Trivia Bits for Oct 17, 2017

By Leslie Elman

October 17, 2017 2 min read

The oldest surviving — and perhaps the first ever — live-action motion picture footage is a snippet of film known as "Roundhay Garden Scene" made by Louis Le Prince in 1888. The clip, which runs for less than 3 seconds, shows Le Prince's family and a friend walking in a garden in Leeds, England. Le Prince made two other motion pictures around the same time, one of traffic on Leeds Bridge and one of his son playing the accordion. Then he disappeared and was never heard from again. The film survives.

Which bandleader was known for playing the accordion?

A) Tex Beneke

B) Cab Calloway

C) Kay Kyser

D) Lawrence Welk

Previous answer: Walt Whitman's poem with the line "O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done!" refers to the death of Abraham Lincoln.

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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