Pauls Quiz 228

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1. Milk, Oyster, Magic, Death Cap, Hedgehog, Maitake and Paddy Straw are all examples of what?

2. What is the largest island in the world that is named after a British explorer?

3. Which country appeared in a record 23 consecutive Davis Cup finals between 1946 and 1968?

4. What do many men collect in their omphalo?

5. The following are words from some of the biggest selling singles ever in the UK charts. Can you name the hit single? One point for each correct answer.
a. And the stars spell out your name
b. No rain or rivers flow
c. Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth
d. Valleys of green, past painted deserts
e. When the wicked carried us away to captivity

6. What is the longest venomous snake in the world?

7. Kurgan is the bad guy in which film?

8. Which three cricket players hold the record for the most Test centuries?

9. What is the scientific name for the junction between two neurons?

10. Eric Weisz is still believed by some to have made the first successful powered flight in Australia on March 18, 1910. Weisz was better known around the world under which stage name?


1. Mushrooms

2. Baffin Island (William Baffin, 17th century explorer) Baffin Island (French: Île de Baffin, Old Norse: Helluland), in the Canadian territory of Nunavut, is the largest island in Canada and the fifth largest island in the world. Its area is 507,451 km2 (195,928 sq mi) and its population is about 11,000 (2007 estimate). Named after English explorer William Baffin, it is likely that the island was known to Pre-Columbian Norse explorers from Greenland and Iceland and may be the location of Helluland, spoken of in the Icelandic sagas (the Grœnlendinga saga and the Saga of Erik the Red).

3. Australia

4. Fluff (Omphalo is the bellybutton)

5. Five answers
a. Candle in the wind 1997 (Elton John)
b. Do they know it's Christmas time (Band Aid)
c. Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)
d. Mull of Kintyre (Wings)
e. Rivers of Babylon (Boney M)

6. King Cobra The king cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) is the world's longest venomous snake, with a length up to 5.5 m (18 ft). This species, which preys chiefly on other snakes, is found predominantly in forests from India through Southeast Asia to Indonesia and the Philippines. Despite the word "cobra" in its name, this snake is not a member of Naja ("true cobras") but belongs to its own genus. The king cobra is considered to be a very dangerous snake

7. Highlander The Kurgan is a fictional character from the first Highlander film, portrayed by actor Clancy Brown. He is an Immortal and the main antagonist to the character Connor MacLeod in Highlander, and the latter's ultimate opponent in the Gathering. The Kurgan's life story is fleshed out in several Highlander spin-offs in various media.

8. Sachin Tendulkar (51), Jacques Kallis (44) and Ricky Ponting (41) (as of April, 2013)

9. Synapse In the nervous system, a synapse is a structure that permits a neuron (or nerve cell) to pass an electrical or chemical signal to another cell (neural or otherwise). The word "synapse" comes from "synaptein", which Sir Charles Scott Sherrington and colleagues coined from the Greek "syn-" ("together") and "haptein" ("to clasp").

10. Harry Houdini Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz in Budapest, later Ehrich Weiss or Harry Weiss; 1874 – 1926) was an American stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice as "Harry Handcuff Houdini" on a tour of Europe, where he sensationally challenged different police forces to try to keep him locked up. This revealed a talent for gimmickry and for audience involvement that characterized all his work. Soon he extended his repertoire to include chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjackets under water, and having to hold his breath inside a sealed milk can.

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