Riddle Me This…

Ready for a riddle and some trivia?
March 25, 2010

What’s full of holes, but still holds water?

What building has the most stories?

What can travel the world while sitting in a corner — literally?

Because its recent trivia night was designed to help grade school students, the Union School Parents Club thought it would be fun to include a category of classic riddles that were, hopefully, still familiar from your own childhood.

Proceeds will help teachers buy supplies to stretch tight school budgets. To help out, send checks to the Union School Parents Club, in care of Union School, 20 S. 27th St., Belleville, IL 62223,

How well did you remember those childish stumpers? The answers: sponge, library and postage stamp. Now, try your hand at another riddle — and more serious questions:

1. She was an American activist for the disabled, she was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree and her ashes were placed next to her miracle worker of a teacher. Who is she?

2. What 1960s soap opera featured the vampire Barnabas Collins? Bonus: Who played him?

3. “Takes a licking and keeps on ticking.” Who popularized that ad slogan — and about what product?

4. Who were Johnny Carson‘s final two guests on “The Tonight Show”?

5. What American holds the record for winning the most Olympic gold medals in a career?

6. Name the four countries that participated in the initial invasion of Iraq on March 20, 2003.

7. Identify a 2001 movie from this line: “Don’t worry, princess, I used to be afraid of the dark until … no, wait, I’m still afraid of the dark!”

8. What do Superman, Moses and the Cabbage Patch Kids all have in common?

9. In 2007, Neil Diamond finally revealed the subject of “Sweet Caroline.” Who inspired him to write the song in 1969?

10. In 1984, Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller” set a record for winning eight Grammys in one night. Whose album, entitled “Supernatural,” tied that mark in 2000?

The answers:

1. Helen Keller

2. “Dark Shadows” featuring Jonathan Frid.

3. John Cameron Swayze for Timex watches.

4. Robin Williams and Bette Midler, who sang “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road).”

5. Michael Phelps (14), although Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina has more total medals, 18 to Phelps’ 16.

6. United States (248,000 troops), United Kingdom (45,000), Australia (2,000) and Poland (194).

7. Voiced by Eddie Murphy as the donkey in “Shrek

8. All were adopted.

9. In 2007, Diamond sang the song at Caroline Kennedy’s 50th birthday party.

10. Santana

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