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quizballs 244 - free general knowledge quiz - questions and answers for trivia quizzes and pub quizzes


  1. Weibo is a what in China: Thunderstorm; Microblog; Toy; or Political Party? Microblog (The Sina Corporation's 'Sina Weibo' at weibo.com is the largest - equating in China at 2013 to Twitter's presence in the US - there are other weibos, but Sina's is the biggest)
  2. What popular food comes from the Oryza sativa and Oryza glaberrima plants? Rice (Oryza sativa is Asian rice, Oryza glaberrima is African rice)
  3. A 'sinkhole' is a collapse of the ground into a void below caused by: Water; Volcano; Earthquake; or Tunnelling creatures? Water (specifically the dissolution of rock such as limestone, chalk, gypsum, salt, etc., by rainwater or other drainage into the rock)
  4. Poached eggs on muffins with hollandaise sauce, and ham or bacon are popularly called 'eggs (What?)'? Benedict
  5. What metaphorical torture chamber reference derives from George Orwell's 1949 book Nineteen Eighty-Four? Room 101 (in which prisoners were tortured using their own worst fears)
  6. Matriculate means: Become registered; Calculate; Balance; or Make complicated? Become registered (typically become enrolled at a college/university, or less commonly pass/qualify/complete a course)
  7. Tritium is a radioactive isotope of: Iron; Lead; Hydrogen; or Cheese? Hydrogen
  8. Name the vast global accountancy firm which effectively ceased after criminal involvement in the 2001 Enron corporate fraud? Arthur Andersen
  9. What word was originally a sudden sound, later a flashing point on a radar screen, evolving in the 1970s to mean a trend deviation? Blip
  10. Whose famous old Brown Ale (still made) was first brewed in Whitechapel, London, in 1902: Fuller's; Young's; Charrington's; or Mann's? Mann's (Mann's Brown Ale, still brewed at 2013, by Marston's at Wolverhampton)
  11. In ancient Greek mythology and many later depictions, who was Psyche's lover and partner? Eros (or Cupid, the Roman name - Psyche represented life/soul, and Cupid/Eros represented desire/sexual love)
  12. Name the illness caused by a reaction to gliadin, a gluten protein in wheat, barley, rye, etc? Coeliac disease (Celiac in US-English)
  13. The word bide means: Stay; Measure; Use; or Protect? Stay (in the sense of staying/waiting somewhere - hence the expression to bide one's time)
  14. On traditional British silverware what does EPNS stand for? Electro-Plated Nickel Silver
  15. The Innocent smoothie drinks business was wholly acquired by which more famous drinks corporation in 2013? Coca Cola
  16. Named Wallyn and Thych, what were 7ft 2ins and 5ft 6ins in London news reports on 4 Mar 2013: Eels caught in the Thames; Meteor craters in Hyde Park; Twin baby elephants born at London Zoo; or The Queen's two police guards outside King Edward VII hospital? The Queen's two police guards outside King Edward VII hospital (PCs Tony Wallyn 7'2", and Tony Thych 5'6")
  17. St Elmo's Fire originally referred to: A fierce sermon; Atmospheric ionization; The Sun; or A medieval catapult? Atmospheric ionization (a luminous corona effect produced by electricity in air from a thunderstorm, historically observed around a ship's mast, or less famously elsewhere in volcanic eruptions)
  18. The handtool which may be struck or bowed as a musical instrument is a 'singing (what)'? Saw
  19. What word technically refers to a micro-organism which produces benefits for a host organism (for example human consumption of certain yogurts)? Probiotic
  20. In physics which one of these is not one of the four fundamental states of matter: Solid, Liquid, Plasma, Light, or Gas? Light


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