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Questions From Aug 14 03
37507. After hearing of British rails being in danger of buckling due to heat expansion I wondered, how long is a typical piece of railway track in the UK?
37509. Along with the power outages, what causes "rolling blackouts" like tonight's?
37510. How do power plants produce electricity?
37511. What is the difference between a joule and a watt? What is a kilowatt in relation to a watt? Is there such thing as a milliwatt?
37512. How did Melba toast get its name?
37513. What is a group of ravens called?
37514. How many letters are in the Hawaiian alphabet?
37516. Who was the original bassist for the Sex Pistols?
37519. Out of the following European countries which ones are not land-locked: Slovakia, Croatia, Belarus, Latvia, Yugoslavia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Moldova, Belgium, and Austria?
37520. How many letters are there in the Russian alphabet?
37521. Did George Eastman select 68 degrees F for processing Kodak film? If so, why?
37522. Who invented the first camera?
37526. When is Thanksgiving?
37527. Where did Britain's Peek Freen biscuits get their weird name?
37528. In 1965, when the Beatles started their US tour in Shea Stadium, what song did they open with?
37529. What was Sid Vicious' real name?
37530. In which film does Kurt Russell say nothing for 25 minutes even though he is on the screen for 99% of the time?
37532. Why is it that some people who have at one time in their lives sustained a bad injury often experience discomfort in the affected area prior to a storm?
37534. In South American fiction, what book starts off talking about the death of Santiago Nasar?
37536. Where exactly in the UK is the Devil's Kitchen?
37538. Speaking of football (soccer), could someone explain what it means when a player is 'capped?'
37541. What is a group of hummingbirds called?
37542. What make of car did Moesha's father sell on the sitcom Moesha?
37543. What automobile company sponsored Bob Hope?
37544. Can anyone tell me the given name(s) of Sherlock Holmes' biographer, Dr. Watson?
37546. Who is the only player to have played in a Super Bowl and World Series?
37550. Which book series is author Richmal Crompton's most famous?
37551. On 13 April, 1919 a huge crowd of around 5,000 people had gathered in a park in northern India to protest against the arrest of two freedom fighters. These peaceful protesters were fired upon by a certain General Dyer resulting in the deaths of 379 of them and the wounding of 2,000. What is the name of this park?
37552. What is the name of that modern religion where it is believed that humans were designed to be immortal and when we die "it is a mistake?"
37553. Who was the Pharoah at the time of Moses?
37554. What is the name of the building built next to the 'Burning Bush?'
37555. Why is the name of Tutankhamun missing from the list of Pharoahs at Abydos Temple?
37556. Which Pharoah adorns the head of the Sphinx?
37558. Who won Best Comedy at the 2003 Teen Choice Awards?
37559. Which Oscar winning film was known in its first draft as "Anhedonia?"
37560. How do water treatment centers filter the harmful bacteria so that the water is distilled and edible (potable)?
37561. What is the most effective method for distilling water?
37570. Is Elizabeth Taylor Jewish?
37573. In the States, the "postcard image" of Britain is that guard dressed in red with a big black fluffy hat. What is the name and history of that uniform?
37574. Who wrote The Cloud of The Unknowing?
37576. What derivative of Shanghai's name has been incorporated in everyday speech and what does it mean?
37577. The most famous site in Shanghai is the Bund. What does it mean and from where does it originate?
37580. Can anyone please tell me what sort of car the childrens' TV character 'Brum' is based on?
37581. Concerning academics, what does Ph.D. stand for?
37582. Which Beatles album brought fame to a simple zebra crossing; Abbey Road, Free As a Bird, Please Please Me, or Yellow Submarine?
37583. Who exhibited his paintings in 1921 under the name Charles Morin and was praised by Picasso (Oscar wilde, Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, or Picasso himself)?
37584. Which part of Italy is Rome the capital?
37586. What is "Ping Cuisine"?
37587. In Shanghai there are just two subway lines. What are they called and what is the name of the station where they intersect?
37588. In the TV series Boon, what was Boon's first name?
37589. I have a Canadian nickel, which I assume was minted in 1951. It has a picture of a factory and the dates 1751-1951. What event does the coin commemorate?
