General Knowledge Quiz #58

  1. What famous London addresses have these postcodes: SW1A 1AA and SW1A 2AA?
  2. The words 'domo arigato' mean 'thank you' in what language?
  3. What alliterative two-word term describes a product or service sold at less than cost, typically to encourage customers to buy other more profitable products/services?
  4. What hit song by the Crash Test Dummies comprised four three-letter words all containing the same letter?
  5. What year is represented by the Roman numerals MCMXCIX?
  6. What stage character is based on a real life medieval merchant, politician and Mayor of London?
  7. What country was previously called Abyssinia?
  8. The Evzones (meaning 'well-girded', a word apparently first recorded by Homer) are an elite ceremonial infantry unit in which European country?
  9. What ironic term describes the practice of business executives visiting the factory floor or other front-line work, abbreviated to MBWA?
  10. What two-colour scarf did David Beckham wear in support of the anti-Glazer campaign when leaving the Old Trafford pitch after playing for Milan in their European Championship defeat by Manchester United?
  11. What is the state capital of Western Australia?
  12. A copita is a glass traditionally used for drinking what?
  13. What British newspaper ('accidentally' due to a 'miscommunication') published a recklessly defamatory article against Facebook headlined: "I posed as a 14-year-old girl on Facebook. What followed will sicken you."
  14. The British bingo call "Doctor's Orders" stands for what number?
  15. Mg is the symbol of which chemical element: Manganese, Magnesium, Mercury, or Molybdenum?
  16. Who was made Archbishop of Capetown in 1986?
  17. Put these American presidents in order, earliest first: Reagan, Eisenhower, Carter, Washington, Nixon, Lincoln?
  18. The 1797 Treaty of Campo Formio was signed by Napoleon Bonaparte of France and Count Ludwig von Cobenzl of which country?
  19. The Orinoco river meets the sea on which country's coast?
  20. A square hectare of land would have sides of how many metres each?
  21. In marketing and business, 'Me-too' products are what: copies of other suppliers' successful products; successful due to word-of-mouth referral; endorsed by the Queen; or for use by a whole family?
  22. Lazar Ludwick Zamenhof invented which language?
  23. What are flews: the hanging upper lips of dogs such as bloodhounds; routes taken by migrating birds; a respiratory disease; or secret compartments in a lady's handbag?
  24. What is the square root of 225?
  25. What is the full name of the leading scientific and technological research university referred to as MIT?
  26. Which two of his wives survived King Henry the Eighth?
  27. Which British politician's epitaph reads: "I may not have succeeded in halting the war but I did secure the right of Parliament to decide on war" ?
  28. On a chess board at the start of play what piece is between the queen and its closest knight?
  29. What term describes computer software or its code which is free to use and adapt, based on a philosophy of improvement through sharing and collaboration?
  30. The work of which artist inspired HR Geiger's design of the monster in the Alien film?
  31. A monorchid has one what?
  32. Winnipeg is the capital city of which Canadian province?
  33. What is the seven or nine branch candelabrum, of which the Jewish hanukiah (or chanukkiyah) is a type?
  34. In golf what slang refers to a free extra stroke sometimes allowed informally after a poor shot, typically off the first tee?
  35. A logomachy is a dispute over what?
  36. Stonehenge is in which UK county?
  37. What is a fumarole: an opening in the earth's surface emitting steam and gases; an argument about a bar bill, a Swiss chocolate cake; or male theatrical part played by an actress?
  38. Blenny, damsel, hamlet, goby and grunt are varieties of what living things?
  39. What is the Hindi greeting and salutation also used by many Westerners engaging in Indian cultural activities and philosophies?
  40. Suggestions from the 'politically correct' community occasionally call for what creative group process to be renamed 'Thought Showers'?

