Trivia From Your Library

Fill your brain with random trivia! We feature a new trivia question in each edition of the library email newsletter.

Trivia TimeIf you just can’t get enough trivia, form a team of family, friends or coworkers and sign up for the library’s popular quarterly Trivia Night and Trivia Afternoon. And, if you want to organize your own trivia night, check out our free How to Trivia at Your Library guide, written by our Trivia Night experts!

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May 24, 2016

Trivia Q. The average American homeowner spends how many hours per year on lawn care? 

Trivia A. 150 hours in cooler climates and 208 hours in warmer climates. That translates to 5 – 8.5 days a year. Want to make your lawn and garden a simpler chore? Plan to attend our Master Gardener series, or visit the Lawn and Garden neighborhood for tips on how to slim down on those hours of toil.

May 10, 2016

Trivia Q. Where did the phrase “dog days of summer” come from? Hint: there’s also a Harry Potter character who gets his name from the same source.

Trivia A. The weeks between July 3 and August 11 are named after the Dog Star, Sirius, in the Canis Major constellation. In ancient Greece, Sirius was blamed for all the drought and discomforts of summer. Learn more about the skies above and how you can take a closer look with our collection of astral titles.

April 27, 2016

Trivia Q. What’s a ‘berry? It’s a lovable nickname for the library, of course. It’s a shortened version of “li-berry” which is how some people pronounce the word. That’s cool, you can call us whatever you like! Can you guess what the #1 most mispronounced word is in the English language?

Trivia A. Phenomenon! According to this article from the Telegraph, the word “phenomenon” is certainly a tongue-twister and beats out “anesthetist” and “February” as most ornery word to say aloud. Want to get your tongue in a tizzy? Check out some tongue twisters from your library and get crackin’.

April 13, 2016

Trivia Q. Alright, Word Nerds, this one’s for you. This word was originally coined by Lewis Carroll in an epic nonsense poem, and today means to “employ insightfully snide commentary with a bite.” What is the word?

Trivia A. Snarky!  It’s a word you see and hear often these days, but most people don’t realize it was invented by Lewis Carroll. In his epic nonsense poem, The Hunting of the Snark, the imaginary animal lives on an island with the jubjub, bandersnatch and jabberwock. It’s National Poetry Month. Pick up a nonsense poem on our catalog.

March 31

Trivia Q. In 1996, this company announced that it would purchase the liberty bell. Know which company?

Trivia A. On April Fools Day, 1996, Taco Bell joked that it would purchase Philadelphia’s iconic Liberty Bell to help out an ailing economy and re-name it the Taco Liberty Bell. Ha-ha-ha, good one, Taco Bell. Want to make a memorable prank on April Fools? You can check out these books or see some other great ideas.

March 8

Trivia Q. A “lawn mullet” refers to what kind of landscaping faux pas?

Trivia A. It refers to a neatly manicured lawn in the front and an overgrown mess in the back. Don’t pull a mullet. Go visit the Lawn & Garden neighborhood to help you tackle that “party in the back.”

Feb. 23

Trivia Q. You’ve time-traveled back to 1918 and visited the Peking University Library to check out a book. The librarian looks like someone you’ve seen in history books and on TV. Who is it?

Mao Tse TongTrivia A. Mao Zedong, or “The Chairman Mao” was a librarian from 1918-1920 before organizing the People’s Republic of China in the 1940s & 50s. The chief librarian at the time was a Marxist, and was responsible for converting Mao Zedong to Communism. If you have a special interest in librarians (who doesn’t?!), check out these books.

Feb. 2

Trivia Q. America has a favorite actor. Know who it is?

Trivia A. Tom Hanks. You probably guessed it. His 2015 release, Bridge of Spies, was nominated for 6 Oscars and it’s hugely popular at the library. Put it on hold and we’ll notify you when a copy is available.

Jan. 5

Trivia Q. On what day of the year do most people give up their New Year’s resolutions?

Trivia A. January 17. Whoa, now, that’s a shame. Don’t let your resolutions go down the drain. Get your year started right with our newest issue of Library News, wherein we show you how to do resolutions with the library’s help.