General Knowledge Questions (129)

  1. How many cubic centimetres are in a cubic metre?
  2. Who was appointed official wedding photographer to Prince William and Kate Middleton?
  3. A 2010 study published in the Lancet suggested what medicine, recently found to reduce cancer development, aside from giving protection against strokes and heart attacks, is "...the most amazing drug in the world..."?
  4. What popular cereal brand has for decades featured a kilted athlete on its box?
  5. Which European country is known as 'The Cockpit of Europe'?
  6. Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Crick and Watson (DNA discoverers), the economist John Maynard Keynes, and the comedian John Cleese are among the notable alumni of which university?
  7. What type of food is Sapsago, also called Sap Sago and Schabziger?
  8. What drink brand was subject to a UK tax judgement in 2010 rejecting a claim from the makers that it is should be VAT exempt (on the basis that it is a natural food or drink rather than a 'vatable beverage')?
  9. What degree angle are the corners of a regular tetrahedron?
  10. Who directed the 1994 film 'Shallow Grave'?
  11. Name the Google phone and software system which, according to some news reports in 2010, ended Nokia's 10 years' of market dominance?
  12. What is the full name of the football organization usually abbreviated to UEFA?
  13. The move called 'en passant' features in what board game?
  14. Named after its inventor, what is the signal lamp used to transmit Morse Code, devised in the late 1800s and still used today on naval ships?
  15. Who - UK cabinet minister for culture - had his name unspeakably 'spoonerised' live on air by BBC Radio 4 journalist James Naughtie (pronounced 'Nockty') in December 2010?
  16. The largest sex discrimination lawsuit in US history, which began in 2001 and by 2010 involved 1.5m female workers was filed against which employer?
  17. Naxos, Santorini, and Mykanos are among what group of Greek islands?
  18. Which Scottish castle did Queen Victoria and husband Prince Albert buy in 1852?
  19. The five rivers of hate, oblivion, fire, woe, and lament feature in what mythical place?
  20. South-West is how many degrees on a compass?
  21. In the Blandings Castle stories by P G Wodehouse, what kind of animal is The Empress of Blandings?
  22. 'Cucumber Time' is the quiet season in which trade?
  23. Which bird, which lays the largest egg in proportion to its body size of all birds, is an apteryx?
  24. Who is the twin sister of Sebastian in William Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'?
  25. In which South American country is the region and its regional capital city called Arequipa, the nation's second largest city (as at 2010)?
  26. What, alluding to a piece of broken glass, became London's tallest building when under construction during 2010?
  27. What was secret police of East Germany?
  28. The Shatt-al-Arab River is formed by the confluence of which two rivers, at Al-Qurnah, Iraq near Basra?
  29. Discontinued in 2000, the UK tax relief scheme for housebuying mortgage interest was known by what abbreviation?
  30. 9.9498744 (to the nearest seven decimal places) is the square root of which whole number?

General Knowledge Answers (129)

