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Free TRIVIA QUESTIONS for 2008

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 26 December 2008

This week’s subject is Yemen.

(1) How many countries besides Yemen can you name that begin with ‘Y’?

(2) What word, often used to describe an opposing country, is an anagram of Yemen?

(3) Where was the kingdom Sheba, home of the legendary Queen of Sheba?

(4) The average Yemeni woman gives birth to how many children? (a) fewer than 1 (b) 3 (c) 7

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 19 December 2008

This week’s subject is the top internet searches of 2008, as recorded by Yahoo.

(1) The top spot for Yahoo searches for 2008 went to a singer. Who was this?

(2) What news story garnered the highest number of searches? (a) hurricanes (b) Iraq (c) US elections

(3) Whose death topped the list of farewells?

(4) Who topped the list of women? (a) Hilary Clinton (b) Sarah Palin (c) Angelina Jolie

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 12 December 2008

This week’s subject is Christmas.

(1) In what year was Jesus born? (a) year 0 (b) sometime BC

(2) If you want acorns for Christmas, when should you plant the oak tree? (a) November (b) May (c) before March

(3) Would you find Christmas Island in the Indian or Pacific Ocean?

(4) On Christmas Day 2007, Kathryn Robinson read the news on Sydney’s Channel 10 at 5pm. What did her husband do at 6pm? (a) Read the news on Channel 7 (b) rang to congratulate her for only making 25 mistakes

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 5 December 2008

This week’s subject is logic, of a nice, simple kind.

(1) Why do you always seem to find something in the last place you look for it?

(2) When did Elizabeth the First become known as Elizabeth the First?

(3) At 8.34 precisely, on the day that President Nixon resigned, he looked out of a south facing White House window but couldn’t see the top of the Empire State Building. Why not?

(4) From a balloon, stationary off the coast of Ireland, one full and one empty wine bottle were dropped off the side. Which hit the ground first?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 28 November 2008

This week’s subject is Lists.

(1) Forbes magazine this month released its list of the highest-earning deceased celebrities for the last year. How many of its top 13 can you name? There are three singers, four actors, an actress, a cartoonist, a physicist, a TV producer, an author and an artist. Yes, you were right that Elvis tops the list.

(2) How many of the 11 all-time greatest speeches can you name? (We don’t know why it’s 11, but as the list was voted by Australians, anything can be expected.) The list has speeches by one US preacher, one religion founder, two Australian prime ministers, one British prime minister, two US presidents, one earl, one king, one dramatist and one queen (no, not the present one, the first of them).

(3) In what list would these 10 lines from everyday conversation appear? (In other words, what do they have in common?) "I'll be back"; "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn"; "Beam me up, Scotty"; "May the force be with you"; "Life is like a box of chocolates"; "You talking to me?"; "Show me the money"; "Do you feel lucky, punk?"; "Here's looking at you, kid"; "Nobody puts Baby in the corner".

(4) How many of the 12 most important medical breakthroughs can you name?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 21 November 2008

This week’s subject is a preacher. He is the answer to each of the following questions..

(1) Who is the Christian evangelist who turned 90 this month and whose singer and song-writer, George Beverly Shea, is 100 next February?

(2) Who has spoken in front of (ie face-to-face, not via radio or TV) more people than anyone else in history?

(3) Who has been an advisor to every US president since Harry Truman in the 1940s?

(4) Who holds the record for attracting the largest crowd to the Melbourne Cricket Ground?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 14 November 2008

This week’s subject is the US election.

(1) Mike Fincke and Greg Chamitoff cast their votes from the greatest distance. Where were they?

(2) Who missed out by less than 48 hours to see Barack Obama elected president?

(3) This election saw the first black man to be president. What two records would have been set if the Republicans had won?

(4) What word was used repeatedly during the election period to describe how far Sarah Palin was from the presidency?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 7 November 2008

With the election of a new president, our subject this time is American presidents.

(1) For what did the initial "S" in the name of U.S. president Harry S Truman stand?

