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Question: Gian Carlo Menotti wrote the first opera commissioned by a TV network, when NBC paid him for what Christmas classic? Answer: Amahl and the Night Visitors - It was first performed by the NBC Opera Theatre on December 24, 1951, in New York City and broadcast live. http://www.triviabistro.com/TriviaQuestion.aspx?QuestionID=3487
Question: Sent to the Bastille twice for making fun of aristocrats, Francois Marie Arouet wisely opted to write under what best of all pen names? Answer: Voltaire - Voltaire is a semi-anagram of Arouet. He wanted to ‘crush the infamy’ of religious superstition. Despite all this, he became influential in the court of Louis XV. http://www.triviabistro.com/TriviaQuestion.aspx?QuestionID=5652
Question: In the 1040s, Bi Sheng invented something, getting a 400-year jump on a goldsmith from Mainz. What was it? Answer: Printing press - With 40,000 ideographs, though, this invention wasn’t very practical in China, so people went back to wood blocks. http://www.triviabistro.com/TriviaQuestion.aspx?QuestionID=4247