Monday, December 13, 2010

Tuesday Trivia

  1. What did Jorge Luis Borges, John Milton, and James Thurber have in common?
  2. Which author was known for liking to write first drafts with a Number 2 pencil?
  3. What did O. Henry, Marquis de Sade and Oscar Wilde have in common?
  4. Which famous Greek poet was supposedly killed when a bird flying overhead dropped a tortoise and struck him?
  5. Of the 2200 persons quoted in the current edition of "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations," how many are attributed to women?

Last Week's Answers

Which famous author is rumored to have added his own name to the King James translation of the bible?

Some believe that Shakespeare inserted his own name into the King James bible during the final editing process performed in 1610, when Shakespeare would have been 46 years old. In Psalms 46, the 46th word is shake. Counting from the end of Psalm 46, the 46th word is spear.

Which author believed that, “verbs are like weeds among flowers; the weeds should be removed.”

Michel Thaler, a French writer, published a 233-page novel called Le Train de Nulle Part without using a single verb.

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?

While William Faulkner’s speech was unintelligible to the audience in attendance, it was universally acclaimed as one of the best acceptance speeches ever written after its newspaper publication the following morning.

Who accidentally killed his wife while trying to shoot a glass off her head?

William S. Burroughs

What affliction did Winston Churchill, Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling have in common?


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