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Questions From Oct 07 04
51501. What was the first in-flight movie ever shown, and in what year?
51502. Which "broad" man famously used the idea of enforced shadow puppetry to explain the dual nature of reality?
51503. Which islands did the British and American governments have to pretend had no indigenous population in order to secure their use as an army base?
51505. What are the names of the two ladies that were Tony Orlando's "Dawn"?
51506. Have the Harlem Globetrotters ever lost a game to the Washington Generals or any other team?
51507. What was the occupation of Steve Douglas on the old sitcom "My Three Sons"?
51508. What is the common name of Amorphophallus titanum?
51509. We are all familiar with the stirring lyrics of "The Star Spangled Banner" written by Francis Scott Key, but who wrote the song's tune?
51510. Which Australian poet's second given name was Adolf?
51511. Who wrote the book with the beguiling title "The Horse-Hoeing Husbandry"?
51513. At what free 1969 festival did Grand Funk Railroad play that led Capitol Records to sign them at once?
51514. What was the first airline to enter commercial passenger service?
51515. What will the airport code be for the new Nagoya airport, Chubu International Airport?
51517. I've been watching this show called "Lost" on ABC and in the show there is a polar bear on a tropical island. Now, I know the show is fiction but I'd like to ask these questions: Has a polar bear been spotted in tropical climates, and can a polar bear survive in tropical climates?
51518. What company was originally known as the Waterbury Clock Company?
51519. What is the highest church in the world in terms of elevation?
51520. Who invented mac and cheese?
51523. What 1951 treaty officially ended World War II?
51524. Where is the largest surviving Ziggurat?
51525. What do Barbarossa, Avalanche, Sea-Lion and Moonlight Sonata have in common?
51526. What are baby puffins called?
51531. From which language do we get the word "taxi"?
51532. Other than a fish, what is a tuna?
51533. What is the name of the very rowdy Mexican bar in the movie "From Dusk to Dawn"?
51536. At what speed does lightning travel?
51539. Which countries have had women prime ministers or presidents at least once?
51540. What was the tallest mountain before Mount Everest was discovered?
51541. For states in the US, what are all the "state" items they have, such as a state flower and state bird?
51542. "Peg Leg" Sullivan is the most likely suspect.
But until recently, who was blamed for this event that happened today in 1871?
51544. Which writer said that you should never pass up the opportunity of having a drink in a bar that shares your name?
51545. How many presidents have once lived in Georgia, and where in Georgia did they live?
51546. What have 87% of all 4-wheel drivers never done?
51547. Which country was omitted from the map on the front cover of the Eurostat Statistical Compendium?
51548. Does a fish ever get thirsty?
51550. Who are some famous people of history who spent a short period of their lives as slaves?
51552. Who invented buttons, or better yet, when were they invented? And while we are on the topic, what is the origin of the word 'button'?
51553. Why is a married lady referred to as Mrs. Jane Doe, when there is no R sounded in the pronunciation of the title?
51554. Who is the richest person on Earth?
51555. In the movie "Rat Race" there is a town called Silver City, New Mexico. Was that city made up or is it real?
51556. Is it true that Ian McKellen, the man who plays Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, died?
51557. Giving certain flowers has different meanings, such as red roses for love. Does anyone know the meanings of any others?
51558. Why is the phrase "lily-livered" associated with cowardice?
51559. Why is the phrase "yellow-bellied" associated with cowardice?
51560. Which artist signed many of his paintings with "OK" making them look like they had been vandalised?
51561. Which famous artist was forced to flee his hometown because he killed a man in a fit of anger, and where did he flee to?
51562. Roughly how many people are in the world?
51563. What term came from the Gaelic word "uisgebaugh" which means 'water of life'?
51564. If you were walking along a road and encountered three oonts, two adjutants and a jacaranda, how many legs would you have?
