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Free TRIVIA ANSWERS for 2016

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 30 December 2016

Answers to last week's questions on Hollywood actresses:

1 The Hollywood actress who died in December and had identical fitrst and middle names was Zsa Zsa Gabor.

2 She was married nine times and died at 99.

3 She only had one child.

4 Her eighth marriage lasted one day.
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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 23 December 2016

Answers to last week's questions on Christmas:

1 The Bible doesn't say how many wise men visited the baby Jesus. The word 'maji' is plural, so all we know is there were at least two.

2 'Magi' is not gender specific. They could have been male or female. And the word from which 'wise men' is translated can also mean astrologers.

3 130 million red crabs cross Australia's Christmas Island at the beginning of the rainy season late each year.

4 About one million of them die on the roads each year.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 16 December 2016

Answers to last week's questions on John Glenn.

1 John Glenn, who died on 8 December, was the first American to orbit the Earth.

2 He is the oldest person to have flown in space.

3 He was 77 on his last flight in 1998.

4 He represented himself on the TV program Frasier.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 9 December 2016

Answers to last week's questions on broadcaster Bob Rogers:

1 2CH Sydney broadcaster Bob Rogers turned 90 on 3 December 2016.

2 When he was 84 his program ranked 2nd out of 14 stations in the Sydney radio ratings.

3 He has been a radio personality for 74 years.

4 John Laws (2SM) is 81 so the average age of the two morning presenters on 2CH and 2SM is now 85.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 2 December 2016

Answers to last week's questions on sugar:

1 Sugar was prominent in November following the Grattan Institution's recommendation for a tax on sugary drinks.

2 Coca-Cola contained cocaine, caffeine and sugar when first produced in Atlanta, Georgia in 1886. Cocaine was taken out in 1903.

3 Food ingredients must be listed in order of largest to smallest. How, then, has Kellogg's Nutri-Grain been able to avoid listing sugar first? It was too easy. Just split the sugar into two. The packet listed the first five ingredients as wheat flour, wheat gluten, brown sugar, oatmeal and sugar.

4 If you add a dessertspoonful of water to a full glass it overflows. It doesn't overflow if you add a dessertspoonful of sugar.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 25 November 2016

Answers to last week's questions on the moon:

1 This month's supermoon was the closest to us since 1948.

2 It will next be this close in 2034.

3 What are your chances of touching the moon and returning to tell all your family and friends about it? Quite good if you visit the American capital. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has a piece of moon rock you can touch.

4 What licence did Neil Armstrong have first – driver's or pilot's? Pilot's, of course.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 18 November 2016

Answers to last week's questions on the White House:

1 The town White House is in Tennessee. The building White House is in Washington, D.C.

2 "Casablanca" means "white house".

3 Yes, the White House's Oval Office is oval-shaped.

4 The only president who didn't live in Washington's White House was George Washington.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 11 November 2016

Answers to last week's questions on US presidents:

1 The only US president to have been elected four times is Franklin Roosevelt.

2 The first eight US presidents were born British.

3 The father of President George Bush jnr was both president of the USA and director of the CIA.

4 Ronald Reagan was both right- and left-handed - ambidextrous.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 04 November 2016

Answers to last week's questions on US elections:

1 US elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November.

2 Donald Trump has been married three times.

3 If he wins, he will be the oldest US president at time of election. If Hillary Clinton wins, she will be second oldest (after Ronald Reagan).

4 Hillary and Bill Clinton have made over $150 million from giving speeches.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 28 October 2016

Answers to last week's questions on the Philippines:

1 On an average day there have been 36 killings under Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte since his war on drugs began when he took office at the end of June. (Sydney Morning Herald)

2 He goes to bed just before sunrise. (Sydney Morning Herald)

3 To avoid having to worry about bottle deposits and returns, some drink outlets in the Philippines pour your soft drink into plastic bags to take away.

