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Questions From Oct 16 05
60001. What is the full name of Sonic the Hedgehog's sidekick?
60006. Jerome K Jerome exaggerated the world's most famous one to amusing effect in "Three Men In A Boat", there is a record breaking one on a Danish island, Napoleon went into one in Italy and I have been into another record-breaking one in Wiltshire. What are they and name the ones referred to?
60007. In the famous song by Björk, who is Isobel in love with?
60008. Why does a roundabout spin more quickly when people sit near the middle rather than near the edge?
60009. What is the official name for the @ symbol which is used in email addresses?
60010. Can someone please tell me the song that is on the new Motorolla i-tunes advert in the UK? It has lyrics that go: "...telephone, the lights are on, but no-one's home, every..."?
60013. Who is Lemony Snicket and why are there so many questions about him?
60014. Though he was a genuine military figure who rose to great prominence for five years in the land in which he was serving, and then tried unsuccessfully to conquer an empire, in the legends of his adopted people he became a king through marriage and was the nephew of the royal subject of a beloved nursery rhyme. In Wales, he is known by one name; elsewhere by another. Who was he, and who was his supposed uncle?
60015. I'm looking for a poem by Margaret Atwood. It talks about how animals dream about their environment. For example: hamsters dream of sawdust. Anybody have an idea?
60017. Do single celled organisms get cancer?
60018. He once was arrested and tortured under command of his father for religious reasons. Sorcery and magic were attributed for his 'cures' and he was sentenced to death. The first method was not successful, although a 'hot' alternative seemed to do the trick. Later, in the 1500's, certain European countrymen performed a ritual beside a statue of his honour. Who was this person, how did he die, what is the signifigance of this ritual, and what might an alarm clock have to do with all this?
60019. Who was ridiculed for his delivery of the Son of Ali Baba line: “Yonder lies the valley of the son”?
60020. What cabinet member topped a 1972 poll asking Playboy bunnies who they’d most like to date?
60021. What will happen to you if you smoke?
60022. "Pulp Fiction" 1994.
What exactly does the title of this film mean?
60023. What was the Riech and why did Hitler want it assembled?
60024. Approximately, what was the total cost to built the Airbus 380?
60025. How many subjects does G.E. work on, or is working on?
60026. Does white bread make you die faster?
60027. What do Selenologists study?
60028. Drusus Caesar was the son of the Roman emperor Tiberius. He loved broccoli so much that he ate only that and little of anything else for a month. What caused him to change the habit of eating only broccoli?
60029. What does chaos mean in Greek?
60030. How many channels does a regular cable company have?
60031. What does "pusillanimously" mean?
60032. What event caused the Rose Bowl to be moved to Durham, North Carolina in 1942 and what was the final score in this game?
60034. When milk is added to Rice Crispies cereal what causes the distinct "snap, crackle, pop" sound?
60035. Which sometimes nefarious activity most commonly uses two tools, but when the activity is depicted in film and TV fiction only one tool is used? Which tool is usually omitted?
60036. In which US TV crime series is one of the characters named after a famous Asian number theorist?
60037. The creators of "Fargo" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" came together to work on which famous film?
60038. Recently a question answered on this site explained that Catholic bishops can perform seven sacraments, priests can perform five, and lay persons can perform one. Actually lay Catholics are able to perform two sacraments. Besides Baptism, what other sacrament can they perform?
60039. The name of this animal is derived from a person in religious history, although the English prefer to call it something completely different. Its spots have been known to represent two rather interesting concepts depending which part of the world you live. What are the two names of this animal, and the two meanings the spots represent?
60040. Which common English word derived from the times of the Crusades, meant a person who engaged in the partaking of a certain drug?
60041. Besides the name Third Reich, the Nazis also used the term Thousand-Year Reich for their period of ruling. Where did they get their inspiration for such a millennium empire?
60042. There's a children's expression that starts out "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but..." and I'm not sure if it is "words" or "names" that "will never hurt me." Can anyone confirm one or the other, or both, and provide appropriate websites? Thanks.
60043. Who is the English King that was rumoured to have sworn never again to visit the town of Gloucester after his horse had floundered and lost its footing in the muddy streets of that city?
60044. Which 20th century African ruler awarded himself the title of King of a particular part of the British Isles?
60045. In what theater is The Lion King playing in Philadelphia, PA?
60046. Thirty years ago, this current baseball broadcaster was responsible for knocking in the winning run in the deciding game of the 1975 World Series. Who was it?
60047. What mammals, if any, do not yawn?
60048. What,despite popular belief, did Admiral Lord Nelson never do?
And this Friday,October 21st is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.
60049. Abba have granted Madonna permission to sample "Gimme Gimme Gimme", which the BBC news says is only the second time Abba have granted permission for another artist to use their work. When and to whom was the first time they gave such permission?
60050. I have heard somone mentioning something called a "Steiner" school. What exactly is it and does it differ in any way from a regular school?
60051. I would be indebted to anyone who could tell me who performed lead guitar for the artist "Paul Young" during Live Aid in '85?
