Sunday, April 18, 2010

Double Trouble - Random Trivia Answers

  • A1) B.B. King. Although Riley B. King (the B.B. stands not for his first and middle names but "Beale Street Blues Boy") has gone through several guitars since then, he continues to name them Lucille to remind himself that it wasn't worth risking his life to save his instrument.
  • A2) D.B. Cooper. The thief actually boarded as Dan Cooper, and the name D.B. was simply an error that occurred during reporting. Some of the money was discovered in 1980, but Cooper was never found.
  • A3) T.E. Lawrence. Thomas Edward Lawrence had swerved to avoid two young bicyclists and was tossed over his handlebars, passing away less than a week later at age 46.
  • A4) W.C. Fields. William Claude Dukenfield also played on his hatred of women, children, and animals in his act, but he did marry and have two sons (one with a girlfriend after his wife's death).
  • A5) E.F. Hutton. Edward Francis Hutton also served as chairman of General Foods Corporation. The former E.F. Hutton company is now split between Citigroup and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.
  • A6) P.T. Barnum. Phineas Taylor Barnum is famous for claiming, "There's a sucker born every minute", but the true originator was probably David Hannum, a banker who was referring to Barnum's copying the Cardiff Giant and passing it off as the real thing (ironic, since the original was a hoax as well).
  • A7) I.M. Pei. Ieoh Ming Pei also worked on dozens of other buildings, including Boston's John Hancock Tower (although he defers credit to Henry Cobb) and Manhattan's Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Hospital.
  • A8) M.C. Escher. Maurits Cornelis Escher mused, "It is, for example, great fun deliberately to confuse two and three dimensions, the plane and space, or to poke fun at gravity".
  • A9) W.C. Handy. William Christopher Handy (not B.B. King again, of course) learned to play guitar and secretly joined a band against the wishes of his pastor father in Alabama. Handy has a city park named after him on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • A10) B.F. Skinner. Writer Jon Vitti was President of the Harvard Lampoon, and used the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, Burrhus Frederic Skinner, as inspiration for Principal W. Seymour Skinner.
  • A11) D.W. Griffith. Director David [Llewelyn] Wark Griffith is famous for his camera work but almost equally infamous for denigrating blacks and supporting the Ku Klux Klan.
  • A12) L.L. Bean. Leon Leonwood Bean obtained a list of nonresident Maine hunting license holders and mailed sales circulars to all of them.

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