Princeton Trivia Quiz
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The inventor of what following household staple donated the one of the most expensive piece of artwork to the Princeton University Art Museum?
Question 1 Explanation:
When the creative advertising convinced women it was bad breath that kept them from being married, that's when Listerine FLEW off the shelves!
What did Einstein never learn how to do properly?
What actor from the Wizard of Oz lived in Princeton?
What sporting phenomenon was invented in a Princeton University hallway?
Question 4 Explanation:
Joseph McElroy Mann 1876 was the first college pitcher to control the curve ball and use it successfully in a game. He saw Candy Cummings, a professional pitcher with the Hartford, Connecticut Club, give an exhibition of curve-throwing in the fall of 1874, and that winter he developed his own curve ball by constant practice in the corridors of Nassau Hall. His highly effective use of this novel delivery, on May 29, 1875, in New Haven, Connecticut, enabled him to pitch the first no-hit game in the history of baseball, amateur or professional.
What is buried in a Princeton dorm?
Question 5 Explanation:
As the foundation for Holder Hall was being dug, workmen discorvered the remains of a burial ground belonging to the Fitz-Randolphs, the family that donated the original four and a half acres for the Princeton campus. President Wilson had the conents of each grave placed in a separate box and reinterred under the arch. There is a plaque to commemorate the family members.
Which cinema hero was rumored to be raised in Princeton? (hint: He dated the real Nancy Drew!)
Question 6 Explanation:
This is a trick question! As many people know, Christopher Reeves, who famously played Superman in the films, was raised in Princeton. But, we're looking for Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. whose father was supposedly an anthropology professor at Princeton University!
What community involvement did Bill Bradley enjoy while he was attending Princeton?
Which hall was the first capitol of the United States?
Question 8 Explanation:
In 1863 the Continental Congress was meeting in Nassau Hall and received the Treaty of Paris. Simply put, it meant the rest of the world agreed we were a free nation!
The trees on Princeton University campus were orignially planted as blockades to prevent what student activity in between classes?
Question 9 Explanation:
In the book, Princeton - America's Campus, Barksdale Maynard describes young men in the 18th century who would go into the yard and play spontaneous games of baseball. The faculty believed it to be a distraction and planted trees to make it more difficult to play the game!
What bell in America has rung the most?
Question 10 Explanation:
It has rung over 35 million times!
The tigers in front of Nassau Hall replaced what original mascots?
Question 11 Explanation:
Originally, Princeton's mascot was the lion—seen by the administration as the most regal animal. However, in 1867 the sophomore baseball team decided to adorn orange ribbons with black numerals. The orange and black combination stuck and by the early 1880s florid sports writers began to refer to Princeton's teams as the Tigers.
One out of every 6 Tigers will do what?
Question 12 Explanation:
We're surprised it's not 1 out of every 2!
Which Princeton University President was 68 years old when he married his 24 yr old second wife?
Question 13 Explanation:
On October 1789, his wife, Elizabeth, died suddenly. Two years later, John, at age 68, married the 24 year old Anne Marshall Dill and the couple had two children!
Students in need of quick beach front property find it where?
Question 14 Explanation:
Students sun bathe on the grassy space between Blair Hall, Witherspoon Hall and Alexander Hall/Richardson Auditorium.
The oldest trees on Princeton University campus are the two sycamore trees planted in front of Maclen House to celebrate the repeal of what famous Act?
Question 15 Explanation:
Princeton's trees are a living link to its past and future. The pair of sycamores standing on the Maclean House lawn in this Bicentennial year were vigorous saplings when Washington's troops scattered three British regiments at the Battle of Princeton. Chances are good that they will still be standing sentry when the nation celebrates its half-millennium in 2276
During the freshman photograph, sophomores sometimes drench freshman with what items?
The Princeton Big Three Bonfire occurs when:
Question 17 Explanation:
There is always an outhouse on the fire - (to represent Yale and Harvard's lack of sophistication) and a toy bulldog to represent, Handsome Dan, the Yale mascot.
What Princeton prank is considered the best of all?
The Class of 1968 pranked the University by creating a fictitious applicant, Joseph Oznot, whom the University accepted. At 312 Hamilton Hall in Mathey College a plaque claims he was drawn and quartered by the French Foreign Legion. This plaque is not accurate because the University publishes Oznot's reunion photographs each year and 'Znot has an active Facebook page which claimed he was:
JFK submitted the same application-nearly word for word to which two institutions?
Which famous Paul's birthday is celebrated on campus on April 24th by a group of naughty students who have a beer every hour on the hour, just because there are 24 hours in a day and serendipitously, 24 beers in a case?
Princeton believes that they are 428,000 miles ahead of Harvard and Yale because in 1969, Peter Conrad '53 took a Princeton University flag to the moon. What other unlikely places have tigers placed the flag?
Question 22 Explanation:
All are potentially true, we just don't have the security clearance to verify this answer.
David Duchovney played which sport at Princeton?
What Princeton newspaper is the 3rd oldest news publication in America?
If every living Tiger gives $216,867.50 they could double their endowment to 32 billion. How many living tigers are there?
Who is rumored to have a tattoo of a tiger?( We are being polite and not mentioning the location)
Princeton has more students participating in the:
For a dozen years a rumor persisted that the CIA funded the building of which Princeton landmark and according to PU President Bowen, "was one of the best kept secrets in modern times?"
Theatre Intime was haunted by Princeton student, Hamilton Murray. In 1978 members of the famous theater group found what hidden inside the walls of the theater?
