Trivia Bits – Friday, November 3

November 3, 2017  
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Friday, November 3

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Last Tycoon,” Charles Dickens’ “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” and Jane Austen’s “Sanditon” are among literary works left uncompleted when their famous authors died. Many writers request such unfinished works be destroyed. Literary executors, from the ancients who published Virgil’s (unfinished) “Aeneid” to Max Brod who released “Amerika,” “The Trial” and “The Castle” after Franz Kafka’s death, often ignore those requests. But when fantasy author Terry Pratchett, creator of the “Discworld” series, died earlier this year, his executors had his computer hard drive crushed by a steamroller, just as Pratchett asked.

The word tycoon comes from a word meaning “great lord” in what language?
A) Arabic
B) Hungarian
C) Icelandic
D) Japanese

Previous answer: At the request of Prince Edward, Duke of Wessex, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice wrote “Cricket” in 1986 for Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th birthday.

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.

Saturday, November 4

In 1896, George R. Mann won a commission to design a capitol building for the state of Montana, to be built in Helena. A year later, over allegations of corruption, the committee that awarded the commission was disbanded and Mann’s design was abandoned for one that would cost less. In 1899, Arkansas was soliciting designs for a new capitol building. Mann submitted the plans he’d drawn for the Montana project, won the job, and built his elegant, neoclassical capitol in Little Rock instead.

The first woman elected to the U.S. Congress was Jeannette Rankin from which state?
A) Arkansas
B) Montana
C) New York
D) Pennsylvania

Previous answer: The word tycoon comes from the Japanese word taikun (“great lord”) used to describe a rich, powerful person without royal blood.

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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