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On this page we broaden our scope from the unusual aspects of Sydney geography to the unusual aspects of world geography and to quirky matters in general.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 16 August 2020

Answers to this week's questions on Japan and World War II:

1 (b) Japan's Emperor Hirohito announced the surrender on 15 August 1945. Hiroshima was bombed nine days earlier and the surrender signed on 2 September.

2 On 7 December 1941 the opposite happened. Japan bombed Pearl Harbour, which caused America to join World War II.

3 Roger Comforth weighed 44 kilograms when released from a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in 1945 but weighed 120 kilograms two years later.

4 Kyoto was the capital of Japan before Tokyo.

5 (c) Japan had 123 emperors before Hirohito.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 9 August 2020

Answers to this week's questions on rabbits:

1 27 July was Bugs Bunny's 80th birthday.

2 Mel Blanc, who did Bugs Bunny's voice, was allergic to carrots.

3 Yes, Bugs Bunny co-starred with Michael Jordan in the movie "Space Jam".

4 (b) A rabbit's tail is called a scut.

5 (c) An Akubra hats is made from 10 or more rabbit skins.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 2 August 2020

Answers to this week's questions on cheese:

1 Coon cheese has been in Australia since 1935.

2 Its founder was Edward Coon.

3 Eighteen people were injured, seven of them bowled over, by large rolls of cheese or by the cheese throwers in a British cheese rolling competition in 1977. (Telegraph 2-6-97)

4 (c) Four men who appeared in the Victorian County Court on 21-2-01 were fined for stealing $250,000 worth of cheese. (Telegraph 22-2-01)

5 Depressed Cupboard Cheesecake was the name a couple chose for their child in County Kent, England, in the 1980s. (Return of Heroic Failures)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 26 July 2020

Answers to this week's questions on Australian towns.

1 (a) There's a Victor Harbor, not Harbour, in South Australia, even though it uses the American spelling.

2 (b) and (c) Coonamble means either human excreta or bullock dung.

3 The name of the Victorian town that is located at what used to be the furthest launching place possible for boats up the Yarra River is Launching Place.

4 Pitt Town Bottoms is a small New South Wales town near Windsor.

5 (c) Tin Can Bay is in Queensland, Wombat in New South Wales and Goulds Country in Tasmania.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 19 July 2020

Answers to this week's questions on Melbourne:

1 (b) There are 55 road crossings between New South Wales and Victoria.

2 (b) Melbourne's Tas Pappas was world number one in skateboarding.

3 (b) 'Melbourne' means 'mill stream'.

4 You would find an Officer officer in the Melbourne suburb Officer.

5 Australian prime minister Stanley Bruce's middle name was Melbourne.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 12 July 2020

Answers to this week's questions on chemistry:

1 The formula for snow is the same as that for water - H2O

2 (b) or (c) The average smell weighs 760 nanograms. (University of Sydney Diary)

3 The most abundant element in the universe is hydrogen.

4 The chemical elements with four letters are gold, iron, lead, neon and zinc.

5 Methylchloroisothiazolinone is a preservative found in personal care products and cosmetics.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 5 July 2020

Answers to this week's questions on advertising:

1 Harvey Norman advertising took a third of The Sydney Morning Herald's space on 25 June 2020.

2 According to Guinness World Records, the product publicised in the shortest advertisement (three seconds) on British TV was Guinness World Records.

3 Advertisements can be found at the bottom of holes on US golf courses.

4 (a). The vitamin company ad that said the cost per tablet was less than 30 cents was for a packet of 100 priced at $29.99. So customers could smile their way through the day knowing they saved 0.01 of a cent on that morning's tablet.

5 'Up to' is very useful in advertising because even 5% off can qualify in 'up to 90% off'. Similarly, 'up to 97% of people can benefit from our product'.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 28 June 2020

Answers to this week's questions on bridges:

1 (c) The estimated time and cost for removing the last two toll gates from the Sydney Harbour Bridge are 18 months and $20 million.

2 (b) The toll charge in the 1950s was sixpence for the car and driver combined and threepence for each passenger.

3 (c) BridgeClimb had to pay $12 million before taking their first customers across the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

4 (c) Including rail and pedestrian bridges, 16 bridges cross the Parramatta River.

5 Deputy prime minister Warren Truss was Minister for Infrastructure in 2014, which made him minister for bridges. What was significant about that? The Warren truss is a bridge design.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 21 June 2020

Answers to this week's questions on police:

1 (c) Seven Vanuatu police were re-instated to investigate themselves regarding mutiny charges.

