POP QUIZ: FACTS TO KNOCK YOU SIDEWAYS (answers)

Congratulations to Todd J, who knocked us sideways with a score of 6/10.  Nice Job, Todd.

1) Created nearly 25 million years ago, what Russian freshwater lake is the world’s oldest lake?

LAKE BAIKAL

2) In 2011, to commemorate the 112-year history of the Australian Mint, that organization minted a giant coin made of more than a tonne of gold. What was the face value of the coin?

AUS$1,000,000 (the gold in the coin was worth $54,000,000)

3) Before he decided on a ‘Giant Peach’ what fruit was Roald Dahl’s “James And The Giant Peach” going to feature?

A CHERRY

4) Franz Liszt, Hungarian composer and pianist from the 1800s, is the first musical artist known to have experienced what fan behaviour?

WOMEN THROUGH THEIR UNDERWEAR AT HIM

5) When enlisting in the British Army for WWII, how did Michael Tolkien list his father’s profession?

WIZARD (he was the son of ‘Lord Of The Rings’ author J.R.R. Tolkien)

6) What fruit is supposedly ‘feared’ by American tank crews, and is by long-standing superstition banned from being brought on board?

APRICOTS

7) Actor David Suchet reportedly clenched a coin between his buttocks to perfect the walk of which character, whom he portrayed in 70 episodes?

HERCULE POIROT

8) What goes ‘Knisper! Knasper! Knusper!’ in Germany, ‘Pim! Pam! Pum!’ in Mexico and ‘Riks! Raks! Poks!’ in Finland?

RICE CRISPIES (the various translations of ‘Snap! Crackle! Pop!’)

9) One quarter of all the vegetables eaten in the United States are in what form?

FRENCH FRIES

10) The French abbreviation ‘MDR’ is the equivalent of what in English?

LOL (‘mort de rire’, or ‘died from laughing’ is the equivalent of ‘laugh out loud’ in english internet-speak)

It’s been true in most countries for a long time that it costs more than a penny to make a penny.  But spending $54 Million to make a million dollar coin seems a bit extreme.  Also, a coin weighing a tonne seems a bit impractical. Reminds me of Douglas Adams, form the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy:

“The exchange rate of 8 Ningys to one Galactic PU is simple enough. However, since a Ningy is a triangular rubber-coin ,6800 miles along each side, no one has ever collected enough to own one PU. Besides which, if you did ever own enough, you would have a great deal of trouble exchanging them, as most banks refuse to deal in small change.”

Thanks,

QM Bill

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