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She went on to set endurance and altitude records for female flyers, and in 1934 she became the first woman to have her photo on a Wheaties box.<br />\n The first barcode scanned at a supermarket was on a multipack of Wrigley&rsquo;s Juicy Fruit gum. That revolutionary event happened at a Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio, on June 26, 1974. Today, barcodes are used to identify everything from cans of soup in the supermarket to babies in the maternity ward, and that old package of Juicy Fruit is believed to reside in the archives of the Smithsonian.<br />\n There have been quite a few productions of Shakespeare&rsquo;s works in the past several years starring women in traditionally male roles (the recent Broadway production starring Glenda Jackson as King Lear, for example). This isn&rsquo;t a 21st-century conceit; it&rsquo;s been done for centuries. Sarah Bernhardt&rsquo;s performances of &ldquo;Hamlet&rdquo; onstage in 1899 and on film in 1900 merely followed in the footsteps of Charlotte Charke, who played the Prince of Denmark in the mid-1700s. Other actresses chose other roles, such as Eliza Winstanley, who played Richard III on the Australian stage in 1842.<br />\n &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; TRIVIA<br />\n 1. Of the current U.S. Supreme Court justices, who has served the longest?<br />\n A) Stephen G. Breyer<br />\n B) Ruth Bader Ginsburg<br />\n C) Sonia Sotomayor<br />\n D) Clarence Thomas<br />\n 2. &ldquo;Game of Thrones&rdquo; author George R.R. Martin owns what type of business in Santa Fe, New Mexico?<br />\n A) Car wash<br />\n B) Hardware store<br />\n C) Movie theater<br />\n D) Restaurant<br />\n 3. Artist Marco Evaristti was fined for doing what to a geyser in Iceland?<br />\n A) Dyeing it pink<br />\n B) Dynamiting it<br />\n C) Swimming in it<br />\n D) Wrapping it in cellophane<br />\n 4. Among Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov&rsquo;s best-known works is the interlude called &ldquo;The Flight of the...&rdquo; what?<br />\n A) Bumblebee<br />\n B) Conchords<br />\n C) Hummingbird<br />\n D) Valkyries<br />\n 5. An ISBN is a numeric identifier assigned to what type of product?<br />\n A) Automobile<br />\n B) Book<br />\n C) Cheese<br />\n D) Clothing<br />\n 6. 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Leslie’s Trivia Bits

LESLIE’S TRIVIA BITS: July 15, 2019

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