37592. What are the traditional wedding gifts for 10th, 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries?
37593. Where are the fastest growing hairs on the human body, mens beard, mens scalp, womens scalp or womens legs?
37594. Who were Boo's pals in "Monsters, Inc."?
37595. Can someone please define SPOT recently developed by Microsoft?
37597. Why did Roy Orbison wear dark glasses?
37598. Since the clouds contain rain, how many tons of water are above us?
37599. What is the name of the current that circulates all of the earth's water? Where does it start and how long does it take to flow around the world?
37602. What percentage of the body is water?
37603. What percentage of the earth's water is frozen?
37604. Where was known as the mother of Wales?
37607. Is 'hung' a word, or should we always use 'hanged?'
37609. What are the differences in the Atkins Diet and the new South Beach Diet and do they really work?
37612. In Fort Boyard, who did Leslie Grantham play in a soap, a famous murderer?
37613. Which band had four members, two males, two females, who each married one another?
37616. Is it true that Galapagos tortoises spit salt water out of their mouths? This was first observed by Charles Darwin. Is it a credible observation?
37617. Parrots have the ability to mimmic human speech. So what exactly prevents them from manipulating it in such a way to develop their own language?
37620. A mate of mine says Wollombi Falls near Cessnock are Australia's highest. I maintain it's Wallaman Falls near Ingham. Which of us is right?
37622. As of 18/8/03 can someone list the Premiership teams in correct order of league position today?
37625. What was Sir Elton John's birth name, then he changed it to what?
37626. In the movie 'Moonstruck' what was the waiter's name in the neighbourhood Italian restaurant?
37627. I was shopping for cordless phones the other day. Is a Mhz stronger than a Ghz?
37629. When was the British Foreign Legion formed and has it been disbanded? If so, when?
37631. What year did the British National debt begin?
37632. How did the Encyclopedia Britannica achieve its name? Where did the "Britannica" originate?
37633. In the Pudong Development Bank on the Bund in Shanghai above the marbled columned floor there is a dome where there are paintings depicting what and why?
37635. What is the difference between a star and a planet?
37636. Is there a record for the person who has slept the longest at one time, Rip Van Winkle doesn't count because he was fiction?
37637. What is vinegar made out of, and how is it made?
37638. What were the three children's names in the sitcom The Torkelsons?
37639. Why do stars flicker?
37640. In the book by Roald Dahl, what were the names of Matilda's parents?
37641. What was the name of the first ever episode of 'The Simpsons'?
37642. On the Simpsons, who guest starred as Maggie when she said her first word in 'Lisa's First Word?'
37643. Who played Jazz in 'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air'?
37644. Which point on the human body has the highest temperature?
37645. What is the only word the Vicious (Vermicious) Knids can spell?
37646. Where is/was the world's biggest ever pile of excrement?
37648. Why did many people in Sweden go on war alert in September 1950?
37650. Why does Denmark have no designated national day?
June 5 is set aside for some sort of celebration,
but it's highly unusual for there to be no official national day. Has nothing sufficiently
significant ever happened there?
37651. Next to Quebec, which province has the most French speakers?
37653. In the 1881 census my great grandfather's occupation was a Tabler Melter. Any idea's what he did? He lived in Lincoln.
37655. On "Gilligan's Island" what was Gilligan's favorite dessert?
37656. What year did the "Stardust" tragedy take place?
37657. How much time is a nanosecond?
37658. How many children did the Ingalls have altogether in their home during the run of 'Little House on the Prairie?'
37660. What are the seven nominal questions?
37661. "Cavendish" is the most popular variety of which fruit?
37662. According to Buckingham Palace, how tall is the queen?
37663. In the mundane historical reference to Sinbad and the "Seven Seas," which seven seas was he referring to?
37664. Why does a plane have a "black box"? Why not a blue box or a red box? And what is the purpose of a flight recorder?
