Today marks the return of a tradition here at AmericaJR, Trivia Tuesday. Every week, we’ll bring you five new questions and answers from the “365 Days of Amazing Trivia!” calendar.
This week’s questions:
- Who decided on January as the first month of the year?
- By what name is Frederick Austerlitz, born in 1899 in Omaha, Nebraska, better known?
- A now-deceased park ranger named Roy Sullivan holds what electrically charged record?
- What mammals have the longest gestation period, 22 months?
- What happened to the first draft of the original manuscript of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men?
This week’s answers:
- Julius Caesar. He reasoned that it made sense to start the year with the month honoring Janus, the god of beginnings.
- Fred Astaire, the light-on-his-feet star of many film musicals from Hollywood’s golden age.
- Sullivan is in the Guinness Book of World Records for having been struck by lightning more times–seven, in total–than any other person.
- African elephants, which carry their young for approximately 640 days prior to birth.
- It was eaten by Steinbeck’s dog.
Source: Workman Publishing/”Page-A-Day” calendar, 2017