberries?
Q). What is the only continent without a time zone? Bonus: Why?
Q). Where was the first emoticon invented? What year? What was it?
Q). Of the Ancient Seven Wonders of the World, the only one that has survived to the present day is _____?
Q). Marxism has its roots as a Socialistic Policy. What modern-day economic model has its roots in Marxism?
Q). What disease killed more than 5,000 Philadelphians – a tenth of the population – in 1793? (a) Yellow fever, (b) cholera, (c) bubonic plague, (d) influenza
Q). Of all the mammals in the world, which is the only one that cannot jump?
Q). In America it is required to wash eggs before the sale. In Europe, it is forbidden to wash eggs before the sale. But it is to prevent the same thing. What does it prevent?
Q). E=MC2 … what is “C2”?
Q). What is the name of the supercontinent? Bonus: What is the name of the ocean surrounding it?
Q). What U.S. President had their young son buried in Russia? (a) Thomas Jefferson, (b) John Quincy Adams, (c) James Buchanan, (d) James K. Polk
Q). Over forty years ago, NASA launched __ which carries a gold-plated record consisting of 115 analog-encoded photographs, greetings in 55 languages, a 12-minute montage of sounds on Earth, and 90 minutes of music. Name the probe.
Q). In 1985, Live Aid was staged at what Philadelphia stadium? (a) Veterans Stadium, (b) JFK Stadium, (c) Franklin Field, (d) Penn Stadium, (e) Spectrum Field
Q). The Pennsylvania Dutch is really: (a) Dutch, (b) Irish, (c) English, (d) German
Q). According to Greek Mythology, what was the one spirit remaining in Pandora’s Box when it was opened?
Q). In Aesop’s fable “The Scorpion and The Frog”, why did the scorpion sting the frog?
Q). What was the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon?
Q). In 1913, the 16th amendment established Congress’s right to impose what?
Q). What is the least densely populated U.S. state?
Q). What year did the Navy ban beards? (a) 1968, (b) 1973, (c) 1984, (d) 1996
Q). In 1919, Boston was flooded with an unusual liquid as a result of a storage accident? (a) beer, (b) paint, (c) molasses, (d) tomato sauce
Q). Since 1962 this musical group from New Jersey amassed 48 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It has been said that they were to the East Coast what The Beach Boys were to the West Coast. Name the band.
Q). What is Brimstone? (a) Iron, (b) copper, (c) bronze, (d) gold
Q). What is the closest country to the U.S. not accessible by land?
Q). Name any three Bill of Rights Amendments.
Q).Which is the smallest of the Great Lakes?
Q). Examples of Palindromes are I Did, Did I, My gym, Top spot. What compound word is a Palindrome? There are many. Can you think of one?
Q). What are America’s top three newspapers, in daily circulation figures?
Q). Why is Pound Cake called a “Pound Cake”?
Q). What did the Alarm Codes 1201 & 1202 mean during Apollo 11’s landing?
Q). Which two states do not observe Daylight Savings Time?
Q). What is inscribed on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier?
Q). First Commercial Product to feature a Barcode?
Q). What was the first and only NFL team to have a perfect season and what year was it?
Q).What does the acronym NASA stand for?
Q).Who was credited for starting Yellow Journalism?
Q).Which country suffered the greatest number of military deaths in World War II?
Q). Frank Sinatra was known by his fans by what colorful nickname?
Q). What is the only sea on Earth with no coastline?
Q). When were audiences first treated to a flushing toilet and what movie was it in?
Q). What was Mr. Monopoly’s original name (from the board game)?
Q). Fish have skeletons made of bone, but sharks do not. What are shark skeletons made of?
Q). What planet has the most moons?
Q). What is the tallest mountain on Earth?
Q).At what university was the sports drink “Gatorade” invented?
Q). Gilgamesh is the earliest great work of literature. He was the king of what country circa 2500 B.C.?
Q). When your hands are in a normal resting position on a normal typewriter keyboard, your two middle fingers lie on what two letters?
Q). How many steps does the sentinel take during their “walk” by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier?
Q).What is the little girl’s name in the movie The Ring?
Q). Name all 8 Ivy League schools.
Q). Identify at least 2 of the 5 Sports Nicknames: (a) The Bambino, (b) The Splendid Splinter, (c) The Iron Horse, (d) Sweetness, (e) The Big Train
Q). What woman has the most Grammy award wins?
Q). Which U.S. President was drafted by the Reds as a catcher?
Q). During the early ’60s this anti-hero answer to Mickey Mouse was known throughout the hot rod world?
Q). Robert McNamara was the Secretary of Defense for the Kennedy & Nixon Administrations and was widely regarded as the man who kept the U.S. in the Vietnam War. He went to the California Institute of Technology and he was in the crew team that won Gold in the ’33 Olympics. What other famous person crewed with him? (a) Gregory Peck, (b) John Wayne, (c) Clark Gable, (d) Ronald Reagan
Q). “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” Name the speaker and the speech.
Q). Compared to the surface of the sun how hot is a bolt of lightning? (a) 5 times cooler, (b) 5 times hotter, (c) same temp, (d) 10 times cooler. Bonus: What causes trees to explode when struck by lightning?
Q). Star Wars trivia. Chewbacca comes from what planet?
Q). Where did the Philippines get their name? Bonus: How many islands are in the Philippines archipelago? (a) 1-500, (b) 500-2,000, (c) 2,000-5,000, (d) 5,000-10,000
Q). 4 Score & 7 Years ago = Years?
Q). How tall was Napoleon? (a) 3’9”, (b) 4’5”, (c) 5’1”, (c) 5’7”
Q). How many colors can the human eye see? (a) 256, (b) 7 million, (c) 15 million, (d) 872
Q). A man is trapped in a room. The room has only two possible exits: two doors. Through the first door, there is a room constructed from magnifying glass. The blazing hot sun instantly fries anything or anyone that enters. Through the second door, there is a fire-breathing dragon. How does the man escape?
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