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Top 10 Trivia with Jack DeRue

Greetings, Jack DeRue here, your seeker of statistics, ready for another round of trivia. This week, the trivia is all about a solar event that, beyond a shadow of doubt, will eclipse all of your expectations.

Get ready for nighttime in the afternoon as we read the top 10 eclipse trivia.

1) Baker City, Oregon, has been in the path of the past three total solar eclipses: 1918, 1979 and 2017.

2) The Boston Red Sox won the last game of the World Series in 2004 during a total lunar eclipse.

3) Russian scientist Dmitri Mendeleev (the periodic table guy) was the first person to view a total solar eclipse in the air. He did it from a balloon in 1887.

4) During an eclipse, the moon’s shadow moves across the Earth at an average of about 3,000 mph.

5) The word “eclipse” comes from a Greek word that means “failure,” as if something has gone wrong.

6) The duration of a solar eclipse, from start to finish, is about 7½ minutes.

7) Helium first was discovered on the sun during an eclipse in 1868.

8) The commencement ceremony at Harvard was moved one day earlier in 1684 because of a conflict with a total solar eclipse.

9) Krispy Kreme is making a chocolate glazed doughnut in honor of Monday’s eclipse.

10) Some people think that the solar eclipse is one giant cover-up.

Stay inquisitive, my trivial friends!

• Jack DeRue is an award-winning syndicated columnist and author. He can be reached at

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