New Trivia Questions from “Page-A-Day” 6/7

This week’s questions:

  1. Which two states–both of which also call themselves commonwealths–once were a single state?
  2. What language is the source of the word admiral?
  3. For what films did Hollywood best buddies George Clooney and Matt Damon gain 30 pounds?
  4. What unique distinction does the racehorse Dancer’s Image hold in Kentucky Derby history?
  5. How long and wide is a standard Olympic-size swimming pool?

This week’s answers:

  1. Virginia and Kentucky. Kentucky, which originally was a sprawling western county of Virginia, was granted permission to apply for statehood by Virginia’s General Assembly in 1789.
  2. Arabic. The word is derived from the Arabic term amir-al-bahr, which means “commancer (or prince) of the sea.”
  3. Clooney for his Oscar-winning portrayal of CIA operative Bob Barnes in Syriana (2005); and Damon for his portrayal of corporate whistleblower Mark Whitacre in The Informant (2009).
  4. The cray hold was the only horse to be disqualified after crossing the finish line first in the Derby.
  5. 164 feet long and 82 feet wide.

Source: Workman Publishing/”Page-A-Day”

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