(2) What could United States president James Garfield do that few, if any, other people could do? (a) write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other simultaneously (b) touch his right elbow with the fingers of his right hand (c) go without normal sleep indefinitely by dozing several times a day for periods not exceeding six minutes.

(3) What did US president Ronald Reagan do superstitiously each time before his plane took off? (a) pray (b) bowl an orange down the aisle (c) discard 13 playing cards then pick up seven of them

(4) At the end of 1998, the year when President Clinton faced accusations of lying about his sexual relations and impeachment, Americans voted Pope John Paul II as their second most admired man of the year. Who did they vote for first?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 31 October 2008

The first Tuesday in November is the biggest day in Australia for horse racing, although that date has some competition for attention this year with an event in the USA. The Melbourne Cup is this week’s subject, with a general horse racing question thrown in.

(1) What contrasting occupation has $1 million-a-year and twice Melbourne Cup winning jockey Darren Beadman had during his riding career? (a) gambling counsellor (b) preacher (c) sailor

(2) What was Victoria’s Melbourne Cup Day holiday originally called? (a) Racing Day (b) Fortune Day (c) Sunday School Picnic Day

(3) What does the name of Melbourne Cup winner Phar Lap mean? (a) distant circuit (b) lightning (c) drink slowly

(4) Racing officials take great care in approving the names of racehorses, but Bucket of Vyno (rhymes with rhino) slipped through. What did listeners think the commentator for the horse’s first race was saying when he mentioned this horse by name?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 24 October 2008

This week’s subject is European languages.

(1) What is the official language of Vatican State?

(2) The German “Durchfall” , or “fall through”, is their word for what illness?

(3) Here’s a good trivia question: what does the Latin word “trivia” mean?

(4) In the French alphabet, what letter comes after rn?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 17 October 2008

This week’s subject is health warnings

(1) “New Scientist” announced its favourite safety warnings, one of which was “contains nuts” on a salted peanuts packet. What warning was on a carton of Nytol sleeping tablets?

(2) What helpful warning did the Krooklok steering wheel lock carry?

(3) Where did a warning on Toshiba laptops tell you not to use it?

(4) By approximately how much would your life expectancy be reduced if you were found to have two or more living bacteria in your intestines?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 10 October 2008

It’s 100 years ago this month that the first car, the Model T Ford, was born. So this week’s subject is the Model T Ford.

(1) What model of Ford followed the original Model T? (a) Model A (b) Model U (c) Model T2

(2) The Model T Ford held the record for best-selling car until 1972. What car took its record then? Prediction: You’ll think “how ever would I know that?” Then when you see the answer, you’ll say: “Of course”.

(3) How fast could the Model T Ford go in reverse gear?

(4) What type of brakes did the Model T Ford have?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 3 October 2008

This week’s subject is USA towns.

(1) Is the White House address Tennessee or New York?

(2) Is Metropolis in Illinois, USA or only in Superman comics?

(3) Is Frost Proof frostproof?

(4) Is there somewhere you can go to Cut and Shoot in Texas?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 26 September 2008

You didn’t have a good week with your shares last week, did you? This week’s subject is shares.

(1) How much did Wall Street legend John Meriwether make for rich investors in 1998, using advanced mathematics and the nous of two Nobel Prize winners for economics?

(2) Had you purchased $1000 worth of Westfield (one of Australia’s largest companies) shares in 1960, what would they have been worth four decades later? (a) $85 million (b) $5 million (c) $500

(3) Did BHP (another giant Australian company) do well in the 1998-99 financial year?

(4) By about how much did BHP’s shares drop immediately after the 25 June 1999 announcement of its appalling 1998-99 performance?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 19 September 2008

With the Paralympics winding up that’s our subject for this week.

(1) Is Dutch athlete Esther Vergeer any good at wheelchair tennis?

(2) How much was raised by the consultants who were paid $1.8 million by Sydney 2000’s cash-strapped Paralympics organisers to help raise funds? (a) less than their payment (b) almost exactly the same amount (c) $83 million

(3) For 12 months before the 2000 Paralympics, Sydney’s Manly Council urged its 33,000 residents to donate to Australia’s Paralympic team. Flyers encouraging donations accompanied rate notices to 18 000 rate-payers and large collection boxes were put on counters at council offices. How much was collected? (a) $43 (b) $4300 (c) $4.3 million

(4) In the Seattle Special Olympics (for mentally or physically disabled athletes) there were nine competitors in the 100m running final. One tripped soon after the start and was slightly bruised. What was the race result? (a) The one who tripped was the winner. (b) It was a nine-way tie.

