Pauls Quiz 285

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1. Video sharing website YouTube debuted in which year?

2. The pyramids excluded, what was the tallest man made structure in the world in 1889? (For an extra point, what was the tallest man made structure in the world in 1886?)

3. Juno was one of the five what?

4. Name the only three time winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

5. Which fictional character, played in film by Kevin Spacey, Gene Hackman and John Shea among others, is said to own Beethoven's 10th Symphony, a full-body portrait of the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milos' arms ?

6. In 15th and 16th century Europe, objects that were considered sinful were often burnt in public places. What name was given to this show of destruction?

7. In which films are the following rooms a hellish place to visit? One point for each correct answer.
a. Room 101
b. Room 237

8. Name the hit song from each of the following with a Spanish song title. One point for each correct answer.
a. Simon and Garfunkel
b. Madonna
c. Coldplay

9. The Irrawaddy is the longest river in which Asian country?

10. The name for which popular portable device stems from the Latin word for "vaulted room"?


1. 2005 (February) YouTube is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California. The service was created by three former PayPal employees—Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim—in February 2005. Google bought the site in November 2006 for US$1.65 billion. Karim said the inspiration for YouTube first came from Janet Jackson's role in the 2004 Super Bowl incident, when her breast was exposed during her performance, and later from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Karim could not easily find video clips of either event online, which led to the idea of a video sharing site.

2. The Eiffel Tower (for the extra point, The Washington Monument) Previous records:
1931: Empire State Building, New York, USA
1930: Chrysler Building, New York, USA
1889: Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
1884: Washington Monument, Washington D.C., USA
1880: Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany
1876: Cathédrale Notre Dame, Rouen, France

3. Allied landing beaches on D-Day List of landing sites: Juno, Sword, Utah, Omaha, Gold (some Historians also include "Pointe du Hoc" in this list too)

4. The International Committee of the Red Cross

5. Lex Luther

6. Bonfire of the Vanities A Bonfire of the Vanities (Italian: Falò delle vanità) is a burning of objects condemned by authorities as occasions of sin. The phrase usually refers to the bonfire of 7 February 1497, when supporters of the Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola collected and publicly burned thousands of objects such as cosmetics, art, and books in Florence, Italy, on the Mardi Gras festival.[1] Such bonfires were not invented by Savonarola, but had been a common accompaniment to the outdoor sermons of San Bernardino di Siena in the first half of the century.

7. Two answers
a. 1984
b. The Shining

8. Three answers
a. El Condor Pasa
b. La Isla Bonita
c. Viva la Vida

9. Myanmar (Burma)

10. Camera The word camera comes from camera obscura, which means "dark chamber" or "vaulted room" and is the Latin name of the original device for projecting an image of external reality onto a flat surface. The modern photographic camera evolved from the camera obscura.

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