A Little More – Week of 3/13/23

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. Cassini’s laws describe the motion of what celestial body?
  2. What is the largest country in the world by total area with a short-form English name that begins with the letter “P”?
  3. At various times in the 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption, the character Andy Dufresne has posters of three different famous actresses hanging on the wall of his cell. Name two of those three actresses.
  4. Non-expanding recreational foam is said to be the material used by what toy brand, which was created by Parker Brothers and is currently owned by Hasbro?
  5. What rock band has released three studio albums with titles that include the word “rock”—one in 1977, one in 1981, and one in 2014?
  6. Among the list of the following seven amusement/theme parks, choose the four that had the highest attendance in 2021. Teams received two points for each correct answer: Six Flags Great Adventure, Hersheypark, SeaWorld Orlando, Cedar Point, Knott’s Berry Farm, Canada’s Wonderland, and Kings Island
  7. What “F” word refers to a person who generally follows a plant-based diet but will occasionally include meat or fish and is also known as a semi-vegetarian?

Answers and A Little More

Q: Cassini’s laws describe the motion of what celestial body?
A: The Moon

A Little More – Those three moon laws:

1. The Moon has a 1:1 spin–orbit resonance.

2. The Moon’s rotational axis maintains a constant angle of inclination from the ecliptic plane.

3. A plane formed from a normal to the ecliptic plane and a normal to the Moon’s orbital plane will contain the Moon’s rotational axis.

Try this Quiz – Phases of the Moon Picture Click


Q: What is the largest country in the world by total area with a short-form English name that begins with the letter “P”?
A: Peru

A Little More – There are ten countries that start with the letter P. Peru is by far the largest followed by Pakistan and Papua New Guinea. Peru is around 31% larger than Pakistan. Had we asked for the smallest P country, you should’ve answered Palau.

Try This Quiz – P Countries by Area Minefield Blitz


Q: At various times in the 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption, the character Andy Dufresne has posters of three different famous actresses hanging on the wall of his cell. Name two of those three actresses.
A: Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, and Raquel Welch

A Little More –In the novella on which the film is based (Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption), there are four posters, and they are of Jayne Mansfield, Linda Ronstadt, Hazel Court, and Rita Hayworth.

To prepare for his role as Andy, Tim Robbins actually spent time in solitary confinement. He asked to be locked in solitary for a while to get a feel for it, although he knew his experience wouldn’t be the same because it was voluntary.

Try This Quiz – Shawshank Redemption Scenes in Order


Q: Non-expanding recreational foam is said to be the material used by what toy brand, which was created by Parker Brothers and is currently owned by Hasbro?
A: NERF

A Little More – Non-expanding recreational foam is a backronym, established after the brand already had its name. The brand was originally created in the 1960s as a way for a Minnesota-based company called Reynolds Guyer Agency to create a safer indoor version of a game called “war” that they had developed. The first Nerf product was a foam ball, and it wasn’t until the 1980s that Nerf introduced their now-iconic foam dart blasters.

Try This Quiz – Close-Up Toys


Q: What rock band has released three studio albums with titles that include the word “rock”—one in 1977, one in 1981, and one in 2014?
A: AC/DC

A Little More – Those albums were: Let There Be Rock, For Those About to Rock (We Salute You), and Rock or Bust. The band  got its name from the abbreviation for “alternating current/direct current”, which refers to the two types of electrical power. The name was suggested by the younger sister of the band’s co-founders, Malcolm and Angus Young, who noticed the initials “AC/DC” on a sewing machine and thought it would be a fitting name for the band’s high-energy, electric sound.

Try This Quiz – Thunderstruck Lyrics


Q: Among the list of the following seven amusement/theme parks, choose the four that had the highest attendance in 2021. Teams received two points for each correct answer.

Six Flags Great Adventure
Hersheypark
SeaWorld Orlando
Cedar Point
Knott’s Berry Farm
Canada’s Wonderland
Kings Island
A: SeaWorld Orlando, Cedar Point, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Kings Island

A Little More – Every correct answer on the list had over three million reported visitors. Canada’s Wonderland came in last on this particular list at just under 600,000 visitors. In 2021, Disney’s Magic Kingdom was the most visited amusement park. It was the only part with over ten million visitors.

Try This Quiz – Sushi or Roller Coaster


Q: What “F” word refers to a person who generally follows a plant-based diet but will occasionally include meat or fish and is also known as a semi-vegetarian?
A: Flexitarian

A Little More –The American Dialect Society declared “Flexitarian” to be the most useful word of 2003. The word was added to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary in 2012.

Try This Quiz – Words of the Year by the American Dialect Society


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