Pauls Quiz 267

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1. Which well known ten letter word translated means 'mother city'?

2. Which colour between pink and purple is a character in 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'?

3. Wallis Simpson, Joseph Stalin, Mark Zuckerberg, The American Soldier and 'You' all have what in common?

4. Which colourful and appropriate Germanic name did Hitler give his German Shepard dog?

5. In which port city was Christopher Columbus born?

6. Name the three anti war films about Vietnam from the director Oliver Stone. One point for each correct answer.

7. In the early 20th century, Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham were both considered founders of 'Modern' what?

8. The name of which Swedish 'garage rock' band is also an annoying problem frequently caused by allergic reactions?

9. What is the divine nickname for the elusive 'Higgs boson particle'?

10. The combined Chinese land, sea and air forces are called the PLA. What do the letters P L A stand for?

ANSWERS

1. Metropolis A metropolis is a large city or urban area which is a significant economic, political, and cultural center for a country or region, and an important hub for regional or international connections, commerce, and communications. The term is Greek and means the "mother city" of a colony (in the ancient sense), that is, the city which sent out settlers. This was later generalized to a city regarded as a center of a specified activity, or any large, important city in a nation. A big city belonging to a larger urban agglomeration, but which is not the core of that agglomeration, is not generally considered a metropolis but a part of it. The plural of the word is most commonly metropolises.

2. Magenta

3. They have all been 'awarded' the title of Time Magazine's Person of the Year. Wallis Simpson (1936), Joseph Stalin (1939 & 1942), Mark Zuckerberg (2010), The American Soldier (2003) and 'You' (2006), you being the contributors to creating the world wide web.

4. Blondi

5. Genoa Christopher Columbus (Italian: Cristoforo Colombo; Spanish: Cristóbal Colón; Portuguese: Cristóvão Colombo; born between 31 October 1450 and 30 October 1451, Genoa; died 20 May 1506, Valladolid) was an Italian explorer, navigator, colonizer and citizen of the Republic of Genoa. Under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean. Those voyages, and his efforts to establish permanent settlements on the island of Hispaniola, initiated the Spanish colonization of the New World.

6. Three answers. Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Heaven and Earth

7. Modern dance Modern dance is a broad genre of western concert dance, primarily arising out of both Germany and the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Martha Graham (1894 – 1991) was an American modern dancer and choreographer whose influence on dance has been compared with the influence Picasso had on the modern visual arts, Stravinsky had on music, or Frank Lloyd Wright had on architecture. (Angela) Isadora Duncan (1877 – 1927) was an American dancer. Born in California, she lived in Western Europe and the Soviet Union from the age of 22 until her death at age 50. She performed to acclaim throughout Europe.

8. The Hives Urticaria (from the Latin urtica, "nettle" from urere, "to burn"), commonly referred to as hives, is a kind of skin rash notable for pale red, raised, itchy bumps. Hives may cause a burning or stinging sensation. They are frequently caused by allergic reactions; however, there are many nonallergic causes. Most cases of hives lasting less than six weeks (acute urticaria) are the result of an allergic trigger. Chronic urticaria (hives lasting longer than six weeks) is rarely due to an allergy. The majority of chronic hives cases have an unknown (idiopathic) cause. In perhaps as many as 30–40% of patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria, it is caused by an autoimmune reaction.

9. The God particle The Higgs boson or Higgs particle is an elementary particle in the Standard Model of particle physics. It is the quantum excitation of the Higgs field —a fundamental field of crucial importance to particle physics theory, first suspected to exist in the 1960s, that unlike other known fields such as the electromagnetic field, takes a non-zero constant value almost everywhere. The question of the Higgs field's existence has been the last unverified part of the Standard Model of particle physics and, according to some, "the central problem in particle physics". The presence of this field, now believed to be confirmed, explains why some fundamental particles have mass when, based on the symmetries controlling their interactions, they should be massless. The existence of the Higgs field would also resolve several other long-standing puzzles, such as the reason for the weak force's extremely short range.

10. Peoples Liberation Army

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