Tough Trivia, 5/7/21

500dollarbillToday’s Tough Trivia question is: Can you name all the five-star generals (and admirals) who ever served in the US military? (There are probably fewer of them than you think.)


Yesterday’s question was: Obsolete US currencies. Currently, the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing (the division of the Treasury Department that produces paper money), prints and distributes paper money in these denominations: $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100. In days gone by, there were larger bills in circulation in denominations of $500, $1,000, $5,000, $10,000, and $100,000 (though the $100,000 bill never circulated, and was used only for internal government transactions [remember, no electronic funds transfers at the time]). The government stopped producing them in the 1940s, and recalled them in 1969 (withdrawing them from circulation and destroying whenever they made their way into the federal reserve system), but they are still legal tender. Whose portraits graced the fronts of those bills?

The answer is:

100000dollarbill$500: William McKinley (President, 1897–1901).
$1,000: Grover Cleveland (President, 1885–89 and 1893–97).
$5,000: James Madison (President, 1809–17).
$10,000: Salmon P. Chase (Secretary of the Treasury, 1861–64; Chief Justice of the United States, 1864–73).
$100,000: Woodrow Wilson (President, 1913–21).
An interesting story about $10,000 bills is the old horseshoe of a million dollars in Binion’s Horseshoe Casino: .


Ian’s Tough Trivia is a daily feature of this blog. Each day, I post a tough question, as well as the answer to the previous day’s question. At some point, I’ll offer a prize for whoever has the most correct answers, and another for whoever participates most often (I’ll take into account people coming in after the start: regular participation starting later is just as good as regular participation starting earlier). There may also be a prize for the funniest or most amusing wrong answer. Simply comment on this post with your answer. I’ll approve the comments after the next question is posted. Sure, you can probably find the answers by searching the web, but what’s the fun in that?

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