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 Jan 22, 2018 Jan 22, 2018

The flat-bottomed, cone-shaped Erlenmeyer laboratory flask is named for German chemist Emil Erlenmeyer, who devised it in the 1850s. Well-balanced and untippable, the Erlenmeyer flask is designed for liquids to be swirled without splashing. For a tim... Read More

Trivia Bits for Jan 20, 2018 Jan 20, 2018

Vermont takes its name from the French "verts monts" or "monts verts," meaning Green Mountains, for the Green Mountains, which, conveniently, are located in Vermont. Our 14th state nearly had another name, though. For about six months in 1777, while ... Read More

Trivia Bits for Jan 19, 2018 Jan 19, 2018

The first men's "briefs" were sold at Marshall Field & Company department store in Chicago in January 1935. Inspired by French men's bathing suits, the supportive undergarments made by the Cooper Underwear Company of Kenosha, Wisconsin, sold out imme... Read More