A Little More – Week of 5/20/24

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. Which NFL team plays in a stadium nicknamed “The Ship,” which has a roof design inspired by Nordic architecture?
  2. What logic puzzle video game features a grid of clickable tiles, with the objective to clear the board without detonating any explosives?
  3. In 1944, 99.5% of Icelandic citizens voted to establish independence by severing ties with the monarchy of what country?
  4. According to the Smithsonian, in 1974, at a supermarket in Troy, Ohio, what became the first item with a UPC code to be scanned at checkout?
  5. What actress is the only performer to appear in all 128 episodes of the teen drama Dawson’s Creek?
  6. What type of animal that appears on the seal of Rice University is also the nickname of the school’s athletic teams?
  7. What 20th-century U.S. president was in office when the presidential salary was raised to $100,000 for the first time? Later, he was the catalyst for the creation of the presidential pension, following financial trouble after leaving office, and he and his wife were the first recipients of Medicare cards.

Answers and A Little More

Q: Which NFL team plays in a stadium nicknamed “The Ship,” which has a roof design inspired by Nordic architecture?
A: Minnesota Vikings

A Little More – The dramatically projecting western end of the stadium has drawn comparisons to the prow of a Viking ship, but HKS architect John Hutchings, AIA, one of the principals in charge of the project, says such references are incidental. The jagged rocks that formed the nearby cataract known as St. Anthony Falls and the ice shards that pile up on the edges of Minnesota lakes as they freeze, thaw, and refreeze in winter were the real inspirations for the structure.

Try this Quiz – NFL Stadium by Picture


Q: What logic puzzle video game features a grid of clickable tiles, with the objective to clear the board without detonating any explosives?
A: Minesweeper

A Little More – The first version of Microsoft Minesweeper was released as part of the Microsoft Entertainment Pack 1 in 1990. It was included by default in Windows until Windows 8 (2012). Variants of Minesweeper have been made that expand on the basic concepts, such as Minesweeper X, Crossmines, and Minehunt. Minesweeper has been incorporated as a minigame in other games, such as RuneScape and Minecraft.

Try This Quiz – Sporcle Minesweeper


Q: In 1944, 99.5% of Icelandic citizens voted to establish independence by severing ties with the monarchy of what country?
A: Denmark

A Little More – On 31 December 1943, the Danish–Icelandic Act of Union expired after 25 years. Beginning on 20 May 1944, Icelanders voted in a four-day plebiscite on whether to terminate the personal union with Denmark, abolish the monarchy, and establish a republic. The vote was 97% to end the union, and 95% in favor of the new republican constitution. Iceland formally became a republic on 17 June 1944, with Sveinn Björnsson as its first president.

Earn This Badge – The Iceland Quiz


Q: According to the Smithsonian, in 1974, at a supermarket in Troy, Ohio, what became the first item with a UPC code to be scanned at checkout?
A: Chewing Gum

A Little More The first item to be scanned was a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit chewing gum. This product was chosen primarily because it was the only one in the store that had the barcode printed on it at the time. The scanning was performed by a NCR (National Cash Register) cash register. NCR was one of the companies that developed barcode scanning technology. The Wrigley’s gum pack, due to its historical importance, is now on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

Try This Quiz – 1 in 4 Shot: 1974 Events


Q: What actress is the only performer to appear in all 128 episodes of the teen drama Dawson’s Creek?
A: Katie Holmes

A Little More – James Van Der Beek appeared in 127 episodes, missing only one episode in the entire series run. Michelle Williams appeared in 118 episodes, being a core member of the main cast. Joshua Jackson appeared in 124 episodes, another central character throughout the series. While it received mixed reviews initially, critics generally praised the show for its intelligent dialogue, complex characters, and willingness to tackle mature themes. Over time, it gained recognition for its thoughtful exploration of adolescent issues.

Try This Quiz – Get the Picture: Schitt’s Creek or Dawson Creek


Q: What type of animal that appears on the seal of Rice University is also the nickname of the school’s athletic teams?
A: Owl

A Little More – Not only was an owl chosen because it’s a symbol of wisdom and knowledge, aligning with the university’s dedication to academic excellence, but Rice University’s founder, William Marsh Rice, had an affinity for the owl. This influenced the choice of the mascot when the university was established in 1912.

Try This Quiz – NCAA FBS Nicknames


Q: What 20th-century U.S. president was in office when the presidential salary was raised to $100,000 for the first time? Later, he was the catalyst for the creation of the presidential pension, following financial trouble after leaving office, and he and his wife were the first recipients of Medicare cards.
A: Harry Truman

A Little More After Harry S. Truman left the presidency in 1953, he faced significant financial struggles, a situation that highlighted the lack of post-presidential benefits at the time. Truman and his wife, Bess, returned to their home in Independence, Missouri. They lived relatively modestly, struggling to cover their expenses. Truman refused lucrative corporate positions and speaking fees, believing it inappropriate for a former president to profit from his office. To alleviate his financial difficulties, Truman wrote his memoirs, “Memoirs by Harry S. Truman: Year of Decisions” and “Memoirs by Harry S. Truman: Years of Trial and Hope.” Although these provided some income, the financial return was not immediate, and the process was demanding.

Try This Quiz – Obscure Knowledge: US Presidents


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