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Questions From Apr 09 01
11513. Was a wicker-type basket with a handle at both ends used by morticians to transport bodies to their premises ever referred to as a handbasket?
11515. Who was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
11516. What was the name of the McDonald's mascot before Ronald McDonald?
11517. Did Rosa Parks die and if so, what was the date?
11521. The JK Memorial cup is awarded for the British Championship in which sport?
11522. What was the name of the dog on 'Petticoat Junction?'
11523. What is the scientific name for the little sparkly affects that you see when you close your eyes really tight?
11524. In what Shakespearean play do eleven ghosts appear?
11532. What was the magnitude of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake?
11535. How old was the youngest Pope?
11539. What state capitals are west of Los Angeles, California?
11540. Is it true that no two snowflakes look alike?
11542. What was the name of the tiny people who tied up Gulliver while he slept?
11543. Who are Mizaru, Mikazaru and Mazaru?
11544. OK all you geography buffs, if you are standing at the exact center of the northern half of the western hemisphere, where are you?
11546. Where is the world's largest airport?
11548. Who is the actress who plays Denis Leary's wife on the ABC TV show "The Job"?
11552. What is a "Blue Sun"?
11554. Is there one city name found in all 50 US states?
11560. Who coupled with the devil and gave birth to Andrew John?
11562. Which daughter of a US president appeared with Elvis Presley in the 1964 film "Kissin' Cousins"?
11565. What Chief Justice was an All-American football player?
11566. What Chief Justice practiced as a doctor for nine years before giving up medicine for law?
11569. What was the first bus line in the United States?
11570. In the Hawaiian language what is the state fish of Hawaii?
11572. Why is Friday the 13th considered very unlucky?
11573. What do we measure in nits?
11574. Which state has the most registered cars?
11576. How many stars surround the mountain on the Paramount Pictures logo?
11581. What are the names of four birds that can not fly?
11582. How long does it take for the stomach to digest liquid, or for liquid to be gone after drinking?
11583. Who sang the 80's hit song "Naughty Naughty"?
11586. What two fruits are spelled with the same five letters?
11590. What is the most children a woman has ever had?
11592. Which network was the first to broadcast in colour in the United States?
11596. In which film does Mrs. Winthrop foil the plans of a gang of robbers?
11600. If the United States truly believes in the separation of church and state, why is "In God We Trust" imprinted on all of the money?
11602. When was the term 'bug' first used to describe a fault?
11603. Why do swans have trouble with landings and takeoffs?
11614. Whose mother invented the Manhattan cocktail?
11617. How hot does it get on the floor of the Libyan Desert?
11621. By what name is William Mitchell better known?
11622. Who are sisters under the skin?
11623. When is the first day of Ramadan?
11628. What was the claim to fame of Robert Aurand Moon?
11632. What are volcanos?
11635. When is Justin Berfeild's birthday?
11641. What detergent in an old TV commercial was called "ancient Chinese secret"?
11646. The three motor manufacturers, SEAT, M.A.N. and Iveco are all made up of initials. What do they stand for?
11647. In a matriarchy, who controls familial and political rule?
11648. How many stars did the Confederate flag have during the Civil War?
11650. Why does wearing gold jewellry sometimes turn your skin black?
11651. In what year did Ellis Island open for new people?
11659. What products were featured in the following two ads: a knight on a white horse, and a female plumber in overalls?
11666. If there are any Bond fans out there, can you tell me which movies Tina Turner sang the theme songs for?
11668. Does anyone know who invented the Barbie doll?
11669. Which is the only play by William Shakespeare to be made into a science fiction movie?
11670. What is the name of the character Goldie Hawn played in the movie "WildCats"?
11672. What is the gas emitting hole on the side of a volcano called, as surely a fumarole is a general name for any hole?
11675. What is the more common name for the part of a bird properly called the furcula?
11676. The 1980s pop group formed by Vicky and Babette Wright, daughters of one of the Beverley Sisters, and their cousin, Sasha, shared its name with which Bette Davis film?
11677. Which Marx brother played a character with the same surname in two consecutive Marx Brothers' films, and what was the surname?
11680. What was the name of Harry S Truman's dog?
11682. What poet implored, "Rage, rage, against the dying of the light"?
11683. In the early 1960s what musical duo recorded under the name Caeser and Cleo?
11685. A group of rhinoceroses is properly known as a what?
11686. What is spumoni?
11687. From where did the word "trivia" originate?
11695. In a word, what was the connection between Joan Collins in the late 1980s and the author of the "Sharpe" novels?
11697. A popular sport in New Zealand is rolling down hills or rapids in a perspex ball. What is the ball called?
11698. His brother was shot dead. His only son killed himself. His wife was bumped off by an Italian anarchist. His nephew was assassinated. Who was this man who lived much longer than his ill-fated relatives?
