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Questions From Aug 24 05
59001. Which French fisherman's son from Brittanny 1. reinterpreted an illiterate fifteenth century farm girl from Lorraine and supposed virgin-soldier, as a symbol of France's determination to stay "ethnically clean" 2. used Mother's Day to call upon the Frenchwomen to perform their "patriotic duty" through pregnancy ?
59002. The Philippines is known poetically as what?
59003. University of the Philippines system is composed of 7 constituent system. These are UP Diliman, Cebu, Tacloban, Manila, Baguio, Los Banos and what is the other one?
59004. It was considered a place where an Empire ended, a place filled with riches. It was an offering for a 'crime of worship to a false deity' of a sentenced leader. Where is this place, who was the leader, and what was the resulting death sentence?
59005. Which French rococo sculptor has a notorious square named after him in what was until recently Paris' most popular red-light district and is also the maker of a rather unappetising male nude portrait of one of France's best-known "philosophers" and anti-optimists?
59007. What veteran rapper, while scouting for talent in the Dirty South, signed Ludacris to Def Jam records in 2000?
59008. What are the names of all three 'Star Wars' cartoon series?
59009. What made for television series about an alien invasion was really about the Nazi takeover of Germany?
59010. Who are the five original members of the band "Northern Lights" that played at Live8 in Barrie, Ontario?
59011. Who is the king of the pond in the kingdom of Salamasond?
59012. Name the Indian Prime Minister whose name has been inducted into the Forest of Friendship, an American Aviation body: Rajiv Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, or Atal Behari Vajpayee?
59013. When was Funtrivia.com made?
59014. Just heard on the news a lab in Switzerland has found a way to make light travel faster or slower than the speed of light or even stop, any truth to this?
59016. Recently, curators at the National Gallery of Art discovered how some painters were able to give their paintings that special glow. Can you name at least two artists and their pantings (I'm thinking of two artists and three paintings, though there may be others) which were involved in the discovery of this method, and identify the method that was used to give "that glow"?
59017. Why do Jimmy Buffet fans call themselves Parrot Heads?
59018. In the world of art history, this man is best known for a charming cycle of paintings depicting the experiences of a devout princess and her unusually large entourage. In the culinary world, he gave his name to a dish supposedly invented at a famous restaurant in the city of his birth. Who was this artist, who was the princess, and what goes into the dish?
59019. What is the process by which the President of the USA gets elected?
59020. How do tapeworms avoid being digested by their host?
59021. What examples are there of famous artists having painted on canvasses that weren't the usual rectangular, circular or oval shapes?
59022. How do you say "An apple a day keeps the docter away" in Latin?
59023. Which UK restaurant has a bacon and eggs flavoured ice cream as its signature dish and are any other restaurants noted for their unlikely-sounding savoury dessert combinations?
59024. What was Adolf Hitler's cultural background? Was he anything besides German?
59025. Does anyone know what is this plant? I saw this plant in a disturbed slope in Puente Hills, Los Angeles County. It has a hard shell, when mature the shell become yellowish and has the size around a tennis ball.
59026. 'Exegi aere monumentum perennius' means 'I have built a monument more durable than bronze', but what does it really mean?
59028. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the
Trafalgar's battle. Why was Admiral Nelson killed
and what happened to Vice-Admiral Villeneuve?
59029. Are there any terrestial mammals living in Antarctica? If yes, how many species and what are they?
59030. He designed and build an opera house. Then he built the sculptures and designed the interior of that opera house. And sice that wasn't enough he also wrote an opera to be performed there. Finally, he conducted and starred in the opera in his opera house. Where is this opera house, what is the opera in question, and who was the man who created it all?
59031. The island that the Komodo Dragon originates is in what chain of islands?
59032. What unusual means of transport is depicted by such painters as J.A.D.Ingres, Filippo Napoletano, Stefano della Bella and Eugene Delacroix - but not Arnold Böcklin - in their rendering of a scene from Ariosto's "Roland Enraged" in which an airborne knight rescues an angelic lady from the claws of a sea-monster?
59034. In what year and in which state did the first driver's license examination take place?
59037. The shortest war in history lasted only 45 minutes and was between Britain and what country?
59039. Who was the Choctaw chief who sent one of his men to sign the agreement because he was too sick?
59040. What was the name of the book that the Bouldalairs found under Aunt Josephine's bed that was not about Lacharose Lake?
59041. Emperor Hadrian, ruler from 211-217 AD and the alleged architect of the great Pantheon, died of what?
59042. May I have a more specific explanation for the following statement, "Earth's crust is extremely thin in trenches, and the heat flow beneath the trenches is half that found in the abyssal plain, implying that heat is consumed in trenches"?
59043. After retiring from a military career, this gentleman reputedly lived such an extravagant life that his name became a byword for certain, quite expensive, social events. Famed for his gardens, he is credited by some for having introduced certain fruits to his homeland, while an ingredient in fancy salads and a pasta dish containing very costly ingredients were named for him. Who was he?
59046. What role have the Italian Renaissance painters Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Raffaello de Urbino been sharing since 2002 with their futurist colleague Umberto Boccioni?
