Regular Knowledge Trivia Quiz
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Tooth and consequences
In 1991, a fossilized tooth belonging to a prehistoric relative of the platypus was discovered in the region known as Patagonia. Just where is Patagonia?
B) In Australia’s Northern Territory
C) In New Zealand
D) In South America
What is the tallest mountain in Western Europe?
A Marx by any other name…
The four Marx brothers, Chico, Groucho, Harpo and Zeppo, made a legendary series of movie comedies from 1929 to 1950. What was Groucho’s real first name?
The road to Brobdingnag
Where would you find the kingdom of Brobdingnag?
B) In the Bible
C) In Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
D) In medieval Germany
Rules of law
In the legal systems of England and Wales, many Commonwealth countries and much of the USA, there is a set of criteria called the “McNaghten rules”. These are used to determine whether a person on trial is…
B) Allowed to testify on his or her own behalf
C) Not guilty because of insanity
D) Old enough to be tried as an adult
Throughout the millennia, sailors have feared what the poet William Falconer called “Th’impervious horrors of a leeward shore”. A “leeward shore” is one…
B) Too distant to reach with the supplies aboard
C) Towards which the wind is blowing
D) With jagged rocks just below the water surface
Farewell to change
The first coin-operated vending machine dates from at least the first century BC. What product did the machine dispense?
Heavy as a rock
A “carat” is a unit of mass applied to pearls and precious stones. The word comes from the Greek word keration, which in turn comes from an Arabic word meaning:
The world’s most popular spice is pepper. Black pepper, which dominates the market, is not just darker but also somewhat stronger than white pepper. A fundamental distinction between the two types is that black pepper:
B) Is a tropical plant; the white only grows in temperate regions
C) Is made from unripe berries, white pepper from ripe ones
D) Is treated with distilled oils to produce a more complex flavor
Where to meet your Waterloo
The end of Napoleon Bonaparte’s brilliant military career came at the battle of Waterloo, where he was defeated by Wellington and Blücher. In what country is Waterloo?
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