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We’re back to the old format this week. Interactive web-enabled quizzing will be the future of this site, but there are technical issues to work out first. Thanks for your patience last week.

I don’t know if you’ve ever watched ‘Q.I.’, the British panel-game show hosted by Stephen Fry. For trivia fans, it’s pretty much the perfect show. You can watch just about all of them on Youtube. In a nutshell, it’s a quiz program where the questions are so difficult they don’t expect you to be able to answer them, so they give points for simply being interesting, rather than correct.

The show is well known for correcting commonly held misconceptions, or introducing truths that go against prevailing wisdom. For example, that coffee isn’t made from beans, Octopuses have two legs, and there’s no such thing as a fish.

The below questions are all cribbed from their excellent book “1,411 Q.I. Facts To Knock you Sideways”. It’s not plagiarism if I credit them, right? It’s research.

1) Created nearly 25 million years ago, what Russian freshwater lake is the world’s oldest lake?
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?
3) Before he decided on a ‘Giant Peach’ what fruit was Roald Dahl’s “James And The Giant Peach” going to feature?
4) Franz Liszt, Hungarian composer and pianist from the 1800s, is the first musical artist known to have experienced what fan behaviour?
5) When enlisting in the British Army for WWII, how did Michael Tolkien list his father’s profession?
6) What fruit is supposedly ‘feared’ by American tank crews, and is by long-standing superstition banned from being brought on board?
7) Actor David Suchet reportedly clenched a coin between his buttocks to perfect the walk of which character, whom he portrayed in 70 episodes?
8) What goes ‘Knisper! Knasper! Knusper!’ in Germany, ‘Pim! Pam! Pum!’ in Mexico and ‘Riks! Raks! Poks!’ in Finland?
9) One quarter of all the vegetables eaten in the United States are in what form?
10) The French abbreviation ‘MDR’ is the equivalent of what in English?


QM Bill

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