51566. What percent of sun damage occurs to people's skin before they are 18?
51567. How did Miramax Studios get its name?
51570. Who first flew an aeroplane in Australia?
51572. Which film ends with the longest lasting credit sequence?
51573. What is the significance of the number 55170-054?
51574. Will running in the rain ensure that you will be less wet, compared to if you were simply walking?
51575. Who created the character Fu Manchu?
51576. Who was the only male in 97 years to appear alone on the cover of Ladies' Home Journal?
51577. What is the national game of Canada?
51582. Does anybody know the real name of Darren Shan?
51583. Who made his acting debut in the 1937 movie "Love is in the Air"?
51584. I read somewhere that poinsettia flowers are not allowed in the Christmas decorations in the City Hall of St. Paul, Minnesota. They are poisonous, but the chance of someone ingesting them at a city hall seems slim, so why is this?
51586. An offensive gesture now in some countries is to stick up the middle finger. Were there any offensive gestures in older times?
51589. When was the "finger" invented, meaning when was sticking up your middle finger first considered offensive?
51590. What is the horizontal cyclinder and crank that is used to raise a bucket from a well called?
51592. Who were the owners of these famous horses: Copenhagen, Diablo, Marsala, and Trigger?
51594. Who wrote the famous poem "Desiderata"?
51596. Which society inadvertently spawned a term for the insane?
51597. Who were the seven wise men of ancient Greece?
51598. Of what was Enugu the capital?
51599. Who wrote "Teahouse of the August Moon"?
51600. Which discovery was described in the following manner, "I have preferred to conceal it thus: 6accdae13eff7i319n404qrr4s8t12vx," and why?
51601. Which countries were signatories to the 1959 treaty dealing with Antarctica, and what was the title of the treaty?
51605. What were the dates of Mozart's final five piano concertos?
51606. In the movie "Holes" they have yellow spotted lizards. Are yellow spotted lizards real?
51607. Did Columbus ever realize that he had discovered the New World, or did he die still thinking he had landed in India?
51611. What is a subtropical storm?
51612. What is a tropical depression?
51614. Marty Markam III, Spin Evans, Mr. Perkins, and Moochie. What are their real life names and what TV show were they associated with?
51618. Which two people had the longest marriage in recorded history?
51620. The portraits of which three Australian cricketers hang in the Long Room at Lords?
51621. Where was playwright Tom Stoppard born?
51622. What was auspicious about Hieronymous Fabricius?
51623. French scientist Jacques Benveniste who died on October 3, was the recipient of two Ig Nobel awards. Who came up with the idea of the Ig Nobels, and when were they first awarded?
51624. Whose work was declared the first Cubist picture, and what was the name of the piece?
51625. To what did Hemingway donate his Nobel Prize?
51626. Did Hemingway ever express an opinion on Fidel Castro?
51628. Is there a name for a fear of toilets?
51631. What man has the most monuments erected to him?
51633. A religious leader of a landlocked area no longer lives there. He still lives nowhere near the sea but has a title meaning "Ocean." Who is he and why does he have this title?
51634. What percentage of lightning strikes that actually hit people are fatal?
51636. What are the names of all the different kinds of trees in the world?
51637. Which 10th century Viking is now largely associated with 21st century technology?
51638. Why is the first name Jesus more common in Hispanic countries than elsewhere?
51641. What is the fear of speaking on the telephone called?
51642. In old buildings why were the fire escape staircases spirally built?
51644. In military jargon, what is a "Cold Meat Disc"?
51646. Where did the mutineers of The Bounty end up?
51647. Which high school did Deidre Downs, 2005 Miss America attend?
51649. What countries are piranhas native to?
51651. Gazing out to sea from the beach at Minehead, Somerset, a factory-like building can clearly be seen on the shoreline of the exotic land that lies beyond. What is or was the purpose of this building?
51654. What would happen if the hole in the ozone layer got bigger and bigger?
51659. What did James Garfield and Napoleon Bonaparte do for Theodore Roosevelt?
51661. In Major League Baseball what team holds the best ever season record and what was it?
51662. What are the superstitions and myths about black cats?
51665. These books instructed the Romans to convey the sacred stone of Cybele to Rome. What were they and what was the tradition behind the ownership of them?
51666. What type of aircraft is Donald Trump's jet? Is it a DC10?
51667. It has been experimentally verified by putting very accurate atomic clocks in orbit around the Earth and comparing them to a clock on Earth after the journey, that the clocks that went into orbit were slower in accordance with the predictions of Special Relativity. Why?
