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Lost Box Never Found Trivia Quiz


Throughout history, in fact, fiction and mythology, one can find a trail of missing boxes: boxes that contain objects ranging from fabulous treasures to the downright macabre.

A multiple-choice quiz by leith90. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
leith90
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
331,234
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
3251
Awards
Top 10% Quiz
Last 3 plays: Guest 38 (10/10), Guest 67 (6/10), Guest 160 (6/10).
Question 1 of 10
1. This artifact from Greek mythology was purported to be a jar full of evil rather than a box. Who was given the jar with instructions never to open it? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Flight data recorders (FDR) or black boxes are designed to survive the most severe plane crashes. What was the nationality of Dr David Warren, the man who designed the first FDR for use in passenger aeroplanes? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Rumours abound of a treasure map leading to a $12 billion dollar golden treasure, except the map is locked in a high security vault in London. Which 1883 novel reputedly first sparked the public imagination with the phrase "X marks the spot"? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Inside a locked box, somewhere in the grounds of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, lies something very dear to Oliver Cromwell. What is it? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. According to the Book of Exodus, whom did God instruct to build the Ark of the Covenant in which to keep the tablets of stone? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Bob and Dolly Dyer hosted one of the first television game shows ever aired in Australia. What was the name of this classic, which screened from 1957 to 1971? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Malvina Reynolds penned the politically satiric song "Little Boxes" in 1962. What did she say the boxes were made of? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Which Austrian physicist thought of explaining Quantum mechanics by theoretically locking a cat in a box? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Brock Lovett (Bill Paxton) opened a watery safe in this 1997 blockbuster movie, but the box containing the "Heart of the Ocean" was missing. Which movie was this, that starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. A three billion dollar fortune, packed in nondescript wooden boxes, disappeared in 1945. Who was the reputed owner of this amazing fortune? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. This artifact from Greek mythology was purported to be a jar full of evil rather than a box. Who was given the jar with instructions never to open it?

Answer: Pandora

In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman (as opposed to Goddess) on Earth, created by Hephaestus, the God of craftsmanship, on orders by Zeus. She was given the jar of resident evil and instructed never to open it. However curiosity got the better of her and upon opening the jar, all evil was released.
2. Flight data recorders (FDR) or black boxes are designed to survive the most severe plane crashes. What was the nationality of Dr David Warren, the man who designed the first FDR for use in passenger aeroplanes?

Answer: Australian

Early versions of today's black boxes were built in France and later in England, but these were specifically designed for military use. Dr Warren, from Melbourne, Australia, combined the FDR with a cockpit voice recorder (CVR) in the hope that it would assist in determining the cause of future aircraft crashes.

Modern black boxes are designed to survive a crash at full speed into the ground and withstand 30 minutes of 1800-degree (F) heat. But if they are called black boxes, why are they painted orange?

In keeping with the theme of missing boxes, officials steadfastly claimed that the black boxes from the 9/11 tragedies were never found. Reports by searchers involved however, claim three of the four boxes were recovered. It was not until 2006 that transcripts of the voice recorders were released to the public.
3. Rumours abound of a treasure map leading to a $12 billion dollar golden treasure, except the map is locked in a high security vault in London. Which 1883 novel reputedly first sparked the public imagination with the phrase "X marks the spot"?

Answer: Treasure Island

"Treasure Island" was written by Robert Louis Stevenson and first published as a book in 1883. Historically, "X marks the spot" was not a common expression until Stephenson created the phrase.

Legend has it that Padre Lopez buried 15 burro loads of gold and silver in a cave in Texas. A standard load carried by a donkey or burro is around 120-150 pounds, so that means around 2000 pounds of gold and silver! He also made four maps leading to the treasure, and buried each map separately in a copper box. Three maps have been found since 1762, but the treasure has never been recovered. Is it possible the fourth map is in a London bank vault?
4. Inside a locked box, somewhere in the grounds of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, lies something very dear to Oliver Cromwell. What is it?

