POP QUIZ: TWENTY SIXTEEN, ANNUS HORRIBILIS (answers)
Clearly, I underestimated how badly people wanted to forget 2016.
I’m not declaring a winner for this quiz. Responses were very spares, and none were complete. Less said the better. Let us not discuss this terrible year ever again.
How much bad news do you recall?
1) The law firm Mossack Fonseca was much in the news this year. In what country are they based?
2) Andrei Karlov was assissinated in December while serving as ambassador for Russia to what country?
3) EgyptAir Flight 804 crashed into the Mediterranean while on route from Cairo to where?
4) Dilma Rousseff, facing impeachment charges in a corruption scandal, resigned as president of what country?
5) Which English-born actor, who died in January, had 46 credits at Ontario’s Stratford Festival, from a 1975 appearance as Malvolio through to a 2009 production of “The Importance Of Being Earnest” in which he played Lady Bracknell?
6) The Japanese electronics firm Funai stopped production of what once-ubiquitous device in July 2016, officially ending an era?
7) A warrant was issued by a Brazilian judge for the ‘search and seizure’ of which two U.S. Olympic swimmers during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games? (one point only, you need to name both)
8) What model of vehicle, now subject to a massive recall, was implicated in the death of ‘Star Trek’ actor Anton Yelchin?
9) Arnold Palmer, golfer extraordinaire, passed away in September. What are the two main ingredients of the drink named for him?
10) In a stunning rejection of democracy, the ship which should have called “Boaty McBoatface” was instead named after what eminent naturalist?
5) BRIAN BEDFORD
6) VHS RECORDERS
7) RYAN LOCHTE, JIMMY FEIGEN
8) JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE
9) ICED TEA and LEMONADE
10) DAVID ATTENBOROUGH
Mossack Fonseca was the law firm at the centre of the ‘Panama Papers’, a massive international scandal which will probably keep happening for years to come. Thousands of wealthy people, including prominent politicians in many countries, used MF to set-up off-shore corporations and avoid taxes. The president of Iceland was forced to resign due to shady dealings. Eighty-Five Canadians were named in the leaked documents, and CRA was said to be conducting at least sixty formal audits, but so far no charges have been filed.
An ‘Arnold Palmer’ is a half-and-half mix of Iced Tea and Lemonade. If you add vodka to it, it’s called a ‘John Daly’.