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In search of the absolute

Where should one go to find the “ablative absolute”?


Voice from beyond

Starting in the late 1880s, Thomas Edison recorded the voices of famous people to publicize the newly-invented phonograph. Who, soon after, became the first person ever whose voice was heard after his death?

Great white north

Whitehorse, the capital of Canada’s Yukon Territory, was founded late in the 19th century. The town derives its name from:

Confronting one’s sphere

In 1959, physicist Freeman Dyson described a concept that came to be known as a “Dyson Sphere”. A Dyson Sphere is:

Sound bite

The “Mach numbers” that are often used to measure aircraft speeds are based on the speed of sound. Mach 2 is double the speed of sound, Mach 3 treble, and so on. At about what Mach number does light travel?


A very good year

The year 1685 was unusually productive of great composers. Which of the following luminaries was not born in that year?

Four of a kind

The atabal, the bocu, the darabuka and the rebolo are all types of:

Whom doth he stop?

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s celebrated long poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner begins with the words, “It is an Ancient Mariner, And he stoppeth one of three”. Three what?


Remembering Quinctilius Varus…

The Roman general Publius Quinctilius Varus (d. 9 AD) served during the reign of the emperor Augustus Caesar. His main claim to fame was:

Oh-oh, where am I?

If your geographical position was 0° latitude, 0° longitude, where in the world would you be?

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