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 12 September 2008

This week’s subject is Sydney traffic offences, of which the first two are excuses that you might want to try: 

(1) Police stopped a 24-year-old driver on Sydney's Old South Head Road for travelling at 130kmh in a 70kmh zone. What excuse did the driver give? (a) His bonnet catch was faulty and he wanted to test whether it would fly open at more than 100kmh. (b) He had just washed the car and was driving fast to dry it off. (c) He wanted to get home to see the report of his earlier dangerous driving court case on the 6pm news.

(2) What excuse was given by a 22-year-old man doing 129kmh in a 60kmh zone at St Georges Basin? (a) I thought the police chasing me were crooks (b) I was tired and was speeding to wake myself up (c) I wanted to get home before I got booked 

(3) A 17-year-old from the Sydney suburb Heckenberg was charged with using a weapon to avoid arrest. What was the weapon? (a) a lawn-mower (b) a telephone book (c) a bundle of fireworks stolen from the Australia Day display. 

(4) How much are you fined if you drive at 65kmh in a 60kmh limit in Sydney?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 5 September 2008

For the final week of the US tennis championships we have questions on the rules of tennis:

(1)  How many players are there in games of cut-throat tennis? 

(2)  How can you serve a fault without hitting the ball? 

(3)  What restrictions are there on the size and shape of a tennis racquet?

(4)  What four choices do you have if you win the toss?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 5 September 2008

For the final week of the US tennis championships we have questions on the rules of tennis:

(1)  How many players are there in games of cut-throat tennis? 

(2)  How can you serve a fault without hitting the ball? 

(3)  What restrictions are there on the size and shape of a tennis racquet?

(4)  What four choices do you have if you win the toss?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 29 August 2008

Now to the last week of the 2008 Olympics questions:

(1) Which continent did not win any gold medals in the first six days of the 2008 Olympics?

(2) Roqaya Al-Gassra won her heat of the 200 metres track event despite her clothing that might have been considered a handicap. What was different about her clothing?

(3) He won the uneven bars event, but US gymnast Nastia Liukin was given the silver medal. Why was this?

(4) Australian star BMX rider, Tanya Bailey, conducted a frantic search for her sunglasses during the 2008 Olympics. Where did she find them?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 22 August 2008

(1) The TV coverage of the Beijing opening ceremony was shown to an estimated audience of 4 billion. It had spectacular aerial pictures of a fireworks display including footprints dotted across Beijing. How did this section differ from the rest of the programme? (a) it was a fake (b) it was taken from the air

(2) The audience for the opening ceremony was enthralled by the singing of a young Chinese girl. What did the audience not know about her singing?

(3) Australia’s Liesel Jones won the gold medal for the 100m breastroke. Had she done well in this event anywhere previously?

(4) Why was swimmer Alain Bernard on top of the world for 5 minutes from 10am on 13 August?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 15 August 2008

This week’s subject is Olympic countries:

(1) Which European country first competed in the Olympic Games in 1952?

(2) Besides the home country, Greece, what are the only countries to have competed in every modern Olympics?

(3) Which of the following applied to the Tunisian teams in the 1960 Rome Olympics? (a) they were awarded no points in the riding event because all their riders fell from their horses (b) one of their swimming team almost drowned (c) the judges removed the Tunisians from the shooting because they feared for their lives (d) only one team member knew anything about fencing, so they kept sending him out until the third bout, when an opponent ripped his visor off (e) all of the above

(4) Did the USA win any track and field events in the 1904 Olympics?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 8 August 2008

Now to our first week of Olympic Games questions, this lot on Olympic cities:

(1) The first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in Athens in 1896. Where were the Olympic Games held 10 years later? (a) Athens again (b) Casablanca (c) there were no Olympic Games in 1906

(2) How many of the modern summer Olympics have been held in South America or Africa?

