Pauls Quiz 106

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1. What is the Mandarin expression  for wind and water?

2. What was Thor Heyerdahl's sailing ship RA II constructed from ?

3. In which films would you find the following characters? 
    a: Tiger Lilli 
    b: Regan MacNeil
    c: John Coffey 
    d: Miss Gulch

4. Plus or minus 200, how many differant sexual positions are there according to the Marquis de Sade?

5. In which sea strait do most of the pirate boardings take place. Seven letters, Three "A"s.

6. Which rock 'n' roll star intoduced the "duck walk"? An extra point for : In film, who did he steal the idea from?

7. What is the only country outside of Europe in the top 10 list for beer consumption? (Measured in litres per person)

8. What was the largest pre industrial city in the world with an area of 1,000 sq. km.? (900-1500AD) (* Dublin is 119 sq. km.)

9. Which kind of creature in Hebrew legend is made from clay? Five letters

10. Plus or minus one year, when was the first test tube baby born? An extra point for her name.

ANSWERS

1. Feng Shui In ancient times as well as today, Feng shui, pronounced in English as [fʊŋ'ʃweɪ] ("fung shway"), was known as "Kan-Yu" which means 'The Law of Heaven and Earth.? Today's Feng Shui schools teach that it is the ancient Chinese practice of placement and arrangement of space to achieve harmony with the environment. Feng shui literally translates as "wind-water."

2. Papyrus Papyrus is an early form of thick paper-like material produced from the pith of the papyrus plant, Cyperus papyrus, a wetland sedge that was once abundant in the Nile Delta of Egypt. Papyrus usually grows 2?3 meters (5?9 feet) tall, although some have reached as high as 5 meters (15 feet). Papyrus is first known to have been used in ancient Egypt (at least as far back as the First dynasty), but it was also widely used throughout the Mediterranean region, as well as inland parts of Europe and southwest Asia.

3. Four Answers:
    a: Peter Pan 
    b: Exorcist 
    c: Green Mile 
    d: Wizard of Oz

4. 600

5. Malacca The Strait of Malacca is a narrow, 805 km (500 mile) stretch of water between Peninsular Malaysia (West Malaysia) and the Indonesian island of Sumatra. From an economic and strategic perspective the Strait of Malacca is one of the most important shipping lanes in the world, an equivalent of the Suez Canal, or the Panama Canal. The Strait forms the main ship passageway between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, linking three of the world's most populous nations: India, Indonesia and China as well as linking the regions east of the strait with powerhouse economies such as Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. The Strait carries 50,000 vessels per year, carrying between one-fifth and one quarter of the world's sea trade. Piracy in the Strait has risen in recent years. There were about 25 attacks on vessels in 1994, 220 in 2000, and just over 150 in 2003 (one-third of the global total).

6. Chuck Berry. (extra point for Marty McFly)

7. Australia

8. Angkor Wat Angkor Wat (or Angkor Vat) is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built for King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. The largest and best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation?first Hindu, dedicated to Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is the epitome of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors.

9. Golem In Jewish folklore, a golem (גולם, sometimes, as in Yiddish, pronounced goilem) is an animated being created entirely from inanimate matter. In modern Hebrew the word golem literally means 'cocoon', but can also mean "fool", "silly", or even "stupid". The name appears to derive from the word gelem (גלם), which means "raw material".

10. 1978, Louise Brown Louise Joy Brown (born July 25, 1978, in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England) was the world's first baby to be conceived by in vitro fertilisation, (IVF). Brown was born to Lesley and John Brown, who had been trying to conceive for 9 years, but without success because of Lesley's blocked Fallopian tubes. On November 10, 1977, Lesley Brown underwent the procedure by Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards. Although the Browns knew the procedure was experimental, the doctors did not tell them that no case had yet resulted in a baby. This has raised questions of informed consent. Brown was born at 11:47 p.m. at Oldham General Hospital, Oldham, through a planned caesarean section. She weighed 2.608 kg at birth. Her birth was videotaped. She has a sister, Natalie, also conceived through IVF. Brown gave birth on December 20, 2006 to a baby boy, after trying to get pregnant for around six months. The child was conceived naturally. Her son was born in Bristol, England weighing just under 6 pounds.