51668. What did Lucille Ball's teachers at her very first acting school say about her talent?
51669. For Lucille Ball "The Red Scare" was not about her hair. What was this event and how did it effect Lucy?
51670. What three funny geniuses of physical comedy gave Lucille Ball an intro to movie comedy?
51672. What is the state of Tabasco in Mexico famous for?
51673. Is the country singer Jimmy Wayne married or single?
51675. Who have been the last five people to walk on the moon? Other than Earth, has anybody walked on anything else besides the Moon?
51677. As of 2004, roughly how many airports are in the United States, and in the world?
51679. What was the first country to be referred to as a "paper tiger"?
51680. At this present time, who is the Grand Wizard of the Klu Klux Klan?
51681. Of the cigarette brands currently on the market which one is the oldest brand?
51682. Where is the world's largest bore?
51685. What was the longest echo and how long did it last?
51687. What is the shortest word that has all of the vowels in it?
51690. What company was Bing Crosby doing commercials for when he said, "There's no doubt about it"?
51691. What are underground rivers called, aquifers or springs?
51694. What is actor David Canary doing these days? Is he still acting?
51697. Which White House wannabe's grandfather was Vice President in Grover Cleveland's second administration?
51698. Why am I hearing "Chamone" said or sung a lot recently? What is its significance?
51699. Why is a dance noted for its fast heel-work named after a bird which famously spends most of the day standing on one leg?
51701. Where did the belief originate that if it rained on July 15th, it would rain for 40 days more?
51703. Who was Boake Carter?
51705. In what year was the Imperial throne left vacant when the "bald" king was succeeded by the "stutterer"?
51706. I read that Coca Cola was originally laced with cocaine. Is this true and if so, what is it that replaced the substance?
51708. Following on from Peasy's question on Royalty, which year did the African give way to someone who was perfect?
51709. Why on US political TV ads do the candidates now have to say their name and state that they have "approved this ad"?
51710. Is there any difference between psychology and psychiatry?
51711. What heavenly event happened in 7BC, not once, not twice, but three times?
51712. Who first established December 25th as the birthday of Jesus Christ?
51718. What would a ten on the Torino scale signify?
51720. What percent of all the species that have lived on Earth are alive today?
51722. What current member of the US Senate was once a member of the Ku Klux Klan?
51725. Why is Templehof and Tegel airports in Berlin closing?
51726. When was "Rockabye Baby" written?
51728. How did Australian Deborah de Williams enter the record books this week?
51729. Who first came up with the idea of the tie-break in tennis, and in which tournament was it initially employed?
51730. What was unusual about Eugene O'Neill's play "Long Day's Journey Into Night"?
51731. What are the Helga paintings?
51732. What is the difference between bacteraemia, septicaemia and toxaemia?
51734. Who held a high financial position in England but is much more famous for writing an anthropomorphic idyll?
51735. According to the character himself, what is Ali G's real name, not Sasha Baron Cohen which is the actor's name?
51739. What was the longest duration for which a rainbow remained visible in the sky?
51740. When was it decided that Humpty Dumpty is an egg?
51741. Who is the oldest person in the world, where does he or she live, and how old is she or he?
51742. Why is a pelican crossing called that? And no chicken jokes, please!
51743. What is a letter addressed by the Pope to his bishops on important issues called?
51744. What US pro sports teams have come back from an 0-3 deficit to win a series?
51745. From where did "Bloomers" get so named?
51746. In the movie "The Emperor's New Groove" what is the name of the purple stuffed toy which Kuzco has when he is a baby?
51747. What is the significance of Babylon in the lyrics of David Gray's hit "Babylon"?
51749. What is the Lutine Bell?
51750. Which region in India is known as the "Rice bowl of India": North-east region, Krishna-Dodavari delta, or Kerala-Tamilnadu region?
51752. What is the origin of the term "non-aligned"?
51753. Where can you find a floor plan of a Hindu temple?
51754. How many different types/models of Barbie dolls are there?
51755. Who was the first one to use the term "non-aligned": Jawaharlal, Nehru or Tito?
51756. Is the word "defenestration" used in English other than in the phrase "defenestration(s) of Prague"? Does the word have an independent existence or is it in practice tied to Prague in much the same way as "spick" is to "span"?
