Trivia Bits from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/trivia-bits Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 18 Feb 2020 00:50:34 -0800 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Trivia Bits from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/trivia-bits-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/trivia-bits 3077859502a79047911d7579dcc0636d Trivia Bits for Feb 18, 2020 for 02/18/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/trivia-bits/02/20/trivia-bits-for-feb-18-2020-3d8b36e3 Tue, 18 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Tambourines originated in the ancient Middle East, played mainly by women, especially during religious ceremonies. In Ottoman Turkey, the tambourine's perfect circle shape became associated with the sun. In medieval Europe, angels playing tambourines were depicted in paintings. Yet even an object so seemingly flawless can be improved. In the 1970s, percussionist Richard Taninbaum devised a headless, crescent-shaped tambourine with an ergonomic grip to prevent muscle fatigue. His design for the Rhythm Tech tambourine is now in the collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art.</p> <p></p> <p>Which song was a duet hit for Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty in 1981?<p>Updated: Tue Feb 18, 2020</p> 4f97ee165eee54bd73c27377047524e8 Trivia Bits for Feb 17, 2020 for 02/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/trivia-bits/02/20/trivia-bits-for-feb-17-2020-222c47c2 Mon, 17 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Official state bird, tree, song ... these we expect. Official state nut? Well, yes. Some states do have one. Passion for pralines and pie led to the pecan becoming the official state nut of Alabama and Arkansas. Pecans are the "official state health nut" of Texas as well. For Missouri, the official state nut is the eastern black walnut. For Oregon, it's the hazelnut, since Oregon grows about 98% of all the hazelnuts produced in the United States.</p> <p></p> <p>Which of these is NOT a tree nut?<p>Updated: Mon Feb 17, 2020</p> eeb9bcb06b41909a99d40e5b492e534b Trivia Bits for Feb 15, 2020 for 02/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/trivia-bits/02/20/trivia-bits-for-feb-15-2020-f0d9bdc8 Sat, 15 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In 1885, Wilson Alwyn Bentley of Jericho, Vermont, rigged a microscope to a camera, enabling him to take the first "photomicrographs" of individual snowflakes &#8212; or snow crystals, as he called them. Working for years in an unheated studio, he photographed some 5,000 snow crystals and then documented and categorized their unique shapes and patterns. The fact that we hypothesize no two snowflakes are identical is down to Bentley and his sense of snow. </p> <p></p> <p>When and where was snowboarding first contested as an Olympic event?<p>Updated: Sat Feb 15, 2020</p> 67c7e21ce75de85d046fbe227972e90b Trivia Bits for Feb 14, 2020 for 02/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/trivia-bits/02/20/trivia-bits-for-feb-14-2020-5088d66f Fri, 14 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>When whales rise smoothly to poke their heads straight up out of the water, it's called a spyhop. Most likely, they do this to "hop" up and take a look at what's happening on the water's surface. At the other end of the whale behavior spectrum, there's lobtailing. That's when a whale raises its tail and slaps it sharply on the water's surface. Why whales lobtail isn't clear, but it certainly makes a big splash.</p> <p></p> <p>Who's the main character in John le Carre's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"?<p>Updated: Fri Feb 14, 2020</p> b23684a18e844e4f94b86ef7509547df Trivia Bits for Feb 13, 2020 for 02/13/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/trivia-bits/02/20/trivia-bits-for-feb-13-2020-f05cb574 Thu, 13 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The Commercial Pattern Archive at the University of Rhode Island might be the world's largest collection of paper sewing patterns. Started with the personal collection of theatrical costumer Betty Williams, it now includes more than 64,000 patterns in an electronic database and an estimated 53,000 on the delicate tissue paper that was never intended to outlive the life of current fashion. The oldest is an 1847 pattern from the French fashion magazine "Petit Courrier des Dames." Among the more unusual is a men's zoot suit pattern from Vogue magazine.