Tough Trivia, 5/12/21

Today’s Tough trivia question is the first under the new categorical rotation as a Science question: Temperature scales are all designed to do the same thing: tell us if we need to put on a sweater or head for the beach. And they all have two fixed points, based on that most necessary of terrestrial substances. So, what are the freezing and boiling points of water in degrees Fahrenheit, Celsius, Kelvin, and Rankine? Bonus points if you know the average human body temperature on those scales.

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Yesterday’s question was: Stars of comic books, television, and movies, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are actually named after four classic artists. Name the artists… in order of their birth (the artists, not the turtles).

The answer is:

Donatello was born Donato di Niccolo di Betto Bardi around the year 1386 and died December 13, 1466, in Florence.

Leonardo da Vinci was born Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci on April 15, 1452, in Vinci, Italy. He died on May 2, 1519, in Amboise, France.

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was born March 6, 1475, in Tuscany, Italy, and die February 18, 1564, in Rome.

Raphael was born Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino on either March 28 or April 6, 1483 in Urbino, Italy. He died on April 6, 1520, in Rome.

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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, 5/11/21

Today’s Tough trivia question — the first in our new categorical rotation for the Arts category — is: Stars of comic books, television, and movies, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are actually named after four classic artists. Name the artists… in order of their birth (the artists, not the turtles).

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Yesterday’s question (the first of the new History questions) was: This is one of my favorite trivia questions when I give talks on the Presidents. I usually present it as a series of hints sprinkled through the talk, but for you, I’ll give all the hints at once. Name the only two people who have received electoral votes in five different elections.

Hint 1: They were members of two different political parties.

Hint 2: They each had a win-lose record of 4 and 1.

Hint 3: They were both active in the 20th century.

The answers are: Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Richard M. Nixon.

FDR was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in the election of 1920 (James M. Cox was the presidential contender), and they lost. Then FDR was elected President in 1932, 1936, 1940, and 1944 — the only President to be elected more than twice.

Nixon was one of the youngest Vice Presidents when he was elected on Republican Dwight Eisenhower’s ticket in 1952 and again in 1956. In 1960, Nixon lost the very close presidential election to John Kennedy. He went on to lose the election for governor of California in 1962. But then Nixon made a come-back, and won the presidential elections in 1968 and 1972, the 1972 election by one of the largest margins of victory.

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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.