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 19, 2019 Jun 19, 2019

When someone is deep in meditation, or deep into thinking about herself, we might say she's "contemplating her navel." Or we could say she's engaged in omphaloskepsis. That mouthful of a word was coined in the 1920s to describe the meditation practic... Read More

Trivia Bits for Jun 18, 2019 Jun 18, 2019

The lactic acid bacteria that gives sourdough bread its distinctive taste is Lactobacillus sanfranciscensis. Microbiologists Frank Sugihara and Leo Kline isolated the bacteria in the 1970s and named it for the place they found it: San Francisco. Som... Read More

Trivia Bits for Jun 17, 2019 Jun 17, 2019

The term "Iron Curtain" describing the growing influence of the Soviet Union in Europe was first used by Winston Churchill in a speech at Westminster College, in Fulton, Missouri, on March 5, 1946. The college is now home to the National Churchill Mu... Read More