11700. Did any United States president have twins?
11703. What country commemorates its confederation on July 1st?
11705. Can anyone tell me the ratio of black to white in the population of Boston, Massachusetts?
11707. Who was the last queen of Hawaii?
11714. What year was "I'm a Man" performed by the Spencer Davis Group written?
11720. Which troublesome character from Tolkein's "Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" has given his name to a wild throw at Frisbee?
11723. A "widow's peak" is found on what part of the human body?
11724. What fictional character was tossed out of Eton but graduated from the University of Geneva, an experience which likely left him shaken but not stirred?
11725. Which one of the following has whorls, arches and loops: fingerprints, chromosomes, neutrons, or tornadoes?
11727. What is the record number of people killed by one lightning strike?
11732. What was the date when the last episode of the 1960's TV version of "The Fugitive" aired?
11736. Rubber bands were invented in London in 1985 by what company?
11737. What was Eva Peron's maiden name?
11738. Scheherazade, in order to delay her execution, tells the Muslim King Scharir, legendary King of Samarkland, a series of exciting stories. Rimsky-Korsakov composed a symphonic suite of one of the 1001 stories. What is the story?
11746. Is the Dewar whose name is on the famous whiskey related to scientist Sir John Dewar, who created the vacuum bottle?
11751. Where did the expression to "eighty-six" something come from?
11753. What was the shortest correspondence in history?
11754. Why do some toy balls bounce higher than others?
11755. What famous person's brain is stored in a Mason jar in Wichita, Kansas?
11757. Where is the world's longest escalator?
11763. Red, yellow and green M&M's were introduced in 1960. Later, orange and other colors came about, but what was the one original color of M&M's when they first came out?
11766. What are the five tallest buildings in New York City from tallest to smallest?
11772. In what year was the movie "Gladiator" set?
11773. In "Gladiator" why did Maximus Decimus Meridius die at the end?
11775. How many muscles are in a cat's ear?
11782. What composer wrote the concertos called "The Four Seasons"?
11784. Who composed a piano piece that needs both hands and the nose to strike the right notes: Beethoven, Bach, Mozart or Wagner?
11785. What musical instrument is held between the teeth and plucked with a finger: blues harp, Jew's harp, dulcimer, or recorder?
11787. Which of these fruits has the least nutritional value: apple, grapefruit, strawberry, or cantaloupe?
11789. In the saying "Happy as Larry" who was Larry?
11791. How tall was Pepin the Short?
11792. What seven different animals did Old MacDonald have on his farm?
11793. What is the French term for a tie-break at tennis when the set score reaches six games all?
11795. Which poem by Algernon Swinburne shares its name with a descriptive name for one of the Channel Islands off the UK?
11796. From 1935, Rank Organisation films were preceded by the striking of a gong. What was that gong really made of and what instrument was really used to produce the noise?
11798. In the 19th century what famous first did Aaron Marby achieve?
11801. Which mythical figure was used by Alan Bott when he started his publishing company in 1944?
11802. An eagle is the logo of which famous fashion designer?
11807. What was the first team the Magic defeated in a playoff series?
11812. This was taken from Napolean Bonaparte during his exile on the island of Elba. It sold for $9200 at the Christies' auction in May 1998. What is it?
11817. What are the names of Cinderella's two ugly sisters?
11818. On international automobile license plates, what country is represented by the letter E?
11832. Which actor played the only survivor of the "Dirty Dozen" in that film?
11835. What are the names of the Seven Dwarfs?
11836. What US state capital was originally called Pig's Eye?
11839. What individual once owned Las Vegas' Desert Inn, The Sands, Castaways and Frontier?
11840. Who is the only American to have their own zip code?
11842. Why do UK phone numbers all begin with zero?
11843. What is the exact wording to the "Sara Lee" slogan?
11845. What was Disney's first animation to show a belly button?
11846. In what mountain chain is Mount St. Helens?
11847. Who ruled over the city of Avalon?
11848. In the old days, why did fire stations have spiral staircases?
11851. What body of water contains Earth's lowest point?
11857. To elaborate on my earlier question #11842, what I'd like to know is why all the area codes in the UK start with zero?
11858. Which literary villain, who has also featured on screen, first appeared in print in 1913, kept a gang of villains in Limehouse, London and a menagerie of poisonous creatures at his Wimbledon home?
