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quizballs 245 - free general knowledge quiz - questions and answers for trivia quizzes and pub quizzes
- What uniquely specialized profession traditionally uses a Piscatory Ring? A Pope (also called Ring of the Fisherman, Annulus Piscatoris (Latin), Anello Piscatorio (Italian) - historically used as an official seal but nowadays is symbolic - a new one is made for each Pope, the name refers to the ring's cast image of St Peter, the fisherman, whom in Catholicism the Pope is considered successor - at the end of each Papal tenure the ring is destroyed with a Papal silver hammer)
- In which human sensory organ is Bruch's membrane? Eye
- The French-English word 'tronc' refers to what, shared by a number of people: Bicycles; Staff tips/gratuities; Guns; or Parenting duties? Staff tips/gratuities (and services charges - a pool of tips/service charges shared by staff in a bar, restaurant, hotel, etc., it meant originally 'collecting box' in French)
- A 2012-13 UK Competition Commission found basic failings of innovation, quality and integrity among the four globally dominant providers of what B2B service: Auditing; Banking; Insurance; or Real Estate/Property? Auditing (the four providers, KPMG, PwC, Deloites, Ernst & Young, issued strong rebuttals)
- Which country is famous for its Blue Lagoon hot springs bathing lake? Iceland
- What does HALO stand for in military/paratrooper terminology? High Altitude Low Opening (See HALO acronym and its other meanings)
- Bort or boart refers to waste/inferior what, used for industrial purposes? Diamonds (for drills and saws, etc)
- The term phylum generally refers to a classification of: Living things; Medicine; Facial expressions; or Photography? Living things (plural is phyla - a phylum is typically a major evolutionary branch or family of species - phylogeny is the evolutionary history of taxonomic groups - from Greek phyle and phylon, meaning race or tribe)
- What 2nd World War US pilot's alliterative expression for an unidentified flying object, from the 'Smoky Stover' cartoon strip, inspired the name of a rock band? Foo Fighter
- What was the first element discovered in space (actually at the Sun)? Helium (1868 by French astronomer Jules Janssen, subsequently clarified/named by English scientists Norman Lockyer and Edward Frankland, after Helios, Greek god of the Sun)
- What smartphone operating system increased its market share from 4% in 2009 to 70% in 2013? Android (Google)
- Devised in 1920 from Russian research into proximity sensing, what eponymous musical instrument is controlled by the player's proximity to it? Theremin (after Russian inventor, Leon Theremin - in Russian, Lev Sergeyevich Termen)
- The famously gruelling c.1,100mile (1,800km) Iditarod Trial Dog Sled Race is run annually each March where: North/South Poles; Chile; Finland; or Alaska? Alaska (from Anchorage to Nome taking about 8-9 days - Iditarod is an old mining ghostown on one of the two alternating routes used odd/even years)
- A gimlet tool is traditionally shaped like the letter: T; S; V; or D? T (it's a simple small hand-drill with a cross-handle)
- The prefix 'neo' (neocon, Neolithic, neo-Nazi, neonatal, etc) means: New; Old; Nearly; or Extreme? New (or revived, from Greek neos, new)
- The word psalm derives from meaning a song sung to what instrument: Guitar; Harp; Piano; or Organ? Harp (from Greek psalmos, and psallein, pluck)
- Przewalski's (what?) is the once extinct (in the wild, Mongolia) now reintroduced and only true wild: Horse; Cow; Pig; or Turkey? Horse (other 'wild' horses are considered descended from escaped domesticated animals - zebras and wild asses are generally not defined as horses - Przewalski's Horse is named after Russian geographer and explorer Nikolai Przhevalsky who first described the creature c.1880 after exploring central Asia - he also has a Gazelle named after him)
- Hydromel is a very old alcoholic drink made with fermented what? Honey (Greek hydro, water, and meli, honey - thought to have been the death of Attila the Hun - and separately part of the origin of the word honeymoon)
- In economics the Lorenz Curve is a graphical representation of typically: Wealth distribution/inequality; Inflation; Gold price; or Pet ownership? Wealth distribution/inequality (after US econimist Max Otto Lorenz, 1876-1959, who devised it in 1905 initially to describe income inequality, since when the principle is additionally extended to various distribution analyses including in business modelling and biodiversity, where distribution/production/incidence is shared unevenly in a group, as is sometimes also characterized in the Pareto 80/20 Rule)
- The flammable intoxicating compound Hydroxyethane (C2H6O) is better known as what chemical? Ethanol (or Ethyl achohol or Methylcarbinol)
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