Danger Quiz 1

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1. According to the United Nations, what is three times more dangerous than war? (Clue: Four letters, the second is an 'O')

2. Banned for all bar 15 days of the year, what is the most dangerous sporting activity? (in fact, it takes place in the most dangerous country)

3. Who was the most dangerous manager? (Clue: dangerous entertainment in the 1860's)

4. What causes deep vein thrombosis on aeroplanes?

5. What scale do Seismologists use to measure the magnitude of earthquakes?

6. What is the most dangerous sporting activity for women?

7. During the days of the French Revolution and the guillotine, what do history books say happened when two decapitated heads were put into the same basket?

8. What was the most dangerous and largest earthquake ever recorded in America since European settlement? (Clue: it was NOT in San Francisco in 1906)

9. Which nation invented the dangerous activity of Bungee Jumping

10. The most dangerous military stratagem was organised by King Gou Jian of Yue in 496 BC. Convicted criminals were in the front line of his army and were forced to cut off their own what?

ANSWERS

1. WORK - more than two million people die every year at work. Lumberjacks have the most dangerous jobs in America. The most dangerous job in the world is said to be an Alaskan crab fisherman.

2. Extreme kit flyingThe most dangerous sport in the world is flying kites in Pakistan (the most dangerous country in the world) during Basant. You have to sever kite strings filled with glass and metal shards. The biggest kite in the world weighs nearly a tonne, measures 40 feet by 36 feet, has to be flown by 50 people, and has 200 strings.

3. Harry Colcord He was the manager of tightrope walker Charles Blondin (French tight-rope walker and acrobat). Blondin especially owed his celebrity and fortune to his idea of crossing the gorge below Niagara Falls on a tightrope, 1100 feet (335 m) long, 160 feet (50 m) above the water. This he accomplished, first in 1859, a number of times, always with different theatric variations: blindfold, in a sack, trundling a wheelbarrow, on stilts, carrying a man (his manager, Harry Colcord) on his back, sitting down midway while he cooked and ate an omelette. Trivia moment: A pirate ship filled with animals was sent over Niagara Falls, only two geese lived. Two bears crawled out, and were shot

4. Poor air quality.DVT, sometimes called ?economy class syndrome?, is not caused by sitting still on aeroplanes, but by poor air quality in the cabin, notably its low pressure and low oxygen content.

5. Moment magnitude scale (MMS)Most people believe that Seismologists define earthquakes using the Richter scale, but in fact only journalists use this scale nowadays. The moment magnitude scale was introduced in 1979 by Tom Hanks and Hiroo Kanamori as a successor to the Richter scale and is used by seismologists to compare the energy released by earthquakes.

6. CheerleadingThe American Medical Association reported that in 2005 over 200,000 injuries were sustained whilst cheerleading. Trivia moment: America's most famous cheerleader is George W. Bush. This was the only official sporting activity that Bush got credit for whilst at college. His famous chant, unbelievably, was "Go NADS", NADS being his high school. More info HERE

7. One head bit the other so hard that they could not be separated.

8. It was in New Madrid, Missouri (1811) Actually some sources quote it as being in Prince William Sound, Alaska (1964). The earthquake of San Francisco only killed around 3000 "white" people. No count of Chinese people was ever made or at least released. Most of the injuries during the time of the S.F. earthquake were due to fire. People forced insurance claims by burning their houses down.

9. The BritishIn the 1950s David Attenborough and a BBC film crew had brought back footage of the "land divers" of Pentecost Island in Vanuatu, young men who jumped from tall wooden platforms with vines tied to their ankles as a test of courage. This film inspired Chris Baker of Bristol, England to use elastic rope in a kind of urban vine jumping. The first modern bungee jump was made on 1 April 1979 from the 250ft Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, and was made by four members of the Dangerous Sports Club.

10. Heads 

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