11859. Which school of philosophy takes the view that the answer to all fundamental questions is that we do not know?
11862. "Laverne and Shirley" and "Joanie Loves Chachi" are well known spin-offs of "Happy Days". Not counting any cartoon series, can you name the other three spin-offs from "Happy Days"?
11863. What color is the Eleven on a 7-Eleven Store sign?
11868. On some of the "On This Day" websites, on 14 March 1968 it says "POM performs atmospheric nuclear test at Maralinga, Australia." I thought testing at Maralinga finished in the 1950s. I know POM is the Australian nickname for British. What did happen on 14 March 1968 at Maralinga?
11869. What was the national average price of gasoline in 1977?
11872. In the business pages of the newspaper with the stock market or mutual funds, when something says +.24 or -.05, what exactly does that mean?
11876. If you find yourself broaching, reaching, tacking and trimming, what might you be doing?
11877. The record flight for one of these is 177 feet, 9 inches. What is it?
11879. You were just caught pandiculating. What were you doing?
11880. What is an I-20?
11881. What TV show inspired the G.I. Joe doll?
11896. Who was the first person to suggest the use of contact lenses?
11899. At the end of the movie "Pretty in Pink" the film is dedicated to two actors that were in the film. What happened to them?
11903. Where did John F. Kennedy and Bridget Bardot both go on their honeymoons?
11904. Where is the oldest wooden roller coaster located?
11905. Where is the oldest wooden roller-coaster that is still in use?
11907. What baseball player was known as "The Say Hey Kid"?
11908. Who was the first US president to be killed while holding office?
11910. What year was the NBA formed?
11911. What two bones in a woman's body are mirror images of each other?
11912. In algebra, why does the letter M stand for slope? If it's from Latin or Greek or something, what is the word?
11915. What size were Dorothy's ruby slippers?
11916. What line did a survey find had been spoken in 81% of the Hollywood films produced between 1938 and 1985?
11921. In the comic strip "Hi and Lois" what is the name of their dog?
11922. Is Margaret Wade or Gina Gillotti Dennis the Menace's girlfriend?
11926. What is the longest unit of measurement?
11932. In India in which year and in which city was the diesel engine first manufactured?
11933. Where and in which year was India's first electric train service started?
11935. How many holes are there on a Chinese Checkers board?
11940. In the television series M*A*S*H* what was Radar's teddy bear named?
11941. Where was actor Gary Burgoff born?
11942. Where did actor Gary Burgoff go to high school?
11945. What is the largest borough of New York City?
11946. What occupation was on Al Capone's business card?
11949. What six letter word derived from the Greek for "swimming" applies to those sea creatures which can swim by their own efforts as opposed to those that simply flow with the current?
11953. What bird is on the state flag of Louisiana?
11954. Who started the first Easter egg hunt at the White House?
11959. What man did Carly Simon write about in her song "You're So Vain"?
11960. In the novel "Moby Dick" what was Captain Ahab's full name?
11961. What group replaced the Chordettes on the Arthur Godfrey show?
11963. Who arrived at the 1971 Grammy awards wearing tennis shoes and a red flowered shirt and was refused entry?
11964. What organization provided security for the Rolling Stones concert at Altamont?
11965. What disco singer, singing what tune, got the full thirty points on "The Gong Show"?
11966. Who said rock 'n' roll was "the most brutal, ugly, desperate, vicious form of expression it has ever been my misfortune to hear"?
11967. How many Crayola crayons would it take to circle the Earth?
11968. Who was the first American woman to be granted a divorce and in what year was it granted?
11970. What year was Australia founded?
11972. Whose first marriage was performed at Forest Lawn Cemetery?
11973. How many US presidents have been an only child?
11977. On "Gilligan's Island" what were the first names of Gilligan and Mrs. Howell?
11981. According to the ice age patterns of the last half a million years, when is the next ice age expected: Between 100,000 and 200,000 years from now; between 50,000 and 75,000 years from now; between 10,000 and 20,000 years from now; or in the next 2000 years, possibly earlier?
11983. I understand that coke can dissolve a nail, but why doesn't it affect your stomach?
11986. What are Wilma's and Betty's maiden names in the Flintstones?
11988. What are the five collegiate Division 1A football programs that do not have the word "university" in their names?
11993. After Walt Disney with 32, who has won the most Oscars?
11996. On 'The X-Files' what does it say on the poster that is on the wall in Mulder's office?
11999. On 'The X-files' what is on the chain that Scully wears around her neck?