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quizballs 389 - 2015 BIG YEAR QUIZ - general knowledge quiz questions for trivia quizzes and pub quizzes


  1. In China in 2015 the record for the longest mating session between two giant pandas was broken at: 3 minutes; 18 minutes; 2 hours; or 27 hours?
  2. The Frey Bentos factory of which nation was given UNESCO World Heritage status July 2015: Germany; Australia; Uruguay; or Scotland?
  3. Ford claimed to launch the first 'e-(What?)' at the 2015 Mobile World Congress Show: Pram; Bike; Dishwasher; or Trousers?
  4. A 2015 intensive listening study discovered that giraffes actually: Hum; Whistle; Laugh; or Scream?
  5. Name the last US president to meet the leader of Cuba before Barack Obama did in 2015: Clinton; Reagan; Eisenhower; or Washington?
  6. Jay Z and Beyonce launched a music streaming service in 2015 called: Bridal; Tidal; Widal; or Piddle?
  7. At auction in 2015, $1.2m was paid for Don McLean's original handrwitten lyrics for which 1971 big hit song?
  8. In 2015 what global contest ruled against the use of swimsuits for its 114 competitors, for the first time since 1951 inception?
  9. The 'Save the Children' charity admitted in 2015 it mistakenly awarded which controversial politician a Global Legacy award?
  10. An official investigation as to proof of the US moon landings was demanded in 2015 by: Russia; China; NASA; or Donald Trump?
  11. The 2015 Epsom Derby was won by Golden: Eye; Horn; Egg; or Handshake?
  12. Name the ride which failed catastrophically at Alton Towers in 2015?
  13. Philae, the spaceprobe thought dead/lost until it recommunicated with controllers in 2015 is on: Mars; The Moon; The Sun; or Comet 67P?
  14. Which vast tech corporation opened its first 'Nest' branded intelligent home store in Palo Alto California in 2015?
  15. In 2015 Japan lowered its voting age from what to what: 21-19; 20-18; 18-16; 23-20; or 17-15?
  16. The abbreviation MERS, significantly impacting South Korea 2015, is otherwise known as: The Asian financial crash; Typhoon Mandy; Seoul Earthquake; or Camel Flu?
  17. Christian is the lead character in the film 2015 adaptation of what extraordinarily successful book?
  18. Who stepped down as chief of 21st Century Fox in 2015: Rupert Murdoch; Clint Eastwood; Donald Trump; or Warren Buffett?
  19. An internet picture of a dress baffled people in early 2015, being which two of these colour combinations: Red/pink; Green/orange; White/gold; Yellow/copper; or Blue/black?
  20. In 2015 a new North Korean schools curriculum reportedly included that leader Kim Jong-un learnt to drive age: 3; 7; 10; or 35?
  21. Which car company launched the Avensis model in 2015?
  22. In 2015 evidence of water was found on: Pluto; Mars; The Moon; or The Sun?
  23. Which 'BRIC' country launched the Astrosat space lab in 2015?
  24. In 2015 Fiji decided to remove what historical feature from its national flag?
  25. Who, age 21, won the 2015 US Masters Golf Championship with a record 18-below par, and also the US Open?
  26. In 2015 which footballer became the highest scorer for the England national team?
  27. Who won the 2015 men's tennis French Open: Andy Murray; Roger Federer; Stan Warwinka; or Novak Djokovic?
  28. What company launched the S6 Edge smartphone?
  29. Greenpeace promoted nuclear disarmament in 2015 by flying a large hot-air balloon over: Buckingham Palace; The Taj Mahal; Mount Everest; or The White House?
  30. Which leading professional networking tech corporation, whose main revenue is selling user access/details to recruiters, bought the Lynda learning company for $1.5bn in 2015?
  31. 'Dismaland' was the temporary theme park/exhibition of which famous 'anonymous' artist?
