Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tuesday Trivia

  1. The moons of all planets except for Uranus are named after Greek gods. What are the moons of Uranus named after? 
  2. Where does A.A. Milne’s classic children’s character, Winnie-the-Pooh, get his name? 
  3. Which well-known 20th century, British author held his first civilian job after WWI was at the offices of the Oxford English Dictionary as an etymologist? 
  4. How many times did Leo Tolstoy’s wife edit the cumbersome, handwritten manuscript for “War and Peace”? 
  5. What best-selling author opened the first Saab auto dealership in the United States? 

Last Week's Answers 

How many words are in the longest sentence in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables? 

The longest sentence in the book Les Miserables is 823 words long. After Hugo’s editor had read the manuscript, Hugo sent a letter that only said “?” to find out what they thought. They sent the manuscript back with the response “!” 

Which well-known 20th century, British author was a member of the Inklings, a group associated with Oxford University, alongside other pertinent authors such as C.S. Lewis? 

J.R.R. Tolkien and as his son Christopher were both avid members of the Inklings. 

Which English author, poet, essayist, literary critic, and playwright enjoyed taking off his clothes and climbing mulberry trees? 

D. H. Lawrence enjoyed taking off his clothes and climbing mulberry trees. 

What Alfred Hitchcock movie title is drawn from Shakespeare's Hamlet? 

North by Northwest, in which Cary Grant feigns madness. The title is taken from Hamlet's words: "I am but mad north-northwest; when the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.” 

In what year was the first English-language Encyclopaedia Britannica published? 

The first English-language Encyclopaedia Britannica published in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1771.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

1. Shakespeare's characters ... especially, maybe, characters in A Midsummer Night's Dream?

2. A bear at the zoo named Winnie or Winston or something like that?

3. J. R. R. Tolkein?

4. Too many!

5. I'm guessing NOT Sir Francis Bacon!