Not all heroes wear capes. This week, we’re looking at Real-World Heroes trivia for our topic. We spend a lot of time talking about fictional heroes, but not enough time with the real ones. And we know we’ve seen some truly heroic people during the pandemic.
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Hello there and welcome to episode 118 of the Dorky Geeky Nerdy Trivia Podcast. I’m your host, Brian Rollins. We spend a lot of time on this podcast talking about fictional heroes. Superheroes, space heroes, fantasy heroes, you name it. But I thought for this week, we’d cover those people who have made a difference in real life. Real World heroes.
Like always, it’s three rounds of ten questions each. I give you the question and you’ve got five seconds to come up with the answer. You can write down the answers or just blurt them out. Just don’t freak out the people on the train or bus, when you do.
I think that covers everything, so let’s get started.
The Dorky Round
1. What German industrialist is credited with saving 1200 Jews during the Nazi Holocaust?
2. Cpl. Kyle Carpenter is the youngest living person to receive what prestigious honor?
3. Candy Lightner created what anti-drunk-driving organization in 1980?
4. What doctor famously refused to patent his life-altering vaccine in 1955?
5. What man was imprisoned from 1962 to 1990 and yet became president of South Africa in 1994?
6. Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in California, served on the board of supervisors for what city?
7. What tech giant, along with his wife, created the world's wealthiest foundation in 2000?
8. Of all the people to be awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, who is the only one to have walked on the Moon?
9. What teacher's life and work is the subject of the play, The Miracle Worker?
10. In 2009, after losing both engines on his 757, what pilot landed his plane safely in the Hudson River with no loss of life?
The Geeky Round
1. William Wiberforce crusaded to end what practice in the British Empire?
2. What Star Trek actor lost a finger during the invasion of Normandy on D-Day?
3. What British broadcaster and activist has amassed more honorary degrees than anyone else in history?
4. A bust of what Hispanic labor leader resides in the Oval Office as of early 2021?
5. Mohandas Gandhi began his civil rights work in what country?
6. Who wrote My Bondage and My Freedom in 1855?
7. Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote the best selling novel of the 19th Century. What was it?
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9. International Nurses Day is celebrated on what woman's birthday?
10. In addition to helping hide Anne Frank and her family, who hid Anne's now-famous diary in the hopes of returning it to her?
The Nerdy Round
1. Martin Luther King Jr was awarded a PhD in what?
2. Partners Jane Addams and Ellen Starr founded what immigrant settlement house in 1889?
3. What English suffragette was arrested nine times, went on a hunger strike seven times, and was killed when she was hit by King George V's horse?
4. What man earned the nickname, The Father of the Green Revolution?
5. What dissident and Nobel Prize laureate became Poland's first democratically elected president in 1990?
6. What abolitionist and former slave suffered from hypersomnia?
7. What Scottish-born environmentalist inspired Theodore Roosevelt to start the National Park Service?
8. Who is the only Japanese national to be honored by Israel as one of the Righteous Among the Nations?
9. After surviving being shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012, what woman went on to become an activist for Women's rights?
10. What nurse founded the American Red Cross after the horrors of the Civil War?
And that’s it for this week. I hope you learned something. By the way, today would have been Oskar Schindler’s 113th birthday. You can learn more about him, or any of the other people in today’s show by checking out our website, DorkyGeekyNerdy.com. I’m putting up annotated transcripts with every new episode. I’m also going back through old episodes, just give me some time.
We’ll be back again next week with more trivia fun. Here’s your clue.
“Even though most Americans think it’s May 5th, what country actually celebrates its independence on September 16?”
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This has been episode 118 of the Dorky Geeky Nerdy Trivia Podcast. The music has been by Jason Shaw at Audionautix.com. I’m your host, Brian Rollins. Thanks for listening and remember, not all heroes wear capes. Do something heroic today.
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