Pauls Quiz 123

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1. What kind of man always carried a katana and a wakizashi?

2. What ia the name of the whale product used in the perfume industry ? Five letters

3. What does Alfred Pennyworth do for a living ?

4. Quantum mechanics deals with which duality ?

5. Which Russian artist is considered to be the founder of abstract art?

6. In which films did Gary Oldman play 
    a: a corrupt drug taking policeman 
    b: an infamous assassin 
    c: a terrorist 
    d: an aristocratic monster 
    e: a bad musician with a death wish
    f. a tasty, crippled, disfigured wealthy man with a vendetta

7. In which books would you find the following characters ? 
    a: Adson von Melk 
    b: Holden Caulfield 
    c: Goneril 
    d: Claude Frollo 
    e: Uriah Heep

8. The name for which illness stems from the Latin word for sausage ? Eight letters, the fifth letter is an 'L'

9. Cheka, GPU, NKVD and MGB were all forerunners of what?

10. In Greek mythology, who and what was Phaethon ?


1. A samurai In use after the 1400s, the Katana is a curved, single-edged sword traditionally used by the samurai. The katana was typically paired with the wakizashi or shōtō, a similarly made but tiny sword, both worn by the members of the warrior class. It could also be worn with the tantō, an even smaller similarly shaped blade. The two weapons together were called the daishō, and represented the social power and personal honour of the samurai. The long blade was used for open combat, while the shorter blade was considered a side arm, more suited for stabbing, close quarters combat, decapitating beaten opponents when taking heads on the battlefield, and seppuku, a form of ritual suicide. Japanese swords are fairly common today, antique and even modern forged swords can still be found and purchased. Modern nihontō or Japanese-made swords are only made by a few hundred smiths in Japan today at contests hosted by the All Japan Swordsmiths Association.

2. Ambra Ambergris (Ambra grisea, Ambre gris, ambergrease, or grey amber) is a solid, waxy, flammable substance of a dull grey or blackish color, with the shades being variegated like marble. It possesses a peculiar sweet, earthy odor similar to isopropyl alcohol. Although it is now largely replaced by synthetics, it is still used as a fixative in perfumery.

3. Batman's butler Alfred Pennyworth is a fictional supporting character in the DC Comics' Batman series. Created by writer Bob Kane and artist Jerry Robinson, he first appeared in Batman #16 (April-May 1943). Alfred serves as Batman’s tireless butler, assistant, and confidante, and has been called "Batman's batman." In the current DC Comics continuity, Alfred looked after Bruce Wayne after the death of his parents. Alfred also provides comic relief, as his sometimes sarcastic cynical character often adds humour to dialog occurring between himself and the obsessed Batman. An important part of the Batman mythos, Alfred has appeared in most other media adaptations of the character.

4. Wave particle In physics and chemistry, wave–particle duality is the concept that all matter exhibits both wave-like and particle-like properties. A central concept of quantum mechanics, duality addresses the inadequacy of classical concepts like "particle" and "wave" in fully describing the behaviour of objects. Various interpretations of quantum mechanics attempt to explain this ostensible paradox. The idea of duality is rooted in a debate over the nature of light and matter dating back to the 1600s, when competing theories of light were proposed by Christiaan Huygens and Isaac Newton. Through the work of Albert Einstein, Louis de Broglie and many others, current scientific theory holds that all particles also have a wave nature. This phenomenon has been verified not only for elementary particles, but also for compound particles like atoms and even molecules. In fact, according to traditional formulations of non-relativistic quantum mechanics, wave–particle duality applies to all objects, even macroscopic ones; the reason we can't detect wave properties of macroscopic objects is their small wavelength.

5. Kandinsky Wassily Kandinsky (December 16, 1866 – December 13, 1944) was a Russian painter, printmaker and art theorist. One of the most famous 20th-century artists, he is credited with painting the first modern abstract works. Born in Moscow, Kandinsky spent his childhood in Odessa. As a young man he enrolled at the University of Moscow and chose to study law and economics. Quite successful in his profession—he was offered a professorship (chair of Roman Law) at the University of Dorpat—he started painting studies (life-drawing, sketching and anatomy) at the age of 30. In 1896 he settled in Munich and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. He went back to Moscow in 1914 after World War I started. He was unsympathetic to the official theories on art in Moscow and returned to Germany in 1921. There he taught at the Bauhaus school of art and architecture from 1922 until the Nazis closed it in 1933. He then moved to France where he lived the rest of his life, and became a French citizen in 1939. He died at Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1944.

6. Five Answers:
    a: Leon 
    b: JFK 
    c: Air Force One 
    d: Bram Stocker's Dracula 
    e: Sid and Nancy
    f. Hanibal

7. Five Answers:
    a: The name of the rose 
    b: The catcher in the rye 
    c: King Lear 
    d: The hunchback of Notre Dame 
    e: David Copperfield

8. Botulism Botulism (Latin, botulus, "sausage") is a rare, but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin, botulin, that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulinic toxin is one of the most powerful known toxins: about one microgram is lethal to humans. It acts by blocking nerve function and leads to respiratory and musculoskeletal paralysis.

9. KGB

10. Son of Helios and the sun chariot The myth stated that Phaeton bragged to his friends that his father was the sun-god. His friends refused to believe him and so Phaeton went to his father Helios, who swore by the river Styx to give Phaeton anything he should ask for in order to prove his divine paternity. Phaeton wanted to drive his chariot (the sun) for a day. Though Helios tried to talk him out of it, Phaeton was adamant. When the day came, Phaeton panicked and lost control of the mean horses that drew the chariot. First it veered too high, so that the earth grew chill. Then it dipped too close, and the vegetation dried and burned. He accidentally turned most of Africa into desert; burning the skin of the Ethiopians black. Eventually, Zeus was forced to intervene by striking the runaway chariot with a lightning bolt to stop it, and Phaëthon plunged into the river Eridanos. His sisters the Heliades grieved so much they were turned into poplar trees that weep golden amber.  


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