Thursday, 8 October 2015

The longest-titled James Bond film is George Lazenby's On Her Majesty's Secret Service

The doctor and I are teaming up this week: the excuses are solely his doing, while the alternative questions are a combination of our attempts at trivia funtimes!

We won this week, but could you have done even better?

The attendees
1) The statistician
2) The doctor
3) The rich-person otherkin
4) The secret German
5) The metallurgist

The ones that got away
1) To what genus of birds does the Kestrel belong? Hint: It shares its name with a US sports team.
2) Which country recently re-elected its centre-right prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho? It is the first European country to have done so since the start of the global financial crisis in 2009.
3) Name the two mobile telephones announced by Google at a September 2015 event in San Francisco.
4) In what year did the first James Bond movie Dr No. come out?
5) October is the 10th month, despite have the prefix "Oct" meaning Eighth in its name. Which two months were added to cause this?
6) Name all 10 events in the Men's decathlon. All 10 needed for the point.
7) Name all 10 members of the Wu-Tang Clan, both deceased and not. All 10 needed for the point.

The answers

Our excuses

How did you do? Would you have beaten us (1 or more point)? Let the world know with the poll below, then read on for my alternative questions (loosely) inspired by this week's Ones That Got Away!

My alternative questions
Question 1
1) Pictured is the logo of a Toronto NBA team - what is their name? (Hint: it's also a word for a type of bird.)
2) Portugal is one of only two European Union members to share the same time zone as the UK. What's the other?
3) Versions of Google's mobile operating system Android are released under confectionery-themed names, such as Cupcake, Donut, and Eclair. For 1 point each, can you identify the two versions with the pictured logos? As a hint, they begin with I (on the left) and J (on the right).
4) Dr. No dies (spoilers!) in a reactor coolant tank filled with heavy water. What subatomic particle is the key difference between heavy water and regular water?
Question 3
5) The key difference between the Julian and Gregorian calendars is in when leap years occur. While they happened once every four years in the Julian calendar, under the Gregorian system they happen in years that are divisible by 4, except that years divisible by 100 are not leap years, unless they are also divisible by 400, in which case they are leap years. Simple, eh? For 1 point each, when was the last year that would have been a leap year under the Julian system, but wasn't under the Gregorian system, and when will the next such year occur?
6) What total height do you get if you add together the current men's world records (as defined by the International Association of Athletics Federations) in long jump, high jump and pole vault? If you're within a metre you get the point.
7) The last four letters of the Wu Tang Clan song C.R.E.A.M. stand for 'Rules Everything Around Me'. What does the 'C' stand for?

The answers

How did you do on my alternative questions? Have another poll!

1 comment:

  1. Frederic Heath-Renn11 October 2015 at 12:35

    Filip would like it to be recorded that he said 'seventeen-and-a-half metres, I'm feeling good about this'.