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quizballs 236 - free general knowledge quiz - questions and answers for trivia quizzes and pub quizzes
- 'Il Duce' - subject of revivalist support in Italy in the 2000s - is better known by what name? Benito Mussolini (Fascist dictator of Italy 1930-1943)
- What often controversial medical research/treatment term derives from the Latin 'I shall be pleasing'? Placebo
- What's the world's oldest amateur rowing club (now at Henley-on Thames, UK) named after the Greek mythological lover of the priestess Hero, who drowned swimming the Hellespont to visit her? Leander
- Platter, j-bar, bum, button, and Poma are equivalent terms for what apparatus? Ski lift (a surface lift which drags users up a slope - the platter, on the end of a pole suspended from a circulating cable, is postioned between the legs, as if sitting lightly on it)
- The Métis are a substantial group of aboriginal people of which nation? Canada (generally of mixed European and First Nation descent, 'First Nation' being the pre-Columbian or indigenous people of Canada - pre-Columbian refers to the time before Columbus's contact with Americas, i.e., pre-1492, which opened the American continents to colonization by Europeans)
- What seabird is named from Norse 'stinking gull' because of vomiting when disturbed? Fulmar
- What traditional item of apparel (silk, cotton, or paper), used by hand, is named after an old French word for a head covering? Handkerchief (a kerchief was a fabric cover for the head, from Old French 'cuevrechief' = coverhead)
- In the study of anthropods, name the 'Three Ps' considered natural controls/suppressors of insect plague? Pathogens, Predators, Parasitoids (or less accurately, Parasites - actually anthropods include crustacia and spiders, etc - creatures with external skeletons and jointed limbs and appendages)
- The word scrutiny derives (early 15th century) from Latin 'scruta', a 'mixed uncertain lot of (what?)': Trash/old things; Legal papers; Gold/jewels; or People? Trash/old things (from Latin scrutari - the inspection and sorting of trash and junk)
- What was reported stolen from Microsoft's R&D offices in Silicone Valley in Dec 2012: MS Smartphones; MS Tablets; MS Code; or Apple iPads? Apple iPads (five of them)
- Glock pistols are made by which country? Austria
- Name the big inflatable sphere in which thrill-seeking people roll down hills and on water: Zorb; Zall; Borb; or Rolb? Zorb
- Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP) is used in what field: Medicine; Geology; Engineering; or Archaeology? Medicine (ERCP is the examination of gall bladder and pancreatic ducts using a tube - the acronym is sometimes mischievously reinterpreted when a hospital patient dies soon after admission and before being 'clerked' by the ward doctor, requiring the admission notes to be written up restrospectively and late, hence: 'Emergency Retrograde Clerking of Patient')
- Spell the word: Catarrh; Catahrr; Catargh; or Catarrgh? Catarrh (from Greek kata, down, and rhein, flow)
- The term 'chamois' (informally 'shammy'), soft leather for cleaning/wiping/gloves/etc, is named after, and originally made from what sort of creature: Pig/boar; Mountain goat/antelope; River eel; or Cow? Mountain goat/antelope
- What sort of fastener has a crown, legs and teeth? Staple
- The historic (at 2012, three-branch-line) San Francisco cable car system comprises how many actual cables in total: Four; Forty; Four hundred; or Four thousand? Four (one for the California Street line, one each for the Powell-Hyde and Powell-Mason lines, and one for the common section of the latter two lines)
- What modern digital display term is an abbreviated portmanteau word from picture and element? Pixel
- What language was first to be represented in dictionaries and related language theory: Chinese; Latin; Hebrew; or Greek? Chinese (over two-thousand years ago)
- Extraversion/introversion, Conscientiousness, Agreeableness, Neuroticism, and Openness to experience and are the 'Big Five' dimensions of what popular acronymically-named personality analysis theory? OCEAN (see OCEAN in the personality theories guide)
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