51757. In the early 1900s a Russian scientist with a colourful surname invented an often colourful technique. The technique was further developed by two scientists who won a Nobel Prize for Chemistry in the 1950s. What is the technique and who were the scientists involved?
51758. In which book is the first recorded instance of the word "boredom"?
51759. Why has Venice so many canals and not many roads?
51760. Why is The Bridge of Sighs so called?
51761. I was watching Harry Hill on TV last night and he asked this question, why do a lot of biscuits have small holes in them?
51762. What did the Lone Ranger always leave behind?
51763. Scientists calculate there won't be any helium left in the Earth by what year?
51764. What Super Bowl matchups with the same AFC team vs the same NFC team have occured more than once?
51766. What is currently the oldest television show that is still making new episodes?
51768. What was the first language ever used, and when did the English language come about?
51769. Have gardeners succeeded in growing yellow fuchsias and black tulips, and what other flowers are notoriously difficult to grow?
51770. Who died this day in 1995 at the grand old age of 30?
51771. What is the fifth state of matter?
51773. Where is the Lost Mountain?
51780. Who was the first journalist to fly in an airplane?
51781. What is the connection between "Maggies Sweet" and John Kerry, the US presidential candidate?
51782. How many movies has Tom Cruise starred in between 1992 and 2004, and which movies are they?
51784. Which coffee is made from beans that have been ingested and excreted by civets?
51785. How many people died in the earthquake that hit the city of Kobe, Japan?
51786. Who was the Hunchback of Notre Dame?
51787. Where does the phrase 'love at first sight' come from?
51788. Who is regarded as the founder of existentialism in Western Europe?
51791. Why do television sets start with channel 2 and not channel 1?
51792. What explanation did Edmund Halley of comet fame give for the Northern Lights?
51793. I have noticed the term 411 appear in many of the R&B records of recent times. Mary J Blige had an album called the 411 and there is a girl group called the 411, but what does 411 actually mean?
51795. How many acres are in a square mile?
51796. I just saw the movie "The Birds" and I would like to know what made those birds act the way they did because they didn't tell us in the movie?
51798. Where is Nagorno Karabakh?
51800. Which US state's citizens eat more ice cream per capita than any other?
51802. Which NFL team has the highest average individual ticket price per game?
51803. What household appliance is officially listed as the cause of approximately 7,000 injuries to Americans each year?
51804. What is coprolalia and how common is it?
51806. Which insect has the longest life span, and how long is it?
51807. Does the Roman Catholic Church still consider St. Christopher to be a saint?
51808. Which was the first lighthouse in the world to be powered by electricity?
51809. I was reading that the second son of George V was named George VI. What was his first son's name and why didn't he succeed his father?
51810. Are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern dead?
51811. Which wife of Henry VIII was said by her enemies to have an extra finger on each hand?
51813. In the chorus of which popular song published in 1965 is the name of a US astronaut frequently repeated?
51814. Why don't animal cells have a cell wall?
51819. Before Thomas Edison suggested using "Hello" how did most people answer the telephone?
51822. In "Scary Movie 3" there is a woman called Aunt LaQuesha who has exactly 42.2 million cigarettes in her drawers. Can she survive after having smoked all of those cigarettes?
51823. What year did Keith Miller retire from Test cricket?
51824. How does botox work?
51825. Which lighthouse has the most ghosts?
51826. Is it true that giraffes do not make any vocalizations because they do not have a voice box?
51829. What was the first lighthouse to be built on the Hudson River?
51830. Does actor David Canary have any children and if so how old are they?
51831. How long is Wigan pier?
51832. When did the first bus route operate, and which two cities did it run between?
51833. How do you pronounce the airline QANTAS?
51834. Who became a Dominican and came into conflict with the Inquisition due to his championing of Copernicus' heliocentricity theory, and his pantheistic views, eventually being burned at the stake in Rome?
51836. Symbolically speaking, how does the world know when there is a new pope?
51837. In baseball, if you pitch a complete game and give up no walks, no hits, no runs, but your team commited an error, does that still count as a perfect game?
