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quizballs 306 - free general knowledge quiz - questions and answers for trivia quizzes and pub quizzes
- Danish researchers proved in 2014 that a major cause of reduced sperm-count in modern men is: Smoked bacon/fish; Household chemicals; Shaving; or Masturbation? Household chemicals (from a Copenhagen University Hospital study - hitherto there was no proven explanation for reduced sperm count/fertility in modern males)
- Since Roman times wine barrels are most commonly made from: Willow; Oak; Beech; or Spruce? Oak
- The East India Company, notable for exploiting India for Britain in the 17th-19th centuries, originated what profession/term: Chartered Surveyor; Chartered Accountant; Civil Servant; or Librarian? Civil Servant (the East India Company established a college in the early 1800s to develop and qualify adminstrative managers for its activities in India; the qualification and responsibilities were defined as 'civil service')
- The human body's axilla or oxter is more commonly called the Elbow; Armpit; Upper jaw; or Eyelid? Armpit (or underarm)
- The Nazi exclamation 'Sieg heil' means: Hail victory; Power to the people; Praise God; or It is written? Hail victory (literally 'victory hail')
- What tree and its resin, whose name derives from Greek meaning 'chew', inspired the development of of chewing gum and various industrial sealants? Mastic (the mastic tree, Pistacia lentiscus - the word mastic is likely derived from Greek mastikhan, meaning masticate, i.e., chew)
- What word prefixes the following to make four new words: Age; Date; Drill, Go? Man
- Bush, Standard, Pyramid, Spindlebush, Cordon, Fan, Espalier, and Step-over espalier are technical formats in: Equestrian dressage; Circus acrobatics; Town planning and street-furniture; or Fruit farming? Fruit farming (they are shapes of trees, achieved via pruning and training, to optimize production and picking)
- In music the relative minor chord to E major is: Aminor; C#minor; Eminor; or Kminor? C#minor
- Technically the male and female polar bear are called: Cock and Hen; Boar and Sow; Bull and Cow; or Buck and Doe? Boar and Sow (bonus point: What is a baby polar bear called? Cub not piglet..)
- A pyranometer and a pyrheliometer are different instruments for measuring what natural phenomenon? Sunlight (or an equivalent term such as solar radiation)
- What is a fifth of a half? A tenth (or 1/10, or 0.1 - to calculate fractions of fractions, multiply the top digits [i.e., 1 x 1 = 1] and then the bottom digits [i.e., 5 x 2 = 10] to give 1/10 - the calculation may be easier to understand as 'half of a fifth')
- Pravachol, Lipitor, Mevacor, Altocor, and Zocor are brands of what $multi-billion cholesterol controlling drug, ultimately named after Greek meaning 'causing to stand'? Statin (as in 'stat' of static, stationary, etc., referring to a controlled state)
- Copacabana district/beach in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro is named after a: Fertility dance; Bolivian virgin saint; Palm tree fruit; or Nightclub? Bolivian virgin saint (Virgen de Copacabana - the patron saint of Bolivia - the first-named town of Copacabana is in Bolivia, on a peninsula in Lake Titicaca - the origins of the word copacabana are uncertain, perhaps from 'Kotakawana', the ancient Andean god of fertility)
- The occupational surname Chamberlain originally referred to a: Bed-maker; Household manager; Toilet-cleaner; or Executioner? Household manager (of a monarch or noble)
- Siena/sienna, ochre and umber are shades of: Brown; Grey; Green; or Gold? Brown
- What human liquid is 99.5% water, and 0.5% electrolytes, mucus, glycoproteins, enzymes, and antibacterial compounds such as IgA and lysozyme? Blood; Sweat; Tears; or Saliva? Saliva
- 'The Four Humours' ancient concept of personality asserted what 'mood' is produced by phlegm in the body: Cheerfulness; Calmness; Enthusiasm; or Somberness? Calmness (see The Four Humours)
- Which letter appears in various alphabets in the traditional Wikipedia globe logo? W
- Casement, awning and hopper refer respectively to which three different hinge positions of what (four answers required)? Side, Top and Bottom hinges of Windows
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