60052. Could anybody help me with a couple of music questions? Who was dubbed "an angel with a big bust", and who was the father of two half brothers who tried to make it into the charts by releasing their albums on the same day and both gave promotional interviews disparaging their father?
60053. What is the name of Bart?s elephant?
60054. ?Genuine Class? is an anagram for what famous actor?
60055. In 'The Simpsons' where did Burns go to college?
60056. What are some examples of reactions in which concentration is altered to increase or decrease the rate of reaction?
60057. In the movie "The Fifth Element" the song that the Diva sings is a real song. What is the name of that song?
60058. Which words are most commonly confused by lip-readers?
60059. In the show "Charmed" what is the name of the episode that shows the death of Grams?
60060. Is there any such thing as a skeleton key?
60061. What is the mineral that is commonly used in flash bulbs?
60062. What is the most popular song in America?
60063. How is cinnamon grown?
60065. In Fraggle Rock, what was the name of the lighthouse keeper's dog?
60066. On 'The Today Show' who is the person that most usually fills in for Ann?
60067. What bride’s 1956 wedding attracted 1,500 journalists to a nation of only 5,000 citizens?
60068. On October 31, 1993, outside of a West Hollywood California music club called the "Viper Room", a popular 23 year-old actor overdosed on a lethal combination of opiates and cocaine. Who was this individual?
60070. Who was the first ever Arab leader to be brought into court to face criminal charges?
60071. When popping popcorn with hot air what can be done to significantly decrease the amount of unpopped kernals that end up mixed with the popcorn?
60072. Does root beer have caffeine in it?
60073. Where, exactly, is it a misdemeanor to kill a butterfly?
60074. What is the fear of haircuts called?
60075. Before this current royal family what family ruled England, when and what caused the switch?
60076. Find the English City: The clues will lead you to objects that share a name with the place that you are looking for:
1. A type of knot
2. A type of gun
3. A city in VA
60077. Find the English City-the clues below will lead you to objects that share a name with the place you are looking for:
1. A type of fabric
2. Loose pants
3. A city in CT
60079. How old was Clare Danes when she played Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet", also starring Leonardo DiCaprio?
60080. Though he was the son and grandson of artists, he initially trained as an engineer and even worked in a ship's boiler room. His first significant work was inspired by a form of entertainment and could be packed into a suitcase, but he became most famous for his large examples of kinetic art -- in fact, some of his works literally took to the air. Who was he, and can you provide an illustration of one of his designs?
60081. What two bicycle manufacturers from Dayton, Ohio went on to become two of the most famous people of the last century?
60082. What might be the longest word in the English language that can be transformed from its plural to a singular form by adding an s?
60083. In linguistics, a "toponym" is a name or term derived from a place or region. Who can give me a toponym that means "highly complex," "intricate," or "labyrinthine"?
60084. If world population increases at the current rate, but food production techniques remain the same, then in what year will there be insufficient farmland to sustain the populace? What new farm techniques have been proposed to counter this?
60085. Me and a friend are butting heads over this. If anyone has seen the movie "Ghost Ship" or has any knowledge on this one, please help: Is Karl Urban, the man who plays Dodge in Ghost Ship, country music singer Keith Urban's brother?
60087. Where, recently, has probably the world's most famous fat lazy slob had to drink sodas instead of beers, cut out pork rinds altogether and cease hanging around with pub low-lifes?
60088. Which famous system used every year and introduced, in its current form, in 1979 is coming close to having to use the Greek alphabet for the first time?
60089. Who was Hamlet speaking to in his "To be, or not to be" soliloquy ?
60090. What nation?s Miss Monsoon pageant was sponsored by American Dreams perfume outfit, in 2000?
60091. Freddy Kreuger served as host of the anthology series "Freddy's Nightmares." What role did Jason Voorhess serve to the show "Friday the 13th: The Series"?
60092. They have not flesh, nor feather, nor scales, nor bone; yet they have fingers and thumbs of their own. What are they?
60093. Robert Louis Stevenson is believed to have completed the entire first draft of his "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" in three days while undergoing treatment with a certain drug for his tuberculosis. Can you name this drug?
60094. What were the famous last words from Marie Antoinette?
60096. The term 16 yards hit is associated with which sport: polo, baseball, golf, or hockey?
60097. In the Middle Ages which animal was associated with witchcraft: cat, dog, horse, or elephant?
60098. Japan prize is given for achievement in which field: Public Service, Human Rights, Science and Technology, or Art and Literature?
60099. Who wrote the lyrics for Martina McBride's "Where Would You Be"?
60100. The United States has not formally declared war since 1941, however since then the US has been involved in many extensive military conficts - Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, etc. What necessitates a formal US War Declaration?
60101. What well-rounded first-baseman outfielder batted exactly .300, hit exactly 100 homers and played exactly 1,200 games in a career that lasted from 1986 to 1995?
60103. The average household owns 5 of these every year. What are they?
60104. What is the most widely read magazine in the North America?
60105. Research suggests this may increase your memory by up to 35%. What?
60106. What item is regularly made at a 115 degree angle?
60107. The architect of a great and innovative building, which has become an icon of the nation in which it is located, left the original project owing to conflicts with the government and returned to his home country. Now, an attempt to renovate the structure according to the initial plans has reinvolved him. What is the building, who is the architect, and how old is he now?
