Special Sub-Topic: Sorry Wrong Answer (part two)
|In Jules Verne's novel "Around the World in Eighty Days", what is the central character's name?|
Phileas Fogg. The character's name is Phileas Fogg, a common mistake in referring to him as Phinias. The novel involves a bet made in a club that one can not travel around the world in eighty days. This was a successful film starring David Niven as Phileas Fogg in 1956 that nabbed five Oscars.
|What is Ian Fleming's James Bond's favorite drink?|
Straight bourbons. In a review of Fleming's novels, Bond has a total of 317 drinks. Where the beverage is identified, 37 were straight bourbons, 10 bourbons with water, 7 bourbons and soda. Nineteen were vodka martinis.
|Which of these was named the first official sport of Canada?|
Lacrosse. The Canadian Parliament in 1867 designated lacrosse as the national sport to honor, in part, the heritage of native Canadian tribes. Of course, it is conceded that ice hockey is the far more popular sport. In 1990, Parliament, playing catch-up, declared hockey to be the official winter sport but it was not the first.
|The 18th amendment to the constitution that brought about the era of prohibition was approved by 46 states at that time. What two states did not approve the amendment?|
Rhode Island and Connecticut. Perhaps those two states had some inkling of the era of lawlessness and violence that characterized the 1920s. Or perhaps they just enjoyed their cocktail hours.
|Green olives and black olives are two distinct types of fruit.|
False. A green olive is one that is picked before it ripens and turns black.
|What was Billy the Kid's name at birth?|
William Henry McCarty Jr.. His mother called him Henry so others would not call him Junior. Bonney and Antrim are two aliases he used. Pat Garrett was the lawman who pursued him and eventually killed him. Billy the Kid ranks high in the legends and folk hero of the West along with Jesse James.
|Why were mobile homes called mobile homes?|
Mobile, Alabama was the manufacturing center. In order to address the housing shortage that followed World War Two, James and Laura Sweet invented the mobile home which was named for the city of manufacture where several of these firms were based.
|Which of these former Presidents was never a General in the military?|
Theodore Roosevelt. Theodore Roosevelt was a Colonel in the Spanish-American War. In addition to those mentioned William Henry Harrison, Benjamin Harrison, Andrew Jackson, Zachery Taylor, James Garfield, Rutherford Hayes, and Chester Arthur wore the rank of General.
|What American football coach first said "Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing."?|
Red Sanders. Sanders was the first to use the phase; Lombardi brought it into popular use. Sanders coached at UCLA and Vanderbilt and was quoted at a 1950 conference and later in a Sport's Illustrated article in 1956. The first recorded use by Lombardi was 1959.
|Which of these did Mohandas Gandhi not use to advocate passive resistance as a means of political protest?|
Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience". Gandhi had read the Bible, a revered Christian text, and the Bhagavad Gita, a sacred Hindu scripture. He had also read Tolstoy's novel "Resurrection" (1889) about pacifism. It was only after he led the 1906 passive resistance movement confronting the Indian Registration Ordinance in South Africa that he read Thoreau.
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