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1 One explanation for the legend of the Flying Dutchman is the Fata Morgana, a mirage that appears on the far horizon of the ocean. Where does the magical name Fata Morgana come from?
Answer: Morgan le Fay of Arthurian Legend

Fata Morgana is the Italian translation of Morgan le Fay. Morgan le Fay first appears in "Vita Merlini" by Geoffrey of Monmouth. In different incarnations she is either a fairy or fairy queen and a sorceress. She became linked to the island of Sicily through its association with Avalon. Many held that Sicily and Avalon were one and the same.

The name came to be applied to the mirage that forms on the horizon of the ocean. The effect can distort the image of a ship on the horizon whether it is truly in line of site or has dropped beyond the horizon. It causes the ship to appear ghostly or as if it is floating. Its appearance was viewed as a bad omen by ancient sailors.

This question was created by Phoenix Rising member tazman6619.
  From Quiz: Smoke on the Water
2 What is the appropriately named ghost from the "Mario" series of video games who is sometimes a friend and sometimes an enemy?
Answer: Boo

In most games Boo is an enemy. He is a little white round ghost that often frightens Mario or Luigi. Typically, he cannot be defeated by jumping on him. In some games, Boo will disappear when directly looked at. Boo can also refer to an entire species of ghosts who mostly look the same or similar to each other and whose names are usually some kind of pun on the word "boo". Boos are ruled by King Boo, a giant boo with a crown on his head. In some games, Boo can be an ally or even a playable character.
  From Quiz: A Ghost of a Chance
3 The 1950 movie "Harvey" featured Elwood P. Dowd as a man who had a 6' 3.5" imaginary rabbit as his friend. According to Dowd, Harvey was a pooka who had which special power? (Think Einstein and his theory.)
Answer: He could stop time

Elwood explained Harvey's ability this way: "Did I tell you he could stop clocks? Well, you've heard the expression 'His face would stop a clock'? Well, Harvey can look at your clock and stop it. And you can go anywhere you like - with anyone you like - and stay as long as you like. And when you get back, not one minute will have ticked by... You see, science has overcome time and space. Well, Harvey has overcome not only time and space - but any objections."

The movie revolved around Elwood's sister's attempt to get him committed to a mental health institution because of his insistence on the existence of Harvey. Elwood was played by Jimmy Stewart and the sister was played by Josephine Hull. Hull won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and Stewart was nominated for Best Actor.
    Your options: [ He could appear and disappear at will ] [ He could levitate Dowd ] [ He could levitate objects ] [ He could stop time ]
  From Quiz: Imaginary Friends
4 Which ghostly vessel is said to appear around the Cape of Good Hope in storms?
Answer: The Flying Dutchman

The subject of Wagner's opera "Die Fliegende Hollander", the Flying Dutchman is supposedly condemned to sail forever. There are many versions of the story, some of which say that the vessel's captain can walk on land every seven years.
    Your options: [ Queen Anne's Revenge ] [ The Flying Dutchman ] [ The Britannic ] [ The Arizona ]
  From Quiz: Famous Ghosts
5 Death is personified in a book written by Australian author Markus Zusak in 2005. In this unique story, Death is the narrator. What is the name of this novel?
Answer: The Book Thief

"The Book Thief" tells the story of a young girl named Liesel Meminger, who is forced to live with a foster family after her mother gives her and her brother up for adoption. Liesel's brother, Werner, dies on the train journey to Munich, and Liesel is left to live alone with her new foster parents, to whom she warms to over time. The story takes place before and also during World War II, and is told from the point of view of Death, who doesn't like the sheer amount of brutality that goes on during that time. Death is afraid of humans, but must collect the dead because he is the only one who can do that job. "The Book Thief" was on the 'New York Times' Children's Bestseller list for 105 weeks.
  From Quiz: Death and All His Friends
6 One of the most famous ghosts appears in Hamlet. What is the name of the Ghost?
Answer: Hamlet

