Stan’s trivia bits


Quite a few chemical elements are named for countries, like francium, americium and germanium. Less obvious are the three elements named for European capitals, because they are derived from the Latin names for the cities. They are hafnium (Copenhagen), holmium (Stockholm) and lutetium (Paris).

Anyone familiar with the story “Scaramouche” or the films of Errol Flynn knows what a “swashbuckler” is; the dictionary defines it as a “swaggering swordsman.” The “swash” part is an old verb meaning to strike or hit, but what’s a buckler?

A) A rogue

B) A shield

C) A sword

D) A horse

Tuesday’s answer: Carry Nation named the hatchets she used to destroy saloons Faith, Hope and Charity.