2 Patrick J. Sullivan Jr was detained in the jail named after him. (Sydney Morning Herald)

3 (e) The Canadian national police service is called The Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

4 (b) and (c) The stolen Miranda cars, which had gone in different directions to avoid police, crashed into each other, and both careered into trees. (Telegraph 23 January 2003)

5 'Male cop in reorganisation' means you reorganise (make an anagram of) the letters of 'male cop in' to get 'policeman'.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 14 June 2020

Answers to this week's questions on the Bible:

1 (b) President Trump gained worldwide publicity when he held a Bible outside a church near the White House last week.

2 2 Kings 19 and Isaiah 37 are identical (except for a couple of words).

3 (c) The first word in the Aussie Bible is G'day.

4 Moses didn't take any animals on the ark. Noah had the ark, not Moses.

5 (c) The last 22 verses of 1 Chronicles 25 all finish with "he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve".

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 7 June 2020

Answers to this week's questions on footballers' surnames:

1 The Cronulla player whose surname begins with X is Bronson Xerri.

2 The English rugby union and former Brisbane NFL player is Ben Te'o.

3 Former Algerian footballer Lounès Gaouaoui's surname contains seven consecutive vowels and only one consonant.

4 Billy Twelvetrees is called 36 because his surname sounds like 12 threes and Fitz Hall is called Onesize because one size fits all.

5 Knights player Hilder's first name is Matt, which gave him the nickname Waltzin' (Waltzing Matilda).

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 31 May 2020

Answers to this week's questions on car accidents:

1 (c) The car in last week's Greenacre crash finished inside a clothing shop.

2 Henry Lindfield was the first person to die from a car accident, on the road between London and Brighton.

3 (c) Australian road accidents cost $30 billion each year. (QBE)

4 (b) 45% of road fatalities in 2018 in Australia were from single vehicle accidents. (bitre.gov.au)

5 'Upon arrival', 'attended' and 'male person' instead of just 'male' are often used in media interviews after road accidents and 'preparing a report for the coroner' after fatalities.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 24 May 2020

Answers to this week's questions on Alan Jones:

1 (c) Alan Jones has had the highest Sydney radio ratings for 25 years.

2 (c) He has won the last 226 radio surveys.

3 (a) 2UE now has only 0.7% of the Sydney radio ratings.

4 Sleeping order from most to least: A desert snail (may doze for three or four years), an armadillo (up to 19 hours), Donald Trump (four hours), Alan Jones (three hours), Silvio Berlusconi (two hours), a giraffe (20 minutes) and Taslim Uddin (who did not sleep for 13 years).

5 (c) Alan Jones lived in an abandoned warehouse in Newtown until 2001.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 17 May 2020

Answers to this week's questions on cruise ships:

1 The world's largest cruise ship is Symphony of the Seas.

2 (b) It has 18 decks…

3 (c) …and 2200 crew

4 (a) When Allure of the Seas was the world's largest cruise ship it was 5 millimetres larger than the second-place getter.

5 (c) 2700 passengers disembarked in Sydney from Ruby Princess on 19 March.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 10 May 2020

Answers to this week's questions on diseases:

1 (b) Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis is a lung disease caused by inhaling very fine ash and sand dust.

2 (b) Smoking helps combat Parkinson's disease, but may cause other problems.

3 (a) Large, protruding eyes are the result of Graves' disease.

4 An epidemic is a disease restricted to a locality; a pandemic is a disease over the whole country or world.

5 Cryptic crossword clue: Case where Spooner battled paralyzing disease (9) Answer: Portfolio (fought polio)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 3 May 2020

Answers to this week's questions on historic radio:

1 (b) Radio Rentals started renting radios in England and opened its first stores in Australia in 1937.

2 (c) In 1932 the Sydney radio stations closed an average of three times a day. 2FC was the most impressive, closing at 8.15am (to 10.32am), 12.30pm (to 1.00pm), 4.30pm (to 5.45pm) and finally at 11.00pm.

3 (a) One of 2UW's closures each day was for just 15 minutes from 5.00pm.

4 (c) 'Close' was the most common word, one ahead of 'music'.

5 In 1954 four stations broadcast a church service on Sunday mornings at 11am. On 4 April 2BL had St Andrew's, Summer Hill; 2GB Liberal Catholic Church; 2CH Leichhardt Methodist Mission and 2SM High Mass.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 26 April 2020

Answers to this week's questions on Captain Cook:

1 Captain Cook landed in Botany Bay 250 years ago on 29 April 1770.

2 Captain Cook's Cottage was built in 1755 in England and shipped brick by brick to Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne, in 1933.

3 (c) James Cook University has oversight of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrated Coral Reef Studies, which is a little more complicated than Coral Studies Centre.

4 (b) Captain Cook was killed while attempting to kidnap the Hawaii ruler to retrieve a cutter stolen from Cook's ship.

