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trivia 1/31
The single deadliest flu pandemic in history was the Spanish flu pandemic during 1918-1919. Occurring in three waves of increasing lethality, the Spanish flu killed more people in 24 weeks than AIDS did in 24 years. It also killed more people in one year than smallpox or the Black Plague did in 50 years.

1. Who was the only defenseman to win the NHL’s scoring title
2. What company’s stock ticker symbol ZZ ?
a. – Posturepedic
b. – Beautyrest
c. – Tempur-Pedic
d. – Sealy
3. Which one of these hit songs was not an instrumental?
a. - The Entertainer
b. - Seasons in the Sun
c. - Tubular Bells
d. - Love's Theme
4. Most definitely an acquired taste, Lutefisk is dried cod prepared with lye. What region of the world has given us this unusual ethnic delicacy.
5. The thin covering that encloses the cell and regulates substances that pass through it is called what?
6. Which V/STOL transport aircraft can operate in a multi-role capacity, both as a fixed-wing aircraft and a helicopter?
7. Sanskrit is an ancient language - in fact, it is one of the oldest Indo-European languages we know. The first known written works in Sanskrit are holy ones, related to what religion ?
8. A male witch is known as a ................ what ?
First sitting US president to appear on The Tonight Show was Barack Obama.
1. Bobby Orr (.. and he did it twice)
2. – d
3. –b
4. Scandinavia
5. cell membrane
6. the Osprey
7. Hindu
8. Warlock
By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog
Despite what you may have heard, JFK did not, as a sitting president, beat Barack Obama to the late night television talk show circuit. So far as I can tell (with the help of the invaluable Internet Movie Database), Obama's Tonight Show appearance did indeed make him the first sitting president to appear on such a television show.
While Kennedy did appear on Jack Paar's Tonight Show, he did so as a candidate in 1960, not as president.
That's not to say that sitting presidents have not appeared on television shows. Dwight Eisenhower is listed as being one of many people appearing in a variety show called Producers' Showcase in December 1954; the following year he appeared on The Colgate Comedy Hour, kicking off Armed Forces Week along with other guests like Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. In 1958, he made a pre-filmed appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, appealing for contributions to the United Fund. In all of these cases the shows were prime time, not late night. And if you think Ike was on TV a lot, consider that he is the only president to have won an Emmy (in 1956, for his use and encouragement of television).
In addition to appearing on Paar's show during the campaign, JFK appeared in his wife's famous "Tour of the White House" and in a one-hour taped salute to cancer research.
Richard Nixon was of course on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In as a candidate in 1968 and scored points with the public for delivering the show's trademark "sock it to me" line. But while Tricky is listed on IMDB as having appeared on Laugh-In twice as president and Johnny Carson's Tonight Show once, these listings appear spurious. "It seems to be one of those Nixon urban myths, but we have no evidence that he was ever on the Tonight Show," said Greg Cumming, the supervisory archivist at the Nixon Library out in California. "And the appearance on Laugh-In was in the 1968 presidential campaign."
Gerald Ford was the first president skewered by Saturday Night Live—but had the good humor to tape a couple of spots lampooning himself for the show.
Subsequent presidents wised up. As my colleague Mary Kate Cary notes, candidates have made appearances on like shows, but Obama will be blazing a more or less new trail.

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