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 Jan 26, 2021 Jan 26, 2021

We may never know when or where the first beer was brewed, but it happened a long time ago. A regulation specifying a fair price for beer is in the laws of Babylonian king Hammurabi, written in the 18th century B.C. Beer also figures in the "Epic of ... Read More

Trivia Bits for Jan 25, 2021 Jan 25, 2021

Because starfish aren't fish, marine biologists prefer to call them sea stars — even though they're not always traditionally star-shaped. Most have five arms but many have 10, 20 or even 40, and if they lose one, it will grow back. A sea star d... Read More

Trivia Bits for Jan 23, 2021 Jan 23, 2021

The modern trampoline was invented by George Nissen, a competitive diver and All-American gymnast at the University of Iowa. He devised and built his first trampoline in 1937, while he was in college, inspired by watching circus aerialists dropping i... Read More

Trivia Bits for Jan 22, 2021 Jan 22, 2021

In January, stargazers might look for the Winter Triangle, formed by three of the brightest stars in the northern winter sky: Sirius, Betelgeuse and Procyon. Harder to discern is the unicorn inside the triangle. That's the distant, faint constellatio... Read More