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 Oct 17, 2019 Oct 17, 2019

The term "cliffhanger" originated in the 1930s to describe serialized radio shows and silent films that ended at a critical moment — sometimes literally with a character hanging from a cliff — to ensure audiences would tune in for the nex... Read More

Trivia Bits for Oct 16, 2019 Oct 16, 2019

Two common cross spiders (Araneus diadematus) named Anita and Arabella went into space with NASA astronauts on a Skylab mission in 1973. They were part of an experiment devised by high school student Judith Miles to test whether weightlessness would ... Read More

Trivia Bits for Oct 15, 2019 Oct 15, 2019

The first athlete to host "Saturday Night Live" was NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton. He hosted on Jan. 29, 1977, a couple of weeks after his Minnesota Vikings lost to the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XI. According to Norse mythology and... Read More

Trivia Bits for Oct 14, 2019 Oct 14, 2019

When Christopher Columbus was cruising around the West Indies in 1492, he took note of the hanging beds used by the local Taino people. It's possible that his diary entry for Oct. 17, 1492, was the first written mention of those woven cotton sling be... Read More