General Knowledge Questions (310)

  1. Brazil's first ever football match as a national team was in 1914 at Laranjeiras stadium, Rio de Janeiro state, against: Argentina; USA; Prussia; or Exeter City?
  2. What is/are 'pince-nez': Cream and wine sauce; Ferry tug-boats; Armless spectacles; or Four-legged trousers for dogs?
  3. The Arabic term 'Al-jebr' (reunion of broken parts) is famously associated with: Disaster relief; TV news; Twin skyscrapers; or Algebra?
  4. The UHF wireless technology developed by Eriksson in 1994 for data transfer between devices in close proximity is: Silverlip; Bluetooth; Rednose; or Goldeye?
  5. What is the '1c Magenta', which (at $20m) became the most expensive man-made object ever in terms of weight to value?
  6. A circular partner-swapping ballroom dance, named after a 1700s maritime leader, is the: William Bligh; Paul Jones; Horatio Nelson; or James Hook?
  7. The Stone Age was roughly how many years ago: 4-5,000; 50-100,000; 500,000-1million; or 1-2m?
  8. Originally a French portmanteau word combining a shoe and boot, what means 'wilfully destroy'?
  9. What is the recurring number when two-thirds is expressed as a decimal?
  10. A lodestone (or loadstone, from old English meaning 'leading-stone' or 'way-stone') is a naturally occurring what?
  11. Which controversial Swiss sports head, accused of racism, sexism and corruption 1990s-2000s, was once president of the World Society of Friends of Suspenders, which advocated women should not replace stockings and suspenders with pantyhose?
  12. Bambino is the family trust of which controversial business mogul, subject to criminal proceedings in Germany 2014?
  13. Boundary-pushing Dutch media corporation Endemol sought participants in 2014 for a reality show requiring the group to: Marry each other; Marry animals; Have face transplants; or Live indefinitely on Mars?
  14. The volcano Olympic Mons, three times taller than Mount Everest, and the highest peak in the Solar System, is on: Mars; Jupiter; Earth; or the Moon?
  15. What abbreviated term refers to songs/music used in film, TV, adverts, games etc: Ac; Bac; Trac; or Sync?
  16. What authoritarian (usually military-political) leadership term takes its name from Latin 'to join'?
  17. What pollen-receiving part of a flower also refers to negative perceptions and also Christian imagery?
  18. Which famous sports-sponsoring organization has a winged hourglass logo, the oldest registered mark of its industry?
  19. In 2014 the European Union required member states to add what revenues to national economic reporting of GDP: Homemade cakes and jams/chutneys; Car-boot and rummage sales; Children's pocket money; or Drug dealing and prostitution?
  20. What word is punningly used to describe serious campers?

General Knowledge Answers (310)

  1. Brazil's first ever football match as a national team was in 1914 at Laranjeiras stadium, Rio de Janeiro state, against: Argentina; USA; Prussia; or Exeter City? Exeter City (the English club, the score was according to most reports 2-0 to the amateurs of Brazil [vs Exeter's professionals], although some say it was 3-3)
  2. What is/are 'pince-nez': Cream and wine sauce; Ferry tug-boats; Armless spectacles; or Four-legged trousers for dogs? Armless spectacles (Anglicized French meaning 'pinch nose')
  3. The Arabic term 'Al-jebr' (reunion of broken parts) is famously associated with: Disaster relief; TV news; Twin skyscrapers; or Algebra? Algebra (it's the derivation of the word)
  4. The UHF wireless technology developed by Eriksson in 1994 for data transfer between devices in close proximity is: Silverlip; Bluetooth; Rednose; or Goldeye? Bluetooth
  5. What is the '1c Magenta', which (at $20m) became the most expensive man-made object ever in terms of weight to value? Postage stamp (British Guiana, 1856 - only one survives)
  6. A circular partner-swapping ballroom dance, named after a 1700s maritime leader, is the: William Bligh; Paul Jones; Horatio Nelson; or James Hook? Paul Jones (after Scottish-American admiral John Paul Jones)
  7. The Stone Age was roughly how many years ago: 4-5,000; 50-100,000; 500,000-1million; or 1-2m? 4-5,000
  8. Originally a French portmanteau word combining a shoe and boot, what means 'wilfully destroy'? Sabotage (from sabot, from savate and botte - and the sense of kicking something to destruction)
  9. What is the recurring number when two-thirds is expressed as a decimal? 6 (0.666666 recurring)
  10. A lodestone (or loadstone, from old English meaning 'leading-stone' or 'way-stone') is a naturally occurring what? Magnet (or Compass is an acceptable answer - lodestone is naturally magnetized magnetite [a form of the iron oxide mineral] and was used as an early sort of directional compass)
  11. Which controversial Swiss sports head, accused of racism, sexism and corruption 1990s-2000s, was once president of the World Society of Friends of Suspenders, which advocated women should not replace stockings and suspenders with pantyhose? Sepp Blatter (longtime president of FIFA, soccer's world governing body)
  12. Bambino is the family trust of which controversial business mogul, subject to criminal proceedings in Germany 2014? Bernie Ecclestone (Formula 1 racing boss)
  13. Boundary-pushing Dutch media corporation Endemol sought participants in 2014 for a reality show requiring the group to: Marry each other; Marry animals; Have face transplants; or Live indefinitely on Mars? Live indefinitely on Mars (scheduled 2025, no return, so they say..)
  14. The volcano Olympic Mons, three times taller than Mount Everest, and the highest peak in the Solar System, is on: Mars; Jupiter; Earth; or the Moon? Mars
  15. What abbreviated term refers to songs/music used in film, TV, adverts, games etc: Ac; Bac; Trac; or Sync? Sync ('sync music' short for synchronization/synchronized [with the action/images])
  16. What authoritarian (usually military-political) leadership term takes its name from Latin 'to join'? Junta (from juncta, and jungere, to join - a junta was historically a Spanish/Portuguese administrative council)
  17. What pollen-receiving part of a flower also refers to negative perceptions and also Christian imagery? Stigma (stigmata refers to Christ's nail scars - the word stigma is Greek, meaning a prick/piercing, related to stick)
  18. Which famous sports-sponsoring organization has a winged hourglass logo, the oldest registered mark of its industry? Longines (the Swiss timing machines and watchmaker, owned by Swatch)
  19. In 2014 the European Union required member states to add what revenues to national economic reporting of GDP: Homemade cakes and jams/chutneys; Car-boot and rummage sales; Children's pocket money; or Drug dealing and prostitution? Drug dealing and prostitution (industries valued at £10bn in the UK alone - GDP is 'Gross Domestic Product', a convoluted measurement of national business revenues)
  20. What word is punningly used to describe serious campers? Intense ('in tents' - see lots more quick and quirky puns)


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