Tough Trivia, 5/26/21

Today’s Tough Trivia question: Scales: fish wear them for protection, humans step on them to fret about their diets. We love to measure, rank, and grade things. Your question for today: what do we measure with the following scales: Fujita, Mohs, Richter, Scoville. Bonus points if you know what measures on those scales are for the least intense, and for the most.


Pablo Picasso in 1962.

Yesterday’s question was: More so than most artists, Spanish artist Pablo Picasso’s (1881–1973) paintings are frequently categorized by period, during which the paintings bear striking similarities. How many of those periods can you name? Bonus point if you can name them in order.

And the answer is:

Blue Period: 1901–04
Rose Period: 1904–06
African-influenced Period: 1907–09
Analytic Cubism: 1909–12
Synthetic Cubism: 1912–19
For the next decade, most of his work is considered necoclassical and Surreal. His later work amalgamated his earlier styles.


Ian’s Tough Trivia is a daily feature of this blog (Monday’s category is History; Tuesday is Arts; Wednesday is Science; Thursday is Entertainment; and Friday is Grab Bag). Each day, I post a tough question, as well as the answer to the previous day’s question. 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?

And if you’ve got a favorite trivia question—or even just a topic for which you’d like to see a question—let me know! Reader participation is warmly encouraged.

2 thoughts on “Tough Trivia, 5/26/21

  1. Fujita Scale ranks tornado strength and ranges from F0-F5, with F5 being the strongest. Mohs Scale determines hardness of rocks and gems and ranges from 1-10, with 10 being the hardest (diamonds). Scoville measures intensity of peppers and is in units from 0-approximately 16,000,000 Scovilles, with 16,000,000 being more or less pure capsicum. Richter Scale determines scale and intensity of earthquakes and ranges from 0-9, or in some cases, 0-10, with 9/10 being the most intense. The highest recorded number on the Richter Scale was a 9.5.


  2. Fujita is the only one I don’t know. Mohs is hardness of minerals, Richter is intensity of earthquakes, and Scoville is intensity of hotness of peppers and chilis. Richter is logarithmic; not sure about the others.


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