The Ghost in Hamlet is that of his father, the late King Hamlet. The Ghost informs Hamlet that he was murdered by his brother, Claudius, and that Hamlet must avenge his death.
  From Quiz: Ghosts in Entertainment
7 In Arthur Miller's "All My Sons", Joe (the father) is haunted by guilt. What did he do?
Answer: Knowingly dealt with defective products

He left his partner holding the bag when he knowingly allowed planes (that would be used in combat) to be distributed with serious defects.
(In the end, he pays the ultimate price for his transgression.)
  From Quiz: Haunted Characters
8 In the opening scene of 'Hamlet', who discusses with Hamlet the appearance of a ghost?
Answer: Horatio

The others are characters who appear later in the play.
  From Quiz: Famous Spirits
9 "The Flying Dutchman" is a finishing move for Canadian professional wrestler Leah Vaughan. Without sounding "cheesy", by what name is this move better known?
Answer: The Moonsault

Vaughan, formerly known as Leah Von Dutch, made her in-ring debut as a 24 year old in 2011 against Cherry Bomb. The following year she was named by the website "DivaDirt" as one of the "Five to Watch in 2012" and she made her on-camera debut in 2013. By 2017, when she stopped to take a "break" from the game, she had accumulated five titles, including the XBW (Extreme Bombshells Wrestling) championships.

Among her finishing moves is the "Moonsault", which she has christened "The Flying Dutchman" as a play on her former name. In the move she uses the ropes as a springboard to launch into the air and do a backflip to land on her opponent.

The questioned was slammed into the turn-buckle for Phoenix Rising by pollucci19.
  From Quiz: Smoke on the Water
10 In Shakespeare's "Hamlet", who first sees the ghost of King Hamlet?
Answer: Bernardo and Marcellus

The Ghost first appears in Act 1 Scene 1 to the two soldiers Bernardo and Marcellus. The Ghost disappears before it can reveal its secret as morning has come. Horatio, whom the soldiers summoned, also sees the Ghost and recognizes it as that of the previous King Hamlet. The next night, Prince Hamlet sees his father's ghost and it tells him to avenge his death on his murderer: his brother King Claudius who has now married Queen Gertrude.
  From Quiz: A Ghost of a Chance
11 In what Charles Dickens book, that has led to many movies and television shows, do we meet the ghosts of Jacob Marley, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come?
Answer: A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens wrote "A Christmas Carol" in 1843. The main character of the book is Ebenezer Scrooge who is a cold-hearted businessman who detests Christmas. The book traces the character's change of heart as he is visited by four ghosts on Christmas Eve. Some of the popular movie renditions of "A Christmas Carol" include "Scrooged" (1988) starring Bill Murray, "The Muppet Christmas Carol" (1992) starring Kermit the Frog, and Disney's "A Christmas Carol" (2009) starring Jim Carrey.
  From Quiz: Entertaining Ghosties
12 A French theologian and an English humanist becoming fast friends? Clearly that would be preposterous. But such was the case with two namesakes for these men in a comic strip about a boy and his stuffed animal. Which comic strip was this?
Answer: Calvin and Hobbes

To everyone else Hobbes was just a stuffed toy tiger, but to Calvin he was a living, breathing friend. So was Hobbes just a figment of Calvin's imagination? The strip's creator Bill Watterson explained Hobbes this way: "Some reporter was writing a story on imaginary friends and they asked me for a comment, and I didn't do it because I really have absolutely no knowledge about imaginary friends. It would seem to me, though, that when you make up a friend for yourself, you would have somebody to agree with you, not to argue with you. So Hobbes is more real than I suspect any kid would dream up."

