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1. Despite the fact that she is often credited as the inventor of modern dance, eschewing the rigid forms of ballet for more interpretive, free-flowing movement, this American dancer who spent most of her life in Europe is best remembered for the manner in which she died in 1927 when her long scarf caught in the axle of a car's wheel. What was her name?
2. There is a longstanding history of milliners contracting a disease called erethism due to their line of work. What potentially neurotoxic element causes erethism, also called mad hatter disease?
3. Most people who know Bulgarian author and journalist Georgi Markov know him for his assassination, which occurred in London in 1978. While waiting at a bus stop, the assassin injected Markov with a pellet of ricin; according to Markov's own testimony, what was the most likely murder weapon?
4. In 1814, the Wilhelm Dye and White Lead Company produced an emerald green dye which took Victorian England by storm... until people started realizing it made them break out in ulcers and stopped their livers. What toxic chemical was used in the dye, which would not see legislative regulation on its use until 1894?
5. The first ancient Greek legislator, who established the rule of written law, was supposedly killed while being honored for his accomplishments when a crowd threw so many garments of clothing at him that he became trapped under the pile and suffocated. What was his name?
6. In fiction, when a mafia needs to get rid of someone quickly, what kind of shoes do they give their soon-to-be victim? (Examples include "Lethal Weapon 2" and "Billy Bathgate.")
7. In 2012, Felix Baumgartner memorably skydived from a manned balloon which he'd flown into Earth's stratosphere, setting numerous world records along the way. The previous record-holder for highest altitude achieved in a manned balloon flight died attempting to break his own record in 1966 when his jumpsuit suddenly and violently depressurized, putting him in a coma from which he never recovered. What was his name?
8. While the detachable collar has a sufficient history to be popularly called the "father killer," the collar that killed pizza delivery man Brian Douglas Wells in 2003 was not detachable. What was special about it?
9. In the James Bond series, Oddjob is the personal bodyguard and chauffeur of Auric Goldfinger. What's his stylish weapon of choice?
10. In March of 1911, a fire at a garment factory in New York City killed 146 workers, largely due to the unsafe conditions of the building. What factory was it that burned, housed on the upper floors of what is now called the Brown building?
Source: Author OddballJunior
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