1. President Roosevelt was related to a man who had
served as President of the United States before him. Who was that man, and how
were the two men related?
ANSWER: Franklin D. Roosevelt was the fifth cousin of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States.
2. How long did it take workers to complete
construction of the Empire State Building?
ANSWER: Construction of the Empire State Building was completed in one year, 45 days. It took 7 million man-hours of labor!
3. When Jesse Owens was born, he wasn't named
"Jesse." Nor was he named "John Cleveland" or "James Cleveland," as recorded in
many biographies of the track hero. What name did Jesse's father give to him at
ANSWER: Jesse's father gave him the name "J.C." at birth. When the boy went to school, friends called him "Jesse" and the name stuck. Later, they gave him the name John Cleveland. "It's wrong, when J.C. is all I named him," said Jesse's father.
4. The designer of the Golden Gate Bridge worked many
hours to convince citizens that the bridge could be built and that it could pay
for itself with tolls paid by travelers. Who was that famous bridge designer?
ANSWER: Joseph Baermann Strauss
5. During the Depression years, people who were lucky
enough to have jobs were paid very low wages. About how much was an accountant
paid each week during the Depression? About how much is an accountant paid each
ANSWER: Today, an accountant earns about $700 a week. During the Depression, an accountant was paid about $45.00 a week.
6. Most of the places on the Monopoly board game were
named by the game's inventor for places in a real U.S. city. What city is that?
ANSWER: Atlantic City, New Jersey
7. What was pictured on the cover of the very first
issue of LIFE magazine, on November 23, 1936?
ANSWER: The Fort Peck Dam (in Montana), photographed by Margaret Bourke-White, appeared on the first cover of LIFE magazine.
8. The pop-up toaster was
one of the household conveniences that became commonplace in kitchens across
America in the 1930s. "This amazing new invention makes perfect toast every
time!" proclaimed ads in the Saturday Evening Post.
"Without turning! Without burning!" The pop-up toaster was invented some years
before it became popular. In what year was it invented, and by whom?
ANSWER: The patent for the pop-up toaster was filed on May 29, 1919, by Charles Strite.
9. How much money were Siegel and Shuster paid for
each page of their first Superman comic book?
ANSWER: Siegel and Shuster were paid $10 per page.
10. Unlike First Ladies before her, Eleanor Roosevelt
spoke her opinions freely in lectures, radio broadcasts, and in a daily
newspaper column. What was her newspaper column called?
ANSWER: Eleanor Roosevelt's daily newspaper column was called "My Day."