60109. What is the gap in years between the final historical accounts and prophesies of the Old Testament (KJV and similar versions) and the birth of Jesus in the New Testament?
60111. I have a pair of cufflinks, inherited from my uncle, that say "DPL 14K" on the shaft. I know the 14K means they're 14 Karat Gold. Does anybody know what the DPL means?
60112. What former senator claimed to have send John McCain a copy of all his concession speeches, after Super Tuesday 2000?
60113. What is the largest crater on the surface of Phobos and what is its size?
60114. Do surgeons do anything in particular to prevent being overcome by the internal smells of the human body and which part is the smelliest when exposed?
60115. What is the name of the substance that is added to natural gas that give it oder?
60117. Who decides which movies play at which theaters, because I am reading about this movie called Proof which came out not long ago with big name stars like Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins yet how come hardly any theaters are playing it?
60118. Are earthquakes only found on Earth, or have other planets been known to have earthquakes as well?
60119. What is the smallest hunting dog?
60120. For the insane calorie counters among us, how many calories are there in your standard soft-centre blackcurrant lozenge?
60121. Publisher, stockbroker, presidential candidate, and shocking advocate of free love -- and in the 19th century, too! Who was this pioneering lady, what highly-influential political treatise did her paper first print in English translation, and what great scandal did she publicize?
60122. What did Daniel Boone, Mark Twain and Alfred Nobel have in common?
60123. What year did the British Army commandos join with the Royal Marines and become active?
60124. This ancient item was introduced to the United States over 120 years ago and during that time has been revered and adored, but also reviled, rejected and held as an object of horror. It was coddled and encouraged in its infancy, yet now in its maturity, approximately 50 million dollars are expended yearly to legally kill it. Hint: It?s not Disco.
60125. How long did it take Ironman Triathlete Van Lierde to complete each of the three disciplines in his world-record mark of 7:50:27 set at Ironman Europe?
60126. What is that one episode of "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" when Carlton and Will have to drive the car from Bel-Air to Palm Springs, but then they get thrown in jail because the policeman thought they stole the car, and Carlton and Will have that argument about if the police officer was "doing his job"?
60127. Who was the first recipient of the Triple Crown Award in Acting? For your information, Helen Hayes was the second and Ingrid Bergman was the third.
60128. What does a Triple Crown Award in Acting consist of?
60129. Can you name the books considered part of the Deuterocanonical Apocrypha?
60130. What does Edgar Allan Poe, two US Presidents, and Timothy Leary have in common?
60131. Before people built and lived in houses what were house flys called?
60132. When one is studying foresics and wants to use the process of a decaying human body (in different temperatures, soils, etc.) for a thesis, what would be the closest thing to a human body without borrowing one from a morgue?
60133. Though it was not officially defined as a Roman Catholic doctrine until the mid-19th century, this dogma became popular in the Middle Ages and began to appear often in European art from the late 16th century -- sometimes with prominence given to various astronomical bodies. It is frequently confused with another article of Christian faith. What is it, and what biblical text inspired its artistic form?
60134. What principles did the Druids follow?
60135. What may be substituted for celery in one of the Snicket family?s favorite picnic recipes?
60136. Which category of fire extinguisher would be required to put out an important refrigerator that has been set on fire?
60137. What are the modern techniques that make it possible to visualize the anatomy of the living human brain?
60138. What is the etymology of the idiom "cross the Rubicon"?
60139. What is called for the study relating to composition and reaction of substances found in celestial object?
60142. What is the difference between being HIV+ and having AIDS?
60143. An unusual legendary "lie detector" in a European city was featured in a charming 1950's film. It happens to be attached to a building associated with an Archbishop of Canterbury who is known for a certain religious distinction. What and where is this "detector," what is the film, and who was that Archbishop?
60144. Which writer, who has penned well over 40 novels, has been played on film by Kate Winslet?
60145. Which two (plant) foods share the same name except one is used as a weapon for the FBI?
60146. This common menu item was named by the ancient Greeks referring to a certain kitchen utensil, which, in turn, the Romans adapted to it and the word itself referred to the meal, rather than the contraption it was cooked in. What is it?
60147. Which work of modern art connects Henry Ford, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Titian, Guglielmo Marconi, Oliver Reed and Kierkegaard? Whose name on that line is crossed out?
60148. In the Topps baseball card series, there is a special significance to the palyer on card #666.
What is it?
60149. What Radcliff dropout made the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000?
60150. What natural resource, discovered in the 1970s replaced bananas a Ecuador’s leading export?
60152. What was the ironic title of Diana Ross and the Supremes' last song?
60153. I drove past an American car dealership, and saw a sign in the window that was a homonym and also an autonym. What was it?
60154. Why is the heir to the English throne called the Prince of Wales?
60156. In 'Gladiator', which scenes have Oliver Reed (Proximo) computer generated?
60157. Who was Sophie Scholl?
60158. How many people know of and live in the city of Madisonville, Kentucky.
60159. This was temporarily halted by nature in 1848 and was partially halted by man, also temporarily, in 1969. What is it, why did the stoppages occur?
