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  1. The highest recorded bird strike by an aircraft is a: Swallow; Vulture; Crane; or Tit? Vulture (Rüppell's Griffon Vulture of central Africa - a 1973 birdstrike at 37,000 feet)
  2. The old English words 'erst' and 'erstwhile' mean: Past; Present; Supposed; or Certain? Past (in the sense of long ago and formerly)
  3. What name for a crude greedy humanoid species in Jonathan Swift's 1726 Gulliver's Travels came to refer to a rude and violent person, and is also a big modern technology corporation? Yahoo
  4. The term pannier (e.g., motorbike side-box) derives from what sort of basket: Picnic; Bread; Waste; or Ball? Bread (Latin panis means bread)
  5. Hawaiian, Strombolian, Peléan, Phreatomagmatic and Submarine are types of: Massages; Volcanic eruptions; Salads; or Gymnastic floor moves? Volcanic eruptions
  6. According to which religion did the prophets Nephi and Lehi lead people from Jerusalem across the sea to the Americas around 600BC? Mormonism (or Latter Day Sainthood)
  7. Which US office equipment corporation renamed itself (1961) after its branded photocopying technology, from Greek meaning 'dry'? Xerox (the dry copying process, named Xerography - most other copying methods were liquid-based - Greek 'xeros' means dry)
  8. The medical term 'thrombo' refers to a: Leg; Heart; Blood clot; or Valve? Blood clot
  9. What word prefixes the following to make five different words: habit, jury, sect, stance, tense? In
  10. A normal human eye can distinguish approximately how many different colours/colors: 10,000; 100,000, 1 million, or 10 million? 10 million
  11. Nociceptive, Neuropathic, Phantom, Psychogenic, and Incident are types of what? Pain
  12. Pandalus borealis is more commonly called (and officially named by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization): Northern prawn; Giant panda; Edible snail; or Bombay duck? Northern prawn (the commonly available pink prawn/shrimp)
  13. In psychology the (positive) 'Pygmalion effect' and opposite (negative) 'Golem effect' influence people by: Criticism; Money; Expectation; or Food? Expectation (as in a 'self-fulfilling prophecy', whereby expressing belief to a person that he/she will succeed or fail in achieving or becoming something tends to produce the result that is expressed)
  14. The Sola plant (Aeschynomene aspera) from India/S Asia is used to make what famous headwear? Pith helmet (or equivalent term, e.g., safari helmet, sun helmet, topee, sola topee, salacot, sola topi, etc)
  15. The informal German military term 'sitzkrieg' refers to what feature of war: Aerial bombardment; Pause; Siege; or Retreat? Pause (from sitzen, sit, and krieg, war)
  16. What internet vulnerability 'bug' was announced (in April 2014) to have existed in 17% of the world's web servers since end-2011: Heartbleed; Braindrain; Mindleak; or Plughole? Heartbleed
  17. 360 Varial, Ollie, Nollie, and Frontside Air are terms in: Bartending; Aviation; Skateboarding; or Radio broadcasting? Skateboarding (among hundreds of different skateboard tricks/moves)
  18. What common Hindu/Indian surname derives from 'a piece of land' and referred to a landowner/tenant farmer? Patel (or Patil)
  19. What are generally regarded to be the four precious stones? Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Diamond
  20. The society-persuasion theory adopted by US and UK governments based on the 2008 Thaler & Sunstein book of the same name is called: Shift; Nudge; Wink; or Elbow? Nudge (see the amazing Nudge theory - anyone can use it..)


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