Trivia Bits – Tuesday, October 31

October 31, 2017  
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Tuesday, October 31

The world’s biggest pumpkins are a variety called Dill’s Atlantic Giant, developed by farmer Howard Dill in Nova Scotia, Canada. Some top out at well over a ton, which would make a fearsome jack o’ lantern, not to mention a heck of a lot of pies and toasted seeds. Or, you could hollow out your giant pumpkin, sit inside it and paddle it to victory in a pumpkin regatta, as folks from Oregon to Maine — and Nova Scotia, of course — have been known to do.

The annual Halloween episodes of “The Simpsons” share what title?
A) “A Nightmare on Homer Street”
B) “Springfield Night Fever”
C) “Treehouse of Horror”
D) “Trick or Treat, Mrs. Krabappel”

Previous answer: Blue Mountain coffee comes from Jamaica.

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.

 

Trivia Bits – Monday, October 30

October 30, 2017  
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Monday, October 30

In 1871, Canadian-born Englishwoman Lucy Walker became the first woman to reach the 14,692-foot summit of the Matterhorn, fifth-highest peak in the Alps. Englishman Edward Whymper led an expedition up the Matterhorn five years earlier, but Lucy Walker’s climb was different: She scaled the mountain as a proper Victorian lady ought to, dressed in a long flannel skirt.

Blue Mountain coffee is an official designation for coffee grown in what country?
A) Guatemala
B) Indonesia
C) Jamaica
D) Kenya

Previous answer: Randy Newman wrote and performed “It’s Jungle Out There,” the theme to the TV series “Monk.”

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.

 

Trivia Bits – Saturday, October 28

October 28, 2017  
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Saturday, October 28

In 1904, Gus Mager started drawing a syndicated comic strip called “Jungle Society,” featuring monkey characters he called Monks. There was Knocko the Monk, Tightwaddo the Monk, Henpecko, Braggo, Groucho — yes, Groucho. In fact, the inspiration for the Marx Brothers’ nicknames came from Gus Mager’s Monks. The nicknames themselves — Chico, Harpo, Groucho, Zeppo and Gummo — were bestowed on the brothers by a friend during a poker game in 1918, according to Harpo’s recollection.

Who wrote and performed “It’s a Jungle Out There,” the theme to the TV series “Monk”?
A) Randy Newman
B) Gary Portnoy
C) Randy Travis
D) Eddie Van Halen

Previous answer: The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident in 1979 was the most serious in U.S. history.

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.

 

Trivia Bits – Friday, October 27

October 27, 2017  
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Friday, October 27

Say what you will about celebrities “oversharing,” but high-profile folks can do a great service by raising public awareness about health issues. Take Oct. 28, 1956, when Elvis Presley rolled up his sleeve for a polio shot before appearing on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Claims that Elvis single-handedly raised polio vaccine rates by nearly 80 percent are exaggerated, but certainly he did his part to make the polio vaccine look cool to teens and young adults who’d been inclined to skip the shots.

Three Mile Island is most closely associated with what event?
A) Cholera epidemic
B) Flood
C) Nuclear power plant accident
D) Stadium collapse

Previous answer: Copper is the primary component of bronze.

 

Trivia Bits – Thursday, October 26

October 26, 2017  
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Thursday, October 26

The model for the Heisman Trophy stiff-armed ballcarrier was Ed Smith, a fullback for New York University from 1933 to 1935. When sculptor Frank Eliscu was commissioned to design the trophy in 1934, he asked his high school friend Smith to pose for him. Smith agreed, reportedly without knowing that he was about to be immortalized on college football’s most famous trophy. Ed Smith never won a Heisman, although he received an honorary trophy in the 1980s. NYU hasn’t fielded a varsity football team since 1953.

The primary component of bronze is what metal?
A) Copper
B) Gold
C) Iron
D) Silver

Previous answer: Grand Duke Henri is the current head of state of Luxembourg, the world’s only grand duchy.

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.

 

Trivia Bits – Wednesday, October 25

October 25, 2017  
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Wednesday, October 25

Mexico and Luxembourg might be thousands of miles apart, but there’s a distinction that they alone share. They’re the only countries whose names contain the letter X. Luxembourg is also the only country in the world whose name ends in G. Bangladesh, Denmark and Iraq round out the list of world nations whose names have unique final letters.

The current head of state of Luxembourg holds what royal title?
A) Emperor
B) Grand Duke
C) Princess
D) Queen

Previous answer: Californium, named for California, and Tennessine, named for Tennessee, are two of the 118 known chemical elements.

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.

 

Trivia Bits – Tuesday, October 24

October 24, 2017  
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Tuesday, October 24

Working at the Radium Institute in Paris, in 1939, chemist Marguerite Perey isolated a new radioactive element, which she named francium (for France, naturally). Extremely rare, francium is the last naturally occurring element to be discovered; elements since then have been created in labs. Perey found it when she was experimenting with the related element actinium. At the time, she was working under the direction of Marie Curie, discoverer of two chemical elements: polonium (for Poland, where she was born) and radium (for its radioactive properties).

Chemical elements have been named for which two U.S. states?
A) Alaska and California
B) California and Tennessee
C) Colorado and New York
D) New Mexico and Nevada

Previous answer: The Mole, Pruneface and Flattop were villains in “Dick Tracy.”

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.

 

Trivia Bits – Monday, October 23

October 23, 2017  
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Monday, October 23

Moles have poor eyesight, but they’re not blind. Their little eyes are hidden by fur to protect them while the mole is underground, where it spends most of its time. Yet even the Iberian mole (Talpa occidentalis), whose eyelids are naturally fused shut, can distinguish light from dark and knows day from night when it comes to the surface from below ground.

The Mole, Pruneface and Flattop were characters in what long-running comic strip?
A) “Beetle Bailey”
B) “Dick Tracy”
C) “Li’l Abner”
D) “The Wizard of Id”

Previous answer: Original Cabbage Patch Kids dolls had Xavier Roberts’ signature on a bum cheek.

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.

 

Trivia Bits – Saturday, October 21

October 21, 2017  
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Saturday, October 21

Coleslaw comes from the Dutch for “cabbage salad,” and while recipe variations are too many to count, cabbage is the one constant ingredient. Anything else is just “slaw.” The dish came to North America with Dutch settlers in New Amsterdam, now New York. “Koolsla” recipes have been found in Dutch cookbooks dating back to the 17th century, involving cabbage tossed in a dressing of melted butter and vinegar and served at room temperature.

Original Cabbage Patch Kids dolls had Xavier Roberts’ signature on what body part?
A) Back of the head
B) Bum cheek
C) Shoulder
D) Sole of the foot

Previous answer: “It’s Raining Men” was a No. 1 U.S. disco hit in 1982 for the Weather Girls.

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.

 

Trivia Bits – Friday, October 20

October 20, 2017  
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Friday, October 20

A couple of times a year in the town of Yoro, Honduras, people find the ground littered with fish after a severe rainstorm. They call it lluvia de peces — the “rain of fish.” Its scientific explanation might be that heavy rains flood underground streams and drive fish to the surface. Or it might involve tornado-like waterspouts that form at sea, suck fish out of the water and deposit them inland. Or it could be a miracle. Everyone has a theory; none has been confirmed.

“It’s Raining Men” was a No. 1 U.S. disco hit in 1982 for what duo?
A) Peaches & Herb
B) Roxette
C) The Weather Girls
D) Wendy & Lisa

Previous answer: “The Motorcycle Diaries” is a memoir written by Ernesto “Che” Guevara.

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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