General Knowledge Quiz #428

General Knowledge Quiz #428 - Questions and Answers

The 428th quiz in the BusinessBalls.com general knowledge series. A variety of topics and difficulties to keep you entertained, at work, at home or at the pub. Try Quiz #427 here.

General Knowledge Quiz #428 - Questions

  1. Hygroscopic refers to substances which do what to water: Absorb/Adsorb; Repel; Heat; or Freeze?
  2. Spell the word: Auxillary; Auxiliary; Auxilliary; Auxilary?
  3. What is Germany's biggest selling newspaper (at 2012)?
  4. Baselworld in Switzerland is the world's biggest annual tradeshow event for: Watches and Jewellery; Cheese; Motorbikes; or Banking?
  5. Name the famous cartoonist whose strip was rejected in Mar 2012 by several US newspapers for satirising anti-abortion measures adopted in Texas? (Bonus point, name the strip?)
  6. The term photovoltaic refers to technology in what renewable energy?
  7. Shakespeare's play of Greek/Trojan war, love and betrayal is Troilus and (who)?
  8. Rust on metal is caused by the action of: Moisture and Oxygen; Salt and Hydrogen; Heat and Mositure; or Salt and Moisture?
  9. Who in the 1970s was the first big sports superstar endorsee of the Fila brand?
  10. Press-ups and squat-thrusts were reportedly introduced in 2012 as staff punishments at what major retailer's Milan branch: John Lewis; Marks and Spencer; Walmart; or Abercrombie and Fitch?
  11. Name the 1982 Buckingham Palace early-hours intruder who woke and spoke to Elizabeth II in her bedroom?
  12. At 2012 what mobile broadband service is/was the next major upgrade for most of Europe: 2G; 3G; 4G; or 5G?
  13. A4E, the controversial UK-based government-funded work training and placement agency stands for what original name?
  14. Pierre Boulez, Ferenc Fricsay, Valery Gergiev, Kurt Masur, Dmitri Mitropoulos, Leopold Stokowski are noted for being famous what, who generally did not use what now common tool of their profession? (two answers required)
  15. 72 year-old Nepali Chandra Bahadur Dangi was certified in 2012 by the Guinness Book of World Records as the shortest human ever at how many inches: 21.5; 27; 31.5; or 34?
  16. Name the Sony Playstation new handheld gaming model launched in Europe in 2012?
  17. What country inspired the term Banana Republic?
  18. Frenchman Maurice André, who attributed his stamina and breath control to his teenage years as a coal miner, was a famous virtuoso player of what instrument?
  19. The acronym STEM in education refers to a set of what four technical subjects?
  20. Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger's 'thought experiment' theory is referred to as Schrödinger's (what animal)?

General Knowledge Quiz #428 - Answers

  1. Hygroscopic refers to substances which do what to water: Absorb/Adsorb; Repel; Heat; or Freeze? Absorb/Adsorb
  2. Spell the word: Auxillary; Auxiliary; Auxilliary; Auxilary? Auxiliary
  3. What is Germany's biggest selling newspaper (at 2012)? Bild (apparently, formerly and fully Bild-Zeitung, meaning Picture Newspaper, it is a tabloid but broadsheet size, and as at 2012 the largest selling newspaper in Europe, and according to Wikipedia the biggest selling anywhere outside of Japan)
  4. Baselworld in Switzerland is the world's biggest annual tradeshow event for: Watches and Jewellery; Cheese; Motorbikes; or Banking? Watches and Jewellery
  5. Name the famous cartoonist whose strip was rejected in Mar 2012 by several US newspapers for satirising anti-abortion measures adopted in Texas? Garry Trudeau(Bonus point, name the strip? Doonesbury)
  6. The term photovoltaic refers to technology in what renewable energy? Solar power(Photovoltaic effect is the action of light photons on electrons, causing them to carry electric current, first observed by Alexandre-Edmond Becquerel in 1839, now central to solar panel/power technology, specifically the semi-conductor cells in solar panels)
  7. Shakespeare's play of Greek/Trojan war, love and betrayal is Troilus and (who)? Cressida
  8. Rust on metal is caused by the action of: Moisture and Oxygen; Salt and Hydrogen; Heat and Mositure; or Salt and Moisture? Moisture and Oxygen
  9. Who in the 1970s was the first big sports superstar endorsee of the Fila brand? Björn Borg
  10. Press-ups and squat-thrusts were reportedly introduced in 2012 as staff punishments at what major retailer's Milan branch: John Lewis; Marks and Spencer; Walmart; or Abercrombie and Fitch? Abercrombie and Fitch
  11. Name the 1982 Buckingham Palace early-hours intruder who woke and spoke to Elizabeth II in her bedroom? Michael Fagan
  12. At 2012 what mobile broadband service is/was the next major upgrade for most of Europe: 2G; 3G; 4G; or 5G? 4G (= circa 8-20 megabits/sec)
  13. A4E, the controversial UK-based government-funded work training and placement agency stands for what original name? Action For Employment
  14. Pierre Boulez, Ferenc Fricsay, Valery Gergiev, Kurt Masur, Dmitri Mitropoulos, Leopold Stokowski are noted for being famous what, who generally did not use what now common tool of their profession? (two answers required) Conductors who did not use a Baton
  15. 72 year-old Nepali Chandra Bahadur Dangi was certified in 2012 by the Guinness Book of World Records as the shortest human ever at how many inches: 21.5; 27; 31.5; or 34? 21.5 inches (54.6 centimetres)
  16. Name the Sony Playstation new handheld gaming model launched in Europe in 2012? Vita
  17. What country inspired the term Banana Republic? Honduras (from the 1904 book Cabbages and Kings by O Henry, real name William Sydney Porter, who was staying in Honduras at the time - the term refers to an unstable nation, typically South American, with a corrupt government exploiting a basic organic and significant national product, such as bananas, so as to reward the ruling elite while keeping the rest of the people suppressed and in poverty)
  18. Frenchman Maurice André, who attributed his stamina and breath control to his teenage years as a coal miner, was a famous virtuoso player of what instrument? Trumpet (specifically the piccolo trumpet)
  19. The acronym STEM in education refers to a set of what four technical subjects? Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (see the STEM acronym for a wider view of its significance)
  20. Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger's 'thought experiment' theory is referred to as Schrödinger's (what animal)? Cat (The 1935 'Schrödinger's Cat' paradoxical illustration suggests that a cat, representing something that can exist in different states, continues to exist in two possible states - i.e., alive or dead - until one of its possible states is measured, which, in the case of the cat, results in its extinction. See also the amusing Schrödinger's Cat entry in the 'Glass-half full/empty' collection of quotes.)


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