General Knowledge Questions 497

1.     The word Xmas originates from: Atheism; Medieval illiteracy; Walt Disney; or Greek for Christ?

2.     Concurrently ice-cream is: Solid; Liquid; Gas; or All three?

3.     What creamy beverage is named from Dutch 'lawyer's drink'?

4.     What does the WD stand for in the spray oil WD40?

5.     What natural form of water is popular slang for people said to be spoilt, over-protected and emotionally special or fragile?

6.     Smartphone users touch their screens typically how many times per day: 400; 800; 1100; or 2700?

7.     The precious metal purity grade of 3N5 is an abbreviation of what percentage?

8.     What sport traditionally uses goose feathers of the left wing: Fishing; Hang-gliding; Boxing; or Badminton?

9.     In Dutch tradition the controversial Spanish Moor character Black Pete (Zwarte Piet) is whose companion?

10.  Futsal, devised by Uruguan teacher Juan Carlos Ceriani, is the global official indoor form of: Polo; The Marathon; Association Football; or Rowing?

11.  What anxiety disorder is named from Greek meaning fear of the public/market square?

12.  1000% is how many times more: 5; 10; 100; or 1000?  

13. In telephony what does SMS stand for?

14. The gums of the Boswellia and Commiphora plants are more commonly known as which two aromatic resins?

15. What famous city means 'house of meat/bread' in Arabic/Hebrew?   

16. Name the first modular space station, built in orbit, meaning world and peace in Russian?

17.  Volcán Cayambe volcano in Ecuador is the only place where (What?) (What?) exists naturally (two answers required): Digestible; Snow; Grass; Seawater; Equatorial; or Llamas?

18.  What is the traditional mulled wine called in Germany, meaning 'burning wine'?

19.  Etruria and the Etruscan people were originally in: Italy; Ireland; Russia; or USA?   

20.  Abraham Maslow's 'Hierarchy of Needs' theory seeks to explain: Warfare; Communism; Human motivation; or Christmas shopping?

21.  Chinese people increasingly give (What?) called 'pingguo' at (When?) called 'pinganye': Soap; Apples; Rice; Weddings; Christenings; Christmas Eve? (two answers required)

22.  The enduring Classical Ballet feet positioning defined by Pierre Beauchamps in the late 1600s is the '(How many?) Positions': Two; Three; Four or Five?  

23.  Established first in London in 1828, what was the full term for the modern abbreviation 'zoo'?

24.  What Anglicized-French word, from Latin for birth, is a synonym for Christmas?

25.  What metal is unusually insoluble in nitric acid, hence the term 'acid test'?




General Knowledge Answers 497 

1.     The word Xmas originates from: Atheism; Medieval illiteracy; Walt Disney; or Greek for Christ? Greek for Christ (from the Greek letter Chi, the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός, which means Christ – and 'mas' is Latin-derived Old English word for Mass)

2.     Concurrently ice-cream is: Solid; Liquid; Gas; or All three? All three

3.     What creamy beverage is named from Dutch 'lawyer's drink'? Advocaat (fully advocatenborrel)

4.     What does the WD stand for in the spray oil WD40? Water Displacement (40 refers to the 40th development formula version)

5.     What natural form of water is popular slang for people said to be spoilt, over-protected and emotionally special or fragile? Snowflake

6.     Smartphone users touch their screens typically how many times per day: 400; 800; 1100; or 2700? 2700

7.     The precious metal purity grade of 3N5 is an abbreviation of what percentage? 99.95% ('three nines [point] five')

8.     What sport traditionally uses goose feathers of the left wing: Fishing; Hang-gliding; Boxing; or Badminton? Badminton (so that shuttlecocks spin consistently – right-wing feathers may be used also, but generally left and right wing feathers are not mixed in a single shuttlecock)

9.     In Dutch tradition the controversial Spanish Moor character Black Pete (Zwarte Piet) is whose companion? Sinterklaas/Santa Claus (or Father Christmas)

10.  Futsal, devised by Uruguan teacher Juan Carlos Ceriani, is the global official indoor form of: Polo; The Marathon; Association Football; or Rowing? Association Football (5-a-side - the name is from futbol de salon and other Spanish/Portuguese variants meaning hall football) 

11.  What anxiety disorder is named from Greek meaning fear of the public/market square? Agoraphobia

12.  1000% is how many times more: 5; 10; 100; or 1000? 10

13. In telephony what does SMS stand for? Short Message Service

14. The gums of the Boswellia and Commiphora plants are more commonly known as which two aromatic resins? Frankincense and Myrrh (bonus point if you spelled both correctly)

15. What famous city means 'house of meat/bread' in Arabic/Hebrew? Bethlehem 

16. Name the first modular space station, built in orbit, meaning world and peace in Russian? Mir

17.  Volcán Cayambe volcano in Ecuador is the only place where (What?) (What?) exists naturally (two answers required): Digestible; Snow; Grass; Seawater; Equatorial; or Llamas? Equatorial Snow

18.  What is the traditional mulled wine called in Germany, meaning 'burning wine'? Glühwein

19.  Etruria and the Etruscan people were originally in: Italy; Ireland; Russia; or USA? Italy 

20.  Abraham Maslow's 'Hierarchy of Needs' theory seeks to explain: Warfare; Communism; Human motivation; or Christmas shopping? Human motivation (see Maslow page) 

21.  Chinese people increasingly give (What?) called 'pingguo' at (When?) called 'pinganye': Soap; Apples; Rice; Weddings; Christenings; Christmas Eve? (two answers required) Apples at Christmas Eve  

22.  The enduring Classical Ballet feet positioning defined by Pierre Beauchamps in the late 1600s is the '(How many?) Positions': Two; Three; Four or Five? Five  (later extended to seven, although the 'five positions' remain fundamental to classical ballet – see the dance page)

23.  Established first in London in 1828, what was the full term for the modern abbreviation 'zoo'? Zoological Gardens (Zoological Park is an acceptable if less correct answer)

24.  What Anglicized-French word, from Latin for birth, is a synonym for Christmas? Noel (from natalis)

25.  What metal is unusually insoluble in nitric acid, hence the term 'acid test'? Gold


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