(3) How many of the modern summer Olympics have been held in the southern hemisphere?

(4) Other than any cities in your above answer, which is the closest Olympics city to the southern hemisphere?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 1 August 2008

This week’s subject is USA town names.

(1) Which of these is a town in New Mexico, USA? (a) Truth or Consequences (b) Nook and Cranny (c) Hard and Fast

(2) How did your choice in the above question get its name? (a) from a radio show of the same name (b) from its resemblance on a map to a tight corner (c) from its renowned jail or hard labour and little food

(3) How far from the North Pole is North Pole? (a) it’s the same place, so no distance (b) 50m (c) 2800km

(4) What is the most-common town name in USA? (a) Fairview (b) Lincoln (c) Yankee

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 25 July 2008

A photo of the pope was projected onto a pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge each night during last week’s World Youth Day. The bridge is this week’s subject.

(1) Why is it necessary for the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons to tower above bridge roadway level?

(2) What is the cost of the clothing and equipment for each person on the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb? (a) nothing; it is sponsored by Nike (b) $5000 (c) $7000

(3) Did any workmen die during construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge?

(4) Why is the Sydney Harbour Bridge painted grey? (a) it is the closest colour to natural steel (b) grey is a practical colour because it doesn’t show the dirt (c) it would take years to change the colour

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 18 July 2008

The Catholic Church’s World Youth Day is celebrated in Sydney this week. The Catholic Church is also this week’s subject.

(1) For how long does this year’s World Youth Day last?

(2) For how long did Stephen II reign as pope of the Catholic Church? (a) two days (b) two weeks (c) 88 years

(3) How old was Archbishop Hugnes when he became Archbishop of Reims in the 10th century? (a) 5 (b) 85 (c) 105

(4) When was the last abdication of a pope? (a) in around 200AD (b) 1294 (c) 1994

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 11 July 2008

This week’s subject is Zimbabwe.

(1) What was significant about Australian Industrial Relations Minister Peter Reith’s comment that “waterfront productivity levels in Australia are not much better than in Zimbabwe”?

(2) Why is it more strenuous to walk to the shops in Zimbabwe than to walk back from them with your shopping?

(3) What was the inflation rate in Zimbabwe in June 2008? (a) reduced to 5.7% from 8000% the previous year (b) one million per cent

(4) How many people in Zimbabwe are millionaires in July 2008?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 4 July 2008

The last few weeks has seen lots of media comments about an Australian politician saying “Do you know who I am?” This week’s subject is politicians’ quotes from around the world.

(1) How did Winston Churchill reply when MP Nancy Asler said: “Winston, if I were married to you, I’d put poison in your coffee”?

(2) How did Winston Churchill reply when Labour MP Bessie Braddock said: “Winston, you’re drunk”?

(3) What French president, describing the difficulty of running France, said: “How can anyone govern a nation that has 246 different kinds of cheese?”?

(4) Who said “I shall resign the presidency, effective noon tomorrow”?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 27 June 2008

The grand slam tennis championships with the fastest court surface, ie grass, is under way at Wimbledon. This surface favours strong servers, and serving at Wimbledon is this week’s subject.

(1) How many consecutive service games did Pete Sampras win in the 1997 Wimbledon men's singles? (a) 9 (b) 29 (c) 94

(2) How many consecutive service games did Victorian Wayne Arthurs win in the 1999 Wimbledon championships? (a) 55 (b) 66 (c) 111

(3) Wayne Arthurs beat Taylor Dent in four sets at Wimbledon in 2002. How many service games did Dent lose?

(4) English number one Tim Henman's great grandmother was the first person to do a certain thing at Wimbledon; his grandmother was the last person to do the opposite at Wimbledon. What did those ladies do?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 20 June 2008

We celebrated the Queen’s Birthday holiday last Monday, June 9. That holiday is this week’s subject.

