Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
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Volunteers in Service to America.
The unfilled space in a bottle or barrel. Dating back to the fifteenth century, the term originated from Middle English, ulage, and from Middle French eullage.
Tashkent. The official language of Uzbekistan is Uzbek, and its currency is the Som.
'Major Barbara'. The great dramatist was born in Dublin in 1856.
|There are six official languages of the United Nations. They are English, French, Chinese, Spanish and what other two?||This Quiz Was Made For 'U'
Arabic and Russian. The name 'United Nations' was coined by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
'Unforgiven'. Clint Eastwood directed and also starred in this western, which featured a wonderful cast, that included, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman and Richard Harris.
Uriana. Ulani, means lighthearted in Hawaiian, Ursula, is Latin for female bear, and Uta, means fortunate maid of battle in German.
|This band was formed in London in 1974, and released albums titled, 'Rage in Eden', 'Quartet' and 'Lament'. What were they called?||This Quiz Was Made For 'U'
Ultravox. Although they had a series of successful albums in the U.K. only 1982's 'Quartet' made an impact in the U.S.
|This nuclear submarine sank, with 99 people on board, south west of the Azores, on May 22, 1968. What was its name?||This Quiz Was Made For 'U'
U.S.S. Scorpion. The Thresher, also a nuclear sub, sank off the coast of New England. The Triton, was the first submarine to circumnavigate the globe while submerged, and the Williamsburg was the presidential yacht used by Harry Truman.
Urian. The poor pooch was beheaded along with its owner.
The Sydney Opera House. The distinctive opera house opened in 1973.
Ununtrium. Ununtrium is element 113 - and Ununtrium was given as a temporary name. It was found as a result of fusion reactions, and only eight atoms have ever been observed. It is expected that should enough ever be observed together to form a mineral that it will be soft and silvery.
Ununoctium (Uuo) has been the temporary name for element 118. While it is classified as a noble gas, only four atoms have been identified, and it is believed that should enough be found together, it would be a metallic solid.
Ununpentium (Uup) has been the temporary name for element 115. In this case only four atoms have been identified.
I made up unuterium...
|Animal, Vegetable or... Mineral: Complex Calcium Sodium Magnesium Iron Boro-Aluminum Silicate Hydroxide is known more readily by its short name, which is what?||Utterly Useless? The "U" Quiz
uvite. Uvite is a tourmaline, found in Sri Lanka and New York, amongst other places. Currently its only function is as a specimen in collections; usually a dark green to black prismatic crystal with some white streaking, it can also be clear, brown or white.
Ulexite is Hydrated Sodium Calcium Borate Hydroxide, uvarovite is Calcium Chromium Silicate and uraninite is Uranium Oxide.
|"The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it." (James Bryce): Who was the author of "The Little Book of Humility and Patience"?||Utterly Useless? The "U" Quiz
William Bernard Ullathorne. William Bernard Ullathorne (1806-1889) was a Benedictine bishop and missionary in Australia. Some of his other works are "The Endowments of Man", "The Groundwork of the Christian Virtues" and "Christian Patience".
Horst Uhr wrote "Lovis Corinth" in 1990 (University of California Press).
Nicholas Udall (1505-1556) had only one publication, "The Dramatic Writings of Nicholas Udall" (printed in 1906 by the English Drama Society).
Friedrich Ueberweg (1826-1871) wrote two volumes of "A History of Philosophy, From Thales to the Present Time".
Undertow. Well, there are uniforms and undercover characters, and crime is ubiquitous in her novels, but in this case the U stands for "Undertow". Despite that, there's no body washing up from the sea... but yes, there are bodies. Not all human, either. You'll have to read the book to know more!
Undersea. Untersee is German for undersea. The first German submarine, the U-1, was built in 1905.
Plumber. Pipes were originally made from lead and therefore anyone who worked with them was called a plumber after the Latin word for lead (plumbum). A U-bend is a u-shaped pipe.
Umbilical cord. The average length of the umbilical cord is 20-24 inches. Umbilical cords have one vein and two arteries.
|What small musical instrument is similar to the guitar and is commonly associated with Hawaiian music?||I Love the Letter U
Ukulele. Ukuleles normally come in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone. They were first developed in the 1800s in Hawaii.
Dot Dot Dash. The Morse code was developed by Samuel F B Morse. The most commonly known Morse code is the distress signal of SOS: three dots, three dashes and three dots.
|What was the name of the chieftain who united the tribes of Gaul against Rome?||Valuable Vocabulary
Vercingetorix. Vercingetorix was defeated at the Battle of Alesia in 52 BC. If you're thinking of naming your baby "Vercingetorix", please don't. Consider these instead: Vernon means "youthful", Virgil means "flourishing", and Vukmil means "wolf of love"!
|What element is number 23 on the period table and is named for a Norse goddess of beauty and fertility?||Valuable Vocabulary
Vanadium. Vanadis another name for the goddess Freyja.
Vanadium is used in making steel and one of its first uses was in the chassis of the Model T Ford.
Validium is a "living metal" used in defense of Gallifrey in "Dr. Who". It does not appear on the periodic table of the elements!
|What is the name of the space exploration vessels, launched in 1977, whose primary mission was the exploration of Jupiter and Saturn?||Valuable Vocabulary
Voyager 1 & 2. Voyager 1 & 2 have completed their primary mission, and the mission has been extended. Voyager 2 also explored Uranus and Neptune, and now both vessels are headed to the outer reaches of our solar system on the Voyager Interstellar Mission. The Voyager spacecraft still are sending information back to Earth, and have enough electrical power and thruster fuel to operate at least until 2020. By that time, Voyager 1 will be 12.4 billion miles from the Sun and Voyager 2 will be 10.5 billion miles away.
|Which spice is among the most expensive in the world yet is also a synonym for plain?||Valuable Vocabulary
Vanilla. Vanilla comes from the seed pod of the vanilla orchid. While native to Mexico, the largest crops now come from Madagascar. Vanilla can be purchased in a variety of forms including: pod, extract, paste, and powder.
|Which Don McLean song (from the album "American Pie") includes the line, "frameless heads on nameless walls"?||Valuable Vocabulary
Vincent. Vincent Van Gogh is the inspiration for this song that begins "Starry starry night", after one of the artist's most famous works, 'The Starry Night'.
Vespers. Vespers (also known as Evensong) is a service that consecrates the end of the day to God. It is both a popular and solemn service that begins with psalms and ends with reading of the "Magnificat" -- the Song of Mary.
Venus. Venus is named for the Roman goddess of love; it's the only planet named after a female deity. Because Venus rotates very slowly (243 earth days)--more slowly than it orbits the sun (224 earth days)--its day is actually longer than its year.