Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tuesday Trivia

  1. Which famous author is rumored to have added his own name to the King James translation of the bible?
  2. Which author believed that, “verbs are like weeds among flowers; the weeds should be removed”?
  3. Which author gave his 1949 Nobel Prize acceptance speech and was met with only a smattering of polite applause because it was virtually impossible to understand what he was saying?
  4. Who accidentally killed his wife while trying to shoot a glass off her head?
  5. What affliction did Winston Churchill, Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling have in common?

Last Week's Answers

Which perennial favorite Christmas book was first sold in the same year as the first Christmas card on record was sent?

A Christmas Carol was written in the six weeks leading up to December 19, 1843 and was based on people that Dickens knew personally including Ebenezer Scroggie, a counselor at Ediburgh.

Which American author and printer wrote his own epitaph which read, “The body of __________, Printer (like the cover of an old book, its contents torn out and stripped of its lettering and gilding), lies here, food for worms; but the work shall not be lost, for it will (as he believed) appear once more in a new and more elegant edition, revised and corrected by the Author.”

Benjamin Franklin wrote the above epitaph but traded it in for something simpler later in his life.

How tall was John Keats?

John Keats was only about 5 feet tall

Which author and scientist came up with the date for the end of the world (2060) but studying biblical texts?

Sir Isaac Newton wrote a letter in 1704 in which he predicted that the end of the world would be in 2060. The father of modern science had an interest in biblical prophecy as well. Newton came up with this prediction after a detailed study of various biblical texts.

Who wrote the longest novel in the English language?

Samuel Richardson wrote the longest novel in the English language, Clarissa, or, the History of a Young Lady—which contains approximately 1 million words.

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