(1) The Queen's Birthday is celebrated in most of Australia on the second Monday in June, ie on any date from 8th to 14th June. When is her actual birthday? (a) April 21 (b) June 8 (c) June 14

(2) How close to her real birth date do Western Australians celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s birthday? (a) on the Monday closest to her birthday (b) about as far from her birthday as possible

(3) How close to her real birth date do Falkland Islanders celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s birthday? (a) as close as possible (b) about as far from her birthday as possible

(4) Australians have a public holiday for the Queen's birthday. The United States, Japan and Singapore also have a holiday for someone's birthday. Whose birthday is it for each country?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 13 June 2008

Sydney has just had its driest May on record, yet it’s rained every day in June. What an ideal time to have the weather as our subject.

(1) When do the seasons start?

(2) Is a typhoon a hurricane?

(3) When reporting high temperatures, to what metal do journalists refer?

(4) What is the lowest temperature recorded in Hell?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 6 June 2008

With the French tennis championships ending, that grand slam event is this week’s subject.

(1) How many days in a fortnight in France? (The number of days of play in the fortnight of the French championships might help you.)

(2) In how many racquets did Bjorn Borg break strings in the fortnight of the 1979 French tennis championships? (a) none, for his first time ever in a tournament (b) 60 (c) he did not break any strings, but broke six racquets

(3) Of the 32 men who reached the third round of the 2007 singles, how many had English as their native language? (a) none (b) one (c) exactly half, ie 16

(4) This question is not of the French championships but of a French champion. Yvon Petra was the last Wimbledon men's singles winner to wear what?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 30 May 2008

This week’s subject is English pronunciation.

(1) Which two rhyme out of carton, package, contain and mountain?

(2) What do the following words have in common: orange, purple, plagued, film, month, bilge, bulb, warmth, scarce, spoilt, twelfth and silver?

(3) How many different ways are there of pronouncing the letters "ough"?

(4) What is the shortest sentence incorporating all the various pronunciations of “ough”?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 23 May 2008

This week’s subject is inventions.

(1) Which of the following first went on sale in Cuba in 2008? (a) microwave ovens (b) mobile phones (c) personal computers

(2) Although he is ranked as the seventh most influential person of all time, the name Ts’ai Lun is not well known. What did he invent? (a) handguns (b) paper (c) shoes

(3) What did a Massachusetts Institute of Technology survey show were the three most-hated inventions?

(4) Which of the following did the ancient Greeks invent? (a) democracy (b) coins

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 16 May 2008

This week’s subject is Antarctica

(1) Where is the world’s last unowned land?

(2) What size is Antarctica? (a) 3.2 million hectares (b) 6.4 million hectares (c) both of the above

(3) Why was Australia’s territory significantly reduced in size in 1997? (a) an iceberg broke off (b) Norfolk Island gained independence

(4) When was the South Pole last at the North Pole? (a) about 30 000 years ago (b) it’s a stupid question

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 9 May 2008

This week’s subject is snail mail.

(1) Other than royalty, who was the first living person to appear on an Australian postage stamp? (a) bushranger Ned Kelly (b) cricketer Sir Donald Bradman (c) prime minister Sir Robert Menzies

(2) How many two-cent stamps are there in a dozen?

(3) How many ponies were there in the Pony Express mail service?

(4) Who were the first three English men to be featured on US postage stamps? They come from this list: Alfred Hitchcock, King George VI, Winston Churchill, The Beatles (if you select this option, it just counts as one person), Jack the Ripper

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 2 May 2008

You’d like some more Olympic torch questions? These are from The Sydney Morning Herald:

(1) After being extinguished by rain, how was Montreal’s stadium flame relit? (a) by lightning (b) by electric power (c) by a cigarette lighter

(2) How many torches have been produced for the 2008 Beijing relay? (a) one (b) 20, but another 20 can be made within the hour if needed (c) 20,000

(3) Did the 2004 torch’s relay visit any previous Olympic cities? (a) no (b) yes, the previous three (c) yes, all of them

(4) Where is the Olympic torch normally housed overnight? (a) at the home of the day’s last runner (b) in its own five-star hotel room

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 25 April 2008

With all the publicity about the torch relay, this week brings our first lot of Olympic Games questions for the year.

