Monday, November 13, 2006

Truth, no matter how trivial, is stranger than fiction.

In honor of Children's Book Week, the library- media specialist in my school sets up a trivia contest. She asks two questions on the morning announcements: one for the primary grades, and one for the intermediate. Kids who know or can find the answer go to the library during recess and enter a prize drawing.
Last time she did this, I asked her if teachers could try it. She decided that teachers could do it if they could answer all three daily questions. Yes, she had three at that time -- one for Kindergarten/first grade, one for grades 2 and 3, and then an intermediate question for grades 4-5-6. Well, I answered all three the first time I tried it, and won a cool trivia book, Just Curious, Jeeves.
Well, she sent out the student questions in advance, two per day, last week. I had a few minutes, so I answered what I could and sent it back to her. I had 95% right. 95%, I tell you, without looking up a single one! Watch out, Ken Jennings! So she decided to put together a whole new set of challenging questions for teachers.
I hope my co-workers don't get mad at me for ruining the curve.
Here's the best part: research is allowed. I can look things up in books, ask my students, and even use the Internet. So here goes: today's question is "What is author Avi's real name?" I've found at least three answers so far, so she may need to accept a variety of responses.
According to interviews published by reputable sources, Avi's twin sister gave him the nickname Avi because she couldn't pronounce his real name. Now the real name?
Avi's real name is either Avi Wartis, Edward Irving Wortis, or Dghtyto Bvith Bnpht Ingworht Quvopt Jr.
I'll stick with Daisy, myself.

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