A Little More – Week of 2/27/23

Welcome to A Little More, which is our weekly look at some of our favorite questions from last week at Sporcle Events pub quiz shows. And because we love these questions so much, we give you a little more (get it?) info about them and include a related quiz for you to play at home. Check back next week for even more.


This Week’s Questions

  1. What brand of adhesives with an alliterative name was created by Mark Singer following a 1994 trip to Indonesia during which he saw a similar product being used to make teak furniture?
  2. In 1940, George Washington Gibbs Jr., a sailor in the United States Navy, became the first African American to set foot on which continent?
  3. The United States and Canada share the longest international land border in the world, and Argentina and Chile share the third-longest. Name either of the countries that share the second-longest international land border.
  4. What sport has a defensive position called the libero, which was introduced into international play in 1998 and who wears a different jersey color than their teammates?
  5. Since the 1980s, what has been the official candy of the White House, with guests given commemorative packs on Air Force One and in other locations?
  6. Name one of the two cities where George Washington was sworn in as U.S. president. (Nerd Point for naming both)
  7. Which U.S. state capital city has a two-word name, with each word beginning with the same letter?

Answers and A Little More

Q: What brand of adhesives with an alliterative name was created by Mark Singer following a 1994 trip to Indonesia during which he saw a similar product being used to make teak furniture?
A: Gorilla Glue

A Little More – The company’s original product was not the well-known Gorilla Glue, but instead, a waterproof and airtight tape that was designed for use in the automotive industry. However, after receiving feedback from customers, the company shifted its focus to developing an all-purpose adhesive that could bond just about anything.

The result was Gorilla Glue, a polyurethane-based adhesive that could bond a wide range of materials, including wood, metal, ceramics, foam, and more. The glue quickly gained popularity among DIY enthusiasts and professionals alike, and the company has since expanded its product line to include a variety of other adhesives, tapes, and sealants.

Try this Quiz – Gorilla Countries


Q: In 1940, George Washington Gibbs Jr., a sailor in the United States Navy, became the first African American to set foot on which continent?
A: Antarctica 

A Little More – Gibbs was part of the second Byrd Antarctic Expedition, which was led by Richard E. Byrd and aimed to explore the continent and conduct scientific research. During his time in Antarctica, Gibbs worked as a carpenter and helped to build and maintain the base camp. His historic achievement helped to pave the way for other African Americans to explore the continent and make their own contributions to Antarctic research.

Try This Quiz – Forty African American Firsts


Q: The United States and Canada share the longest international land border in the world, and Argentina and Chile share the third-longest. Name either of the countries that share the second-longest international land border.
A:  Russia and Kazakhstan

A Little More – The U.S.–Canada border is 5,525 miles, the Russia–Kazakhstan border is 4,750 miles, and the Argentina–Chile border is 4,158 miles.

Try This Quiz – 9-1 Border Challenge


Q: What sport has a defensive position called the libero, which was introduced into international play in 1998 and who wears a different jersey color than their teammates?
A: Volleyball

A Little More – The libero is usually the player with the best defensive skills on the team and wears a different colored jersey from the rest of the team. They are allowed to substitute for any back-row player without counting as one of the team’s allotted substitutions. They can also enter and exit the game an unlimited number of times, as long as they are replacing a back-row player.

The libero’s primary role is to pass the ball and play defense, but they are not allowed to serve or attack the ball above the height of the net. They are also not allowed to block or attempt to block an opponent’s attack. With their specialized skills, liberos often make crucial plays and are instrumental in a team’s success on the defensive end of the game.

Try This Quiz – Word Ladder: Volleyball


Q: Since the 1980s, what has been the official candy of the White House, with guests given commemorative packs on Air Force One and in other locations?
A: M&M’s

A Little More – M&M’s have been a popular treat for White House guests for many years. The candies are often personalized with the presidential seal or other custom designs to commemorate special events or occasions.

In fact, the tradition of personalized M&M’s at the White House dates back to at least the 1980s, when President Ronald Reagan had them created for his inauguration. Since then, they have been a staple at many White House events, including state dinners, holiday celebrations, and other special occasions.

Try This Quiz – M&M Colors


Q: Name one of the two cities where George Washington was sworn in as U.S. president.
A: New York City and Philadelphia

A Little More –George Washington was inaugurated twice, in two different cities. His first inauguration took place in New York City, which was then the capital of the newly-formed United States, on April 30, 1789. At the time, the federal government was still being established, and Washington’s inauguration was held on the balcony of Federal Hall in Lower Manhattan.

Washington’s second inauguration took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 4, 1793, at Congress Hall. Philadelphia served as the capital of the United States from 1790 to 1800, while the permanent capital of Washington, D.C. was being built.

Try This Quiz – Click the Cartoon George Washington


Q: Which U.S. state capital city has a two-word name, with each word beginning with the same letter?
A: Carson City, Nevada

A Little More – Carson City is the capital of the state of Nevada, located in the western United States. It has a population of just over 55,000 people and covers an area of approximately 168 square miles. The city is named after the famous frontiersman and explorer Kit Carson and is situated at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Carson City is known for its rich history, with many historical sites and museums throughout the city that celebrate its past.

Try This Quiz – Two Word US State Capitals Minefield


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