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Time to visit the Pacific Ocean again.
Hey gang, it’s episode 197 of the Dorky Geeky Nerdy Trivia Podcast. I’m your host Brian Rollins and this week, it’s trivia for the beautiful state of Washington.
If you’re new, welcome to the show. Every week, it’s three rounds of ten questions about a new topic. As we work our way through the US this season, please be sure to share the show with your trivia loving friends. We’ve had a growth spurt this season and I’d like to keep that going.
With that said, let’s start with…
The Dorky Round
- What is the largest city in Washington?
- Though founded in Albuquerque in 1975, what tech giant currently calls Redmond, WA home?
- What Cheers spin-off was set in Seattle, WA?
- Born in Darrington, who hosted The Price is Right from 1972 to 2007?
- Here’s one right up our alley. Who currently holds the record for most consecutive wins on Jeopardy?
- That iconic shot of John Cusack holding up a boom box comes from what movie, shot in Washington?
- What volcano erupted in 1980, killing 57 people?
Mount St. Helens
- What Canadian province borders Washington to the North?
- What state borders Washington to the East?
- Starbucks, which opened in Seattle in 1971, is named after a character in what novel?
Moby Dick. Starbuck was the Pequod’s first mate.
The Geeky Round
- What is the capital of Washington?
- What childhood friends from Seattle would go on to found Microsoft
Bill Gates and Paul Allen
- Born in Aberdeen, what frontman for Nirvana would end his own life in 1994?
- Admiralty Inlet, Whidbey Basin, and Hood Canal are all part of what body of water?
- Holy Trivia Questions, what Batman actor was born in Walla Walla Washington in 1928?
- Despite coming from a very wet state, what author published Dune in 1965?
- What river makes up more than half of the southern border of Washington?
The Columbia River
- What 1982 film starred Sylvester Stallone as a traumatized Vietnam War tormented in Hope, WA?
- The largest building in the world by volume is located in Everett, WA and is owned by what company?
Boeing. The building was designed to build the 747 and is still in use today assembling jets.
- In addition to sweet cherries, pears, and red raspberries, Washington leads the US in the production of what fruit crop?
The Nerdy Round
- One of the most influential electric guitar players in history, what rocker was born in Seattle in 1942?
- Born in Tacoma in 1903, what singer and actor recorded over 1600 songs and made over 70 feature films including Going My Way?
- What Fight Club author was born in Pasco, WA?
- What cartoonist, from Tacoma, published the first Far Side cartoon on January 1, 1980?
- Born in Spokane, what animator won an Academy Award for The Dot and the Line?
- The Twilight Saga begins and takes place in what real-life Washington town?
- Filmed at Stadium High School in Tacoma, what 1999 movie is a retelling of The Taming of the Shrew?
10 Things I Hate About You
- Meredith Saligner made her screen debut with what 1985 film set during the Great Depression about a girl heading to Washington to find her father?
The Journey of Natty Gann
- John Lithgow starred in what 1987 comedy about a family taking in a Sasquatch?
Harry and the Hendersons
- What is the penetrating gorge in North America?
Hells Canyon. It can plunge more than 7,900 feet which is 2000 feet deeper than the Grand Canyon.
And that’s all the questions we have for Washington State. Want some more trivia facts?
- The highest point is Mount Rainier at over 14,400 feet.
- It was the 42nd state added to the Union.
- In population, it ranks 25th. In area, it’s 18th.
I’ve been to Washington a few times, mainly because my daughter and son-in-law call the state home as well as my aunt and uncle. It’s a beautiful state and I recommend visiting when you can. I hope to get out there next year to see them and take in the sights. I’ve barely scratched the surface of what I want to see there.
We’ll be back with another US state next week, here’s a clue:
Of the 48 contiguous states, which was the last to enter the Union?
I’m looking forward to this one. It’s one of the three states I’ve called home in my life. See you back here on Wednesday for thirty more trivia questions.
This has been episode 197 of the Dorky Geeky Nerdy Trivia Podcast. Our theme music is by Jason Shaw at Audionautix.com. This show is written, produced, and hosted by me, Brian Rollins. You can find me at TheVoicesInMyHead.com.
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