Question 29 Explanation:
From aspiring playwrights to Broadway-bound actors to future professional directors, Intime has provided theatrical support and facilities for generations of Princeton students. Congregating at Intime, they work together with vigor and youthful enthusiasm to work, making their exciting dreams into realities. Since its inception, all of Intime's shows have been produced without any University support. Students are solely responsible for every aspect of the theater -- from acting to directing, fundraising to administrating.
In 1916, who was part of an all-male kick line that earned the compliment of being the most beautiful girl at Princeton in the New York Times?
The first three chapters of This Side of Paradise was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in his famous eating club, Cottage Club. Firestone Library holds in its collection:
Officially the motto, "Dei Sub Numine Viget." translates as "Under the Protection of God She Flourishes"-another popular interpretation is:
Nearly every captain of industry has made Princeton their home. Why?
What club in Princeton has the best legs second only to the Rockettes?
Question 34 Explanation:
The Princeton Triangle Club is a theater troupe at Princeton University. Founded in 1891, it is the oldest touring collegiate musical-comedy troupe in the United States, and the only co-ed collegiate troupe that takes an original student-written musical on a national tour every year. The club is known for its tradition of featuring an all-male kickline in drag. The troupe presents several shows throughout the year. In September at the end of the University's Freshman Week it presents a revue of popular material from previous years. In autumn it puts on an original student-written musical comedy in McCarter Theatre, then takes this show on tour over the Winter holiday season. In spring it puts on another original show in a smaller venue. During reunions after the end of the spring semester, it relaunches the previous autumn's show at McCarter. Among the club's notable alumni are F. Scott Fitzgerald, Booth Tarkington, Russel Wright, Joshua Logan, Brooks Bowman, Jimmy Stewart, José Ferrer, Wayne Rogers, Clark Gesner, Jeff Moss, David E. Kelley, Nicholas Hammond, Zachary Pincus-Roth, and Brooke Shields.
What is the ratio of Professors to students at Princeton?
Question 35 Explanation:
That's better than a nursery school!
At Princeton University the faculty must teach:
Question 36 Explanation:
That's different than any other Ivy League institution!
The majority of Princeton students:
Popular professor, activist and rapper, Cornell West, has dressed in his signature all black minister suit for 40 years. He says it represents:
Question 38 Explanation:
Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He has taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris. He has written 19 books and edited 13 books. He is best known for his classic Race Matters, Democracy Matters, and his new memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. He appears frequently on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN and C-Span as well as on his dear Brother, Tavis Smiley’s PBS TV Show. The Smiley and West radio show began October 1, 2010. He made his film debut in the Matrix – and was the commentator (with Ken Wilbur) on the official trilogy released in 2004. He also has appeared in over 25 documentaries and films including Examined Life, Call & Response, Sidewalk and Stand. Last, he has made three spoken word albums including Never Forget, collaborating with Prince, Jill Scott, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS-One and the late Gerald Levert. His recent spoken word interludes were featured on Terence Blanchard’s Choices (which won the Grand Prix in France for the best Jazz Album of the year of 2009), The Cornel West Theory’s Second Rome and the Raheem DeVaughn’s Love & War: Masterpeace. In short, Cornel West has a passion to communicate to a vast variety of publics in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. – a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.
Who may install any art piece for a visit in their home from the world class collection at Princeton University Art Museum?
Question 39 Explanation:
The current President is Chris Eisgruber. Here's a fun article written by the Daily Prince about him!: http://thedailyprincetonian.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/chris-eisgruber/
The initial participants to Princeton reunions were granted:
Question 40 Explanation:
In the 1800's, anyone who returned to campus for Commencement three years after graduation qualified for an automatic master’s degree (a practice lasting until 1892)!
The gates of Princeton University were closed to the public until 1970 because of:
Question 41 Explanation:
In 1970, the gate was permanently cemented open, at the request of the Class of 1970 to symbolize that Princeton was open and responsive to the world, and not just a cloistered ivy tower.
There is a secret, by invitation only bar at the Princeton University Graduate School-what is it's name?
Question 42 Explanation:
D-Bar is the nickname for The Debasement Bar at the Princeton University Graduate School
Which word didn't exist until Princeton invented it:
Question 43 Explanation:
The earliest known use of the proper noun the Campus in a collegiate context occurred in 1774 at Princeton, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Charles C. Beatty wrote Enoch Green on January 31, 1774: “Last week to show our patriotism, we gathered all the steward’s winter store of tea, and having made a fire in the Campus, we there burnt near a dozen pounds, tolled the bell and made many spirited resolves.”
The Frist Student Center is depicted as the hospital in which popular TV series:
Question 44 Explanation:
The Frist Campus Center, designed by Robert Venturi '47 GS'50 of Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates, opened in September 2000. Frist was developed in and around the former Palmer Physical Laboratory, dedicated in 1908, which itself was famous for its modernity at the time. Many elements of the old structure were preserved and now complement the new one, creating a contrast between old and new that is visible but harmonious. The campus center is named for the Frist family of Nashville, Tennessee, which has extensive ties to the University. Since 1970, five members of the family have attended Princeton, including Sen. William H. Frist '74 (former Senate majority leader), who has served on the Board of Trustees.
