It’s the last of the Gulf States for this season of Dorky Geeky Nerdy. It’s time for Alabama Trivia. Get ready for warm weather, good food, and some interesting facts about the state.
As always, it’s three rounds of ten questions each. How well do you know Alabama, its history, its residents, and its geography?
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Time to visit the last of the gulf states.
Hey gang, this is episode 193 of the Dorky Geeky Nerdy Trivia Podcast. I’m your host, Brian Rollins and this week, we’re heading down South for some Alabama Trivia.
If you’re new to DGN, welcome. We’ve got three rounds of ten questions all on a new topic. This season, our fourth one, we’re covering all 50 US states.
If you want to learn more about the show, visit DorkyGeekyNerdy.com.
That covers the basics, so let’s get to what you came for: the trivia.
The Dorky Round
What titular character, played by Tom Hanks, comes from the fictional town of Greenbow, AL?
Along with the Gulf of Mexico, what state borders Alabama to the South?
What are the only two colors on the Alabama state flag?
White field with a Red diagonal cross on it.
Born in Oakville, what 1936 Olympian was credited with “single-handedly crushing Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy”?
What Will Farrell comedy about NASCAR features an Alabama city in its title?
Born in Alabama, who did the US Congress honor as ‘the first lady of civil rights’?
What 1960 novel features Atticus Finch defending an innocent man of rape in the fictional town of Maycomb, AL?
To Kill A Mockingbird
What 1992 film earned Marissa Tomei an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress?
My Cousin Vinny
Born in Mobile, AL, what businessman took over as Apple’s CEO in 2011?
What actor from Cullman, AL starred (along with his abs) in the 2012 movie, Magic Mike?
The Geeky Round
What German car company built its first US factory in Alabama in 1996?
What actress starred in Misfits of Science, Masters of the Universe, and Cocoon: The Return before finding success on Friends?
Courtney Cox from Alabama
In 1836, Alabama was the first state to declare what a holiday?
What is the capital of Alabama?
As of 2020, what’s the second-largest city in Alabama? Hint: In 2010 it was the largest city in the state.
What author and disability rights activist was born in Tuscumbia, AL in 1880?
What 1986 film, set partially in Alabama, features the first on-screen appearance of Hannibal Lecktor?
What state borders Alabama to the West?
Known as Rocket City, USA due to the construction facilities there, what Alabama city is home to Space Camp?
Huntsville, AL. It’s also the state’s largest city.
What singer, pianist, and songwriter was the first African-American man to host an American TV show?
Nat King Cole
The Nerdy Round
What novelist and Pulitzer Prize winner was born and died in Monroeville, AL nearly 90 years apart?
What Alabaman won nine Olympic gold and one silver in Track & Field during the 80s and 90s?
What US Senate candidate from Alabama was removed as the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, not once but twice?
What river runs through northern Alabama and helps form Guntersville and Wheeler Lakes?
The Tennessee River
Founded in 1702, what is the oldest city in Alabama?
Mobile, AL. Founded by French settlers, which would account for its unusual pronunciation.
From Decatur, what astronaut was the first black woman to travel in space?
Dr. Mae Jemison. She’s also the first person to appear on Star Trek that’s actually been to space.
What novelist and painter from Alabama would serve as the namesake for a Nintendo princess?
Mary Anderson of Greene County, AL, patented what automotive safety feature in 1903?
The windshield wiper
Along with the CDC and US Public Health Service, what university ran a forty-year syphilis study on African-American men?
Tuskegee University. Of the 600 men enrolled, 2/3 had latent syphilis but the researchers never told them they had it thus denying them the chance to get treatment.
Tim Burton directed what 2003 film set in and around Alabama?
And that wraps up Alabama. We’re done with the Gulf States. Want more facts about Alabama? Well here you go:
- Alabama is home to the largest cast iron sculpture in the world. The 56-foot tall statue of the Roman god Vulcan can be found in Birmingham
- The state’s first capitol, Cahaba is now a ghost town. It was relocated after frequent floods.
- Alabama is the most religious state in the US
- Montgomery, AL was the capital of the short-lived Confederate States of America
- Alabama became a state in 1819 and was 22nd to join.
- By population, the state ranks 24th and it’s 30th in area.
I’ve only been through Alabama on a cross-country trip, so I haven’t spent any quality time there. When I make it back, what should I see? Let me know on Twitter or Facebook.
We’ll be back again next week with another state. Here’s a clue:
What was the first state added to the Union after the original thirteen colonies?
Tricky one. See if you can puzzle it out. I’ll see you back here next Wednesday.
This has been episode 193 of the Dorky Geeky Nerdy Trivia Podcast. The music has been by Jason Shaw at Audionautix.com.
This show was hosted, written, and produced by me, Brian Rollins. Come visit me at TheVoicesInMyHead.com.
Thanks for listening.
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