Pauls Quiz 165

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1. 1992 was a black year for the US coal industry. Fifty-one miners died. How many miners died in China the previous year ? (circa)  
    a. 1,000  
    b. 2,000  
    c. 5,000  
    d. 10,000

2. The following words are from which song ? 
    "I keep straining my ears to hear a sound, Maybe someone is digging underground, 
    Or have they given up and all gone home to bed"

3. The royal blue in the Netherlands and a funky Carribean city. Six letters

4. In song, who was "well hung, snow white tan" ?

5. Describe each of the following traditional Japanese customs.  
    a. ikebana  
    b. chanoyu  
    c. kodo

6. Who drinks, on average, a record 160 liters of 'pivo' per year ?

7. John the Painter was hanged in Portsmouth on 10 March, 1777. His crime was attempting to burn down Portsmouth and the Royal Navy dockyard. His execution holds which dubious distinction ?  
    a. the highest gallows ever erected in England  
    b. his asphyxia took over 5 hours  
    c. the largest crowd ever in England to witness a public execution

8. In which year were public executions abolished in the UK ?  
    a. 1832  
    b. 1868  
    c. 1904  
    d. 1941

9. Name the three Beatles song titles that end with a question mark (?) 

10. In which frightening 'little room' did the famous French actress Sarah Bernhardt sleep, study lines and make love ?


1. d. 10,000

2. New York mining desaster 1941  (Bee Gees) Lyrics: I keep straining my ears to hear a sound.
Maybe someone is digging underground,
or have they given up and all gone home to bed,
thinking those who once existed must be dead.

Have you seen my wife, Mr. Jones?
Do you know what it's like on the outside?
Don't go talking too loud, you'll cause a landslide, Mr. Jones.

3. Nassau The Royal flag of the Netherlands features a blue cross, named Nassau blue.
Nassau is the capital, largest city, and commercial center of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

4. Ziggy Stardust

5. Three Answers
    a. flower arranging  
    b. tea ceremony  
    c. 'listening' to incense

6. The Czechs.

7. a. the highest gallows ever erected in England. The mast of the captured French vessel Arethuse was erected in the Hard beside the navy dockyard. It was either 60 or 64 ft high. John the Painter (1752?1777), also known as James Aitken or John Aitkin, was a Scot who committed acts of terror in British naval dockyards in 1776-77. At some point after a 1775 return trip to England he developed his scheme of political arson. Over the course of several months Aitken attacked facilities in Portsmouth and Bristol, creating the impression that a band of terrorists was on the loose in England. The British dockyards, Aitken believed, were vulnerable to attack, and he was convinced that one highly motivated arsonist could cripple the Royal Navy by destroying ships in the harbours. Aitken claimed to have the tacit approval of American diplomat Silas Deane in Paris for the scheme, but never received remuneration beyond a few pounds that Deane loaned him. British authorities hanged John the Painter on 10 March 1777 from the mizzenmast of a vessel in the Portsmouth dockyard, and some 20,000 people reportedly witnessed the execution.

8. b. 1868

9. Three Answers:
    Do you want to know a secret ?   
    What goes on ?  
    Why don`t we do it in the road ?    ( How do you do it?) was written by Murray and Faith

10. In a coffin Sarah Bernhardt (October 22, 1844 ? March 26, 1923) was a French stage actress, and has often been referred to as "the most famous actress in the history of the world". Bernhardt made her fame on the stages of Europe in the 1870s, and was soon in demand in Europe and the United States. She developed a reputation as a serious dramatic actress, earning the nickname "The Divine Sarah." Bernhardt's stage career started in 1862 when she was a student at the Com?die-Fran?aise, France's most prestigious theater. However, she was not entirely successful at the conservatory and left to become a courtesan herself by 1865. It was during this time that she acquired her famous coffin, which she often slept in in lieu of a bed, claiming it helped her understand her many tragic roles. She made her fame on the stages of Europe in the 1870s, and was soon in demand all over Europe and in New York.


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