[qfi] Some questions
- Hi Folks, I got some neat questions, the answers are at the end.
1.On the first ever non-stop transatlantic flight by Capt. John Alcock and
Lt. Arthur Whitten Brown, they had on board, two passengers named Lucky Jim
and Twinkletoes. Who or what were Lucky Jim and Twinkletoes?
2.A medical condition known as Stigmata is more of mystic and spiritual
interest than medical. What is stigmata?
3.A Californian surfer by the name Tom Harvey (c. 1970) had a great passion
for the drink 'Italian Screwdriver'(orange juice vodka, galliano). After a
day of surfing, he would rush to his favorite bar, get stoned and walk into
walls and lamp posts when it was time to go home. The "Italian Screwdriver"
was renamed in Harvey's honor. What was its new name?
4.Where in the world can I find Aubrey Holes, 56 in number?
5. It was originally a Chinese concoction of pickled fish and spices in the
1690s. By the early
1700s its popularity had spread to Malaysia, where British explorers first
encountered it. By 1740, having attained its present name;
it was an English staple, and it was becoming popular
in the American colonies. The form in which it is most popular today wasn't
made until the 1790s, when New England colonists first mixed it with a
vegetable or fruit which had, for the most of the 18th century, been assumed
as being poisonous as they were close relatives of the toxic belladonna and
nightshade plants. What food?
6. "The Jewes Are The Men What Wont Be Blamed For Nothing."
This was a slogan chalked up on a wall near the body of a murder victim in
England, in the late 19th century when England was gripped by fear and the
police were near helpless to do anything. What was the cause of the panic?
7.The Russians called them The Crown Jewels. Who or what were the Crown
8.Connect the Guggenheim Museum with Simon and Garfunkel.
9.The corridor to his office is lined with oscars won by films like Gone
With the Wind. Opposite the reception desk is a wall mounted rack of guns
and his conference room wall has the mounted head of a lion. When asked
about it, he jokes that he tells animal rights activists that it tried to
kill him. But the man himself is a pacifist, who has done a lot for world
peace. Who is the gentleman with opposing interests?
10.What was made from the metal obtained from melting some guns which had
been captured by the British during the Crimean War?
11.A model was exhibited at the New York World's fair in 1939-40, of a
proposed statue honoring one Capt. Hansen Gregory. The full statue was to
have been 250-300 ft high and would have been located on the summit of Mount
Battie and would have been lit up by huge floodlights so that it could have
been visible 50 miles out to sea. Needless to say, it was never built. What
was the captain's achievement which merited such an honor?(hint : think
12.What is the significance of the following line, apart from being a
palindrome of the English language:
"Rise, sir lapdog! Revolt, lover! God, pal, rise, sir!"
13.The early bobbies wore top hats which were lined with steel. If the
purpose for this was not the protection of the contents of their cranium in
case of assault, what was the actual purpose?
14.What word in the English language is derived from the Latin word
meaning, "bright, shining, glistening white." As the ancient Roman runners
for office would wear bright white togas.
15.In the 18th century and in the early part of the 19th century in Europe,
A sort of ritual was performed on the bodies of suicide victims, before
burial. What was this ritual and what was the reason behind this?
16. It's name comes from an Aztec name. The first Spaniard to encounter
substance was Hernan Cortes, shortly after his initial reception at the
Court of Montezuma in the island-city of Tenochtitlan in 1519. After highly
praising the drink and inquiring how it was made, he was
told that one started with "cacahuaquchtl" powder , which was then boiled in
water and combined with chili, musk and honey (and ground
maize if you were going off to war and needed additional calories). What is
being talked about?
17.What word in the English language is derived from the custom of fleeing
ancient Romans to cast away their capes, to avoid capture?
18.There is a curious discrepancy in Arthur Conan Doyle's description of
Dr. Watson, between the novels A study in scarlet and The sign of four.
19.The original inhabitants of Spain were fair skinned people. Spain was
then invaded by the Moors who were dark skinned. Association with the
conquerors led to a race of dark skinned descendants. But some of the dark
skinned Noblemen did not want to be associated with the conquerors and in a
bid to regain the lost complexion of their fair skinned ancestors, avoided
sunlight by hiding out in caves. As a result, they became so pale that some
of their veins were visible through the skin. What phrase in the English
language derived its origin from this?
20. The Eastern European region of Silesia was known for its fine cloth.
Eventually, so many low-quality imitations wound up on the market that
Silesian turned into another word which means cheap and of shoddy nature.
What's the new word?
21.In relation to crime fiction, what is common to the words 'chocolate box'
22.What is common to the words 'Tacular', 'Mential' and 'Bariffs' ?
23.What is strange about these book titles: Hansard's guide to refreshing
sleep (19 vol's)and Modern Warfare by Gen. Tom Thumb?
1.Two stuffed black cats for good luck.
2.The sufferer shows the same wounds suffered by Christ at the cross.
4.At the Stonehenge.
6.Jack the Ripper's murders.
7.They were a ring of five spies in post war Britain : Philby, Blunt,
Burgess, Blake and Cairncross; who spied for Russia.
8.Frank Lloyd Wright. He designed the Guggenheim. S&G made a song called 'So
long Frank Lloyd Wright'.
10.The Victoria Cross.
11.He supposedly invented the doughnut hole.
12.It was the slogan of the anti-woman's lib movement.
13.They used to stand on their hats to look over walls and into windows
which were above head level.
15.They were buried with a wooden stake through the heart. The superstition
was that suicide victims became vampires.
18.Dr. Watson suffered a bullet wound during the Afghan campaign in which he
participated. In A Study in Scarlet, this wound is on his shoulder, but in
The sign of four, it is on his leg.
19.Blue blood in reference to aristocrats.
21.They were remainders of failure to Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes
respectively. Poirot asked his sidekick Capt. Hastings to mention the word
Chocolate box whenever Poirot was becoming pompous or too sure of himself.
Sherlock Holmes made a similar request to Dr. Watson, at the end of the
story, Yellow Face.
22.They are all nonexistent words which were invented by George Bush Jr. in
speeches during his election campaigns.
23.They are both nonexistent books which adorned Charles Dickens' house and
were used to cover certain parts of the wall which the author wished to