This blog post originally appeared 1/9/2008.
One of my favorite reference sources is Fast Answers to Common Questions. It's organized by broad subject and then each topic is worded as a question and an answer. Browsing the sports area, I just learned that the answer to "What famous American doctor competed in the 1924 Olympics?" is Dr. Benjamin Spock! He was on the Olympic rowing team and competed in Paris.
Here are some other choice tidbits that could possibly help you if you are thinking of trying out to be on Jeopardy! anytime soon:
The longest name in the Bible is Maher-shalal-hash-baz (Isiah's son)
Phosphenes are the lights seen when you close your eyes tightly.
Mrs. Santa Claus's maiden name was Grundy.
Only three fruits are native to North America: Concord grapes, blueberries, and cranberries.
Kleenex brand tissues were first sold as Celluwipes. [Ed. note: gross!]
Fast Answers to Common Questions. Carolyn Fischer, ed. Gale, 2000.