4 The Philippines is the only country (ie ignoring independent states) in the world which still bans divorce.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 21 October 2016

Answers to last week's questions on Thailand:

1 The king of Thailand had reigned for 70 years until his death this month.

2 The world's longest-reigning monarch is now Queen Elizabeth II.

3 Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit is the capital of Thailand, claimed to be the world's longest place name and now better known as Bangkok.

4 Sixty prisoners share 10m by 6m cells in Klong Prem prison, otherwise known as the Bangkok Hilton; 300 in larger cells.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 14 October 2016

1 Juan Manuel Santos, president of Colombia, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this month.

2 Colombia had 32,000 murders in 2002. (BBC)

3 Colombia was named after Christopher Columbus.

4 American entertainer Steve Harvey announced to millions on live TV: 'Miss Universe 2015 is Miss Colombia.' Then two minutes later: 'Folks, I have to apologise. The first runner-up is Colombia…Miss Universe 2015 is Miss Philippines.' He later incorrectly spelt the names of both countries: 'I want to apologize emphatically to Miss Philippians and Miss Columbia.'

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 7 October 2016

Answers to last week's questions on electricity blackouts:

1 The whole of South Australia suffered an electricity blackout on 28 September.

2 Seaweed caused a blackout in almost all of Chile in May 1977 when kelp slipped into a seaside power plant.

3 Former ABC general manager, Talbot Duckmanton, was given the task of providing a commentary from the Sydney Harbour Bridge's pylon lookout during a World War II evening.
The commentary was expected to last about a minute, but due to a technical problem in the studio he had to continue talking for 20 minutes. He later said that his task that evening would be ideal for testing how good any aspiring announcer was. He had to describe a blackout for that 20 minutes.

4 Why did the three electric chairs ordered from New York in 1890 by Abyssinian emperor Menelek II not work? Only when they arrived did the emperor learn that for the best
results you need electricity, which in then Abyssinia lacked. Two of the chairs were thrown out and one was used by the emperor as his throne. (Return of Heroic Failures)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 30 September 2016

Answers to last week's questions on rugby league football:

1 It was two seconds from the referee blowing his whistle to start a Sunday league match against Taunto East Reach Wanderers until Lee Todd swore and was sent off. (Ultimate Book of Failures)

2 According to Israel Folau, God told him to switch from rugby leage (Brisbane Broncos) to Australian Rules football (Greater Western Sydney). (Sydney Morning Herald 23-8-14)

3 In rounds 8 and 9 of the 2016 NRL, the Newcastle Knights didn't score any points. Their opponents scored exactly 100 (32 and 68).

4 The first name of Parramatta NRL player Radradra is Semi.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 23 September 2016

Answers to last week's questions on zoos:

1 Sydney's Taronga Zoo celebrates its 100th birthday on 7 October.

2 Taronga Zoo has about 4,000 animals.

3 When temperatures in Amsterdam dropped to minus five degrees in January 1997, penguins in the Amsterdam Zoo were unable to adjust to the change, so they were kept in a frig until tempeatures rose again.

4 "Me at the zoo" was the first clip uploaded to YouTube.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 16 September 2016

Answers to last week's questions on Australian TV history:

1 Australian TV began on 16 September 60 years ago when TCN9 Sydney started programming.

2 The first words at the opening of Australian TV were 'Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to television.'

3 Only two newsreaders held the position of weekday 7pm newsreader on ABCTV between 1968 and 2001: James Dibble for 13 years, then Richard Morecroft for 20.

4 In the first few months after the ABC's ABN Channel 2 started at the end of 1956, it used a water-wheel turning to fill in the approximate five-minute gaps at the end of programs it had purchased from commercial stations.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 9 September 2016

Answers to last week's questions on the Paralympics:

1 How do swimmers without arms touch the wall in Paralympics? One way is just by ploughing into it with their heads.

2 Australia's Libby Kosmala, the oldest competitor in this month's Paralympics, is 73.

3 She has been competing in the Paralympics since 1972.

4 Russia has been banned from this Paralympics.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 2 September 2016

Answers to last week's questions on Australian currency:

1 The Acacia verticillata subsp.ovoidea and the Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris appeared on the new Australian $5 note on 1 September.

