Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Minnesota trivia

To add to the fun, i include the possibility that some of these "facts" might not be more lore than truth - good luck.

1. The Mall of America in Bloomington is the size of ____ football fields.

2. Minnesota Inventions: _____________ tape, ________ cereal, the _______ pan, _______ beauty products, and ______ _______ vegetables

3. The St. Lawrence Seaway opened in 1959 allowing oceangoing ships to reach _________.

4. The world's largest ____________ stands at the base of the Mill Pond dam on the Pelican River, right in downtown Pelican Rapids. The 15 1/2 feet tall concrete statue was built in 1957.

5. The _______________ Sculpture Garden is the largest urban sculpture garden in the country.

6. Minneapolis’ famed skyway system connecting _______ blocks (nearly ______ miles) of downtown makes it possible to live, eat, work and shop without going outside.

7. Minneapolis has more _________ per capita than any other city in the country.

8. The _______________ is the only facility in the country to host a Super Bowl, a World Series and a NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship.

9. Minnesota has 90,000 miles of ____________, more than California, Florida and Hawaii combined.

10. The first open heart surgery and the first bone marrow transplant in the United States were done at the University of _____________.

11. The _________ was invented in Spring Valley.

12. The first Children's department in a Library is said to be that of the ______________ Public Library, which separated children's books from the rest of the collection in Dec. 1889.

13. The first _______________ was marketed in June 1926 by McGraw Electric Co. in Minneapolis under the name Toastmaster. The retail price was $13.50.

14. The first _________ ________ was put into Operation on April 9, 1905, over the ship canal between Duluth to Minnesota Point. It had room enough to accommodate 6 automobiles. Round trip took 10 min.

15. ___________ were the first commercially successful in-line Roller Skates. Minnesota students Scott and Brennan Olson invented them in 1980, when they were looking for a way to practice Hockey during the off-season. Their design was an ice hockey boot with 3 inline wheels instead of a blade.

16. In 1919 a __________ factory turned out the nations first armored cars.

17. Tonka Trucks were developed and are continued to be manufactured in _______________.

18. Hormel Company of Austin marketed the first canned ham in 1926. Hormel introduced _______ in 1937.

19. Candy maker Frank C. Mars of Minnesota introduced the _________ candy bar in 1923. Mars marketed the Snickers bar in 1930 and introduced the 5 cent Three Musketeers bar in 1937. The original 3 Musketeers bar contained 3 bars in one wrapper. Each with different flavor nougat.

20. Minnesota has one _________ per every six people, more than any other state.

21. The _____-_____ _____ in Hibbing became the largest _____-_____ _____ in the world.

22. Minnesota's waters flow outward in three directions: north to ___________ ______ in Canada, east to the __________ _________, and south to the _____ ___ _______.

23. At the confluence of the Big Fork and Rainy Rivers on the Canadian border near International Falls stands the largest _________ _________ ________ in the upper midwest. It is known as the Grand Mound historic site.

24. ________ is birthplace and home of world's largest Paul Bunyan Statue. The kneeling Paul Bunyan is 20 feet tall. He might be the claimed 33 feet tall, if he were standing.

25. ________ is the birthplace of the American bus industry. It sprang from the business acumen of Carl Wickman and Andrew "Bus Andy" Anderson - who opened the first bus line (with one bus) in 1914. The bus line grew to become Greyhound Lines, Inc.

26. Polaris Industries of ________ invented the snowmobile.

27. Twin Cities-based __________ Airlines was the first major airline to ban smoking on international flights.

5 comments:

Kuoppala's & in-laws said...

2. Duct tape?,
7. Parks?
9. lakeshore
10. MN
15. Rollerblades
21 Hull-rust mine; open pit mine
or Iron man statue; free standing statue
22. Hudson Bay; ?; Gulf of Mexico
24. Bemidji
25. Hibbing
27. Northwest

Kuoppala's & in-laws said...

1. 78
2. Scotch, Wheaties,Bundt, ????, Green Giant
3. Duluth
4. ????
5. ???
6. 52 or 5 miles
7. IVAN Golfers
8. Metrodome
9. Lake Shores??
10. Minnesota
11. Stapler
12. ???
13. Toaster
14. Ferry
15. Rollerblades
16. ???
17. ???
18. Spam
19. Milky Way
20. boat
21. ??
22. ???
23. ??
24. Akeley
25. Hibbing
26. Roseau
27. Northwest Airlines
Now I do not claim to be a very bright person...I just did some research on some of these.
Jody

Kuoppala's & in-laws said...

this blogosphere is quiet - here's some hints for the answers not yet appeared.

#2: _______ products - rhymes with Anita

#4 The world's largest ____________ stands on the PELICAN River, in downtown PELICAN Rapids.

#5 also happens to be mn's largest city

#9 is shoreline (not necessarily lakeshore)

#12 - same as #5

#16 - same as #5 & #12

#17 - think of a teeny-tonka truck

#22 - huge body of water separating us from europe - two words, second one is ocean

#23 - a cemetery for native people

#24 - Akeley was the correct answer

Good work!

Kuoppala's & in-laws said...

1. 10
2. scotch tape
Wheaties
teflon
Avon
Green Giant
3. Duluth
4. Pelican
5. ?
6. 55 blocks or 5.5 miles
7. lakes
8. ?
9. lakeshore
10. U. of Minnesota
11. ?
12. Chicago ??
13. toaster
14. Point Ferry !
15. Rollerblades
16. Mack Truck
17. Mound, MN
18. Spam
19. Milky Way
20. car
21. Hull-Rust
open pit
22. Hudson Bay
Lake Superior
Gulf of Mexico
23. Indian Burial Mound
24. Bemidji
25. Hibbing
26. Warroad
27. NW Airlines
by DK

Kuoppala's & in-laws said...

I didn't take time to look at the
answers just ahead of mine. I guess I should have known Akeley,
how many times have we driven past
the big man. dk