General Knowledge Questions (188)

  1. Which corporation suffered embarrassment after sponsoring and naming the cold weather system which caused multiple fatalities across Eastern Europe in Feb 2012?
  2. Named after Hantan River, South Korea, hantaviruses typically infect humans through transfer from bites, waste, etc., of: Mosquitoes; Rodents; Dogs; or Bats?
  3. As at 2012 what country is the world's largest democracy?
  4. In 2012 Josefina Vazquez Mota became a presidential candidate for the ruling National Action Party (PAN) in which country?
  5. In what country was Britain's Queen Elizabeth II when she became Queen in 1952?
  6. Who painted The Card Players, at Feb 2012 the most expensive artwork in the world?
  7. Medically, what does CPR most commonly stand for?
  8. Name the Australian mining tycoon who after acquiring substantial newspaper shareholdings in 2012 emerged from obscurity as one of the world's richest women?
  9. Babaotai Chuanwen refers to the so-called 'Eight (what?) Scandal' in Chinese news, Feb 2012?
  10. Emil Boc resigned as prime minister of which European country in Feb 2012?
  11. Rosie47, named after a pet dog, is/was: Harry Redknapp's secret Monaco bank account; Prince Harry's Apache helicopter; Harry Hill's new TV series; or a Harold Pinter play about a pet dog?
  12. What is the colour/color sequence of the four letters in the Ebay logo, reading left to right?
  13. What is the regulation maximum width of the white baseline marking on a tennis court?
  14. Pelagic refers to the open what?
  15. Lisa del Giocondo is better known as what famous characterization?
  16. Referring to the study of the Earth's atmosphere and weather, spell: Meterology; Meteorology; Metreology; or Metarology?
  17. What is the technical name of the 'love hormone' secreted by the pituitary gland, notably associated with conception, childbirth and breastfeeding?
  18. As at 2012 Goulburn Correctional Centre is considered the highest security prison of which country?
  19. Litotes (pronounced 'lie-toe-tees') is a literary/language/communications term referring to: Exaggeration; Sadness; Happiness; or Understatement?
  20. An atlatl (confirm spelling is ATLATL) is a device for: Throwing spears; Measuring ocean depth; Sculpting clay; or Storing atlases?

General Knowledge Answers (188)