5 James Cook was James Cook's father and James Cook was James Cook's son. Very confusing.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 19 April 2020

Answers to this week's questions on surnames:

1 The apostrophe and letter l are missing. His name is Peter V'landys.

2 (a) and (c) Peter V'landys is the Australian Rugby League chairman and chief executive of Racing New South Wales.

3 Another apostrophe is missing. His name is Ben Te'o.

4 Robert is the surname of Stuart Robert.

5 Garry William Beers is better known as Garry Gary Beers.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 12 April 2020

Answers to this week's questions on famous dates:

1 6 August 1945 America's bombing of Hiroshima, which ended World War II; 4 October 1957 Russia's Sputnik 1 was the launching of the first satellite; 12 April 1961 Yuri Gagarin was the first person to fly in space; 22 November 1963 President Kennedy was assassinated; 20 July 1969 Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the moon

2 Famous Australian events: 16 September 1956 First official day of television, shown on what was then known as TCN Channel 9; 22 November 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games began; 14 February 1966 Conversion of currency from the British pounds, shillings and pence to dollars and cents; 28-29 April 1996 35 killed in Port Arthur massacre; 24 June 2010 Julia Gillard sworn in as Australia's first female prime minister

3 (a) The Herald gave no publicity to the first official day of TV because its station, ATN 7, didn't open for a few more weeks.

4 Australians remembered the conversion to decimal currency date because of the much-publicised jingle ending in "So be prepared when the money starts to mix, on the fourteenth of February 1966."

5 Computer systems were expected to crash on the turnover from 1999 to 2000 but the dreaded event didn't happen.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 5 April 2020

Answers to this week's questions on prime ministers:

1 Boris Johnson and Prince Charles both have the coronavirus.

2 Boris Johnson doesn't appear to have eyebrows.

3 (d) The prime ministers and president listed are all Seventh-day Adventists.

4 Giulio Andeotti has been prime minister of Italy seven times.

5 Yes, the New Zealand prime minister in 2016 and 2017 was English - Bill English.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 29 March 2020

Answers to this week's questions on anything but coronavirus.

1 The water oozel walks under water.

2 A turtle can breathe through its bottom.

3 The ABC's longest surviving program at the same unusual time is the 7.45am news, since at least 1940. Is 80 years a world record for a program not starting on the hour or half-hour?

4 (b) The Rolling Stone's Keith Richards reported having smoked the ashes of his father in a cigarette. (Sydney Morning Herald 16-06-2011)

5 The letter "e", the most common letter in English, does not appear in the paragraph.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 22 March 2020

Answers to this week's questions on toilet paper:

1 (c) 286 times as much toilet paper was sold online in Wollstonecraft in the first week of the sales boost compared with the previous week. St Ives was second with only 90 times.

2 (b) Gives a Crap provided those statistics.

3 (a) A Balmain travel boutique offered a free roll of toilet paper to their first seven customers booking a holiday.

4 The 'Our Place on Darling' restaurant displayed a sign reading 'No toilet paper kept on premises'.
(The above from The Sun-Herald 08-03-2020)

5 TP-ing is the act of throwing toilet paper rolls over houses, gardens, etc.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 15 March 2020

Answers to this week's questions on toilets:

1 The NT News published an '8-page special lift-out' of blank pages last week to help shoppers who found only empty toilet paper shelves in the shops.

2 (c). Based on five sheets, or 50cm per person per day, Australia uses toilet paper at a speed of 330km per hour.

3 It was better to use currency in Zimbabwe toilets in 2003. A roll of toilet paper, with an average 72 sheets, cost 1000 Zimbabwe dollars in 2003. It would have been cheaper to use 72 $10 notes and get $280 change. (Sydney Morning Herald 15-7-03)

4 Thomas Crapper helped invent the flush toilet.

5 You find poker machines in toilets in Reno, Nevada, USA.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 8 March 2020

Answers to this week's questions on spelling:

1 There's no spelling error in the Sydney suburb address Shane Park Road, Shanes Park. That's the name of the street and the name of the suburb.

2 What do the words banana, dresser, grammar, potato, revive, uneven and assess have in common? If you transfer the first letter to the end of the word then spell the word backwards, it will be the same word. (Sun-Herald 19-12-10)

3 If you spell out each number in order, such as z-e-r-o for 0, o-n-e for 1, etc., and ignore the word 'and', the first number with an 'a' is one thousand; for 'b' it's billion and 'c' is a problem.

4 The word beginning with "d" for having to sit frequently on the toilet is diarrhea.

5 Jounce is another word for bounce.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 1 March 2020

Answers to this week's questions on crustaceans:

1 (d) A red crab on Christmas Island carries up to 100,000 eggs.