60160. What was Mark Twain's real name?
60164. What was the Roman's main legitimacy to fight
60165. Who died first, Ajax or Achilles?
60166. When did the Chicago White Sox and the Boston Red Sox each change the spellings of their names from "Socks" to "Sox"?
60167. Who said, "I want the whole world wearing my clothes and singing my songs"?
60168. Who said, "In the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to then than your ancestors. Do not put such limited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could"?
60169. Who said, "In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes"?
60170. What did Johnny Appleseed, T.S. Eliot, George Raft, Pope Paul VI [Giovanni Battista Montini], George Gershwin, Ted Weems ,Jack LaLanne ,Barbara Britton [Brantingham], Marty Robbins [Robertson], Bobby Shantz, Julie London [Peck], Patrick O?Neal, George Chambers ,Joyce Jameson, Winnie Mandela, Donna Douglas, Joe Bauer, Kent McCord [McWhirter], Georgie Fame, Dave Duncan, Bryan Ferry, Christine T. Whitman ,Lynn Anderson, Mary Beth Hurt, Olivia Newton-John, John Roche, Dave Casper, Garry Howatt, Craig Chaquico, Carlene Carter, Linda Hamilton, Melissa Sue Anderson, Tracey Thorn, Serena Williams and Shamu all have in common?
60171. Did the line "Not with a bang but a whimper" appear in one of Kipling's poems before it did in Eliot?
60173. Who was the last first born son of a British monarch not be made the Prince of Wales and why was he not given this honor?
60174. Roy Oswalt became the first Houston pitcher in 25 years to post two consecutive 20-win seasons for the Astros, going 20-10 in 2004 and 20-12 in 2005. Who was the last Astros hurler to accomplish the feat?
60175. Did Frederick II, King of Prussia from 1740-86, style himself 'the Great' during his lifetime, and if not, when did the epithet become widely used?
60176. What recent health scare involves the Powerpuff Girls, Superman and Tweety Pie and how do the recommended testing devices work?
60177. How did Martin Bedkober die?
60178. The classic Australian horse race, The W.S. Cox Plate, has been run at Moonee Valley racetrack in Melbourne since 1922. To date, only one horse has won the event three times (in successive years). What was the horse's name, in which years was he successful, and which three jockeys rode him to victory?
60179. According to a popular book of 1845, the presentation of which two plants indicated danger and treachery respectively? Is there any evidence that this flowery code was ever used?
60180. What do the following people have in common:
Humphrey Bogart, Phillips Brooks, Barbara Bush, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., Lillian Russell, and Joseph Smith?
60181. What did the Russians call the Russo-Finnish war?
60183. What Great Lakes state produced almost twice as many cranberries as Massachusetts, in 1999?
60184. How large was the crowd at Wrestlemania 3: 93173, 92759 or 93617?
60185. What is an 8 letter word with one syllable and one vowel?
60186. What English word has all the vowels in alphabetical order?
60188. Today the Houston Astros are facing a 3 - 0 deficit in the World Series. Has any team in World Series history ever come back from a 3 - 0 deficit? How about in MLB playoff history? Or even in US pro sport championship history?
60189. What was the name of the white man Rosa Parks refused to give her seat to during that famous bus trip in 1955?
60190. Who said, "You're not a star until they can spell your name in Karachi"?
60191. This is the composition of what: Oxygen - 62.81%, carbon - 19.37%, hydrogen - 9.31%, nitrogen - 5.14%, sulfur - 0.64%, phosphorus - 0.63%, other - 2.10%?
60192. How many of the Seven Wonders of the World still exist?
60194. What connects the following edible items: pea, pepper, rhubarb, cheese, and meatball? In your answer, please define each term in the context of the connection, and feel free to add related terms if you can.
60195. What is the largest sum of money ever to be won in a lottery in Canada?
60196. When exactly is the flu season?
60197. When exactly is allergy season?
60198. What are the Seven Wonders of the Modern World?
60199. What is the name of a scale used by astronomers to assess the risk of an impact on the earth by a comet or asteroid?
60200. What song lyric or word could not be sung on the radio in the 1930's?
60201. In Washington, DC nothing is allowed to be built higher than what?
60202. Why is it so important to track solar storms as they approach Earth?
60203. Which US president never ran for president?
60205. What fidelity moneymaker was the world's largest mutual fund for 20 years until Vanguard Index outgrew it?
60206. What are micro-chips made off?
60207. I am currently in a Scottish town which shares its name with the surname of its local MP. Where am I and which European Championships are often held nearby?
60210. What famous fortuneteller and astrologer "caused" the Great Depression?
60211. Who was the last person to win the World Heavyweight Championship?
60214. What was the first bird to be domesticated by humans?
60215. What bird has been trained to tend sheep?
60216. Why were gypsy moths taken into space?
60217. In what movie did a husband replace his wife's stillborn child with the son of Satan?
60220. What is the third longest word in the world?
60221. When did London lose named telephone exchanges that yielded numbers like WHItehall 1212 and ABBey 1234, to give two well known examples of what I mean?