Calvin was named after John Calvin, the 16th century French Reformation theologian, and Hobbes was named after Thomas Hobbes, the 17th century liberal philosopher famous for his social contract theory. The juxtaposition between the two names and the two men was not an accident and in many ways set the tone for what the strip would become.
    Your options: [ Hi and Lois ] [ Luther and Locke ] [ Martin and Lewis ] [ Calvin and Hobbes ]
  From Quiz: Imaginary Friends
13 What apparition's ghostly wail is supposed to predict a person's death?
Answer: Banshee

The Banshee is often associated with Scots-Irish families who claim the spirit's appearance is a harbinger of a relative's death. It appears in the Walt Disney film "Darby O'Gill and the Little People".
  From Quiz: Famous Ghosts
14 Who starred as the original Ghostbreaker in the 1940 movie "The Ghost Breakers"?
Answer: Bob Hope

Bob Hope stars as Larry Lawrence (His middle name was Larry too-His parents had no imagination), who helps the lady in distress (played by Paulette Goddard) solve the mystery of ghosts inhabiting the family's ancestral home, located on a small island near Cuba.
  From Quiz: Ghosts in Entertainment
15 Josef K. is also haunted by guilt in Kafka's "The Trial". What did he do?
Answer: He doesn't know what he did wrong

Kafka's character has a pervasive sense of guilt - but he doesn't quite know why.
  From Quiz: Haunted Characters
16 What type of supernatural entities appear in the opening scene of 'Macbeth'?
Answer: Witches

Three witches - with prophecies.
  From Quiz: Famous Spirits
17 In 1997, Microsoft Studios released a real-time strategy computer game developed by Ensemble Studios. Several cheat codes were built into the game. What special advantage did "Flying Dutchman" confer to certain naval units?
Answer: Ability to travel over land

"Age of Empires" was a popular historical-based computer game focused on events between the Stone Age and the Iron Age. It spawned a series of successful sequels and spinoffs.

By typing cheat codes into the chat box, players could unlock a variety of special upgrades. "Flying Dutchman" converted all Catapult Trireme and Juggernaut units to Flying Dutchman units, though the three were indistinguishable by appearance alone. Flying Dutchman units were slightly more powerful and had the ability to travel over land and water.

This question was crafted by Phoenix Rising member JCSon.
  From Quiz: Smoke on the Water
18 Which popular CBS television series ran from 2005 to 2010 and featured the character Melinda Gordon who had the talent for seeing and talking to ghosts?
Answer: Ghost Whisperer

Jennifer Love Hewitt played the role of Melinda Gordon from September 2005 until May 2010. The character is an antiques seller living in Grandview, New York with her husband Jim and son Aiden. Many ghosts seek out Melinda's assistance in resolving unfinished business before passing over. The show was canceled after 107 episodes and five seasons despite establishing a large fan base.
    Your options: [ Ghost Talker ] [ Ghost Whisperer ] [ Ghost Singer ] [ Ghost Listener ]
  From Quiz: Entertaining Ghosties
19 In the Stephen King novel "The Shining" and the Jack Nicholson movie based on it, the little boy Danny has an imaginary friend named Tony. According to the novel who does Tony turn out to be?
Answer: A part of Danny brought out by his psychic abilities

The movie does not make the connection between Danny and Tony as clear as the novel does. Danny has psychic abilities known as the 'shining'. These abilities allow him to read people's minds and speak telepathically with other people who have the same abilities. He could also see the past, present, and future through Tony, who appeared to be an imaginary friend. Later it is revealed that Tony is actually a future incarnation of Danny. He got his name Tony from Danny's middle name Anthony. It is explained thus:
1) "'Danny ... you're in a place down in your own mind. The place where I am. I'm a part of you, Danny.'"
2) "Tony was like looking into a magic mirror and seeing himself in ten years"
3) "Tony ... the Daniel Anthony Torrance that would someday be."
  From Quiz: Imaginary Friends
20 What Wisconsin-riased magician spent a large portion of his career debunking fake spiritualists' claims to contact the dead?
Answer: Harry Houdini