2 Horse thief Mary Reibey appears on the Australian $20 note.

3 In pre-decimal currency, 2½ d meant two pence and one half penny. "Two pence" and "half penny" were not pronounced as their spelling would suggest. They were pronounced 'tuppence hape-enny'.

4 In Australia's pounds, shillings and pence days, accountants used to bill clients in guineas, an inconvenient amount that required clients to do calculations to find the real amount of the bill. One guinea was one pound and one shilling.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 26 August 2016

Answers to last week's questions on the Olympic Games final week:

1 The commentators kept saying 'not (too) far away' in reference to major track and field event finals to keep us watching while the earlier rounds were on.

2 Nigerian 200m runner Oduduru's first name is Ejowvokoghene.

3 Usain Bolt's surname describes what he does.

4 Identical triplets Leila, Liina and Lily Luik ran in the women's marathon, although only two finished.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 19 August 2016

Answers to last week's questions on Olympic Games:

1 The Canberra Times ran this story about the 2016 Olympic Games opening ceremony: 'Rio was set alight on Saturday morning when athletes from 206 countries kicked off the Games in spectacular style at the Maracana Stadium. Just 103 of Australia's 421-strong team marched into the venue to begin the world's biggest sporting party as they put preparation before celebration.' The Times published it in print about six hours before the ceremony started and online just under nine hours before.

2 Baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, sports/rock climbing and surfing will be sports at the 2020 Olympics.

3 Nazi Germany introduced the torch relay to the Olympics in 1936.

4 Michael Phelps has now won 23 Olympic gold medals.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 12 August 2016

Answers to last week's questions on Olympic Games:

1 In a list of countries competing in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics you find a team that is not from a country. It's a team of nine refugees.

2 Rio de Janeiro means River of January.

3 Of Michael Phelps' Olympic medals, now all but five have been gold.

4 Michael Phelps equalled the record eight for the most medals of any kind at a single Olympics. In the next Olympics he equalled it again.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 5 August 2016

Answers to last week's questions on the Rio Olympics:

1 The Seven Network has 450 staff to provide its Olympics coverage.

2 It has over 1000 cameras there.

3 Australia has more female than male contestants for the first time in an Olympics.

4 When not in the pool, colouring-in has been one of the fun activities for the Australian swimmers. (Sydney Morning Herald)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 29 July 2016

Answers to last week's questions on Olympic Games:

1 Table tennis uses the smallest ball in the Olympics.

2 Only three players aged over 23 are allowed per team in football in the Olympics.

3 Equestrian events are the only Olympic sports in which individual men and women compete against the opposite sex.

4 Eddie Eagan won a gold medal in both the summer and winter Olympics, the only person ever to do so. His events were boxing and bobsled.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 22 July 2016

Answers to last week's questions on Brazil crime:

1 Of the 50 most dangerous cities in the world, 21 are in Brazil (The Independent)

2 When Rio de Janeiro residents say it won't be long before it has its arms up instead of out, they are referring to the statue of Christ.

3 How did two September 2004 Brazilian car thieves start their life behind bars while still on the run? They chose a cage in a Rio de Janeiro zoo to hide from police. (Sydney Morning Herald 18-9-04)

4 The prisoners' cat smuggled tools to dig tunnels and mobile phones, complete with battery and charger, to prisoners at a jail in Brazil in January 2013.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 15 July 2016

Answers to last week's questions on Brazil:

1 What caused the world's largest (by volume) waterfall, the Guaira Falls between Paraguay and Brazil, to lose their title in 1982? Thanks to the bulding of the Itaipu Dam, they no longer exist - they're under water.

