If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s that life is rarely predictable. Neither is this week’s trivia testing your knowledge of random facts.

Questions were compiled by Sarah Phelan-Blamires, public services librarian at Whitman County Library in Colfax. The library’s online trivia challenge takes place at 5:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month on its Facebook page.

  1. Which of the following is the smallest amount that a recipe could call for: a tad, a dash, or a pinch?

  2. What government organization was created directly following the terrorist attack of 9/11?

  3. In terms of computing, what does CPU stand for?

  4. What chemical element is named after the creator of dynamite?

  5. Is the iconic prehistoric stone circle, Stonehenge, located in: Scotland, England or Wales?


  1. A pinch, which is approximately 1/16 of a teaspoon. Fun Fact: Smaller even is a smidgen, 1/32, or a drop/nip, 1/64.

  2. Department of Homeland Security.

  3. Central Processing Unit.

  4. Nobelium. Fun Fact: This synthetic chemical element is named in honor of Swedish Chemist Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite who bequeathed his fortune to be used as an endowment for “prizes to those who, during the preceding year, have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind.” His family opposed the creation of the Nobel Prize.

  5. England.

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