General Knowledge Quiz #58 Answers

  1. What famous London addresses have these postcodes: SW1A 1AA and SW1A 2AA? Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street
  2. The words 'domo arigato' mean 'thank you' in what language? Japanese (properly dōmo arigatō)
  3. What alliterative two-word term describes a product or service sold at less than cost, typically to encourage customers to buy other more profitable products/services? Loss leader (more interesting and quirky terms in the business dictionary)
  4. What hit song by the Crash Test Dummies comprised four three-letter words all containing the same letter? Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm
  5. What year is represented by the Roman numerals MCMXCIX? 1999
  6. What stage character is based on a real life medieval merchant, politician and Mayor of London? Dick Whittington (Sir Richard Whittington, c.1354-1423)
  7. What country was previously called Abyssinia? Ethiopia (fully, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia)
  8. The Evzones (meaning 'well-girded', a word apparently first recorded by Homer) are an elite ceremonial infantry unit in which European country? Greece
  9. What ironic term describes the practice of business executives visiting the factory floor or other front-line work, abbreviated to MBWA? Management By Walking Around (or Wandering About, or variations using these words - see MBWA)
  10. What two-colour scarf did David Beckham wear in support of the anti-Glazer campaign when leaving the Old Trafford pitch after playing for Milan in their European Championship defeat by Manchester United? Green and yellow (or gold)
  11. What is the state capital of Western Australia? Perth
  12. A copita is a glass traditionally used for drinking what? Sherry
  13. What British newspaper ('accidentally' due to a 'miscommunication') published a recklessly defamatory article against Facebook headlined: "I posed as a 14-year-old girl on Facebook. What followed will sicken you." The Daily Mail
  14. The British bingo call "Doctor's Orders" stands for what number? Nine (No 9 was a WWII army laxative pill)
  15. Mg is the symbol of which chemical element: Manganese, Magnesium, Mercury, or Molybdenum? Magnesium (Manganese is Mn, Mercury is Hg, and Molybdenum is Mo)
  16. Who was made Archbishop of Capetown in 1986? Desmond Tutu
  17. Put these American presidents in order, earliest first: Reagan, Eisenhower, Carter, Washington, Nixon, Lincoln? Washington, Lincoln, Eisenhower, Nixon, Carter, Reagan
  18. The 1797 Treaty of Campo Formio was signed by Napoleon Bonaparte of France and Count Ludwig von Cobenzl of which country? Austria
  19. The Orinoco river meets the sea on which country's coast? Venezuela
  20. A square hectare of land would have sides of how many metres each? One hundred (a hectare is ten thousand square metres)
  21. In marketing and business, 'Me-too' products are what: copies of other suppliers' successful products; successful due to word-of-mouth referral; endorsed by the Queen; or for use by a whole family? Copies of successful products ('me-too' products lack innovation, but are quick and inexpensive to develop and launch, and generally are priced lower than the market leaders - see marketing and selling)
  22. Lazar Ludwick Zamenhof invented which language? Esperanto
  23. What are flews: the hanging upper lips of dogs such as bloodhounds; routes taken by migrating birds; a respiratory disease; or secret compartments in a lady's handbag? Hanging upper lips of dogs
  24. What is the square root of 225? 15
  25. What is the full name of the leading scientific and technological research university referred to as MIT? Massachusetts Institute of Technology (based in Cambridge Massachusetts, founded in 1861)
  26. Which two of his wives survived King Henry the Eighth? Anne of Cleves and Catherine Parr
  27. Which British politician's epitaph reads: "I may not have succeeded in halting the war but I did secure the right of Parliament to decide on war" ? Robin Cook
  28. On a chess board at the start of play what piece is between the queen and its closest knight? Bishop
  29. What term describes computer software or its code which is free to use and adapt, based on a philosophy of improvement through sharing and collaboration? Open Source
  30. The work of which artist inspired HR Geiger's design of the monster in the Alien film? Francis Bacon
  31. A monorchid has one what? Testicle
  32. Winnipeg is the capital city of which Canadian province? Manitoba
  33. What is the seven or nine branch candelabrum, of which the Jewish hanukiah (or chanukkiyah) is a type? Menorah
  34. In golf what slang refers to a free extra stroke sometimes allowed informally after a poor shot, typically off the first tee? Mulligan
  35. A logomachy is a dispute over what? Words (or the meaning of words)
  36. Stonehenge is in which UK county? Wiltshire
  37. What is a fumarole: an opening in the earth's surface emitting steam and gases; an argument about a bar bill, a Swiss chocolate cake; or male theatrical part played by an actress? An opening in the earth's surface emitting steam and gases
  38. Blenny, damsel, hamlet, goby and grunt are varieties of what living things? Fish (notably marine aquarium fish)
  39. What is the Hindi greeting and salutation also used by many Westerners engaging in Indian cultural activities and philosophies? Namaste (loosely translating to 'I bow to you')
  40. Suggestions from the 'politically correct' community occasionally call for what creative group process to be renamed 'Thought Showers'? Brainstorming (This is on the basis that the term Brainstorming is insulting to people suffering mental illness, although to date the notion seems not to have attracted support from any signficant body representing people so afflicted.)


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