quizballs 258 - general knowledge quiz - questions & answers
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quizballs 258 - free general knowledge quiz - questions and answers for trivia quizzes and pub quizzes
- A ewer is a large: Knife; Spoon; Fork; or Jug? Jug (traditionally wide-mouthed for carrying water, the word derives from an old English/French simplification of Latin aqua, water)
- What note is produced at the twelfth fret of the top (highest pitched) string on a conventionally tuned guitar: E; G; A or Bb? E (the twelfth fret is half the length of the string and produces an octave higher than the 'open' unfretted string)
- What intangible communication aid did Dr Ludwig Zamenhof create c.1880, 'to foster harmony between people of different nations'? Esperanto (the most popular 'artificial' international language)
- Static electricity is fundamentally produced by: Magnetism; Humidity; Friction; or Heat? Friction
- (Meaning continuing unpleasantly), spell the word: Insessant; Inscesant; Incescant; or Incessant? Incessant
- What plant, named Olea europaea, is an ancient widely used metaphor for peace? Olive (e.g., the 'olive branch')
- Which country, the world's fifth-largest, is named after its first export? Brazil (from brazilwood, in Portuguese called pau-brasil, referring to its popular red dye-producing properties)
- The Bagua (meaning 'eight symbols') is a symbolic/diagrammatic system in which belief: Taoism; Catholicism; Hinduism; or Islam? Taoism
- Which country's name, existing 1929-2003, meant 'South Slavs'? Yugoslavia
- The human brain's frontal lobe, chiefly processing cognitive functions relating to reward, attention, short-term memory tasks, planning, motivation, etc., is fully mature at (very) approximately what age: Five; Ten; Fifteen; or Thirty? Thirty
- Muscovite, used in electrical capacitors, is a processed form of what geological mineral? Mica
- What French word, for 'little bed', refers to a railcar adaptable for sleeping? Couchette
- In Indian cuisine, the term pakora refers to what aspect of meat/vegetable cooking: Deep-fried in batter; Griddle; Clay oven; or Kebab? Deep-fried in batter
- Which nation's 'national anthem' is known as 'Qaumi Tarana' and alternatively 'Pak Sarzamin' (sacred land)? Pakistan
- A sarcophagus traditionally contains a: Telescope; Compass; Corpse; or Fine brandy? Corpse (it's a stone coffin - typically huge, sculptured, and usually not buried, used by the ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian civilizations - the word derives from ancient Greek, meaning 'flesh-eating', since it was thought that the stone caused bodily decomposition)
- What popular Australian bird is named after an ancient stringed instrument? Lyrebird
- What Olympic event entails disqualification if both feet of a competitor are seen to be off the ground at the same time? Racewalking (or an equivalent term)
- In 17th century England what were Happy, Useless, Addled, Short, Long, Rump and Barebones? Parliaments
- Where is the Barbary Coast: Mexico; Spain and Portugal; India; or North Africa? North Africa (the Mediterranean coast of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya -the name is derived from the N African Berber people)
- The common vocal sound produced by blocking exhaled airflow (when voicing a vowel) by suddenly closing the vocal tract is called a '(what?) stop'? Glottal stop (so named because it is controlled by the folds of the glottis in the throat - see glottal stop in the language/linguistics glossary)
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