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Questions From Oct 17 03
40001. Which of the following countries is the youngest nation to acquire autonomy in cyberspace in March 2000: Jordan, Netherland, Palestine, or Tajikistan?
40002. Which country consumes the most food per head in the world: Brazil, Thailand, Argentina or Turkey?
40019. How do cells move? I know they can move with pseudopodia and flagella and cilia, but how do they move those without any muscles?
40026. Which 19th century leading tragic actress was known by the stage name of Rachel?
40028. Which British place name means 'pig hill'?
40037. When you fill the car with gas, does it burn up the very last amount you put in first, so that the very first time you filled with gas, some is still there in the tank after months or years, or is it the other way around, so gas is constantly changed?
40041. What were all the names of the taxes that the British passed on the American colonists that led to the American Revolution?
40042. Which tax haven principality forbids its citizens from playing in its famous casinos?
40043. Which is the tallest skyscraper in the world?
40044. In nature what "L" are the main organs for photosynthesis and transpiration in a plant?
40051. 'Shady's Best Grub in Town' has pissaladieres on
the menu tonight. What are they, where are they
from, and what ingredients are needed to make them?
40052. What do the Ukraine claim to have deposited with the Bank of England in the 18th century and now want back?
40054. Which author of adult fiction has used the most
noms de plume?
40055. I leapt into the sea at Land's End and swam all the way around the coastline of Britain. How far did I swim?
40057. The three golden balls, used as the symbol of pawnbrokers, is taken from what aristocratic family's coat of arms?
40058. 'Rip Van Winkle' and 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' were first told in what Washington Irving book?
40059. What is the Bloody Eagle?
40060. How are metamorphic rocks formed?
40061. What is a soil profile?
40062. How are volcanoes formed?
40063. Name the three England goalkeepers that were named against Turkey?
40064. How are large rocks turned into dust?
40065. What's the largest amount of profit made on a single item in the BBC TV show 'Bargain Hunt?'
40066. Although the tulip is the national symbol of the Netherlands, where did the flower originate?
40067. Which of the elements is the most expensive per ounce?
40068. How many different species of goldfish are there?
40069. Which town or city hosts a) Britain's and b) the world's largest illuminated carnival?
40070. Has the mystery of the Mary Celeste ever been solved?
40073. John Paul II just celebrated 25 years as pope. Which pope reigned for the longest amount of time?
40075. What was the name of the German resistance fighters who continued to attack the Allies after the formal end of World War II?
40077. Why do I jerk suddenly in bed sometimes, just as I'm falling asleep? Hopefully someone will know what I mean. You're just drifting off to sleep, then you wake suddenly with a sort of shudder.
40078. Can anyone tell me what the links are between John
Phillips, Knots Landing, Scott McKenzie and Michelle Phillips?
40079. What is Tagalog?
40080. What is the highest mountain in the world?
40081. What is the best selling book in the world?
40083. What is the good news, written about in a poem, that was brought from Ghent to Aix?
40084. Former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were on opposing sporting teams. What sport and what were the teams they represented?
40086. The needle on a Chinese tuopan will spin if what is present?
40087. Which baseball park is the home of the Green Monster and what is it?
40088. Which picture was Vincent van Gogh painting when
he committed suicide?
40089. Which is the only US State allowed to fly its flag
at the same height as the Stars and Stripes?
40090. What was the first ship to pass through the Panama
40092. Who are Liverpool's two young French players?
40093. Which Welsh player is one of the leading goal scorers in the First Division?
40094. Name Liverpool's two Senagalise players?
40095. How many time zones does the world have?
40096. What ocean is the international date line located?
40098. The island of Guam is the territoy of what nation?
40101. I hear about MSG only in association with Chinese food and that it is bad for you. What exactly is it and do other foods use this, and if it isn't good for you, why do people keep eating stuff with it?
40103. What is the longest river in the world?
40107. 'Unentwickelte liebesfrucht' used to be a formal German term for what?
40108. In 'Time Enough for Love' by Robert Heinlein what is the combination that Lazarus Long entered into the chastity belt he put around the slaver's waist when he bought Estrellita?
40113. Which famous British actor was born in the 'Land of the Thunder Dragon?'
40115. Why is hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia the stupidist name for a phobia?
40116. How many people died in the Great Fire of London?
40118. What is the highest point from which someone has fallen and survived?
40120. How many British prime ministers have been knighted, and please distinguish as to before or after they stopped serving as prime minister?
40121. What caused London's Great Fire, and when was it?
40123. Which of the following is working on 'Anynet,' a next-generation technology which will offer a single command system for TV, MP3, DVD player, portable notebook, camcorder and handset: Sony, Philips, Samsung or Sanyo?
40124. Toyota Motor Corporation plans production/manufacture of its luxury Crown model car outside Japan in which country?