37665. What is the purpose for windmills? To produce grain?
37666. Who ran the original marathon and how long is it and why is it so called?
37667. When the Olympic games were revived, who won the first marathon and what nationality was he?
37668. What countries is Queen Elizabeth still sovereign over?
37669. How did Princess Diana die?
37670. Who coined the phrase the 'Gibralter of Wessex' and to what part of Britain does it refer to?
37671. At what address did Thomas Hardy live at the age of 16 and why?
37672. Further to the earlier question about the Queen, how tall is Prince Philip?
37673. Where did Prince William spend eight weeks during Operation Raleigh?
37674. Why did the Welsh decide to boycott the Encyclopaedia Britannica?
37679. What is the name of the house that was said by a king to be too large for a king? The house still stands today but is only a fraction of its original size.
37680. On Friends, what job did Joey have in Las Vegas?
37681. On Friends, how did Joey get back to New York from Las Vegas?
37683. In what year did the WWF PPV Armageddon event begin?
37685. On Friends, how many actresses have played Carol Willick, and who are they?
37689. What does Caesar mean?
37694. What does 'folk' mean in Norfolk an Suffolk?
37695. According to a recent British TV ad, why does Marilyn Monroe come back to life?
37699. Why do electrical outlets fit three prongs? Why is one of the prongs oblong, compared to the other two?
37700. Which doctor wrote a book about curing eye diseases by special gymnastics?
37702. When was the first Indian Restaurant opened in London?
37709. What is the most sold musical instrument today?
37710. Namewise, what was unusual about participants in the last test match at Trent Bridge?
37712. What is the ancient name for China ?
37714. In which of the cities would you walk in souks searching how to spend your dirhams?
37715. Who were the youngest and oldest jockeys to have won the English Grand National in horse racing?
37717. Can you tell me, where is Glockamorra?
37718. In the US, what is the procedure for getting a middle name if you were not given one at birth?
37722. What links Michael Crawford, Anthony Valentine, Melvyn Hayes and David Hemmings?
37726. In the pop music world, how better do we know Petrum Antonius Laurentius Kartner?
37732. Cum Patria Mea Vocat - whose motto is this?
37733. What film won the award for Best Song at this year's Oscars?
37734. Which recent Australian film starred Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis?
37735. In which recent comedy did Rob Schneider play a girl in a man's body?
37737. Which animal has recently devastated a section of China (about the size of Switzerland) and it's not a little pig?
37749. What is the national dog of France?
37750. From where comes the term "Dear John Letter?"
37753. After the United States, what is the oldest republic in the western hemisphere?
37754. My question concerns an old laundry detergent commercial where a women walked into a Chinese laundry and asked Mr. Lee how he got his laundry so clean, he said ancient Chinese secret, my question is what is the name of the laundry soap?
37755. What is the nickname for sodium pentathol?
37756. During the long sustained chord at the end of what song can you hear a chair squeak? I first heard this on the cassette version and was later told it was only audible on the CD version. I've been told it definitely is not audible on the vinyl version.
37757. If the Windows screensaver "Pipes" is set just right, what special object appears as one of the joints?
37758. When did Australian women get equal pay to men?
37759. Of the following, who is the youngest male ever to earn a million dollars: Bill Gates, George Soros, Jackie Coogan, or Ella Wandel?
37760. Of the following, which was the warmest year: 1998, 1992, 1983, or 1975?
37763. Who's the detective in the fictional piece of fiction "Lady, Don't Fall Backwards?"
37764. On American Idol, of the host or the judges, which of the four gets paid the most?
37765. What is the most common grade that pupils get at GCSE?
37766. When Britain outlawed slavery in the early 1800s, did this cause much national turmoil like we had in the US?
37767. What was the Louisiana Purchase?
37768. Where is the largest volcano known to man?
37769. What is the highest recorded temperature in an inhabited place?
37771. What is the shortest day of the year?
37772. What is the oldest professional football club in the world?
37774. What is the definition of a free enterprise, and what impact does it have on the economy?
37775. If the U.S. falls into another Great Depression, why can't the U.S. Mint just produce more dollar bills to help the situation?
37776. Why does the U.S. president have to give a State of the Union address annually?
37777. What is the exact definition of a commodity? Does it have any connection to an industrial economy? What is an industrial economy?
37778. Is it possible for water as cold as 20 degrees fahrenheit?
37784. In literature what connection is there between Richard Armstrong, Jacques Lacroix, Geneva and £50,000,000?
37785. On which match was Brian Johnston commentating when he came out with the line, "The batsman's Holding, the bowler's Willey"?
