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More Than This Trivia Quiz


When a new record is established, someone just has to try to better it. In these questions are examples of records in a wide field of endeavours. Your task is to find who, or what, beat them.

A multiple-choice quiz by darksplash. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
darksplash
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
349,437
Updated
Oct 02 23
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
6 / 10
Plays
1315
Last 3 plays: scottm (8/10), PurpleComet (10/10), cecil1 (6/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. In November 1980, 41m US TV viewers watched the "Who Shot J.R.?" episode in "Dallas", a national record at the time. Which of these shows was watched by more than this? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. When it was completed in 1931, the Empire State Building In New York City was the tallest building in the USA and in the world. It had 102 floors. Which of these US buildings had more than this? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. In November 2006, a Jackson Pollock painting, "No. 5, 1948", created a record when it sold for $140m. Which of the following, in 2011, broke this record when sold for more than this? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. In June of 1969, a UK TV documentary on the Royal Family created a record for non-sporting TV shows by attracting 30.69m viewers. Which of these special event UK TV broadcasts was seen by more than this? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Babe Ruth is probably the most famous baseball player that even non-baseball fans have heard of. In his career he hit 714 home runs, a record he held for many years. Which of these hit more than this? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. The movie "Gigi" created a record by winning nine Academy Awards. Which of these movies broke that record by winning more than this? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. In July 2011, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" became the first movie to gross more than $160m in its first weekend in North America. Which of these movies grossed more than this in its first weekend? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. When it first flew in 1970, the Boeing 747 created a record for the number of passenger seats, 498. Which of these had more than this? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. The Wittelsbach Diamond was sold at auction for $25m in 2008 to create a new world record. On which of the following did the hammer come down in 2010 for more than this? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. In July 2006, Andriy Shevchenko became the first footballer (soccer player) to join a British club for a transfer fee of more than 30m. Which player was bought for more than this in a transfer deal from a Spanish club? Hint



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1. In November 1980, 41m US TV viewers watched the "Who Shot J.R.?" episode in "Dallas", a national record at the time. Which of these shows was watched by more than this?

Answer: "M*A*S*H" series finale

The "M*A*S*H" series finale "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" was watched by 50m in February 1983; "Roots Part III" series finale was seen by 36m in January 1977; "The Fugitive series finale" was seen by 25.7m people in August 1967; and 22m tuned in to "The Beverly Hillbillies 'The Giant Jackrabbit'" in January 1964.

At the time this quiz was written, May 2012, 10 of the top 20 places were filled by various Super Bowl broadcasts. An 11th place went to the Winter Olympics figure skating involving Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan in January 1994.
2. When it was completed in 1931, the Empire State Building In New York City was the tallest building in the USA and in the world. It had 102 floors. Which of these US buildings had more than this?

Answer: Willis (Sears) Tower, Chicago

The Willis Tower was originally named the Sears Tower and had 110 floors. It was completed in 1974 to become the tallest building in the USA.
The Bank of America Tower was completed in 2009 and had 54 floors. The John Hancock Center was completed in 1969 and had 100 floors. The Wells Fargo Plaza was completed in 1983 and had 71 floors.
3. In November 2006, a Jackson Pollock painting, "No. 5, 1948", created a record when it sold for $140m. Which of the following, in 2011, broke this record when sold for more than this?

Answer: "The Card Players" by Paul Cezanne

"The Card Players" by Paul Cezanne sold for $250m in 2011; "Woman III" by Willem de Kooning made $137.5m in November 2006; "The Scream" by Edward Munch sold under the hammer for $119m in May 2012; and "Nude, Green Leaves and Bust" by Pablo Picasso sold for $106.5m in May 2010.

Should the "Mona Lisa" ever come up for auction (highly unlikely) it would probably dwarf all these figures. In 1962, for example, it was given an insurance value of $100m - that would be well over $700m now.

Pity. Splash has a "Mona Lisa" sized space over his fireplace.
4. In June of 1969, a UK TV documentary on the Royal Family created a record for non-sporting TV shows by attracting 30.69m viewers. Which of these special event UK TV broadcasts was seen by more than this?

