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  1. What is Methylenedioxymethamphetamine better known as? Ecstasy (the recreational drug, or MDMA)
  2. The Virginia Native American, Matoaka, aka Amonute, captured by the English 1613, becoming Rebecca Rolfe (c1595-1617), is better known by what name (also a 1995 Disney film)? Pocahontas
  3. Penguins increase their swimming speed by emitting (What?) from their feathers: Oil; Salt; Heat; or Air bubbles? Air bubbles (which act as lubrication)
  4. Spell the word: Idiosyncrasy; Idiocincracy; Idiosyncracy; or Idiocyncrasy? Idiosyncrasy (meaning an individually distinctive characteristic - from Greek idios, own/private, and krasis, mixture)
  5. The Harlem Globetrotters, founded 1920s, perform in which field: Acrobatics; Stunt-flying; Basketball; or Magic/Illusion? Basketball
  6. From Sanskrit for a 'drop/dot' what Hindi word is a South Asian forehead decoration? Bindi (from Sanskrit bindu - traditionally a red dot, or gem or similar, between and slightly above the eyebrows, generally worn by women - with various important significances)
  7. Winston Churchill referred to what event as the 'Miracle of Deliverance'? Dunkirk (fully the Dunkirk Evacuation - of 300,000 British forces back to England from France, 27 May- 4 June 1940, referenced in Churchill's 'We shall fight on the beaches' speech on 4 June)
  8. The Up! and Eos and CC are models of which car brand? Volkswagen (or VW)
  9. The subtitle of the 2015 Mad Max film is: Angry Street; Wild Path; Fury Road; or Irritable Motorway? Fury Road
  10. In the 1970s British practitioner John McTimoney founded his eponymous type of (What?) treatment: Herbal; Radiotherapy; Chiropractic; or Exorcism? Chiropractic (McTimoney Chiropractic involves the use of light fast hand movements)
  11. Which automobile brand was officially adopted in 1900 after the Spanish name of racing entrepreneur Emil Jellinek's daughter? Mercedes (Jellinek was a buyer/distributor of Daimler-Benz cars, and demanded ever-improving performance - Mercedes was Jellinek's racing pseudonym)
  12. Aberdeen in Scotland is known as the (Which rock?) City? Granite
  13. Mebos is a South African apricot-based: Shoe polish; Hand-cleanser; Dried preserve; or Liqueur? Dried preserve
  14. Cannes Film Festival 2015 (Gala Screenings) banned women wearing: Tattoos; Fur; Strong perfume; or Flat shoes? Flat shoes (a CFF spokesperson explained this to be an interpretation of formal evening wear dress code..)
  15. The acronym FOBT refers to what, considered a great social harm pervading many depressed UK cities and shopping streets? Fixed Odds Betting Terminal (high speed gambling machine)
  16. Introduced in 1894 and one of the world's oldest trademarks, Bibendum is better known as what? The Michelin Man (icon of the Michelin tyre/tire company)
  17. Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum and Martin Balsam had cameo roles in the 1991 remake of what 1962 film in which they starred? Cape Fear
  18. Champagne bubbles contain: Oxygen; Hydrogen; Nitrogen; or Carbon dioxide? Carbon dioxide
  19. JP Morgan, Barclays, RBS, Citigroup, Bank of America, and UBS were fined $6bn in 2015 for rigging what market? Foreign Exchange (or FOREX)
  20. Which famous TV personality ended a 33 year run of 6,082 shows in 2015? David Letterman

 

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