A Little More – Week of 3/27/23

(Last Updated On: March 23, 2023)

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. In 1976, M&M’s temporarily removed which color of their candies, due to a scare of some of those color dyes being carcinogenic? The color was later reintroduced in 1987 and is still featured.
  2. Which planet in the solar system has moons that are mostly named for characters in works by William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope?
  3. According to the titles of the original seven books in a series that debuted in 1941, what literary title character takes a job, rides a bike, gets a medal, flies a kite, learns the alphabet, and goes to the hospital?
  4. What CHARACTER in The Karate Kid series is the only one for whom its performer has earned an Academy Award nomination?
  5. Three current NFL franchises have NEVER selected a player #1 overall in the NFL Draft. Name two of those three franchises, which have won the Super Bowl three times, two times, and one time, respectively.
  6. In 1992, what princess of the city of Agrabah became the first non-white princess introduced in a Disney animated film?
  7. Name one of the first three Asian countries to have had a woman serve as head of state, all of whom took office in the 1960s. (Note: This does not include acting heads of state.)

Answers and A Little More

Q: In 1976, M&M’s temporarily removed which color of their candies, due to a scare of some of those color dyes being carcinogenic? The color was later reintroduced in 1987 and is still featured.
A: Red

A Little More – M&M’s were made with Red Dye #40, which was not one of the carcinogenic dyes, which were #2 and #4, but people were avoiding any foods dyed red.

Try this Quiz – M&M Colors Minefield


Q: Which planet in the solar system has moons that are mostly named for characters in works by William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope?
A: Uranus

A Little More – Uranus’s moons are named after characters from the works of William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope. Specifically, the first batch of Uranus’s moons to be discovered were named after characters from Shakespeare’s plays, while the later-discovered moons were named after characters from Pope’s “Rape of the Lock” and other works.

The five largest moons of Uranus, discovered prior to the Voyager 2 flyby in 1986, were named Miranda, Ariel, Umbriel, Titania, and Oberon. These names were suggested by Sir John Herschel, son of William Herschel who discovered Uranus, and were eventually accepted by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

Try This Quiz – All Named Moons in the Solar System


Q: According to the titles of the original seven books in a series that debuted in 1941, what literary title character takes a job, rides a bike, gets a medal, flies a kite, learns the alphabet, and goes to the hospital?
A: Curious George

A Little More –Authored by Margret and H.A. Rey, the series follows the adventures of an inquisitive little monkey named George and his friend, the Man in the Yellow Hat. Interestingly, the character of Curious George was originally named “Fifi” and was intended to be a female monkey. However, the Reys decided to change the character’s name before publishing. The books have been translated into multiple languages, including Hebrew, Japanese, and Afrikaans, and have sold over 75 million copies worldwide.

Try This Quiz – Find the Fake Curious Georges


Q: What CHARACTER in The Karate Kid series is the only one for whom its performer has earned an Academy Award nomination?
A: Mr. Miyagi

A Little More – Pat Morita earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for the 1984 film The Karate Kid. None of the sequels earned an acting nomination, although the song “Glory of Love” from The Karate Kid Part II was nominated for Best Song.

Try This Quiz – Get the Picture – Karate Kid Franchise


Q: Three current NFL franchises have NEVER selected a player #1 overall in the NFL Draft. Name two of those three franchises, which have won the Super Bowl three times, two times, and one time, respectively.
A: Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, and Baltimore Ravens

A Little More –The Broncos did get John Elway, the #1 overall pick in the 1983 draft in a trade with the Colts several days after the draft, but they did not select him themselves. The Seahawks began play in 1976 and the Ravens began play as a new franchise in 1996 following a move from Cleveland. (Their franchise history is completely separate from Cleveland’s, as a result.)

Try This Quiz – NFL #1 Draft Picks


Q: In 1992, what princess of the city of Agrabah became the first non-white princess introduced in a Disney animated film?
A: Jasmine

A Little More – Jasmine was the princess In Aladdin. Since that time, Disney has significantly diversified its princess roster, adding Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Moana, and Raya. The NERD point asked players to answer who played Jasmine in the 2019 live-action adaptation of the film. That answer was Naomi Scott.

Try This Quiz – Aladdin Start to Finish


Q: Name one of the first three Asian countries to have had a woman serve as head of state, all of whom took office in the 1960s. (Note: This does not include acting heads of state.)
A: Sri Lanka, India, and Israel

A Little More –Sirimavo Bandaranaike in Sri Lanka in 1960, Indira Gandhi in India in 1966, and Golda Meir in Israel in 1969. In addition, Sükhbaataryn Yanjmaa served as the acting head of state in Mongolia in 1953.

Try This Quiz – Famous Firsts: Women Leaders


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Mark is the current Vice President of Entertainment at Sporcle. He founded Motor City Trivia back in 2009, which is what Sporcle Events is today. After hosting and attending thousands of pub quizzes over the last decade plus, he likes to write about some of his favorite trivia tidbits.

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