Top 10 Trivia with Jack DeRue

Jack DeRue

Greetings, Jack DeRue here, your archaeologist of ambiguous archives, ready for another round of trivia.

1. Before going into space, astronauts are not permitted to eat beans. (Houston, we have a problem in Frank’s spacesuit.)

2. “Tom Sawyer” was the first novel written on a typewriter.

3. Penguin urine makes up 3 percent of the ice in Antarctica.

4. Children grow faster during the spring.

5. The city of La Paz in Bolivia is safe from fires because there’s not enough air to support burning.

6. When people are frightened, their ears produce more wax.

7. Mark Twain invented and patented the bra strap clasp.

8. Dinosaurs and humans missed each other by a mere 64 million years.

9. One of the world’s most tedious jobs is being an eye closer in a sardine factory.

10. Some male spiders pluck their cobwebs like a guitar to attract females. (Stairway to heaven, baby!)

Stay inquisitive, my trivial friends!

• Jack DeRue is an award-winning syndicated columnist and author. He can be reached at