1. Nicole Kidman has lepidopterophobia. What is she afraid of, so much so that even a walk through the American Museum of Natural History couldn’t cure it?
2. If you’re flying into Keflavik with a seat in a first class section called Saga Class, what airline are you flying on?
A. Aer Lingus
B. Cathay Pacific
D. Japan Airlines
3. This California city is named for somebody from Assisi, Italy, so it makes sense that it has Assisi as a sister city. What city is this?
A. Los Angeles
C. San Diego
D. San Francisco
4. What Beatle was legally blind without his round granny glasses?
A. John Lennon
B. Paul McCartney
C. George Harrison
D. Ringo Starr
5. Before becoming Britain’s prime minister, who hired a voice coach from the National Theater to get a voice pitched 46 hertz lower?
A. David Cameron
B. Winston Churchill
C. Margaret Thatcher
D. William Pitt the Elder
6. What is the only country in the world whose capital city is named for a British prime minister?
D. New Zealand
1. A. Nicole Kidman is afraid of butterflies.
2. C. Icelandair flies into Keflavik.
3. D. San Francisco is named for St. Francis of Assisi.
4. A. John Lennon really needed those glasses.
5. C. Margaret Thatcher worked to get her voice at midway between the typical male and female vocal ranges.
6. D. New Zealand’s capital is Wellington, named for Napoleonic Wars hero Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, who was PM in the 1820s.
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FACTS OF THE DAY
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