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Its name comes from the 1855 novel &ldquo;Westward Ho!&rdquo; by Charles Kingsley, the tale of an Elizabethan adventurer who leaves his home in North Devon to travel west (naturally) to the New World. Seeking to capitalize on the book&rsquo;s popularity and to bring tourists to North Devon&rsquo;s sandy beaches, the Westward Ho! family resort was built in the area in the 1860s. Pretty soon the whole area came to be called Westward Ho!<br />\n The three stars that comprise the &ldquo;belt&rdquo; in the constellation Orion are Mintaka, Alnilam and Alnitak. Their names are Arabic, as are the names of other stars in Orion: Meissa, Rigel, Saiph, Bellatrix and Betelgeuse. Even though constellations generally have Latin names, more than 200 individual stars have Arabic names that originated with stargazers in the Muslim world. In fact, the work of 10th-century Persian astronomer Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi is still used as a reference today.<br />\n The Philadelphia Zoological Garden was the first zoo in the United States. Chartered in 1859, then delayed by the Civil War, it opened in 1874 and had 813 animals in residence in its first year. Among them, as one newspaper reported, were &ldquo;four porcupines; two laughing hyenae; two golden leopards, one not quite full grown and tractable, and the other very large and vicious ... twenty-six monkeys, some very large and treacherous and others small and frisky.&rdquo;<br />\n Amtrak&rsquo;s thrice-weekly train service between Chicago and New York is called the Cardinal because it travels through six states on its way to the East Coast &mdash; Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia &mdash; and the cardinal is the official state bird of all of them.<br />\n Phil Hartman will live forever in reruns of &ldquo;The Simpsons,&rdquo; where he voiced the characters of has-been actor Troy McClure, shyster lawyer Lionel Hutz and many others including Plato, Moses and God. After Hartman&rsquo;s death in 1998, both Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz were retired as a tribute to his work.<br />\n TRIVIA<br />\n 1. A 189-minute version of which sci-fi movie from a Frank Herbert novel is credited to director Alan Smithee, not director David Lynch?<br />\n A) &ldquo;The Andromeda Strain&rdquo;<br />\n B) &ldquo;Dune&rdquo;<br />\n C) &ldquo;Invasion of the Body Snatchers&rdquo;<br />\n D) &ldquo;Solaris&rdquo;</p>\n<p>\n 2. Elizabethan explorer Sir Walter Raleigh made what practice popular in England?<br />\n A) Smoking<br />\n B) Stamp collecting<br />\n C) Tattooing<br />\n D) Vegetarianism</p>\n<p>\n 3. The goal of NASA&rsquo;s Orion mission is to send humans to what celestial destination in the 2030s?<br />\n A) Betelgeuse<br />\n B) Jupiter<br />\n C) Mars<br />\n D) Venus</p>\n<p>\n 4. Who is the main character in &ldquo;If I Ran the Zoo&rdquo; by Dr. Seuss?<br />\n A) Cindy-Lou Who<br />\n B) Foo-Foo the Snoo<br />\n C) Gerald McGrew<br />\n D) Sam-I-Am</p>\n<p>\n 5. Vermonter Ethan Allen is famous for leading a Revolutionary War attack at what site on Lake Champlain?<br />\n A) Bunker Hill<br />\n B) Fort Charlotte<br />\n C) Fort Ticonderoga<br />\n D) Kemp&rsquo;s Landing</p>\n<p>\n 6. Which of these is an example of a Platonic solid?<br />\n A) A football<br />\n B) Icicles<br />\n C) Ketchup<br />\n D) A Rubik&rsquo;s cube</p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<p>\n ANSWERS<br />\n 1. The 189-minute Alan Smithee cut of &ldquo;Dune&rdquo; is a film-geek cult classic.<br />\n 2. Sir Walter Raleigh helped make smoking fashionable in Elizabethan England.<br />\n 3. NASA&rsquo;s Orion mission has a goal of sending humans to Mars.<br />\n 4. Gerald McGrew is the main character in Dr. Seuss&rsquo;s &ldquo;If I Ran the Zoo.&rdquo;<br />\n 5. Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys of Vermont led an attack on Fort Ticonderoga.<br />\n 6. 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LESLIE’S TRIVIA BITS: September 16, 2019

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