Pauls Quiz 95

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1. Between 1968 and 2000, name the ten films that won an Oscar for best film with only one word in the title.

2. What is the name of the Japanese "mafia" ?

3. What is the only E.U. country where 90% of the population live in cities?

4. Boris Pasternak was not allowed to accept his Nobel prize for literature.What was the name of the book?

5. Joy Adamson was one of the two main characters in which well loved 60s film ?

6. Millions of Hindus believe the shadow of which kind of woman brings bad luck ?

7. The worst accident in motor sport history took place in 1955. 82 people died! Where did this tragedy take place ?

8. In film, who's grandfather was "very clean" ?

9. Where does the expression "rugby players eat their dead" come from ?

10. According to legend, which country's flag fell out of the sky during a battle on the 15th June 1219 ? (Clue, if needed: It is the oldest national flag in the world.


1. Ten Answers:

2. Yakuza. Ya (8) ku (9) za (3), the three worst numbers in an old Japanese game of dice. Yakuza, also known as gokudō, are members of traditional organized crime groups in Japan. Outside of Japan, the term also refers to traditional Japanese organized crime in general. Today, the Yakuza are one of the largest organized crime phenomena in the world. Nationwide, there were some 84,700 known members of Yakuza.

3. U.K.

4. Dr. Zhivago

5. Born Free (I cant say that without singing)

6. a widow

7. Le Mans Fierce competition at La Mans led to tragedy with an accident during the 1955 race in which the car of Pierre Levegh crashed into the crowd of spectators, killing 82 people. This led to widespread safety measures being brought into place not only at the circuit, but elsewhere in the motorsports world. However, even though the safety standards improved, so did the speeds of the cars. The move from open-cockpit roadsters to closed-cockpit coupes would help produce speeds over 200 miles per hour on the Mulsanne. Race cars of the time were still mostly based on production road cars, but by the end of the 1960s, the Ford Motor Company would enter the picture with their GT40s, taking four straight wins before the era of production-based wins would come to a close.

8. Paul's Grandfather in "A Hard Days Night" Wilfrid Brambell, who played Paul McCartney's grandfather, was already well-known to British audiences as the co-star of the 1960s/1970s British TV sitcom Steptoe & Son - a show upon which the 1970s American TV sitcom Sanford & Son was based. He is seen to be the biggest troublemaker in the movie A Hard Days Night, and is said to be "a very clean old man" and is in reference to his on-screen son, Harold, in Steptoe and Son constantly referring to his father as "you dirty old man!".

9. The survivors of a plane crash in the Andes turned to cannibalism in order to survive. They were all part of a rugby team on tour.

10. Denmark The national flag of Denmark, the Dannebrog, is red with a white Scandinavian cross that extends to the edges of the flag; the vertical part of the cross is shifted to the hoist side. The Dannebrog is the oldest state flag in the world still in use, with the earliest undisputed source dating back to the 14th century. The legend of the flag is very popular among Danes, although most consider it to be a myth, albeit a beautiful one. The legend says that during the Battle of Lyndanisse, also known as the Battle of Valdemar (Danish: "Volmerslaget"), near Lyndanisse (Tallinn) in Estonia, on June 15 1219, the flag fell from the sky during a critical stage, resulting in Danish victory.


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