POP QUIZ: MISCELLANY (answers)
Big congrats to Jeremy E for a near-perfect 9/10. And he only missed that single point because I was being picky about one of the questions… more on that below. Way to go Jeremy!
1) In fiction, what famous titular painting is attributed to Basil Hallward?
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY
2) With most species lacking eyelids, how does a gecko keep its eyes moist?
IT LICKS THEM
3) What distinction is held by the Anglo-Zanzibar war of 1869?
IT’S THE SHORTEST WAR EVER (it lasted 38 minutes, beween 09:02am and 09:40am on August 27, 1869. England won.)
4) In 1958, a candidate named Cacareco got 100,000 votes in an election for City Council in São Paulo, Brazil. That was enough to win a seat, but the candidate never took office. Why?
CACARECO WAS A RHINOCEROS
5) British cartoonist Heath Robinson and Danish cartoonist Storm P are both best known for drawing complex and somewhat silly devices performing relatively simple tasks. What American cartoonist is famous in the same genre?
RUBE GOLDBERG (Reuben Garrett Lucius Goldberg)
6) According to a 2006 report, approximately €3,000.00 per day are collected from which famous Rome landmark?
THE TREVI FOUNTAIN (all in coins, of course)
7) The new Wembley Stadium in London, which opened in 2007 to replace the crumbling old Wembley Stadium, holds an odd world record: it has 2,618 of something, which is more than any other building in the world. 2,618 what?
TOILETS (still line-ups at halftime, though)
8) What is the unique claim to fame of the website info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html (don’t click on it! clicking is cheating!)?
IT WAS THE FIRST WEBSITE EVER
9) The ‘Inverted Jenny’ is a mis-printed stamp, and one of the most valuable of such items in the world. What is the ‘Jenny’ depicted on the stamp?
10) If you are travelling on a ship through the Panama Canal from the Caribbean Sea to the Gulf Of Panama, in what direction are you going?
Jeremy missed his single point because he didn’t specify that Cacareco was a Rhino. I realized after I sent it out that my wording was a little vague on that one. Several folks answered that Cacareco was not a human being, but I really wanted to hear ‘Rhino’. Ah well. If you feel you deserved a point for saying ‘not human’, go ahead and give yourself one.
And thanks to Howard G and David B for this bonus info about the Jenny in question 9: The Curtiss JN-4 “Jenny” was a two seat biplane intended for training, but extensively used for barnstorming in the twenties. The license-built Canadian version was the first production aircraft manufactured in Canada, all previous had been single projects. Wiki tells me that the Canadian version of the JN-4 was given the very original nickname “The Canuck”. Clever, eh?