Tuesday Trivia: Getting Back to Basics

As a result of last week’s poll, it looks like we’ll be going back to basics here on Tuesday Trivia.  That is to say: straightforward Q&A one week, touchy-feely questions the next.  To quote Baz Luhrman, it’s something for everybody!

And since last week was touchy-feely, that means we’re back to Q&A this week.  So let’s get to it!


  1. The first commercially-available microwave oven was sold in 1947.  It was called the “Radarange” and was as large as a modern dishwasher.  How much did it cost?
  2. What is the most widely-consumed fish in the world?
  3. Before Sir Thomas Lipton patented the paper tea bag in 1903, tea bags were reusable.  What material were they made of?
  4. From what animal’s milk is authentic Italian mozzarella cheese made?
  5. Ostrich eggs weigh anywhere from three to six pounds and often take 45 minutes to hard boil.  How many people could one ostrich egg omelette serve?
  6. BONUS:  How many ounces of water must the body use to process and metabolize one ounce of alcohol?  (You’ll be glad you gave alcohol up for Lent…)

That’s it, folks!  Good luck and we’ll see you back here on Thursday with the answers.

(And if these questions look familiar, clever you!  I’ll tell you why on Thursday.)

9 thoughts on “Tuesday Trivia: Getting Back to Basics”

  1. I can guess with the best of them.

    1. $400
    2. Cod
    3. Cheese Cloth
    4. Buffalo
    5. 4
    6. 2

    The questions don’t look familiar!

  2. 1) Just under $500
    2) Herring
    3) Silk muslin
    4) Water buffalo
    5) 8 (normal 3-egg chicken omelettes)
    6) 3

    Questions don’t look familiar to me, either 🙂

  3. 1. $1000. Bonus it was a chocolate bar that melted in the pocket of the scientist working on new “radar” technology.
    2. Herring (but it was cod that saved the world- Kurlansky)
    3. Silk
    4. Water Buffalo
    5. 16
    5. 8

  4. Gettin’ in before the deadline with my wild-ass guesses:
    1. $50 (in 1947 dollars, not today’s dollars).
    2. Tuna
    3. Cheesecloth
    4. Buffalo
    5. 8 (Who are these people? Chowhounds? Is there truffle salt involved?)
    6. 32 oz (and I did give up alcohol for Lent!)

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