Pauls Quiz 98

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1. What did the well lubricated Captain Matthew Webb accomplish for the first time on the 24th and 25th of August 1875?

2. What do Merlin, Barbarossa, Desmond of Kilmallock and Charlemangne all have in common?

3. Eccentric US billionare Howard Hughes ate nothing but what (with a few exceptions) in the last years of his life?

4. Which Beatle was born in Madras, India? (Clue, if needed: many thought his musical talent was not up to par but he was better than good)

5. What was the name of the prison camp in the film The Great Escape?

6. A refreshing drink from India and a dog.

7. Founded more than 3,000 years ago in Persia, this religion is one of the oldest in the world. What is the name of the religion?

8. What are the first two words in each of the following songs? 
    a: Me and Bobbie Magee 
    b: Cuts like a knife 
    c: Piano man

9. In which film does Charlie Chaplin eat:
    a: shoe laces 
    b: metal bolts?

10. Which car makers name is also the Persian god of light? 5 letters


1. He swam the English Channel Captain Matthew Webb (19 January 1848 ? 24 July 1883) was the first person to swim the English Channel without the use of artificial aids. On 25 August 1875 he swam from Dover to Calais in less than 22 hours. He was born at Dawley in Shropshire, one of 12 children of a Coalbrookdale doctor. He joined the merchant navy and served a three- year apprenticeship with Rathbone Brothers of Liverpool. Whilst serving as second mate on the Cunard ship 'Russia', travelling from New York to Liverpool, he attempted to rescue a man overboard by diving into the sea in mid-Atlantic. The man was never found, but Webb's daring won him an award of ?100 and the Stanhope Gold Medal, and made him a hero of the British press.

2. They are not dead, just sleeping.

3. Ice cream Hughes' considerable business holdings were overseen by a small panel unofficially dubbed "The Mormon Mafia" because of the many Latter-day Saints on the committee. In addition to supervising day-to-day business operations and Hughes' health, they also went to great pains to satisfy Hughes' every whim. Hughes once became fond of Baskin Robbins' Banana Nut ice cream so his aides sought to secure a bulk shipment for him - only to discover that Baskin-Robbins had discontinued the flavor. They put in a request for the smallest amount the company could provide for a special order, 350 gallons, and had it shipped from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. A few days after the order arrived, Hughes announced he was tired of Banana Nut and wanted only French Vanilla ice cream. The Desert Inn ended up distributing free Banana Nut ice cream to casino customers for a year, until the 350 gallons were gone.

4. Pete Best Randolph Peter Best (born 24 November 1941 in Madras, India) is a British musician, best known as the original drummer for The Beatles. Pete Best is the son of Mona Best, who was the owner of the Casbah Club, which was in the basement of their home in Liverpool, where The Beatles later played.

5. Stalag Luft III Stalag Luft III (Stammlager Luft, or Permanent Camp for Airmen #3) was a German Air Force prisoner-of-war camp during World War II that housed captured air force personnel. It was near Sagan, now Żagań in Poland, 100 miles(160 km) southeast of Berlin. The site was selected because it would be difficult to escape by tunnelling, but it is best known for two famous prisoner escapes that took place there by tunnelling

6. Lassi

7. Zoroastrianism Zoroastrianism is the religion and philosophy based on the teachings ascribed to the prophet Zoroaster (Zarathustra, Zartosht). Mazdaism is the religion that acknowledges the divine authority of Ahura Mazda, proclaimed by Zoroaster to be the one uncreated Creator of all (God). Zoroastrianism was once the dominant religion of much of Greater Iran. As of 2007 the faith has dwindled to small numbers; some sources suggest that it is practiced by fewer than 200,000 worldwide, with its largest centers in India and Iran. For details, see adherents below.

8. Three Answers:
    a: Busted flat 
    b: Drivin' home 
    c: It`s 9 o`clock

9. Two Answers:
    a: Gold Rush 
    b: Modern Times

10. Mazda The name of the Mazda motor car company is supposedly derived from Ahura Mazda, the transcendental god of Zoroastrianism. It is also said that Mazda coincides with the anglicized pronunciation of the founder's name, Jujiro Matsuda, who was interested in spirituality, and chose to rename it in honor of both his family and the Zoroastrians. Mazda means "wisdom" in the Avestan language. However, in Japanese, the company has always been pronounced and spelled as "Matsuda" leading many to believe that Mazda is really just a poorly anglicized version of the founder's name.


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