1. Mishearing or misinterpreting a phrase is called a 'Mondegreen'. It's particularly common in songs. For ex. "the age of space, the age of space" instead of "the ace of spades, the ace of spades". For each of the following Mondegreens give the correct text and the song title.
a. "Scuse me while I kiss this guy"
b. "There's a bathroom on the right"
c. "As if I never noticed the way she brushed her hair and farted"
d. "The girl with colitis goes by"
2. 'Peruvian bark' is much better known as what ?
3. How many Americans had their brains mutilated by a lobotomy in US institutions between 1935 and 1965 ?
a. circa 10,000
b. circa 50,000
c. circa 100,000
d. circa 1,000,000
4. Eleven footballers have played in 100 or more Champions League games. (As of September 2008) Can you name them. 1 point for each correct answer
5. During the 18th century Ruperts Land varied in size from roughly that of modern day France to that of modern day Europe. What is Ruperts Land called today ?
6. During the 70s (70-79) there were 8 number one hit songs in the US charts with a colour in the title. Can you name them. 1 point for each correct answer
7. During the same period in the UK there were three number one hit songs with a colour in the title. Name them.
8. Africa 1913. Each of the following were colonies or protecterates of which countries ?
9. Which small 'ring' has been worn by the vast majority of UK citizens (and north americans) since the 1920's?
10. Which wide spread experiment was first carried out on many thousands of US citizens (many unsuspecting) in the 1940's ? (Clue. In the film Dr. Strangelove, Gen. Jack D. Ripper believes this experiment is a communist plot and orders a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union.)
1. Four Answers:
a. Scuse me while I kiss the sky 'Purple Haze' (Jimi Hendrix)
b. There's a bad moon on the rise 'Bad moon rising' (CCR)
c. As if I never noticed the way she brushed her hair from her forehead 'Graceland' (Paul Simon)
d. The girl with kaleidoscope eyes 'Lucy in the sky with diamonds' (Beatles) A mondegreen is the mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase, typically a standardized phrase such as a line in a poem or a lyric in a song, due to near homophony. It should not be confused with Soramimis, which are songs that produce different meanings to those originally intended, when interpreted in another language.
2. Quinine Jesuit's Bark, also called Peruvian Bark, is the historical name of the most celebrated specific remedy for all forms of malaria. It is so named because it was obtained from the bark of several species of the genus Cinchona, of the order Rubiaceae, that have been discovered at different times and are indigenous in the Western Andes of South America and were first described and introduced by Jesuit priests who did missionary work in Peru. Formerly, the bark itself was used as a drug, but later in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, natural harvesting of immense quantities formed the base of the production of cinchona alkaloids. This industry was carried on principally in Germany, and the Dutch and English cinchona plantations in Java, Ceylon and India were the chief sources whence the raw material was supplied. Its main active principle, quinine, is now chemically synthesized. The term quinine comes from ghina, or quina-quina, the name given by Peruvian Indians to the bark, meaning medicine of medicines or bark of barks.
3. c. circa 100,000
4. P Maldini, Raul, D Beckham, O Kahn, R Carlos, Ryan Giggs, G Neville, P Scholes, L Figo, A Shevchenko and C Seedorf.
6. Brown Sugar,
Heart of Gold,
Song Sung Blue,
Black and White,
Tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree,
Bad Bad Leroy Brown,
Black Water and Evergreen.
7. Yellow River,
Band of Gold and
Tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree.
8. Four Answers
9. Innoculation 'ring' or scar on the upper arm
10. The flouridation of drinking water