General Knowledge Quiz #33 Answers

  1. As at 2008 which corporation owns the brands Duracell, Braun and Gillette?
  2. Who was the first artist to appear at the new Wembley Stadium?
  3. In which year did the first Mersey road tunnel open?
  4. In which country was Imry Nagy twice Prime Minister, executed for treason in 1958 and reburied as a hero in 1989?
  5. Which English artist and engraver is famed for his paintings of horses?
  6. American jazz musician Art Tatum excelled on which instrument?
  7. What is the technical term for a solid figure with five plane (flat) faces?
  8. A boomslang is what type of creature?
  9. What is grandpa's name in the TV show The Munsters?
  10. In which country was Greenpeace founded?
  11. Who succeeded James Callaghan as leader of Britain's Labour Party?
  12. Which student of Socrates, and teacher of Aristole, wrote Republic?
  13. What is the name of the assembly of cardinals for the election of a pope?
  14. Chiromancy is the technical name for what pseudoscience (claimed but not proven to be scientific)?
  15. The Karnak Temple complex, dating back to the ancient city of Thebes, is in which country?
  16. As at 2008 what is the most popularly attended concert venue in the world (highest audience numbers per year)?
  17. Nanga Parbat, meaning 'naked mountain', the 9th highest in the world, is part of which mountain range?
  18. In which year was the United Nations founded?
  19. Which American singer's real name was Eunice Wayman?
  20. The ghost of great Dane dog Kabur, said to haunt Los Angeles Pet Cemetery, belonged to which 1920s screen idol?
  21. Who wrote Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance?
  22. What country hosts the World Wife-Carrying Championships?
  23. What country temporarily renamed its currency Bolivar Fuerte (meaning strong Bolivar) while phasing out the use of the previous Bolivar alongside it?
  24. What vital mechanism did Elisha Otis invent in 1852?
  25. What is Earl's band called in the TV series My Name is Earl?
  26. Which British MP claims responsibility for introducing speed bumps ('sleeping policemen') to UK roads?
  27. Who holds the record for the longest televised successful golf putt (as at 2008)?
  28. Harrisburg is the capital of which US state?
  29. What are the Italian cheese balls whose name translates as 'small mouthfuls?
  30. What did Colonel Thomas Blood attempt to steal in 1671?

General Knowledge Answers (55)

  1. As at 2008 which corporation owns the brands Duracell, Braun and Gillette? Procter & Gamble
  2. Who was the first artist to appear at the new Wembley Stadium? George Michael (9 June 2007)
  3. In which year did the first Mersey road tunnel open? 1934 (Liverpool to Birkenhead)
  4. In which country was Imry Nagy twice Prime Minister, executed for treason in 1958 and reburied as a hero in 1989? Hungary (In Hungary his name would be Nagy Imre - he was executed after his country's failed 1956 uprising against the Soviets and reburied as a hero over 30 years later when Hungary became free of Soviet rule.)
  5. Which English artist and engraver is famed for his paintings of horses? George Stubbs(1724-1806)
  6. American jazz musician Art Tatum excelled on which instrument? Piano
  7. What is the technical term for a solid figure with five plane (flat) faces? Pentahedron
  8. A boomslang is what type of creature? Snake
  9. What is grandpa's name in the TV show The Munsters? Sam Dracula (fully Sam Dracula, Count of Transylvania)
  10. In which country was Greenpeace founded? Canada (in 1971)
  11. Who succeeded James Callaghan as leader of Britain's Labour Party? Michael Foot(leader from 1980-83)
  12. Which student of Socrates, and teacher of Aristole, wrote Republic? Plato
  13. What is the name of the assembly of cardinals for the election of a pope? Conclave
  14. Chiromancy is the technical name for what pseudoscience (claimed but not proven to be scientific)? Palmistry (or palm-reading - 'chiro' derives from Greek 'kheir' meaning hand.)
  15. The Karnak Temple complex, dating back to the ancient city of Thebes, is in which country? Egypt
  16. As at 2008 what is the most popularly attended concert venue in the world (highest audience numbers per year)? The O2, London (or 02 Arena, formerly the Millennium Dome, in Greenwich, London. The O2 corporation owns the name rights to the venue. They have also renamed Dublin's Point Theatre the same (O2), and perhaps others besides in the future, hence 'O2 London' is the most accurate answer.)
  17. Nanga Parbat, meaning 'naked mountain', the 9th highest in the world, is part of which mountain range? Himalayas
  18. In which year was the United Nations founded? 1945 (October 24th)
  19. Which American singer's real name was Eunice Wayman? Nina Simone
  20. The ghost of great Dane dog Kabur, said to haunt Los Angeles Pet Cemetery, belonged to which 1920s screen idol? Rudolph Valentino (fully Rodolpho Alphonso Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antonguolia, 1895-1926)
  21. Who wrote Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance? Robert Pirsig (fully Robert M Pirsig, born 1928 - and the book's full title is Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values. It was published in 1974.)
  22. What country hosts the World Wife-Carrying Championships? Finland (traditionally in the town of Sonkajärvi, the race is run over a 253.5m track including various surfaces and obstacles, carrying a woman weighing or handicapped to weigh no less than 49 kgs, which also is the weight in beer of the prize for winning.)
  23. What country temporarily renamed its currency Bolivar Fuerte (meaning strong Bolivar) while phasing out the use of the previous Bolivar alongside it? Venezuela (1BsF = 1000Bs. The Bolivar takes its name from Simon Bolivar, the of South American independence leader.)
  24. What vital mechanism did Elisha Otis invent in 1852? The elevator brake (specifically a safety brake which stops the elevator from falling in event of cable failure, which dramatically increased confidence and installation of elevators in buildings.)
  25. What is Earl's band called in the TV series My Name is Earl? Phish Tahko
  26. Which British MP claims responsibility for introducing speed bumps ('sleeping policemen') to UK roads? Kenneth Clarke (apparently he also claims jokingly to have influenced the Russian linesman to award Geoff Hurst's crucial second goal in the 1966 World Cup Final by shouting from his seat nearby in the crowd.)
  27. Who holds the record for the longest televised successful golf putt (as at 2008)? Terry Wogan (33 yards, at Gleaneagles, in a 1981 BBC pro-celebrity golf event.)
  28. Harrisburg is the capital of which US state? Pennsylvania
  29. What are the Italian cheese balls whose name translates as 'small mouthfuls? Bocconcini
  30. What did Colonel Thomas Blood attempt to steal in 1671? The Crown Jewels (from the Tower of London - Blood was captured while making his getaway, but then, puzzlingly, completely pardoned by the King.)


Last modified: Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 2:27 PM