59047. What cured, fruit-based ingredient other than capers is required to make Pasta Puttanesca?
59048. What connects: an Albanian missionary; an American president from Texas; A German philosopher who influenced Marx; A British biographer of royals; and a Dadist best-known for his photography?
59049. Who taught Violet Baudelaire in Room One?
59050. What is the motto inscribed on the arch at Prufrock Preparatory School?
59051. What is the name of the False Spring Queen, who likes to insult people by calling them "Cakesniffers"?
59052. In a "Home Improvment" episode where Tim's brother is staying at his house, at the end Tim checks Wilson's basment. I dont get it. Why is it a cave?
59053. What is "Band on the Run" by Paul McCartney about?
59055. Not sure if this varies by US city or not, but why is it illegal to have three or more layers of shingles on a rooftop?
59056. This young girl, often described as beautiful and pious, grew up in a family with 6 children. She lived on a farm, and one day was attacked by a 19-year-old farmhand. He stabbed her 14 times. She forgave him, and then died. Who this this girl (who is a saint), and who was the farmhand? Also, could anyone provide a link?
59057. Who was the captain of the Holyhead Harpies in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"?
59058. What is the record for the highest human pyramid and how many levels is it?
59059. May I know why the west coast of Korea has large tidal ranges, above 10 meters, while the east coast is significantly different with only small tidal ranges of 0.3m at most?
59063. What is the longest time man has stayed in outer space?
59066. Hurricane Katrina, now a Category 5 storm, is heading for New Orleans, and a mass evacuation is in progress. What was the last major hurricane to hit this city directly, and how powerful was it?
59067. Which well-known European cemetery was named after an influential Jesuit priest who was the confessor of a renowned European monarch?
59069. Although obsolete, this everyday item was the only of its kind to sport Braille. It was also, at the time of introduction, the first in the world to be combined with gold and silver colours. What was it?
59070. What was the name of Mary Tudor's governess, and how did she die? Hint: her son (the son of the governess) never ceased to criticize King Henry VIII's marriage to Anne Boleyn.
59071. Often regarded as one of the last great works of the classical era, which secular work was written in prison and has been personally translated by two English monarchs?
59072. This major company started on one island, is now headquartered on another island and makes much of its products on a third island. The company's famous logo comes from the creatures that lived where the product was first made. What is the name of the company, the logo, the three islands and why has there been a major falling out with the country where the company started?
59073. What English village occurs in a popular 18th century poem as the site of a humble country churchyard and in a famous 20th century novel as the (fictional) location of a "frequently visited golf course"?
59074. Which American novelist referred in the title of one of his novels to events in fifteenth-century Florence that involved the destruction of " dirty pictures, gambling-tables, books and art", including even some paintings by such a Renaissance luminary as Sandro Botticelli?
59075. On what wrong assumption did Giorgio Vasari mistakenly gossip that the great Sandro Botticelli had been accused of heresy for the making of a painting now in the National Gallery in London?
59076. Why aren't there many wasps around in the UK this summer? [Originally #59065 Posted by MaggieG 5 - Deleted in error.]
59077. So if TV news media doesn't mind having their reporters broadcast from the middle of a hurricane, why don't they have them report from active war zones, erupting volcanoes, etc.?
59079. Although perhaps still prominent in our minds, Which one of the following people are no longer among us?
Ruby Keeler (Broadway dancer and actress)
Dick Gregory (Stand-up comedian and social activist)
Bonnie Franklin (Starred as Ann Romano in the TV series "One Day at a Time")
Brian De Palma (Director, "Carrie", "Dressed to Kill", "Blow Out", "Scarface")
59081. Where is the only statue that commemorates former president of the United States, Bill Clinton?
59082. Which UK artist is probably best known for his anamorphic works as a screever?
59083. Who was the first Bozo the Clown?
59084. Who was the most famous Bozo the Clown?
59085. Where is the final resting place of the most famous Bozo the Clown?
59086. Who put out an album titled "I Think We're All Bozos on This Bus"?
59088. How much money has J.K. Rowling made from her Harry Potter books, and the first one in particular?
59089. The best-known work of its creator, of whom it includes a self-portrait, this canvas was called "the theology of painting" by one artist and "the philosophy of art" by another. It was reinterpreted by the most famous artist of the 20th century, and its precise meaning has been endlessly debated. Today, it hangs in a great museum in the city in which it was made. What is it, who painted it, and who reinterpreted it? (Please provide an illustration.)
59090. Which famous 21st century author gave her main character the same birthday (month and day) that she has?
59091. How many dog breeds are there in the world?
59092. What does Paul McCartney's "Mull of Kintyre"
and Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk" have in common?
59093. What is the relationship between a type of vending machine that dispenses liquid that would be undrinkable, something akin to Punch and Judy's abode, a modern and also medieval type of automatic weaponry, and how is all this connected with triangles?
59094. It originated about the time of WWII in Germany. It got its name from the inventors thinking it was impossible for anyone to believe the contents actually made the colour of it. What is it and what was it originally made from?