37786. Are pancreas transplants commonly available for diabetics?
37787. According to the 1855 edition of Goodrich's World Geography book, what was Alaska called?
37800. Why is it that if you have a magnet and cut it in half the two halves where you cut the magnet will repell each other?
37804. What do an elephant and a blue whale have in common?
37805. 126 is the average IQ of whom?
37806. According to a recent survey 65% of Americans do this at work?
37810. Who directed 'Trainspotting' and '28 Days Later'?
37811. Which performer has recently found out that she is one of the many grandchildren of the actor Marlon Brando?
37815. What is the release date of Chic's "Dance Dance Dance" in the UK?
37816. In Pink Floyd's album The Wall, are there any backwards messages played?
37817. Cryptic song title. The 'cremation' of a large man will be the cause of darkened festivities?
37818. Does NutraSweet cause illness?
37820. What famous 50's county western singer died in a car wreck in Milano Texas on November 5th 1960 at the age of 35?
37821. What does S.W.A.T. stand for?
37822. What member of the group "Joey Dee and the Starlighters" has also had a sucessful movie career?
37824. What is the name of the family who owns Heathcliff, the comic strip cat?
37827. What is the derivation of the term "Heretic?" Why was it applied to people who practice unexplainable science?
37828. Why exactly are pretzels salty? Are they made that way, or do they contain a natural sodium content? While we're on it, how are soft pretzels made?
37829. Why does the Microsoft Windows icon contain four wavy squares with random patterns?
37830. In order, who are the heirs to the throne of England if Queen Elizabeth II dies? Also, can a queen be impeached?
37833. Why does the Queen wear black when she meets the Pope?
37847. Where was Charles I imprisoned before his execution?
37848. Where is the UK's best known motor museum?
37849. What was the name of the first woman in England to be killed by a tiger, and when and where did it take place?
37850. What is the smallest of the Channel Islands?
37851. What fortified place was started at the request of Ethelfreda and who was she?
37853. Which US state has the most rural residents?
37855. When something is described a saggittate (sagittate), what shape is it?
37858. Why does eating a spoonful of something sweet stop hiccups?
37860. Who is the brand ambassador for Aramis' new range of perfumes employing the ad byline "Life, it's a great game" - Serena Williams, Boris Becker, Andre Agassi, or Viswanathan Anand?
37861. America's most powerful supercomputer for weather forecasting that recently went online has a theoretical peak computing power of how many trillion operations a second - 3.8, 5.7, 7.3, or 9.3?
37862. How much has a lunch date with Warren Buffett, the second richest man in the world fetched at a charity auction - $100,000, $249,000, $250,000, or $250,100?
37863. Of the following, which is the world's largest telecoms group - Telecom Italia Mobile, Spain's Telefonica Moviles, Vodafone, or Orange?
37864. Who said "The sun never sets on the British Empire" and what was the exact quote?
37865. From where comes the word pretzel?
37867. What Scottish town is famous for its three J's and what are the three J's?
37869. In that great song "We'll Keep a Welcome in the Hillside" there is one Welsh word. What is it and why is it not written in English?
37874. When was the first ever website made, and what was it?
37878. In Dorset, what phrase is used when a person is to be hanged?
37879. Who is "The best bad poet of all time?"
37880. Are shot putters obliged to tuck the shot under the chin and rotate before throwing it, or is this a technique which has been found to produce the best results?
37881. In the British TV show "A Touch of Frost" what is the real first name of the character Detective Inspector "Jack" Frost?
37882. In the UK, where would you find the street that is wholly medieval?
37884. In Legally Blonde, what does Aaron Mitchell say his IQ is?
37885. What is the famous Aristotle quote said by Professor Stromwell in Legally Blonde?
37888. How does a GPS "know" where you are located on earth? Can it really calculate exactly how far you are from any destination you input?
37889. Where did the expression "black eyes" originate for bruised eyes? The tint with injury to the eyes looks more blue than black.
37890. Do Venus Flytraps really clamp down on insects or do they simply suck them in? Can they stretch themselves out to "grab" insects? Also, can they eat anything besides insects?
