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 Jun 25, 2021 Jun 25, 2021

When Nintendo was founded in Kyoto in 1889, its primary product was playing cards handprinted on mulberry bark. The company filled customer demand after Japan prohibited the import of European and American playing cards and among its many offerings w... Read More

Trivia Bits for Jun 24, 2021 Jun 24, 2021

Honorificabilitudinitatibus, meaning "capable of being honorable," is the longest word in the works of William Shakespeare. It's spoken (not without difficulty) by Costard, a not-too-intelligent character in "Love's Labour's Lost," and was Shakespear... Read More

Trivia Bits for Jun 23, 2021 Jun 23, 2021

In the 1860s, the French wine industry nearly collapsed when an agricultural pest threatened to wipe out all the wine grapes in France. Help arrived unexpectedly from Missouri entomologist Charles V. Riley, who recognized the problem as phylloxera, a... Read More

Trivia Bits for Jun 22, 2021 Jun 22, 2021

Athens was the most important city in ancient Greece, and it's the capital of modern Greece today. But for a brief period in the 19th century, the capital of Greece was Nafplio, a coastal city on the Peloponnese peninsula. That decision was made afte... Read More