Trivia

Hard

Which Astronomical Phenomenon Did Mark Twain Predict Would Coincide With His Death?

A Comet
Meteor Showers
A Supernova
Enormous Solar Flares
A photograph of Halley's comet.
W. Liller/NASA (NSSDCA)

Answer: A Comet

November 30, 1835, one newborn Samuel Langhorne Clemens, later and better known as Mark Twain, entered the world; he was just two weeks late to witness the celestial passage of Halley’s Comet (which had passed by Earth on November 16, 1835).

Despite missing the show, Twain maintained an affinity for the comet and often joked that he came into the world with it and he’d go out of the world with it, too. In 1909 he wrote:

I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: “Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.”

He lived a long life and, true to his word, at the age of 74 he died of a heart attack on April 21, 1910—a single day after the comet’s bright and spectacular passage by Earth.

Trivia

Hard

Stephen King’s “The Shining” Was Inspired By Which Of These Real Life Hotels?

Trivia

Easy

What Operating System Was Projected, But Failed, To Replace MS-DOS?

Trivia

Very Hard

Fans Of Popular Works Of Fiction Who Desire To See Their Favorite Characters In A Relationship Are Known As?

Trivia

Easy

The First Airline Stewardesses Were Required To Be?

Trivia

Hard

The Bird With The Largest Egg To Body Size Ratio Is The?

Trivia

Easy

Which Beloved Summer Time Toy Was Invented By A Rocket Scientist?

Trivia

Hard

Which Organization Uses Minecraft For Real World Urban Planning?

Trivia

Hard

What Popular Video Game Was Called “Big Pineapple” In Order To Dodge Chinese Censorship?

Trivia

Very Hard

The First Sitting U.S. President To Receive A Speeding Ticket Was?

Trivia

Hard

Walt Disney’s Final Act Before Death Was To Write Down The Name Of Which Actor?