Houdini was born Ehrich Weiss in Budapest, Hungary and riased in Appleton, Wisconsin (his family moved to the USA when he was four years old). In addition to being a great magician, he had a real desire to learn the truth about a potential afterlife. Houdini went so far as to arrange messages with his friends that they agreed to try and tell each other after death.
  From Quiz: Famous Ghosts
21 Neil Gaiman, a prominent figure in the fantasy world, portrays Death as a young goth woman in which comic book series?
Answer: The Sandman

"The Sandman" comic book series revolves around a group of seven beings, known as The Endless, who are personifications of various universal concepts. Death is one, with Destiny, Dream, Destruction, Desire, Despair and Delirium being the other six. The Death portrayed in this series is different to that of usual depictions of Death. For starters, Death is a woman dressed in normal human clothing, not a thin, skeletal man draped in black robes. She possesses a friendly attitude and a good nature, a quality that has established her as one of the most popular of the characters in the series.
    Your options: [ Violent Cases ] [ Creatures of the Night ] [ The Books of Magic ] [ The Sandman ]
  From Quiz: Death and All His Friends
22 In the 1984 movie "Ghostbusters" in what form does Gozer manifest?
Answer: The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man

"Ghostbusters" starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis as three unemployed parapsychology investigators, who set up shop to rid the world of ghosts. Problems arise when evil is released upon the city and its up to the Ghostbusters to stop Gozer and save New York city.
  From Quiz: Ghosts in Entertainment
23 In "The Stranger", (by Albert Camus), Meursault is haunted by a feeling of not belonging and of being different. What event (at the beginning of the novel) dramatizes this problem?
Answer: The death of his mother

The first sentence of the novel announces his mother's death.
  From Quiz: Haunted Characters
24 In the James Stewart movie version of 'Bell, Book and Candle', who played the witch?
Answer: Kim Novak

Light comedy.
  From Quiz: Famous Spirits
25 In "The Pirates of the Caribbean" film series, The Flying Dutchman ship is almost a character by itself. Of the four movies from the franchise listed below, which gem of a movie does NOT feature the ship?
Answer: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

The original "Pirates" movie revolved around the ship the Black Pearl and did not feature the Flying Dutchman at all. The other three all featured the ship. In "Dead Man's Chest" the Flying Dutchman is captained by Davy Jones. In "At World's End", Davy Jones still captains the Dutchman but he is controlled by Lord Cutler Beckett. In the final showdown Jones is killed by Will Turner who then becomes captain of the ship. In "Dead Men Tell No Tales", Will Turner's son, Henry, dives down to the Dutchman in order to get his father to help him retrieve Trident of Poseidon and break the curse the ship and his father are under.

This question was created by Phoenix Rising member tazman6619.
    Your options: [ Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End ] [ Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ] [ Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales ] [ Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl ]
  From Quiz: Smoke on the Water
26 In a popular Irish song, whose ghost wheels a barrow through streets broad and narrow?
Answer: Molly Malone

"In Dublin's fair city, where the girls are so pretty, I first set my eyes on sweet Molly her ghost wheels her barrow through streets broad and narrow, crying cockles and mussels alive alive oh." Molly Malone is a fictional fishmonger made famous in Irish song. This famous tune has been recorded by such famous names as U2, Sinead O'Connor, Paul Harrington, The Saturdays, and The Dubliners.

Annie Moore was an Irish woman remembered as the first person to pass through Ellis Island. Rosanna Davison was voted Miss World in 2003. Brigid of Kildare is one of Ireland's patron saints. She lived in the 5th and 6th century and is considered the patron saint of babies, blacksmiths, sailors, and dairymaids, among others.
  From Quiz: Entertaining Ghosties
27 Which best-selling crime novelist wrote the romance novel "Sundays at Tiffany's", which follows the story of a young girl and her imaginary friend after the little girl has grown up?
Answer: James Patterson

Although James Patterson is best known for his Alex Cross series of crime novels, he has also written the Michael Bennett and Women's Murder Club series as well as other nonfiction and even romance novels.