</p> <p></p> <p>Zoot suits are most closely associated with what decade?<p>Updated: Thu Feb 13, 2020</p> 90ac8ebb5cabfada7542fd8cf5268e0c Trivia Bits for Feb 12, 2020 for 02/12/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/trivia-bits/02/20/trivia-bits-for-feb-12-2020-31ecb3a2 Wed, 12 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>After the Civil War, members of the all-black regiments of the U.S. cavalry &#8212; nicknamed buffalo soldiers &#8212; were assigned duties in U.S. national parks, guarding against poaching, fighting fires and building infrastructure. At what is now Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, they built a road to the Giant Forest and a road to the base of Moro Rock under the direction of Colonel Charles Young, who is considered to be the first black superintendent of a U.S. national park.</p> <p></p> <p>Which of these would most interest someone studying phenology?<p>Updated: Wed Feb 12, 2020</p> 8f741b1ca0f5d97e52bd35766f8ddcec Trivia Bits for Feb 11, 2020 for 02/11/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/trivia-bits/02/20/trivia-bits-for-feb-11-2020-e35565d7 Tue, 11 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Virginia Clemm Poe wrote an acrostic Valentine poem for her husband in 1846. "Ever with thee I wish to roam," said the first line. "Dearest my life is thine," said the second. And so on, with the first letter of each line spelling out her husband's name: E-D-G-A-R-A-L-L-A-N-P-O-E. Befitting a Poe romance, the sentiment was heartfelt yet ominous. For the second L, she writes, "Love shall heal my weakened lungs." But it didn't. She died from tuberculosis the following year. (Virginia's handwritten manuscript resides at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore.) </p> <p></p> <p>Which U.S. state was admitted to the union on Valentine's Day 1912?<p>Updated: Tue Feb 11, 2020</p> 06c66f3ce8a1450dc37890188aeffb93 Trivia Bits for Feb 10, 2020 for 02/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/trivia-bits/02/20/trivia-bits-for-feb-10-2020-bb69075e Mon, 10 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Sheep's eyes are set wide on their heads, and their pupils are rectangular, which gives them expansive peripheral vision: 270 to 320 degrees. That means a sheep can see most of the way behind itself without turning its head. Sheep are naturally farsighted, and they can distinguish colors, but their depth perception tends to be poor. So, they're good at spotting a threat from far away but less adept at seeing what's right in front of their noses.</p> <p></p> <p>What is a paladin?<p>Updated: Mon Feb 10, 2020</p> 9d9dbc710b425dfd9cf3cf83a6469674 Trivia Bits for Feb 08, 2020 for 02/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/trivia-bits/02/20/trivia-bits-for-feb-08-2020-39e8f4d4 Sat, 08 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>From 1947 through 1964, the Golden Globe Awards included a category for the best film promoting international understanding. The first winner was director Leopold Lindtberg for "The Last Chance," a Swiss film about refugees during World War II. Several winners are well-known films: "To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and "The Diary of Anne Frank," for example. Others, such as "The Happy Road," starring and directed by Gene Kelly, are known today mainly by film buffs and trivia fans.</p> <p></p> <p>Who won the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's first Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contribution to entertainment?<p>Updated: Sat Feb 08, 2020</p> e55cb27df6220ae1a09c66eea2f07dfa Trivia Bits for Feb 07, 2020 for 02/07/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/trivia-bits/02/20/trivia-bits-for-feb-07-2020-ede382fd Fri, 07 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Reader Charles Locher points out that the Alligator Rivers (there are three: East, West and South) in Australia's Kakadu National Park were misnamed. Phillip Parker King, the British Royal Navy lieutenant sent to survey the as-yet-unexplored territory in 1817, assumed the creatures he saw on his journey were alligators. There are no alligators in Australia, but there are crocodiles. That's what King saw, and wisely avoided, in his travels.</p> <p></p> <p>What makes Claude the alligator at the California Academy of Sciences unique?