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  1. What instrument used by Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot was patented in Hawaii in 1917: Stethoscope; Compass; Nail-file; or Ukulele? Ukulele
  2. From Latin 'standing out from the flock' what originally meant very good and now means very bad: Egregious; Ghastly; Abominable; or Obnoxious? Egregious
  3. What can be worn in the NATO phonetic alphabet: Raincoat; Waistcoat; Uniform; or Trousers? Uniform
  4. Jules Verne's 1873 novel 'Around the World in 80 Days' was the first use of what marketing method: Celebrity Endorsement; Product Placement; Radio adverts; or BOGOFF (Buy-One-Get-One-For-Free)? Product Placement (Verne accepted advertising fees for including real shipping companies in the story.)
  5. Austrian physicist Ernst Mach (1838-1916) devised the famous: Meccano construction toy; Big Mac (burger); Tarmac (road surface); or Supersonic velocity measurement unit? Supersonic velocity measurement unit (Mach 1 is the speed of sound; Mach 2 is twice the speed of sound; Mach 1.5 is one-and-a-half times the speed of sound)
  6. The dramatic art/design style originating in Rome c.1600 meaning 'rough pearl' in French is: Baroque; Gothic; Renaissance; or Impressionist? Baroque
  7. A Loiner is the traditional demonym for a person from: Leeds; London; Lisbon; or Lima? Leeds
  8. A healthy/normal human adult blood pressure reading is considered to be roughly what two figures (mmHg): 140/90; 120/80; 90/60; or 10/7? 120/80 (the first figure is systolic = maxium at beat, and diastolic = minimum between beats - incidentally the multiple choice options for high figures are 'high blood pressure' and the low are 'low blood pressure' - and the 10/7 is ridiculous/dead)
  9. In 1789, individual liberty above the rule of state/law was adopted for the first time into a national constitution by which two nations: Great Britain; USA; Russia; France; or China? USA and France
  10. A flying buttress is a: Far-leaping tropical ape; 1940s bomber aircraft; Architectural support; or Arabian magic carpet? Architectural support (typically a separate arched support for walls of a tall building)
  11. Aristocrat George 'Beau' Brummell (1778-1840) is associated with what social trend commencing c.1790 in Europe: Liberalism; Dandyism; Activism; or Voyeurism? Dandyism (being smartly dressed - a 'dandy' is an old word for a very smartly dressed man, and this more optimistic societal development was enabled after the grim war conditions of the late 1700s and early 1800s, when wealthy people could begin to live more comfortably and tidily, etc)
  12. Which of these is not a major export of Cuba: Sugar; Tobacco; Citrus fruit; or Lamb? Lamb
  13. Chuck Taylor popularized what 1908-founded US shoe corporation, whose logo is a single circled star? Converse (Chuck Taylor the basketball player developed and promoted the iconic 'Chuck Taylor's All-Stars' basketball canvas shoes through the 1920s for the Converse shoe corporation)
  14. Early theory (Plato c.360BC) suggested the universe comprises which four of these 'elements'? Fire; Metal; Water; Bone; Air; Earth; or Thoughts? Fire Water Air Earth
  15. Sir Isaac Pitman (1813-97) invented a famous eponymous system for: Coal-mining; Shorthand; Ceramics; or Sheep-dipping? Shorthand
  16. Magnetite, Magnesium, and Manganese are named after the Magnesia district of: London; China; Greece; or Manhattan? Greece
  17. The North and South Poles are respectively at how many degrees latitude: 90 and 90; 45 and 45; 0 and 180; or 180 and 360? 90 and 90
  18. Who is responsible for the erroneous naming of Native American 'Indians': Winston Churchill; Abraham Lincoln; Christopher Columbus; or Pope Paul VI? Christopher Columbus (he discovered the Americas 1492 while intending to find Japan and the East Indies of SE Asia, hence referring to the Americas as the 'Indies' and the native peoples as Indians, and interestingly seemingly Columbus never acknowledged his error of geography or naming..)
  19. 'Light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation' is better known as what, first demonstrated in 1960? Laser (one of many interesting acronyms that many people don't know are actually acronyms)
  20. The famous information management/computing maxim, which in philosophy encourages objective thinking rather than unhelpful personal emotional responses, is "Everything is (What?)" : Complicated; Data; Broken; or Gobbledegook? Data ('Everything is Data' reminds us that nothing said or done actually contains emotional content until we choose to add it, and what we add - i.e., especially how we respond to challenging things - is a matter of personal choice. Therefore we, not anyone else, decide whether something - including our own mood - is happy, sad, and particularly how it 'makes' us feel. In truth we ourselves 'make' us feel how we do; nobody does this for us, and it is always our choice. See the free 'Everything is Data' poster and explantion on the free posters page. The principle that 'Everything is Data' explains how some people remain happy despite awful setbacks and tragedies, yet other people remain constantly miserable despite being wealthy and seemingly having no problems at all.)

 

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