James A. Garfield was shot by Charles Guiteau (but he swears it was in self defense), and here’s who knew:
Karen M (the M stands for Marley Lover)
President Garfield is a wellspring of trivial abundance, so I can’t stop with just one question. Here’s the next one:
Who died first: President Garfield or the man who shot him?
Cobalt has the blues, since no one knew his number was 27. Nestled there between iron and nickel, nobody pays much attention to cobalt. Poor cobalt.
Well, since nobody knew the science question, we’ll have to move on to history. Here it goes, summer school students:
Who did Charles J. Guiteau shoot at a train station on this date in 1881?
Whoa! Just got back from being abducted by aliens. They made me build a swing set. By the end of it, I would have preferred the usual probe regimen, but abductees can’t be choosers, as the saying goes. The saying is less popular here on earth, but trust me, on the mother ship you get tired of hearing it.
Anyway, here’s who knew that sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) mixed with acids of various sorts creates a little something something me and Martha S. like to call baking powder:
Karen H (the H stands for How Do You Know Martha?)
Karen M (the M stands for My Stylist Was Her Cell Mate)
While we’re on the subject of household chemistry, here’s another question about the elements, as we in trivia are accustomed to covering periodically:
What is number 27 on the Periodic Table of the Elements?