The double issue of Time magazine (7/11 and 7/18/16) gave readers “240 Reasons to Celebrate America Right Now.” Their staff and guests contributed 240 “favorite places, sights, tastes, etc.” because our country is 240 years old and has at least that many ways to celebrate throughout the Summer, and beyond.
With this information available, here is a quiz based upon elements of USA’s culture as reported in the magazine. Enjoy the quiz, refresh some memories, and find ways to create more. Answers follow the questions. Don’t peek.
1) Which animated film earned the most money at US box offices:
—The Lion King
—Toy Story 3
2) Who is the winningest coach in Division I College Basketball:
3) Who is the first Latina State Governor. What is her name or her State’s?
4) According to Lee Daniels, film and TV creator, what local ingredient is most responsible for the “perfect” taste of a Philadelphia Soft Pretzel:
5) Tap dancing was born in:
6) In 2015, Americans gave what amount of money to charity:
7) What percentage of Americans currently live in urban centers:
8) Every 10th person in the USA was born in another country. In NYC, it’s one in every:
9) To attend a big league baseball game, a family of four spends (on average):
10) In 2016, for the 7th straight year, the number of “Independent” bookstores:
11) What percentage of Americans decline to use all their paid time off:
12) What State puts its philosophy, “Live Free or Die,” on its license plates?
13) Every Summer, 20,000 cyclists come to Iowa for its annual bicycle cross state ride, AND to eat what food along the way:
14) San Quentin prison, in California, has its problems. What’s not a problem is its program for inmates in:
—Stock Market Analysis
15) What current NYCthatrical production is expected to gross a billion dollars income from ticket sales, road company productions, album sales, etc.:
16) Summer festivals are reported by Time magazine in 3 of the following 4 locations. Which is incorrect:
–Eau Claire, Wisconsin
—Newport, Rhode Island
17) In some places, you can find soft-serve ice cream all-year around. But in Summer, especially, look for it at:
18) In the Carolinas, get your Summertime fill of:
Here are the answers:
1) Shrek 2 earned $441 million. For those interested, others earned: The Lion King, $423 million; Toy Story 3, $415 million; Frozen, $401 million; Finding Nemo, $381 million. Finding Dory earned $311 million in 12 days.
2) Pat Summitt: 1,098; Geno Auriemma: 955; Bobby Knight: 899.
3) Ms. Susana Martinez, New Mexico.
4) It’s the Water. Residents and former residents known to this author agree.
5) According to Time, “Tap was born in mid-19th century America —an amalgam of African tribal dances and Irish and English jigs and clog dancing.”
6) Americans gave $373.25 million to charity in 2015 —more than a million a day.
7) 75%. I remember being taught in grade school that in our country’s early days 90% of the population lived on family farms.
8) In NYC, every third person was born in another country. In the Borough of Queens, “The World’s Borough”, it’s 1 in 2 people.
9) The family entertainment at a baseball game costs $219. What was Dad’s beer? How many hot dogs did folks have?
10) Thought to be dwindling, independent book stores have been increasing. And they’re the setting for films, too. Remember “You’ve Got Mail” or “Notting Hill?”
11) 55% of us don’t take all of our vacation. Why? Because we like them so much or we’re afraid to leave because they might not be there when we return or ?
12) No, it’s not Texas. Try New Hampshire. Stories vary. Its origin could be revolutions in America, France, or Scotland.
13) Pie. Reportedly, Iowa’s grandmothers look beyond traditional apple or cherry for “rhubarb, peach, gooseberry, bumbleberry, and triple berry.” Ok; I’m hungry.
14) Software Engineering. Ideally, “inmates earn some money doing contract code writing while in prison and…prepare for a tech job when released.”
15) Hamilton. It won 11 Tonys including Best Musical, and other awards, plus the cast visited the White House. Its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, will next work on the film, “Mary Poppins Returns”, due in 2018.
16) Athens, Ohio. I graduated from there in 1970. That’s how I came up with a 4th answer.
17) This item came from a side note in Time. T. Boone Pickens, a businessman, was talking about how much he enjoyed Dairy Queen. He wrote a book: “The First Billion Is The Hardest.” No joke. I like DQ, too. I’ve earned close to a billion…less.
18) Barbecue. I KNOW you can get great BBQ elsewhere. Relatives will testify to Texas’ best. I’m just saying there’s good stuff to eat out there, folks. Enjoy it before your doctor starts talking about cholesterol levels, diet, exercise, etc.