Take me home, country roads…to some West Virginia Trivia in this week’s episode of the Dorky Geeky Nerdy Trivia Podcast. As always, we’ve got three rounds of ten questions each where I ask and you do your best to answer. Don’t worry if you don’t know, you’ve just learned a new fact.
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Take me home, country roads.
Hey gang, this is episode 172 of the Dorky Geeky Nerdy Trivia Podcast. I’m your host, Brian Rollins and this week, we’re heading to West Virginia, which, depending on who you ask, is either the northernmost southern state or southernmost northern state.
Either way, it’s three rounds of ten questions each.
A few of you have reached out to me about how to share the show with their less-technically-savvy friends and family. Stick around after the show and I’ll have some tips.
With that said, let’s get this show on the road.
The Dorky Round
The Geeky Round
2. Born in Fairmont, WV, who was the first American woman gymnast to win the All-Around event in the Olympics?
3. What female mathematician and West Virginian worked for NASA from the Mercury Program through the Space Shuttle program?
5. What 2006 horror video game adaptation starred Sean Bean and takes place in a fictional West Virginia town?
8. What 2006 Matthew McConaughey movie told the story of a college football team rebuilding after a horrific plane crash?
The Nerdy Round
5. What NASA engineer published two memoirs, the first titled Rocket Boys and the second titled, Don't Blow Yourself Up?
And that’s it for West Virginia. I’ve never been, but I’ve been nearby and I know the area is gorgeous. Maybe on my next trip to DC I’ll find an excuse to head into the Mountain State. Additionally, here are a few bonus facts about West Virginia:
Bonus Facts about West Virginia
- The Battle of Philippi was the first organized land battle of the US Civil War.
- West Virginia has more towns named after other places than any other state in the US. You’ll find towns with names like Athens, Berlin, Cairo, Calcutta, Geneva and Shanghai.
- Though it’s the Mountain State, the highest peak, Spruce Mountain, is only 4800 feet tall.
- The largest hand-cut stone masonry building in North America is located in West Virginia. The Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is also the second-largest building of this type in the world, after The Kremlin. I’ll let you draw your own connections there.
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I’ll see you back here next week for another bit of fun and games. Here’s a clue to tide you over:
What was the first state to elect a female governor?
It might surprise you. See you back here next Wednesday.
Thanks for listening.
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