"Sundays at Tiffany's" is one of these romance novels that was co-written with Gabrielle Charbonnet and tells the story of Jane Margaux, a soon to be ten year-old girl who spends Sundays at Tiffany's with her imaginary friend Michael. But after her tenth birthday he leaves her as is the tradition. The story follows their reunion when Jane becomes an adult.
    Your options: [ Tom Clancy ] [ Danielle Steel ] [ Alistair McLean ] [ James Patterson ]
  From Quiz: Imaginary Friends
28 Which building, now a museum in Chicago, was once the source of a legend of a living devil baby?
Answer: Hull House

Hull House was originally the home of Charles Hull, but later became a welfare center. Jane Addams, the prominent progressive era reformer, was one of the center's founders and social workers. A story circulated that Addams had taken in a devil baby which had been born after a young woman's father had said he would rather have the Devil in his home than a picture of the Virgin Mary. Addams wrote about it in "The Second Twenty Years at Hull House."
    Your options: [ Chicago History Museum ] [ Hull House ] [ St. Anthony Hospital ] [ Portnoy Orphanage ]
  From Quiz: Famous Ghosts
29 The character of Antonius Block meets Death in the 1957 film, "Det sjunde inseglet" ("The Seventh Seal"). Which game do Antonius and Death play?
Answer: Chess

Widely considered as a classic of the film world, Ingmar Bergman's "The Seventh Seal" is a Swedish film about a knight who returns to his homeland after a crusade to find his country devastated by the Black Death. Death appears to Antonius Block, the main character, and has come to take his life. Block challenges Death to a game of chess - a scene that has become one of the most recognisable in the world. The personification of Death in this film is perhaps one of the most iconic - and parodied - in the industry. A pale, tall figure dressed in black robes represents Death in this.
    Your options: [ Backgammon ] [ Reversi ] [ Draughts ] [ Chess ]
  From Quiz: Death and All His Friends
30 In "The Tell-Tale Heart", Poe's protagonist is haunted by obsession -to the point of murder. Where does he hide the victim?
Answer: Under the floor

He hears the heart beating under the floor - and flips out.
  From Quiz: Haunted Characters
31 'The Exorcist' is a tale of demonic possession. Who wrote the novel?
Answer: William Peter Blatty

Then came the Linda Blair blockbuster movie.
  From Quiz: Famous Spirits
32 Is Fast Food entertainment? You betcha it is when it is on a secret menu. Which American fast food chain has a Flying Dutchman burger on its menu, (so to speak)?
Answer: In-N-Out Burger

In-N-Out Burger is a fast food business with many outlets in California and the Southwest and West US. They are unusual as their restaurants are owned by a single family and are not publicly listed or franchised. They only have a small menu - Three burgers, fries, shakes and soft drinks but there is a secret menu where you can order additional items. A Flying Dutchman is Two slices of cheese melted between two burger patties with no bun. You can have it "Animal Style" which means added are a measure of diced onions to the cheese. Pickles and spread (sauce) arrives on the side.

Question supplied by 1nn1 who when in the States orders his In-N-Out Burger as "Medium rare Cheeseburger, extra-toasted bun, mustard-grilled".
    Your options: [ Carl's Jr. ] [ Jack in the Box ] [ White Castle ] [ In-N-Out Burger ]
  From Quiz: Smoke on the Water
33 Poes are ghosts in which video game series that is primarily set in the land of Hyrule?
Answer: The Legend of Zelda

Poes have a different appearance in almost every Zelda game. However, they almost always carry a lantern. They typically appear in cemeteries, caves and other dark places and usually defeated by using Link's sword or bow and arrow.
    Your options: [ Donkey Kong ] [ The Legend of Zelda ] [ Kirby ] [ Professor Layton ]
  From Quiz: A Ghost of a Chance
34 Which actor, who previously starred on "Will and Grace", played Dr. Daniel Pierce, a brilliant yet troubled psychiatrist who suffers from schizophrenia and seeing imaginary people, on the TV show "Perception"?
Answer: Eric McCormack

