Another Monday – Another Quiz Day, What Else Can I say?

“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”

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Yes another start to the week, and here on the fasab blog that means another quiz.

We’ll start off with a relatively easy one today, but the others may be more challenging. Still that’s what we want. If they were too simple what would be the point?

As always the answers are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay down below, but NO cheating!

Enjoy.

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Q.  1: It is ‘Kar’ in Turkish, ‘Lumi’ in Finnish, ‘Neve’ in Italian, ‘Nieve’ in Spanish and ‘Neige’ in French, but what is it called in English?

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Q.  2:  How many sides does a dodecahedron have?

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Q.  3:  It consists of seven letters and is a noun meaning ‘chorus’ and a verb meaning ‘to cease’, what is it?

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Q.  4:  Which famous Hollywood actor was buried in his Dracula costume?

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Q.  5:  What name is given to the Japanese dish of thinly sliced meat, vegetables and seasoning all cooked together quickly, usually at the table?

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Q.  6:  Based on the total number of passengers per year, the two busiest metro (subway) systems in the world are in which cities?  (One point for each correct answer.)

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Q.  7:  What was the name of the child in the TV series ‘Bewitched’?

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Q.  8:  What is the stage name of Sir Thomas John Woodward?

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Q.  9:  What is the largest city in the US named after a British PM?

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Q. 10:  Claret wine is produced in the region surrounding which French city?

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Q. 11:  How many prime numbers are there between 10 and 20?

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Q. 12:  ‘Allegro’ is a musical direction meaning to play how?

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Q. 13:  How many squares/spaces on a chess board?

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Q. 14:  Which famous singer was first offered, but thankfully did not get or accept, the TV role of ‘Lieutenant Colombo’?

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Q. 15:  What is the name of Sherlock Holmes’ housekeeper?

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Q. 16:  What was the name of the park ranger frequently outwitted by Yogi Bear?

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Q. 17:  Who was the daughter of the prophet Muhammad?

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Q. 18:  From which country did the dish ‘chilli con carne’ originate? 

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Q. 19:  Until the mid 16th century “sea dogs” was the English word for which type of predator?

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Q. 20:  What are the two missing words in this famous quote from the classic movie ‘Casablanca’?

“Of all the … ….. in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine”

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Q.  1: It is ‘Kar’ in Turkish, ‘Lumi’ in Finnish, ‘Neve’ in Italian, ‘Nieve’ in Spanish and ‘Neige’ in French, but what is it called in English?

A.  1:  Snow

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Q.  2:  How many sides does a dodecahedron have?

A.  2:  12

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Q.  3:  It consists of seven letters and is a noun meaning ‘chorus’ and a verb meaning ‘to cease’, what is it?

A.  3:  Refrain

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Q.  4:  Which famous Hollywood actor was buried in his Dracula costume?

A.  4:  Bela Lugosi

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Q.  5:  What name is given to the Japanese dish of thinly sliced meat, vegetables and seasoning all cooked together quickly, usually at the table?

A.  5:  Sukiyaki

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Q.  6:  Based on the total number of passengers per year, the two busiest metro (subway) systems in the world are in which cities?  (One point for each correct answer.)

A.  6:  Tokyo and Moscow

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Q.  7:  What was the name of the child in the TV series ‘Bewitched’?

A.  7:  Tabitha.

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Q.  8:  What is the stage name of Sir Thomas John Woodward?

A.  8:  Tom Jones

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Q.  9:  What is the largest city in the US named after a British PM?

A.  9:  Pittsburgh

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Q. 10:  Claret wine is produced in the region surrounding which French city?

A. 10:  Bordeaux

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Q. 11:  How many prime numbers are there between 10 and 20?

A. 11:  Four (11, 13, 17 and 19)

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Q. 12:  ‘Allegro’ is a musical direction meaning to play how?

A. 12:  Lively/fast

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Q. 13:  How many squares/spaces on a chess board?

A. 13:  64

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Q. 14:  Which famous singer was first offered, but thankfully did not get or accept, the TV role of ‘Lieutenant Colombo’?

