Monday, October 5, 2009

Tuesday Trivia

  1. What was the occupation of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes series of mysteries?
  2. Which well-known children’s author was known for wearing outlandish hats to parties?
  3. Which 19th century author wrote entire books while standing?
  4. If you were to place all of the shelves in the New York Public Library side by side, how far would the span?
  5. How many times did Leo Tolstoy’s wife edit the cumbersome, handwritten manuscript for War and Peace?

Last Week’s Answers 

Which eccentric American author created the Angelfish Club, a group of exceptional young girls between the ages of ten and sixteen?

In 1907, at the age of seventy-two, Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, began "collecting" surrogate granddaughters. They and their parents often visited him in his homes in New York.

What part is Shakespeare said to have played in the original production of Hamlet?

Shakespeare is said to have played the Ghost in the original production of Hamlet.

What popular American comic strip is known as Radishes in Denmark?

Charles’ Schultz’s famous Peanuts comic strip.

How many words are in the longest sentence in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables?

The longest sentence in the book Les Miserables is 823 words long. After Hugo’s editor had read the manuscript, Hugo sent a letter that only said “?” to find out what they thought. They sent the manuscript back with the response “!”

Which famous English author wrote of the two moons that orbit the planet Mars in 1726 — over 100 years before astronomers identified them?

In the book Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift talks about two moons that orbit Mars. It was not until the early 1800s that astronomers completed any studies on Mars and identified those two moons.

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