Every year, specifically on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month when major hostilities of World War I were formally ended, Americans pay tribute to all veterans – living and dead – who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. On this Veterans Day – 11/11/11 – test your knowledge of America's former service members.
After decades of inactivity, the US Supreme Court in 2008 began a major reexamination of the scope of the right to keep and bear arms, an issue that has long ignited passionate debate and prompted powerful political lobbying. How well do you understand this constitutional evolution? Take our quiz to test your knowledge.
Nobody is more of a coaching institution than Penn State’s Joe Paterno, who is in his 46th year as the school’s head football coach, and his 62nd year on the football coaching staff altogether. His 408 coaching victories place him in a tie for the most in the major-college ranks with the late Eddie Robinson of Grambling, with a handful of games still left to play this season. To find out if you really know Joe, take this quiz:
Do appearances matter? Sometimes. In the 1960 John F. Kennedy-Richard Nixon debate, those who watched on TV said Kennedy won. Those who heard it on the radio, said Nixon won, according to one study. Sen. John Edwards' $400 haircuts became campaign fodder in 2007, as did a $2,500 coiffure bill among Hillary Clinton's campaign expenses in 2008. What do you think, did these US politicians get their money's worth – and can you identify them?
To his supporters, Mitt Romney is an adaptable pragmatist with the potential to appeal to a broad electorate. To his critics, the former Massachusetts governor is a political chameleon, a man willing to say anything to win an election. Almost everyone agrees that Romney is an experienced manager with a history of turning around failing organizations. Can he do the same for the United States? How much do you know about the man who is affectionately known as the Stormin' Mormon? Take our quiz to find out.
Imagining worlds without oil sounds like the easy work of daydreams. But the future is a complicated place, even when we're making it up. Even the most outrageous fantasies – from inter-galactic, cross-species space flights to time travel – must also be plausible. This is something every movie maker knows, or learns the hard way -- from fans. Popular series have always inspired "fan fiction," in which story buffs spin new tales about their favorite characters. Today, there are Internet forums and unofficial web shrines where fans discuss the finer points of sci fi. The worlds fans love may not exist, but they are experts in them anyway. They know what powers a lightsaber, where the USS Enterprise gets its fuel, or how The Matrix “really” works. Even fantasy worlds have rules, and the best fans know them. Do you?
It was 50 years ago, on Oct. 1, that Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth’s single-season home run mark by hitting his record-breaking 61st home run on the 1961 season’s final game. Only 23,154 witnessed the the solo shot in Yankee Stadium. Maris is surely the least known of baseball’s greatest sluggers. Test your own Maris knowledge with this quiz.
Autumn always marks the kickoff to another television season, and the competition for your attention this year is fierce. From big-budget Spielberg-helmed science fiction to a reality show about people whose only qualification is their hate for celebrities, the big networks have it all this year. Some will live on and become classics, and some will be cancelled before 2012. How much do you know about this year's crop?
GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry became governor of Texas in 2000 when Gov. George W. Bush resigned to be president. Gov. Perry hasn't looked back since. Perry's now the frontrunner, according to polls, in a crowded Republican primary race. How well do you know the man from Paint Creek, Texas? Take our quiz.