59095. Who was the first chosen khalifa in Islam?
59096. Before World War II was Zsolnay (Pecs, Hungary) the only firm that produced double-skinned ceramics?
59098. The 20th world championship of which sport was held in mid Wales on Bank holiday Monday?The event was won in 1 minute 46 seconds.
59100. Which Oliver Stone movies have won Oscars?
59101. Which Italian town has given its name to a chemical which is very attractive to a certain animal and very repellent to certain others?
59102. This crystal was found in Sicily and was so named because of what people thought they could extract from it. What is the name of the mineral, what colour is it, what did people think they could extract from it, and what other mineral is the crystal found in?
59103. Was there ever an actual name given to the caveman that discovered fire?
59104. Which U.S. airline has the most number of aircraft in its fleet?
59105. What was the name of King Henry VIII's illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy's mother?
59106. In "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" how much of the script is the same as in "Willy Wonker and the Chocolate Factory"?
59107. How many American Vietnam Veterans have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of their service in Vietnam?
59108. What are the differences between Dutch and Flemish language?
59109. The driest place on earth is the Atacama Desert, and was recorded at the meteorological station in what country?
59110. Following from my last question, I have to ask, are there any other mammals affected by the smell of any plant in the same way as cats are by catnip?
59111. What is the music on the trailer the BBC is currently using to advertise its new Autumn programmes?
59112. Who is Violet Baudelaire's teacher in book 5 of "A Series of Unfortunate Events"?
59113. Many countries and cultures have legends, either mythical or based on fact, of women who fought in battle to defend their people from an enemy. Can you name three -- or more -- such women, their nations, and the eras in which they lived? (Factual women preferred, but interesting myths welcomed.)
59115. In an average motor car, in what circumstances is driving with the windows open less economical than driving with the windows shut and the air conditioning on?
59116. Which everyday items can one legally write on in the US but not in the UK and why this legal difference between the two countries?
59117. I live in upstate New York. Hurricane Katrina hit the refineries down south a few days ago, and the gas prices have gone up 50 cents. How long does it actually take from the time the crude oil gets to the refinery until it gets to the pumps?
59118. Mercury is about a third of the size of Earth, yet its density is comparable to that of Earth.
What is known about the internal structure of Mercury ?
59119. Rammstein has a song called "Bestrafe Mich" (Punish Me), Nirvana has a song called "Rape Me", and Garbage has a song called "Use Me", are there any other similarly titled songs out there?
59120. This artist was nick-named after his fathers profession and also nick-named after his gusto and enthusiasm within his style. Known for apparently painting a dead relative, who was he, and in which palace is his grand masterpiece now decorating?
59121. This logo has been changed over the years due to various suggestive connotations associated with the girl in question. Originating from a literary character, which company is it, which book was the above-mentioned girl from, and what was consequently changed about the picture?
59122. What unique substance did scientist Alec Jeffreys use to identify criminals in 1985?
59123. What is the largest wingspan of any bird of a living species with a span of 11 feet?
59124. If you dial a phone number long distance and no one answers nor does the answering machine pick up, will it show on a phone bill?
59125. What is the belt worn horizontally across the shirt or jacket of a uniform?
59126. In the disney movie "The Aristocats" the character Thomas O'Malley sings his self-named song. In the song he sings the following, "Gotta kick up highway dust, Feel the grass that's green, Gotta strut them city streets, Showin' off my eclat, yeah." But what is an eclat?
59127. What is Mr. Remora's favourite food?
59129. On US currency how can you tell a bill you are looking at is a replacement for one that was damaged or pulled for quality control during production?
59130. What is the name of the American actress who was convicted for what can only really be described as 'pimping out' fellow women?
59131. Along about 1914, a celebrated chef at an elegant hotel in London hired a young man and trained him as a pastry cook. The young man, however, quickly abandoned brioche and cream puffs and went on to become a famed and controversial political leader in his native land. Who was he, and who was the chef?
59132. When did the NFL Cardinals gain the name Cardiac Cardinals and after what particular game?
59133. Is there any evidence that people think more clearly when walking than they do while standing or sitting down?
59134. I am going to be acting in a one act comedy play about thwarting a terrorist bomb attack in London. Given that it was written in 1913, can anyone give me the name of the play?
59135. What are the ingredients for Coca-Cola? I was drinking some tonight and I could swear I tasted cinnamon.
59136. In the coronation of Napoleon Bonaparte by the Pope, who actually placed the crown on Napoleon?s head and why?
59137. What is a brasspounder?
59138. This company whose name is also a backronym, was founded by two individuals who claim a resemblance to the word itself. What is the company, which novel did the word originate from, and what is the name of the club that the author co-founded?
59139. One of the first televised appearances of the Beatles was on a programme called Pops and -- in 1963. Can you supply the title of the show?
59141. I have just this afternoon come back from a week long trip to York. While I was there I visited the Minster, but what I wanted to know is when was it built and how long did it take?
59143. Unique among the artist's surviving works owing to its subject matter, this delicious painting was damaged in 1914 for political reasons. What is the painting, and what cause inspired the attack on it?