40125. The 50-story General Motors building has become the highest selling skyscraper in the United States, having been sold recently for what record amount?
40127. In English soccer, what nationality is Everton's Tomasz Radzinski?
40128. In English soccer, which Liverpool player has scored against England for Germany?
40129. In English soccer, who is Manchester United's top goal scorer?
40130. In English soccer, what nationality is Fulham's Luis Saha?
40131. Who played guitar on 'Beat It'?
40133. In golf, who has won the World Matchplay championship, won this week by Ernie Els, at least once in each of the last three decades?
40134. Opposite Hong Kong Island is Kowloon Peninsula. What does Kowloon mean and how did it get its name?
40135. What was the name of the boat that the Hong Kong tourist board used for their advertisements?
40138. What nationality is Diego Forlan?
40140. Who was known as the 'French Newton?'
40141. Who was the first person to crystallise a virus?
40142. Which Spanish playwright was shot by Franco fascists at the start of the Spanish Civil War
after being forced to dig his own grave?
40143. What was Anelka's shirt number?
40146. What was David Beckham's first Manchester United number?
40154. When does the stock market open and close, EST?
40155. Why has BBC America stopped showing Eastenders?
40156. Name three things responsible for erosion?
40157. Why are rocks always changing?
40158. What is John Wayne's real name?
40160. What is the shape and make up of cloroplast and what is its function?
40161. Where is the chloroplast located?
40166. Which TV panel game used the same theme tune as 'Grange Hill?'
40167. What is Yu-gi-oh?
40168. Who said,"I blame you for global warming."
40172. How does sublimation occur?
40174. What is the Latin for volcano?
40175. What is the most number of weeks that a song has stayed at No.1 in the UK charts?
40183. From the following which country consumes the most food per head in the world: Brazil, Thailand, Argentina or Turkey?
40185. Which mobile company introduced its new mobile with a compass to show the direction of Mecca?
40187. What word can replace 'cutting' in the phrase 'cutting edge' - leading, scanning, splitting or launching?
40188. I vaguely remember a character covered from head to toe in padding, whose job was as a human punchbag for someone else to kick and take out their frustrations of the day. I think this character had a one syllable name beginning with 'S.' Does anyone know what I am talking about?
40189. Who was the Australian who signed for Blackburn and what club did he come from?
40190. Who was the first man to make 1 billion dollars in a one year period?
40191. Why was Catherine 'great'?
40196. After the Bible which book has been published the most?
40197. What was the highest UK chart position of REM's "Shiny, Happy People" and what was number one at the time?
40199. Does anyone know of a site that carries the biography of Bob Monkhouse's former comedy partner, Denis Goodwin?
40204. Where did Wallis Simpson obtain her divorce before marrying the Duke of Windsor?
40206. What was the first single from Kelly Clarkson's album 'Thankful?'
40207. Ruben Studdard's first single released this past summer was a 'Flying Without Wings.' Who wrote the song?
40215. Which actress has received the most nominations for an Oscar?
40219. I was told this was a trivia question. What is the no-man's land between science and theology?
40224. What is the oldest English county?
40225. A king's daughter wanted to marry a man who the king disliked. He allowed the marriage on condition that the man obtained a dowry, thinking it would kill him to obtain it. The man brought back double the requested dowry. Who were the three people involved and what was the dowry?
40227. How did Catherine the Great die?
40228. What two 'expansion teams' have each won the World Series twice?
40229. What was Germany's codeword for the invasion of Russia?
40232. Who or what was the original 'Frick and Frack'?
40234. Which is larger, the African or Indian elephant?
40235. In food what 'T' is the dark syrupy by-product created during sugar refining?
40236. What type of insect carries the Dengue fever virus?
40237. Which fruit of an evergreen tree, usually associated with the Mediterranean, yields an edible oil and can be picked for eating?
40239. Something that was presented to Captain Cook in
1773 died in London in 1966. What was it?
40252. What are the "most watched sports in America" and where would bowling rank in this list? Links to sources would be nice.
40254. How old was Wayne Rooney (Everton) when he made his first Premiership appearance?
40258. Name two Italian teams who share a stadium?
40260. Which club qualifed ahead of Everton for a place in the 2003-04 UEFA Cup?
40276. What is a birdie in golf?
40277. Which baseball team is said to be cursed by a goat?
40278. Which African footballer is known as the 'Black Prince?'
40279. Who hit the first pinch hit home run in baseball's World Series?
40281. Did Dan Fouts of the San Diego Chargers ever pass for 1,000 yards to three different receivers in one year?
40285. In World War II Hitler's elite guard was called the SS. What did the initials 'SS' stand for and what are the English translations?
40286. What location has the most and the longest lasting meteorological rainbows as opposed to permanent ones seen in waterfalls?