Answer: His head

Oliver Cromwell, (25 April 1599 - 3 Sept 1658), Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Ireland died of Malaria and was given an elaborate burial in Westminster Abbey. After Charles II took the throne, Cromwell's body was exhumed and beheaded on the anniversary of Charles I's execution. The head was then placed on a spike until 1685, while his body thrown unceremoniously into a pit.

The head was owned privately for many years, until it was buried somewhere in the grounds of Sidney Sussex College in 1960. The actual site has been kept secret to prevent people attempting to uncover the box. A plaque marking the occasion reads: "Near to this place was buried on 25 March 1960 the head of OLIVER CROMWELL, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland. Fellow commoner of this college 1616."
5. According to the Book of Exodus, whom did God instruct to build the Ark of the Covenant in which to keep the tablets of stone?

Answer: Moses

Moses built The Ark of the Covenant on God's command, to hold the stone tablets on which the 10 Commandments were inscribed. The Ark is also known in some religions as the Ark of God, the Holy Ark and the Ark of the Testimony.

The whereabouts of the Ark of the Covenant today is unknown, however the Book of Revelation suggests that it is no longer on Earth.
6. Bob and Dolly Dyer hosted one of the first television game shows ever aired in Australia. What was the name of this classic, which screened from 1957 to 1971?

Answer: Pick A Box

"Pick a Box" originally began as a radio program, but made the transition to television just six months after the medium first began in Australia. The show featured two contestants in soundproof boxes. The contestant who correctly answered the most questions then could choose a box. The box contained either a valuable prize or a booby prize. Without knowing what the box contained, the contestant was then offered a sum of money in lieu of the box. This began the catch cry: "The money or the box".

After the show ended, Bob Dyer, who also produced the show, kept a few episodes for themselves, and discarded the rest. The whereabouts of these remaining episodes is not known.
7. Malvina Reynolds penned the politically satiric song "Little Boxes" in 1962. What did she say the boxes were made of?

Answer: Ticky-tacky

It is claimed that Malvina wrote the song in 1962 after seeing a post-war housing development in the 1960s, and that "ticky-tacky" represents the shoddy building materials and workmanship involved in the project. When a magazine wanted a photograph of Malvina pointing to the area, she couldn't find it, because so many more houses had been built since.
8. Which Austrian physicist thought of explaining Quantum mechanics by theoretically locking a cat in a box?

Answer: Erwin Schrodinger

Austrian physicist, Edwin Schrodinger, devised the thought experiment that a cat may be alive or dead depending on a random event. The Copenhagen interpretation of Quantum mechanics implies that the cat is simultaneously alive and dead, until the box is opened.
All well and good, but why a cat?
9. Brock Lovett (Bill Paxton) opened a watery safe in this 1997 blockbuster movie, but the box containing the "Heart of the Ocean" was missing. Which movie was this, that starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet?

Answer: Titanic

"Titanic" opens with treasure hunter Brock Lovett and his crew searching for the "Heart of the Ocean", a fictional blue diamond that was lost in the sinking of the Titanic. After finding the safe the diamond was thought to be in, the safe proves empty except for a picture of a young woman wearing the necklace.
10. A three billion dollar fortune, packed in nondescript wooden boxes, disappeared in 1945. Who was the reputed owner of this amazing fortune?

Answer: Adolf Hitler

During the chaos surrounding the collapse of Hitler's empire in 1945, gold bars, jewellery and foreign currency went missing from the
Reichbanks vaults. Since then, small amounts of the vast treasure have surfaced in Portugal, Switzerland, Spain, Turkey and Sweden.

The remaining treasure has never been found, although some speculated it is buried with the famed Amber Room in Deutschneudorf. Others suggest it is at the bottom of Lake Toplitz, Austria, the Auckland Islands or even hidden by Spain's General Franco. It has also been thought that Hitler's own troops, who were given the task of hiding the treasure, may have kept it amongst themselves.
Source: Author leith90

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