Special Sub-Topic: U-bend, U-Turn: Fun For You With The Letter U
|In which of these rooms in a house would you be most likely to find a U-bend?|
Bathroom. You are also likely to find one in the kitchen, in fact in many countries it's against building regulations not to have a U-Bend. It's that piece of plastic (usually) under the sink that takes waste water away and does not allow it back up into the sink.
|Traditionally in the UK, what was the identification code of a form that was signed to claim unemployment benefit?|
UB40. The code stood for Unemployment Benefit Form 40.
And, of course, it's where a popular band got its name. "UB40" had seven UK top 10 hits, and also took their cover of Neil Diamond's "Red, Red Wine" to the top of the UK and US charts in 1984 and 1988 respectively.
|"U-turn if you want to; the lady's not for turning": Which politician was behind this quotable sound bite?|
Margaret Thatcher. Margaret Thatcher was Britain's first ever woman Prime Minister and served in that office from May 4th 1979 to November 28th 1990. Other pithy comments from the 'Iron Lady", as she was nicknamed, included: "If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman."
|Which of these is an international organisation that campaigns to improve lives worldwide through education, human rights and the abolition of poverty?|
UNESCO. UNESCO, or Unesco, is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
It describes itself thus: "UNESCO works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values. It is through this dialogue that the world can achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty". [Official website.]
The organisation was established in 1945 and its headquarters are in Paris, France.
I picked the wrong answers at random from a list of 'U' acronyms
|Which 'U' was a British pop band?|
Ultravox. Ultravox were a New Wave band that first recorded in the mid 1970s, and then broke up and reformed several times. They were best known for their 1982 UK number two hit "Vienna".
|If you saw an aeroplane with the prefix 'N' in its registration letters, which country would it be from?|
USA. 'N' was assigned to the USA by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 1919. The US Navy had used 'N' for some 10 years beforehand.
|If I wanted to bribe a Funtrivia.com editor by sending a present by courier, which of these would be the best company to use?|
UPS. United Parcel Service was founded in Seattle, Washington, in 1907. I have always thought brown was a very drab colour for their vans, but apparently it was decided upon because one of the founders liked the brown colour of pullman cars on trains.
The other abbreviations could have several meanings, the ones I am thinking of are Ulster Television, Unlawfully At Large (police speak for a prisoner on the run) and United Nations Organisation.
|In Northern Ireland, for about 80 years, the police force was known by the abbreviation R.U.C. The 'R' stood for Royal and the 'C' for Constabulary; What did the 'U' stand for?|
Ulster. The RUC came into being when Ireland was partitioned in 1922. The preceeding all-Ireland force had been the Royal Irish Constabulary. The Ulster connection was that Northern Ireland comprised six of the nine counties in the Province of Ulster. In 2001, the RUC's name was changed to Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).
|If I wanted to create a USP for Funtrivia.com, I might decide "world's largest, and best, quiz site" would fit the bill. What, in business terms, is a USP?|
Unique Selling Proposition. It's sometimes also called a Unique Selling Point and just about every corporation wants to be able to claim one: "Pepsi, the Choice for a New Generation", and so on.
|Which of these words represents the letter "U" in the NATO phonetic alphabet?|
Uniform. Initially developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in the 1920s, it was adopted by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) countries in the 1950s. "Uniform" replaced "Uncle", which had been used by the British and US military.
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