2 Frederico, who was running for mayor of Pilar, Brazil, died under suspicious circumstances. The goat Frederico had been leading in the polls.

3 Brazil nuts mainly come from Bolivia.

4 If you shake a tin of mixed nuts the largest nuts, the Brazil nuts, rise to the top.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 8 July 2016

Answers to last week's questions on Australian politicians:

1 Pauline Hanson's son was fined in 1998 for not voting.

2 Sir Robert Menzies was the last Australian federal Liberal or Labor leader, in government or opposition, to go at a time of own choosing, in 1966.

3 You could vote for Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow if you lived in the electorate of Grayndler.

4 A Sydney Morning Herald 'galary collection' commemorating Australia's most embarrassing political moments included Malcolm Fraser's trousers. Some others were Tony Abbott's wild farewell party marble table, Peter Dowling's wine glass, Belinda Neal's freezer, John Brown's desk, Tony Abbott's red budgie smugglers, Mick Young's Paddingon bear and Joe Hockey's cigar. A helicopter would doubtless be added now.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 1 July 2016

Answers to last week's questions on Britain:

1 The nickname the British Labour Party had for David Cameron in the 2006 election was Dave the Chameleon.

2 The sport with the greatest number of participants in England is darts.

3 Big Ben is not a clock. It is the 13.5 ton bell in the clock tower of England's Houses of Parliament. (Book of Answers)

4 The crossword clue: 'Daughter suggests London custom (8,2,3,5)' involves an anagram. Change the order of letters in 'daughter' and you have 'Changing of the guard'.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 24 June 2016

Answers to last week's questions on Australian elections:

1 All of these were political parties contesting a Senate seat in the 2013 election: No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics, Senator Online (Internet Voting Bills/Issues), Secular Party of Australia, Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HELP) Party, The Wikileaks Party, Future Party, Sex Party, Stop The Greens, Bullet Train For Australia, Non-Custodial Parents Party (Equal Parenting), Pirate Party, Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party.

2 A man whose first name was Ivor contested three Senate, five House of Representatives and four state elections from 1972 to 1998. His surname was F.

3 Kalgoorlie was the world's biggest electorate until 2008.

4 Wyatt Roy never voted in an election before being elected himself in the 2010 federal poll because he was too young. He was only 20 when elected, Australia's youngest ever.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 17 June 2016

Answers to last week's questions on boxing:

1 Muhammad Ali took the heavyweight boxing title from Sonny Liston, who had been convicted of murder.

2 In 2003, 63 world boxing championship titles were available.
3 When Ricky Hatton fought Kostya Tszyu in 2005 in Manchester, the match took place at 2am to satisfy a pay-TV deal.

4 Beards are banned for boxers by the International Amateur Boxing Association.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 10 June 2016

Answers to last week's questions on Christianity:

1 Members of the Anglican Church are called Anglicans, members of the Catholic Church are called Catholics. What are members of the Uniting Church called? Members of the Uniting Church.

2 Following the tradition to have deceased bishops lie in state so that mourners can pay their last respects, the Bishop of Lesbos, Nicephorus Glycas, was laid to rest clad in his episcopal vestments in 1896 at a Greek Orthodox Church in Methymni. What suddenly ended the period of mourning? Bishop Glycas sat upright, glared at the mourners and asked: "What are you staring at?" (Book of Heroic Failures)

3 Sydney identity and former alcoholic Arthur Stace wrote the word "eternity" on Sydney footpaths half-a-million times in more than 30 years.

4 Why is the answer to the question "Of what is St Jude the patron saint?" impossible? St Jude is the patron saint of the impossible.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 3 June 2016

Answers to last week's questions on births:

1 A lady in India has given birth to the heaviest baby girl ever. It weighed 6.8kg

2 America's Griffin twins were born a year apart. This was because Tarrance Griffin was born just before midnight on 31 December 2008 and his brother, Tariq, 25 minutes later on 01 January 2009.