A. 14:  Bing Crosby

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Q. 15:  What is the name of Sherlock Holmes’ housekeeper?

A. 15:  Mrs Hudson

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Q. 16:  What was the name of the park ranger frequently outwitted by Yogi Bear?

A. 16:  Ranger John Smith

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Q. 17:  Who was the daughter of the prophet Muhammad?

A. 17:  Fatimah

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Q. 18:  From which country did the dish ‘chilli con carne’ originate? 

A. 18:  The USA.

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Q. 19:  Until the mid 16th century “sea dogs” was the English word for which type of predator?

A. 19:  Sharks

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Q. 20:  What are the two missing words in this famous quote from the classic movie ‘Casablanca’?

“Of all the … ….. in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine”

A. 20:  “gin joints”

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Lost In Translation Too!

“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”

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Last Saturday I talked about the movie ‘Lost in Translation’ and how trying to communicate in a language that you don’t understand can have comic consequences.

I have had a few dodgy experiences using things like Google translator or Bing’s verson or even Bable Fish, but thankfully none quite as bad as this next bunch of signs.

Enjoy.

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All of which goes to prove that it is easier to get the

message across using symbols instead of words!

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Lost In Translation

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There was a movie a few years ago called ‘Lost In Translation’ starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. It was about a jaded film star and a neglected wife who form an unlikely bond after meeting in a hotel in Tokyo, with the problem of translation between English and Japanese forming a sub theme.

It wasn’t a movie to everyone’s taste, but if you haven’t seen it definitely worth a look. It was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Bill Murray, and Best Director for Sofia Coppola, with Coppola winning for Best Original Screenplay. Scarlett Johansson won a BAFTA award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

All that is by way of introduction to today’s post which is also about how the real meaning of what you try to say can sometimes be lost in translation.

The following signs are good examples that illustrate the point and hopefully amuse.

Enjoy.

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Did You Know…. Another Random Selection Of Facts From The Fasab Files

“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”

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More from the fascinating fact file.

Here are a few more things that you didn’t know you didn’t know.

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There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

change for a dollar

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A healthy (non-colorblind) human eye

can distinguish between 500 shades of gray.

So the book is wrong!

500 shades of gray.

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A pregnant goldfish is called a twit 

–  especially by her parents!

goldfish.

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If you plant an apple seed,

it is almost guaranteed to grow a tree

of a different type of apple.

apple tree.

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Andorra, a tiny country between France & Spain,

has the longest average lifespan:

83.49 years.

Andorra.

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“The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick”

is said to be the toughest tongue twister in English.

tongue twister.

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‘Duff’ is the decaying organic matter found on a forest floor.

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Gabriel, Michael, and Lucifer are the only angels named in the Bible.

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Abraham Lincoln’s ghost is said to haunt the White House.

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Only female mosquitoes bite.

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The past-tense of the English word “dare” is “durst”

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Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a “Friday the 13th.”

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Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.

(and ninety percent of that ninety percent have no clue where they are going!)

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The volume of the earth’s moon is the same

as the volume of the Pacific Ocean.

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The New York phone book had 22 Hitlers before WWII.

The New York phone book had 0 Hitlers after WWII.

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King Louis XIX ruled France for about 15 minutes 

–  he succeeded with abdication of Charles X

only to abdicate in favor of Henry V.

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Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves

when they rode past their king.

This custom has become the modern military salute.

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Winston Churchill was born in a ladies room during a dance.

(and all new babies look just like him, except your own of course!)

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CLASSIFIED: For Your Eyes Only, Part Twenty-Three!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”

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And they said it wouldn’t last.

Yes we are at part twenty-three of the classified ad disasters and the stupidity shows no sign of abating – thank goodness.

Here’s the latest batch.

Enjoy.

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and finally, at last a sport I could do really well,

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A Little Surprise Test For Easter

“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”

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Okay, its Easter time again, Semana Santa some call it, so how about taking a little test to see how much you know about it?

Here we go.

Good luck and as usual the answers are given waaaaaaay down below – but NO cheating!

