General Knowledge Questions (267)

  1. A pilaster is an ornamental architectural feature made to resemble a: Column; Window; Door; or Tree?
  2. Alma, Brown Turkey, Desert King, Italian Black, and Kadota are types of what fruit/plant?
  3. In which part of the human body do red blood cells develop?
  4. What comet is responsible for the Perseid meteor shower, through which Earth passes every July/August?
  5. The Fastnet Race is a prestigious competition in: Fishing; Yachting; Computer Gaming; or Butterfly Catching?
  6. What traditionally provides the flavour/flavor in a frangipane cake filling?
  7. Which English surgeon saved King Edward VII and Joseph Merrick?
  8. The G20 group of major world economies is comprised of 19 nations plus what organization?
  9. The usage fee for what UK public provision remained at one penny from 1855 until decimalization in 1971?
  10. What business is the Saks Fifth Avenue chain, named after its Manhattan NYC site: Department store; Merchant bank; Hotel; or Pawnbrokers?
  11. The terms/concepts of kaitiaki and kaitiakitanga referring to guardianship of sky, sea and land originated in which indigenous culture?
  12. Which bank in 2010 became UK's first new high-street bank for over 150 years?
  13. 'Hitting the wall' and 'Bonking' are equivalent terms in which activity: Computer gaming; Athletics; Chess; or Parliamentary debating?
  14. The Rod of Asclepius, a serpent and rod symbol from Greek mythology, is a widely used logo icon in: Medicine; Publishing; Magic/Conjuring; or Law?
  15. A supplier of 'apparent' website visitors using low-paid workers to visit websites to post false comments/reviews or generate fraudulent PPC advertising revenues is called a: Ghost Crowd; Click Farm; Mouse Factory; or Finger Pool?
  16. What English sheep-farming term from the 1400s refers to an influencer or indication of future trends?
  17. When introduced in 1908 the Model T Ford was surprisingly not available in which of these colors/colours: Black, Grey, Green, Blue, Red?
  18. What herb used in alternative medicine as a tonic and aphrodisiac is named from Chinese 'man plant root' because its root resembles a human leg?
  19. The commune (township/parish) Les Baux-de-Provence in south-central France is associated with what metallic element?
  20. The effect referring to something becoming massively publicized due to attempts ban/censor it is called the '(What celebrity surname?) Effect'?

General Knowledge Answers (267)

  1. A pilaster is an ornamental architectural feature made to resemble a: Column; Window; Door; or Tree? Column (or pillar, typically either side of a doorway)
  2. Alma, Brown Turkey, Desert King, Italian Black, and Kadota are types of what fruit/plant? Figs
  3. In which part of the human body do red blood cells develop? Bone marrow
  4. What comet is responsible for the Perseid meteor shower, through which Earth passes every July/August? Swift-Tuttle
  5. The Fastnet Race is a prestigious competition in: Fishing; Yachting; Computer Gaming; or Butterfly Catching? Yachting (from the Isle of Wight, to Land's End, around the Fastnet Rock south-west of Ireland, back to Plymouth)
  6. What traditionally provides the flavour/flavor in a frangipane cake filling? Almond
  7. Which English surgeon saved King Edward VII and Joseph Merrick? Sir Frederick Treves (Joseph Merrick was 'The Elephant Man' - Treves rescued him from squalor and abuse in 1886; and later, in 1991, before his coronantion, King Edward VII suffered a then normally fatal appendicitis, which Treves cured using pioneering surgery)
  8. The G20 group of major world economies is comprised of 19 nations plus what organization? The EU (European Union)
  9. The usage fee for what UK public provision remained at one penny from 1855 until decimalization in 1971? Public toilet
  10. What business is the Saks Fifth Avenue chain, named after its Manhattan NYC site: Department store; Merchant bank; Hotel; or Pawnbrokers? Department store
  11. The terms/concepts of kaitiaki and kaitiakitanga referring to guardianship of sky, sea and land originated in which indigenous culture? Maori (New Zealand)
  12. Which bank in 2010 became UK's first new high-street bank for over 150 years? Metro Bank plc
  13. 'Hitting the wall' and 'Bonking' are equivalent terms in which activity: Computer gaming; Athletics; Chess; or Parliamentary debating? Athletics (referring to near-absolute exhaustion due to the body's low blood sugar levels in endurance events, typically after 90-120 mins of intense exercise, notably in marathon running)
  14. The Rod of Asclepius, a serpent and rod symbol from Greek mythology, is a widely used logo icon in: Medicine; Publishing; Magic/Conjuring; or Law? Medicine (and healthcare)
  15. A supplier of 'apparent' website visitors using low-paid workers to visit websites to post false comments/reviews or generate fraudulent PPC advertising revenues is called a: Ghost Crowd; Click Farm; Mouse Factory; or Finger Pool? Click Farm
  16. What English sheep-farming term from the 1400s refers to an influencer or indication of future trends? Bellwether (originally the leading sheep/ram [wether] of a flock with a bell around its neck, indicating the flock's whereabouts)
  17. When introduced in 1908 the Model T Ford was surprisingly not available in which of these colors/colours: Black, Grey, Green, Blue, Red? Black (black became the exclusive standard from 1914)
  18. What herb used in alternative medicine as a tonic and aphrodisiac is named from Chinese 'man plant root' because its root resembles a human leg? Ginseng
  19. The commune (township/parish) Les Baux-de-Provence in south-central France is associated with what metallic element? Aluminium (or US Aluminum - first identified in ore there and so subsequently named Bauxite, after the town)
  20. The effect referring to something becoming massively publicized due to attempts ban/censor it is called the '(What celebrity surname?) Effect'? Streisand (see The Streisand Effect)



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