General Knowledge Questions (192)

  1. What biscuit was created to celebrate the visit of a founding father of modern Italy to London in 1864?
  2. The natural effect causing paint to rise up the hairs of a paintbrush, and liquid to rise up a narrow tube is called (what) action?
  3. Spell the medical term: Cortorize; Quarterize; Cauterize; or Quortorize? And, bonus point, what process does it entail (applying to the skin or flesh): Burning; Stitching; Grafting; or Swaddling?
  4. In 1971 the Russian-built Salyut 1 became the first what?
  5. What drink brand was first to be offered with a foam producing 'widget' in the can? - Bonus point, what gas does the widget release, producing the foam?
  6. Roughly how long did the Pony Express service operate in the USA: 1 year; 5 years; 10 years; or 20 years?
  7. What drug company developed Viagra?
  8. What car company was set up by Colin Chapman in 1952, subsequently succeeding in F1 racing?
  9. What Canadian city was named by explorer Jacques Cartier, meaning originally 'Royal Mount'?
  10. What controversial levy was introduced in the UK in 1989-90, replaced after prolonged protests by the Council Tax?
  11. Dr Robert Atkins, (1930-2003), who died weighing 260lbs, was noted for what eponymous conception?
  12. What ingredient, used cleverly very sparingly by the Romans, largely determines durability of concrete?
  13. Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC), was better known as what hugely influential organization, notably in the colonial exploitation of Asia?
  14. What does 'swaddling' mean: Wrapping in cloth; Covering in oil; Soaking in milk; or Protecting with straw?
  15. Technically the potato is a: Tuber; Root; Stem; or Fruit?
  16. In what modern country did the ancient Sumer or Sumerian civilisation develop and flourish?
  17. Modern DNA studies show that the first migrants to the North American continent were: Asians; Europeans; South Americans; or Africans?
  18. What modern convenient foodstuff takes its name from the Latin meaning 'salted (and preserved meat)'?
  19. What famous detective/crime writer was the first goalkeeper and a founder of Portsmouth United Football Club?
  20. What naturally occurring and dangerous material is commonly represented by the formula Mg3(Si2O5)(OH)4?

General Knowledge Answers (192)

  1. What biscuit was created to celebrate the visit of a founding father of modern Italy to London in 1864? Garibaldi (after the Italian leader Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1807-82)
  2. The natural effect causing paint to rise up the hairs of a paintbrush, and liquid to rise up a narrow tube is called (what) action? Capillary action
  3. Spell the medical term: Cortorize; Quarterize; Cauterize; or Quortorize? Cauterize (or Cauterise) And, bonus point, what process does it entail (applying to the skin or flesh): Burning; Stitching; Grafting; or Swaddling? Burning (from Greek kauterion, meaning branding iron - it stops bleeding and infection)
  4. In 1971 the Russian-built Salyut 1 became the first what? Space station (or words to that effect)
  5. What drink brand was first to be offered with a foam producing 'widget' in the can? Guinness - Bonus point, what gas does the widget release, producing the foam? Nitrogen
  6. Roughly how long did the Pony Express service operate in the USA: 1 year; 5 years; 10 years; or 20 years? One year (it was replaced immediately the telegraph system was established in 1861)
  7. What drug company developed Viagra? Pfizer (originally as angina treatment)
  8. What car company was set up by Colin Chapman in 1952, subsequently succeeding in F1 racing? Lotus
  9. What Canadian city was named by explorer Jacques Cartier, meaning originally 'Royal Mount'? Montreal
  10. What controversial levy was introduced in the UK in 1989-90, replaced after prolonged protests by the Council Tax? Community Charge (known informally as the Poll Tax, which is a less technically correct answer)
  11. Dr Robert Atkins, (1930-2003), who died weighing 260lbs, was noted for what eponymous conception? Atkins Diet
  12. What ingredient, used cleverly very sparingly by the Romans, largely determines durability of concrete? Water
  13. Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC), was better known as what hugely influential organization, notably in the colonial exploitation of Asia? Dutch East India Company (known in Holland as United East India Company, the DEIC was arguably the first ever multinational corporation; it was the first to issue shares, and at its peak boasted 50,000 staff plus a 10,000-strong army, with powers to wage war and imprison and execute people - founded in 1602; it was bankrupted and dissolved by 1800)
  14. What does 'swaddling' mean: Wrapping in cloth; Covering in oil; Soaking in milk; or Protecting with straw? Wrapping in cloth (a human, for example the baby Jesus)
  15. Technically the potato is a: Tuber; Root; Stem; or Fruit? Tuber
  16. In what modern country did the ancient Sumer or Sumerian civilisation develop and flourish? Iraq (probably the first empire in history, c.2300-2000BC)
  17. Modern DNA studies show that the first migrants to the North American continent were: Asians; Europeans; South Americans; or Africans? Asians (from what are now Russia into Alaska, so becoming Native Americans)
  18. What modern convenient foodstuff takes its name from the Latin meaning 'salted (and preserved meat)'? Sausage (originally via French, saussiche, from Latin salcicius/salsicia, from salsus, salt)
  19. What famous detective/crime writer was the first goalkeeper and a founder of Portsmouth United Football Club? Arthur Conan Doyle (creator of Sherlock Holmes)
  20. What naturally occurring and dangerous material is commonly represented by the formula Mg3(Si2O5)(OH)4Asbestos (the word is from Latin and earlier Greek, meaning 'unquenchable' - this seems logically to refer to the natural stone's fireproofing and insulating qualities, although originally the precise etymology is confused with lime, or quicklime; whatever, the fire-resistant qualities of asbestos have been known and used for several thousand years, and only in the late 1900s has the material been more famous for its health risks, notably when breathing air containing asbestos particles)


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