Tough Trivia, 7/16/21

Last week’s Grab Bag (Friday) question was about world cities’ former names. Let’s continue the theme a little closer to (my) home. Here are some former cities’ names. By what names are they known today?

  • Marthasville, Georgia
  • Gum Pond (or Gumpond), Mississippi
  • Lancaster, Nebraska
  • Hot Springs, New Mexico
  • New Amsterdam, New York
  • Losantiville, Ohio
  • Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania


Ed Sullivan ShowYesterday’s question was:

The Korean War ran from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953, just over three years. M*A*S*H, the medical sitcom set during the Korean War, ran from 1972 to 1983, eleven years. Put these television shows in order by the length of their runs (number of episodes). Bonus points if you remember the actual number of episodes (within 10) of each/any: The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet; The Big Bang Theory; Bonanza; Dallas; E.R.; The Ed Sullivan Show; Gunsmoke; Happy Days; Law & Order (the original); M*A*S*H; Star Trek: The Next Generation; Supernatural.

M_A_S_H_TV_title_screenThe answers:

  1. The Ed Sullivan Show: 1,087 episodes — 23 years
  2. Gunsmoke (not including the precursor radio series): 635 episodes — 20 seasons
  3. Law & Order (the Original): 456 episodes — 20 seasons
  4. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet: 435 episodes — 14 years
  5. Bonanza: 431 episodes — 14 years
  6. Dallas: 357 episodes — 14 years
  7. ER: 331 episodes — 15 years
  8. Supernatural: 327 episodes — 15 years
  9. The Big Bang Theory: 279 episodes — 12 years
  10. M*A*S*H: 256 episodes — 11 seasons
  11. Happy Days: 255 episodes — 11 seasons
  12. Star Trek: The Next Generation: 178 episodes — 7 seasons


Ian’s Tough Trivia is a daily feature of this blog (Monday’s category is History; Tuesday is Arts; Wednesday is Science; Thursday is Entertainment; and Friday is Grab Bag). Each day, I post a tough question, as well as the answer to the previous day’s question. Simply comment on this post with your answer. I’ll approve the comments after the next question is posted. Sure, you can probably find the answers by searching the web, but what’s the fun in that?

And if you’ve got a favorite trivia question—or even just a topic for which you’d like to see a question—let me know! Reader participation is warmly encouraged.

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