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Arbor Day TreeTomorrow, April 25th is Arbor Day in the U.S.  It’s the holiday in which groups and individuals are encouraged to plant and care for trees.  The first Arbor Day in the world was held in a small Spanish village in 1805.  The first American Arbor Day was organized by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska in 1872. An estimated one million trees were planted on that first Arbor Day.

In honor of Arbor Day, we have a tree trivia question for you.

All 50 states have an official state tree.  But, some trees have been chosen by more than one state.  For example, the Eastern Cottonwood is the official state tree of both Kansas and Nebraska.

QUESTION:

How many different trees are there on the list of Official State Trees?

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Jerrie Mock in 1964On this date in history…  50 years ago today, Jerrie Mock, a housewife from Columbus Ohio, set an aviation record by becoming the first woman to fly solo around the world.

QUESTION:

How many days did it take for her to fly around the world?

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Safety PinOn this date in history… Walter Hunt of New York received a patent for the safety pin on this date.

QUESTION:

In what year was the safety pin patented?

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Pony Express Messenger's BadgeOn this date in history… On April 3, 1860, a lone rider on horseback left St. Joseph, Missouri, carrying saddlebags filled with mail destined for Sacramento, California.  It was the beginning of the famed Pony Express that delivered mail across a 1900 mile route until October, 1861.

QUESTION:

When the Pony Express started, how many states did it go through?

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Goodyear BlimpThe Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company unveiled its latest airship in Ohio last week. The blimp is an all-new, state-of-the-art version that is larger, faster, more maneuverable than previous models. In fact, it’s not really a blimp – it’s a zeppelin. It’s the first of three zeppelins the company plans to build, and it’s newest one has started making test flights this month from Goodyear’s Wingfoot Lake Hangar in Ohio.

QUESTION:

Goodyear currently has three blimps flying in the U.S. to advertise the company. In what year did Goodyear build and operate its first commercial blimp?

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Foam PeanutsLast week we had a trivia question about the invention and use of Bubble Wrap and we found out it was first used as packing material in 1960. For tonight’s Trivia Question we’ll take on another packing material – foam peanuts.

QUESTION:

In what year were foam packing peanuts introduced?

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Bubble WrapTonight’s Trivia Question is about bubble wrap, the clear plastic sheet containing trapped air bubbles that are used to package fragile items.  It turns out that “cushioning material” was not what the inventors were trying make when they developed it.

QUESTION:

We’ve got a two-part question for you tonight:

First, what were the inventors trying to create that eventually became the cushioning material bubble wrap?

Second, in what year was Bubble Wrap first used as a packaging material?

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