Eric McCormack played the brilliant yet troubled psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Pierce who works with the FBI to solve some of their tougher cases. Because of his schizophrenia many times he sees imaginary people who help him solve the crime then disappear. He also has an imaginary best friend and adviser who is always with him named Natalie Vincent. At the end of Season One it was revealed Natalie was based on a real person with whom Dr. Pierce had become infatuated at the beginning of his illness named Dr. Caroline Newsome.

McCormack played Will Truman on "Will and Grace" from 1998 to 2006.
    Your options: [ Isaac Hayes ] [ Mark McCormack ] [ Sean Hayes ] [ Eric McCormack ]
  From Quiz: Imaginary Friends
35 The name of this spirit means "noisy ghost".
Answer: Poltergeist

Poltergeists are supposed to move objects, bang on walls, and cause lots of problems for the house they inhabit. Usually when a house is haunted by a ghost which is troublesome instead of just an apparition, it's said to be a poltergeist.
    Your options: [ Sangfroid ] [ Poltergeist ] [ Entity ] [ Apparition ]
  From Quiz: Famous Ghosts
36 Who stars as the Ghost in the 1947 movie "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir"?
Answer: Rex Harrison

Rex Harrison stars as the late Captain Daniel Gregg, who haunts a seaside cotttage inhabited by a young widow played by Gene Tierney. The Ghost tries to scare Mrs. Muir away, but she refuses to be intimidated and the two eventually become friends and allies. The movie was made into a series in the sixties, starring Edward Mulhare and Hope Lange.
  From Quiz: Ghosts in Entertainment
37 Similarly, the protagonist in "The Collector" by John Fowles is haunted by an obsession. What does he collect?
Answer: Women
  From Quiz: Haunted Characters
38 'The Crucible' is a tale of witchcraft. Who is the author?
Answer: Arthur Miller

Salem witchcraft - or is it about McCarthyism?
  From Quiz: Famous Spirits
39 The Flying Dutchman attraction is a water coaster that forms part of the Efteling Amusement complex in which country?
Answer: The Netherlands

The story behind the ride was built upon the legend of Willem Van Der Decken, a wealthy trader who owned a very fast ship. His problem was that greed got the better of him and he recruited a crew made up of orphans and turned to piracy to boost his profits. He is confronted by a massive storm that is on the horizon as he prepares to sail for the Dutch East Indies. Standing firm, he declares that he doesn't fear God and is prepared to sail into eternity... he sails into damnation.

Before the ride proper begins, patrons will walk through the captain's abandoned house, make their way through the "smuggler's" tunnels, and catch glimpses of his stolen treasure before ending up at an English style pub. From there they make their way down to a fourteen-man barge. This is where the coaster ride proper begins. The barge heads out into open water toward a holograph of the ghost ship...

This question has been ghost written for Phoenix Rising by pollucci19.
    Your options: [ France ] [ Jamaica ] [ Belgium ] [ The Netherlands ]
  From Quiz: Smoke on the Water
40 What is another name for will-o'-the-wisp, the phenomenon of ghostly light or fire appearing in the distance?
Answer: All of these

Ignis fatuus literally means "foolish fire" in English, referring to how if someone approaches the lights, they will be led to danger. Will-o'-the-wisps typically appear in dark outdoor areas like forests and swamps and are sometimes sought out by ghost hunters (who dare not approach them). Other names for the will-o'-the-wisp are friar's lantern, chir batti (in Asia), spunkey (in Scotland) and treasure lights.
    Your options: [ Hinkypunk ] [ All of these ] [ Jack-o-lantern ] [ Ignis fatuus ]
  From Quiz: A Ghost of a Chance
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