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Easter Quiz

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Q 1:  On what street in New York does the city’s famous Easter parade take place?

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Q 2:  Which month is the English and German names for Easter or Ostern associated with?

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Q 3:  From which Anglo-Saxon goddess do we derive the name Easter? 

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Q 4:  The Good Friday agreement, signed on Good Friday 1998, is also named after which city? 

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Q 5:  Who was the first person to speak to Jesus after he had risen from the dead?

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Q 6:  Every Easter who gives his ‘Urbi et Orbi’ to the world?

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Q 7:  The customary act of painting what, is known as Pysanka?

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Q 8:  What color was the cloak that Jesus wore when he went to the cross?

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Q 9:  Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday and Pancake Day are also known as what?

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Q 10:  Name any of the main stars of Easter Parade (1948)?

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Q 11:  Until 1941, from which Asian country were most Easter lilies exported to the United States?          

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Q 12:  The White House Easter Egg Roll was inaugurated by which President’s wife?

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Q 13:  In whose tomb was Jesus buried?

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Q 14:  Which goldsmith produced bejewelled Easter eggs for the Tsars of Russia?

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Q 15:  Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and was greeted by cheering crowd on which day?           

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Q 16:  Which type of cake is traditionally made at Easter?

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Q 17:  Easter island is a territory of which country?

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Q 18:  In which country do boys traditionally throw buckets of water over girls at Easter time as part of an ancient fertility ritual?  

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ANSWERS

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Q 1:  On what street in New York does the city’s famous Easter parade take place?

A 1:  5th Avenue

Q 2:  Which month is the English and German names for Easter or Ostern associated with?

A 2:  April

Q 3:  From which Anglo-Saxon goddess do we derive the name Easter? 

A 3:  Eostre

Q 4:  The Good Friday agreement, signed on Good Friday 1998, is also named after which city? 

A 4:  The Belfast Agreement

Q 5:  Who was the first person to speak to Jesus after he had risen from the dead?

A 5:  Mary Magdalene

Q 6:  Every Easter who gives his ‘Urbi et Orbi’ to the world?

A 6:  The Pope

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Q 7:  The customary act of painting what, is known as Pysanka?

A 7:  Eggs

Q 8:  What color was the cloak that Jesus wore when he went to the cross?

A 8:  Purple

Q 9:  Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday and Pancake Day are also known as what?

A 9:  Shrove Tuesday

Q 10:  Name any of the main stars of Easter Parade (1948)?

A 10:  Judy Garland and Fred Astaire

Q 11:  Until 1941, from which Asian country were most Easter lilies exported to the United States?          

A 11:  Japan

Q 12:  The White House Easter Egg Roll was inaugurated by which President’s wife?

A 12:  James Madison (Dolley Madison)

Q 13:  In whose tomb was Jesus buried?

A 13:  Joseph of Arimathea

Q 14:  Which goldsmith produced bejewelled Easter eggs for the Tsars of Russia?

A 14:  Peter Carl Fabergé

Q 15:  Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and was greeted by cheering crowd on which day?           

A 15:  Palm Sunday

Q 16:  Which type of cake is traditionally made at Easter?

A 16:  Simnel cake

Q 17:  Easter island is a territory of which country?

A 17:  Chile

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A 18:  Poland

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CLASSIFIED: For your Eyes Only, Part Eighteen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”

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Welcome to the latest batch of classified ads that failed the one simple test that all advertisements should pass

– did it say what it was supposed to say?

These didn’t.

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CLASSIFIED: For Your Eyes Only, Part Seventeen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”

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Here we go with another bunch of classified ads.

They looked perfect, but not to most people.

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CLASSIFIED: For Your Eyes Only, Part Sixteen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”

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Welcome to another edition of the classified ads. Those advertisements that didn’t quite turn out as planned in the minds of those who devised them.

The first one reminded me of a small take-away Chinese establishment in a town near where I used to live. A friend and I stopped off there on the way home from work one evening, both of us hungry but not wanting to waste the time going for a sit-down meal.

We ordered our food and all went well. The take-away had an excellent reputation for producing good food and it was always very busy.

