General Knowledge Questions (384)

  1. The infinity symbol is a sideways number: 3; 6; 8; or 0?
  2. Since Ancient Rome, lime mortar (masonry cement) includes for reinforcement/moisture flexibility: Horse hair; Frogspawn; Potato peelings; or Olive oil?
  3. The abbreviation mAH - common measure of electrical battery cell power - stands for what?
  4. 'Hunt-and-Peck' is a metaphorical reference to single-fingered: Piano-playing; Typing; Karate; or Puppetry?
  5. Latin/anotomical 'Pes', what part of the body contains the talus and calcaneus bones?
  6. Shukrān (Arabic), Hvala (Croation), Efharistó (Greek), Dhanyavād (Hindi), and Spasibo! (Russian) all mean what?
  7. What is the next character in the sequence: 1, 4, 7, 11, 14, 17, 41, ... ?
  8. The British Standards Institute (BSI) reported in 2015 that Marilyn Monroe (1960 dress size 12-14) would now fit : 8-10; 14-16; 16-18; or 20-22?
  9. Which one of the seven member territories is also capital of UAE (United Arab Emirates): Abu Dhabi; Ajman; Dubai; Fujairah; Ras al-Khaimah; Sharjah; Umm al-Quwain?
  10. What element accounts for 65% of the human body: Oxygen; Phosphorus; Calcium; or Iron?
  11. Name the popular 1970s Kenner Products' 15" toy body-builder figure of latex rubber filled with corn syrup, elastic to c.five feet?
  12. What country's simple-form name derives from a translation of 'Land of the Aryans' and cryptically/oronymically suggests 'past self-propulsion'?
  13. The placenames Dartford, Oxford, Stratford, Frankfurt, Maastricht, Utrecht and Rorke's Drift derive from having a: Fort/castle; Low-water river crossing; Battle; or Theatre/Dancehall?
  14. India's 'Mountain of Light' group of prominent people sued Queen Elizabeth II in 2015 for the repatriation to India of the: Taj Mahal; Koh-i-Noor diamond; Chicken Tikka Masala; or Bombay Bicycle Club?
  15. From Latin meaning 'earth', and Italian equating to a patio, what is the architectural flooring/wall composite of marble/granite/similar chips and binder: Cadenza; Terrazzo; Sonata; or Falsetto?
  16. Before being burgundy (dark red), the British passport cover pre-1990 was: Brown: Dark blue; Dark green; or Transparent?
  17. Kosher refers to food and food preparation laws for: Hindus; Jews; Catholics; or Vegans?
  18. In 2015 Indonesian authorities announced (What?), for psychological reasons, would guard a top-security island prison: Prisoners; Children; Robots; or Crocodiles?
  19. A French manicure on finger/toenails is traditionally: Red; Gold; Natural pink/clear with white tips; or Red white and blue with Gallic rooster/coq gaulois?
  20. The average min/max temperature (deg C) and rain (mm) in Goa (India) on New Year's Day are roughly: 0/15/0; 10/20/5; 15/40/30; or 20/30/0?

General Knowledge Answers (384)

  1. The infinity symbol is a sideways number: 3; 6; 8; or 0? 8
  2. Since Ancient Rome, lime mortar (masonry cement) includes for reinforcement/moisture flexibility: Horse hair; Frogspawn; Potato peelings; or Olive oil? Horse hair
  3. The abbreviation mAH - common measure of electrical battery cell power - stands for what? Milli-AmpHour (or milliampere-hour, or other variations - an AA battery is 2500 mAh)
  4. 'Hunt-and-Peck' is a metaphorical reference to single-fingered: Piano-playing; Typing; Karate; or Puppetry? Typing
  5. Latin/anotomical 'Pes', what part of the body contains the talus and calcaneus bones? Foot (talus = ankle bone, calcaneus = heel bone)
  6. Shukrān (Arabic), Hvala (Croation), Efharistó (Greek), Dhanyavād (Hindi), and Spasibo! (Russian) all mean what? Thank you (or thanks)
  7. What is the next character in the sequence: 1, 4, 7, 11, 14, 17, 41, ... ? 44 (ascending numbers with straight lines only)
  8. The British Standards Institute (BSI) reported in 2015 that Marilyn Monroe (1960 dress size 12-14) would now fit : 8-10; 14-16; 16-18; or 20-22? 8-10
  9. Which one of the seven member territories is also capital of UAE (United Arab Emirates): Abu Dhabi; Ajman; Dubai; Fujairah; Ras al-Khaimah; Sharjah; Umm al-Quwain? Abu Dhabi
  10. What element accounts for 65% of the human body: Oxygen; Phosphorus; Calcium; or Iron? Oxygen
  11. Name the popular 1970s Kenner Products' 15" toy body-builder figure of latex rubber filled with corn syrup, elastic to c.five feet? Stretch Armstrong
  12. What country's simple-form name derives from a translation of 'Land of the Aryans' and cryptically/oronymically suggests 'past self-propulsion'? Iran (I ran - an oronym can mean something different by altering the word-break, for example Ice cream = I scream - see the fascinating grammar/language glossary)
  13. The placenames Dartford, Oxford, Stratford, Frankfurt, Maastricht, Utrecht and Rorke's Drift derive from having a: Fort/castle; Low-water river crossing; Battle; or Theatre/Dancehall? Low-water river crossing (ford [English], furt [German], tricht, trecht [Dutch], and drift [Afrikaans/SA] all mean this sort of river crossing)
  14. India's 'Mountain of Light' group of prominent people sued Queen Elizabeth II in 2015 for the repatriation to India of the: Taj Mahal; Koh-i-Noor diamond; Chicken Tikka Masala; or Bombay Bicycle Club? Koh-i-Noor diamond (105 carats, worth conservatively £100m, mined in India in the 1200s, the eye of a temple goddess for centuries, taken by Britain from India c.1850, it remains in the British monarchy's crown jewels, central to the Crown of Queen Elizabeth [the Queen Mother], and subject to increasing controversy)
  15. From Latin meaning 'earth', and Italian equating to a patio, what is the architectural flooring/wall composite of marble/granite/similar chips and binder: Cadenza; Terrazzo; Sonata; or Falsetto? Terrazzo (related in origin to 'terrace' - the others are Italian musical terms)
  16. Before being burgundy (dark red), the British passport cover pre-1990 was: Brown: Dark blue; Dark green; or Transparent? Dark blue
  17. Kosher refers to food and food preparation laws for: Hindus; Jews; Catholics; or Vegans? Jews
  18. In 2015 Indonesian authorities announced (What?), for psychological reasons, would guard a top-security island prison: Prisoners; Children; Robots; or Crocodiles? Crocodiles (reportedly because they could not be bribed)
  19. A French manicure on finger/toenails is traditionally: Red; Gold; Natural pink/clear with white tips; or Red white and blue with Gallic rooster/coq gaulois? Natural pink/clear with white tips
  20. The average min/max temperature (deg C) and rain (mm) in Goa (India) on New Year's Day are roughly: 0/15/0; 10/20/5; 15/40/30; or 20/30/0? 20/30/0


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