59144. What was the song "Marlene on the Wall" by Suzanne Vega actually about?
59147. What is the name of Friedrich Schiller's drama about a conflict between King Philip II of Spain and his son?
59148. From the hit show, what does the O.C. stand for?
59150. What is the official language of the Republic of Benin ?
59151. What bloodthirsty mammals spread the rabies that killed thousands of Mexican cattle in 2000?
59152. Which region of the human brain controls
59153. What do the following phrases all have in common with each other: All's well that ends well, much ado about nothing, and measure for measure?
59154. What was the inspiration to Queen's song "Bohemian Rhapsody"?
59155. Name the two players who have won the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup League cup and European Championships?
59156. What were the names of the Twelve disciples of Jesus listed in the Bible?
59157. In Greek myth this goddess was the daughter of Pallas and Styx. She is a constant companion of Athena. She presided over all contests, and representations of her in Greek sculpture portray her as a winged figure. Name this goddess.
59158. Destroyed in World War II (or so we think), this painting was the first version of the subject produced by a great artist for a specific commission, but was rejected for its putative lack of dignity. What was it, and can you provide an illustration?
59159. What is the widest recorded point spread in the history of NCAA football, who was involved and when did it happened?
59160. What Russian literary figure do some people believe to be almost as unfortunate as the Baudelaire orphans?
59161. What does a well-read person call salmon marinated for several days in a mixture of spices?
59162. What was the only book found under Aunt Josephine's bed that is not largely about Lake Lachrymose?
59163. What is the name of the code used in the screenplay or of the person who delivered it?
59165. What is a group of wind generators called, the things that are on top of fields and make electricity from wind?
59166. How was the first baseball World Series connected to a famous trial in Europe just a decade or two before?
59167. What is the fastest ship, what is its maximum speed and what is its braking distance at that speed?
59168. Name of a river in Scotland -- an anagram of "stagmirer"?
59169. How many female characters are in Shakespeare's play "Twelfth Night"?
59172. This Roman emperor was the first emperor since Augustus to expand the Roman empire significantly. The wealth from Dacias gold mines allowed him to construct a new forum, a new library, and a new aqueduct. What is the name of this emperor who ruled between 98 and 117 AC and who was he succeeded by?
59173. When the Nazis established what was in effect a foreign legion, why were these units, consisting of nationalities and groups such Ukrainians, Latvians and Bosnian Muslims, put in the SS, notorious for its obsession with race, instead of in the regular armed forces, the 'Wehrmacht'?
59174. He determined that the beta particle was identical to the electron, but is more famous for his discovery of radiation, found in certain uranium salts.Identify this scientist who shared the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics with Curies.
59175. How do you get appendicitis?
59176. Who appears first in Romeo and Juliet: Romeo, or Juliet?
59177. A certain variety of vegetable was developed in this artist's native land and named for him. Who was the artist, what is the vegetable, and why would this christening have seemed so appropriate?
59178. Preoccupied by the catastrophic results of Hurricane Katrina, Americans have not been paying attention to the late-August floods in Europe. What have been, so far, the worst post-1900 floods in Europe, including eastern Europe to the borders of pre-Revolution Russia?
59179. How is latitude of a location measured?
59181. Which two United States presidents were arrested while in office and for what crimes?
59183. Why does the moon appear to change shape?
59184. What is the difference in the position of the sun in the sky between winter and summer?
59185. It was washed up from the sea during one of the the Crusades and modern historians state that it is not what earlier historians claim it to be due to a certain jewel. What is it, where is it, and what are the differing comments about the object and its representation over time?
59187. How much money does Detective Virgil Tibbs make per week?
59188. What exactly did Chief Justice Rehnquist die of?
59189. What is the concept of Marco Polo in the pool? That is, how is it played?
59190. In 1942, in a coded telephone call, reference was made to the landing of an Italian navigator. The response inquired about the friendliness of the natives. What was this cryptic exchange all about?
59191. Ridley Scott?s "Hannibal" is an elegant horror film. Why did Jodie Foster decide not to be in it?
59193. Which United States president has the most descendants?
59199. This unobtainable book was written by an 'employee' of a Pope during the 1500's. At one point it describes the pedantic procedures performed by a selection of bishops in order to retain the highest of security for the Popes even in everyday occurrences. What is the name of this book, who wrote it, and what about it is referred to today in many circumstances?
59200. The most extravagant meal in history was documented by a famous philosopher who wrote this 'book' for a certain Emperor. His demise eventuated from a natural disaster, in which a modern day term is associated with his name. Who is this writer, what was the title of the book, and who consumed that meal?
59202. Which Asian tributary is noted for flowing north for about half the year and flowing south for the rest? Why does it do this?
59203. Which book of the 1890s by an author called Robertson was given another print run some years later due to its seemingly prophetic nature?
59204. In Grant Fuhr's rookie year with the Edmonton Oilers he wore #1, but next year he changed his number to the more famous #31. Why the change?
59205. Who was the Italian Renaissance prince and descendant of a "Bear-family", who after the death of his beloved Julia, had a Sacred Garden of Monsters built, that after a long period of oblivion captivated the minds of such twentieth century artists as Salvador Dali and Jean Cocteau
and of the film maker MichelAngelo Antonioni?
