Pauls Quiz 258

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1. The adventures of Robinson Crusoe were probably based on the real trials and tribulations of which Scottish sailor?

2. What large objects are often named after ancient middle eastern kings?

3. Which American physicist is known as 'the father of the atom bomb'?

4. Name the six most populated cities in the world that end with the letter 'i'. One point for each correct answer. (hint; some new names apply here)

5. Alphabetically-speaking, what is the last element?

6. In a film sequel Dr Chandra is a father like figure for Heuristic Algorithmic. Heuristic Algorithmic is better known as what?

7. Italy's longest river. Two letters.

8. The two wolves Geri and Freki usually accompany which man?

9. Dragoon, Antwerp, Pouter, Tumbler and Horseman are all types of what?

10. Where could you legally flash your dong - then spend it?


1. Alexander SelkirkAlexander Selkirk (1676 – 1721), also known as Alexander Selcraig, was a Scottish sailor who spent more than four years as a castaway after being marooned on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific Ocean (also known as the South Sea). An unruly youth, Selkirk joined buccaneering expeditions to the South Sea, including one commanded by William Dampier, which called in for provisions at the Juan Fernández Islands off Chile. Selkirk judged correctly that his craft, the Cinque Ports, was unseaworthy, and asked to be left there. By the time he was rescued, he had become adept at hunting and making use of the resources he found on the island. His story of survival was widely publicised when he returned home and became a likely source of inspiration for the writer Daniel Defoe's fictional character Robinson Crusoe

2. Wine bottles. Eg: Jeroboam (3 litres) King of Isreal; Rehoboam (4.5 litres) King of Juda; Salmanazar (9 litres) King of Assyria; Nebukadnezar (15 litres) King of Babylon

3. J. Robert OppenheimerJulius Robert Oppenheimer (1904 – 1967) was an American theoretical physicist and professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is among the persons who are often called the "father of the atomic bomb" for their role in the Manhattan Project, the World War II project that developed the first nuclear weapons. The first atomic bomb was detonated on July 16, 1945, in the Trinity test in New Mexico; Oppenheimer remarked later that it brought to mind words from the Bhagavad Gita: "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."

4. Shanghai, Mumbai, Karachi, Delhi, Chennai and Hanoi.

5. Zirconium

6. HAL 9000 (in the film 2010:The Year We Make Contact)

7. Po The Po is a river that flows either 652 km (405 mi) or 682 km (424 mi) – considering the length of the Maira, a right bank tributary – eastward across northern Italy, from a spring seeping from a stony hillside at Pian del Re, a flat place at the head of the Val Po under the northwest face of Monviso (in the Cottian Alps) through a delta projecting into the Adriatic Sea near Venice. It has a drainage area of 74,000 km² in all, 70,000 in Italy, of which 41,000 is in montane environments and 29,000 on the plain. The Po is the longest river in Italy; at its widest point its width is 503 m (1,650 ft). The Po extends along the 45th parallel north.

8. OdinIn Germanic mythology, Odin (from Old Norse Óðinn) is a widely attested god. In Old Norse sources, where most surviving information about the god stems, Odin is associated with healing, death, royalty, the gallows, knowledge, battle, sorcery, poetry, frenzy, and the runic alphabet, and is the husband of the goddess Frigg. In wider Germanic mythology and paganism, Odin was known in Old English as Wóden, in Old Saxon as Woden, and in Old High German as Wuotan or Wodan, all stemming from the reconstructed Proto-Germanic theonym *wodanaz.

9. Pigeon

10. Vietnam - the currency.

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