(1) Who invented the Olympic torch relay? (a) the ancients Olympians (b) the Nazis

(2) What is the normal word for “torch” in America?

(3) At exactly what time do this year’s Olympic Games begin?

(4) Are Olympic gold medals made from gold, silver or bronze?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 18 April 2008

This week’s subject is food inventions

(1) What did Forrest Mars invent?

(2) Who invented frozen food?

(3) Who invented the sandwich?

(4) Which country invented French fries? (a) France (b) Belgium

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 11 April 2008

This week’s subject is demography

(1) What percentage of New Zealand’s animal population is human? (a) more than 95% (b) about 50% (c) less than 5%

(2) Which is or are true for New York? It has more (a) Irish than Dublin (b) Italians than Rome (c) Jews than Tel Aviv

(3) What independent state has the world’s lowest birth rate?

(4) What is the average age of the 10 million population of Senegal? (a) 18 (b) 28 (c) 38

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 4 April 2008

This week’s subject is the internet.

(1) The site www.shibumi.org/eoti claims itself to be the end of what?

(2) What common abbreviation takes three times as long to say as what it stands for?

(3) Of what is this quote a description? “Circulating items that aren’t relevant about things that don’t matter to people who aren’t interested”

(4) A report on which American president attracted the then record number of internet hits in one minute?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 28 March 2008

This week’s subject is world governments.

(1) What unusual gun law do Switzerland and Kennesaw county in the American state Georgia have?

(2) What was the first country to recognise the United States? (a) Canada (b) Great Britain (c) Morocco

(3) How many governments did Italy have from 1945 to 2001? (a) 5 (b) 9 (c) 59

(4) How many governments did Somalia have from 1991 to 2005?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 21 March 2008

This week’s subject is music.

(1) How many grooves did 33rpm records have?

(2) What are the three most frequently sung songs in English?

(3) When were the popular 19th century English morning concerts held?

(4) What is the oldest type of musical instrument known to have been used by man?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 14 March 2008

Following a spectacular score by South Africa this month, cricket is this week’s subject.

(1) Did South Africa’s opening batsmen establish much of a lead in their test against Bangladesh on 2 March 2008?

(2) How many consecutive sixes did South African cricketer Dudley Nourse hit in Egypt in 1943? (a) 3 (b) 6 (c) 9

(3) What is the highest number of runs scored from one over? (a) 36 (b) 48 (c) 286 declared

(4) Australia smashed the one-day innings record of 398 in the one-day match on 12 March 2006. How long did it take for that record to be broken again?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 7 March 2008

With the stepping down of Fidel Castro, Cuba is this week’s subject.

(1) For how many years has the US had sanctions against the Cuban government? (a) 10 (b) 20 (c) 40

(2) What did Cuban President Fidel Castro, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, French Presidents Charles de Gaulle and Francois Mitterand, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahatir, American President Ronald Reagan and Indonesian President Suharto have in common regarding their ages when their terms ended?

(3) Do all Morons live in Cuba?

(4) Since the US does not issue its citizens visas for travel to Cuba, how can they drive from New York to Cuba?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 29 February 2008

With Eamon Sullivan having broken a world swimming record on 17 February, that’s our subject this week¾world swimming records.

(1) Who is the world’s fastest swimmer ever?

(2) What does Poland’s Otylia Jedrzejczak do?

(3) How many breaths did former world 50m record-holder Brett Hawke take during his race?

(4) At what age did John Konrads hold all swimming records from 200 metres to 1500 metres? (a) 15 (b) 20 (c) 25

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 22 February 2008

This week’s subject is books.

(1) According to Guinness World Records, what is the world's best-selling non-fiction book?

(2) Most library book collections are arranged by subject, some by author or title. How are the millions of books, pamphlets and magazines of the Research Libraries of the New York Public Library arranged?

(3) What word begins the title of each of Francis Bacon's 58 essays?

(4) How many of his plays did William Shakespeare have published during his lifetime?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 15 February 2008

The world leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) died last month. Their church is this week’s subject.