<p>Updated: Fri Feb 07, 2020</p> 1f4f19e6bac098682ff4d614c89b71ce Trivia Bits for Feb 06, 2020 for 02/06/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/trivia-bits/02/20/trivia-bits-for-feb-06-2020-2bc28ff9 Thu, 06 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Leroy "Satchel" Paige was the first Negro Leagues player to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. After a full career pitching for teams that included the Pittsburgh Crawfords and Kansas City Monarchs, Paige became a Major League Baseball rookie with the Cleveland Indians in 1948. He was 42 years old at the time. The announcement of his Hall of Fame induction in 1971 called Paige the "ageless patriarch of the pitching mound." That wasn't hyperbole. He pitched his final MLB game on Sept. 25, 1965, at age 59.</p> <p></p> <p>"Fences" and "The Piano Lesson" are part of a cycle of plays by August Wilson set in what city?<p>Updated: Thu Feb 06, 2020</p> 980204901f4f45bd7ead1d722feefb7b Trivia Bits for Feb 05, 2020 for 02/05/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/trivia-bits/02/20/trivia-bits-for-feb-05-2020-1cce10f2 Wed, 05 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>When soldier-explorer Rene Goulaine de Laudonniere sailed from France to Florida in 1564, his crew included artist Jacques Le Moyne. While Laudonniere organized the French settlement at Fort Caroline (in what is now Jacksonville, Florida), Le Moyne documented the expedition in sketches and watercolors, including rare portraits of the local Timucua people, who eventually were wiped out by Spanish conquerors. In fact, the Spanish invaded Fort Caroline as well. Le Moyne's drawings were lost in the fight, so he returned to France and recreated them from memory.</p> <p></p> <p>Fort Knox is named for a man who held what position?<p>Updated: Wed Feb 05, 2020</p> 3cb92df7afd059d62bff5c295ad68bd5 Trivia Bits for Feb 04, 2020 for 02/04/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/trivia-bits/02/20/trivia-bits-for-feb-04-2020-b556cc26 Tue, 04 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Since 1976, February has been officially recognized as Black History Month in the United States, but its origin goes back to 1926, when historian Carter G. Woodson proposed the idea of Negro History Week to commemorate the historic achievements of black Americans. A Harvard Ph.D., educator and author, Woodson was a man of many achievements himself. He chose the second week of February for the commemoration because it included the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln, Feb. 12, and Frederick Douglass, Feb. 14.</p> <p></p> <p>In January 2019, Karen Bass became the 26th chair of what organization?<p>Updated: Tue Feb 04, 2020</p> f38916b8d5ce476f16f592afccd28832 LESLIE'S TRIVIABITS - WEEKLY for 02/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/trivia-bits/02/20/leslies-triviabits-weekly-803fa Mon, 03 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Les Clefs d'Or is the international organization of hotel concierges, the people who can solve any problem, meet any request and answer any question a hotel guest might have. The name is French for "keys of gold," like the trademark crossed keys lapel pins professional concierges wear. Founded in France, Les Clefs d'Or now includes member concierges in 80 countries. While the profession has traditionally attracted men, in the United States 60% of professional hotel concierges are women.</p> <p></p> <p>Since 1976, February has been officially recognized as Black History Month in the United States, but its origin goes back to 1926, when historian Carter G. Woodson proposed the idea of Negro History Week to commemorate the historic achievements of black Americans. A Harvard Ph.D., educator and author, Woodson was a man of many achievements himself. He chose the second week of February for the commemoration because it included the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln, Feb. 12, and Frederick Douglass, Feb. 14.<p>Updated: Mon Feb 03, 2020</p> 157eaaa511243995689b15cfa9ea57df LESLIE'S TRIVIABITS - DAILY for 02/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/trivia-bits/02/20/leslies-triviabits-daily-7e305842 Mon, 03 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Les Clefs d'Or is the international organization of hotel concierges, the people who can solve any problem, meet any request and answer any question a hotel guest might have. The name is French for "keys of gold," like the trademark crossed keys lapel pins professional concierges wear. Founded in France, Les Clefs d'Or now includes member concierges in 80 countries. While the profession has traditionally attracted men, in the United States 60% of professional hotel concierges are women.