59208. This country gives more money comparative to its GNP than any other country, and it is common for the inhabitants to have seperate bank accounts even when they have been married for decades. They open their Christmas gifts on New Years Eve, and the country itself is made up from one peninsula and many islands. What country is this, and who is the current monarch?
59209. What did Mercedes Gleitz swim across in 15 hours, 15 minutes to test the waterproof Rolex Oyster wrist watch in 1927?
59210. What fictional spaceship was powered by dilithium crystals?
59212. What Scottish poet wrote "Ode to a Haggis"?
59213. Which name occurs most in the Bible?
59214. What children's author was once married to Patricia Neal?
59215. What 1990's singing group included offspring of Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys and John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas?
59216. Where does the "Cincinnati flask" get its name from and what is it used for?
59217. Which city is the "true" Diamond Capital of the world, and on what grounds can it claim that title?
59218. Which player of the Los Angeles Lakers holds the NBA single-game record for most blocked shots - 17 against the Portland Trail Blazers in 1973?
59219. What is the disease that Brad Pitt is suffering from?
59220. Who wrote "Tuck Everlasting", and in what year?
59223. Which book do people say is the most unluckiest book in the world and why?
59224. Whose amazing story connects a small Cornish town, a 1965 battle and the saving of over 3,000 lives in one day of the 21st century? What medal are campaigners pushing for him to receive?
59225. Which British TV series was cancelled leaving its two main protagonists stranded in time and space forever?
59226. Which basketball team does Yao Ming play for?
59227. A "contagious" disease is passed from one person to another, so how does the first person get sick?
59228. Is there such a thing as a 'juniper'?
59229. What kind of jar are Carnac the Magnificent’s answers hermetically sealed in?
59233. What is a motherboard?
59234. Does anyone know a character in literature who throws a bible in a fire then gets it out again?
59238. What is the organizing scheme commonly used in libraries in which different topics are assigned different numbers?
59240. Has the tenth planet been officialy discovered and recognised by Nasa, and if it has, what is its official name?
59241. What was Romeo's best friend's name in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"?
59242. Did Juliet Capulet have a best friend in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"?
59244. Fockbury, Cherry Tree, Trinity College - which poet has connections with all three?
59245. Anyone know the names of the Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass tunes used on the old "Dating Game" show?
59247. Nobody and nowhere are one word, so is the reason no-one is hyphenated is to avoid the ambiguously double O, or is there another technical reason?
59248. In the second decade of the 19th century, the government of a certain European country sent several ships to take control of a port in a distant land. When disaster occurred, many individuals were abandoned and died as a result. The accounts and inquiries inspired one of the world's great works of art. What was this incident, and can you provide an illustration of the painting?
59249. What is sinew, and what is or was it used for?
59250. What Major League ballplayer was unable to play in a 17th straight All-Star Game in 2000 due to a bad back?
59251. What instrument did Sheryl Crow’s father play?
59252. How would you classify each of the following, as a pure substance or a mixture: soapy water, hydrogen gas, and sodium chloride?
59253. Why is Bo Derek now "Bo" while her birth name is Mary? I get the "Derek" part, but where did the "Bo" come from?
59255. How did Oklahoma City become the capital of Oklahoma?
59256. What is the capital of New York?
59257. Is there a specific year that the Roman Catholic Church was established?
59258. How did Gilligan "and the rest" get off the island?
59260. In the movie 'Chinatown' what does the quote "Forget it kid, it's Chinatown" mean?
59261. Who was awarded in 2004 for not starting a nuclear war 21 years earlier?
59263. Who wrote "Flowers for Algernon"?
59264. Always using a different signature, this person, who has a famous cousin who is not to be confused with a man who helped him with his conquests, once asked for two certain statues be removed and replaced with others. Who was this demanding man whose gifts of 'women' had to be Baptized first, and what were the shrines replaced with?
59265. In what year is the Oklahoma state quarter supposed to come out?
59266. In "The Sopranos" did Carmela ever cheat on Tony? If so, with whom?
59267. Who is the only person of the United States to win gold medals at the Winter and Summer Olympic Games?
59268. What nation in the Southern Hemisphere has the world?s second-largest Christian population?
59269. On "Average Joe: Hawaii" Larissa was rejected by Gil because she once dated Fabio. Who is Fabio, and why did Gil say that every US man would understand why he dumped her? Has Fabio done something wrong?
59270. What connects the Rev. Billy Graham, the late Pope John Paul II, Muhammad Ali, Charles Bronson, and former U. S. Attorney General Janet Reno? And what other famous celebrity shares this connection with them?
59271. A C7 dominant chord would usually resolve to what? Please give the name of the chord and the correct inversion.
59273. In the Catholic Church, what is the term for a person who opposes someone being sainted?
59275. Nowdays, how long does it take to sequence the genome of a human?
59277. The Western Sahara has one over 60 miles long, which the longest in the world. What is it?
59278. What is the function of the uvula? Why does it swell up sometimes, does it have any nerves in it, and can you provide a site with a diagram?