60222. When and by whom was the first tea bag invented?
60223. In an ancient language, a great battle took its name from this item, and it is also associated with a mythical gift to mankind. Subsequently, it was thought to ward off evil, but it also represented a sexual crime, so that its name in a modern language has become slang for practitioners of that activity. It may be used as a mouth freshener. What is it, and what is its connection with that mythical gift?
60224. While some are easily derived, how did some of the more curious informal names come to be, such as "Jack" from John or "Dick" from Richard?
60225. What bodily system controls the temperature in mammals, and how does it work?
60226. What was the name of the last horse to win the Cox Plate and the Melbourne Cup in the same year?
60227. What team was Chris Burke on before being acquired by the Houston Astros?
60232. In what movie did Aerosmith appear, portraying villains?
60233. Who is "nastier and meaner to his friends" than anybody he interviews, according to Andy Rooney?
60234. What was the last animal to date to be domesticated for pet use?
60240. Who claimed to have the shortest and "honestest" presidency in U.S. history?
60241. If I am looking at the largest exposed geological fault in North America, where am I?
60243. What percent of his personal financial assets does Princes Charles give to charity?
60244. This literary figure spent much of his life as an insurance executive and produced his most significant works after the age of 50. Today, many critics regard him as the most important American representative of his genre of the 20th century. Who was he?
60245. Is there a certain amount of community service hours that one must complete if they are heir to the throne after Queen Elizabeth II?
60248. What is common between the pendulum clock and atomic clock ?
60250. St. Lucia has a black sand beach called what?
60251. What is a Nicaragua mango pipe?
60252. Which city was Winston Churchill's mother
born in ?
60253. What is the largest department store in the United States?
60254. Was homosexuality ever a crime in the UK, and if it was when did it become legal?
60256. According to a recent survey, what are the top two fictional characters that have earned the most money?
60257. What is Malcolm's surname from 'Malcolm in the Middle'?
60258. What is the name of Level 39 in "Super Smash Bros. Melee"?
60259. First conceived in 1784 by a distinguished elder statesman of American diplomacy, this idea was humorously suggested in a letter published in "Journal de Paris" as a way to save tallow and wax. What was the idea and who proposed it?
60260. Do citizens of the United States pay any State taxes direct from their salaries?
60261. What type of bath did its inventor design for his 15 month old rheumatoid arthritic son?
60262. What metal is named after the German word for gnome?
60263. What fish beginning with the letter W has sharp dorsal fins capable of inflicting serious wounds?
60264. In some Christian interpretations, this mythical creature is associated with the Virgin Mary, and in others, with Christ. They are said to have missed the boat because they were fooling around while it was being loaded up. What is this creature?
60265. Where did the 1955-72 Nyanza War take place?
60266. What was unique about the war of Toledo? Who was involved and how was it resolved?
60267. Why are pop cans lined with a plastic coating?
60268. What gases are produced when acids react with a metal?
60269. What gases are produced when acids react with a carbonate compound, and what gases are produced when acids react with a hydrogen carbonate compound?
60271. Which Major League Baseball teams have not won the World Series since the beginning of their franchise?
60272. Which National Football League team has never won the Super Bowl since their franchise was created?
60273. Second-term scandals have been frequent in the American presidency. What scandal famously involved a garment made from the wool of a somewhat exotic Andean creature?
60274. If the first was Horror and the second was Possession, what was unusual about the third, and in reality how have the windows changed?
60275. Various mixtures have been used in the past and Hitchcock famously used Bosco's chocolate sauce in "Psycho" but what recipes for fake blood are usually used in current theatrical and movie productions?
60276. What is the connection between the first non-Italian person to become Head of the Roman Empire and a particular type of rocket engine?
60277. Did the Kurds even have an independent Kurdish republic?
60278. Which religious movement stemmed from a 19th century prank involving apples and toes?
60279. Which European region is thought to have taken its name from trees that were nourished by the blood of those fallen in a battle? What is probably the most famous literary reference to this region?
60280. What year was Disney World Florida constructed?
60282. How many different books are there on "Where's Wally" and please tell me the names of the books?
60283. Which varieties of foodstuffs are called wrinkled or savoy and short leaved?
60287. What is the nearest star to the Earth besides the Sun?
60288. Which planet's axis is tilted almost 90 degrees to its orbital plane?
60289. Why was the "Muppet Show" banned from TV in Saudi Arabia?
60290. Who shared network television's first interracial kiss?
60291. After 11 years of living together, which two co-stars got married during a lunch break while filming their TV series?
60293. What do talk show hosts David Frost, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Charles Grodin, and Jay Leno all have in common?
60294. Before Julia Child became the "queen of cuisine" what was her occupation?
60295. Happy Halloween! What is considered to be the very first horror movie?
60296. Why is the heir to the English monarchy called the Prince of Wales and not of Scotland or Ireland?
60297. How many bridges are there over the Thames?
60298. In a classic play, she is a teenage seductress, though in reality, she was 11 years old and her supposed lover was in his 60s. Whatever her age, she was partly responsible for the unjust deaths of at least 19 people during a famous panic. Who was she, and what later panic is said to have inspired the play?
