Today’s Trivia


Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?

The Kallanai Dam is considered to be the oldest dam, built nearly 2000 years ago, and is still in use. (Source)


A library in Dublin puts readers in cages to prevent them from walking off with rare books. (Source)


Einstein’s wife was his first cousin through his mother, and his second cousin through his father. (Source)


The longest time spent without breathing (voluntarily) is 24 minutes. It was set by ALEIX SEGURA VENDRELL in February 2016. (Source)


The phrase “nuclear winter” was founded and coined by a group of five scientists called TTAPS. This was an acronym for the five scientists, R. P. Turco, O. B. Toon, T. P. Ackerman, J. B. Pollack, and Carl Sagan. (Source)



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  • Michael

    The Thames can be dammed by raising barriers in East London, although this is to stop the North Sea from flooding London rather than for irrigation. Link to 1.

  • Mike

    London was settled 2000 years ago. Link #1

  • SteveWrathall

    The London Eye opened in 2000-1

    • AS

      Well done Steve, correct link for this one

  • Lindsay

    “Stranger than we can imagine” by John Higgs, uses the setting of Big Ben keeping time as commuters cross the Westminster bridge below to introduce Einstein’s theory of relativity.

  • Francis Urquhart II

    Albert Einstein and Bertrand Russell co-signed a declaration calling for a ban on nuclear weapons in London, in 1955 (#3 and 5). Scenarios suggest a nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan would last 24 minutes, and result in a nuclear winter(#4 and 5). The Kallanai dam and its accompanying nuclear power station would likely be a target in such an exchange (#1).

  • Paul Scott

    Frances Urquhart can win a prize for derivative thinking

  • Francis Urquhart II

    Who won yesterday’s ToD?