General Knowledge Questions (139)

  1. Habanos SA, global Cuban cigar distributor, announced that what nation had overtaken Germany to join France and Spain in the world's top three consumers of their products?
  2. South African Ron Hickman, (1932-11), designer of classic Lotus cars including the Elan and Europa, also designed what multi-million-selling DIY gadget?
  3. What is the commonly used term for the subtle form of advertising by which brands are featured in films and TV programmes?
  4. Seen around the world on marked police cars, what is the distinctive chequered pattern named the after the Glasgow police chief who first introduced it in 1932?
  5. Mistral, chinook, zonda, and willy-willy are types of which planet Earth feature?
  6. Which fashion house sacked designer John Galliano in 2011, after his racist rant at fellow customers in a Paris cafe?
  7. Libya was a colony of which European country prior to World War II?
  8. Which tropical fish, named after an iconic four-legged beast, has the ability to regenerate its fins, skin and heart?
  9. Given that a leap year (when February has 29 not 28 days) happens every four years, how long actually does it take the Earth to orbit the sun (it's not 365 days exactly - it's 365 days and how many hours, to the closest hour)?
  10. The defence minister of which European country resigned in 2011, after he was found to have copied large parts of his 2006 university doctorate thesis?
  11. What 1790 poem by Robert Burns inspired the naming of a hat, and also indirectly the tea clipper Cutty Sark?
  12. Born in 1678, which Italian composer of choral works, over forty operas, and notably The Four Seasons violin concertos, was known as The Red Priest because of his auburn hair?
  13. Which Indian city, second largest in Rajasthan state behind capital Jaipur, after which styles of trousers and boots were named in the late 1800s, is known as 'Sun City' and the 'Blue City'?
  14. English cartoon character John Bull was provided with a sister called Peg (by creator Dr John Arbuthnott), representing which country of Great Britain?
  15. Two former Argentinian military leaders went on trial in February 2011, accused of stealing what from political prisoners: Gold teeth; Houses; Identities; or Babies?
  16. What does the Latin phrase 'Vox populi' (shortened often in media to vox pop) translate to in English?
  17. In global warming science, what does ODP (a measurement of environmental damage caused by a chemical) stand for?
  18. Named after chairs found at the Bargello Palace in Florence, Italy, what type of handicraft is Bargello?
  19. The North African social uprisings of 2010-11 caused the successive departure of leaders Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Mohammed Ghannouchi from which country?
  20. A suplex is an offensive move in which professional sport?
  21. What religious term originally referring to the the most educated and literate officials and leaders within the church, evolved into a workplace title nowadays positioned at the other end of an organizational hierarchy?
  22. In which city was scientist Marie Curie born, whose residents are known as Varsovians?
  23. The sponges in a Battenberg cake are usually which two colours?
  24. A clavicle is a: Musical instrument; Five-wheeled 'bicycle'; Human collar-bone; or Church pulpit?
  25. An ogdoad is a group or set of how many?
  26. Which two alcoholic drinks combine to make a 'Dog's Nose'?
  27. Which poem opens with the lines: "To begin at the beginning. It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible black..."?
  28. Aviator and explorer, Richard Byrd, is said to have been the first person to reach where by air, in 1929?
  29. Which planet in our solar system is almost twice as far away from the Sun as Jupiter?
  30. In 2011 a London ice cream parlour was in the news for selling an ice cream at £14.99 a scoop made from what: Sharkfin soup; Rhino-horn paste; Beluga caviar; or Human breast milk?

General Knowledge Answers (139)