60299. A first-time director and his friends contributed $10,000 apiece which enabled them to make a now-classic movie chosen for preservation on the grounds of "cultural significance" in America's National Film Registry. The extras were paid a dollar and a t-shirt, and the film spawned sequels, a remake, a modified version, and some satires. What is the film and who was its director?
60300. Where in 1909 might one have seen a green winged marsupial and why?
60301. It was inspired by an automobile, taxed by the quantity of it, which led it to be associated with children in order for it to become tax-exempt. What is it, and how does it fit in with 'stopping a nation'?
60303. What new discoveries might change the ongoing debate if Pluto is a planet or not?
60304. Can anyone settle a debate I'm having? Who started the celebration of Hallowe'en, the English or the Americans?
60305. This mathematician, who was a descendant of silk merchants, used a nom-de-plume of Mr. White, just to gain lecture notes from a certain school which was un-accessable to them. Who is it, and what specific signifigance does their work bear upon Fermat's Last Theorem?
60306. What was, due to his fear of flying, the only Monday Night Football game which John Madden missed?
60307. What Yankees star caused Phil Rizzuto to note, "Sweet refers to his swing, not his personality"?
60308. Besides "A Horse With No Name" what other America hit reached number one?
60310. How many times has Piper from 'Charmed' died and been resurrected?
60312. What is Camilla Parker Bowles title, and its history?
60313. Who can tell me something about Morris dancing?
60314. Many people call the Bible "The Good Book." What other names do people often use to refer to the Bible?
60315. Are there any differences between human male and female fingerprints? What are they?
60317. What major North American river has the Snake River as its chief tributary?
60318. Why do the Pittsburgh Steelers only have a logo on the right side of their helmets?
60320. Where in the world is Margaret Thatcher Day celebrated?
60321. Which composer was literally 'the cream' ?
60323. What tennis great of the ?60s and ?70s quit softball as a kid because her dad thought it unladylike?
60324. What dictator always missed deadlines after W.R. Hearst commissioned him to be a columnist?
60325. When a river marks an international frontier between two independent nations, if it changes its course for some reason does it still mark the frontier or do the geographical co-ordinates of the frontier take precedence?
60326. Who was the first man to land on Mars?
60327. How old is Big Ben, the clock in London?
60328. What is the highest grossing Canadian film ever?
60329. What animal is also known as Newfoundland speed bump?
60330. What is the name of the deputy headmistress at Hogwarts?
60332. On leaving a cave, what do bats always do?
60334. What were the first and last films Humphrey Bogart made?
60335. By what mechanism does a thermos flask keep something hot or cold for hours on end?
60336. How did Chinese Checkers get the name?
60337. What was the name of the play Jim Morrison saw the night before he allegedly exposed himself in Miami?
60338. An important altarpiece in an American museum is filled with disguised symbolism -- a woman sitting on the ground, a pot of lilies, a candle that has just gone out, lions on the armrests of a bench, and a little item intended to rid one's home of vermin. What is this work of art, and what does that pest-control device mean?
60339. What are the three most common reasons how a person can beat a traffic ticket in the US?
60340. Following from Q60332, do birds show any signs of left or right "handedness" in their flying?
60341. In a recent poll of over 3,000 people, the most votes went to a place in Peru, followed by places in Cambodia, India and Jordan respectively. What was the poll about and what was the highest British entry?
60344. How many children did Mick Jagger sire during the 1900s?
60345. Many books on the English language point out that "ylang-ylang" is a Tagalog word. But I can't help asking: What exactly is a ylang-ylang? How is the word properly pronounced? And most importantly, when was the last time you actually heard anyone use the word in polite conversation?
60346. What bright color did Genghis Khan reserve exclusively for himself and his family members?
60347. Are Mario Winans, singer of "I Don't Wanna Know" with P. Diddy, and Mario, singer of "Let Me Love You" the same guy?
60348. What is it called when the libraries assign numbers to topics?
60349. Who made the official colour of China yellow?
60350. Which well-known 'house' in the US has a massive gargoyle situated on its roof which only appears once a year, and on what date does it get uncovered?
60352. In a historical urban legend, two boys of Spanish royalty were said to have been cleaning guns. They were 18 and 14 at the time. They were in a closed room, the 14 year old was said to have been shot in the head and killed. It is uncertain how the gun went off, but legend says the 18 year old killed his brother. Who were the brothers? They also share very close names with two rivalling brothers of Isabel of Castille, mother of Catherine of Aragon.
60353. He sang on a record that topped the UK charts and won the Best Director Oscar for a film he also composed incidental music for. Who is he, what was the chart topper and what was the film?
60354. Is there a standard classification of human facial shape and if so, what are the most and least common shapes?
60355. What is a 1099 tax?
60356. What is the maximum weight that an ark of gopher wood measuring 300 by 50 by 30 cubits could have been expected to carry and still float?
60357. There is a well known story about the Battle In Heaven: Lucifer, God's favorite angel, became prideful and decided to rebel against God. He formed a large group of angels under his command who then attacked the angels who remained loyal to God, these loyal angels were led by St. Michael the Archangel. After much fighting the loyal angels are victorious and Lucifier (Satan) and his disloyal angels (Demons) are cast into Hell. However, nowhere in the Bible is this story, or anything like it, told. So, from where does this famous story come from?
