Pauls Quiz 254

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1. Name the only female competitor at the 1976 Summer Olympic Games in Montreal who didn't have to undergo a sex test?

2. The unit used to measure the strength of a magnetic field is named after which famous scientist?
a. Tesla b. Newton c. Curie d. Rontgen

3. Savage creatures called 'Yahoos' are found in which well-known 18th century novel?

4. Despite having 'arktos' as part of it's name, the genus of animal Phascolarctos cinereus (Pronounced Faz-co-lark-tus Sin-air-ee-us) is not actually a bear. Under what name is this animal more commonly known?

5. Which technology standard is named after a Danish king?

6. Plus or minus 10, how many moons does Jupiter have?

7. Which plant, considered to be a vegetable in Europe and a fruit in North America, stems from the Greek meaning 'plant of the foreigners along the Volga river'?

8. The annual wine consumption in which small European country is 59.01 litres per person; a world record?

9. Wrestler Terry Gene Bollea is better known by which ring name (stage name)?

10. The scientific word 'rhinotillexomania' is used to describe people who love to do what?

ANSWERS

1. Princess Anne

2. a. Tesla ('teslas')

3. Gulliver's Travels A Yahoo is a legendary being in the novel Gulliver's Travels (1726) by Jonathan Swift. Swift describes them as being filthy and with unpleasant habits, resembling human beings far too closely for the liking of protagonist Lemuel Gulliver, who finds the calm and rational society of intelligent horses, the Houyhnhnms, greatly preferable. The Yahoos are primitive creatures obsessed with "pretty stones" they find by digging in mud, thus representing the distasteful materialism and ignorant elitism Swift encountered in Britain. Hence the term "yahoo" has come to mean "a crude, brutish or obscenely coarse person". American frontiersman Daniel Boone, who often used terms from Gulliver's Travels, claimed that he killed a hairy giant that he called a Yahoo. Yahoos were referred to in a letter sent by serial killer David Berkowitz to New York City police while committing the "Son of Sam" murders in 1976.

4. Koala (Bear) - from Greek phaskolos (pouch) and arktos (bear). Cinereus, from Latin (ash-coloured)

5. Bluetooth Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances (using short-wavelength UHF radio waves in the ISM band from 2.4 to 2.485 GHz) from fixed and mobile devices, and building personal area networks (PANs). Invented by telecom vendor Ericsson in 1994, it was originally conceived as a wireless alternative to RS-232 data cables. It can connect several devices, overcoming problems of synchronization. The word "Bluetooth" is an anglicized version of the Scandinavian Blåtand/Blåtann, (Old Norse blátonn) the epithet of the tenth-century king Harald Bluetooth who united dissonant Danish tribes into a single kingdom and, according to legend, introduced Christianity as well. The idea of this name was proposed in 1997 by Jim Kardach who developed a system that would allow mobile phones to communicate with computers. At the time of this proposal he was reading Frans G. Bengtsson's historical novel The Long Ships about Vikings and king Harald Bluetooth. The implication is that Bluetooth does the same with communications protocols, uniting them into one universal standard. The Bluetooth logo is a bind rune merging the Younger Futhark runes Runic letter Hagall and Runic letter Bjarkan, Harald's initials.

6. 67 - although check Wikipedia before asking this question as the official count is often updated!

7. Rhubarb. From the Greek 'Rha' (old name for Volga river) and 'Barbara' (barbarian or foreigner)

8. The Vatican State

9. Hulk (Hollywood) Hogan Terry Gene Bollea (born 1953), better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan, is an American professional wrestler, actor, television personality, entrepreneur, and musician currently signed with WWE. Hogan enjoyed mainstream popularity in the 1980s and 1990s as the all-American character Hulk Hogan in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE), and as "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan, the villainous nWo leader, in World Championship Wrestling (WCW). A regular pay-per-view headliner in both organizations, Hogan closed the respective premier annual events of the WWF and WCW, WrestleMania and Starrcade, on multiple occasions. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. He was signed with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) from 2009 until 2013, where he was the on-screen General Manager. IGN described Hogan as "the most recognized wrestling star worldwide and the most popular wrestler of the '80s".

10. Pick their nose Nose-picking is the act of extracting nasal mucus with one's finger (rhinotillexis) and may include the succeeding action of ingesting the mucus picked from the nose (mucophagy). This action is condemned in most cultures; societies try to prevent development of the habit and attempt to break it if already established. Mucophagy is a source of mockery and entertainment in the media. However, some scientists argue that mucophagy provides benefits for the human body. Friedrich Bischinger, an Austrian doctor specializing in lungs, advocates using fingers to pick nasal mucus and then ingesting it, stating that people who do so get "a natural boost to their immune system." The mucus contains a "cocktail of antiseptic enzymes that kill or weaken many of the bacteria that become entangled in it", so reintroducing the "crippled" microorganisms "may afford the immune system an opportunity to produce antibodies in relative safety."

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