3 Our eyes remain the same size after birth.

4 According to North Korea, Kim Jong-il's birth was prophesied by a swallow and heralded with a double rainbow and a new star in the heavens.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 27 May 2016

Answers to last week's questions on airline incidents:

1 Captain Richard de Crespigny successfully returned his A380 to Singapore airport on 4 November 2010 after an engine exploded, another couldn't be shut down and debris fell over Indonesia. The next day he was a passenger on a 747 Qantas flight that had engine trouble. It had to return to Singapore airport.

2 Why did a Cypriot airline pilot with 153 passengers land at the wrong airport, Paphos, rather than fly for a further 10 minutes to Larnaca in May, 1997? Because It was the end of his shift.

3 The chances of being killed are greater while driving to the airport than being in a plane.

4 Should you consider yourself fortunate if another plane and yours are involved in a near miss? Not necessarily. Many airlines take a 'near miss' to mean the planes hit, but nearly missed. You should consider yourself fortunate if it were a near hit.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 20 May 2016

Answers to last week's questions on the new Philippines president:

1 Rodrigo Duterte claims to have two wives and two girl-friends.

2 He has joked about raping and murdering an Australian missionary.

3 He says he will personally kill all criminals who resist and that he'll feed their bodies to the fish in Manila Bay, making them grow fat.

4 One of the favourites to be the new vice president was Ferdinand Marcos Junior, also known as Bongbong. (Sydney Morning Herald)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 13 May 2016

Answers to last week's questions on Captain James Cook:

1 Captain James Cook's ship 'Endeavour' was renamed 'Lord Sandwich'.

2 The furthest point from the last resting place of Captain Cook's 'Endeavour' that a piece of the ship is located is the moon. It was taken there by a US Apollo mission.

3 Queensland was previously named New South Wales by Captain Cook.

4 Victoria was previously named New South Wales by Captain Cook.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 6 May 2016

Answers to last week's questions on submarines:

1 It was announced last week that Australia is to get 20 new submarines. If all of the present Australian population were to share the cost equally, each person would pay $2000.

2 The solution for the anagram crossword clue 'About turn for German submarine' is U-boat. (Turn the order of the letters in 'about'.)

3 To view the wonders of the undersea world that no other person had seen, Admiral R J Galanson peered through the portholes of a submarine at the ocean floor 1km below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. The first thing he saw was an empty beer can. (Book of Facts)

4 Most American submarines are named after fish.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 29 April 2016

Answers to last week's questions on Port Arthur:

1 Port Arthur is Tasmania's top tourist attraction because it was a British penal colony.

2 Martin Bryant murdered 35 people there 20 years ago on 28 April, 1996.

3 He received 35 life sentences.

4 He will be due for parole in 3031.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 22 April 2016

Answers to last week's questions on William Shakespeare:

1 William Shakespeare died 500 years ago on 23 April, 1616.

2 His wife was Anne Hathaway.

3 The date of Shakespeare's birth is unknown.

4 The first date known about him is his baptism, on 26 April 1564.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 15 April 2016

Answers to last week's questions on Sydney suburb names:

1 The rosella was named after the Sydey suburb Rosehill – early settlers called them Rosehillers.

2 The suburb names Canoelands, Glen Alpine, Hillsdale and Prairiewood are all oxymorons. So is the town Crookwell.

3 The Sydney and Brisbane offices of the formerly-named Birds Australia were in the identically-named suburbs Crows Nest.

4 The only two Sydney suburbs that do not share their initial letter with any other suburb are Ultimo and Zetland.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 8 April 2016

Answers to last week's questions on Mormons:

1 NRL footballer Will Hopoate opted out of his career for two years to work full-time as a Mormon missionary. He now doesn't play Sunday matches because of church commitments.

