Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tuesday Trivia

  1. Which French author was shot in the leg and left with a permanent limp by his nephew, a young man who suffered from paranoia?
  2. True or False: Heath Ledger was named after Healthcliff in Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.
  3. Which 16th century Italian painter was considered by his contemporaries to be one of the greatest poets of all time?
  4. Which of Shakespeare’s close friends and fellow authors is buried in a standing position in Westminster Abbey?
  5. Which 20th century French Journalist wrote an entire book one letter at a time — indicating the next correct letter by blinking only his left eye?

Last Week's Answers

Which American fiction writer began his writing career while working as a pencil sharpener wholesaler in 1911?

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Tybalt, in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is named after which anthropomorphic character?

Tybalt is named after Tybalt/Tibert, the Prince of Cats in the Reynard the Fox stories. Mercutio alludes to this connection between characters when he says that Tybalt is “More than Prince of Cats” in Act II, Scene iv.

The word “girl” appears only once in what world-famous literary work?

The word "girl" appears only once in the Bible in Joel 3:3. The word “girls” appears once in Zechariah 8:5.

Which children’s author wrote his first book in 1936 while crossing the Atlantic on a luxury liner?

Dr. Seuss wrote his first book on the luxury liner Kungsholm. The sound of the ship’s engines annoyed him, and his wife suggested that he use their rhythm to help him write a book in rhyme. The book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected by publishers 27 times before Vanguard Publishing took a chance and accepted the manuscript.

What was the first book Amazon ever sold?

The first book Amazon.com sold was Douglas Hofstadter's Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought.

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