Triviola Time!
Can you say who was the first or when it began?

Trivia of when it all began is what this installment of Triviola is all about. Today, there are two modes for scoring. Nerd mode requires just to call the decade to answer except for #8 whereas the person must be named. Geek mode requires to call the exact year except for #8 whereas the person must be named. Extra points are possible for a grand total of 16! Call your mode, Nerd or Geek and give it a try without looking at the answers first.

  1. What year did beer first appear in a can? (an extra point for the month)
  2. What year was the first DVD available for purchase in the USA? (an extra point for the name of the movie)
  3. What year was the PC introduced? (of the IBM PC variety and not the Apple)
  4. What year was the candy "Atomic Fireballs" introduced?
  5. What year did MTV hit the airwaves? (an extra point for the first video shown)
  6. What year did digital broadcast TV become mandatory?
  7. What year was the first wireless TV remote introduced? (an extra point for the brand)
  8. What US President was the first to have an aircraft specially outfitted for his sole use?
  9. What year was the first home video game introduced? (an extra point for the manufacturer)
  10. What year did we see the baseball's first modern World Series. (an extra point for the team names)

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Official Triviola Point Score!

Nerd answers shown in [brackets]. Geek Mode? Add 2 points for living dangerously!
0 - 2 = Needs a $400 Personal Digital Assistant to remember to breathe.
3 - 5 = Got this far because an incredible string of lucky guesses!
6 - 8 = I think the term Nerd or Geek might be more accurate than I realized for you!
9 - 10 = Is your name Cliff Clavin? (A character from the TV show "Cheers" for you television challenged types.)
11 - 16 = You know this yet you still need a $400 Personal Digital Assistant to remember to breathe.

  1. 1935 [30's] (January for the extra point)
  2. 1997 [90's] (Red Heat for the extra point) Japan introduced the very first a few months earlier in late 1996 with the movie Twister.
  3. 1981 [80's]
  4. 1954 [50's] by Nello Ferrara, the son of the founder of Ferrara Pan candy.
  5. 1981 [80's] (and for the extra point, The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star")
  6. 2009 [00's] on Friday June 12 for full power TV stations.
  7. 1955 [50's] (The company, for the extra point, Zenith.) It was called the Flash-matic and it worked by light but bright lights could mess with it causing it to change channels on it's own. The following year saw the introduction of the Space Command remote that worked on sound and the distinctive "Click" when the metal rods within them were struck to make ultrasonic tones that only the TV and Fido could hear.
  8. Franklin D. Roosevelt. It was a converted C-54 Skymaster and was dubbed the Sacred Cow and was subsequently used for another two years by President Harry S. Truman.

    The "Air Force One" call sign was created after a 1953 incident during which a flight carrying President Dwight D. Eisenhower entered the same airspace as a commercial airline flight using the same call sign.
  9. 1972 [70's] and for the extra point, Magnavox. The game console was called Odyssey.
  10. 1903 [00's] and for the extra point, Boston Americans of the American League against the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League. It was a best-of-nine series, with Boston prevailing five games to three, winning the last four.