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Kansas Trivia

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KPR Staff Thu, 07/09/2015 - 09:14

Q: When this man discovered Pluto in 1930, another Kansan was serving as Vice President of the United States. Can you name both of these high-achieving Kansans?


The Scarecrow’s pitchfork from the "Wizard of Oz" (at least one of them) is on display at the Museum of World Treasures in Wichita.
KPR Staff Fri, 06/26/2015 - 09:00

Q: A pitchfork used by the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz is on display at this Kansas attraction.

 Goodland is home to a giant reproduction of the painting “3 Sunflowers in a Vase," by Vincent Van Gogh. (Flickr Photo by cj)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/19/2015 - 00:00

Q: What Kansas community considers itself “The Golden Buckle on the Wheat Belt?” 

Halstead, Kansas's Riverside Park is where all the Labor Day picnic scenes were filmed for William Inge's 1955 film version of "Picnic." The park and many landmarks still existed at the time of the movie's 50th anniversary in 2005. The merry-go-round and cable suspension footbridge, which spans the Little Arkansas River, are still located there.
KPR Staff Fri, 06/12/2015 - 00:00

Q: Sixty years ago this month, Hollywood producers wrapped-up their on-location filming in Kansas for this 1950s movie.

The Shunga Trail along the Shunganunga Creek in Topeka. (Wikimedia Photo by  Mdupontmobile)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/22/2015 - 00:00

Q: Winding through the city of Topeka is a little river called the Shunganunga Creek. The name of this creek comes from an Indian word meaning what?


On May 25, 1986, the University of Kansas became the first university in the nation to dedicate one of these on campus. (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/15/2015 - 00:00

On May 25, 1986, the University of Kansas became the first university in the nation to dedicate one of these on campus. What was dedicated?

Still in the game...c. 1913. (Photo via Library of Congress)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/08/2015 - 09:52

Q: Gambling halls and smoke-filled saloons with games of chance have been part of the Kansas landscape since our Wild West days.

A worker bolts beams during construction of the Empire State Building in 1929; the Chrysler Building can be seen in the background. (Photo via Wikimedia)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:00

Q: It was on this May Day - May 1, 1931 - that the Empire State Building was officially dedicated in New York City!

Sculptors from all over the country entered models in a competition conducted by the Treasury Department, Procurement Division, to select a design for a new five-cent coin to be known as the "Jefferson Nickel." Mrs. Nellie Tayloe Ross, (right) Director of the Mint, and Edward Bruce, Chief of Treasury Dept. Procurement Division, Section of Painting and Sculpture, look over a few of the 390 models entered. A prize of $1,000 was awarded to the winner, 4/20/38. (Photo via Library of Congress)
KPR Staff Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:00

Q: America’s first female governor grew up in Kansas. In 1925, Nellie Ross became the nation’s first woman governor when she was elected to lead the state of Wyoming.

Dwight David Eisenhower, President of the United States, brought to the presidency his prestige as commanding general of the victorious forces in Europe during World War II. Eisenhower obtained a truce in Korea and worked incessantly during his two terms to ease the tensions of the Cold War. (Date: Between 1953 and 1961) Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society /
KPR Staff Fri, 04/03/2015 - 00:00

Q: President Dwight Eisenhower, who grew up in Abilene, changed the nation in many significant ways.

The final seconds of the third overtime in the 1957 final between North Carolina and Kansas. Wilt Chamberlain (13) has just rejected Tommy Kearns' (40) jumper. (Photo via KU University Archives)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:00

Q: It’s been called the greatest college basketball game in NCAA tournament history: North Carolina’s triple-overtime victory over the Kansas Jayhawks in the 1957 championship gam

Cast photo of the platoon from the television comedy "The Phil Silvers Show," 1957. (By Tim Marks, Milburn-McCarty Public Relations, New York (eBay front back) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/20/2015 - 00:00

Today’s trivia question comes from KPR’s retired Kansas Trivia Champion… Ted Heim of Topeka! 

The Central Time side of a refurbished sundial in Dodge City, Kan., located near the Amtrak station. (Flickr Photo by jessamyn west)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/13/2015 - 00:00

Q: Most of Kansas is in the Central Time Zone, but four counties out west – with no actual mountains – operate on Mountain Time. Can you name those four Kansas counties?

This polychrome-lithographed lobby card advertises the film "Splendor in the Grass." The screenplay for the 1961 film was written by William Inge and based on his personal experience growing up in Independence, Kan. Inge won an Academy Award for this film. (Image Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society /
KPR Staff Fri, 03/06/2015 - 00:00

Q: William Inge (rhymes with binge) was born in Independence, Kan., and grew up to become a famous playwright.

(Flickr Photo by Sean McGrath)
KPR Staff Fri, 02/20/2015 - 00:00

Q: Herbert Merrill Dimond was born in Smith Center, Kan., in 1915.

"Comanche" was the only 7th Cavalry survivor of the Custer Massacre in 1876.  Lots of Indians survived the battle. (Photo Courtesy of Library of Congress)
KPR Staff Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:18

Q: On display at the University of Kansas for more than 100 years, this horse is believed to have been the last surviving member of George Custer’s 7th Cavalry after the Battle of

A formal portrait of the members of the 1897 Executive Committee of the Kansas chapter of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society /
KPR Staff Thu, 02/05/2015 - 15:56

Q: In 1885, the Kansas Legislature passed a law that required schools to teach this in the classroom. What was it?


Front page article on the discovery of Pluto from the New York Times, March 14, 1930. (Image Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society /
KPR Staff Fri, 01/30/2015 - 09:15

Q: It was in 1926 that Clyde Tombaugh decided to build his own telescope.

Wilt Chamberlain stands on the basketball court of Allen Fieldhouse, during his tenure as a Kansas Jayhawk, ca. 1955. (Photo via Spencer Research Library
KPR Staff Thu, 01/22/2015 - 15:44

Q: The late Wilt Chamberlain is still the only man to ever score 100 points in an NBA game. The former Kansas Jayhawk has now been honored by the U.S.

The main business street looking north in Hugoton, Kan., 1891. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society /
KPR Staff Tue, 01/13/2015 - 10:25

Q: This southwest Kansas community is named after a French poet and writer who authored many works, including: The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.


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