Here’s the answers to today’s KentWired trivia quiz.
Q:What is the highest-grossing movie of all time?
A:James Cameron’s “Avatar,” unless you adjust for inflation, in which case it’s “Gone With the Wind.”
Q:What is the most common name in the world?
Q:What does Halloween stand for?
A:It’s a shortened version of “All Hallows’ Eve,” the eve of All Hallows’ Day. “Hallow” is an Old English word for “holy person,” and All Hallows’ Day is another name for All Saints’ Day, the day Catholics commemorate all the saints.
Q:When was Halloween first celebrated?
A:The holiday’s origins date back to “the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Roughly 2,000 years ago, the Celts began their new year on November 1, meaning October 31 was their New Year’s Eve. “The boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred” that night.
Q:What are the most likely Halloween costumes among college students this year?
A:Charlie Sheen, out of work NBA player, Occupy Wall Street protester, Zombie Steve Jobs.
Q:Who invented candy corn?
A:George Renninger of the Wunderle Candy Company.
Q:Where did the term “vampire” originate?
A:Vampiric entities may go back to prehistoric times; however, term vampire was not popularized until the early 18th century in Western Europe from areas where vampire legends were frequent.
Q:Where did Jack O’Lanterns originate?
A:In Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.
Q:Why are black cats considered bad luck?
A:Black cats in the middle ages were believed to be witches’ familiars, and some people even believed them to be witches incarnate.
Q:Halloween is the #2 most successful commercial holiday. What is #1?