(1) What was the average age of the last six presidents (also called prophets) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the end of their presidencies? (a) 91 (b) 66 (c) 34

(2) What is the average age of Mormon elders? (a) 20 (b) 65 (c) 75

(3) What group of people did the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints first allow to be members in the 1970s? (a) black people (b) homosexuals (c) women

(4) How can you be baptised after reaching adulthood and not know you have been baptised?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 8 February 2008

This week’s subject is cats.

(1) What are lions called in Swaziland? (a) maniacs (b) elevators (c) lions

(2) For how long do lions and tigers sleep each 24 hours? (a) about 3 hours (b) less than 5 hours (c) up to 17 hours

(3) From what distance can a cat detect its owner's individual footsteps? (a) 3m (b) 30m (c) 100m

(4) What type of cat was Benito Mussolini's pet and often travelling companion?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 1 February 2008

With the Australian Open tennis championships finishing, that is our subject for this week.

(1) Why did Michael Chang not play in the 1993 Australian Open Tennis Championships? (a) He was attending Bible class for the fortnight. (b) He injured his right wrist when he fell off a skateboard. (c) His passport was withheld by the US government pending investigation of allegations he had passed nuclear secrets to China.

(2) In the 2005 Australian championships, Joachim Johansson broke the record for the most aces in a professional match with 51. Did he win the match easily?

(3) Where was 1977 Australian Open champion Roscoe Tanner in 2006?

(4) At what time on the morning of 20 January 2008 did the Lleyton Hewitt-Marcos Baghdatis Australian Open match finish?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 1 February 2008

With the Australian Open tennis championships finishing, that is our subject for this week.

(1) Why did Michael Chang not play in the 1993 Australian Open Tennis Championships? (a) He was attending Bible class for the fortnight. (b) He injured his right wrist when he fell off a skateboard. (c) His passport was withheld by the US government pending investigation of allegations he had passed nuclear secrets to China.

(2) In the 2005 Australian championships, Joachim Johansson broke the record for the most aces in a professional match with 51. Did he win the match easily?

(3) Where was 1977 Australian Open champion Roscoe Tanner in 2006?

(4) At what time on the morning of 20 January 2008 did the Lleyton Hewitt-Marcos Baghdatis Australian Open match finish?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 25 January 2008

This week’s subject is boxing.

(1) What flamboyant sportsman first made the quote: "I am the greatest?"

(2) In what sport did heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali’s daughter excel?

(3) Which of his four sons did world heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman name George?

(4) Why did champion Australian boxer Les Darcy not participate in any sport after the age of 21?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 18 January 2008

Following a week of excitement as India threatened to pull out of the test cricket series against Australia, this week’s subject is test cricket.

(1) In the second test against Australia in October 2002, Pakistan broke its lowest ever test innings score of 62 with a 59. What did it do in its second innings?

(2) Who did Australia’s Matthew Hayden beat when he scored a century in that second test against Pakistan in October 2002?

(3) Matthew Hayden scored a test record of 380 runs His test debut was in March 1994. What happened in the next 23 tests? (a) he did not miss one of those 23 consecutive tests (b) he was dropped for each of those 23 consecutive tests

(4) Which of the following has just honoured Shane Warne? (a) Telstra (b) Assemblies of God Church (c) Southampton Solent University

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 11 January 2008

This week’s subject is names and occupations.

(1) Who was the Catholic archbishop for Manila, Philippines, from the 1990s to his death in 2005?

(2) Who heads the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Safeliz Publishing House in Spain? (a) God (b) Jesus (c) Satan

(3) Is the spokeswoman for BP in New Zealand BP?

(4) Is Chris Lamb the spokesperson for Britain's Meat and Livestock Commission?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 4 January 2008

This week’s subject is seas and oceans.

(1) In what countries are the Black, Red, White and Yellow Seas?

(2) Is the area of the Pacific Ocean larger than the United States and Europe combined?

(3) Where does the Tasman Sea meet the Pacific Ocean?

(4) Victoria’s Great Ocean Road has stunning Southern Ocean scenery, including the island rock formations known as the Twelve Apostles. How many Twelve Apostles are there?

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