37891. Why are there 64 squares on a chessboard? Why not 128, or 32? Where did the golden number come from?
37894. Where would one find a carapace and a plastron?
37896. "The future is now!" This quote comes from what movie?
37897. What does BTW stand for?
37898. Which female athlete holds the current world 100
37899. What was the name of the aircraft that dropped the
A-Bomb on Nagasaki?
37903. What colour belt do you buy for your outfit when beginning Judo classes?
37908. In India which pradesh is often called the Land of Kamasutra - Andhra pradesh, Arunachal pradesh, Madhya pradesh, or Uttar pradesh?
37909. Who is the one-legged acrobat in the wrestling ring: Kevin Nash, Stacey Keibler, Shawn Michaels, or Zach Gowen?
37910. What is associated with the consumption of thousands of tons of strawberries - May Day, Wimbledon, or Valentine's Day?
37913. Who said "The libel laws have made it virtually impossible to write a really good racing book about anything but the horses?"
37918. What happened to the Mary Celeste after it was found? Was it taken back to shore for it to be examined? Was it just left there? What happened to all of the stuff that was left on the ship?
37931. The first time this was commercially used was in Japan in 1949. What was it?
37932. Why is there a picture of a girl in a yellow raincoat with an umbrella on the front of a Morton Salt container?
37933. Is there any actual device besides that of extraterrestrials that could produce the crop circle formations so perfectly? What caused the Nazca lines in Peru like this?
37934. The novel "The Count of Monte Cristo" features a Chateau D'If prison. Does one such prison really exist in France?
37935. What earned Alcatraz the nickname "Devil's Island?"
37936. When was the first known reported human death by shark attack?
37937. Was Erik, the phantom in 'The Phantom of the Opera' based on a real person at all?
37939. In 1956, the name of Bedloe Island was changed.
What is its name now?
37949. What is that thing on the Elmer's glue bottle supposed to be? If it is a pig, cow, or a bull why does it have a human smile?
37950. How many possible combinations are there with the Rubik's Cube?
37951. Which of the following fast food chains has the largest number of stores in the US: ANS Subway, McDonald's, Burger King, or Pizza Hut?
37952. Which of the following is seeking its antidepressants Celexa and Lexapro to win regulatory approval for their use in treating compulsive shopping and kleptomania: Pfizer Inc, ANS Forest Labs Inc, Glaxo SmithKline, or Eli Lily and Co.?
37953. Who won the top STPI Award for excellence in software exports for 2001-02 from the following: Wipro LTD, Infosys Technologies, ANS TCS, or none of these?
37954. From the following, who won the most grand slam men's singles tennis titles: Boris Becker, Pete Sampras, Ivan Lendle, or Bill Tilden?
37955. What make of chair appears in the most famous photograph of call-girl Christine Keeler?
37956. What does 'Pradesh' mean in 'Uttar Pradesh'?
37958. Since cats sleep for a long time, do they dream, and if so, what do they dream about?
37959. On 'Friends' when Phoebe is having the triplets, which of the Friends needs medical attention and why?
37960. Which name is shared by the Greek goddess of victory and an international sportswear manufacturer?
37961. Who was the first female to debut at Number 1 on the US singles charts, and with which song?
37962. Antonio 'LA' Reid is the executive producer of which record label?
37963. Which Oscar-winning actress was born Susan Tomaling in 1946 and is known by her former married name?
37965. On Friends, which is the only one of the six to have lived with all of the others?
37966. On Friends, where did Monica and Chandler first kiss?
37968. On Friends, as you go into Joey's bedroom, what is the poster on the left-hand side?
37970. On Fawlty Towers, who guest-starred as a salesman in 'The Hotel Inspectors' and what specific item did he sell?
37971. What percent of Americans (from USA) cannot find Canada on a world map?
37979. What is the motto of Harry Potter's school?
37982. What are the deep limestone shafts found in Yorkshire called?
37985. What town is Darrowby based on?
37986. In Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats" which cat has the leading role and what is the musical based on?
37987. In 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' whose diary did Harry find?
37991. What Biblical passage is on the Liberty Bell?
37992. Historically, what caused the Liberty Bell to become famous?
37997. Who wrote the 1968 novel "I Like it Here"?