51838. What king died in battle in New England?
51839. Which parts of a pig have a name meaning 'little geese'?
51840. The Supreme Court decided that corn muffins were more important than justice. Can you locate this peculiar occurrence?
51844. What are the top seven most important, resourceful, and populated cities in the state of Georgia? What brings them the most money?
51846. When was the last time that both National League and the American League championship series went to 7 games in one year?
51848. What is the dimmest constellation in the sky?
51849. Why do the speedometers of some cars show the top speed as 160 or 180 kph when it is practically impossible and illegal to go that speed?
51851. In the lottery there are 49 balls. How many different combinations are there of a drawing of 6 balls?
51852. Trevor Chapell had been instructed to bowl the underarm delivery when New Zealand needed 6 of the last ball. What I fail to understand is how was that delivery legal?
51854. Who are steel-collared workers: Ironsmiths, blacksmiths, or goldsmiths?
51855. How many race courses are there on the official US horse racing circuit?
51856. Model Katy Price wasn't the first woman called Jordan that the British press has been obsessed with. Who was the first?
51857. Recently a BBC documentary informed me that while there are 31 species of mammal native to Britain, there are only 20 in Ireland. There are also mammals native to Europe that are not native to Britain. Can somebody tell me which mammals are involved in each instance?
51859. When you look through a telescope at a star in the night sky, are you seeing the light from that star sooner than you would have with the naked eye, or are you seeing the same image that you would have with the naked eye, only magnified?
51861. How were the seven deadly sins created?
51862. Which famous statesman wrote the obituary of Ian Fleming's father?
51863. What diesel burning vehicle has a significantly better gas mileage compared to gasoline burning vehicles?
51865. What blind person hiked the Blue Ridge Parkway?
51866. According to Arthurian legend, what seat remained empty at the "Round Table" and why?
51867. Why are wine bottles best kept sideways?
51870. Where is the largest handwoven carpet and how big is it?
51871. Where is the highest monastery?
51872. How do we know what Jesus looked like?
51873. Who is the smallest running back in the NFL?
51874. At Jewish weddings, why does the groom stomp on the glass?
51875. Why do Greeks throw plates?
51877. What is the most expensive bottle of wine in the world right now and who ownes it?
51878. My mother used to sing a song, "Monday at ten, the king, the queen and all the little princes, came to my house to eat, to eat, to eat a dish of quinces." Does anyone know where this song comes from?
51879. How many furlongs are there in a googol of parsecs?
51880. What is the difference between a 32 bit IEEE floating point number and a 32 bit EEEI floating point number?
51881. Where is this quote from and who said it, "There is a curious paradox that no one can explain, for who understands the secret of the reaping of the grain, who understands why spring is born out of winter's laboring pain, or why we must all die a bit before we grow again?"
51882. She has appeared in "The Sound of Music" and has done a voice for one of the more recent animated Disney movies. However, much of her work in the movies has famously gone uncredited. Who is she?
51883. Which country has had its national anthem the longest?
51884. With regard to human eyes, does the colouration of the iris serve any purpose, and do different colours have any significance?
51886. What does the word "supercilious" mean?
51887. Originally when Emperor Haile Selassie died it was in mysterious circumstances. How did he die and where was he originally buried?
51888. Medea is an ancient region in what modern country?
51889. What star singer almost died because he or she was born weighing less than a pound?
51890. What is the brim of a woman's bonnet called?
51891. What causes some full moons to appear larger than others?
51892. Which is the world's biggest ship?
51894. Which football teams were playing when TV made the first instant replay 30 years ago?
51895. Who named each of the seven continents and why?
51896. Where did the phrase "bookworm" come from?
51900. In football (soccer) is there any rule which prevents a player from lifting a team mate, similarly to a rugby line-out, in order to assist with heading a cross?
51901. In US criminal trials how often is there a successful insanity defense?
51903. Will males lactate if they're very depressed?
51904. Which famous actress named her daughter after her most famous role before the daughter too became a famous actress?
