Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tuesday Trivia

  1. What French novelist inadvertently provided actress Ruth Davis with her stage name, Bette Davis?
  2. Which piece of American literature containing over 50,000 words does not once use the letter “e”?
  3. The high-speed ferry between Dublin and Great Britain, across the Irish Sea, is named after which 18th-century satirist?
  4. Which author once ate an apple under the Arch de Triomphe to try to overcome his insomnia?
  5. What book was once banned by the Eldon, Missouri library because it contained 39 "objectionable" words?

Last Week's Answers

Who is the most successful textbook author of all time?

Elements, by Euclid, was written circa 300 B.C. and has gone through more than 1,000 editions since the invention of printing.

J.K. Rowling’s short story, “The Tale of Three Brothers” is based on which famous tale?

“The Pardoner’s Tale” by Geoffrey Chaucer in Canterbury Tales.

Which famous writer was buried in the Fluntern Cemetery, Zurich, Switzerland, and is so close to the Zurich Zoo that the zoo's lions can be heard from his grave?

James Joyce was buried here and shares his plot with wife Nora and son Georgio.

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

Kurt Vonnegut.

Where does the phrase “often a bridesmaid, never a bride” come from?

The phrase "Often a bridesmaid, but never a bride," actually originates from an advertisement for Listerine mouthwash from 1924.

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