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Time for some trivia.
Hey gang, this is episode 206 of the Dorky Geeky Nerdy Trivia Podcast. I’m your host, Brian Rollins and this week we’ve got Utah Trivia.
Thirty questions about the state’s history, geography, and pop culture. I ask and you (hopefully) answer. If you need rules or score cards, visit the show’s website at DorkyGeekyNerdy.com.
I think we’re all set, so let’s get the show started.
The Dorky Round
- What is the capital of Utah?
Salt Lake City. It’s also the largest city.
- More than half of Utah’s population belong to what religion?
- Utah gets its name from what Native American tribe?
- What state borders Utah to the South?
- Born in Utah, what actress and comedian starred in a self-titled sitcom from 1988 to 1997 and briefly in its 2018 reboot?
- River Phoenix starred as a Boy Scout in the first act of what 1989 adventure movie?
Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade
- Tom Hanks’ title character decided to stop his very long run in Utah in what 1994 movie?
- Utah was home to the rock monster that Jason Nesbit (played by Tim Allen) fought in what 1999 sci-fi comedy?
- The Golden Spike National Memorial commemorates the completion of what?
The Transcontinental Rail Road
- Sometimes referred to as The Y, what private university is located in Provo, UT?
Brigham Young University
The Geeky Round
- Salt Lake City hosted the Olympics in what year?
They hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics
- Born in Vernal, UT, what actor starred in movies like Ghosts of Mississippi, Any Given Sunday, and lent his voice to Hades in Disney’s Hercules?
- What actor from Utah starred in 1982’s The Thing, Cocoon, and was the subject of early memes due to his pronunciation of diabetes?
- What train and bank robber and member of the Wild Bunch was born in Beaver, UT 1866? Hint: He died in Bolivia in 1908.
- Born in Eureka, UT in 1901, who invented the modern ice resurfacer you see at hockey games?
- The eponymous park featured in the first season of what 2016 sci-fi series was filmed in Utah?
- Park City, UT plays host to what independent film festival every year?
Sundance film festival
- According to Kraft foods, Utah residents consume more of what jiggly dessert than any other state?
- Until 1983, the land speed records were consistently set at what Utah location?
The Bonneville Salt Flats
- Developed by policeman Lester F Wire, the first of what was installed at the intersection of 200 South & Main Street in Salt Lake City in 1912?
An electric traffic signal
The Nerdy Round
- With the exception of Jimmy, all the members of what 70s singing family were born in Ogden, UT?
- Abducted for nine months in Sandy, UT, what woman now acts as an advocate for missing persons?
- What inventor from Beaver, UT is considered the inventor of the Television?
- What firearms inventor received 128 patents in his lifetime, including the telescoping bolt design that’s still in use today?
John Browning. He designed the M1911 which saw action in both world wars, as well as the Korean and Vietnam wars.
- What businessman from Utah wrote The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?
- You better have his $2. The skiing scenes in what 1985 dark comedy were shot on the slopes of Utah?
Better Off Dead
- How many national parks will you find in Utah?
Five. Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, and Zion
- Filmed in Utah, what 2018 horror film starred Toni Collette and followed the Graham family after the death of their secretive grandmother?
- What is the official state nickname for Utah?
The Beehive State. The original name, Deseret, meant honeybee.
- The first Mormons to settle in Utah did so in what year?
They reached the Salt Lake Valley in 1847.
And that’s it for Utah Trivia. Need some extra facts? Well here goes:
- One of the oldest living organisms on the planet lives in Utah. The Aspen trees in Fishlake National Forest spread through a collective root system, meaning they’re all one large (and old) plant.
- The Great Salt Lake is the largest of its kind, spread across about 1700 square miles. It’s salty because it does not have an outlet. There’s a metaphor in there, I’m sure.
- The largest raptor to be unearthed was found in Utah. At 23-feet tall, the Utahraptor had to be terrifying in real life.
- Utah is 30th in population and 13th in landmass.
- It’s the 45th state, joining in 1896.
I’ve been through Utah many times and it’s always beautiful. My personal favorite is Bryce Canyon. If you’re into the outdoors, don’t pass up on some time in Utah.
We’ll be back again next week with another 30 questions. Here’s a clue as to what to expect.
What state ranks first when it comes to regular exercise?
Good luck sorting that one out.
This has been episode 206 of the Dorky Geeky Nerdy Trivia Podcast. The music is by Jason Shaw at Audionautix.com.
This podcast was written, produced, and hosted by me, Brian Rollins. You can find me at TheVoicesInMyHead.com.
Thanks for listening.
Copyright 2019-2023 by Brian Rollins
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