51905. What was Catweasel's toad called in the TV show?
51906. Did the scream mask exist before the 'Scream' movies came out?
51907. When were the first and last battles that napalm was used?
51909. Why is the Sun so bright?
51912. What does Sapientia Domini mean?
51913. What is the origin of the word "cracker" made in reference to someone from the South?
51919. Bic Runga's sister is supposed to have her own band. What is it called, and who are the members?
51920. How did 'Tippi' Hendron get that nickname?
51921. Where are the Mountains of the Moon?
51924. Earlier this year a name often evoked by Gauls like Asterix and Obelix led some people to claim the sky might be about to fall on our heads. Can anyone explain?
51926. Who created the aglet?
51927. Which country has the greatest number of national holidays?
51929. Once iron has rusted are there any uses for the rust?
51931. How many moons does Saturn have and what are their names?
51936. What is the name of the tree of which there are 35 American and Asiatic varieties, one of which is called the 'umbrella tree'?
51937. What is the name of the flower with a large yellow-rayed flower head, grown for its seeds which are used for stock food and also yields an edible oil?
51938. Could someone tell me about the roles of women in World War I, outside of serving in the military?
51941. What date is supposed to be James Bond's birthday?
51942. What were the names of James Bond's parents?
51943. There are many castles in England. Are there any in New York City?
51944. Why doesn't Hawaii follow the tradition of Daylight Saving Time?
51945. Where is the oldest synagogue in the world?
51947. What part of the British Isles was dubbed "Land of Cakes" and why?
51949. In the early part of the past century Japan legally printed "Made in the USA" on many manufactured articles even though they were made in Japan. What was the simple thing they did to overcome the law?
51950. What season is heard first in Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons"?
51951. Aldous Huxley once said something was "a mixture of greenhouse and hospital ward furnished in the style of a dentist's operating chamber." To what was he referring?
51952. On the TV show 'The X-Files' what is the relationship between Scully and Mulder?
51954. How much money in today's dollars would King Solomon's temple be worth?
51955. My sister found a scrap of paper in a book with a poem starting, "One bright day in the middle of the night." Does anyone know the author of this nonsense poem?
51956. Which animal is responsible for the most human deaths?
51957. The name of which shape has an origin that suggests it is always getting bigger?
51958. Where is the Microsoft Company based?
51959. Have the character voices of "The Simpsons" been involved in any other television programmes?
51961. In Indian art why is Krishna always blue?
51962. On the England football shirts, what does the little gold star above the badge mean?
51963. Which religions prohibit the celebration of holidays such as Halloween?
51964. This year who grew Britain's largest pumpkin and how does its weight compare with the world record largest pumpkin?
51966. In phrases such as "You don't know Jack" and the like, who is Jack, and why does his name have such negative associations?
51968. Where did Halloween originate?
51969. Did Japanese kamikaze pilots wear helmets and if so, why?
51970. How do I tell if my break-at-home-geode crystals are quartz or calcite? What is the difference between them?
51972. What Russian pianist always had to play his C-sharp Minor Prelude as an encore?
51973. Apart from being famous writers, what did Lewis Carroll, Vladimir Nabokov and Virginia Woolf have in common?
51975. Is it true that the Great Wall of China is visible to the unaided eye from the moon?
51977. In 1214 which Italian city hosted a Court of Solace and Mirth involving a grandiose foodfight?
51981. What animal uses twice as much energy walking than any other animal?
51982. Does the concept of greater-than / less-than carry over from real / imaginary numbers to complex numbers? If so, how do you determine if one complex number is greater than or less than another?
51984. In 1972 a naked man ran across the main stage at the Academy Awards. Who was this man and how did he accomplish such a feat?
51985. Should zero be considered a number?
51986. According to news reports, a new type of human has been discovered on a Indonesian island. This human was only one metre tall, and very slight. What Indonesian island was it found on?
51987. Who is said to be playing Johnny Depp's father in a subsequent "Pirates of the Caribbean" film?
51990. Which league has won more World Series, the National or the American? How many did each league win?
51991. Where did the common name "egghead" come from?
51994. Exactly what time did Lindbergh's plane take off from New York and what time did he land in Paris?
51995. What was the name of the curse said to have been on World Series winners, the Boston Red Sox?
51996. What was the original name of Armco, Inc.?
51997. What causes leprosy?
51998. Can you cry under water?
51999. Is there any report of anthrax infection in birds?