General Knowledge Questions (196)

  1. What is the only internal human organ capable of natural regeneration of lost tissue?
  2. What model pioneered personal computing in the 1980s, selling over 20 million of its (then huge) 64k memory machines?
  3. Name the passenger vehicle famously lost with 36 fatalities on 6 May 1937 at New Jersey US?
  4. Spell the city name: Pnom Penh; Phnom Penh; Phnom Penn; or Pnhom Pehn? - Bonus point, it is the capital city of which country?
  5. Belgian surgeon Jacques Rogge headed what organization (at 2012)? - Bonus point - Who preceded Rogge and was the longest serving president, 1980-2001? - additional bonus point - What nationality was that longest serving president of the IOC?
  6. What instrument most commonly features in the logos of national postal services?
  7. Protected Geographical Status (PGS) is a EU legal framework to protect the names of regional: Foods/drinks; Songs; Dances; or Festivals?
  8. Chicken Pox is mainly contracted from contact with: Children; Adults; Water; or Birds?
  9. Which country has (early 2000s) the highest AIDS infection rate in the world?
  10. Tian Tian and Yang Guang are: Pandas; Perfumes; Triad gangsters; Beijing subway stations; or Korean search engines?
  11. Earl Scruggs (1924-2012) pioneered and was master of the three-fingered technique for playing what?
  12. Facebook announced the acquisition of what major photo app company in April 2012?
  13. Introduced in the early 1900s, the internationally used Whyte Notation (representing the number of leading/driving/trailing wheels, via a numbers and dashes system) classifies what?
  14. Perfunctory means: Smelly; Faultless; Careless; or Structured?
  15. In 2012 Harvard professor Jonathan Tilley announced research apparently proving (contrary to all previous medical thinking) what human feature can be enabled to be replenished in the host body: Teeth; Brain tissue; Eggs; or Heart?
  16. The Chinese (translated) 'Society of Righteous and Harmonious Fists' which once instigated a famous rebellion against colonial and imperial presence in Peking (now Beijing) China, were better known by what name?
  17. The federation of which sport ruled in early 2012 that bikinis would not be compulsory for its competitors at the London Olympics?
  18. The UK further education system abbreviation UCAS stands for what?
  19. Name Shanghai's financial area and China's commercial hub, literally meaning 'east bank'?
  20. What modern counter-intuitive notion of leading people did author Robert Greenleaf popularize in his so-titled 1977 book?

General Knowledge Answers (196)

  1. What is the only internal human organ capable of natural regeneration of lost tissue? Liver (as little as 25% of a human liver can regenerate effectively into a whole liver)
  2. What model pioneered personal computing in the 1980s, selling over 20 million of its (then huge) 64k memory machines? Commodore 64
  3. Name the passenger vehicle famously lost with 36 fatalities on 6 May 1937 at New Jersey US? Hindenburg (German Zeppelin passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg - caught fire attempting to dock at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, near Lakehurst, New Jersey - the disaster became famous especially due to its Universal Newsreel coverage and Herbert Morrison's separate highly emotional WLS Chicago Radio commentary, both which, often played together as if one recording, effectively ended the potential of airships for popular travel)
  4. Spell the city name: Pnom Penh; Phnom Penh; Phnom Penn; or Pnhom Pehn? Phnom Penh - Bonus point, it is the capital city of which country? Cambodia
  5. Belgian surgeon Jacques Rogge headed what organization (at 2012)? IOC - International Olympics Committee - Bonus point - Who preceded Rogge and was the longest serving president, 1980-2001? Juan Antonio Samaranch - additional bonus point - What nationality was that longest serving president of the IOC? Spanish(Samaranch, 1920-2010, was also remarkable for having perhaps the longest full name of any international organization president in history, actually: Don Juan Antonio Samaranch y Torelló, First Marquis of Samaranch, Grandee of Spain, [additionally and alternatively correctly known in Catalan as] Joan Antoni Samaranch i Torelló)
  6. What instrument most commonly features in the logos of national postal services? Post horn (or coach horn - historically used to announce arrival/departure of horse-drawn coach, which generally carried mail - as at 2012, Wikipedia listed 30 national postal services with a post horn in their logos)
  7. Protected Geographical Status (PGS) is a EU legal framework to protect the names of regional: Foods/drinks; Songs; Dances; or Festivals? Foods/drinks (for example: Cornish pasty, Cumberland sausage, Camembert, Champagne - the scheme extends beyond the EU and relates variously to national food/drink accreditation of origin regimes)
  8. Chicken Pox is mainly contracted from contact with: Children; Adults; Water; or Birds? Children
  9. Which country has (early 2000s) the highest AIDS infection rate in the world? Swaziland(AIDs infection rate was reported in 2009 to be 26.1% of adults, including over 50% of adults in their 20s)
  10. Tian Tian and Yang Guang are: Pandas; Perfumes; Triad gangsters; Beijing subway stations; or Korean search engines? Pandas (the ones that wouldn't mate at Edinburgh Zoo in 2012)
  11. Earl Scruggs (1924-2012) pioneered and was master of the three-fingered technique for playing what? Banjo (5-string banjo)
  12. Facebook announced the acquisition of what major photo app company in April 2012? Instagram (for one billion dollars - Instagram was launched in October 2010 and is arguably the fastest and biggest corporate start-up-to-sale in history, to date)
  13. Introduced in the early 1900s, the internationally used Whyte Notation (representing the number of leading/driving/trailing wheels, via a numbers and dashes system) classifies what? Steam locomotives
  14. Perfunctory means: Smelly; Faultless; Careless; or Structured? Careless (in the sense of inappropriately casual, and without proper effort or care)
  15. In 2012 Harvard professor Jonathan Tilley announced research apparently proving (contrary to all previous medical thinking) what human feature can be enabled to be replenished in the host body: Teeth; Brain tissue; Eggs; or Heart? Eggs (conventional theory is that women are born with all their eggs and replenishment cannot happen - Tilley's research with stem cells in mice ovaries seemingly proves the possibility that human egg replenishment is possible)
  16. The Chinese (translated) 'Society of Righteous and Harmonious Fists' which once instigated a famous rebellion against colonial and imperial presence in Peking (now Beijing) China, were better known by what name? Boxers (a reference to the fitness and fighting tendencies/abilities of their membership, hence Boxer Rebellion, 1898-1901)
  17. The federation of which sport ruled in early 2012 that bikinis would not be compulsory for its competitors at the London Olympics? Volleyball (specifically for the women's beach volleyball tournament)
  18. The UK further education system abbreviation UCAS stands for what? Universities and Colleges Admissions Service
  19. Name Shanghai's financial area and China's commercial hub, literally meaning 'east bank'? Pudong
  20. What modern counter-intuitive notion of leading people did author Robert Greenleaf popularize in his so-titled 1977 book? Servant Leadership (see Servant Leadership in the leadership theories section)


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