Trivia Bits for Jun 23, 2018

By Leslie Elman

June 23, 2018 2 min read

William Sydney Porter, better known as O. Henry, was a masterful writer of short stories with a twist. Like "The Ransom of Red Chief," about kidnappers who abscond with a child so horrible and unruly they offer to pay the kid's parents to take him back. While living in Austin, Texas, in 1895, Porter bought a failing magazine called "The Iconoclast," revamped it and renamed it "The Rolling Stone." As publisher, editor and chief contributor, he filled the magazine with satirical articles and cartoons, but no album reviews.

Where did the name for the Snickers candy bar come from?

A) Frank Mars' nickname for his daughter

B) A thoroughbred racehorse

C) The sound of laughter

D) The Mars family cat

Previous answer: The 1980s nighttime soap "Falcon Crest" takes place mainly in California wine country.

TRIVIA FANS: Leslie Elman is the author of "Weird But True: 200 Astounding, Outrageous and Totally Off the Wall Facts." Contact her at [email protected]

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