General Knowledge Questions (155)

  1. A famous 1979 comedy film line is "He's not the Messiah, he's a very (what two words?).." ? (And what is the movie?)
  2. Name the Trinidad and Tobago cabinet minister who resigned as vice president of FIFA in 2011 amid ongoing ethics investigations?
  3. Dyscalculia is less technically known as (what?)-blindness: Colour/color; Snow; Number; or Symbol?
  4. Sukhoi and Tupolev are aircraft manufacturers of what nation?
  5. How many dots make up the BlackBerry symbol logo?
  6. A cheap dangerous homemade heroin-substitute drug popular in Russia is nicknamed what, referring to its ruinous affect on users' skins?
  7. In geology, igneous refers to rock formed by what effect: Earthquake; Erosion; Volcanic; or Decay?
  8. What is the cube root of 1728?
  9. Spell the word: Cemetery; Cemetary; Cematery; or Cematory?
  10. Refraction is the change of direction of a wave such as light due to change of its what when passing from one medium to another: Speed; Temperature; Wavelength; or Humidity?
  11. The becquerel (Bq) is a unit of measurement of what?
  12. What is the chess playing robot called in TV's Thunderbirds?
  13. In 1929 Edwin Hubble formulated a law in his name which states (among other complexities) that what recede from an observer at a rate proportional to their distance to that observer: Clouds; Sea-waves; Shotgun pellets; or Galaxies?
  14. It takes roughly how long for the Earth's rotating axis to complete a full circle (precession): 26,000 years; 365 days; 30 days; or one day?
  15. The crossed-ropes acting as ladders to masts on old sailing ships are called: Catlines; Ratlines, Batlines, or Matlines?
  16. In Greek mythology, name the Gorgon monster with snakes for hair, slain by Perseus?
  17. A dosimeter measures human absorption of what over a time period: Nicotine; Alcohol; Ionizing radiation; or Sunlight?
  18. What is a big acoustic guitar, a type of old battleship, and a thick coat cloth, which means 'fear nothing'?
  19. The human disease dropsy involves the accumulation of what in body cavities and tissue: Blood; Watery fluid; Acid crystals; or Lice?
  20. What traditional confectionary takes its name from Greek glukus, sweet, and rhiza, root?
  21. What technical term, also slang for street, refers to the forces resisting the forward movement of an aircraft?
  22. What is an S-shaped roof tile, named after a cooking vessel?
  23. Bir, iki, uc, dort, bes (loosely westernised) are 1-5 in what language: Russian; Tibetan; Romanian; or Turkish?
  24. First named in French, Route du Roi (King's Highway) is the origin of the name of what London parkside track?
  25. What is the mythical conjuring trick for which Lord Northbrook failed to find claim or demonstration on offering a £10,000 prize in 1875?
  26. South Korean Ban Ki-moon was reappointed unopposed in June 2011 as head (secretary-general) of what organization?
  27. Prior to 1968 it was illegal in the UK to impersonate a what on a theatrical stage: Living member of the Royal Family; Lesbian; Christian god; or Policeman?
  28. What technical term refers to the minimum number of (voting) members, shareholders, directors, etc., required at a meeting to be able to make valid decisions, and therefore for the meeting to proceed?
  29. What term for an unorthodox or crazy person is interpreted by some to refer instead to a viper in Lewis Carroll's Alices Adventures in Wonderland?
  30. What elements are in the compound nitric acid?

General Knowledge Answers (155)

