General Knowledge Questions (327)

  1. The 'impossible' Penrose Stairs and Devil's Pitchfork are famous: Canadian mountains; St Paul's Cathedral entrances; Custard puddings; or Optical illusions?
  2. Name IBM's artificial intelligence computer, which answers 'knowledge' questions with startling effectiveness, named after the company's first CEO/chairman (coincidentally the name of a doctor/narrator noted for asking questions of a famous detective)?
  3. What's the full name of Sherlock Holmes' companion/narrator?
  4. Originating in the fictional 'Game of Thrones' and launched internationally in 2014 as a real training program, 'Dothraki' is a: Martial Art; Language; Child-rearing system; or Vegetable-based Origami?
  5. A major share-trading mistake, sometimes worth of $millions, is commonly called a '(What?) Error': Blind Eye; Deaf Ear; Fat Finger; or Dead Leg?
  6. Name the iconic Israeli drink company/brand (especially 1960-80s) associated with the slogan "Get busy with the fizzy"?
  7. What nation, the most sparsely populated of the EU, has nearly 200,000 lakes?
  8. Founded 1938 by Lee Byung-chul, Samsung is which country's biggest business (at 2014): China; India; South Korea; or Japan?
  9. What whole single number is the cube root of 729?
  10. The mountainous geographical region called the Caucasus is in: N Africa; SE Europe; NE Asia; or S America?
  11. What sparking wine from Catalonia is traditionally and incorrectly referred to as Spanish Champagne?
  12. A domino was originally a: Priest's hood; Spotted dog; Butterfly; or Instrument of torture?
  13. What formal menswear, often abbreviated to three letters, is named after a New York park where it was first worn in the 1880s?
  14. What famous corporation, having a flying crane logo, is named from Germany's late-medieval defensive commercial federation the Hanseatic League, and word for 'air'?
  15. Which famous online brand is a green circle containing three stacked arcs?
  16. Cuore, kardhya, kalp, serce, corazon, and herz refer to what in Italian, Greek, Turkish, Polish, Spanish and German?
  17. In the saying 'Grist to the Mill', the word 'grist' is/was originally: Oil; Water; Corn/wheat; or Wind?
  18. The Izmit Bay Bridge, said to be the largest bridge construction project in history (at 2014), is in which 'MINT' nation?
  19. Popular in the mid-1900s, what consumer product derives from the Smilax ornata plant and is named from Spanish for bramble and little trailing vine?
  20. A famous four-stage theory of how we learn new things is commonly called: Unknown-Known; Conscious-Competence; Inexpert-Expert; or Clever-Trevor?

General Knowledge Answers (327)

  1. The 'impossible' Penrose Stairs and Devil's Pitchfork are famous: Canadian mountains; St Paul's Cathedral entrances; Custard puddings; or Optical illusions ? Optical Illusions(four staircases which impossibly rise and descend in a continuous square, and the impossible arch with two pillars at the top and three at the bottom)
  2. Name IBM's artificial intelligence computer, which answers 'knowledge' questions with startling effectiveness, named after the company's first CEO/chairman (coincidentally the name of a doctor/narrator noted for asking questions of a famous detective)? Watson (after Thomas Watson, who is quoted as saying in 1943 that "I think there's a world market for maybe five computers...")
  3. What's the full name of Sherlock Holmes' companion/narrator? Dr John H Watson(John Watson is a less accurate but acceptable answer)
  4. Originating in the fictional 'Game of Thrones' and launched internationally in 2014 as a real training program, 'Dothraki' is a: Martial Art; Language; Child-rearing system; or Vegetable-based Origami? Language (a gutteral dialect spoken by the Horse-Warriors of Esso - the online course costs $30...)
  5. A major share-trading mistake, sometimes worth of $millions, is commonly called a '(What?) Error': Blind Eye; Deaf Ear; Fat Finger; or Dead Leg? Fat Finger (a reference to keyboard clumsiness)
  6. Name the iconic Israeli drink company/brand (especially 1960-80s) associated with the slogan "Get busy with the fizzy"? Sodastream
  7. What nation, the most sparsely populated of the EU, has nearly 200,000 lakes? Finland
  8. Founded 1938 by Lee Byung-chul, Samsung is which country's biggest business (at 2014): China; India; South Korea; or Japan? South Korea
  9. What whole single number is the cube root of 729? 9
  10. The mountainous geographical region called the Caucasus is in: N Africa; SE Europe; NE Asia; or S America? SE Europe (between the Black and Caspian Seas, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and SE Russia)
  11. What sparking wine from Catalonia is traditionally and incorrectly referred to as Spanish Champagne? Cava (Champagne is a technically an EU-protected product name referring to wines from that region in France)
  12. A domino was originally a: Priest's hood; Spotted dog; Butterfly; or Instrument of torture? Priest's hood (1600s France, likely referring to dominus, lord/master - this evolved into a mask and cloak worn at masquerade/balls, and then to the game, on the basis of hidden value)
  13. What formal menswear, often abbreviated to three letters, is named after a New York park where it was first worn in the 1880s? Tuxedo ('Tux', men's dinner jacket)
  14. What famous corporation, having a flying crane logo, is named from Germany's late-medieval defensive commercial federation the Hanseatic League, and word for 'air'? Lufthansa (airline)
  15. Which famous online brand is a green circle containing three stacked arcs? Spotify
  16. Cuore, kardhya, kalp, serce, corazon, and herz refer to what in Italian, Greek, Turkish, Polish, Spanish and German? Heart
  17. In the saying 'Grist to the Mill', the word 'grist' is/was originally: Oil; Water; Corn/wheat; or Wind? Corn/wheat (the saying refers to something being useful towards a purpose, especially where a purpose is not especially selective or particular - the word is related to several others such as grind, grit, grits and groats, from ancient notions of grindstones and processing cereal)
  18. The Izmit Bay Bridge, said to be the largest bridge construction project in history (at 2014), is in which 'MINT' nation? Turkey (MINT refers to the emerging economies of Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey)
  19. Popular in the mid-1900s, what consumer product derives from the Smilax ornata plant and is named from Spanish for bramble and little trailing vine? Sarsaparilla (soft drink)
  20. A famous four-stage theory of how we learn new things is commonly called: Unknown-Known; Conscious-Competence; Inexpert-Expert; or Clever-Trevor? Conscious-Competence (see the Conscious-Competence learning theory - it's fascinating)


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