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Quiz - Inventions Edition

Q: Legend has it that chefs for Chinese ambassador Li Hung Chang invented this dish while in New York on August 29, 1896. More likely, it's a variation of the Mandarin words tsa sui. What is it?
A: Chop suey

Q: The tea bag was first sold commercially in NYC by Thomas Sullivan, a tea merchant. What year? a) 1804 b) 1854 c) 1904 d) 1924
A: 1904

Q: Joseph Gayetty invented this, to be sold commercially, in 1857. It came in flat sheets, was imprinted with his name, and was available at his shop at 41 Ann Street. What was it?
A: Toilet paper [we had his name this morning as John, which is wrong — it was Joseph]

Q: This man, who moved from Austria-Hungary to New York when he was 28, is widely considered one of the greatest inventors of all-time. He developed modern AC current systems, demonstrated wireless communications in 1893, and is credited as the inventor of the radio (along with Marconi). What's his name? a) Nikola Tesla b) Z. Maria Testa c) Nicodemus Tessitura d) Franklin Cover e) Djordje Pordje
A: Nikola Tesla

Q: The Manhattan cocktail was made famous in 1874 for a party hosted by Winston Churchill's mother at the Manhattan Club (some say it was invented then, some say earlier). What two liquors make up a Manhattan?
A: Canadian whisky and sweet vermouth

Q: In February, 1896, Leo Hirshfield begins making this candy in New York, and uses his five-year-old daughter's nickname as the candy name. What is the candy called?
A: The daughter's nickname was Tootsie, thus Tootsie Rolls.

Q: What event in New York spontaneously started the ticker-tape parade? (100 bonus points: what year was it?)
A: The dedication of the Statue of Liberty, 1886.

Q: The first one was published on December 21, 1913 in the Sunday New York World. What was it?
A: A crossword puzzle

Q: In 1848, Charles Burton invented one of these contraptions in NYC, though it was not a success: people complained they were bumping into too many pedestrians. What was the invention?
A: The baby stroller

Q: Born in 1856, self-educated African-American Granville T. Woods invented something that, without which, you wouldn't be able to take a subway ride. What?
A: The third rail [next week we'll run a letter from a reader that says this claim is arguable]

Q: 'Snapping and Stretching' was the slogan for the product first sold in NYC drug stores in February, 1871. What was it and who made it?
A: Chewing gum made by Adams

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