2 Red crabs are inedible.

3 Barnacles spend their entire adult life standing on their heads.

4 Crayfish, cuttlefish, jellyfish, shellfish and starfish are not fish.

5 Shrimp swim faster backwards, but can also swim forwards.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 23 February 2020

Answers to this week's questions on Australian street names:

1 Bent Street in Carlton, Chester Hill, Chipping Norton, Concord, Paddington, Ruse and Wallsend are all straight.

2 The places in Narellan Vale named after the Wright brothers are Wright Place and Brothers Place. Brothers Place is off Wright Place.

3 Is Bells Line of Road the most unusual street name in the Kurrajong area? No. Old Bells Line of Road is.

4 (b) All of the 39 streets in Longreach, Queensland, are named after birds.

5 The main streets off Scott Street, Newcastle, are named after steam inventors: Watt (steam engine), Stevenson (rocket engine), Newcomen (atmospheric steam engine), Woolf (compound cylinders), Perkins (high-pressured steam) and Bolton (James Watt's offsider).

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 16 February 2020

Answers to this week's questions on buildings:

1 (a) China built the 1000-bed hospital for coronavirus patients in 10 days.

2 (d) 7000 workers were needed to build the hospital in the 10 days.

3 (a), (b) and (c) The Pentagon has five sides, storeys and acres in the middle.

4 (a) From 1962 to 2013 the seniors' centre in Lane Cove was The Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Centenary Centre.

5 The world's largest pyramid isn't in Egypt. It's in Mexico.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 9 February 2020

1 The second day of this month is a numbers palindrome: 02022020. (Sydney Morning Herald)

2 (b) Qaanaaq is a town in Greenland.

3 'Madam, I'm Adam' was the world's first palindrome.

4 Green Valley's Eva Avenue is a palindrome if we use the abbreviation Ave.

5 A palindrome about Alan Waddell being the first walker at dawn but with no-one interested is:
Not news: Alan Waddell led dawn. Alas! Went on.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 2 February 2020

Answers to this week's questions on tennis:

1 When his Spanish national anthem is played, Rafael Nadal keeps his mouth shut because his anthem has no words. It's music only.

2 The third match of the first ATP Cup final started at 10 minutes to midnight.

3 Gauff's first name is Coco.

4 (a) She is aged 15.

5 (b) Margaret Court and Ken Rosewall were born left-handed. (Rod Laver, The Golden Era)

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Answers to this week's questions on the Australian tennis championships:

1 (c) The last Australian to win the Australian ladies' singles was Chris O'Neil in 1978.

2 (c) The last Australian to win the Australian men's singles was Mark Edmondson in 1976.

3 Australia's Pat Cash complained heatedly to the umpire about the ringing of a mobile phone annoying him during his match in the 1998 Australian championships. Whose phone was it? Yes, you're right.

4 (b) Margaret Court won the Australian ladies' singles 11 times. Seven of those were in consecutive years.

5 (c) Geoff Pollard was president of Tennis Australia for 21 years.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 19 January 2020

Answers to this week's questions on Sydney suburbs:

1 This address has 'Hall' four times in five words: Hall Hall, Hall Lane, Woollahra. The hall called Hall Hall is named after Thomas Hall, as in Hall Lane. And Hall is backwards in Woollahra.

2 (a) There are only six houses in Sydney's smallest suburb, McCarrs Creek.

3 (c) There are 76 streets in Wetherill Park's residential area named after authors.

4 (b) There are 29 Sydney suburbs with a First Avenue. Only one has a First Road.

5 'Urbs' is Latin for 'city'.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 12 January 2020

Answers to this week's questions on fires:

1 (b) Who or what started the fire that destroyed up to 16 houses or other buildings in the Blue Mountains on 16 December 2019? The Rural Fire Service, in a back-burning operation that went wrong.

2 (c) About 4000 were trapped on a beach in Mallacoota, Victoria, on 1 January 2020.

3 (b) When former NSW Rural Fire Commissioner Phil Koperberg looked at you or into the TV camera he looked above his lowered glasses.

4 Fire has damaged or destroyed properties of Eddie Obeid's family six times. (Sydney Morning Herald 16-06-1915)

5 (c) The deaths of over 200 people in the Victorian bushfires of 2009 was caused by the Victorian government's approval of abortion, according to Pastor Danny Nalliah of the Catch The Fire Ministries church. (catchthefire.com.au)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 5 January 2020

Answers to this week's questions on nonsense:

1 What's green and smells like blue paint? Green paint.

2 How much is 5Q plus 5Q? You're welcome.

3 Where do you get a zebra suntan? In jail.

4 What isn't an abbreviation? Abbreviation - it has 12 letters.

5 What do you call someone with no body and just a nose? Nobody knows.


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