2 During their two years away, Mormon missionaries can only ring home twice a year, on Mother's Day and Christmas Day.

3 Mormon missionaries work in pairs, and can only separate when using the bathroom.

4 Which group has the higher percentage of polygamists—mammals or Mormons? Mammals – most mammals are polygamous.
Although polygamy was a requirement of the original Mormons, less than 0.001% of Mormons are now polygamous. These are members of fundamentalist Mormon sects in rural Utah.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 1 April 2016

Answers to last week's questions on flags:

1 New Zealand voted this month to keep the Union Jack on its flag.

2 The flag of Cyprus displays a map.

3 The flags of Dominica, Egypt, Fiji, Kiribati, Mexico and Zambia have in common a bird on their flag.

4 South Africa's flag is the only one with six colours.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 25 March 2016

Answers to last week's questions on Easter:

1 The earliest date for Easter Sunday is 22 March.

2 It will next occur on this date in 2285.

3 The latest date for Easter Sunday is 8 May, when it's observed by the Eastern Orthodox Church using the Julian calendar.

4 'Easter' comes from the name of a dawn goddess.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 18 March 2016

Answers to last week's questions on Maria Sharapova:

1 Maria Sharapova said: "No, I'm not the next Anna Kournikova. I want to win matches."

2 Maria Sharapova and Luke Jensen are ambidextrous. Sharapova is left-handed but switched to right-handed for tennis as a child.

3 Before each serve Sharapova turns her back on her opponent, fixes her hair behind her left ear, fixes her hair behind her right ear and always does so in that order.

4 Sharapova made more than $22 million from endorsements in 2014.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 11 March 2016

Answers to last week's questions on marriage:

1 Rupert Murdoch married this month at 84.

2 Samuel Baker, the explorer who discovered the Murchison Falls on the Nile River, considered his best purchase in Africa was his wife, from a Turkish slave auction. (Reader's Digest Book of Facts)

3 The largest number of couples that Reverend Moon, head of the Unification Church, married at the one ceremony was 80,000. (Daily Telegraph)

4 How many of the brides in the largest wedding ceremony conducted by Reverend Moon had previously met their husbands-to-be? None. (Sydney Morning Herald)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 4 March 2016

Answers to last week's questions on Sydney streets:

1 The Road is the name of the road that links Bel-Air Road with Hilltop Road, Penrith.

2 Main Avenue is in Macquarie Park.

3 There is an Avenue Road in Glebe, Hunters Hill and Mosman.

4 Aaron Street is the first-listed street name in the Sydney street directory; Zuttion Avenue is the last; Xenia is the only one that has an initial letter to itself; Llandaff Street is the only one in Sydney (and who knows wherever else) starting and ending with a double consonant; Yatay Close's name is a palindrome.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 26 February 2016

Answers to last week's questions on population:

1 Australia's population passed 24 million in February.

2 Residents of what country comprise one-seventh of the population of the United Arab Emirates? The United Arab Emirates. Their total population in 2013 was 9.2 million, but only 1.4 million were UAE citizens and the rest were from other countries.

3 What is unusual about the whole population of the Sydney suburb Rookwood? They are all dead. The suburbs is a cemetery with a public road border.

4 Why do most people die within three months of their birthday or their partner's birthday? "Within three months" means three months either side of the birthdate, or in a six month period.
If there were no other factors, this would mean 50% of the population would die within three months of their birthday.
But unless the partner's birthday were the same date, the chance for each person to die within six months of their birthday or their partner's birthday is greater than 50%.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 19 February 2016

Answers to last week's questions on Albert Einstein:

1 It took 100 years, until announced this month, to prove Albert Einstein's prediction of the existence of gravitational waves correct.

2 The Biblical Adam, Albert Einstein and elephants were/are vegetarians.

3 Albert Einstein's supervisor failed Einstein's PhD thesis because it was too short. Einstein added one sentence then it was accepted.