59281. What nation in the Southern Hemisphere has the world’s second-largest Christian population?
59282. What are the names of Daisy's three nieces?
59283. Who is Shay Given?
59284. Jessica Simpson stars with whom in "Dukes of Hazzard"?
59285. I know that Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins both starred in "Silence of the Lambs" and "Hannibal" but there is a third movie. What is it called, and did they both star in it?
59286. Who sings "Life is Life"?
59287. What connects these three ladies: Rita, Madonna and Eleanor?
59288. Who were the authors of the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Mass?
59289. What were the names of the three daughters in the Shakespeare play "King Lear"? Also, could anyone provide a link to a site that has a summary of the play?
59290. In "Jane Eyre" the book Helen was reading is called "Rasselas." What does that mean?
59291. It gave us the title of a famed 20th-century novel and directly or indirectly inspired several films and a couple of poems. It shares its name with one of the most mysterious paintings of the 16th century, and the basic plot may have been inspired by an early 17th-century shipwreck. What is it, what is the novel, and who produced the painting?
59292. As bad luck would have it, two of his most famous works were severely damaged by two differing natural disasters in two different cities. His life has been fully documented in a 16th century biography written by one of the first art historians of that country. Who was the artist, the biographer, and how did these pieces get damaged?
59294. Which new strain of animals have a bizarre trait that suggests loss of a limb may be less serious in the future?
59295. What did the Bank of England pound notes featuring Isaac Newton have almost all the letters of the alphabet scattered around the reverse side? Which letter was missing?
59296. Is the movie "Final Destination" based on the crash of TWA Flight 800?
59297. I would like to know if 4,740 is the approximate correct figure for all terrestrial mammal species in the world?
59298. Which common everyday item sells at the rate of 57 every second?
59299. One in eighteen people has one of these. What is it?
59300. What is the meaning of "nonvolant mammal"?
59302. Who is Aron Ralston, and how the heck did he get stuck in an icy ravine in the first place?
59304. Who sings "Singin' in the Rain"?
59305. Who was drafted first in 1998, and who won Rookie of the year, in basketball NBA?
59306. Who is Niels Bohr?
59307. In 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' why was a part made up for John Malkovich?
59308. How do you pronounce the animal classification suffix in Paridae and Falconidae? Is there a place online that people can check the pronunciation of scientific names?
59309. Why aren't all gas tanks on the same side of a car?
59312. Why did Alcatraz close?
59315. What was the only volume of poetry written by Charles Baudelaire? It is also Isadora Quagmire's favorite book.
59316. What do you call the study of ancient Egypt?
59319. How many websites end with .com?
59320. Which company famously had someone die in a fire to lessen the impact of its rival's launch?
59321. What is the function of the long tufted tails of those mouse-like mammals?
59322. What year did Marie Antionette die?
59323. Has anyone ever been killed whilst re-enacting a famous battle?
59324. What songstress played Murphy Brown’s 93rd and last secretary?
59325. How do you look after an aloe vera plant?
59326. What president restored the White House putting green Richard Nixon had disposed of?
59328. What quarterback holds the NFL's all-time record for completions in a single game?
59329. It began on a late August morning, on a day dedicated to a saint who has something in common with a presumptuous mythical musician. By the time it ended, over three weeks later, about 70,000 people were dead. What was it, and why did it occur? Also, what experience did the saint and the musician share?
59331. Who had a name that sounded like a disease and posthumously gave his name to a family of disease carrying parasites, one of which is thought to have killed him?
59332. Where was the world's first plastic bridge built? Have many been built since?
59333. How many flavour choices are there for the Nestle flavoured waters?
59334. What was the record that Peyton Manning broke? I know he broke Dan Marino's record, but I don't know what the record was.
59335. Which company connects the securing of online transactions, the registering of dotcom domains and the Crazy Frog?
59336. How many vitamins are there in nature?
59337. What is the most abundant element in nature?
59338. Who is the tallest man ever?
59339. Is Mike Davis, the urban theorist and the author of the book "City of Quartz" HIV-positive?
59341. What was the mummy's outer coffin called in ancient Egyptian times?
59342. What vegetable did Mark Twain call "cabbage with a college education"?
59343. Who was the youngest person ever chosen for the Country Hall of Fame?
59344. Who was the first woman to coach a professional tennis team that included men?
59345. What comedian, stricken with multiple sclerosis, reflected, "I am proud that I have been able to use humor to lesson people's hatred"?
59346. Which American president held a party at the White House after he got the presidency in which the White House was trashed and when he snuck out there was not enough room for him to get back in so he had to spend the night elsewhere?
59347. Every square inch of the human body has an average of how many million bacteria on it?
59348. Why is YKK put onto zips?
59349. Would I be right to say that Joseph Stalin was a dictator? Can anyone give me a link about his government?
59350. What was the first name of the illegitimate daughter born from an affair between the second wife of a famous 16th century Dutch rebel leader
and the father of one of the greatest European painters of all times?
