Every Tuesday is a Trivia Tuesday on AmericaJR… Look for five new trivia questions and answers from the “365 Amazing Trivia Facts for 2020” calendar…
This Week’s Questions:
- What was George Washington’s natural hair color?
- What famous writer was reported to have died from “congestion of the brain”?
- What medium did English artist Andy Brown use to create his portrait of Queen Elizabeth II?
- When was Mardi Gras first celebrated in New Orleans?
- Who invented the Rubik’s cube in 1974?
This Week’s Answers:
- Red (although some sources say reddish-brown). While many people assume Washington wore a white wig, he actually just powdered his hair to make it appear white.
- Edgar Allen Poe. When Poe died in 1849, a local newspaper dubiously attributed his death to brain congestion. The actual cause remains a mystery.
- Tea bags. The portrait consists of more than 1,000 tea bags sewn onto burlap fabric.
- 1699. Two French explorers, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne and Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville, landed in Louisiana near present-day New Orleans and had a small-scale Mardi Gras celebration that year.
- Ernő Rubik, a Hungarian professor. It took Rubik a month to solve the cube once he had created it!
Source: Workman Publishing / “Page-A-Day”