Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tuesday Trivia

  1. What writer contemporary to T.S. Eliot nicknamed him "Old Possum"?
  2. In later versions of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the evil Queen plummets to her death off of a precipice. How does she die in the original Brothers Grimm tale?
  3. Where does the word abracadabra come from?
  4. Which book was banned by a public library in Missouri because it contained 39 objectionable words?
  5. What cultural phenomena did psychiatrist Fredric Wertheim link to juvenile delinquency in his 1954 book Seduction of the Innocent?

Where does the term “salary” come from?

Part of a Roman soldier's pay was called salarium argentium, "salt money", which was used to buy the then-precious commodity, and so pay today is called a "salary".

In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series, Dr. Watson is said to have suffered a bullet wound during the war. Where was he shot?

Interestingly enough we are told in A Study in Scarlet that he has been shot in the shoulder, but according to The Sign of Four, he was shot in the in the leg.

What famous Russian novelist and short story writer had several butterflies named after him?

Vladimir Nabokov, author of Lolita, was also a distinguished etymologist. The genus Nabokovia was named after him in honor of this work, as were a number of butterfly and moth species including many of the genera Madeleinea and Pseudolucia.

What best-selling author opened the first Saab auto dealership in the United States?

Kurt Vonnegut.

What famous writer wished to ban Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn from American public libraries, stating it was inappropriate for "our pure-minded lads and lassies"?

Little Women author, Louisa May Alcott.

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