We stumbled on a box of Cleveland Trivia, made way back in 1985. Holy hell did we not get many questions right.
There are, of course, timeless tidbits of Cleveland trivia (first stoplight, first electric streetcar, etc.) that are always kind of thrown around, and some oddball things that some but not all would know (Paul Thomas Anderson is Ghoulardi's son, Bat Out of Hell was released by Cleveland International Records, which was mainly known for polka), and then there's a whole lakeload of stuff that was curious and memorable once and not so much as times go by and things like weather lines disappear. Some of them are just fun.
Here are 25 of our favorite questions from the box. Take some guesses, but just know your parents might need to help. Answers after the jump.
1) When you dial 471-1212, what do you get?
2) After hitting his 100th homerun, what Indian circled the bases backwards?
3) Who preceded Dick Goddard as the weatherman on TV 8?
4) Who was the hostess of Romper Room?
5) Where was the Cleveland Zoo located before it moved to Brookpark?
6) Name the Cleveland brothers who invented the windshield wiper.
7) In the early 1900s, Plain Dealer reporter Charles B. Shanks coined and popularized what term?
8) If you want to know the fun places to go, what number can you call?
9) Invented in Cleveland, it was called the "Gabriel Snubber." What was it?
10) In 1959, a subway under Euclid Ave. was approved by voters. Why was it not built?
11) Who was the first woman to run for mayor of Cleveland in 1962?
12) What do you get when you dial 931-1234?
13) Name one of the two characters John Wilkes Booth portrayed at the old Cleveland Academy of Music in the 1860s.
14) Why is the Cedar-Central apartments on E. 30th St. an official Cleveland landmark?
15) Name the amateur boxer who had the ringname "Packy East."
16) Name the Cleveland group who won a Grammy Award for their hit "Let It Whip."
17) For 41 years, who wrote a weekly yachting column for the Plain Dealer?
18) The O'Jays began their musical career at what popular night spot located at E. 49th St. and Central Ave.?
19) The Dali Museum was once located in what Cleveland suburb?
20) Carling's Black Label Beer had a companion ale. Name it.
21) What is Clare Crane's claim to fame?
22) What Clevelander purchased a yacht formerly owned by the Duke and Duchess of WIndsor?
23) What reporter heads TV's 8's I-Team?
24) Who wrote "Moon River"?
25) What place would the slogan "One Fare, Free Gate, No Beer" pertain to?
1) The Time
2) Jimmy Piersall
3) Houlihan the Weatherman (Bob Wells)
4) Miss Barbara
5) Wade Park
6) Fred and William Folberth
8) Fun Phone (621-8860)
9) Shock Absorber
10) Elected officials never issued the bonds for its construction
11) Albina Cermak
12) The weather
13) Richard III and Hamlet
14) First public housing in the U.S.
15) Bob Hope
16) The Dazz Band
17) Al Mastics
18) Leo's House of Stars
20) Red Cap Ale
21) Creator of Life Savers Candy
22) Vernon Stouffer
23) Carl Monday (some things don't change that much)
24) Henry Mancini (born in Little Italy)
25) Euclid Beach Park