59353. Which musical won the Tony award for Best Musical of 1999?
59354. What is Chelsea player John Terry's mother's maiden name?
59355. At the end of the 15th century an artist portrayed a scholar adorned in friars robes examining a water filled glass which turns out to be something quite intricate. Who was the painter, the subject, and whose works did the subject plagiarize in his own published books?
59356. On the U.S. penny, Lincoln faces to the right. On the quarter, Washington faces to the left. Is this significant at all?
59357. Who won a Nobel Prize largely for work done while graduating at university?
59358. The fruit of this tree is inedible yet commonly used as an ingredient of an alcoholic beverage and is also used by a group of women as a cosmetic. Where is this tree found and what is the local translation for the fruit itself?
59359. This woman, though drawn to religious life early on, married Pierre Acarie, an aristocrat and treasury official, at age 16. She was the mother of 6, one becoming a priest, and 3 who became Carmelites. She is a saint. She was devoted to the writings of Teresa of Avila. Any idea who she may be?
59360. Which bleak remote Norwegian island has a name which has frequently been heard in Britain since 1984 and what important scientific project has more recently been taking place there?
59361. Which British TV series of the nineties was based on a series of books and was produced by the author's son? Why did the village in which the series was filmed have an entry in the UK edition of "The Guinness Book of Records"?
59362. Why are frets found on such instruments as guitars, and not on bowed strings such as violins?
59363. What is the term to describe Mediterranean type vegetation in Western Australia?
59364. Which well known company started out as an acronym but when a mathematician bought it he added his own name to which it is known today?
59365. What large mammal can survive for ten months without water?
59366. Who accepted her Nobel Prize in 1979 by saying, "I am unworthy. I accept in the name of the poor"?
59368. What was Ernest Hemingway's favorite saying?
59369. Who is the substitute Point Guard on the Indiana Pacers?
59370. How did the custom of calling ships "she" come about?
59378. From where do we get the word "handicap"?
59379. What is an ionic bond?
59381. In the novels of Frankenstein by Shelly and Jane Eyre by Bronte, the authors do not always write the name of the town or shire down, but rather dash-out part of the location, such in ----shire. Why are places written in this manner?
59382. In June of 1940, two German-born Jews escaped Paris on homemade bicycles, carrying the manuscript of what would become a world-famous and beloved children's book about an inquisitive little mammal. Who were these people, and what is the book?
59386. In Cockney rhyming slang why is cold weather called "brass monkeys"?
59388. The ride 'Samurai' used to be at Chessington World of Adventures but I've now seen that it is at Thorpe Park. Did they use the original ride and reposition it or did they build a new one? Also why did they move it?
59389. At the peak of the slave trade and industry in the United States, what was the percentage or the numerical population of slaves compared with free citizens?
59390. Who was the first King of Jerusalem mentioned in the Bible?
59391. Between June 5, 1982, and September 14, 1987, what player from the Baltimore Orioles played 8,243 consecutive innings over a span of 904 games?
59397. Which metal resonates for the longest when struck?
59398. Where is the world's longest baggage carousel and how long does it take one bag on it to do a complete circuit?
59399. Where and when did algebra first appear?
59400. Who is the shortest person on earth?
59406. What is the name of the New York Giants quarterback that played in the 80's who was hated by everyone and caused the Giants to lose so many games?
59407. Why do cats always seem to stretch immediately after they wake up?
59411. I heard recently that putting a bit of ketchup on a dog's food stops the dog's urine discolouring your lawn. What positive benefit is the ketchup supposed to have?
59412. Who is the point guard on the Lebanese basketball team?
59413. Is Brendan Fraser married? If so, to whom?
59414. Can you name the 5 fastest ball sports including the highest recorded speeds? A shuttle qualifies as a ball in this question.
59415. Who offered to pay for the ability to perform miracles like Peter?
59418. Which film by Edmund Goulding won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1931/2?
59420. How many Oscars does Julia Roberts have?
59421. In the show "Charmed" what is the name of the episode, and what season is it, that Paige turns her hair red?
59422. In the show "Charmed" what is the name of the episode, and what season is it, that Phoebe turns into a mermaid?
59427. Remember the old saying "the dog is man's best friend?" What is a women's best friend? You may find the answer in a commercial, song, or movie.
59429. Which famous artist once gave a painting to a jail because he failed to show up for a scheduled art class for the inmates, and what happened to it that is considered unusual?
59430. What is the difference between an Alcoholics Anonymous clubhouse and an Alcoholics Anonymous center?
59431. What is the biggest island in the world? I was told it wasn't Australia, is this true?
59432. Where will the New Orleans Saints be playing their home games this season?
59433. A famous annual European festival, one also observed in many places other than its home, was first celebrated in honor of a wedding nearly 200 years ago. What is this festival, and whose wedding initiated this tradition?
59434. What is the black stuff that NFL and MLB players put under there eyes?
59435. What is the name of the Italian painter who accomplished frescos in two chapels in San Giovanni Evangelista showing his admiration for Corregio, who had worked there previously? He painted Cupid Carving His Bow, The Vision of St. Jerome, and Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror.
