Pauls Quiz 146

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1. What was ornithologist Robert Stroud's nickname ?

2. What is a bestiary ?  
    a. a compound for undomesticated animals  
    b. a French shop specializing in sweets  
    c. a collection of allegories

3. Which one of the following has not been named after John Cleese ?  
    a. a 4-way stop intersection (in Saskatchewan)  
    b. a species of lemur (in Madagascar) 
    c. a town rubbish dump (in New Zeeland)  
    d. an asteroid (in space)

4. What can you tell me, Sherlock, if an honest person's left pronubus is bare ?

5. Willendorf and Milo are both examples of what?

6.   Ludwig van Beethoven and Francisco Goya both suffered from what ailment ?

7. The Beatles released I want to hold your hand in the USA on Boxing Day 1963. The number one song at the time in the US charts was a little ditty sung by a Belgian named Soeur Sourire. What was 
    a. her other stage name and 
    b. the number one song ?

8. The following harbour cities are found on which sea ? (a sea please, not an ocean or bay or gulf)  
    a. Varna  
    b. Hong Kong  
    c. Jakarta  
    d. Karachi  
    e. Incheon  
    f. Vladivostok  
    g. Monaco (not the Med)

9. In the days of empire, what was a Viceroy's wife called:
    a. viceroyess,  
    b. viceroyine,  
    c. viceless or
    d. vicereine

10. Wed, as in wedding, is old English for what ?  
    a. pledge  
    b. knot or  
    c. bed 


1. The Birdman of Alcatraz Robert Franklin Stroud (January 28, 1890 ? November 21, 1963), known as the Birdman of Alcatraz, was a prisoner in Alcatraz who supposedly found solace from segregation by raising and selling birds. Despite his nickname, he actually kept birds in the penitentiary in Leavenworth until he was transferred to Alcatraz. While at hays, Stroud found three injured sparrows in the prison yard and kept them. He started to occupy his time raising and caring for his birds, soon switching from sparrows to canaries, which he could sell for supplies and to help support his mother. Soon thereafter, Leavenworth?s administration changed and the prison was now directed by a new warden. Impressed with the possibility of presenting Leavenworth as a progressive rehabilitation penitentiary, the new warden furnished Stroud with cages, chemicals, and stationery to conduct his ornithological activities. Visitors were shown Stroud's aviary and many purchased his canaries. Over the years, he raised nearly 300 canaries in his cells and wrote two books, Diseases of Canaries and Stroud's Digest on the Diseases of Birds. He made several important contributions to avian pathology, most notably a cure for the hemorrhagic septicemia family of diseases. He gained respect and also some level of sympathy in the bird-loving field.

2. c. a collection of allegories An allegory (from Greek allos, "other", and agoreuein, "to speak in public") is a figurative mode of representation conveying a meaning other than the literal. Allegory is generally treated as a figure of rhetoric, but an allegory does not have to be expressed in language: it may be addressed to the eye, and is often found in realistic painting, sculpture or some other form of mimetic, or representative art. The etymological meaning of the word is broader than the common use of the word. Though it is similar to other rhetorical comparisons, an allegory is sustained longer and more fully in its details than a metaphor, and appeals to imagination, while an analogy appeals to reason or logic. The fable or parable is a short allegory with one definite moral.

3. a. a 4-way stop dilemma

4. They are not married. The left pronubus is the ring or wedding finger. It is said that the vena amoris runs from this finger to the heart.

5. Venus statues. Venus of Willendorf, also known as the Woman of Willendorf, is an 11.1 cm (4 3/8 inches) high statuette of a female figure. It was discovered in 1908 by archaeologist Josef Szombathy at a paleolithic site near Willendorf, a village in Lower Austria near the city of Krems. It is carved from an oolitic limestone that is not local to the area, and tinted with red ochre. Since this figure's discovery and naming, several similar statuettes and other forms of art have been discovered. They are collectively referred to as Venus figurines, even though they pre-date the mythological figure of Venus, and are not thought to be representations of that goddess.
The Aphrodite of Milos, better known as the Venus de Milo, is an ancient Greek statue and one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture. It is believed to depict Aphrodite (called Venus by the Romans), the Greek goddess of love and beauty. It is a marble sculpture, slightly larger than life size at 203 cm (6.7 ft) high. Its arms and original plinth have been lost. From an inscription that was on its plinth, it is thought to be the work of Alexandros of Antioch; it was earlier mistakenly attributed to the master sculptor Praxiteles. It is at present on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris.

6. Both suffered from deafness later in life. Beethoven contemplated suicide das wegen and Goya painted and sketched macabre, horrific dark pictures "to occupy an imagination mortified by the contemplation of my suffering"

7. Two Answers
    a. The Singing Nun  
    b. Dominique Jeanine Deckers (born Jeanne-Paule Marie Deckers; October 17, 1933 ? March 29, 1985), better known as The Singing Nun, was a nun, and a member (as Sister Luc Gabriel) of the Dominican Fichermont Convent in Belgium. Popular in the convent for her music, she was encouraged by the other nuns to record an album in 1963. One song from that album, "Dominique", soared to the top of the charts in the United States. Overnight, the Dominican nun was an international celebrity with the stage name of Soeur Sourire (Sister Smile). She gave concerts and appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. In 1966, a movie called The Singing Nun was made about her, starring Debbie Reynolds in the title role; Deckers rejected the film as "fictional".

8. Seven Answers
    a. Black sea  
    b. South China sea  
    c. Java sea  
    d. Arabian sea  
    e. Yellow sea  
    f. Sea of Japan  
    g. Ligurian sea

9. d. vicereine A viceroy is a royal official who governs a country or province in the name of and as representative of the monarch. The term derives from the Latin prefix vice-, meaning "in the place of" and French roi, meaning king. His province or larger territory is called a viceroyalty. The relative adjective is viceregal. A vicereine is a woman in a viceregal position (rare, as it usually includes military high command), or a Viceroy's wife. The etymological allusion to the royal style makes it be perceived as higher than governor-general and lord lieutenant, even when in some cases it is a synonym for that administrative rank, and not necessarily above several "provincial" (lieutenant-) governors. In some cases, the title (and the office, unless the title is not permanently attached to the job) is reserved for members of the ruling dynasty. It was not uncommon for potential heirs to the throne to obtain such a post (or an equivalent one, without the viceregal style) as a test ? and learning stage, not unlike the even loftier "associations to the throne", such as the Roman consortium imperii ? or the Caesars in Emperor Diocletian's original Tetrarchy.

10. a. pledge


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