April 30

April 30, 2017  
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Saturday, April 29

The recording that launched the audiobook industry was the 1952 Caedmon Records release of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales and Five Poems” read by the author Dylan Thomas. It wasn’t the first time a writer had recorded work for posterity. Most notably, Alfred Lord Tennyson recorded his epic “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by special request of Thomas Edison in 1890. Yet the Dylan Thomas recording marked a milestone in publishing history. More recordings of authors and poets reading their work followed, and a new publishing category was born.

What is depicted on the national flag of Wales?
A) Blue dolphin
B) Golden lion
C) Red dragon
D) White dove

Previous answer: Monrovia, capital of Liberia, is named for U.S. president James Monroe.

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April 28

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Friday, April 28

In response to a recent TriviaBit, Scott Harris, director of the James Monroe Museum in Fredericksburg, Virginia, confirms that President James Monroe is depicted in the painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware,” even though Monroe wasn’t part of that expedition. He was with a detachment assigned to secure a crossroads along the army’s line of march to Trenton, and in that group was a local doctor named John Riker. “This was fortunate, because Monroe was severely wounded by a Hessian musket ball the next day and would have bled to death without Dr. Riker’s care,” Harris notes. “As it was, Monroe retained the bullet in his shoulder for the rest of his life.”

Which country’s capital city is named for U.S. president James Monroe?
A) Jamaica
B) Liberia
C) St. Kitts and Nevis
D) Togo

Previous answer: The almond-shaped amygdala is a part of the brain that governs emotion.

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April 27

April 27, 2017  
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Thursday, April 27

Next time you’re snacking on almonds, say thanks to the honey bees that pollinate almond orchards. They’re virtually the only natural pollinators of almonds, which is why almond growers in California team up with beekeepers across the United States to transport bee colonies to the orchards for pollination. Without them, the trees wouldn’t produce almonds and we’d miss out on marzipan, granola, almond butter and all sorts of delicious things.

Where in your body would you find the almond-shaped amygdala?
A) Brain
B) Eye
C) Pancreas
D) Small Intestine

Previous answer: Michael Caine played the title character in the 1966 film “Alfie.”

TRIVIA FANS: Leslie Elman is the author of “Weird But True: 200 Astounding, Outrageous and Totally Off the Wall Facts.” Contact her at triviabitsleslie@gmail.com.

 

April 26

April 26, 2017  
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Wednesday, April 26

In the 1972 film “Sleuth,” Laurence Olivier plays a crime novelist living in a stately home in England. On his mantelpiece is an Edgar Allan Poe award from the Mystery Writers of America. That statuette was no mere stage prop. It was the real Edgar awarded to playwright Anthony Shaffer in 1971 for the stage version of “Sleuth.” Presumably, it survived the film shoot unscathed. In 1973, it gained a companion, when Shaffer received a second Edgar for the film version of “Sleuth.”

Jude Law starred in a 2004 remake of “Alfie.” Who starred in the 1966 original?
A) Richard Burton
B) Michael Caine
C) Albert Finney
D) Peter O’Toole

Previous answer: Nancy Cartwright provides the voice of Bart Simpson.

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Age Well Highlights Limited-Time Opportunity

April 26, 2017  
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For Equitable Relief to Eligible Medicare Beneficiaries

 

April 10, 2017 (Essex Junction, VT) – Age Well’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program highlights a limited-time opportunity for eligible Medicare Beneficiaries. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is currently offering equitable relief to individuals who did not receive the necessary information about Medicare and Vermont Health Connect. This relief would allow beneficiaries to reinstate Medicare Part B medical coverage or relieve their Medicare Part B late penalty in certain circumstances.

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April 25

April 25, 2017  
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Tuesday, April 25

Hank Azaria voices the most characters of any actor on “The Simpsons,” including Chief Wiggam, Moe Szyslak, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Dr. Nick Riviera and Comic Book Guy. He was just 22 years old when he joined the cast. On April 25, 2017, he turns 54.

Who voices the character of Bart Simpson?
A) Nancy Cartwright
B) Dan Castellaneta
C) Yeardley Smith
D) Tracey Ullman

Previous answer: Six-year-old Tricia Nixon named the Nixon family dog Checkers.