  1. How many cubic centimetres are in a cubic metre? A million (1,000,000)
  2. Who was appointed official wedding photographer to Prince William and Kate Middleton? Mario Testino (also famous for his iconic photographs of Diana, Princess of Wales)
  3. A 2010 study published in the Lancet suggested what medicine, recently found to reduce cancer development, aside from giving protection against strokes and heart attacks, is "...the most amazing drug in the world..."? Aspirin (or acetylsalicylic acid - abbreviated to ASA. First developed in the mid-1800s, its eariy use as a natural extract from willow bark or the Spiraea or Meadowsweet plant dates from ancient times, among early civilisations including the Native American Indian people)
  4. What popular cereal brand has for decades featured a kilted athlete on its box? Scott's Porage Oats (Scott's use the old spelling of porage, which appeared in English around 1530, then referring to a soup of meat and vegetables, altered from pottage. The modern spelling porridge first appeared around 1600.)
  5. Which European country is known as 'The Cockpit of Europe'? Belgium (apparently because of the number of battles held in Belgium through history, in which case the term alludes more appropriately to a cockpit used in staging cockfights, rather than the cockpit of a plane)
  6. Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Crick and Watson (DNA discoverers), the economist John Maynard Keynes, and the comedian John Cleese are among the notable alumni of which university? Cambridge (Alumni means the past students of an educational institution - it derives from the Latin word alumnus meaning nursling or student, from alere, meaning nourish. Alumnus is male, alumna is female; alumnae is female plural, and alumni is male plural and usually used for mixed gender.)
  7. What type of food is Sapsago, also called Sap Sago and Schabziger? Cheese (Swiss, made from cow's milk and a herb called blue melilot, or blue fenugreek - the recipe is said to be 15th century.)
  8. What drink brand was subject to a UK tax judgement in 2010 rejecting a claim from the makers that it is should be VAT exempt (on the basis that it is a natural food or drink rather than a 'vatable beverage')? Innocent
  9. What degree angle are the corners of a regular tetrahedron? 60 (A tetrahedron is a four-faced three-dimensional solid where each face is a triangle. A regular tetrahedron has equal sides, so that the triangles are equilateral.)
  10. Who directed the 1994 film 'Shallow Grave'? Danny Boyle
  11. Name the Google phone and software system which, according to some news reports in 2010, ended Nokia's 10 years' of market dominance? Android
  12. What is the full name of the football organization usually abbreviated to UEFA? Union of European Football Associations
  13. The move called 'en passant' features in what board game? Chess ('En passant', meaning 'passing', allows a pawn to be captured - 'taken' - by an opposing pawn if avoids the possibility by advancing two squares from its starting position instead of one. After the 'en passant' move the attacking pawn moves to the square that the captured pawn would have occupied were it to have advanced one square, i.e., the captured pawn's third square. An attacking pawn must, therefore, be on its own fifth square or rank to enable the 'en passant' move.)
  14. Named after its inventor, what is the signal lamp used to transmit Morse Code, devised in the late 1800s and still used today on naval ships? Aldis Lamp (after Arthur Aldis)
  15. Who - UK cabinet minister for culture - had his name unspeakably 'spoonerised' live on air by BBC Radio 4 journalist James Naughtie (pronounced 'Nockty') in December 2010? Jeremy Hunt (Naughtie announced he would be "...talking to Jeremy C*nt after the eight o'clock news..", prompting complaints and amusement on a grand scale. See Spoonerisms origins and examples.)
  16. The largest sex discrimination lawsuit in US history, which began in 2001 and by 2010 involved 1.5m female workers was filed against which employer? Walmart
  17. Naxos, Santorini, and Mykanos are among what group of Greek islands? Cyclades
  18. Which Scottish castle did Queen Victoria and husband Prince Albert buy in 1852? Balmoral
  19. The five rivers of hate, oblivion, fire, woe, and lament feature in what mythical place? Hades (from Greek mythology - and a bonus point for each river you can name: the rivers are Styx [hate], Lethe [oblivion], Phlegethon [fire], Acheron [woe], and Cocytusor Kokytos [lament] )
  20. South-West is how many degrees on a compass? 225
  21. In the Blandings Castle stories by P G Wodehouse, what kind of animal is The Empress of Blandings? Pig
  22. 'Cucumber Time' is the quiet season in which trade? Tailoring
  23. Which bird, which lays the largest egg in proportion to its body size of all birds, is an apteryx? Kiwi
  24. Who is the twin sister of Sebastian in William Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'? Viola
  25. In which South American country is the region and its regional capital city called Arequipa, the nation's second largest city (as at 2010)? Peru
  26. What, alluding to a piece of broken glass, became London's tallest building when under construction during 2010? The Shard (The Shard London Bridge - 310m tall on completion in 2012)
  27. What was secret police of East Germany? Stasi
  28. The Shatt-al-Arab River is formed by the confluence of which two rivers, at Al-Qurnah, Iraq near Basra? Tigris and Euphrates (Qurna is Arabic for corner)
  29. Discontinued in 2000, the UK tax relief scheme for housebuying mortgage interest was known by what abbreviation? MIRAS (Mortgage Interest Relief At Source)
  30. 9.9498744 (to the nearest seven decimal places) is the square root of which whole number? 99


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