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.

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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.

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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.

Tough Trivia, 5/25/21

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Pablo Picasso in 1908.

Today’s Tough Trivia question: 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.

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Yesterday’s question was: They’re not twins, but each of these political figures was born the same day as another famous person. I’ll give you the politician and a hint, you give me the other person who shares the birth day. And as another hint, I’ll list them in chronological order (bonus points if you know the actual day in each case).

Abraham Lincoln and which controversial scientist were born the same day?
Jimmy Carter and which Supreme Court justice?
Margaret Thatcher and which controversial comedian?
Lee Harvey Oswald and which famous football coach?
Joe Biden and which “spiritual” singer?
Newt Gingrich and which singer/songwriter?
George W. Bush and which action actor?
Al Gore and which Cheers actress?
Michelle Obama and which Game of Thrones actress?
Angela Merkel and which science fictional television creator?

The answers are:

Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin — February 12, 1809
Lee Harvey Oswald and Mike Ditka — October 18, 1939
Michelle Obama and Michelle Fairley — January 17, 1964
Al Gore and Rhea Perlman — March 31, 1948
Margaret Thatcher and Lenny Bruce — October 13, 1925
Newt Gingrich and Barry Manilow — June 17, 1943
Jimmy Carter and William Rehnquist — October 1, 1924
George W. Bush and Sylvester Stallone — July 6, 1946
Joe Biden and Norman Greenbaum — November 20, 1942
Angela Merkel and J. Michael Straczynski — July 17, 1954

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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.