Pauls Quiz 182

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1. There is an embarrassing syndrome in which a persons hand has a mind of its own and does what it wants when it wants!  This is known as:  
    a. Trimanus spiritus syndrome  
    b. Alien hand syndrome  
    c. Dr. Strangelove syndrome or 
    d. Maradona syndrome?

2. Who or what is the mitochondrial Eve?

3. Plus or minus 25cm, a fleeing cockroach can cover how many centimetres in one second?

4. What make of trenchcoat was Humphrey Bogart wearing in the film Casablanca?

5. What inspired the famous coca cola contour bottle from 1915?

6. What is a barrique?

7. Complete the names of each of the following famous fashion designers.  
    a. Gianni  
    b. Maurizio  
    c. Wolfgang  
    d. Karl  
    e. Ralph  
    f. Yves  
    g. Miuccia  
    h. Jean Paul  
    i. Hugo  
    j. Giorgio

8. In many parts of East Africa infants are given what to drink before mothers milk ?  
    a. home made beer  
    b. honey  
    c. blood

9. Umlungu, Gwailo and Ferenghi are all examples of what ?  
    a. fictional alien races  
    b. foreign words for westerner  
    c. characters in The Lord of the Rings

10. The American Film Institute has a list of the top 100 love stories.(2002)  Seven of the films in this list have a surname in the title. Name them. 1 point for each correct answer.  I'll give you the year in which each film was released.  
    a. 1933  
    b. 1935  
    c. 1947  
    d. 1965  
    e. 1966 
    f. 1977  
    g. 1996  
    Note: These are not necessarily Oscar winning films.


1. b. or  c.  Alien Hand or Dr. Strangelove syndrome Alien hand syndrome (anarchic hand or Dr. Strangelove syndrome) is an unusual neurological disorder, in which one of the sufferer's hands seems to take on a mind of its own. AHS is best documented in cases where a person has had the two hemispheres of their brain surgically separated, a procedure sometimes used to relieve the symptoms of extreme cases of epilepsy. It also occurs in some cases after other brain surgery, strokes, or infections. An alien hand sufferer can feel normal sensation in the hand, but believes that the hand, while still being a part of their body, behaves in a manner that is totally distinct from the sufferer's normal behavior. They lose the 'sense of agency' associated with the purposeful movement of the limb while retaining a sense of 'ownership' of the limb. They feel that they have no control over the movements of the 'alien' hand, but that, instead, the hand has the capability of acting autonomously--i.e. independent of their voluntary control. The hand effectively has 'a will of its own.' Alien hands can perform complex acts such as undoing buttons, removing clothing, and manipulating tools.

2. The mother from which all humans stem. Or MRCA in genetics, Most Recent Common Ancestor Mitochondrial Eve (mt-mrca) is the name given by researchers to the woman who is defined as the matrilineal most recent common ancestor (MRCA) for all currently living humans. Passed down from mother to offspring, her mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is now found in all living humans: every mtDNA in every living person is derived from hers. Mitochondrial Eve is the female counterpart of Y-chromosomal Adam, the patrilineal most recent common ancestor, although they lived at different times. She is believed to have lived about 140,000 years ago in what is now Ethiopia, Kenya or Tanzania. The time she lived is calculated based on the molecular clock technique of correlating elapsed time with observed genetic drift.

3. Circa 130 cm.

4. Burberry

5. The cocoa pod

6. Oak barrel used in wine making The use of oak in wine plays a significant role in winemaking and can have a profound effect on the resulting wine, impacting the color, flavor, tannin profile and texture of the wine. Oak can come into contact with wine in the form of a barrel during the fermentation or aging periods. It can be introduced to the wine in the form of free floating oak chips or as wood staves (or sticks) added to wine in a fermentation vessel like stainless steel. Oak introduced in the form of a wine barrel can impart other qualities to the wine through the process of evaporation and low level exposure to oxygen. Wine barrels, especially those made of oak, have long been used as containers in which wine is aged. Aging in oak typically imparts desirable vanilla, butter and spice flavors to wine. The size of the barrel plays a large role in determining the effects use of oak on the wine by dictating the ratio of surface area to volume of wine with smaller containers having a larger impact. The most common barrels are the Bordeaux barriques style which hold 59 gallons (225 liters) followed by the Burgundy style barrel which hold 60 gallons (228 liters). Some New World wine makers use the large hogshead 79 gallon (300 liter) size.

7. Ten Answers
    a. Versace  
    b. Gucci  
    c. Joop  
    d. Lagerfeld  
    e. Lauren  
    f. Saint Laurent  
    g. Prada  
    h. Gaultier  
    i. Boss  
    j. Armani

8. a. home made beer.  As a sign that they are part of a larger community. If someone has been egoistic, they are often reminded, 'beer before milk'. (think of your fellows before yourself)

9. b.  foreign words for westerner or white man. 
    Umlungu is South African (white South Africa or Boss of the company) Xhosa, Gwailo is Cantonese and Ferenghi is Arabic

10. Seven Answers
    a. King Kong  ( Kong of course is both his first name and surname. use your discretion) 
    b. Anna Karenina  
    c. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir  
    d. Dr. Zhivago  
    e. Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf  
    f. Annie Hall  
    g. Jerry Maguire


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