40289. Which composer invented musical forms known as
40291. Which of the elements is the least stable?
40292. As a ballpark figure, for how much would a Ming vase sell?
40293. Has the tale about the unusual death of Ronald Opus been substantiated?
40294. What is the greatest number of players from one club to have been included in the same England football team?
40298. Which metal is softer, gold or lead?
40302. When earth is at the maximum distance from the Sun, what it is called?
40303. The common refrigerant in domestic refrigerators is what: freon, neon, nitrogen, or oxygen?
40307. The ship "Sachem" carried which double act to America?
40313. How long is the Amazon River?
40314. Which state did Bill Clinton govern before becoming the 42nd president of the United States?
40315. From what language does the word "lexicon" originate?
40317. Scientists have stated that a giant volcanic eruption can wipe mankind off the Earth. When and where was the last one?
40322. "I hardly said a word to my wife until I said 'yes' to a divorce." This quote is from what movie?
40323. "It's like it's against society!" This is a quote from what movie?
40328. What was the opera in the movie "A Night At The Opera?"
40331. In 2003, which player did Greg Rusedski beat in the final to win the Nottingham tournament?
40335. When did the United States take over ownership of Alaska from Russia?
40336. Who was the French car maker accused of being a Nazi collaborator?
40341. Bobby Zamora plays for which club?
40342. What is the longest (in duration) ever song to be released as a single?
40343. What was the first record to be banned from the radio by the BBC?
40344. In an interview, John Cleese said that certain jokes were removed from an episode of 'Fawlty Towers' due to the fact that they could be construed as racially offensive. Does anyone know which episode, and where I can find a link with more information about this?
40345. As it's getting close to 'Guy Fawkes' night, I thought I'd ask if anyone remembers a firework called a Jumping Jack. As a small child, my mother told me that they were banned many years ago for being too dangerous. What exactly were Jumping Jacks, and why were they so dangerous as to be banned?
40347. Who coined the phrase "Cold War"?
40350. My friend Chris was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star at his funeral on Wednesday. He is one of the most recent Bronze Star recipients. Who was the first?
40351. My friend Chris was also awarded a Purple Heart. Who was the first recipient of this medal?
40354. Which Impressionist painter is known for his paintings of water lilies?
40355. What is the longest man-made structure in the world?
40356. Which famous military academy was recently ordered by the Supreme Court to admit women?
40357. What name was given to the project of the scientists who created the Atomic Bomb?
40359. In the Grand National at Aintree, a horse called "The Pie" was first past the post but was disqualified. Why and who was the jockey?
40362. What is the connection between an Oscar-winning director of the 1930's and an actress whose ex-husbands include a time lord and a glove wearing pop singer?
40363. What city was the Kingdom of Italy's capital from 1860-65?
40364. Of the 119 North American major league sports franchises of the MLB, NFL, NBA, and NHL, how many have birds as the team's nickname?
40365. Where can I find a list of Beatles songs that hit number 1 on the charts in the US?
40366. Sarah Joseph Hale's name has come down in history.
40367. What is the "G" short for in Channel V and Australian Idol's host Andrew G?
40368. What is a court order called which requires a government official to honor his or her legal duty?
40369. What is the medical condition called in which a blood vessel is blocked by a floating particle in the blood?
40371. While they are swimming, do sharks move their heads because they have to or because they want to? In other words, can a shark swim without moving its head?
40372. Who invented rugby and in what year?
40373. What are the seven natural wonders of the modern world?
40374. Where in the world is the death rate higher than the birth rate?
40376. Why do Brits spell certain words with 'ou' (such as harbour, colour, favourite) when Americans spell them with an 'o'?
40377. Has there ever been a recorded case of a person still being alive whilst their post mortem is taking place?
40379. The Simpsons have entered the minds and hearts of millions around the world but which TV programme was its creator's inspiration?
40382. What is the origin of all 'The Simpsons' family first names?
40384. In July 1989 a picture flashed around the world of a young man standing alone in front of a tank at Tiannaman Square in Beijing. What was his name?
40385. A Belgian merchant vessel and French merchant vessel caused the largest what?
40386. What word is misspelled in the American Declaration of Independence?
40387. What injured hundreds and caused 80 plus deaths on November 21, 1980?
40389. Who once said on live TV in Britain, "Don't forget to put your cocks back?"
40390. There was a sitcom situation where two people were cooking a turkey dinner. One person picks up two pot lids and uses them to resusitate the turkey. "Live damn you, live!" What sitcom was this from?
40391. By what mechanism does the body's "internal clock" work?
40392. A patient is found to be suffering from goitre, a condition where the thyroid glands get swollen. Which mineral is his diet probably lacking in, and which foods can be consumed to provide his body with this particular mineral?