In 1896, during the first Olympic Games, Robert Garrett, Class of 1867 won first place in both the discus and the shot put, second place in the long jump and third place in high jump
Question 45 Explanation:
Kopp's Cycle Shop, the oldest cycle shop in America, gave the equipment to the boys when they competed. Members of the International Olympic Committee live in Princeton today!
On January 8th, a by invitation only club meets in a secret location for fried peanut butter sandwiches and a few brews. It's name is the P-Elvis Club and it's mission is " dedicated to spreading the magic of the King."
Question 46 Explanation:
You can't make something like that up! They really meet on January 8th! It was a mutual love of Elvis that brought Jeremy Roller ’95 and Brian Policano ’95 together at Princeton in 1993, and later gave birth to PElvis — or Princeton for Elvis — “a group of Princeton students dedicated to spreading the magic of the King.”
The Dinky Train was the personal train of the wealthy alumnus, Moses Taylor Pyne. He gifted the train to the students because he believed it was "too difficult to get to NYC to party."
Question 47 Explanation:
The total amount of money that Pyne gave to Princeton, including the University, its students, faculty, and related institutions, is truly incalculable. The extent of his financial aid to Princeton has never been disclosed. It was known to be very large but the point was one which he never cared to discuss. He poured an untold amount of money into the general fund, and while Pyne never disclosed how much - It is known...that for several years he drew his own check to cover the deficit in the university budget.
Princeton rejects 92% of her applicants but has an impressive 98% retention rate for freshman and 97% graduation for all students.
Two smart cookies, Jeff Bezos '86 and MacKenzie Bezos "92 donated 15 milllion dollars to establish a center for brain research to the Neuroscience Institute.
Question 49 Explanation:
Bezos founded Amazon.com in 1994 after making a cross-country drive from New York to Seattle, writing up the Amazon business plan on the way. He initially set up the company in his garage. He had left his "well-paying job" at a New York City hedge fund when he "learned about the rapid growth in Internet use", which coincided with a "then-new U.S. Supreme Court ruling [that] online retailers don't have to collect sales taxes in states where they lack a physical presence"; he had headed to Washington because its relatively small population meant fewer of his future customers would have to pay sales tax.
United States Presidents James Madison, Woodrow Wilson and John F. Kennedy attended Princeton and United States President Grover Cleveland was a Trustee. This is just a bit of:
James Madison, President of the United States, was introduced to Dolley, America's beloved First Lady, through his tiger classmates. Aaron Burr Jr., famous duelist, was Vice President of the United States and wannabe King of Texas.
Question 51 Explanation:
More shameless name dropping. It's so hard to stop once you get started!
Johnny Poe Jr-cousin to Edgar Allen Poe,was a charismatic football player who was academically dismissed in 1872-his entire freshman class escorted him to the Dinky. Poe Field was named after him and the Poe Cup was named after him.
Question 52 Explanation:
Six sons of the late Judge John Prentiss Poe, the Great Class of 1856, a nephew of the poet, Edgar Allen Poe, played on Princeton teams.
President Shirley Tighlman was the first female Princeton University President and 2nd female in the Ivy League. She went to high school with Neil Young and she actually convinced Neil Young to sing backup in her short lived girl band - The Ladybugs.
Question 53 Explanation:
She walked to work every day and picked up a small world coffee every morning. The current President, Chris Eisgruber does too!
Cultural icons Mary, in Something About Mary went to Princeton, as did Doogie Howzer MD. The show claimed that Doogie graduated at 13, the same age Benjamin Rush graduated from Princeton!
Question 54 Explanation:
While in Scotland Rush rendered his alma mater an incalculable service, when in cooperation with Richard Stockton, a trustee, he persuaded John Witherspoon to come to America as Princeton's president. Stockton's authority and dignity were indispensable to the mission, but it was Rush's confident, audacious, and engaging youth that won the day. From Edinburgh, twenty-one-year-old Rush wrote forty-four-year-old Witherspoon ``your talents have been in some measure buried, but at Princeton they will be called into action, and the evening of your life will be much more effulgent than your brightest meridian days have been.'' When Witherspoon felt obliged to decline because of his wife's fear of leaving home -- the very mention of going to America made her physically ill -- Rush asked Witherspoon ``And must poor Nassau Hall be ruined?'' and ``Will you then suffer your sun to set so soon?'' A little later he urged Witherspoon to reconsider the Princeton invitation and offered to help him make another appeal to his wife. Soon, on Witherspoon's invitation, Rush spent several days with the Witherspoons at their home in Paisley. Shortly afterward a friend of Witherspoon wrote to Richard Stockton in Princeton that ``to Mr. Witherspoon's great satisfaction, his wife has at last given a calm hearing to Mr. Rush, argued the Matter with him, and received a satisfying Answer to all her objections; so that now she is willing if the Doctor is rechosen . . . to go with him without Grudge.'' Witherspoon was re-elected in due course and he and Mrs. Witherspoon came to America in August 1768
Carlton from the Fresh Prince of BelAir, Alex Keaton of Family Ties, Cecil Tinwillger of The Simpsons all went to Princeton. Bruce Wayne, the Caped Crusader, also went to Princeton but had to drop out to fight crime-it's a full time job being Batman!
Question 55 Explanation:
Not surprisingly, Yale also lists Bruce as an alum. (In Batman Returns, the movie decidedly reveals he attended Princeton!)
Jack Donaghy, played by Alec Baldwin, of 30 Rock went to Princeton and claimed to be a classmate of Michelle Obama.
