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Archive for December, 2011

Trivia Question 12/29/11 – Robert C. Baker

Birthday ChickenHappy birthday to Robert C. Baker.  Born on this date in 1921, he was a Cornell University professor and is remembered for creating this tasty food.


What food product did Robert C. Baker invent?


The DIY Magic of Amateur Radio

ARRL’s new video, “The DIY Magic of Amateur Radio,” is an 8-minute video that follows some of the innovative, imaginative and fun ways “hams” use radio technology in new and creative ways. The presentation is directed toward the DIY (do it yourself) movement, which is inspiring a new generation of creators, hackers and innovators. The message should be helpful for existing members to shape the ways they understand and talk about ham radio. For more information and related resources, visit

Trivia Question 12/22/11 – Christmas Tree Lights

Christmas Tree LightThe tradition of using small candles to light up Christmas trees dates back to at least the middle of the 17th century.  Candles for the tree were glued with melted wax to a tree branch or attached by pins. Around 1890, candleholders were first used for Christmas candles. Between 1902 and 1914, small lanterns and glass balls to hold the candles started to be used.


In what year were electric lights first used to light a Christmas tree?


Trivia Question 12/15/11 – Pennies


If you have a 5 gallon Sparklettes bottle that is filled up with pennies, how much in dollars do you have?


Trivia Question 12/8/11 – Sneakers


The first mass-produced canvas topped, rubber soled “sneakers” called Keds were first sold in what year?


A Ham’s Night Before Christmas

Trivia Question 12/1/11 – Wind

Los Angeles had the strongest winds that we’ve seen in more than 10 years.  It’s estimated the wind exceeded 60 miles per hour and gusts may have been up to 80 miles per hour in some areas.  BUT, although that’s a strong wind, it’s far from what is possible.


What was the highest wind speed ever recorded by a weather station anemometer?