General Knowledge Questions (186)

  1. What capital city of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh became famous for the 1984 gas poisoning disaster at Dow Chemicals' Union Carbide plant?
  2. What, according to Forbes magazine in 2011 "...achieved in 7 years what the CIA could not in 60, i.e., knowing what 800million people think, read and listen to..." ?
  3. The French term ligne (equating to 'line' in English) is used by makers of watches, buttons and hats as an expression of: Size; Hardness; Quality; or Circular perfection?
  4. The international SOLAS treaty, passed two years after after the 1912 Titanic sinking, stands for what?
  5. The word husband is derived from the ancient Old Norse meanings of 'house' and what activity: Farming; Hunting; Fighting; or Child-rearing?
  6. Who wrote The Stepford Wives, Rosemary's Baby, and The Boys from Brazil?
  7. Name the controversial guest character, subject to European extradition proceedings, appearing in the 500th edition of The Simpsons TV animation series?
  8. Cymraeg refers to what nation's language, in its own language?
  9. The European/Asian slow worm (Anguis) is what sort of animal: Snake; Lizard; Eel; or Earthworm?
  10. Spell the surname of the notable German writer and philosopher: Nietzch; Neitsche; Nietzsche; or Nietzche; or Neitzche?
  11. Piscine Molitor Patel is better known by what highly abbreviated name, being the central character of an eponymously titled novel?
  12. SOPA, the 2011/12 USA bill addressing internet copyright infringement stands for what?
  13. Name the UK government minister in the news in 2012 for his initiatives for schools bible distribution and a new royal yacht?
  14. The Venetian island of Murano is noted for its centuries-old traditional manufacture of what material in decorative form?
  15. 'Guerilla' street art attributed to 'Banski' became a notable feature of what capital city in 2012?
  16. The fashionable Belstaff clothing label was founded in Staffordshire UK in 1924 initially to produce protective waterprooof clothing for: Fishermen; Motorcyclists; Policemen; or Deep-sea divers?
  17. 'Data Pool 3' refers to millions of documents provided to police investigators by what organization?
  18. What mixed drink takes its name from the Spanish for 'bleeding'?
  19. What instrument is the basis of the occupational name for a stringed instrument maker, notably of violins and guitars?
  20. The printing/publishing term 'vox nihili' referring to a useles or redundant word, especially from an error, literally means what?

General Knowledge Answers (186)

  1. What capital city of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh became famous for the 1984 gas poisoning disaster at Dow Chemicals' Union Carbide plant? Bhopal
  2. What, according to Forbes magazine in 2011 "...achieved in 7 years what the CIA could not in 60, i.e., knowing what 800million people think, read and listen to..." ? Facebook
  3. The French term ligne (equating to 'line' in English) is used by makers of watches, buttons and hats as an expression of: Size; Hardness; Quality; or Circular perfection? Size (ligne is a very old French unit of measurement - loosely there are 12 lignes to an inch - or 1 L = 2.2558mm - in hat-making lignes refer to the width of a hatband - button size is expressed in lignes, and Swiss/French watchmakers refer to the size of watch movements in lignes)
  4. The international SOLAS treaty, passed two years after after the 1912 Titanic sinking, stands for what? Safety Of Life At Sea (fully the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea)
  5. The word husband is derived from the ancient Old Norse meanings of 'house' and what activity: Farming; Hunting; Fighting; or Child-rearing? Farming (specifically a tiller of the soil and cultivator, being the root meaning of the Norse word bondi, hence the modern term husbandry)
  6. Who wrote The Stepford Wives, Rosemary's Baby, and The Boys from Brazil? Ira Levin
  7. Name the controversial guest character, subject to European extradition proceedings, appearing in the 500th edition of The Simpsons TV animation series? Julian Assange(founder of 'whistleblowing' website WikiLeaks, wanted in Sweden to answer investigation of sexual assault claims, also subject of concern notably in the US due to WikiLeaks' extensive publication of sensitive military and defense department papers)
  8. Cymraeg refers to what nation's language, in its own language? Wales/Welsh (Cymraeg means the Welsh language)
  9. The European/Asian slow worm (Anguis) is what sort of animal: Snake; Lizard; Eel; or Earthworm? Lizard
  10. Spell the surname of the notable German writer and philosopher: Nietzch; Neitsche; Nietzsche; or Nietzche; or Neitzche? Nietzsche (Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, pronounced most simply 'neech')
  11. Piscine Molitor Patel is better known by what highly abbreviated name, being the central character of an eponymously titled novel? Pi (in Yann Martel's book, Life of Pi)
  12. SOPA, the 2011/12 USA bill addressing internet copyright infringement stands for what? Stop Online Piracy Act
  13. Name the UK government minister in the news in 2012 for his initiatives for schools bible distribution and a new royal yacht? Michael Gove
  14. The Venetian island of Murano is noted for its centuries-old traditional manufacture of what material in decorative form? Glass
  15. 'Guerilla' street art attributed to 'Banski' became a notable feature of what capital city in 2012? Moscow
  16. The fashionable Belstaff clothing label was founded in Staffordshire UK in 1924 initially to produce protective waterprooof clothing for: Fishermen; Motorcyclists; Policemen; or Deep-sea divers? Motorcyclists (Belstaff is said to be the first company to produce and market waxed cotton waterprooof clothing)
  17. 'Data Pool 3' refers to millions of documents provided to police investigators by what organization? News Corporation (or News International, or NI Group, being different constitutional/international guises of the Murdoch publishing empire - in relation to the Leveson Inquiry and phone hacking scandal)
  18. What mixed drink takes its name from the Spanish for 'bleeding'? Sangria
  19. What instrument is the basis of the occupational name for a stringed instrument maker, notably of violins and guitars? Lute (in French, luth, hence luthier)
  20. The printing/publishing term 'vox nihili' referring to a useles or redundant word, especially from an error, literally means what? Voice of nothing


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