Question 56 Explanation:
He recorded every word in the English language for a linguistics project and played Maria in an all-male production of West Side Story. He shrugged off an infestation of bedbugs on the grounds that such things don’t happen to Princeton grads. He also received the Amory Blaine Handsomeness Scholarship. When experiencing great success in his career, he yearned for a trip to Reunions, in hopes of showing up the first lady.
Sam Seaborn of the West Wing attended Princeton.
Question 57 Explanation:
His character makes repeated references to his alma mater, especially in the earlier seasons, indicating a certain pride in his attendance there. "Princeton" is his Secret Service codename, and he mentions being the secretary of the Princeton Gilbert & Sullivan Society.
Tom Cruise, as Joel of Risky Business, tried to talk his way into Princeton.
Question 58 Explanation:
His father wants him to attend Princeton University, so Joel's mother tells him to tell the interviewer, Bill Rutherford, about his participation in Future Enterprisers, an extracurricular activity in which students work in teams to create small businesses.
Fred Flintstone attended Prinstone.
Question 59 Explanation:
In the episode, he was the star quarterback and defeated arch rival "Shale"
Sam Montgomery from A Cinderella Story attended Princeton and Princess Mia Themopolis of Princess Diaries 2 attended Princeton.
Princeton's Class Day Speakers have included Steve Carrel, Stephen Colbert, Chevy Chase, Jon Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Clinton-those lucky grads!
Ethan Cohen, Director of Fargo and Jeff Moss '63, creator of Sesame Street and winner of 15 Grammys, attended Princeton.
Wayne Rogers'53. Trapper John on MASH went to Princeton
Rumor persists that Richardson Auditorium was a failed thesis project for an architectural student
Question 64 Explanation:
It's so not true! It was designed by William Potter who was the first classically trained architect in America! When he designed this building, he was still a teenager! Why tell a lie when the truth is so much more fascinating?!!
The Nassoons, 2nd oldest a cappella group in America, own the deed to Blair Archway and just made their screen deput in Admissions
Question 65 Explanation:
Is it too early to shout out Oscar's name? Formed as a close-harmony a cappella alternative to the University Glee Club in the late 1930's, their early days were spent practicing in the basement of Princeton's Murray-Dodge Hall. The yet-unnamed group mainly rehearsed for and performed small on-campus shows. However, the turning point came on a cool autumn New Haven evening in 1941. Seven men, as the story goes, stood before the sold-out Princeton-Yale Weekend Glee Club Concert audience. Having obtained permission from the Glee Club director, they launched into a short set in the middle of the Princeton program. The dishearteningly lukewarm reaction of the audience began to take its toll on the ensemble who, in desperation, pulled out an arrangement which the Glee Club director had explicitly prohibited them from using. Its racy lyrics and bawdy five-part harmonies, he feared, would offend the tender sensibilities of the stodgy New Haven audience. That song was Perfidia, and as the last robust chords echoed throughout the hall the audience rose to its feet in a chorus of applause, demanding an encore. The seven Princetonians had no choice but to launch into Perfidia for a second time - and the Nassoons were born.
Once a year, the Daily Prince stirs up controversy with its hysterical joke issue.
Question 66 Explanation:
SPOILER ALERT! It usually comes out in January!
The Daily Prince was the 2nd college newspaper in America to publish daily.
Question 67 Explanation:
The list of alumni that served for the Prince is astounding. Check out the Wiki list of famous journalists who got their start there: Clifford J. Levy '89, New York Times deputy metro editor Rick Klein '98, ABC News Political Director Griff Witte '00, Washington Post deputy foreign editor Zach Goldfarb '05, Washington Post White House reporter Robert Caro '57, Pulitzer Prize-winning non-fiction writer Grant Wahl '96, Sports Illustrated senior writer Doug Lederman '84, co-founder and editor of Inside Higher Ed and former editor at the Chronicle of Higher Education Barton Gellman '82, editor at The Washington Post and Pulitzer Prize-winner Joel Achenbach '82, writer for The Washington Post and author of the Post's Achenblog R.W. Apple, Jr. '57, writer for The New York Times Peter Elkind '80, Fortune Magazine editor-at-large Hamilton Fish Armstrong '14, editor of Foreign Policy William Attwood '41, U.S. Ambassador and publisher of Newsday Kate Betts, '86, editor of Harper's Bazaar John N. Brooks, Jr. '42, author and staff member, The New Yorker Peter D. Bunzel '49, op-ed page editor, Los Angeles Times Bosley Crowther '28, film critic at the New York Times Frank Deford '61, writer for Sports Illustrated and broadcaster on U.S. radio and television. F. Scott Fitzgerald '17, novelist and short-story author. Richard Just '01, executive editor, The New Republic Donald Kirk '59, national correspondent, Chicago Tribune Richard Kluger '56, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist and book publisher John B. Oakes '34, editorial page editor, The New York Times Don Oberdorfer '52, writer for The Washington Post, current professor at Johns Hopkins University Norimitsu Onishi '92, reporter for The New York Times T.R. Reid '66, former correspondent, The Washington Post and bestselling non-fiction author. James Ridgeway '59, editor and writer, New Republic and Village Voice Mark Stevens '73, film critic for New York Magazine and co-author of De Kooning: An American Master John Stossel '69, ABC News anchor/correspondent Annalyn Swan '73, co-author of 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning De Kooning: An American Master, current member of the Prince Board of Trustees Robert McLean '13, publisher, Philadelphia Evening Bulletin John S. Martin '23, managing editor, Time Magazine Thomas E. Weber '89, columnist, The Daily Beast and former Wall Street Journal bureau chief Christine Whelan '99, contributor to Wall Street Journal and others, author of Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women William Greider '58, national affairs correspondent for The Nation and former reporter for Rolling Stone and PBS Frontline. William Henry Rentschler '49, former reporter for Minneapolis Star Tribune, UPI and Chicago Sun-Times. Robin Herman '73, Associate Dean for Research Communications at Harvard School of Public Health and former reporter for The Washington Post and The New York Times Jose M. Ferrer III '61, associate editor, Time Magazine Dori Jones Yang '76, International Business Editor, Bureau Manager in Hong Kong and Bureau Manager in Seattle during career for Business Week Catherine Rampell '07, founding editor of New York Times Economix blog. Former Washington Post columnist Jennifer Epstein '08, Politico White House reporter Roben Farzad '98, Bloomberg Businessweek senior reporter Lou Jacobson '92, " PolitiFact senior writer Brian Rokus '99, CNN Ian Shapira '00, Washington Post enterprise reporter Gabriel Debenedetti '12, Reuters White House reporter Naomi Nix '10, Chicago Tribune reporter Silla Brush '04, Bloomberg reporter Noam Levey '93, Los Angeles Times healthcare reporter Shirley Leung '94, Boston Globe business editor Rodney Ho '91, Atlanta Journal Constitution blogger Katherine Shaver '91, Washington Post transportation reporter Julia Boorstin '00, CNBC media reporter Matt Boyle '97, Bloomberg Businessweek Noah Trister '01, Associated Press sports reporter Justin Pope '97, Associated Press higher education reporter Bert Robinson '83, San Jose Mercury News managing editor Kathy Kiely '77, Sunlight Foundation managing editor Andrew Pollack '75, New York Times business reporter
Nicholas Hammond, Friedrich in The Sound of Music and the character who refused to take Marsha Brady to the dance after she broke her nose, attended Princeton.
Question 68 Explanation:
You really can't make this stuff up!
98% of the vegetative materials on campus are recycled into compost for soil enrichment.
Question 69 Explanation:
It's 99%, silly!
Princeton University endowment is over 18 billion dollars. (A big reason is the University won the NY State Power Ball lottery a record 3 times.)
Question 70 Explanation:
The first part is true!
Town legend states that there is a fund given from a wealthy alumnis to protect the Princeton black squirrels.
Question 71 Explanation:
In the words of University president John Hibben, “more than any one man he (Moses Taylor Pyne) is responsible for the development of what is now so widely known as the Princeton spirit.” The strong connection of alumni to Old Nassau was developed into a lasting force by Pyne, who founded both the Princeton Alumni Association and the Princeton Alumni Weekly." Many of the other unique and endearing features of the Princeton community can be traced to Momo Pyne, including even the black squirrels that populate the campus, which were introduced by Pyne to add to the unique menagerie at Drumthwacket
On campus there's a heavily guarded document which lists the location of every student's dormitory room.
Question 72 Explanation:
Yep, we've seen it!
The head librarian for the Library of Congress is a professor at Princeton University and owes $314.07 in overdue fines.
Question 73 Explanation:
Except the part about the fines, just couldn't resist it!
The first Tiger mascot outfit cost $10,000 and was designed by Broadway costume designer. Bob Mackie designed the lst Tiger mascot and it weighs over 123lbs.
Question 74 Explanation:
Students speculate it would take 12 freshman 4 days to bedazzle.
Princeton University studied paranormal activity for over 27 years with the controversial PEAR labs.
Question 75 Explanation:
If you can't read our minds on this, here's the link to the proof!: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/10/science/10princeton.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
Local wedding planners claim there is a 5 year waiting list to book a wedding at the beautiful Princeton University Chapel.
Question 76 Explanation:
We encourage the students to book their weddings and hope they fall in love!
The pews inside the Princeton University Chapel were intended to be cannon casings to transport cannons from the North to the South during the Civil War.
Question 77 Explanation:
The wood on the alter is from the Sherwood Forrest!
Sherwood Forest trees provided the wood to create the main alter of the Princeton University Chapel.
Question 78 Explanation:
See these explanations can help raise your score for other questions!
The recently retired official organist of Princeton University Chapel was a Yale graduate and, during his 30 year employment, played the world class instrument sitting upon a Yale pillow.
Question 79 Explanation:
Yep. His nephew works on Nassau Street and says it's one of the best kept secrets in his family! SO CUTE!
What popular ballad was written in 1862 at 160 Mercer Street one fine spring afternoon?
Question 80 Explanation:
"Old Nassau" has been Princeton University's alma mater since 1859. Harlan Page Peck was the lyricist and Carl A. Langlotz (sometimes Karl Langlotz) was the composer.
The first costumed mascot, Freddy Fox '39, not not have enough money to attend the football games. He would sneak in with the infamous Princeton Band.
