About Leslie Elman

Leslie Elman

Leslie Elman

 Leslie Elman is a freelance writer and editor specializing in travel, art and generalist subjects. A professional trivia and quiz writer, she contributes questions for pub quiz nights around the U.S. as well as for the annual World Quizzing Championship. Her books include "The Ladies' Room Reader Quiz Book" and "Weird But True: 200 Astounding, Outrageous and Totally Off the Wall Facts."

Trivia Bits for Oct 24, 2017 Oct 24, 2017

Working at the Radium Institute in Paris, in 1939, chemist Marguerite Perey isolated a new radioactive element, which she named francium (for France, naturally). Extremely rare, francium is the last naturally occurring element to be discovered; eleme... Read More

Trivia Bits for Oct 23, 2017 Oct 23, 2017

Moles have poor eyesight, but they're not blind. Their little eyes are hidden by fur to protect them while the mole is underground, where it spends most of its time. Yet even the Iberian mole (Talpa occidentalis), whose eyelids are naturally fused sh... Read More

Trivia Bits for Oct 21, 2017 Oct 21, 2017

Coleslaw comes from the Dutch for "cabbage salad," and while recipe variations are too many to count, cabbage is the one constant ingredient. Anything else is just "slaw." The dish came to North America with Dutch settlers in New Amsterdam, now New Y... Read More