  1. Habanos SA, global Cuban cigar distributor, announced that what nation had overtaken Germany to join France and Spain in the world's top three consumers of their products? China
  2. South African Ron Hickman, (1932-11), designer of classic Lotus cars including the Elan and Europa, also designed what multi-million-selling DIY gadget? The Workmate (Black and Decker's vice-bench)
  3. What is the commonly used term for the subtle form of advertising by which brands are featured in films and TV programmes? Product placement (a ban on this was lifted in the UK in early 2011)
  4. Seen around the world on marked police cars, what is the distinctive chequered pattern named the after the Glasgow police chief who first introduced it in 1932? Sillitoe Tartan(after Sir Percy Joseph Sillitoe, 1888-1962, Chief Constable of the City of Glasgow Police, also of Sheffield and Kent, and for a time Director General of MI5.)
  5. Mistral, chinook, zonda, and willy-willy are types of which planet Earth feature? Winds(mistral is a cold northerly wind in the Rhone Valley of France; chinook refers to both a warm wet Pacific coastal onto Oregon/Washington, US, and a warm dry eastern Rockies US/Canada; zonda is warm and humid wind in S America, and willy-willy is an Australian desert whirlwind or a tropical storm in the country's north-west)
  6. Which fashion house sacked designer John Galliano in 2011, after his racist rant at fellow customers in a Paris cafe? Christian Dior
  7. Libya was a colony of which European country prior to World War II? Italy (more accurately from 1911 until a brief period of British/French administration during/after the 2nd World War before its formal independence in 1951)
  8. Which tropical fish, named after an iconic four-legged beast, has the ability to regenerate its fins, skin and heart? Zebrafish
  9. Given that a leap year (when February has 29 not 28 days) happens every four years, how long actually does it take the Earth to orbit the sun (it's not 365 days exactly - it's 365 days and how many hours, to the closest hour)? 365 days and 6 hours (more precisely, 365.2421897 days)
  10. The defence minister of which European country resigned in 2011, after he was found to have copied large parts of his 2006 university doctorate thesis? Germany (Kari-Theodor zu Guttenberg)
  11. What 1790 poem by Robert Burns inspired the naming of a hat, and also indirectly the tea clipper Cutty Sark? Tam o'Shanter (Cutty Sark is the the character Nannie Dee's nickname, who is represented by the ship's erotic figurehead - in the poem she wore her childhood linen 'sark' undergarment, which was 'cutty', meaning very short. Title character Tam o'Shanter's pronouncement on seeing her dance in such revealing attire, "Weel done, Cutty-sark", became a popular phrase. A Tam'o Shanter is also a wide floppy cloth cap with a bobble on the crown, named after the poem's character who wore it. The bobble, or pompom/pom-pon was called a toorie, traditional on various earlier Scottish hat styles in the military and church, and is the origin of the smaller button now seen on baseball caps.)
  12. Born in 1678, which Italian composer of choral works, over forty operas, and notably The Four Seasons violin concertos, was known as The Red Priest because of his auburn hair? Antonio Vivaldi
  13. Which Indian city, second largest in Rajasthan state behind capital Jaipur, after which styles of trousers and boots were named in the late 1800s, is known as 'Sun City' and the 'Blue City'? Jodhpur
  14. English cartoon character John Bull was provided with a sister called Peg (by creator Dr John Arbuthnott), representing which country of Great Britain? Scotland
  15. Two former Argentinian military leaders went on trial in February 2011, accused of stealing what from political prisoners: Gold teeth; Houses; Identities; or Babies? Babies
  16. What does the Latin phrase 'Vox populi' (shortened often in media to vox pop) translate to in English? Voice of the people (among other meanings vox pop refers to interviewing the general public)
  17. In global warming science, what does ODP (a measurement of environmental damage caused by a chemical) stand for? Ozone Depletion Potential (Wikipedia explains it thus - "[The] ODP of a chemical compound is the relative amount of degradation to the ozone layer it can cause, with trichlorofluoromethane (R-11 or CFC-11) being fixed at an ODP of 1.0. Chlorodifluoromethane (R-22), for example, has an ODP of 0.05. CFC or R11 has the maximum potential amongst chlorocarbons because of the presence of three chlorine atoms in the molecule...")
  18. Named after chairs found at the Bargello Palace in Florence, Italy, what type of handicraft is Bargello? Embroidery (or needlework - the chairs have a 'flame stitch' pattern - Bargello is a technically difficult and durable embroidery producing geometric flame like patterns, used on upholstery rather than clothing)
  19. The North African social uprisings of 2010-11 caused the successive departure of leaders Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Mohammed Ghannouchi from which country? Tunisia
  20. A suplex is an offensive move in which professional sport? Wrestling
  21. What religious term originally referring to the the most educated and literate officials and leaders within the church, evolved into a workplace title nowadays positioned at the other end of an organizational hierarchy? Clergy (evolved into clerk and cleric - when the terms first appeared in 13-14th century France, and became adopted into English, probably the most significant and differentiating organizational/workplace capability was that of reading and writing. More on this, as it relates to modern shifting workplace values and perceptions - see clerk word origins)
  22. In which city was scientist Marie Curie born, whose residents are known as Varsovians? Warsaw
  23. The sponges in a Battenberg cake are usually which two colours? Pink and Yellow
  24. A clavicle is a: Musical instrument; Five-wheeled 'bicycle'; Human collar-bone; or Church pulpit? Human collar-bone
  25. An ogdoad is a group or set of how many? Eight (from the Greek oktos, eight)
  26. Which two alcoholic drinks combine to make a 'Dog's Nose'? Beer and Gin
  27. Which poem opens with the lines: "To begin at the beginning. It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible black..."? Under Milk Wood (Dylan Thomas)
  28. Aviator and explorer, Richard Byrd, is said to have been the first person to reach where by air, in 1929? The South Pole
  29. Which planet in our solar system is almost twice as far away from the Sun as Jupiter? Saturn
  30. In 2011 a London ice cream parlour was in the news for selling an ice cream at £14.99 a scoop made from what: Sharkfin soup; Rhino-horn paste; Beluga caviar; or Human breast milk? Human breast milk (the ice cream was called Baby Gaga; the parlour was called Icecreamists; the council which removed the product for testing was Westminster..)

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