Pauls Quiz 137

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1. What is a Solenodon:
    a. an extinct dinosauer  
    b. a poisonous mammal  
    c. the medical word for toothache?

2. Due to its unsavoury wiggly content, what kind of dish wouldn't you want to eat from?  Five letters, second letter "E"

3. Name the country in which the following beers are (originally) brewed.  
    a. XXXX
    b. Delirium Tremens  
    c. Molson sub zero  
    d. Radegast  
    e. Faxe Royal Export  
    f. Kronenbourg 1664  
    g. St. Pauli Girl  
    h. Mythos  
    i. Kirin beer  
    j. Zywiec  
    k. Tinkoffzolotoe  
    l. Pripps Bla  
    m. Colt 45  
    n. Aass

4. Plus or minus one, how many hours a day does a giraffe sleep ?

5. A Bokor is someone who can revive a what ?  Six letters, fifth letter "I" as in "India"

6. Name the ten countries or empires the USA has officially declared war on.

7. Shahtoosh is probably the most expensive what in the world:
    a. wool  
    b. coral  
    c. ivory

8. A pesto ingredient and when translated a compulsive liar. Two answers please

9. Name two of the four snakes responsible for the most snakebite fatalities in India.

10. Who composed the following lullabies
    a. Summertime  
    b. Wiegenlied  
    c. Good Night  
    d. Opus 57  
    e. Lullaby (good night my angel) 
    f. Morningtown Ride (Seekers song but they didn't write it)?

ANSWERS

1. b. a poisonous mammal Solenodons are nocturnal, burrowing, insectivorous mammals belonging to the family Solenodontidae Only one genus, the Solenodon is known, although a few other genera were erected at one time and are now regarded as (junior) synonyms. Often compared to shrews, solenodons resemble rats with extremely elongated cartilaginous snouts, long, naked, scaly tails, small eyes, and coarse, dark brown to black hair. Between 70-80 centimeters (28-32 inches) long from nose to tail and weighing between 700?1,000g (25?35oz), solenodons are known to become very easily agitated and may squeal or bite with little or no provocation. Solenodons have a few intriguing traits, two of them being the position of the teats (2) on the female, almost on the buttocks of the animal, and the second being the venomous saliva that flows from modified salivary glands in the mandible through grooves on the second lower incisors ("solenodon" derives from the Greek "grooved tooth"). Solenodons are among a handful of venomous mammals.

2. Petri

3. 14 Answers
    a. Australia  
    b. Belgium  
    c. Canada  
    d. Czech Republic  
    e. Denmark  
    f. France  
    g. Germany  
    h. Greece  
    i. Japan  
    j. Poland  
    k. Russia  
    l. Sweden  
    m. USA  
    n. Norway

4. 1.9 hours a day

5. Zombie Bokors in the religion of vodou are sorcerers or houngan (priests) for hire who are said to 'serve the loa with both hands', meaning that they can practice both dark magic and benevolent magic. Their black magic includes the creation of zombies and the creation of 'ouangas', talismans that house spirits. Bokors are featured in many Haitian tales and are often associated with the creation of zombies by the use of a deadening brew or potion usually containing often-fatal poisons. This potion makes the drinker appear to be dead and thus he is often buried; later, the bokor will return for the "corpse" and force it to do his bidding, such as manual labor. The "corpse" is often given dissociative drugs, mainly datura, which puts them in a detached, somewhat dreamlike state. It is akin to mind control. The person is fully alive but in a state where they cannot control what they say or do; at this point, when the person has been "reanimated" from the grave, or at least is moving about working for the bokor, they can be termed "zombies." However, some zombie legends dispense with this more rational explanation, and have the bokor raise zombies from dead bodies whose souls have departed.

6. Ten Answers
    British Empire, 
    Mexico, 
    Spain, 
    Germany (2x), 
    Austria-Hungary, 
    Japan, 
    Italy, 
    Bulgaria, 
    Hungary and 
    Romania

7. a. wool (from a Chiru or Tibetan antelope)Shahtoosh is a Persian word meaning "Pleasure of Kings" - was the name given to a specific kind of shawl, which was woven with the down hair of the Chiru or Tibetan Antelope, by the weavers of Kashmir. These shawls were originally very few and it took very skilled artisans to weave the delicate hair (which measured between 9 and 11 micrometres). These factors made Shahtoosh shawls very precious. Shahtoosh are so fine that an average size shawl can be passed through a wedding ring. Chiru live in one of the harshest environments on earth, at an altitude of over 5,000 metres. Their special type of down fur, which is both very light and warm, allows them to survive in the freezing conditions of the plateau where they gather at one point of the year. They are migratory animals - moving down from Mongolia to Tibet - and traditionally followed closely by the nomads, who also make that journey every year.

8. Pine nut and Pinocchio (the naughty, pine-wood marionette)The Tuscan word pinocchio means "pine nut" (which in standard Italian is called a pinolo). Pinocchio is from Latin pīnus, "pine" (Italian pino), and the diminutive suffix -uculum (Italian -occhio). Many authors have also drawn a connection from Italian occhio, "eye" (Latin oculus), making Pinocchio's name translate to "Pine-Eye".

9. Four Answers:
    Cobra (not King), 
    Krait, 
    Russells viper (Chain viper), 
    Saw-scaled viper.

10. Six Answers:
    a. Gershwin  
    b. Brahms (lullaby) 
    c. Lennon and McCartney  
    d. Chopin  
    e. Billy Joel  
    f. Malvina Reynolds ( US folk and blues singer who also co wrote the lullaby "Turn Around" with Harry Belafonte and Alan Greene)

 

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