Trivia Bits for Feb 22, 2019

By Leslie Elman

February 22, 2019 2 min read

The painter Amedeo Modigliani reportedly told friends that he wanted to live a "short, intense life." He achieved that goal, dying of tubercular meningitis in 1920 at age 35. (The following day, his pregnant mistress killed herself by jumping out of a window.) Spending his career in poverty, he lived near the slaughterhouses in Paris, in a room for which he paid $3 a month. So it's ironic that in 2015, his painting "Nu Couche" ("Reclining Nude") sold at auction for more than $170 million and another reclining nude sold for $157 million in 2018.

The 1958 motion picture musical "Gigi" was based on a novella by which French writer?

A) Colette

B) Victor Hugo

C) Marcel Proust

D) Emile Zola

Previous answer: The earthquake-prone region that circles the Pacific from Chile to New Zealand is known as the Ring of Fire.

TRIVIA FANS: Leslie Elman is the author of "Weird But True: 200 Astounding, Outrageous and Totally Off the Wall Facts." Contact her at [email protected]

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