  32. Matthais Muller was made chief of which troubled car company in 2015?
  33. In 2015 the World Anti-Doping Agency suggested banning which nation from the 2016 Olympics?
  34. The game of Monopoly celebrated what anniversary in 2015: 40th; 80th; 100th; or 500th?
  35. Name the Princess born 4th in succession to the British throne in 2015, to Britain's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge?
  36. The 2015 Mad Max movie is sub-titled: Mean Street; Fury Road; Angry Avenue; or Happy Highway?
  37. The Magna Carta, signed in London, and inspiring constitutional rights globally thereafter, was how many years old in 2015: 400; 800; 1000, or 1500?
  38. In 2015 the Sinabug volcano erupted in: Hawaii; Indonesia; Sicily; or Ireland?
  39. Olav Bjortmont became 2015 world champion in: Heavyweight boxing; Quizzing; Long jump; or Ballroom dancing?
  40. Lars Lokke led his centre-right party to 2015 government election victory in: Denmark; Scotland; Canada; or Iran?
  41. Blackberry's new phone for 2015 was called the: Spiv; Div; Priv; or Giv?
  42. Facebook's new music sharing/streaming feature launched in 2015 was called 'Music... : Books; Faces; Stories; or Likes?
  43. Eddie Jones was appointed head coach of which English sporting team in 2015?
  44. Which new 'Mr Men' book was released in 2015: Mr Like; Mr Selfie; Mr Uber; or Mr Whistleblower?
  45. In 2015 which Arsenal footballer became the first ever to score hat-tricks in the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A?
  46. In 2015 the American IRS announced Coca-Cola tax arrears due to illicit foreign transfer-pricing of: $25m; $180m; $360m or $3.3bn?
  47. According to 2015 survey what fruit was most popular among USA children?
  48. Who unexpectedly beat Vlamdir Klitchscko in 2015?
  49. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey celebrated what birthday in 2015: 27; 49; 59; or 83?
  50. Jon Snow was killed off in what series in 2015, adapted from GRR Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire'?
  51. Gunnar Hansen, who died in November 2015, famously starred in: Sky News; The Harry Potter movies; Texas Chainsaw Massacre; or The Muppets?
  52. In a 2015 biography, who was accused of a bizarre initiation ceremony while a student Oxford University: Lord Ascroft; David Cameron; Tony Blair; or George Osborne?
  53. Finance minister Yanis Yaroufakis caused comment for not wearing a tie in February 2015 when negotiating the debts for which nation?
  54. In June 2015 a French government minister asserted that immense environmental harm is being caused by: Bees; Honey; Nutella; or Marmite?
  55. What nation hosted the 2015 Women's World (soccer) Cup?
  56. What iconic equine-alluding company, in countless books/films/cowboy holsters, filed for bankruptcy in 2015?
  57. Facebook welcomed which new member in November 2015: Queen Elizabeth II; Donald Trump; Barack Obama; or Father Christmas?
  58. Due to a 2015 contamination scandal in India/Afica, which corporation destroyed 400 million packets of Maggi noodles?
  59. Who was announced in 2015 as Jeremy Clarkson's replacement on BBC's popular TV show Top Gear?
  60. How many years old was the McDonalds fast food company in 2015: 20; 40; 60; or 80?
  61. What famous horror film actor - especially for playing Dracula - died age 93 in 2015?
  62. It was announced in 2015 that Alexander Hamilton would be replaced on (What?), also called a sawbuck, alluding to the symbol X?
  63. In 2015 Serbia banned what until after 11pm: Lorries/HGVs; Reality TV; Alcohol; or Lighting candles?
  64. Name Adele's record-breaking 2015 album?
  65. For its 2015 USA launch, roasted malt replaced caramel for colour in the 1927 British specification for: Newcastle Brown Ale; Haggis; Snickers; or Harris Tweed?
  66. In the 2015 movie 'The Lady in the Van' was longstanding occupant of which English playwright's front drive?
  67. What is the year 2015 in Roman numerals?
  68. 'Egoportrait' (a Quebecois word) was added to the 2015 French dictionary, meaning what more popular new English word?