59436. This physicist born in 1904 suggested a genetic code of DNA, although he is primarily remembered for astronomic discoveries. Along with Edward Teller, he proposed a new cosmological theory later popularized by Carl Sagan. Who was this Russian-American who co-formulated the Big Bang theory?
59437. Executives of this company made up a fake person to sign customers' letters and to make the company seem more user friendly. This anonymous person was given a name and even put to air on national radio. Much later, a portrait of this mystery person appeared on packaging which is said to represent a mix of nearly 20 real-life people. What was this persons name?
59438. This author requested in his last wishes that his unfinished epic must not be published because of unsightly errors that needed fixing. A powerful Head of State superceded this request and it went ahead. What is the name of this compilation, whose works are they modelled on, and what common phrase is the author said to have once coined?
59439. What was the name of the proposal the Eisenhower administration and the Soviet Union agreed upon to trade information on each other's military facilities?
59442. Which famous author won an 1868 Civil Service race and why was he then disqualified?
59443. Can static from household fabrics start a house fire?
59444. What was the name of the last US ship to be captured in war and where is it presently located?
59446. What is the meaning of the following French terms: "Avant de" and "Afin de"?
59447. What is the formula for carbon dioxide?
59448. What is the formula for ammonia?
59449. Who was the highest ranking US officer to have been killed in battle?
59450. Do all animals sneeze, and in particular, crocodiles?
59451. What landmark 1967 album cover was designed by pop artists Peter Blake and Janna Haworth?
59452. Sarah Lane's death in a daytime serial was one of the first for a major soap opera character. What soap was she on?
59454. What name is given to the smaller of a Rhino's horns?
59455. Bob Wilson, the ex Arsenal goal keeper, has an unusual middle name. What is it?
59459. Which literary device is the sentence: Some of the people had trouble following the thread of the plot in "The Eye of the Needle"?
59460. Which literary device is used in this sentence: The seaweed wrapped itself around his legs and slowly pulled him under?
59461. What was the name of Cleopatra VII's father?
59462. This common and very mild STD can very rarely cross the blood brain barrier and cause a deadly virus. What is the STD, what can it cause, and how?
59463. Very nearly 200 years ago, a little schooner with an unusual name was honored with the task of conveying some important news to London. What was this vessel, what glad tidings did she carry, and how is she now commemorated by members of the British Navy?
59466. I gather the Mona Lisa took three layers of paint in places before Leonardo was satisfied with the result. Which works by famous artists has x-raying revealed to have had the most layers of paint applied in the quest for perfection?
59467. The jnd is a unit used in which sort of measurement?
59468. How many people have managed the Queen Vic in "Eastenders" in its 20 years on the box, and who were they?
59469. I vaguely recall hearing that CD's and audio-cassettes are not as permanent media for storing music as was once thought. Is this true and if so, what process causes this, how many years do they take to become unplayable and can I slow this process down?
59471. Name the island northwest of Madagascar which was part of the Comoros until it voted to become a French dependency in 1976. It shares its name with the last name of a tennis player from the 1980's?
59472. Lee Greenwood wrote the 1983 hit "God Bless the USA" as a response to which tragedy?
59475. Simon Wiesenthal, known in the last 50 years for his quest to bring former Nazis to justice, died today, aged 96. How many Nazi war criminals did he manage to bring to justice, and how many of those received capital punishment?
59476. What was the original use for the hoop skirt?
59477. What film did Kylie Minogue sing "Tears on My Pillow" for?
59478. Who was the only US president to recieve a patent, and what was it for?
59479. What company produced the only vegetable ice cream, and what kind was it?
59480. Elvis Presley made only one commercial. What was it for?
59481. What type of animals were Belka and Streika, the first creatures to return safely from Earth’s orbit?
59482. What trophy is presented to the NBA champion and is named in memory of the former NBA commissioner who served from 1975 to 1984?
59484. What institution launched an "America's Library" web site to mark its 200th anniversary in 2000?
59485. What word occurs 4,444 times in the King James Bible?
59486. What does the princess drop in the pond when she meets the frog in "The Frog Prince"?
59487. Are there any bigfoot traps, and if so where?
59489. By what denominational name are the Puritans known today?
59490. Archaeologists in Turkey are just beginning to excavate an ancient site, successively occupied by various cultures, where a form of government that influenced some of the U.S. founding fathers was once headquartered. Where, exactly, is this so-called "cradle of democracy" and what was the government in question called?
59491. What author has written the most books?
59492. As of September 2005, who is considered the fastest human being of all time?
59493. Which famous author turned down an invitation to write a novel about the House of Coburg and who made the request?
59494. What is the longest song on record and how long does it go for?
59495. George Foreman and what other fighter are the only two to win both Olympic gold medals and a world championship in the heavy-weight division?
59496. Where might one see a frustum, and what connection does it have with babysitting mankind?
59497. This section of a very well known institution is under lock and key, for what it holds is deemed too risque for the general public to peruse. The contents were donated by a banker in 1865 but they were a collection of medieval 'ornaments' by a mayor. What were they, what is the name of this hidden room, and where is it?