60358. Who tempted Eve in Genesis, and where were they when this happened?
60361. In which dance do you not need steps?
60362. Which booklist was abandoned in 1966?
60363. We all know that snot is green, but in around 1 in 10,000 people, it comes out blue. What is the name of the bacteria that causes this blue snot?
60364. How did the "V for Victory" hand sign come to symbolize peace in the 60's?
60365. What is the name of the town on the Elbe where "Yanks met Reds" in April 1945?
60366. I watch some New York City-based TV channels which run ads for the New Jersey Governor's race. Bill Clinton endorsed one of the candidates, and in his speech said that in his 12 years (three 4-year terms) as governor, he worked with 150 other governors. How many governors were there actually in that time period?
60367. Since when has Edinburgh been the capital of Scotland?
60368. What Manhattan deli served up a corned beef and tongue sandwich called "Tongue's for the Memory"?
60369. What did some NHL players start wearing, after Bill Masterton?s on-ice fatality in 1968?
60370. After landing in Normandy on August the First, a Polish Armoured Division helped the Canadians in closing the Falaise Gap, marched with them towards the Seine, and in September reached the Somme, Antwerp and the Scheldt. Who was their famous commander who died in 1994 at the age of 102?
60373. How does the expression go in Don Quixote that has something to do about going against windmills?
60374. What was the military codename for the air attack
against "the Florence on the Elbe" on 13th February 1945?
60376. Before the modern state of Israel when was the last Jewish nation governed by Jews?
60377. Explaining your answer in simple terms, is postmodernism ironic?
60379. Are Guy Fawkes's confession, the Monteagle letter, the barrels, the gunpowder or any other remnants of the Gunpowder Plot still in existence?
60380. From what are the scriptures and theology of Islam derived?
60381. In which Sussex town are the "Enemies of the Bonfire" burnt? Who are this year's victims and can you find a list of past "Enemies"?
60382. Why are there different French dialects in Belgium?
60383. Is Jesus of Nazareth mentioned in the Koran?
60386. Is the "Duck and Drake" pub where Guy Fawkes and his mates hatched their plot still standing?
60387. It was said that the safety of a city depended on it, so when it was stolen, its first home was destroyed. In its second home, to which it was supposedly taken by a famous hero, it was guarded by a sacred order; and when it was reputedly taken to its third resting place, the second went into decline. What was this legendary object, which shares its name with an element?
60388. What food's name is derived from the French for "twice baked"?
60389. Is Beavis and Butt-head's hometown Highland, Texas?
60390. What is the surface volume of a hypersphere in terms of its radius?
60391. Around what month in 1953 did most of the public know about the discovery of the structure of DNA?
60392. Has any MLB team ever had the best record in the league for a season yet still not made the playoffs?
60394. How many countries are there in Asia?
60395. What is the etymology of the word 'limousine'?
60396. Who were the Ui Fidgente?
60397. Is Bert of 'Bert and Ernie' dead?
60398. If it is 8:00 PM in Toronto, what time will it be in Melbourne, Australia?
60399. Which fruit contains the most sugar per 100g?
60400. What, specifically, do Jack Nicholson, Catherine Cookson and Eric Clapton have in common with the character Zoe Slater?
60401. What was Hewlett Packard's first product?
60402. How is Cranberry Jell-O different from all the other flavors?
60403. In most comic strips, the person on which side talks first?
60404. In 1920, what amazing feat did Babe Ruth accomplish?
60405. Can the tissue from vestigial organs such as the appendix be usefully employed in surgery on other parts of the body?
60406. What is Constable Barnes' first name in the books by Emily Brightwell?
60407. What pitcher hurled his first game in 19 months in 1999, inspiring the headline, ?Few Knocks on Wood??
60408. What unfortunate folks did Pat Buchanan suggest should be jailed, and not "wandering the streets frightening women and people"?
60410. Has graduated drivers licensing and its zero tolerance policy with regard to blood alcohol content (BAC) had a direct effect on the amount of youth drunk driving?
60411. What John Candy film shows U.S. citizens girding for was with Canada by turning in their ice skates?
60412. What club won the Barclays Premiership league 2004/2005?
60413. The French police say that the rioters are communicating amongst each other with what?
60414. Following their 51-21 win over Stanford on Saturday, November 5, 2005, the University of Southern California football team ran its winning streak to 31 games in a row. Which school was the last to beat USC?
60417. Which town in France is the most thickly populated with bragards?
60418. How many precious and semi-precious gems are produced by living organisms?
60419. In a game of Major League Baseball, what happens if a player gets ejected from the game, but there is nobody on the bench to replace him?
60420. What was the original name of the Bank of America?
60421. In many countries, a bunny rabbit represents Easter. In Switzerland, children get eggs from whom?
60422. True or False: Chicago is closer to Moscow than it is to Rio de Janeiro?
60423. As of today, November 7, 2005, who is currently the oldest player in the NFL?
60424. Who invented the iPOD?
60425. If I was given the choice of completely filling a suitcase with any one of the world's currencies which would be the best to choose?
