Tuesday, February 21

February 21, 2017  
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LESLIE’S TRIVIABITS (TM)
BY LESLIE ELMAN
FOR RELEASE: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2017

Tambourines originated in the ancient Middle East, played mainly by women, especially when they were dancing at religious ceremonies. In Ottoman Turkey, the tambourine was so beloved, its perfect circle shape became associated with the sun. In medieval Europe, angels playing tambourines were depicted in paintings. Yet even an object so seemingly flawless can be improved. In the 1970s, percussionist Richard Taninbaum devised a headless, crescent-shaped tambourine with an ergonomic grip to prevent muscle fatigue. His design for the Rhythm Tech tambourine is now in the collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Which song was a duet hit for Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty in 1981?
A) “Gold Dust Woman”
B) “Leather and Lace”
C) “Rhiannon”
D) “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”

Previous answer: Peanuts are not tree nuts, they’re legumes.

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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Monday, February 20

February 20, 2017  
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LESLIE’S TRIVIABITS (TM)
BY LESLIE ELMAN
FOR RELEASE: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2017

Official state bird, tree, song … these we expect. Official state nut? Well, yes. Some states do have one. Passion for pralines and pie led to the pecan becoming the official state nut of Alabama and Arkansas. Pecans are the “official state health nut” of Texas as well. For Missouri, the official state nut is the eastern black walnut. For Oregon, it’s the hazelnut, since Oregon grows about 98 percent of all the hazelnuts produced in the United States.

Which of these is NOT a tree nut?
A) Cashew
B) Macadamia
C) Peanut
D) Pistachio

Previous answer: Snowboarding made its Olympic debut at the 1998 games in Nagano, Japan.

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Trivia Bits

April 7, 2016  
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Thursday April 7

 

At the center of a traditional Tibetan Buddhist “Wheel of Life” painting are depictions of a pig, a snake and a bird, chasing each other in a circle. They represent spiritual ignorance, anger and attachment — what Buddhists call the “three poisons” that prevent people from reaching spiritual enlightenment.

 

Although he is considered the spiritual leader of Tibet, the Dalai Lama currently lives in exile in what country?

A) Cambodia

B) China

C) India

D) Japan

 

Previous answer: John Paul Jones’s ship Bon Homme Richard was destroyed in battle and had to be abandoned.