Question 81 Explanation:
Think being in the band sounds boring? They are FAMOUS for getting arrested for silly reasons. Check out our favorite prank administered by The Band: In 2003, during a performance in Harvard's Fogg Art Museum, a band member "lobstered" on the museum curator's desk, which was supporting a piece of artwork undergoing restoration. Later that day, Harvard Public Safety officers came to Harvard Stadium to detain the President and the guilty band member for questioning. Harvard and Princeton University Presidents Larry Summers and Shirley Tilghman traded heated letters. The Band suffered no negative consequences. In 2001, a band member is arrested for stealing a green blazer from the Dartmouth Band. Ironically, the Dartmouth Band bailed him out of jail. No charges were filed. 1993, the band plays "The national anthem... of France" during their pre-game show and pokes fun at Lafayette with a flurry of France jokes. Lafayette is not amused and does not allow the PUB to Lafayette for the next 14 years. 1981 After a football victory, the Band marched down the middle of the street in parade formation. The Drum Major, Steve Teager '82, was arrested for parading without a license, and then-Governor of New Jersey Brendan Byrne '49 officially pardoned him. In 1967, after begging the network to air their halftime show, ABC hesitantly televises the beginning of the Princeton Band's show against Harvard. The first formation was "ABC," which promptly switched to "NBC." The network was extremely unhappy and did everything it could to prevent the Band from ever being televised again. The Band for years was known as "the band that no one dares televise." In 1959, during its Penn halftime show, a tribute to Liz Taylor, the PUB called the star "Elizabeth Trailer" and characterized her as a home-wrecker by forming a triangle after referencing her "present husband and his wife," which prompted the threat of legal action from her lawyers. Upon the advice of Princeton's legal counsel, the band sent Taylor a dozen roses, and all charges were dropped.
A dormitory on Princeton University campus was the first dormitory in America to provide running water.
Naughty boys of Princeton would skip class and put protective overalls and jackets over their suits to protect them from beer stains-this inspired the famous reunion jackets worn during reunions.
Question 83 Explanation:
Here's the official description: Beer jackets of white denim, with a distinctive design imprinted on the back, have been worn by undergraduates in the spring of their senior year during the greater part of this century. The practice was started by a small group in the Class of 1912 who, while quaffing beer and carving their initials on the tables of the old Nassau Inn, noticed that the foam from their steins sometimes spotted their clothes. In order to avoid dry-cleaning bills, they adopted the blue denim overalls and jackets of workmen. The next year, with the first signs of spring, the whole Class of 1913 donned overalls and jackets, this time white, and, although they were more a means of class identification than drinking uniforms, called them beer suits.
The College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) was the first American institution to teach a foreign language.
Question 84 Explanation:
John Witherspoon tudored James Madison in French but John had such a heavy Scottish accent when teaching James, the French couldn't understand him. That's how John Adams ended up getting the diplomatic post!
The crown insignia atop the frame of the King's portrait inside Nassau Hall was blown away by a cannon ball during the Revolutionary War.
Question 85 Explanation:
You can see the frame inside the Princeton University Art Museum for free every week of the year! (It holds the portrait of George Washington.)
The founders of the Bent Spoon met as barristas at Small World Coffee
Question 86 Explanation:
How sweet is that?
Marquand Park has one of the most impressive arboreal collections in the United States.
Question 87 Explanation:
Marquand Park was originally the property of the Princeton University professor Judge Richard Field, who bought 30 acres of farmland in 1842 for his personal estate. Fields and others began developing the land as an arboretum. It was eventually home to Princeton University Professor Allan Marquand, whose father was the founder of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
General Norman Schwarzkopf lived in Princeton. His home was steps away from a home that was fired on during the:
Question 88 Explanation:
He went to 8th grade here in Princeton!
Hoagie Haven was intended to be named Hoagie Heaven, the original Greek owners would have appreciated spell check!
Question 89 Explanation:
It really is true! It was supposed to be Hoagie Heaven.
For the first five years of starting Princeton Record Exchange, the owner lived out of his car 100 days out of the year while traveling the country in search of obscure vinyl:
Question 90 Explanation:
People in town adore this owner. His name is Barry. He's a genius at website optimization and gives free advice to local merchants.
Benjamin Franklin and John Adams toasted to the Revolution at the:
Question 91 Explanation:
The Nassau Inn Tap Room was the hub during the Revolutionary War. The largest Normal Rockwell hangs inside and the theme of the painting is Paul Revere's Ride. Why? Because Paul Revere rode down Nassau Street!
When you pick up Terhune Orchard doughnuts the bags folded to the front are sugared and the bags folded to the back are plain.
Question 92 Explanation:
Essential information for those of you who want to "blend" into Princeton quickly!
PJ's Pancake House is named that because the original customers who lived above the restaurant would come down and eat breakfast in their pajamas.
Question 93 Explanation:
The owner, John, is one of the most philanthropic men in Princeton
Whole Earth was one of the first health food stores in America. The famous kale salad recipe is put in a vault every evening.
Question 94 Explanation:
A woman named Fran works there and she's famous among the organic farmer's community.
Triumph Brewing Company has produced more beer than any other brew pub in New Jersey.
Question 95 Explanation:
Yep and when you show your e-ticket for a Princeton Tour Company tour on the day of the tour you get $1 off your first draft!
The owner of the Halo Pub was room mates with:
Question 96 Explanation:
Everything is made from the Halo Farm with their own milk and cream. Customers believe it is better than any other super premium in the world, and at half the price!
Einstein purchased all his footwear, including the famous slippers, from Hulit's
Question 97 Explanation:
You can go inside and talk to the family members whose father sold him the famous shoes!
Landaus sold the first pantyhose and Ugg Boots in America
Question 98 Explanation:
Yep, it's also the home to the only Einstein museum in North America!
On October 30th 1938, Orson Welles convinced the World that aliens had invaded Princeton during a 60 minute radio drama webcast of War of the Worlds. Families throughout the Princeton area fled from their homes.