Answer: Funeral of Diana Princess of Wales

The funeral of Diana Princess of Wales was watched by 32.10m in September 1997; the Apollo 13 splashdown was seen by 28.6m in April 1970; the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer attracted 27.60m viewers in July 1981; and a news report of the shockwaves created by the assassination of John F. Kennedy was seen by 24.1m people in November 1963.
The FIFA World Cup final between England and West Germany in 1966 trumps all of these. In all 32.30m watched. The first drama in the UK to top the 30m mark was the Christmas Day 1986 showing of the soap opera "EastEnders" (30.10m).
5. Babe Ruth is probably the most famous baseball player that even non-baseball fans have heard of. In his career he hit 714 home runs, a record he held for many years. Which of these hit more than this?

Answer: Hank Aaron

Aaron hit 755 home runs in a career that lasted from 1954 to 1976; Willie Mays (660HR) played MLB from 1951 to 1971; Sammy Sosa (609HR) from 1989 to 2007; Ken Griffey Jr. (630) from 1989 to 2010
Of course they were all eclipsed by Barry Bonds who played from 1986 to 2007.
Bonds passed Aaron with 762 home runs to drop Ruth to third, Mays to fourth and Sosa to seventh on the all-time list.
6. The movie "Gigi" created a record by winning nine Academy Awards. Which of these movies broke that record by winning more than this?

Answer: Ben Hur

"Gigi" (1958) won nine Oscars in 1958; "Ben Hur" won 11 in 1959. "Gone With The Wind "(1939) won eight, with five other nominations; "From Here To Eternity" won eight with five other nominations. "Gandhi" won eight Oscars out of 11 nominations in 1982.
7. In July 2011, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" became the first movie to gross more than $160m in its first weekend in North America. Which of these movies grossed more than this in its first weekend?

Answer: Marvel's The Avengers

"Marvel's The Avengers" grossed $207m in April 2012; "The Hunger Games" grossed $152m in March 2012; "The Dark Knight" made $158m in July 2008 and "Spider-Man 3" made $151m in April 2007. [boxofficemojo.com].
8. When it first flew in 1970, the Boeing 747 created a record for the number of passenger seats, 498. Which of these had more than this?

Answer: Airbus A380

The manufacturers claim that the A380 was built to carry 525 passenger in three classes. It entered service in 2005. The actual capacity varied according to individual airlines. Emirates claimed to be able to carry 644 in two classes, while a one-class total of more than 800 was said to be possible.
Later variants of the Jumbo Jet could carry more passengers, the 747-8 had a capacity of 467.
The McDonnell Douglas could carry 380; the Ilyushin 262; and the Junkers 30.
9. The Wittelsbach Diamond was sold at auction for $25m in 2008 to create a new world record. On which of the following did the hammer come down in 2010 for more than this?

Answer: The Graff Pink Diamond

The Graff Pink Diamond sold for $45.6m in November 2010; the Chloe Diamond went for $16.9m in 2007; the Sun Drop Diamond made $10.9m in November 2011 and the Heart-Shaped Diamond was sold for $12m in 2011.
The Graff Pink Diamond was bought by British billionaire Laurence Graff, whose first job was as a janitor in the London jewellery district. He went on to be a diamond mine owner and also bought the Wittelsbach Diamond.
10. In July 2006, Andriy Shevchenko became the first footballer (soccer player) to join a British club for a transfer fee of more than 30m. Which player was bought for more than this in a transfer deal from a Spanish club?

Answer: Robinho

Andriy Shevchenko joined Chelsea from Milan for 30,800,000.
Two years later, Robinho joined Manchester City from Real Madrid for 32,500,000.
In July 2002, Rio Ferdinand was transferred from Leeds United to Manchester United for 29,100,000.
In 1996, Alan Shearer became the first footballer in the UK to be transferred for more than 10m when he moved from Blackburn Rovers to Newcastle United for 15m.
Trevor Francis was the first footballer to be transferred for more than 1m to a British club when he moved from Birmingham to Nottingham Forest in 1978
(In 2012 terms, 30m is a tad over $48m).
Note: the figures are for single transfers of each player mentioned, and not an aggregate of all their transfers over a career.
Source: Author darksplash

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