4 Einstein was 'Time' magazine's 'man of the millennium'.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 12 February 2016

Answers to last week's questions on Australian currency:

1 Decimal currency was introduced to Australia 50 years ago on 14 February 1966.

2 If you are over 60, you knew and remembered that date because we were bombarded with a jingle with these words:
So be prepared when the money starts to mix
On the 14th of February 1966.

3 Alan Waddell was able to add pounds, shillings and pence columns simultaneously. An anagram of Waddell is 'add well'.

4 He was banned from a weekly 2SM maths competition for winning it too often.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 5 February 2016

Answers to last week's questions on the internet:

1 Australia's 'most popular boring web page' in 2000 was Grasscam, which shows grass growing in real time. Steven Mack updated shots of his backyard every 30 seconds, when we saw grass in the process of what it does best…growing. (Sunday Telegraph 8 October 2000)

2 The surname of Kim, owner of the web site kim.com, is Dotcom.

3 The letters url stand for Uniform Resource Locators.

4 The letters html stand for hypertext markup language.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 29 January 2016

Answers to last week's questions on Australian Open tennis:

1 There were no Australian championships in 1986 because the event that had been played in December was changed to January.

2 No Australian has won the Australian men's singles since 1976. In the years from 1946 to 1976, there were only four occasions when the title was not won by an Australian.

3 Why did only one of their mothers bother to watch any of the players in the four grand slam ladies' singles finals ending with the Australian in January 2003? There was only one mother. Venus and Serena Williams met in the final of each event.

4 In the 128-person draw of the 2010 ladies' singles there were 26, or one in five, "ovas" (players with surnames ending in "ova").

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 22 January 2016

Answers to last week's nonsense questions:

1 How can someone go eight days without sleeping? Sleep at night.

2 How can you lift an elephant with one hand? You can't. An elephant doesn't have a hand.

3 If it took eight men four hours to build a brick wall, how long would it take four men to build it? No time at all. It's already built.

4 How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it? Any way you like. A concrete floor is very hard to crack.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 15 January 2016

Answers to last week's jokes questions:

1 Why do people tell stupid Irish jokes? So that Australians can understand them.

2 Figures of speech in which the latter part is surprising, unexpected or humorous are paraprosdokians..

3 What do real estate salespeople have to know? Lots.

4 Two good ways of catching a rabbit are: Hide in the bush and make a noise like a carrot; shoot it between the ears so it can't hear you coming.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 8 January 2016

Answers to last week's questions on light globes:

1 How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light globe?
None, but the light globe must want to change.

2 How many vegans does it take to change a light globe?
Two. One to change it and one to check for animal ingredients.

3 When is the only time a man should be put on a pedestal?
When he's too short to change a light globe.

4 An otherwise empty building has three identical light switches at the top of a flight of stairs leading to a basement. One of the light switches operates a light globe in the basement; the other switches do not operate anything. It is impossible to see the light globe by any means from the switches. No-one else is present. How can you find out which switch operates the light globe if you are only allowed to go down to the basement once?
Turn switches A and B on and leave them on for several minutes. Turn switch B off and immediately go down to the basement. If the light is on, switch A operates. If the light is off and the globe is warm, switch B operates. If the light is off and the globe is cold, switch C operates. OR Leave switch A off. Turn switch B on. After several minutes, turn switch C on. Immediately go down to the basement and if the light is on, feel the globe. If it is warm, switch B operates. If it is cold, switch C operates. If it is off, switch A operates.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 1 January 2016

Answers to last week's questions on light globes:

1 How many Irish does it take to change a light globe?
Three. One to hold the light globe and two to rotate the ladder.

2 How many Nigerians does it take to change a light globe?
Send us the money and we'll tell you.

3 How many pedants does it take to change a light globe?
Don't you mean lightglobe?

4 How many pedants does it take to change a light globe?
Don't you mean light bulb?

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