What did Einstein taste for the first time in the store where Twist operates today?
Question 100 Explanation:
He adored vanilla ice cream with chocolate sprinkles!
The anthrax letters were created and sent from 20 Nassau Street.
Question 101 Explanation:
Yikes! The anthrax spores were placed in envelopes and mailed from mailboxes on Nassau Street to news organizations and politicians which killed five people and sickened 17 in late 2001.
Princeton has had two murders in the last 100 years and the last one is still unsolved.
Question 102 Explanation:
Yep, in 2006 the unsolved murder was coined "The Hottest Cold Case in America" by Dateline
Princeton Cemetery is the resting place of U.S. Presidents, Vice Presidents, Justices, Nobel Prize winners, writers, business moguls and event a resident whose tombstone says, " I told you I was sick."
Question 103 Explanation:
The "I told you I was sick" is in the back center of the cemetery. Town legend is the gentleman was a bit of a prankster with a marvelous sense of humor too. He was also a bit of a hypochondriac and his wife playfully teased him about his "ailments". When he got diagnosed with terminal cancer he didn't tell anyone. When his wife came to arrange is funeral and order a tombstone, she was shocked that he had already designed and purchased this one!
The first two computers were created in Princeton-Alan Turing's Machine and John von Neumann was a co-creator of game theory and the the digital computer.
Question 104 Explanation:
The MANIAC stood for Mathematical Analyzer, Numerical Integrator, and Computer!
Einstein never learned to drive a car and never concerned himself with money and routinely got lost in Princeton.
Question 105 Explanation:
Someone once called the dean's office for directions. "How do I get to Albert Einstein's home?" the caller asked. When the man at the dean's office said he couldn't give out those directions, there was a pause on the other end. Then, a sigh, and a response: "This is Albert Einstein. I got lost walking home from the campus."
Einstein's driver was a:
Question 106 Explanation:
The young man wrote a book, Einstein in My Rearview Mirror.
The movie I Q was filmed in the yellow house next to Einstein's famous residence-you can see a watermark on the right side of the front door where Hollywood had a porch installed to make the house appear more like Einstein's.
Question 107 Explanation:
The yellow house was once the home to Mr. Hewlett of Hewlett Packard
Oppenheimer, father of the Atomic Bomb, was famous for his unique style of mixing a martini
Question 108 Explanation:
Town legend is he perfected the martini by introducing the use of using a stainless steel beaker from the lab to make his famous version of the cocktail.
Einstein's hair dresser created his iconic look out of her house on Quarry Street.
Question 109 Explanation:
Her nephew went on to become a world class soccer player and coach!
The inventors of the television, color television and Siri all lived in Princeton.
Question 110 Explanation:
Yep, all true. The inventor of color television rides his bike around Princeton. He has a long beard and usually waves to you as you pass by!
The current CEO and editor of which magazine lives in Princeton?
Question 111 Explanation:
Yes, we try to hang out with him to get the latest entertainment scoop!
Thirty men and women have full-time, life-time positions like Albert Einstein at the Institute for Advanced Study.
Question 112 Explanation:
They all make the same amount of money and they all retire at the age of 72 yrs old to make way for more genius!
Where was the local speak easy in Princeton during Prohibition?
Question 113 Explanation:
There was actually a ton of them but the Peacock Inn was the most notorious!
The oldest private club in America is the Nassau Club-women were not allowed to be members until the 1990's.
Question 114 Explanation:
No really, that is true!
African Americans in Princeton had a private club called NEMDEROLOC-colored men spelled backwards.
F.Scott Fitzgerald, Jimmy Stewart, Christopher Reeves, Bebe Neuwirth, Ethan Hawke and Lucille Ball had stage debuts at McCarter Theatre.
What items are hidden on a wall at the Princeton Public Library?
Question 117 Explanation:
There is a mural wall on the first floor with all sorts of cool photos and memorabilia!
Princeton University Art Museum has over 92,000 pieces in its collection.
Question 118 Explanation:
Yep. It's argued to be one of the most exquisite collections in America! It's FREE and open 52 weeks a year! (Closed on Mondays - just FYI!)
Princeton has been home to more Nobel Prize Winners than any other 2 square miles on earth,even more than Oxford, England.
Einstein was born on March 14th the numeric equivalent of Pi-the town celebrates this coincidence each year year with a gigantic celebration.
Question 120 Explanation:
Pi Recitation, Pi Throwing, Pie Judging, Pie Eating - www.pidayprinceton.com for more details!
Grover Cleveland's daughter, Ruth, was credited as the namesake for the Baby Ruth candy bar.
Einstein had a cat named:
Question 122 Explanation:
The kitty cat hated the rain because it kept him indoors. Einstein would stay home to comfort the kitty cat and look out the window with him!
The Dinky train is the site of the last train robbery in America.
Question 123 Explanation:
Our cell phone tour tells you all about it! www.princetongeniustours.com
John Nash, inspiration for the Oscar winning movie, Beautiful Mind, had the nickname "sneakers" because, for a while, he only wore Converse tennis shoes.
Question 124 Explanation:
For many years, students and scholars in Princeton have seen a ghostly, silent figure shuffling around the corridors of the math and physics building wearing purple sneakers and occasionally writing numerology treatises on the blackboards. They called him the "Phantom of Fine Hall". The Phantom was John Nash, one of the most brilliant mathematicians of his generation
The inspiration for the brilliant and lovable character in the movie, Rain Man, works for Princeton University.
