Steven's Quiz 13

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1. Who am I? I was seen as a poor student who couldn't spell, a member of the Cambridge society of Gluttons and ate animals such as the Brown Owl. Many zoologists participate in a Phylum Feast on my birthday (12 February) where they eat as many different species as possible.

2. Who am I? I was the first Englishman to set foot in Australia and invented the "wind over current" map. My "A New Voyage Around the World" was carried around by sailors for 100 years and I was responsible for influencing the books "Robinson Crusoe" and "Gulliver's Travels".

3. Extremophiles are the only organisms that live in which sea?

4. How many people died in the Great Fire of London in 1666? Plus or minus 200.

5. True or false: Lemmings commit suicide by jumping over cliffs.

6. What are the four main religions in India?

7. What is the most commonly found bird in the world? Seven letters.

8. Which animal am I? I can communicate using infrasound. If chased, I can run faster than a cheater. I can kick hard enough to shatter a lion's skull and I sleep on average only 1.9 hours per day.

9. The fingerprints of which animal are almost exactly the same as those for human beings, often causing major problems for detectives in Australia?

10. A device called the "vomit comet" is used to train which group of people?

11. Where can one find the American flag that is never lowered? (Clue: Pink Floyd sang about it)

12. Actor Beau Bridges' real name is Lloyd Vernet Bridges III but his parents decided to call him Beau after Ashley Wilkes' son in which famous novel?

13. What is the currency of Iceland?

14. The river Danube flows through an amazing 17 countries, name ten of them.

15. What do the following have in common:
    Ross Carpenter
    Rusty Wells
    Mike McCoy
    Lucky Jackson
    Mike Windgren?
   

ANSWERS

1. Charles Darwin

2. William Dampier

3. The Dead Sea, of course

4. Five The death toll from the fire is unknown and is traditionally thought to have been small (possibly even as low as 5), as only a few verified deaths were recorded. This reasoning has recently been challenged on the grounds that the deaths of poor and middle-class people were not recorded anywhere, and that the heat of the fire may have cremated many victims, leaving no recognisable remains.

5. False, this was wrongly reported in an encyclopaedia in 1908 and has been believed ever since. While many people believe that lemmings commit mass suicide when they migrate, this is not actually the case. Lemmings will often migrate in large groups and as a result some lemmings will occasionally be pushed off cliffs or drowned in bodies of water simply by the press of their compatriots, or by the dimension of the body of water. The myth of lemming mass suicide is long-standing and has been popularized by a number of factors.

6. Hinduism, Islam, Christian and Sikhism. Other religions are practiced but these four are practiced in much larger numbers

7. Chicken - actually, the domesticated chicken.

8. A giraffe.

9. Koalas

10. Astronauts

11. On the Moon

12. Gone with the Wind

13. Icelandic kr?na (ISK)

14. Seventeen Answers: 
    Romania (28.9%), 
    Hungary (11.7%), 
   
Austria (10.3%), 
    Serbia (10.3%), 
    Germany (7.5%), 
    Slovakia (5.8%), 
    Bulgaria (5.2%), 
    Bosnia and Herzegovina (4.8%), 
    Croatia (4.5%), 
    Ukraine (3.8%), 
    Czech Republic (2.6%), 
    Slovenia (2.2%), 
    Moldova (1.7%), 
    Switzerland (0.32%), 
    Italy (0.15%), 
    Poland (0.09%), 
    Albania (0.03%)

15. Elvis Presley played these characters in movies

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