Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tuesday Trivia

  1. Which American short story writer and poet continually called the name “Reynolds!” the night before his death?
  2. How did Voltaire rid himself of tiresome guests?
  3. The average person uses a vocabulary of approximately 8,000 words. How many did Shakespeare use?
  4. What first name did Arthur Conan Doyle give to his famous detective before he came up with Sherlock?
  5. What famous writer claimed she did most of the plotting for her books while sitting in a bathtub munching on apples?
Last Week's Answers

What French novelist inadvertently provided actress Ruth Davis with her stage name, Bette Davis?

Honore de Balzac. Davis took her stage name from the title of his 1840 novel Cousin Bette.

Which piece of American literature containing over 50,000 words does not once use the letter “e”?

American author, Ernest Vincent Wright wrote Gadsby: A Champion of Youth, which, except for the introduction and a note at the end, does not use the letter “e.” Every word is properly spelled and all narration is grammatically correct. He actually taped down the letter “e” on his typewriter to avoid accidentally using it.

The high-speed ferry between Dublin and Great Britain, across the Irish Sea, is named after which 18th-century satirist?

Jonathan Swift.

Which author once ate an apple under the Arch de Triomphe to try to overcome his insomnia?

Alexander Dumas

What book was once banned by the Eldon, Missouri library because it contained 39 "objectionable" words?

The American Heritage Dictionary.

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