60427. Which popular cocktail was dedicated to surfing star Tom Harvey?
60428. Which Blink 182 music video does Alyssa Milano appear in?
60430. What Himalayan nation maintains Karakorum Highway, the world’s highest drivable road?
60432. What is the common name used by art critics to refer to the various groups of artists who, in the last decade of the 19th century, withdrew from
the established academic organisations in Munich, Berlin and Vienna, and set up their own exhibitions?
60433. Who was the Italian artist who in the first decade after World War II launched a new art style in which the slashing and piercing of paintings was a major technique?
60436. What 8 NCAA Division 1 teams have gone to bowl games the last 8 years?
60437. Which company is celebrating twenty years since it won a lawsuit to resume manufacturing its product especially designed for the blind?
60438. In judicial slang, how did the phrase "Throw the book at him" originate?
60439. Which 1960s film at one point encouraged cinema audiences to save their own lives by screaming and what gimmick made them likely to do so?
60440. From where comes the term Indian summer?
60441. Have the New York Yankees won more total championships (World Series, league, divisional) than all other teams combined?
60442. Who is the original composer of Kiss's song "God Gave Rock N Roll To You" featured in 1992's Revenge album?
60444. What is the traditional name for the extreme form
of realism in which the highest possible degree of truth to appearances is aimed at?
60445. In what does "arte povera" (literally "poor" art) differ from "art brut"?
60446. What low-tech pleasure did Stephen King confess to Time magazine he wouldn?t give up until "you pry my cold, dead fingers off" it?
60448. The father of former Australian Prime Minister Joe Lyons, gambled and lost all his savings on the 1887 Melbourne Cup. Which horse or horses did he bet on in that race?
60449. What is the most ancient object still surviving in the universe?
60451. What Hollywood icon got hitched to the politician in charge of the U.S. Bicentennial bash in 1976?
60452. Is the YMCA connected to any specific Christian denomination?
60453. Who needed the most zeros to express his wealth?
I assume this would be a rich man in a country with severe hyperinflation.
60454. What species had the smallest maximum number of members even when it was at its most common?
60455. What is the etymology of the word limmerick?
60456. What sport did editor Bert Sugar dismiss as ?Baywatch with gloves on??
60457. What Kate Bush song contains the words "make it go away"?
60458. Which three minerals are the easiest to recycle?
60459. Which symbol is common to all Saints?
60460. What name is given to a collector of neckties?
60461. What is the shortest winning margin in rowing?
60462. What is bilirubin and what purpose does it serve?
60463. On what grounds did Marcel Duchamp prefer to call his famous "bicycle wheel mounted on a stool" a "ready-made" rather than a "found object" (objet trouvé)?
60464. What sort of representation should definitely not occur in a still-life?
60468. In the US, are there any programs not funded by the government that provide health care for those who cannot afford it?
60471. In 1950, what weird thing concerning baseball did President Harry Truman do?
60472. What did Beethoven always do before he composed?
60473. There once was a town named "6" in which state in the US?
60474. What is the specific connection between a substance that Spanish explorers bought to the coast of Georgia, USA, in the 1500's and the process by which the first ever 'witch' was murdered by Christian followers?
60475. The RIAA sued an 83 year old woman for downloading music illegally, even though what was sent to the RIAA a week before it filed the suit?
60476. What is the difference between Good Cholesterol and Bad Cholesterol?
60477. What drink made Parisian imbibers happy at Green Hour, before it was outlawed in 1915?
60479. What was the only word spoken in Mel Brook's "Silent Movie" and who was the speaker?
60480. Which US game show was the first to give away a million dollar prize, and who hosted the show?
60482. Who wore a toupee at his audition for 'Star Trek: the Next Generation' only to have Gene Roddenberry say he "looked like a drapery clerk"?
60483. How many grand slams did major leaguers hit on May 21, 2000, topping the record set less than a year earlier?
60484. From what Biblical story was the subject taken for the first nude male statue in the Christian era, and who was the sculptor?
60485. In what sense can it be said that Russian and Byzantine icons are not merely artistic creations?
60486. What did Chaucer call 'earthbound stars'?
60487. According to country lore, geese kept on a farm indicate what?
60488. In which book is the last chapter called "In the Beginning"?
60489. Which creature takes its colour from the food it eats?
60490. If March = 43 and May = 39, then by the same logic, what does July equal?
60491. What kind of bread did the people of Jesus' time eat?
60492. Who survived travelling at over 600mph whilst not in a vehicle?
60493. Why did poppies proliferate more than any other flower on the fields of Flanders after World War I?
60494. Who was once voted the world's best in his sport but narrowly missed being voted the President of his country? Has an international sporting champion ever headed the government of a country?
60495. What is the difference, if any, between a syringe and a hypodermic needle?
60496. How many books are in the Harry Potter series?
60497. What is the name of the first book of 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'?
60498. How did the custom of crossing one's fingers (usually in hope of good luck) when telling a lie come about?
60499. Who was paid $500 to play in a game in 1892 in an intense competition between two Pittsburgh-area clubs, becoming the first person to be paid to play American football?