40393. Which of these fish cannot survive in fresh water: catfish, dogfish, sea-horse or catla?
40394. Of which virus is "acetylseryltyrosylserylisoleucylthreonylserylprolylserylglutaminyl-
threonylserylalanylprolylalanylserine" a type?
40395. What are plants which grow in desert areas, or other areas where getting water is very difficult, called?
40396. Who was George Mallory, and what was his mystery?
40397. In the MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL what teams have each won the most championships?
40398. Besides being presented a medal what other bonuses does a US Congessional Medal of Honor winner receive?
40399. Years ago I read, in connection with the vagaries of English pronunciation, that "ghoti" can be made to spell "fish" - the "f" sound as in "enough", "i" as in "women", and "sh" as in "attention". What, by similar but not precisely identical reasoning, does "iewkngheaurrhphthewempeighghteaps" spell?
40400. In total, how many Oscar-winning actors and actresses appeared in Irwin Allen's infamous 1978 Bee-movie 'The Swarm?'
40403. How did the swordmakers of ancient Toledo temper the steel of their swords? Is the interesting answer to this a myth?
40408. How many college school's have the abbreviation "O.S.U."?
40409. How did Sylvia Plath commit suicide?
40410. Shakespeare uses aspects of another author's work to base the violent disfigurement of Titus Andronicus' daughter. Who is that author?
40412. During his innings of 380 in Perth, Matthew Hayden
equalled a record which had been held exclusively by Walter Hammond. What was it?
40413. If you are superstitious, what vegetable should you avoid eating on St. Stephen's Day?
40414. Whose birthday occurs on the 27th day of the eighth month?
40417. When disecting a squid, how do you find the radula? Even my teacher can never see it for some reason.
40418. Are clocks put forward an hour in Spring and back an hour in Autumn the world over?
40419. Is there a time of the year beyond which it is inadvisable to trim Leylandii trees?
40420. What does the following mean? "Attendite Ad Petram Unde Excisi Estis."
40421. What was the cause of death of comedian and actor Tony Capstick?
40422. Can anyone tell me if Mormons celebrate Christmas?
40423. What year did the band 'a-ha' release 'Take On Me?'
40424. Who wrote the famous quote, "Imitation is suicide?"
40425. If I am eating 'fairy fluff' what food is that in English? Although the country that uses the term 'fairy fluff' speaks English, it's a culture type lingo thing!
40427. Was there a year in post-war history when Britain either did not adopt British Summer Time or kept it all year round?
40428. Has the course of a river ever been reversed?
40429. What are the seven engineering wonders of the world?
40430. Which is the newest (i.e. the most recently created) country in the world?
40433. What are the four words in the English language ending in -dous?
40434. On the CBS show 'The Amazing Race' which team won the third edition?
40437. Which team won the 2003 MLB World Series?
40443. "She is the original good time that was had by all." Who said this, and about whom did she say it?
40444. Which famous actress sang "Singing in the Rain"?
40445. How many keys are there on an average computer keyboard?
40446. From DNA results, which country did the Native Americans first come from?
40449. Who were the first fully professional baseball team?
40450. Who was the runner-up when a Dutchman won Wimbledon in Men's Singles in the 1990s?
40451. Which motor sports team did the then record-holder for Grand Prix victories buy in 1997, before giving it his own name a year later?
40455. Which famous explorer was born on this day, 27th October, and where was he born?
40456. What does the little-known English word "grunth" mean?
40458. What oxymorons appear in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, said by Romeo?
40459. Who is Monochrome Mary and why is she significant in philosophy?
40468. Are cashew nuts still all produced in the one country and what happens to the cashew fruits?
40477. Who won the NBC Today Show Bubble Gum Blowing competition in August 2003 with a fourteen inch bubble?
40480. What type of English usage is "everyone generalises" also seen in "I've told you a million times not to exaggerate?"
40482. Which type of material is used to build cells and make hormones: cholesterol, trigycerides, lignin, or all of the above?
40483. Cholesterol is essential for: formation of sex hormones, formation of ATSH, formation of growth hormones, or all of the above?
40484. Which metal has the highest melting point?
40491. On what day was the "Volstead Act" enacted and how long did it last?
40492. Which up and coming actress wrote a love letter to an already famous superstar? Song title wanted plus the two thespians.
40494. The song that won an Oscar in 1946, is it based on fact or fiction and, if fact, can someone provide the details?
40495. Which movie star said Welshmen made the best lovers and to prove the point married the same man twice?
40496. What is the difference between apple juice and apple cider?
40497. What was the highest UK chart position reached by Tony Christie's "Avenues and Alleyways" and if by some travesty it was not number one, what topped the chart at the time?
40498. What was the name of the first Japanese World War II kamikaze pilot?
40499. What was David Atchison's claim to fame in 1849?