  1. A famous 1979 comedy film line is "He's not the Messiah, he's a very (what two words?).." ? (And what is the movie?) Naughty boy (the line is in Monty Python's film Life of Brian, officially fully Monty Python's Life of Brian)
  2. Name the Trinidad and Tobago cabinet minister who resigned as vice president of FIFA in 2011 amid ongoing ethics investigations? Jack Warner
  3. Dyscalculia is less technically known as (what?)-blindness: Colour/color; Snow; Number; or Symbol? Number
  4. Sukhoi and Tupolev are aircraft manufacturers of what nation? Russia
  5. How many dots make up the BlackBerry symbol logo? Seven
  6. A cheap dangerous homemade heroin-substitute drug popular in Russia is nicknamed what, referring to its ruinous affect on users' skins? Crocodile (or commonly Krokodil, in Russian)
  7. In geology, igneous refers to rock formed by what effect: Earthquake; Erosion; Volcanic; or Decay? Volcanic (from Latin ignis, fire, hence also ignite)
  8. What is the cube root of 1728? 12
  9. Spell the word: Cemetery; Cemetary; Cematery; or Cematory? Cemetery (from Greek koimeterion, dormitory, and koimao, put to sleep)
  10. Refraction is the change of direction of a wave such as light due to change of its what when passing from one medium to another: Speed; Temperature; Wavelength; or Humidity? Speed
  11. The becquerel (Bq) is a unit of measurement of what? Radioactivity (nuclear radioactivity - 1Bq = 1 disintegration per second)
  12. What is the chess playing robot called in TV's Thunderbirds? Braman
  13. In 1929 Edwin Hubble formulated a law in his name which states (among other complexities) that what recede from an observer at a rate proportional to their distance to that observer: Clouds; Sea-waves; Shotgun pellets; or Galaxies? Galaxies
  14. It takes roughly how long for the Earth's rotating axis to complete a full circle (precession): 26,000 years; 365 days; 30 days; or one day? 26,000 years (the turning axis is better understood by imagining a spinning top as it slows down and rotates around a changing axis, rather than a fixed axis - the angle of the Earth's axis is currently around 23.4 degrees - this varies too, on a 41,000 year cycle)
  15. The crossed-ropes acting as ladders to masts on old sailing ships are called: Catlines; Ratlines, Batlines, or Matlines? Ratlines (also ratlins, ratlings and rattlings)
  16. In Greek mythology, name the Gorgon monster with snakes for hair, slain by Perseus? Medusa
  17. A dosimeter measures human absorption of what over a time period: Nicotine; Alcohol; Ionizing radiation; or Sunlight? Ionizing radiation
  18. What is a big acoustic guitar, a type of old battleship, and a thick coat cloth, which means 'fear nothing'? Dreadnought
  19. The human disease dropsy involves the accumulation of what in body cavities and tissue: Blood; Watery fluid; Acid crystals; or Lice? Watery fluid (from the fuller term hydropsy)
  20. What traditional confectionary takes its name from Greek glukus, sweet, and rhiza, root? Liquorice (or licorice)
  21. What technical term, also slang for street, refers to the forces resisting the forward movement of an aircraft? Drag
  22. What is an S-shaped roof tile, named after a cooking vessel? Pantile
  23. Bir, iki, uc, dort, bes (loosely westernised) are 1-5 in what language: Russian; Tibetan; Romanian; or Turkish? Turkish
  24. First named in French, Route du Roi (King's Highway) is the origin of the name of what London parkside track? Rotten Row (in Hyde Park - lit with 300 oil lamps in 1690 it was apparently the first artificially lit highway in Britain)
  25. What is the mythical conjuring trick for which Lord Northbrook failed to find claim or demonstration on offering a £10,000 prize in 1875? Indian rope trick (in which a boy or monkey climbs a free-standing rope and disappears)
  26. South Korean Ban Ki-moon was reappointed unopposed in June 2011 as head (secretary-general) of what organization? UN (United Nations)
  27. Prior to 1968 it was illegal in the UK to impersonate a what on a theatrical stage: Living member of the Royal Family; Lesbian; Christian god; or Policeman? Living member of the Royal Family
  28. What technical term refers to the minimum number of (voting) members, shareholders, directors, etc., required at a meeting to be able to make valid decisions, and therefore for the meeting to proceed? Quorum (from the 15th/16th century, earliest use of English, it is from the Latin phrase used at the start of commissions for committee members, "quorum vos ... unum esse volumus," loosely meaning, "of whom we specify that ... be one." - see more and many fascinating business terms in the business glossary)
  29. What term for an unorthodox or crazy person is interpreted by some to refer instead to a viper in Lewis Carroll's Alices Adventures in Wonderland? Mad as a hatter ('atter' was an old English word for the venom of a reptile, especially a snake - see 'mad as a hatter')
  30. What elements are in the compound nitric acid? Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Oxygen (HNO3)



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