Question 125 Explanation:
Dustin Hoffman credits his performance to getting to know this astoundingly brilliant man!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqi3DGazpR8
Stalin's daughter, Svetlana, lived in voluntary political exile in Princeton.
Question 126 Explanation:
She and George Kennan, inventor of the Cold War, lived in the same neighborhood.
Harrison Ford did not live here but the inspiration for the character Indiana Jones grew up in Princeton.
Question 127 Explanation:
Yep and he took Nancy Stratmeyer to prom. Who cares? Read the next question, silly!
The original Nancy Drew lived in Princeton.
Question 128 Explanation:
Her name was Nancy Stratmeyer!
The Wicked Witch, Margaret Hamilton, of the West lived in Princeton
Question 129 Explanation:
She was wildly popular among Princeton children! They would ask her to be their pen pal during summer overnight camps. One summer she had over 40 pen pals !
Christopher Reeves shared the same bus stop as Mary Chapin Carpenter.
Question 130 Explanation:
Carpenter spent much of her time in high school playing the guitar and piano; while at Princeton Day School, her "classmates threatened to cut her guitar strings if she played "Leaving on a Jet Plane" one more time". She wrote a song about Christopher Reeves, do you know which one?
Peter Benchley, creator of the first summer blockbuster, JAWS, had a shark painted on the bottom of his pool.
Question 131 Explanation:
He also gave a salt water fish tank to the Princeton Public Library so that every child in Princeton would be exposed to the wonders of sea creatures
Einstein's best friend was Kurt Godel who was as brilliant as:
Question 132 Explanation:
He was considered more brilliant than any person to ever live. He created game theory and was on the faculty at the IAS with Einstein
Einstein's residence is the only home on the planet where 3 Nobel prize winners have lived.
Question 133 Explanation:
Einstein, Wilczek and Eric Maskin have lived at 112 Mercer Street
Paul Robeson, first African American to perform on Broadway, was born in Princeton.
Question 134 Explanation:
His father was a minister here for over 3o years.
Princeton High School has more students invited to an Ivy League education than any other public high school in America.
Question 135 Explanation:
You read that right!
McCarter Theater has presented more world premieres than any other regional theater in America.
Question 136 Explanation:
Yep, and the town of Princeton has financed more shows on Broadway than any other zip code. Pretty amazing stuff!
Paul Robeson donated the proceeds of All God's Chillun to Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler's Germany.
Question 137 Explanation:
Paul Robeson spoke 23 different languages, won 15 varsity letters in sports and was on of Einstein's closest friends.
The father of Nick Hilton, owner of Nick Hilton Clothier, gave the first loan to Ralph Lauen to create Polo.
Question 138 Explanation:
Yep, it was $72,000!
Kopp's Cycle Shop is the oldest cycle shop in America.
Question 139 Explanation:
Charlie, the current owner, is a descendent of the original owner!
Mister Rogers was on the faculty of the Princeton Theological Seminary.
Question 140 Explanation:
WE LOVE THAT ONE TOO!
The founder of the online matchmaking company, eHarmony, graduated from the Princeton Theological Seminary.
Question 141 Explanation:
Affiliated from the beginning with the Presbyterian Church and the wider Reformed tradition, Princeton Theological Seminary is today a denominational school with an ecumenical, interdenominational, and worldwide constituency. This is reflected in the faculty, in the curriculum of studies, and in the student body.
Einstein's brain was stolen by a Princeton physician-he was later allowed to use it for research.
Question 142 Explanation:
Yep, his eyes were stolen and returned too but no one knows who took those!
The Facebook famous rowers, Winkelvoss twins, own an apartment on Nassau Street
Question 143 Explanation:
They train on Lake Carnegie, arguably the best training facility in the world for rowers!
A bartender at the Ivy Inn was a popular actor on the soap opera One Life to Live.
Question 144 Explanation:
The Ivy Inn is depicted in the movie Runner, Runner with Justin Timberlake
A resident in Princeton was the single financier to Oliver Brown of Brown vs. Board of Education.
Question 145 Explanation:
Yep, he's the world's foremost scholar on Bach and he owns the first seven books ever printed.
Princeton was home to four signers of the Declaration of Independence-John Witherspoon, John Hart, Richard Stockton and Benjamin Rush.
Question 146 Explanation:
Benjamen Rush was the attending physician for George Washington and General Mercer, the famous General who died at the Battle of Princeton!
Marquis de la Fayette, French colonel in the Revolutionary War, raised a pet alligator in a bathtub in Princeton and gave it to John Adams Jr. as a gift.
Question 147 Explanation:
John Quincy Adams (6th President, 1825-1829) enjoyed scaring guests with his pet alligator from General Marquis de Lafayette. He traveled through Princeton on his way to the White House. (It lived in the East Room bathtub!)
John Lithgow is one of several notable graduates of Princeton High School.
Question 148 Explanation:
John's father was the artistic director for McCarter Theatre !
Victor Gambino, head of the Mob, lived in Princeton.
Question 149 Explanation:
If you took the walking tour, you know where the proof is engraved in a brick in town!
Paul Tulane wanted Princeton University to be named after him. A popular town rumor is that he specifically stated he wanted his back side of his life size tombstone to face Princeton University as his final word on the subject!
Question 150 Explanation:
That is the rumor but it's not true. He wanted his front side to face his mother's birth home but Princeton LOVES their rumors so we try to keep them alive!
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