</p> <p></p> <p>How many keys are on a standard piano keyboard?<p>Updated: Mon Feb 03, 2020</p> c18e456dc4230f89a5bf576d863375a7 Trivia Bits for Feb 01, 2020 for 02/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/trivia-bits/01/20/trivia-bits-for-feb-01-2020-7982f536 Sat, 01 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The archives of the Institute of American Deltiology are part of the special collections at the University of Maryland libraries. They contain more than 1 million picture postcards as well as reference materials related to postcard collecting. Deltiology, which comes from the Greek for "little writing tablet," is the collection and study of postcards.</p> <p></p> <p>The Grateful Dead album "Postcards of the Hanging" contains 11 covers of whose songs?<p>Updated: Sat Feb 01, 2020</p> 3c019d96d5e41df2e6b5f356864f04c4 Trivia Bits for Jan 31, 2020 for 01/31/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/trivia-bits/01/20/trivia-bits-for-jan-31-2020-76299963 Fri, 31 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The Eminence Symphony Orchestra does live performances of works by Hitoshi Sakimoto, Yasunori Mitsuda, Yoko Shimomura, Harry Gregson-Williams and other renowned composers of music for video games and Japanese anime. Hearing orchestral performances of works from "Final Fantasy XII," "Chrono Trigger," "Kingdom Hearts" and "Metal Gear Solid 2" captivates audiences, sometimes even more powerfully than the games themselves.</p> <p></p> <p>Which contemporary composer has conducted the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra?<p>Updated: Fri Jan 31, 2020</p> 9457c63b1592f57ff5421ffef2f67f4f Trivia Bits for Jan 30, 2020 for 01/30/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/trivia-bits/01/20/trivia-bits-for-jan-30-2020-86d51fce Thu, 30 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>James Joyce's "Ulysses" was officially published in its entirety on Feb. 2, 1922, Joyce's 40th birthday. Sylvia Beach, owner of the Shakespeare and Company bookshop in Paris, had a mere 1,000 copies printed for the book's first edition. A second edition followed later that year. By that time, "Ulysses" had already been banned in the United States on charges that it was pornographic. U.S. courts didn't agree to lift the ban until Dec. 6, 1933. The first American printing of "Ulysses" was released Jan. 25, 1934.</p> <p></p> <p>In Greek mythology, Daedalus devised what complex puzzle?<p>Updated: Thu Jan 30, 2020</p> 58851314b9560a7c0a400b1e950df4de Trivia Bits for Jan 29, 2020 for 01/29/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/trivia-bits/01/20/trivia-bits-for-jan-29-2020-f4af2893 Wed, 29 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>On Feb. 1, 1946, Norwegian diplomat Trygve Lie was elected the first secretary-general of the United Nations. Perhaps the greatest accomplishment of his tenure was establishing the site for the United Nations headquarters in New York City. He laid the cornerstone of the building's foundation in 1949, and there's a plaza dedicated to him located directly opposite the U.N. building today.</p> <p></p> <p>Architect Oscar Niemeyer designed the U.N. building in New York and government buildings in what world capital?<p>Updated: Wed Jan 29, 2020</p> dac724eaf0a15d7bc8e754161c2ed749 Trivia Bits for Jan 28, 2020 for 01/28/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/trivia-bits/01/20/trivia-bits-for-jan-28-2020-987fb51f Tue, 28 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>It snows a lot in Quebec, and back in the 1930s, roads weren't always plowed. So, Canadian mechanical engineer Joseph-Armand Bombardier devised a vehicle with caterpillar tracks for use on snowy terrain. He called it the B7 &#8212; B for Bombardier and 7 for the number of passengers it could carry &#8212; and in 1937, he patented his design. By 1939, Bombardier's "snowmobiles" were being used for ambulance service and rural mail delivery, and in 1942, the company started making snowmobiles for military use. </p> <p></p> <p>What fictional town is home to the cartoon characters Rocky and Bullwinkle?<p>Updated: Tue Jan 28, 2020</p>