Trivia on a Planetary Scale

Venus – the only planet in our solar system that rotates clockwise – is the answer to last Monday’s astronomical question.  For you real trivia buffs, the answer to our extra credit question is Triton – the only one moon in our solar system that rotates opposite to that of its corresponding planet, Neptune!

It’s Simply Astronomical

Can you identify the only planet in our solar system that rotates clockwise?  For extra credit, name the only moon (and it’s corresponding planet) in our solar system that rotates in a direction opposite to rotation of the planet it orbits?

Arrivederci Roma

Our last question asked you to identify the name of a city that can be found on every continent.  Well technically the answer is none, since the continent of Antarctica has no cities.  But if you exclude the domain of Earth’s penguins, Roma is the correct answer:  Europe: Roma, Italy;  North America: Roma, Texas;  South America: Roma, Ecuador;  Australia: Roma, Queensland;  Asia: Roma, an island in Indonesia (really?);  Africa: Roma, Lesotho.  Roma is also a city in Sweden and Romania.

How’s Your Batting Average?

This past Monday, we asked you to name the only sport in which the ball is always in possession of the team on defense, and the offensive team can score without touching the ball. The answer:  Baseball ! !

How to Be a Good Sport

Can you name the only sport in which the ball is always in possession of the team on defense and the offensive team can score without touching the ball?

Backwards and Forwards and Even Upside Down

This past Monday, we asked you what racecar and kayak have in common.

Many thanks to James Holmes, Managing Director, Unison Site Management, who correctly noted they are both palindromes – words or phrases which are the same spelled backwards and forwards.  Thanks James!

Level, eye, civic, noon, radar and tenet are other palindromes and so is the phrase: “was it a cat I saw”.   BTW, how many of you knew the only language in the world whose name is a palindrome is Malayalam, a language spoken in parts of India?

For you serious trivia buffs, the longest known palindrome in the Oxford Dictionary is “tattarrattat”.    Ba da bing, ba da boom!

Things You Ride In

What do racecar and kayak have in common?

As you might guess, this is a trick question and the title above is not the answer.

He Left the Stage and Went Out the Back

In answer to our UBCF question last Monday, the phrase “Elvis has left the building” was first used in December of 1956, by promoter Horace Lee Logan to quiet down the audience in Shreveport, Louisiana, so other performers that followed him could continue playing.  The entire statement Logan made was  “All right, all right, Elvis has left the building. I’ve told you absolutely straight up to this point. You know that. He has left the building. He left the stage and went out the back with the policemen and he is now gone from the building.” [UBCFA: March 3, 2017]