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The route was intended to give access to the gold mines in Magadan, but working on its construction was equivalent to a death sentence for the prisoners from the Stalinist Gulag labor camps, who built it using hand implements. Hundreds of thousands who died there were buried beside the road or in the roadbed itself, which is why Kolyma Highway is also known as the Road of Bones.<br />\n Cranberry growers don&rsquo;t judge a berry only by its color. They use the bounce test. Small pockets of air inside the berries make them bounce. Ripe, firm berries will bounce on a wooden surface. Rotten berries fall flat. The air pockets also make cranberries float in water, which is helpful during harvesting in cranberry bogs.</p>\n<p> THE PACIFIC island nation of Nauru has a total area of about 8 square miles &mdash; about one-tenth the area of Toledo, Ohio &mdash; and a population that hovers around 10,500. It&rsquo;s so small it doesn&rsquo;t have an official capital city. It also doesn&rsquo;t have its own currency &mdash; it uses the Australian dollar. But it has its own airline and its own distinct language. It also has another national distinction: Thanks to a generally unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle, Nauru has the world&rsquo;s highest obesity rate per capita.<br />\n &ldquo;The Sorcerer&rsquo;s Apprentice&rdquo; is the best-known work by French composer Paul Dukas. (Remember the multiplying broomsticks in Walt Disney&rsquo;s 1940 classic &ldquo;Fantasia&rdquo;?) His other compositions include the opera &ldquo;Ariane et Barbe-bleue&rdquo; (&ldquo;Ariadne and Bluebeard&rdquo;) and a piece called &ldquo;Villanelle&rdquo; written especially for the French horn. Only 13 of his works were published in his lifetime, and just one more was published after his death. A highly regarded teacher and music critic, Dukas was such a perfectionist that he destroyed the rest of his manuscripts, rather than have them published for posterity.</p>\n<p> TRIVIA<br />\n 1. Which tennis hall-of-famer was nicknamed &ldquo;The Crocodile&rdquo;?<br />\n A) Rene Lacoste<br />\n B) Ivan Lendl<br />\n C) Suzanne Lenglen<br />\n D) Fred Perry</p>\n<p> 2. Developed by David Bushnell, the Turtle was what type of device for military use?<br />\n A) Combat helmet<br />\n B) Cooking pot<br />\n C) Submarine<br />\n D) Tank</p>\n<p> 3. Which Pacific port city in Russia has a name that means &ldquo;Ruler of the East&rdquo;?<br />\n A) Arkhangelsk<br />\n B) Novosibirsk<br />\n C) Sochi<br />\n D) Vladivostok</p>\n<p> 4. How do cranberries grow?<br />\n A) On bushes<br />\n B) On trees<br />\n C) Underground<br />\n D) On vines</p>\n<p> 5. 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Leslie’s trivia bits - test your knowledge

TRIVIA BITS: November 11, 2019

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