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April 24

April 24, 2017  
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Monday, April 24

Chinese checkers is sort of like checkers, but it’s definitely not Chinese. It’s based on a game called Halma — from the Greek word for “jump” — devised in the 1880s by a Massachusetts surgeon named George Howard Monks and inspired by an older English game called Hoppity. Originally, Halma was played on a square board. The star-shaped board variation came from Germany, where the game is sometimes called Sternhalma (Star Halma). Naming it Chinese checkers was an American marketing concept from the 1920s intended to capitalize on people’s fascination with the “exotic East.”

In Richard Nixon’s famous “Checkers speech,” who did he credit with naming the Nixon family dog?
A) Dwight D. Eisenhower
B) Nixon’s wife, Pat
C) Nixon’s daughter, Tricia
D) Earl Warren

Previous answer: The Tibetan momo, Mongolian buuz and Chinese ha gow are types of dumpling.

TRIVIA FANS: Leslie Elman is the author of “Weird But True: 200 Astounding, Outrageous and Totally Off the Wall Facts.” Contact her at triviabitsleslie@gmail.com.

 

April 22

April 22, 2017  
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Saturday, April 22

The constitution of the kingdom of Bhutan specifies that at least 60 percent of the country’s area must be maintained as forestland “to conserve the country’s natural resources and to prevent degradation of the ecosystem.” Bhutan’s constitution also specifies that citizens “shall have the duty to preserve, protect and respect the environment, culture and heritage of the nation.” Until 1999, Bhutan didn’t have television service or internet access. Its capital, Thimphu, has about 100,000 residents, 44,000 cars and zero traffic lights.

The Tibetan momo, Mongolian buuz and Chinese ha gow are types of what?
A) Dumpling
B) Flower
C) Goat
D) Tent

Previous answer: Taraji P. Henson won a Golden Globe for her role as Cookie Lyon on “Empire.”

TRIVIA FANS: Leslie Elman is the author of “Weird But True: 200 Astounding, Outrageous and Totally Off the Wall Facts.” Contact her at triviabitsleslie@gmail.com.

 

April 21

April 21, 2017  
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Friday, April 21

DoubleTree hotels give away more than 75,000 signature chocolate chip-walnut cookies to guests every day — an estimated 384 million warm, chewy cookies a year. The tradition began in 1986 with cookies distributed as part of the hotels’ evening turndown service. Developed by the Christie Cookie Co. of Nashville, Tennessee, the DoubleTree cookie recipe remains a secret, but the hotel company says it uses more than a million pounds of chocolate and 500,000 pounds of walnuts in its cookies each year.

Who won a 2016 Golden Globe award for her portrayal of Cookie Lyon on “Empire”?
A) Viola Davis
B) Taraji P. Henson
C) Tracee Ellis Ross
D) Kerry Washington

Previous answer: The chariot race scene in the 1959 film “Ben-Hur” runs about 11 minutes.

TRIVIA FANS: Leslie Elman is the author of “Weird But True: 200 Astounding, Outrageous and Totally Off the Wall Facts.” Contact her at triviabitsleslie@gmail.com.

 

April 20

April 20, 2017  
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Thursday, April 20

When is a bull’s-eye a star? When it’s Aldebaran, the giant star that constitutes the “eye” of the constellation Taurus, the Bull. Bigger and redder than our sun, Aldebaran is the brightest star in Taurus and was easily recognizable to ancient astronomers. Chinese, Hindu and Roman stargazers all spotted it and watched it, but Islamic astronomers named it. Aldebaran’s name comes from the Arabic for “The Follower.”

About how long is the famous chariot race scene in 1959′s “Ben-Hur”?
A) 4 minutes
B) 11 minutes
C) 23 minutes
D) 37 minutes

Previous answer: Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman at the 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” in Zaire.

TRIVIA FANS: Leslie Elman is the author of “Weird But True: 200 Astounding, Outrageous and Totally Off the Wall Facts.” Contact her at triviabitsleslie@gmail.com.

 

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