  1. Which corporation suffered embarrassment after sponsoring and naming the weather system which caused multiple fatalities across Eastern Europe in Feb 2012? BMW(BMW named the cold front 'Cooper' to promote its Mini model - the Berlin Institute for Meteorology offers sponsorship of high and low vortices at respectively €299 and €199, as at Feb 2012)
  2. Named after Hantan River, South Korea, hantaviruses typically infect humans through transfer from bites, waste, etc., of: Mosquitoes; Rodents; Dogs; or Bats? Rodents (the classification, which has characteristics aside from rodent infection, was established in the late 1970s by Ho-Wang Leeich's team in at the Hantan River area in South Korea, when first isolating the Hantaan virus, or HTNV)
  3. As at 2012 what country is the world's largest democracy? India
  4. In 2012 Josefina Vazquez Mota became a presidential candidate for the ruling National Action Party (PAN) in which country? Mexico
  5. In what country was Britain's Queen Elizabeth II when she became Queen in 1952? Kenya (Interestingly Elizabeth II actually ascended some time in the night of 5/6th Feb 1952, officially early hours of 6th Feb, when staying overnight at the Treetops Hotel, Aberdare National Park, near Nyeri town, close to Mount Kenya. She was told of her father King George VI's death a few hours later after arriving at Sagana Lodge, the royal residence at Kiganjo, in the Mount Kenya foothills. Elizabeth II was the first British monarch since the William IV [reigned 1830-37] to be outside the UK on succession, and first in modern times whose exact time of accession is unknown because George VI died asleep at an uncertain time.)
  6. Who painted The Card Players, at Feb 2012 the most expensive artwork in the world? Paul Cézanne (1839-1906 - the Qatar royal family bought it for something between $250-300m - Cézanne actually painted a series of five works given this title, three of which were very similar, including the one bought by the Qatar royal family)
  7. Medically, what does CPR most commonly stand for? Cardiopulmonary resuscitation(chest compressions at least 5cm deep and at least 100/min so as to create artificial circulation by manually pumping blood through the heart)
  8. Name the Australian mining tycoon who after acquiring substantial newspaper shareholdings in 2012 emerged from obscurity as one of the world's richest women? Gina Rinehart
  9. Babaotai Chuanwen refers to the so-called 'Eight (what?) Scandal' in Chinese news, Feb 2012? Baby (a wealthy Chinese couple paid to have eight babies delivered to them by surrogate mothers in 2011)
  10. Emil Boc resigned as prime minister of which European country in Feb 2012? Romania
  11. Rosie47, named after a pet dog, is/was: Harry Redknapp's secret Monaco bank account; Prince Harry's Apache helicopter; Harry Hill's new TV series; or a Harold Pinter play about a pet dog? Harry Redknapp's secret Monaco bank account (Redknapp's football management related finances were subject to a UK tax evasion court case, which he won in Feb 2012 - 47 refers to Redknapp's year of birth)
  12. What is the colour/color sequence of the four letters in the Ebay logo, reading left to right? Red Blue Yellow Green (Red E, Blue B, Yellow A, Green Y)
  13. What is the regulation maximum width of the white baseline marking on a tennis court? Four inches
  14. Pelagic refers to the open what? Sea (or 'waters' or other term for a sea-sized expanse of water - the palagic zone typically refers to sea water, less commonly lake water, that is away from the bed and shore - pelagic is from Greek pélagos, 'open sea' - for example pelagic fish or birds are those which inhabit the pelagic zone)
  15. Lisa del Giocondo is better known as what famous characterization? Mona Lisa(Leonardo da Vinci's 1503-19 painting, the sitter for which is generally understood to have been Lisa del Giocondo, neé Lisa Gherardini, wife of Florentine silk merchant Francesco del Giocondo)
  16. Referring to the study of the Earth's atmosphere and weather, spell: Meterology; Meteorology; Metreology; or Metarology? Meteorology (from Greek meteoros, 'high (in the sky)', in turn from meta, 'above' and eor, 'lift up' - see the Weather Quizballs 38)
  17. What is the technical name of the 'love hormone' secreted by the pituitary gland, notably associated with conception, childbirth and breastfeeding? Oxytocin (from Greek okytokine, meaning quick birth)
  18. As at 2012 Goulburn Correctional Centre is considered the highest security prison of which country? Australia (located in Goulburn, New South Wales)
  19. Litotes (pronounced 'lie-toe-tees') is a literary/language/communications term referring to: Exaggeration; Sadness; Happiness; or Understatement? Understatement (see theLitotes explanation in the business dictionary)
  20. An atlatl (confirm spelling is ATLATL) is a device for: Throwing spears; Measuring ocean depth; Sculpting clay; or Storing atlases? Throwing spears (or darts or arrows - a very ancient weapon that pre-dates the bow and arrow, whose arm-cup design is basically the same as the plastic ball-thrower used by dog owners, variations of which are nowadays increasingly used in new throwing sports - the similar hook-like Australian Aboriginal spear-thrower is called a woomera - the World Atlatl Associations says, "The word atlatl [pronounced at-latal or atal-atal] comes from the Nahuatl language of the Aztec, who were still using them when encountered by the Spanish in the 1500s. Other words include spear-thrower, estolica [Spanish], propulseur [French], speerschleuder [German] and woomera or miru [English versions of the most common Australian terms]. An atlatl is essentially a stick with a handle on one end and a hook or socket that engages a light spear or 'dart' on the other. The flipping motion of the atlatl propels a light spear much faster and farther than it could be thrown by hand alone.")


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