Sure enough after about ten minutes or so our ticket was called and I went up to the counter to collect.

It wasn’t the usual girl on duty that evening, but a small rather elderly Chinese lady.

Had it been the usual girl she would have known to pack some utensils, like a plastic fork, in the bag, but instead the little Chinese lady looked up into my face and asked in a heavily accented but loud voice for all to hear,

“D’ya wanna fok?”

There was momentary silence, no one quite knowing what they thought they had heard. Then my mouth got in the way of good sense and I said, “No thanks, I’m just in to get something to eat.”

Then everyone laughed and I made my way out of the place before any further conversation or explanation.

As it turns out the joke was on me in the end because I left without getting a ‘fok’ so the meal had to wait until I got home.

So that by way of anecdotal introduction leads us nicely to today’s classifieds.

Enjoy!

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I Can Hardly Believe it, They’re Getting Dumber – More Quiz Show Answers

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What I said in the title of today’s selection of quiz show answers is very true. They are getting dumber!

Another thing that we can establish beyond reasonable doubt is that stupid people should not be allowed near bicycles.

Here’s this week’s lot, you’ll see what I mean.

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Q: In books that are written in English, each line is printed and read starting at which side of the page?     

A: The right      

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Q: The song by Elvis that on its reissue in 2005 became the 1000th number one single in UK chart history is entitled “One…” what?   

A: A Little Less Conversation     

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Q: In solid geometry, What H is the name given to half a sphere?            

A: Half a circle  

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Q: Which iconic cartoon family made their film debut in 2007, 20 years after their show was first broadcast on American television?        

A: The Osbournes

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Q: How many wheels does a unicycle have?       

A: Two 

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Q: In medicine, the phrase “contagious disease” literally means an illness that is spread by which of the five senses?        

A: Sight.          

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Q: In science, what was the surname of the German physicist who is credited with the invention of the mercury thermometer?            

A: Mercury       

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Q: In slang, which three-letter word precedes “shop” to make a rhyming term for a police station? 

A: Nick

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Q: The role of the plump teenager Tracy Turnblad, played by Nikki Blonsky in the 2007 film “Hairspray,” was played in the 1988 original by Ricki who?        

A: Tomlinson

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Q:  Name the funny men who once entertained kings and queens at court. 

A:  Lepers.

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Q:  Which French Mediterranean town hosts a famous film festival every year? 

A:  I don’t know, I need a clue.

Q.:  OK. What do beans come in?

A:  Cartons?

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Q:  Who had a worldwide hit with What A Wonderful World? 

A:  I don’t know.

 

Q:  I’ll give you some clues: what do you call the part between your hand and your elbow?

A:  Arm.

 

Q:  Correct. And if you’re not weak, you’re . . .?

A:  Strong.

 

Q:  Correct – and what was Lord Mountbatten’s first name?

A:  Louis.

 

Q:  Well, there we are then. So who had a worldwide hit with the song What A Wonderful

World?

A:  Frank Sinatra?

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Q:  What is the capital of Italy? 

A:  France.

 

Q:  France is another country. Try again.

A:  Oh, um, Benidorm.

 

Q:  Wrong, sorry, let’s try another question. In which country is the Parthenon?

A:  Sorry, I don’t know.

 

Q:  Just guess a country then.

A:  Paris.

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Q:  What is another name for ‘cherrypickers’ and ‘cheesemongers’? 

A:  Homosexuals. 

Q:  No. They’re regiments in the British Army who will be very upset with you.

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Q:  Oscar Wilde, Adolf Hitler and Jeffrey Archer have all written books about their experiences in what: prison, or the Conservative Party? 

A:  The Conservative Party.

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Q: How many wheels are there on a unicycle? 

A:  Three.

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Q:  In traffic, what ‘J’ is where two roads meet?

A:  Jool carriageway

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Q:  How many metres are there in a kilometre? 

A:  Three.

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Q:  How many wheels does a tricycle have? 

A:  Two.

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Q:  What was Gandhi’s first name?

A:  Goosey, goosey

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