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  1. What event caused Twitter's servers to crash on 25 June 2009? Michael Jackson's death
  2. Hyperemesis gravidarum is an extreme form of what commonly named medical condition? Morning sickness (from Greek hyper, excessive, emesis, vomiting, and Latin gravidarum, loosely 'pregnant woman')
  3. In hairdressing what generally is the final stage of a hair perming process: Toning; Post-damping; Neutralizing; or Crimping? Neutralizing
  4. Thraex, murmillo, and hoplomachus are types of: Greek salads; Carnivorous dinosaurs; Snails; or Roman gladiators? Roman gladiators
  5. What surname appeared most in the UK Leveson Inquiry Report about media/press privacy and phone hacking? Murdoch
  6. The historical Zaibunnisa Street, is in what heavily commercialised and populated city, made capital at national independence in 1947, until 1958? Karachi (Pakistan)
  7. The word callow means: Sickly; Weak; Pale; or Immature? Immature (from Old English calu, bald, later referrring to an unfledged baby bird, hence immature, inexperienced, etc)
  8. In China the terms 'fragrant', 'earth lamb', and '3-6' refer to the meat of which creature? Dog (3-6 because this totals nine, which in the Cantonese language is the same-sounding word - 'gau' - for nine and dog)
  9. A gastrolith is a: Restaurant menu; Food critic; Dinosaur; or Stone swalled by a bird/fish to aid digestion? Stone swalled by a bird/fish to aid digestion
  10. What word for 'the end of the world' referred originally to a revelation? Apocalypse (from Greek apo, 'un', and kaluptein, 'to cover' - the book of Revelation in the Vulgate [4th century Latin/Roman Catholic Bible] is also known as the Apocalypse)
  11. Japan's legislative/governmental two-house assembly is called the National: Diet; Eat; Fit; or Food? Diet (also Kokkai - diet is a medieval Latin word for a meeting of councillors)
  12. Rheology is the science/study of: Substance flow; Body waste; Kidney disease; or Electrical current? Substance flow (Fluids and other substances which behave as fluids, e.g., lava, wet mud, blood, ketchup, etc)
  13. What two countries have the longest motorway/interstate highway networks in the world? USA and China (depending on definitions and precise records the US may have a longer network than China at 2012, although this order is likely to invert sometime soon into the 21st century)
  14. Spell: Viscicitude; Vicicitude; Vicissitude; or Vicisitude?, and it means a change of: Weather/Climate; Fortune/Circumstances; Purpose/Aim; or Fashion/Trend (two answers required)? Vicissitude and Fortune/Circumstances
  15. From Greek for gadfly/frenzy, what word refers to the recurring period of sexual receptivity in female mammals? Oestrus (from oistros)
  16. A440 refers to the international standard (ISO 16) for what: Musical tuning pitch; Food/drink sweetness; Safety match striking friction; or Pneumatic tyre pressure? Musical tuning pitch (A440 is the note A and the frequency 440 Hertz - equating to the A above middle C on a piano - ISO is the International Standards Organization - the standard was established by the US and adopted widely elsewhere although parts of the world including continental Europe may use other frequencies, notably 442 or 443)
  17. What abbreviation, loosely equating to Ltd in the UK, and LLC in the US, denotes a private corporation in Australia and South Africa? Pty (standing for Proprietary - a Pty company may have limited or unlimited liabilities, whereas Ltd and LLC corporations are limited only)
  18. C&W traditionally refers to what sort of music/lifeftyle/image? Country and Western
  19. The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) was founded in 1991 as a 'successor entity' to what? The USSR (or Soviet Union - the CIS remains at 2012 a relatively loose membership organization for Russia and several ex-Soviet bloc nations - it seeks to coordinate members activities/rules, etc., in areas of trade, law, finance, security, etc)
  20. What modern term, alluding to a display place, refers to the consumer buying tactic of assessing products in retail stores, but then buying them online at a lower price? Showrooming (see showrooming)

 

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