Sunday, October 29, 2017

Halloween Trivia 2017

Round 1: Nestlé, Hershey, or Mars

Which candy companies produce the following candy?
  1. Twix
  2. Mounds
  3. Baby Ruth
  4. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
  5. Butterfinger
  6. Snickers
  7. Nerds
  8. Whoppers
  9. Milk Duds
  10. Raisinets

Round 2: It happened on Halloween

Answer these questions all based on events that happened on October 31st.

  1. October 31st, 1864 – Nevada is admitted as the 36th U.S. state. Located in TONOPAH, Nevada, someone with coulrophobia would definitely want to avoid this themed hotel. What is the theme?
  2. October 31st, 1941 – After 14 years of work and with the help of 400 workers, Mount Rushmore is completed. How many workers died during the construction of Mt. Rushmore?
  3. October 31st, 1926 – Harry Houdini, American magician and stuntman died. What was the official cause of Harry Houdini's death?
  4. October 31st, 2000 – Soyuz TM-31 launches, carrying the first resident crew to the International Space Station. The ISS has been crewed continuously since then. How many inhabited space stations were there before the ISS?
  5. October 31st, 2011 – The global population of humans reaches seven billion. This day is now recognized by the United Nations as the Day of Seven Billion. As of 2015, in what year are we projected to hit 8 billion?

Round 3: Music Round

Here's a link to a few snippets of songs you can use for a music trivia round.

Bonus

Just in case there's a tie!
  1. When Apple-bobbing, or as it's known in Scotland, "dooking", what was the original prize for the first person to bite an apple?
  2. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, how much did the worlds largest pumpkin weigh? (price is right rules)

Answers!

  1. Twix - Mars - Twix was called Raider in mainland Europe for many years before its name was changed in 1991
  2. Mounds - Hershey - The U.S. military purchased 80% of the production of Mounds for use in rations during World War II (5 million bars/month).
  3. Baby Ruth - Nestle - The name of the candy bar sounds like the name of the famous baseball player Babe Ruth, but the creators claimed it was named after President Grover Cleveland's daughter, Ruth Cleveland, although many suspect that was just to avoid lawsuits.
  4. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups - Hershey - Today, the H.B. Reese Candy Company is maintained as a subsidiary of Hershey because the Reese plant workforce is not unionized, unlike the main Hershey plant.
  5. Butterfinger - Nestle - Invented in 1923, the company held a public contest to choose the name Butterfinger. 
  6. Snickers - Mars - Named after the favorite racehorse of the Mars family.
  7. Nerds - Nestle - Nerds also had a close cousin in the '80s named Dweebs. Dweebs were very similar to Nerds; but they were less sour and bigger in size.
  8. Whoppers - Hershey - Whoppers were first sold unwrapped, larger, and two pieces for one cent.
  9. Milk Duds - Hershey - They're called "duds" because the original aim of having a perfectly round piece was found to be impossible, so the oblong ones were the duds.
  10. Raisinets - Nestle - Raisinets were introduced in the United States in 1927 just two years after Goobers which are chocolate covered peanuts.
  11. October 31st, 1864 – Nevada is admitted as the 36th U.S. state. Located in TONOPAH, Nevada, someone with coulrophobia would definitely want to avoid this themed hotel. What is the theme? Clowns - If a clown-themed motel adorned with hundreds of figurines isn’t enough to terrorize you, an early 1900s-era miner cemetery 100 feet away should do the trick.
  12. October 31st, 1941 – After 14 years of work and with the help of 400 workers, Mount Rushmore is completed. How many workers died during the construction of Mt. Rushmore? - 0 - However many died years later from prolonged periods of inhaling the silica dust. Some say they still haunt the Keystone Cemetery to this day.
  13. October 31st, 1926 – Harry Houdini, American magician and stuntman died. What was the official cause of Harry Houdini's death? - appendicitis - After Harry Houdini’s death his wife Bess conducted many séances, attempting to create circumstances and atmospheres that would help her beloved husband contact her.
  14. October 31st, 2000 – Soyuz TM-31 launches, carrying the first resident crew to the International Space Station. The ISS has been crewed continuously since then. How many inhabited space stations were there before the ISS? - ISS is the 9th - It has been continuously occupied for 16 years, 11 months, 26 days and completes 15.54 orbits per day.
  15. October 31st, 2011 – The global population of humans reaches seven billion. This day is now recognized by the United Nations as the Day of Seven Billion. As of 2015, in what year are we projected to hit 8 billion? - 2024 - Estimates put the total number of humans to have ever lived are around 100 billion, which means there are over 92 billion ghosts!

  1. When Apple-bobbing, or as it's known in Scotland, "dooking", what was the original prize for the first person to bite an apple? - be allowed to marry
  2. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, how much did the worlds largest pumpkin weigh? (price is right rules) - 1,190.49 kg (2,624.6 lb)