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quizballs 253 - free general knowledge quiz - questions and answers for trivia quizzes and pub quizzes
- A long-term experiment to demonstrate the viscosity of pitch (bitumen) at Australia's University of Queensland saw how many drops fall from a funnel of pitch between 1930-2012: 8,000, 800, 80, or 8? 8 (yes, eight drops in over eighty years.. pitch is a liquid, but only just.)
- What British army bugle call used at funerals originally signalled the end of the military day after final inspection? Last Post
- The main purpose of a bowline knot is to produce a: Loop (at a rope-end); Join (to another rope); Join (to a ring or post); or Stop (in roller/retaining devices)? Loop (a fixed loop at the end of a rope)
- Who, founder of the Mongol Empire, was the grandfather of the Mongol leader Kublai Khan (1215-94)? Ghengis Khan
- Meaning 'quiet loud' what is the full modern Italian name for the piano? Pianoforte
- Which people originated the game lacrosse? Dutch; Scottish; Native Americans; or Chinese? Native American
- Previously called Ezo/Yezo/Yeso/Yesso, what is Japan's north and second-largest island? Hokkaido
- What name for a type of railings/fence originally referred to a defensive line of wooden stakes sharpened and angled into the ground? Palisade (from Latin palus, stake, from which we also have the word impale)
- Which two creatures support the shield on Australia's official Coat of Arms (symbol)? Kangaroo and Emu (Red Kangaroo to be precise)
- What is the traditional Italian name for the text of an opera or musical? Libretto (from libra, book)
- The North Atlantic Drift ocean current over NW Europe starts as what at the US Florida Strait? Gulf Stream
- Cassia refers to variants of which spice? Cinnamon
- Chordata, Echinodermata, Anthropoda, and Anelida are four phyla (subgroups) of: Animals; Worms; Birds; or Plants? Animals
- What hero from Greek mythology was killed by a discus thrown by Apollo, who then named a flower after him, made from his spilled blood? Hyacinth
- Which country since the late 1900s has governed/overseen the increasing independence of the New Caledonia archipelago, east of Australia? France
- Lentils grow on: Trees; Bushes; Grasses; or Water? Bushes
- What gambling game is also a term for a perforating tool/process, e.g., to sheets of postage stamps? Roulette
- Serpula lacrymans is the technical name for what affliction of wood, notably in buildings? Dry rot
- Someone whose occupation is a gillie (or ghillie) works where: Slaughterhouse; Airport; Post-office; or Scottish Highlands? Scottish Highlands (a gillie or ghillie is an attendant/guide/assistant in activities such as fishing/hunting/gamekeeping in Scotland)
- What two-faced Roman god of beginnings and transitions is a name for a word which has two opposite meanings, and the derivation of the first month of the year? Janus (see Janus word - also called an auto-antonym)
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