Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tuesday Trivia

  1. The first published drawings of what famous children's book author-illustrator appeared in a physics text entitled Atomics for the Millions?
  2. In the book Gone With the Wind, how many months actually pass during Melanie's pregnancy?
  3. Which Alfred Hitchcock movie title is drawn from Shakespeare's Hamlet?
  4. What did writer Edgar Allan Poe and singer Jerry Lee Lewis have in common with their choice of wives?
  5. How did Voltaire rid himself of tiresome guests?

Last Week's Answers

Author Eric Blair wrote under what pen name?

Eric Blair, author of Animal Farm and 1984, wrote under the pseudonym George Orwell. Blair considered several names including P. S. Burton, Kenneth Miles, and H. Lewis Allways. He finally adopted the nom de plume George Orwell because, as he told Eleanor Jacques, "It is a good round English name."

Which Aldous Huxley work was the inspiration behind Jim Morrison naming his band The Doors?

The book The Doors of Perception, by Aldous Huxley, was the inspiration behind Jim Morrison naming his band The Doors. The book tackles the subject of hallucinogenic drugs.

Which classic novel was written based on a bet between several authors vacationing together in 1818?

Mary Shelley and her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley, were visiting their friend Lord Byron when she got the idea for Frankenstein. The three friends agreed to see who could come up with the best ghost story to scare the other two.

Which piece of American literature containing over 50,000 words does not once use the letter “e”?

American author, Ernest Vincent Wright wrote Gadsby: A Champion of Youth, which, except for the introduction and a note at the end, does not use the letter “e.” Every word is properly spelled and all narration is grammatically correct. He actually taped down the letter “e” on his typewriter to avoid accidentally using it.

Which word in the English language has the most definitions?

Of all the words in the English language, the word ’set’ has the most definitions.

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Stephanie Polukis said...

3. North by Northwest

Keith Bergstrom said...

1. no idea
2. quite a few, wasn't she pregnant for about 2 years?
3. "I am but mad north by northwest" is the easy answer, but did you know that "The Birds" comes from Timon of Athens?
"Nor on the beasts themselves, the birds, and fishes;You must eat men."*
4. Great Balls of Fire! They both married their underage first cousins.
5. Served them the bad wine?

*please note: This quote is a bald-faced lie.

Gangles said...

5. talked about the age of enlightenment?

Annie Rizzuto Urbanik said...

Keith, I learned something from you today. I always thought it was a "bold-faced lie" but apparently:

"The correct term is bald-faced, and refers to a face without whiskers. Beards were commonly worn by businessmen in the 18th and 19th century as an attempt to mask facial expressions when making business deals. Thus a bald-faced liar was a very good liar indeed, and was able to lie without the guilt showing on his face."

Although I supposed you can't really bald-faced lie with your new, sporty goatee, eh?