1. Other than music from gifted composers like Bach and Mozart, various rock and roll artists like Chuck Berry, and greetings in 56 different languages, Voyager I is carrying a musical greeting from what to the far corners of the universe ? (Three points for the exact answer)
2. What are socks with a diamond pattern called?
3. In which TV series or film would you find the following cats ? (choose five)
g. Little cat A
4. The Titanic picked up passengers in which two ports other than Southampton ?
5. What is the most common ending for a city, town, village or hamlet in England ? (three letters)
6. In which building was the first Expo held ?
7. Lemurs are found almost entirely on which isolated island ?
8. Which handy craft's name stems from the Turkish word for towel? Seven letters
9. What are the five largest landlocked countries in the world? (which don't border an ocean)
10. The Yamato was the largest what ever built?
1. A humpback whale The Voyager Golden Record is a phonograph record included in the two Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977. It contains sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. It is intended for any intelligent extraterrestrial life form, or far future humans, that may find it. The Voyager spacecraft will take about 40,000 years to come near another star, 'near' meaning in this case within around 1.7 light-years' distance; hence, if other beings do not come in the direction of the spacecraft to meet them, it will take at least that long for the Golden Record to be found. The contents of the record were selected for NASA by a committee chaired by Carl Sagan of Cornell University. Dr. Sagan and his associates assembled 115 images and a variety of natural sounds, such as those made by surf, wind, and thunder, and animal sounds, including the songs of birds and the sound of the humpback whale. To this they added musical selections from different cultures and eras, and spoken greetings from Earthlings in fifty-five languages, and printed messages from President Jimmy Carter and U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim.
2. Argyle The argyle (occasionally argyll) pattern is one containing diamonds in a diagonal checkerboard arrangement. The word is sometimes used to refer to an individual diamond in the design but more commonly refers to the overall pattern. Most argyle layouts contain layers of overlapping motifs, adding a sense of three-dimensionality, movement, and texture. The over-lapped argyle design is claimed to be the oldest known attempt at three dimensional spacing in history. The argyle pattern is said to have been derived from the tartan of Clan Campbell, of Argyll in western Scotland. It has seen a resurgence in popularity in the last few years, due to its adoption by Stuart Stockdale in collections produced by luxury clothing manufacturer, Pringle of Scotland
3. Eight Answers:
f. The X files
g.The cat in the hat
4. Cherbourg and Queenstown On April 10, 1912, the Titanic departed from Southampton, England and traveled to Cherbourg, France where many first-class passengers boarded. On April 11, 1912, the Titanic left Cherbourg en route to Queenstown (Cobh), Ireland where the Titanic picked up the majority of its third-class passengers. On April 12, 1912, the Titanic sailed on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean and was due to arrive in New York City on Wednesday April 17, 1912. On the night of April 14, at 11:40 p.m., The Titanic struck an iceberg; just under three hours later, at 2:20 AM, on April 15, 1912 the ship sank.
5. -ton stems from tun, meaning fenced or enclosed area
6. Crystal Palace The Crystal Palace was a wrought iron and glass building originally erected in Hyde Park, London, England, to house the Great Exhibition of 1851. More than 14,000 exhibitors from around the world gathered in the Palace's 990,000 square feet of exhibition space to display examples of the latest technology developed in the Industrial Revolution. Designed by Joseph Paxton, the Great Exhibition building was 1,850 feet (564 m) long, with an interior height of 408 feet (124 m).
8. Macrame Macram? or Macrame is a form of textile-making using knotting rather than weaving or knitting. Its primary knots are the square knot and forms of hitching (full hitch and double half hitches). It has been used by sailors, especially in elaborate or ornamental knotting forms to decorate anything from knife handles to bottles to parts of ships. Macrame is viewed as a more masculine form of craft comparative to traditional knitting techniques, as evident in ancient Nordic tradition. The word macrame is derived from the Arabic migramah, believed to mean "striped towel", "ornamental fringe" or "embroidered veil." After the Moorish conquest, the art was taken to Spain, and then spread through Europe. It was first introduced into England at the court of Queen Mary, the wife of William of Orange, in the late 17th century.
9. Five Answers:
10. Battleship The Yamato class battleships (Yamatogatasenkan) of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) were the largest naval vessels of World War II and were the largest, heaviest battleships ever constructed to this day, displacing 72,800 metric tons (at full load) and armed with nine 46 cm (18.1 inch) main guns. Like their German counterpart, the Tirpitz, Yamato and Musashi made little direct impact during the war. The Musashi did not engage any Allied battleships during the war, yet the Yamato did have limited success when in October 1944 she opened fire on US escort carriers and destroyers. It was the first and last of her battles with enemy ships. She fired a total 104 rounds of 46cm projectiles as a result of which one escort carrier and one destroyer were sunk. Both Yamato and Musashi were sunk by the bane of capital warships: overwhelming air power. Musashi was sunk by repeated aerial attack during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on October 24, 1944. After being hit by an estimated 17 torpedoes and 20 bombs, she went down with 1,700 of her 2,400 man crew.