Time to head out where the wind comes sweeping down the plains. Hey gang, this is episode 196 of the Dorky Geeky Nerdy Trivia Podcast. This week, we’ve got Oklahoma Trivia.
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Time to head out where the wind comes sweeping down the plains.
Hey gang, I’m your host Brian Rollins and this is episode 196 of the Dorky Geeky Nerdy Trivia Podcast. This week, we’ve got Oklahoma Trivia.
If you’re new to the show, welcome. Every week we’ve got thirty trivia questions on a new topic. This season, it’s all about the US states. If you’d like to learn more about the show, visit DorkyGeekyNerdy.com. You can find scorecards, rules, and how to support the show, if you’re so inclined.
That covers the basics, so let’s start the game.
The Dorky Round
- What is the capital of Oklahoma?
- Though he played Walker, Texas Ranger, what actor and martial artist was born in Ryan, OK?
- Born in Duncan, OK, what actor and director got his start as Opie on The Andy Griffith Show?
- What three-time Grammy winner and country music legend made her acting debut with 1990’s Tremors?
- Born in Tulsa, who is the only artist to release nine albums that have reached diamond status?
Garth Brooks. The previous record was held by the Beatles with six diamond albums.
- What was the first musical written by the duo Rogers and Hammerstein?
Oklahoma! The title song from the musical became the official state song in 1953.
- What 2021 supernatural comedy was set in Summerville, OK?
- A prolonged drought throughout Oklahoma (and much of the midwest) is considered the leading cause of what economic event in the 1930s?
The Great Depression. Mass farm foreclosures led East Coast banks to go into default and began a cascade of problems.
- What state borders Oklahoma to the South?
- What was finally legalized in Oklahoma in 1959, even though it was legal nationally after the 21st Amendment was ratified?
Alcohol. The entire state had been dry prior to that.
The Geeky Round
- The forced removal of five Native American tribes from 1830 to 1850 is known by what sorrowful name?
The Trail of Tears
- What actor, from Shawnee, won the MTV Movie Award for Most Desirable Male for his role in 1994’s Interview with the Vampire?
- Born in Muskogee, who won Season Four of American Idol and is (financially) the most successful winner of that competition?
- Born in Norman, OK, who starred in both the 1950’s Western series Maverick as well as the 1994 remake?
- What two states border Oklahoma to the North?
Kansas and Colorado
- What 1939 John Steinbeck novel, set during the Great Depression, helped popularize the term, “Okies”?
The Grapes of Wrath
- What city, in 1921, saw the Black Wall Street massacre?
Tulsa, OK. It’s considered the single worst incident of racial violence in American history.
- The Seattle SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma in 2008 and became what NBA team?
The Oklahoma City Thunder
- The Trail of Tears began with the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Which President signed it into law?
- What river forms the southern border of Oklahoma?
The Red River
The Nerdy Round
- What building was the target of a domestic terrorism attack on April 19, 1995?
The Alfred P Murrah Federal Building. 168 were killed and more than 680 others were injured when anti-government extremists detonated a bomb in front of the building.
- Sometimes called, “Oklahoma’s favorite son” who starred in 71 films and wrote over 4,000 newspaper columns?
Will Rogers. He was born in Oologah in 1879, before Oklahoma was even a state.
- Born in Oklahoma in 1949, what current US Senator helped create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and ran for President in 2020?
- Directed by Oklahoman Ron Howard, what 1992 movie ends with the Land Run of 1893?
Far and Away
- According to scientists, what caused a spike in earthquakes in 2014 and 2015 in Oklahoma?
Hydraulic fracturing better known as Fracking.
- The Humpty Dumpty supermarket chain in Oklahoma City first introduced what on June 4, 1937?
The shopping cart
- What two territories were merged to make the state of Oklahoma in 1907?
Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory.
- What American author published his A Tour of the Prairies in 1832?
Washington Irving the author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
- What 1887 law allowed the Federal government to break-up Native communal land and give it to individuals?
The Dawes Act. Reformers hoped it would “americanize” natives, but in practice it just transferred Native lands to white settlers.
- Oklahoma City became the state capital in 1910. Where was the capital before then?
And that’s it for Oklahoma. Want some bonus trivia?
- It’s the 46th state to enter the Union
- In population, it ranks 35th, but for area it’s 20th.
- It has three official state languages: English, Choctaw, and Cherokee
I highly recommend reading more about the Black Wall Street massacre if you’re interested in untold history. It’s a frightening event in US history that doesn’t make a lot of school textbooks. I’ll include some links in the show notes for some good resources.
I’ve been to Oklahoma a few times, my good friend and college roommate is from Duncan. While the state is frighteningly flat for someone who lives in Colorado, it’s very pretty and the people are delightfully friendly.
We’ll be back next week with another show and another state, here’s a clue:
By act of Congress, what is the only US state named after a President?
OK, so they aren’t all hard clues. I try to give you a break every now and then. See you back here next Wednesday.
This has been episode 196 of the Dorky Geeky Nerdy Trivia Podcast. The music has been by Jason Shaw at Audionautix.com. This show was written, produced, and hosted by me, Brian Rollins. You can find me at TheVoicesInMyHead.com.
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