In 1901, which company famously became the world’s first billion-dollar corporation?
Sears, Roebuck & Company
Answer: U.S. Steel Corporation was the first company to reach a market valuation of one billion dollars in 1901. At the beginning of the 20th century, a number of businessmen were involved in the formation of United States Steel Corporation, including Andrew Carnegie, Elbert H. Gary, Charles M. Schwab, and J.P. Morgan. J. P. Morgan and attorney Elbert H. Gary founded U.S. Steel on March 2, 1901 by combining Andrew Carnegie’s Carnegie Steel Company with several other steel and iron businesses. It was capitalized at $1.4 billion making it the world’s first billion-dollar corporation.
United States Steel Corporation, more commonly known as U.S. Steel, is an American integrated steel producer headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with production operations in the United States, Canada, and Central Europe. Wikipedia
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CEO: David B. Burritt (May 8, 2017–)
Headquarters: Pittsburgh, PA
Founders: Andrew Carnegie, J. P. Morgan, Charles M. Schwab, Elbert Henry Gary
Subsidiaries: U. S. Steel Košice, s.r.o., U. S. Steel Canada Inc, MORE
Which soap opera holds the record for the longest-running scripted program in broadcasting history?
-As the World Turns
-The Young and the Restless
Answer: Guiding Light is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running scripted program in broadcasting history. The show has been on radio and television for 72 years, beginning on NBC radio in 1937 and moving to CBS television in 1952. Procter and Gamble owned the show, which spawned the name “soap operas” because of the soap company’s sponsorship. On April 1, 2009, CBS announced that it canceled Guiding Light after a run of 72 years due to low ratings. The series broadcast its final episode on the network which aired on September 18, 2009 — after 18,262 episodes.
The fictional Midwest town of Springfield provides the backdrop for this continuing rich tale. The Bauer, Spaulding, Lewis, Cooper and Santos families form the backbone of the community as Springfield’s residents face life and love amid the greatest of challenges.
Original network: NBC Radio (1937–46); CBS Radio (1947–56); CBS Television (1952–2009)
Also known as: The Guiding Light; GL
No. of episodes: NBC: 2,500 (radio); CBS: 15,762 (radio & TV); Total: 18,262
Did you know: “Guiding Light” has the highest episode count (15,762) among all television programs in the world. wikipedia.org
What Russian video game features geometric squared blocks that fall from the sky?
-Call of Duty
Answer: Tetris is a tile-matching puzzle video game, originally designed and programmed by Russian game designer Alexey Pajitnov. He derived its name from the Greek numerical prefix tetra- (all of the game’s pieces contain four segments) and tennis, Pajitnov’s favorite sport. The objective of the game is to manipulate the geometric shaped square blocks called Tetrimonos, with the aim of creating a horizontal line of ten units without gaps. The game, or one of its many variants, is available for nearly every video game console and computer operating system. In 2007, Tetris came in second place in IGN’s “100 Greatest Video Games of All Time”.
Tetris is a tile-matching puzzle video game, originally designed and programmed by Russian game designer Alexey Pajitnov. Wikipedia
Initial release date: June 6, 1984
Genre: Puzzle video game
Designers: Alexey Pajitnov, Vladimir Pokhilko
Developers: Sega, Philips, Spectrum HoloByte, MORE
Platforms: Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy, MORE
Did you know: Tetris is the sixth-best-selling Nintendo Entertainment System video game by sales (5,580,000). wikipedia.org
Which presidential candidate was the first spokesman for Viagra?
Answer: In 1996, Bob Dole was the Republican Party’s candidate for the presidency, but lost to President Bill Clinton. Since leaving politics, Dole has made numerous appearances as a spokesperson for consumer products. In 1998, hoping to improve sales of its Viagra drug, Pfizer Inc. hired former presidential contender Bob Dole for a television advertising campaign to raise awareness about impotence. The Dole ads marked Pfizer’s first use of television advertising associated with Viagra. Dole acknowledged he participated in the trials for Viagra, which he called “a great drug.”
Robert Joseph Dole is a retired American politician and attorney who represented Kansas in Congress from 1961 to 1996 and served as the Republican Leader of the United States Senate from 1985 until 1996. Wikipedia
Born: July 22, 1923 (age 95 years), Russell, KS
Party: Republican Party
Spouse: Elizabeth Dole (m. 1975), Phyllis Holden (m. 1948–1972)
Education: Washburn University (1952), MORE
Children: Robin Dole
Who was the only U.S. President that was never elected as either President or Vice President?
-Lyndon B. Johnson
Answer: Gerald Ford was the Vice President of the United States, serving from 1973 to 1974, and the 38th President of the United States serving from 1974 to 1977. As the House Minority Leader, Ford was appointed Vice President following the resignation of Spiro T. Agnew, who pleaded no contest to tax evasion. Ford then went on to become President on this day in 1974 following the resignation of Richard M. Nixon. To this day, Gerald Ford remains the only President of the United States who was never elected President nor Vice-President by the Electoral College.
Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. was an American politician who served as the 38th President of the United States from August 1974 to January 1977.
Born: July 14, 1913, Omaha, NE
Died: December 26, 2006, Rancho Mirage, CA
Presidential term: August 9, 1974 – January 20, 1977
Vice president: Nelson Rockefeller (1974–1977)
Party: Republican Party
What is amathophobia?
-fear of mathematics
-fear of dust
-fear of opposites
-fear of jokes
fear of dust
A person who has an irrational fear of dust is suffering from amathophobia. This form of mental illness may produce intense bouts of anxiety and may even require hospitalization if a debilitating panic attack occurs. People suffering this condition find it difficult to manage the normal activities of daily life since dust is just about everywhere. Sufferers of amathophobia will usually spend a great deal of their time during the day cleaning and dusting in an often futile attempt to relieve their anxiety. Source: Disorders.net
Amathophobia: An abnormal and persistent fear of dust. Sufferers experience anxiety even though they realize dust poses no threat. From the Greek “amathos” (sand) and “phobos” (fear).
Sriracha is type of hot sauce named after a city located in which country?
Answer: Sriracha is a type of hot sauce or chili sauce made from a paste of chili peppers, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt. Sriracha sauce was created in Si Racha, Thailand, in the 1930s from the recipe of a housewife named Thanom Chakkapak. In Thailand, Sriracha is frequently used as a dipping sauce, particularly for seafood. Within the United States, Sriracha is associated with a sauce produced by Huy Fong Foods and is sometimes referred to as “rooster sauce” from the image of a rooster on the bottle.
Country in Asia
Thailand is a Southeast Asian country. It’s known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha. In Bangkok, the capital, an ultramodern cityscape rises next to quiet canalside communities and the iconic temples of Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew). Nearby beach resorts include bustling Pattaya and fashionable Hua Hin.
Currency: Thai baht
Spoken languages: Isan; Kam Mueang; Pak Tai
Points of interest: Phi Phi Islands, Grand Palace, Khaosan Road, MORE
Official language: Thai
Which is the world’s oldest known vegetable?
The oldest known vegetable is the one found in Stone Age settlements dating to 8,000 to 10,000 years ago. This historic vegetable is the pea. Humans have cultivated vegetables heavily over the millenia, but the vegetables eaten in prehistoric times differed from those we heartily consume today. Our ancient ancestors ate plants such as ferns and cattails, plants that modern man doesn’t include on the menu. Vegetables such as kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kohlrabi and Brussels sprouts were all commonly cultivated by early man. Source: Reference.com
The pea is most commonly the small spherical seed or the seed-pod of the pod fruit Pisum sativum. Each pod contains several peas, which can be green or yellow. Wikipedia
How many U.S Presidents have been impeached?
Answer: Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton are the only two presidents that have been impeached in U.S. history, and neither was convicted of the charges filed against him. The House impeached Andrew Johnson on February 24, 1868 for violating the Tenure of Office Act. Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives on December 19, 1998 on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice relating to the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Clinton was eventually acquitted by the Senate. Richard Nixon most likely would have been impeached had he not resigned his office on this day in 1974. Source: ThoughtCo.com
William Jefferson Clinton is an American politician who served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Prior to the presidency, he was the Governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981, and again from 1983 to 1992. Wikipedia
Born: August 19, 1946 (age 71 years), Hope, AR
Presidential term: January 20, 1993 – January 20, 2001
Vice president: Al Gore (1993–2001)
Education: Yale Law School (1970–1973), MORE
Andrew Johnson was the 17th President of the United States, serving from 1865 to 1869. Johnson became president as he was vice president at the time of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Wikipedia
Born: December 29, 1808, Raleigh, NC
Died: July 31, 1875, Elizabethton, TN
Presidential term: April 15, 1865 – March 4, 1869
Spouse: Eliza McCardle Johnson (m. 1827–1875)
Children: Martha Johnson Patterson, Andrew Johnson, Jr., Martha Johnson, Robert Johnson, Charles Johnson, Mary Johnson
Who gave us “Homeward Bound,” “Cecilia” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” through the 60s and 70s?
-Simon & Garfunkel
-Red Hot Chili Peppers
Simon & Garfunkel
When they first began performing in the early 1960s, Simon & Garfunkel seemed to be typical of most of the faux-folkiness groups of the time. The young crooners landed their first record deal with Columbia Records and produced their debut album “Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.” in 1964. They sealed their claim to everlasting fame in 1970 with the release of their “Bridge Over Troubled Water” album. Paul Simon and Artie Garfunkel remain favorites for music lovers of multiple generations. Source: SimonandGarfunkel.com
Simon & Garfunkel were an American folk rock duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel. Wikipedia
Genre: Folk rock
Origin: Forest Hills, New York City, NY (1963)
Members: Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel
Awards: Grammy Award for Album of the Year, MORE