  69. Who won the men's World Ice Hockey Championship in 2015: Russia; Canada; Japan; or Nigeria?
  70. What character was revealed in 2015 to have been based on a real female creature: Winnie the Pooh; Kermit the Frog; Bart Simpson; or Superman?
  71. The space transport company launched in 2015 by Jeff Bezos is called: Amazon; Ebay; Blue Origin; or White Light?
  72. The shortest ever entry in the history of what competition came from Finland in 2015: Crufts; Eurovision Song Contest; Chelsea Flower Show; or Miss World?
  73. Published in 2015, Go Set a Watchman, written before her only prior and enduringly popular book of 1960, was written by whom?
  74. In 2015 Edgar Lungu became prime minister of: Norway; Zambia; Canada; or Japan?
  75. Whose 2015 album is 'Purpose'?
  76. The 2015 Tour de France began in: The Netherlands; France; Ireland; or Iceland?
  77. Which company suffered a major scandal in 2015 for widescale unethical 'inertia' charging for its 'Prime' service?
  78. Peter Robinson announced in 2015 he would step down as First Minister of: Wales; Canada; Northern Ireland; or New Zealand?
  79. in 2015 Many Clouds was: Grand National winner; U2's album; KR Rowling's book; or Banksy's artwork on Buckingham Palace wall?
  80. Who defeated whom to win the 2015 Superbowl (two answers required, winner then runner-up): Pittsburgh Steelers; Seatttle Seahawks; New England Patriots; or Dallas Cowboys?
  81. Whose controversial US presidential campaigning greatly increased his popularity within his party in 2015, yet increased party fears that it would unelectable should he lead it?
  82. Name the head of FIFA subject to criminal process in 2015?
  83. A 2015 study found that what percentage of former American Football players had degenerative brain damage: 5; 15; 51; or 96?
  84. In 2015 Ronda Rousey lost to Holly Holm in what brutal sporting discipline?
  85. What dating app caused problems for itself in 2015 when increasing its charges: Finder; Winder; Tinder; Minder; or Hinder?
  86. In 2015 the first ever colour/color photographs were obtained of which celestial body: Saturn; Neptune; Pluto; or Uranus?
  87. What country in May 2015 became the first to legalize gay marriage by national referendum: England; Japan; Ireland; or Russia?
  88. Which country won the 2015 Davis Cup (world team tennis)?
  89. Brazil began to nationalise its (What?) in 2015: Football clubs; Dance-clubs; Beaches; or Rainforest?
  90. Oxford University Press/Dictionaries announced what (most popularly used emoji icon) 'word of the year 2015': Love Heart; Face with Tears of Joy; Zzz Sleeping symbol; or Pile of Poo?
  91. The movie Toy Story was how many years old in 2015: 15; 20; 25; or 30?
  92. What was pulled over in the USA for going too slow on the highway? A hearse; A mayoral procession; An elephant; or Google self-drive car?
  93. Whose family received $7.4m royalties from Pharrell Williams/Robin Thicke after a legal claim in 2015 for illicit use of the song Got to Give it Up?
  94. Mauricio Marci was elected president of which South American nation in 2015?
  95. Lord Coe ceased working for which brand in 2015 due to conflict of interest?
  96. Helmut Schmidt, who died in 2015, once led which nation: West Germany; Russia; Canada; or Australia?
  97. The Schengen Area, in the news 2015, refers to relaxation of what European controls: Wine production; Passports/borders; Athletics doping; or Nuclear power?
  98. Frank Sinatra would have celebrated which birthday in 2015: 60; 80; 100; or 150?
  99. Facebook's news service launched in 2015 was called: Magnify; Notify; Glorify; or Terrify?
  100. On what sprung mechanism did Bristolian Jack Sexty break the world record in 2015 achieving 88,047 bounces in 10hrs 21mins?


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