1. The island Reunion was once world famous for vanilla of the highest quality. What was the old royal sounding name for the island?
2. Which very popular writer with a degree invented the word 'nerd'?
3. Who is the only man to have won the SAME Grand Slam singles title in tennis on three different surfaces?
4. Very few non Russians appeared on postage stamps in the USSR between 1922 and 1991. With the aid of the following initials, name the exceptions. (take an educated guess)
5. In which famous short animation film from 1969 does a beloved Disney character meet an untimely end?
6. Name the first four men to win the title European Footballer of the Year twice (or more)
7. Sitting Bull, a victorious chieftan at the Battle of Little Big Horn later went on tour in which travelling show?
8. On the 7th of January 1785, George Washington became the first man in North America to send which kind of letter?
9. After checking the contents of the survival kit in the film Dr. Strangelove, Major T.J. 'King' Kong announces,
"Shoot, a fella could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff".
Dr. Strangelove was first released in Jan 1964 after a delay of about 6 weeks. Which US city was originally written into the script but removed due to the circumstances?
10. What have all of the following possessed?
Nick Faldo and
1. Bourbon 'House of Bourbon' Kings. The high quality vanilla bourbon.
2. Dr. Seuss. From the book 'If I ran the zoo'. The first documented appearance of the word "nerd" is as the name of a creature in Dr. Seuss's book If I Ran the Zoo (1950), in which the narrator Gerald McGrew claims that he would collect "a Nerkle, a Nerd, and a Seersucker too" for his imaginary zoo.
The slang meaning of the term dates back to 1951, when Newsweek magazine reported on its popular use in Detroit, Michigan. By the early 1960s, usage of the term had spread throughout the United States and even as far as Scotland.
Throughout this first decade, the definition?a dull person?remained constant and was, at the time, a synonym for "square" or "drip." It was only later, in the 1970s, that the word took on connotations of bookishness and social ineptitude.
3. Jimmy Conners. The US Open. He won the title on grass, on clay and on hardcourt.
4. Twelve Answers
a. Mark Twain
b. Salvadore Allende
c. Kim Philby
d. James Fenimore Cooper
e. Pablo Picasso
f. Friedrich Engels
g. Jawaharlal Nehru
h. Benjamin Franklin
i. Ho Chi Minh
j. Indira Gandhi
k. Nelson Mandela
l. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
5. Bambi meets Godzilla Bambi Meets Godzilla is the title of a humorous 1969 cartoon created entirely by Marv Newland. Less than two minutes long, the film is regarded as a classic of animation, and in 1994 was voted #38 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field. Newland was originally planning to do a live-action film, but when he lost an essential "magic hour" shot, he drew this film in his room, rented from Adriana Caselotti.
6. Four Answers:
Alfredo di Stefano 1957, 1959,
Johan Cruyff 1971, 1973, 1974,
Franz Beckenbauer 1972, 1976,
Kevin Keegan 1978, 1979.
7. Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody (1846 ? 1917) was an American soldier, bison hunter and showman. He was born in the Iowa Territory (now the American state of Iowa), near Le Claire. He was one of the most colorful figures of the American Old West, and mostly famous for the shows he organized with cowboy themes. Buffalo Bill received the Medal of Honor in 1872.
8. AIR MAIL. Using a balloon. The letter was addressed to no one but was to be given to the owner of the property on which the balloon landed. Although homing pigeons had long been used to send messages (an activity known as pigeon mail), the first mail to be carried by an air vehicle was on January 7, 1785, on a balloon flight from Dover to France near Calais. During the first aerial flight in North America by balloon on January 9, 1793, from Philadelphia to Deptford, New Jersey, Jean-Pierre Blanchard carried a personal letter from George Washington to be delivered to the owner of whatever property Blanchard happened to land on, making the flight the first delivery of air mail in the United States
9. Dallas. After the JFK assassination it was thought better not to use Dallas. In the survival kit. "one 45 calibre automatic; 2 boxes of ammunition; four days concentrated emergency rations; one drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine, vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquillizer pills; one miniature combination Russian phrasebook and Bible; 100 dollars in Rubles; 100 dollars in gold, 9 packs of chewing gum; one issue of prophylactics; 3 lipsticks; 3 pair of nylon stockings"
10. An island