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1. As a child, I drove my parents to distraction with annual requests on my Christmas list for more books about a red-haired orphan girl who was raised by Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert in the town of Avonlea. What was the name of the first book of this series by the Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery, which set me onto a path of parental pestering?
2. Childhood television watching was full of loves and hates. My brother's pet dislike was a series of cartoons in which a coyote tries unsuccessfully to kill a roadrunner. Which member of the family who founded the production company responsible for these brother-bothering cartoons was born in Canada?
3. I had just finished shoveling the snow out of my driveway when my neighbor came along with his snow blower and covered my drive with the snow formerly on his sidewalk. What Canadian was responsible for inventing the snow blower, and making this sickening scenario possible?
4. Every year the streets near Albert Park Lake, a few kilometres south of the centre of Melbourne, reverberate to the roar of Formula One race cars as the Grand Prix circuit hits town. Which of the following contributors to this noise pollution is Canadian?
5. News that the circus is in town means parents can expect to be besieged by children pleading for an outing. What is the Canadian circus started by Guy Laliberte and Daniel Gauthier that brings this phenomenon to cities around the world?
6. James Bond movies - some love them, I hate them. They are currently distributed by MGM Studios. Which of the owners of one of the studios that merged to form MGM grew up in Canada?
7. As a mathematics teacher, one topic that I regularly find causes angst among middle-school students is calculation of time zone differences around the world. What Scottish-born Canadian, responsible for developing the standard time zone system, can students blame for the complexities of the International Date Line?
8. Every winter, my usually communicative husband becomes fixated with televised images of grown men wearing shorts and running around a small court while bouncing a ball, playing what looks like a version of the schoolground game 'keepaway'. What Canadian is usually credited with inventing the game of basketball?
9. We all know how annoying a mobile phone can be when it is not turned off at the appropriate time. Alexander Graham Bell is usually given credit for inventing the first practical telephone (just go with this for now, please). Where did he live when he did most of the research involved in developing this invader of our airspace?
10. In 1979, Canadians Scott Abbott and Chris Haney invented a board game that I do not find annoying at all, and I hope you would agree with me. Some of my colleagues, however, find it tedious, as they do not share my taste for obscure bits of knowledge. What is the name of their game?
Source: Author looney_tunes
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